10 movies better than their TV inspirations (and 11 that sucked)

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Dec 17, 2012

With Tim Burton's Dark Shadows set to open today, we're reminded of the many films based on TV series that have come before. Be it a reboot, a continuation or a shallow ripoff with little in common with the original—it's all been done before.

Some were good, some were not. But, from Serenity to Masters of the Universe, TV has served as ample inspiration for big-screen hijinks.

So, in honor of Burton's tackling of the classic Dark Shadows franchise, we've pulled together a gallery showing off a few of the best (and worst) sci-fi TV-to-film examples out there.