QUICK QUESTION: What Are the WORST TV-to-Movie Adaptations?

Recently we asked you to name your favorite TV-to-movie adaptations. It was a pretty easy thing to do, seeing as there are not very many excellent movies based on TV shows. So let's take off our kid gloves and delve into that question's unfortunate flip side: What are the absolute WORST TV-to-movie adaptations?

As you may know, there are A LOT of options! Here are the eight that immediately come to mind for me:


Æon Flux (2005)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 10%

Why I Don't Like It: MTV's Liquid Television spin-off Æon Flux was a lot of things: hyper-stylized, hyper-violent, and hyper-original. This limp, outrageously boring adaptation missed the mark so badly, it ended up a generic action movie filmed on a direct-to-video budget. What was the point exactly?



Sex and the City 2 (2010)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 15%

Why I Don't Like It: Talk about a drop-off in quality: The original early seasons of HBO's Sex and the City still hold up to this day as a clever, heartfelt, and insightful look at modern women's love lives. But this seemingly THREE-HOUR stinkfest is nothing but a parade of product placements and awful one-liners. By the time the ladies attempt to inspire a feminist revolution in the streets of Dubai, the whole thing just becomes one cartoonish circus.



The Mod Squad (1999)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 4%

Why I Don't Like It: It's not clear who this movie was for: Fans of the original '70s TV show who were tired of the word "mod" being used correctly, or teenagers who couldn't have cared less about the original? Either way, The Mod Squad managed to thoroughly waste a trio of the best young actors of the era on an unbelievably boring plot which was filmed in the most obnoxiously unwatchable "style." Seriously, try to get through ten minutes of this thing.



Scooby-Doo (2002)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 30%

Why I Don't Like It: People can debate all day about just why Scooby-Doo didn't work. Personally, I thought the cast was fine, and the James Gunn screenplay worked all right. But the fatal flaw was the truly terrible CGI "star," with his creepy human eyes and endlessly terrible sight gags. Honestly, this cartoon dog made me wish those toxic waste drums from Who Framed Roger Rabbit were a real thing. DIP THIS TOON.



Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%

Why I Don't Like It: I feel like the bare minimum standard a movie needs to meet is that I can understand what I'm looking at at any given time. I don't know if that ever happened during Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I remember there were parents getting stoned, and also a seemingly endless whirlwind of loud shrapnel, and then four hours later this movie was STILL HAPPENING.



Inspector Gadget (1999)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 21%

Why I Don't Like It: Let's just ignore the fact that Andy Dick had a prominent part in this movie or that Rupert Everett played DOCTOR CLAW. My main gripe against this piece of garbage is the horribly racist, jive-talkin' ghetto CAR. Shame on you, Ferris.



Mr. Magoo (1997)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 4%

Why I Don't Like It: Probably the best way we can honor the life and legacy of the late American hero Leslie Nielsen is to never look at the later sections of his resume ever again.



The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)


Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Why I Don't Like It: This is a painful one because I absolutely adore the original show, and I saw the first X-Files movie in theaters four times (I worked at a megaplex at the time, but still). Why on earth was this second movie so terrible? Allegedly it was produced during the WGA strike, but that's no excuse for the presence of Xzibit as an FBI agent or the fact that Mulder and Scully were assigned easily the most boring, low-stakes case of their career. Oh, and did you stay into the credits to catch the final shot of Mulder and Scully chillin' in a boat in their swimwear and WAVING at the camera? What the—? You know what, nevermind. R.I.P. The X-Files.

 

What are YOUR least favorite movie adaptations of TV shows?

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Sorry to be a party pooper, but I loved the last X-Files movie. I kept returning to that show because of the intrigue of each episode, whether it came from the mythology or whether it was stand alone. I Want to Believe serves as an extended stand alone. It was typical Mulder and Scully from start to finish. It made me want even more, which I guess will never happen because it didn't make much money. I guess I'll just wait a year and then start all over again at the beginning.
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G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra ticked me off because I grew up watching the show and then the Valor Vs Venom movie (which is AMAZING!), and then had to suffer through that! Not scoring any points in my book... The second one looks promising...
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I liked the Scooby-Doo movie too!!!! Also, the reason people hate on X-Files: I Want To Believe was because it was an X-File episode, not an alien plot movie. Otherwise, it was great. I do, however, agree that Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen should have been so much better...
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i soooooooo agree with you about the xfiles second movie. I too loved the series and the first movie. Such a disapointment the second one...
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I liked that Scooby Doo movie!



