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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) Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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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) M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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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) Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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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) Highlander: The Series is a fantasy science fiction action-adventure television series featuring Duncan MacLeod of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the eponymous "Highlander". A slight ...more

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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) The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970, to March 7, 1975, on ABC. It stars Tony ...more

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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 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on ...more

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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) Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm ...more

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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) The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC ...more

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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) Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an American science fiction television series that aired on Fox. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Bros. Television, and C2 ...more

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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) Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series which ran from September 9, 1989 to October 26, 1991 on ABC and, on Fox from September 9, 1991 to December 6, 1991. Loosely based ...more

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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) Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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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) In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard ...more

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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Timon & Pumbaa 1995 Based on: The Lion King (1994) The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, often simply referred to as Timon & Pumbaa, is an American animated television series made by The Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and ...more

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alice 1976 Based on: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more

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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Tom Islava added Muppet Babies 1984

Based on: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, commonly known by the shortened title Muppet Babies, is an American animated television series that aired from September 15, 1984 to November 2, 1991 on CBS. The show ...more

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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2002 Based on: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, often shortened to just Jimmy Neutron, is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It is the first spin-off to the ...more

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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Mr. Belvedere 1985 Based on: Sitting Pretty (1948) Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from March 15, 1985 to July 8, 1990. The series is based on the Lynn Aloysius Belvedere character created by Gwen Davenport for ...more

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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The Mask: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added The Mask: The Animated Series 1995 The Mask aka The Mask: Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the film of the same name. The show ran for three seasons, from August 12, 1995 to August 30, 1997 on ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Back to the Future 1991 Based on: Back to the Future (1985) Back to the Future is an animated series for television based on the Back to the Future trilogy of feature films. The series lasted two seasons, each featuring 13 episodes, and ran on CBS from ...more

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Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added Clerks: The Animated Series 2000 Clerks is an American animated sitcom based on Kevin Smith's 1994 comedy of the same name. It was developed for television by Smith, Smith's producing partner Scott Mosier and former Seinfeld ...more

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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
SlashLover added DreamWorks Dragons 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Clueless 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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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Alien Nation 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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Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added Lilo & Stitch: The Series 2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series is the animated television spinoff of the feature film, Lilo & Stitch and the follow-up to Stitch! The Movie. It was aired on Disney Channel worldwide, but has ...more

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RoboCop: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RoboCop: The Animated Series 1988 Based on: RoboCop (1987) RoboCop: The Animated Series is an American animated series produced in the 1980s by Marvel Productions, and is based on the character and events of the movie RoboCop. The show made a number of ...more

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Nikita 2010 Based on: La Femme Nikita (1990) Nikita is an American television series that aired on The CW from September 9, 2010 to December 27, 2013 in the United States. The series is a reboot of the popular 1997 TV series La Femme ...more

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1992 Based on: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures is a live action spin-off following the misadventures of two time-traveling slackers as they travel into the distant past and future. It was based on the ...more

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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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)

Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television Animation which aired from 1994 to 1995, based on the original 1992 Disney film of the same name. It was animated at the ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
MarySSpiegel added Fargo 2014 Based on: Fargo (1996) Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
HotMusic Chart added Westworld

Based on: Westworld (1973)

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Little Mermaid 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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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
udontneedtoknowmyname added Hercules: the Animated Series 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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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Parenthood 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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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Ryan Campbell added Lethal Weapon 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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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) 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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Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Police Academy: The Series 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

The 12 Struggles of Being Kinda Fit But Kinda Fat

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 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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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) 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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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 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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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Blade: The Series 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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Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added Star Trek: The Animated Series 1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe following the events of Star Trek: The Original Series of the 1960s. The animated ...more

The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies

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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven 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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101 Dalmatians: The Series is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
RichardSeeger added 101 Dalmatians: The Series 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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The Mummy: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added The Mummy: The Animated Series 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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Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Freddy's Nightmares 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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Fievel's American Tails is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Fievel's American Tails 1993 Based on: An American Tail (1986) Fievel's American Tails is an American/Canadian animated television series, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios. It aired for one ...more

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Friday the 13th: The Series is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
briankiser added Friday the 13th: The Series 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) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
The Emperor's New School 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