Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Series Based on Novels

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 weeks ago

Whether you want to read along with your favorite TV series or are looking for something new to watch, check out our list of recent genre series that have gone from page to screen.

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Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel in The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

"The Handmaid's Tale" (2017)

Based on: "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985) by Margaret Atwood

Where to watch: Season 2 returns in 2018 on Hulu.

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Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, and Ricky Whittle in American Gods (2017)

"American Gods" (2017)

Based on: "American Gods" (2001) by Neil Gaiman

Where to watch: Season 2 returns in 2018 on STARZ.

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Steven Strait and Dominique Tipper in The Expanse (2015)

"The Expanse" (2015 to present)

Based on: "The Expanse" by writing duo James S. A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)

Where to watch: Airs on Syfy. Season 1 is available to stream on Amazon Prime. "The Expanse" returns for a third season in 2018.

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Emeraude Toubia, Dominic Sherwood, and Matthew Daddario in Shadowhunters (2016)

"Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments" (2016 to present)

Based on: "The Mortal Instruments," "The Infernal Devices," and "The Dark Artifices" by Cassandra Clare

Where to watch: Currently airs Mondays on Freeform.

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Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011)

"Game of Thrones" (2011 to present)

Based on: "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin

Where to watch: Airs Sundays on HBO. Season 7 comes to a close on Aug. 27.

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Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in Outlander (2014)

"Outlander" (2014 to present)

Based on: "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon

Where to watch: Airs on STARZ. Season 3 premieres Sunday, Sept. 10.

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Ivana Baquero, Austin Butler, and Poppy Drayton in The Shannara Chronicles (2016)

"The Shannara Chronicles" (2016 to present)

Based on: "The Sword of Shannara" (1977), "The Elfstones of Shannara" (1982), and "The Wishsong of Shannara" (1985) by Terry Brooks

Where to watch: Airs on MTV. Season 2 returns in October.

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Kevin Durand and Rupert Penry-Jones in The Strain (2014)

"The Strain" (2014 to present)

Based on: "The Strain" (2009), "The Fall" (2010), and "The Night Eternal" (2011) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Where to watch: Airs on FX. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Hulu. The fourth and final season airs on Sundays on FX.

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Joely Richardson, Florence Kasumba, and Ana Ularu in Emerald City (2016)

"Emerald City" (2016 to present)

Based on: "Oz" by L. Frank Baum

Where to watch: Airs on NBC

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Eddie Marsan and Marc Warren in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

"Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" (2015)

Based on: "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" (2004) by Susanna Clarke

Where to watch: Airs on Netflix. Season 2 has yet to be confirmed.

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Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley in The Vampire Diaries (2009)

"The Vampire Diaries" (2009 to 2017)

Based on: "The Vampire Diaries" by L.J. Smith and Aubrey Clark

Where to watch: All eight seasons are available on Netflix.

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Neil Patrick Harris, Jacqueline Robbins, and Joyce Robbins in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" (2017)

Based on: "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Daniel Handler

Where to watch: Airs on Netflix. Season 2 is set to premiere in 2018.

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Summer Bishil, Hale Appleman, and Jason Ralph in The Magicians (2015)

"The Magicians" (2015 to present)

Based on: "The Magicians" (2009), "The Magician King" (2011), and "The Magician's Land" (2014) by Lev Grossman

Where to watch: Airs on Syfy. Season 1 is available on Netflix. A third season will air in 2018.

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Rufus Sewell and Aaron Blakely in The Man in the High Castle (2015)

"The Man in the High Castle" (2015 to present)

Based on: "The Man in the High Castle" (1962) by Philip K. Dick

Where to watch: Airs on Amazon Prime. A third season will air in 2017.