Adaptations 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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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

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It's Pat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Kathy Griffin, Tim Meadows, Julia Sweeney It's Pat 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

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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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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

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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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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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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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Dragonball Evolution is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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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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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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Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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.

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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

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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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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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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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Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne Dennis the Menace is a 1993 live-action American family film based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. This, however, is not the first live-action Dennis the Menace film: The first ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson The A-Team is a 2010 American action-comedy film based on the television series of the same name created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell. Co-written and directed by Joe Carnahan, the film ...more

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Tim Curry, Debra Messing, Ernest Borgnine McHale's Navy is a 1997 military comedy film starring Tom Arnold. The movie is based on the 1962-1966 television series of the same name. Ernest Borgnine was the only member of the original ...more

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on the G.I. Joe toy franchise, with particular inspiration from the comic book and cartoon series G.I. ...more

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Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Roger Moore The Saint is a 1997 espionage thriller film, starring Val Kilmer in the title role, with Elisabeth Shue and Rade Šerbedžija, directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and ...more

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleash... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a 2004 comedy horror film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and released by Warner Bros. Based on the 1969–71 animated television series, ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American 3D science fiction action comedy film based on the franchise of the same name. A reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series, the film ...more

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock V... is listed (or ranked) 32 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

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Hannah Montana: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Tyra Banks Hannah Montana: The Movie is a 2009 American musical comedy-drama film based on the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana, which was released on April 10, 2009, by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Eddie Murphy, Famke Janssen, Owen Wilson I Spy is a 2002 American spy comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson. The film was directed by Betty Thomas, and based on the television series of the same name that aired in the 1960s ...more

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Good Burger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Linda Cardellini Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The film evolved from the comedy sketch "Good Burger" featured on the ...more

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Transformers: Revenge of the F... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Hugo Weaving Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the second film in the series. Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) ...more

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

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Doogal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Kylie Minogue, Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase Doogal is a 2006 film written by ... and directed by ...

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Dudley Do-Right is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Sarah Jessica Parker, Brendan Fraser, Alfred Molina Dudley Do-Right is a 1999 romantic comedy film, based on Jay Ward's Dudley Do-Right, produced by Davis Entertainment for Universal Studios. The film stars Brendan Fraser as the cartoon's title ...more

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Murray Get Smart is a 2008 American action comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is also the original series' producer. The film is based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy ...more

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Starsky & Hutch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American action comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. The film stars Ben Stiller as David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and is a film ...more

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Car 54, Where Are You? is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Rosie O'Donnell, Fran Drescher, Jeremy Piven Car 54, Where Are You? is a 1994 comedy film directed by Bill Fishman and stars David Johansen and John C. McGinley. It is based on the television series of the same name starring Joe E. Ross ...more

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Plummer Dragnet is a 1987 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Tom Mankiewicz in his directorial debut, and starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. The film is based on the television ...more

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Mission: Impossible III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
JCGoodrich added Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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The Green Hornet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Seth Rogen The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a ...more

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Jackass 3D is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Mike Judge Jackass 3D is a 2010 American 3D comedy film and the third film in the Jackass film series. It was released on October 15, 2010 by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films to American theaters and ...more

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MacGruber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig, Chris Jericho (Fozzy)* MacGruber is a 2010 American action comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, itself a parody of action-adventure television series MacGyver. Jorma Taccone of the ...more

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Josie and the Pussycats is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid, Alan Cumming Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 American musical comedy film released by Universal Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed and co-written by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, the film is ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube 21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more