TV: Shows Based on Movies

by dustinbatt | created - 27 Jun 2012 | updated - 16 Jul 2017 | Public

Scrapped: -Act of Valor

In Development: -A sequel series to American Psycho -Ghost http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/ghost-tv-show-paramount-1200824051/ -The Money Pit http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/nbc-developing-comedy-based-on-movie-the-money-pit-with-justin-spitzer-amblin/ -Children of Men http://www.slashfilm.com/children-of-men-the-television-series/

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1. Casablanca (1955– )

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Charles McGraw, Marcel Dalio, Dan Seymour, Michael Fox

Votes: 41

Film: Casablanca (1942) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/

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2. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 45,230

Film: MASH (1970) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066026/

3. Alice (1976–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy spoon diner.

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon

Votes: 3,107

Film: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071115/

4. Logan's Run (1977–1978)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic society where reaching the age of 30 is a death sentence, a rebellious law enforcement agent goes on the run in search of Sanctuary.

Stars: Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat, Randy Powell

Votes: 1,578

5. Beyond Westworld (1980– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The security chief of an android manufacturing company must stop a mad scientist, who's sending the failed theme park's androids to infiltrate society for his own ends.

Stars: Jim McMullan, James Wainwright, William Jordan, Nancy Harewood

Votes: 195

6. Private Benjamin (1981–1983)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a spoiled young woman who joins the army and her friends.

Stars: Lorna Patterson, Hal Williams, Eileen Brennan, Lisa Raggio

Votes: 184

7. After MASH (1983–1985)

30 min | Comedy

The Korean War has ended. Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulcahy find themselves together once again, this time at a veteran's hospital.

Stars: Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Rosalind Chao

Votes: 476

Film: MASH (1970) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066026/

8. Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince (1983)

22 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Far distant from Earth on a red planet of Antars, a tyrant Zanu has killed their king and imprisoned the queen. The crown prince, their son, named Yubi (Christopher Burton) has escaped to ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Burton, Ric Spiegel, Ken Miller, Benji

Votes: 382

Film: Benji (1974) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071206/

9. Casablanca (1983)

60 min | Drama, History, War

A short-lived prequel to Casablanca (1942).

Stars: David Soul, Hector Elizondo, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Ray Liotta

Votes: 99

Film: Casablanca (1942) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/

10. Blue Thunder (1984)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.

Stars: James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Sandy McPeak, Dick Butkus

Votes: 1,151

Film: Blue Thunder (1983) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085255/

11. Hometown (1985– )

60 min | Drama

Ben and Mary have been a devoted couple since their college years in the 1960s. They shock their friends and teenaged daughters when they send out invitations for their wedding--everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Franc Luz, Margaret Whitton, Andrew Rubin

Votes: 16

12. Fast Times (1986)

30 min | Comedy

The television series remake of the hit film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Stars: Claudia Wells, Courtney Thorne-Smith, James Nardini, Dean Cameron

Votes: 122

Film: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083929/

13. The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker, Arsenio Hall

Votes: 7,193

Films: Ghostbusters (1984) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/ Ghostbusters II (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097428/

14. Friday the 13th: The Series (1987–1990)

60 min | Horror

Two young antique store owners must recover cursed antiques.

Stars: Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins, John D. LeMay, Steve Monarque

Votes: 2,705

Film: Friday the 13th (1980): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080761/ and its sequels up until the series http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080761/trivia?tab=mc&ref_=tt_trv_cnn#followed_by

15. Freddy's Nightmares (1988–1990)

TV-14 | 60 min | Horror, Thriller

Freddy, the dream serial killer, hosts this anthology of stories set in Springwood.

Stars: Robert Englund, Todd Allen, Sandahl Bergman, Anne E. Curry

Votes: 2,317

16. Alien Nation (1989–1990)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland

Votes: 4,270

17. The Karate Kid (1989– )

Animation, Action, Adventure

Animated series (loosely) based on the film series, in which Daniel, Miyagi and new friend Taki travel the world in search of an ancient Japanese talisman.

