“Hollywood is running out of original ideas!” It’s a familiar battle cry from critics lamenting sequels and reboots in the modern entertainment industry. Yet the point is, Hollywood has been recycling ideas for generations, especially when it comes to turning blockbuster movies into TV shows.
The trend really took off in the ’70s and’ 80s, when it often took producers a year – sometimes less – to repurpose their movie hits in TV series.
Unfortunately, in most cases these broadcasts were short lived. Whether it was due to rushed production, poor planning, or simply an inability to successfully track down the ingredients that made the film great, the majority of movie-based TV series often only lasted one. season or less.
For every famous spin-off, like MASH POTATOES or The Young Chronicles of Indiana Jones, there are dozens of long-forgotten shows. These include TV adaptations of classic films such as Animal house, Ferris Bueller’s day off, Police academy and Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure.
In some cases, such as the ephemeral Fast Times at Ridgemont High TV show, Fast times, the series found itself in difficulty under the weight of the popularity of its predecessor. In others, like the Rambo animated series, the source material proved to be a tough game for viewers.
Still, it’s worth noting that there are plenty of movie-based TV shows that have helped future stars enjoy their first big breaks. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock got some of their first screen time thanks to failed movie series.
Here’s our roundup of 28 classic movies that turned into (mostly failed) TV shows: