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The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies

Updated December 2, 2018 3.2k votes 329 voters 9.2k 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.

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  • Ferris Bueller1
    68
    19

    Ferris Bueller

    Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 1990-1991
    Ferris Bueller is an American sitcom based on the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day...  more
  • My Big Fat Greek Life2
    63
    20

    My Big Fat Greek Life

    Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 2003
    My Big Fat Greek Life is a sitcom series that ran on CBS in 2003. The series is a continuation...  more
  • Napoleon Dynamite3
    57
    22

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Animated series

    Aired 2012
    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2012 American animated sitcom television comedy series based on the...  more
  • James Bond Jr.4
    47
    21

    James Bond Jr.

    Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett

    Premiered1991-09-16

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Espionage

    James Bond Jr. is a fictional character described as the nephew of Ian Fleming’s masterspy,...  more
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective5
    55
    29

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Animation

    Aired 1995
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is an animated television series based on the film of the same...  more
  • Conan the Adventurer6
    Aired 1992-1993
  • 9 to 57
    39
    17

    9 to 5

    Rita Moreno, Jeffrey Tambor

    Premiered1982

    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...  more

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  • The Net8
    35
    14

    The Net

    Tim Curry, Jeremy Renner

    Premiered1998

    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...  more
  • Friday: The Animated Series9
    38
    19

    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...  more
  • Clueless10
    53
    38

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Aired 1996-1999
    Clueless is a television series spun off from the 1995 teen film of the same name. The series...  more

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  • Working Girl11
    25
    7

    Working Girl

    Sandra Bullock, Nana Visitor

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Working Girl is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from April to July 1990. Loosely based on...  more

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  • Fast Times12
    29
    15

    Fast Times

    Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Thorne-Smith

    Premiered1986

    Aired 1986
    Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television remake of the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont...  more

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You13
    31
    17

    10 Things I Hate About You

  • Dangerous Minds14
    31
    18

    Dangerous Minds

    Annie Potts, Tamala Jones

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Aired 1996-1997
    Dangerous Minds is an American drama television series that aired on ABC network between...  more
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show15
    34
    21

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show

    Jewel Staite, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered1997

    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...  more
  • Tremors16
    38
    26

    Tremors

    Dean Norris, Marcia Strassman

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Aired 2003
    Tremors: The Series is a 2003 television show based on the Tremors franchise. Originally...  more

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  • Blade: The Series17
    38
    27

    Blade: The Series

    Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, Adventure film

    Aired 2006
    Blade: The Series is a 2006 American live-action television program based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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  • Police Academy: The Series18
    30
    18

    Police Academy: The Series

    Joe Flaherty, Michael Winslow

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Aired 1997-1998
    Police Academy: The Series is a syndicated 1997 television series spin-off from the Police...  more
  • Harry and the Hendersons19
    31
    21

    Harry and the Hendersons

    Bruce Davison, Courtney Peldon

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Harry and the Hendersons is an American sitcom based on the film of the same name, produced by...  more
  • Freddy's Nightmares20
    33
    24

    Freddy's Nightmares

    Robert Englund

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror Film

    Aired 1988-1990
    Freddy's Nightmares is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from...  more
  • Delta House21
    26
    19

    Delta House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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...  more
  • Little Shop22
    14
    3

    Little Shop

    Mark Ryan, Harvey Atkin

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series

    Little Shop is a 1991 French-American animated fantasy comedy television series that aired on...  more
  • The 7D23
    13
    3

    The 7D

    Dee Bradley Baker, Bill Farmer

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Animation, Children's television series, Fantasy

    The 7D is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation, and...  more
  • Uncle Buck24
    26
    20

    Uncle Buck

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sam Anderson

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Aired 1990-1991
    Uncle Buck is a TV series based on the 1989 film of the same name starring John Candy. The TV...  more
  • Parenthood25
    31
    27

    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama

    Aired 2010 - present
    Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four...  more

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