The Best TV Shows Based on Books: A Captivating Lineup of Literary Adaptations
Get ready to dive into a world where literary brilliance meets screen excellence! From heart-stopping dramas to thrilling mysteries and captivating fantasy, the best TV shows based on books have taken the entertainment world by storm. Get ready for an unforgettable journey as we explore the enchanting worlds of The Queen's Gambit, The Handmaid's Tale, The Witcher, and many more. Whether you're a book lover or a television enthusiast, these adaptations are guaranteed to leave you spellbound. So, grab your popcorn and prepare to be transported to a realm where imagination knows no bounds!
The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
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The Queen's Gambit, a series based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name, made a remarkable impact when it premiered on Netflix in early 2020. It appealed to a wide range of viewers, including fans of historical dramas and coming-of-age stories. Anya Taylor-Joy delivered a standout performance as Beth Harmon, a fictional chess prodigy whose journey to become the world's best chess player is filled with addiction, loss, complex relationships, and more.
The Lost Apothecary
Based On: Sarah Penner's 2021 historical novel.
The Fanbase: This series appeals to those who enjoy period dramas with a feminist twist.
Everything We Know So Far: According to a report from Deadline in 2021, Fox is adapting the book into a TV drama. The story revolves around a secret apothecary shop catering to a unique clientele. Women in the city seek out a mysterious figure named Nella, who provides disguised poisons to empower them against oppressive men. However, the fate of the apothecary is endangered when a young twelve-year-old makes a fatal mistake, triggering a chain of events that reverberates through the centuries. The hunt is currently on for a writer and executive producer for the series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The series could receive mixed reviews like HBO's The Nevers or a more positive reception similar to Showtime's Penny Dreadful. It remains uncertain how much impact this type of show will have on broadcast television.
The Inheritance Trilogy
Based On: N.K. Jemisin's popular sci-fi book series.
The Fanbase: This series caters to fans who enjoy epic tales of gods battling mortals and the struggle to save humanity from a corrupt ruling family.
What We Know So Far: In 2021, Deadline reported that Searchlight TV had acquired the rights to adapt the series. Westbrook Studios, owned by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, is also involved in the production. The goal is to transform the source material into an ongoing live-action fantasy series of epic proportions.
Based On: Stephen King's 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: This series will draw in fans of Netflix's Stranger Things.
What We Know So Far: Writer David E. Kelley and director Jack Bender, who previously collaborated on the adaptation of King's Bill Hodges Trilogy for Mr. Mercedes, announced plans in 2019 to adapt The Institute as a limited series. The story follows a boy with special abilities who is abducted and taken to a mysterious institute where experiments are conducted on him and other students. He manages to escape, and a determined small-town sheriff sets out to find him.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The first season of Mr. Mercedes received a Certified Fresh badge and boasts an overall 91% rating. So, the question remains: how special are these powers?
Based On: Stephen King's 2013 novel.
The Fanbase: Given the network, expect PG-13 thrills akin to Apple TV's Home Before Dark.
What We Know So Far: In 2018, Deadline reported that Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.) were writing the pilot episode. The plot revolves around a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in a North Carolina tourist town. He becomes entangled in the legacy of a heinous murder, the destiny of a dying child, and how these experiences will forever change his life.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It has the potential to attract the young adult audience, much like the network's previous hit, Pretty Little Liars.
Based On: Patricia Cornwell's crime book series featuring the character Kay Scarpetta.
Everything We Know So Far: Jamie Lee Curtis, a friend of the author, is collaborating with Blumhouse TV to develop a one-hour series based on the books. The story revolves around Kay Scarpetta, a forensic pathologist who has been the central figure in 24 crime thrillers, as Variety reports.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This is one of the several upcoming projects featuring female detectives. Given its similar appeal to Rizzoli & Isles, it could easily gather an enthusiastic following.
Kinsey Millhone Book Series
Based On: Sue Grafton's murder mystery series, known as the Alphabet series.
The Fanbase: Sue Grafton's devoted fans, who are eager to stay connected with her through these adaptations.
Everything We Know So Far: According to Deadline in 2021, A E Studios acquired the rights to adapt the books. The series revolves around Kinsey Millhone, a determined private investigator. Each book in the series starts with a different letter of the alphabet, culminating with "Y" is for Yesterday, the final installment.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: H is for hit? Only time will tell.
Lady in the Lake
Network: Apple TV
Based On: Laura Lippman's 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: True-crime enthusiasts who enjoy period dramas and stories featuring strong female characters.
What We Know So Far: The series is set in 1960s Baltimore and stars Natalie Portman as Maddie Schwartz, a housewife and mother who becomes an investigative journalist after an unsolved murder. Her path crosses with Lupita Nyong'o's Cleo Sherwood, a hard-working mother striving to advance Black progressive agendas in the city. The limited series is directed by Alma Har'el, who co-wrote it alongside Maddie Schwartz.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The series has the potential to become Apple TV's answer to Hulu's highly acclaimed limited series Little Fires Everywhere, thanks to its star power and compelling storyline.
The Last Thing He Told Me
Network: Apple TV
Based On: Laura Dave's 2021 suspense novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of Jennifer Garner who miss her in Alias.
What We Know So Far: Jennifer Garner takes the lead role in this limited series about a woman whose husband mysteriously disappears. The cast also includes Angourie Rice, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Aisha Tyler. Laura Dave co-created the series with Josh Singer, known for his work on Spotlight.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The series has a thrilling element that could captivate both viewers on social media and critics alike.
A Man in Full
Based On: Tom Wolfe's 1998 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of Tom Wolfe's novels who are eager to see more of his work adapted to the screen.
Everything We Know So Far: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Regina King and David E. Kelley are collaborating on a six-episode adaptation of Wolfe's novel. Kelley will serve as the showrunner and writer, while King will direct the first three episodes. The limited series tells the story of an Atlanta real estate mogul facing sudden bankruptcy and the collision of political and business interests as he fights to protect his empire from opportunistic forces.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Kelley describes this adaptation as a personal passion project, and with King's successful track record both in front of and behind the camera, it has the potential to be a hit. However, given Kelley's other commitments, it remains to be seen if he can do justice to Wolfe's story.
Based On: Alex Michaelides' 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of thrilling Cambridge-based whodunits and mystery enthusiasts.
Everything We Know So Far: In 2021, Miramax Television and Stone Village acquired the rights to adapt Michaelides' book, which follows a troubled therapist who travels to Cambridge to comfort her niece after her best friend is murdered. However, the therapist soon discovers that a cult-like group of students, led by a new professor, has taken over the university's culture. British writer Morwenna Banks is adapting the book for television.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The deal was made even before the book's release, so the success of the series largely depends on the buzz generated by the source material prior to its television adaptation.
Based On: Taylor Jenkins Reid's 2021 novel, which follows her best-selling book Daisy Jones & the Six (also being adapted).
The Fanbase: Dedicated fans of Jenkins Reid's novels, with the anticipation surrounding Hulu's adaptation of Daisy Jones.
Everything We Know So Far: As reported by The Hollywood Reporter in 2021, Liz Tigelaar, known for her work on Little Fires Everywhere, is adapting the novel into a series. Set in 1983, the story revolves around the four children of renowned rocker Mick Riva, who throw an annual end-of-summer party that becomes the backdrop for confronting family secrets.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Tigelaar's successful adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere and the existing fanbase for Jenkins Reid's novels provide a promising foundation for the series.
