Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR favorite movie based on a TV show?

lone-ranger-and-tonto“The Lone Ranger” has seen many adaptations, from film shorts to radio, but his most famous incarnation was most likely the television show that aired on TV for eight seasons, from 1949 to 1957.

Films based off of television shows are nothing new, there have been dozens upon dozens of them. While a number of them get a bad rap, there are quite a few that are excellent.

The entire Star Trek franchise has its roots in TV. 2011’s “The Muppets”, which is near and dear to my heart, can trace its origins back to the TV show. Of course, “Serenity” capped off an excellent show by moving to the big screen. “Heat” was based off ofΒ a made for TV movie, “The Naked Gun” movies came from “The Files of Police Squad”, and of course, there’s theΒ “Mission Impossible” movies as well.

What’s YOUR favorite? If you need some help, here’s a handy reference.

Let’s hear it!


128 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR favorite movie based on a TV show?

    • Yeah it was pretty good. I’d have to rewatch in order to see if I thought it could play to someone unfamiliar with the TP mythology. My immediate reaction is to guess “No”. LOL.

  1. Good Burger, based on an All That sketch, was hilarious to me. I was the perfect age for it and last I checked it actually holds up well, at least for the nostalgia.

    Another one from the 90s: The Brady Bunch Movie. Loved it. Never saw the show but I loved the farcical parody of the movie. The sequel isn’t too terrible either.

    • Really? You’ve never seen “The Brady Bunch”? Huh.

      Anyways, those movies become even better when you realize that everyone in them is doing an excellent comedic impersonation of the original characters, as well. Those were definitely a couple of good groovy movies! πŸ˜€

    And the Muppets too. Those shows are hilarious. It’s surprising sometimes the guest stars they get. The movies are good, and they continue with the great guest stars and cameos!


      The Muppet show was a pretty amazing phenomenon. They did get like the most A List guests ever, it was great. Everyone was lining up to do it! And you’re right, they continue that tradition with the movies πŸ˜€

  3. Serenity for me. I loved Firefly. I love Nathan Fillion. The dude is the ultimate geek actor. Only series I didn’t like him in was Desperate Housewives and that’s because that series sucked. lol. He’s awesome in Castle.

    • You watched Desperate Housewives? 😯


      LOL. You’re right though, Fillion does rule. And Serenity WAS great. Still kind of pissed I missed their panel at Philly Comic-Con. 😦

  4. The Untouchables comes first, even though I haven’t seen the TV show. The Muppets and Mission Impossible movies would be my next choices.

  5. Mr. Bean, Life of Brian, the Muppets, STAR TREK OF COURSE, and I have a stupid soft spot for S.W.A.T. (Jeremy Renner’s arms are in it so um yeah). Probably Star Trek takes the cake πŸ˜€

  6. In the Loop. “The Thick of it” is one of my all time favorite series and the film is almost as hilarious as the show.

  7. Let’s see…. “South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut”, the Monty Python movies, and “Serenity”.

  8. Masters of the Universe! It’s the Star Wars of the 80s!

    Sometimes, I like to pretend Braveheart is based off The Prisoner. After years of mental torture, #6 has been sent back in time, and has used his resourcefulness to become the King of England. OR HAS HE?

    I have no serious answer to this question.

    • Uhm. Empire and Jedi were actually the “Star Wars of the 80s”. Just sayin’,

      LOL. I love Masters of the Universe though, that was one of the Readers Recommend entries here and it was awesome. πŸ˜€ Definitely pure cheddar cheese. I loved it!

      • Don’t tell me, tell Jim Whaley, WPBA-TV/Atlanta.

        Yeah, I read that article. Posted the Star Wars of the 80s joke there too. Lead to me doing a post for Bubba’s blogathon.

        I know being the super famous 8 time Lammy Award winning blogger that you are, it’s probably hard to keep up with all the conversations you have with your fans.

        Here’s my $30. Can you sign the picture now?


  9. Galaxy Quest doesn’t quite count, but just wanted to throw the name out there because it’s just awesome.

    I’m actually blanking at the moment. Maybe I’ll post again when something that actually fits comes to mind.

  10. Have to make the obvious pick here with Serenity. I love that movie and the characters so much. I do really like the first X-Files film, and several of the Star Trek movies (especially 2 and 4) are great!

    • Yeah, hard to beat Star Trek in this category…

      Serenity is awesome too, though. I went in to it not having seen the series, and then immediately had to watch the show. LOL I still hold out a vague hope that they’ll do a sequel…. 😦

  11. This puppeteer is glad to see so much love for “The Muppet Movie!” I’m also on board with “The Fugitive.”

    I suppose “The Blues Brothers” could count since it was inspired by SNL characters. In which case, I’ve also got to throw “Strange Brew” out there…which was spun off from SCTV

    • Coo loo coo coo, coo coo coo coo!!

      Good day, eh? πŸ˜€ NICE To see the McKenzies represent. LOL. It’s been too long since I’ve seen Strange Brew, but I’ve seen that one more than I care to admit in my day! πŸ˜€ Nice pick.

  12. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Some of those movies in the handy reference guide are flimsy at best – not your fault – I’m just saying, that long list of Dr. Who episodes in the column for movies are not Dr. Who movies and the kiddie shows don’t really count either. But Saturday Night live did give us some very good comedy franchises (Blues Brothers being the top) but the Holy Grail is just in a class by itself and works in the spirit of the original show too.

  13. Hi, Fogs:

    Just to upset the apple cart. I’ll go with John Landis’ ‘The Blues Brothers’. A very successful and funny film based on the John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd musical bits from ‘Saturday Night Live’.

    Surprisingly, most of the band “Stuff” which backed up Jake and Elwood and other musicians on “SNL’ became the ‘Blues Brothers Band’ for the film and concert tours.

    Great catches of ‘Serenity’ and the ‘Naked Gun’ franchise!

    • Thanks Jack. Yeah, obviously “The Blues Brothers” is a great answer, and a great movie. Fascinating how they had the #1 album in the country at one point. They were super talented… such a shame about Belushi… 😦

  14. Yet another GREAT question Fogs! Hmmm, I guess I’d go with Mission Impossible, but I quite like the TV series too, it’s interesting how different the tone is from the film version.

    • You know? I don’t think I ever watched the MI TV show… I know it had a great cast, but for whatever reason, Ive never tracked it down (I was just a bit too young for it first run).

      Great movies though!

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