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Foreign Versions of U.S. TV Shows

  1. Customized for Viewers Abroad
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    Customized for Viewers Abroad

    Broadcasters in Turkey, Russia, and emerging markets are increasingly padding their prime-time schedules with locally produced versions of shows licensed from U.S. studios. For example, Sony has remade Married ... With Children a dozen times for international markets. Here are five of the Al Bundys of the world, plus some other American shows that have foreign versions.

    Al Bundy
    Chicago


    The original family man, who gave TV a fresh take on the role of husband and father.

    Photograph by Everette Collection
  2. Pepe Argento
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    Pepe Argento

    Argentina

    Kids Paola and Coqui are a constant source of trouble for Pepe and wife, Moni.

  3. Joro Bikov
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    Joro Bikov

    Bulgaria

    He routinely spars with wife, Tzveti, in their house in Ovcha Kupel, a suburb of Sofia.

  4. Paco Rocha
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    Paco Rocha

    Colombia

    The banter between Paco and wife, Dolores, is familiar to anyone Casados con hijos.

  5. Shuki Avrahami
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    Shuki Avrahami

    Israel

    Things are never dull at the family’s three-bedroom flat in Kiryat Ata.

  6. Gena Bukin
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    Gena Bukin

    Russia

    Gena with wife, Dasha.

  7. “Prison Break”
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    “Prison Break”

    Russia’s version is called Escape.

  8. “Everybody Loves Raymond”
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    “Everybody Loves Raymond”

    Sony this summer released an Arabic version of Everybody Loves Raymond to coincide with the heavy Ramadan TV-viewing season.

  9. “Private Practice”
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    “Private Practice”

    Merhaba Hayat—a Turkish version of Private Practice, a spinoff of the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy—will start airing in October on the Fox Turkey channel.

  10. “Desperate Housewives”
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    “Desperate Housewives”

    The Istanbul housewife characters—Yasemin, Nermin, Elif, Zelis, and Emel, known locally as Desperate Women—star in the eighth-most watched series on Turkish TV courtesy of Walt Disney, which owns global rights to the show.