The Last Airbender should be up there, I mean, the TV series was soooo good too!
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i Spy blew
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The previews for the X-Files movie showed so much of the movie (i.e. all of the exciting parts), that when I saw it, It felt like I had already seen the movie. Very dissapointing!
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I loved the Scooby-Doo Movie. I want to know what dimwit comes up with this.
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"Stargate: Continuum" wasn't bad. I agree, though, mostly some of the Star Trek films and "Serenity" are about the only decent ones to be made. Maybe the first 2 "Mission Impossible" films.

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how about movie to tv adaptations
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Seems like the real question is: Is there a good TV-to-movie adaptation? Firefly/Serenity, the occasional Star Trek film and um.... umm......
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Though it went from TV movie to big screen, I feel like HIgh School Musical must be mentioned
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psst...Leslie Nielsen is a late Canadian hero

do none of the writers on this site do research of any kind?

and yes -file 2 was just god awful
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X-Files wasn't terrible, it just wasn't as great as the show and the first movie
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X-Files wasn't that bad. Its just wasn't the story people wanted.
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Definitely agree with Inspector Gadget, Scooby Doo, Aeon Flux, and a couple of others, but some didn't seem that bad. I also don't think you can simply take ONE movie out of a series (ie. Transformers), and compare it without looking at the entire series of adaptations. I would say the original cartoon 'adaptation' to movie was pretty bad (it was decent, until the Weird Al "Dare to be Stupid" song was thrown in. Interestingly, the actual TV show became a lot better after as the continuation of the movie. The more recent three movies have not been that bad (the second the worst of the three, yes, but still).



GI Joe was DEFINITELY a horrible adaptation, and one of the most movies I've ever seen on top. Wasn't a HUGE fan of the original animated TV series, since you had two entire armies that could never successfully hit anything but still complete their missions, but you can't even compare with the monstrosity that hit the big screen.



Others I would say are: Dukes of Hazzard, Garfield, and a lot of other animated shoes that were made into either CG animated movies or live action.



The problem with adaptations like X-files or Sherlock Homes, etc., is not that the adaptation is bad in and of itself, it's just that seems like an extended episode, for which you know there will be a part II, III, etc. There's no point in having these things on the big screen in most cases.



And please... NO ENTOURAGE ADAPTATION!
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Bewitched, Lost in Space, Land of the Lost, Dukes, Smurfs, A-Team, Doctor Who (1996), Thunderbirds, Fat Albert. I could do this all night!
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Dukes of Hazard should be on the list. The TV show was a good watch and lots of fun, it was corny but for the decade it was made it was a well done show.
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I really hate to say it but The Last Airbender movie wasn't good, i wanted to like it, i wanted it to be awesome but... i think they can make it work with a different director.

