The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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List Criteria: Any television adaptation of a film, live-action or animated

List of the best TV shows based on movies. Here are the rankings of the top television series that all began with a film. When a story is so never-ending and epic, it is often perfect for a franchise. Books, remakes, and cross-overs between film and television. "M*A*S*H" is one of those rare instances of the film and television show both being perfect -- although "The Odd Couple" might fit that description. Did you know "Friday Night Lights" was a movie before a hit TV show? And what about all the animated ones like "RoboCop" and "Clerks?" "Teen Wolf" is now MTV's number one scripted series and it evolved from a feature film. These are the greatest movies-turned-TV-shows in the history of entertainment. With "Parenthood" also on the air, it is time to look back at the best TV series that are based on movies that have ever graced both screens.
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    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi Based on: MASH (1970)

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping Based on: Stargate (1994)

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    Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes Based on: Highlander (1986)

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    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall Based on: The Odd Couple (1968)

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    Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau Based on: The Terminator franchise (1984)

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    Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977)

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    Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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    Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain Based on: Beetlejuice (1988)

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    Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on the

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    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden Based on: Friday Night Lights (2004)

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    Rob Paulsen, Tim Curry, Jim Cummings The Mask aka The Mask: Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the film of the same name. The show ran for three seasons, from August 12, 1995 to August 30, 1997 on CBS, and

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    Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings Based on: The Lion King (1994)

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    Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson Based on: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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    Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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    Fergie, Kellie Martin, Bob Uecker Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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    Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy Based on: Clueless (1995)

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    Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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    David Kaufman, Dan Castellaneta, Bill Nye Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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    Len Carlson, Susan Roman, Dan Hennessey Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback Based on: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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    Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, David Ogden Stiers Lilo & Stitch: The Series is the animated television spinoff of the feature film, Lilo & Stitch and the follow-up to Stitch! The Movie. It was aired on Disney Channel worldwide, but has only

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    Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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    Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes Clerks is an American animated sitcom based on Kevin Smith's 1994 comedy of the same name. It was developed for television by Smith, Smith's producing partner Scott Mosier and former Seinfeld writer

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    Rick Overton, Don Lake, Lisa Wilcox Based on: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

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    Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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    Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Edan Gross Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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    Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley, Vince Corazza Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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    Will Ferrell, Betty White, Lisa Kudrow Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series is an American animated series based on the 1997 film of the same name and the Greek myth. The series premiered in syndication on August 31, 1998, and on

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    Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson Based on: Blade (1998)

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    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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    Patrick Warburton, Stephen Furst, Nicole Sullivan Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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    Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Sabine Karsenti Based on: The Crow (1994)

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    Joe Flaherty, Michael Winslow, Tony Longo Based on: Police Academy franchise (1984)

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    Michael T. Weiss, Olivia d'Abo, Jim Cummings Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Jewel Staite, Thomas Dekker, Peter Scolari Based on: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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    Robert Englund Freddy's Nightmares is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was introduced

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman Based on: Fargo (1996)

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe following the events of Star Trek: The Original Series of the 1960s. The animated series

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    John Schneider, Grey DeLisle, Tom Kenny The Mummy: The Animated Series is an animated television series produced by Universal Animation Studios to capitalize on the success of The Mummy. It premiered on Kids' WB! On the The WB network on

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    Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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    Dom DeLuise, Dan Castellaneta, Kenneth Mars Based on: An American Tail (1986)

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    J.P. Manoux, Patrick Warburton, Curtis Armstrong The Emperor's New School is an American animated television series that aired on Disney Channel. The show is based on the characters from The Emperor's New Groove and its direct-to-video sequel

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    Kath Soucie, Tara Strong, Jeff Bennett 101 Dalmatians: The Series is an animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation in association with Jumbo Pictures based on the 1961 Disney animated feature of the same name and

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    Tino Insana, Chris Hardwick, Jeffrey Garcia Based on: Barnyard (2006)

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Anderson, Tommy Ford Uncle Buck is a TV series based on the 1989 film of the same name starring John Candy. The TV series debuted in 1990 on CBS.

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    Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino, Richard Riehle Based on: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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    Lindsey Shaw, Meaghan Martin, Ethan Peck Based on: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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    Phil Baron, Bart Carroll, Caleb Chung Based on: Dumbo (1941)

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