The unplanned version of the PilotMovie, mirror image of TheMovie. From time to time, someone in Hollywood will see a popular [[{{Film}} movie]], and get the bright idea to turn it into a weekly series.

Unlike the PilotMovie, no plan to do this existed at the time the original movie was made. As a result, AdaptationDecay runs rampant; in particular, it may be necessary to perform a substantial {{Retcon}} on the end of the film, as a self-contained film would generally tie up its concept in such a way that the premise of the series would be preempted. An alternative strategy would be to tell an altogether different story, set in TheVerse of the movie. Of course, the more open-ended the film plot, the easier this is. Sometimes, the series will claim to be a {{prequel}} to the film, though this idea can run into trouble if the show goes on long enough that the two crash into each other. Especially common in recent years are series that [[InNameOnly borrow nothing more than the basic premise of the movie, and go from there]].

Expect a substantial downgrade in visual effects. Also, a whole lot of {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s or TheOtherDarrin, as the talent available for a big-budget Hollywood movie is a somewhat different pool from that for a weekly series.

{{Animated Adaptation}}s are common here, especially for movies created for adults but with significant [[MultipleDemographicAppeal kid-demographic overlap]]. Mind you, while there are plenty of cartoons for adults, these... [[AnimationAgeGhetto won't be.]]

If the movie has a sequel, it usually won't acknowledge the series; the reverse may or may not be true.

As unlikely an idea as it sounds, there are a surprisingly large number of highly successful examples, some of which have even [[AdaptationDisplacement exceeded the original film in popularity]]. Unfortunately, those tend to dwindle next to the far larger number of shows that make you wonder what the heck "someone in Hollywood" was thinking (similar to the effect of watching an AnimatedAdaptation).

Compare or overlaps with ArtifactTitle.

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* Probably the most successful example is ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Almost the entire ensemble was recast. Also, over the course of its run, it increasingly diverged from the irreverent tone of the [[Film/{{MASH}} movie]]. And yet, it is virtually unsurpassed in ratings. It's a prime example of AdaptationDisplacement as a result, as few remember the movie or [[Literature/{{MASH}} books]].
* Coming in second, ''Series/StargateSG1'' replaced the entire cast (save for a few minor characters), but was able to leverage the implied potential of the movie's set-up with minimal retconning. They later reversed the process by making two DTV movies in turn [[TheMovie based off the series]].
* One of the earliest successful examples was the 1964 series ''PeytonPlace'' which was based on a 1956 novel and 1957 movie. It ran for five seasons (at one point airing three new episodes a week!) and launched the careers of Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' is another example of the series improving on the movie, largely due to the talent and commitment of the two leads.
* ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander: The Series]]'', which took the tack of focusing on a relative of the film franchise's hero. It did {{Retcon}} the film's ending (though for many years, a number of fans insisted that the entire series took place during an unspecified break in the action of the first film), but then, so did the other three ''Highlander'' films.
* ''[[Series.WarOfTheWorlds War of the Worlds]]'' followed on from the 1953 film, taking the large time lapse as justification for introducing an entirely new set of characters.
* ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' was not based in any obvious way on the film franchise for which it was named, aside from a vague suggestion that the shop-full-of-cursed-antiques around which the show revolved was the source of Jason's iconic hockey mask.
* Similarly, ''Series/PoltergeistTheLegacy'' had little to do with the original ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''.
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' was a horror GenreAnthology based on the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' film series. A small number of episodes involved Freddy himself, though the character acted as narrator for the other stories.
* ''Baby Talk'' was envisioned as an adaptation of the film ''Look Who's Talking'', though it carried over only the film's narrative device -- which itself wasn't all that unusual, aside from being done in a live action medium.
* ''Blade The Series'' is the direct sequel to the third ''Blade'' movie, as many events are mentioned from all three movies.
* ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]''
* ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' supposedly takes place after the first movie, though it has [[TheOtherDarrin different appearances for the characters, especially Amy and Quark]], and [[AlternateContinuity ignoring most of the continuities of the movies]] save for the shrink ray, which was downplayed after the second season until the SeriesFinale in the third.
