'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Sarah Michelle Gellar may be the most famous Buffy Summers, but she was not the first. Kristy Swanson originated the role of the teenage vampire slayer with the 1992 debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Swanson starred in the Joss Whedon-penned flick alongside Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Hilary Swank, and David Arquette, among others. After the film closed with a $16.62 million box office total, Whedon continued the story with a 1997 small screen premiere on The WB. Gellar stepped into the role, starring alongside Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, and Anthony Head. The famed series soon became far more successful than its predecessor, airing for seven seasons and picking up Golden Globe and Emmy nominations along the way.
Training Day hits the small screen in February 2017, nearly 16 years after the 2001 film arrived in theaters. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the original production starred Denzel Washington as Detective Alonzo Harris and also featured Ethan Hawke, Eva Mendes, Dr. Dre, Macy Gray, and Snoop Dogg. Bill Paxton leads the CBS adaptation, starring alongside Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law, and Julie Benz.
On March 8, 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo arrived in theaters. Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi, among others, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and took home two, winning gold for Best Actress in a Leading Role for McDormand and Best Original Screenplay for the Coen brothers. Nearly 20 years later, Fargo made its way to the small screen. In April 2014, the Fargo TV show debuted on FX with the Coen brothers on board as executive producers. Following a similarly dark comedy theme, the show introduces new stars for each season, boasting a lineup that includes Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Kirsten Dunst, and Patrick Wilson.
'10 Things I Hate About You'
In 1999, Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik starred as Katarina “Kat” Stratford and Bianca Stratford, respectively, taking on the challenges of dating in high school under the watchful eye of their overprotective father. After some sisterly bonding and teen movie schemes, Kat finds herself at the prom with Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) as Bianca goes with Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The flick, which helped make its leading actors stars, quickly became a rom-com classic. In an attempt to capitalize on 10 Things I Hate About You‘s enduring legacy, ABC Family celebrated the show’s 10-year anniversary with the premiere of a show by the same name. While director Gil Junger signed back on to lead the first few episodes of the series, it was not the same star-making phenomenon that the original actors saw. ABC Family canceled 10 Things I Hate About You after its first season.
One of the most successful movie-to-TV adaptations took place thanks to 1989’s Parenthood. Starring Steve Martin as Gil Buckman, the Ron Howard dramedy followed the Buckman family as they faced tribulations in the home and at work. Also starring Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Dianne Wiest, Parenthood picked up two Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, also earning $126.3 million at the global box office. The beloved film first found its way to the small screen just one year after its release. Parenthood debuted on NBC in August 1990 with Howard executive producing, and stars including David Arquette, Jayne Atkinson, Thora Birch, Ed Begley, Jr., and Leonardo DiCaprio playing members of the Buckman family, but it was canceled after the first season. The story found its true footing as a TV adaptation 10 years later with the 2010 debut of Parenthood, once again on NBC. With Howard again serving as EP, the Buckmans were swapped for the Bravermans, starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, and Monica Potter, among others. The well-received series ran for five years, earning Golden Globe and Emmy nominations during that time.
In the ’60s, Richard Hooker’s MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, arrived in stores, inspiring years of media that would follow. An adaptation of the book, MASH, hit theaters in 1970, bringing in $81.6 million at the box office. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, and Robert Duvall, the flick earned five Oscar nominations and won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Ring Lardner, Jr. Just two years later, the roles of Hawkeye Pierce, Hot Lips Houlihan, Trapper John McIntyre, and Frank Burns went to Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and Larry Linville, respectively, on the CBS TV series. One of the most famed TV adaptations, M*A*S*H went on to run for nearly 11 years, breaking ratings records and winning 14 Emmy awards during its time on air.
'About a Boy'
In 2002, Hugh Grant starred as Will Freeman in the dramedy About a Boy, directed and co-written by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz with Peter Hedges. An adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 1998 novel by the same name, the movie told the story of a wealthy Brit who learns life lessons thanks to a young boy.The Oscar-nominated movie made $130.5 million worldwide and inspired a TV show more than 10 years later. In February 2014, NBC began airing the About a Boy series, starring David Walton as Will and also featuring Minnie Driver, Al Madrigal, and Adrianne Palicki, among others. The adaptation ran for about one year before it was canceled.
