While reality shows feel like an incredibly United-States-television-thing, that doesn't mean the format hasn't made its way to other countries. In fact, there are dozens of amazing reality shows that air in the United States based on popular series created overseas. International reality TV shows have been ported over to the United States for decades, but it isn't always clear if an American reality show has an international origin, and you may be surprised to learn that some of your all-time favorites didn't start in the States.
Sometimes reality television is the truest cultural exchange - which is how the U.S. has versions of Korean, Japanese, British, Australian, and many other nations' reality shows adapted for an American audience. From obvious imports such as American Ninja Warrior and Hell's Kitchen to surprises like Shark Tank, recent reality imports are some of the most popular shows on right now.
Which str the best recent US versiond of international reality shows? Don't forget to add any recent American versions of foreign reality shows that we might have missed and vote up your favorites below!
Based on: Undercover Boss, United Kingdom
- Actors: Mark Keller
- Premiered: 2010
- Network: CBS
- Photo: Trading Spaces / Discovery2
Based on: Changing Rooms, United KingdomTrading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that aired from 2000 to 2008 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms. The show ran for eight seasons.... more
- Actors: Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis, Vern Yip, Carter Oosterhouse
- Premiered: 2000
- Network: Destination America, TLC
- Photo: convergentmediapr / Flickr
Based on: Celebrity Fit Club, United KingdomCelebrity Fit Club is a reality television series that follows eight overweight celebrities as they try to lose weight for charity. Split into two competing teams of four, each week teams are given different physical challenges, and weighed to see if they reached their target weights. They are monitored and supervised by a team that includes a nutritionist, a psychologist, and a physical trainer, the latter of which is former U.S. Marine Harvey Walden IV. The series originated in the United Kingdom on ITV in 2002 as Fat Club, with members of the general public taking part. The show then switched to celebrity participants, and continued until 2006, with Dale Winton as host since the series... more
- Actors: Dale Winton, Vanessa Feltz, Julie Goodyear, Freddie Starr, Coleen Nolan
- Premiered: 2002
- Network: ITV
- Photo: Shark Tank / ABC
Based on: Money Tigers, JapanShark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and an entry in the Dragons' Den franchise. Aspiring entrepreneur-contestants pitch their business idea to a panel of "shark" investors, who then choose whether to invest.... more
- Actors: Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner
- Premiered: 2009
- Network: American Broadcasting Company