* ''Series/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''
* ''Series/{{Fame}}'', a TV show based on a movie. Followed later by a musical play. And a remake of the film. And a reality show.
* ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'', the TV series, picks up twenty years after [[Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight the movie]] with a married Virgil Tibbs moving to Sparta and signing on as Chief of [nonexistent] Detectives. It's the 'New South', and everyone's anxious to seem racially progressive... except, initially at least, Gillespie. Also, of course, several dozen bad guys. Ran six seasons; despite the AdaptationDecay inherent in translating racial politics from film to TV, it was kept interesting by brilliant casting choices Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins.
* ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''
** The 1968 movie has a live-action series that lasted only a single season in 1974, which more or less followed the same premise as the original film.
** There was also an AnimatedAdaptation dubbed ''Return to the Planet of the Apes'', in which the ape civilization depicted in the series was more advanced than its live-action counterparts. (Ironically, this is the only adaptation that comes close to the simian world as shown in Pierre Boulle's original novel!)
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' became a [[Series/TheMagnificentSeven TV series]] in 1998, ''thirty-eight'' years after the movie.
* Although ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was a series before it became TheMovie, the many SpinOff series often took advantage of all the extra stuff from the films by recycling special effects, uniforms, and sets.
* ''The Paper Chase'', which ran for one year on network TV, then was later picked up on pay cable (one of the first such series) for an additional two years. The series was less brooding in tone than the movie, and allowed much greater character development, while also exploring some complex legal topics.
* ''Series/AlienNation'' was another series that arguably improved on the source. Where the movie was pretty much a sci-fi/buddy-cop action flick, the series allowed much more depth to the characters, and was more of a social commentary than a shoot-em-up. The series made some slight continuity changes from the movie, making the aliens' anatomy more human (to allow less elaborate prosthetic makeup, though it was still considerable) and ignoring the mutagenic drug that was important to the film's climax. It also changed the spelling of the human lead's last name, from Sikes to Sykes. Otherwise, it kept consistent with the movie and even incorporated footage from the movie as a flashback in its pilot episode.
* Amazingly, someone thought ''Film/AnimalHouse'' would make a good TV series; the extremely short run of ''Delta House'' predictably proved that to be wrong.
* Classic movies that spawned justifiably forgotten TV series include ''Film/{{Shane}}'', ''Film/TheThinMan'' and ''Film/TheThirdMan''.
* A ''Series/{{Topper}}'' series aired from 1953 to 1955, using the first film's premise.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' spun off the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies, and specifically movies 1 and 2, [[CanonDisContinuity ignoring or even deliberately undoing points of 3]].
* A strange borderline case is ''That's Hollywood'', which is a sort-of spinoff of the ''[[ClipShow That's Entertainment]]'' movies. The executive producer came from the film and the film and show had similar subject matter and titles, but ''That's Hollywood'' came from 20th Century Fox instead of MGM. Not to mention that this is a rare case where a ''documentary'' spun off a TV series this way.
* Another documentary-to-series came about when the History Channel aired a documentary called ''Breaking Vegas'', about the MIT blackjack team of the 1990's, the same people the book ''Bringing Down the House'' and the movie ''21'' are about. It was successful enough that it spun off into a short-lived but entertaining series about similar casino tricksters and cheats who tried to decode roulette wheels, rig slot machines, and so forth. This might actually have been a case of a BackdoorPilot.
** A more straight-up example is ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'', originally an obvious one-shot documentary about [[RagnarokProofing what happens to the world]] [[AfterTheEnd after people are gone]], cashing in on the popularity of then-''Time'' Magazine's book of the year, ''A World Without Us'' and probably the last thing people would think of as potential series material. But after the ratings came in (it was literally the most watched program in History Channel's [[IncrediblyLamePun history]]), the [[ExecutiveMeddling execs]] just had to order it as a series.
