20 TV Shows That Were Made Into Movies

Everyone loves to binge a TV show, especially over the last year and a half.

A dramatic series finale simply won't do for some long-running series, with movies an increasingly popular way to say goodbye.

Some have so many fans that taking the story to the big screen is the only way to keep a fan-base engaged.

Whatever the reason, here are 20 TV series that made it to the big screen.

Sex and the City

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Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon at the west coast premiere of Season 3 of "Sex and the City" Dan Callister / Staff/Getty Images

Beloved by women worldwide, the long-running Sex and the City series was aired from 1998 to 2004, and followed the life of a New York writer, Carrie Bradshaw, and her three friends, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte as they navigate the world of love, sex, and work in the big city.

The franchise returned in 2008 for a feature film of the same name, which followed Carrie as she prepares for her wedding to long-term love-interest, Big.

Later this year, the franchise will return to the small screen again, with Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte navigating life in their fifties in the new HBO series, And Just Like That...

Breaking Bad

Cult classic TV series Breaking Bad followed a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer as he struggles to secure a future for his family.

The series ran from 2008 until 2014, and stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston.

The movie, El Camino, focuses on Paul Aaron's character, Jesse Pinkman, as he runs from his thorny past. It was released in 2019.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family
Christina Ricci, who plays Wednesday Addams, dangling meat in a scene from the film 'Addams Family Values', 1993. Paramount Pictures / Handout/Getty Images

The Addams Family was a classic 1960's TV series, which follows a macabre family on all their adventures.

In the 90s, the story of this family continued in the film The Addams Family which sees the family victim to the efforts of a loan shark and account to fleece them of their fortunes.

The movie was a hit, leading to other feature films such as The Addams Family Values, The Addams Family 2, and a remake of the original film which was released in 2019.

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo follows the adventures of a group of crime-solving teens and their Great Dane, Scooby Doo.

The animated TV series originally aired in 1969 and has been aired in many remakes and iterations ever since.

There have been more Scooby Doo movies than we can count, with the first live action version, released in 2002, following the gang's reunion after a two-year split.

The Muppets

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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are two favorite characters of The Muppets franchise Frazer Harrison / Staff/Getty Images

These iconic puppets made their debut in 1976 with a TV series and since then, the franchise has gone from strength to strength.

The first movie to feature Kermit's gang was the 1979 The Muppet Movie, which follows the friends as they trek across America to find fame in Hollywood.

The franchise then went on to release classic films such as The Muppets Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island.

Star Trek

The Star Trek original series, set in the 23rd century, has a cult of dedicated followers worldwide. The original series ran from 1966 until 1969 and follows a space crew from the United Federation of Planets on their mission to explore new worlds.

There have been ten subsequent series in the Star Trek universe and 13 movies. And it shows no sign of slowing down.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone was a 1959 series, in which people can travel through time and space in their sleep.

The series went on to be turned into a movie in 1983, Twilight Zone: The Movie. The movie is in four segments, directed by four different directors, with each tells a new version of the classic story in the TV series.

There was a later remake of this TV series, which was released in 2019.

The Simpsons

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The voices behind The Simpsons pose with their characters: L-R Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson), Tress MacNeille (Marge Simpson) Colin Davey / Contributor/Getty Images

One of the most successful adult cartoon programmes of our times, The Simpsons has run for 32 seasons and tells the story of the dysfunctional and hilarious Simpsons family.

For Matt Groening, the creator of the show, turning the series into a movie was always a goal; one that became reality after 31 seasons. The movie was released in 2007.

The X Files

This TV series kicked off in 1993, and carried on in some form until 2018. It follows two FBI agents as they investigate unexplained and paranormal activity.

The first movie was released in 1998 and sees agents Mulder and Scully fight the government to find out more about possible alien lifeforms.

A second X Files film, The X Files: I Want to Believe, was released in 2008 and follows the agents as they investigate a psychic priest's claims.

Charlie's Angels

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Charlie's Angels carries on the story from the 1970's series of the same name Darren Michaels / Staff/Getty Images

This early noughties hit, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu was based on the original Charlie's Angels series, which starred Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett, that aired from 1976 to 1981.

The movie follows on from the series and sees a new generation of Angels fight crime. It was released in 2000.


Pokémon captured the imagination of children everywhere, and started in 1997. The series follows Ash on his quest to 'catch them all' - and, of course, inspired the hit game Pokemon Go, which was loved by children and adults alike.

There have been several Pokémon films, but the first was Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back. The film depicts the creation of a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, which goes horribly wrong.

21 Jump Street

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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star in this cop-comedy, released in 2012 Handout / Handout/Getty Images

TV series 21 Jump Street first aired in 1987. The plot followed an undercover police officers investigating youth crime, and the series featured Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter DeLuise, and Holly Robinson.

The 2012 film of the same name starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. A second film, imaginatively called 22 Jump Street sees Tatum and Hill go back undercover, this time at college.


Reality show Jackass tracked a group of stuntmen performing stunts for the camera.

It is one of the few reality TV series to be turned into a movie. The 2002 release involved Johnny Knoxville and his gang as they travel around Japan, performing insane stunts.

Miami Vice

Miami Vice is a reprise of the 1980's series of the same name, which follows Detective Crockett and his partner Tubbs, a cop looking for his brother's killer. Both cops are undercover for much of the series.

The series was made into a film in 2006. It starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx as their personal lives get intertwined with their undercover work.

South Park

South Park is a popular cartoon series that has been around for decades Getty Images / Handout/Getty Images

Successful cartoon seriesSouth Park has brought controversial satire to the small screen for decades.

The movie South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, released in 1999, was intended by creators to be a way to round off the series. It was so popular however, that it revitalised the TV series that has now run for 24 seasons so far.

Looney Tunes

Animated series Looney Tunes, the original of which ran from 1930 to 1969,is a fond childhood memory for people all over the world.

The series remained popular long after it stopped airing, leading to several feature films with the cartoon cast. They include: Space Jam; Looney Tunes: Back in Action; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; and Space Jam: A New Legacy, which was released this year.

Veronica Mars

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The Veronica Mars series was turned into a movie, which was released in 2014 Tommaso Boddi / Contributor/Getty Images

Veronica Mars was the TV series that catapulted Kirsten Bell to fame in 2004. The show followed teen super-sleuth, Veronica Mars who, after her best friend was killed, starts investigating as an assistant at her father's private detective agency.

The movie was released in 2014 and tracks Veronica's journey back to her old home town for a reunion. There she ends up helping her old flame, Logan, solve a murder mystery.

18. Deadwood

Deadwood was an HBO hit series depicting life in an outlaw settlement in South Dakota in 1876.

After the series was canceled before its fourth season, a movie was released in 2019, which tied up many of the loose ends left at the end of the TV show.

The movie picks up 10 years later as the characters reunite to celebrate South Dakota's statehood.

SpongeBob SquarePants

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SpongeBob SquarePants is loved by children all over the world Keith Tsuji / Stringer/Getty Images

SpongeBob SquarePants, the comedy animated TV series, tells us the story of a sea sponge and his friends, and chronicles their various adventures under the sea.

The series ran for nearly two decades and ended this year. The first movie was released in 2004, and follows SpongeBob as he leaves Bikini Bottom to find Neptune's Crown. The movie was remade this year, and will be released in November.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender aired from 2005 until 2008, and takes the viewer to a world of elemental magic, which is gripped by war. It follows a young boy on his quest to fulfil his destiny of becoming the Avatar and bringing peace to their nation.

The series was made into a film in 2010, which was a great hit. A highly-anticipated live-action remake of the series is currently underway, but there's no release date just yet.

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