List of television series based on video games

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This is a list of television programs based on video games:

Animated shows[edit]

International[edit]

Japanese anime[edit]

There have also been several one-off video game-based cartoons, including specials such as Bubsy (1993), Battletoads (1992) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (2006–2009).

Live action shows[edit]

Series about video games[edit]

Series episodes with plots centered on video games[edit]

  • 6Teen
    • Season 1 Episode 3: "The Slow and Even-Tempered" (2004) – Caitlin practices driving using a virtual driving game.
    • Season 4 Episode 4: "Blast from the Past" (2010) – Jude goes to the game store to purchase an old video game.
    • Season 4 Episode 5 "Quit It" (2010) – Jude goes to the game store to purchase a guitar game.
    • Season 4 Episode 8: "Great Expectations" (2010) – Jonesy and Jude hang out at the game store.
  • Adventures in Odyssey
    • Season 2 Episode 2: Escape From The Forbidden Matrix (2001) - Dylan and his friend get trapped inside a video game world.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
    • Season 5 Episode 18: The Console (2017) - When Gumball is given a cursed video game console, Elmore gets trapped inside a fantasy RPG world.
  • Beetlejuice
    • Season 4 Episode 25 "Vidiots": (1991) – Beetlejuice and Lydia get sucked into a video game.
  • Bibleman
    • Season 3 Episode 5: "Blasting The Big Gamemaster Bully" (2009) – The villain Super Pro Gamemaster 2 creates a video game that influences children to become bullies.
  • The Big Bang Theory
    • Season 2 Episode 3: "The Barbarian Sublimation" (2008) – Sheldon gets Penny addicted to an online game.
  • Black-ish
    • Season 6 Episode 8: "O Mother Where Art Thou" (2019) – Junior gets Rainbow hooked on a video game.
  • Black Mirror
    • Season 3 Episode 2: “Playtest” (2016) - An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system.
  • Castle
    • Season 7 Episode 3: "Clear & Present Danger" (2014) – An underground gamer is suspected of being the accessory of an invisible killer.
  • Con Man
    • Season 1 Episode 8: "Voiced Over" (2015) – Wray Nerely provides voice-work for a video game.
  • CSI: Cyber
    • Season 1 Episode 11: "Ghost in the Machine" (2015) – The team investigates a death involving a video game.
  • CSI: Miami
  • CSI: NY
    • Season 4 Episode 5: "Down The Rabbit Hole" (2007) - Centers around a murder via Second Life.
  • Community
    • Season 3, Episode 20: "Digital Estate Planning" (2012) - The Greendale 7 must help Pierce attain his father's fortune by playing an 8-bit video game.
  • Corner Gas Animated
    • Season 2 Episode 10: "Anger Games" (2019) – Wanda creates a video game.
  • Creeped Out
    • Season 2 Episode 1: "One More Minute" (2019) – A gamer suffers memory loss.
  • Daria
    • Season 2 Episode 7: "The New Kid" (1998) – Daria and a new friend play a virtual reality arcade game.
  • Diff'rent Strokes
    • Season 5 Episode 1: "Shoot-Out at the O.K. Arcade" (1982) – Arnold and Willis compete in a video game.
  • Doug
    • Season 2 Episode 13: "Doug's Lost Weekend" (1992) – Doug gets distracted by a new video game.
  • Drake & Josh
    • Season 2 Episode 1: "The Bet" (2004) – Drake and Josh make a bet they can go without junk food and video games.
  • Emmanuelle in Space
  • Evil
    • Season 1 Episode 4: "Rose390" (2019) – Kristen's daughters play with a digital game that may be possessed.
    • Season 1 Episode 11: "Room 320" (2020) – Ben uses a digital game to track down a psychopath.
  • The Fairly OddParents
    • Season 1 Episode 1b: "Power Mad!" (2001) - Timmy utilizes a virtual reality helmet to play a video game he wished for as "challenging, a game that you can’t wish yourself out of". A.J. and Chester use the helmets to play the game as well, not realizing they are in mortal danger.
  • Fangbone!
    • Season 1 Episode 16: "The Kat of Munching" (2017) – Fangbone gets addicted to a video game.