Mouthful of Birds
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Samanta Schweblin's short story collection, originally published in Spanish in 2008 and translated to English in 2019 by Megan McDowell.
The Fanbase: Fans of horror stories, tales of traumatic childhoods, violence, and madness. It could appeal to those who enjoyed Noah Hawley's Legion or Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Alternatively, fans of drama-centered shows like Haven or Castle Rock might also find this series appealing.
What We Know So Far: Acclaimed writer-director Minhal Baig is adapting this horror drama for television. According to Deadline, the series delves into themes of madness, trauma, and violence in a darkly absurd and profoundly eerie manner. The protagonist grapples with a traumatic childhood event that she cannot remember.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: If executed well, this series has the potential to become a buzzworthy show, captivating both critics and viewers.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Stieg Larsson's Millenium book series, with a focus on the character Lisbeth Salander.
The Fanbase: As Variety reported in 2020, this series centers around the hacker Lisbeth Salander, appealing to fans of the character rather than the books' other protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist.
What We Know So Far: No writer or cast has been announced yet, but producers attached to the project include Rob Bullock (The Night Manager) and Andy Harries (The Crown). According to Variety, the series will not be a continuation or sequel to the books' or films' storylines. Instead, it will place Lisbeth Salander in a contemporary setting, featuring new characters and a fresh narrative.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Two out of the five films based on the series received Certified Fresh badges, one earned a Fresh rating, and two were Rotten. Without talent attached to the project yet, it is difficult to predict its success. However, with the producers' previous work and Amazon Studios' successful book adaptations such as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Alex Rider, and The Boys, the prospects are promising.
Based On: David Nicholls' 2009 romantic drama.
The Fanbase: Fans who still can't let go of their first loves and those who feel they missed out on, or want a different take on, the 2011 film adaptation of the book starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.
Everything We Know So Far: As reported by Deadline, Ambika Mod from This is Going to Hurt and Leo Woodall from The White Lotus have been cast as the leads, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew. Each episode, much like each chapter in the book, checks in on the couple on July 15, beginning in 1988.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Maybe one day serialized dramas can successfully bring this concept to life. However, previous attempts like HBO's The Time Traveler's Wife and the underwhelming reception of the first film adaptation suggest that some retooling may be necessary.
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Anne Camlin's graphic novel, Mismatched, which itself is based on Jane Austen's Emma.
The Fanbase: This modern retelling of Emma, presented in a queer-friendly, half-hour adult animation musical format, is likely to appeal to those who enjoyed the movie Clueless. It also holds potential for capturing the attention of Austen fans.
Everything We Know So Far: According to Deadline, the story revolves around Evan Horowitz, an openly Latino/Jewish amateur matchmaker and aspiring makeup influencer. Evan is a romantic at heart, dedicating himself to making true love a trend at his high school in Queens through singing, dancing, and showcasing contoured cheekbones. Gloria Calderón Kellett executive produces the series as part of her overall deal with Amazon, with Will Graham also producing. Debby Wolfe and Marcos Luevanos serve as writer-executive producers.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Glowing Up stands a good chance of capturing the appeal of Hulu's heartwarming teen dramedy Love, Victor and teenage-oriented musical films and plays like Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Based On: Maggie Shipstead's 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of alternate timelines and early 20th-century news stories that involve aviation, Prohibition, and war.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Erik Feig's Picturestart had secured the rights to adapt the novel. Great Circle tells the story of Marian, a fearless female pilot reminiscent of Amelia Earhart, whose audacious dream is to circumnavigate the globe north-south over the poles. The narrative spans from the 1930s to the 1950s. Additionally, Hadley, a present-day disgraced actress, is offered the role of Marian in a biopic, which could potentially revitalize her career.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With a growing fanbase and its captivating portrayal of the early 20th century, Great Circle has the potential to become an acclaimed dinner party series among prestige TV connoisseurs.
Network: HBO MaxBased On: The DC Comics characterThe Fanbase: The 10-episode series is written and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, a well-known name in the industry. Being on a streaming service allows for more creative freedom compared to broadcast TV.Everything We Know So Far: According to a report from Variety, Finn Wittrock has been cast as Guy Gardner, a character described as a "hulking mass of masculinity" and embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism. The storyline spans decades and galaxies, starting with the story of the first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, who is a secretly gay FBI agent in 1941, and then shifting to 1984 with characters like Gardner and the half-alien Bree Jarta. The series will also introduce other Lanterns, both familiar from the comic books and new to the screen.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The fact that the show has survived the Warner Bro. Discovery merger is a positive sign. However, it should be noted that shworunner Seth Grahame-Smith has left the project, which may impact its direction.
Network: Prime VideoBased On: Wolfgang Hohlbein’s 2000 novel.The Fanbase: The German author already has a large following, and fans of Stephen King may also be interested.What We Know So Far: As reported by Variety, the plot revolves around three outsiders who must confront a monster. The novel is being adapted into six episodes, each lasting 45 minutes, by showrunners Erol Yesilkaya and Sebastian Marka.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It's too early to make an accurate prediction, but the executive producers' track record with the Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others suggests they are capable of creating high-quality content. Additionally, W&B Television, the production company behind the critically acclaimed Dark series, is involved in the project.
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Network: HBO MaxBased On: J.K. Rowling’s book series.The Fanbase: Fans of the beloved Harry Potter books and movies, although there has been controversy surrounding Rowling's comments about the transgender community.What We Know So Far: The Hollywood Reporter first reported that HBO Max is in the early stages of developing a live-action TV series based on the Harry Potter series. No writer or cast has been announced yet. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has expressed his intention to create more Potter-themed content for the streaming service.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: All previous films in the Harry Potter universe, with the exception of the most recent one, have been Certified Fresh. The immense popularity of the franchise bodes well for the potential success of the TV series.
Network: Prime VideoBased On: Sara Holland’s 2020 novel.The Fanbase: Fans of stories about teenagers discovering hidden powers or other dimensions, such as Freeform's Shadowhunters or HBO's His Dark Materials.What We Know So Far: According to a report from Deadline, Amazon is developing a series based on the novel. The story follows a teenager who finds out that the hotel she's staying in for the summer has portals to other realms.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It's too early to tell, but if the series can attract the right star power and execute the story effectively, it has the potential to be a success among the target audience.
The Henna Artist
Network: NetflixBased On: Alka Joshi’s 2020 novelThe Fanbase: Fans of period pieces set in Jaipur, India, and those interested in stories focused on South Asian characters and the LGBTQ+ community.Everything We Know So Far: The series stars Freida Pinto as Lakshmi, a highly sought-after henna artist in 1950s Jaipur. She holds many secrets and has deep connections with the city's wealthiest women. Sri Rao is producing the project through his company, Sri & Company, which aims to tell stories centered around South Asian characters and artists, with a particular focus on women and the LGBTQ+ community.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The show's unique setting and focus on underrepresented communities could attract viewers who appreciate period-centric soap dramas.
