Earlier this month, we posted a story about TV shows that should be movies. Now, we’ve turned the tables to give you the movies that should be TV shows. What makes for a good tv show? Intricate storylines with dynamic characters that can carry the plot week after week. The movies in this list possess enduring characteristics that audiences just can’t get enough of and we hope someone with some kind of power at a major network will see the light of day to bring these programs to our living rooms on a regular basis.
There are plenty of cop dramas on television so why not a futuristic one, especially since most of them can get away with techno-babble. Imagine Law & Order with flying cars, robots and clones. Granted, the show probably wouldn’t follow the story of detective Deckard, but the world of Blade Runner is so vast with limitless potential of a futuristic society plagued by pollution and the ethics of cloning. This is entirely possible as with the successful late-90’s PC game which followed an entirely new set of characters while still featuring some familiar faces.
The only element that would have to change is Phillip K. Dick’s trademark plot twist of an individual chasing himself. Given the film’s popularity, it would make for one highly expected and uninteresting season finale.
Interestingly enough, Showtime’s 1999 sci-fi series “Total Recall 2070” was initially planned as a spin-off of the movie Total Recall but transformed into a hybrid of that movie and Blade Runner.
A Boy and His Dog
Did you enjoy “I Am Legend” with Will Smith and his trusty canine sidekick? Yeah? Then you might get a kick out of “A Boy and His Dog” week in and week out. I can’t help but think the entire premise of A Boy and His Dog was practically made for TV despite its dark humor and setting. A teenager wanders around a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a dog who can mentally speak to him. They walk the Earth searching for food and sex while stumbling into weird and frightening societies. Not to mention it has one of most darkly funny endings of all-time. Think Futurama with a darker twist. With so much potential, it’s amazing there wasn’t at least a pilot to give it a shot. If there ever is an attempt to adapt this movie into a TV series, it would have to be on a cable network like HBO or Showtime. I can’t imagine NBC or ABC interested in a post-apocalyptic comedy with elements of rape and cannibalism.
One of the most disappointing elements of Quentin Tarantino’s war flick is the surprising lack of screen time for the title characters. The Basterds seemed like such a great group of soldiers running around Europe to expand their Nazi killing business. Why not show more of them? Why not expand those characters into their own TV/mini-series? The adventures of fictional Nazi killers working their way up to Hitler sounds like a romp as a bloody and violent Hogan’s Heroes. I could imagine something this playing quite well on premium cable. Just don’t run it side-by-side with Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Kids are confused enough without fictional war films throwing them off.
The title character of the two films is a demon from hell who was raised on Earth and works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. From there he gets to work with other freaks to battle and contain supernatural forces, almost like a Men in Black for Lord of the Rings creatures. That alone should warrant a series. Much like Inglorious Basterds, the characters are great, but you don’t feel like you’ve got enough of them. Hellboy has had a sequel and two animated movies. So a TV series, either live-action or animated, would be a logical step forward in the franchise. And considering Ron Perlman was willing to do the voices for the two animated movies and even the video game, the title character could stay consistent. Also, who wouldn’t want to watch a show about a slick talking demon from hell punching mythical creatures in the face?
Why in the name of all that is punk and 80’s did nobody ever try to develop the Mad Max trilogy into a TV series? A post-apocalyptic road warrior series would be bad-ass. Every week Mad Max would travel to a different society and beat the crap out of the evil and corrupt. One week he could be jousting on a motorcycle. The next he could be in Thunderdome. All I’m saying is that if a show like Renegade could exist on television for so long, Mad Max deserves at least one season.
Harold and Kumar
The misadventures of two stoners is almost too good of a setup for a TV series. Consider that their first movie was such a simple goal of ordering White Castle burgers turned into an over-the-top road trip. Imagine what they would do for a Krispy Creme doughnut. The possibilities are endless. And if NPH dropped by for a song every once in a while, you’d have one hell of a great show for college kids.
Given that the movie was based on the Infernal Affairs trilogy, The Departed could certainly make a transition to television. A series about crime, betrayal, family and identity would make for palpable drama. In an overwhelming sea of crime dramas currently swamping network television, The Departed would be a welcomed addition to the genre.
Ron Burgundy and his action news team provided an endless amount of entertainment value. So much in fact that there was enough extra footage leftover from the movie to warrant an extra movie. With so much potential and room for improv, Anchorman could make for one of the best comedies series of all-time.
The Breakfast Club
The classic John Hughes film conveyed to a generation how one day of detention can change the life of high school cliques forever. But happened the next day? It was talked about several times in the movie that on the next school day, things would go back to the way they were. Or would they? Wouldn’t you like to follow these already established characters through high school as their social statuses become almost completely redefined? Would their relationships reach a peak climax when they graduate or would things turn dark? Dammit, I want to know! Give me my Breakfast Club series!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Yes, the movie inspired a short-lived 1986 television series for CBS called Fast Times, but we think it’s worth another go. Boobs, stoners and raunchy hi-jinks are the perfect formula for a high school comedy. This material would be better suited for a college setting, but setting a comedy like this in a high school holds much more appeal. That being said, it would make for one heck of TV show. Granted, Spicoli’s surfer slang would appear more than dated by today’s standards, but that can easily be retooled.
Despite there being two sequels and a CGI series for kids, there still isn’t enough Starship Troopers. If only there were a TV series that captured the awesome gore and ridiculous commercials of the campy sci-fi classic. The CGI series, Roughnecks, was an okay show for kids, but it completely filters out all the elements that made the film a blast. I don’t want to see all the soldiers escape as they fire a few bullets at the over-sized bugs. I want to see a brutal war where both sides take heavy losses with comical commercials mixed in every week. Is that too much to ask?
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