'Ferris Bueller' and Other Wonderfully Awful TV Shows Based on '80s Movies

'Ferris Bueller' and Other Wonderfully Awful TV Shows Based on '80s Movies

Sep 10, 2012

So that Beverly Hills Cop TV show everyone was talking about earlier this month will at least get a pilot. CBS has ordered the first episode, which will come from Shawn Ryan (The Last Resort) and focus on the adventures Axel Foley's (Eddie Murphy) son, Aaron, a cop working in Beverly Hills who's trying to get out from under his father's shadow. Murphy will reprise the role he made famous in the three Beverly Hills Cop movies for the pilot, and could make scattered appearances in various episodes should the series get picked up. 

The TV show will come in place of a new sequel, which tried (and failed) to get off the ground for years now, with Brett Ratner coming the closest to making it happen. Now, though, they'll be sucking all the R-rated fun out of the franchise and going all sitcom-y for TV, which, as history proves, might not yield the most entertaining results. 

Over the years we've seen countless movies move to television, some more successful than others (no, we're not talking about you My Big Fat Greek Life), and only time will tell where Beverly Hills Cop will fit among the other bold attempts. We do know, however, that it will soon join these other gems based on movies from the '80s ...

1. Ferris Bueller

Sidenote: Yup, that's Jennifer Aniston starring as Ferris' sister, Jeannie Bueller. Believe it or not but this one lasted 13 episodes.

2. Back to the Future

Sidenote: Back to the Future was one of many '80s movies that were turned into animated shows. Others included Spaceballs, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Beetlejuice, Teen Wolf, The Neverending Story and more.

3. Weird Science

Sidenote: This one made it a staggering 88 episodes before meeting its demise. In the first episode Wyatt explains the creation of Lisa (played by Vanessa Angel in the TV series) by saying he saw it happen in a John Hughes movie once. Cue laughter and applause.

4. Dirty Dancing

Sidenote: This one made it only 11 episodes, but we love the fact that it stars an overtly geeky Paul Feig, who would go on to write for Freaks and Geeks and later directed Bridesmaids.


5. Police Academy

Sidenote: This is one of the only movie-to-TV adaptations that featured a ton of cameos from folks who starred in the films (Tackleberry, Hightower, Lassard and Sweetchuck, among others). Michael Winslow, who had a reoccurring role in the series as Sgt. Jones, is the only Police Academy character who starred in all seven movies, the TV series and the cartoon.

Tell us your favorite TV show that originated from an '80s movie ...

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