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.

!Examples (listed under the adaptation's media):


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In 1975 Creator/ToeiAnimation produced a SuperRobotGenre movie called ''[[ Uchu Enban Daisenso]]''. Creator/GoNagai, who did the designs of characters and mechas, liked the concept so much that he decided to recycle and improve his designs and create a new series based on the movie and set in the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' universe: ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''.
* In a way, ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', in that it contains direct serial adaptations of ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF''.
* ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' received a second TV series in 2008 (read about the first one under the "Western Animation" folder below, and the third under "Eastern Animation") called ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'', which took Stitch and the other alien characters and placed them on a fictional island in the Ryukyus, with him getting a new best friend over there. However, it did not tie-in to the earlier entries of the franchise until the heavily-edited English dub a year later, and would later officially establish itself as a TimeSkip SequelSeries in its third season. (Even then, that season was produced and animated by [[Creator/ShinEiDoga a different studio]] who took over from [[Creator/{{Madhouse}} the first two seasons' animation studio]].)

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' managed to receive a ''third'' show in 2017 called ''Animation/StitchAndAi'', a Chinese series co-produced with American animators (including those who worked on the first series mentioned under "Western Animation"). Like with the ''Stitch!'' anime mentioned under "Anime and Manga", Stitch and a number of other characters end up somewhere else, this time it's the Huangshan mountains of China, getting another new best friend in the process. Unlike with the anime, the show was originally produced in English and established itself as a follow-up to the original Western continuity from the get-go.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' follows the titular character after the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
* ''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 and the movies can and ''do'' directly affect each other: the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' serve as the first season's big plot twist, and the show's subplots are laying groundwork for [[spoiler:ComicBook/TheInhumans]] years ahead of their own movie.
* ABC tried to compete with ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' by making a TV show based on ''Film/BlueThunder''. It didn't work.
* ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}'' was very loosely adapted from Creator/MartinScorsese's film ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore''.
* ''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.
* Syndicated series ''Are We There Yet?'' follows the continuing adventures of characters introduced in Ice Cube's family-friendly vehicle ''Film/AreWeThereYet'' and its sequel, ''Are We Done Yet?''
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' had an unsuccessful sitcom adaptation in 1980.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{Blade}}'' is the direct sequel to the third ''Blade'' movie, as many events are mentioned from all three movies.
* In 1975 ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' was made into a TV pilot, ''Black Bart,'' written by the film's screenwriter Andrew Bergman. It was never picked up as a series, but it was aired on April 4, 1975, and appears on the movie DVD -- it had Louis Gossett, Jr. as Bart (with a moustache for some reason), and Steve Landesberg replaced Gene Wilder as his drunkard sidekick, a former Confederate officer named "Reb" Jordan. Other characters are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replaced]], and the script completely lacks the spoofing and humour style of the film it spun off from.
* 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/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is an unusual example, in that the [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1992 movie]] wasn't all that popular. The script writer, Creator/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/{{Casablanca}}'' had [[ two forgotten television adaptions]], both {{prequels}}. One, from the 1950s, aired as part of a WheelProgram. [[Series/{{Casablanca}} The other]], from the 1980s, was a standalone series which only lasted five episodes.
* ''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.
* ''The Courtship of Eddie's Father''
* ''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.
* ''Series/TheCrowStairwayToHeaven'', a LighterAndSofter series based on the first movie.
* ''Film/DearWhitePeople'' was made into a Netflix series in 2017, which is more or less a direct sequel to the events of the movie.
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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).
* ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' was based on the little-recalled movie ''Moonrunners''.
* ''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/Fargo}}'' really has nothing to do with [[Film/{{Fargo}} the movie]] other than (near) location and being produced by the Coen brothers (who directed the film). The second season further has nothing to do with the first season, much less the movie.
** They attempted to make an earlier TV adaptation, in which they would focus on the further exploits of Marge Gunderson (this time portrayed by Edie Falco). It never made it past pilot stage.
