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30 TV Shows Based on Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

19. Weird Science (1994)
Number of Seasons: 5
John Hughes had no involvement in the further adventures of Gary and Wyatt (who are inexplicably relocated from Illinois to California) and their sexy computer-generated…friend? weapon? slave? Lisa had the free will to refuse her nerdy creators’ wishes — she WANTS to make life easier for them with her physics-and-tech-realities-be-damned powers! The USA Network show felt Canadian in production value, despite not being so, and the laughs were on (low) par with Clueless the series.

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18. Minority Report (2015)
Number of Seasons: 1

Sometimes you don’t know how preciously regarded a film is until its developed for TV. News of FOX’s continuation of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie was roundly met with disapproval before it even premiered; the fact that a woman was cast in the lead in the Tom Cruise function as a cop with a heart for Pre-Cogs may have further rankled “purists” (sexists). Meagan Good was great in the sci-fi procedural that might’ve improved with time, but ultimately no one was wondering what the Pre-Cogs have been up to since they were freed.

17. Scream: The TV Series (2015)
Number of Seasons: 2
MTV’s Scream scrapped the setting, canon and characters of the iconic film series, with an unrelated slasher mystery for the digital age (meaning YouTube videos and social media posts are plot points). New showrunners in Season 2 got the show on firmer ground, making it a watchable go-to for those who can’t resist a hardly groundbreaking, but nevertheless entertaining teen slasher soap.

16. 10 Things I Hate About You (2009)
Number of Seasons: 2
The two leads, Ethan Peck and Pretty Little Liars’ Lindsey Shaw, had great chemistry. And the series’ solid cast could’ve anchored another equally-entertaining show about high school cliques on ABC Family; instead we got a reimagining of Patrick Verona, Kat Stratford and Bianca Stratford. A classic case of “why?” and a waste of good show-bones.

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15. Limitless (2015)
Number of Seasons: 1
Limitless had a strong lead in Greek‘s Jake McDorman, premiered to decent reviews, and held a loyal cult fanbase. But not even guest stints from Bradley Cooper, the original film’s star, could sustain viewer interest in the CBS crime procedural, which was ultimately sacked for low ratings.

14. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (2014)
Number of Seasons: 3

Robert Rodriguez’s affection for his own source material led him to create — and occasionally direct — a TV version 18 years later for the El Rey network. While the dismal first season was a largely pointless reenactment of the 1996 film’s events, the second and third seasons head in new directions that occasionally rise above B-movie greatness. Plus, Danny Trejo shows up. It is a Robert Rodriguez production.

13. Alien Nation (1989)
Number of Seasons: 1
A parable on immigration culture clash dressed as a crime procedural, both the show and the 1989 film focused on extraterrestrial “Newcomers,” the Tenctonese, acclimating to life in L.A. as Detectives Sikes and Francisco — one human, one alien — solve crimes and encounter anti-alien prejudice. TV Guide rightly called it one of the 60 best TV shows cancelled too soon in 2013; its rich territory was only mined for 22 episodes before it got too expensive for Fox. And it ended on a cliffhanger!

12. 12 Monkeys (2015)
Number of Seasons: 3
“Great, for a SyFy show,” may seem like faint praise for the series, based on the 1995 film starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis (itself based on French short film La Jetée). But like From Dusk Till Dawn, it found its own footing in Season 2, unleashing surprises and solid storytelling that earned it a third season.

11. Fame (1982)
Number of Seasons: 6
The extension of the 1980 musical film featured original cast members Debbie Allen and Gene Anthony Ray, the show retained the movie’s heart and tackled Very Special Episodes with aplomb. It also featured many excellent musical numbers for song-and-dance lovers who couldn’t attend the School of the Performing Arts themselves.

10. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
Number of Seasons: 2
If The Sarah Connor Chronicles had gone on for five, six seasons, we might never have gotten to see Lena Headey — who played John Connor’s mother Sarah on the show — as Game of Thrones‘ Cersei Lannister. And a show with Firefly‘s Summer Glau as the new Terminator AND Shirley Manson as a T-1001 was probably too good for this world. But SCC was better than at least two Terminator movie sequels, and it delved into some of the pre-Skynet history and AI development not often discussed in the now sprawling franchise. The cult favorite was gone too soon.

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