** It's also interesting to note that ''Swamp Loggers'' and ''Ice Road Truckers'' share the same subject material as two episodes of ''Modern Marvels'' (in ''Ice Road Truckers'''s case, the ''Modern Marvels'' episode is actually a reworking of a documentary originally shown on parent network A&E).
* ''Series/WeirdScience'' - A 90s teen comedy series based on [[Film/WeirdScience the 80s movie]]. It even used the Music/OingoBoingo song "Weird Science" from the original film as its theme song.
* ''Private Benjamin'' ran for three seasons, but was cut short in part due to Elieen Brennan's injuries in a car accident.
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' was made into two different TV series (1990, and 2010) with different characters, but a similar concept.
* ''Literature/LogansRun'', the novel, was adapted as ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074812/ Logan's Run]]'', [[Film/LogansRun the movie]], which was later remade as ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075527/ Logan's Run]]'', [[Series/LogansRun the series]]. The series followed the same basic SternChase plot as ''Series/TheFugitive'', ''Series/KungFu'' and ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'': The heroes take it on the lam (from the City of Domes), pursued by an obsessive hunter (Francis 7). Each week, they encounter a new town with its own set of troubles, sort things out, then leave before their pursuers can catch up.
* In 1975 ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' was made into a TV pilot, ''Black Bart'' (never picked up as a series; the pilot appears on the movie DVD). The titular black sheriff is TheOtherDarrin (with a moustache for some reason), other characters are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replaced]], and the script completely lacks the spoofing and humour style of the film it spun off from.
* ''Crash'', the series. Besides the setting, general theme, name, and producer, it had little to do with the film. It received a mixed reception from critics and ran for two seasons before going on hiatus following the [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] of its star, Dennis Hopper.
* ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father''
* ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', from writer/director Amy Heckerling, is a fairly successful example (possibly because the movie was originally conceived as a TV series), becoming part of ABC's [=TGIF=] line-up for many years. It kept almost the entire movie cast, save of course main character Cher and her father, and got rid of the boyfriend she'd won by movie's end to leave plotlines open for relationships. And the gay friend.
* ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'', another Amy Heckerling high school film (see above), was turned into a forgettable short-lived series that was stripped of all the R-rated content that made the film a classic.
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' had [[http://www.vincasa.com/indextvseries.html two forgotten television adaptions.]]
* A rare British example was long-running cop show ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'', taken from the 1950 Creator/EalingStudios movie ''The Blue Lamp '' despite the fact that [[spoiler:Dixon was killed in the movie]].
* ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' had a surprisingly good but short-lived spin-off series of hour-long episodes.
* ''Franchise/TheWitchesOfEastwick'', released in 1987 (and based on a novel), became a TV series called ''Series/{{Eastwick}}''. Interestingly, one of the actresses from the original movie is in the series as someone entirely different. This was the third attempt to adapt it to television, lasting half a season while the previous never moved beyond pilot.
* ''Mama'', based on ''I Remember Mama'', was an early (1949-1957) television example. It was actually the first show to be cancelled and then revived in response to a deluge of viewer mail.
* There was a short-lived spinoff of ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' called ''MyBigFatGreekLife'', starring many of the same actors and following the lives of the main characters after the wedding.
* ''TheCrowStairwayToHeaven'', a LighterAndSofter series based on the first movie.
* ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' was based on the little-recalled movie ''Moonrunners''.
* In 1966, ''{{Shane}}'' got turned into a TV series. Because David Carradine is the natural substitute for Alan Ladd.
* One whole ''decade'' after the movie's premiere, ABC Family decided to recycle ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' as a sitcom, with a completely new cast (except for the main characters' father). The series was decently well-received by critics, but was canceled after the first season.
* Film/TheBeastmaster was released in 1982. [[Series/{{Beastmaster}} Beastmaster: The Series]] first aired in 1999, and featured Marc Singer (who starred in the movie) as a recurring guest star in the third season.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'' is an adaptation of [[Film/{{Outsourced}} a film of the same name]] which [[AdaptationDisplacement you've never heard of]].
