The 20 Best TV Shows Based on Comic Books

Comics are a great alternative for those who love interesting stories but don’t like spending long hours reading. Graphic novels are getting more and more exciting, delighting millions of visuals. Cinema could not miss the success of talented artists without attention, and as a result, the audience received the best comic book series presented in our selection.

Sweet Tooth: The Boy with the Deer Antlers (2021)

A pandemic, caused by an unknown virus , hits the earth and wipes out most of humanity. The consequence of the pestilence was the birth of strange children – half-humans, half-animals. The survivors launched a hunt for mutants, considering them the perpetrators of the spread of infection, so little Gus with deer antlers was hiding in the wilderness with his father. Dad taught his son to hide and never leave a safe haven for the sake of life. When his father dies, Gus is protected by a stranger who promises to take the boy to safety outside the forest.

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Original title:  
Sweet Tooth

Genre:  
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, adventure

Actors:  
Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Adil Akhtar …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 8.0

Age Limits
18+


Through the Snow (2020 – 2021)

The story of the apocalyptic world that plunged into permafrost after a large-scale man-made disaster continues. The surviving residents have found salvation in a train that runs around the globe non-stop. There are hundreds of wagons – and the people in them are divided according to the class principle. Closer to the locomotive are the representatives of the upper class, bathed in luxury, and in the tail the poor are forced to do without light and normal food, which leads to revolutionary sentiments.

Original title:  
Snowpiercer

Genre:  
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:  
Jennifer Connelly, David Diggs, Mickey Sumner …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits
18+


Lock and key (2020)

After the tragic death of her husband, Nina and her children move to the family estate, hoping to start life from scratch. The widow does not suspect that the oldest evil lurks on the estate, which once had a chance to face the young Randall Locke. Within the walls of a huge house, magic keys are hidden that grant unlimited power, and a demonic creature is ready to do anything to gain power.

Original title:  
Locke & Key

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones…

Country:  
Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4


Doom Patrol (2019 – 2021)

The foreign series based on comics features the most unusual team of superheroes. Along with the superpower, each of the participants received a psychological trauma – and fenced off from the outside world. The mad Professor Chef has given the unfortunate asylum in his mansion, helping to recover from the shock. When a patron is kidnapped by a mysterious villain, the superheroes team up to save the boss.

Original title:  
Doom Patrol

Genre:  
Fiction, Action

Actors:  
Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Matt Bomer…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Boys (2019 – 2020)

The highly rated series is set in an alternate reality where superheroes are nothing like role models. The elite united in the “Seven” group and abuse their superpowers with impunity. Famous heroes resort to blackmail, use forbidden tricks and crack down on innocent people. Only the fighters of the CIA “Boys” detachment under the command of the merciless Billy Butcher can resist the presumptuous elite.

Original title:  
The Boys

Genre:  
Fiction, Action, Comedy, Crime

Actors:  
Erin Moriarty, Dominic McElligot, Jesse Asher…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.7

Age Limits
18+


Umbrella Academy (2019 – 2021)

The list of the best shows was replenished with a superhero series based on comics published by Dark Horse Comics. Eccentric oligarch Reginald Hargreaves adopts seven children with superpowers to raise humanity’s defenders. The billionaire establishes a special Umbrella Academy, but after a few years, the students leave the walls of the educational institution. They try not to communicate with each other, and only the death of their adoptive father makes the guys unite.

Original title:  
The Umbrella Academy

Genre:  
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:  
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


Watchmen (2019)

An HBO series based on the iconic comic book by Alan Moore. In the alternative reality of the United States, there are no mobile phones and the Internet, but the racist movement thrives . At the head of the country is a former actor who outlawed masked heroes who joined forces with the police against racial injustice. At the initiative of the right-wing organization “The Seventh Cavalry”, a wave of brutal reprisals against police officers sweeps across America , and the surviving detective Angela Abar accepts the challenge.

Original title:  
Watchmen

Genre:  
Fiction, action, drama, detective

Actors:  
Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018 – 2020)

The main character of the series based on dark fantasy comics is an ordinary teenage girl. Sabrina loves to have fun with her friends, and in the evenings she watches dark horror films. The birthday is approaching, when the girl turns 16, and according to the laws of the magical world, the birthday girl must make a difficult choice. Sabrina will have to decide whether to remain among the mortals or become the heir of the Church of the Night.

Original title:  
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Titans (2018 – 2021)

Dick Grayson decides to act separately from Batman, hiding his superpowers behind the strict suit of an ordinary detective. Sometimes the guy transforms into Robin, administering justice on the streets of the city, where one day he meets Rachel. The girl is trying to defeat her inner demons, and Grayson knows from her dreams. New acquaintances find themselves in a dangerous situation, but they manage to find reliable allies and create a superhero team.

Original title:  
Titans

Genre:  
Fiction, fantasy, action, drama, crime, adventure

Actors:  
Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7


Death Academy (2018 – 2019)

The series based on the comics by Rick Remender will tell the story of an orphan and a tramp Marcus, who ended up in an unusual educational institution. Within the walls of the academy, teenagers are taught to kill, and among the popular disciplines are shooting training, lectures on hand-to-hand combat and seminars on the study of poisons. Crimes here are elevated to a cult and supported by philosophical theories, because future mercenaries will have to fight with a ruthless and cruel system.

