Best/Worst Small Screen To Big Screen Movies

sixmillionIt seems that Hollywood is never trying to reinvent itself. If it has worked in the past, let’s recycle the idea. Television shows from past decades are being turned into big budget films and some have been a great financial success and some have bombed. Some have been critical success stories and some have bombed with the critics as well as the public.

Quite frankly I am sick of the piss poor remakes of television shows that I have loved or grown to love from watching the reruns. In addition I am tired of waiting for shows that I loved to get the big screen treatment they deserve. It remains doubtful if I will ever get to see these.

The Addams Family, The Beverly Hillbillies, Casper The Friendly Ghost did very well at the box office yet I didn’t like them. I didn’t like The Brady Bunch, Get Smart, Speed Racer, The Honeymooners, Wild Wild West, and most recently, The Land Of The Lost. Nobody that I know who saw the movie had anything nice to say about it. For me, I only laughed once and it was in the first three minutes of the show. If Matt Lauer had not been in the movie it would have been a complete waste of my time.

Maybe Hollywood would make better movies if they were forced to donate to charity the difference between the amount of money a film makes and how much it costs to make. The script never should have been approved and the person who approved it should have lost their job by now.

startrekSome of the movies that I did enjoy were Serenity (from Firefly), The Fugitive, Mission Impossible, Star Trek I-XI, Police Squad (Naked Gun Series), and Transformers. I’m sitting here writing and wondering what are some of the movies that you liked from TV shows? Which are the ones you hated?

Soon to be seen is the A-Team. Really looking forward to the action and banter in this movie. Also Johnny Depp is set to star in Dark Shadows.

In the upcoming years I would like to see a franchise started for The Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman series. I would love to see, even if it is just straight to DVD, a Monk movie. They are sure to end the series with the case of his wife solved but with so much crime…

I would like to see Speed Racer get the treatment it deserves, so another remake should be in the making. Wonder Woman was a great show for a hormone ravaged teenager so I’d like a movie of that show as well. If this truly is the last year for 24 coming up, of course I want it to go to the big screen. Ultraman and Remington Steele dukeswould also make my list. My list could go on a little while longer but I will spare you.

I am interested in what you have to say. Please leave some suggestions. Maybe a Hollywood exec will read my blog and start the wheels in motion.


*November 1, 2009 this morning at 2:00 am Daylight Savings Time ends and you should turn your clocks back on ehour. Yes, you gain an hour of sleep.


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  1. #1 by cursemymetalbody on August 24, 2010 - 1:25 PM

    I agree, few TV adaptations are worthy of the big screen. The only one I saw in theatres that I loved was Star Trek (the new one) – I didn’t see any of the other Star Trek films in theatre, but I do like them (except for Nemesis…that movie just didn’t do it for me, sorries!). I didn’t mind the Addams Family, but then again, I had never seen the TV show, because I was born in 1989 and I haven’t seen reruns of it since. I didn’t mind the A-Team, for an action flick, it was pretty good – I haven’t decided if it met up with the show yet. Have you seen it yet? What do you think?

    • #2 by Tom Baker on August 24, 2010 - 1:49 PM

      I have not seen the A-Team. April and I have a lot of catching up to do. Okay so I’m old. Only by 10 years and it wasn’t on when I was born either except in re-runs. I like the Munsters too. Have you seen that? You might be able to YouTube them both.

      • #3 by cursemymetalbody on August 25, 2010 - 9:19 AM

        Haha you’re not old at all! You’re just lucky to have grown up in an awesome decade (I grew up in the 90s…we didn’t have awesome shows like the A-Team).

        I actually have seen the Munsters, they played a rerun marathon one year (can’t remember the channel), and my parents were watching it – so I caught quite a few episodes. Pretty good show I must say, too bad they don’t have reruns of that on TV anymore (at least not where I live).

  2. #4 by Pleatmeta on November 22, 2009 - 10:08 PM

    Hello, I’m a huge fan of movies too. I’m looking forward to The A-Team. As in all remakes I hope the old characters can make a cameo, especially Mr. T.

  3. #5 by davidjbolton on November 4, 2009 - 12:16 PM

    Good to see that the much underated Serenity gets a mention – the series was excellent and due to a short sighted view by the TV network did not receive the backing and support that it deserved.

    I don’t have a problem with the adaptation of TV shows into movies but they are generally awful on the big screen. The exceptions have been the Star Trek movies and Mission Impossible (the Brian de Palma one). I had high hopes tor The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy but was let down yet again.

    I am also preparing to watch State of Play with Russell Crowe, the BBC series was outstanding so fingers crossed.

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