Ever wanted a film you love to continue long after the credits rolled to a close? Some films were lucky enough to be resurrected as a TV series, but while some made the successful transition to the small screen, others were ridiculed long after their cult film status remained. Take a look at our selection of the five films that became TV shows – for better or for worse...
Who knew that the iconic Buffy TV series was once a film before it turned into a girl power series?! The show, which aired on BBC Two between 1997 and 2003, did an amazing job at spinning new storylines, spanned seven series and created terrifying trials and tribulations for the much-loved cast. It even became a global phenomenon with die-hard fans wishing they were part of the gang at Sunnydale High. More significantly, Buffy was also one of the first hit TV shows that had a central female lead at the helm. Notably, compared to other cult TV shows (we're looking at you, Joey) spawned the fantastic and much-adored Angelspinoff.
Nowadays, spinoffs can now be lurking on Netflix instead of the small screen. The Daredevil series came from the film of the same name - which wasn't particularly successful. Yet the highly anticipated TV version - which has already been a smash hit in the US - premiered in the UK this year in April. After high demand from viewers, it's already been renewed for a second season.
Wallace and Gromit
The beloved British pair, known for their love of cheese and creating inventions, began their adventures on the silver screen before becoming the stars of TV series Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention in 2010 which aired on BBC One.The series lasted for one season and was later followed by short film, Jubilee Bunt-a-thon.
Sometimes films – even iconic ones – are unable to make the transition from cinema to series. The revived Clueless, which aired on the now-defunct Trouble during the early noughties, failed to live up to the film's cult status and was a huge disappointment. Maybe it was because Alicia Silverstone, who fast became a Hollywood teen idol, wasn't there to offer her credentials or because the much revered sartorial style couldn't quite compare with the original. The series lasted only three seasons before packing its (pleather) bags for good in 1999.
10 Things I Hate About You
The romantic comedy which starred the late Heath Ledger was converted into a TV show and debuted in the UK during 2009 on 5*, exactly ten years after the hit movie was released. Larry Miller, who played overbearing father Dr Walter Stratford, was the only character from the series that was part of the original cast. Yet the adaption failed to live to the film's success so it wasn't too much of a surprise when just a year later, it was cancelled, citing low audience figures as the reason.