  • Forbidden Science
    • Season 1 Episode 10: "Virus" (2009) – Penny plays a sexy virtual reality game.
  • Forever Knight
    • Season 3 Episode 15: "Games Vampires Play" (1996) - Nick investigates the death of a software designer whose murderer actually puts clues into the vampire game the designer created. Nick plays the game (which is erasing itself while being played) and finds his vampire tendencies being strengthened by the actions of the vampire character. He also finds the clues that lead to the murderer... in a church!
  • Fresh Off the Boat
    • Season 1 Episode 6: "Fajita Man" (2015) – Eddie takes a job at Cattleman's Ranch to buy a video game.
  • Friends
    • Season 8 Episode 12: "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel" (2002) – Phoebe buys Chandler and Monica the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game as a late wedding present.
  • Futurama
    • Season 4 Episode 3: "Anthology of Interest II" (2001) - In the segment Raiders of the Lost Arcade, Fry sees a simulation of life as it would be if it were more like a video game.
    • Season 6 Episode 26: "Reincarnation" (2011) - The segment Future Challenge 3000 is animated to resemble a video game.
  • The Goldbergs
    • Season 5 Episode 7: "A Wall Street Thanksgiving" (2017) – Adam Goldberg purchases an E.T. video game.
    • Season 6 Episode 19: "8-Bit Goldbergs" (2019) – Adam creates a video game based on his family.
  • Gravity Falls
    • Season 1 Episode 10: "Fight Fighters" (2012) – Dipper unleashes a video game fighter.
  • The Haunting Hour: The Series
    • Season 1 Episode 9: "Game Over"- Gamers are zapped into a video game and fight for survival.
  • Head of the Class
    • Season 3 Episode 20: "King of Remedial" (1989) – At an academic tournament, a remedial student uses video game references to answer the final question.
  • Home Improvement
    • Season 1 Episode 13: "Up Your Alley" (1992) – Randy Taylor and a bully fight over the arcade game Zaxxon.
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Series
    • Season 2 Episode 8: "The Northern Frights" (2019) – Uncle Gene becomes obsessed with gaming.
  • iCarly
    • Season 2 Episode 2: "iStage an Intervention" (2008) – Carly and friends help Spencer overcome his addiction to video games.
  • The IT Crowd
    • Season 4 Episode 4: "Italian for Beginners" (2010) – Moss gets trapped inside a claw crane game at a video arcade.
  • Johnny Test
    • Season 6 Episode 25: "Johnny Goes Gaming" (2014) – Johnny and Dukey get trapped inside a video game.
  • Kickin' It
    • Season 2 Episode 11: "Kim of Kong" (2012) – Jack and Kim compete in a video game battle.
  • King of the Hill
    • Season 6 Episode 22: "Returning Japanese Part 2" (2002) – In Japan, Bobby Hill plays a step-dancing game with a crush.
  • Kirby Buckets
    • Season 1 Episode 8: "Kirby's Choice" (2015) – Kirby wins tickets to a video game convention.
  • Last Man Standing
    • Season 8 Episode 6: "Mysterious Ways" (2020) – Vanessa accidentally knocks down her kids' virtual reality game.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • The Loud House
    • Season 3 Episode 34: "Game Boys" (2018) – Clyde gets unhinged when Lincoln borrows his gaming system.
  • Man Up!
    • Season 1 Episode 9: "Camping" (2011) – The guys camp out by a department store for a video game.
  • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
    • Season 1 Episode 22: “Gamer” (2016) - When Max loses a challenge at a video game tournament, he gets akumatized into the Gamer and unleashes a giant robot onto Paris.
    • Season 3 Episode 16: “Gamer 2.0” (2019) - When he can't find anyone to test his video game that pits formerly akumatized villains against one another, Max again becomes one himself: Gamer 2.0.
  • Mixed-ish
    • Season 1 Episode 13: "Pride (In the Name of Love)" (2020) – Rainbow and her friends ditch school and go to a video arcade.
  • Muppet Babies
