10 Hit TV Shows That Started In The UK

We’re not saying all the best US shows start in the UK. But kind of. Check out The Chase, the newest UK import, Tuesdays at 9/8c on GSN.

1. Britain’s Got Talent / America’s Got Talent

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Britain’s Got Talent: 2007-present, 87 episodes
America’s Got Talent: 2006-present, 193 episodes

Though the British version was cast and produced first, the American version beat it to airwaves after issues with the pilot.

2. Man About The House / Three’s Company

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Man About The House: 1973-1976, 40 episodes
Three’s Company: 1977-1984, 172 episodes

3. Doctor Who

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UK produced: 798 episodes
US produced: 1 TV movie — the 1996 movie Doctor Who was intended as a backdoor pilot to an American Who, but low US ratings meant no series emerged.

4. Being Human

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Being Human UK: 2008-2013, 37 episodes
Being Human US: 2011-present, 39 episodes

5. Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing With the Stars

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Strictly Come Dancing: 2004-present, 185 episodes
Dancing With the Stars: 2005-present, 308 episodes

6. The Thick Of It / Veep

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The Thick of It: 2005-2012, 34 episodes
Veep: 2012-present, 18 episodes

7. The Office

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The Office UK: 2001-2003, 15 episodes
The Office US: 2005-2013, 201 episodes

8. Pop Idol / American Idol

REX USA/FremantleMedia Ltd

Michael Becker / FOX


Pop Idol: 2001-2003, 46 episodes
American Idol: 2002-present, 475 episodes

9. Cash Cab


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Cash Cab UK: 2005-2006, 30 episodes
Cash Cab US: 2005-2012, 240 episodes

10. The Chase

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The Chase UK: 2009-present, 428 episodes
The Chase US: 2013-present, 8 episodes

Check out The Chase, America’s newest UK import, only on GSN:

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