12 Movie to Television Show Adaptations

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Here's a list of 12 television series that made the jump from the big screen to the small one. Which shows are your favorites and which should have remained in that darkened theater?

1. 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys
Syfy's 12 Monkeys premiered January 16 and it's just the latest film to make the jump to television. Many fans were skeptical that Terry Gilliam's 1995 film was being revisited as a TV series. What they might not realize is that Gilliam's version was inspired by the 1962 short film La Jetee. In other words, this series is a reimagining of a remake. With clever writing and a great cast, you owe it to yourself to check out 12 Monkeys. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy is the perfect example of a forgettable film becoming a TV/pop culture phenomena. Did you know Joss Whedon wrote the 1992 comedy/horror flick? The studio took the film in a more jokey direction, but just a few years later Whedon was able to bring his vision to the small screen. The result, of course, was the critically acclaimed TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Buffy has since influenced the showrunners/writers of many of our favorite TV series.

3. Hannibal

Anthony Hopkins' iconic portrayal of serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, had many fans fearing the worst when the series was announced. I mean, the guy won the "Best Actor" Academy Award back in 1992 for the role. How could anyone even come close? Leave it to Bryan Fuller and Mads Mikkelsen to completely reinvent the character. Mikkelsen's version is sophisticated, classy yet the devil in a three-piece suit. Hugh Dancy is not too shabby as Will Graham either. Fuller lists Lynch and Kubrick as inspiration for the show, making it one of the most beautifully shot yet unpleasantly creepy series on TV.

4. Parenthood

Sadly we'll be saying goodbye to the Braverman's at the end of this month. 100 episodes of Parenthood is not bad for a second attempt at a television series based on Ron Howard's 1989 film. Yup, another version aired in 1990 on NBC, but it turned out to be a dud and was quickly cancelled. If you're a fan of the show it's not going to be easy to say farewell, but at least NBC gave you those final 13-episodes to get used to the idea.

5. Bates Motel

Bates Motel
A teenage Norman Bates, seriously? All signs pointed to a major bomb when Bates Motel was first announced. However, its clever writing and wonderful actors have proven the naysayers wrong. The show is a hit for A&E and heading into its 10-episode third season on March 9.

6. Fargo

Did you know that Fargo was inducted into the United States National Film Registry for preservation by the Library of Congress? That's right, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and earning seven Academy Award nominations what's surprising is that it took so long to appear on TV. The series met with similar acclaim, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing. Future seasons will be set in a different era and feature a different story, cast and set of characters.

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12 Monkeys Quotes

About four years from now, most of the human race is gonna be wiped out by a plague; a virus. All we know is that it's because of a man named Leland Frost. I have to find him.


What if you could take it back? All of it? A reset switch? You'd hit it right? You'd have to.