Movies That Became TV Shows

Have you noticed how many television shows on the air right now are based on movies? First we have Fargo on the FX Network, inspired by one of my favorite Coen Brothers motion pictures. Apparently, this new show will be an anthology style format, like American Horror Story and True Detective.  Flip through the channels on your TV and you'll find other series that stem from films -- Bates Motel on A&E based on Psycho, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on Robert Rodriguez's new network El Rey (and available internationally on Netflix), Teen Wolf on MTV, and Hannibal on NBC based on the Silence of the Lambs series of flicks (which were adapted themselves from the novels of Thomas Harris.)

Some movies have inspired cartoons (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Clerks, Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, and Napoleon Dynamite). Others, like Hannibal, are based on pre-existing literary figures which had their first appearances on the big screen before landing on television -- Superman, Tarzan, and Conan the Barbarian. Some, like the Indiana Jones movies, launch prequel series like The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.  Some classics like The Odd Couple were based on a stage play that then became a movie and then became a hit TV sitcom.

Here's a lengthy list of movies that spawned television series (I've bolded the ones that I considered especially noteworthy):

10 Things I Hate About You
About a Boy
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Anger Management
Animal House
Bad Teacher
Bagdad Cafe
Barbershop
BeastMaster
Blade
Blue Thunder
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Clueless
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Crow
Dirty Dancing
Fame
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Flipper
Friday Night Lights
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Harry and the Hendersons
Highlander
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
In the Heat of the Night
Le Femme Nikita
Look Who's Talking
The Magnificent Seven
M*A*S*H
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nightmare on Elm Street
Nine to Five
The Outsiders
Outsourced
Paper Moon
Parenthood
Planet of the Apes
Police Academy
Private Benjamin
Shaft
Soul Food
Stargate
Starman
The Terminator
Timecop
Tremors
Uncle Buck
Weird Science
Working Girl

Have a left any out?  Which are your favorites?

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