6 Successful Film Franchises Based on TV Shows

Successful movies often get a second life as television shows, as studios try to duplicate the popularity of major motion pictures such as Stargate, Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, or MASH in a small-screen series format. However, when it comes to recycling popular stories or characters, the road from the movie studio to the television studio is a two-way street. Just like some popular television shows have taken their inspiration from films, there are also several successful films that have been based on television shows.

The 21 Jump Street franchise began its life on television in 1987 as a serious crime drama about undercover police officers posing as teenagers. The series ran for five seasons and starred Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson (Peete), Peter DeLuise, and Dustin Nguyen, according to IMDb. In 2012, the franchise was rebooted as a comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum that mocked the dubious premise of the television show. The film was a commercial hit and brought in a total domestic gross of $138.4 million on an estimated production budget of $42 million, according to data compiled by Box Office Mojo. A sequel to the film — 22 Jump Street — is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 13 and the studios are undoubtedly hoping that the follow-up can match the box office success of the first film. With that in mind, here are six other successful film franchises that started as television programs.