ABFAB: British Invasion

According to Wikipedia, there are 136 American shows that are based off of or are an American remake of an original British show. As Paul Revere said, “The British are coming!” Basically, we might we have won the American revolution but we still steal a lot of ideas from them. Here’s some of the more notable American TV shows that are based on an original British TV program:

  • The Office – a mockumentary comedy that revolves around a group of office works. The American version starred Steve Carrel while the British version starred Ricky Gervais.
  • Hells Kitchen and MasterChef – two reality cooking shows with the famous check Gordon Ramsey.
  • Queer as Folk – this drama only lasted one season in the UK but lasted six in the US. Considered to be the first show that truly depicted gay life.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway – improv comedy show