"The Voice" might be a huge success in America, but we weren't the first ones to think of the chair-turning-celebrity-judge-training-huge-stage-performance show. Here's some other television shows that were found overseas and translated for an American audience.
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"Till Death Us Do Part" becomes "All in the Family"
Carroll O'Connor starred in this adaptation of the British show "Till Death Do Us Part." "All in the Family" was a huge hit for CBS rating as the number one show for five consecutive years. No show has beaten the record except for another imported show. In the picture, actors Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers accept the Innovator Award for "All In The Family" during the TV Land Awards 2003.
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"Pop Idol" becomes "American Idol"
"American Idol" has pulled six consecutive years as the number one watched show in America. This show is a spin-off to the British talent search "Pop Idol," which in turn has spin-offs in 42 territories around the world.
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"Big Brother" becomes "Big Brother"
The show first aired in the Netherlands to much fanfare. The next year the U.S. picked up the reality competition on CBS. The show has been a primetime success, with CBS picking it up for season 13. In the picture, Preston , Makosi, Nick Bateman, Michelle Bass, Craig, Pete Bennett, Brian Dowling, Davina McCall and Nikki Grahame gather at the finale of "Ultimate Big Brother."
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"Miljoenenjacht " becomes "Deal or No Deal"
This show was a hit for NBC during its four year run from 2005 through 2009, but it wasn't the original. The show began in 2000 in the Netherlands as "Miljoenenjacht" which translated is "Hunt For Millions". The original version is still going strong. In the picture are the lovely ladies from the U.S. version of "Deal or No Deal."
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"Cash Cab" becomes "Cash Cab"
For a change of pace, this show began in the U.S. on the Discovery Chanel in 2005, quickly becoming a success for the network. The next year the U.K. decided to capitalize on the show's success and premise and launched its own version.
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"Be Tipul" becomes "In Treatment"
"In Treatment" had a successful run on HBO garnering two Emmy's and a Golden Globe for the actors Diane West (who won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress) and Gabriel Byrne (who won the Emmy and the Golden Globe for Best Actor). Hagai Levi's successful Israeli series "BeTipul" is the inspiration and the U.S. version's format, script and opening theme however are based on -- and are often word-for-word translations of -- the original.
"Kath and Kim" becomes "Kath and Kim"
This U.S. flop went for 17 episodes on NBC and starred Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. American audiences didn't take to the adapted Australian humor. The Australian version ran for four seasons in its native land.
"The Office" becomes "The Office"
Unlike "Kath and Kim," "The Office" was a success on both sides of the ocean. Steve Carrell led this American version to critical and commercial success and creator and star of the British version, Ricky Gervais, did the same.
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"Queer as Folk" becomes "Queer as Folk"
This Showtime hit was based off of the British version which ran from 1999 to 2000. The American version became a much bigger hit, and it's overtly gay themes revolutionized television. The show aired the first simulated explicit sex scene between two men shown on American television. The American version consists of five seasons ending in 2005.
"Secret Millionaire" bcomes "Secret Millionaire"
This series originated in the UK and has continued to be a hit abroad. The American version first hit screens in 2008 on Fox and was subsequently ended, however ABC recently picked the show up for a second season which began in March and ended in April. In the premiere episode, millionaire and successful entrepreneur Dani Johnson leaves her family and lavish lifestyle behind to spend six days in one of the poorest areas of Knoxville, Tennessee, in search of those most in need of her help.
"Skins" becomes "Skins"
America's hit reality program "Survivor" is yet another British import. The show is based off of "Expedition Robinson" which has been a mild success in the U.K. The series has been much more popular in the U.S.
The British version of "Skins" has been a huge hit in both America and the UK prompting an American version which aired on MTV. To put it delicately the American version did not fare well and was subsequently canceled mid way into its first season.
with currently 22 seasons under its belt since beginning in 2000.
"Shameless" becomes "Shameless"
"Shameless" has been a hit on both sides of the pond as the British version heads into its ninth season, while the American one has been ordered for a second season. Both versions follow a dysfunctional family led by Frank Gallagher as the patriarch to his six children.
"Expedition Robinson" becomes "Survivor"
America's hit reality program "Survivor" is yet another British import. The show is based off of "Expedition Robinson" which has been a mild success in the U.K. The series has been much more popular in the U.S. with currently 22 seasons under its belt since beginning in 2000.
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"Man About the House" becomes "Three's Company"
"Three's Company" was a huge success in the United States beginning its run in 1977, but it gets its premise from a British sitcom called "Man About the House," which had a successful run in the UK spawning two spin-off series and a movie.
"Yo Soy Betty, La Fea" becomes "Ugly Betty"
America Ferrera won an Emmy for her portrayal of the titular character, Betty on the U.S. version of Columbia's "Yo Soy Betty, La Fea." The show was a critical and commercial victory and even guest starred Lindsay Lohan.
"The Weakest Link" becomes "The Weakest Link"
This British hit has had an amazing run overseas, ending its run when host Anne Robinson ends her contract in 2012, who became known as the "Queen of Mean." Robinson also appeared on the American version when it aired on NBC beginning in 2001 and ending in 2002 after a steep ratings slip. To be fair, the title is unfounded: She looks much less terrifying off the set.
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" becomes "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
The Regis Philbi- hosted American version was a hit in the states when it aired on ABC in 1999 through 2002 eventually reaching syndication. It has since changed its host to Meredith Vieira, the show still airs in America. The British version is much more successful, and still airs during prime time.
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"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" becomes "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
This Drew Carey hit originally ran in Britain as a radio program moving to TV fro on season in 1998. The show then hit American screens on ABC under the same name to much success.
"Wife Swap" becomes "Wife Swap"
This show has been a commercial success in both the U.K. where it originated and the U.S. ABC began airing the American counterpart to the British series in 2004. Fox also had a similar concept with its show "Trading Spouses" which ran for four years beginning in 2004.
"Stricly Come Dancing" becomes "Dancing with the Stars"
This American ratings juggernaut has been a huge success in the states and in the U.K. with both versions still on the air.
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"Life on Mars" becomes "Life on Mars"
This show was neither a success in the Uk or in the US, with two seasons reaching air in the UK and one in the US. The show did however provide a sequel in the UK entitled "Ashes to Ashes" which consisted of three additional seasons.
"Steptoe and Son" becomes "Sanford and Son"
"Sanford and Son" was second only to "All in the Family" during its run on NBC. The BBC version was also a hit with eight seasons reaching air in 1962-1965 and again in 1970-1974.
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"X Factor" becomes "X Factor"
The latest import from Britain is the highly successful "X Factor" series, which is helmed by former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. The series hopes to repeat "Idol's" success. The show, however, comes into a crowded arena with both "The Voice" and "Idol" as competing competitions. The reported $5 million prize may help sets the series apart.
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"Changing Rooms" becomes "Trading Spaces"
This reality series was a major hit for TLC, and spawned three separate spinoffs during its eight year run beginning in 2000. The show was also a hit in its home of origin the U.K. The series began in 1996 over there and ran until 2004, and got 17 seasons under its belt.