5 classic TV shows that should be made into movies
Posted June 6
TV LAND — As we’re all aware at this point, Hollywood loves to resurrect old things.
We are now a society bombarded with movies that are reboots, sequels, remakes and adaptations. The latest trend is remaking classic TV shows into big budget films. The latest to follow the likes of “21 Jump Street,” “CHiPS” and “The A-Team” is the raunchy comedy “Baywatch.” The new take on the old series starring David Hasselhoff has Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron taking to the beaches of Southern California.
This trend is nothing new considering Hollywood has been remaking classic TV shows for years. Some of these properties include “The Addams Family,” “Dragnet,” “Sgt. Bilko,” “McHale’s Navy” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” to name a few.
With all of this in mind, here is a list of five classic TV shows spanning five decades that I think could make for some great movies if done correctly:
The western TV series “Gunsmoke” ran for 20 years and is one of the most iconic TV programs to ever grace the small screen.
The show follows Marshal Matt Dillon as he tries to keep the peace in Dodge City. The TV show was pretty tame by today’s standards and you don’t need to make it ultra-violent or turn it into a crude comedy for a solid movie remake. Instead, make it a more of a realistic take on the TV series with some modern action sequences and injected humor, and we could have a great western on our hands.
The classic TV series “Laverne and Shirley” chronicles the misadventures of two single women in the '50s and '60s as they navigate life, love and work in the Shotz Brewery.
This show was hilarious and you could make a great movie by updating the duo to be two best friends living and working together in the '80s, who possibly stumble across something shady going on at the brewery and the danger they run into trying to solve the mystery.
I’d be more than happy to see that movie.
The concept behind the TV show “L.A. Law” is pretty simple. It follows the cases and personal lives of impossibly attractive lawyers in a Los Angeles law firm. Watch the show today and it’s hard not to laugh at how seriously it often takes itself and the ridiculous fashion and concept of wealth and luxury in the '80s.
All of that seems tailor-made for a modern update with a comedic vibe. Think of a “Starsky and Hutch” type remake that pokes fun at itself and just has a great time with absurd storylines and characters. This could be a hilarious movie and Corbin Bernsen has to make an appearance. Maybe he can be the boss of the firm. I love this movie — make it already.
It’s too bad the Tom Hanks TV show “Bosom Buddies” only lasted two seasons because it was actually really funny, and that’s why I’d be fine with seeing it on the silver screen.
“Bosom Buddies” followed two friends, Hanks and Peter Scolari, who worked together and could only afford one apartment, which happened to be in a women-only apartment building. The friends pretended to be women so they could find a place to live as they still tried to live their regular lives.
The shtick can run pretty thin and that’s why I think it only lasted two seasons, but it could be a great setup for a movie as long as you get two actors as charismatic and funny as Hanks and Scolari.
The movie version would require some updates, strong female characters and a plot device that really raises the stakes, but all of that is easily added. Also, Hanks and Scolari would have to make an appearance, possibly as themselves now 30 years later still living in the apartment and trying to keep up the rouse.
I know “Dallas” recently had a reboot TV series, but I think this needs the movie treatment.
“Dallas” was basically a primetime soap opera chronicling the oil empire of the Ewing family. The show was full of backstabbing, blackmail and all sorts of over-the-top drama. I’d take the “L.A. Law” route here and make a hilarious comedy that has no idea it’s a comedy.
Watch the Ewing family destroy itself with its wealth and lavish lifestyle as the ultra-rich deal with the problems only the ultra-rich can understand. It would be satire at its best.
What shows would you be OK seeing remade into movies? Let us know in the comments.
John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.