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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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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#225 of 780 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #191 of 1,177 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Timelisted on Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Shows

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Highlander: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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
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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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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#137 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #61 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #16 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Tom Islava added 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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#162 of 729 The Best Cartoons of All Time #27 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #23 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids

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Star Wars: The Clone War... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
2008
Based on: Star Wars franchise (1977) This show is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. ...more

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Terminator: The Sarah Co... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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The Mask: The Animated S... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added 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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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
HotMusic Chart added

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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Clerks: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added 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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
Tom Islava added 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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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Lilo & Stitch: The S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
AndrewWilkerson added 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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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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#256 of 383 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time #161 of 249 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids #95 of 129 The Best Cartoons of the '90s

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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In the Heat of the Night... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Alice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
MarySSpiegel added 2014
Based on: Fargo (1996) Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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RoboCop: The Animated Se... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Based on Movies
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