From Sex and the City and Friday Night Lights to Even Stevens and Spongebob Squarepants, we've had the privilege (or sometimes the opposite) of seeing some of our favorite TV hits get the movie star treatment. Although there's nothing better than being able to binge a show on Netflix or chat with anticipation about last week's cliffhangers as you wait for a new episode of your favorite show, just imagine the excitement of getting the full film right there right when you want it and the ability to see it on a big screen. TV-to-film remakes have a lot to offer: You can watch your favorite characters for a timespan of more than 30 to 60 minutes, get to see new locations or bigger plot lines and awesome cameos, just to name a few of the pluses — usually because movies get a bigger budget than the small screen does. There's no telling what can happen when you're given some of that wiggle room.
It's a dangerous game to play, altering television shows for the big screen, or whatever size screen they're hoping to take up. We want to keep things genuine and flowing, give characters a chance to develop over that longer period of time without forcing it, and, most of all, we want to make sure the script is written-well and true to form so that it seems truly like a continuation of our fave stories instead of a completely new re-imagining of them. These movie makeovers don't always work out, but we can't help but hope for them to keep happening anyway. Check out our list of 15 shows we'd love to see make it big and why. Maybe your favorite is on the list.
One Tree Hill was a great show during its reign, and it lives on today. The cast still reunites for OTH-related fan events, and we love to see them back together Instagram-ing our pain away. Though the show certainly peaked in dramatic moments, it had an infinite amount of heart to give. The show deserved, and still deserves, one last moment in the spotlight where fans can enjoy the whole family back together. We'd love to see Chad Michael Murray's Lucas and Hilarie Burton's Peyton reunite with the gang after leaving the show prematurely, and we want to know how the grownup version of Sophia Bush's Brooke and Austin Nichols's Julian's twins look and act like. And we absolutely need to see Bethany Joy Lenz and James Lafferty's Haley and Nathan Scott thriving as the couple they are without any psychotic family members, bridge accidents, crazy nannies, or kidnappings. The fans are ready and waiting. Give the people what they want. We thought we were getting this reunion flick when a bunch of former castmates were posting together from an on-set location, but it turned out they were just all taking part in a Lifetime Christmas movie. Such a tease!
Killing Eve made headlines (all of them, really) after a strong eight-episode premiere on BBC America. It was an easy choice for them to renew for a second season, but frankly, we're going to need more than just that. Sandra Oh, who was absolutely dynamic and unmatched on Grey's Anatomy, has finally gotten her chance to shine as the leading actress and shine is an understatement. Her performance as office Eve Polastri foiled by Jodie Comer's psychopathic assassin Villanelle has earned the show rave reviews and earned Sandra a Golden Globe. We love watching this relationship unfold. It's one that is truly original and completely exciting, and we would love to see it on the big screen. As much as we love a cliffhanger, two hours of Eve chasing Villanelle is definitely what we need.
With four series (aka seasons, if you're not British) already out and at least three more to come, we have loved watching the Peaky Blinders story on BBC Two, BBC One, and Netflix. The British crime drama, which is based in part on a real gang from the late 1800s, follows the Peaky Blinders gangsters, led by Cillian Murphy's Tommy Shelby, as the battle for reputation, territory and love wages on. The show has seen great success and continues to build excitement amongst ever-growing audiences. We'd love to see a full-length movie where the group really gets the chance to show their stuff, take on new rivals, and everything Britain has to offer them. We've seen a lot of great mischief, fighting, falling in love, and more from the razor blade-wearing men, and we're not short of great television, but we think there's no such thing as too much Thomas Shelby. Plus, think of all the Peaky Blinders could get up to with a bigger budget. Sky's the limit!
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have stolen hearts and belly laughs on their hit Netflix Original Grace and Frankie. The leading ladies star as Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein, two women must learn to live in harmony after their husbands fall in love with each other and decide to leave their wives to marry. After five season of wild and unexpected antics (with a sixth on the way soon), we think these women deserve a full-length film adaptation. Their chemistry and their comedy are more than deserving of some quality screen time. Hollywood is definitely in need of more positive representation of actresses who are over the age of 40, and though we're still wondering why this seems to be so hard for movie execs, we know that we've got two ladies who'd be perfect for the job.
Riz Ahmed's performance as Nasir "Naz" Khan on The Night Of was just one of the critically-acclaimed elements of this HBO miniseries. The crime drama, which also starred John Turturro as lawyer John Stone, made a big deal in a short amount of time thanks to excellent performances from both actors mentioned above and supporting cast as well as a terrific script that kept suspense devastatingly present. The story, which follows the questionable arrest of Khan for murder, was meant to be a stand-alone project, but we'd really like to follow the characters post-court battles or onto new clients. Yes, we are oversaturated with crime shows, this one really hit the mark, and we can't help but want to send it to the big screen.
It should come as no surprise that the HBO series Game of Thrones makes this list. There's no such thing as too much Thrones. With the final season featuring episodes that border on an hour and a half of air time, it's almost like we're getting our wish. Not to mention, there are confirmed spin-offs in the future. But just imagine what it might be like to see your favorite Iron Throne battles in IMAX with a Lord of the Rings-style three-hour fight for freedom, glory, and good. The Thrones showrunners have given us the quality content we deserve, but when are we not aching for more? We're getting greedy, but whatever. We'd love a post-eternal winter look at how the realm's doing (because nothing good lasts forever in Westeros, we know) or a throwback to the days of yore. We'll take basically anything. We know it'll be as great to see as it was to watch Joffrey bite the dust.
