Sylvester Stallone aside, did you know these TV shows are rip-offs too?

  • Simran Bajaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 18:19 IST
Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl and Lucy Liu’s Elementary are both alleged rip-offs of other shows.

Every now and then, a new TV show pops up on our screens and we are left wondering how people can come up with brilliant ideas almost every day. But often, a bad decision or a hasty approach to content lands some of them in trouble.

Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has been slapped with a $7 million law suit over his reality series, Strong. A personal trainer Robert Fletcher claims that he created a similar show from which the idea for Stallone’s series was lifted.

Of course, this isn’t the first instance of people suing other people under allegations of creativity theft and so we’ve got a list of shows that were allegedly ripped-off from something else. Is your favourite show here?

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1. Elementary from Sherlock

There can never be too many Sherlock Holmes.

Another take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Homes, Elementary is very similar to BBC’s Sherlock. It too has the central character with a drug issue, is a modern adaptation of the novel and was announced after the first episode of Sherlock aired. Today, both the shows are running successfully.

2. The Glass House from Big Brother

There can be only so many Big Brothers.

A bunch of people living in a glass house and their life in the house is determined on the number of viewer votes they get. They eat, sleep and wear as per the number of votes they managed to earn and are divide into teams to perform tasks. Sounds similar? This ABC show was a carbon copy of CBS’s Big Brother which has been super successful since its launch in 2010. The Glass House couldn’t manage a viewership and was taken off air after the first season itself.

3. New Girl from Square One

A girl living with three boys gives us New Girl. With four boys, gives us TBBT.

Zooey Deschanel is a quirky, charming girl who moves in with three guys. New Girl got into trouble when Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold claimed that the show was based on their project titled Square One. In it, a woman lives with three bachelors after her break up. But the case was overruled stating the similarities as too general.

4. Ballers from Off Season

Have you watched Ballers yet?

Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg’s Ballers shows the life of a pro footballer who tries to work things out as a financial manager of other players post retirement. This comedy drama got sued by writers Everett Silas and Sherri Littleton for bearing too much resemblance to their show called Off Season.

5. Lost from Lost

Lost is one of the most popular TV shows ever made. (ABC)

The addictive and hugely successful drama Lost had a successful run on television from 2004 to 2010. But back in 2009, Anthony Spinner attempted to sue ABC stating that it was a copy of his idea from 1977 which too was titled Lost and was about an Olympic team who crashed in the Himalayas.

6. The Theorists from The Big Bang Theory

People are ripping off The Big Bang Theory and there is nothing that can be done about it.

Chuck Lorre’s successful nerd drama featuring four geeks and their beautiful blonde neighbour is a rage among youngsters but it is supposedly getting ripped off by a series called The Theorists. Unfortunately, Lorre cannot do anything about it as the production company is owned and operated by the Belarus government.

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