10 Popular Movies That Failed As TV Shows

  
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When a movie ends up being a huge hit, it makes sense to try to keep that love-fest going by turning the film into a television show that fans can enjoy regularly. When it’s done right, it’s a treat for both creators of the show and viewers at home, but more often then not it falls short. It’s the same with unnecessary sequels that flop, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Sometimes great things are better left alone to enjoy once in a while. With the new release of the series Limitless based on the successful Bradley Cooper film, we decided to take a look back at shows that were created from films. Here’s a list of 10 popular movies that failed miserably as TV shows. You might remember some of these, and others, well there’s a reason there went largely unnoticed.

10. 10 Things I Hate About You

When Julia Styles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon Levitt along with a group of incredibly attractive fellow teen actors (or at least actors who looked young enough to play teenagers) took on a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the result was 10 Things I Hate About You. The adorable film easily won over fans (how could it not with Heath Ledger dancing around stadium stands while belting out “You’re Just Too Good To Be True?”) so the film’s creators decided instead of opting for a sequel, they would create a TV show instead, starring Larry Miller, Dana Davis, and Lindsey Shaw. The show was meant to follow different-as-night-and-day sisters Kat and Bianca as they continued their daily lives as high school students living very different lives right alongside each other. But instead of their snazzy California high school, the family would be relocating to Ohio where things were sure to be…wild? Fans weren’t really into it and the show faded away without ever really being noticed, which is probably a good thing.

© ABC Family / Courtesy: Everett Collection

© ABC Family / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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9. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wasn’t the first time Hollywood tried to bring a young Indiana Jones type character to the screen. But before Indie’s son took over the whip, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles had teenage Indie himself taking on archaeological adventures on the small screen. Attempting to entice excitement-loving fans in the early ‘90s and starring Sean Patrick Flannery, the show was actually well-received by critiques and even earned itself a few Emmy awards before being cancelled after only two partial seasons.

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