30 Suspiciously Similar TV Shows Accused Of Ripping Off Another Series

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Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy


In 2014, RDF Media sued Fox because Trading Spouses had literally the exact same concept as their series, Wife Swap. The latter focused on the lives of married women who swapped families for a brief period of time and it became a huge hit. But when Fox tried to get in on the success by plagiarizing the idea, the producers didn’t take it lightly. Stephen Lambert, the creator of Wife Swap, said that Fox’s show was the “most clear-cut case of copyright theft in the history of the reality genre.”

They filed a lawsuit, accusing Fox of copyright and trademark infringement and unfair competition. After just three seasons, Fox sold the show’s rights to CMT and it ended for good. Meanwhile, Wife Swap continued going strong and even has a reboot on Paramount Network.

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