List of television programs based on comics

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This is a list of television shows based on comics.

DC and Marvel[edit]

As so many DC and Marvel comic books have been adapted into television shows, they have separate entries:

Independents[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Animated[edit]

Series based on Manga[edit]

Manga are comics created in Japan.

Live-Action[edit]

Animated[edit]

Series about comics[edit]

  • Alien Dawn (2013–2014) – Series about a boy investigating alien activity and conspiracy theories that inspired his missing father's comic book.
  • Almost Heroes (2011) – Sitcom about two brothers running their late father's comic book store.
  • American Horror Story: Cult (2017) – A part of the American Horror Story anthology. It features the character Twisty the Clown in a comic book.
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991) – Part of the Scooby-Doo franchise. In the series, Scooby and Shaggy are fans of the comic book "Commander Cool and Mellow Mutt." They often dress like the characters in the series.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows (2020) – Jai, a member of the Midnight Society, is heavily into comic books. His favorite book is "The Ghastly Grinner."
  • Bakuman – Anime series about two teenage manga creators.
  • Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever. (2018) – A group of teenagers attempt to sneak into a comic book convention to show their homemade comic book to their favorite comic book author.
  • Big Bad Beetleborgs (1996–1998) – A group of kids are transformed into their favorite comic book superheroes.
  • The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019) – Most of the main characters are comic book fans. Nearly every episode references comic books.
  • Bless the Harts (2019–present) – One of the main characters, Violet Hart, is an aspiring artist who makes her own comics.
  • Blood Ties (2007) – The main protagonist, Henry Fitzroy, works as a graphic novelist.
  • Bob (1992–1993) – Sitcom about a comic book creator.
  • The Bureau of Magical Things (2018–present) – One of the main characters, Peter, is a comic book fan.
  • The Cape (2011) – An honest cop becomes a superhero based on his son's favorite comic book character.
  • Caroline in the City (1995–1999) – Sitcom about a comic strip artist.
  • The Casagrandes (2019–2022) – Like its predecessor, The Loud House, the series' background art is heavily influenced by comic strips.
  • The Comic Artist and His Assistants: The Animation (2014) – Anime about a manga author.
  • Comic Book Men (2012–2018) – A reality TV series centering on Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash: a comic book store owned by filmmaker Kevin Smith.
  • Comic Girls (2018) – Anime about a group of girls determined to make the best manga.
  • Comic Party (2001) – Anime about two friends who visit a Comic Party Convention.
  • Comic Party Revolution (2005) - Sequel to Comic Party.
  • Comic Store Heroes (2012) – Reality series setting in Midtown Comics.
  • The Comic Strip (1987) – Animated series featuring segments of original cartoons in the form of a comic strip.
  • Con Man (2015–2017) – Web comedy about a struggling actor eking out a living by attending comic book conventions.
  • Corner Gas (2004–2009) – The main character is an avid comic book fan.
  • Creepshow (2019) – Horror anthology centering on a comic book.
  • Dark Oracle (2004–2006) – Teen drama centering on a comic book.
  • Detention (1999–2000) – One of the main characters, Jim Kim, is an obsessed comic book fan. He references comic books in each episode.
  • Doug (1991–1999) – The main protagonist, Doug, aspires to be a comic book artist. He draws his own comic book featuring his alter-ego, Quilman.
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (2018–present) – Series about two boys who make their own comics. They hypnotize their principal into becoming their comic creation.
  • Fairly OddParents (2001–2017) – The series features a reoccurring character, the Crimson Chin: a comic book superhero.
  • Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009–2012) – Animated series about two comic book fans.
  • Geeking Out (2016) – Series exploring comic books and other forms of nerd culture.
  • Groovie Goolies (1970–1972) – Animated series featuring Archie Comics' Sabrina Spellman as a supporting character.
  • Heroes (2006–2010) – Series told in the form of a comic book.
  • Heroes Reborn (2015) – Series told in the form of a comic book.
  • Hey Dude (1989–1991) – One of the ranchers, Buddy, is a fan of comics. Another rancher, Danny, makes his own comic strip.
  • High School USA! (2013–2015) – Parody of Archie Comics.
  • Kid Cosmic (2020) – Animated series about a comic book fan who becomes a superhero. The format is inspired by comic books.
  • Kirk (1995–1997) – Sitcom about an illustrator taking care of his family.
  • The Loud House (2016–present)– The main character, Lincoln Loud, is an avid comic book fan. The series' background art is heavily inspired by comic strips.
  • Masters of Horror (2005–2007)– The episode, Jenifer, is based on a story from the horror comic Creepy by Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson.
  • McGee and Me! (1989–1995) – Series about an aspiring cartoonist having adventures with his creation while growing in his Christian faith.
  • Mighty Med (2013–2015) – Sitcom about two teenaged comic fans who work as doctors in a superhero hospital.
  • Mission Hill (1999–2002) – Animated sitcom about an aspiring cartoonist who lives with his teenaged brother in a big city-loft.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (2014) - A high school girl falls for a manga artist.
  • My Secret Identity (1988–1991) – The main character, Andrew Clements, is an avid comic fan.
  • My Wife and Kids (2001–2005) – One of the main characters, Junior, is heavily involved with comic books.
  • Once a Hero (1987) – Series about a comic book superhero coming to life.
  • Project Mc2 (2015–2017) – One of the main characters, Devon D'Marco, is a graphic novelist.
  • Queer as Folk (2000–2005) – One of the characters, Michael Novotny is an avid comic book fan. He reads comics, attends conventions, and eventually owns a comic store and writes his own comic.
  • Recess (1997–2001) – The main characters are fans of the comic book Senor Fusion.
  • Re:Creators (2017) – Anime series about comic characters coming to life.
  • The Replacements (2006–2009) – Two orphans use an ad in a comic book to replace things.
  • Rocko's Modern Life (1993–1996) – The main protagonist, Rocko, works at a comic book shop.
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (2020) – Anime series about an eccentric manga artist.
  • Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (2020) – Live-action series about an eccentric manga artist.
  • The Simpsons (1989–present) – The series features a reoccurring character, Comic Book Guy. He is a comic book collector who owns the local comic book store. He often criticizes and references comic books.
  • Tear Along the Dotted Line (2021) – Animated sitcom about a cartoonist in Rome and an imaginary armadillo. The series is created by comic artist Zerocalcare.
  • The Troop (2009–2013) – One of the main characters is an aspiring comic artist.
  • Utopia (2013–2014) – Sci-fi series centering on a group of fans discovering that their favorite comic book is based on reality.
  • Utopia (2020) – Series based on the British television series of the same name. The series centers on a group of comic book fans.
  • Warped! (2022) – Sitcom centered in a comic book store.
  • We Baby Bears (2022) – Prequel to the series We Bare Bears, which is based on a webcomic.
  • Woke (2020) – Sitcom about a black comic book artist whose perception on life is changed after being unjustly assaulted by policemen. The series is also based on a comic strip.
  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (2020–present) – Sequel to the series Inuyasha. which is based on a manga.
  • Zero (2021) – Omar, the male lead protagonist, is an aspiring manga artist.

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