The 20 Best TV Shows Based on Books: Normal People, Outlander, Big Little Lies and More From the Past Decade

Best TV shows based on books

The Handmaid’s Tale. The End of the F***ing World. The Queen’s Gambit. Outlander. What do these titles all have in common other than being highly-rated, successful shows? They and many more shows were adapted from bestselling novels within the last decade.

Whether you love them or hate them, book-to-TV adaptations are here to stay. With The Power — the new science fiction drama series based on Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name — slated to premiere on Prime Video Friday, the TVLine team felt it was perfect to conjure up a list of the top TV programs based on books.

We have rounded up 20 of the best shows from the last decade that were adapted from books. To all the Game of Thrones, Gossip Girl and Orange Is the New Black fans out there, we see you! Unfortunately, this list would be never-ending if we didn’t at least limit it to shows that have premiered within the last 10 years.

And if you want to read some of the books that these hit shows are based on, don’t worry: We’ve included shopping links to Amazon and Walmart for easy access to all the titles.

After you read it (and possibly weep), make sure to hit the comments with your favorite recent book-to-TV adaptations. Happy reading/watching!

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