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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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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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    Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan Based on: MASH (1970)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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    Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Len Carlson Based on: Beetlejuice (1988)

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

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

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    Jim Belushi, Frank Welker, Andrea Martin Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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

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    Arsenio Hall, Frank Welker, David Alan Coulier Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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

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    Jeff Doucette, James Greene, Jenny Gago Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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

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

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    Tia Carrere, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase

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    Lucy Lawless, Bruce Campbell, Kevin Sorbo

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

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

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

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    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman Based on: Fargo (1996)

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

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    Donald Moffat, Heather Menzies, Gregory Harrison

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    Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille

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    Robert Englund

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    Ashley Benson, Rebecca Romijn, Darren Criss

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

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

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

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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

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    Frank Welker, Pam Dawber, Charlotte Rae

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    John Goodman, Ben Stein, Eartha Kitt

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    Hercules: the Animated Series

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    Alec Baldwin, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

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

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    Dick Butkus, Dana Carvey, Bubba Smith

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

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Anderson, Tommy Ford

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    Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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    Connie Sellecca, Severn Darden, Jim McMullan

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