20 TV Shows That Were Actually Based On Movies

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It seems that all of the best TV series start out as either a book or a big screen feature film. It seems to add to the appeal knowing there is a bit of a backstory to your favorite TV shows. Whether you are into science fiction, horrors, comedies, romance or the weird and twisted, you'd be pretty surprised to find out that some of the best TV shows on air were movies before they hit the small screen.

Unlike Veronica Mars or Lizzie McGuire, these films started the franchise — they didn't wrap them up! Take a break from binging your fave show and watch the movie that started it all. Warning: some of these flicks are SERIOUSLY not as good as the shows came to be whereas others are 10x better.