Sunday, March 16, 2008

TV Shows I Wish Would Be Made Into Movies

The movie version of Bewitched sucked, and The Brady Bunch Movie was only moderately funny (although, truth be told, it was funnier than most episodes of the actual sitcom).

And don't get me started on My Favorite Martian!

It seems I'm often disappointed in the TV shows from my youth (or shows that aired before I was born, which I learned to love from reruns on cable) that are made into feature films. Either the movies are poorly conceived (read: I Spy) or just plain awful. (Didya see S.W.A.T.?)

Here are some TV shows I wish were turned into movies. And an extra wish goes out in the hopes each would be done well:

The Greatest American Hero: Played out semi-serious, this movie has has real potential. The comedic recipe of a flawed hero, romance, mystery, super-powers and nostalgia is a can't miss.

The Green Hornet: Same as above, minus the comedy. Play down the super-hero bit and ramp up the mystery aspect, and this movie works. (Oops, I see The Green Hornet movie is being written and produced by Seth Rogen. There goes my hope it won't be a comedy. Damn...)

Hill Street Blues: It was a remarkable TV show, and could make a wonderful movie. I doubt it would translate to film as well as it did the episodic style of television, but I can hope. I'd be first in line for a ticket.

Baretta: Please! Please, make a Baretta movie. But leave out that damn bird.

Alias Smith And Jones: My favorite TV western ever (followed closely by The Big Valley), this show never took itself too seriosuly and always delivered on the entertainment. I think it works well as a movie.

What's on your list?


Wabi-Sabi said...

Believe it or not... The Greatest American Hero movie is reportedly scheduled to begin filming this summer.


The Film Geek said...

That made my day, Jim! I hope it gets off the ground. (And that it's done well.) Man, I loved that show.

fishing guy said...

FG: I loved 'The Greatest American Hero', it was always funny when he discovered another use for the suit. I'm also glad to hear they are making a movie of it.

RedZeppelin said...

Three cheers for "The Greatest American Hero." I've been rediscovering that show on DVD. And I own the t-shirt pictured in Wabi's link. Heh.

Route 75 said...

The Greatest American Hero will be the greatest movie of all time.

Ok, maybe not, but I can't wait to see it!

Elvis Drinkmo said...

Green Hornet was the show with Bruce Lee as Kato, right? That was a cool show.

And how ironic that I would read a post about The Greatest American Hero when I just heard the song on the radio:

"Belive it or not
I'm walking on air
I never thought
I could feel so freeheehee...."

cat said...

That was my favorite moment in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, when he breaks out the Greatest American Hero themesong as we see Bush the dunderheaded dolt in his play-airman suit on a carrier deck proclaiming "Mission Accomplished." Absolutely perfect cinema.