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

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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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    Lyndsy Fonseca, Maggie Q, Shane West 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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    Peta Wilson, Alberta Watson, Don Francks 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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    Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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    Donald Moffat, Heather Menzies, Gregory Harrison

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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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    Dom DeLuise, Dan Castellaneta, Kenneth Mars Based on: An American Tail (1986)

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    Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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

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

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    Tia Carrere, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase

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

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Fargo

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

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    Dick Butkus, Dana Carvey, Bubba Smith

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    Frank Welker, Pam Dawber, Charlotte Rae

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    John Goodman, Ben Stein, Eartha Kitt

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill, John Vernon

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    Connie Sellecca, Severn Darden, Jim McMullan

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