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50 Best Television Adaptations of all time!

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People who added this item 2933 Average listal rating (2080 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Star Trek (2009)
Critics Consensus: Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike.
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People who added this item 2009 Average listal rating (1375 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Fugitive (1993)
Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taught and efficient formula film making.
People who added this item 476 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
In the Loop (2009)
Critics Consensus: In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.
People who added this item 3551 Average listal rating (2414 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Borat (2006)
Critics Consensus: Jagshemash! Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way. Part satire, part shockumentary, Borat stars Sacha Baron Cohen as the gleefully sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic title character on a cross-country trek to learn more about our strange nation; along the way he dredges up the seamy underbelly of American prejudice and ignorance. Now the cat is out of the bag, what will Cohen do for an encore?
People who added this item 840 Average listal rating (552 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Critics Consensus: First Contact contains enough enjoyable moments to appeal to non-Star Trek fans.
People who added this item 1712 Average listal rating (1071 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Traffic (2001)
Critics Consensus: Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.
People who added this item 862 Average listal rating (603 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Critics Consensus: Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.
People who added this item 4081 Average listal rating (2779 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
Consensus: The Simpsons Movie contains the hearty laughs, biting satire, and honest portrayal of an American family that makes the show so popular. And it boasts slicker animation and polished writing that hearkens back to the show's glory days.
Consensus: The Naked Gun is chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
People who added this item 672 Average listal rating (388 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Consensus: The Muppet Movie, the big-screen debut of Jim Henson's plush creations, is smart, lighthearted, and fun for all ages.
People who added this item 725 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
State of Play (2009)
Consensus: A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.
People who added this item 2213 Average listal rating (1431 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
People who added this item 1931 Average listal rating (1301 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Wayne's World (1992)
Consensus: An oddball comedy that revels in its silliness and memorable catch phrases, Wayne's World is also fondly regarded because of its endearing characters.
People who added this item 710 Average listal rating (494 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Consensus: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is perhaps the lightest and most purely enjoyable entry of the long-running series, emphasizing the eccentricities of the Enterprise's crew.
Consensus: The Undiscovered Country is a strong cinematic send-off for the original Trek crew, featuring some remarkable visuals and an intriguing, character-driven mystery plot.
People who added this item 1919 Average listal rating (1252 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Serenity (2005)
Consensus: Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.
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People who added this item 2266 Average listal rating (1469 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Consensus: Slick on the surface but loaded with artful touches, Brian DePalma's classical gangster thriller is a sharp look at period Chicago crime, featuring excellent performances from a top-notch cast.
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People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
Consensus: A complicated little musical, Pennies from Heaven is a dazzling, tragic spectacle.
Consensus: Its jokes are profoundly bold and rude but incredibly funny at the same time.
Consensus: Though it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.
People who added this item 1889 Average listal rating (1221 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Consensus: New, well-developed characters add dimension to this batty satire, creating a comedy much more substantial than the original.
People who added this item 2463 Average listal rating (1606 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.
People who added this item 912 Average listal rating (618 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Consensus: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is unabashedly offensive, unapologetically stupid, and unexpectedly funny.
Consensus: Surreally goofy and entertaining for both children and their parents.
People who added this item 992 Average listal rating (712 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Maverick (1994)
Consensus: It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.
People who added this item 1256 Average listal rating (813 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.8
Brüno (2009)
Critics Consensus: Crude and offensive, but with ample cultural insights and gut-busting laughs, Bruno is another outlandish and entertaining mockumentary from Sacha Baron Cohen.
People who added this item 376 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1
Consensus: When the Rugrats go to Paris, the result is Nickelodeon-style fun. The plot is effectively character-driven, and features catchy songs and great celebrity voice-acting.
People who added this item 206 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.6
Critics Consensus: A pleasant enough kids flick that adults may even enjoy.
