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2013-01-27 11:10:09 AM
Good choices, especially Buffy, Stargate and Alien Nation.
 
2013-01-27 11:49:33 AM
M*A*S*H was not better than M*A*S*H.   That is all.
 
2013-01-27 11:51:38 AM

Dogberry: M*A*S*H was not better than M*A*S*H.   That is all.


Actually, MASH the movie was very overrated in my opinion. Too much of the second half of the film focused on a ridiculous football game.
 
2013-01-27 12:00:03 PM
As far as I remember, SG-1 was not a prequel to the movie.

Otherwise, that was an interesting read.
 
2013-01-27 12:00:32 PM
pretty good list with a loose definition of 'spin-off'. some of those tv shows are television adaptations of novels/plays. not necessarily spin-offs of a movie adaptation.

that said, sad that there was no mention of the 2 'Nikita' tv shows.
 
2013-01-27 12:48:40 PM
M*A*S*H the TV show, was little more than Allan Alda trying to channel Groucho Marx with a laugh track, and came off more like vaudville, than a comedy/drama.
 
2013-01-27 12:52:41 PM
List fails without Firefly

let's see who bites
 
2013-01-27 12:58:26 PM

Dogberry: M*A*S*H was not better than M*A*S*H.   That is all.


Agreed.
 
2013-01-27 01:13:25 PM

Mentat: Good choices, especially Buffy, Stargate and Alien Nation.


I still would have liked a proper sequel in the film's continuity. The success of the television series (which I also love) means that's never going to happen.
 
2013-01-27 01:13:50 PM

Shostie: As far as I remember, SG-1 was not a prequel to the movie.

Otherwise, that was an interesting read.


Um, it wasn't. TFA was about how these series that were based off movies did better than the movies.

Glad to see Buffy, and SG-1 on there. The Stargate series were some of the best sci-fi on TV in years, although it did kind of peter out in the last couple seasons after RDA left the cast.
 
2013-01-27 01:16:43 PM

rickycal78: Glad to see Buffy, and SG-1 on there. The Stargate series were some of the best sci-fi on TV in years, although it did kind of peter out in the last couple seasons after RDA left the cast.


I don't blame the cast changes (which was even pretty decent with the two from Farscape). The problem was they simply ran out of interesting stories to tell. How many times can you find a more powerful Go'a'uld? The Orii just sucked as villains.
 
2013-01-27 01:16:47 PM

Shostie: As far as I remember, SG-1 was not a prequel to the movie.

Otherwise, that was an interesting read.


SG-1 took place I think a year after the movie within the same continuity.
 
2013-01-27 01:17:22 PM
Disagree about "Fame." The original film was much better.
 
2013-01-27 01:19:16 PM
All good choices, to be honest. I'd throw in Ghost in the Shell as well. Stand alone complex was just all around excellent, and really expanded the universe and the characters of the manga/movie.
 
2013-01-27 01:20:19 PM
The Paper Chase movie is really good.

Stargate movie is good also.
 
2013-01-27 01:21:29 PM

rickycal78: Shostie: As far as I remember, SG-1 was not a prequel to the movie.

Otherwise, that was an interesting read.

Um, it wasn't. TFA was about how these series that were based off movies did better than the movies.

Glad to see Buffy, and SG-1 on there. The Stargate series were some of the best sci-fi on TV in years, although it did kind of peter out in the last couple seasons after RDA left the cast.


The article said SG-1 was a prequel.
 
2013-01-27 01:22:18 PM
Fantasy Island was decent during its run.

I wonder if I could get away with suggesting The Clone Wars...
 
2013-01-27 01:23:14 PM

Antimatter: All good choices, to be honest. I'd throw in Ghost in the Shell as well. Stand alone complex was just all around excellent, and really expanded the universe and the characters of the manga/movie.


I'd support you there, but that's probably more of just a personal preference on my part. I rather enjoyed SAC especially season 1, but never was really engaged during the movie.
 
2013-01-27 01:24:06 PM
Will Nashville be better than Country Strong?
 
2013-01-27 01:26:38 PM

nmrsnr: List fails without Firefly

let's see who bites


No, the movie was based off the series. This list is of shows better then the movies they came from. You have it backwards.
 
2013-01-27 01:26:49 PM
Paper Chase? No farkin way. SG1 I can live with.
 
2013-01-27 01:27:52 PM

mongbiohazard: nmrsnr: List fails without Firefly

let's see who bites

No, the movie was based off the series. This list is of shows better then the movies they came from. You have it backwards.


Oh, you bastard. lol
That's what I get for posting from a phone.
 
2013-01-27 01:28:20 PM
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/and it's not like the movie was bad, it was just only able to skim the surface due to length
 
2013-01-27 01:29:46 PM
MASH:
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.
 
