13 TV Comedies That Probably Shouldn’t Have Been Made into Movies

13 TV Comedies That Probably Shouldn’t Have Been Made into Movies

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

Leave It To Beaver

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM LEAVE IT TO BEAVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEFT ALONE Just like the original, but with more bullying! Variety calls it fuzzily conceived and blandly executed. Nostalgia never felt so bland.


The Brady Bunch

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM THE BRADY BUNCH GOT SUBVERSIVE The BRADY Bunch We'll defend The Brady Bunch Movie, a satircal look at a family stuck in the seventies. With a lusty neighbor determined to bed a Brady boy, this is enormous fun, one of the best TV adaptations to date.


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


COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM DRAGNET IS THE ONE WHERE TOM HANKS RAPS Fine, Dragnet wasn't a sitcom. But it did get the big-screen comedy treatment with Tom Hanks and Dan Ackroyd. Hit up YouTube and watch the two stars do a very 80s rap. Is this where Chet Hanx got inspired for White Boy Summer?


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

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