Trans Atlantic Equivalent
Two shows on opposite sides of the Atlantic can be compared with each other.
Typically, the older show is remade on the other side of The Pond
. Most often, a UK show is remade in the US. In the case of foreign reality or game shows, this is because they are not usually aired by US commercial networks, and this allows American audiences to directly participate by becoming eligible contestants.
Shows that spread to even more countries become Multi-National Shows
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Film & TV
- Kenny vs. Spenny (Canada)/Ed vs. Spencer (UK)/Elton vs. Simon (Germany)/Frank Vs. Girard (Quebec): Two friends compete in bizarre competitions; the loser suffers a humiliation.
- Man About The House (UK)/ Three's Company (US) / Sam Sam (Holland): Buffoon fakes homosexuality to room with two women.
- Robin's Nest (UK)/ Three's A Crowd (US): The buffoon and his girlfriend run a bistro.
- George and Mildred (UK)/ The Ropers (US): The buffoon's former landlord and landlady try to get ahead in society.
- One Foot in the Grave (UK)/ Cosby (US): Curmudgeonly older man deals with retirement.
- Changing Rooms (UK) / Trading Spaces (US)/ Tapetenwechsel (Germany): Neighbors remodel each others' homes.
- The Office (UK) / The Office (US) / Stromberg (Germany)/ Le Bureau (France) / La Job (Quebec) / La Ofis (Chile) / Kontoret (Sweden)note : Mockumentary style Work Com.
- And apparently, Russian and Israeli versions are on the way. Ricky Gervais will never have to work again.
- Cracker (UK) / Cracker (US): Defective Detective / Profiler crime drama (The US version is known as Fitz in the UK)
- Fawlty Towers (UK) / Amanda's (US) / Payne (US): Quirky staff runs hotel.
- Max Headroom: Twenty Minutes Into The Future (UK)/ Max Headroom (US): Reporter uncovers scandal aided by his computer counterpart.
- Scrapheap Challenge (UK) / Junkyard Wars (US): Engineers compete to build machines out of found objects.
- To confuse things further, the US distributor of Scrapheap Challenge retitled it Junkyard Wars.
- Till Death Us Do Part (UK) / All in the Family (US) / Ein Herz und eine Seele (Germany): Bigoted misogynist lives with socialist son-in-law and long-suffering wife.
- Two of All in the Family's spinoffs have, in turn, had translations of their own:
- Good Times (US) / The Fosters (UK): The tale of a poor but loving black family.
- Maude (US) / Nobody's Perfect (UK): An outspoken American liberal wife (yes, she was American in the British version as well).
- Steptoe And Son (UK)/Sanford and Son (US): The adventures of father and son junkyard merchants.
- Aktenzeichen XY... Ungelöst ("File XY... Unsolved", Germany)/ Crimewatch UK (UK)/ America's Most Wanted (US): Enlisting millions of viewers to help find fugitives the police can't.
- Family Feud (US) / Family Fortunes (UK) / Familienduell (Germany) / Une famille en or (France) / Vijf tegen Vijf: Game Show where two families try to guess the most popular answers to survey questions. Though the Dutch version eventually dropped the family aspect allowing collegues and other groups to participate.
- Britain's Got Talent/Americas Got Talent/Das Supertalent (Germany): Talent competition involving three judges who can buzz people off.
- The Golden Girls (US) / Brighton Belles (UK): Four older women share a house.
- Mad About You (US) / Loved By You (UK): Newlywed couple in the big city.
- The Hollywood Squares (US) / Celebrity Squares (UK): Quiz show with celebrities in a giant tic-tac-toe/noughts-and-crosses board.
- Keep It In The Family (UK) / Too Close for Comfort (US)
- Mind Your Language (UK) / What A Country (US)
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?: improvisational comedy (same format and similar games on both sides of The Pond)
- Later series of the UK version were filmed in the US- if anything, it was probably just a change of host rather than a remake
- Life On Mars (UK) / Life On Mars (US) / Present-day police detective is transported to 1973.
- Spain had its own version, too, in which a cop is transported back to post-Franco Spain. It was called The Girl from Yesterday after a 1980 song by local group Nacha Pop.
