List of television programs based on films

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This is a list of television series that have been adapted from theatrical films, either as a straight adaptation (i.e. a "remake"), or as a sequel or prequel.

Follow-ups and prequels[edit]

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

Title Precedes/Follows Type Notes
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Animated
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series All Dogs Go to Heaven Animated Takes place after the events of All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Aladdin Aladdin Animated Set between The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Alien Nation Alien Nation Live-action
Ash vs. Evil Dead Army of Darkness Live-action Set 30 years after Army of Darkness
Baahubali: Before the Beginning Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Live-action
Baahubali: The Lost Legends Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Animated
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
Big Hero 6: The Series Big Hero 6 Animated Takes place after the events of the film.
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.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Animated Takes place before the events of the film.
Cobra Kai The Karate Kid Live-action Continuation of the film series.
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven The Crow Live-action
Damien The Omen Live-action Set years afters The Omen.
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.
Dominion Legion Live-action set 25 years after the film
DreamWorks Dragons How to Train Your Dragon CGI animated Set between the first film and the sequels.
Dumb & Dumber: Animated Dumb and Dumber Animated
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 Kronk's New Groove.
The Exorcist The Exorcist Live-action Set 40 years afters The Exorcist[1] – events in the film are referenced in the television series.
Fargo Fargo Live-action The 10-episode first season was set in the same universe as the feature film, though took place years later.[2] Future seasons have followed 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.
Friday: The Animated Series Friday, Next Friday and Friday After Next Animated
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series From Dusk till Dawn Live-action Takes place in the same world as the film.
Godzilla: The Series Godzilla (1998 film) Animated Takes place after the film.
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.
Hotel Transylvania: The Series Hotel Transylvania Animated Prequel to the movie.
J Bole Toh Jadoo Koi... Mil Gaya Live-action/animated
James Bond jr James Bond Animated Sidquel to the Bond films
The Karate Kid The Karate Kid Animated
Kirikou découvre les animaux d'Afrique Kirikou and the Sorceress and 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 Legend of Tarzan Tarzan Animated Set between the film and Tarzan II.
The Librarians The Librarian Live-action Spin-off of the film series.
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Lilo & Stitch and Stitch! The Movie Animated
Limitless Limitless Live-action Set four years after the events the film.
The Lion Guard The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Animated Takes place during the time-gap between the films.
The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid Animated Takes place one year before the movie.
The Little Rascals Our Gang/The Little Rascals Animated
Lock, Stock...The Series Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Live-action
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).
Mike Bassett: Manager Mike Bassett: England Manager Live-action Set several years after the film
Minority Report Minority Report Live-action Set eleven years after the events from the film.
Mortal Kombat: Konquest
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm
Mortal Kombat Live-action/animated Konquest series is a prequel to the film. Defenders 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 Napoleon Dynamite 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 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
Police Academy Live-action/animated 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.
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Tangled Animated Set between the end of Tangled and the events of its short film, Tangled Ever After.
The Real Ghostbusters
Extreme Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters Animated The series is non-canon, although it did mention some events from the films.
RoboCop: The Animated Series
RoboCop: The Series
RoboCop: Alpha Commando
RoboCop: Prime Directives
RoboCop Animated/live-action
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles Starship Troopers CGI animated
Serpico[dubious ] Serpico Live-action
Shaft Shaft Live-action
Bandit Goes Country
Bandit Bandit
Beauty and the Bandit
Bandit's Silver Angel
Smokey and the Bandit films Live-action Takes place before the events of the movies, and is thus a prequel.
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: Clone Wars
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
Taken Taken films Live-action Effectively a prequel to the Taken film series, though set in the present day.[3]
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Terminator films Live-action Set after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ignoring the three other installments' continuity.
Timon & Pumbaa
The Lion Guard
The Lion King Animated This series features supporting characters. Lion Guard is set in between The Lion King and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
Training Day Training Day Live-action Set 15 years after the events of the film.
Tremors Tremors Live-action Takes place right after Tremors 3: Back to Perfection.
Tron: Uprising Tron: Legacy Live-action/animated Set between Tron and Tron: Legacy
Uncle Buck (1990)
Uncle Buck (2016)
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.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Wet Hot American Summer Live-action Prequel to the 2001 film.
Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down films of Jerry Lewis Animated
Wolf Creek Wolf Creek film and its sequel Live-action A continuation of the Wolf Creek film and its sequel, Wolf Creek 2[4] – events in the first film are referenced in the television series.
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 television series are adaptations of the original theatrical film, but are neither prequels nor sequels:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maureen Ryan (August 8, 2016). "'The Exorcist' TV Producers Explain the Connections to the Iconic Film". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Amber Ray (May 7, 2014). "'Fargo' episode 4: The Coen Easter egg connecting the series and film". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 22, 2016). "'Taken' NBC Series: Clive Standen To Star As Bryan Mills". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Andrew Bullock (October 2, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: 'Evil never dies' Wolf Creek to return for second season AND third film". Daily Express. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Lesley Goldberg (July 22, 2013). "'12 Monkeys' Adaptation Near Series Order at Syfy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Steven Herbert (June 28, 1992). "Bill and Ted Make It to Prime Time, City Doesn't". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 29, 2018. "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures," an adaptation of two movies about time-traveling San Dimas High School students Bill S. Preston Esq. (Evan Richards) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Christopher Kennedy) debuts on KTTV Channel 11 at 7 p.m.
  7. ^ Brian Steinberg (June 16, 2016). "Netflix Readies Animated 'Spy Kids,' 'Llama Llama' Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 1, 2018. "Spirit Riding Free," from DreamWorks Animation, is inspired by the 2002 Oscar-nominated film "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron"...
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (May 12, 2016). "Time After Time Kevin Williamson Drama Picked Up To Series By ABC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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