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Power Rankings: TV Shows Based on Books

Whether you read the books first and then want to see how they are adapted to TV or you learn later that your favorite TV show was based on books, it's always fun to compare your favorite properties in different mediums. Some adaptations are better than others, but these are our Power Rankings of the best TV shows based on books.


Title: True Blood

Air Dates: 2008-2014


Plot: Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.


Title: The 100

Air Dates: 2014-2020


Plot: Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.


Title: Good Omens

Air Dates: 2019


Plot: A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.


Title: Pretty Little Liars

Air Dates: 2010-2017


Plot: Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.


Title: Dexter

Air Dates: 2006-2013


Plot: By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.


Title: The Handmaid's Tale

Air Dates: 2017-


Plot: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.


Title: Vampire Diaries

Air Dates: 2009-2017


Plot: The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.


Title: Outlander

Air Dates: 2014-


Plot: An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.


Title: Sherlock

Air Dates: 2010-2017


Plot: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.


Title: Game of Thrones

Air Dates: 2011-2019


Plot: Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.

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