- There is also a Russian version, but with an interesting twist: the modern-day cop is rough-and-ready, used to dealing with modern post-communism gangsters, whereas his 1970's counterparts are very much by-the-book, and are horrified by his "cowboy" tactics. Also the name was changed from Life On Mars, because David Bowie was largely unknown in Soviet Russia. Instead the series is called Dark Side of the Moon, because Pink Floyd did have an underground following there at that time. Another unique element of the Russian version is that the main character is not simply dropped back in the 1970s. Instead, he takes his own father's place and identity.
- Saturday Night Live (US) / Saturday Live and Friday Night Live (UK) / RTL Samstag Nacht (Germany) / SCTV (Canada): Subversive sketch show with young comedians.
- Who's the Boss? (US) / The Upper Hand (UK) / Ein Job fürs Leben (Germany): Male sportsman becomes housekeeper to successful businesswoman.
- Eleventh Hour (UK) / Eleventh Hour (US): A scientist and a government agent solve cases of scientific advancements in the wrong hands.
- Coupling (UK) / Coupling (US): Six friends are involved in ever-shifting (apart from the two leads) sexual relationships.
- There was also a Greek Coupling. According to Steven Moffat "It lasted longer than the American version, so shut up."
- Everybody Loves Raymond (US) / Everybody Loves Kostya (Russia) : Creator Phil Rosenthal has a comedic documentary (Exporting Raymond) about the process.
- Law & Order (US) / Law & Order: UK (UK) / Im Namen des Gesetzes (Germany): Cops and lawyers.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit / Закон и порядок: отдел оперативных расследований (Russia): Similar format dealing with sex crimes.
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (US) / Paris Enquêtes Criminelles (France) / Закон и порядок: Преступный Умысел (Russia): Similar format dealing with high profile cases, and also showing the persepective of the criminals.
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?? (US)/ Are You Smarter Than A Ten Year Old? (UK)/ Sei Più Bravo Di Un Ragazzino Di Quinta? (ITA) / Das weiß doch jedes Kind! (GER) / Jsi chytřejí ne páťák? (CZE): Contestants answer questions against a panel of kids.
- I've Got A Secret (US) /I've Got A Secret (UK)/ Please Guess My Secret (Japan): Unlike the UK versions of American Game Shows running at the time in the 50s/60s, the Japanese just created their own version with no assist from (or royalties to) Goodson Todman Productions.
- Being Human (UK) / Being Human (Remake) (US): A ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire try to live together as normal people.
- Het Huis Anubis (Netherlands) / Das Haus Anubis (Germany) / House of Anubis (US): A children's show about a group of friends trying to figure out a mystery their boarding school holds.
- Skins (U.K.) / Skins (U.S.): Darker and Edgier teen drama.
- Men Behaving Badly (U.K.) / Men Behaving Badly (U.S.) / It's A Man's World (U.S.): A sitcom about 'typical lads'.
- Edge of Darkness (U.K.) / Edge of Darkness (U.S.): A conspiracy thriller about nuclear cover-ups. Incidentally, made by the same director, Martin Campbell.
- This is Your Life (U.S.)/This is Your Life (U.K.)/This is Your Life (Australia): The host surprises its celebrity guest with a "book" taking them through their life and a host of people who have played important roles in the celebrity's life. Even though it originated as a concept in the U.S., it lasted for a much longer period of time in the U.K.
- The Thick of It (UK) / Veep (US): The raw, seedy, spin-dominated, and Cluster F-Bomb-dominated side of politics, as seen from a Government Agency of Fiction (UK) or the Vice President's office (US).
- Top Gear (UK) / Top Gear (US) / Top Gear (AUS): Three hosts chat about cars and driving them. Hilarity Ensues.
- Expedition: Robinson (SWE) / Survivor (US)
- Episodes is a series centered around the very concept.
- Transcontinental variant: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (US)/ Mr. Dressup (Canada): Justified in that both stars worked together in a Canadian precursor of the former show before Rogers returned to the US and his understudy Ernie "Mr. Dressup" Coombs decided to stay and create his own show.
- The U.S. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood even originated in Canada, debuting in 1963 on the CBC (including the trolley). So it's a show that started in Canada by an American, continued in the U.S., and also led to another similar show in Canada (hosted by an American-Canadian).
- Jersey Shore (US) / Geordie Shore (UK) / The GC (NZ/AU)
- Prime Suspect (UK) / Prime Suspect (US): Police Procedural about a no-nonsense female detective dealing with misogynistic colleagues.
- The Closer (US) is sometimes considered an unofficial remake of Prime Suspect.
