The Best Comic-Book Based TV Shows

In today’s culture, it seems that everything is based on comic-books. In the past few decades, dozens of TV shows and more than a few multi-billion dollar superhero franchises have hit movie theaters and TV screens. Some of these TV shows are truly incredible and compelling and well worth a watch. Let’s take a look at some of the best comic-book based TV shows of all time.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There is no show that sticks in the collective consciousness of Generation X more noticeably than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The theme song alone is enough to send anyone of a certain age whirling into a frenzy of nostalgia and pizza-related jokes. Based on an understated, relatively dark, indie comic book, TMNT the TV show was pretty much the exact opposite. Gleefully silly and more than a little strange, this show was wholly engrained in the culture it represented, making it one of the most enduring shows beloved by Gen-Xers everywhere.

The Walking Dead

One of the most popular current comic-book based TV shows has to be The Walking Dead. Currently in its fifth season, the AMC drama is a faithful adaptation of the comic-books by Robert Kirkman. Although the show deviates from the books, overall themes and characters are preserved. This show also has the distinction of having the writer of the source material working as an executive producer for the show, which ensures continuity and authenticity. The show is so popular that you can even buy action figures, bedding, and bobble heads of the characters, like this sold by Toy Zoo.


Another massively popular current show, Arrow has built a following around this DC Comics archer. With nods to the original books throughout and incorporating many of the original characters, this show is one of the most faithful to the source material. With well-written dialogue and fantastic action, Arrow is a great show all around. It has become so popular it was recently given its own spinoff, The Flash, based on the DC character of the same name.

Wonder Woman

Any list like this would be null and void without a mention of Wonder Woman. This show solidified Wonder Woman as one of the most popular and recognizable female superheroes of all time. As the only popular adaptation of any female superhero, this show has made Wonder Woman a feminist icon for the ages. Since its debut in 1975, Wonder Woman has been simply iconic. From the twirling costume change to the costume itself, Wonder Woman is engrained in popular culture.

Comic-book based TV shows are the past, present and future of TV. With so much potential for diversity and development of lesser-known characters into huge franchises, comics have never had a better home than TV.

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Published on: March 2, 2015

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