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6 great movies that made even better TV shows

After The Mortal Instruments movie didn’t do so well in the box office, it’s now making a move to the small screen. The Ew Community was excited about this news, so we decided to think of some other movies that became great TV shows.

Below, our top six movies that made even better TV!

Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf

When MTV announced it was remaking the ’80s comedy flick Teen Wolf into a new show, we weren’t sure what to expect. Although the show started out as a slighty dark but also funny saga about an awkward teen (Tyler Posey) who got bittten by a werewolf, the show has since left a lot of the comedy behind and become very dark. By killing off main characters and bringing in psycho killers and scarier monsters each season, the show has turned into a small-screen thriller that keeps fans on their toes in the best way. Zakiya Jamal

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

In 1995, director Terry Gilliam gave us the stellar sci-fi flick Twelve Monkeys. Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt, the movie was a success with fans and critics alike. It was neo-noir time travel—weird, dark, and a bit of a puzzle. This year, Syfy brought us its TV counterpart. While the show retains its central characters and themes, much has been reworked for the better. Supporting characters become major and evolved, and new mysteries come forth. In a world where time travel is possible, anything is possible—including this delightfully engaging reboot. Joanna Skrabala



Before Ben Affleck suited up for the new Batman v Superman film, he first suited up to play blind crime-fighting superhero Daredevil. Daredevil (2003) did okay at the box office, but it was never considered a truly great superhero film. The Netflix/Marvel-produced television series Daredevil is by far a better cinematic interpretation of this superhero than the 2003 film. Whereas the film chose to exaggerate its villains, the television show made everything dark and serious. Netflix just announced that Daredevil has been renewed for a second season, proving that viewers enjoyed the show a lot more than the original film. Lauren Gallaway

Friday Night Lights


Friday Night Lights has gone through the entire spectrum of media. What started out as a real-life story about a high school football team in Texas turned into a book, which then turned into a movie, which then became a TV series that lasted five incredible seasons. Even though it was the last of the three, the TV show was my first exposure to the FNL saga, so I may be a little biased … but I think it was the most superior of them all. The book was great, the movie was mediocre at best, but the show did what none of the other were able to do: Weave the story of the team and its coaches, players, families, and fans over the course of several years, making the story more compelling. Learning the players’ backstories beyond their years on the football team was what made Dillon, Texas, really come to life—more than just following them over the course of one fall. Cara Cooper



Hannibal is a tricky show to categorize because it involves several movies that actually overlap with the series. Here’s my ranking on where I think each falls in the overall Hannibal Lecter onscreen pantheon. Manhunter is first. It’s dated, sure, but Michael Mann’s movie is still my personal favorite. Both William Petersen and Brian Cox are amazing as Graham and Lecter. Plus, Tom Noonan is the scariest Dolarhyde ever. NBC’s Hannibal ranks a solid second. After that, my ranking is: Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal (the movie), then Red Dragon. If I’m rating it on the overall Lecter arc, however, TV’s Hannibal wins hands down. Geek Girl Diva

Stargate SG-1


While the original Stargate film did delve into campiness now and then, one of the things it did really well was set up the complex mythology that later served as a launch pad for the TV show. The change in medium definitely helped, as it gave Stargate SG-1 a chance to not only answer some of the thematic questions the movie had raised, but also introduced us to a Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), one of science fiction’s best female characters. Over the course of 10 seasons, Team SG-1 would go on to explore various planets and civilizations, proving that sometimes more is better! Nivea Serrao

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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