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The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies 

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Updated December 2, 2018 3.8k votes 322 voters 9k views 54 items

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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Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino, Richard Riehle

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

Premiered: 2003

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 of the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and was produced by HBO Television and Tom Hanks's ...more
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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez

Premiered: 2012

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

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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Ace Ventura: Pet Detecti... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley, Vince Corazza

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Animation

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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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Tim Curry, Billy West, Ashley Johnson

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

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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James Bond Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Dani Porter added Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Jan Rabson

Premiered: 1991-09-16

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 ...more
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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy

Premiered: 1996

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 originally premiered on ABC on September 20, 1996 as a part of the TGIF lineup during its first ...more

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

Premiered: 1992-10-01

Aired 1992-1993
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Friday: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Kevin Michael Richardson, Phil LaMarr, Cree Summer

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
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Martin Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ralph Brown

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action

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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Andrea Roth, Blu Mankuma, Susan Roman

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Action, Science Fiction

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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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Rita Moreno, Jeffrey Tambor, Sally Struthers

Premiered: 1982

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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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

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, Action, + more

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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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Dean Norris, Marcia Strassman, Michael Gross

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

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

Premiered: 1998

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 ...more
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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson

Premiered: 2006

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

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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Bruce Davison, Courtney Peldon, Jeff Doucette

Premiered: 1991

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, ...more
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The Crow: Stairway to He... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Sabine Karsenti

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Action, Fantasy

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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Dangerous Minds Annie Potts, Tamala Jones, Michael Jace

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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10 Things I Hate About Y... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural, Teen drama, Black comedy, Drama, + more

Aired 2001 - present
Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. A teenager named Scott (Tyler Posey), is bitten by a ...more

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Jewel Staite, Thomas Dekker, Peter Scolari

Premiered: 1997

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
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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
LanaYoshii added Sandra Bullock, Nana Visitor, B. J. Ward

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Jason Hervey

Premiered: 1986

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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Police Academy: The Seri... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies
Joe Flaherty, Michael Winslow, Tony Longo

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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