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When a TV series spawns a movie, it’s tough to predict how the film will turn out. It can be great (“The Fugitive”), awful (“Land of the Lost”…OK, that one was predictable) or middling (“The Simpsons”). But whenever the process works in reverse, with a movie inspiring a TV show, it always seems to result in a terrible product. A few notable exceptions include “M*A*S*H” and “Friday Night Lights.” Oh, and “Teen Wolf,” our corporate overlords are reminding us.
Right now we’re in a glut of movie-inspired series, thanks to “The Firm,” the animated “Napoleon Dynamite” and the upcoming “Goodfellas” series. Good for advertisers, bad for viewers. If only they’d heeded the warnings set by these 10 crappy shows that were based on great movies.
“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”
This show somehow managed to stretch 39 episodes over five years, an even slower pace than “Breaking Bad” which is only, oh, the most intricately plotted and emotionally complex show on TV.
“Back To The Future: The Animated Series”
Christopher Lloyd reprised his role as Doc in the live-action intros and outros for this cartoon. Too bad he didn’t have a working knowledge of the future and avoided this crap.
Yes, one of the greatest films ever made even had its legacy tarnished by greedy network execs–not once, but twice (the second version starred a green Ray Liotta, to bring this full circle).
This one brought along a few of the actors from the film. We’re not sure if that makes it more or less excusable.
“Dumb & Dumber”
No, just…NO. Also, it totally ripped off the “Ren & Stimpy” title card.
Starring a young Jennifer Aniston so, obviously, it bombed.
“Honey I Shrunk The Kids”
How many wacky science experiments could go awry for Wayne Szalinski? Exactly 66 episodes’ worth.
Sadly, this series was better than most of Al Pacino‘s recent movies (“Jack and Jill,” “Righteous Kill”…ugh).
“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
Even catering to the horny teen male demographic couldn’t save this spin-off.
Is nothing sacred?!