* ''Film/{{Westworld}}'' had a critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series called ''Beyond Westworld'' which explored more deeply the issues raised in the first film (and [[CanonDisContinuity ignored the sequel]]).
* ''The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'', based on short stories by Max Shulman which had also been adapted into the 1953 film ''The Affairs of Dobie Gillis''.
* ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' was remade as a MadeForTVMovie in 1987 (both the original novel and screenplay were credited) -- it was intended as a pilot for a series and, among other alterations, completely changed the ending to set one up.
* The 1982 comedy ''Film/{{Diner}}'' was made into a pilot the following year that aired on CBS but wasn't made into a series. Creator/BarryLevinson directed both, but Paul Reiser was the only cast member in both.
* ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' has the short-lived 1970s sitcom ''Anna and the King'', not to be confused with [[Film/AnnaAndTheKing the 1999 movie of the same name]]. Featuring an American Anna (played by [[FakeAmerican British]] Samantha Eggar) and none of the RodgersAndHammerstein music, this didn't have much to do with ''The King And I'', other than the basic premise, Creator/YulBrynner reprising his role as King Mongkut, and the occasional recycling of dresses and jewelry from the movie.
* There's several planned film-to-screen adaptations that never got past the {{Pilot}}:
** A pilot for a ''{{Fargo}}'' series was shot in 1997 starring Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson and directed by Kathy Bates.
** There was a live-action ''{{Clerks}}'' sitcom commissioned by Disney (who owned the film's distributor, Miramax) in 1995. In attempt to attract family viewers, the show's tone was [[GenreShift markedly different from the film's]] and starred Jim Breuer as Randall. Attempts by KevinSmith and original stars Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson to be involved with the project were shot down (Smith's script idea was rejected and O'Halloran and Anderson auditioned for the part of Dante, as Jim Breuer was already given the Randall part) and the show never survived past the pilot anyway. The later, Smith-approved [[ClerksTheAnimatedSeries animated series]] did better, in that it actually made it to air.
** There was an attempt to make ''Mr. and Mrs. Smith'' into a TV series. It wasn't ordered to series and, according to TheFutonCritic, the pilot was awful.
** There was a pilot for an LAConfidential series, with Creator/KieferSutherland in the KevinSpacey role. (Sutherland's IMDB page lists it as 2003, but considering he was already doing ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' by then it was presumably made well before that.)
** There was an unsold pilot for a ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' series starring Richard Dreyfuss as Yossarian.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is an unusual example, in that the [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1992 movie]] wasn't all that popular. The script writer, JossWhedon, [[ExecutiveMeddling didn't think the final product matched his original vision]], so he jumped at the chance to remake it as a TV series in 1996. The TV-series is a sequel to the original movie script, ignoring the changes made that resulted in the final product. He later made a comic of the version of the movie's events considered canon in the series.
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' spawned a TV series called simply ''Ferris Bueller'', which only lasted one season. It justified having none of the original actors by way of RecursiveCanon.
* The 1997 movie ''Kiss Me, Guido'', about a gay man renting out his spare room to a straight Italian man (hence the "guido") actually started life as a rejected sitcom pilot in 1991, becoming a stageplay along the way. It finally became the very short-lived sitcom ''Some of My Best Friends'' with Jason Bateman and Danny Nucci in 2001.
* ''FridayNightLights'' spawned a critically acclaimed series which aired for five years.
* ''{{Timecop}}'' spawned a series which aired for nine episodes.
* Although it wasn't directly based on a movie, Aaron Sorkin drew inspiration for his series ''TheWestWing'' from his film ''TheAmericanPresident''. ''TheWestWing'' went on to run for seven critically acclaimed years and win ''nineteen'' Emmys.
* Film/{{Tremors}} [[TitleTheAdaptation The Series]] based off the cult classic films. Only had two original cast members and introduced a government lab where [[MonsterOfTheWeek all kinds of creatures]] could appear from. The series was cancelled half way through its first season despite being one of the Sci-Fi Channels highest rated series.
