Some hugely successful films are actually adapted from equally successful television shows. Here are 13 shows that inspired the production of movies.
1. Charlie’s Angels
The femme fatales of the 70s finally debuted on the big screen in 2000. The film starred the likes of Cameron Diaz, Bill Murray, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu. The sequel to the movie, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, arrived in 2003.
2. 21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street is not the kind of show that would normally be made into a movie. Unsurprisingly, the show received a large facelift before its cinematic debut, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
MTV’s hit series Jackass featured the insane antics of Johnny Knoxville and his crew. It lasted only three seasons on television, but the cinematic version was a massive hit worldwide. The first movie in this series cost just $5 million to make and grossed over $80 million.
4. Mission: Impossible
Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise started out as a television show. The television version, The Impossible Missions Force, debuted on CBS in 1966. The final two seasons of the show were aired on ABC. Mission: Impossible, the movie was a massive hit and the four films in the franchise earned over $2 billion worldwide.
5. The Addams Family
The Addams Family made their transition from TV to the cinema in 1991. The star-studded movie grossed over $190 million. It was a critical and commercial success and a sequel was released in 1993.
6. The Twilight Zone
Twilight Zone: The Movie hit the theatres in 1983. It was based on Rod Serling’s fantasy horror show and produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis. The cinematic adaptation remade three classic episodes and also featured one original tale.
7. Da Ali G Show
Each character of this hilarious comedy series has inspired the creation of feature films. The first to hit the theatres was Ali G Indahouse inspired by Sacha Cohen’s rap obsessed character. In 2006, Cohen became a household name for the brilliant portrayal of the controversial character Borat. The movie cost $18 million to make but earned over $260 million at the box office. Cohen also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2007 for his portrayal of the character Borat.
8. Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is a popular late night comedy sketch show on NBC and has had numerous cinematic spinoffs over the decades. Blues Brothers was the first to hit the silver screen and made John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd instant icons. Wayne’s World, Coneheads, and A Night at the Roxbury are other SNL skits to hit the cinema. Most of these shows and movies are available on streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. If you live outside of the US, you will need a VPN connection to access some of these services.
9. The Untouchables
If you are a movie buff, you have most probably watched the film The Untouchables starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery. The classic crime movie was actually adapted from the 1959 television series bearing the same name.
10. South Park
South Park hit the big screen in 1999. The animated series made its television debut in 1997 on Comedy Central. The movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was a hit and gathered over $83 million. The movie even won an Academy Award nomination for the Best Original Song in 1999 for ‘Blame Canada’.
11. Star Trek
Before the Star Trek franchise invaded the movie theatre, it was a huge hit on the television. The sci-fi series had five seasons on television. The franchise also consisted of 12 feature films.
12. Police Squad!
The comedy series Police Squad, which went on air in 1982 and starred Leslie Nielsen, had only six episodes. However, it was the inspiration behind The Naked Gun movie series. Considered one of the funniest movie trilogies of all times, it brought Lieutenant Frank Drebin and his squad to the big screen. The movies also featured former football player OJ Simpson.
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13. The Simpsons
The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom in the history of American television. They made their way to the big screen in 2007 as The Simpsons Movie and grossed over $500 million at the box office. The film was also nominated for some awards, including the BAFTA for the Best Animated Film in 2008 and the Golden Globe Best Animated Feature in 2007.