As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of television. If a movie becomes a hit, there is a good chance that one of the networks will launch a small screen adaptation. For every successful series based on a movie (such as M*A*S*H*), there are dozens that get tossed on the television scrap heap. Often these series feature performers who went on to greater fame in other roles. How many of these do you remember?
1. Paper Moon (1974-75)- based on the hit 1973 film, the series featured a young Jodie Foster in the role of Addy Pray (played by Tatum O'Neal in the movie).
2. Fast Times (1986)- this short-lived version of the film "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" featured Patrick Dempsey as Mike Damone, Courtney Thorne-Smith as Stacy Hamilton, and Jason Hervey (Wayne from the Wonder Years) as Jeff Spicoli's little brother.
3. Gung Ho (1986-87)- based on the film directed by Ron Howard, this sitcom starred a pre-Quantum Leap Scott Bakula in the role played by Michael Keaton on the big screen.
4. The Bad News Bears (1979-80)- this watered down version starred Jack Warden in the Walter Matthau role. Corey Feldman (Reggie), Tricia Cast (Amanda), and Kristoff St. John (Ahmad) were some of the young performers who made up the Little League team. Ironically, both Cast and St. John grew up to become co-stars on "The Young and the Restless".
5. Delta House (1979)- based on the frat classic "Animal House", the only memorable thing about this series was that the cast included a 20 year old Michelle Pfeiffer in the role of "The Bombshell".
6. Working Girl (1990)- this adaptation of the hit 1988 film starred Sandra Bullock in the role made famous by Melanie Griffith.
7. Dirty Dancing (1988-89)- starring Melora Hardin (Michael's boss on NBC's The Office), Patrick Cassidy (brother to David and Shaun), and McLean Stevenson, CBS put this series in the corner after just 12 episodes.
8. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1982-83)- based on the 1954 film, the TV version featured Richard Dean Anderson (Macgyver), Peter Horton (thirtysomething), Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives), and River Phoenix as four of the seven brothers.
9. A League of Their Own (1993)- an adaptation of the hit baseball film from the previous year, this series starred Carey Lowell (Law & Order) in the Geena Davis role.
10. Parenthood (1990)- this series had Ed Begley Jr. subbing for Steve Martin. The cast also included Leonardo DiCaprio (in the role played by Joaquin Phoenix in the film) and David Arquette as Tod (originated in the movie by Keanu Reeves).
11. Casablanca (1983)- this was actually TV's 2nd attempt at making a hit series based on the Bogie/Bergman classic. David Soul (best known as Starsky's partner Hutch) took on the role of Rick Blaine in this adaptation.
12. Baby Boom (1988-89)- Former Charlie's Angel Kate Jackson took on the role played by Diane Keaton in the film. This series also featured Joy Behar (The View) in the role of the fearsome nanny Helga Von Haupt.
13. Ferris Bueller (1990)- Starring Charlie Schlatter in the title role, this series also starred Jennifer Aniston (as Ferris' sister Jeannie) and Ami Dolenz (Micky's daughter) as Ferris' girlfriend Sloan.
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