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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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi Based on: MASH (1970)

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    Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping Based on: Stargate (1994)

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    The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Hercules: The Legendary Journe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 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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    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    Friday Night Lights 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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    The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Nikita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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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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    Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    Lilo & Stitch: The Series 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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    DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    Clerks: The Animated Series 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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    Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Teen Wolf 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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    Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Patrick Warburton, Stephen Furst, Nicole Sullivan Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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    The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    The Legend of Tarzan 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


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

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    Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Freddy's Nightmares 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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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    Star Trek: The Animated Series 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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    Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Conan the Adventurer Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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

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    The Emperor's New School is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    The Emperor's New School 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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    101 Dalmatians: The Series is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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    101 Dalmatians: The Series 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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    Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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    10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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

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    Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Eastwick Jaime Ray Newman, Lindsay Price, Rebecca Romijn Eastwick is a 2009 television series based on John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick. The series was developed by Maggie Friedman, and starred Paul Gross as the infamous Darryl Van Horne,

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