This list includes information on American shows based on foreign shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of the best American shows are actually adaptations of foreign series. Some American shows that you might not have known were remakes include dramas, while other US adaptations of foreign shows are comedies. American television will adapt any genre they can get their hands on! Some of the most popular US TV series of all time were actually based on existing international shows.
What series made the cut for this foreign shows that were remade in the US list? Homeland is an award-winning drama for Showtime, but it was actually based on the Israeli series Hatufim which premiered in 2010 and is still airing new episodes. House of Cards is another good American show that is based on a foreign series - the British show of the same name.
There are several great American comedies that are also adaptations of foreign material. All in the Family may seem like an iconic US production, but it was based on the UK series Till Death Us Do Part. Other good shows on this top American adaptations list include The Office, Shameless, and Skins.Which American show based on a foreign original is your favorite? Vote the best series up to the top of this list and add any other great foreign adaptations that aren't already listed.
- Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski118 votes
- Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, Whitman Mayo62 votes
- William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan72 votes
- Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner61 votes
- John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers49 votes
- Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Maury Sterling72 votes