I could have started this post about the new Tim and Eric movie, but…
So instead, I’ll focus on other TV shows that made the leap to the big screen with the original cast (or at least most of it) in tact. This is not about the remakes. Here are some TV Shows That Tried To Find New Life In Film. Some did; some didn’t. Awesome Battle, begin!
WE’RE GONNA STICK WITH THIS MOVIE THING FOR AWHILE
These were the TV shows that had either finished their run (Star Trek: The Original Series), were about to finish their run (The Muppets Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation), or barely had a run at all (the short-lived Naked Gun), but went on to produce more motion pictures than thought possible. These are the successes. These are the ones that the cinema kept alive… even up to now.
WE’RE GONNA GO BACK TO TV A LITTLE WHILE LONGER
It’s weird that this group mostly consists of cartoons. These are the TV shows that decided to release a movie to capitalize on the boob tube success, and in many ways, they did.
- Transformers: The Movie was released in 1986 to reboot the toy line and cartoon series, and how did it do that? It killed most of the original cast. It’s officially time to throw out Optimus Prime to buy Rodimus Prime.
- Beavis and Butt-Head Do America extended the show one more season, but it must have also entered it into the nostalgia lexicon. It returned to MTV with a new season late last year.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut came out somewhere around season 3 or 4. The show just finished its fifteenth season. Oh, my god! They didn’t kill this show!
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters should have killed ATHF, but it didn’t. I saw this at the show. It was horrible! This happened in 2007. The show is still on the air.
- The X-Files: Fight the Future got me to watch the season before the film was to be released. I wasn’t a fan of the show prior to that, but I knew a fair amount of its mythology. (I’d only watch it here and there for the random, spooky episodes.) The show went on for four more years. Somehow. The revelations in the movie were boring. And I think they changed all the mysteries anyway. Long story short, I stopped watching the show; others didn’t.
WE’RE JUST LUCKY TO HAVE ONE MOVIE
These shows probably shouldn’t have had movies, but because of the fans, they did.
Kids in the Hall begat Brain Candy; Twin Peaks begat Fire Walk With Me; Firefly begat Serenity; Strangers with Candy begat Strangers with Candy; and for some reason… when no one was asking, The X-Files begat I Want to Believe. They were trying to pull an ol’ Star Trek: TOS on us. You’ll have to do better than pedo-priest and severed heads, Chris Carter. Mulder needs his Khan.
WE’RE NOT GOING TO COUNT THESE
Any film based on Saturday Night Live skits is not up for discussion at this time.
And I didn’t include Monty Python because they’re British.
Now, I know that Kids in the Hall are Canadian, and I added them up above. And they, too, were produced by SNL’s Lorne Michaels. But they’re already in the Photoshopped image, so nyah.