10 Popular TV Shows You (Likely) Didn’t Know Were Based on Books

From Left to Right: Robert Taylor in “Longmire” (2012)/Photo by Ursula Coyote; Michael C. Hall in “Dexter” (2006)/Photo by SHOWTIME; Joel Kinnaman in “Altered Carbon” (2018) © Netflix; David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in “Bones” (2005) © Fox; Jonathan Groff in “Mindhunter” Photo by Patrick Harbron/Netflix

Bringing literature of all stripes to the screen is far from a novel endeavor. While movies have typically been the common adaptation vehicle, a fair number of books have made their way to the small screen as well. The book-to-TV formula has proven to be remarkably fruitful in recent years in particular. Projects like “Game of Thrones,” “Outlander,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” have shown just how powerful the medium of television can be – particularly the prestige format – in adapting a book. Given the sheer number of adaptations making their way to the small screen and streaming services alike, it may come as little surprise that quite a few television favorites began life on the page. Here are few of our favorites that you (likely) didn’t know were adaptations.