The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series

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Vote up the best TV series based on web shows and series.

These days, it seems digital streaming and other means of accessing entertainment provide almost more content than any one person can enjoy. There are tons of shows out there with new ones coming every year, but not all shows are created the same way. It used to be, somebody wrote up a script and a pilot was shot, which was then made into a TV series or forgotten about. Nowadays, people have found new and innovative ways to create shows by heading over to the Internet and just going for it.

It's no longer necessary to pull in network dollars to get a show made when you can just do it from home with a few hundred bucks worth of equipment. While most of what is made this way is forgettable, every once in a while a series gets made by creative people that captivates an audience, and people with money take note. When that occurs, something that started out as "just a show on YouTube" finds its way to regular broadcast channels, and a television show gets made!

It doesn't happen often, but when it does, the creativity behind the project often results in something special. There aren't many examples, but the ones that top this list are some of the best series ever made that were based on a web series.

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

  • Broad City
    Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer
    • Premiered: January 22, 2014
    • Genres: Comedy

    Developed from their web series of the same name.

  • Insecure
    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Natasha Rothwell
    • Premiered: October 9, 2016
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based partially on Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae.

    • Premiered: February 18, 2020
    • Genres: Educational, Music, Animated, Children

    Based on the First We Feast web series of the same name.

  • High Maintenance
    Ben Sinclair
    • Premiered: September 16, 2016
    • Genres: Comedy

    Originally premiered as a web series on Vimeo before moving to television.

  • Adam Ruins Everything
    • Premiered: September 29, 2015
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on a CollegeHumor web series of the same name.

  • Haters Back Off
    Colleen Ballinger, Steve Little, Angela Kinsey
    • Premiered: October 14, 2016
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on the YouTube character Miranda Sings created by Colleen Ballinger.

  • Web Therapy
    Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Jennifer Elise Cox
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Genres: Sitcom, Comedy

    Based on the web series of the same name.

  • Drunk History
    Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski
    • Premiered: July 9, 2013
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on the Funny or Die web series of the same name.

  • Burning Love
    Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, June Diane Raphael
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Genres: Comedy

    Originally premiered on the web on Yahoo! Screen's Comedy Channel.

  • Golan, The Insatiable
    Maria Bamford, Matt Silverstein, Worm Miller
    • Premiered: 2013
    • Genres: Animation, Comedy

    Based on stories written by Josh Miller that appeared on the website Something Awful.

  • Childrens Hospital
    Rob Corddry, Malin Akerman, Lake Bell
    • Premiered: July 11, 2010
    • Genres: Comedy,Comedy

    Based on the series Children's Hospital.

  • Funny or Die Presents
    Elijah Wood, Don Cheadle, Kate Walsh
    • Premiered: February 19, 2010
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on the comedy website Funny or Die.

  • Downward Dog
    Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff, Barry Rothbart
    • Premiered: 2017
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on a web series by Animal Media Group.

  • Fred: The Show
    Lucas Cruikshank, Daniella Monet, Jake Weary
    • Premiered: February 20, 2012
    • Genres: Comedy,Kids

    Based on a character created and played by Lucas Cruikshank for Cruikshank's YouTube channel

  • In the Motherhood
    Cheryl Hines, Jessica St. Clair, Horatio Sanz
    • Premiered: March 26, 2009
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on the online web series of the same name.

  • Gentefied
    Joaquín Cosio, Joseph Julian Soria, Karrie Martin
    • Premiered: February 21, 2020
    • Genres: Comedy,Drama

    Based on the digital series Gente-fied that aired at Sundance.

  • Rick and Morty
    Justin Roiland, Sarah Chalke, Spencer Grammer
    • Premiered: December 2, 2013
    • Genres: Action,Adventure,Animation,Comedy
  • Teachers
    Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman
    • Premiered: January 13, 2016
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on the web series of the same name by the improv group The Katydids.

  • Tripping the Rift
    Stephen Root, Carmen Electra, John Melendez
    • Premiered: March 4, 2004
    • Genres: Animation,Science Fiction

    Based on two short animations published online.

  • Secret Girlfriend
    Derek Miller, Michael Blaiklock, Alexis Krause
    • Premiered: 2009
    • Genres: Mockumentary, Comedy

    Based on a web series of the same name created by Jay Rondot and Ross Novie.

  • Tom Goes to the Mayor
    Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Stephanie Courtney
    • Premiered: November 14, 2004
    • Genres: Animation,Comedy

    Originally a web cartoon on

  • Web Therapy
    Lisa Kudrow
    • Premiered: July 19, 2011
    • Genres: Comedy

    Based on the improvised YouTube web series of the same name.

  • The Legend of Vox Machina
    Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson
    • Premiered: January 28, 2022
    • Genres: Animation,Fantasy

    Based on the first arc of the web series Critical Role.

  • The CollegeHumor Show
    Amir Blumenfeld, Dan Gurewitch, Jake Hurwitz
    • Premiered: February 8, 2009
    • Genres: Comedy

    An adaptation of the style of the long-running Hardly Working short film series created for the CollegeHumor site.