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06.05.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 TV Series That Need a Movie

HBO series Entourage has always been the bro equivalent of SEX AND THE CITY. With the first big screen outing for Vinnie Chase and the boys hitting screens today, we have compiled a list of the ten best television series that deserve the big screen treatment. See if your favorite made the cut and, if not, feel free to let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy has a dedicated fan-base that ranks up there with Doctor Who, STAR TREK, and STAR WARS. But, since the series ended, fans have only had a comic book continuation to keep their slaying fix satiated. Joss Whedon is stepping away from Marvel so why not return to the series that made him a star and give the characters a movie?

#9 - Firefly

Another Joss Whedon favorite, Firefly already had a big screen continuation in SERENITY. While I was not a fan, there are tons of people who would love to see Nathan Fillion and the crew continue their adventures in another film. If STAR WARS can reunite their original cast decades after they last appeared on screen, SERENITY 2 can do it.

#8 - Justified

While the Elmore Leonard series just concluded a few months ago, the character of Raylan Givens is too good to stay retired. The great thing about the character is you could pop him into an original plot or you could adapt any number of prior Leonard novels and include him in the story. I would love to see a sequel to OUT OF SIGHT with Timothy Olyphant and George Clooney. You hear me, Steven Soderbergh?

#7 - Pushing Daisies

While Bryan Fuller is putting his unique visual style and tone to macabre use on NBC's Hannibal, the darkly comedic Pushing Daisies did an admirable job of it before. A mix of Tim Burton and Barry Sonnenfeld, Pushing Daisies only lasted for two seasons before being cancelled. It would definitely be worth revisiting, especially since star Lee Pace is pretty hot right now.

#6 - The Venture Bros

Robert Rodriguez is making a Jonny Quest movie, but this spoof of that classic cartoon would make an even better movie. Ridiculous, campy, and funny as hell, The Venture Bros would be the funniest movie of the year in whatever year it gets released.

#5 - Lost

I know, you don't want to see Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof let you down again, but a Lost movie could take the mythology of the show and tell a standalone story without including any of the original characters. I know I want to know more about the island, don't you? WE HAVE TO GO BACK!

#4 - 24

There is talk of a 24 spin-off with minimal Jack Bauer, but that doesn't rule out a movie. I say just bite the bullet and combine 24 and DIE HARD and have Bauer and McClane team up. Wouldn't that be amazing?

#3 - The Prisoner

Bryan Singer had been trying to remake this classic series as a film for a long time and the end result was a mediocre mini-series starring Ian McKellen, Jim Caviezel and Hayley Atwell. But, The Prisoner is still such a great show that many have not seen that I am convinced you could make a big budget movie, and maybe franchise, pretty easily.

#2 - Battlestar Galactica

Campy classic series turned gritty fan favorite reboot could do with another iteration on the big screen. This one has been rumored for years and never came to fruition. But, we are now far enough removed from the SyFy version of the show that a remake is not sacrilegious.

#1 - Deadwood

I loved these series and it ended far too soon. In fact, it never had a proper finale as HBO promised a wrap-up film that has yet to happen. The primary cast are all around and I am sure they would be willing to revisit the Old West. You know you would love to see where these characters are all now, wouldn't you?

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6:29AM on 06/06/2015
I think tv shows that lasted too long or needs closure should end with a film. Heroes, supernatural, walking dead, house, scrubs, the office, Californication, safe by the bell, true blood, dr who, dragon ball z (animated!)
I think tv shows that lasted too long or needs closure should end with a film. Heroes, supernatural, walking dead, house, scrubs, the office, Californication, safe by the bell, true blood, dr who, dragon ball z (animated!)
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4:05AM on 06/06/2015
Funny that Buffy (rightfully so) is on the list, while Angel isn't... that series ended on a cliffhanger, that could easily end in a great movie, i.e. the gates of hell have flooded en a complete demon army is walking the earth..
Funny that Buffy (rightfully so) is on the list, while Angel isn't... that series ended on a cliffhanger, that could easily end in a great movie, i.e. the gates of hell have flooded en a complete demon army is walking the earth..
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11:19PM on 06/05/2015

Terrible Top 10!

This list would've been great if FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, BOB'S BURGERS, MODERN FAMILY, MY NAME IS EARL, and GAME OF THRONES were on here! Aside from a third SPONGEBOB movie and a second SIMPSONS movie, these 7 shows that I just mentioned need a big-screen movie!!!! :)
This list would've been great if FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, BOB'S BURGERS, MODERN FAMILY, MY NAME IS EARL, and GAME OF THRONES were on here! Aside from a third SPONGEBOB movie and a second SIMPSONS movie, these 7 shows that I just mentioned need a big-screen movie!!!! :)
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9:16PM on 06/05/2015
I'd be interested in seeing a remake more closely based on the novelization of the original 1978 show. It's really not a bad read for sci-fi fans.
I'd be interested in seeing a remake more closely based on the novelization of the original 1978 show. It's really not a bad read for sci-fi fans.
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7:49PM on 06/05/2015
Buffy may have a very dedicated fan-base, but I don't know about comparing it to Star Trek and Star Wars.
Buffy may have a very dedicated fan-base, but I don't know about comparing it to Star Trek and Star Wars.
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5:48PM on 06/05/2015