* ''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.
* Discussed in one episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where Crow ponders if the movie they just saw, ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'', would work better as a weekly series. He acts it out with Mike, who takes the role of the executive hearing the pitch and starts meddling with the idea.
* ''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 theater 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.
* ''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.
* ''Series/FridayNightLights'' spawned a critically acclaimed series which aired for five years.
* ''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.
* ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' retells and expands the events in the movie ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' with an entirely new cast, premiering ''18 years'' after the movie did.
* ''The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'' was a '60s FantasticComedy sitcom adapted from the [[Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir 1947 film]].
* ''[[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.
** Yes, they made an AnimatedAdaptation of this as well!
* ''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.
* ''House Calls'' was a medical-themed sitcom based on the 1978 movie of the same name. Former ''Series/{{MASH}}'' regular Wayne Rogers (whose old show immediately preceded this one in CBS' Monday-night lineup) and Lynn Redgrave played the roles originated by Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.
* ''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.
* ''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 Creator/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.
* 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.
* ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' had a surprisingly good but short-lived spin-off series of hour-long episodes.
* ''Literature/LogansRun'', the novel, was adapted as ''[[ Logan's Run]]'', [[Film/LogansRun the movie]], which was later remade as ''[[ 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.
* ''Mama'', based on ''Film/IRememberMama'', 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.
* ''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.
* ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'', based on short stories by Max Shulman which had also been adapted into the 1953 musical comedy film ''The Affairs of Dobie Gillis''.
* 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 and even fewer remember the [[Literature/{{MASH}} books]].
* ''Series/MinorityReport2015'' is a SequelSeries to...''Film/MinorityReport'', taking place eleven years after Pre-Crime shuts down and following one of the Precogs (Dash) as he tries to continue helping people with his visions.
* 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.
* The 1948 PoliceProcedural Film ''Film/TheNakedCity'' was adapted into the series ''Naked City'' a decade later.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' is another example of the series improving on the movie, largely due to the talent and commitment of the two leads.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'' is an adaptation of [[Film/{{Outsourced}} a film of the same name]] which [[AdaptationDisplacement you've never heard of]].
* ''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 [[Film/ThePaperChase the movie]], and allowed much greater character development, while also exploring some complex legal topics.
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'' was made into two different TV series (1990, and 2010) with different characters, but a similar concept.
* One of the earliest successful examples was the 1964 series ''Literature/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.
* ''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!)
* ''Series/PoltergeistTheLegacy'' had little to do with the original ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''.
* ''Private Benjamin'' ran for three seasons, but was cut short in part due to Elieen Brennan's injuries in a car accident.
* ''Film/{{RoboCop 1987}}'' became a huge franchise. Aside from the two sequels and the remake, it spawned [[Series/RoboCopTheSeries a 1994 television]] adaptation which 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 a mini-series adaptation made in 2000 called (''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.
** They even made an AnimatedAdaptation (see below).
* In 1966, ''Film/{{Shane}}'' got turned into a TV series. Because David Carradine is the natural substitute for Creator/AlanLadd.
* ''She's Gotta Have It'', Creator/SpikeLee's 1986 debut film, was made into a Creator/{{Netflix}} series in 2017. The series is an AdaptationExpansion of the original film's plot.
* Probably the second most successful adaptation after ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''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. It spawned two spin-offs of its own, collectively accounting for more than 300 episodes worth of content. They later reversed the process by making two DTV movies in turn [[TheMovie based off the series]].
* ''Film/{{Starman}}'' had a short-lived and completely forgotten, but actually not terrible, series starring [[Film/{{Airplane}} Robert Hays]]. Conversion to a series required retconning the one-use magic gum-ball-sized metal spheres so that there was one re-usable sphere, passed on to the alien's son, and the alien brought another with him when he returned to help his progeny.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' spun off the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies, and specifically movies [[Film/TheTerminator 1]] and [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay 2]], [[CanonDisContinuity ignoring or even deliberately undoing points]] of [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines 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.
* ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' became a [[Series/TheMagnificentSeven TV series]] in 1998, ''thirty-eight'' years after the movie.
* Classic movies ''Film/TheThinMan'' and ''Film/TheThirdMan'' got forgotten series adaptations.
* ''Film/{{Timecop}}'' spawned ''Series/{{Timecop}}'' a series which aired for nine episodes.
* ''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.
* A ''Series/{{Topper}}'' series aired from 1953 to 1955, using the first film's premise.
* ''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.
* ''Series/VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea''
* ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' followed on from the 1953 film, taking the large time lapse as justification for introducing an entirely new set of characters.
* ''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.
* Although it wasn't directly based on a movie, Aaron Sorkin drew inspiration for his series ''Series/TheWestWing'' from his film ''Film/TheAmericanPresident''. ''Series/TheWestWing'' went on to run for seven critically acclaimed years and win ''nineteen'' Emmys.
* ''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]]). Another, more critically favored ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' series followed in 2016; this was a retelling that ignored all three previous productions.
* ''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.
* ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]'', a prequel starring a much younger version of the hero.
* There's several planned film-to-screen adaptations that never got past the {{Pilot}}:
** There was a live-action ''Film/{{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 Creator/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-and-original-cast-involved [[WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries animated series]] did better, if only that it actually made it to air, albeit just for a few episodes.
** [[ True Grit: A Further Adventure]].
** There was an attempt to make ''Mr. and Mrs. Smith'' into a TV series. It wasn't ordered to series.
** There was a pilot for an Film/LAConfidential series, with Creator/KieferSutherland in the Creator/KevinSpacey role. (Sutherland's IMDB page lists it as 2003, but considering he was already doing ''Series/TwentyFour'' by then it was presumably made well before that.)
** There was an unsold pilot for a ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' series starring Richard Dreyfuss as Yossarian.


* The radio series ''The Adventures of Harry Lime'', a prequel spun off from the film ''Film/TheThirdMan''. Creator/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 [[ Saturday Morning Watchmen]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' was an AnimatedAdaptation of the ''Franchise/{{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 [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]]'s premiere). The "real" in the title, though, comes from a legal dispute over {{Creator/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 Creator/JimCarrey's 1994 breakout hits (''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'', ''Film/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). ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' lasted only a season on Creator/{{ABC}}. ''Ace Ventura'' had a good run on both Creator/{{CBS}} and {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} (and even had Creator/SethMacFarlane as a show writer), but was mostly memorable for having a pair of {{Crossover}} episodes 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'', which suprisingly turned out pretty good as an AlternateContinuity, even if retconning most of the elements from the film in the process, including the rules of the game itself. It's also one of the rare instances that both had and delivered a pre-planned GrandFinale.
* ''WesternAnimation/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. [[ 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' took place in between ''Attack of the Clones'' and ''Revenge of the Sith''.
** There are also two earlier animated spin-offs ({{WesternAnimation/Ewoks}} and Droids), two live-action Ewok TV movies, and the [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars 2008 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. 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 at 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/OzzyAndDrix'' took the entertaining concept of the movie ''Film/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.]]
* 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!" ''[[ 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!"
* The true "winner" of turning an R-rated movie into a cartoon for children has to be ''WesternAnimation/HighlanderTheAnimatedSeries''. Fortunately, all of the decapitations happened slightly off screen.
* Allegedly there was even talk of doing one of these for ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' of all franchises, but apparently that was a bridge too far and it never got past the planning stages. Some of the weirder entries in the toyline originated with this concept.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' 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.
* Many Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon films were given their own TV shows in the 1990s and 2000s.
** ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' is a well-received TV series that took place after the events of [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the first movie's]] sequel, ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. The second movie was intentionally a pilot, introducing a reformed Iago and the new voice cast. The third movie ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' was the finale, and watching the movie trilogy without knowledge of the series, things won't make any sense.
** ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' spun off from ''Disney/TheLionKing''; it had surprisingly good imitations of the film's voice actors. A second ''Lion King'' show, ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', started airing in 2015.
** ''WesternAnimation/The7D'', a stylized take on the seven dwarfs before they met Disney/{{Snow White|And The Seven Dwarfs}}.
** ''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 villain, even though the movie didn't have Hercules meet Hades until he was an adult.
** ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' followed up on [[Disney/LiloAndStitch the original film]] by introducing audiences to Jumba's other experiments (who were briefly alluded to in the first movie's prologue). In this show, Lilo and Stitch had to find his "cousins" around Kauai, reform them, name them, and find them a place where they could use their abilities for good. Like the ''Aladdin'' example above, this show was also bookended by a pilot movie (''WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie'') and a finale film (''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch''). Unlike most of the other entries in this list however, this show managed to be referenced in a later DAC film[[note]]Splodyhead/Experiment 619's cameo in ''Disney/BigHero6''[[/note]] and also introduced a BreakoutCharacter who now gets a steady stream of merchandise released to this day.[[note]]Stitch's love interest, Angel/Experiment 624[[/note]]
*** ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' also got two more TV series, but you'll have to go up to the "Anime and Manga" and "Eastern Animation" folders to read about those ones.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' follows up on [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Disney's 1999 film]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'', and definitely InNameOnly. To clarify, [[Film/TheMightyDucks 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 ''Disney/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 ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' instead.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' had a series in the '90s called ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'', about Baloo and company when they were...well, [[SpinOffBabies 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 [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh 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), another series (''Series/TheBookOfPooh''), more movies, and pre-school series ''WesternAnimation/MyFriendsTiggerAndPooh''. While not without its detractors, the ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' franchise has arguably garnered the most positive response [[{{Sequelitis}} compared to other Disney continuations]].
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries''.
** ''Disney/BigHero6'' has ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6TheSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' takes place after the [[Film/SpiderMan1 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 by the sequels).
* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation broke into the business with ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', and had ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' followed Suit.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}'' is a special case in that the follow-up series, ''Turbo F.A.S.T'', isn't by [=DreamWorks=] themselves.
* An almost example: [[FanFic Fans]] of ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' [[ 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 ''Film/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 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.
* "WesternAnimation/ToxicCrusaders! [[ Toxic Crusaders]]!" Warning: {{Earworm}}
* MGM's ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' had a series, fittingly titled ''All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series'' (with a pretty nice, sitcom-y [[ theme song]]). According to the [[ 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 Creator/{{CBS}} and was produced by Creator/HannaBarbera. It actually featured Creator/KeanuReeves, Alex Winter, and Creator/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 Creator/{{DiC|Entertainment}} 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.
* Averted with ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]'' (1983). There were long-standing rumors that it was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to be]] an animated series of [[RecursiveAdaptation the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie version]] of ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'' (1982). These rumors have since been confirmed to have been false.
* ''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 Music/DannyElfman's theme for its opening and closing sequences.
* ''WesternAnimation/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 Creator/JayBaruchel reprise their roles, and the animation is surprisingly high quality.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' was made to be intentionally more similar to the films than the other series (''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' and ''Anime/MarvelDiskWarsTheAvengers'') based on The Avengers (two of which predate the movie).
* ''[[Franchise/RoboCop1987 RoboCop]]'' had ''two'' [[WesternAnimation/RoboCopTheAnimatedSeries cartoon]] [[WesternAnimation/RobocopAlphaCommando versions]] (along with the usual scads of toys and other merchandising aimed at children} -- which seems a strange demographic for a movie that was rated "R" for its over-the-top violence, gore and near-constant [[ClusterFBomb dropping of the f-bomb]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' was an animated series based on ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' to capitalize the success of the second film.