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10 TV Shows That Have Gained a Global Audience

American Idol
"American Idol" is shown in 100 countries.
"American Idol" is shown in 100 countries.
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the old saw goes. If that's the case, then the creators of "American Idol" must be thrilled. "American Idol" is the king of knockoffs. Many shows, including ABC's "The One," and Bravo's "Going Platinum," have been inspired by Idol [source: Powers]. Yes, we know, the show itself is a knock off from the British "Pop Idol," which is itself a knockoff from the Australian "Popstars." But that's beside the point.

"American Idol" is shown in 100 countries. With the exception of Canada, where it is broadcast live, most people view "Idol" on tape-delay [source: NZ News]. Yet it doesn't seem to diminish the show's popularity. In Vietnam, "Vietnam Idol" is a tremendous hit, and has been since 2006. "Vietnam Idol" is a kinder, gentler version of its American counterpart. Instead of offering snide and sometimes hurtful criticisms, "Vietnam Idol" judges try to give the contestants constructive feedback [source: VietNews].

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