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List of British TV shows remade for the American market

Many successful British TV shows (particularly sitcoms) have been remade for the American market. The amount of reworking varies with some shows (such as All in the Family) keeping the basic situation and then adding many original features and others taking complete scripts (such as Amanda's) taking entire scripts verbatim.

There are relatively few examples of American shows remade for the British market (the majority of these being game shows), as the British television audience are very accepting of the American originals. Indeed the US remakes are often imported back into the UK. By contrast original British shows are rarely seen on the major networks and are usually broadcast only on the Public Broadcasting Service and cable television. This list includes a number of pilots not subsequently taken up.

UK original US remake Notes
Absolutely Fabulous Cybill Also remade as High Society
Absolutely Fabulous High Society[?] Also remade as Cybill
Agony[?] The Lucy Arnaz Show[?]
Antiques Roadshow[?] Antiques Roadshow
Are You Being Served? Beanes of Boston[?] Un-aired pilot
As If[?] As If
Ballykissangel[?] Hope Island[?]
Big Brother Big Brother Originally a Dutch TV production
Changing Rooms[?] Trading Spaces
Cold Feet[?] Cold Feet
Cracker Cracker US remake is known as Fitz in the UK
Coupling Coupling
Dad's Army The Rear Guard[?] Pilot episode only
Dear John Dear John Known as Dear John USA in the UK
Dog Eat Dog[?] Dog Eat Dog
Don't Forget Your Toothbrush[?] Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin Reggie[?]
Fawlty Towers Amanda's[?] Also remade as Payne
Fawlty Towers Payne[?] Also remade as Amanda's
George and Mildred[?] The Ropers[?]
The Grimleys[?] The Grubbs[?]
Holding The Baby[?] Holding The Baby
Home to Roost[?] You Again[?]
I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here![?] I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here![?]
Keep It in the Family[?] Too Close For Comfort[?]
Love Thy Neighbour Love Thy Neighbor[?]
Man About The House[?] Three's Company[?]
Masterchef[?] Masterchef
Max Headroom Max Headroom
Men Behaving Badly Men Behaving Badly
Mind Your Language[?] What a Country[?]
Nevermind The Buzzcocks[?] Nevermind The Buzzcocks
The 1900 House[?] Frontier House[?]
Not the Nine O'Clock News Not Necessarily the News[?]
On The Buses[?] Lotsa Luck[?]
One Foot In The Grave Cosby[?] Many differences.
Pop Idol[?] American Idol: The Search for a Superstar
Porridge On The Rocks[?]
Queer As Folk[?] Queer As Folk[?]
Red Dwarf Red Dwarf Un-aired pilot
Robin's Nest[?] Three’s A Crowd[?]
Scrapheap Challenge Junkyard Wars See 1 below.
Spitting Image D.C. Follies[?]
Steptoe and Son Sanford and Son[?]
That Was The Week That Was That Was The Week That Was
This Life[?] First Years[?]
Till Death Us Do Part All In The Family
The Weakest Link The Weakest Link
What Not to Wear[?] What Not to Wear
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Yes, Prime Minister Not My Department[?] Canadian remake
The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star[?] My Guide To Becoming A Rock Star[?]

1: The original show for Channel 4 was called "Scrapheap Challenge". When shown in the US this was re-titled "Scrapheap". When the program started to use US teams and a US presenter it was re-titled "Junkyard Wars" for both US and UK audiences. In the UK episodes involving UK teams remain under the title "Scrapheap Challenge".



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