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The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series

Updated June 19, 2021 167 votes 26 voters27 items

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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!

  • 1
    Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer

    PremieredJanuary 22, 2014


    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 carelessness...  more

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  • 2
    Ben Sinclair

    PremieredSeptember 16, 2016


    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
  • 3
    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji

    PremieredOctober 9, 2016


    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, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji)...  more

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  • 4

    PremieredFebruary 18, 2020

    GenresEducational, Music, Animated, Children

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

    Hot Ones: The Game Show (truTV, 2020) is a reality competition game show hosted by Sean Evans based on the web series, Hot Ones. The spiciest gameshow on TV, where teams eat the mouth-numbing wings...  more
  • 5
    Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino



    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 Erica Oyama, and a spoof of popular reality dating competition shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette....  more
  • 6

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2015


    Based on a CollegeHumor web series of the same name.

    Adam Ruins Everything (truTV, 2015) is an American comedy television series, based on the CollegeHumor webseries. Comedian Adam Conover deconstructs common misconceptions, introducing sketch...  more
  • 7
    Colleen Ballinger, Steve Little

    PremieredOctober 14, 2016


    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
  • 8
    Lucas Cruikshank, Daniella Monet

    PremieredFebruary 20, 2012

    GenresComedy, Kids

    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 aired on Nickelodeon, in the United States from January 16 to August 3, 2012. Lucas Cruikshank, Daniella...  more

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  • 9
    Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim

    PremieredNovember 14, 2004

    GenresAnimation, Comedy

    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 November 14,...  more
  • 10
    Stephen Root, Maurice LaMarche

    PremieredMarch 4, 2004

    GenresAnimation, 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 short animations published on the Internet by Chris Moeller and Chuck Austen. The series was produced by...  more

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  • 11
    Cheryl Hines, Jessica St. Clair

    PremieredMarch 26, 2009


    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 with...  more
  • 12
    Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky


    GenresSitcom, 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 who has conceived of a new form of therapy, the titular "web therapy"....  more
  • 13
    Hardy Bucks is an Irish mockumentary television programme. It started out as a series of largely improvised online. A six-part webisode series went on to win the 2009 Storyland competition held by...  more
  • 14
    Amir Blumenfeld, Dan Gurewitch

    PremieredFebruary 8, 2009


    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 written...  more
  • 15
    Rob Corddry, Malin Akerman

    PremieredJuly 11, 2010

    GenresComedy, Comedy

    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 the...  more
  • 16
    Elijah Wood, Don Cheadle

    PremieredFebruary 19, 2010


    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 Funny or Die, created by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. It premiered on HBO on February 19, 2010. It is also...  more

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  • 17
    Derek Miller, Michael Blaiklock


    GenresMockumentary, 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 Comedy Central. The show features the viewer as the "star" of a dating satire, with the show's actors...  more
  • 18

    PremieredMay 28, 2012


    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 Boedigheimer,...  more
  • 19
    Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur

    PremieredJuly 9, 2013


    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 by a...  more

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  • 20
    Maria Bamford, Matt Silverstein


    GenresAnimation, Comedy

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

  • 21
    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    PremieredDecember 2, 2013

    GenresAction, Adventure, Animation, Comedy

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily influenced...  more

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  • 22
    Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton

    PremieredJanuary 13, 2016


    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 own...  more
  • 23
    Lisa Kudrow

    PremieredJuly 19, 2011


    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 of the same name that debuted on LStudio.com. Fiona Wallice (Lisa Kudrow) is a therapist who has conceived...  more
  • 24
    Rory Connolly, Phillipa Dunne



    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 West Dublin...  more
  • 25
    Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington

    PremieredJune 17, 2016

    GenresAction, Comedy

    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 defeat...  more
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