We’re currently in the middle of a remake revolution on the small screen, and there are roughly a billion projects currently in differing levels of development. Every time a new one gets announced, it’s predictably met with groans and complaints that there are no new ideas anymore – despite the fact that there are dozens and dozens of new ideas coming out every year – but we should always remember that there are quite a few examples of remakes that have indeed gone right.

Here are 10 television remakes of TV shows and movies that managed not only to avoid becoming instant disasters, but were actually pretty damned good, if not great. So let’s hope that no one tries to remake them again in the future, lest they risk the third time being a non-charm.

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The Office
To me, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office is one of the most perfect TV series to ever exist, and part of that is because of its relative brevity. The American remake sadly took a little too longer to get its entire story told, with select cast members coming and going, but it was still a fantastic ride there for a while. With stellar performances from Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and, well, everyone else, The Office spun Dunder Mifflin into a household name and Toby Flenderson into one of primetime TV’s most bullied characters. Let’s all pull a bottle of vodka out of Meredith’s desk and toast this show’s success.

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