A Yahoo article features the ‘Top’ TV adaptations of late. Mission Impossible, A-Team, Miami Vice, Smurfs and Tintin were all mentioned.
Here’s the intro:
The combination between films and television is one that causes me, as a huge fan of both worlds, a mixture of exhilaration and anxiousness at the same time. When it comes to the adaptation of vintage television shows to the big screen the it is even harder. Vintage television, on the one hand has strong history and background and the enthusiastic fans to go with them. However, as an old television show it has a risk of looking archaic, old fashioned and not relevant to a new generation of film goers.
The List concludes with Kermit and the Gang
One of my favourite recent revival of a vintage TV show. ‘The Muppets’ have a great history of television and films behind them. When Jim Henson, their creator, passed away he left a huge void in the hearts of his fans, which none of the films made after his death could fill. Jason Segel together with Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin created a film from a point of view of a fan who is trying to bring the Muppets back together and make the world as well as the Muppets themselves realise just how wonderful they were and still are. By introducing a new character and making him a Muppets fan, ‘The Muppets’ succeeds in both reigniting the old flame in the old fans and introducing the Muppets magic to a new generation of fans.
What makes the great vintage television films so wonderful, in my opinion, is that their creators know and love the shows they are based off of. Most of them have been fans of these shows themselves and they understand and respect the world of fandom created around the shows. The great films of great television shows know what made those television show great to begin with, believe in it, and capture it and by that recreate the experience these show had when they first came on the air.