22 Beloved Franchises (That Totally Lost It)

Franchising is a funny a thing. Sometimes, you strike gold and still remain faithful to the product -- even improving upon it. But mostly people are too eager to suck every single dime they can from an idea, until it's withered and unrecognizable in a wet gutter.

To help us illustrate this, we tapped on our favorite image wizard AuntieMeme to help us show you the worst offenders in pop culture history.

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MAXIMUS, FROM THE MOVIE GLADIATOR, ALMOST FORREST-GUMPED HIS WAY THROUGH HISTORY. Since Maximus is dead and buried at the end of Gladiator, the script

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SUPERMAN COMPLETELY THROWS OUT HIS MORAL CODE IN SHPERIAN AT EARTH'S END. He grows a crazy hobo beard, kills the hell out of the bad guys with a giant

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Family Matters went utterly insane from the fourth season on. It started out as a show about a cop's middle-class family and their wacky neighbor. Mid

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In 2006 Disney explored the relationship between single deer parents and their kids, with PTTURES PRESENTS Bambi ambi Il When the original Bambi was i

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The writer of ET. immediately wrote a horrifying sequel. It was called Nocturnal Fears, and featured a race of white extraterrestrials who kidnap and

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One of the 101 Dalmatians becomes the British Prime Minister, in the sequel to the book. The Starlight Barking is the story of Cadpig, one of Pongo's

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In Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures. Pac-Ma and the Ms. live in a house and have kids. So instead of running through mazes and 72 fighting ghosts, you ge

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THE ORIGINAL KING KONG WAS A GIANT GORILLA WHO WAS SO INTO BLOND HWMAN WOMEN THAT HE CARRIED ONE TO THE TOP OF A SKYSCRAPER. IN 7986's KING KONG LIVES

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IN 1994, MEGA MAN TOOK A BREAK FROM FIGHTING ROBOTS TO PLAY SOCCER Mega Man Soccer for the SNES pitted Mega Man against his enemies in a fight to the

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Mrs. Robinson her uses cougar powers to help The Graduate's kids in Home School. That's right, the woman THE LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL TO THE GRADUATE who s

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Beaver Cleaver returned in 1983 with Still the Beaver. Leave It to Beaver was a '60s sitcom about a precocious kid nicknamed Beaver and his family-War

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Ghe Phantom of the Opera runs a Coney Island sideshow in Love never Dies. The sequel is another musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The title seems to be

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IN 1990, LINDd BLaIr REPRISED Her MOST Famous ROLE WITH a COMEDY caLleD REPOssessed. LINDA BLAIR NED BEATTY LESLIE NIELSEN REPOSSESSED Blair plays a L

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DONKEY KONG JR. MATH WAS JUST AS WRETCHED AS IT SOUNDS. EXERCTS1E + 0 00 O 00I + 00 0O 00 oxo SELECT 01o + 00to CD OD 8 X O The 1985 NES game featured

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Clarissa in Clarissa Enxplains it AI Was cynical, colorful, and snarky. Clarissa in Clarissa Now was perky, drab, and naive. Oddly, the spinoff series

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IN 1982, tHe PrOFeSSor WHO COULdN't patcH a boat buiLt a Space SHiP out OF Wood aNd FLEW tHe castaways to GiliGaNs PLanet. The show was cancelled afte

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Casablanca nearly had a terrible sequel. In the movie, called Brazzaville, we learn that Rick and Louie were actually spies all along, and the roguish

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Bewitched, the movie, was insanely meta. Rather than remaking and updating the '60s TV show, Bewitched! is about a remake of the '60s TV show. Still w

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In the final season of The Flintstones, Fred and Barney met an alien. His name was Gazoo, and he could teleport, time travel, and make objects appear

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RIPLEY THE ALIEN HUNTER GETS CUDDLY WITH THE XENOMORPHS IN ALIEN RESURRECTION. Since Aliens 3 killed Ripley off, this film brings Ripley back as a clo

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THe UPCOMING BeeTLejuice secuel IS aCTuaLLY THe SECOND oNe IN tHe WORKS. In 1990, the studio nearly made Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. It was a retread o

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A BOY NAMED SUE WAS ACTUALLY ABOUT INCEST. In the song, made famous by Johnny Cash, the title character learns that his father named him Sue to make

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