- Doc Martin has its own equivalents in France, Germany, and other countries; these are virtually shot-for-shot remakes, but with added local flavor. Hart Of Dixie is a somewhat-similar US equivalent.
- Match Game (US/Canada) / Blankety Blank (UK) / Blankety Blanks (Australia) / Atomes Crochus (Québec): two contestants match wits with 6 celebrities, filling in the blanks of often-risqué statements.
- Nikita (France) / Point of No Return (US)
- College Bowl (US) / University Challenge (UK): quiz show between teams of college students. The US version was based on the national championships of the College Bowl Quiz Bowl league, and the UK equivalent has since become a British institution.
- Card Sharks (US) / Play Your Cards Right (UK): Players answer survey questions and then predict if the next in a line of cards is higher or lower than the previous card.
- Sherlock (UK) / Elementary (US): modern-day adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. (Although the makers of Elementary are at pains that it isn't "Sherlock in America''.)
- The reasoning for that is because, originally, that was the intent, but the creators of Sherlock refused. Instead, a more original American show was created. In fact, the creators of Sherlock maintain that Elementary isn't Sherlock Holmes at all.
- The Chase (UK) and The Chase (US): A team of random strangers answers questions for money and have to get it away from the chaser. In both cases, the shows also star the same person; Mark Labbet. The only difference is that in the UK he's one of four chasers, and in the US he's only the one.
- House of Cards (UK) / House of Cards (US): An unscrupulous politician manipulates everyone in a bid for power.
- The Wire (US) / Love/Hate (Ireland): Crime drama focusing on both sides of the law. Bonus points for Aidan Gillen playing a major role in both shows.
- That '70s Show (US)/ Days Like These (UK)
- Midnight Special or Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (US) / Old Grey Whistle Test (UK): 1970s live rock music shows.
- Hustle (UK)/ Leverage (US): Teams of con artists running stings on deserving targets.
- Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (UK)/The Spoils Of Babylon (US): Spoof of 1980s TV, where a pompous, conceited hack writer introduces episodes of an inept, low-budget adaptation of his work.
- The Borgias (Canada+Ireland)/ Borgia Faith And Fear (France+Germany): Historical dramas based on the Borgia family.
- The Tudors (Canada+Ireland)/ Magnificent Century (Turkey)/ Isabel (Spain): Historical dramas set in the show's Renaissance court of choice.
- Boardwalk Empire (US)/ Peaky Blinders (UK): 1920s gangster dramas.
- Sirens (UK)/ Sirens (US): comedy/drama focusing on the lives of three ambulance-men and a policewoman.
- Kath and Kim (Australia) / Kath and Kim (U.S.)
- Porridge (UK) / On the Rocks (US): Career criminal helps a new inmate cope with life in prison.
- The IT Crowd (UK) / The Big Bang Theory (US): Sitcoms about nerds hanging out with an attractive, normal woman.
- Bron|Broen (The Bridge) (DK/SE) / The Bridge US (US/MX) / The Tunnel (UK/FR): Crime drama revolving around two detectives, each from a different country, who work together to solve crimes after a body is dumped on the titular bridge/tunnel, smack dab in the middle of the international border.
- Los Misterios de Laura (Spain) / The Mysteries of Laura (US): A comedy/drama about a police detective who is also a single mother.
- Are You Being Served? (UK/Australia): Work Com Parody of the rigid British class system. The latter recycled the scripts of the original for the Land Down Under, save for one episode. Both even shared one character: Mr Humphries. Further, the owners of Grace Brothers (UK) and Bone Brothers (Australia) are cousins.
- Dance Moms (US) / Dance Mums With Jennifer Ellison (UK): Reality series about the mothers of competitive young dancers.
- Broadchurch (UK) / Gracepoint (US): Detective Drama miniseries in a small town starring David Tennant.
- The Beatles (UK) / The Monkees (US): Legendary '60s quartets who were initially teen pop-rock idols before evolving into more artistic acts.
- Lily Allen (UK) / Katy Perry (US): Black-haired pop-rock singers who evolved into pure-pop and became known for their now-colorful hair.
- Sex Pistols (UK) / The Ramones (US): seminal Punk Rock bands
- Deep Purple (UK) / Vanilla Fudge (US) or Boston (US): Hard rock/proto-heavy metal bands
- Def Leppard (UK) / Bon Jovi (US): Massively successful Hair Metal bands.
