The Best TV Show Adaptations So Far To Watch

The Best TV Show Adaptations So Far To Watch

Vivian Mwikali
August 24 2022 - 11:20am

Comics to TV series adaptations have become the new normal on streaming platforms. The list is long from Irma Vep, Stargirl, Doom Patrol, etc., and the trend doesn't seem to end any time soon. 

If you are a fan of reading novels, you have at some point wished your favorite one could be adapted into a TV show. We have made up a list of comic to TV show adaptations to show worth your time and eyes.

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HBO's ‘Irma Vep’

Irma Vep is an adaptation of a 1996 film of the same title with eight amazing episodes. 

The 2022 drama series follows Mira an iconic American movie actress who is tired of leading in blockbusters that provide no acting challenge. She hopes for a transformation after signing on to manifest the title character, a part she has longed to portray. 

As she starts with the role, the line between reality and fiction starts to fade as Mira battles to catch the world surrounding her.

The series has managed a whopping 100% average audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.4 out of 10-star rating on IMDb. There are no confirmations yet about a renewal for season two, but the scores can undoubtedly tell what to expect.

Disney Plus' ‘Stargirl’

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Stargirl hit the screens first in 2020 as an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's 2000 book of the same title. 

The series follows two main characters, Stargirl and Leo, but more on Stargirl, an oddly socially conforming and sincere girl who has been home-schooled until she joins a public school during her years in high school. 

The series significantly contributed to the teen-show genre with an impressive performance of 94% average audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.1 out of 10-star rating on IMDb, and a 71% user score n Metacritic.

Amazon Prime Video's ‘Paper Girls’

Amazon Prime Video's Paper Girls is one of those adaptations surpassing viewers' expectations. 

The series modifies Cliff Chiang and Brian K. Vaughan's comic novel, Paper Girls, narrating the story of a squad of girls who worked a paper delivery route in 1988 and are finally caught amidst a conflict between time-travelers. The young ladies navigate through self-discovery and time as they strive to rescue the world.

To survive, Paper Girls must figure out how to get back home- a journey that will bring them one-on-one with their grown-up versions. Paper Girls will serve as an inspiration to upcoming adaptations with its perfect blend of events.

Hulu's ‘Y: The Last Man’

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Y: The Last Man is a 2021 Hulu series adaptation of Pia Guerra and Brian K. Vaughan's comic book series. 

Although Hulu canceled the series after its first season, it remains a fascinating presentation of a post-apocalyptic era when every mammal with a Y-chromosome dies except the leader, Yorick, and his monkey sidekick, Ampersand. 

While there are no clear reasons for its cancellation, Y: The Last Man left a mark on its fans' hearts with an outstanding 76% average audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.9 out of 10-star rating on IMDb.

HBO Max's ‘Doom Patrol’

HBO Max has been a shelter for many comics to TV show adaptations, including the ten-episode superhero series Doom Patrol. 

What distinguishes the series from other adaptations is its willingness to maneuver more quirky areas of its source. We get to see the explorations of Brendan Fraser, Jovian Wade, April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Matt Bomer, Michelle Gomez, Phil Morris, Timothy Dalton, and Alan Tudyk. 

The third season scored an outstanding 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.9/10 stars on IMDb. The show's perfect blend of heart and weirdness contributed to the high scores.

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Apple TV Plus' ‘Five Days at Memorial’

Five Days at Memorial is one of the most recent shows on Apple TV+ as an adaptation of Sheri Fink's (Pulitzer Award-winning journalist) nonfiction novel. 

The book tells the story of the tragedy at Memorial Medical Center with a combination of blame games and guilt and the poor performance of the U.S disaster relief department. 

The series launched on 12th August, exclusively on Apple TV+. John Ridley, the show creator, incorporated various talents from Cherry Jones (Susan Mulderick), Vera Farmiga (DR Anna Pou), Robert Pine, Adepero Oduye, Julie Ann Emery, Sharon Matthews (Cheri Landry), Cornelius Smith Jr, W. Earl Brown, Michael Gaston, and Molly Hager.

‘A League of Their Own’ of Amazon Prime Video

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A League of Their Own is an adaptation of a 1992 story of the same title, which chronicled a narration of an All-American Girl's Professional Baseball league that ran for several seasons after WWII. 

The adaptation aims at broadening the scope of its source material with its fantastic story of an inter-generational group of women who dream of becoming professional baseball players.

A League of Their Own, 2022 was created by Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson alongside Chanté Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, D'Arcy Carden, Nick Offerman, Roberta Colindrez, Alex Désert, Saida A. Ekulona, Priscilla Delgado, and Kate Berlant on the pivotal roles.

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