THREE IN ONE
There is a long history of movies or TV series originating in one country and then being transferred to another country with a new cast and similar plot. Most recently, the most famous movie transferred may be THE GIRL WITH THE ... movies based on the best-selling books by Stieg Larsson and the most famous transferred TV series is House of Cards. In both cases the originals are better.
One of the best of these transfers are the TV series based on the original Swedish/Danish TV series, The Bridge (SE). The series was re-done in English/French and titled The Tunnel and American/Spanish as The Bridge.
The premise is the same for all three versions: a body is found in the middle of a bridge or tunnel on the border between two countries and police from both countries must investigate. In each series, it is a male officer from one country and a female officer from another. In each series, the male officer has serious domestic problems, complicated by his serial infidelity while the female officer has personality problems making it difficult for her to relate to other people.
With that core, each of the series evolves in ways that are appropriate to the countries in which they are set.
The Bridge (SE) written by Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren consists of four series all broadcast on HULU and starring Sofia Helin as Saga Norén, lead homicide detective in Malmö and Kim Bodnia as Martin Rohde, lead homicide detective in Copenhagen (series 1–2) and Thure Lindhardt as Henrik Sabroe, lead homicide detective in Copenhagen (series 3-4). The first series is about a deranged murderer who uses his crimes to highlight serious social problems in Scandinavia. The murderer develops a relationship with a reporter and the symbiotic dynamic between reporter and subject is explored.
The Tunnel is a joint production between British and French TV written by Ben Richards who worked with Hans Rosenfeldt, the co-creator of the original series; it was originally broadcast on PBS. The series stars Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy as British and French police detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann. The plot is similar to The Bridge (SE) with a serial killer who exposes five 'truths' about the ills of society. As in the original, the crimes culminate in a confrontation between killer and cop based on a personal wrong done to the killer by the cop.
The Bridge is the American version of the show, developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, that was broadcast on the FX network. The series stars Diane Kruger (US) and Demián Bichir (Mexican) in main police roles. Around a series of murders of young women in Mexico, the show explores the usual issues in shows about the US-Mexican border: drug trafficking and illegal immigration. While receiving strong critical acclaim, this series only lasted two seasons. Currenlty, it is available on HULU, also - so be careful in how you search for it: use the (SE) suffix for the Scandinavian version.
All three are worth watching but I'd have to rate the Scandinavian and Anglo-French versions better than the US-Mexican since the problems explored and the characters are more interesting.
Start with the original, then the Anglo-French version and, if you still want more, try the US-Mexican series. Each has excellent casts and you are sure to get caught up in the characters, their lives and the issues explored - what more can you ask from a TV show