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The Most Disappointing TV Shows Based on Movies

Updated December 2, 2018 4.1k votes 324 voters 9.1k 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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  • 1
    My Big Fat Greek Life
    65
    20

    My Big Fat Greek Life

    Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 2003
  • 2
    James Bond Jr.
    49
    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 on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    56
    28

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Animation

    Aired 1995
  • 4
    Clueless
    54
    37

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Aired 1996-1999

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  • 5
    Ferris Bueller
    70
    59

    Ferris Bueller

    Jennifer Aniston, Carla Gugino

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 1990-1991

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  • 6
    Dangerous Minds
    31
    17

    Dangerous Minds

    Annie Potts, Tamala Jones

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Aired 1996-1997
  • 7
    Freddy's Nightmares
    32
    25

    Freddy's Nightmares

    Robert Englund

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror Film

    Aired 1988-1990

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  • 8
    Working Girl
    25
    17

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Delta House
    25
    18

    Delta House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Based on the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House."  Aired 1979
  • 10
    Teen Wolf
    43
    43

    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

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

    Aired 2001 - present

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  • 11
    Little Shop
    13
    5

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The 7D
    12
    4

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Parenthood
    29
    27

    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama

    Aired 2010 - present

    More Parenthood 

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  • 14
    Napoleon Dynamite
    59
    66

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell

    Premiered2012

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

    Aired 2012

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  • 15
    Friday Night Lights
    28
    28

    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Sports drama, Family drama

    Aired 2006-2011

    More Friday Night Lights 

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  • 16
    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
    32
    32

    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

    Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Educational entertainment, Drama, Educational television, Adventure film

    Aired 1992-1993

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  • 17
    Jake and the Never Land Pirates
    12
    7

    Jake and the Never Land Pirates

    David Arquette, Corey Burton

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Animated series

    Jake and the Never Land Pirates is an Annie Award-winning musical and interactive animated... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Lion Guard
    13
    10

    The Lion Guard

    Max Charles, Joshua Rush

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Family

    The Lion Guard (Disney Junior, 2016) is an American animated television series developed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Net
    36
    42

    The Net

    Tim Curry, Jeremy Renner

    Premiered1998

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

    Aired 1998-1999
  • 20
    Spaceballs: The Animated Series
    11
    8

    Spaceballs: The Animated Series

    Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Spaceballs: The Animated Series, also known as Spaceballs: The Series, is an animated... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
    46
    57

    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

    Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Science fiction

    Aired 2008-2009

    More Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 

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  • 22
    The Odd Couple
    6
    4

    The Odd Couple

    Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Odd Couple is an American multi-camera television sitcom that premiered on February 19,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Jumanji
    58
    79

    Jumanji

    Tim Curry, Billy West

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

    Aired 1996-1999
  • 24
    Beetlejuice
    34
    46

    Beetlejuice

    Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Horror comedy, Black comedy, Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series

    Aired 1989-1991

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  • 25
    9 to 5
    40
    54

    9 to 5

    Rita Moreno, Jeffrey Tambor

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Aired 1992-1998

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