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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 1997 Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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    1972 Based on: MASH (1970)

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    1970 Based on: The Odd Couple (1968)

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    1996 Based on: Clueless (1995)

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    1997 Based on: Stargate (1994)

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    2008 Based on: The Terminator franchise (1984)

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    2006 Based on: Friday Night Lights (2004)

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    2008 Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977)

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    1992 Based on: Highlander (1986)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1985 Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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    1988 Based on: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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    1997 Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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    2010 Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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    often listed 1976 Based on: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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    2010 Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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    1989 Based on: Beetlejuice (1988)

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    ranked low on reranks 2011 Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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    1995 Based on: The Lion King (1994)

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    1989 Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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    1997 Based on: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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    2006 Based on: Blade (1998)

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    2002 Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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    1998 Based on: The Crow (1994)

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    ranked low on reranks 1992 Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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    added by SlashLover 2012 Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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    1997 Based on: Police Academy franchise (1984)

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    1986 Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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    added by JenAnistonFriends 2009 Based on: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1988 Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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    1993 Based on: An American Tail (1986)

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    2000 Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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    1990 Based on: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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    1995 Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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    1991 Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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    2007 Based on: Barnyard (2006)

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    1985 Based on: Dumbo (1941)

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    1992-10-01 Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1992 Based on: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

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    new! & added by RichardSeeger 2001 Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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