Not Ready for Primetime: 8 TV Remakes That Failed


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Sometimes, you just can’t duplicate a good thing. Take this list of shows, for example. They were all based on popular and successful foreign TV shows, so it was assumed the American version would do just as well. Unfortunately, more often than not, that isn’t the case. Many foreign remakes aren’t even able to make it past the first season and often struggle with ratings. Ready to see what TV remakes were the biggest flops? Check out the eight shows that failed miserably in America.

1. Spaced

The American version of Spaced never stood a chance. The original was created by Simon Pegg, writer Jessica Stevenson, and director Edgar Wright. Running from 1999 to 2001, it was a comedy rich with pop culture references and was filled with quick wit and rapid-fire dialogue, per Mental Floss.

In 2007, Fox announced it was planning to make an American version, starring Josh Lawson, Sara Rue, and MADtv alum Will Sasso. But after receiving horrible feedback from the original series’ creators and fans, Fox decided there was no way they’d be able to mimic the original’s success.

When the American remake was in the works, Pegg released a statement showing appreciate for his loyal fan base. “The whole affair seems to have inspired some spirited debate and some heartening displays of loyalty and love. All this for a show which is almost 10 years old, is all rather wonderful and a vindication of all the blood, sweat and tears (both of joy and pain) we shed in the show’s creation.”