From TV to movies

Joy Jonette Chuyaco - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - One time or another, you’ve been hooked on TV shows. They may be drama series, documentaries, cartoons or comedy shows. When they become popular, they would soon be shown in theaters as expected. They get fans excited. Here are some movies that were originally TV shows: 

Slumdog Millionaire. Remember the TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Well, the movie revolves around a young man who wins the game but then is accused of cheating just because he doesn’t look smart enough. As he struggles to prove how he knows all the answers, viewers are brought into the world where he grew up. 

Sex and the City. When Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha were introduced in a HBO TV series, no one expected their show would hit the theaters. But the charm of these four ladies and their life adventures in New York had become so popular that the series must be made into a movie. In 2010, a movie sequel was shown and it did well in the box-office.   

The Addams Family. It was way, way back when The Addams Family was first shown as a cartoon, then it was adapted on TV, and finally landed on the big screen in 1991. It also had a sequel. The family’s members may come across as weird but they have their charm that make fans love them just the way they are. 

The Brady Bunch Movie. Who would ever forget the ideal American family that graced the small screen in 1969? The Bradys and their show tackle just about any issues that families experience, and of course, the joys of having one another as a family. Fans must have missed them so much because in 1995, a movie was made based on the TV show and a sequel followed.

Charlie’s Angels. The ’70s TV show about three women working for a private investigator named Charlie is a favorite. In 2000, a film was released starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in the title roles. Did viewers, especially fans, like it? They did obviously because a sequel came out in 2003. 

The Simpsons. It was just a regular TV show/cartoon showing the life of a typical American family. After being aired on TV for some time, viewers learned to love the Simpsons and could relate to them. Not for long, a movie version was released and fans were delighted to watch their favorite family on the silver screen.

Mission: Impossible. It was first shown in 1966 as a TV series about secret agents who embarked on daring missions. When the first movie was shown in theaters in 1996, fans were delighted to see the favorite agents on the big screen. Although the film series was not much related to the TV series, it was more than enough for fans to see the action again and hear the famous theme song.

Scooby-Doo. It all began in 1969 when Scooby-Doo came in as an animated TV series. It is about a group of young teenage friends, together with a talking Great Dane, who solve mysteries for fun. The show came out as a movie in 2002, with a sequel in 2004. What’s interesting is how the actors made to look almost like the cartoon characters. It’s perfect to reminisce about the past.   

Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean the character doesn’t need to say anything or wear a dashing outfit. Just seeing him doing his tricks make people forget their problems and laugh about them even just for a while. It was not surprising that it would turn into a movie someday and it did. Mr. Bean was played by Rowan Atkinson.  

The X-Files. The sci-fi TV series is about two investigators who solve cases that involve the unexplainable. Usually, viewers are fascinated by the unknown, and the series just perfectly has it. No wonder, the movie was a hit when it was screened in theaters.

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