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What for you is the best movie that was based on a tv show?

Asked by ucme (46457points) July 30th, 2010

Yeah I know most are terrible. The A-Team being the latest example. What about those little gems that actually were pretty good movies in their own right? Maybe they even bettered the tv shows from which they were spawned.

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Cruiser's avatar

Star Trek any one??

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I love the part where he flips everyone off

mrentropy's avatar

I’ll agree with Serenity.
I’ll also toss in The Fugitive, because I liked it.
And Police Squad.
I liked The Saint, also, but I have no idea how close to the TV show it is.
Oh, and The Simpsons.

I’m guessing that the best ones will be the ones that used the TV cast (Serenity, Police Squad, The Simpsons Movie)

Still waiting for Red Dwarf.

Chrissi85's avatar

They sort of made a Red Dwarf movie, Back To Earth.. feature length episode anyway. It was pants.

mrentropy's avatar

@Chrissi85 Really? Never heard of it. I remember back years and years ago they had a web site detailing the making of a big screen movie and then it got put on hold. Is that what turned into “Back to Earth?”

Chrissi85's avatar

@mrentropy yep pretty much! Give it a look if you can find it, but it’s really not so good. Got the old cast, but they are different now obviously. It really disappointed me. They made a huge deal out of it on Dave (Freeview channel) and then it just… lacked, y’know?

mrentropy's avatar

@Chrissi85 That gives me a sad :(

Chrissi85's avatar

@mrentropy sorry =( it did that to me too

Frenchfry's avatar

Oh! Once upon a time I was so into the Xfiles. When they came out with the movie. I was standing in line.

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Austinlad's avatar

Personally, I don’t think there was ever a movie made that was better than the TV version and in most cases even as good. ... except Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which took characters and a story so many people were familiar with and evolved it into a “What happened next” story. One reason: TV series like The Fugitive unfolded over time, giving you the opportunity to learn about the characters and get involved in different stories. A movie version has to stuff everything into a couple of hours and include elements that appeal to many audiences.

downtide's avatar

Serenity’s my top choice.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Please pardon this limited viewpoint from being American. I just pulled up a list of “TV to movie” list on Wikipedia, and the only two that stand out are “The Brady Bunch” and “Dragnet”...both because they were made tongue-in-cheek.

truecomedian's avatar

Starsky and Hutch, with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The part where Ben’s halucinating a little blue bird is a riot.

ipso's avatar

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) (their masterpiece)
Blues Brothers (1980)
Star Trek (2009)
Miami Vice (2006) (This surprised me. It was a good movie.)
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) (stupid movie – but Piper Perabo is insane hot.)

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The South Park movie. My friends made me sing the Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch every time we were in the car.
Office Space. It used to be a bit on SNL.
The Twilight Zone Movie. That last part scared me.
Wayne’s World.
Brain Candy. It’s just so weird.

Dewey420's avatar

‘I am Duncan MacLeod, born four hundred years ago in the Highlands of Scotland. I am Immortal and I am not alone. For centuries we have waited for the time of the Gathering, when the stroke of a sword and the fall of a head will release the power of the Quickening. In the end, there can be only one.’

“Who wants to live forrever?”

Akua's avatar

Sex and the City

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