2013-01-27 01:31:15 PM
Dogberry: M*A*S*H was not better than M*A*S*H. That is all.

Actually, MASH the movie TV Show was very overrated in my opinion. Too much of the second half of the film series focused on a ridiculous football game self indulgent Alan Alda-fest filled with 'whaaa poor me' episodes.
 
2013-01-27 01:35:43 PM

BalugaJoe: The Paper Chase movie is really good.


Yeah, that one I had a problem with... the tv show was pretty good but the movie was simply better.
 
2013-01-27 01:37:51 PM

Dogberry: M*A*S*H was not better than M*A*S*H.   That is all.


I appreciate the reference to the public address announcements in the movie and I give you a big thumbs up.
 
2013-01-27 01:40:45 PM
Two things:

1.) I would defend What's Happening!! with my dying breath.

2.) One of the greatest joys in life is giving the What's Happening!! theme song the a capella treatment. Try it!
 
2013-01-27 01:41:18 PM

WippitGuud: I wonder if I could get away with suggesting The Clone Wars...


Absolutely, whichever way you slice it. The Clone Wars and The Clone Wars tv shows were/are better than Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones AND the Clone Wars movie.
 
2013-01-27 01:42:30 PM

Cyno01: rickycal78: Shostie: As far as I remember, SG-1 was not a prequel to the movie.

Otherwise, that was an interesting read.

Um, it wasn't. TFA was about how these series that were based off movies did better than the movies.

Glad to see Buffy, and SG-1 on there. The Stargate series were some of the best sci-fi on TV in years, although it did kind of peter out in the last couple seasons after RDA left the cast.

The article said SG-1 was a prequel.


It also said there was 3 movies. I can only think of two: The Ark of Truth and Continuum. There was a planned Stargate Atlantis movie but that got unfairly shiatcanned after the wreck that was Stargate Universe.

/I hate SGU for effectively killing the franchis
 
2013-01-27 01:43:20 PM
MASH lost the connection it had to the movie when Henry and Trapper left and were replaced by two totally opposite characters.  It quit being funny when Larry Linville left the show.  IMHO
 
2013-01-27 01:48:08 PM

jj325: It quit being funny


It sure did.
 
2013-01-27 01:48:53 PM

NeoCortex42: I still would have liked a proper sequel in the film's continuity.


Assuming you're speaking of Stargate, I'd have to agree.  I love that film, and would have loved to see a sequel.  Seems to me I read something recently about Roland Emerich toying with the idea of a sequel.
 
2013-01-27 01:50:31 PM

jj325: MASH lost the connection it had to the movie when Henry and Trapper left and were replaced by two totally opposite characters.  It quit being funny when Larry Linville left the show.  IMHO


I don't know, I thought that Winchester was an improvement on Frank Burns, especially since Burns was - for the most part - one-dimensional.

I'll say this, though: you gotta feel bad for Larry Linville's career plunge after M*A*S*H. Yeah, he played a memorable jerk and his career suffered for it, but his fellow cast members said that Linville might have been one of THE nicest people to have ever worked in the history of the industry.
 
2013-01-27 01:55:49 PM
Alien Nation was teh awesome.

I remember my whole family would get together and watch it, I was 8ish at the time.
 
2013-01-27 01:57:58 PM
I have seen both M*A*S*H the movie and tv series i prefer the TV series by a long margin. Both are excellent in their own ways so let us embrace them both.
 
2013-01-27 01:58:11 PM

jj325: MASH lost the connection it had to the movie when Henry and Trapper left and were replaced by two totally opposite characters.  It quit being funny when Larry Linville left the show.  IMHO


It had one good season with Winchester. But when BJ grew the mustache, that was it.
 
2013-01-27 01:59:14 PM

hoots_toot_ochaye: NeoCortex42: I still would have liked a proper sequel in the film's continuity.

Assuming you're speaking of Stargate, I'd have to agree.  I love that film, and would have loved to see a sequel.  Seems to me I read something recently about Roland Emerich toying with the idea of a sequel.


I think he was strongly pushing for a sequel film, but in a post-SG1 world, he realized it's not going to happen. I don't think he was a big fan of the television show, but that's simply what most people know about Stargate at this point. Any future projects will almost certainly be in SG-1 continuity.


Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I don't know, I thought that Winchester was an improvement on Frank Burns, especially since Burns was - for the most part - one-dimensional.


The biggest improvement of Winchester was that he was actually a competent surgeon and not a complete horse's ass. Winchester may have been full of himself and butted heads with Hawkeye, but he would always do the right thing when it mattered.
 
2013-01-27 01:59:54 PM
I have to admit to not seeing much of the Stargate series; but the movie was great.

Also - the Buffy movie was much better than the series.
 
