There's nothing that Hollywood cannot turn into a movie. Novels? It's been done. Comic books? No problem. Video games? They haven't gotten it right yet, but they keep trying. However, TV shows have also played a huge role in providing inspiration for films over the years. From The Addams Family to Aeon Flux, television shows have established a basis for a lot of films in recent years, and that idea has come to a head with the release of Baywatch, which is now in theaters.

By now, most of you already know that most movies based on TV shows actually don't turn out very well. The transition from small screen to silver screen almost never works properly, and only a select number of films can claim to be better than the shows that inspired them. With that in mind, we have put together a list of the few films based on TV shows that managed to pull that balancing act off. We have quite a few films to get to, so let's get started with the one whose success clearly paved the way for this weekend's release of Baywatch.

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

The DNA shared between Baywatch and 21 Jump Street is plain to see, and it's not hard to understand why the latter has become such a successful franchise. Using an overwhelmingly meta approach to its source material, 21 Jump Street took a relatively dumb concept (cops masquerading as high school students) and used it as a means to provide some incredibly biting commentary on puberty, high school and pop culture of the 2000s. Combine that with the fact that it features great performances from Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube, and it's clear that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller caught lightning in a bottle. Beyond that, it's also one of the few comedies to produce a worthy sequel in recent years.

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