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The ten worst movies based on TV shows

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 29th 2007 10:01AM

John Steed & Emma PeelWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

A couple of other bloggers have made lists concerning movies that have been made into TV shows and vice versa. There's The Top 10 Movies Based on TV Shows, The Top 5 Shows That are Better than the Movie, Four Small Screen to Big Screen Flops and AOL's own list. Here is my effort. Enjoy.

1. The Avengers: I tried to sit through this move twice and couldn't do it either time. If anyone can explain the plot to me, they can have my job. This movie is the exact opposite of the TV show. Boring, unoriginal, ignorant and unpleasant to watch.

2. Lost in Space: After the cameos by the surviving original cast members, stop watching. Since when is Dr. smith a psycho? I know Heather Graham is hot, but why is Don West more interested in getting laid than getting home? And what is up with the stupid CGI alien? I'd rather see a monkey with Spock ears.

3. Car 54, Where Are You?: Just a mess. Not even the "brilliant" acting skills of David Johanssen can save this one. Plus any movie with Rosie O' Donnell automatically sucks.

4. The Wild Wild West: Isn't it convenient how President Grant resembles Kevin Kline with a fake beard? The only thing good about this movie was that afterwards, I snuck into Austin Powers 2.

5. George of the Jungle: It escapes me why anyone thinks this movie is worth watching. Even if you've never seen the superior cartoon, the movie is just bad. Poorly directed, inadequately written and if you're going to steal a plot, don't steal it from Crocodile Dundee.

6. The Mod Squad: The only thing mod about these posers was their Gap wardrobes. The real Mod Squad didn't carry guns, that was the whole point. Aside from the title, this movie had nothing to do with the TV show

7. McHale's Navy: Let's remake a classic comedy! OK, who should we get to reinvent one of the greatest comedy roles on TV? How about Tom Arnold? GENIUS! If it weren't for the appearance of Ernest Borgnine (which I hear cost a bundle) this movie wouldn't even get shown on Comedy Central.

8. The Flintstones: Yabba Dabba DON'T! Please see number 3.

9. Scooby Doo: Aside from the age-old problem of characters doing thing they would never do on the original show, this movie had way too much CGI. They should have just made the whole thing a cartoon. Wait a minute, a Scooby Doo cartoon? What a great idea.

10. Leave it to Beaver: This is a valiant effort, but c'mon guys, it's the Beaver, you gotta try a little harder. Personally, I think this movie should have never been made, mainly because, what made the show great was it's simplicity, and a simple movie is one I don't want to see.

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larry c


Sgt Bilko - No time for this sargeant
Beverly Hillbillies - Poor, poor, poor
Car 54, Where Are You? - Someone should be arrested!!!
Honeymooners - Bang!!!Zoom!!!
Dennis the Menace & Leave It to Beaver - Child Abuse
My Favorite Martian - Don 't make contact with this mess
Bewitched - Bothered & Bewildered

Actually, just about any movie version of a TV show totally misses the point. Could you imagine a movie version of Sanford & Son? Oh, the horror. Pray it never happens.

Here's just a couple exceptions to the rule.

The Fugitive
The Brady Bunch
The 1st Addams Family movie
and my favorite, the South Park movie

April 11 2007 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

colin, are you kidding. The Brady movies were great.

April 05 2007 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Honeymooners had to be the worst of them all. How about Popeye? But the Honeymooners really stunk. That had to be the worst movie ever made.

April 05 2007 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I rejected the George of the Jungle movie out of hand based simply on the fact that they only included one of George's spice. I thought his innocent bigamy was one of the best things about the character.

The live action He-Man movie was mediocre, but considering what they had to work with and who it was aimed at it was surprising how little Masters of the Universe sucked.

April 03 2007 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i can't believe noone's listed that crappy brady bunch movie. the only thing worse than that was the fact that they made a sequel. absolute crap.

April 03 2007 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the Honeymooners should have been absolutely number one. Let's just keep this in mind. Not just how terrible the movie was but how far off it was from the original show both in creative direction and love by it's followers. As good as the other shows were in their prime, the honeymooners still get the New Years Day marathon. At least that's how it is on the east coast. I'm not sure if that's true on out on the west coast.

March 30 2007 at 2:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeez...I mean "I Spy".

March 29 2007 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Eye Spy

March 29 2007 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Question: are there any GOOD movies based on tv shows? I would assume it's a rare occurance.

March 29 2007 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still have nightmares about that Gary Oldman-Spider creature at the end of Lost in Space.

March 29 2007 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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