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List of the best TV shows based on movies. Here are the rankings of the top television series that all began with a film. When a story is so never-ending and epic, it is often perfect for a franchise. Books, remakes, and cross-overs between film and television. "M*A*S*H" is one of those rare instances of the film and television show both being perfect -- although "The Odd Couple" might fit that description. Did you know "Friday Night Lights" was a movie before a hit TV show? And what about all the animated ones like "RoboCop" and "Clerks?" "Teen Wolf" is now MTV's number one scripted series and it evolved from a feature film. These are the greatest movies-turned-TV-shows in the history of entertainment. With "Parenthood" also on the air, it is time to look back at the best TV series that are based on movies that have ever graced both screens.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 - Based on: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
M*A*S*H 1972 - Based on: MASH (1970)

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1,125 931
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Stargate SG-1 1997 - Based on: Stargate (1994)

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Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Highlander: The Series 1992 - Based on: Highlander (1986)

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Odd Couple 1970 - Based on: The Odd Couple (1968)

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Hercules: The Legendary Journe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Jean Susan Parker added Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 - Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977)

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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Real Ghostbusters 1986 - Based on: Ghostbusters (1984)

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008 - Based on: The Terminator franchise (1984)

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Beetlejuice 1989 - Based on: Beetlejuice (1988)

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Friday Night Lights 2006 - Based on: Friday Night Lights (2004)

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
In the Heat of the Night 1988 - Based on: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alice 1976 - Based on: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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921 686
Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Timon & Pumbaa 1995 - Based on: The Lion King (1994)

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The Mask: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added The Mask: The Animated Series 1995

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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Mr. Belvedere 1985 - Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948)

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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Tom Islava added Muppet Babies 1984 - Based on: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2002 - Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

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Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added Clerks: The Animated Series 2000

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Back to the Future 1991 - Based on: Back to the Future (1985)

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RoboCop: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RoboCop: The Animated Series 1988 - Based on: RoboCop (1987)

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Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added Lilo & Stitch: The Series 2003

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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
SlashLover added DreamWorks Dragons 2012 - Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Clueless 1996 - Based on: Clueless (1995)

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alien Nation 1989 - Based on: Alien Nation (1988)

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1992 - Based on: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Nikita 2010 - Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990)

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Tom Islava added Aladdin 1994 - Based on: Aladdin (1992)

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
udontneedtoknowmyname added Hercules: the Animated Series 1998

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Little Mermaid 1992 - Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989)

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
MarySSpiegel added Fargo 2014 - Based on: Fargo (1996)

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1995 - Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
HotMusic Chart added Westworld Based on: Westworld (1973)

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Parenthood 2010 - Based on: Parenthood (1989)

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Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Police Academy: The Series 1997 - Based on: Police Academy franchise (1984)

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Teen Wolf 2011 - Based on: Teen Wolf (1985)

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995)

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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Blade: The Series 2006 - Based on: Blade (1998)

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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RichardSeeger added The Legend of Tarzan 2001 - Based on: Tarzan (1999)

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1997 - Based on: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ryan Campbell added Lethal Weapon

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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven 1998 - Based on: The Crow (1994)

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Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added Star Trek: The Animated Series 1973

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The Mummy: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added The Mummy: The Animated Series 2001

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101 Dalmatians: The Series is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RichardSeeger added 101 Dalmatians: The Series 1997

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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Fievel's American Tails is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Fievel's American Tails 1993 - Based on: An American Tail (1986)

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Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Conan the Adventurer 1992-10-01 - Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)

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The Emperor's New School is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
JenAnistonFriends added 10 Things I Hate About You 2009 - Based on: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)