2013-01-27 02:02:33 PM
this far in and no mention of Highlander?

the tv show was aces over the first movie.
 
2013-01-27 02:02:37 PM
Alice was not better than Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. I do agree that The Odd Couple was better than the movie.
 
2013-01-27 02:03:48 PM

kukukupo: I have to admit to not seeing much of the Stargate series; but the movie was great.


They're both great in their own way, but they are completely different. The TV series was basically MacGuyver in space, which is as awesome as it sounds. I would easily recommend the television series to anybody that likes Sci-Fi on TV.
 
2013-01-27 02:05:55 PM

calbert: this far in and no mention of Highlander?

the tv show was aces over the first movie.


First, no it wasn't. Second, there was only ONE movie. No others exist. Period. They never happened. Got it?
 
2013-01-27 02:08:53 PM

NeoCortex42: The biggest improvement of Winchester was that he was actually a competent surgeon and not a complete horse's ass. Winchester may have been full of himself and butted heads with Hawkeye, but he would always do the right thing when it mattered.


Exactly that. He could go toe-to-toe with Hawkeye on a number of levels, and that multi-layered conflict made things more interesting.

That, and they weren't ALWAYS adversarial, as was the case when Winchester comforted Hawkeye after learning about the medical condition of the latter's father.
 
2013-01-27 02:11:08 PM

Comsamvimes: Cyno01: rickycal78: Shostie: As far as I remember, SG-1 was not a prequel to the movie.

Otherwise, that was an interesting read.

Um, it wasn't. TFA was about how these series that were based off movies did better than the movies.

Glad to see Buffy, and SG-1 on there. The Stargate series were some of the best sci-fi on TV in years, although it did kind of peter out in the last couple seasons after RDA left the cast.

The article said SG-1 was a prequel.

It also said there was 3 movies. I can only think of two: The Ark of Truth and Continuum. There was a planned Stargate Atlantis movie but that got unfairly shiatcanned after the wreck that was Stargate Universe.

/I hate SGU for effectively killing the franchis


The first two episodes of SG-1 have been marketed as a movie on its own...Children of Ra maybe? I can't recall, but it was basically a DVD cash in before the series made it to syndication.

Also, SG-1 was way better than the original movie. The first season or so are rough, but once it gets its footing, it really became one of the better sci-fi shows ever to be on television, both in terms of scripts and effects. Plus ut had a sense of humor about itself, about its cast, and its place in the scheme of things...stuff like Sam Carter telling O'Neil they had to "Macgyver" something, or much later with Ben Browder and the multiple versions of SG-1 from alternate dimensions and there's him in his Crighton astronaut suit. And Vala's pitch of a Farscape show where each of the cast is shown in Farscape gear, but Daniel is the Crighton character...

Just an all around great show, though there were always trouble spots (*cough* Corin Nemec *cough*)
 
2013-01-27 02:11:14 PM
God, I loved Alien Nation.

I would kill for a reboot series. Something like Southland meets District 9. Put it on FX.
 
2013-01-27 02:12:43 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: NeoCortex42: The biggest improvement of Winchester was that he was actually a competent surgeon and not a complete horse's ass. Winchester may have been full of himself and butted heads with Hawkeye, but he would always do the right thing when it mattered.

Exactly that. He could go toe-to-toe with Hawkeye on a number of levels, and that multi-layered conflict made things more interesting.

That, and they weren't ALWAYS adversarial, as was the case when Winchester comforted Hawkeye after learning about the medical condition of the latter's father.


Frank Burns was the funnier character. Winchester was the better all around character.

However, Winchester had the bad luck of being in the preachy seasons.

BJ and the mustache, man. When he has the mustache, you're going to get a sermon from Alan Alda.
 
2013-01-27 02:16:47 PM
I caught the original M*A*S*H movie on TV over Christmas. My sister and I couldn't figure out where it was supposed to be funny (or even what the plot was). Dad explained "It was the 70s..."
 
2013-01-27 02:18:05 PM

Dr. Whoof: First, no it wasn't. Second, there was only ONE movie. No others exist. Period. They never happened. Got it?


LOL

Oh, come on, you're a Farker.  I would at least have figured you'd have an appreciation for Deborah Kara Unger's nude scene in the extended version of Highlander III.

;)
 
2013-01-27 02:20:47 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Frank Burns was the funnier character. Winchester was the better all around character.

However, Winchester had the bad luck of being in the preachy seasons.


I tell ya what, I would've loved to have seen how Winchester would've operated under the command of Colonel Blake.


FirstNationalBastard: BJ and the mustache, man. When he has the mustache, you're going to get a sermon from Alan Alda.


It's every bit as big a warning as an episode of The Andy Griffith Show in color (minus Don Knotts, because even the color episodes with Don Knotts were watchable).
 
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