The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows  

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List Rules Bad big-screen adaptations of television series

What are the worst movies based on TV shows? While there's no doubt that some great television shows have made the leap to the big screen, sometimes, it's just a terrible idea. That's what this list is about: The movies that absolutely, positively, should never have been made. Ever. Vote for the movies you agree were just such an awful idea to make, and feel free to add any that might be missing.

Some of the horrible movies based on TV shows were just doomed from the start, and some were surprisingly awful (because really, the TV shows they're based on were great). Who on earth thought it was a good idea, for example, to make a movie version of 'It's Pat'?! The same can easily be said of 'The Dukes of Hazard.' The movies in this list are often excrutiating to watch, and certainly many are among the worst movies of all time.

Okay, to be fair, sometimes a film version of a TV show really is fantastic. The 1998 version of 'The Avengers' deserves a (high) spot on this list (it was horrible, please, don't try to defend it) -- but the 2012 version was incredible, and certainly among the best movies of the year.

Yes, reading through and voting on this list might make you slightly irritated. Terrible movies do tend to have that affect on people. If you need a pick-me-up, check out this list of the best movies of all time.
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The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel
The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on the first season of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The ...more
It's Pat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Kathy Griffin, Tim Meadows, Julia Sweeney
This film is an American 1994 comedy film directed by Adam Bernstein and starring Julia Sweeney, Dave Foley, Charles Rocket, and Kathy Griffin. The film was based on the Saturday Night Live ...more
Dragonball Evolution is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, James Marsters
Dragonball Evolution is a 2009 adventure fiction film directed by James Wong. The film is based on the Japanese Dragon Ball manga by Akira Toriyama, and stars Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum ...more
The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Katy Perry, Sofía Vergara, Joan Rivers
The Smurfs is a 2011 American 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film loosely based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s animated TV ...more
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Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a 2000 American live-action/animated adventure comedy film produced by Universal Pictures, based on the television cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show ...more
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Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds
The Dukes of Hazzard is a 2005 American action comedy film based on the American television series of the same name. The film was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and released on August 5, 2005 by ...more
Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline
Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1965–1969 TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell
Bewitched is a 2005 American romantic comedy fantasy film produced by Columbia Pictures and is a re-imagining of the television series of the same name. The film was released in the United ...more
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Miley Cyrus, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker
This film is a 2010 American romantic comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Michael Patrick King. It is the sequel to the 2008 film, which is based on the HBO TV series of the same ...more
Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd
Yogi Bear is a 2010 American live-action/computer-animated comedy film adaptation of the 1961-62 animated television series The Yogi Bear Show directed by Eric Brevig. The film stars Dan ...more
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Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson, Lily Tomlin
The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney, Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, Lea Thompson, Rob ...more
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Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman
Speed Racer is a 2008 American sports action film based on the Japanese anime and manga series of the same name by Tatsunoko Productions. The film was written and directed by The Wachowskis, and ...more
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Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy, Matt Lauer
Land of the Lost is a 2009 American adventure science fiction comedy film directed by Brad Silberling, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and Jimmy Miller, written by Chris Henchy and Dennis ...more
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Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell
The Flintstones is a 1994 American buddy comedy film directed by Brian Levant and written by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein and Steven E. de Souza. A live-action adaptation of the 1960s animated ...more
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Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes
The Avengers is a 1998 American action spy film adaptation of the British television series of the same name from the 1960s. The film was directed by Jeremiah Chechik. It stars Ralph Fiennes and ...more
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipw... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a 2011 American live-action adventure comedy film directed by Mike Mitchell. The film stars Jason Lee, David Cross and Jenny Slate with the voices of ...more
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Gabrielle Union, John Leguizamo, Regina Hall
The Honeymooners is a 2005 family comedy film directed by John Schultz. Unlike the original television series of the same name, this version stars an African American cast featuring Cedric the ...more
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Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is a 2003 American action comedy film. It is the sequel to 2000's Charlie's Angels. It opened in the United States on June 27, 2003, and was number one at the box ...more
Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Vanessa Hudgens, Ben Kingsley, Bill Paxton
Thunderbirds is a 2004 British-American-French science-fiction comedy action-adventure film based on the 1960s television series of the same name, directed by Jonathan Frakes. The film, written ...more
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Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren, Frank Langella
Masters of the Universe is a 1987 American science fantasy film directed by Gary Goddard and starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox. It ...more
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Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert
Lost in Space is a 1998 American science fiction adventure film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman and William Hurt. The film was shot in London and Shepperton, ...more
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Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd
Sgt. Bilko is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn and written by Andy Breckman. It is an adaptation of the iconic 1950s television series The Phil Silvers Show, often ...more
The Flintstones in Viva Rock V... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Kristen Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell, Joan Collins
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is a 2000 American family-romantic comedy film and prequel to 1994's The Flintstones based on the 1960-66 cartoon series of the same name. Produced by Amblin ...more
Mr. Magoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Jennifer Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Leslie Nielsen
Mr. Magoo is a 1997 live-action comedy film based on the original cartoon of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and starred Leslie Nielsen as the title character, ...more
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Claire Danes, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi
The Mod Squad is a 1999 film directed by Scott Silver and starring Claire Danes, Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi. It is based on the popular television show of the same name.