How well do you know these TV shows based on movies?

ENTERTAINMENT

Becky Stigall

5 Min Quiz

Image: ABC

About This Quiz

We know that the book is always better than the movie. But do you know what TV shows are based on movies? Regardless of which was better, can you remember these TV shows?

What 1998 film about a giant lizard spawned a series by the same name?

"Godzilla," the series, was animated. Bonus points if you know that the first "Godzilla" movie premiered in 1954.

Advertisement

"Psycho" spawned what televison series?

"Bates Motel" stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates. The movie starred Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.

Advertisement

What television series is based on the Star Wars movies?

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" is an animated series. The series premiered in 2008.

Advertisement

"Tarzan" was the inspiration for what TV series that first aired in 2001?

There is a live-action movie of the same name. The original "Tarzan" movie debuted in 1918.

Advertisement

What television series is based on the Toy Story movies?

The series was a collaboration between Disney and Pixar. Bonus points if you know that Buzz is from the planet Morph.

Advertisement

What television series was from the movie "Army of Darkness"?

The series starred Lucy Lawless. It first aired on Halloween in 2015.

Advertisement

The movie "How to Train Your Dragon" gave life to what television series?

The series boasts a combination of existing and new cast members. The series premiered in 2012.

Advertisement

What television series is based on the Terminator movies?

"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" is also referred to as "TSCC." Although well-received, the series was short-lived.

Advertisement

What television series followed the movie "Benji"?

Joe Camp created both the movie and the series. The '80s series was also released on video.

Advertisement

What television series was based on a character from "Nightmare on Elm Street"?

"Freddy's Nightmares - A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series" first aired in 1988. The movie premiered in 1984.

Advertisement

"The Omen" spawned what horror series?

The television show is set during the adult life of Damien. The show lasted for only one season.

Advertisement

The iconic "Animal House" was followed by what television series?

"Delta House" was canceled after one season. It is thought that the lack of raunch killed the series.

Advertisement

The apocalyptic film, "Legion," was followed by what television series?

"Dominion" made it only two seasons. "Legion" hit theaters in 2010.

Advertisement

What television show and movie of the same name were set in North Dakota?

The series debuted in 2014. The movie premiered in 1996.

Advertisement

"The Heartbreak Kid," from 1993, spun off what television series?

Both the movie and the series were aired on Australian television. Bonus points if you know that the school hangout was the "Shark Pool."

Advertisement

The movie "King Kong" gave life to what television series?

The original "King Kong" movie was released in 1933. It's been remade and spoofed countless times since then.

Advertisement

The film "Sitting Pretty" was the inspiration for what series about a butler?

The series ran for five years on ABC. The film, "Sitting Pretty," premiered in 1948.

Advertisement

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" brought forth what series?

Although the series was produced by Tom Hanks' production company, the show lasted only one season. Also involved in the series were Rita Wilson and Nia Vardalos.

Advertisement

"Osmosis Jones" inspired what television series?

The series was set inside the human body. It aired for only two seasons.

Advertisement

What miniseries was set decades after the original movie, "Gone with the Wind"?

"Gone with the Wind" was based on a 1936 novel of the same name. Scarlett aired in 1994.

Advertisement

The "Lion King" celebrated success with what TV series?

The series was based on the 1994 movie. The full name of the series was actually "The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa."

Advertisement

"The Wizard of Oz" was the inspiration for what animated series?

The series premiered in 1996. The movie aired in 1994.

Advertisement

"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was the inspiration for what television series?

The series aired for more than a decade. The movie premiered in 1974.

Advertisement

This series landed Godzilla where?

The series aired in 1997. Each episode was only three minutes long.

Advertisement

"The Blue Lamp" lit the way for what television series?

This series aired on BBC television. The show ran for 432 episodes!

Advertisement

"The Toxic Avenger" continued in what television series?

The series was animated. It was based on characters who fought for the environment.

Advertisement

"The Boy from Oklahoma" was the inspiration for what Western series?

"Sugarfoot" was based on a 1954 Western. The series ran for four seasons.

Advertisement

"Coogan's Bluff" inspired what television series?

"McCloud" was a police drama. The series ran from 1970-1977.

Advertisement

The Lethal Weapon movies continued with what series?

The series stars none of the high-powered cast of the movies. The series premiered in the fall of 2016.

Advertisement

"Cooley High" was the inspiration for what happening show?

The series premiered in 1976. It spawned a sequel of its own, "What's Happening Now!!"

Advertisement

Which television series was based on the Steve Martin movie of the same name?

"Parenthood" ran for six seasons. The series won numerous awards.

Advertisement

The story of "An American Tail" continued with what television series?

The series first aired in 1992. Some episodes were released on video.

Advertisement

What movie and series of the same name are based on a couple of odd roomates?

Actually, the movie inspired two versions of the series. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau starred in the movie. Tony Randall and Jack Klugman starred in the 1970 series. Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon starred in the 2015 series.

Advertisement

What Stephen King thriller was a success in both movie and series form?

Anthony Michael Hall starred in the series. The movie aired in 1983.

Advertisement

"Les Revenants" inspired what television series?

Les Revenants is French for "they came back." The series is hailed as being better than the movie.

Advertisement

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes