Silver Screen to Small Stinky Screen

People will often say Hollywood is hard up for ideas with all the remakes and unnecessary sequels/prequels/reboots but one could definitely argue that television has had a rougher go of it. There are enough crappy shows out there that producers will want a sure thing, "Hey! That movie was good! Let's make a it show! Yay!" There have been some successes for sure, biggies like MASH, Buffy, Stargate, The Odd Couple, Young Indiana Jones was even a decent show. I think some people even like the Terminator Sarah Connor show. There have a been a ton really. But check out this small sampling of ridiculous and short lived small screen spin offs, some of which i admittedly tuned in for...

Timecop (1997)

Uncle Buck (1990)

Delta House (Animal House) (1979)

Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1997)

Harry and the Hendersons (1991)

Tremors (2003)

Ferris Bueller (1990)

Robocop (1994)

Police Academy (1997)

Blade (2007)

Here's a great glimpse into 15 TV shows that almost were, including The Jerk, Revenge of the Nerds, Fargo and Driving Miss Daisy!

Revenge of the Nerds Pilot

And yes, there was even a Poltergeist tv series.


  1. You forgot Weird Science, Highlander, F/X The Series, Fast Times, Freddy's Nightmares, Total Recall..tons more.
    Wasn't there a Mortal Kombat series too?
    I remember waking up extra early on Sunday mornings to watch it.

  2. Hey-ah! Captain Lou as-a Mario doesn't count-a, but that was some hot smelly crap-ah!

  3. There are definitely a TON of movies made into tv shows, Friday the 13th, La femme nikita, my big fat greek life...hmmm....maybe this calls for a follow up post