Top Ten TV Series Based on Movies
With the recent announcement of MTV greenlighting a ‘Scream’ pilot and the release of the ‘Zombieland’ series, it got me thinking: What are the best TV series based on movies? Now I know there have been a ton of great movies based on famous television programs, but there has not been much success the other way around. Here are the best of the bunch:
Honorable Mention: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
10. Aladdin (1994-1995)
This Disney animated series based on the 1992 film of the same name was a lock to be successful. Its just a lot easier to create an animated series instead of a live action series due to budget issues. Since the film was already animated and Disney has its own television channel this was bound to happen. ‘Aladdin’ ran for two seasons with 86 episodes.
9. Clueless (1996-1999)
The ‘Clueless’ series debuted on ABC’s famous TGIF lineup in 1996. Now, I know it can’t be that great, its ‘Clueless’, right? Well, the reason this show makes the list is because five of the movie’s main cast members also signed on for the show. This is unheard of. Practically every major player aside from Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd came back for the TV show. ‘Clueless’ makes the list because it lasted 3 seasons and I really like Stacey Dash and Donald Faison.
8. Teen Wolf (2011-Present)
Who would has thought MTV would have struck gold by turning a 1985 film into a series 26 years after it was released. That’s crazy. Even if you were a fan of ‘Teen Wolf’ the movie, I can almost guarantee you aren’t watching this series on MTV. They needed to generate a whole new fan base and somehow they did. Maybe when you compete with ‘Snooki and JWOWW get a Spray Tan’ ratings come easy. Look out for season three starting in June.
7. Beetlejuice (1989-1992)
Live action movie, animated series. This is the route that most movie based TV series take. Its makes it a lot easier on the budget and there is less risk if the show fails. Luckily for ‘Beetlejuice’ the show didn’t fail. The show lasted four seasons and 94 episodes.
6. Men in Black: The Series (1997-2001)
Here we see the same idea as ‘Beetlejuice’ and so many others. What ‘MIB’ added to the mix was some cool animation styles and striking while the iron was hot. The ‘MIB’ movie opened to huge success in July of 1997 and by October of 1997 the show was already on the air. They rode the Fresh Prince’s coattails for four seasons.
5. Flipper (1964-1967, 1995-2000)
‘Flipper’ (1963) is very interesting because it spawned two popular TV shows. One show began the following year in 1964 and the other was a reboot that started in 1995. Both series lasted 88 episodes, but only the 1995 series had Jessica Alba. Jessica Alba in a bathing suit always wins.
4. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1993)
Your favorite ‘Boondock Saint’, Sean Patrick Flanery, did his best to mimic a slightly post-pubescent Harrison Ford in Lucasfilm’s Indy prequel series. The show lasted three seasons before it was cancelled due to a huge budget. However, after the cancellation of the show, four made-for-TV movies were produced from 1994-1996. The series was nominated for 27 Emmys and won 12.
3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2013)
Ever since Disney bought the ‘Star Wars’ franchise from Lucasfilm in October of 2012 it has been a good year/bad year for ‘Star Wars’ fans. J.J. Abrams was announced the direct the next Star Wars film, but they also cancelled the 3D re-releases of Episode 2 and 3. Along with that bad news, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ was cancelled after 108 episodes spanning five seasons.
2. The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1991)
‘The Real Ghostbusters’ was a fun animated series that ran for seven seasons from the late 80s to the early 90s. It stayed pretty true to the good nature of the ‘Ghostbusters’ films because it was created by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, even thought neither lent their voice to the series. Instead they had Arsenio Hall and Dave Coulier, a slight downgrade. ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ made it 147 episodes.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
Tied for the longest running movie based TV show with seven seasons, ‘Buffy’ is definitely the most notable. There are a ton of reasons why Buffy kicks the shit out of the rest of this list, but I will just give you three: 1. Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers) created it. 2. Sarah Michelle Gellar in tight clothes killing vampires. 3. Revert to #2.