I don’t know why we had such a strong prejudice against TV shows. Things are changing now, but at one point movie stars won’t take up any TV roles. There was this veiled division between movies and TV shows which has been transcended on both the sides. There have been innumerable movies that have inspired equally, and in some cases better, pieces of art on TV. The advantage that the smaller boxes have is that of elaboration and deliberation. They are at liberty to interpret the underlying themes and the panoply tenets edified in the movies with patience and enormous amounts of time. This has further embellished the image and reflection of the movies in our heads, for which we are eternally grateful. Below is a list compiled cataloging some of the best TV shows inspired from movies. Happy reading!
The plot is almost the same as the movie. Brian Finch, played by Jake McDroman, gets acquainted to NZT-48, a neurotic drug that enhances his human capabilities and makes him discern the world like never before. He gets into trouble with people over the applications of the drug in his daily life. The treat for the movie fans is obviously the recurring appearance of Bradley Cooper on the show. The charismatic actor’s mere face lights up the screen and the series definitely gains from it. Apart from the usual atmosphere of paranoia and motley of flashbacks, ‘Limitless’ doesn’t have much to offer. Running for a single season, it still managed to do well and be popular amongst the fans.
11. Abbot and Costello
Well this is a classic. The old timers surely got it right with this one. I actually got to know about the pair through Dennis Villenauelle’s 2016 sci-fi film ‘Arrival’. And since then there has been no looking back. The show has the unique distinction of being the first of its kind to have its own radio show, movie, and even publications in major papers. The charismatic duo’s tried and tested burlesque routines sure lit up the screens, sans the melodious music interludes and overtures. It is also fascinating the way it was shot. Whenever the duo had something funny, the team would record it and then use it in different scenes to go with the context. Jerry Seinfeld’s favorite comedians are also my favorite ones. Give it a try!
10. Planet of the Apes