Stars: Joey Dedio, Robert Ito, Janice Kawaye, Pat Morita

Votes: 130

18. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990–1991)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The further time travelling adventures of those two most excellent dudes.

Stars: Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Evan Richards

Votes: 1,425

19. Ferris Bueller (1990–1991)

30 min | Comedy

Based on the popular feature film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," this half hour situation comedy followed the high school adventures of Ferris Bueller and his friends.

Stars: Charlie Schlatter, Brandon Douglas, Ami Dolenz, Richard Riehle

Votes: 468

20. Parenthood (1990–1991)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Based on the 1989 Ron Howard film of the same name.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Jayne Atkinson, Max Elliott Slade, Thora Birch

Votes: 220

21. Uncle Buck (1990–1991)

30 min | Comedy

Buck, a slob who drinks beer, smokes cigars, et cetera, becomes the guardian of his brother's three kids when his brother and wife are called out of town. Mrs. Hogoboom is the kids ... See full summary »

Stars: Kevin Meaney, Dah-ve Chodan, Jacob Gelman, Sarah Martineck

Votes: 118

Film: Uncle Buck (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098554/

22. Back to the Future (1991–1993)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The time travelling adventures of Doc Brown, his family, and his friend, Marty McFly.

Stars: David Kaufman, Dan Castellaneta, Bill Nye, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 1,192

23. Toxic Crusaders (1991–1993)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

A group of mutants fight against the pollution-loving alien Dr. Killemoff in the fictional city of Tromaville, led by Toxie, a nerd-turned-superhero.

Stars: Gregg Berger, Susan Blu, Rodger Bumpass, Paul Eiding

Votes: 388

24. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1992– )

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The time traveling misadventures of two seemingly dumb teen metalheads.

Stars: Evan Richards, Christopher Kennedy, Danny Breen, Don Lake

Votes: 124

25. Fievel's American Tails (1992– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The continuing adventures of the Russian mouse Fievel.

Stars: Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise, Lloyd Battista, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 264

26. Highlander (1992–1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Duncan MacLeod is Immortal, and must live in modern society, concealing his true nature while fighting other Immortals.

Stars: Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes, Alexandra Vandernoot

Votes: 11,590

27. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1993)

TV-G | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the archaeological treasure hunter in his youth as related by an elderly Indiana Jones.

Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall, Corey Carrier, Ronny Coutteure

Votes: 6,370

28. Problem Child (1993–1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Junior has more mischief to get himself into.

Stars: Ben Diskin, Elizabeth Daily, John Astin, Cree Summer

Votes: 141

29. Aladdin (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Aladdin, the clever hero of Agrabah, continues his adventures with the help of his fiancee Princess Jasmine, his pet monkey Abu, Magic Carpet, Iago the greedy parrot, and of course his best friend the semi-cosmic Genie.

Stars: Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Dan Castellaneta, Gilbert Gottfried

Votes: 6,537

30. Highlander: The Animated Series (1994– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the post-apocalyptic medieval 27th century, Ramirez mentors young Quentin MacLeod who must seek pacified Immortals, gain their knowledge through a non-lethal form of Quickening, and free the land from the evil Immortal overlord Kortan.

Stars: Miklos Perlus, Benedict Campbell, Katie Zegers, Don Dickinson

Votes: 450

31. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1995–2000)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The completely-bonkers Ace Ventura continues to tackle cases involving stolen or missing animals, usually arriving at the solutions by pure fluke as he blunders his way through the facts in his inimitable way.

Stars: Michael Daingerfield, Richard Binsley, Bruce Tubbe, Al Waxman

Votes: 662

32. Clerks. (1995 TV Short)

22 min | Short, Comedy

Another day in the life of Dante and Randal, from Kevin Smith's indie film.

Director: Michael Lessac | Stars: Andrew Lowery, Jim Breuer, Larry Brandenburg, Bodhi Elfman

Votes: 361

33. Clueless (1996–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

A television series based on the popular movie of the same name. Many of the actors from the movie appear in the television series, including Dionne, Mr. Hall, Miss Giest, Amber, and Murray.

