List of television programs based on films

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This a list of films that were later adapted as television shows.

Follow-ups and prequels[edit]

These series follow the events of the original movie, so they can be considered sequels of it, or take place before the movie, and are set within the same universe.

Title Precedes/Follows Type Notes
The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show Abbott and Costello Animated
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Animated
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius CGI Animated
Aladdin Aladdin Animated Set between The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Alien Nation Alien Nation Live-action
Back at the Barnyard Barnyard CGI Animated
Bates Motel Psycho Live-action Takes place before the events of the movie, and is thus a prequel.
Back to the Future: The Animated Series Back to the Future Animated Takes place after Back to the Future Part III, Christopher Lloyd reprises his role of Doc Brown in live-action wraparounds; while Tom Wilson and Mary Steenburgen reprise their characters in animated form.
Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince Benji Live-action
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Animated
Beyond Westworld Westworld Live-action
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Animated/Live-action There were 2 separate series. An animated one in 1990 on CBS/FoxKids, and a live action one in 1992 on Fox.
Blade: The Series Blade Live-action Takes place after Blade: Trinity
Black Dynamite Black Dynamite Animated
Blue Thunder Blue Thunder Live-action Series used footage from the film to cut costs.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live-action Set one year after the film, though the film is not considered canon.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Toy Story Animated A kind of prequel to the CG movies as it is the series on which the Buzz Lightyear toy that features in Toy Story is based. Andy Davis is seen watching an episode of this in the first film.
Casablanca Casablanca Live-action There were two separate series in 1955 and 1983; both took place before the film.
Clerks: The Animated Series Clerks Animated A live action series pilot was also made, without any of the cast or crew involved.
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven The Crow Live-action
Delta House Animal House Live-action Two other sit-coms were also based loosely on Animal House, one called Brothers and Sisters in 1979 and another called Co-Ed Fever, also 1979.
Dumb & Dumber: Animated Dumb and Dumber Animated
DreamWorks Dragons How to Train Your Dragon CGI Animated Set between the first film and it's upcoming sequel.
Dumbo's Circus Dumbo Live-Action
The Emperor's New School The Emperor's New Groove and Kronk's New Groove Animated Set possibly after of The Emperor's New Groove and before of Kronk's New Groove.
Fargo (TV series) Fargo (film) Live-action The 10-episode first season was based on the feature film. Future seasons will follow an anthology format with each season being set in a different era along with a different story, cast and set of characters, in the same universe as the movie.
Fievel's American Tails An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Animated
Flipper Flipper Live-action The series was remade in 1995 and featured Jessica Alba in the cast.
Friday: The Animated Series Friday, Next Friday & Friday After Next Animated
Godzilla: The Series Godzilla (1998 film) Animated Takes place after the film.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Ghost in the Shell Animated
Heartbreak High The Heartbreak Kid Live-action
Hercules: The Animated Series Hercules Animated Series is a prequel to the 1997 movie.
Highlander: The Series
Highlander: The Raven
Highlander: The Animated Series
Highlander Live-action/animated The Series set few years after the first film.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Live-action Takes place before Honey, I Blew Up The Kid.
Jumanji Jumanji Animated
The Karate Kid The Karate Kid Animated
Kirikou découvre les animaux d'Afrique Kirikou and the Sorceress & Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages Live-action/Animated Educational series using footage from both films along with original animated and live-action documentary footage.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Kung Fu Panda CGI Animated Series takes place between the first two films.
Kong: The Animated Series King Kong Animated Set after the events from the 1933 film.
The Land Before Time The Land Before Time Animated Takes place after The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
The Laurel and Hardy Show Laurel and Hardy Animated
The Legend of Tarzan Tarzan Animated Set between the film and Tarzan II.
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lilo & Stitch & Stitch! The Movie Animated
The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid Animated Takes place one year before the movie.
The Little Rascals Our Gang/The Little Rascals Animated
Little Shop Little Shop of Horrors Animated Follows many of the characters from the movie in junior high school.
Lock, Stock...The Series Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Live-action
London's Burning London's Burning Live-action Intended as a one-off 2-hour TV movie but proved popular enough to be made into a long-running series.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Carter
