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.
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Kids Paola and Coqui are a constant source of trouble for Pepe and wife, Moni.
He routinely spars with wife, Tzveti, in their house in Ovcha Kupel, a suburb of Sofia.
The banter between Paco and wife, Dolores, is familiar to anyone Casados con hijos.
Things are never dull at the family’s three-bedroom flat in Kiryat Ata.
Gena with wife, Dasha.
Russia’s version is called Escape.
“Everybody Loves Raymond”
Sony this summer released an Arabic version of Everybody Loves Raymond to coincide with the heavy Ramadan TV-viewing season.
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.
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.