List of French adaptations of television series from other countries

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This list is for television series that have been produced by France and are adapted from one or more series originally produced in a country besides France. For original live action French series, see: List of French television series, and for original animated series from France, see: List of French animated television series.

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Comedy[edit]

Title Year Country Country of Original Program Summary
Le Bureau 2006 France United Kingdom French version of the popular British television series, The Office.
Scènes de ménages 2009 – present France Spain Based on the 2007-2011 Spanish series, Escenas de Matrimonio.
Totale impro 2005-2006 France Germany France's version of Germany's improvised situation comedy, Schillerstraße.
Un gars, une fille 1999-2003 France Canada France's version of Quebec, Canada's 1997-2002 series, Un gars, une fille.

Comedy-Drama[edit]

Title Year Country Country of Original Program Summary
Doc Martin 2011–present France United Kingdom French adaptation of the 2004–present British television series, Doc Martin.
WorkinGirls[1][2] 2012 – present France Netherlands French adaptation of the 2008–present Dutch series, Toren C. About six women who work in an office. Karine, the sadistic boss, who hates minorities. Hélène, a recluse who tells lies to get friends. Déborah has had complaints made against her for sexual harassment. Nathalie has many children. The lazy receptionists, both named Sophie, are rude to the clients and critical of their coworkers.

Game Show[edit]

Title Year Country Country of Original Program Summary
1 contre 100 2007-2008 France Netherlands This is the first French version of the 1 vs. 100 international game show franchise created by Dutch company, Endemol.
60 secondes chrono 2012-2013 France Sweden French version of the international game show Minute to Win It. Although the American version of the show was the first to air on television, the original concept was developed and licensed by the Swedish company Friday TV.
Au pied du mur ! 2012 – present France Netherlands This is the second French version of the 1 vs. 100 international game show franchise created by Dutch company, Endemol. Au pied du mur ! varies more from the original concept than its predecessor 1 contre 100, France's first version of 1 vs. 100.
C'est beau la vie 1986 France United States France's first version of the American series, Family Feud. This version only ran from February to June 1986.
Crésus 2005-2006 France Argentina The first French remake of Argentina's 2002–present quiz show El legado[3] (English Title: The Legacy).
Des Copains en or 1996–1997 France United States France's third version of the American series, Family Feud.
Intervilles 1962–present France Italy Adapted from Italy's 1959-1962 quiz show, Campanile sera.
Le Cube 2013 France United Kingdom French adaptation of the 2009–present British series, The Cube.
Le Juste Prix 1987-2002 and 2009 – present France United States French version of the American game show The Price Is Right. From December 31, 2001 to January 19, 2002 the show was aired under the title Le Juste Euro.
Les Douze Coups de Midi[4] 2010–present France Argentina The second French remake of Argentina's 2002–present quiz show El legado[3] (English Title: The Legacy).
Les Mariés de l'A2 1987-1992 France United States First French remake of the 1966-2013 American series, The Newlywed Game. The second French adaptation is Les Z'Amours.
Les Z'Amours 1995 – present France United States Second French remake of the 1966-2013 American series, The Newlywed Game. The first French adaptation was Les Mariés de l'A2.
Money Drop 2011 – present France United Kingdom French adaptation of the 2010–present UK series The Million Pound Drop. Which is a game show that quizzes contestants on current events.
Mot de passe[5] 2009–present France United States France's adaptation of the 2008-2009 USA show, Million Dollar Password.
N'oubliez pas les paroles! 2007 – present France United States French version of the American international game show franchise Don't Forget the Lyrics!.
N'oubliez pas votre brosse à dents 1994-1996 France United Kingdom Adapted from the original 1994-1995 British series, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush.
Personne n'y avait pensé ![6] 2011–present France United Kingdom French version of Britain's 2009 – present series, Pointless.
Questions pour un champion 1988 – present France United Kingdom First French adaptation of the original 1987-1996 UK quiz series Going for Gold.
Questions pour un super champion 2006–present France United Kingdom Second French adaptation of the original 1987-1996 UK quiz series Going for Gold. This version plays Saturdays.
Qui veut gagner des millions ? 2000 – present France United Kingdom French version of the international game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which is of UK origin.
Une famille en or 1990–present France United States France's second and longest running version of the American series, Family Feud.

Police/Crime Drama[edit]

Title Year Country Country of Original Program Summary
Falco[7][8] 2013 – present France Germany French adaptation of the German police drama Der letzte Bulle (lit. The Last Cop). Lieutenant Alexandre Falco is shot in the head in the year 1991. Twenty-two years later he awakes from his coma and, refusing retirement, returns to active duty.
Paris enquêtes criminelles 2007-2008 France United States French adaptation of the 2001-2011 American police drama, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
R.I.S, police scientifique 2006-2014 France Italy (lit. R.I.S, scientific police) French remake of the Italian original, RIS Delitti Imperfetti, which concentrates on the scientific side of crime investigation.
Tunnel 2013–present France
United Kingdom
Denmark
Sweden
Known in English as The Tunnel. French-British adaptation of the 2011 to present Danish-Swedish series, The Bridge (Danish: Broen), (Swedish: Bron).

