The best TV shows based on games - they don't all suck!

Game to TV Show ratio has been something between a cash-in and a holy grail. Plenty have failed and some have succeeded.

Some think that just playing the first level of a game will be enough to understand what makes that series tick, such as the 'Super Mario Show', but there's so much more.

Other creators have gone the extra mile and given other characters their own spin, and understanding what makes them appealing to a wide audience.

With that, here's three shows that did it right.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Know as 'SatAM' by fans, it premiered in September of 1993 and was cancelled in December of 1994, with no resolution to the final episode. The overarching plot was that Robotnik had already taken over most of the world of 'Mobius'. Sonic, with his band of 'Knothole Freedom Fighters' that included Sally Acorn, Tails, Bunnie Rabbot and many more, would infiltrate certain bases to rescue others either imprisoned or trapped in badnik-form.

It was a great series, especially compared to the other Sonic show that was airing on Sunday mornings on Channel 4, with a gritty-undertone and treated its viewers with maturity, rather than silliness.

Some of its characters and style was implemented in Sonic Spinball, while efforts were made to revive the series into a feature-film in 2002, but SEGA declined the project.

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An anime-adaptation from Konami's long-standing series, it debuted in 2017 to high-acclaim involving Belmont, Alucard, Dracula and many other characters from the series.

It involves Dracula summoning an army in Wallachia, with Alucard, Belmont and Sypha trying to stop the army before it takes over the world.

It was first thought of as a movie based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse back in 2007, until Sam Deats saw the potential of it as a series around 2012, and Netflix took an interest.

Now in its third season with a fourth already in production, it's been known at Rotten Tomatoes to be the first game adaptation to receive a 'Fresh' rating at the site.

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Earthworm Jim

A show that you may not have been aware of, but back on Channel 4 in the mid-nineties, it was essential viewing. Starring Dan Castellaneta as the voice of Earthworm Jim, who is still known for voicing characters in 'The Simpsons' such as Homer, gave the character a kind of wit and silliness that justified Earthworm Jim through his 23 episodes.

The main premise involved many of Jim's enemies attempt to steal the suit that he wears, such as Evil the Cat, Psy-Crow, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt and Evil Jim.

Even though it lasted two seasons, it gave another level of maturity that The Simpsons also gave in its early seasons, even though there was a goldfish as an enemy for example. It even had a catchy theme tune that's hard to forget once you press play to the below; you're welcome.

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