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The Best Based on Books TV Shows on HBO MAX

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 MAX.

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1. Game of Thrones

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9.3/10
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98/100
Year: 2011-2020Rated: 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: 74 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 73 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (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. Big Little Lies

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8.5/10
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Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Crime, Drama

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 stream on a popular TV everywhere service (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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3. Pride and Prejudice

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8.8/10
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Year: 1995-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu & BritBox). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Pretty Little Liars

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7.4/10
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Year: 2010-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year later, they begin receiving messages from someone using the name "A" who threatens to expose their secrets — including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (6%) are available to watch free online (Freeform). 161 episodes (94%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hulu). 162 episodes (94%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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5. The Leftovers

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Year: 2014-2020Rated: 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 MAX & 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 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Alienist

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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: New York, 1896. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt brings together criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper illustrator John Moore and secretary Sara Howard to investigate several murders of male prostitutes.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (63%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hoopla). 5 episodes (31%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (TNT). 15 episodes (94%) 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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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

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 stream on a popular TV everywhere service (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. The Outsider

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Year: 2020-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Mystery, Drama

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

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9. True Blood

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Year: 2008-2020Rated: 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 MAX & HBO). 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 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Mildred Pierce

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Year: 2011-2020Rated: 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 stream on a popular TV everywhere service (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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11. The Plot Against America

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Year: 2020-2020Rated: 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). 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 4 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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12. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Animation, Anime

What it's about: Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for.

Where to Watch: 29 episodes (88%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 27 episodes (82%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Crunchyroll). 26 episodes (79%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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13. Jane Eyre

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Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Charlotte Bronte's classic about an orphan girl who grows up to become a governess in a gloomy manor in Yorkshire, where she falls in love with the mysterious Edward Rochester.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu & BritBox). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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14. Olive Kitteridge

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Year: 2014-2020Rated: 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 MAX & 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 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!!

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him.Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 21 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Crunchyroll).

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16. DCI Banks

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Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: A thrilling drama based on the novels by Peter Robinson. Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot.

Where to Watch: 32 episodes (84%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu & Hoopla). 38 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Parade's End

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Year: 2012-2020Rated: 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 stream on a popular TV everywhere service (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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18. The Casual Vacancy

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Year: 2015-2020Seasons: 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). 3 episodes (60%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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19. Blinded by the Lights

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Year: 2018-2020Seasons: 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). 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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20. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

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Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Animation, Anime

What it's about: When the Majin awoke from the depths of darkness, the deity of fate chose six heroes and bequeathed them with the power to save the world. Adlet, a boy who proclaims himself the strongest on Earth, was selected among the Rokka no Yūsha (Braves of the Six Flowers), and he goes to the rendezvous point — but seven have gathered there. The heroes suspect that someone among the seven is the enemy, and the initial suspicion falls on Adlet.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 12 episodes (50%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Crunchyroll).