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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 Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon Alyson Hannigan - 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 Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers Loretta Swi - Based on: MASH (1970)

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Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Highlander: The Series Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch Jim Byrnes - Based on: Highlander (1986)

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks Amanda Tapping - Based on: Stargate (1994)

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Hercules: The Legendary Journe... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst Kevin Smith - 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 ...more

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall Penny Marshall - Based on: The Odd Couple (1968)

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker Summer Glau - Based on: The Terminator franchise (1984)

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker Matt Lanter - Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977)

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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 Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier Frank Welker - 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 Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court Tabitha St. Germain - 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 Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton Aimee Teegarden - 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 Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins Anne-Marie Johnson - Based on: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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The Mask: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Mask: The Animated Series Rob Paulsen, Tim Curry Jim Cummings - 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 ...more

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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Timon & Pumbaa Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon Jim Cummings - Based on: The Lion King (1994)

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland Vic Tayback - Based on: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Mr. Belvedere Fergie, Kellie Martin Bob Uecker - Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Back to the Future David Kaufman, Dan Castellaneta Bill Nye - Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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RoboCop: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RoboCop: The Animated Series Len Carlson, Susan Roman Dan Hennessey - Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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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 Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia Rob Paulsen - Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders David Ogden Stiers - 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 ...more

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Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Clerks: The Animated Series Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson 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 ...more

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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
DreamWorks Dragons Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera T.J. Miller - Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash Brittany Murphy - Based on: Clueless (1995)

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Nikita Maggie Q, Shane West Lyndsy Fonseca - Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Hercules: the Animated Series Will Ferrell, Betty White Lisa Kudrow - Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series is an American animated series based on the 1997 film of the same name and the Greek myth. The series premiered in syndication on August 31, 1998, and on ...more

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alien Nation Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint Michele Scarabelli - Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley Vince Corazza - Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Little Mermaid Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright Edan Gross - Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Muppet Babies Greg Berg, Katie Leigh Laurie O'Brien - Based on: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham Dax Shepard - Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Patrick Warburton, Stephen Furst Nicole Sullivan - Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien Holland Roden - Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman Allison Tolman - Based on: Fargo (1996)

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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Legend of Tarzan Michael T. Weiss, Olivia d'Abo Jim Cummings - Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Blade: The Series Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower Neil Jackson - Based on: Blade (1998)

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Aladdin Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin Dan Castellaneta - Based on: Aladdin (1992)

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

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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes Sabine Karsenti - Based on: The Crow (1994)

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Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Star Trek: The Animated Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy DeForest Kelley - 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 ...more

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The Mummy: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Mummy: The Animated Series 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 ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal Clifton Collins Jr. - Based on: Westworld (1973)

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Lethal Weapon Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford Jordana Brewster - Lethal Weapon is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama TV series that is based on the action films of the same name created by Shane Black.

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

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101 Dalmatians: The Series is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
101 Dalmatians: The Series Kath Soucie, Tara Strong Jeff Bennett - 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 ...more

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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 Dom DeLuise, Dan Castellaneta Kenneth Mars - 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 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
The Emperor's New School J.P. Manoux, Patrick Warburton Curtis Armstrong - 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 ...more

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
10 Things I Hate About You Lindsey Shaw, Meaghan Martin Ethan Peck - Based on: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)