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

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fergie, Bob Uecker, Kellie Martin Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jeff Doucette, James Greene, Eric Pierpoint Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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

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

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

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    Nathan Lane, Brad Garrett, Tom Kenny Based on: The Lion King (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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    Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Jessica Gower Based on: Blade (1998)

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    Frank Welker, Arsenio Hall, Kath Soucie Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Nye Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by RichardSeeger Nicollette Sheridan, Jim Cummings, Olivia d'Abo Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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    added by AndrewWilkerson William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    new! & added by AndrewWilkerson Tom Kenny, Jim Cummings, John Schneider

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    added by AndrewWilkerson Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers

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    added by AndrewWilkerson Alec Baldwin, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

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    added by AndrewWilkerson Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille

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