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->''"We're reviving a cancelled undercover police program from TheEighties and revamping it for modern times. You see, the guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas, so all they do now [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs is recycle shit from the past and expect us all not to notice]]."''
-->-- '''Deputy Chief Hardy''', ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet''

A film based, sometimes loosely, on a television series. Like TheFilmOfTheBook, with one subtle difference. Unlike TheMovie and the ReunionShow, which feature the original cast of ([[TheRemake whatever incarnation of]]) the series, these most often happen when the series in question has been off the air for a while, giving it a new cast and updated sensibilities and commonly take place in an AlternateContinuity from the original. Sometimes, though, as with ''Series/CharliesAngels'', the movie is presented as a {{Sequel}} to the original. Members of the original cast may appear in [[RemakeCameo cameo roles]]. In a few cases, as with the film version of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', they outright re-make televised episodes.

Usually, these adaptations will raise the stakes and use a more traditional "heroes saving the day" style of plot to ensure that it's a BigDamnMovie. Contrast with TheMovie, compare with ContinuityReboot. A subtrope of TheRemake. If the movie is made up of scenes pulled directly from the original series it's a CompilationMovie instead.

Thanks in no small part to the success of ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', these were especially popular in TheNineties.
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!!Examples:

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||''Series/DoctorWho''||1963-89; 2005-present||''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks''||1965||And [[Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD a sequel (1966)]]. A rare example of TheFilmOfTheSeries being made while the original is still in production. These directly adapted the first Dalek story, "The Daleks", and the second one, "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", made them LighterAndSofter, changed the overall premise of the series and most definitely take place in an AlternateContinuity rather than in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}.||
||''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''||1969-74||''Film/AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent''||1972?||Basically a series of sketches from the TV series remade for cinema, with some new linking sequences. Intended to break the team into the US market.||
||''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket''||1971||''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy''||1974||It is hard to say if the film was based more on the Manga, or the Anime series, but either way, the film takes many liberties with the basic characters, forming a new story specific to the film, as well as serving as an OriginsEpisode for Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko. Since ''Lupin'' tends to operate on NegativeContinuity, an AlternateContinuity is perfectly acceptable explanation of events and clothes.||
||''Series/TheTwilightZone''||1959-64||''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''||1983|| ||
||''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''||1949-59||''Dragnet''||1987||Film was an AffectionateParody of the original. Harry Morgan plays his character from the 1967-70 {{Revival}} series. (The 1954 film was TheMovie.)||
||''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside''||1984-88||''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie''||1990|| ||
||''Series/TheAddamsFamily''||1964-66||''Film/TheAddamsFamily''||1991||And a sequel (1993). (The 1998 direct-to-video movie is the pilot for the TV series revival.)||
||''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''||1962-71||''The Beverly Hillbillies''||1993||Buddy Ebsen, who played Jed in the original series, had a cameo as his other famous role, Series/BarnabyJones.||
||''Series/TheFugitive''||1963-67||''Film/TheFugitive''||1993||The film starred Creator/HarrisonFord as the title character and Creator/TommyLeeJones as the InspectorJavert, and resulted in a sequel in which Tommy Lee Jones pursues a different fugitive.||
||''Series/Car54WhereAreYou''||1961-63||''Car 54, Where Are You?''||1994||Filmed in 1990 but not released until 1994, the film basically tried to turn ''Car 54'' into a ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' type movie. Original cast members Al Lewis and Nipsey Russell appeared as their original characters.||
||''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''||1960-66||''Film/TheFlintstones''||1994||And a prequel (2000). The series was animated, the films were live-action.||
||''Series/{{Maverick}}''||1957-62||''Film/{{Maverick}}''||1994||Mel Gibson starred as Bret Maverick. James Garner, the original Bret Maverick, co-starred as Marshal Zane Cooper, who turned out to be [[spoiler:Maverick's father, whom he also played in the original series as a secondary role]].||
||''Series/TheBradyBunch''||1969-74||''[[Film/TheBradyBunch The Brady Bunch Movie]]''||1995||And two sequels (1996; 2002 as a MadeForTVMovie). All three were [[AffectionateParody Affectionate Parodies]].||