Network: HBOBased On: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize–winning 2015 novel.The Fanbase: Fans of stories that tackle complex themes and provide insight into historical events and cultural identities.What We Know So Far: In 2021, it was reported that Park Chan-wook, known for his work on films like Oldboy and The Little Drummer Girl, is directing the series. A24 and Rhombus Media are producing, and Robert Downey Jr. has been cast in a leading role. The story follows a half-Vietnamese, half-French undercover communist agent who becomes a political prisoner during the Vietnam conflict and eventually finds himself in exile in the United States.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With its compelling and thought-provoking storyline, the series has the potential to resonate with viewers who enjoy prestige dramas.
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Network: Apple TVBased On: Nathan Pyle’s webcomic and graphic novels.The Fanbase: Fans of the beloved comic and those familiar with the work of Dan Harmon, co-creator of Rick and Morty.Everything We Know So Far: The show's press release describes it as a series that tells profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet similar to our own.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: While it may not attract a massive mainstream audience, it has the potential to cultivate a dedicated cult following similar to other projects associated with Dan Harmon, such as Rick and Morty.
The Eagles of Newark
Network: TBDBased On: James Overmyer’s book, Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.The Fanbase: Sports fans, activists, and those interested in stories about civil rights and the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues.Everything We Know So Far: Alcon Television Group has acquired the rights to the book, and a limited series adaptation is being developed with writers Byron Motley and Jeffrey Miiller. The pilot will be directed by Anya Adams.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The series has strong potential given its focus on an important historical figure and the themes it explores. However, it may face competition from other projects that delve into similar topics.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Network: DisneyBased On: Rick Riordan’s young-adult fantasy novelsThe Fanbase: Fans of the books, as well as those drawn to the star-studded cast and comedic elements.Everything We Know So Far: The series will center around Percy Jackson, the son of a human mother and the Greek god Poseidon. It will follow his adventures and encounters with various gods and goddesses from mythology.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: While the previous film adaptation was met with mixed reception, the passionate fanbase and the potential to improve upon past mistakes give the series a promising chance at success.
The Players Table
Network: HBO MaxBased On: Jessica Goodman’s 2020 novel, They Wish They Were Us.The Fanbase: Fans of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, as well as those who appreciate the talents of Sydney Sweeney and Halsey.What We Know So Far: HBO Max is developing the series, which will star Sydney Sweeney and musician Halsey in her television acting debut. The story revolves around characters from an affluent Long Island community investigating their friend's murder and unraveling the secrets of the past.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With notable talent involved and an intriguing mystery at its core, the series has a good chance of resonating with audiences who enjoy gripping teen dramas.
Network: TBDBased On: Pierce Brown’s sci-fi novel series.The Fanbase: Fans of dystopian stories like Hunger Games and Ender's Game who are eager to see similar narratives in TV series format.What We Know So Far: The project has undergone various stages of development, with author Pierce Brown assembling a strong team and ensuring that the adaptation fulfills his vision.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: While there have been delays and uncertainties, the unique blend of science fiction and dystopian elements, coupled with the success of similar franchises, suggests the potential for a successful adaptation once it comes to fruition.
Network: TBDBased On: Guillaume Musso’s 2018 novel, La Jeune Fille et la Nuit.The Fanbase: Fans of sexy whodunit stories with secrets set in the South of France.Everything We Know So Far: The series, which features stars like Ioan Gruffudd, Ivanna Sakhno, and Grégory Fitoussi, follows three friends connected by a tragic secret related to the disappearance of a high school girl 25 years ago. They reunite at a high school reunion and delve into the mysteries of their pasts. Bill Eagles is directing the pilot.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The show has the potential to captivate audiences with its intriguing premise and scenic setting.
Network: TBDBased On: Laura Zigman’s 2020 novel.The Fanbase: Moms, dog lovers, and those who can relate to mid-life crises and anxiety.Everything We Know So Far: Julianne Nicholson, known for her role in Mare of Easttown, will executive produce and star in the series. The story follows a middle-aged woman dealing with marital troubles and empty nest syndrome who decides to carry her dog around in a baby sling. Gillian Robespierre and Mathilde Dratwa have joined as writers and executive producers. The studio Wiip is developing the series, but no network or streamer has been announced yet.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The novel's blend of dark humor and emotional depth could appeal to viewers who enjoy unique and unconventional narratives, similar to shows like Work in Progress and Lady Dynamite.
Network: TBDBased On: Jim Dodge’s 1998 novel.The Fanbase: Fans of 1980s California with a sci-fi twist and those who appreciate the storytelling style of George Lucas.Everything We Know So Far: Alan Taylor, known for his work on Game of Thrones, is directing the pilot. The series presents a fantastical childhood and adolescence, following the main character Daniel Pearse's journey as he battles for his life against oblivion. It weaves together elements of rebellion, romance, revenge, and magic within an American coming-of-age story.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The potential success of the series will depend on the casting choices and the channel it lands on. However, it has the potential to attract an audience that enjoys sci-fi stories similar to the film adaptation of Ender's Game.
Seven Days in June
Network: TBDBased On: Tia Williams’ 2021 romance novel.The Fanbase: Fans of romance stories, particularly those that embrace steamy intimate scenes.Everything We Know So Far: Will Packer's production company and Red Arrow Studios' Kinetic Content have secured the rights to the novel. The story follows a successful erotica author and single mother who discovers that her former flame has returned to town. Will Packer stated that the story's sexiness, intensity, and unashamed Blackness make it an ideal project for his team.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The story's exploration of mixed connections and honest portrayals of love scenes could attract audiences who enjoyed shows like Normal People.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Network: NetflixBased On: Stuart Turton’s 2018 novel.The Fanbase: Fans of intricate murder mysteries with a unique twist, similar to Knives Out and Freaky Friday.What We Know So Far: The series is being adapted by Sophie Petzal. It revolves around a murder mystery set in a country estate where the protagonist wakes up in different bodies each day, making the investigation even more challenging.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The intriguing premise and complex plot have the potential to captivate viewers who enjoy thrilling mysteries. However, the binge-release format may impact its ability to maintain the element of surprise.
Network: Prime Video
Based On: The young adult book series written by Harlan Coben.
The Fanbase: Harlan Coben has a dedicated fanbase, and this series could attract both existing fans and a new younger audience.
Everything We Know So Far: In 2021, it was reported that Amazon Studios was producing a pilot based on the first book in Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar series. It was later announced that Jaden Michael, known for his role in "Colin in Black & White," would lead the cast. The show received a series order in 2022.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Given the popularity of young adult adaptations and the success of other shows in this genre, "Shelter" has a good chance of finding a dedicated audience across various age groups.
Based On: The 2017 novel co-written by Stephen King and Owen King.
The Fanbase: This story has the potential to captivate and resonate with a wide audience, particularly women who can relate to themes of exhaustion and the desire for escape.
What We Know So Far: While casting news is yet to be announced, the logline for the show sets the stage for a captivating narrative. It centers around a strange occurrence in a small Appalachian town where all the women fall asleep, leaving the men to try and rescue them. However, the women may have their own ideas about their fate.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: TV adaptations of Stephen King's works have been both successes and misses. Considering the intriguing premise and the potential for gripping storytelling, "Sleeping Beauties" has a good chance of captivating audiences.
Read Also: “Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie and TV Adaptation”
The Spook Who Sat by the Door
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Based On: Sam Greenlee’s 1969 novel.
The Fanbase: While this work of fiction may not have an existing fanbase, it is likely to resonate with audiences who appreciate stories of government corruption and civil rights, similar to the film "BlackKklansman."
What We Know So Far: In 2021, it was reported that FX had ordered a pilot for the adaptation of this novel. The show centers around the CIA's first Black member, with Lee Daniels producing. Further developments on the show were reported in 2022.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Given the success of similar projects like "BlackKklansman" and "Judas and the Black Messiah," "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" has a good chance of being well-received.
A Spy Among Friends
Based On: Ben Macintyre’s 2014 novel.
The Fanbase: This show will likely attract spy enthusiasts, especially those interested in Cold War-era stories.
Everything We Know So Far: "A Spy Among Friends" features Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce in a story written by Alexander Cary. The show revolves around two spies who were friends, but one of them was deceiving the other all along.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Fans of shows like "The Americans" and "Homeland" will likely be drawn to "A Spy Among Friends" for its gripping narrative and intriguing characters.
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Based On: John le Carré’s 1963 novel.
The Fanbase: AMC hopes to attract an audience similar to those who enjoyed the adaptation of le Carré's "The Night Manager," starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.
What We Know So Far: The project was announced in 2017, with Simon Beaufoy set to write the series. The success of the adaptation may depend on factors like critical reception and comparisons to other le Carré adaptations.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The buzz around "The Night Manager," and the positive reviews for the adaptation of le Carré's "The Little Drummer Girl," indicate that "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold" has a good chance of being well-received. However, competition from other adaptations of le Carré's works may also influence its success.
The Stationery Shop
Based On: Marjan Kamali’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: "The Stationery Shop" appeals to both fans of romance and those interested in historical and cultural affairs.
Everything We Know So Far: Showrunner Prentice Penny and writer-actress Mozhan Marnò are working with author Marjan Kamali on the adaptation of her novel. Further details about the show are yet to be announced.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: As a recent adaptation, it is difficult to determine the potential success of "The Stationery Shop." The reception will depend on factors like the execution of the adaptation and the appeal of the story to audiences.
The Downstairs Girl
Based On: Stacey Lee’s 2019 young-adult historical fiction.
The Fanbase: Fans of period-set stories with an upstairs-downstairs dynamic, like "Bridgerton" and "Gossip Girl," as well as those interested in stories of race and gender bias.
What We Know So Far: The half-hour series, adapted by Aminta Goyel, tells the story of a Korean teen secretly living in a basement as a maid to a wealthy family in 1890 Atlanta. Alongside her daily tasks, she writes an anonymous newspaper column discussing important social issues.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The success of "Bridgerton" and the demand for diverse storytelling indicate that "The Downstairs Girl" has the potential to be a hit, especially among audiences seeking compelling historical dramas.
Dune: The Sisterhood
Network: HBO Max
Based On: Frank Herbert’s book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of the "Dune" franchise and its various adaptations.
What We Know So Far: HBO Max ordered a TV series to accompany the 2021 film adaptation of "Dune." The show was meant to delve deeper into the universe created by Frank Herbert. However, there have been changes in the show's development, including showrunner Jon Spaihts leaving the project in 2019.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The success of the "Dune" film and the ongoing popularity of the franchise suggest that "Dune: The Sisterhood" has the potential to be a hit. However, the series' reception may depend on factors like its execution and how it compares to the film adaptation.
Station Eleven (HBO Max)
Network: HBO Max
Based On: The 2014 novel by Emily St. John Mandel.
The Fanbase: The series attracts both fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian stories and those interested in nuanced character development.
Everything We Know So Far: Showrunner Patrick Somerville adapted the novel into a series, expanding on the backstories of certain characters and crafting a more hopeful atmosphere. The adaptation has received positive reviews.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The successful adaptation of the novel and positive critical reception suggest that "Station Eleven" will resonate with viewers. Its continued success may depend on how it maintains its storytelling and addresses the themes of the book.
Based On: The graphic novels by Alice Oseman.
The Fanbase: Fans of LGBTQ+ romance stories, as well as those who enjoyed the "Gossip Girl" series and period-set narratives.
What We Know So Far: Aminta Goyel is adapting the half-hour series, which follows the relationship between English teens Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson. The show captures the charm and emotional depth of the original graphic novels.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: "Heartstopper" has already gained a dedicated fanbase through the popularity of the graphic novels. The show's faithful and endearing adaptation is likely to attract a wide audience.
The Leftovers (HBO Max)
Network: HBO Max
Based On: Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of supernatural dramas and those interested in exploring themes of grief and the human condition.
What We Know So Far: "The Leftovers" is a well-regarded series that started with the adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel. The show expanded on the story beyond the source material, gaining critical acclaim and a dedicated following.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: "The Leftovers" has already established itself as a critically acclaimed series. Its high quality and compelling storytelling make it a strong candidate for being a hit adaptation.
Watchmen (HBO Max)
Network: HBO Max
Based On: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins’ comic-book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of the original "Watchmen" comic book series and those who appreciate thought-provoking superhero stories.
What We Know So Far: Damon Lindelof created an intriguing interpretation of the "Watchmen" universe, combining legacy characters with new ones. The show received critical acclaim and captured the spirit of the original comic book series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: While purist fans of the original comic book series may have reservations, "Watchmen" gained widespread critical acclaim for its unique take on the source material. Its thought-provoking themes and compelling storytelling make it a strong contender for success.
Based On: Diana Gabaldon’s book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of romantic historical dramas and readers of Diana Gabaldon's book series.
What We Know So Far: "Outlander" follows the time-traveling adventures of Claire Randall as she falls in love with Jamie Fraser in 18th-century Scotland. The show has gained a dedicated fanbase and is approaching its final season.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: "Outlander" has already proven to be a successful adaptation, capturing the romance and adventure of the book series. Its upcoming final season will determine the overall reception of the show.
Big Little Lies (HBO Max)
Network: HBO Max
Based On: Liane Moriarty’s novel.
The Fanbase: Viewers who enjoy heightened drama with strong performances and compelling mysteries.
What We Know So Far: "Big Little Lies" captivated viewers with its engaging story, star-studded cast, and addictive drama. The show successfully translated the novel's murder mystery into an enticing and visually stunning series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: "Big Little Lies" received critical acclaim and maintained a dedicated fanbase throughout its run. It is considered one of HBO's best shows, which indicates its potential for continued success.
Sharp Objects (HBO Max)
Network: HBO Max
Based On: Gillian Flynn’s novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of dark and gripping psychological thrillers.
What We Know So Far: "Sharp Objects" brought Gillian Flynn's chilling novel to life with a talented cast and atmospheric storytelling. The show explored themes of female rage and generational trauma, leaving a lasting impact on viewers.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The series received critical acclaim for its portrayal of complex characters and its dark, disturbing atmosphere. Its success indicates its potential for continued recognition.
The Boys (Prime Video)
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic series.
The Fanbase: Fans of superhero stories, particularly those interested in gritty and satirical takes on the genre.
What We Know So Far: "The Boys" stands out among the plethora of comic book adaptations with its gritty, funny, and emotionally impactful storytelling. The show has gained a reputation for its unique blend of humor and darkness, as well as its compelling characters.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: "The Boys" has already established itself as a successful and critically acclaimed series. Its captivating narrative and well-developed characters make it a frontrunner in the comic book adaptation landscape.
