TV Series Based on Films & TV Movies

by dean11mck | created - 20 Oct 2011 | updated - 22 Dec 2016 | Public

These live-action series are adaptations, follow the events and prequels of the original movie and TV movie.

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1. Topper (1953–1955)

30 min | Fantasy, Comedy

This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll, Buck

Votes: 378

2. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 583

3. Lassie (1954–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly

Votes: 2,587

4. Dixon of Dock Green (1955–1976)

45 min | Crime, Drama

Constable George Dixon and his colleagues at the Dock Green police station in the East End of London deal with petty crime, successfully controlling it through common sense and human understanding.

Stars: Jack Warner, Peter Byrne, Geoffrey Adams, Arthur Rigby

Votes: 182

Based from the 1950 British crime film The Blue Lamp.

5. Sugarfoot (1957–1961)

60 min | Western

Correspondence-school law graduate Tom Brewster travels west to seek his fortune. Unfortunately, his "cowboy" abilities leave a lot to be desired and earn him the nickname "Sugarfoot", ... See full summary »

Stars: Will Hutchins, Charles Fredericks, Don 'Red' Barry, Terry Frost

Votes: 301

Faithfully based on the 1954 Western The Boy from Oklahoma.

6. How to Marry a Millionaire (1957–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Motherly Mike, ditzy but sexy Loco, and sensible Greta move to the big city to find themselves wealthy men to turn into husbands. After the first year Greta gets married with Gwen the new roommate in this syndicated series.

Stars: Merry Anders, Barbara Eden, Lori Nelson, Jimmy Cross

Votes: 46

7. The Thin Man (1957–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Mystery

Amateur detectives Nick and Nora Charles investigate various crimes.

Stars: Peter Lawford, Phyllis Kirk, Asta, Jack Albertson

Votes: 181

8. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The cases of the N.Y.P.D.'s 65th Precinct.

Stars: Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon, Paul Burke, Nancy Malone

Votes: 881

9. Margie (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Margie is an average teenager but it's the 1920's and so many things are changing. Living with her parents and brother Cornell, she has a lively flapper friend in Maybelle while Heywood and... See full summary »

Stars: Cynthia Pepper, Dick Gering, Penney Parker, Wesley Marie Tackitt

Votes: 31

10. Going My Way (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Family

Father O'Malley is sent to a parish in lower class New York City to assist old, crusty pastor Father Fitzgibbon. Mrs. Featherstone is the housekeeper in the rectory. When he arrives, Father... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kelly, Leo G. Carroll, Dick York, Nydia Westman

Votes: 62

11. The Farmer's Daughter (1963–1966)

30 min | Comedy

Katrin "Katy" Holstrum seeks help from Congressman Glen Morley while he is in a predicament of needing a governess for his boys, Steve and Danny. Katy is hired and her common sense ... See full summary »

Stars: Inger Stevens, William Windom, Cathleen Nesbitt, Mickey Sholdar

Votes: 206

12. Flipper (1964–1967)

Not Rated | 30 min | Adventure, Family

Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.

Stars: Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden, Flipper

Votes: 1,961

13. Peyton Place (1964–1969)

30 min | Drama, Romance

The original primetime soap took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons. Some of the plots involved Rodney Harrington, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Nelson, Barbara Parkins, Warner Anderson, Ryan O'Neal

Votes: 445

14. 12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

60 min | Drama, War

This series chronicled the adventures, in the air and on the ground, of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson, Robert Lansing

Votes: 810

15. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968)

52 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

The submarine Seaview is commissioned to investigate the mysteries of the seas. Usually it finds more problems than answers...

Stars: Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Robert Dowdell, Del Monroe

Votes: 2,876

16. Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Based on the best-selling book and movie of the same name (Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)). Set in Ridgemont, New York, the Nashes are an unusual suburban family. Jim Nash, a college ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat Crowley, Mark Miller, Kim Tyler, Brian Nash

Votes: 269

17. Gidget (1965–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in Southern California. Anne is her older sister who is married to John Cooper, an obtuse but lovable psychology ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter, Pete Duel

Votes: 1,201

18. The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968–1970)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Lovely young widow Carolyn Muir, her two young children, and the maid discover that the New England seaside house they've moved into is haunted by the former owner -- an old salt named ... See full summary »

Stars: Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare, Reta Shaw, Harlen Carraher

Votes: 970

19. The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969–1972)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Widower Tom Corbett raises his young son Eddie.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki, Kristina Holland

Votes: 1,008

20. Doctor in the House (1969–1970)

30 min | Comedy

"Doctor in the House" follows the misadventures of medical students Michael Upton, Duncan Waring, Paul Collier and Dick Stuart-Clark. The lads basically mean well, but their habits of ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, George Layton

Votes: 289

21. McCloud (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.

Stars: Dennis Weaver, J.D. Cannon, Terry Carter, Ken Lynch

Votes: 2,389

Based upon the 1968 movie Coogan's Bluff.

22. The Odd Couple (1970–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.

Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Penny Marshall

Votes: 4,715

23. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 47,296

24. Anna and the King (1972)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

A stern schoolteacher clashes with an aristocratic 19th-century king.