Stars: Rachel Blanchard, Stacey Dash, David Lascher, Donald Faison

Votes: 2,208

34. Jumanji (1996–1999)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Sister and brother Judy and Peter move to a new house with Aunt Nora. In the attic, they find an unusual board-game, Jumanji. When they play, a rhyming quiz appears, and they're sucked into... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Fagerbakke, Debi Derryberry, Ashley Johnson, Melanie Chartoff

Votes: 1,303

35. Jungle Cubs (1996–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The comic adventures of the children of the Jungle Book characters as they cope by themselves with life in the wild, search for food, shelter from nature, and learn to get along with each ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Cummings, Pamela Adlon, Jason Marsden, Michael McKean

Votes: 588

36. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 114,628

37. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997–2000)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Wayne Szalinski is a clumsy genius who comes up with new gadgets and experiments all the time, but something usually goes wrong and gets Wayne and his family into trouble, danger and fantastical adventure.

Stars: Peter Scolari, Barbara Alyn Woods, Hillary Tuck, Thomas Dekker

Votes: 1,152

38. La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)

60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and, believing her twin assets of beauty and ability to kill will make her a valuable... See full summary »

Stars: Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer, Roy Dupuis

Votes: 8,170

Film: La Femme Nikkita (1990) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100263/

39. Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Follow-up series that expands on the Ghostbuster empire by recruiting new characters.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Pat Musick, Jason Marsden

Votes: 2,287

Films: Ghostbusters" (1984) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/ Ghostbusters II (1989) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097428/

40. Men in Black: The Series (1997–2001)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The continuing adventures of Agents K and J as they deal with problems with extraterrestrials in New York City.

Stars: Keith Diamond, Charles Napier, Patrick Pinney, Pat Fraley

Votes: 2,676

41. The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998–1999)

43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A deceased street musician returns to life, and must restore the balance between good and evil to be reunited with his dead girlfriend.

Stars: Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Sabine Karsenti, Katie Stuart

Votes: 1,941

42. Godzilla: The Series (1998–2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Crime

In this direct sequel to the 1998 Godzilla movie, Dr. Nico Tatopoulos leads a team, known as H.E.A.T, to battle giant monsters with the help of Godzilla's only living offspring.

Stars: Ian Ziering, Malcolm Danare, Rino Romano, Charity James

Votes: 1,683

43. Highlander: The Raven (1998–1999)

45 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A female Immortal and thief tries to redeem herself with the help of an ex-cop.

Stars: Paul Johansson, Elizabeth Gracen, Patricia Gage, Hannes Jaenicke

Votes: 926

44. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000–2018)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The further adventures of Buzz Lightyear as a Space Ranger of Star Command and his comrades.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, Stephen Furst, Nicole Sullivan, Larry Miller

Votes: 2,219

45. Clerks (2000–2001)

R | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The continuing adventures of clerks Dante and Randal, who try to make the best of their menial labor, with no help from Jay and Silent Bob.

Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith

Votes: 11,204

46. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (1998–2006)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A young boy, who happens to be a genius, lives in a small town with his family and friends and often gets into crazy adventures with them involving the things he invents.

Stars: Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen, Mark DeCarlo

Votes: 13,074

47. Fargo (2003 TV Movie)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Marge Gunderson, the still pregnant police chief of Brainerd, Minnesota, investigates the murder of a town pharmacist, shot in a snowy parking lot by a stranger who was helping jump his car... See full summary »

Director: Kathy Bates | Stars: Edie Falco, Bruce Bohne, Matt Malloy, Rondi Reed

Votes: 295

Film: Fargo (1996) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116282/

Filmed as a prospective TV pilot in 1997 and aired in 2003 as part of a series showing failed pilots

48. Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003–2006)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The rambunctious human and alien duo must hunt down Dr. Jumba Jookiba's 625 other experimental creatures infesting Hawaii.

Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, David Ogden Stiers, Jillian Henry

Votes: 6,119

49. My Big Fat Greek Life (2003)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The continued adventures of the Portokalos family from the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", starting when Nia and her husband return from their honeymoon.

Stars: Nia Vardalos, Lainie Kazan, Steven Eckholdt, Gia Carides

Votes: 905

51. Barbershop (2005– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy