Looking for something to watch but tired of the usual things you see on TV? We’ve got you covered! Here are some TV series adapted from your favorite books that you can stream online. Grab some chips, get cozy, and away we go!
This series is not based on a book but the widely popular Archie comics. This series takes the wholesome, clean, All-American characters and places them in a much darker, grittier setting. Riverdale is shook after Jason Blossom, Riverdale High’s star quarterback and Cheryl’s twin, was found dead at Sweetwater River. As the investigation continues, the dark secrets of the town and its residents are revealed. Riverdale is on its first season and is available on Netflix.
Lucifer is a procedural crime drama centered on the eponymous fallen angel who comes to earth after resigning as the lord of hell. It is based upon a character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic books. On earth, Lucifer becomes the owner of an LA nightclub named Lux and has the ability to force people to tell him their deepest desires. Things change after he witnesses a murder and partners up with the LAPD in order to solve the mystery. After the first murder, he starts assisting Detective Chloe Decker, who finds his powers useful but is immune to them. The series is available on Amazon Prime.
- 13 Reasons Why
One of the most controversial series this year, this show is based on Jay Asher’s book of the same name. It is a dark and raw take on teen bullying and suicide told from the perspective of a high schooler named Clay Jensen. He wakes up one day to find a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep, numbered 1 through 13. He plays the first and is shocked to hear the voice of Hannah Baker, a classmate who had just recently committed suicide. The show is just as jarring as the novel, if not more, so watch with extreme caution. All thirteen episodes are available on Netflix.
- The Handmaid's Tale
Based on the eponymous novel by Margaret Atwood, the novel is a take on a totalitarian, Christian Fundamentalist dystopia set in the near future. The series is centered on a “handmaid” named Offred, who remembers the “time before,” where she had her own family and her own name. The first three episodes are available on Hulu, and the series is updated on a weekly basis.
Based on a comic book series by DC imprint Vertigo, the series is about a preacher from Texas who becomes possessed by a supernatural creature named Genesis. The series stars Dominic Cooper and is available on Hulu.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
The first four books of Lemony Snicket’s saga have been adapted into eight episodes, which comprises the first season of the TV series. Following the death of their parents, the Baudelaire children are brought to the care of their estranged Uncle Olaf, who wants to get his hands on their fortune. The show stars Neil Patrick Harris as Uncle Olaf, and the entire first season can be watched on Netflix.
Although Conan Doyle’s classic series has been adapted multiple times, the BBC’s most recent adaptation is arguably one of the best. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, BBC’s Sherlock adapts the Victorian classic into the twenty-first century. The first three seasons are on Netflix.
This series is based on the Diana Gabaldon books of the same name. The novel series, as well as the television series, deals with time travel and has elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure, science fiction, and fantasy. There are three seasons, which can be streamed on Amazon Prime.
- House of Cards
House of Cards is a political drama based on a trilogy of novels written by Michael Dobbs. The series is about how a Machiavellian couple works in the shadows in order to gain power. Its original series is set in Britain and is centered on the successor of Margaret Thatcher as the UK’s prime minister. The American adaptation takes place in the present and often deals with current political events. The series is available online via Netflix.
- American Gods
Neil Gaiman’s novel about postmodern gods duking it out against ancient gods has been adapted into an eight-episode series. The series is set to premiere by the end of April and will be available via Amazon Prime.
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