Stars: Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar, Keye Luke, Eric Shea

Votes: 383

Based from 1956 film The King and I.

25. Madigan (1972–1973)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Richard Widmark reprises his big screen role of Detective Dan Madigan in this single-season entry from "The NBC Mystery Movie." A tough, dogged cop, Madigan chases down crooks in his native... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Widmark, George Cole, Rossano Brazzi, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 100

26. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973)

30 min | Comedy

Bob and Carol Sanders are a young couple who are definitely part of the hip generation. Their slightly older friends Ted plus wife Alice Henderson are a little stodgy and shocked by things like swimming in the buff.

Stars: Robert Urich, Anne Archer, David Spielberg, Anita Gillette

Votes: 31

27. Shaft (1973–1974)

73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Roundtree, Eddie Barth, Judie Stein, Paul Burke

Votes: 246

28. Paper Moon (1974–1975)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures of Moses Pray, a con artist selling bibles to credulous widows, and Addie , a young girl, as they travel the roads of America during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Stars: Christopher Connelly, Jodie Foster, Vern Porter, Jacques Hampton

Votes: 124

29. Planet of the Apes (1974)

47 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.

Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard

Votes: 3,743

30. Alice (1976–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy spoon diner.

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon

Votes: 3,435

Based from 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.

31. Serpico (1976–1977)

60 min | Drama, Crime

Frank Serpico was a maverick New York City detective who, after turning in a large number of "bad" cops and later being shot in the face, often went undercover to expose corruption in the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Birney, Tom Atkins, Nick Corello, Richard Foronjy

Votes: 117

32. What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry

Votes: 2,676

Based from 1975's Cooley High; the setting was moved from 1960s Chicago to 1970s Los Angeles.

33. Logan's Run (1977–1978)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic society where reaching the age of 30 is a death sentence, a rebellious law enforcement agent goes on the run in search of Sanctuary.

Stars: Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat, Randy Powell

Votes: 1,869

34. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)

60 min | Drama

The trials of a group of law students under the tutelage of a strict professor.

Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 699

35. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County.

Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 9,596

Based from the 1975 movie Moonrunners.

36. Delta House (1979– )

30 min | Comedy

The raucous exploits of Faber College's Delta House Fraternity in 1962.

Stars: John Vernon, Stephen Furst, Bruce McGill, James Widdoes

Votes: 114

37. The Bad News Bears (1979–1980)

30 min | Comedy, Sport

To avoid a year in jail, swimming pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker agrees to coach a Little League baseball team called the Bears. Unfortunately, the Bears are the worst team in the league, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Warden, J. Brennan Smith, Tricia Cast, Billy Jayne

Votes: 211

38. House Calls (1979–1982)

30 min | Comedy

Dating someone you work with can create problems, as Charley Michaels and Ann Anderson learned. He was a surgeon at Kensington General Hospital in San Francisco, a good doctor but less than... See full summary »

Stars: Wayne Rogers, Ray Buktenica, David Wayne, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 89

39. Freebie and the Bean (1980–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series based on the Richard Rush film starring James Caan and Alan Arkin

Stars: Hector Elizondo, Tom Mason, William Daniels, George Loros

Votes: 25

40. Beyond Westworld (1980– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The security chief of an android manufacturing company must stop a mad scientist, who's sending the failed theme park's androids to infiltrate society for his own ends.

Stars: Jim McMullan, James Wainwright, William Jordan, Nancy Harewood

Votes: 213

41. Private Benjamin (1981–1983)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a spoiled young woman who joins the army and her friends.

Stars: Lorna Patterson, Hal Williams, Eileen Brennan, Lisa Raggio

Votes: 209

42. Fame (1982–1987)

60 min | Drama, Music, Musical

The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

Stars: Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray, Debbie Allen, Albert Hague

Votes: 2,819

43. Nine to Five (1982–1988)

30 min | Comedy

The sitcom takes us into the further adventures of the characters from the movie of the same name.

Stars: Rachel Dennison, Valerie Curtin, Sally Struthers, Edward Winter

Votes: 298

44. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982–1983)

60 min | Adventure

A drama series, based on the classic musical film of the same name.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Roger Wilson, Peter Horton, Drake Hogestyn

Votes: 237

45. Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince (1983)

22 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Far distant from Earth on a red planet of Antars, a tyrant Zanu has killed their king and imprisoned the queen. The crown prince, their son, named Yubi (Christopher Burton) has escaped to ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Burton, Ric Spiegel, Ken Miller, Benji

Votes: 399

46. Casablanca (1983)

60 min | Drama, History, War

A short-lived prequel to Casablanca (1942).

Stars: David Soul, Hector Elizondo, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Ray Liotta

Votes: 103

47. The Four Seasons (1984)

30 min | Drama

Four couples spend four holidays together over the course of the four seasons. Based on the Alda film of the same name.

Stars: Jack Weston, Tony Roberts, Marcia Rodd, Barbara Babcock

Votes: 23

48. Blue Thunder (1984)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.

Stars: James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Sandy McPeak, Dick Butkus

Votes: 1,321