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The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Updated June 10, 2021 728 votes 56 voters 2.4k views35 items

List RulesVote up the best US game shows based on international series.

While the game show as a genre has its roots in the United States history of broadcast TV, that doesn't mean the format hasn't made its way to other countries. In fact, there are dozens of amazing game shows that air in the United States based on different series created overseas. International game shows have been ported over to the United States for decades, but it isn't always clear if an American game show has an international origin or is a fully New World idea. Even America's Funniest Home Videos is based on a Japanese series!

Since the original concept for game shows first skipped across the pond, many new ideas have returned as a reward, which is how the US has versions of Korean, Japanese, British, Australian, and many other nations' game shows adapted for an American audience. The shows that have aired most recently aren't necessarily the best game shows of all time, but they do make for amazing, current and competitive television that is way easier to see than shows from other countries.

Which are the best US versions of international game shows? Don't forget to add any American versions of foreign game shows we might have missed and vote up your favorite shows below!

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  • 1
    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
    28
    8

    PremieredApril 26, 2011

    Based onThe Voice of Holland, The Netherlands

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  • 2
    Joe Rogan
    29
    13

    Premiered2001

    Based onFear Factor, The Netherlands

    Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was cancelled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, 2012....  more
  • 3
    Sara Haines, James Holzhauer
    20
    9

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2021

    Based onThe Chase, United Kingdom

    The Chase (ABC, 2021) is an American quiz show created by Danny Carvalho, Pete Faherty, Chris Gepp, Elliot Johnson, Matt Pritchard, and Amanda Wilson and is adapted from the British program of the...  more
  • 4
    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper
    17
    5

    PremieredApril 23, 2004

    Based onIron Chef, Japan

    Iron Chef America: The Series is an American cooking show based on Fuji Television's Iron Chef, and is the second American adaptation of the series, following the failed Iron Chef USA. The show is...  more
  • 5
    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson
    20
    10

    Premiered2005

    Based onMiljoenenjach, The Netherlands

    Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on NBC. The hour-long...  more
  • 6
    Brooke Burns
    17
    9

    Premiered2002

    Based on Dog Eat Dog, United Kingdom

    Dog Eat Dog is an American game show, which originally ran from June 17, 2002, to August 26, 2003. It is loosely based on the UK version of the show by the same name. It is hosted by Brooke Burns,...  more
  • 7
    Tom Bergeron, Jess Harnell
    21
    15

    PremieredJanuary 14, 1990

    Based onFun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan, Japan

    America's Funniest Home Videos is an American reality television program airing on ABC, which features humorous homemade videos that are submitted by viewers. The most common videos feature...  more
  • 8
    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic
    16
    9

    PremieredMay 30, 2005

    Based onHell's Kitchen, United Kingdom

    Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking...  more
  • 9

    Cash Cab

    Ben Bailey, Beth Melewski
    15
    8

    Premiered2005

    Based onCash Cab, United Kingdom

    Cash Cab is a TV game show devised by Adam Wood that originated in the United Kingdom and has been licensed to television networks in numerous other countries. Passengers in a specially outfitted...  more
  • 10
    Jane Lynch
    8
    1

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2020

    Based on: The Weakest Link, United Kingdom

    Weakest Link (NBC, 2020) is an American television game show revival of a 2001 series, which is based on a British game show of the same name. Hosted by Jane Lynch, contestants answer trivia...  more
  • 11
    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba
    15
    10

    PremieredJune 1, 2005

    Based onStrictly Come Dancing, United Kingdom

    Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television...  more
  • 12
    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor
    17
    14

    PremieredJuly 6, 2000

    Based onBig Brother, The Netherlands

    Big Brother (CBS, 2000) is a reality game show series based on a Dutch series of the same name created by producer John de Mol. The series follows a group of contestants, known as HouseGuests, who...  more
  • 13

    Based on: Ant and Dec's Gameshow Marathon, United Kingdom

    Game$how Marathon is an American television program which aired on CBS from May 31, 2006 to June 29, 2006. It is based on the UK series Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon which aired on ITV in 2005. It...  more
  • 14
    10
    5

    PremieredJanuary 2, 2019

    Based onKing of Mask Singer, South Korea

    The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a...  more
  • 15
    Dwyane Wade
    11
    8

    PremieredJune 10, 2021

    Based on: The Cube, United Kingdom

    The Cube (TBS, 2021) is an American reality game show series based on the British game show of the same name. Hosted by NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, a pair of contestants has nine lives to complete...  more
  • 16
    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson
    17
    16

    PremieredJune 11, 2002

    Based on : Pop Idol, United Kingdom

    American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on June...  more
  • 17
    Rob Gronkowski, Bobby Lee
    7
    2

    PremieredMay 27, 2020

    Based on: A League Of Their Own, United Kingdom

    Game On! (CBS, 2020) is an American game show created by James Corden and based on the British game show "A League Of Their Own." Two teams navigate rounds of sporting questions and physical...  more
  • 18
    Terrence J
    5
    1

    PremieredJuly 13, 2017

    Based on: Safeword, United Kingdom

    SafeWord (MTV, 2017) is an American comedy panel game show based on the British of the same name. Hosted by Terrence J, each celebrity is paired with a Safety Crew of comedians who help push their...  more
  • 19
    Reggie Watts, Alex Horne
    5
    1

    PremieredApril 27, 2018

    Based on: Taskmaster, United Kingdom

    Taskmaster (Comedy Central, 2018) is an American gameshow based on the British gameshow of the same name created by Alex Horne. Hosted by Reggie Watts, contestants compete in a series of incredibly...  more
  • 20
    Ludacris, Mark Beech
    5
    1

    PremieredMay 30, 2017

    Based on: Now or Neverland, Denmark

    Fear Factor (MTV, 2017) is an American reality gameshow series rebooted from the 2001 series of the same name. Hosted by Ludacris, Contestants will have to confront new stunts inspired by urban...  more
  • 21
    Lil Rel Howery
    11
    10

    Premiered2021

    Based on: Small Fortune, United Kingdom

    Small Fortune (NBC, 2021) is an American gameshow series based on the British series of the same name. Hosted by Lil Rel Howery, contestants in teams of three miust work together in challenges that...  more
  • 22
    Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown
    16
    17

    PremieredDecember 12, 2009

    Based on : Sasuke, Japan

    American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty...  more
  • 23

    Based onDancing on Ice, United Kingdom

    Skating with the Stars is an American reality competition that aired on ABC from November 22, to December 21, 2010. Skating with the Stars features celebrities paired with professionals from the...  more
  • 24
    Lilly Petruzzi
    11
    9

    Premiered2009

    Based onBrain Survivor, Japan

    BrainSurge is an American children's game show aired on Nickelodeon hosted by Jeff Sutphen. The show taped its first season in February 2009, and debuted on September 28, 2009. The show's format was...  more
  • 25
    Lynhthy Nguyen
    9
    8

    PremieredJune 20, 2019

    Based on: Family Food Fight, Australia

    Family Food Fight (ABC, 2019) is an American reality competition television series based on the Australian show of the same name. Eight families go head-to-head in high-pressure cooking challenges...  more