    • Season 7 Episode 1: "It's Only Pretendo" (1989) – Gonzo and Piggy compete in a video game.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Season 2 Episode 11: "Gaming the System" (2009) – Buford plays a game called "Jump N' Duck", where all he has to do to beat the game is to jump and duck.
    • Season 2 Episode 62: "Brain Drain" (2010) – Phineas, Ferb and the gang are about to play a Street Fighter II-like video game.
  • Quack Pack
    • Season 1 Episode 4: "All Hands on Duck" (1996) – Donald's video game takes control of a remote-control navy plane.
  • Red Dwarf
  • Regular Show
    • Season 1 Episode 5: "Death Punchies" (2010) - While playing a new Dig Dug-like two-player video game with Mordecai, Rigby expresses his resentment at always having to be "Player Two" due to his poor video game-playing skills.
    • Season 2 Episode 7: "High Score" (2011) - After beating the world record high score at an Excitebike-like arcade game, Mordecai and Rigby find themselves competing for the 'universe record'.
    • Season 2 Episode 8: "Rage Against the TV" (2011) - Mordecai's and Rigby's TV stops working just as they reach the final stage of the Double Dragon-like video game they have been playing for 20 hours straight, and locating another one (so that they can beat "The Hammer") proves difficult.
    • Season 3 Episode 19: "Video Game Wizards" (2012) - Mordecai, Rigby and Skips take part in a video game tournament in order to win a specialty game controller (based on the Power Glove peripheral for the Nintendo Entertainment System).
  • Robotech
    • Season 1 Episode 24: "Showdown" (1985) – While infiltrating the SF-D1, Miriya plays games at a video arcade.
  • Round the Twist
    • Season 3 Episode 4: "You Am I" (2000) - A video game causes Pete Twist and Mr. Gribbles to switch bodies.
  • Sanjay and Craig
    • Season 1 Episode 8: "Game On" (2013) – Sanjay and Craig's favorite video game disappears at the Frycade.
  • Seinfeld
    • "Season 9 Episode 18: The Frogger" (1998) - At Mario's Pizza Parlor, George Costanza discovers he still has the high score on the old Frogger video game he played in high school, with a score of 860,630 points. He decides to buy the Frogger machine to preserve his fame, but Jerry asks him how he is going to move it and keep it plugged in to preserve the high score.
  • The Simpsons
    • Season 7 Episode 11: Marge Be Not Proud (1995) – Bart is caught stealing a video game.
    • Season 18 Episode 17: Marge Gamer (2007) – Marge Simpson participates in online gaming.
    • Season 30 Episode 17: "E My Sports" (2019) – Bart competes in a video game tournament.
  • Spicy City
    • Season 1 Episode 1: "Love is a Download]] (1997) – Two lovers meet in a virtual-reality game world.
  • South Park
  • Spaceballs: The Animated Series
    • Season 1 Episode 2: "Grand Theft Starship" (2008) - Captain Lone Starr and Princess Vespa are sucked into a game of 'Grand Theft Starship', leaving the Spaceballs to conquer the known universe. But, missing Lone Starr's opposition, President Skroob and Dark Helmet follow them into the game world.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Stargate SG-1
  • Stoked
    • Season 2 Episode 2: "Surf Surf Revoluton" (2010) – Reef creates a surfing video game.
  • The Super Dimension Fortress Macross
    • Season 1 Episode 24: "Good-bye Girl" (1983) – Max and Milia meet at a video arcade.
  • Superstore
    • Season 3 Episode 13: "Video Game Release" (2018) – A new video games is released in Cloud 9.
  • Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
    • Season 2 Episode 6: "Fisting Fantasy" (2011) – Todd and his friends are trapped in a video game.
  • Tucker
    • Season 1 Episode 3: "Everybody Dance Now" (2000) – Tucker tries to impress McKenna by attempting to beat a dancing arcade game.
  • The X-Files
  • Young Sheldon
    • Season 2 Episode 8: "An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius" (2018) – Meemaw and Sheldon get addicted to a video game console.

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