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The best TV shows based on films, and vice versa -- ''Buffy'' and ''The Fugitive'' top the list, says Ken Tucker

Eliza Dushku, James Marsters, ... | FRESH BLOOD ''Buffy'' the movie was horrible; ''Buffy'' the show (pictured) was a TV landmark
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FRESH BLOOD ''Buffy'' the movie was horrible; ''Buffy'' the show (pictured) was a TV landmark

The best TV shows based on films, and vice versa

What do you think is the best big-screen adaptation of a TV series and vice versa? -- Terry Shimmins

Harrison Ford did David Janssen's classic TV suspenser ''The Fugitive'' proud in 1993; I also liked Brian De Palma's supersize ''The Untouchables'' in '87. As for movie-to-TV morphs, it's no contest: The WB's ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' gloriously transcended the '92 cinema schlock starring Kristy Swanson; Joss Whedon got to redeem his slaughtered film script via TV.

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Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints