Many television producers seem to follow the classic formula of looking to book series for inspiration when planning their next hit television series. Often this method of TV adaption is a foolproof way for success because the characters already have a fan-base when being transformed onto the big screen. At times, these television spin offs even seem to outlive the success of the novel series and take on a life of their own with separate twists and turns than the book initially laid out. Check out 8 successful television shows you didn’t know were inspired by books:
8. Friday Night Lights
Many fans of the successful football drama Friday Night Lights are completely unaware that the story line originally came from a book published in 1988. The series actually tells a true story of the Permian Panthers high school football team in Odessa, Texas, and was written by Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist. The best-selling book later expanded into a movie and then into the successful TV show we know it as today.