||''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''||1955-59||''Sgt. Bilko''||1996||Creator/SteveMartin starred as Sgt. Bilko.||
||''Series/MissionImpossible''||1966-73||''Film/MissionImpossible''||1996||And sequels ([[Film/MissionImpossibleII 2000]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII 2006]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol 2011]]). Presented as a sequel to the series, not a reboot.||
||''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''||1967||''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle''||1997||And a direct-to-video sequel (2003). Series was animated, film is live action.||
||''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''||1957-63||''Leave It To Beaver''||1997|| ||
||''Series/McHalesNavy''||1962-66||''[=McHale's Navy=]''||1997||Tom Arnold played [=McHale=]. Creator/ErnestBorgnine returns as the original [=McHale=], now an admiral, and Arnold is his son, but we're not told these facts until the final scene; Borgnine's [=McHale=] uses a codename. (The 1964 film was TheMovie.)||
||''Series/TheAvengers''||1961-69||''[[Film/TheAvengers1998 The Avengers]]''||1998||Patrick Macnee played John Steed in the original series and appeared in a cameo as Invisible Jones in the film. The film was based - loosely - on the Steed/Emma Peel pairing.||
||''Series/LostInSpace''||1965-68||''Film/LostInSpace''||1998||Most of the original cast have cameos in early scenes set on Earth.||
||''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''||1983-86||''Film/InspectorGadget''||1999||And a direct-to-video sequel (2003). Series was animated, film is live-action.||
||''Series/TheModSquad''||1968-73||''Film/TheModSquad''||1999|| ||
||''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''||1963-66||''Film/MyFavoriteMartian''||1999||Ray Walston, who played the Martian in the 1960s series, appears in a supporting role [[spoiler:who turns out to be a Martian who's been trapped on Earth since the 1960s]].||
||''Series/TheWildWildWest''||1965-69||''Film/WildWildWest''||1999||''Technically'' based on the original series.||
||''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''||1969-70||''Dudley Do-Right''||1999||Series was animated, and originally appeared as a segment on ''The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle''. The film is live-action.||
||''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Rocky and His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show]]''||1959-64||''[[Film/RockyAndBullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle]]''||2000||Original series was animated; film was mostly live action. The title characters remained animated (and Creator/JuneForay was brought back as the voice of Rocky), but this was still a HumanFocusedAdaptation.||
||''Series/CharliesAngels''||1976-81||''Film/CharliesAngels''||2000||And a sequel (2003). John Forsythe returned to the role of Charlie. None of the original Angels had cameos in the 2000 film (Farrah Fawcett reportedly said that she'd only appear if ''she'' could be Charlie), but Jaclyn Smith had a cameo in the sequel. The trope is [[LampshadeHanging referred to at the start of the film]] as LL Cool J's character watches a ''Series/TJHooker'' film.||
||''Series/ISpy''||1965-68||''Film/ISpy''||2002||The characters of Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott switched jobs and nationalities.||
||''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?]]''||1969-70||''Film/ScoobyDoo''||2002||And sequel (2004), prequel (2009). Series was animated, films are live action.||
||''Series/{{SWAT}}''||1975-76||''Film/{{SWAT}}''||2003||The original series is actually watched in the movie by the members of the S.W.A.T.||
||''Series/StarskyAndHutch''||1975-79||''Film/StarskyAndHutch''||2004||The film was partly an AffectionateParody of the original. The original leads make cameoes near the end.||
||''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''||1965-68||''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}''||2004||Series was {{supermarionation}}; film is live action. The art direction was the only part that was a faithful adaptation.||
||''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids''||1972-81||''Film/FatAlbert''||2004||Series was animated; film is live action (with the cartoon characters travelling to the real world and transforming into live people).||
||''Series/{{Bewitched}}''||1964-72||''Film/{{Bewitched}}''||2005||Took an unexpected left turn by telling the story of a fictional remake of the original series -- that starred a real witch.||
||''TheDukesOfHazzard''||1979-85||''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard''||2005||R-rated parody remake of the family friendly TV series with Bo and Luke dumbed down, Boss Hogg and Uncle Jessie slimmed down and Sherrif Roscoe still dumb but more menacing.||
||''Series/TheHoneymooners''||1955-56||''The Honeymooners''||2005||Film made all the characters African Americans.||
||''Series/MiamiVice''||1984-90||''Film/MiamiVice''||2006||Done by the original creator of the series. A modern redux.||
||''Manga/SukebanDeka''||1985||''Sukeban Deka''||2006||The actress who played the original Sukeban Deka cameos as the mother of the new one; the movie can be interpreted as a remake or a sequel (the mother is implied to have been a Sukeban Deka, and could be the character from the original series; the coincidence in both characters being named Asamiya Saki is explained by it being a code name). US title of remake is "Yo-yo Girl Cop".||
