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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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9.2/10
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98/100
Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 8
Action & Adventure

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: 74 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 74 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Undoing

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7.4/10
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80/100
Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Grace and Jonathan Fraser are living the only lives they ever wanted. Overnight a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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3. Big Little Lies

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87/100
Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: The tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Where to Watch: 14 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 14 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. The Outsider

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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Fantasy, Mystery

What it's about: When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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5. Lovecraft Country

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78/100
Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Horror

What it's about: The anthology horror series follows 25-year-old Atticus Freeman, who joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. They must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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6. The Leftovers

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8.3/10
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Year: 2014-2021Rated: 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.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 28 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Sharp Objects

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83/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Reporter Camille Preaker confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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8. True Blood

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Year: 2008-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Thriller, Horror

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 MAX & HBO). 80 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Strike

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68/100
Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Drama, Crime

What it's about: A war veteran turned private detective operates out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Although wounded both physically and psychologically, his unique insight and background as a military police investigator prove crucial in solving complex crimes that have baffled the police. Based on the bestselling novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (65%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax). 7 episodes (41%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax). 7 episodes (41%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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10. Olive Kitteridge

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70/100
Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 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 MAX & HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Mildred Pierce

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: 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 MAX & HBO). 5 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. The Plot Against America

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69/100
Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: An alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 4 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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13. Parade's End

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Year: 2012-2021Rated: 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 MAX & HBO). 5 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Blinded by the Lights

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Year: 2018-2021Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An eight-episode story charting seven days from the life of a cocaine dealer whose perfectly organized life begins to sink into chaos while he is forced to make the most important choices in his life.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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15. Empire Falls

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56/100
Year: 2005-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Romance, Drama

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 subscription service (HBO). 2 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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16. The Casual Vacancy

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Year: 2015-2021Seasons: 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: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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