Reality Show[edit]

Title Year Country Country of Original Program Summary
Bachelor, le gentleman célibataire 2003-2005, 2013 – present France United States French version of the original American series, The Bachelor.
Baby Boom 2011 – present France United Kingdom Based on the original British series, One Born Every Minute.
Bienvenue chez nous 2012 – present France United Kingdom The 2010–present British series, Four in a Bed, remade for French television.
Cauchemar en cuisine 2011 – present France United Kingdom French adaptation of the 2004-2014 original British series, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
Coup de foudre au prochain village 2013 France Norway France's version of the Norwegian format, Babes on a Bus,[9] that first aired in 2011 on Norway's TVNorge as Gøy på landet.[10]
Danse avec les stars 2011 – present France United Kingdom The French version of the British series, Strictly Come Dancing.
Ice Show 2013 France United Kingdom Adapted from the UK's Dancing on Ice.[11] Four of the biggest names in French figure-skating, Philippe Candeloro, Surya Bonaly, Gwendal Peizerat and Sarah Abitbol each head a team of two celebrities and their professional figure-skating partners as they compete before judges.
Koh-Lanta 2001 – present France United Kingdom French version of the Survivor series. Although the Swedish version of the show, Expedition Robinson, was the first to air on television, the format for Survivor was created by British television producer Charlie Parsons for Planet 24, a UK television production company.
L'amour est dans le pré 2006 – present France United Kingdom (lit. love is in the meadow) Adaptation of the 2001-2009 British series, Farmer Wants a Wife.
La Belle et ses princes presque charmants 2012-2014 France United States (lit. Beauty and her almost charming princes) French adaptation of the American 2003-2005, Average Joe, a television series in which a group of men with poor social skills and less than ideal appearance compete for the affections of a beauty queen. Halfway through each season more attractive men are added to the competition.
La France a un incroyable talent 2006 – present France United Kingdom (lit. France has incredible talent) French adaptation of the UK series, Britain's Got Talent. The show airs weekly on M6.
La Meilleure Boulangerie de France 2013-2014 France United Kingdom France's adaptation of the British 2012-2014 series, Britain's Best Bakery.
Le Meilleur pâtissier 2012 – present France United Kingdom (lit. The Best Baker) French adaptation of the original 2010–present British series, The Great British Bake Off.
Loft Story 2001-2002 France Netherlands A French reworking of the original Dutch series, Big Brother. Inspired the French Canadian series of the same name. There is also a second French adaptation of Big Brother named Secret Story.
MasterChef 2010 – present France United Kingdom The French version of the UK original series, MasterChef, which premiered in 1990.
Nouvelle Star 2003 – present France United Kingdom France's version of the original 2001-2003 British series, Pop Idol, which spawned the Idols TV series international franchise.
Popstars 2001-2013 France New Zealand Musical reality series based on the New Zealand original, Popstars.
Quatre mariages pour une lune de miel 2011 – present France United Kingdom (lit. Four weddings for one honeymoon) French version of the UK's 2009-2013 series, Four Weddings.
Rising Star 2014 – present France Israel Not to be confused with the American series of the same name which started the same year, Rising Star. Both series were based on the Israeli series, HaKokhav HaBa, which began a year earlier.
Secret Story 2007 – present France Netherlands This is France's second adaptation of the original Dutch series, Big Brother. The first French reworking of Big Brother is Loft Story.
Splash : le grand plongeon 2013 – present France Netherlands French version of the international franchise, Celebrity Splash!, which was created by the Dutch production company, Eyeworks.
Star Academy 2002–2009 France Spain French adaptation of the original Spanish series, Star Academy, named Operación Triunfo (lit. Operation Triumph).
The Best, le meilleur artiste[12] 2013-2014 France Netherlands French adaptation of Dutch company, Endemol's, 2012 series Beat the Best that played on RTL 4.
The Voice: la plus belle voix 2012 – present France Netherlands (lit. The Voice: the most beautiful voice) French adaptation of the original Dutch series, The Voice of Holland, and is part of The Voice TV series franchise.
Top Chef 2010 – present France
Belgium
United States Franco-Belgian adaptation of the American reality show of the same name.
Un air de star 2013 France Netherlands French version of the international reality television franchise, Your Face Sounds Familiar, created by Dutch production company Endemol. The first version of this franchise to air was the Spanish show, Tu cara me suena.
Un dîner presque parfait 2014 – present France United Kingdom Adapted from the 2005–present British series, Come Dine with Me.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Workingirls on AlloCiné". AlloCiné.
  3. ^ a b "El legado on imdb". imdb.com.
  4. ^ "Les Douze Coups de midi on tf1.fr". tf1.fr.
  5. ^ "Mot de passe on france2.fr". france2.fr.
  6. ^ "Personne n'y avait pensé ! on france3.fr". france3.fr.
  7. ^ "Falco on imdb". imdb.
  8. ^ "Falco on AlloCiné". AlloCiné.
  9. ^ "Babes on a Bus". nordicworld.tv.
  10. ^ "Babes on the Bus/Gøy på landet". nordicworld.tv.
  11. ^ ""Ice Show" : L'émission de patinage artistique de M6 se dévoile dans une bande-annonce". ozap.com.
  12. ^ "The Best, le meilleur artiste on tf1.fr". tf1.fr.