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!
Developed from their web series of the same name.Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more
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 husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. The show follows a nameless marijuana deliveryman ...more
Based on the LStudio.com web series of the same name.Web Therapy debuted on LStudio.com and is an improvised online series starring Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice, a therapist who has conceived of a new form of therapy: the titular "web
Originally premiered on the web on Yahoo! Screen's Comedy Channel.Burning Love follows fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) as he searches for the perfect woman. The scripted comedy series features an impressive line up of comedic actors from film and television ...more
Based on stories written by Josh Miller that appeared on the website Something Awful.
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, based on the YouTube character Miranda Sings. The odd ball family life of Miranda Sings (Ballinger), an ...more
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 Comedy Central. The show features the viewer as the "star" of a dating satire, with the ...more
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, 2009 and also aired on MuchMusic. The show is a scripted sitcom with sketch comedy elements. It is ...more
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 and ran from March 26, 2009 to June 25, 2009. The series was produced by ABC Studios in association ...more
Based on two short animations published online.Tripping the Rift is a adult CGI science fiction comedy television series. It is based on two short animations published on the Internet by Chris Moeller and Chuck Austen. The series was ...more
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 name. The show follows six elementary school educators trying to mold young minds, even though their ...more
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 group Diet of Worms. The show follows the Walshes, a tight-knit family living in the fictional ...more
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 Gregg Turkington. Jack Decker (Heidecker), a Jack Bauer-esque conservative CIA agent, attempts to ...more
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 Waters, based on the Funny or Die web series. In each episode, an inebriated narrator, who is played ...more
Based on a character created and played by Lucas Cruikshank for Cruikshank's YouTube channelFred: The Show is an American television series, created by Lucas Cruikshank that originally aired on Nickelodeon, in the United States from January 16 to August 3, 2012. Lucas Cruikshank, ...more
Based on the TheWB.com series Children's Hospital.Childrens Hospital is a satirical American comedy television series and web series that parodies the medical drama genre, created by and starring actor/comedian Rob Corddry. The series began on ...more
Originally a web cartoon on timanderic.com.Tom Goes to the Mayor is an American animated television series created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. It premiered on ...more
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 based on the characters from the popular web series The Annoying Orange created by Dane ...more