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TV shows that improved on the source

trappedslider

Adventurer
There are many examples of TV series inspired by a successful novel or movie. Usually, fans regard them as inferior to the source material, but sometimes exceptions exist. Sometimes even an inferior series might be better in some aspect.

It may controversial but I'm going to say 13 Reasons Why (I have yet to watch thee last season) the show goes beyond just Clay's view and shows the full impact of Hannah's actions, however I felt there wasn't a reason beyond shock view for the change to how she committed suicide.

What about you, what tv shows do you feel has improved upon the source material?
 

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Eltab

Hero
The Clone Wars took an unlikeable character from the movies (teenaged Anakin Skywalker) and made him grow up, become more mature. He learned to resist following his impulses and gained a bigger 'playbook' than powerhousing his way through difficulties via 'I am the strongest in the Force'. I saw only a scattering of episodes in no particular order, but this Anakin you could root for and sympathise with his troubles.
 




Zardnaar

Legend
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (though aspects have not aged well it was still much better than the film)
Stargate SG-1

Stargate Atlantis;)

Another +1 for Sarah Connor Chronicles.

TV show Highlander was better than everything else except maybe the original.
 


Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Even though Season two is pretty bad (and I haven't watched S:3 yet).....Westworld.
I stopped watching season 3, its quite a swerve from the earlier seasons
I actually liked the Yul Brynner movie and I'm not sure if it and the series are even comparable. The series season 1 is a good story that uses the same tropes in a different direction.
 
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ccs

40th lv DM
I stopped watching season 3, its very different.
I actually liked the Yul Brynner movie and I'm not sure if it and the series are even comparable. The series season 1 is a good story that uses the same tropes in a different direction.

So I take it season 3 is not an improvement?
 


Currently... The Umbrella Academy. More depth of characterization.

I'm currently watching season 1 and enjoying it a lot. I never read any of the comics though.

The Haunting of Hillhouse is also really good, but a strong departure from the original book it is loosely based on. I'd say it is better and more complex than the book.
 

I stopped watching season 3, its quite a swerve from the earlier seasons
I actually liked the Yul Brynner movie and I'm not sure if it and the series are even comparable. The series season 1 is a good story that uses the same tropes in a different direction.
I've only seen season 1, but I can tell you the show has a lot in common with the sequel film Futureworld. I enjoyed both movies.

On the original topic:

Hannibal. The movies were great, but the show was amazing. Haven't read the books.

MASH. Again, the movie was good, but the series was a lot more.

Sherlock Holmes. The books, being so early in their genre, don't all hold up. But there have been so many great adaptations, from Sherlock to Elementary to House.
 



ccs

40th lv DM
Watching episide 1 season 1 Highlander. See how it's aged.

Cheesy early 90s music.

Lol, I thought the topic of this thread was about shows that improved upon the source. Anything past the 1st Highlander movie most definitely doesn't qualify.
 

aco175

Legend
This would mean that I need to read a lot of books. I may watch a lot of crap, but I hardly read more than a golf magazine, or maybe a Drizzt book. I've seen shows like the Umbrella Academy, but never thought it was a book first.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Lol, I thought the topic of this thread was about shows that improved upon the source. Anything past the 1st Highlander movie most definitely doesn't qualify.
Rewatched the first one last year. Hasn't aged that well.

I was 14 or so watching the show and I watched some of it ten or so years ago.
It was contemporary with Nirvana and the other Grunge hands not expecting much.
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
MASH is probably the clear and obvious answer for me. Even though the movie was good, the series was outstanding.

This may not be popular, but I'm gonna say The Magicians as well.
 

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