Reacher (Prime Video)
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While some people felt that the two movies featuring Tom Cruise as the tough Jack Reacher didn't quite hit the mark, the TV adaptation created by Nick Santora, known for his work on Prison Break and Scorpion, starring Alan Ritchson in the lead role, was much more successful. It gained a remarkable 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received an average grade of "A" from TVLine readers. The positive response was so overwhelming that the series was renewed for a second season on Prime Video just days after its premiere! For those interested, you can purchase the book that the show is based on from Amazon or Walmart.
Wolf Hall (PBS)
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Hilary Mantel's historical novels brought a fresh perspective and urgency to the familiar story of King Henry VIII. The BBC adaptation, which aired on PBS in 2015, was a masterpiece of elegance and emotion. The series told the story from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, the king's trusted advisor, turning his skillful handling of the doomed marriage to Anne Boleyn into a gripping thriller. The cast was exceptional, with Mark Rylance portraying Cromwell, Damian Lewis as King Henry, and Claire Foy delivering a fiery performance as Anne Boleyn, a year before her breakout role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. The book that inspired the series can be purchased from Amazon or Walmart.
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Creator: Molly Smith Metzler
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Andie MacDowell, Billy Burke
Maid is an emotional mini-series created by Molly Smith Metzler and inspired by the best-selling memoir written by Stephanie Land. The series follows Margaret Qualley's character, a young woman who escapes an abusive relationship and becomes a house cleaner to support her daughter. The performances by Qualley and Nick Robinson, known for his role in Love, Victor, are grounded and authentic. The series also features a captivating performance by Andie MacDowell, who is Qualley's real-life mother, playing the role of her mother in the show. With its deliberate exploration of sensitive subject matter, Maid powerfully depicts the struggles and triumphs of its characters across 10 compelling episodes. The series can be streamed on Netflix.
The Lincoln Lawyer (2022-present)
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Creator: Ted Humphrey, David E. Kelley
Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Christopher Gorham
The Lincoln Lawyer, based on Michael Connelly's novels, brings the beloved character Mickey Haller to the small screen. The show, adapted for television by David E. Kelley and Ted Humphrey, follows Haller, a lawyer who practices law out of his Lincoln Town Car. With its clever script and blend of drama, action, and mystery, The Lincoln Lawyer offers an engrossing legal series. The stellar cast includes Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, known for his role in Murder on the Orient Express, and Neve Campbell, famous for her role in Scream. Supporting performances from Becki Newton and Christopher Gorham add depth to the series. You can watch The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix.
Tales of the City (2019)
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Cast: Laura Linney, Elliot Page, Murray Bartlett, Paul Gross, Olympia Dukakis
Based on Armistead Maupin's groundbreaking novels, Tales of the City brings together the original cast from the early 1990s mini-series and subsequent sequels. The series, which served as Olympia Dukakis' final television performance, continues the story of these beloved characters while introducing a new generation of city dwellers. Notably, Elliot Page portrays Shawna Hawkins, the adopted child of Laura Linney's character, Mary Ann Singleton. The series upholds the themes of the original novels and offers a touching update to the franchise. Tales of the City is available for streaming on Netflix.
Tiny Pretty Things (2020)
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Created by: Michael MacLennan
Cast: Brennan Clost, Barton Cowperthwaite, Bayardo De Murguia, Damon J. Gillespie
Tiny Pretty Things, based on the novel by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, is set in an ultra-competitive ballet school in Chicago. One unique aspect of the show is that all the actors do their own dancing, which adds an extra layer of authenticity. While the series does incorporate scandal and sex, it also delves into the intricate psyches of the characters. If you're looking for a fun and soapy watch set in a fascinating world, Tiny Pretty Things is the perfect choice. The series can be streamed on Netflix.
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Created by: Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer, Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith
Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell, Brandon Butler, Odiseas Georgiadis, Larry Sullivan, Dana Green, Linden Ashby, October Moore
Trinkets revolves around three friends who meet at a Shoplifters Anonymous meeting. Although they share the common experience of shoplifting, their individual lives and personalities differ greatly. Elodie is shy, Moe is rebellious, and Tabitha comes from a privileged background. Despite keeping their friendship a secret at school, the three girls rely on each other for support in navigating family and romantic challenges. The series offers a compelling exploration of friendship and personal growth. Trinkets is available for streaming on Netflix.
Shadow and Bone (2021-present)
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Created by: Eric Heisserer
Cast: Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Archie Renaux
Shadow and Bone is a thrilling fantasy series based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo. Combining elements from the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, the show follows Alina, a mapmaker who discovers a unique ability to summon light that could change the course of a war against dark forces. Concurrently, a trio of non-magic thieves is tasked with kidnapping Alina and must navigate treacherous territory. The second season of the series has been confirmed. Shadow and Bone can be streamed on Netflix.
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Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter is a critically acclaimed series that delves into the unsettling world of serial killers. Based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit written by FBI agents John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the show follows FBI agents Holden Ford, Bill Tench, and Dr. Wendy Carr as they seek to understand the psychology behind history's most notorious murderers. Mindhunter's deliberately-paced storytelling and superb performances offer a chilling exploration of the dark recesses of the human mind. You can watch Mindhunter on Netflix.
The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
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Cast: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House, a Netflix series based on Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name, is a haunting and emotional exploration of family dynamics intertwined with supernatural elements. The show, created by Mike Flanagan, offers a unique blend of scares and heart, delving into the pain and trauma experienced by the Crain family. The series expertly weaves together episodes that focus on each individual family member, revealing their struggles and the connection to the haunted Hill House. It is a truly captivating and unforgettable experience. The Haunting of Hill House is available for streaming on Netflix.
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Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Dayan, David Pittu, Krysta Rodriguez, Bill Pullman
Halston is a thrilling miniseries that brings the glamorous world of fashion from the 1960s to the 1980s to life. The show follows Halston, a fashion designer, as he establishes one of the most iconic brands in the industry. Showrunner Sharr White adapted the series from Steven Gains' biography, Simply Halston: The Untold Story. Unlike other Ryan Murphy projects, Halston offers a more earnest and emotionally-driven approach to storytelling. Ewan McGregor delivers a captivating performance as Halston, avoiding caricature and bringing depth to the character. The series also features an amusing portrayal of Joel Schumacher by Rory Culkin. Halston can be streamed on Netflix.
Dare Me (Netflix)
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Dare Me, a moody drama released in 2019, was adapted from Megan Abbott's novel published in 2012. The show, unfortunately, did not receive a second season from USA Network, leaving fans with a cliffhanger ending. Despite this, it garnered critical acclaim for its deep exploration of adolescence, which is as complex and dark as the midnight sky. The story revolves around cheerleaders striving to reach the top of the pyramid, both literally and metaphorically. The performances, particularly Marlo Kelly's portrayal of troubled bad girl Beth, were exceptional and captivating. If you're interested, you can purchase the book Dare Me from Amazon or Walmart.
