The List: 10 movies that would make great TV shows

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From the April 10, 2014 edition

Since FX will premiere its spin-off of the Coen Brothers’ classic “Fargo” Tuesday, we got to thinking about other movies that would make great television series. Here are 10 of our favorites and how they could work on a weekly basis. Sorry Bolshevik Revolution fans, “Doctor Zhivago” just missed out.

10. “The Lost Boys”

Santa Carla, California, is a good town, except for the damn vampires. There have been a couple of direct-to-video sequels, which we’ll ignore. We want to see the weekly adventures of the Frog Brothers (mostly because we want more Corey Feldman in our lives).

9. “Boogie Nights”

It’s actually surprising HBO or Showtime hasn’t made a series about the ’70s-era porn industry. If a network ever does make Paul Thomas Anderson’s classic into a series, here’s hoping the story sticks closer to the first half of the movie, and not the dark conclusion. Also, the theme song is already built in, “Feel, feel, feel — feel my heat.”

8. “Ghostbusters”

Sure, they already made a cartoon version, and there’s a plan for a third movie, but a live-action TV series would be better, especially if it’s cast with the guys from “This Is the End.” They’ve done TV before …

7. “Fletch”

Hollywood has been bouncing around the idea of a movie reboot for “Fletch” for years, but it would make a fun series; Fletch solves a weekly case, cracks wise and kisses a pretty lady. You’re welcome, NBC.

6. “Harry Potter”

Let’s face it, this is going to happen someday. We aren’t looking for the further adventures of Harry, Hermione and Ron, but Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a rich setting for a weekly show.

5. “Anchorman”

OK, the sequel may have dragged on a bit long, but it reminded us how much we love these characters — and a 30-minute sitcom would be the right dose. If you can’t get the original cast, may we suggest Tina Fey in “Anchorlady”?

4. “The Silence of the Lambs”

Yes, we already have the stellar NBC series “Hannibal” giving us tales of a younger Dr. Lector, but we want a dark, weekly detective series with a female lead as strong as Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling.

3. “X-Men”

There was also an animated series for “X-Men” once upon a time, but a live-action version could be really cool given the special effects capable on television these days. It could basically be “Game of Thrones,” only with mutants.

2. “Pulp Fiction”

How about a prequel series on the early adventures of hitmen Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega? We could listen to those guys talk about cheeseburgers in France on a weekly basis.

1. “The Big Lebowski”

Who wouldn’t want to watch weekly adventures of The Dude and Walter (sorry, Donny) working as shaggy-dog, unlicensed private investigators? It would be like a combination of cult favorites “Veronica Mars” and “Terriers” with more weed smoking and hilarious dialog.