Adaptations The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies  

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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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Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino, Richard Riehle Aired 1990-1991
Ferris Bueller is an American sitcom based on the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The show stars Charlie Schlatter in the title role. The series debuted on August 23, 1990 on NBC ...more

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Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Lainie Kazan Aired 2003
My Big Fat Greek Life is a sitcom series that ran on CBS in 2003. The series is a continuation of the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and was produced by HBO Television and Tom Hanks's ...more

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley, Vince Corazza Aired 1995
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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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez Aired 2012
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2012 American animated sitcom television comedy series based on the 2004 film of the same name. Set in the small town of Preston, Idaho, it follows the adventures of the ...more

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Tim Curry, Billy West, Ashley Johnson Aired 1996-1999
Jumanji is an American animated television series that was inspired by the movie based on the short story of the same name. The series ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1999. In 1996, it was ...more

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Martin Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ralph Brown Aired 2000
Lock, Stock... was a 2000 television series off-shoot from the 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The series was shown on Channel 4 and starred Ralph Brown, Daniel Caltagirone, Del ...more

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James Bond Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Dani Porter added Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Jan Rabson 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 ...more

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Conan the Adventurer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Aired 1992-1993

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Friday: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Kevin Michael Richardson, Phil LaMarr, Cree Summer 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

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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Rita Moreno, Jeffrey Tambor, Sally Struthers 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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy Aired 1996-1999
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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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Dean Norris, Marcia Strassman, Michael Gross Aired 2003
Tremors: The Series is a 2003 television show based on the Tremors franchise. Originally airing out of order on the Sci-Fi Channel, it was later aired in its proper sequence on the G4 Network.

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Men in Black: The Series is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Keith Diamond, Charles Napier, Patrick Pinney Aired 1997-2001
Men in Black: The Series, also known as MIB: The Series and Men in Black: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series that originally aired on The WB's Kids' WB programming ...more

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Andrea Roth, Blu Mankuma, Susan Roman Aired 1994-1995
RoboCop: The Series is a 1994 Canadian television series based on the RoboCop film series. It stars Richard Eden as the title character. Made to appeal primarily to children and young teenagers, ...more

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The Net is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Tim Curry, Jeremy Renner, Brooke Langton 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 ...more

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Bruce Davison, Courtney Peldon, Jeff Doucette 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, ...more

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
LanaYoshii added Sandra Bullock, Nana Visitor, B. J. Ward Working Girl is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from April to July 1990. Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, the series stars Sandra Bullock as Tess ...more

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 18 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
Dangerous Minds is an American drama television series that aired on ABC network between September 1996 and March 1997. The series is based on the motion picture film, Dangerous Minds. Annie ...more

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Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Jason Hervey Aired 1986
Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television remake of the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High that was produced by Amy Heckerling, who directed the original film. Cameron Crowe, who penned ...more

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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson 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" ...more

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden Aired 2001 - present
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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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Sabine Karsenti Aired 1998
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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The Young Indiana Jones Chroni... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall, Corey Carrier Aired 1992-1993
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 4, 1992, to July 24, 1993. Filming took place in various locations around Wilmington, North ...more

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Police Academy: The Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Joe Flaherty, Michael Winslow, Tony Longo Aired 1997-1998 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

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Jewel Staite, Thomas Dekker, Peter Scolari 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

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill, John Vernon Based on the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House."  Aired 1979
Delta House is an American sitcom that was adapted from the 1978 film National Lampoon's Animal House. The series aired from January to April 1979 on ABC.

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Freddy's Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Robert Englund Aired 1988-1990
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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Little Shop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
hcshannonart added Mark Ryan, Harvey Atkin, Jennie Kwan Little Shop is a 1991 French-American animated fantasy comedy television series that aired on Saturday mornings on the Fox Kids TV network in 1991, about a teenager and a giant talking plant. ...more

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Richard Roundtree Aired 1973-1974
Shaft is a series of TV movies that aired along with Hawkins and other TV movies during 1973-74 television season on The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies. Broadcast every third week, the series was ...more

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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
David Birney, Tom Atkins Aired 1976-1977
Serpico is a short-lived American crime drama series that aired on NBC between September 1976 and February 1977. The series was based on the book by Peter Maas and the 1973 film of the same name ...more

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Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Anderson, Tommy Ford Aired 1990-1991
Uncle Buck is a TV series based on the 1989 film of the same name starring John Candy. The TV series debuted in 1990 on CBS.

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Jake and the Never Land Pirate... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added David Arquette, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett Jake and the Never Land Pirates is an Annie Award-winning musical and interactive animated television series shown on Disney Junior. It is based on Disney's Peter Pan franchise, which in turn is ...more

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The 7D is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added Dee Bradley Baker, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche 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

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Outsourced is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
DeannaChurch added Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader Outsourced is an American television sitcom set in an Indian workplace. It is based on the John Jeffcoat film of the same name and adapted by Robert Borden of George Lopez and Universal Media ...more

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau Aired 2008-2009
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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Spaceballs: The Animated Serie... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Dee Bradley Baker Spaceballs: The Animated Series, also known as Spaceballs: The Series, is an animated television series that premiered in 2008 on G4 and Canada's Super Channel, and is loosely based on the ...more

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard Aired 2010 - present
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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Anger Management is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Noureen DeWulf Aired 2012 - present
Anger Management is an American television sitcom that premiered on FX on June 28, 2012. The series is based on the 2003 film of the same name and stars Charlie Sheen in a role similar to that ...more

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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat Aired 1977-1978
Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name. In the UK, it was shown on the ITV networks on Sunday afternoons.

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The Lion Guard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
dennis-jansson added Max Charles, Joshua Rush, Dusan Brown The Lion Guard (Disney Junior, 2016) is an American animated television series developed by Ford Riley, based on the 1994 Disney film. Simba's son Kion, along with his friends Bunga the honey ...more

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Lindsay Sloane The Odd Couple is an American multi-camera television sitcom that premiered on February 19, 2015, on CBS. It is the sixth screen production based on the 1965 play written by Neil Simon, preceded ...more

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Nikita is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
LanaYoshii added Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca 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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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain 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 ...more

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Clerks: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes Aired 2000-2001
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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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adven... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin Aired 1990-1991

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Timon & Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
hcshannonart added Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings 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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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden Aired 2006-2011
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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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker Aired 1986-1991
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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Vanessa Angel, Lee Tergesen, John Mallory Asher Aired 1994-1998
Weird Science is a mid-1990s American comedy series made for television, based on the 1985 film of the same name.