In the digital age, the influx of content has made established IP brands more popular than ever. Now, more TV shows are based on movies than ever before. However, it was not very long ago that it seemed that every TV show was being adapted into a movie. This year, there are several TV adaptations making their way to the big screen, including “Baywatch” and “CHiPs,” both based on their respective television series. With the release of “Baywatch” this week, we want to know what are your favorite movie adaptations of TV shows? Here are a few, but continue the conversation on the Awards Circuit Message Boards.
Perhaps the most prestigious adaptation of a TV series, “The Fugitive” was a massive hit in 1993. Not only did the film gain a Best Picture nomination, but it won Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones. Many even consider Harrison Ford‘s performance, as Dr. Richard Kimble, as his strongest dramatic turn. The film follows a doctor who is falsely accused of murdering his wife. What makes the film dynamic is Samuel Gerard (Jones), who tries to unravel the truth, while continually chasing Kimble. It’s fun and prestigious, which makes it a must have on any list about TV adaptations.
While “Wayne’s World” isn’t a direct adaptation of a TV show, it is the best movie based on a Saturday Night Live sketch by a pretty considerable margin. Hilariously built with meta-humor and borderline parody, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey perfectly brought their beloved SNL characters to the big screen. A slew of great cameos and an excellent turn from Rob Lowe as the villain only made the film stronger. The ode to rock music, basement cable TV shows, and the corporatization of TV is the perfect comedy adaptation.
21 Jump Street
The “Jump Street” series has been one of the more surprising hits of the last five years. At this point, there’s little doubt that both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are superstars, but this film helped confirm their talent. Adapting the series into an overarching meta-comedy on police procedurals was the perfect move, and the jokes are still just as funny several years later. The films have also had an impressive amount of talent as side character roles, including Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Wyatt Russell, and Amber Stevens West. With the first two reaching such great heights, we’re all waiting with baited breath for another entry.