Books that were made into TV series?

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  1. Venice-H

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    I was thinking about "Freshman Dorm", the books and the TV show, and I was trying to think of other television series that were made from books. I couldn't think of any.

    * There are some made from comic books, but I'm not counting those.
    * There are many made from movies that were also books, but I'm not counting those either.
    * There are TV series that became books later.
    * There are many, many silver screen and TV movies that came from books.
    * There are some TV specials and miniseries that came from books.

    But I can't think of any that went directly from book to TV series.

    Make me feel like a fool. Tell me about the dozens of examples I can't think of. [​IMG]
     
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    Hmmm. For Starters here's a Couple:

    Little House on the Prairie

    Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew
     
  3. Charles Ellis

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    There's a pilot being made from James Patterson's "Women's Murder Club" series of books (1st To Die, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree, 4th of July, The 5th Horseman) for ABC starring Angie Harmon.

    In 1977, there was a brief series based on David Wallechinsky's (son of bestselling writer Irving Wallace, his son went back to the original pre-Elllis Island surname) hit book What Really Happened To The Class Of '65? on NBC with Tony Bill as the host /narrator.
     
  4. Bob Hug

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    Kenneth L. Roberts' "Northwest Passage" was first made as a movie in 1940 with Spencer Tracy and later a one season television show by MGM in 1958-59. The TV show starred Keith Larsen and a pre-"Beverly Hillbillies" Buddy Ebsen. A picture of Roberts' book is featured in the opening title sequence.
     
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    There are numerous examples of TV shows from books.

    In the mystery field alone you have Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, the Saint, Michael Shayne, Mike Hammer, The Thin Man and that is just on the top of my head.

    Wasn't 6 Million Dollar Man based on a book and the related rights are what's holding up a DVD release?
     
  6. Venice-H

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    Well, that didn't take long. I should've remembered those, so one slap upside the head, coming up.

    Thanks folks. Keep 'em coming.
     
  7. Bob Gu

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    CYBORG, I think, was the 6 Million Dollar Man Book.
    Peyton Place
    The Untouchables
    The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp
    My World And Welcome Too It (maybe)
    Bestsellers ,and all those mini-series.
    The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich (Documentary series based on a book)
     
  8. Bob Hug

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    Bob, your list (especially "Wyatt Earp") reminded me that "The Adventures of Jim Bowie" was based on the book "The Tempered Blade" by Monte Barrett. Must be that Louis Edelman connection.
     
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    Don't forget the new series (just finished up season 1 on Sci-Fi) based on the Jim Butcher novels "The Dresden Files"
     
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    Bones based on Keith Reichs books
     
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    The short lived "Lanigan's Rabbi" was based on Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small mysteries.
     
  12. Mary_P

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    Kathy Reichs, no?

    "Dexter," based on the books of Jeff Lindsay.
     
  13. ChrisCook

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    "The Unit" is based on Eric L. Haney's "Inside Delta Force".
     
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    Sex And The City was based on a book by Candice Bushnell
    Dexter is based on a series of books also
     
  15. Kevin_Lodge

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    Dead Zone -- by Stephen King

    M*A*S*H -- was originally a novel by Richard Hooker before it was a movie, before it was a book
     
  16. Bob Gu

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    A few more:

    Sharpe's Rifles
    Jeeves & Wooster
    The Flying Nun
    The Streets Of San Francisco
    Spenser For Hire
    77 Sunset Strip (Stu Bailey first appeared in a magazine short story written by Roy Huggins.)
    Honey West
     
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    lol yeah i meant to say kathy lol dont know where keith came from think i put the words kathy and reichs together lol
     
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    There were also some great Mini-series from books, as well - Roots, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Shogun, Rich Man, Poor Man immediately come to mind. I know these were not series, but I thought they were worth mentioning, since many of them lasted for at least 12 weeks.

    Now that I think of it didn't they make a series out of the continuing story of Roots?
     
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    Homicide: Life on the Street was based on the book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Street". NBC made them change the title because it wasn't life affirming enough. [​IMG]
     

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