- Elton John (UK) / Billy Joel (US): 'Piano Men'
- Blue Oyster Cult (US)/ Black Sabbath or at other times Hawkwind (UK): Pioneering heavy metal bands
- The Smiths (UK) / REM (US): Pioneering 1980s Alternative bands known for their downbeat tone, featuring aloof, sexually ambiguous lead singers and snarky, shades-wearing guitarists who provided a distinctive Jangle Pop sound.
- New Kids on the Block (US) / Take That (UK): Pioneering boy bands
- Syd Barrett (UK) / Alexander "Skip" Spence (US): Eccentric, reclusive singer-songwriters. Both found their success with a band, one legendary and the other not so much.
- Foreigner: Named because half its founding members are American, and the other half are English.
- The Clash (UK) / Blondie (US) - Bands that started in the punk movement, then became known for their wide variety of genres, playing a key role in introducing reggae and rap to pop audiences, and crossovers into pop. Both broke up in 1982, though Blondie later reformed in the late 90s.
- The Runaways (US) / Girlschool (UK): pioneering all-female hard rock bands
- Kate Bush (UK) / Tori Amos (US): eccentric female singer-songwriters with devoted cult followings.
- Pink Floyd (UK) / The Grateful Dead (US): Psychedelic Rock bands who became known for their influential live performances.
- The Flaming Lips (US) / Radiohead or Muse (UK): Indie-rock bands.
- Joni Mitchell (Canada) / Sandy Denny (UK): Female singer-songwriters.
- New York Dolls (US) / David Bowie, Roxy Music, or T. Rex (UK): Glam-rock musicians.
- The Byrds (US) / Fairport Convention or Pentangle (UK): Seminal Folk Rock bands.
- Big Star (US) / Badfinger (UK): Power pop pioneers.
- Cliff Richard (UK) / Barry Manilow (USA) / Johnny Hallyday (France): Adult Contemporary singers.
- Although when he started his career in The Fifties, Cliff Richard was seen as Britain's Elvis Presley. They were both rock and roll icons.
- So was Johnny Hallyday at the same time in France.
- Foghat (UK) / ZZ Top (US): Boogie rock bands.
- Humble Pie (UK) / Grand Funk Railroad (US): Blues-rock; an argument between the two groups led to Grand Funk's Don Brewer penning their most popular song "We're an American Band."
- Styx (US) / Supertramp (UK): Progressive Rock bands that shifted toward a more conventional pop/rock style. They were also signed to the same label.
- OneRepublic (US) / The Script (Ireland): Adult pop bands who were most popular in the 2010s.
- Justin Bieber (Canada) / One Direction (UK) / Five Seconds Of Summer (Australia): Globally popular teen idols of the 2010s social media generation who became superstars upon conquering the United States.
- The Housemartins (UK)/Barenaked Ladies (Canada): Melodic acoustic pop laced with (often scathing) humo(u)r, and an atypical song as their biggest hit (the a capella "Caravan of Love" for The Housemartins, the rap-heavy "One Week" for BNL).
- Lynyrd Skynyrd (US) / Thin Lizzy (Ireland): Rock bands known for their twin guitars and lyrics about town life rather than sex, with charismatic lead singers who died young.
- Snow Patrol (Ireland) / The Fray (US): Soft rock bands heavily influenced by U2's stadium rock sound. Their most famous songs got massive boosts in popularity after being featured in Grey's Anatomy and peaked around the same late-2006 time frame. Each band is far more successful in their home country than across The Pond.
- Fleetwood Mac (Started in the UK, but moved to the US) / Abba (Sweden): Melodic '70s pop bands with two couples that broke up but still kept working together.
- Sandie Shaw (UK) / Lesley Gore (US) 60s Girl Next Door singers
- ParadiseLost (UK) / Type O Negative (US): Male fronted gothic metal bands who started out in heavier forms of music, in particular both having thrash and doom metal influences. Both of them also displayed poppier influences at times, though still maintained a dark aesthetic.
- FuneralForAFriend (UK) / BoySetsFire (US): Post-Hardcore/Screamo bands who've been friends for over a decade. The band members have said that they consider each other to be this trope.
- IcedEarth (US) / BlindGuardian (Germany) both specialise in dark, dramatic speed/power metal. They have been friends ever since they first toured Germany together in 1990. For a time they were both signed to the Germany-based label, Century Media. In the early 2000s, Iced Earth's frontman Jon Schaffer and Blind Guardian's singer Hansi Kursch formed a side project called Demons And Wizards, which solidified the friendship between the two groups. As you can tell from his name, Schaffer has German heritage and so is naturally drawn to the country anyway. As Friendly Fandoms go, their fandoms are quite high up there.
- Margaret Thatcher (UK) / Ronald Reagan (US): 1980s New Right leaders
- Tony Blair (UK) / Bill Clinton (US): 1990s Third Way leaders
- George W. Bush (US) / David Cameron (UK) / John Howard (AU) / Stephen Harper (CA) / John Key (NZ) / Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel): post-Third Way conservatives
- Dennis Kucinich (US) / Ken Livingstone (UK): left-wing figureheads
- Republican Party (US) / Conservative Party (UK): Center-right political parties.
- Democratic Party (US) / Labour Party (UK): Center-left political parties.
- Oop North (U.K.) / Deep South (U.S.) note
- London (U.K.) / New York City, Los Angeles (U.S.): Biggest cities in the country, commercial hubs, centers of TV and movie production. London and New York are sister cities, so this one is more or less official.
- Axe (U.S.) / Lynx (U.K.): body care products
- Buick (U.S.) / Vauxhall (U.K.) / Opel (rest of Europe) / Holden (Aus/NZ): motor vehicles
- Exxon gasoline (U.S.) / Esso petroleum (U.K. and everywhere else)
- Good Humor (U.S.) / Wall's (U.K.): ice cream and novelty products.
- Lays potato chips (U.S.) / Walker's potato crisps (U.K.)
- Cheetos (U.S.) / Wotsits (U.K.) Of note because Walkers did produce Cheetos for a while, before they bought the Wotsits licence from Golden Wonder.
- Schick (U.S.) / Wilkinson Sword (U.K.): shaving products
- Wendy's (U.S.) / Wimpy's (U.K.): hamburger chains.
- Southwest or JetBlue (U.S.) / Ryanair or easyJet (U.K.): Low-fare airlines.
- Barneys or Nordstrom (U.S.) / Harrods (U.K.): Upscale department stores.
- Another transcontinental variant: Tim Hortons (Canada) / Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme (U.S.): Doughnut and coffee chains.
- Another level of transcontinentalism, Dunkin' Donuts is from the Northeast, Krispy Kreme is from the south.
- And the UK equivalent would likely be Greggs, though they focus far more on pastries than coffee.
- Starbucks (U.S.) / Costa Coffee (U.K.): "Gourmet" coffee chains.
- Taster's Choice (US) / Nescafé Gold (UK): "Gourmet" instant coffees made by Nestlé, both featuring long-running ad campaigns with Anthony Head.
- Walmart (US) / Tesco (UK) / Carrefour (France): "Big-box" general merchandise stores.
- Interestingly, Walmart owns ASDA, one of Tesco's main competitors in the UK.
- Cup of joe (US) / Builder's tea (UK): Working-class hot beverages.
- Dungeons & Dragons (US) / Warhammer (UK) / Das Schwarze Auge (Germany)
- New York Yankees (US) / Arsenal F.C. (UK): Historically dominant franchise based in the nation's largest city.
- Boston Red Sox (US) / Liverpool F.C. (UK): Red-clad port city team with passionate, long-suffering fanbase. More or less made official when the parent company of the Sox bought Liverpool in 2010.
- St. Louis Cardinals (US) / Manchester United (UK): Venerable franchise located in the middle of the country, with several periods of dominance over the last century.
- Chicago Cubs (US) / Sheffield Wednesday (UK): Tradition-steeped franchise with historic home stadium, decades of futility.
- Baseball (US) / Cricket (ENG, but not UK): Summer bat-and-ball games, with deep traditional roots that tend to invoke nostalgia.
- Eclipse Awards (US) / Cartier Awards (Europe including the UK): Thoroughbred horse racing end-of-season awards.
- The New York Times (US) / The Guardian (UK): Left-leaning daily national papers.
- The New York Post (US) / The Sun (UK): Right-leaning tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch.
- The Wall Street Journal (US) / Financial Times (UK): Finance-based papers.
- Rube Goldberg (US)/W. Heath Robinson (UK): Cartoonists known for their drawings of exaggerated and complex machines, many which have inspired many real life inventors in there respected countries.
- In addition there's also, Bruce Petty (Australia), Storm P (Denmark), Kjell Aukrust (Norway)