Button Mash The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games  

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It's pretty common knowledge that movies based off of video games are usually pretty bad. While that's certainly true of most Hollywood adaptations of the industry, the same cannot be said about television programs made from video games. For some reason, the format just works, which is why most children's Saturday morning cartoons included at least one series made from a popular video game franchise.

It's not surprising given the fact that many of the characters created in the early days of the industry were crafted for children. That and the limited graphical abilities of the 1980s and 1990s meant that simple characters running around mazes could be translated into colorful cartoons with rich backstories, characters, and situations. Some of those shows were actually pretty good, and presented here are the very best - or at least the most fun to watch. As both game and animation technology has developed, the synergy between the two media has just grown stronger. From the two concurrent 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons to the more recent 2017 Castlevania series, video game TV shows run the gamut of style and genre.

Don't forget to vote up your favorite TV shows based on video games, and if any of your favorites are missing, make sure you add them as well!

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Sh... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Lou Albano, Harvey Atkin, John Stocker
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is an American television series based upon Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 video games. It was originally broadcast via first-run ...more
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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgeh... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Jaleel White, Long John Baldry, Garry Chalk
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated series produced by DiC Animation City and Bohbot Entertainment based on the SEGA video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog. It was first ...more
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish
Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont ...more
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Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Jaleel White, Bradley Pierce, Charles Adler
Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated television series. It was story edited by Len Janson and produced by DiC Animation City. Made with the partnership of Sega of America, Inc., the show ...more
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Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? is an American half-hour children's television game show based on the Carmen Sandiego computer game series created by Brøderbund Software. The ...more
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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Cynthia Preston, Tabitha St. Germain, Len Carlson
The Legend of Zelda is an American animated series based on the Japanese video game series The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The plot follows the adventures of Link and ...more
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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Jim Byrnes, Garry Chalk, Scott McNeil
Mega Man is a Japanese-American animated television series multi-produced by Capcom Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions, Ashi Productions, and Ocean Productions and is based on the game series ...more
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The Adventures of Super Mario ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Tony Rosato
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is an American animated television series based on the video game Super Mario Bros. 3. It aired on NBC with Captain N: The Game Master in a programming ...more
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Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen
Street Fighter is an animated television series produced by InVision Entertainment based on the Street Fighter video game franchise by Capcom. The series aired as part of the USA Network's ...more
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Captain N: The Game Master is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Garry Chalk, Michael Donovan, Doc Harris
Captain N: The Game Master is a American-Canadian joint-venture animated television series that aired on television from 1989 to 1991 as part of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup on NBC. The ...more
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Captain N and the New Super Ma... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Walker Boone, Catherine Gallant, Tabitha St. Germain
Super Mario World is an American animated musical comedy television series loosely based on the Super NES video game of the same name. It is the third and final Saturday morning cartoon based on ...more
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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Jim Byrnes, Garry Chalk, Michael Donovan
Double Dragon is an American animated series based on the video game franchise of the same name. It was produced by DiC Animation in association with Bohbot Entertainment and Tradewest, Inc., ...more
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Where on Earth is Carmen Sandi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Tim Curry, Rita Moreno, Rodger Bumpass
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? is an American animated television series based on the series of computer games. The show was produced by DIC Entertainment/Program Exchange and originally ...more
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Earthworm Jim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Dan Castellaneta, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings
Earthworm Jim is an American animated television series based on the video game with the same name which appeared on Kids' WB for two seasons from September 9, 1995 through December 13, 1996. ...more
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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Advent... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Andrea Libman
The series follows Pac-Man,along with his friends Cylindria and Spiral helps protect Pac-World from the threat of Ghosts after the seal that locked up the Netherworld was accidentally opened. ...more
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Where in Time Is Carmen Sandie... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Lynne Thigpen, Kevin Shinick, Alaine Kashian
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Is an American half-hour children's television game show loosely based on the computer game of the same name created by Brøderbund Software. The program ...more
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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Marty Ingels, Barry Gordon, Barbara Minkus
Pac-Man is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera based on the video game Pac-Man, made by Namco and published by Bally-Midway, which premiered on ABC and ran from 1982 to 1983. ...more
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Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Arthur Burghardt, Michael Mish, Fred Travalena
Dragon's Lair is a short-lived television cartoon series by Ruby-Spears Productions based on the 1983 video game of the same name. Thirteen half-hour episodes were produced from 1984–1985, ...more
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Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Frank Welker, Len Carlson, John Stocker
Donkey Kong Country is a Canadian 3D animated television series. It is based on the Nintendo franchise Donkey Kong as portrayed in the Donkey Kong Country video game series by Nintendo and Rare. ...more
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Street Fighter II V is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Jason Douglas, Rob Mungle, Brett Weaver
Street Fighter II V, is an anime series based on the fighting game Street Fighter II. Directed by Gisaburo Sugii, the series first aired in Japan in 1995, from April 10 to November 27, on YTV. ...more
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Sonic Underground is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Maurice LaMarche, Garry Chalk, Gail Webster
Sonic Underground is an animated series that follows the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and his siblings, Sonia and Manic. The cartoon follows a main plot separate from all other Sonic the ...more
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Carmen Sandiego is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard
Carmen Sandiego (Netflix, 2019) is an animated educational series based on the franchise. The origin story of globe-hopping master thief, Carmen Sandiego (Gina Rodriguez).
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Rabbids Invasion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Damien Laquet, Marc Duquenoy, Brigitte Guedj
Rabbids Invasion is a French/American animated television series which premiered on August 3, 2013 on Nickelodeon. It was produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Nickelodeon Animation Studios. ...more
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Video Power is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Stivi Paskoski, Michael Donovan, Lee Jeffery
Video Power is an American television series that aired in two different formats from 1990-1992 in syndication. Both formats revolved around video games, and actor Stivi Paskoski presided over ...more
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Angry Birds Toons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Video Games
Angry Birds Toons
Angry Birds Toons is a Finnish animated TV series based around Rovio's video game franchise of the same name. This animated series provides explanations for the rivalry between the birds and the ...more