17 Shows That Came From Foreign Lands

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As Americans, we like to think we're the best at everything, but that's not always the case. With television, some of our favorite and most popular shows didn't originate here in the U.S.

We've adopted lots of British television, but other countries are represented as well.

You might be surprised where some of these shows came from. 

Click through our list to see which shows weren't born in the U.S.A.

1. Shameless

Shameless
This dark comedy has it's origins in Britain where it was a solid hit. Not all version of British shows are successful in the U.S., but Shameless is one of the lucky ones.

2. Three's Company

Three's Company
Three's Company was based on the British hit series, Man About the House. It followed Jack, Chrissy and Janet who lived together on the falsity that Jack was gay, because their landlord, Mr. Roper would never allow such living arrangements otherwise. Eventually, Mr. Roper's wife discovered the truth, but she never told on them. The series aired for eight seasons on ABC.

3. The Office

The Office
Ricky Gervais starred in the British version of this iconic comedy. It did so well overseas that writer Greg Daniels decided to adapt it for Amercian audiences. Althought it didn't do as well as its British counterpart, it did have a solid following and received critical acclaim.

4. Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin
One of the most popular shows on The CW right now is a remake of a 2002 soap opera from Venezuela, called Juana le Virgen. While Juna le Virgen only aired for one season, Jane the Virgin is now on season 3.

5. Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son
Who would have ever guessed that a story about a junkman and his son was actually based on a British comedy called Steptoe and Son. What made Sanford and Son unique was that it used two black actors as the leads, something that was not very common in the 70s when the show came out. Sanford and Son was known for its edgy racial humor, running gags, and catchphrases and was a ratings hit for six seasons on NBC.

6. Being Human

Being Human
A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost all live together and try to assimilate themselves into human society was the premise for this show based off of the British series of he same name.

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