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Poll: What old TV show should be made into a movie?

American TV shows of the 1980s and 1990s are a goldmine for moviemakers. What classic TV show would you like to see revived as a movie?

Over the last few years, we have seen American TV shows of the 1980s and 1990s become a goldmine for moviemakers. This summer, for example, saw another Transformers film and G.I. Joe.

With the lack of creativity in Hollywood, combined with nostalgia being a factor in why many moviegoers open their wallets, what classic TV show do you think should be made into a movie? Take this poll to let us know your pick. (The A-Team and MacGyver movies are already in the works, so those two are out. And we're talking real movies here, not cheesy made-for-TV debacles!)

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342 comments
acshelpu
acshelpu

American Gothic should definitely be made into a movie. Very spooky series set in a small town with a subtitle of evil; worked well for all of it's two seasons. Could do a lot on the big screen.

markalger
markalger

Quark. It's run was so short, but it was so funny.

gbarn
gbarn

The Tick was kick-ass funny!

lwold
lwold

Wanted Dead or Alive

timothy.retford
timothy.retford

Though I don't know if they could even do justice to such a classic.

m_johnson
m_johnson

Jonny Quest - from the 60s, not the 80s fake crap. The show always included some kind of leading edge technology. Just a good fun show.

Morti
Morti

Another question that might be even more interesting is: What book should be turned into a movie? Might not get as many responses from a geek crowd as talking about TV but there could be some real nuggets.

stephenbridgemohan
stephenbridgemohan

Classic movies, wish they would remake them with up to date screen technology especially Alien's'

stephenbridgemohan
stephenbridgemohan

A book about a journalists' documentary on the post war of zombies....

stephenbridgemohan
stephenbridgemohan

This would be a great movie if done correctly.. tho might require a big budget lol..

CaptMorgan
CaptMorgan

It would take a budget so large that they could never do it justice... For that reason, I hope it doesn't get made. It was an awesome story.

Ken Dally
Ken Dally

And Alf could take the family to his home, I just love the thought of a planet full of cat eating, wisecracking Melmakians ;-)

rkendsley
rkendsley

MI-5, in the early 2000s, still interesting.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Waiting For God, As Time Goes By, To The Manor Born, 'Allo 'Allo, Mulberry. Love 'em. If Americans didn't get ahold of them, they'd make great movies. Yeah, I love comedy. :D

santeewelding
santeewelding

Didn't hear what you were saying. I was busy reporting spam.

santeewelding
santeewelding

You are not so distracted as to have misspelled, "Phhhbbbtt".

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

to three of the four. Phhhbbbbttt. :D

Dave51
Dave51

How about Spooks with is on British TV at least 5 series now a good follow up to MI5

Paulo Cezar
Paulo Cezar

I know, I know... only old TV shows should qualify... but TSCC was good TV and got axed by FOX just after a great cliffhanger. A movie providing some closure would be good

nojo
nojo

Stingray (1986-1987), starring Nick Mancuso.

flhtc
flhtc

It was a dark show to start with, I can only imagine where writers could take it.

Dave51
Dave51

UFO set 20 or 30 years later and present kit has been invaded by the alien so they have to reuse the old stuff e.g. that fabulous flying goal ball at the beginning.

shaker36
shaker36

I remember this show, old british sci-fi show I believe. Cool vehicles, storyline, and concepts. Needs a remake!

JamesRL
JamesRL

Brings back memories. James

lestertrad
lestertrad

_Father Knows Best_, _The Great Gildersleeve_, and _The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis_(that last one in hardcore, of course)...

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I don't think so. Why is the answer to everything to go hard core? I can't think of a single movie that would have been improved by sex, except maybe...umm...uhhh... Never mind.

lestertrad
lestertrad

But _Dobie Gillis_ was ABOUT sex - in repressed 50s America. I was being ironic, of course. At least those old shows had some real values.

lestertrad
lestertrad

Zappa is an artist of titanic stature, and one of the things that fueled his engine was the baseness of Amerikan "culture." God, he's sorely missed in times like these.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

[i]I'm gross and perverted I'm obsessed and deranged I have existed for years But very little has changed. I am the tool of the government And industry too For I am destined to rule And regulate you. I may be vile and pernicious But you cant look away. I make you think I'm delicious With the stuff that I say. I'm the best you can get, Have you guessed me yet? I'm the slime oozing out From your tv set. You will obey me while I lead you, And eat the garbage that I feed you, Until the day that we dont need you, Dont go for help...no one will heed you. Your mind is totally controlled. It has been stuffed into my mold And you will do as you are told Until the rights to you are sold That's right, folks.. Don't touch that dial Well, I am the slime from your video Oozing along on your living room floor I am the slime from your video Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go.[/i] Forty years old and it's as true today as when it was written... edit: runaway [i]italics[/i]

lestertrad
lestertrad

By real values I meant home, honest work, family, love, as opposed to the reduction of everything to hollow simulacra, which is what mainstream TV and news do. Of course, those good, old-fashioned values were being held up to us as a means of metaprogramming, so that the politics/production/consumption process could operate smoothly...

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Everybody's values are "real" values. Those values just may not be [u]your[/u] values. I've yet to hear a definition of "real values" with which I agree, primarily because those "real values" everybody keeps pushing include the condemnation of others because of [u]their[/u] values.

AV .
AV .

Sock it TO ME! Funny stuff. AV

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

a 'Fickle Finger of Fate' that points to the bathroom... :^0

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

The three you mentioned were all shite. Dresden files Red Dwarf Space Above and Beyond Blake's Seven Sharpe Blackadder Hogan's Heroes But it would be nice if f'ing hollywood come could come up with something original instead. It would be nice to say that they've run out of ideas, but I think the recent run of general releases simply show extreme cowardice.

iheatseekeri
iheatseekeri

Sifl & Olly - mainly because there aren't enough sock puppets (it was a silly show but subversively ingenious - Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco are nothing short of creative maestros) Max Headroom - because it's Max Headroom and we need this as a movie. 20 minutes from now.

iheatseekeri
iheatseekeri

Amazing show - guy takes a photo of four people being assassinated. A year later, in the course of minutes, his life is erased (wife doesn't recognize him, credit cards don't work, friends don't recognize him, etc.) all due to a secrety government agency that wants the negative of the photo.

russdwright
russdwright

to an extent ... Enemy of the State starring Wil Smith and Gene Hackmen

iheatseekeri
iheatseekeri

Before DB Sweeney went on to become the leader of the mercenary group Ravenwood in "Jericho" (Which still needs to be made into a movie, though I look forward to the comic books coming out) he was in this highly awesome show on Fox. As Chance Harper, he had an innate ability to be in the right place at the wrong time (or wrong place right time).

iheatseekeri
iheatseekeri

Two that were a little similar to each other. Dead at 21 was on MTV. Kids got chips implanted in them at birth to make them smarter or something. As they grew the kids became smarter or more creative but also developed problems such that they died when they turned 21 (hey, I bet that's where the title comes from!) VR5 - people stuck in a virtual reality experience

C O R
C O R

Either a total reboot or a continuation of the original series with big budget production values. T'would rock

dbrahm
dbrahm

"The Adventures of Hiram Holliday"-I know it will be hard to replace Wally Cox, but someone like Adam Sadler or any number of physical comedians should be able to pull it off. It was long ago (early '50's) but I can still remember watching it.