||''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''||1983-90||''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''||2007||And sequels (2009, 2011). Series was animated; films are live-action/CGI mix. Characters had first appeared on ''The Alvin Show'' (1961-62).||
||''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''||1964-67||''Film/{{Underdog}}''||2007||Series was animated, set in a world of talking animals; film is live-action and set in the real world, with a normal dog given superpowers and the ability to speak by Science.||
||''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''||1995-96|| || ||with ''Evangelion: Death and Rebirth'' and ''EndOfEvangelion'' covering the original series (both films released in 1997). And currently being "retold" in the ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild]]'' films. Original and films are all animated. In addition, a western live-action adaptation of the series has been in the works [[DevelopmentHell for quite the while]].||
||''Series/GetSmart''||1965-70||''Film/GetSmart''||2008||Steve Carrell starred as Maxwell Smart. (1980's ''The Nude Bomb'' was TheMovie.)||
||''Anime/SpeedRacer''||1967-68||''Film/SpeedRacer''||2008||Series was animated; film is live action (not counting all the CGI).||
||''Series/LandOfTheLost''||1974-76||''Film/LandOfTheLost''||2009||The film is more comedic than the series.||
||''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]''||1966-69||''Film/StarTrek''||2009||And a sequel (2013). [[spoiler:Leonard Nimoy reprised his role as the Spock from the main ''Star Trek'' universe, via TimeTravel.]] Further films are planned. (The previous ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films, by contrast, were straight examples of TheMovie.) Special note that this series is not exactly a reboot, but almost a spin-off in an AlternateTimeline.||
||''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''||2005-08||''Film/TheLastAirbender''||2010||Series is animated; the film is live action.||
||''Series/TheATeam''||1983-87||''Film/TheATeam''||2010||Could almost be considered a Prequel-Reboot [[spoiler: as it finally tells the story of the crime that the team was accused of committing,]] but with a SettingUpdate (making the team veterans of Iraq instead of Vietnam).||
||''Series/EdgeOfDarkness''||1985||''[[Film/EdgeOfDarkness2010 Edge of Darkness]]''||2010||Hollywood remake starring Creator/MelGibson.||
||''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear The Yogi Bear Show]]'' ||1961||''Yogi Bear''||2010||Series was animated; film is live-action/CGI mix.
||''Series/TheSweeney''||1975-78||''Film/TheSweeney''||2012|| ||
||''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''||1987-91||''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet''||2012||Series was drama; film is played for laughs. Cameo appearance by two of the original cast.||
||''Series/DarkShadows''||1966-71||''Film/DarkShadows''||2012||Series was drama; film is played for laughs.||
||''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs''||1999||''Walking with Dinosaurs 3D''||2013||The series was a serious [[SpeculativeDocumentary speculative]] {{Mockumentary}} on dinosaurs, the film was [[ExecutiveMeddling turned at the last minute]] into a kid-oriented, comedic action-adventure movie with talking animals. In both, the animals are special effects, while the backgrounds were real-life sceneries shot on location.||
||''[[Series/RockyAndBullwinkle Peabody's Improbable History]]''||1959-64||''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman''||2014||Originally an animated segment of the various ''Rocky and Bullwinkle'' series. The first of the ''Rocky and Bullwinkle'' adaptations to be entirely animated (albeit in CGI).||
||''Anime/CowboyBebop''||1998-99|| ||?||Release year currently unknown. Series is animated; film will be live action.||
||''Series/TheEqualizer''||1985-89|| ||?||Release year currently unknown.||
||''Series/FraggleRock''||1983-87|| ||?||Release year currently unknown.||
||''Series/GilligansIsland''||1964-67|| ||?||Release year currently unknown.||
||''Series/MacGyver''||1985-92|| ||?||Release year currently unknown. In DevelopmentHell due to [[AuthorExistenceFailure executive producer's death]].||
||''Series/MagnumPI''||1980-88|| ||?||Release year currently unknown.||


* Semi-example: The 1987 film ''Film/TheUntouchables'' was pitched as the film of the [[Series/TheUntouchables 1950s TV series]], but the director and writer went back to the original historical source material, then completely ignored that history and made up a totally fictional story. Coming full circle, it was adapted into a syndicated {{Revival}} series six years later.
* Despite what you might think, the live action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films are not an example as they're not based exclusively on the original animated series, but instead on the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise as a whole. Similarly, the 2011 ''Film/TheSmurfs'' film does not apply for these reasons, as the original [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs comics]] were around [[OlderThanTheyThink longer than]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon]].