Not Lost in Translation: 8 U.S. Shows Find Success by Copying the U.K.

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Source: Showtime

Source: Showtime

More often than not, the U.S. struggles to successfully recreate British shows. If you’re not convinced, I refer you to the The IT Crowd, Life on Mars, and Fawlty Towers, which are prime examples of some of the bad adaptations out there. But sometimes networks across the pond are able to get it right. In fact, some of the adaptations even managed to do better than the original British versions. So which American remakes managed to get it right? Here’s a look at eight of them.

1. Shameless

The extremely popular British series, which ran from 2004 to 2013, focused on Frank Gallagher, a no-good father, and his children, who are pretty much on their own. The series took a look at a lower-class family, who avoided the law, looked out for each other and tried to stick together. When Showtime debuted the U.S. version of Shameless in 2011, many were skeptical that it could keep up with the successful British series. The first few episodes started out a bit rocky, but sure enough, the U.S. series, also featuring the Gallagher family, began to win over the hearts of viewers everywhere. William Macy does an exceptional job playing Frank Gallagher, and you can’t help but root for Emmy Rossum’s character, Fiona.

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