A fun and accessible guide to foreign television series that were later broadcast in or adapted for the U.S., including popular favorites such as The Office and Doctor Who.
In Broadcast in the U.S.: Foreign TV Series Brought to America, Vincent Terrace delivers a wonderful resource of over 400 foreign television shows broadcast in the United States, along with their American adaptations. From British comedies like Fawlty Towers and Keeping Up Appearances to the Australian fantasy series The Girl from Tomorrow and the Japanese cartoons Astro Boy and Kimba, the White Lion, this book explores an often-overlooked side of American television and popular culture. Each entry includes details regarding the cast, genre, episodes, U.S. and foreign networks, broadcast dates, storylines, and trivia.
Containing information not easily found anywhere else, such as unsold script proposals, internet TV series, and unaired pilots, this first and only guide to foreign television series broadcast in the U.S. is a valuable reference for all fans of television history.
Vincent Terrace is a television historian for BPOLIN Productions, a film/TV production company. He has written more than thirty books, including Television Series of the 1950s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, Television Series of the 1970s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, Television Series of the 1980s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, Television Series of the 1990s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, and Television Series of the 2000s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, all published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Appendix A: Australian Programs List
Appendix B: Canadian Programs List
Appendix C: United Kingdom Programs List
Appendix D: Japanese Programs List
Appendix E: Miscellaneous Countries
Appendix F: American Series Based on Foreign Series
About the Author
This authoritative compilation is both an invaluable resource for TV historians and an informative, entertaining read for fans. Extremely well-organized and thorough.
Vincent Terrace delivers another impeccably researched book on TV. This fascinating read is full of information on both familiar and unfamiliar series from around the world.
Vincent Terrace has long stood to me as the icon of TV programming historians, and his knack for digging up fascinating who-knews—as well as making me say, “Turns out I wasn’t crazy—that show I saw as a teen really existed!”—shines again with this latest book. Carrie Fisher was signed to play Edina in an ABC version of AbFab? Three U.S. stabs at redoing Fawlty Towers? We all know The Office and Shameless were based on hits from over the pond, but Telemundo aired a remake of Charlie’s Angels from Spain? Let’s run that again! And, with his loving premise and character details, Terrace makes revisiting “foreign” favorites a treat. I loved The New Avengers, with Joanna Lumley as Purdy, even more than then the original. And I loved this Terrace’s new treasure trove.
A new volume from the always interesting Vincent Terrace, this book is well-researched, well-organized and loaded with information, fun facts, and trivia about your favorite foreign series and any American adaptations which exist. Whether you want to look up something about the ever-popular Absolutely Fabulous or Richard Denning's almost forgotten The Flying Doctor, this is the book for you. It also contains five appendixes listing the shows by their country of origin. If you are a serious TV collector or a fan of foreign series, this tome is a must-have addition to your entertainment library.
A great, unexplored topic with international appeal.
An excellent source for information on foreign TV shows that made it to American TV. I use Terrace often as his knowledge on TV shows is by far superior to the few others who research this subject. Terrace is the best source to go to, by far.
This skillfully-organized book is an extremely useful resource for those interested in or researching English-speaking, foreign TV programs that aired in the U.S. between 1955 and 2020; its comprehensive index offers detailed listings to 412 Series along with five helpful Appendixes that sort the series by country.
This is another amazing research project that Terrace has done to document an area of television that has been very important in the world of broadcasting. Many classic shows first originated in foreign countries and have been adapted successfully for American television. This book is a valuable collection for television researchers and executives.
Vincent Terrace’s latest project lives up to his high standards as an author and his reputation as a meticulous researcher of television history. This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone researching foreign series broadcast in the United States or interested in TV history. Highly recommended.
I have followed with great interest Terrace’s Broadcast in the U.S. This will be a very worthwhile addition to his many fine books in this field.