Same goes for Dragon Ball... please don't ruin the image of anime for those who haven't seen it.
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Anime should stay anime and not be made into feature films.
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A better way to approach this would be to list the BEST TV to Movie adaptations, since listing the worst is so long, its hard to leave any out! Plus, since I tend to avoid most TV to movie adaptations(for obvious reasons) I havent seen that many, though I know I have no interest in seeing most of the them. The WORST TV to Movie Ive seen might be The Beverly Hillbillies and I could only tolerate about 20 minutes of that piece of crap!
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The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a good movie, Mr Magoo is one of the worst movies ever
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned The Last Airbender. That movie sucked.
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How do you dare?! Scooby-Doo was one fo the best adpatations ever , and don't say otherwise, because there are a lot of shows that were adaptated to the cinema, and were worst that it. If you want names, Dukes of Hazard is one fo them. As for the rest of the choices, i agree with you.
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Speaking as s a SATC fan, I did not like SATC2. It should never have been made.
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Mr. Magoo is one of my favorite movies ever!
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Good list and I totally agree with them all. The X-Files 2 especially. Talk about a crappy movie that played like a crappy filler episode from season 9.
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I didn't even know there was an X-Files 2.
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Dukes of Hazard, needed a different Daisy. Made Cathy B. look like a nun. lol Sheryl Crow looks more like original Daisy. I like Jessica's other movies though. I liked Starsky/Hutch however. And first Xfiles movie better than second. The second was closer to Fringe set up [I love Fringe]. Wasn't the bleesing eye man from Another World , I get him mixed up with Fido actor from Boondock Saints and Head of The Class post Johnny Fever. lol
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Easily Dragon ball Evolution; though now that I think about just how much of an incoherent mess Revenge of the Fallen was. It comes in a pretty close second.
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Loved Transformers Revenge more than the recent one that was more about Sam than Nimoy's character. sad Used to race home from school for the animated version in 80's. lol Nimoy saved 3d version. Where was the chi chi, they never explained his absence! I missed that dog and Fox . Not fond of bunny eye candy Victoria Secret model . Nothing against Jason Statham. Hope he steals her back in next movie. lol [rumor only]
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Scooby Doo was awesome.
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Garfield. one AND two!
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I liked Garfield ! Not fond of second Mask movie though. lol
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Was "X-Men: The Last Stand" not bad enough?
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I liked that movie.
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How soon we forget: The Wild Wild West.
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Talk about 3 people who shouldve known better:Kevin Kline, Will Smith and Barry Sonnenfeld........though in Sonnenfelds case, he actually did a pretty good job with the Addams Family, but I think he got too cocky and he picked the wrong material.
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LOL only way to watch WWW is drunk or high.
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Interestingly enough, same way they filmed it.
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Starsky and Hutch - one of the biggest disappointments I've ever endured!
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It was obviously supposed to be a spoof version. I liked . sorry. lol
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I always thought the original series was like a self parody in itself. It might have worked with the right actors, but Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson? If any movie was begging for the "Airplane" treatment it was Starsky and Hutch. Get a couple of actors better known for serious roles and have them play it deadpan and bring in William Shatner as chief!
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The Last Airbender movie was the worst thing I've ever seen! I don't understand how you could go wrong remaking such an awesome TV series; the plot, dialogue and characters were all there, but they just made up their own crap for the movie and it was awful!!
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Mission Impossible: The tv show was intelligent, witty, and original. The movie was just a collection of special effects and hack and slash action. Get Smart was another one. Steve Carell is not Don Adams. No one could have played that role effectively..



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BIG SPOILER COMING UP SO DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE!!!



I didn't mind the Mission Impossible movie. I thought bringing it into the present and showing the current state of their disguises and gadgets was pretty good. My biggest problem with the movie was with them taking one of the favorite heroes of my youth, Phelps, and turning him into the bad guy. That moment completely ruined that movie for me.
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I thought Get Smart was just another loud action film too. The first 5 minutes wore me out! I dont know if Steve Carell was a bad choice as Maxwell Smart, but he really didnt get much of a chance to actually do anything. I dont think the producers ever even actually watched Get Smart.
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I like Steve C. but agree it was overhammed. lol
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Agreed about M:I....the movie resembles very little of the show it was supposedly spawning from...
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I liked Mr. Magoo and Inspector Gadget. I thought that they where funny.
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loved Magoo. Never seen Matt's Gadget though. lol
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I may be in the small minority here but I couldn't stand either Sgt. Bilko or Dennis the Menace. Both movies lost the charm of the original television shows.
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21 Jump Street - I know it's not out yet. But clearly just by the preview, it is nothing like the original TV series. Yes, it's about undercover cops in High Schools. That's it. I like Jonah Hill, I do but it should have a different name. They could've even had 'loosely based on the TV series' in the credits. If you're a fan of the original series, you know what I mean.
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Hold up man, I LOVED Mr. Magoo. Granted, I haven't seen it since I was 10, and little kids are definitely not known for their taste in movies, but that movie was hilarious! And I bet (hope) lots of other folks growing up in the mid-90's would agree. However, I totally agree with everything else on the list. Terrible.
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The Avengers movie, the Uma Thurman one, was really bad. Any movie that is based on a TV show in title only is usually bad too. I did enjoy Lost in Space though. Best movie from a TV show is Serenity from Firefly, that movie was perfect.
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The Avengers movie was horrible - the original British tv show was smart and sexy and sarcastic - and hilarious at times - but the movie was truly a waste of celluloid. Lost in Space also stunk big time. And, to make matters worse, it was loooooong and terrible. Generally, I find myself agreeing with everything you say.



