5 TV shows that should be movies

5 TV shows that should be movies

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SALT LAKE CITY - The latest Tim Burton, Johnny Depp collaboration, "Dark Shadows," is headed to theaters this weekend. The film is based off the 60's soap opera of the same name. The original TV show has a strong cult following that has been dying to see the film adaption.


In relation to this TV show turned movie, we're taking a look at five TV shows that should be made into films.

5. Lost

"Lost" baffled, entertained and frustrated audiences for six seasons and the finale left fans wanting more. Not necessarily because they thought the ending was so mesmerizing, but more so because it left so many unanswered questions.


"Lost" has a strong list of characters and near countless storylines that are waiting to be told. Get show creator J.J. Abrams behind the camera and get Damon Lindelof and Alex Kurtzman to pen the script and we should have a mind-bending, entertaining film that maybe finally answers the questions we're all still asking.

4. Person of Interest

This show is a new comer and isn't even out of its first season yet, but it is tailor made for the big screen.

Creator Jonathan Nolan is a film veteran co-writing films like "The Dark Knight" and "Memento" with his brother Christopher Nolan.

Person of Interest
Person of Interest

The show is action packed, cleverly written and lends itself to a bigger budget and more in depth story lines fir for the silver screen. Not to mention you already have a movie star, Jim Caviezel, headlining the TV show. Throw in a couple of more names and you've got yourself a fine film.

3. The Flight of the Conchords

The HBO comedy series "The Flight of the Conchords" didn't last as long as many had hoped, but it kept audiences laughing out loud during its run.

The super-dry comedy of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie is exactly the kind stuff Hollywood comedies are dying for. The over-the-top story plots and characters could make a hilarious flick and possibly even some sequels.

Granted, the humor has a specific audience, but it's large enough to make a high-grossing, incredibly funny movie.

The Flight of the Conchords
The Flight of the Conchords

2. Arrested Development

An "Arrested Development" movie has been "in development" for years. Show creator Mitchell Hurwitz has been promising a big screen adaptation since the show went off the air in 2006, and it doesn't really seem to be any closer to a reality.

However, if the film ever is made, it will likely be a huge success. The show only lasted three seasons, but the following is vast and dedicated. The short lived sitcom is syndicated on multiple channels and the DVD's still sell well.

People love the ill-fated adventures of the Bluth family and we can only imagine what levels of absurdity they'd rise to in the theater.

"Arrested Development" is slated to start making episodes again for Netflix, but a movie is what fans really want.

1. Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I.
Magnum P.I.

That's right, the one and only Thomas Magnum has made the list. Was this the best show on TV? No. Was it even the best show in the 80's? No. But man was it entertaining.

Magnum ran for eight seasons and the following was solid all the way through. With big screen adaptations of TV shows like the "The A-Team" and "The Mod Squad" it seems only fair that Magnum get his day in the cinema.

A private investigator driving a Ferrari and sporting a Detroit Tigers baseball cap in Hawaii, what else could you ask for? Would a Magnum movie be silly? Sure. But it would be fun.

The biggest hurdle, however, would be finding an actor with the same charm, dimples and epic mustache as Tom Selleck to fill the role of the one and only Thomas Magnum.

What TV shows would you love made into movies? And what TV shows should never hit the big screen? Tell us on the comment boards and on Facebook.

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