8 Popular U.S. Shows That Got Their Start Overseas

From Jane the Virgin to House of Cards, these ideas hit it big in America

Jane the Virgin, the CW hit, owes its success to many—not the least of which is its star (and Adweek cover girl) Gina Rodriguez, who took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy this past January for her leading role on the dramedy. But it all started with the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, on which Jane the Virgin is based. From All in the Family to American Idol, American TV has a long history of series based on hits in other countries. Here, some other current TV and streaming series with offshore origins.

Love Lust or Run (TLC)

The fashion-makeover show that premiered here in January is loosely based on the U.K. series Snog Marry Avoid?

House of Cards (Netflix)

An adaptation of the BBC miniseries, based on the novel by Michael Dobbs and now in its third season, proved a huge hit for the streaming service.

Shameless (Showtime)

Based on a long-running U.K. series, the U.S. version is executive produced by John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes and Nancy Pimental.

The Voice (NBC)

Based on the Dutch competition series The Voice of Holland, the U.S. version debuted in 2011.

Humans (AMC)

Based on the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, the U.S. version is expected to debut on AMC later this year starring William Hurt and Gemma Chan.

Survivor (CBS)

Derived from a Swedish series called Expedition Robinson, Survivor debuted here way back in 2000 and is still going strong.

Homeland (Showtime)

Developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, the hit series was based on Israel's Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff. 

Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

Strictly Come Dancing, the British competition show distributed by BBC Worldwide, has given way to more than 40 international versions, including the U.S., where it remains one of the biggest shows on television (its recent season premiere scored 14 million total viewers).