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The Best TV Shows Based on Movies  

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List Rules Any television adaptation of a film, live-action or animated

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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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
SlashLover added 2012
Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (2010) DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon. The series serves as a bridge between the first film and its 2014 sequel. A ...more
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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1989
Based on: Alien Nation (1988) Alien Nation is a science fiction television series in the Alien Nation franchise. Adapted from the 1988 movie of the same name, it stars Gary Graham as Detective Matthew Sikes, a Los Angeles ...more
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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
udontneedtoknowmyname added 1998
Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series is an American animated series based on the 1997 film of the same name and the Greek myth. The series premiered in syndication on August 31, 1998, and on ...more
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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1992
Based on: The Little Mermaid (1989) Disney's The Little Mermaid is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation based on the 1989 Disney film of the same name. It features the adventures of ...more
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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ryan Campbell added
Lethal Weapon (Fox, 2016) is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama television series developed by Matt Miller and based on the film series. A slightly unhinged cop (Clayne Crawford) is ...more
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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1996
Based on: Clueless (1995) Clueless is a television series spun off from the 1995 teen film of the same name. The series originally premiered on ABC on September 20, 1996 as a part of the TGIF lineup during its first ...more
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1995
Based on: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is an animated television series based on the film of the same name. The series was produced by Morgan Creek Productions and Nelvana for Warner Bros. Television. It ...more
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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RichardSeeger added 2001
Based on: Tarzan (1999) The Legend of Tarzan is an American animated television series created by The Walt Disney Company in 2001, based on the Tarzan character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The series aired on ABC ...more
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2011
Based on: Teen Wolf (1985) Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more
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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2000
Based on: Toy Story franchise (1995) Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is an American animated science fiction/adventure/comedy series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The series originally aired on UPN and ABC from ...more
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Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1997
Based on: Police Academy franchise (1984) Police Academy: The Series is a syndicated 1997 television series spin-off from the Police Academy series of films. Michael Winslow was the only actor from the Police Academy films to have a ...more
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101 Dalmatians: The Series is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RichardSeeger added 1997
101 Dalmatians: The Series is an animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation in association with Jumbo Pictures based on the 1961 Disney animated feature of the same name ...more
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Ranker Video
1997
Based on: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show is an American syndicated comic science fiction sitcom based on the 1989 film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It expands upon the original film's concept of a ...more
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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2015
Limitless (CBS, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Craig Sweeny, based on the 2011 film. Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a 28-year-old burnout and struggling musician, ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2010
Based on: Parenthood (1989) Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more
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The Mummy: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added 2001
The Mummy: The Animated Series is an animated television series produced by Universal Animation Studios to capitalize on the success of The Mummy. It premiered on Kids' WB! On the The WB network ...more
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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1998
Based on: The Crow (1994) The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is a Canadian supernatural drama television series created by Bryce Zabel. It originally aired from September 25, 1998 to May 22, 1999, consisting of 22 episodes. ...more
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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2006
Based on: Blade (1998) Blade: The Series is a 2006 American live-action television program based on the Marvel Comics character and film series. It premiered on Spike on June 28, 2006. Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" ...more
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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1988
Freddy's Nightmares is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was ...more
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Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
1992-10-01
Based on: Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982)
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Friday the 13th: The Series is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
briankiser added 1987

This had nothing to do with Jason, the villain from the movies.  They hunted down cursed objects.  It was great!

Friday the 13th: The Series is an American-Canadian horror television series that ran for three seasons, from October 3, 1987 to May 26, 1990 in first-run syndication. The series follows Micki ...more
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The Emperor's New School is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2006
The Emperor's New School is an American animated television series that aired on Disney Channel. The show is based on the characters from The Emperor's New Groove and its direct-to-video sequel ...more
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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resis... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2019
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy television series, and a prequel to 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. Rian (Taron Egerton), Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy), and Deet ...more
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Four Weddings and a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2019

Based on: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 1994 film of the same name. our American friends reunite for a fabulous London wedding. But after a ...more
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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Luke Albright added 2015
12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more