Which TV Show Would You Watch as a Movie?

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A few recent stories made me think of this:

  • The Kingkiller Chronicles will soon have a TV show and a movie (today it was announced that Sam Raimi would direct the movie).
  • Deadwood, a show I fell in love with a few summers ago, has had numerous rumors about a movie. This seems to happen with many HBO shows, with some–Sex and the City and Entourage–actually happening.
  • Friends, the ’90s classic, had a fake trailer released a few days ago for a movie. It already has nearly 40 million views.

The Friends trailer isn’t even very good, yet I found myself wanting a real Friends movie as I watched it. I think it’s part nostalgia, part connection to the characters, and part entertainment. I enjoyed the show, and I think a movie could work.

So I started wondering about other shows I would gladly pay to see at the theater. Here are a few:

  • Game of Thrones: Every episode of this show feels kind of like a movie, and I think there’s a local theater that actually airs live episodes. I just think it would be awesome to watch a full-length movie in the theater in place of the final episode with a live audience.
  • Brooklyn 99: Even as a comedy, Brooklyn 99 has shown that it knows how to tell a story over multiple episodes, so I think it might work in a longer format. I’d also love to see Seinfeld and The Office in movie form.
  • Rick and Morty: I’ve been hooked on this show lately, and it would be awesome to see a full-length movie version. Plus, cartoons seem to convert well from TV to movie format (e.g., Southpark and The Simpsons).

While some of these shows might work, I also acknowledge that converting a show that succeeded at 21 or 42 minutest to 90+ minutes is a really tough task. The best episodes of Friends, in my opinion, weren’t the “supersized” episodes–rather, they were the normal, tightly edited episodes. So I think it’s a rare show that can pull this off.

What do you think? Which shows would you like to see as movies, and why do you think they would work on the big screen? I know for sure that I’m missing some fantastic shows here, so I’m hoping you have some great ideas!