The special alchemy that goes into movie is different from the nose-to-the-grindstone nature of TV shows. Movies require lengthier scripts, multiple shooting locations, and often bigger budgets. TV shows, on the other hand, require cast and crew to almost work a 9-to-5, going in every day to bang their head against the wall and slip on bananas for weekly entertainment of the half-asleep Thursday night masses.

So we can understand the appeal of crossing mediums. It's a finite job, and movies carry the weight of a sort of capstone achievement. We're sure sooomebody at the The Officer proposed the idea of releasing the Dunder Mifflin documentary as a big-budget blockbuster and tried to turn a bunch of characters watching clips of themselves into an event. Thankfully, we didn't get that. Instead, we got these massive missed opportunities like Bewitched and Flintstones

 All that, plus 11 more TV comedies that would have been better off staying on the small screen.

McHale's Navy

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM MCHALE'S NAVY STARS ТОМ ARNOLD Really, what else do you need to know? Tom Arnold. As the lead in a movie. It's a movie starring Tom Arnold. Do not rent. Do not stream. Do not buy. This has been a Tom Arnold Alert. Woop woop woop.

Universal Pictures

Fat Albert

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM FAT ALBERT WAS KENAN'S LEADING MAN DEBUT Fat Albert and the junkyard gang spring out of a television set, becoming flesh and blood to cheer up a lonely high school girl. If you told us this was the plot of a horror movie, we'd nod and say, Yeah, sounds terrifying!

20th Century Fox

George of the Jungle

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE GOT IN THE SWING OF THINGS For some reason, Brandon Fraser was the go-to guy for cartoon-to- comedy movies. Not only was he George (scoring as a goof who can talk to apes), he also starred in major dud Dudley Do-Right.

Walt Disney Pictures

Car 54, Where Are You?

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? AND CAN YOU STAY THERE? 308 It would be a stretch to say the original sitcom was beloved, but уер, they made a few seasons worth. The movie version adds Buster Poindexter and a couple hundred police cars crashing into vegetable stands. Somehow at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes

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