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Poll: Best TV Show Based on Book

A TV show has the benefit of being much more long form, and therefore a great place to showcase something based on a book or a series of books. With television adaptations of books writers have the ability to develop character properly and the audience have the ability to learn love and live with characters for the long haul, just like in a novel or series of novels.

Which is your favorite TV show based on a book?

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    Game of Thrones (2011)

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    George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series

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    Outlander (2014)

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    1991 Diana Gabaldon novel of the same name.

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    M*A*S*H (1972)

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    1968 Richard Hooker & W.C. Heinz novel of the same name

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    Dexter (2006)

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    2004 Jeff Lindsay novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

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    Hannibal (2013)

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    1999 Thomas Harris novel of the same name.

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    Sherlock (2010)

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    Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes book series

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    Orange Is the New Black (2013)

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    2010 Piper Kerman book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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    Bones (2005)

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    Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan book series

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    House of Cards (2013)

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    1989 Michael Dobbs novel of the same name

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    The Vampire Diaries (2009)

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    L.J. Smith's book series of the same name

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    Friday Night Lights (2006)

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    1990 Buzz Bissinger book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

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    The 100 (2014)

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    Kass Morgan's book series of the same name

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    Boardwalk Empire (2010)

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    2002 Nelson Johnson book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

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    Sex and the City (1998)

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    1997 Candace Bushnell book of the same name

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    Pretty Little Liars (2010)

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    Sara Shepard's book series of the same name

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    Justified (2010)

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    Elmore Leonard novels Pronto and Riding the Rap

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    Gossip Girl (2007)

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    Cecily von Ziegesar's book series of the same name

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    Suburgatory (2011)

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    2011 Linda erin Keenan book, Suburgatory: Twisted Tales from Darkest Suburbia

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    Roswell (1999)

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    Melinda Metz's High book series

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    Fresh Off the Boat (2015)

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    2013 Eddie Huang book, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

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    Black Sails (2014)

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    1883 Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson novel, Treasure Island

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    The Leftovers (2014)

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    2011 Tom Perrotta novel of the same name

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    Masters of Sex (2013)

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    2009 Thomas Maier book of the same name

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    TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)

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    2007 Alexander Rose book, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring

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    The Man in the High Castle (2015)

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    1962 Philip K. Dick novel of the same name

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    Under the Dome (2013)

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    2009 Stephen King novel of the same name

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    Poldark (2015)

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    Winston Graham's book series of the same name

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    Mahabharat (1988)

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    Sanskrit epic of ancient India Mahabharata written by Vedavyas

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    Ramayan (1986)

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    Sanskrit epic of ancient India Ramayana written by Valmiki

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    The Waltons (1971)

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    1961 Earl Hamner Jr. Novel Spencer's Mountain

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    Longmire (2012)

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    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire Mysteries Novel series

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    The Paper Chase (1978)

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    1970 John Jay Osborn Jr. Novel of the same name

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    Mr. Belvedere (1985)

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    1947 Gwen Davenport novel Belvedere

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    In the Heat of the Night (1988)

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    1965 John Ball Novel of the same name

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    Spenser: For Hire (1985)

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    Robert B. Parker's Spenser Novel series