* ''ForeverKnight'' was based off a made-for-tv film called ''Nick Knight''. The script was rewritten for the pilot,with a few changes. The setting changed to Toronto,Nick moved from a thearer to a converted warehouse loft,the vampires were made older and more backstory added,and the male coroner became a female,likely for more sexual tension. Most of the cast was replaced,but Don Kapelos kept the role of Don Schanke. Also,Nick's '59 Cadillac became a '63 one.
* Kind of an odd example. A character, played by Martin Clunes appeared in a film ''Saving Grace'' and later two prequel miniseries. In making ''Series/DocMartin'', the character was given a ReTool with DoctorJerk added to the character (who was originally just a FishOutOfWater), and his last name was changed to Ellingham (an [[SignificantAnagram anagram]] of the last name of the show's writer Dominic Minghella).
* ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' retells and expands the events in the movie ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' with an entirely new cast, premiering ''18 years'' after the movie did.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' is something of one to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, though it's not spun out of any film in particular but rather they spy agency that helps connect all of them. Unlike most examples here, the movie series continues to go on ''and'' the TV show stays in the movie continuity rather than being an alternate or retconned version, so it can be and ''is'' directly affected by events from the movies.
** ''Series/AgentCarter'' also qualifies, following the titular character after the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
* ''Film/{{Starman}}'' had a short-lived and completely forgotten series starring Robert Hays from ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.
* ABC tried to compete with ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' by making a TV show based on ''BlueThunder''. It didn't work.
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* The radio series ''The Adventures of Harry Lime'', a prequel spun off from the film ''Film/TheThirdMan''. OrsonWelles returned to the role he'd made famous in the film.
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* The phenomenon of hard-R-rated live-action films being {{Bowdlerized}} into children's cartoons is spoofed with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Morning_Watchmen Saturday Morning Watchmen]].
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* ''TheRealGhostbusters'' was an AnimatedAdaptation of the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' film series, and the series actually dealt with the CelebrityParadox by having the live-action movies exist in-universe as movies "based on" the events of the cartoon series (the cartoon Ghostbusters even attend the first movie's premiere). The "real" in the title, though, comes from a legal dispute over {{Filmation}}'s own ''[[WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters Ghostbusters]]'' cartoon, which, because it was based on an older TV series, was [[DidntThinkThisThrough meant to force the studio to choose another name]].
* All three of JimCarrey's 1994 breakout hits (''[[AceVentura Ace Ventura: Pet Detective]]'' ''DumbAndDumber'', and ''Film/TheMask'') were made into Saturday morning cartoons, despite their mature content (though all three cartoons did have a sizeable amount of risque jokes that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar slipped by the censors]]). Out of the trio of Jim Carrey movies made into cartoons, ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' was probably the most-remembered by 1990s cartoon nostalgists and had a longer shelf life (three seasons; two seasons ran on Creator/{{CBS}} and one ran in syndication). ''DumbAndDumber'' lasted only a season on Creator/{{ABC}}. ''Ace Ventura'' had a good run on both Creator/{{CBS}} and {{Nickelodeon}} (and even had SethMacFarlane as a show writer), but was only memorable for having a {{Crossover}} episode with ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' ("The Aceman Cometh," which was the series finale of "The Mask" and "Have Mask, Will Travel," which was the season finale of ''Ace Ventura'''s second season).
* Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}''. Virtually InNameOnly (for starters, the film's antagonist, now actually named Beetlejuice, was Lydia's friend, and the ghost couple played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis in [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} the film]] were not shown in the cartoon). Still turned out surprisingly good.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', though there were actually two (animated) series; ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' (c. TheSeventies) was based off the Toho ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, the second off the 1998 [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} American remake]]. Oddly enough, there's never been a ''Godzilla'' {{anime}}.