The Night Manager (Prime Video)
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The Night Manager, an AMC miniseries, is a sleek and thrilling adaptation of John le Carre's novel. The show stars Tom Hiddleston as a hotel manager who goes undercover to infiltrate the operations of a dangerous arms dealer, portrayed with impressive menace by Hugh Laurie. Le Carre's spy stories have long been popular adaptations in Hollywood, but The Night Manager stands out with its captivating twists, heart-pounding suspense, and stellar ensemble cast, which includes Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki. The series received multiple Golden Globe awards for its exceptional quality. If you're interested, the book can be purchased from Amazon or Walmart.
Sweet Magnolias (2020-present)
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Created by: Sheryl J. Anderson
Cast: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliott, Heather Headley
The TV series Sweet Magnolias draws inspiration from three of Sherryl Woods' books in the Sweet Magnolias series: Stealing Home, Feels Like Family, and Swan Point. It weaves together elements from these novels to create a delightful and romantic drama. The series follows three lifelong best friends from South Carolina as they navigate starting over, finding love again, and raising kids. The chemistry between the three lead actresses is entertaining, and their enduring friendship is palpable. The current season is now filming and is expected to be released in 2022. Sweet Magnolias can be streamed on Netflix.
Little Fires Everywhere
Book Title: Little Fires Everywhere
Book Author: Celeste Ng
Book Genre: Literary fiction, domestic drama
The TV series "Little Fires Everywhere" is based on the popular book by Celeste Ng. It revolves around two intriguing characters, Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) and Mia Warren (Kerry Washington).
If you enjoy drama that delves right into the heart of the story, this miniseries begins with the Richardson house engulfed in flames. As the story unfolds, we discover the events that led up to that fateful night and the numerous conflicts that occurred.
You can watch "Little Fires Everywhere" on Hulu by following this link: Little Fires Everywhere.
13. Pride and Prejudice
Book Title: Pride and Prejudice
Book Author: Jane Austen
Book Genre: Romantic fiction, period drama
The '90s series "Pride and Prejudice" is a period drama based on the classic love story written by Jane Austen. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) as she navigates the high society of England and unexpectedly falls in love with the enigmatic Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth).
You can watch "Pride and Prejudice" on Hulu by following this link: Pride and Prejudice.
Book Title: Great Expectations
Book Author: Charles Dickens
Book Genre: Bildungsroman, period drama
The captivating TV miniseries "Great Expectations" is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel. The story follows an orphaned boy named Pip (Fionn Whitehead) who receives a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor. However, Pip's newfound wealth leads him to make questionable choices that complicate his life even further.
Both the novel and the TV adaptation of "Great Expectations" explore themes of social class, ambition, and morality through vivid characters and rich symbolism. This series is a must-watch, especially for fans of period dramas.
You can watch "Great Expectations" on Hulu by following this link: Great Expectations.
Pretty Little Liars
Book Title: Pretty Little Liars
Book Author: Sara Shepard
Book Genre: Mystery, thriller, teen drama
"Pretty Little Liars" is not your typical high school drama. This dark and addictive mystery thriller is filled with secrets, betrayal, and murder that will keep you hooked until the very end.
The TV series is based on Sara Shepard's book series of the same name and has created a cultural phenomenon. Viewers have engaged in countless discussions and theories about the mysterious murder mastermind known as "A."
To find out the shocking answer, you'll have to watch the entire series until the end.
You can watch "Pretty Little Liars" on Hulu by following this link: Pretty Little Liars.
Book Title: Shrill
Book Author: Lindy West
Book Genre: Memoir, feminist literature
The TV series "Shrill" is based on the personal stories and reflections of author Lindy West. This dramedy stars Aidy Bryant and explores important topics such as fatphobia, body shaming, internet trolls, and sexism.
Through humor and honesty, the character Anne, played by Bryant, learns to accept herself in a society that constantly tries to belittle her because of her weight. "Shrill" delivers an empowering message about body positivity and the importance of standing up for oneself, regardless of body type.
You can watch "Shrill" on Hulu by following this link: Shrill.
Book Title: High Fidelity
Book Author: Nick Hornby
Book Genre: Contemporary fiction
The TV series "High Fidelity" is a reimagining of Nick Hornby's book with the main character, Rob, now portrayed by Robyn (Zoe Kravitz). The series maintains the original theme of music, love, and self-discovery.
You can watch "High Fidelity" on Hulu by following this link: High Fidelity.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Book Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Book Author: Margaret Atwood
Book Genre: Nonfiction, dystopian
"The Handmaid’s Tale" is a critically acclaimed TV series based on Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel. It is set in the dystopian Republic of Gilead, a theocratic America where women are deprived of independence and freedom.
The series has received numerous accolades, including Golden Globe® nominations and awards for Best Television Series (Drama) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Elisabeth Moss).
To learn more about "The Handmaid’s Tale," check out our comprehensive guide on Hulu's official website.
You can watch "The Handmaid’s Tale" on Hulu by following this link: The Handmaid’s Tale.
Book Title: Codename Villanelle
Book Author: Luke Jennings
Book Genre: Thriller, espionage
"Killing Eve" follows the story of Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an intelligence investigator tasked with capturing Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a dangerous and psychopathic assassin. As the two realize they have a unique connection, they become infatuated with each other, leading them to lose sight of their original missions.
You can watch "Killing Eve" on Hulu by following this link: Killing Eve.
The End of the F***ing World (Netflix)
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"The End of the F***ing World" is a bittersweet Manhattan divorce dramedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes. It is an adaptation of the book written by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The series remains faithful to the smart and probing look at modern romance and the challenges of middle age presented in the book. The exceptional cast, including Danes and Lizzy Caplan, brings the story vividly to life.
To learn more about the book and acquire it, you can purchase it on Amazon or Walmart.
Book Title: Younger
Book Author: Pamela Redmond
Book Genre: Women’s fiction, “chick-lit”
"Younger" is a hit series based on the book written by Pamela Redmond and created by the team behind "Sex and The City." The show follows 40-year-old Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) as she poses as a 26-year-old to secure a new job. All seven seasons of the series are currently available.
You can watch "Younger" on Hulu by following this link: Younger.
Nine Perfect Strangers
Book Title: Nine Perfect Strangers
Book Author: Liane Moriarty
Book Genre: Psychological thriller, contemporary fiction
"Nine Perfect Strangers" is a Hulu Original series based on the book authored by Liane Moriarty. The story takes place at Tranquillum House, a retreat where people go to heal and transform. Guided by the unorthodox healer Masha (Nicole Kidman), a group of nine guests embark on a 10-day wellness journey that promises to fix them. The stacked cast, including Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, brings the intense story to life.
To learn more about the series, you can explore the Insider's Guide to "Nine Perfect Strangers" on Hulu's website.
You can watch "Nine Perfect Strangers" on Hulu by following this link: Nine Perfect Strangers.
Looking for Alaska
Book Title: Looking for Alaska
Book Author: John Green
Book Genre: Coming of age, young adult fiction
"Looking for Alaska" is a TV series based on the book by John Green. The story is set at a sweltering Alabama boarding school and follows the journey of Miles, a new student searching for deeper meaning in his life. Miles is immediately captivated by the enigmatic Alaska Young. However, as a prank war escalates, unexpected events unfold, taking the story to unforeseen heights.
You can watch "Looking for Alaska" on Hulu by following this link: Looking for Alaska.
