Community: What are Your Favorite Movie Adaptations of TV Shows?

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(L-R) Jon Bass plays Ronnie, Alex Daddario plays Summer, Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, Kelly Rohrbach plays CJ Parker, and Ilfenesh Hadera plays Stephanie Holden in BAYWATCH; the film by Paramount Pictures

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.

The Fugitive

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.

Wayne’s World

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 LarsonDave FrancoWyatt Russell, and Amber Stevens West. With the first two reaching such great heights, we’re all waiting with baited breath for another entry.

What do you think? Which movie adaptations of TV shows do you love? How do you feel about “Star Trek” or “Mission Impossible?” Let us know in the comments and on the Awards Circuit Message Boards

“Baywatch” opens on May 25th, 2017 in theaters nationwide.

  • These are all great choices. I was totally convinced “21 Jump Street” would suck and it didn’t just exceed my expectations, it obliterated them. And how can anyone hate “The Fugitive” or “Wayne’s World?”

  • Ryan

    I am constantly forgetting that The Fugitive was based off of a TV show so that would be it. Also, I’m one who actually prefers 22 Jump Street to its predecessor.