People who added this item 4038 Average listal rating (2659 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
Critics Consensus: The story and plot are nothing to write home about, but the movie has enough action and campy fun to entertain the skeptics.
People who added this item 482 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Zone: The Movie suffers from the typical anthology-film highs and lows; thankfully, the former outnumber the latter.
People who added this item 1661 Average listal rating (1080 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.1
Critics Consensus: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson enliven a comedy comprising mostly of sight gags.
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People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (330 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Critics Consensus: It plays like an extended episode, but The Powerpuff Girls Movie is still lots of fun.
Critics Consensus: Results may vary for newcomers, but fans of the series will enjoy its big-screen transition.
People who added this item 795 Average listal rating (513 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7
Critics Consensus: Better than any sequel to a movie of a television show has a right to be, Jackass: Number Two dares you not to laugh.
People who added this item 515 Average listal rating (346 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Critics Consensus: For better and for worse, Edge of Darkness offers vintage Mel Gibson, working within the familiar framework of a bloody revenge thriller.
People who added this item 1089 Average listal rating (711 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Critics Consensus: The characters are still endearing, but the jokes in Wayne's World 2 are more hit-and-miss the second time around.
Critics Consensus: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie may be thin and uneven, but it's hilarious in enough of the right spots to do the show's big-screen transition justice.
People who added this item 4373 Average listal rating (3076 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Transformers (2007)
Critics Consensus: While believable characters are hard to come by in Transformers, the effects are staggering and the action is exhilarating.
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People who added this item 3613 Average listal rating (2369 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Critics Consensus: The movie is peppered with amusing sight gags and one-liners, but the disjointed script doesn't cohere into a successful whole.
People who added this item 2669 Average listal rating (1763 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Critics Consensus: Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.
People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Strange Brew (1983)
Critics Consensus: Strange Brew is not without its rough patches, but it earns points just for having the chutzpah to attempt a booze-fueled take on Hamlet.
People who added this item 3843 Average listal rating (2610 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Critics Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.
People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 6
Critics Consensus: Though lightweight and silly, The Brady Bunch Movie still charms as homage to the 70s sitcom.
People who added this item 1144 Average listal rating (784 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
The A-Team (2010)
Critics Consensus: For better and for worse, Joe Carnahan's big-screen version of The A-Team captures the superficial, noisy spirit of the TV series.
Critics Consensus: The slapstick antics of this sequel provide a few laughs, but fail to equal those of the original.
People who added this item 524 Average listal rating (348 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Critics Consensus: Although not terrible, the sluggishly paced Insurrection plays like an extended episode of the TV series.
People who added this item 1738 Average listal rating (1107 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Get Smart (2008)
Critics Consensus: Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but in the end is a rather ordinary Summer comedy.
People who added this item 575 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 5.4
Critics Consensus: This live-action update of Josie and the Pussycats offers up bubbly, fluffy fun, but the constant appearance of product placements seems rather hypocritical.
People who added this item 993 Average listal rating (607 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Critics Consensus: For better or worse, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is every bit as strange and twisted as you'd expect from David Lynch.
People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6
Critics Consensus: Occasionally funny, but little more than a jumbled, overextended episode of the TV show. Still, Candy devotees won't be disappointed.

In the never-ending search for feature length ideas, one of the big screen's most bountiful wells has undoubtedly been the small screen. And with plenty of memorable films and movie franchises getting their roots from programs that we've enjoyed from the comforts of our own couches and Lovesacs, we thought it was time to take another look at the best films that made the jump from the living room to the cineplex.

Since the number of films with television roots can be overwhelming, we had to set some ground rules. We chose movies that are big screen adaptations of TV series, mini-series, or sketches, along with movies that include the series' principal cast members. We left out films that are fundamentally derived from other sources (so no Superman or Batman: The Movie this time around, as they are best known for their comic book roots), but have included others that are first and foremost remembered as television shows (The Addams Family).

So back away from the warm glow of your television set and prepare to dive into the climate-controlled comforts of your local theater as we countdown the 50 Best Television Adaptations of all time!
per rottentomatoes.com

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