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The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies

Updated December 2, 2018 3.3k votes 331 voters 9.4k views54 items

List RulesOnly TV shows that have aired on television, Netflix or Hulu. No web series may be included.

List of the most disappointing TV shows based on movies ranked from worst to best.  Which TV show based on a movie is the most disappointing? That's a hard decision because we have a lot of duds to choose from. Vote on this list and make sure the worst adaptation atrocity gets what it deserves.

Have you ever seen a film and found yourself thinking about the characters for days or weeks after you've left the theater? We've all been there. That's why it is so tempting for the television networks to rework movies into TV shows. Audiences want to continue to live in the world that memorable films transport them to for longer than two hours. Sometimes a movie can be adapted for the small screen and become a hit with fans and a ratings winner for the network. Unfortunately, for every success like “M*A*S*H” or “Friday Night Lights” fans are subjected to duds like “Uncle Buck” and “The Net.”

We are all familiar with some pretty bad movies that are based on TV shows, but when a feature film hits the small screen the results can be equally unpleasant, scratch that,way more unpleasant since you are subjected to the watered down alternative week after week. These ill advised TV shows come in many forms. There are prequels and sequels, animations and live action dramas, as well as complete re-imaginings.

Which TV Show based on a movie do you think is the most disappointing? Vote below and we will uncover the worst of the worst.

  • 1


    Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court

    PremieredSeptember 9, 1989

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Animated, Children

    Aired 1989-1991
    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 on the...  more

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  • 2

    Ferris Bueller

    Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 1990-1991
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  • 3

    My Big Fat Greek Life

    Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 2003
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  • 4

    Weird Science

    John Asher, Michael Manasseri

    PremieredMarch 5, 1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Aired 1994-1998
    Weird Science is a mid-1990s American comedy series made for television, based on the 1985 film of the same name....  more
  • 5

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell

    PremieredJanuary 15, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Animated

    Aired 2012
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  • 6

    James Bond Jr.

    Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett


    Genres (Tv)Animation, Espionage

    James Bond Jr. is a fictional character described as the nephew of Ian Fleming’s masterspy, James Bond - 007. The name was first used in 1967 for a spinoff novel entitled The Adventures of James Bond...  more
  • 7

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley


    Genres (Tv)Animation

    Aired 1995
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  • 8
    Aired 1992-1993
  • 9

    9 to 5

    Rita Moreno, Jeffrey Tambor


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 1992-1998
    9 to 5 is an American situation comedy based on the 1980 film of the same name. The series aired on ABC from 1982 to 1983, and in first-run syndication from 1986 to 1988. 9 to 5 features Rachel...  more

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  • 10

    The Net

    Tim Curry, Jeremy Renner


    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Science Fiction, Action film

    Aired 1998-1999
    The Net is a 1998 television drama series based on the 1995 film of the same name. The series starred Brooke Langton as Angela Bennett, the character Sandra Bullock played in the film. Produced in...  more
  • 11

    Friday: The Animated Series

    Kevin Michael Richardson, Phil LaMarr

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Comedy

    Aired 2007
    Friday: The Animated Series was a short-lived animated television series based on the Friday film series. The show is directed by Kevin Lofton and is co-produced and co-distributed by New Line...  more
  • 12


    Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Aired 1996-1999
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  • 13

    Working Girl

    Sandra Bullock, Nana Visitor


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 14

    Fast Times

    Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Thorne-Smith


    Aired 1986
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  • 15

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  • 16

    Dangerous Minds

    Annie Potts, Tamala Jones


    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Aired 1996-1997
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  • 17

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show

    Jewel Staite, Thomas Dekker


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction

    Aired 1997-2000
    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
  • 18


    Michael Gross, Victor Browne

    PremieredMarch 28, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction

    Aired 2003
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  • 19

    Blade: The Series

    Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, Jill Wagner

    PremieredJune 28, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    Aired 2006
    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" Jones starred in...  more

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  • 20

    Police Academy: The Series

    Joe Flaherty, Michael Winslow


    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Aired 1997-1998
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  • 21

    Freddy's Nightmares

    Robert Englund


    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror Film

    Aired 1988-1990
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  • 22

    Harry and the Hendersons

    Bruce Davison, Courtney Peldon


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Harry and the Hendersons is an American sitcom based on the film of the same name, produced by Amblin Entertainment for Universal Television. The series aired in syndication from January 13, 1991 to...  more
  • 23

    Delta House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill


    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Based on the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House."  Aired 1979
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  • 24

    Little Shop

    Mark Ryan, Harvey Atkin


    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

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  • 25

    The 7D

    Dee Bradley Baker, Bill Farmer

    PremieredJuly 7, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Animated, Children

    The 7D is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation, and broadcast on Disney XD starting July 7, 2014. It is a re-imagining of titular characters and their...  more