already a movie

And it was far better than the show ever was IMO. Kristy Swanson ....
And it was far better than the show ever was IMO. Kristy Swanson ....
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6:49PM on 06/05/2015
Troll much?
Troll much?
3:34PM on 06/05/2015
One of my all-time favorite series. Never missed an episode and would love to see an adaptation on the big screen. Here's to hoping Olyphant gets cast in The Dark Tower as well...
One of my all-time favorite series. Never missed an episode and would love to see an adaptation on the big screen. Here's to hoping Olyphant gets cast in The Dark Tower as well...
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3:26PM on 06/05/2015
I can't deny the wonderful appeal of some Venture action on the big screen.
I can't deny the wonderful appeal of some Venture action on the big screen.
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1:46PM on 06/05/2015
Surely you know there already is a Buffy movie. The one the series is based on.
Surely you know there already is a Buffy movie. The one the series is based on.
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1:44PM on 06/05/2015

they wont

I want "My name is Earl" to receive a movie finale.
I want "My name is Earl" to receive a movie finale.
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11:15PM on 06/05/2015
SAME!
SAME!
12:46PM on 06/05/2015
As a Buffy fan, it's not only WAY too late for a movie, but there isn't a need for one either. It ended well enough and the comics continue the story. Firefly I would love to see the crew one last time, but as Filion said, he's still doing Castle so there are no plans for a movie anytime soon. That said we don't really need another movie. Serenity was pretty damn good.
Venture Bro's could make for a fun movie.
As a Buffy fan, it's not only WAY too late for a movie, but there isn't a need for one either. It ended well enough and the comics continue the story. Firefly I would love to see the crew one last time, but as Filion said, he's still doing Castle so there are no plans for a movie anytime soon. That said we don't really need another movie. Serenity was pretty damn good.
Venture Bro's could make for a fun movie.
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12:27PM on 06/05/2015
I'm with Vits. I don't think TV show movies work. Even the first X-Files movie felt like a let-down to me, because it was just an expanded episode. TV shows have the opportunity to create worlds, and then live in those worlds over seasons. Very rarely is that translatable to movies unless you're familiar with the characters.

I could see another Serenity (minus Wash and Shepherd Book), just because frankly, I didn't think Serenity was a very good movie. It worked to expand the series, but it
I'm with Vits. I don't think TV show movies work. Even the first X-Files movie felt like a let-down to me, because it was just an expanded episode. TV shows have the opportunity to create worlds, and then live in those worlds over seasons. Very rarely is that translatable to movies unless you're familiar with the characters.

I could see another Serenity (minus Wash and Shepherd Book), just because frankly, I didn't think Serenity was a very good movie. It worked to expand the series, but it didn't play well on its own.

The Untouchables, The Fugitive, and Maverick are great examples of what can be done when people ADAPT a TV show to be a movie. You're not missing out on plot details from the TV show because they are new actors, sometimes even new characters. And they don't rely on the backstory having already been laid out in the series.
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12:18PM on 06/05/2015

I hope you mean "If there must be more adaptations."

Otherwise, it's pointless. What I've said in other articles about revival seasons also applies to movie adaptations with the same cast and crew*: It should only be for shows that were cancelled and need closure i.e. PUSHING DAISIES and DEADWOOD. FIREFLY already had a movie finale. "24" had a TV movie during its run as well as a revival season and an upcoming spin-off. BUFFY was a movie before it was a show and the fact that there are comics don't mean the story has to continue (see: STAR WARS).
Otherwise, it's pointless. What I've said in other articles about revival seasons also applies to movie adaptations with the same cast and crew*: It should only be for shows that were cancelled and need closure i.e. PUSHING DAISIES and DEADWOOD. FIREFLY already had a movie finale. "24" had a TV movie during its run as well as a revival season and an upcoming spin-off. BUFFY was a movie before it was a show and the fact that there are comics don't mean the story has to continue (see: STAR WARS). Actually, that show had 2 finales (season 5 was meant to be the last). All the others in the list had a final episode.

Now, if you mean making a series of movies with stand-alone plots (a la 007 or INDIANA JONES), that wouldn't work for most shows on the list. It worked for the 1st X-FILES movie because that a procedural, and even that didn't last because people hated the 2nd movie. I'm guessing they hated it for the same reason ENTOURAGE is getting bad reviews: They feel like extended episodes instead of movies.

*A PRISONER movie wouldn't have the same cast and crew, right?
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11:37AM on 06/05/2015

Lexx!

I would love to see a Lexx movie. I know we had the 4 movies for Showtime but that doesn't count since the series on Sci-Fi Channel ran with it afterward. I would like to see big screen shebang!
I wouldn't mind seeing a Carnivale movie either since the show was abruptly cancelled..
I would love to see a Lexx movie. I know we had the 4 movies for Showtime but that doesn't count since the series on Sci-Fi Channel ran with it afterward. I would like to see big screen shebang!
I wouldn't mind seeing a Carnivale movie either since the show was abruptly cancelled..
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11:37AM on 06/05/2015

24

I always thought they should just utilize the character of Jack Bauer and have him do something not necessarily terrorism related. My dream season or movie would have been Jack escaping from Chinese Prison
I always thought they should just utilize the character of Jack Bauer and have him do something not necessarily terrorism related. My dream season or movie would have been Jack escaping from Chinese Prison
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10:42AM on 06/05/2015

that would be an idea

I would love to see a Firefly trilogy, because I can't see the cast finding time to reunite for a tv series.
I would love to see a Firefly trilogy, because I can't see the cast finding time to reunite for a tv series.
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