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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Rebecca Romijn, Ashley Benson, Lindsay Price

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

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

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

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

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

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    Nicollette Sheridan, Jim Cummings, Olivia d'Abo Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers

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    Tom Kenny, Jim Cummings, John Schneider

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    Alec Baldwin, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

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    Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille

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