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    Movies to TV

    Something I was thinking about over the long weekend:
    We all know that there are countless TV shows made into movies, the list is just inifinite.
    But here is a real puzzler, how many movies have been made into TV shows (and of those, how many actually successful)?

    All that I can think of is M*A*S*H and ummmm, ok ok, that's all I can come up with.

    What can you come up with?

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    Blade --> Blade, The Series
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer --> Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Hmm, it seems vampires like to go from the big screen to the small.

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    Stargate: SG1

    Stargate would be most obvious. Good movie that became a long running hit (11 seasons I believe).


    Currently, there is Friday Night Lights.

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    Sci Fi

    Lots of Sci Fi stuff

    Alien Nation
    Logan's Run
    Timecop
    Planet of the Apes
    Highlander

    Also
    Buffy
    Clueless
    Tarzan
    Alice
    Peyton Place
    Young Indiana Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by dball View Post
    Lots of Sci Fi stuff

    Alien Nation
    Logan's Run
    Timecop
    Planet of the Apes
    Highlander

    Also
    Buffy
    Clueless
    Tarzan
    Alice
    Peyton Place
    Young Indiana Jones

    Of course, Sci-Fi stuff! That should've been on my mind from the get-go!
    Technically, there was never a "Young Indiana Jones" movie.
    There was a Planet of the Apes Movie before the TV show? Who starred in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by knights68 View Post
    There was a Planet of the Apes Movie before the TV show? Who starred in it?
    Charlton Heston, right? "Get your hands off me...you d*mn dirty APE!"

    By the way, how's he doing? Last I heard he was nearing the end. That will be a sad day for Hollywood.

    -EarlJam

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    Animation

    Did the Star Trek cartoon come along after the first Star Trek movie? If so, we would have a TV show to a movie to a TV show!!

    Do the Star Wars cartoons, Clone Wars, count?

    Someone already mentioned Planet of the Apes, there was a POTA cartoon as well.

    There was an animated version of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and an animated Clerks too. There is an animated Men in Black series as well.

    --Jason "most of these really, really sucked, but there is a nostalga value to some" Evans

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    In addition to "Clueless", "Ferris Bueller" and "Fast Times [at Ridgemont High]" also were short-lived TV shows based off hit teen movies.

    But clearly Buffy is one of the best shows ever - an amazing feat considering how bad the movie was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenscold View Post
    In addition to "Clueless", "Ferris Bueller" and "Fast Times [at Ridgemont High]" also were short-lived TV shows based off hit teen movies.

    But clearly Buffy is one of the best shows ever - an amazing feat considering how bad the movie was.
    I have to admit, Joss Whedon has talent (despite that I didn't care at all for Buffy or Angel). Firefly could have been a great, long-lived series if Fox hadn't flubbed it.

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    Movies to TV

    As TV was just getting started, several movies or movie serials became TV shows.

    For instance, Superman, which became a radio show, then a cartoon series, was made into a feature film in 1951, a year before the successful George Reeves series was first aired.

    The 1955 Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Greene, spun off the 1938 Erroyl Flynn movie of the same name. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans started out in feature films before they moved to television.

    There was a Life with Father, The Third Man, The Thin Man and Northwest Passage -- all based on the famous movies of the same names. Topper was a huge TV hit, based on the Cary Grant movie of that name.

    There are a lot more from the early days ...

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    Wasn't Battlestar Galactica a movie before it became a tv show?

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    another

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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    50's & 60's Oaters were mostly derived from big screen films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colchar View Post
    Wasn't Battlestar Galactica a movie before it became a tv show?
    It was a TV series at first, though the series was launched with a long pilot episode that one could call more of a TV movie. I am not aware of Battlestar ever being in theaters, though I think Richard Hatch spent the better part of a decade pushing for a Gallactica movie until the new TV series really took off.

    --Jason "nice future computer --> " Evans

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    The Odd Couple**

    The Odd Couple

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasputin View Post
    The Odd Couple
    Actually, started as a play, then a movie, then a TV series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenscold View Post
    In addition to "Clueless", "Ferris Bueller" and "Fast Times [at Ridgemont High]" also were short-lived TV shows based off hit teen movies.

    But clearly Buffy is one of the best shows ever - an amazing feat considering how bad the movie was.
    Wasn't the Ferris Bueller series called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose."?

    And in the category of TV series that were better than the movies, how about "Friday the 13th - The Series." Had absolutely nothing to do with the movie (thank god), and was actually a pretty good premise, although the acting was weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander View Post
    Wasn't the Ferris Bueller series called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose."?
    No, there was a separate Ferris Bueller series that debuted about the same time as Parker Lewis but ti got cancelled while Parker survived for a few years.

    Parker Lewis stared Billy Jacoby, who has always been a favorite of my wife and mine since his stellar turn as Buddy in Just One of the Guys.


    --Jason "the wife and I watched Parker Lewis every week... don't ask me why" Evans

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    --Jason "the wife and I watched Parker Lewis every week... don't ask me why" Evans
    Because it rocked, that's why. Kube!

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