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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    Tia Carrere, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase 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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    Fergie, Kellie Martin, Bob Uecker Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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    Lucy Lawless, Bruce Campbell, Kevin Sorbo 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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    Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson Based on: Blade (1998)

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

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

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


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

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

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

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

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

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    Donald Moffat, Heather Menzies, Gregory Harrison Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name. In the UK, it was shown on the ITV networks on Sunday afternoons.

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

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    Hercules: the Animated Series

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    John Goodman, Ben Stein, Eartha Kitt 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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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei 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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    Larry Miller, Meaghan Martin, Chris Zylka Based on: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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    Ashley Benson, Rebecca Romijn, Darren Criss 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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    Frank Welker, Pam Dawber, Charlotte Rae 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) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Uncle Buck

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    Dick Butkus, Dana Carvey, Bubba Smith Blue Thunder is a 1984 ABC television series based on the movie of the same title featuring the Blue Thunder helicopter. The series uses the converted Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter and large

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    Len Carlson, Susan Roman, Dan Hennessey Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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


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    Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies


    Animal Kingdom Animal Kingdom is a TV program.

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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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