10 Foreign Remakes of American TV Shows



U.S. TV networks take shows from other countries and rework them to show to American audiences. In the same way, other countries do their own versions of American TV shows -but they often end up being quite different. Check out this list of 10 Foreign Remakes of American TV Shows Very Different Than the Original, with clips showing what some of your favorite sitcoms, cartoons, and dramas look  like in other parts of the world. Pictured here are the Russian versions of How I Met Your Mother, The Nanny, and Everybody Loves Raymond. Link -Thanks, Katina!

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I've never seen the original Law and Order, but don't for a moment believe that Law and Order UK is anything at all like the way the law is, or should be, practiced in England and Wales*. Indeed an awful lot of things that happen int he show would probably get a case thrown out.

*Note to furriners: Although the UK is a single country the law in England and Wales differs from the law in Scotland which itself differs from the law in Northern Ireland.
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It would be interesting to see a similar list of foreign shows imported to the US. Certainly all of the imports of British shows I've seen have been pale shadows of the original. I suspect that it's the case that any comedy show transplanted to another culture simply won't work.

Comedy is intrinsically part of it's culture and if you try to translate it to match another culture it won't work. It's curious that TV companies even try. Often the original plays perfectly well in the foreign country as it is.
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Let's see: All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and The Office are all based on British shows. I can't think of any more off the top of my head, but I bet there are a lot.
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