TV Shows Based on Books

These days it seems like all the gripping must-see TV shows are based on popular page-turners. With the huge success of shows such as 13 Reasons Why and Game of Thrones, it's no surprise that so many TV series are getting inspired by books. But it's not only edgy novels for teens and adults that are getting the TV treatment. A ton of great shows for young kids and preschoolers feature beloved characters from popular picture books, too. Book-based TV can also be a great way to make TV time count. So see if your favorite show based on a book made the cut, and be sure to check out our list of Movies Based on Books.

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That TV Poster Image
Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.
Network: PBS Kids
(2010)
(2010)
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Clifford the Big Red Dog TV Poster Image
Kids will love this big dog with lots of smarts.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(2000)
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Curious George TV Poster Image
Notorious monkey amuses and teaches preschoolers.
Network: PBS Kids
(2006)
(2006)
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Guess How Much I Love You TV Poster Image
Endearing book-inspired series centers on curiosity, love.
Network: Disney Junior
(2012)
(2012)
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Llama Llama TV Poster Image
Beloved books inspire charming, family-friendly series.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Peg + Cat TV Poster Image
Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.
Network: PBS Kids
(2013)
(2013)
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Pinkalicious & Peterrific TV Poster Image
Spunky book heroine continues to delight in animated show.
Network: PBS Kids
(2018)
(2018)
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Thomas & Friends TV Poster Image
Thomas and his train friends huff and chuff around.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1984)
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Olivia TV Poster Image
Precocious pig offers positive messages for preschoolers.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2009)
(2009)
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Babar TV Poster Image
Classic books make classy series for preschoolers.
Network: ION, NBC, qubo
(2006)
(1989)
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Franklin and Friends TV Poster Image
Friendly animal pals have positive social messages for kids.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2011)
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Octonauts TV Poster Image
Friendly adventurers teach kids about marine life, teamwork.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(2010)
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Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series TV Poster Image
Cartoon Anne of Green Gables is sweet, with worthy lessons.
Network: PBS, qubo
(2012)
(2001)
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When Calls the Heart TV Poster Image
Faith-based period drama has stellar female role models.
Network: Hallmark Channel
(2014)
(2014)
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Little House on the Prairie TV Poster Image
Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.
Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2005)
(1974)
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Redwall TV Poster Image
Slightly scary fantasy series is full of intrigue, battles.
Network: PBS
(2012)
(1999)
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Anne with an E TV Poster Image
Dark themes don't overwhelm stellar Green Gables retelling.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events TV Poster Image
Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Fresh Off the Boat TV Poster Image
Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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M*A*S*H TV Poster Image
Stellar war dramedy classic mixes humor, pathos.
Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2005)
(1972)
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Elementary TV Poster Image
Smart Sherlock drama is a great choice for mature teens.
Network: CBS
(2012)
(2012)
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Pretty Little Liars TV Poster Image
Tantalizing mystery plays up glamour, sexiness in teen life.
Network: Freeform
(2010)
(2010)
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The Shannara Chronicles TV Poster Image
MTV's first fantasy series is violent but surprisingly fun.
Network: MTV
(2016)
(2016)
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Sherlock TV Poster Image
Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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The 100 TV Poster Image
Violent dystopian drama with strong female role model.
Network: CW
(2014)
(2014)
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The Magicians TV Poster Image
A darker, more adult magical quest for the Harry Potter set.
Network: Syfy
(2016)
(2016)
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The Vampire Diaries TV Poster Image
Blood, violence are the real draw in angsty vampire drama.
Network: CW
(2009)
(2009)
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13 Reasons Why TV Poster Image
Disturbing book adaptation sheds light on teen suicide.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Big Little Lies TV Poster Image
Rape, murder, class conflicts simmer in terrific drama.
Network: HBO
(2017)
(2017)
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Girlboss TV Poster Image
Nasty gal does what it takes in spirited bioseries.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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The Handmaid's Tale TV Poster Image
Outstanding drama has sex, violence, scary implications.
Network: Hulu
(2017)
(2017)
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Hannibal TV Poster Image
Graphic Hannibal Lecter retread is compelling and dark.
Network: NBC
(2013)
(2013)
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House of Cards TV Poster Image
Compelling take on politics plays up sex, drugs, scheming.
Network: Netflix
(2013)
(2013)
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Sex and the City TV Poster Image
Smart, sassy, sexy -- and for mature viewers only.
Network: HBO, Syndicated, TBS
(2005)
(1998)
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The Walking Dead TV Poster Image
Grim zombie drama is artful -- but awfully bloody.
Network: AMC
(2010)
(2010)
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Outlander TV Poster Image
Haunting romantic drama has graphic sex and violence.
Network: Starz
(2014)
(2014)
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American Gods TV Poster Image
Gods are real on brutal, graphic, visually arresting show.
Network: Starz
(2017)
(2017)
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Dexter TV Poster Image
Bloody drama for adults only -- we mean it!
Network: CBS, Showtime
(2006)
(2006)
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Game of Thrones TV Poster Image
Artful fantasy series heavy on sexuality and violence.
Network: HBO
(2011)
(2011)
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Orange Is the New Black TV Poster Image
Quality true-story prison dramedy with sex, strong language.
Network: Netflix
(2013)
(2013)
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