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  • Colbjourn

    Family Guy is a cult favorite, huh?

    • shane

      Yeah it is… welcome to the world, i assume its your first week?

      • Colbjourn

        Good one. I’m saying, a cult favorite is something that’s not too well known outside a specific group of fans while Family Guy is pretty well known to just about everyone, no?I get that when it was cancelled a group of loyal fans (cult) lobbied successfully to get it back on the air, but I’d have to say that since it’s gone on to become one of the biggest animated television shows of all time that it has outgrown it’s cult status.

        • shane

          Now i get ya…. i thought you were originally saying that the show had little or no value and was unworthy of its status….. i stand corrected (says the man in the orthopedic shoes)

          But yes originally it could be classed as cult……. Far too mainstream now.

  • Mark

    I think that instead of giving “War-criminals,” like Saddam Hussein, Chemical Ali, Radovan Karadzic, Ratko Mladic, and so on, “Trials,” we should put them on Big Brother. We`ve already had “Celebrity Big Brother,” which had Sly Stallone`s mum on, Jermain Jackson and Face from the A-Team, on, so why not have Dictator Big Brother?

    • Jeff

      I’d watch the hell out of that.

      “Saddam never puts the cap back on the soda bottles, and it’s really driving me nuts. It’s just so uncool of him, and whenever you try to bring it up he throws a hissy fit and storms out of the room ranting about golden toilets.”

      • Mark

        Yeah I`d watch that. And think of it, it is possible. Karadzic and Mladic are still alive. These two loons are recently being tried at the ICC. And now and again they haven`t bothered to turn up at their “Trials.” Like Saddam Hussein couldn`t be bothered going to his “Trial.” And if they were on Big Brother, they couldn`t escape. The Big Brother House could be one of Saddam Hussein`s old palaces. Or better yet, instead of putting tyrants and madmen on Big Brother, why not put them on I`m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! I`d love to see these people eating Maggots and Crocodile testicles..

  • The Riddler

    Web Soup vs Tosh.0

    • Clive

      Yeah but Tosh.0 is like ten times better even if it follows the same formula.

      • jason stone

        i think a more appropriate comparison would be Ridiculousness being a rip off of Tosh.0.

  • Chase Reed

    Calling big brother an abomination when in fact it offers more strategy than Survivor and more watching ability than the now-horrendous Amazing Race is terrible. Big Brother has consistency, drama, and big game moves, and although some seasons can be terrible dull (Seasons 1, 4, 9) it can also turn out the most drama-filled three hours on TV per week (Seasons 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14)

    • daddyostjames

      I remember CBS “amazing race” debuted the same time as NBC “lost” not that lost, but a compilation Show that drop contestants all over the world.

  • “The Flintstones” wasn’t Hanna-Barbera’s only rip-off. What is “The Jetsons” but “Blondie” set in a sci-fi future? They also stole “Wacky Races” from Blake Edwards’ “The Great Race”. And they got the voices for Hucleberry Hound and Yogi Bear (whose name was cribbed from Yogi Berra) from Andy Griffith and Art Carney’s immortal Ed Norton from “The Honeymooners”. (as they did with Barney Rubble!)

    • Garrett Goulet

      I beg your pardon, but Blake Edwards ripped off “The Great Race” from probably the greatest film about classic car racing, “Genevieve” and Dick Dastardly in my book looks more like auto racing great Graham Hill than the character Jack Lemmon performed in “The Great Race”. Hill, ironically, was best known for his sense of humor off the racetrack k. And how come nobody mentioned that “Lazarus Man” ripped off both “The Man Called Shenandoah” and “Coronet Blue”? And did anybody mention that film Blondie Penny Singleton was also the voice of Jane Jetson?

  • PsychoX

    I was all good and ready to call you an idiot for blasting Sherlock (which is a damn genius show) but I see you are using to blast another show. In that case I commend you. Also, from what I have seen of The Mentalist (not all that much really) there is also an air of Sherlock in this show as well. If you think about it, in every episode I have seen, this guy always seems to know exactly how things went down, much the same as Sherlock.

  • TheChosenOne

    This article is a rip off.

