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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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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    1972 More
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    1969 More
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    1970 More
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    1996 More
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    1996 More
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    1982 More
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    1988 More
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    Alice

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    Nikita

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    1989 More
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    Teen Wolf

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    1989 More
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    Eastwick

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    1998 More
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    DreamWorks Dragons

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    1986 More
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    1988 More
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures

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    17
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    2001 More
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