15 Popular TV Shows Which Are Based On Real Life Events

In the past few years television entertainment has shuttled into a whole new orbit revealing of a world of possibilities for story-telling. With whirling anticipation, we grow with our favorite TV shows and while Game of Thrones and Jessica Jones are perfect for our fix of fantasy, the thrill of being gripped by a story that actually happened, heightens the dose of drama that is missing in your own life. So, give the movies a rest because we have for you a list of shows that have found inspiration in real stories of real people.

  • Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

This show premiered in 2008. This smash-hit drama series is inspired from several characters, but most significantly meth cook, Walter White.The series grabbed 16 Emmy awards and 2 Golden Globes.

  • Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

This series first aired in is based on the memoir of late Jennifer Worth, a midwife nurse and musician. Soon after premiering, the show became the most popular TV show on BBC One since 2001

  • Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

The historical-drama is premiered in 2010, inspired by the book ‘To Marry an English Lord,’ written by Gail Mac Coll and Carol Wallace. The show ran for 6 seasons, and won both the Emmy and Golden Globe award for best mini-series in 2012.

  • The Tudors

The Tudors

First aired in 2007, The rule of King Henry VIII in 16th century England is the central theme of the show. It is a story that beautifully portraying the life and several affairs of King Henry VIII.

  • Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

Aired in 2001, It is based on the 1993 non-fiction book by the same name penned by Stephen E. Ambrose. The show took home both the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best miniseries in 2001.

  • Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat

This comedy-series that aired in 2015 firstis inspired from chef-turned-author Eddie Huang’s memoir, ‘Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.

  • Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness

It is based on real-life psychologist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser.The USA Network sports drama portrays Dannenfelser’s life and her experiences

  • The Fall

The Fall

The series aired in 2011, follows the story of real-life American serial-killer, Dennis Rader, who was dubbed as the ‘BTK’ (Bind, Torture, Kill) murderer.The show became an instant hit for its horrifying revelations.

  • Bones

BonesAired in 2005, This comedy-drama series follows the real-life experiences of Kathy Reich, an archaeologist and a forensic scientist.It is based on Reich’s ‘Temperance Brennan’ novel series where the protagonist, Brennan, portrays the author herself.

  • Narcos

NarcosThe crime thriller first aired in 2015. The series centers around the real-life drug leader Pablo Escobar. show that will return with season 2 in 2016, has already bagged 2 Emmy nominations.

  • Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

The show that first aired in 2005. This mini-series is based on renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain’s book ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.’

  • Garrow’s Law

Garrow's Law

This show premiered in 2009 that covers the life and experiences of William Garrow, a British attorney, judge, and political figure.

  • Entourage


This comedy-drama premiered in 2013 is inspired from actor Mark Wahlberg’s life and experiences as a growing A-list Hollywood star.The show won 6 Emmy and one Golden Globe awards.

  • Scrubs


This series is based on its creator and aired in 2001, Bill Lawrence’s friend Jonathan Doris.this medical-drama series achieved enormous success worldwide and went on to grab 17 Emmy nominations.

  • Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

A Netflix hit premiered in 2013, the show is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’.

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