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Sometimes Hollywood draws inspiration from movies for new TV shows. Sometimes TV writers and producers just want to explore the back story of interesting and popular movie characters. Here are 12 TV shows based on movies.
1. Bates Motel. In 2013, A&E launched a new TV show based on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film Psycho. Bates Motel is a prequel series that explores a young Norman Bates’ strange relationship with his mother.
2. Stargate SG-1. While Stargate wasn’t the big blockbuster MGM was hoping for, the movie did spinoff three very successful TV shows, starting with Stargate SG-1 in 1997. Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe shortly followed.
3. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. In 2008, Fox launched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The TV series took place between Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It was also a time travel TV show because it also took place in 1999, but then jumps forward to 2007 so the series’ characters could stop Judgement Day for good.
4. La Femme Nikita. The series was based on Luc Besson’s hit genre action film of the same name. La Femme Nikita premiered in 1997, but ended in 2001.
5. The Odd Couple. The TV show from the 1970s was based on the movie of the same name, which was also based on Neil Simon’s hit play. It starred Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison. It ran for five seasons from 1970 to 1975.
6. Hannibal. In 2013, Bryan Fuller started a new TV show based on the budding relationship between Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. It’s a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, while it also takes elements from Red Dragon and Manhunter.
7. Friday Night Lights. While the TV show is more popular, it’s actually based on a movie from 2004.
8. MASH. The TV show MASH is based on a movie from 1970. It’s one of the longest running TV shows with 11 years under its belt. MASH’s series finale was one of the most-watched TV show of all time with 125 million viewers in 1983.
9. Fargo. In 2014, FX launched a new TV show based on the Coen Brothers’ hit movie Fargo. It’s not a prequel or a direct remake, but it takes place in the same universe.
10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The animated series on Cartoon Network takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It fleshes out the Clone Wars between The Galactic Republic and the Trade Federation.
11. Parenthood. The TV show is based on the movie of the same name from 1989. It was actually adapted twice into a TV show, once in 1990 and the next time in 2010.
12. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While the movie wasn’t a big hit, the TV show quickly became a cult classic when it premiered in 1997. Buffy the Vampire Slayer also launched Joss Whedon as a creative force in Hollywood.