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze famously had the time of their lives as Frances “Baby” Houseman and Johnny Castle when Dirty Dancing arrived in theaters in August 1987. The film soon became a classic, making $213.9 million at the international box office and picking Academy Award and Golden Globe wins and nominations. Following the success of the dancing flick, a Dirty Dancing TV show made its way to CBS just one year later. Melora Hardin and Patrick Cassidy stepped in for Baby and Johnny, but only did a short stint on the dance floor as CBS canceled the show just months later. Dirty Dancing will soon be back on the small screen, as ABC announced plans for a TV-movie musical remake.
In August 1989, Uncle Buck arrived in theaters from writer-director John Hughes. Starring John Candy, Amy Madigan, Jean Louisa Kelly, Macaulay Culkin, and Gaby Hoffmann, among others, the flick followed the offbeat Uncle Buck (Candy) as he cared for the children of his straight-laced brother. Earning $79 million at the box office, Uncle Buck inspired a 1990 CBS series, which recruited Kevin Meaney as the title character. The show made it just one season, seeing cancellation a few months later. While the TV adaptation was hardly a success, the story is set to get new life on ABC. A 2016 adaptation of Uncle Buck, which featured Mike Epps as Buck, as well as Nia Long, James Lesure, and Sayeed Shahidi, was cancelled after one season.
Long before Tyler Posey became a teen wolf thanks to MTV, Michael J. Fox originated the furry role on the big screen. Fox played Scott Howard in 1985’s Teen Wolf, following the story of the average high school student who becomes a werewolf. Posey stepped into Fox’s footsteps as Scott McCall with the June 2011 debut of MTV’s Teen Wolf. The spooky series is in the midst of its sixth and final season.
On June 11, 1986, Matthew Broderick hit the big screen as Ferris Bueller. Broderick starred as the charmingly creative slacker in John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, appearing alongside Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, and Jennifer Grey. While Broderick is almost synonymous with the character he made famous decades earlier, another actor also played the Chicago resident with a penchant for sick days and street parades. Charlie Schlatter played the title character for a short time in Ferris Bueller, a 1990 TV series from NBC. Featuring Brandon Douglas as Cameron, Ami Dolenz as Sloan, Richard Riehle as Principal Edward R. Rooney, and a young Jennifer Aniston as Jeannie Bueller, the show ran for just one season without any involvement from Hughes, getting canceled within its first season.
Under direction from Mike Nichols, Melanie Griffith became Tess McGill in 1988’s Working Girl. She starred alongside Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver in the movie about a young woman trying to make it in the ’80s man’s world of finance. Also featuring Joan Cusack, Kevin Spacey, and Alec Baldwin, the movie earned six Academy Award nominations and took home the Best Original Song Oscar for Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run.” For a short time soon after, another working girl emerged. Then an unknown young actress, Sandra Bullock signed on to play Tess in a TV adaptation of Working Girl. The NBC sitcom only aired for a few months, seeing cancellation in 1990 after low ratings.
In July 1995, Alicia Silverstone became Cher Horowitz, forever cementing the phrase “As if!” in the vernacular of valley girls everywhere. Also starring Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, and Breckin Meyer, Clueless became an enduring favorite among the teen set. It was little surprise, then, when Clueless the TV series debuted on ABC soon after. Rachel Blanchard stepped into Cher’s designer shoes for the September 1996 premiere, with Dash and Faison returning to their roles along with Elisa Donovan (Amber), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall), and Twink Caplan (Ms. Geist). The series had a longer shelf life than some adaptations, airing through a third season in 1999 before it was canceled.
Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro teamed up in 2011 for the thriller Limitless. Cooper starred as writer Eddie Morra, whose life changes when he experiments with a high-level drug that changes his abilities and the world around him. The action flick brought in $161.8 million worldwide, and inspired a subsequent small screen adaptation. With Cooper serving as executive producer and making appearances as his character from the original film, Limitless debuted on CBS in September 2015. The show follows a similar story of a 20something man who comes in contact with the drug, this time featuring Jake McDorman as the man in question.
On September 13, 2002, Barbershop arrived in theaters, featuring an ensemble cast which included Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Keith David, Michael Ealy, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Eve, among others. Ice Cube led the flick as Calvin Palmer, Jr., a Chicago man who runs a barbershop that he inherited from his father. The movie made $75.8 million at the box office, and inspired multiple sequels and spin-offs, as well as a short-lived TV series. In August 2005, Showtime introduced Barbershop, recruiting Omar Gooding for the role of Calvin. The show did not to see the same level of success that its predecessor achieved, getting canceled after its first season.
Tom Cruise found himself in the future for Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report in 2002. The action star played Chief John Anderton, a struggling member of the Washington, D.C. police force who is tasked with stopping crimes before they happen. The thriller earned an Oscar nomination and made a impressive $358.4 million worldwide. More than a decade later, the story found its way to the small screen. In September 2015, a Minority Report TV show premiered on Fox, starring Stark Sands, Meagan Good, and Nick Zano, among others. The show continues the plot of the original film, taking inspiration from the movie’s original source material: the 1956 Philip K. Dick short story “The Minority Report.”
Irene Cara, Paul McCrane, Eddie Barth, Lee Curreri, Barry Miller, Laura Dean, and Debbie Allen stepped into the spotlight in May 1980 with the debut of Fame. The musical flick followed a group of students at a New York City performing arts high school as they sought fame and big careers on the stage. Just two years later, in 1982, a Fame TV series aired its first episode on NBC. Curreri and Allen reprised their roles from the film on the small screen, along with Albert Hague (Benjamin Shorofsky) and Gene Anthony Ray (Leroy Johnson). The TV adaptation was a successful one, airing for six seasons and picking up Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and wins.
'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'
On December 9, 1974, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore arrived in theaters from director Martin Scorsese. The dramedy starred Ellen Burstyn as Alice Hyatt, a woman who rebuilds her life with her son Tommy (Alfred Lutter) after the death of her husband. Also featuring Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, and Jodie Foster, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore picked up three Oscar nominations, with Burstyn taking home Best Actress. A few years after the film’s bow, Alice arrived on CBS. Linda Lavin took over the role of Alice, while original cast member Vic Tayback (Mel Sharples) reprised his role and Lutter made a brief appearance. The show ran for nearly 10 years, picking up Golden Globe and Emmy nominations as it followed Alice’s journey of chasing her dreams and working in a diner.
'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'
In April 2002, Nia Vardalos played Toula Portokalos, a 30something woman from a traditional Greek family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In a script penned by Vardalos, Toula falls in love with a man named Ian Miller (John Corbett), and juggles the relationship with life with her many family members. With a domestic gross of $241.4 million, the movie became the biggest rom-com of all time, and inspired a short-lived TV series. My Big Fat Greek Life premiered on CBS in February 2003 with Vardalos both behind the camera as creator and EP and in front as a character named Nia Miller. The sitcom followed a similar story, as Nia marries a man named Thomas and merges two very different families. The series hardly measured up to the film’s success, as it was canceled just a few months later.
'The Pink Panther'
In 1963, The Pink Panther debuted in theaters, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, and Capucine, among others. The film follows Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) as he chases a jewel thief who is after a famed gem known as “The Pink Panther.” The Oscar-nominated flick famously inspired decades of adaptations and spin-offs, including two major TV shows. The first, The Pink Panther Show, premiered in 1969, featuring the movie’s animated panther in a series of cartoon shorts. Running for about a decade, The Pink Panther Show was followed years later by The Pink Panther. The second small screen series debuted in 1993, following the panther in animated form once more. The adaptation wrapped a few years later, airing its final episode in December 1993.