That 70's Show was a successful teen comedy about six high school friends who come of age in the late 1970s in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin. Topher Grace played geeky Eric Forman, Mila Kunis played shallow Jackie, Ashton Kutcher played dumb Michael Kelso, Danny Masterson played lazy and sarcastic Stephen Hyde, Laura Prepon played smart and sharp Donna Pinciotti, and Wilmer Valderrama played horny foreign exchange student Fez. Since the majority of the show took place in Eric's basement, Eric's parents, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) were main characters, as well as Donna's father Bob (Don Stark), because the Pinciottis lived next door The show lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. In 1999, ITV aired the UK adaption Days Like These. The show was moved to Luton, England and the main area was moved to Eric's garage. In this show, Max Wrottesley played Eric Foreman, Rosie Marcel played Donna Palmer, Harry Peacock played Dylan Jones (Stephen Hyde), James Carlton played Michael McGuire (Kelso), Emma Pierson played Jackie Burget, Jamie Beck played Torbjorn Rasmussen (Fez), with Trevor Cooper and Ann Bryson playing Ron and Kitty, and Steve Steen and Sarah Stockbridge playing Bob and his wife Midge. The show aired from February 12 to July 14, 1999, with three episodes left unaired.
Who's the Boss? was a popular 1980's and early 90's TV show set in an upscale house in Fairfield, Connecticut. Retired baseball star Tony Mincelli (Tony Danza) and his daughter Samantha (Alyssa Milano) move into the house of divorced Angela Bower (Judith Light) and her son Jonathan (Danny Pintauro), and her mother Mona (Katherine Helmond), so that Tony can take a job as the housekeeper. The show lasted for eight seasons, from 1984 to 1992. In 1990, The Upper Hand premiered on ITV, and was set in Henly-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. In The Upper Hand, a former footballer named Charlie Burrows (Joe McGann) and his daughter Joanna (Kellie Bright) move into the house of single mother Caroline Wheatley (Diana Weston) her son Tom (William Puttock), and her mother Laura (Honor Blackman), so that Charlie can be the housekeeper. The show lasted for seven series (seasons), from 1990 to 1996, and even took the final season's plot beyond the original series' ending.
Married...with Children was one of Fox network's first big hits. In the show, former high school football star Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) is reduced to selling women's shoes, living with his do-nothing, annoying wife Peggy (Katy Segal), promiscuous daughter Kelly (Christina Applegate), and girl-crazy, sarcastic son Bud (David Faustino). Amanda Bearse played neighbor Marcy Rhodes and David Garrison played her husband Steve, for the first four seasons. Bearse's character divorced and remarried to Jefferson D'Arcy (Ted McGinley) in season five. The show lasted for eleven seasons, from 1987 to 1997. In 1996, Married for Life aired on ITV. In Married for Life, down on his luck Ted Butler (Russ Abbot) is married to Pam (Susan Kyd) with daughter Nikki (Lucy Blakely) and son Lee (Peter England). Hugh Bonneville and Julie Dawn Cole played neighbors Steve and Judy Hollingsworth. The show lasted for one series (season) with seven episodes aired, from March 5 to April 16, 1996.
Translating a US television show to the UK does not always result in UK audiences connecting with the show, as is the case with Days Like These and Married for Life. However, the success of The Upper Hand shows that, if given the right premise (cast and crew as well), the translation of a US show to a UK series can become just a much a beloved and long-running show as the original. Check out these UK shows adapted from US sitcoms.