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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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 - Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
M*A*S*H 1972 - Based on: MASH (1970)

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Stargate SG-1 1997 - Based on: Stargate (1994)

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Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Highlander: The Series 1992 - Based on: Highlander (1986)

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Odd Couple 1970 - Based on: The Odd Couple (1968)

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Hercules: The Legendary Journe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 - Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977)

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008 - Based on: The Terminator franchise (1984)

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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Real Ghostbusters 1986 - Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Beetlejuice 1989 - Based on: Beetlejuice (1988)

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Friday Night Lights 2006 - Based on: Friday Night Lights (2004)

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
In the Heat of the Night 1988 - Based on: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Timon & Pumbaa 1995 - Based on: The Lion King (1994)

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The Mask: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alice 1976 - Based on: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Mr. Belvedere 1985 - Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Back to the Future 1991 - Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2002 - Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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RoboCop: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RoboCop: The Animated Series 1988 - Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Muppet Babies 1984 - Based on: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1992 - Based on: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
DreamWorks Dragons 2012 - Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Clueless 1996 - Based on: Clueless (1995)

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alien Nation 1989 - Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Nikita 2010 - Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1995 - Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Aladdin 1994 - Based on: Aladdin (1992)

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Little Mermaid 1992 - Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Fargo 2014 - Based on: Fargo (1996)

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Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Police Academy: The Series 1997 - Based on: Police Academy franchise (1984)

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Parenthood 2010 - Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Teen Wolf 2011 - Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Westworld Based on: Westworld (1973)

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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Blade: The Series 2006 - Based on: Blade (1998)

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1997 - Based on: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Legend of Tarzan 2001 - Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven 1998 - Based on: The Crow (1994)

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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The Mummy: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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101 Dalmatians: The Series is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Fievel's American Tails is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Fievel's American Tails 1993 - Based on: An American Tail (1986)

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Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Conan the Adventurer 1992-10-01 - Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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The Emperor's New School is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ferris Bueller 1990 - Based on: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)