Adaptations Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies  

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List Rules Only series that are no longer on the air that should be adapted into film

This list of canceled shows we'd like to see as movies includes a lot of huge cult favorites. Obviously this list isn't complete, so feel free to add any TV shows that aren't on the air anymore to it. Vote for your favorites and who knows? It just might happen someday!

A 'Freaks and Geeks' movie would be freakin' amazing (if you could get all of the show's original stars back together for long enough to film it). And while 'Firefly' does already have one movie ('Serenity'), why not more? Arguments can certainly be made that shows like 'Roswell,' 'Pushing Daisies' and 'Chuck' would also be interesting films.

While J.J. Abrams has a lot going on right now, what with the whole 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' stuff, he could take a break from ruling the universe long enough to get a 'Fringe' movie going. And, while we're discussing the sci-fi stuff, why not bring 'Battlestar Galactica' to the big screen, too?

Keep in mind: Movies are expensive. Some of the stars of these shows became famous *because* of these shows (Jennifer Garner, as Sydney Bristow on 'Alias' comes to mind). They'll want to be paid the big bucks in any movie adaptation. That's where you come in. If you could help to bankroll any canceled TV show you loved, which one would you pick? 
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more
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4,457 4,901
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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1,715 2,438
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more
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3,573 3,992
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
AndrewW.Curley added Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi
Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more
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1,775 2,002
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more
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6,163 5,426
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
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1,910 1,988
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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3,409 4,364
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez
Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more
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2,718 3,896
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia
Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the ...more
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2,689 3,206
House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more
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1,822 3,589
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride
Pushing Daisies is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. The series stars Lee Pace as Ned, a ...more
12
1,829 1,730
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal
Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
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2,673 4,000
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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1,707 2,804
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more
15
1,372 1,676
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he ...more
16
1,447 1,786
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack
Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more
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1,853 1,772
Angel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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1,841 3,296
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn
Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee and starring Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. The show premiered ...more
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1,421 2,462
Jericho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine
Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more
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1,765 3,235
Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz
Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more
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1,195 2,680
24 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more
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907 2,051
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
beernbugs added Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more
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1,780 2,175
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
beernbugs added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more
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1,578 2,786
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
DennisNJ added Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams
Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a two-hour premiere, and concluded on December 19, 2011 with a two-hour, two-episode ...more
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1,035 2,184
Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
frunklin added Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker
Rome is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show's two seasons were broadcast on HBO, BBC Two, and ...more