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

Animated shows

Japanese anime

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).

International

Live-action shows

Game shows

TV Shows

Upcoming TV Shows

Series about video games

Series episodes with plots centered on video games

  • 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.
  • 7th Heaven
    • Season 3 Episode 7: "Johnny Got His Gun" (1998) – Ruth wants to buy a violent video game.
  • Adventures in Odyssey
    • Season 2 Episode 2: Escape From The Forbidden Matrix (2001) - Dylan and his friend get trapped inside a video game world.
  • All Grown Up!
    • Season 1 Episode 8: "River Rats" (2003) – Betty takes the kids rafting to help Phil overcome his video game addiction.
  • 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.
  • American Horror Stories
    • Season 1 Episode 7: "Game Over" (2021) – A video game programmer attempts to adapt American Horror Story into a video game.
  • Animaniacs
    • Season 2 Episode 1: "Wakko's Short Shorts: Now Loading" (2021) – Wakko waits for a game to load.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    • Season 1 Episode 13: "Tale of the Pinball Wizard" (1992) – A teenage plays a supernatural pinball game.
  • The Barbarian and the Troll
    • Season 1 Episode 11: "I Will Survive" (2021) – The Questers play a dance game in order to enter a demon's lair.
  • 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.
  • Big City Greens
    • Season 1 Episode 16: "Cyberbullies" (2018) – Cricket deals with bullies he encountered from 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.
  • Chucky
    • Season 1 Episode 2: "Give Me Something Good to Eat" (2021) – Chucky plays video games with Lexy's sister.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series
    • Season 1 Episode 5: "Dante and Randall..." (2002) – Randall is put into slave labor after beating the high score on an old video game.
  • Cobra Kai
    • Season 4 Episode 2: "First Learn Stand" (2022) – Kenny Payne, a new student, is heavily into a fantasy video game.
    • Season 4 Episode 7: "Minefields" (2022) – Danny uses video game metaphors to explain Karate to his son Anthony.
  • Con Man
    • Season 1 Episode 8: "Voiced Over" (2015) – Wray Nerely provides voice-work for a video game.
  • The Conners
    • Season 4 Episode 6: "Peter Pan, the Backup Plan, Adventures in Babysitting and A River Runs Through It" (2021) – Dan and Luiz play a virtual reality 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.
  • Danger 5
    • Season 2 Episode 2: "Johnny Hitler" (2015) – Tucker and Mendes engage in a Street Fighter II-like fight.
  • Daria
    • Season 2 Episode 7: "The New Kid" (1998) – Daria and a new friend play a virtual reality arcade game.
  • Dave the Barbarian
    • Season 1 Episode 3: "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" (2004) – A nerd from the future gets the people of Udrogoth hooked on video games.
  • 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.
  • Dude, That's My Ghost!
    • Season 1 Episode 8: "Axe Maniac" (2013) – Spencer gets hooked on a haunted video game.
  • Emmanuelle in Space
  • Even Stevens
    • Season 1 Episode 10: "Easy Way" (2000) – Louis's friends and family have fun at a video arcade called "Funtasia."
  • 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.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder
    • Season 1 Episode 12: "Fairies Away! Pt.1" (2022) – Roy wishes for a life-like virtually reality game.
    • Season 1 Epsideo 13: "Fairies Away Pt. 2" (2022) – Roy uses a virtual reality game to rescue Viv.
  • 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.
  • Ghostforce
    • Season 1 Episode 9: "Zipzap" (2022) – A ghost takes control of 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 Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • Season 1 Episode 10: "Night of the Living Grim" (2003) – Billy plays a slime-eating video game.
  • 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.
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
    • Season 1 Episode 1: "It's Thursday" (2015) – Dylan plays Mortal Kombat at a party.
  • Intergalactic
    • Season 1 Episode 7 "Episode 7" (2021) – Drew and Genevieve play a dance game.
  • The IT Crowd
    • Season 4 Episode 4: "Italian for Beginners" (2010) – Moss gets trapped inside a claw crane game at a video arcade.
  • Jellystone!
    • Season 1 Episode 9 : "Gotta Kiss Them All" (2021) – Augie and Yakky play a new VR game.
  • Johnny Bravo
    • Season 3 Episode 2: "Virtual Johnny" (2000) – Johnny tests a virtual reality game.
  • 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
  • Life with Derek
    • Season 1 Episode 11: "Babe Raider" (2005) – Casey catches Derek playing a sexist video game.
  • 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.
  • M.I. High
    • Season 1 Episode 5: "Nerd Alert" (2007) – The spies use a friend's gaming skills to thwart a hacker.
  • 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 cannot 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.
  • Ninjago
    • Season 12 Episode 12: "Stop, Drop and Side Scroll" (2020) – They are inside a video game and has to use video game knowledge to survive. They're in a platformer and sometimes we see them on the screen of a game Unit. The whole season is about video, but this one is most.
  • 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).
  • Rick and Morty
    • Season 2 Episode 2: Mortynight Run (2015) – Rick plays the arcade game Blips & Chitz.
    • Season 6 Episode 2: "Rick: A Mort Well Lived" (2022) – Morty gets trapped in a VR game.
  • 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.
  • Side Hustle
    • Season 2 Episode 8: "A Mouth Noise Christmas" (2021) – Alan and Tedward search for a recalled video game.
    • Season 2 Episode 17: "Dinner for Jerks" (2022) – Fischer creates a video game.
  • 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.
  • So Weird
    • Season 1 Episode 5: "Escape" (1999) – The kids visit a carnival video arcade while dealing with a girl with astral projection powers.
    • Season 3 Episode 6: "Banglebye" (2000) – Small town kids are hypnotized by a video game.
  • 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 Revolution" (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.
  • Total DramaRama
    • Season 3 Episode 22: "Teacher, Soldier, Chef, Spy" (2021) – Chef creates a VR 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 Dylan
    • Season 3 Episode 7: "Fame, Blame & Video Games" (2022) – Dylan and Rebecca compete in a gaming competition.
  • 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.

See also

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