** Another example of how the adaptation can indeed [[AdaptationDistillation be better than the original]]. While the 1998 ''Godzilla'' movie was widely reviled, the animated adaptation was far better received, what with that Godzilla actually acting like the {{Kaiju}} we all know and love. Mainly in how the show was about him fighting other Kaiju.
* ''{{Jumanji}}''
* ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' had a cartoon spinoff about a man named [[MadScientist Dr. Gangrene]] trying to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the world]] using tomatoes. It was pretty awesome. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtURoWuzfpE It even had an earworm-inducing intro]].
** Note that the show was based on ''Return of the Killer Tomatoes'' ([[SequelDisplacement which had very little to do with the first movie]]) and even reenacted part of the movie in the opening credits.
* ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', which had similar humor with many more fantastic elements.
** This was lampshaded in the beginning of the last episode (titled "The Last Episode Ever") where fans complained how much the show is almost nothing like the movie. Plus, they think Dante and Randal are gay.
* A ''StarWars'' live-action television series is currently in DevelopmentHell. As well, ''StarWarsCloneWars'' took place in between ''Attack of the Clones'' and ''Revenge of the Sith''.
** There were two earlier animated spin-offs (Ewoks and Droids), a few live-action Ewok TV movies, and the new Clone Wars series. The PilotMovie was released in theaters because George Lucas loved it so much.
* The second ''Film/MenInBlack'' movie blatantly disregarded the events of ''Men in Black: The Series'', which ended with the [=MIB=] organization exposed. Of course, the series blatantly disregarded the ending of the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' before that.
** This was actually HandWaved in [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack the series]]. Kay enlightened Jay that once in a while, a Hollywood writer inadvertently makes a movie about them, forcing them to neuralize the public, pulling the movie, and relocating. The series in fact, takes place after the movie itself was released.
** "So that's why they keep making the same movies over and over again!"
** Interestingly, they made light of the fact that neither Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones reprised their roles in the animated series by having Jay and Kay comment on the choice of actors for the Hollywood movie made within the series (with the characters onscreen in the movie trailer looking like dead ringers for the original movie actors)
** Marvel Comics made a one-shot that explains why Kay is still an agent. They needed him in an unseen case.
* For ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture TheAnimatedSeries'', Doc created a second [=DeLorean=] time machine after the first one was destroyed in the end of the third movie; the new version was capable of going through space as well as time. Sometimes, the episode plots directly contradicted the way time travel was established to work in the movie trilogy.
* ''AlienatorsEvolutionContinues'' was the AnimatedAdaptation of the movie ''Film/{{Evolution}}'', picking up after the movie had ended, but working much better had one not actually '''''seen''''' said movie. Of course, since the movie wasn't exactly huge and the show didn't even make it to the end of its first season, this point is pretty much moot.
* ''Ozzy and Drix'' took the entertaining concept of the movie ''OsmosisJones'' and made a kids' TV show out of it. The results were far different from the adult slapstick of the movie, and arguably more intuitive (and better).
** Instead of Bill Murray, the show takes place inside a boy named Hector. This is explained in the first episode -- "alien abduction", or, in human terms, a mosquito bite. However, this episode also contradicts the ending of the film, where Bill Murray's near-death experience convinces him to finally start watching out for his health, as [[AesopAmnesia he's more slovenly than ever at the start of the episode.]]
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'' also had its turns on TV, including [[WesternAnimation/RoboCopTheAnimatedSeries a cartoon version]] (along with the usual scads of toys and other merchandising) aimed at children -- which seems a strange demographic for [[Franchise/RoboCop1987 a movie]] that was rated "R" for its over-the-top violence, gore and near-constant [[ClusterFBomb dropping of the f-bomb]]. [[Series/RoboCopTheSeries The 1994 television]] adaptation marketed the show to a younger audience, retaining the "Media Break" segments, but toning down the violence (to such a degree that [=RoboCop/Murphy=] ''never killed a single person''). There was also another adaptation made in 2000 (''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'') which brought back the violence and satire of the Media Break commercials, but heaped on plenty of illogical plot twists ([=RoboCop=] hides out as a homeless man! An African-American police captain becomes the next-gen [=RoboCop=]! A neurological virus is contained in a teddy bear! [=RoboCop=] is now Alex Murphy again!) and silly acting.
