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The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series 

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Updated May 20, 2020 79 votes 17 voters 25 items

List Rules 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.

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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress

Premiered: 2014

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 Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more
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High Maintenance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Ben Sinclair

Premiered: 2016

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 husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. The show follows a nameless marijuana deliveryman ...more
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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Premiered: 2016

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, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more
4
Adam Ruins Everything is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Adam Conover

Premiered: 2015

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 CollegeHumor webseries. Comedian Adam Conover deconstructs common misconceptions, introducing sketch ...more
5
Burning Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, June Diane Raphael

Premiered: 2012

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 Erica Oyama, and a spoof of popular reality dating competition shows The Bachelor and The ...more
6
Drunk History is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski

Premiered: 2013

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 Waters, based on the Funny or Die web series. In each episode, an inebriated narrator, who is played ...more
7
Tom Goes to the Mayor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Stephanie Courtney

Premiered: 2004

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 Eric Wareheim for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. It premiered on ...more
8
Tripping the Rift is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Stephen Root, Maurice LaMarche, John Melendez

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Science Fiction, + 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
9
In the Motherhood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
In the Motherhood Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines, Horatio Sanz

Premiered: 2009

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 and ran from March 26, 2009 to June 25, 2009. The series was produced by ABC Studios in association ...more
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Web Therapy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Jennifer Elise Cox

Premiered: 2011

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 who has conceived of a new form of therapy, the titular "web therapy".
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The CollegeHumor Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Pat Cassels, Dan Gurewitch, Jake Hurwitz

Premiered: 2009

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, 2009 and also aired on MuchMusic. The show is a scripted sitcom with sketch comedy elements. It is ...more
12
Childrens Hospital is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Rob Huebel, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino

Premiered: 2008

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 parodies the medical drama genre, created by and starring actor/comedian Rob Corddry. The series began on ...more
13
Funny or Die Presents is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Elijah Wood, Don Cheadle, Kate Walsh

Premiered: 2010

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 Funny or Die, created by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. It premiered on HBO on February 19, 2010. It ...more
14
Secret Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Derek Miller, Michael Blaiklock, Alexis Krause

Premiered: 2009

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 Comedy Central. The show features the viewer as the "star" of a dating satire, with the ...more
15
The High Fructose Advent... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Malcolm McDowell, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tom Kenny

Premiered: 2012

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 based on the characters from the popular web series The Annoying Orange created by Dane ...more
16
Fred: The Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Premiered: 2012

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 aired on Nickelodeon, in the United States from January 16 to August 3, 2012. Lucas Cruikshank, ...more
17
Golan, The Insatiable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Maria Bamford, Matt Silverstein, Worm Miller

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy

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

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Teachers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Kate Lambert, Katie Thomas, Katy Colloton

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Web Therapy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Web Therapy Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 2011

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 of the same name that debuted on LStudio.com. Fiona Wallice (Lisa Kudrow) is a therapist who has ...more
20
The Walshes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
The Walshes Rory Connolly, Phillipa Dunne, Niall Gaffney

Premiered: 2014

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 group Diet of Worms. The show follows the Walshes, a tight-knit family living in the fictional ...more
21
Decker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Decker Tim Heidecker, Joe Estevez, Mark Proksch

Premiered: 2014

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 Gregg Turkington. Jack Decker (Heidecker), a Jack Bauer-esque conservative CIA agent, attempts to ...more
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Downward Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff, Barry Rothbart

Premiered: 2017

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, 2017. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Nan immerses herself in her work. This leaves her ...more
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Haters Back Off is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Colleen Ballinger, Angela Kinsey, Francesca Reale

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, based on the YouTube character Miranda Sings. The odd ball family life of Miranda Sings (Ballinger), an ...more
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Gentefied is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Karrie Martin, Joseph Julian Soria, Carlos Santos

Premiered: 2020

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 Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez. Three Mexican-American cousins (Joaquín Cosío, J.J. ...more
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Hot Ones: The Game Show ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Web Series
Sean Evans

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Reality, Reality Competition, Game Show

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 ...more