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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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9.2/10
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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. Miracle Workers

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: The first season of this comedy anthology is set in the offices of Heaven Inc. When God plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.

Where to Watch: 17 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision). 19 episodes (83%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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3. The Flight Attendant

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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes in her hotel room hungover from the night before in Dubai with a dead body lying next to her. Afraid to call the police, she continues her morning as if nothing happened. In New York, she is met by FBI agents who question her about her recent layover in Bangkok. Still unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.

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

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4. The Undoing

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7.4/10
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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

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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5. Gossip Girl

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7.4/10
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Year: 2007-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: An exclusive group of privileged teens from a posh prep school on Manhattan's Upper East Side whose lives revolve around the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl.

Where to Watch: 122 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 122 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Pretty Little Liars

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7.4/10
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Year: 2010-2021Rated: 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: 163 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hulu). 162 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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7. 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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8. Lovecraft Country

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7.1/10
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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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9. 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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10. The Leftovers

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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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11. 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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12. Sharp Objects

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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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13. Pride and Prejudice

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Year: 1995-2021Rated: 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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14. The Alienist

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Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Mystery, Horror

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: 18 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hoopla & TVision). 6 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (TNT). 18 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Strike

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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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16. Olive Kitteridge

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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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17. DCI Banks

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama, Action & Adventure

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: 36 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu, BritBox & 1 other). 38 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. 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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19. Jane Eyre

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Year: 2006-2021Rated: 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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20. Beartown

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59/100
Year: 2020-2021Seasons: 1
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Hockey is the last beacon of hope for the citizens of Björnstad, so when its junior hockey team makes the national semifinal, the burden of the entire town’s dreams weigh heavily on the shoulders of its teenage superstars. However, the day of the semi-final is also the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatised and the town in turmoil.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX).

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21. The Plot Against America

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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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22. 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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23. Blinded by the Lights

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57/100
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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24. Patria

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61/100
Year: 2020-2021Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A look at the impact of Spain’s Basque conflict on ordinary people on both sides, such as the widow of a man killed by the ETA who returns to her home village after the 2011 ceasefire between the separatist group and the Spanish government, and her former intimate friend, the mother of a jailed terrorist.

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

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25. Emma

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Year: 2009-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Nothing delights Emma more than meddling in the love lives of others. But when she takes protege Harriet Smith under her wing, her plans can only end in disaster...

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & BritBox). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Prime Video, Microsoft & Vudu).

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26. 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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27. Love Monster

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35/100
Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-GSeasons: 2
Family, Animation

What it's about: This animated series follows the colourful and funny adventures of lovable hairy hero Love Monster as he searches for the right thing to do in a world in which he is one of a kind.

Where to Watch: 54 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX).

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