7 Great Television Shows Based On Books


Books, comics, novels… they normally get made into movies. But occasionally they get made into television shows. Those shows are almost always amazing. Part of it has to do with the fact that a television show has a longer time span than a movie so more of the plot and details of its source material gets put in. And even sometimes, the show is better than the original.  In either case, here is a list of some of the greatest television shows that were once based on a novel or comic.

Note: These are not in any particular order.
Bones is an American crime drama television series that premiered on the Fox Network on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology. Created by Hart Hanson, the series is very loosely based on the life of author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also produces the show. Its title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs’ crime novel series. Conversely, Dr. Brennan writes successful mystery novels based around a fictional (in the Bones universe) forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.

I have not missed one episode of this show. I absolutely love it. At first I liked the way they presented the crimes and the solving of the crime. It was in a very new way that I hadn’t seen yet. But overtime it grew into something so much more. I love every facet of the show from the characters who are fully fledged people to the story every week.


True Blood is an American television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in the state of Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, played by actress Anna Paquin, a telepathic waitress.

The show is broadcast on HBO and is also produced by HBO in association with Ball’s production company. It premiered on September 7, 2008.

I have vivid memories of when this show first aired. I loved it from the first episode. I haven’t met one person who doesn’t like this show (except those who don’t like the copious amounts of sex and violence).

And besides, I could listen to Bill says “Sookie!” over and over again.

Game of Thrones is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Based on author George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels, the first of which is called A Game of Thrones, the television series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011.

Highly-anticipated since its early stages of development, Game of Thrones was very well received by basically everyone. From critics to viewers, alsmot everyone loved it. It was so popular that the series was picked up for a second season on April 19, 2011, two days after its premiere.

I have just started watching this but can already tell you it is phenomenal. I am one of the millions eagerly awaiting the second season. If you haven’t started this yet, you really should.



Dexter is an American television drama series, which debuted on Showtime on October 1, 2006. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, a bloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer. Set in Miami, the show’s first season was largely based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, the first of his Dexter series novels. Subsequent seasons have evolved independently of Lindsay’s works; several are based on short stories by Lindsay’s friend, Stephen R. Pastore.

Much like True Blood, I have vivid memories of this show. The season premiered roughly the same time, and after watching one, I would watch the other. I also have not missed one episode of this show partly for my love of the show, and also partly because of my love for Michael C. Hall since he was on Six Feet Under.

Boardwalk Empire is a show from HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. It stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. The show was adapted by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter who you might know for his work on The Sopranos, from a book about historical criminal kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Johnson by Nelson Johnson, titled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City.

This is another one of those shows that I just started watching. And after watching one episode I was immediately blown away. As a fan of Steve Buscemi, I cant say I am disappointed.

Sex and the City is a series created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of ninety-four episodes. Throughout its six-year run, the show received contributions from various producers, writers and directors, perhaps most significantly from Michael Patrick King.

Set and filmed in New York City and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell, the show follows the lives of a group of four women – three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties – who, throughout their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the quirky series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues like sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, safe sex, promiscuity, and femininity while exploring the difference between friendships and relationships.

Firstly, Shut up. I loved this show. From secretly watching while my parents were asleep like it was some kind of forbidden world to rewatching every episode as an adult and still loving it.I can see why it is on so many best show lists let alone being on best shows based on a book.


The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont and based on the ongoing comic book series, The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world inhabited by zombies. He then sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way.

The series premiered on October 31, 2010, and is broadcast on the cable television channel AMC in the US.

I have heard so many good things and bad things about this show. Some say the characters are flat and 2 demensional, but I think the characters are not the point. They are a means of telling the story. The show invokes so much emotion that sometimes it is overwhelming. What it does well is make the audience feel things, as if you yourself are in the situation and because of htat I don’t care if the characters are flat because they are a means to furthering emotions.

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