Book Title: Normal People
Book Author: Sally Rooney
Book Genre: Coming of age, young adult fiction
"Normal People" tells the story of Marianne and Connell, who have had an on-again, off-again complicated relationship since high school. Marianne, once a misfit, and Connell, a popular jock, explore the shifts and changes in their relationship as they grow and evolve into adulthood.
You can watch "Normal People" on Hulu by following this link: Normal People.
Book Title: Multiple titles
Book Author: Stephen King
Book Genre: Horror, suspense, supernatural fiction
"Castle Rock" is a TV show that will be familiar to Stephen King fans. The spooky town of Castle Rock has appeared in several of King's works, including "The Dead Zone," "Cujo," and "Needful Things." The series starts with a mysterious suicide at Shawshank Prison, a famous location in King's universe. The second season focuses on Annie Wilkes from "Misery."
"Castle Rock" delivers the twisted and heart-pounding entertainment that King's fans have come to expect.
You can watch "Castle Rock" on Hulu by following this link: Castle Rock.
Book Title: The Mortal Instruments
Book Author: Cassandra Clare
Book Genre: Urban fantasy, young adult
"Shadowhunters" is a TV show based on Cassandra Clare's book series "The Mortal Instruments." The story follows Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), an ordinary teenager who discovers she is part of a long line of demon-hunting, human-angel hybrids known as Shadowhunters. When her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrust into a world of magical creatures and dangerous adventures in order to save her. The series explores Clary's journey as a Shadowhunter and the challenges she faces along the way.
You can watch "Shadowhunters" on Hulu by following this link: Shadowhunters.
Book Title: Fire in the Hole
Book Author: Elmore Leonard
Book Genre: Novella, crime fiction, thriller
"Justified" is an Emmy®-winning TV series featuring U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), whose character was born from Elmore Leonard's novella "Fire in the Hole." Raylan finds himself back in his home state of Kentucky, using his Wild West style of seeking justice and often finding trouble along the way.
All six seasons of "Justified" are currently available for streaming on Hulu.
You can watch "Justified" on Hulu by following this link: Justified.
Fleishman Is in Trouble (Hulu)
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"Fleishman Is in Trouble" is a Hulu series that captures the essence of Taffy Brodesser-Akner's book. The show chronicles the bittersweet Manhattan divorce story, featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes. Brodesser-Akner herself created the series and wrote nearly every episode, ensuring that the screen adaptation stays true to the smart and probing exploration of modern romance and the challenges of middle age presented in the book. The exceptional cast, including Danes and Lizzy Caplan, delivers excellent performances, bringing the story vividly to life.
To acquire the book, you can find it on Amazon or Walmart.
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Created by: Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler
Cast: Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgard
Cursed is a television series that was brought to life by the creative minds of Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. This captivating show originally began as an illustrated young adult book, presenting an alternative perspective of the legend of King Arthur. It follows the journey of Nimue, a teenage sorceress, who encounters Arthur and becomes the central character. Through Nimue's eyes, we witness Arthur's tale unfold as she embarks on a quest and eventually ascends to become the formidable Lady of the Lake. The future of the show beyond the first season is currently undetermined.
The Sinner (2017-2021)
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Created by: Derek Simonds
Cast: Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood, Adam LeFevre, Carrie Coon, Jessica Biel
The Sinner, a gripping series that recently concluded its fourth season, is based on Petra Hammesfahr's novel of the same name, published in 1999. The plot revolves around Detective Harry Ambrose, who delves into the minds of unlikely culprits to solve crimes. In the first season, he investigates a woman's past to uncover the motive behind her violent act of murder. Initially designed as a miniseries comprising eight episodes, the show's success led to its transformation into an ongoing series featuring Ambrose's pursuit of different criminal cases.
The Magicians (2015-2020)
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Created by: Sera Gamble and John McNamara
Cast: Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta
Syfy's original series, The Magicians, is a spellbinding adaptation of Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, initially published in 2009. All five seasons of this captivating show are now available for streaming on Netflix. The story follows Quentin, a college student who unveils the existence of magic and his own latent abilities. He enrolls in Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy to master the intricacies of the supernatural arts. As Quentin delves deeper into this fantastical realm, he discovers that the magical world he idolized as a child is grounded in reality and poses a threat to humanity.
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Jo Piazza’s 2018 novel about the ambitious and cutthroat protagonist.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoyed shows like HBO's Veep, the movie Election, or other satirical narratives featuring determined individuals weighing the consequences of success.
What We Know So Far: In 2019, it was reported by Deadline that Julia Roberts, fresh off her success in Amazon's Homecoming, was in discussions to star in and executive produce this limited series adaptation of Jo Piazza's book. Playwright Jon Robin Baitz, known for creating ABC's Brothers & Sisters, was set to adapt the story. The potential for a critical and popular success is apparent, given Julia Roberts' involvement and the team behind the series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: On one hand, viewers may relish the opportunity to see Julia Roberts fully dive into a politically charged romp. On the other, the saturation of real-life political conflicts might dampen interest in fictional political dramas.
City on Fire
Network: Apple TV
Based On: Garth Risk Hallberg’s 2015 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of period-set mysteries, particularly those familiar with the early 2000s, as the series is produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, creators of popular shows The OC and Gossip Girl.
Everything We Know So Far: Set in New York City in 2003, City on Fire unravels the story surrounding the murder of an NYU student in Central Park. The victim's disappearance connects a series of baffling city-wide fires to the downtown music scene and an affluent uptown family grappling with their hidden secrets. Wyatt Oleff stars in this series, with Jesse Peretz directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Recent dramas with intricate storytelling and surprising revelations, such as Cruel Summer and Mare of Easttown, have resonated with audiences. City on Fire could join this league of successful reverse narrative dramas.
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Ken Liu's short story from the 2020 anthology Faraway, featuring a fairy tale theme.
The Fanbase: Sci-fi enthusiasts who appreciate shows like Amazon's The Expanse and are drawn to the idea of inanimate objects preserving their owners' experiences for reliving through touch, explored within a near-future context.
What We Know So Far: In 2020, Deadline reported that Amazon is developing an adaptation of The Cleaners, with writer Dominic Orlando from The OA and actor Orlando Bloom from Carnival Row attached to the project. The story revolves around the emotional burden carried by inanimate objects and the "cleaners" tasked with sanitizing them. This futuristic premise resembles the critically acclaimed series Black Mirror and possesses elements reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The merging of Black Mirror's thought-provoking storytelling with the magical undertones of Beauty and the Beast has the potential to captivate audiences and earn high praise, as demonstrated by the popularity and critical acclaim of those existing shows.
Network: Prime Video
Based On: Bentley Little's 2015 novel, Basgallop.
The Fanbase: Fans of intellectual dark comedies, as demonstrated by the success of television series like Corporate and Apple TV's Severance, along with anyone familiar with the current "Great Resignation" trend or desiring an escape from mundane work environments.
Everything We Know So Far: The Consultant, a dark comedy, features Christoph Waltz in the lead role. According to the show's logline, the series delves into the sinister dynamics between bosses and employees, exploring how far individuals are willing to go for personal success and survival. Servant's Tony Basgallop serves as the creator and showrunner, with WandaVision's Matt Shakman directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With a combination of celebrated talent like Christoph Waltz and the experienced creative minds behind successful shows, The Consultant possesses the potential to captivate audiences seeking dark, satirical narratives centered around workplace dynamics.
