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    9 Times America Failed To Remake A British TV Show, And 10 Times It Was Almost Better Than The Original

    Because life is really about that balance.

    We all know that when a TV show is a hit, it's likely to be copied around the world – but when it comes to US versions of UK shows, the phrase "hit and miss" has never been more appropriate.

    Here are 10 acclaimed American versions of British shows, and 9 remakes that we'd rather were never attempted in the first place.

    1. I think we can all agree that the US remake of The Office is one of the most adored comedies of the noughties.

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    2. But an American version of Gavin & Stacey should never have been attempted – much less three times!

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    3. Even fans of the original show love what Showtime did with its adaptation of Shameless.

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    4. But the US version of Skins was just too painful to watch.

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    5. The American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? definitely captured the humour of the British original.

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    6. But while the Absolutely Fabulous US cast was tight, it just didn't sparkle like the UK version.

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    Queer as Folk translated perfectly to US screens.

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    7. But I'll tell you what didn't translate – The Inbetweeners.

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    8. It's hard to imagine a world without American Idol.

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    9. But I wish I lived in a world where I didn't know there was a US remake of my beloved The IT Crowd.

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    10. Some say that Love Island USA is better than the British progenitor.

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    11. But why – WHY – did the USA attempt a remake of The Vicar of Dibley???

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    12. Steptoe and Son may have birthed the American icon that is Sanford and Son.

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    13. But our US friends could never really nail the humour of classic British comedy Fawlty Towers.

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    14. Dancing With The Stars is just as much a national favourite as its British inspo, Strictly Come Dancing.

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    15. But there's a reason why you've never heard of Beacon Hill, the US adaptation of 1970s British drama, Upstairs, Downstairs.

    16. House of Cards was a runaway hit when it was remade for Netflix with a majority American cast.

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    17. But while there were sparks of greatness, Call Me Kat wasn't nearly as clever as 2010s Britcom Miranda.

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    18. And finally, who doesn't love a good episode of Veep – the American adaptation of hilarious British series, The Thick of It?

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    Do you agree with my assessments? Let me know in the comments below!