We’ve watched and followed these American TV shows over the years but little do we know, they’re actually adapted from the United Kingdom!
Here’s 10 of the popular shows that were originally from the UK before becoming popularized in the United States.
1. House of Cards
The show hails from the UK. which aired in 1990 on BBC. The original version came in a miniseries based on a novel by a former political insider, Michael Dobbs.
2. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The first Who Wants To Be a Millionaire UK was aired ITV in 1998 with presenter Christ Tarrant. The show was quickly popularized and later brought to the US the following year on ABC.
3. American Idol
The Show was Originally known as Pop Idol in the UK, it was later brought to the US and later changed to American Idol- with Simon Cowell remaining as the judge.
4. The Office
The popular show did not come from the US. Originally a British series which included 12 episodes, it didn’t get as much attention until it was remade into and American version.
5. Undercover Boss
Undercover Boss aired in the UK in 2009. One year after, the US came out with their own version.
6. Dancing with the Stars
The beloved dance show was adapted from the UK version Strictly Come Dancing, which aired in 2004.
You would think Veep was originally from the United States, but the show is actually an adaptation from The Thick of It, a TV show from the UK that pokes fun of the inner workings of government.
8. Cash Cab
The UK version was filmed in various locations around the UK, the American version focused mainly in New York City.