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The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Updated November 5, 2020 469 votes 46 voters 1.5k views31 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
    The Voice
    28
    9

    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

    Based onThe Voice of Holland, The Netherlands

  • 2
    Iron Chef America
    16
    2

    Iron Chef America

    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper

    Premiered2005

    Based onIron Chef, Japan

  • 3
    America's Funniest Home Videos
    20
    9

    America's Funniest Home Videos

    Tom Bergeron, Jess Harnell

    Premiered1989

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

  • 4
    Fear Factor
    19
    8

    Fear Factor

    Joe Rogan

    Premiered2001

    Based onFear Factor, The Netherlands

  • 5
    Big Brother
    22
    12

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Based onBig Brother, The Netherlands

  • 6
    Hell's Kitchen
    15
    5

    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic

    Premiered2005

    Based onHell's Kitchen, United Kingdom

  • 7
    Deal or No Deal
    18
    9

    Deal or No Deal

    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson

    Premiered2005

    Based onMiljoenenjach, The Netherlands

  • 8
    Dancing with the Stars
    16
    9

    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

    Based onStrictly Come Dancing, United Kingdom

  • 9
    Gameshow Marathon

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

  • 10
    The Chase
    15
    9

    The Chase

    Bradley Walsh

    Premiered2009

    Based onThe Chase, United Kingdom

  • 11
    Dog Eat Dog
    15
    9

    Dog Eat Dog

    Brooke Burns

    Premiered2002

    Based on Dog Eat Dog, United Kingdom

  • 12
    American Ninja Warrior
    14
    9

    American Ninja Warrior

    Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown

    Premiered2009

    Based on : Sasuke, Japan

  • 13
    BrainSurge
    10
    5

    BrainSurge

    Lilly Petruzzi

    Premiered2009

    Based onBrain Survivor, Japan

  • 14
    The Masked Singer
    8
    2

    Based onKing of Mask Singer, South Korea

  • 15
    American Idol
    16
    13

    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    Premiered2002

    Based on : Pop Idol, United Kingdom

  • 16
    Game On!
    1
    0

    Game On!

    Rob Gronkowski, Ian Karmel

    Premiered2020

    Based on: A League Of Their Own, United Kingdom

  • 17
    Cash Cab
    11
    8

    Cash Cab

    Ben Bailey, Beth Melewski

    Premiered2005

    Based onCash Cab, United Kingdom

  • 18
    MXC
    6
    4

    MXC

    Beat Kitano, Mary Scheer

    Premiered2003

    Based onTakeshi's Castle, Japan

  • 19
    Weakest Link
    1
    0

    Weakest Link

    Jane Lynch

    Premiered2020

    Based on: The Weakest Link, United Kingdom

  • 20
    Million Dollar Money Drop

    Based on: The Million Pound Drop, United Kingdom

  • 21
    Skating with the Stars

    Based onDancing on Ice, United Kingdom

  • 22
    Family Food Fight
    2
    4

    Family Food Fight

    Ayesha Curry, Cat Cora

    Premiered2019

    Based on: Family Food Fight, Australia

  • 23
    The Four: Battle for Stardom
    2
    4

    The Four: Battle for Stardom

    Fergie, Sean Combs

    Based onThe Final Four, Israel

  • 24
    Keep It Spotless
    2
    4

    Keep It Spotless

    Melissa Vanderschyff

    Based onSpotless, United Kingdom

  • 25
    Killer Karaoke

    Based onSpotless, United Kingdom