Fame is a great example of a film crossing over and becoming a very good televison show. The film came out and a was a mild hit in 1980 and in 1982 the show was brought to NBC. Several of the film's cast made the transition. Debbie Allen's character Lydia Grant was a small role in the film, but she became the star and the center of the television series. The early years of the show dealt well with the struggles the students have to achieve their ultimate goal of fame in the entertainment world. The show lost some steam near the end of it's run, but all in all, it was a solid televison drama.