10 TV shows that deserve their own movie

10 TV shows that deserve their own movie. By Simon Miraudo.

Over the past few months, we’ve learnt of TV adaptations of the following movies: ZombielandThe Kids Are All RightSource CodeThe Blues BrothersNapoleon Dynamite, Beverly Hills Cop and Hannibal. But what of the television shows that deserve their own film?! Barely a week goes by without rumblings of that elusive Arrested Development flick. In honour of that dream project, here are 10 more TV shows we’d like to see brought to the big screen. Let the fan fiction commence!

1. The West Wing

President Santos’ eight year run is over. Make way for new POTUS Sam Seaborn and his Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (with his lovely wife Donna as Press Secretary)! This thing practically writes itself. Now that Aaron Sorkin is an Oscar winning screenwriter, he may even have the clout to get this off the ground. We can pray…

2. Freaks and Geeks

This short-lived high school dramedy (still not available in Australia) from Judd Apatow and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has a cast that would rival any comedy currently in cinemas: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Samm Levine, Busy Phillips, Martin Starr et al. Originally set in 1980, the movie could show us their 10-year reunion in 1990. The Dave ‘Gruber’ Allen comeback begins now!

3. Daria

By our math, Daria Morgendorffer turned 30 this year. How can you not want to know what the acerbic, whip-smart icon is doing as an adult? In fifteen years, we can even get the sequel where she’s mother to a similarly snarky teen daughter. ThinkGhost World meets Juno plus a healthy heaping of Sick Sad World.

4.  Mad Men / 30 Rock

Hear us out! Though 30 Rock and Mad Men don’t seem to inhabit the same universe, this choice bit of fanfic imagines a romance between Rock’s Jack Donaghy and Men’s Sally Draper. But, if the thought of Alec Baldwin courting a young Kiernan Shipka freaks you out – as well it should – relax: it’s set in 1990, when the two of them are similarly aged young Manhattanites. I’d share an excerpt, but it gets a little dirty. Steve McQueen, this project has your name on it.

5. Breaking Bad

The best show on TV deserves its own movie spin-off. With only 16 episodes to go before the series ends for good, perhaps we can get a movie-length bottle episode a’la Fly or 4 Days Out, in which Walt and Jesse cook meth, crack wise and try to evade death (perhaps even at each other’s hands). Hilarity does not ensue.

6. The Larry Sanders Show

What exactly has fame-loving Larry been doing for the past decade? It’s time for the late night talk show host to return to the world of entertainment, and the big screen is the only one large enough to fit his ego. Hey now!

7. The Wire

Omar: Origins. That is all.

8. Community

Surely a feature-length film is the logical conclusion for the boldest, most inventive and audacious show on television. Imagine all the tropes they could satirise and genres they could subvert in 90 minutes?! That being said, we’d watch an entire movie of just Troy crying too.

9. Deadwood

Cancelled before its time, we never discovered the fate of the Deadwoodians. Now that Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and John Hawkes are (relatively) bigger names, perhaps creator David Milch can secure enough cash to finish the tale. Al Swearengen should never be silenced!

10. Fawlty Towers

There are 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers in total; that’s a mere six hours of hilarity. Meanwhile, the twoSex and the City movies alone account for 297 for our precious earthy minutes. We need a Fawlty Towers movie simply to restore the balance to this cosmic injustice.

Discuss: Alright, what did we miss?

15 Responses to “10 TV shows that deserve their own movie”

  1. Seinfeld – the movie about nothing!

    • We all know how that movie ends.. Jerry gets older, fatter (thinner on top), married with kids, and launches his own tv reality show about solving arguments between married couples and putting up billboards in their home town as to who was “rightist of the right”.

  2. Knight Rider. Search your feelings. You know it to be true. Not the god awful 2008 crapfest with that ugly ham Justin whatisnaming either, and not the insult to the intelligence that was Knight Rider 2000. BIG screen. Hoff need not apply, other than to die tragicomically in the first 3 minutes. KITT’s voice is still alive and all that is needed to make the movie a smash hit.

  3. Daria! But who would play her?

  4. Fawlty Towers would be a true winner — but it could never work without the talent of John Cleese and Andrew Sachs — sadly both of them have become grumpy old men and couldn’t do it anymore.

    • A lot of theatre groups have performed Fawlty Towers episodes on stage – and some of them have been pretty good. Sacrilege? Yeah, maybe, but… well, as you say, the originals aren’t gonna do it.

    • Buffy started as a movie. I’d like to see Flash Forward Turned into a movie, if for no other reason than to find out WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Torchwood the movie Starting off with how cpt jack is like he is!

  6. No Ordinary Family – The series was cancelled with the drek about to hit the fan.

  7. What about movies that should have been t.v. shows???? Like Harry Potter? Am I the only one who feels strongly about this. Such dense book series should not be made into short 2 hour movies.

  8. Freaks and Geeks had a great cast and story lines. Plus, unlike some U.S. TV teen shows (yes 90210 & Dawson’s Creek, I’m looking at *you*) the characters were like people you knew in high school. I would pay good money to see a Freaks & Geeks movie

  9. George Lopez show – comedy series one not the late night. The whole family just screams hilarity!

  10. I’m still hanging out for a Red Dwarf movie. It will eventually happen!

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