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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.

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

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Virginia Sherwood / NBC

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

REX USA/FremantleMedia Ltd
Everett Collection

Man About The House: 1973-1976, 40 episodes

Three's Company: 1977-1984, 172 episodes

3. Doctor Who

UK produced: 798 episodesUS 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.
Ray Burmiston/Adrian Rogers, ©BBC WORLDWIDE

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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Adam Taylor / ABC

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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Lacey Terrell / © HBO

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

REX USA/ITV
Ali Goldstein / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Cash Cab UK: 2005-2006, 30 episodes

Cash Cab US: 2005-2012, 240 episodes

10. The Chase

REX USA/Ken McKay / Rex
GSN

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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