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What Exit?
03-29-2015, 08:50 AM
So what's the opinion? I think M*A*S*H tops the heap and The Odd Couple would be second. Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes to mind. I recall the The Ghost & Mrs. Muir being fairly good for the time period. Though this is the same time as The Odd Couple so maybe not.

There were a lot in the early days of TV.
Lassie; The Thin Man, Topper, Life of Riley (though I think it was a popular radio program first), Please Don't Eat the Daisies, etc.

Here is a wiki list of programs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_programs_based_on_films).

WilyQuixote
03-29-2015, 09:11 AM
Fargo is definitely in the running.

Stargate SG1 was significantly better than the run-of-the-mill scifi adventure it's based upon.

I also recall Highlander: the Series being superior to anything other than the the original movie. (not the highest bar to cross and doubtful whether the adult me will find it entertaining)

kopek
03-29-2015, 09:59 AM
I'm going with The Ghost & Mrs. Muir with MASH as a slightly distant second (they cleaned up the TV version too much) and Alien Nation a close third.

Icerigger
03-29-2015, 11:16 AM
The Paper Chase

burpo the wonder mutt
03-29-2015, 12:42 PM
If you're including TV movies, "Sunshine (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070751/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_134)" (TVM, 1973) spun off the "dramedy" of the same name (1975) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072571/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_131) which was excellent, but was cancelled after only 13 episodes; more than likely because it was one of the first sit-coms that didn't use a laugh track and no one knew where to laugh. This was followed by another TVM in 1977, "Sunshine Christmas (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076783/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_125)," which was just as good as the original movie and the series.

Dewey Finn
03-29-2015, 01:02 PM
The Paper Chase
I loved that show. And my suggestion is Friday Night Lights.

Peter Morris
03-29-2015, 01:06 PM
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Little Nemo
03-29-2015, 02:31 PM
My favorite was in the OP: The Odd Couple. And I'm talking about the one with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall not one of the remakes.

GreenElf
03-29-2015, 04:20 PM
Pink Panther animated, MASH, Fargo

Chronos
03-29-2015, 04:24 PM
Does something like Agents of SHIELD count? It's not really based on any particular movie, but it ties in with a bunch of pre-existing movies, plus movies that came out after the show started.

What Exit?
03-29-2015, 04:29 PM
Does something like Agents of SHIELD count? It's not really based on any particular movie, but it ties in with a bunch of pre-existing movies, plus movies that came out after the show started.
Seems like it does to me. Wiki I think agreed that it counts along with Agent Carter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Carter_%28TV_series%29).

JKilez
03-29-2015, 04:41 PM
The Paper Chase
That was a decent show, but I cannot recall seeing it in re-runs. Did it never catch on in syndication?

The Courtship of Eddie's Father was pretty good. So good in fact, that the series is being remade (http://deadline.com/2014/10/courtship-of-eddies-father-remake-willie-garson-fox-conan-obrien-853161/).

breezman
03-29-2015, 07:23 PM
Mr. Belvedere. One of my favorite shows of all time, though I've never seen the movies.

Ferris Bueller would lie at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Horatio Hellpop
03-30-2015, 01:49 AM
I consider The West Wing to be of a piece with The American President, though there are many good counterarguments.

CalMeacham
03-30-2015, 07:07 AM
That was a decent show, but I cannot recall seeing it in re-runs. Did it never catch on in syndication?

The Courtship of Eddie's Father was pretty good. So good in fact, that the series is being remade (http://deadline.com/2014/10/courtship-of-eddies-father-remake-willie-garson-fox-conan-obrien-853161/).

IIRC, Paper Chase was an HBO show. Although some HBO shows went on to syndication (Sex and the City), most of them don't. I don't think The Paper Chase ever did.

Dewey Finn
03-30-2015, 07:25 AM
No. The Paper Chase was a 1978 series on CBS but cancelled after one season. In 1983, Showtime revived the series for three more seasons. As for syndication, the Wikipedia article says the show was aired by The Family Channel in the late 1980s and then by A&E.

CalMeacham
03-30-2015, 07:33 AM
No. The Paper Chase was a 1978 series on CBS but cancelled after one season. In 1983, Showtime revived the series for three more seasons. As for syndication, the Wikipedia article says the show was aired by The Family Channel in the late 1980s and then by A&E.

