TV and film are a part of the same medium yet different in many ways. TV shows are longer and so they can have more sub-plots, characters, character arcs and focus greatly on certain elements. Movies are shorter but have a higher production budget. But sometimes the shorter runtime of the movies saves them from getting trapped and overemphasizing a certain theme or pace issues that TV shows usually suffer from. And that is why certain TV shows could’ve been better if they were movies.
Under the Dome
The TV show adaptation of the Stephen King novel ‘Under the Dome’, did fairly well till the first season. After that, the further seasons strayed far away from the book. The book’s story had been told and the creators were forced to come up with their ideas to extend the series, but it did not work well for the series and them. And this makes the viewers think that Under the Dome would have been better as a movie than a TV show.
The crime drama of 2021, True Story, with Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes as the star cast wasn’t enjoyed as much by its viewers. The audience had mixed feelings about the on-screen chemistry of the star cast, who were playing the role of brothers. Many did not like the way the plot of the series goes. A movie could have made the plot a lot less slow-paced, making it tighter and that would have enhanced the chemistry between the two lead characters.
The series is based on a post-apocalyptic world, telling the story of a group of convicts sent to see if the Earth is safe to live after a nuclear apocalypse. As the seasons kept coming in, the series lost track of the main plot. The show no longer had a point further on and ended up becoming repetitive. The 100 had a great plot to start with and could’ve done great with the movie lovers and it would have avoided the series from being compared to other similar shows.
Just like the others, True Detective was a TV show that fell victim to the seasons trap. The first season of the series was well-received. The series is well known for the way it explored the themes of religion, pessimism, and masculinity so well. The season still is quite loved for its characters and the terrifying mystery. If the series’ first season was made into a movie instead, it would have been a classic.
American Horror Story
Another series that could’ve been a lot better if it were a movie. American Horror Story attempted to bring horror to the small screen but failed due to the less compelling content added just to extend the show. Most of the TV show’s seasons felt like overly stretched movies. The cult was perfect with its timely satire and great plot. The only reason it took a hit was because of its length.