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13 Forgotten TV Shows Based On Your Favorite Movies

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Hollywood's philosophy is that one good turn deserves another, especially when we're talking about movies that gross millions of dollars.

That explains why so many hit movies are recycled into TV shows, but as this list shows, the results don't always measure up to the original.

1. Ferris Bueller


Lasted for: one season

Of course the hit movie made a lot of fans, but not many were willing to tune in to this series about Ferris and his everyday adventures. The show gave Jennifer Aniston her start in show business as Ferris's sister Jeannie.

Despite the fact that John Hughes refused to attach his name to the project, the show was bold enough to start with a scene of the new Ferris, Charlie Schlatter, cutting apart a cut-out of Matthew Broderick with a chainsaw.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You


Lasted for: one season

It takes guts to base a TV series on a 10-year-old teen comedy, especially when you don't have Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles to carry the project.

The series was famously cancelled suddenly due to low ratings, leaving the show's few fans with a lot of unresolved cliffhangers from the season finale.

3. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Lasted for: three seasons

The premise for this show was a hit, since Indiana Jones was still a hot commodity in the '90s and fans liked the "Young Indy" sequence with River Phoenix in the adventurer's third movie.

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But the young actors cast as Jones could never really fill Harrison Ford's shoes, and the series proved to be way too expensive to carry on. Instead, it was wrapped up with a series of made-for-TV movies.

4. Clueless

Lasted for: 3 seasons

While the movie's biggest stars - Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd - didn't return for the TV series, members of the supporting cast like Stacey Dash did. The series began as part of ABC's TGIF lineup, but eventually moved to UPN where bad ratings finished it off.

5. The Crow: Stairway to Heaven

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Lasted for: one season

Goth kids everywhere had reason to celebrate when the supernatural action flick starring the late Brandon Lee was rebooted as a TV series.

The show was basically a rehash of the movie, with Mark Dacascos as Eric Draven, a murdered rock musician who returns from the dead on a quest for redemption. Like the original movie, there was also a bizarre on-set accident which killed a stuntman.

6. Honey I Shrunk the Kids: the TV Show


Lasted for: three seasons

Sadly, Rick Moranis didn't return as Wayne Szalinski in the TV continuation of the Disney movie. Each episode followed the Szalinski family's mishaps and hijinks, usually caused by Wayne's lates invention.

7. Dirty Dancing


Lasted for: one season

If you remember the backlash to the TV movie remake of Dirty Dancing, you can probably guess how fans felt about the TV series from 1988.

Melora Hardin (Jan from The Office) played Baby, with Patrick Cassidy as Johnny is what was basically an 11-episode remake of the classic movie. The original film's legacy just proves lightning never really strikes twice.

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