People carry this stigma that most Egyptian movies and TV shows are copied from foreign works. Well, we’re here to tell you that you are totally right. While I’m not questioning Egypt’s laziness and clotted flow of ideas, I am also going to present you with some proof that Egypt might’ve had the premises behind some of Hollywood’s biggest hits long before they existed. Here are some examples that showcase Egyptian media’s unprecedented originality.
Big Love AKA 3a2elat El 7ag Metwally
Much like Bill’s extended family of three wives – Barb, Nicki and Margene – and numerous sons and daughters, Metwally also had Ameena, Ne3matallah and Madee7a all falling for his polygamist charms.
Empire AKA 3awdet El Nadla
Before Cookie was the crazy bitch of Empire, 3abla Kamel was the ultimate nadla, who takes the fault for her husbands’ crimes, goes to prison, and gets out years later to find 3ezzat Abu 3auf aka Luscious Lyon now a millionaire with another woman and her son(s) all grown up, basically knowing nothing about her. Just like in 3awdet El Nadla, at first, Cookie sits legs crossed, all mopey-3abla Kamel style. Then, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Downton Abbey AKA Hawanem Garden City
Long before the British soap-period drama was created, there was a famous Egyptian television show bearing the same conceited principles. Garden City’s eldest Hanem, just like the Dowager Countess of Grantham, wanted to get all of her granddaughters hitched to wealthy eligible bachelors to guarantee a secure future serving their pampered lifestyle.
Rizzoli & Isles aka Bakiza w Za3’lool
Admittedly, this one might be a little farfetched, but if you look closely, Jane and Maura have a lot in common with Bakiza and Za3’lool. If you overlook the details, Bakiza and Za3’lool are just as badass as Boston’s Police Department.
Dora the Explorer AKA Bakkar
Dora is Hispanic. Bakkar is Nubian. Dora has a pet monkey (Boots). Bakkar has a goat for a pet (Rashida). Dora goes on adventures. Bakkar bathes in the Nile. Coincidence? I beg to differ.
Lost AKA Sekket El Salama
In the Egyptian play, a bunch of passengers are stranded in the middle of the desert after their bus runs out of gas and like Jack and his “friends”, they have to work together to get through that hardship, during which they realize they must repent for the their sins. Other than that, Lost has a bunch of convoluted jib jab that probably not even its creators can wrap their heads around.
The Vampire Diaries AKA Mozakerat Morahka
The names are close enough.
There’s something about Mary AKA Meen Elli May7ebesh Fatma
I guess what we can take from both the 1993 Egyptian TV series and the 1997 American film is that blondes have got it easy, whether it is Cameron Diaz or Shereen Seif El Nasr.
Over Her Dead Body aka 7awa2 El Sa3a 12
In the classic Egyptian play, Foad El Mohandes and Shwikar star in roles that resemble Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria’s characters of a man haunted by his dead ex’s ghost who makes it her earthbound mission to sabotage his new relationship.
Fun with Dick and Jane aka 3esabet 7amada w Toto
The 2005 American movie literally tells the exact same story as 1982’s 3esabet 7amada w Toto. Granted this might be due to the fact that 3esabet 7amada w Toto was essentially a rip-off of the original 1977 Fun with Dick and Jane which the 2005 version remakes. But hey, these are just semantics…