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3 Good Shows That Deserved Standalone Movies (and 3 Bad Ones That Didn’t)

When TV shows become successful, there are often calls to make standalone movies out of them. This is pretty understandable. Many of the things that go into making a good TV show are the same that go on to make a great film. These are a solid premise, good actors, a great script, crisp dialogue, and so forth. So when a TV show makes it big, there is an opportunity to make a hit film out of it.

These shows usually have an army of fans and are quite popular, this popularity gives such films a boost at the box office. On the flip side, there are films that were made from TV shows that were totally unnecessary. These films usually bombed, and unsurprisingly so. These TV shows did not deserve a standalone movies made out of them. Today, we take a look at 3 shows that deserve to be made into a movie and 3 shows that did not deserve a silver screen adaptation. What do you think of this list? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

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Good Shows That Deserved Standalone Movies

1. Arrested Development – A Cult Classic

Good Shows that deserved standalone movies and bad ones that didn't
Arrested Development

This show made its debut in 2003. After a slow start, it went on to reach great heights. It achieved cult status and has a special place in popular culture. Apart from iconic characters and witty humor, it had a host of guest stars. Arrested development deserves to be adapted into a movie.

Take a look at the trailer for Season 4 of this show. :

 

2. Community – A Feel Good Show

Good Shows that deserved standalone movies and bad ones that didn't
Star Cast of Community

This is a beloved show that had an interesting premise. It focused on the relationship between a study group at a community college. The show had many great and memorable moments. The core theme of friendship was beautifully portrayed. It had hilarious episodes and eventful drama. The dialogue between the actors was quite witty, too. Alas, we still haven’t seen a movie made out of this gem. We hope it is made in the near future.

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3. Happy Endings – Blockbuster Potential

Good Shows that deserved standalone movies and bad ones that didn't
The Cast of Happy Endings

This intelligent comedy had a talented star cast. It was a fan favorite, and the biggest pull of the show was its quirky, light-hearted humor. This was a feel-good show that has blockbuster potential written all over it. We hope we see it on the silver screen soon!

While the aforementioned shows deserve a standalone movie, the three films listed below were adaptations of shows that were better left alone.

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Bad Shows That Were Made Into a Movie

1. Fantasy Island (2020) – A Train Wreck

Good Shows that deserved standalone movies and bad ones that didn't
A Still From Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island was based on a show by the same name that ran on ABC from 1977 to 1984. The premise of the show was a supernatural setting where the invited guests to an island get their fantasies fulfilled at a price. This film was a horror adaptation, and it fell flat on its face. Lacking in many respects, the whole thing was a train wreck.

2. The Avengers (1998) – Outdated

Good Shows that deserved to be made into movies and bad ones that didn't
A still from the show

The avengers was based on an old British spy drama that happened to be too outdated. The film compounded this problem by having an outdated script that was not in touch with the current times. It was plagued by a whole host of other issues. This show did not deserve a standalone movie.

3. McHale’s Navy (1997) – A Disaster!

Good Shows that deserved to be made into movies and bad ones that didn't
A poster of the TV Show

This film was based on a show by the same name that ran on ABC from 1962 to 1966. McHale’s Navy was a military action comedy that was made with much promise, but alas it bombed and was everyone’s regret. Even the producer, Sidney Sheinberg admitted that the film was a “disaster”. Ouch!

Written by Angad Singh

Angad is the Exclusive Editorials Head at FandomWire. Besides editing and writing duties, he procures material and manages the direction of our site's exclusive editorials. A lawyer by degree and a writer at heart, he prefers sleep over everything.