Original title:  
Deadly Class

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor …

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Riverdale (2017 – 2021)

At first glance, this American town is no different from other settlements located in the outback of the United States. However, a group of teenagers led by the brave Archie is ready to dispel the misconception about Riverdale. When the school year begins with a minute of silence for a dead student, the guys begin to investigate the mysterious death of a peer.

Original title:  
Riverdale

Genre:  
Drama, Romance, Crime

Actors:  
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits
16+


Happy (2017 – 2019)

One of the most successful and rated Netflix series based on comics, it combines the genre of comedy, action movie and fantasy. Brutal cop Nick Sachs is forced to leave the ranks of the police because of his addiction to alcohol and illegal substances. A man becomes a hired killer , ready to get a solid jackpot by any means. Everything changes after the kidnapping of a little girl who has an imaginary unicorn friend, Happy. When a child gets into trouble, a mystical creature with wings turns to Nick for help.

Original Title :
Happy!

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Christopher Meloni, Richie Coster, Lily Mirozhnik …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.2


Lucifer (2016 – 2021)

The life of the lord of the underworld turned out to be so boring and monotonous that the Prince of Darkness decided to go to the world of people. Lucifer settled in Los Angeles, where he opened an elite nightclub. The hero of the series, based on the comic book character “Sandman”, plunges into earthly pleasures and is not going to return to hell. The idyll is destroyed by the murder of a celebrity on the threshold of a prestigious institution, which attracts the attention of the police.

Original title:  
Lucifer

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, crime

Actors:  
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Preacher (2016 – 2019)

Texas pastor Jesse Custer is going through hard times and begins to doubt the correctness of the choice. At the peak of the crisis of faith, an extraterrestrial entity instills in the preacher – and the priest discovers amazing abilities in himself. Just one phrase is enough for Jesse to subdue the will of another person, but sometimes his plans come true with shocking accuracy.

Original title:  
Preacher

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:  
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


Jessica Jones (2015 – 2019)

The Marvel comics series will introduce viewers to a girl who has decided to end her short superhero career. A few years ago, Jessica fell under the influence of Kilgrave, and he completely subjugated her will. Jones manages to escape from the cruel ruler, but the past constantly reminds of itself with nightmares. To distract herself from gloomy thoughts, Jessica opens a private detective agency – and during one investigation she discovers a trail of Kilgrave.

Original title:  
Jessica Jones

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:  
Krysten Ritter, Rachel Taylor, Ika Darvill, Carrie-Anne Moss …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age Limits
16+


Agent Carter (2015 – 2016)

Charming Peggy does not have superpowers, but she has a desire to fight for the truth to the end. After the death of Steve Rogers, a brave woman joins the secret organization CHP, where she faces gender injustice. All power belongs to men who are in no hurry to entrust Carter with responsible assignments. Margaret does not despair, because she has her own secret mission related to Howard Stark.

Original title:  
Agent Carter

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Actors:  
Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokay …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9

Age Limits
16+


I am a zombie (2015 – 2019)

Medical student Olivia Moore accidentally turns into a zombie, and the girl’s life changes dramatically. She breaks up with her lover, hides a terrible secret from her family and quits a prestigious position to work in a morgue. It is there that she has access to the human brains she needs to feed herself. During the next meal, Olivia realizes that, along with a piece of flesh, she gains access to the last memories of the deceased. The girl decides to use an unusual ability to help the police investigate murders.

Original title:  
iZombie

Genre:  
Detective, Comedy

Actors:  
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits
16+


Gotham (2014 – 2019)

The gloomy city has long received the status of a comfortable place for ordinary criminals and supervillains, but law enforcement agencies do not stop trying to take control of the criminal situation on the streets. The future associate of the Black Knight, James Gordon, is just starting to work in the police, where he receives the task of finding the killer of the Wayne couple. During the investigation, a man meets an orphan boy who will play a decisive role in the fate of Gotham.

Original title:
Gotham

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazuz…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits :
16+


Konstantin (2014 – 2015)

John was born with the ability to see otherworldly creatures, but the burden of a unique gift was too great. In his youth, the guy tried to commit suicide, for which he deserved eternal damnation. John Constantine takes the side of good, protecting humanity from evil demons, but still ends up in hell. After some time, the man is forced to return to the world of the living in order to save the daughter of his best friend from mortal danger.

Original title:  
Constantine

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrino…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


The Walking Dead (2010 – 2022)

One of the most popular series based on comics, first released in 2010 – and since then has not lost popularity. Sheriff Rick Grimes is seriously injured in a shootout with criminals and ends up in a clinic. Despite the efforts of doctors, the man plunges into a coma, and comes to his senses in a completely new world. Chaos reigns in the hospital, and the living dead roam outside the walls. Rick intends to break through to his house by any means in order to save his wife and child from bloodthirsty zombies.

Original title:  
The Walking Dead

Genre:  
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Norman Reedus, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Andrew Lincoln …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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