  • Sherlock Fan

    I got so scared when I saw this, the title being ’10 shows that are a rip off’ and the thumbnail being of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock). I agree hands down with the fact that Elementary is a copy off Sherlock, what’s with Joan Watson?

  • Ugly Betty was copied from an Indian TV show ‘Jassi jaisi koi nahi’ which translates to ‘There’s no one like Jassi’

    • animario

      Actually, Ugly Betty is the american version of a Colombian Telenovela called “Betty La Fea”

    • baby

      Ugly Betty is the american version of a long line of LICENSED versions of Colombian telenovela “Yo soy Betty, la fea” (Along with works like the Mexican “La fea mas bella” and Spaniard “You soy Bea”) and it was the first one to stray majorly from the actual story, mainly using the concept in the rough and carving its own path from there; for example, in the original telenovela and all previous adaptations, the main plot is driven by the romance between the titular Betty and her boss Armando, which starts off with Armando running the company into the ground and reluctantly seducing Betty, who has a much higher education level than him, into fixing his mistakes and hiding them from the director’s board, eventually falling for her while the plan unravels, basically, drama. Ugly Betty makes Betty the boss’ sidekick and best friend, and only flirts with the idea of involving them romantically at the end, when Daniel faces the though of losing her, the show has a much more comedic tone and morals of the day.
      Ugly Betty has had two direct adaptations in the shape of “Gogona Gareubnidan” from Georgia and “Heba Regl El-Ghoraab” from Egypt.

  • Dyonus

    I love Sherlock and when I saw Elementary, I got a little suspicious. It does like like they ripped off what makes Sherlock so successful. (Being an update of the character and story.) I’ve been hesitant to watch it, but it’s mostly because I don’t like the look of the guy who plays him. He looks like a skinny Ethan Suplee.

  • ed

    The middle was a poorly reproduced version of Malcolm in the middle.

  • ed

    As well as Grim being a rip of of Supernatural.

  • Aimee

    Always thought “That 70’s Show” was a rip-off of “Freaks and Geeks”. Foreman is Sam Weir, Donna is a combination of Lindsay Weir and Kim Kelly, Kelso is a combination of Daniel Desario and Nick Andopolis, Hyde is Ken Miller, and Mrs. Foreman is Mrs. Weir. The only original characters are Jackie and Fez.

  • Manda

    I agree that they probably made ‘Elementary’ because they couldn’t get the rights to a direct remake of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’. Also, I adore ‘Sherlock’ and found ‘Elementary’ much less satisfying over all. That said … it doesn’t feel like a rip-off or a remake to me. It feels like every other generic crime-solving serial out there (especially on CBS). It feels more like a rip-off of a dozen other things on American TV than the BBC adaptation. I don’t feel like it’s treading on ‘Sherlock’s toes at all.

  • don c

    The lame U.S. “Office” should not only be on the list. It should be #1. Having seen Ricky Gervais makes Steve Carrel unwatchable. And, as a Mick, I don’t normally care for Brit stuff.

  • Thisperson

    The explosion that would’ve been released if they bashed the BBC’s Sherlock- there are no words to describe it. The star dust particles I’m made of would’ve had a supernova of their own. The world would’ve exploded. The universe’s inevitable heat death would have begun, all because of a bit of badly placed criticism. We’re lucky this didn’t happen. A bit late and redundant, but I love that show to bits.

  • Wiggles

    Also Malcolm in the Middle and The Middle.

  • daddyostjames

    networks must have spy’s do you recall ABC’s “the chair” versus fox’s “the chamber” game shows and the WB “do over” versus ABC’s “that was then” both shows. About adults going back to their high school days in the 1980’s??

  • daddyostjames

    update! CBS “amazing race” and NBC “lost” both debuted on the same night September 2001p.s not ABC’s “lost” p.s.s yeah I need to get a life!

  • David

    Celebrity Big Brother is on now. And it`s got that loon Rylan from X-Factor on it. I swear, I love that guy..

  • david

    I thought of one that was snubbed from the list

    Nanny 911 vs. Supernanny

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  • jack johnson

    Man vs Wild vs Survivorman, Naked and Afraid, Man Woman Wild, Dual Survival and the other million survivor shows on discovery

    The Mighty Boosh vs Flight of the Conchords