Adaptations 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 1 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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 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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1,324 1,048
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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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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811 1,028
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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Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 6 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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1,925 1,043
The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
921 1,211
Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
647 1,136
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 12 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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380 171
Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
680 800
Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Mask: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
431 995
Alice is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
736 684
Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 18 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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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
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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
21
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
593 1,073
Clueless is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
715 727
RoboCop: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 25 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