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50 Best Television Adaptations of all time!

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People who added this item 2941 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 2016 Average listal rating (1377 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 (269 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.
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 848 Average listal rating (556 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 1717 Average listal rating (1072 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Traffic (2000)
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 875 Average listal rating (612 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 4111 Average listal rating (2803 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 677 Average listal rating (390 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 733 Average listal rating (467 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 2230 Average listal rating (1437 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 1938 Average listal rating (1302 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 717 Average listal rating (496 ratings) 7.1 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 1925 Average listal rating (1253 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 2295 Average listal rating (1492 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 (31 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 1911 Average listal rating (1228 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
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 2469 Average listal rating (1607 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 922 Average listal rating (623 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 1003 Average listal rating (722 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
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 1261 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 383 Average listal rating (259 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 210 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.6
Critics Consensus: A pleasant enough kids flick that adults may even enjoy.
People who added this item 4039 Average listal rating (2655 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 490 Average listal rating (307 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 1667 Average listal rating (1082 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 443 Average listal rating (339 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 806 Average listal rating (519 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 523 Average listal rating (354 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 1093 Average listal rating (713 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 4388 Average listal rating (3081 ratings) 6.5 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 3632 Average listal rating (2378 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 2684 Average listal rating (1770 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 114 Average listal rating (80 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 3858 Average listal rating (2621 ratings) 6.6 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 294 Average listal rating (174 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 1157 Average listal rating (791 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 530 Average listal rating (351 ratings) 6 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 1743 Average listal rating (1107 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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 579 Average listal rating (352 ratings) 4.8 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 1008 Average listal rating (615 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 144 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 5.5 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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