Hollywood’s had a real stellar record turning successful, popular TV shows into sh*t-bomb movie adaptations. You wonder what sort of shenanigans go on behind closed doors at the major studios – it makes us think of the careerbuilder.com Super Bowl commercial with dude trying to handle his monkey co-workers. It’s so rare for a TV show to make the leap to the big screen and not pay dearly for it that you begin to chalk it up to amnesia – A GREAT PLOT DEVICE, BTW! So, even though some producer or director will f*** ’em up with their own retarded “vision” or modernizing or re-imagining, here’s our list of TV shows that would make great movies (in the right hands).
DANGER ZONE! If you didn’t get that joke, you’re missing out on what is easily one of the best animated comedies on television. Archer involves the title character working for the secret government agency known as ISIS. Archer embarks on several dangerous spy missions, but is constantly fouling them up with his bickering and ridiculous antics of his seriously disturbed co-workers (one of them being his mother). The show’s lightening fast humor mixed with perfect timing and acting make the show a real gut-buster. This would make an excellent movie. A high-speed action film in the realm of James Bond with all the humorous writing of Sealab 2021 writers would make for a fantastic production. With the series already two seasons in with a third season already on the way, a movie doesn’t seem that improbable.
Everybody loves the Jim Henson creatures from the world-famous workshop. But how many times have you seen Muppets in a science fiction show with outlaws, brutal violence, sex, drugs and a whole mess of other awesome content? Farscape was that show and when it aired it was one of the best shows on television. John Crichton, an astronaut from Earth, is lost in space and must find his way back home on a stolen prison ship run by prisoners. The show lasted a lengthy four seasons and a mini-series finale, which was demanded by the fans after the abrupt cancellation. Since then, fans have been gunning for more story as it continued in the comic books. What better way to pay homage than with a movie to continue spreading the word of Farscape. Despite being an Australian production, the show is catered strictly to American audiences with the main character being the only American among a bunch of Aussies playing aliens. If audiences loved the backtalk of Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek, they’ll eat up John Crichton with a spoon.
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A western with incredible writing and pounds of filthy dialogue was a smash hit on HBO. Filled with cowboys, whores, gamblers, crooked business men and even that mentally retarded chick from Facts of Life, Deadwood had a little bit of everything. Canceled before getting a proper ending, a Deadwood movie would be a perfect way to finally bring some closure to the series. Now more than ever is the time for a movie like this given that westerns are slowly making a comeback. What we need now is a real hard-R western and in that department Deadwood delivers. It’s been too long since I’ve heard every cuss word ever invented spew forth from Ian McShane’s mouth like fine wine.
Showtime’s best original series about a crazy double-life killer is perfectly suited for the big screen. If movie audiences could embrace the creepiness of Hannibal Lecter, they’d welcome Dexter Morgan with open arms. Here is a dude who works in forensics by day and murders criminals by night. At his job, he is chipper and charming to the point that he can impress a lady to go out with him. When murdering criminals, he gets a certain high from gushing blood. The series has spawned five seasons with many different twists occurring which could make a continuation movie difficult. But a reboot based more on the original books with the same cast would make for a great movie. When it comes to horror/thrillers, Dexter could easily find his way into the theatrical circle.
A cult animated hit, Clone High has the makings of everything that makes an appealing movie. Clones of famous people from history attend a high school where they shape their destinies and form relationships. Ever wanted to see Abe Lincoln making out with Cleopatra? You will after Clone High. With unbelievably funny writing and great drama mixed in, the series could easily make the transition. Heck, some of the original staff went on to make Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs which is very similar to the style of Clone High. So the staff is no stranger to the big screen. And with a strong cult following, Clone High’s fan-base is ready and eagerly awaiting a return. A movie would be the perfect finale to the series. Maybe where they all die in a horrifically comic manner.
Be it a remake or a continuation with familiar characters, Lost has more than a large enough fan-base to support a theatrical movie. Given that odd ending which both pleased and pissed-off fans, a sequel movie doesn’t seem very likely. But a new group of stranded survivors on the island where several elements are much different than before would be the perfect way to appeal to the fan-base without being repetitious. Being one of the most popular TV series in recent history, it’s hard to imagine that Universal isn’t even considering a movie.
Eastbound & Down
The over-the-top antics of pro athlete turned teacher Kenny Powers is great humor for an HBO series. His character is so well-established and full of so much potential that it would be foolish not to consider a movie. If the sports-based comedy of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby could become such a hit, Eastbound & Down could easily find a theatrical audience ready for Danny McBride’s filthy language and inappropriate behavior. Given that the show will end after the third season, a movie would be a great way to put an end to the series in a big way.
It was a dream we all once had that almost came to fruition. Sadly, an Arrested Development movie doesn’t seem to be in the works anytime soon. Still, it would have been one of a continuation of one of the most dysfunctional families in television history. And with so many heavy-hitters in the cast that have only grown better with time, you could bet a movie like this would attract a crowd. With any luck, we may get a reunion special in a few years.
The time-traveling adventures of Dr. Sam Beckett assuming historical roles while trying to get home was the basis for an awesome TV series. But, you know, Sam never really got home. He had a choice to in the series finale, but refused putting his buddy Al before himself. We never got to see Sam make it home. Why not continue the storyline into a movie where he finally makes it back? Granted, it would have to be one bad-ass time-traveling feat, but a movie is the perfect forum for bringing some proper closure and renewing that charm that made Quantum Leap such a classic.
How I Met Your Mother
To end this show, you better have one hell of a climax in which the main character finally marries the woman he’s been describing for so many seasons. A movie would be the perfect way to end the series. Give it a title like How I Finally Met Your Mother and put an end to this series properly before CBS gets bored and cans the program without a proper finale. Considering it’s got another two seasons to go, now would be a perfect time to consider a movie-based ending.
Everybody is familiar with anti-climactic ending to one of the most iconic shows on HBO. But what if The Sopranos didn’t just cut to black? What if the story continued from that exact same point? We might just get to see what happens to Tony and the rest of his family with a much more satisfying ending. Given how pissed off several people were, a movie would be the perfect way to bring the series some real closure. Whether Tony dies or escapes the grips of corruption, ANYTHING would be better than that so-called series finale.
There’s been spinoffs/”sequels”, made-for-TV movies, and a reboot on the small screen, but how in the holy hell hasn’t this made it into theaters? Maybe it just needs the – gasp – Michael Bay treatment? Okay, so MB’s a little extreme, but if you ever so slightly “upgrade” K.I.T.T. (with a cameo by the original), get the next up and coming Hoff (NOT Channing Tatum), throw in some sweet chase scenes (preferably showing off the car’s new features), some T&A, go a little darker and grittier without losing the campy 80s-ness and you’ve got a solid flick.
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