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The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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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    the people's #1 & most listed Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr Based on: MASH (1970)

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

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    Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black Based on: Stargate (1994)

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    Lena Headey, Summer Glau, Shirley Manson Based on: The Terminator franchise (1984)

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    Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Wallace Shawn Based on: Clueless (1995)

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

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    Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki Based on: Friday Night Lights (2004)

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    Liam Neeson, David Tennant, Samuel Witwer Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977)

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

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    ranked low on reranks Marion Cotillard, Jason Isaacs, Stella Stevens Based on: Highlander (1986)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fergie, Bob Uecker, Kellie Martin Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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    Peta Wilson, Alberta Watson, Don Francks Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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

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    Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Don Francks Based on: Beetlejuice (1988)

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    Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes, Jill Wagner Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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    Nathan Lane, Brad Garrett, Tom Kenny Based on: The Lion King (1994)

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

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    Jeff Doucette, James Greene, Eric Pierpoint Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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    Frank Welker, Jim Belushi, Tom Kenny Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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

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    ranked low on reranks Tim Curry, Danny Cooksey, Jim Cummings Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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    Mark Dacascos, Lynda Boyd, Katie Stuart Based on: The Crow (1994)

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    added by SlashLover Mark Hamill, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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    Frank Welker, Arsenio Hall, Kath Soucie Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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

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    added by JenAnistonFriends Larry Miller, Meaghan Jette Martin, Chris Zylka Based on: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Len Carlson, Susan Roman, Dan Hennessey Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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    Mark Hamill, Nikki Cox, Brad Garrett Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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

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

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    Tara Strong, Michael Bell, Al Waxman Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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    Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Nye Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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    Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford, Chris Hardwick Based on: Barnyard (2006)

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    Jim Cummings, Hal Smith, Will Ryan Based on: Dumbo (1941)

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    Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by RichardSeeger Nicollette Sheridan, Jim Cummings, Olivia d'Abo Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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