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3 Live-action Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the films, though it does not feature many high-profile characters from the films. Intersects with Thor: The Dark World and deals with the after effects of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agent Carter is set after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, and decades before the events depicted in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Mask: The Animated Series The Mask Animated
Men in Black: The Series Men in Black Animated Takes place after the original film but contains conflicts with the continuity (one notable one is the main character Agent K defected in the film but still works for MIB in the animated series).
Mortal Kombat: Konquest
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat Live-action/animted Series (Konquest) is a prequel to the film. (Defernders of the Realm) is alternative sequel to the film.
Mr. Belvedere Sitting Pretty Live-action
The Mummy: The Animated Series The Mummy series Animated Set between The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
My Big Fat Greek Life My Big Fat Greek Wedding Live-action
Napoleon Dynamite (TV series) Napoleon Dynamite Animated
The New 3 Stooges The Three Stooges Animated
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film and its two sequels Live-action Set some time after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III and introduces a female turtle.
Ozzy & Drix Osmosis Jones Animated Set a year after the events in the movie.
Patlabor: The TV Series Patlabor: The Movie Animated Alternative canon
The Penguins of Madagascar Madagascar CGI Animated
The Pink Panther The Pink Panther Animated The 1963 film featured an animated opening sequence. The star of the sequence, the eponymous Pink Panther, was so popular that it was awarded its own animated series. The series also featured an animated version of the films' main character, Inspector Clouseau.
Planet of the Apes
Return to the Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes Live-action/animated Set in the same universe but before the film.
Police Academy: Animated
Police Academy: The Series
The Police Academy films Animated/Live-action There were two separate series: the animated one in 1988 and a live-action one in 1997.
Power Rangers Turbo Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Live-action A bridge between the shows Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo
Rambo and the Forces of Freedom Rambo Animated Set some time after Rambo: First Blood Part II.
The Real Ghostbusters
Extreme Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters Animated The Series is non-cannon, although it did mentioned some of the events from the films.
RoboCop: The Animated Series
RoboCop: The Series
RoboCop: Alpha Commando
RoboCop: Prime Directives
RoboCop Animated/Live-action
The Robonic Stooges The Three Stooges Animated
Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Starship Troopers CGI Animated
Serpico[dubious ] Serpico Live-action
Scarlett Gone with the Wind Live-action Mini-series, set a decade after the events of the movie.
Shaft Shaft Live-action
Spaceballs: The Animated Series Spaceballs Animated
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Casper Animated Takes place after the events of the film.
Starman Starman Live-action Takes place fifteen years after the film.
Stargate SG-1
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Universe
Stargate Infinity
Stargate Live-action/Animated Set one year after the film (SG-1).
Star Wars: Droids
Star Wars: Ewoks
Star Wars: Clone Wars (Animated series)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (CG series)
Star Wars Rebels
The Star Wars films Live-action/animated Only The Clone Wars and Rebels series are considered to be canon as far as the story is concerned.
Street Fighter Street Fighter Animated
Stuart Little: The Animated Series Stuart Little Animated
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles The Terminator films Live-action Set after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ignoring the two other installments' continuity.
Timon & Pumbaa The Lion King Animated This series features supporting characters.
Tremors Tremors Live-action Takes place right after Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.
Uncle Buck Uncle Buck Live-action Set sometime after the film, when his brother and sister-in-law die in a car accident, Buck is named as the guardian of Tia, Miles, and Maizy.
Venus et Apollon Venus Beauté French
War of the Worlds The War of the Worlds Live-action Set 35 years later.
Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down films of Jerry Lewis Animated
The Wizard of Oz
The Oz Kids
The Wizard of Oz Animated/live-action Both are animated sequels to the 1939 film, however they are independent of each other.
X: The Series X: The Destiny War Animated
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles The Indiana Jones films Live-action Series is a prequel to the films, depicting the life of the young Indiana Jones.


These series are adaptations of the original movie, and are neither prequels nor sequels:


These are (as of September 2012) still in production.

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