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List Rules Only 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.

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My Big Fat Greek Life Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Lainie Kazan - Aired 2003

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Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Ferris Bueller Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino, Richard Riehle - Aired 1990-1991

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley, Vince Corazza - Aired 1995

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jumanji Tim Curry, Billy West, Ashley Johnson - Aired 1996-1999

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Napoleon Dynamite Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez - Aired 2012

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Lock, Stock... Martin Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ralph Brown - Aired 2000

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Friday: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Friday: The Animated Series Kevin Michael Richardson, Phil LaMarr, Cree Summer - Aired 2007

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James Bond Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Dani Porter added James Bond Jr. Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Jan Rabson

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Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Conan the Adventurer Aired 1992-1993

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Clueless Alicia Silverstone^! Stacey Dash^! Brittany Murphy - Aired 1996-1999

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Men in Black: The Series is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Men in Black: The Series Keith Diamond, Charles Napier, Patrick Pinney - Aired 1997-2001

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RoboCop: The Series Andrea Roth, Blu Mankuma, Susan Roman - Aired 1994-1995

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Harry and the Hendersons Bruce Davison, Courtney Peldon, Jeff Doucette

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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
9 to 5 Rita Moreno, Jeffrey Tambor, Sally Struthers - Aired 1992-1998

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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Tremors Dean Norris, Marcia Strassman, Michael Gross - Aired 2003

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
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Dangerous Minds Annie Potts, Tamala Jones, Michael Jace - Aired 1996-1997

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The Net is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
The Net Tim Curry, Jeremy Renner, Brooke Langton - Aired 1998-1999

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
LanaYoshii added Working Girl Sandra Bullock, Nana Visitor, B. J. Ward

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden - Aired 2001 - present

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The Young Indiana Jones Chroni... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall, Corey Carrier - Aired 1992-1993

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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Blade: The Series Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson - Aired 2006

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Fast Times Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Jason Hervey - Aired 1986

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Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Police Academy: The Series Joe Flaherty, Michael Winslow, Tony Longo - Aired 1997-1998

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Jewel Staite, Thomas Dekker, Peter Scolari - Aired 1997-2000

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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Sabine Karsenti - Aired 1998

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Delta House Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill, John Vernon - Based on the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House."  Aired 1979

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Shaft Richard Roundtree - Aired 1973-1974

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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Serpico David Birney, Tom Atkins - Aired 1976-1977

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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Freddy's Nightmares Robert Englund - Aired 1988-1990

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Outsourced is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
DeannaChurch added Outsourced Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau - Aired 2008-2009

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Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Uncle Buck Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Anderson, Tommy Ford - Aired 1990-1991

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard - Aired 2010 - present

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Spaceballs: The Animated Serie... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added Spaceballs: The Animated Series Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Dee Bradley Baker

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Anger Management is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Anger Management Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Noureen DeWulf - Aired 2012 - present

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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Logan's Run Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat - Aired 1977-1978

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
LanaYoshii added Nikita Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca

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The 7D is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
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Jake and the Never Land Pirate... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added Jake and the Never Land Pirates David Arquette, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett

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Little Shop is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
hcshannonart added Little Shop Mark Ryan, Harvey Atkin, Jennie Kwan

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The Lion Guard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added The Lion Guard Madison Pettis, Moira Kelly, Khary Payton

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Beetlejuice Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain - Aired 1989-1991

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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
hcshannonart added Timon & Pumbaa Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings

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The Mask: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
hcshannonart added The Mask: The Animated Series Rob Paulsen, Tim Curry, Jim Cummings

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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adven... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin - Aired 1990-1991

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Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Clerks: The Animated Series Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes - Aired 2000-2001

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Weird Science Vanessa Angel, Lee Tergesen, John Mallory Asher - Aired 1994-1998

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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
The Real Ghostbusters Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker - Aired 1986-1991

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden - Aired 2006-2011