Best Movie Adaptations Of TV Shows

It seems like today’s Hollywood is in love with adapting properties that have already done well – and what better way to predict runaway hits than trying to adapt something that was already successful? Whether it is a comic book, a novel, or even a theme park ride or animated series from years past retrofitted into a summer blockbuster budget; most of the movies are adaptations these days. With that being said, these are the 5 best movie adaptations of TV shows –

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible (1996)

While the Mission Impossible TV series of the 1960s and early 1970s focused on espionage, spy tactics, and politics, the big-screen outings have become legendary for their moments of heart-stopping action. Whereas, once you found a scene with a character clinging for dear life to the skis of a flying helicopter, it simply becomes impossible to pull off such scenes outside a movie. In this regard, 1996 released Mission: Impossible starred Tom Cruise doing all the death-defying actions and much more.

The Naked Gun

The Naked Gun (1988)
The Naked Gun (1988)

Another example of a film that’s better than the original TV series is The Naked Gun. This movie, based on the hit television show Police Squad, which was amusing in its own right, became an iconic and classic comedy that’s as influential for other comedies as it has spawned two sequels. Unaware of the move from TV to film, audiences, and fans of the sitcom Police Squad were pleased with the movie adaptation. The plot is basically a re-imagination of one script from an unused episode, which became a global phenomenon more than taking viewers back to television.

Serenity

Serenity (2005)
Serenity (2005)

Firefly, a television show that premiered in 2002, is one of the most celebrated sci-fi shows to ever grace our TV screens. It gained popularity when it was sadly canceled after only being on the air for one season. However, Firefly fans were outraged by this cancellation and fought for Firefly to continue airing until 2003 when the finale aired. The show ended with parting gifts though, as some episodes were still left unaired. Fans were so outraged about these last four episodes never getting shown to them that they began petitioning for their return and in 2005, Joss Whedon released his film Serenity that brought together plotlines from those said unaired episodes and even provided closure for the series as a whole. This movie goes to show just how devoted fans can be towards something they love!

Jackass Number Two

Jackass Number Two (2006)
Jackass Number Two (2006)

Amazingly, Jackass has been able to continue for so long despite being a rather low-budget MTV series that was originally produced in 2000 and eventually came to an end in 2002. Now, however, the “stunt performers” with death wishes returned purely as a movie franchise comprised of 3D moving pictures played at select theaters around the world. The movies even feature appearances from many celebrities! In the next few years, Jackass is set to return with a fourth movie called Jackass Forever which is set to further raise the bar when it comes to depicting vulgar yet entertaining stunts based on turn-of-the-century American culture.

In The Loop

In the Loop (2009)
In the Loop (2009)

Next on the list is In The Loop, which is a satirical comedy that mirrors the real-life political goings-on of D.C. It may seem confusing at first to some of the viewers because the movie tells the same story as its source material, The Thick of It. Moreover, it includes different actors in roles that are essentially the same. Just take it a little slower and try to let your brain get accustomed to all these changes over time through some careful observation and meditation. Once your senses have adjusted, you will find humor in every situation on such an absurd level you may not think that it is even legal! And the best way to view this satirical masterpiece is by listening to it – though beware because there’s a lot of profanity and cursing you might want to turn down.

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