It is soooo unfortunate was great actors make bombs - Oldman has certainly been in a few losers (I give you Red Riding Hood as another example). While I think he's an exceptional actor, his choices confuse me.
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Lost in Space was great, Oldman is excellent in every movie.

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the avengers movie isn't even out yet A, and B The Avengers is going to be the best movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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*Sigh* (these young kids!). shadowclone7290, look up The Avengers (1998): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118661/ and then do a facepalm of shame.
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seriously then he should have been more specific not my fault he wasn't smart like you with adding the release year, and to RufusDriscoll, have faith i think they are going to turn that weakness into a strength :D
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That comment was SHAMEFUL. The Avengers was an incredible '60s British TV show. And as much as I want The film you're talking about to be amazing (I love the whole comic book genre)... I fear it's going to just be a fight between too many leads and long speeches from Samuel Jackson.
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You do realize there was a British TV series called The Avengers?
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I never thought the day would come when I would disagree with Price Peterson. Seriously I loved the first Scooby Doo movie, the second sucked, but who cares the first one was awesome they managed to make me laugh a dozen or so times the first second and third time I watched it. Plus, really you're gonna trash Revenge of the Fallen that movie was epic, and you really need to stop putting faith in rotten tomatoes... if I took everything I wanted to watch and put it through that as a filter I'd see maybe one movie a year... honestly a movie should be rated bunch of stuff including how well it did in the box office. Rotten Tomatoes doesn't know jack about anything...
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right on, Revenge was awesome. Thanks for defending it!
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I agree with others the avatar tv shwo to the mnight shamylan shit was HORRRIBLE....the plot was NOHTING Liek the 1st season of the show, and evne when I first saw it not watchign a second of the tv show I knew it was crap....



lets not even mention how they pronounced the characters named wrong....its not that hard to say names correctly....lol



and the actor who played iro was the worst casting choice ever....



lastly I watch the WHOLE tv show on netflix after I watched the movie(one of the best animated kids show EVER imo), say a year or so after, and I again watched the movie and I could not get through more than 5 minutes without saying WTF WTF WTF or being very confused by the choices for everything....
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I like Scooby-Doo.
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just because you like scooby doo thats not a bad thing, the original 60s tv show will forever be AMAZING to me, its the cgi scooby that was utterly ridiculous....
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Even thought the movie came first, Buffy the Vampire slayer
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Assuming you're implying the show was awesome and the movie not so much, yes, you are completely right. What a turn-around the show was.
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I love Aeon Flux movie. It has nothing to do with the MTV series, granted. But it was one of the two best sci-fi movies of the year 2005. (The other was Serenity.)
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transformers revenge of the fallen
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MacGruber. I liked it as a two minute bit SNL, but why the Hell did they think it was a good idea for a movie?
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LOL loved it. The WWE guys had very short cameo. The celery scenes scared me though. I was a regular McG. fan in 80's. Then Stargate of course-Dean. lol
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Bewitched.
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missed that one, but hated the premise , loved the actors. Not their fault. lol
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Dukes of Hazard.
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Right on. While I admit I indulged in the Sex And The City movies, it was nothing more than product placement, fashion, and a seemingly step back in feminism therefore making it the antithesis of what the series itself was. Transformers...the first one...okay...anything after that was just no..never again.

Agree with all of these.



Also: Teenage Mutant Turtles...besides giving me nightmares and creeping me the hell out I just...no.

- A-Team....was Bradley Cooper's "face" goregous to stare at?Yes...was it good or even necessary to remake into movie form? No.

- Is it too soon to put 21 Jump Street on this list seeing as it hasn't even come out yet?! Call me a cynic or call me a psychic but that won't fly.

- The first Flinstones was kind of fun...after that it was a no go.

-Power Rangers...what was campy as a tv show became a cheese fest in the movies.
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oh yea it was A-Team, not MCGruber with the WWE stars. I liked both for their cheesiness. lol
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