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The Best Based on Books TV Shows on HBO

Finding a good Based on Books TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based on Books TV shows of all time streaming on HBO.

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1. Game of Thrones

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9.4/10
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100/100
Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 8
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

Where to Watch: 73 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 73 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 73 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 5 others). Episodes coming soon to HBO on May 25th, 2019 (PDT).

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2. Big Little Lies

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8.6/10
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86/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Subversive, darkly comedic drama BIG LITTLE LIES tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. The Leftovers

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8.3/10
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82/100
Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, 'The Leftovers' follows Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb, as he tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy when the notion no longer applies.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 28 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 28 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. True Blood

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7.9/10
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80/100
Year: 2008-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.

Where to Watch: 80 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 80 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 80 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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5. Olive Kitteridge

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8.3/10
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73/100
Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: A look at a seemingly placid New England town that is actually wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, all told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story spans 25 years and focuses on Olive's relationships with her husband, Henry, the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist; their son, Christopher, who resents his mother's approach to parenting; and other members of their community.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. Mildred Pierce

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7.7/10
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68/100
Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled, narcissistic daughter's love and respect.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 5 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Parade's End

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58/100
Year: 2012-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The story of a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette in the midst of World War I and a Europe on the brink of profound change.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 5 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. The Casual Vacancy

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Year: 2015-2019Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: The citizens of the small British town of Pagford fight for the spot on the parish council after Barry Fairbrother dies.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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9. Empire Falls

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49/100
Year: 2005-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: The humorous, poignant story of a declining New England town and its inhabitants, whose lives are deeply rooted in and influenced by the Knox River and its vacant mills, their class differences, and ghosts of the past.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 2 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).