Ah -- it was Showtime's run I'm thinking of then. All I know is that it was on cable, and I couldn't get it.

I don't recall the CBS run. Don't recall it running on those other cable channels, possibly for the same reason.

Smid
03-30-2015, 07:48 AM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

GuanoLad
03-30-2015, 07:59 AM
Fame!

Does Love, Sidney count?

The Other Waldo Pepper
03-30-2015, 11:06 AM
Here is a wiki list of programs.

They missed PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE.

bup
03-30-2015, 11:11 AM
Herein I learn there was a Thin Man tv series. I guess it was terrible; still, I'd like to see it.

Mahaloth
03-30-2015, 11:34 AM
MASH and Buffy pretty much dominate it, though in Buffy's case, it was based on a bomb of a movie. MASH had the hard time of dealing with a huge hit movie and it did a great job.

Mahaloth
03-30-2015, 11:37 AM
They missed PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE.

The movie is not the origin, though. The stage show was, I think, the origin and it is based on that. I know MASH was a book, too, but the show was only based on the movie.

Anon01245
03-30-2015, 03:21 PM
Fargo is definitely in the running.

Stargate SG1 was significantly better than the run-of-the-mill scifi adventure it's based upon.

I also recall Highlander: the Series being superior to anything other than the the original movie. (not the highest bar to cross and doubtful whether the adult me will find it entertaining)

I second stargate.

What Exit?
03-30-2015, 04:58 PM
The movie is not the origin, though. The stage show was, I think, the origin and it is based on that. I know MASH was a book, too, but the show was only based on the movie.
I wouldn't get caught up on that. The Odd Couple was a famous Broadway Show before being a famous movie. If the TV show followed on the movie, it counts for this thread at least.

Voyager
03-30-2015, 05:09 PM
The movie is not the origin, though. The stage show was, I think, the origin and it is based on that. I know MASH was a book, too, but the show was only based on the movie.

The movie was quite close to the original book. The first few seasons of MASH were reasonably close, and then diverged wildly. Hooker's later books (the real ones, not the show spinoff ones) twitted the TV show by making Hawkeye anything but Alan Alda.

My number one is the A&E Nero Wolfe series, followed by Paper Chase and MASH.
I guess Sherlock comes in there also.

Horatio Hellpop
03-30-2015, 08:17 PM
Does Love, Sidney count?

It was based on a TV movie, so I don't think so. NBC Mystery Movie blurred the line between TV movie and TV show.

Horatio Hellpop
03-30-2015, 08:20 PM
The movie was quite close to the original book. The first few seasons of MASH were reasonably close, and then diverged wildly. Hooker's later books (the real ones, not the show spinoff ones) twitted the TV show by making Hawkeye anything but Alan Alda.

Yeah, Hooker's depiction of Hawkeye as a red-baiting gay-basher would be a pretty hard sell to Alan Alda fans.

Mahaloth
03-30-2015, 08:34 PM
The movie was quite close to the original book. The first few seasons of MASH were reasonably close, and then diverged wildly. Hooker's later books (the real ones, not the show spinoff ones) twitted the TV show by making Hawkeye anything but Alan Alda.

My number one is the A&E Nero Wolfe series, followed by Paper Chase and MASH.
I guess Sherlock comes in there also.

Was Hawkeye the lead of the books, or was it a combination of Trapper, Duke, and Hawkeye?

Telemark
03-30-2015, 08:39 PM
Was Hawkeye the lead of the books, or was it a combination of Trapper, Duke, and Hawkeye?
Hawkeye was clearly the lead in the books I read.

Telemark
03-30-2015, 08:49 PM
MASH and Buffy pretty much dominate it, though in Buffy's case, it was based on a bomb of a movie.
Buffy was based on the original screenplay, not the movie that was filmed. Joss Whedon made it very clear that nothing in the movie was to be held as canon.

Quartz
03-31-2015, 05:50 AM
I consider The West Wing to be of a piece with The American President, though there are many good counterarguments.

Perhaps another link is Charlie Wilson's War. The first scene is of somebody proposing a series of what is obviously The West Wing to Wilson for investment.

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