Turkey's TV Housewives Are Desperate, Too

American TV shows increasingly are customized for foreign markets
Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal for the television series 'Married with Children', in 1993 Photograph by Fox Broadcasting/Getty Images

The Desperate Housewives of Wisteria Lane have a new address: Istanbul’s Gul Street. In Russia, Peg and Al Bundy of Married … With Children have morphed into Gena and Dasha, who squabble in their apartment in Yekaterinburg rather than a suburban home near Chicago. And Sony this summer released an Arabic version of Everybody Loves Raymond to coincide with the heavy Ramadan TV-viewing season, proving that dysfunctional families know no borders.

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