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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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Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Katy Perry, Sofía Vergara, Joan Rivers

Released: 2011

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline

Released: 1999

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel

Released: 2010

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Released: 2010

Directed by: Michael Patrick King

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Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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It's Pat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Kathy Griffin, Tim Meadows, Julia Sweeney

Released: 1995

Directed by: Adam Bernstein

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Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal

Released: 2000

Directed by: Des McAnuff

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Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1994

Directed by: Brian Levant

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Dragonball Evolution is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Dragonball Evolution Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, James Marsters

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Wong

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Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1993

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

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Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes

Released: 1998

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

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Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 2010

Directed by: Eric Brevig

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Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy, Matt Lauer

Released: 2009

Directed by: Brad Silberling

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Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore

Released: 2003

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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Alvin and the Chipmunks:... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

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Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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The Honeymooners Gabrielle Union, John Leguizamo, Regina Hall

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Schultz

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Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

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Released: 1993

Directed by: Nick Castle

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Scott Silver

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Gary Goddard

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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