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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

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    1969

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    1970

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    often listed 1996

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    2008

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    ranked low on reranks & added by RichardSeeger 1996

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    2006

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    1982

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    2010

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    1976

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    ranked low on reranks 2010

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    1989

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    ranked low on reranks 2011

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    1995

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    1989

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    ranked low on reranks 1992

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SlashLover 2012

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    1986

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    added by JenAnistonFriends 2009

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1988

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    1991

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    2007

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    1992-10-01

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1992

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    new! & added by RichardSeeger 2001

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