The Day of The Jackal
Based On: Frederick Forsyth's 1971 political thriller and the subsequent film adaptation in 1973.
The Fanbase: Fans of historical fiction and political thrillers, as the book explores a failed assassination attempt on French president Charles de Gaulle. However, this reimagining may face possible backlash from devotees of Forsyth's original work.
Everything We Know So Far: Ronan Bennett, the showrunner behind Top Boy and Public Enemies, leads this project as a limited series for Peacock. Directed by Brian Kirk, known for his work on Game of Thrones and Luther, the series promises to delve deeper into the captivating character at the center of the story, set against a backdrop of turbulent contemporary geopolitics.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With its historical and political intrigue intertwining in a contemporary setting, The Day of the Jackal may satisfy audiences hungry for engaging narratives and topical themes.
The Devil in the White City
Based On: Erik Larson's 2003 historical non-fiction book, which highlights the parallel stories of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and H. H. Holmes, a notorious serial killer operating in the city during the same period.
The Fanbase: Enthusiasts of historical drama and true crime, drawn to narratives that intertwine real events and chilling mysteries.
What We Know So Far: Originally planned as a feature film, The Devil in the White City transitioned into a limited series adaptation for Hulu. Martin Scorsese serves as an executive producer, and the series has faced challenges in terms of casting and directing. While Keanu Reeves was initially set to star, complications arose, and Todd Field, originally hired to direct the pilot, ultimately left the project, leading to a series of developments that are yet to be resolved.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Once the necessary elements fall into place, The Devil in the White City possesses the potential for immense success, given its compelling source material and the involvement of acclaimed figures like Martin Scorsese.
All The Light We Cannot See
Based On: Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from 2014.
The Fanbase: This limited series will appeal to those captivated by war stories, star-crossed love, and the exploration of profound themes, as evidenced by the involvement of Shawn Levy (executive producer and director of Stranger Things) and Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders writer).
Everything We Know So Far: The casting process for All The Light We Cannot See involved a worldwide search for actresses who are blind or have low vision, resulting in the selection of Aria Mia Loberti. The series follows the life of Marie-Laure, a young French girl who, accompanied by her father, navigates Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Through her father's occupation as a locksmith, Marie-Laure hears tales of the Sea of Flames, a mythical gem said to grant immortality, while encountering the infatuated Werner, a German soldier.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The casting decision to prioritize representation is commendable, and the narrative's fusion of historical drama, romance, and elements of the supernatural presents an intriguing blend. However, striking the right balance to avoid clichés and maintain the story's gravitas will be crucial to its success.
All the King's Men
Based On: Kennedy Ryan's book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of Kennedy Ryan's series, which tackles pressing issues such as Indigenous rights, climate change, pay equity, and voter suppression through the lens of best friends dedicated to electing supportive leaders.
What We Know So Far: The Traveling Picture Show Company has acquired the rights to the book series and is in the early stages of developing the limited series. Further details will be announced in due course.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With its timely and relevant subject matter, All the King's Men has the potential to resonate strongly with audiences, especially if it garners support from influential figures in the field or receives recognition for addressing important societal issues.
Firefly Lane (2021-present)
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Created by: Maggie Friedman
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Sarah Calke, Ben Lawson
Firefly Lane, a Netflix original series, is based on Kristin Hannah's popular novel. The show chronicles the friendship of Kate and Tully, using a non-linear narrative that weaves together their past and present experiences. The story, inspired by Hannah's personal life, explores the dynamics of an unlikely bond between two contrasting individuals. Netflix has already renewed the series for a second season.
Virgin River (2019-present)
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Cast: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence
Virgin River, a contemporary romance series, draws its inspiration from Robyn Carr's bestselling book series of the same name. The show, influenced by the Harlequin book series, follows the journey of Melinda, a nurse practitioner and midwife who moves to a secluded town for a fresh start after the loss of her husband. The series currently has two seasons available on Netflix, with a third season expected to debut in July 2021.
The Last Kingdom (2015-2022)
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Created by: Stephen Butchard
Cast: Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Arnas Fedaravicius
The Last Kingdom, a historical drama, is based on Bernard Cornwell's novel series that portrays the birth of England. The story revolves around the legendary figure Alfred the Great and Uhtred, spanning from the year 866 to the early 1000s BC. The first four seasons of the show encompass the first eight novels of the series. A fifth season is currently in the works.
The Witcher (2019-present)
Created by: Lauren Schmidt
Cast: Anna Shaffer, Henry Cavill, Freya Allan
The Witcher, a popular fantasy series, is an adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's book series, which has also inspired video games, a film, a tabletop role-playing game, another television series, and comics. The story follows Geralt, a mutant and monster bounty hunter, as he embarks on a quest to find his place in a world consumed by chaos. Season 2 has completed filming, and plans have been made for seven seasons in total.
The Young Team
Based On: Graeme Armstrong's 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: Individuals seeking a realistic portrayal of Scotland beyond the scope of popular television show Outlander.
Everything We Know So Far: Synchronicity Films has secured the rights to The Young Team, a story set in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. This gritty series explores the lives of teenage gang members in Scotland's former industrial heartland, shedding light on institutional failures and the lack of opportunities faced by these young boys.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With its honest depiction of socioeconomic struggles and a focus on teen characters, The Young Team may resonate strongly with audiences, especially those who appreciate dramas that shed light on systemic issues and evoke comparisons to beloved shows like The Wire.
The 100 (2014-2020)
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Created by: Jason Rothenberg
Cast: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos
The 100, a captivating sci-fi series, is based on Kass Morgan's young adult novels. The plot unfolds in a post-apocalyptic world where the surviving remnants of humanity reside on a spaceship. Almost a century after a devastating nuclear war, a decision is made to send 100 young people back to Earth to assess its habitability.
Band Of Brothers: An Engaging and Terrible Depiction of the Horrors of War
Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's Acclaimed Book, Band Of Brothers
Throughout the years, some of the most impactful war dramas have been drawn from real stories, as they offer the most authentic portrayal of the raw emotion, terror, and accuracy of history's most horrific periods. Band of Brothers, a non-fiction book penned by esteemed historian Stephen E. Ambrose, served as the inspiration for the iconic television series bearing the same name, which was brought to life through the joint efforts of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
Band of Brothers vividly portrays the trials and tribulations faced by "Easy" Company during World War II. The series holds an impressive IMDb rating of 9.4, a testament to its compelling and heart-wrenching narrative that remains as powerful and poignant today as ever. Over the course of ten emotionally-charged episodes, Band of Brothers masterfully showcases the horrors of war, with exceptional cinematography and a stellar ensemble cast.
Based on George R. R. Martin's Epic A Song of Ice and Fire Series
While House of the Dragon has made a significant impression with its first season, surpassing the overall impact of Game of Thrones will undoubtedly be a formidable task. Game of Thrones served as the groundbreaking adaptation of George R. R. Martin's sprawling fantasy novels set in the captivating world of Westeros and beyond, known collectively as A Song of Ice and Fire.
Game of Thrones truly shone brightest when it remained true to George R. R. Martin's source material, but eventually, it steered into unfamiliar territory, venturing into uncharted narrative directions. Its final season may have elicited varying opinions, yet its far-reaching influence cannot be denied.
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