Five TV Shows We'd Love to See on the Big Screen

With the Arrested Development movie in development, a second Sex and the City movie in production, and rumors about a movie version of Friends, the Hollywood remake machine is shifting its focus to television. Although we have grave doubts about how well most TV shows work as movie adaptations, studio heads seldom return our phone calls, so even more adaptations are probably on the way. Not every TV show can successfully become a movie, (see: Hazzard, Dukes of) but if this trend is fated to continue, here are a few shows we'd love to see on the silver screen.


Friday's episode was the lowest-rated ever, with only 2.1 million viewers. The show has 11 episodes left on its current order, and there's a chance that the end is near. The excellent bonus episode "Epitaph One" proved that the show's writers have a long-term direction in mind, but they won't have time to get there if the ratings don't improve. Like Serenity, the movie version of Joss Whedon's last show, Firefly, a Dollhouse movie could satisfy viewers who will want more if the show gets canceled. Plus, 2 million people is a pretty good opening weekend for a movie. We kind of don't want this movie to happen, because it probably means the show had been canceled, but if it does, we'll buy the popcorn.

The West Wing

Our favorite show ever wrapped up with a new president (Jimmy Smits) taking office. In the same way that the show drew material from events of the Clinton and then Bush administrations, it would be easy to adapt more recent political events into a compelling movie drama. The parallels are already there, with a president from a minority background and Josh Lyman, the character originally based on Rahm Emanuel, becoming Chief of Staff -- the same position Emanuel now holds. Bring back series creator Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay, and we'll see you at the Oscars.

30 Rock

Tina Fey's so-funny-it-hurts brand of humor is the type that's missing from current movie comedies. Every time a new Judd Apatow or Todd Phillips movie is released, critics complain about the lack of likable female characters. Liz Lemon would silence those critics, and we would get the chance to see if a female lead who is not in a romantic comedy can draw an audience the same way the male-dominated comedies do.

The Shield

There were no winners by the time The Shield ended, which means there is still plenty of conflict left to be mined. We're sure Vic Mackey didn't suddenly resign himself to a squeaky-clean life behind a desk at ICE, and we're sure he still wants to find his family. What he wants to do to them once he does is up in the air. The only drawback here is that they killed most of the Strike Team by the time the show ended, but Ronnie will probably still be pretty pissed off if he ever gets out of jail. The Shield was a fantastic crime series, it and could be the best crime movie since The Departed.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

What if the stupidest, most objectionable characters on television were given two hours and an R rating? The mind reels at the possibilities. This would be the most offensive movie since Triumph of the Will. And we mean that in a good way.

Which TV shows would you like to see on the big screen? Let us know in the comments!

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