Top 10 TV Shows Based on Books

Top 10 TV Shows Based on Books

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For this list, we’re focusing on TV series whose premises, characters or plots were derived from novels.

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36 thoughts on “Top 10 TV Shows Based on Books”

  1. A very good series of books that became a wonderful show was the James Herroit's "All creatures Great and Small". British starting in 1976.

    The problem with WatchMojo is they ask a question and don't define a time period. Most who do the survey are less than 30 years old, so they have never had the opportunity to see, hear or read some of the wonderful older material.

  2. Lonsome Dove A Pulitzer Prize winning book an Emmy winning miniseries that led to multiple other miniseries and two TV series. So not bad for a horse opera.

  3. How in the hell is Little House on the Prairie not on here?? Probably cuz its a moral family oriented show. Its not trendy to talk about families. This should be #1!!

  4. So, The Walking Dead is disqualified because it's a COMIC BOOK, but Sex and the City is way up on the list and it was a column…

  5. Where's "Casino Royale" (1954) based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond book "Casino Royale" (1953)?!?!!??!!!!

  6. I like Sherlock over all, if not completely. The execution is epic and interesting, if not always spot on. But that line about sentiment being a chemical defect found only in the losing side. Not only is this not true, but it sounds like it came right from the mouth of Adolf Hitler. Sherlock is not an emotional guy, we know that, but he is not anti-affection. If so, he wouldn’t care if Watson lived or died. If Sherlock can have a friendship with Watson, than he can have a relationship with a woman. Like most men, they are just too proud to admit it. I know this because I am a man, so don’t say that my point of view is feminist. Sherlock is a brain and he has a heart, but his brain is like a well-oiled machine that seems to have no “off” switch. His mind will always be the dominant role-player in his personality. But he does possess emotions that he successfully keeps locked up in his work. It is the gift and curse of the genius. He is married to his work, and that is better for him than love, a concept he has difficulty understanding because of his deliberate repression. Anyways, I’m rambling. That sentiment-chemistry line is just bologna and propaganda to make you think that love has no place in a modern world. Love will be here after all of us are gone. And it is a quality that needs to be exercised in order to keep it living. Not enough of us have it today. It is a point against Sherlock if that is all he thinks of feelings.

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