* Like ''[=RoboCop=]'', ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' had an AnimatedAdaptation as well, in spite of having many of the same issues as ''[=RoboCop=]'' -- like being an R-Rated movie that wasn't intended for kids. The ''Rambo'' animated series was [[MerchandiseDriven based on a toyline]], clearly an attempt to ride Franchise/GIJoe's bandwagon.
* "Hey, someone forgot a cartoon based on an R-rated movie!" "''I'll'' fix it!" ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOE0F4i7GK8 Police Academy: The Series]]''! HOORAY!!
** "Hey, let's cut down production costs by taking out the funniest element of the movies, Michael Winslow's voice effects, and replace them with stock audio clips of the actual things he duplicates with his voice!"
* ''Starship Troopers'' spawned a CGI-series ''The Roughneck Chronicles''. It was surprisingly well done, but massive ongoing behind-the-scenes production problems doomed it.
** An interesting case, since while they lifted a few ideas and characters from the [[SoBadItsGood movie]] (Dizzy being female, etc.), the series was more a recycle of the book instead.
** They took their sweet time dooming it though; it only got cancelled [[CliffHanger three episodes from the end]]. This troper remembers seeing a fan-run online fundraiser to get the series finished just because it was ''so damn close'', but it sadly didn't get off the ground.
* Much modern DisneyAnimatedCanon produces these.
** ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' is a well-received TV series that took place after the events of the first movie's sequel, ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. The second movie was intentionally a pilot, introducing a recurring villain and the new voice cast. The third movie ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' was the finale, and watching the movie trilogy without knowledge of the series, things don't make any sense.
** ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' spun off from ''Disney/TheLionKing''; it had surprisingly good imitations of the film's voice actors.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' was an adaptation of ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. The premise of the latter was a parody of animated Disney movies in which a self-centered emperor had to learn to be more considerate of others; the former put him in high school as preparation for becoming an emperor. Well-received, and Eartha Kitt received numerous awards for reprising her role from the film.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' TV series took place before ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' movie happened, possibly to avoid retcons. Since she no longer was a mermaid at the end of the first movie, naming the series "The Little Mermaid" in a post-movie setting would have been a bit silly.
** ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians]]'' had a series with everyone living on the "Dalmatian Plantation", and primarily focused on the adventures of three of the puppies ([[TheLeader Lucky]], [[TheBigGuy Rolly]], [[GranolaGirl Cadpig]]) and their friend [[TheSmartGirl Spot the chicken]].
** There was also a ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' cartoon series, a midquel of sorts in which he attends [[HighSchool an academy]] for gods and mortals with classmates like Icarus and the seer Cassandra. Hades was also a recurring villian, even though the movie didn't have Hercules meet Hades until he was an adult.
** And ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks''. And definitely InNameOnly. To clarify, the movies were about an underdog peewee-league hockey team; the show was about anthropomorphic alien duck space-police...who played hockey.
** Even ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' managed to inspire its own ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' cartoon, though that was more of a ShowWithinAShow.
*** The show also was born out of the direct-to-video movie of the same name, which later became the FiveEpisodePilot.
** A kinda sorta inversion: Disney was planning to make a series out of ''AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (the casting of Cree Summer as Kida may have been a result of this). However, the movie didn't do well enough for Disney, and so the three episodes that were being worked on were turned into a direct-to-video instead. It was also originally even going to have a crossover episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' as well.
** Also averted with ''Disney/TheRescuers''. Similar to ''Atlantis'', originally, Disney was actually going to make a TV series off of that film, but due to the financial failure of ''Down Under'' (which became the only true flop of Disney's Renaissance era), combined with [[AuthorExistenceFailure the death of]] Eva Gabor, it, as with all future ''Rescuers'' films were scrapped, and was actually eventually reworked into the show ''ChipandDaleRescueRangers'' instead.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' had a series in the '90s called ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'', about Baloo and company when they were...well, cubs. Strangely, Shere Khan goes back and forth from being the AloofAlly to an actual friend. Kaa is also played as a mischievous friend rather than an outright villain (which actually leads to FridgeBrilliance considering his role in the original books).
*** ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' was also a series with characters based on ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Some argue it's one of the best Disney animated series ever, as well as the one listed below.
** Arguably, the most popular, and most remembered Disney cartoon, airing just after ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''. This one borrowed the title from the movie it's spun from, and altered it, like ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''.
*** ''New Adventures'' was actually just the start of the series' expansion, followed by numerous movies (both theatrical and direct-to-video) and pre-school series ''MyFriendsTiggerAndPooh''. While not without its detractors, the ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' franchise has arguably garnered the most positive response [[{{Sequelitis}} compared to other Disney continuations]].
* ''Spider-Man: The New Animated Series'' takes place after the first live-action movie. It was canceled after one season.
** Sadly considering how some fans considered to be pretty damn good (at least it dealt well with Peter's emotions, rather than the loads of drama pushed on us by the sequels).
* Dreamworks Animation broke into the business with ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', and has ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''MonstersVsAliens'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' slated to follow.
* An almost example: [[FanFic Fans]] of ''SnakesOnAPlane'' [[http://www.snakesonablog.com/index.php?s=animated+series+pitch have proposed ideas]] for an animated series spin-off, among other things.
* In the late '90s, an attempt was made to develop a TV series for the Fox network based on ''TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'', to be titled ''Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries''. The project was on the verge of shooting the pilot, when Fox pulled the plug. The reason given was that the [[ViewersAreGeniuses highly cerebral]] script was [[ViewersAreMorons too "dense"]] to be commercially successful. The only surviving material is a [=CGI=] promo trailer included on the [=DVD=] release of the movie. It was most likely that [[TheOtherDarrin new actors]] would have been cast in main character roles.
* ''Fievel's American Tails'' was a short-lived spin-off of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West''. Though three of the original voice actors were recast, the quality of the writing and animation was noticeably much worse than the movies, and focused on slapstick a hell of a lot more. Also had many OffModel moments too.
* [[ToxicAvenger Toxic Crusaders]]! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roq0lQ43dlQ&feature=PlayList&p=8BE2F57B94956D2C&index=39 Toxic Crusaders]]! Warning: {{Earworm}}
* MGM's ''AllDogsGoToHeaven'' had a series, fittingly titled ''All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series'' (with a pretty nice, sitcom-y [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c46RanY5CV0 theme song]]). According to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_All_Dogs_Christmas_Carol Other Wiki]], the [[DirectToVideo direct-to-video]] movie ''An All Dogs Christmas Carol'' was aired as its final episode.
* ''Film/BillAndTed'' had an AnimatedAdaptation titled ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'', which lasted for two seasons. The first season of the animated series aired on {{CBS}} and was produced by HannaBarbera. It actually featured KeanuReeves, Alex Winter, and GeorgeCarlin reprising their roles from the film and pretty much expanded on the time-traveling premise of the first film. The second season aired on Fox, where ExecutiveMeddling to {{retool}} the series as a tie-in to their (quickly forgotten) live-action series, also titled ''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures''. The show was now animated by {{DiC}} and Bill & Ted were now played by their actors from the live-action TV series. Needless to say, the show didn't last a third season.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally supposed to be]] an animated series of [[RecursiveAdaptation the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie version]] of ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', while not a true example, did borrow quite a few elements that were introduced in Creator/TimBurton's two Batman films. Most obviously, the show used a slightly reworked version of DannyElfman's theme for its opening and closing sequences.
* ''DragonsRidersOfBerk'' is a TV series to ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Being a SequelSeries, it does remain in continuity with the film, about half of the film's cast including lead JayBaruchel reprise their roles, and the animation is surprisingly high quality.
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