The 6 Most Successful Movie 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. Here are six successful film franchises that began as television programs.


6. The Addams Family film series (1991-1993)

Based on a dark comedy television program of the same name that ran from 1964 to 1966, the enduring popularity of The Addams Family characters inspired two major motion pictures. Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, and Christina Ricci, the 1991 film was a box office hit with a total domestic gross of $113.5 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Although 1993’s Addams Family Values was less commercially successful, it still collected a respectable domestic gross of nearly $49 million, giving this film franchise a total domestic gross of $162.4 million.