The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang is always up to something bizarre-o. Whether they're drinking themselves silly on airplanes or making their own board games, they've got something up their sleeves (or hidden in the bar), which is the exact reason to give them two hours of big-screen time. With 13 seasons made and number 14 on the way, its hard to imagine what else they could possibly get up to, but based on Mac's contemporary dance masterpiece from season 13, we know they're certainly not out of good ideas yet, and they're willing to try anything. We've loved watching the group grow from 2005 to now, and we're ready to let them keep growing, hopefully all the way to their own full-length film.
There are many things we're looking for in our current television shows, and Insecure is giving us like, 9/10 of them. Issa Rae stars as Issa Dee, a young woman working at a non-profit. Issa's BFF, attorney Molly played by Yvonne Orji, has her own set of issues that she's got to deal with while Issa struggles through her own stuff. The show takes on social and racial issues, sharing the important perspective of the black female experience when it comes to careers, friendships, and dating, but somehow balances that perfectly with its curated brand of comedy. We could listen to these two ladies' take on life for hours, so let's make it official.
There's no one who knows how to write a TV story like Shonda Rhimes, so when is she going to foray into full-length features? Hopefully soon, and we've got the perfect candidate for her. Her hit political drama, Scandal, captivated ABC viewers for six years and we think they'd all be back for more if given the chance. Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope was pretty much made for the big screen as the incredibly fierce female powerhouse — even if it involves her making a few, *ahem*, choice decisions. The former director of communications and crisis manager was a vision to watch and is more than deserving of a trip back to the studio. We've had a lot of political shows on our screens, but no one quite knows how to do drama like Liv and Shondaland do.
Another non-surprise on our list is, of course, Stranger Things. Girl power. 80s vibes. Sci-fi monsters. Unbreakable friendships. This show has everything. Led by the incredible Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder, along with other incredible cast members, the show has cultivated a cult audience for a show unlike any other. It's funny, heartwarming, thrilling, intense, and everything in between. We could watch the adventure to understand the Upside Down go on forever. Literally. We would love to see these gangly middle schoolers take to the big screen on their bikes at full speed. The Duffer Brothers have a knack for telling a story, and we're ready for this one to get way longer. At the end of the season, no Stranger Things season is ever long enough.
We couldn't make this list without including at least one animated show. There are a lot of great cartoons out there today thanks to some brilliant comedic minds, but one of the most interesting is Rick and Morty. The Adult Swim show follows an alcoholic mad scientist and his anxious (rightfully so) nephew through all sorts of times and spaces and dimensions. The show has a bright future ahead, with more than 70 episodes on the way eventually, but we'd love to see an adventure between the two that lasts more than the typical 22-minute episode runtime. We're sure Morty could think of some antics to take up the time, and if they're anything like the Sezchuan Sauce adventure, it's sure to be a hit.
It's almost time for us to say goodbye to Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's scheming, hilarious, and slightly hedonistic characters on Broad City, and we're having a hard time letting go. The pair have been making us laugh since they started the series independently on a web series in 2009, and we're wondering why they can't just stay on Comedy Central forever. The show focuses on the everyday lives of two quirky BFFs, and we're ready for a grand adventure for the two of them — even if it's just to say goodbye to our faves.
Despite debuting over three decades after Margaret Atwood's book was written, The Handmaid's Tale has proven to be one of the most relevant and popular shows of our time. Based on a dystopian future where America (now called Gilead) is taken over by a religious, totalitarian government that oppresses women and forces many to serve as child-bearers for the elite, Elisabeth Moss stars as one such handmaid, called Offred, who prays that one day she may be free again. The show has taken some liberties outside of where the book ended, and Atwood has stated that she'll release a follow-up book in September 2019. This seems like the perfect segue to a feature film, one that we know would be a hit based on the show's great reception.
From 2008 to 2014, Sons of Anarchy was the show to watch. The motorcycle gang-led crime show was FX's highest-rated series and ran for seven seasons. Though a spin-off called Mayans M.C. premiered in 2018, we still miss Charlie Hunnam's Jax Teller out leading the crowd, fighting with and then allying with the Mayans and causing trouble. We'd love to see these groups back together on the big screen, pursuing redemption and glory (and you know, the occasional functional brotherhood). It's been long enough, and we don't think anyone would object to seeing the boys back in town.
As Showtime hit Shameless carries on, we get further and further into craziness, but we lose more and more of the original show we once loved. We know that actors can't stay with certain projects forever, but why not make a movie before everyone's time is up? With the exit of Emmy Rossum's Fiona as well as various supporting characters, we'd love to see a film bring back the whole family. We know that some plot lines can't last forever, but we miss Joan Cusack's Sheila Jackson. After losing Noel Fisher's Mickey Milkovich for a season, we're going to need some more air time. A movie would be the perfect way to round out the Gallagher matriarch's exit and bring back some familiar faces for fun.