Watchworthy
22 voters

The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series

Updated January 6, 2021 169 votes 22 voters26 items

List RulesVote 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!

...more
  • Broad City1
    19
    0

    Broad City

    Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Developed from their web series of the same name.

    Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana... more on Wikipedia
  • High Maintenance2
    16
    0

    High Maintenance

    Ben Sinclair

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Anthology

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

    High Maintenance (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy television and web series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Insecure3
    16
    2

    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Based partially on Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae.

    Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore,... more on Wikipedia
  • Adam Ruins Everything4
    6
    2

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Educational

    Based on a CollegeHumor web series of the same name.

    Adam Ruins Everything (truTV, 2015) is an American comedy television series, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Burning Love5
    8
    5

    Burning Love

    Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

    Burning Love (Yahoo! Screen, 2012) is an American web and television comedy series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Fred: The Show6
    5
    5

    Fred: The Show

    Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

    Fred: The Show is an American television series, created by Lucas Cruikshank that originally... more on Wikipedia
  • Tom Goes to the Mayor7
    2
    5

    Tom Goes to the Mayor

    Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

    Originally a web cartoon on timanderic.com.

    Tom Goes to the Mayor is an American animated television series created by Tim Heidecker and... more on Wikipedia
  • Tripping the Rift8
    1
    1

    Tripping the Rift

    Stephen Root, Maurice LaMarche

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Science Fiction

    Based on two short animations published online.

    Tripping the Rift is a adult CGI science fiction comedy television series. It is based on two... more on Wikipedia
  • In the Motherhood9
    1
    0

    In the Motherhood

    Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy

    Based on the online web series of the same name.

    In the Motherhood is an American television sitcom that debuted on ABC as a midseason entry... more on Wikipedia
  • Web Therapy10
    8
    0

    Web Therapy

    Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Based on the LStudio.com web series of the same name.

    Web Therapy is an improvised online series starring Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice, a therapist... more on Wikipedia
  • Hardy Bucks11
    0
    0

    Hardy Bucks

    Hardy Bucks is an Irish mockumentary television programme. It started out as a series of... more on Wikipedia
  • The CollegeHumor Show12
    0
    1

    The CollegeHumor Show

    Pat Cassels, Dan Gurewitch

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

    The CollegeHumor Show is an American television sitcom that premiered on MTV on February 8,... more on Wikipedia
  • Childrens Hospital13
    2
    5

    Childrens Hospital

    Rob Huebel, Rob Corddry

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire, Parody, Comedy

    Based on the TheWB.com series Children's Hospital.

    Childrens Hospital is a satirical American comedy television series and web series that... more on Wikipedia
  • Funny or Die Presents14
    5
    2

    Funny or Die Presents

    Elijah Wood, Don Cheadle

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Comedy

    Based on the comedy website Funny or Die.

    Funny or Die Presents is a half-hour sketch comedy show that spawned from the comedy website... more on Wikipedia
  • Secret Girlfriend15
    2
    4

    Secret Girlfriend

    Derek Miller, Michael Blaiklock

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Mockumentary, Comedy

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

    Secret Girlfriend is an American television series which aired in October and November 2009 on... more on Wikipedia
  • The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange16
    0
    2

    The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Michael Richardson

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Humour, Television comedy, Suspense, Action

    Based on the characters from the popular web series The Annoying Orange.

    The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange is an American live-action/animated TV series... more on Wikipedia
  • Drunk History17
    6
    10

    Drunk History

    Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Television comedy, Historical fiction, Comedy

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

    Drunk History (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American television comedy series created by Derek... more on Wikipedia
  • Golan, The Insatiable18
    4
    2

    Golan, The Insatiable

    Maria Bamford, Matt Silverstein

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy

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

  • Teachers19
    1
    1

    Teachers

    Kate Lambert, Katie Thomas

    Premiered2016

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

    Teachers (TV Land, 2016) is an American television sitcom based on the web series of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • Web Therapy20
    0
    0

    Web Therapy

    Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

    Web Therapy (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy series based on the improvised web series... more on Wikipedia
  • The Walshes21
    0
    1

    The Walshes

    Rory Connolly, Phillipa Dunne

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Based on the web series The Taste of Home by comedy group Diet of Worms.

    The Walshes (RTÉ, 2014) is an Irish comedy television series, based on work by the comedy... more on Wikipedia
  • Decker22
    0
    1

    Decker

    Tim Heidecker, Joe Estevez

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Crime, Drama

    Originally an Adultswim.com series that was moved to TV.

    Decker (Adult Swim, 2016) is an American comedy television series created by Tim Heidecker and... more on Wikipedia
  • Downward Dog23
    5
    2

    Downward Dog

    Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Based on a web series by Animal Media Group.

    Downward Dog is an American comedy television series broadcast on ABC from May 17 to June 27,... more on Wikipedia
  • Haters Back Off24
    4
    2

    Haters Back Off

    Colleen Ballinger, Angela Kinsey

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

    Haters Back Off (Netflix, 2016) is a television comedy series created by Coleen Ballinger,... more on Wikipedia
  • Gentefied25
    0
    0

    Gentefied

    Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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

    Gentefied (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy drama television series created by Marvin... more on Wikipedia