Can you guess what these TV shows are based on?

Were these classic series adapted from books, comics, movies or even other TV shows?

It’s rare to encounter any art that is truly original, but that isn’t a bad thing. Some of the best songs are covers and some of the best movies got their stories from books.

The same goes for television. There are many shows that existed in other forms first but truly came into their own on TV.

Here are 12 shows that were adapted from many different mediums. Can you guess where the inspiration for each series came from?

  1. The first iteration of this courtroom classic started as a...
  2. This iconic sitcom is based on...
  3. What was this Eighties favorite adapted from?
  4. What was this long-running Western based on?
  5. Earl Hamner Jr. based this show on his real life. What was Hamner’s first creation inspired by his childhood?
  6. Buck Rogers has been seen in almost every medium but was first introduced to the world in…
  7. The first iteration of this classic series was a...
  8. This Western was inspired by...
  9. This early sitcom was adapted from...
  10. The first iteration of this small-town drama was a...
  11. This sitcom started life as a...
  12. This nostalgic series was created from...

Can you guess what these TV shows are based on?

Your Result...

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Oldielover 1 month ago
7/12....Legit didn't know the ones I missed,and I always cringe with fear when faced with a Waltons guess!...lol!
RichLorn 1 month ago
9/12
Two mistakes were carelessness from rushing thru. The third was a legit Happy Days gotcha.
paulat0805 1 month ago
Wow!! Just read further on in the comments for this quiz ie Happy Days - Love American Style - American Graffiti. What a well informed bunch of readers! Thanks for the info!
paulat0805 1 month ago
9 out of 12 Surprised by #12 though. I always assumed that Happy Days was inspired by the film American Graffiti
Moverfan paulat0805 1 month ago
I kind of doubt it. Love, American Style ran in the sixties while American Graffiti came out in 1972. The print ads included the question "Where were you in '62?", which I always thought was kind of stupid--mainly because I was born in 1962.
2103634076 1 month ago
Only missed 3. That’s rare air for me. Who cared about big ranches when we had hippies n swingers those days.
WordsmithWorks 1 month ago
11/12. Missed # 5. Thought it was a TV movie first.
AnnieM 1 month ago
This was an interesting quiz. I missed 2 & 10.
nightshade 1 month ago
12 out of 11 i forgot mash was a bok series ....
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