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The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows

Updated March 6, 2019 6.1k votes 608 voters 30.2k views65 items

List RulesBad 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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    It's Pat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    It's Pat

    Kathy Griffin, Tim Meadows

    Released1995

    Directed byAdam Bernstein

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    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson

    Released2005

    Directed byJay Chandrasekhar

    The Dukes of Hazzard is a 2005 American action comedy film based on the American television... more on Wikipedia
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    Sex and the City 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Sex and the City 2

    Miley Cyrus, Penélope Cruz

    Released2010

    Directed byMichael Patrick King

    This film is a 2010 American romantic comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia

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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Bewitched

    Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell

    Released2005

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Last Airbender

    Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone

    Released2010

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Last Airbender is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film written, produced, and directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Wild Wild West

    Salma Hayek, Will Smith

    Released1999

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipedia
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    The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Smurfs

    Katy Perry, Sofía Vergara

    Released2011

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    The Smurfs is a 2011 American 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film loosely based on... more on Wikipedia

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    The Adventures of Rocky and Bu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

    Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2000

    Directed byDes McAnuff

    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a 2000 American live-action/animated adventure... more on Wikipedia

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Avengers

    Uma Thurman, Sean Connery

    Released1998

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    The Avengers is a 1998 American action spy film adaptation of the British television series of... more on Wikipedia

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    Dragonball Evolution is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Dragonball Evolution

    Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Wong

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    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Flintstones

    Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor

    Released1994

    Directed byBrian Levant

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    Yogi Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Yogi Bear

    Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris

    Released2010

    Directed byEric Brevig

    Yogi Bear is a 2010 American live-action/computer-animated comedy film adaptation of the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Beverly Hillbillies

    Rob Schneider, Lea Thompson

    Released1993

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney,... more on Wikipedia
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    Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Land of the Lost

    Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2009

    Directed byBrad Silberling

    Land of the Lost is a 2009 American adventure science fiction comedy film directed by Brad... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

    Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler

    Released2011

    Directed byMike Mitchell

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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Lost in Space

    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    Lost in Space is a 1998 American science fiction adventure film directed by Stephen Hopkins... more on Wikipedia

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    The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Honeymooners

    Gabrielle Union, John Leguizamo

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Schultz

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    Speed Racer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Speed Racer

    Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon

    Released2008

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore

    Released2003

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Sgt. Bilko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Sgt. Bilko

    Chris Rock, Steve Martin

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock V is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

    Kristen Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell

    Released2000

    Directed byBrian Levant

    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is a 2000 American family-romantic comedy film and prequel... more on Wikipedia

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    Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Thunderbirds

    Vanessa Hudgens, Ben Kingsley

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    Thunderbirds is a 2004 British-American-French science-fiction comedy action-adventure film... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    The Mod Squad

    Claire Danes, Josh Brolin

    Released1999

    Directed byScott Silver

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    Masters of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Masters of the Universe

    Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren

    Released1987

    Directed byGary Goddard

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    Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movies Based on TV Shows
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    Dennis the Menace

    Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

    Released1993

    Directed byNick Castle

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