CBS's sitcom "My Big Fat Greek Life" (Sundays at 8 p.m.), which premiered Feb. 24, is the second-highest rated new show of the season, averages 15 million viewers a week and earned more than $200 million at the box office.

No, wait. That last part refers to the feature film hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" that gradually earned acclaim and serves as the basis for the series, which stars Nia Vardalos (who also appeared in the movie) and Steven Eckholdt.

"Greek Life" is just one of more than 100 television series based on films. It stands to reason that a movie that filled theaters might attract thousands to TV.

Some shows, such as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," found an audience and reached cult status. CBS's "M*A*S*H" became a TV landmark. Other TV shows based on movies, such as "The Outsiders," proved that movie magic can't always be transferred to television.

Some series based on movies:

TV Series Network Dates

Adam's Rib ABC 1973

The Adventures

of Ellery Queen Dumont 1950-51


ABC 1951-52

NBC 1958-59 1975-76

The Adventures

of Rin Tin Tin ABC 1954-59

The Adventures

of Robin Hood CBS 1955-60

Alice CBS 1976-85

Alien Nation Fox 1989-91

Amos 'n' Andy CBS 1951-53

Anna and the King CBS 1972

Bad News Bears CBS 1979-80

Baby Boom NBC 1988-89

Bagdad Cafe CBS 1990

Barefoot in the Park ABC 1970-71

Beyond Westworld CBS 1980

Big Town CBS 1950-54

Dumont 1953

NBC 1954-56

Bill & Ted's Excellent

Adventures Fox 1992

Blondie NBC 1957

CBS 1968-69

The Blue Knight CBS 1975-76

Blue Thunder ABC 1984

Bob & Carol &

Ted & Alice ABC 1973

Born Free NBC 1974

Breaking Away ABC 1980-81

Buck Rogers ABC 1950-51

Buck Rogers in

the 25th Century NBC 1979-81

Buffy, the

Vampire Slayer WB 1997-2001

UPN 2001-present

Bus Stop ABC 1961-62

Busting Loose CBS 1977

Casablanca ABC 1955-56 NBC 1983

Claudia: The Story

of a Marriage CBS/NBC 1952

The Client CBS 1995-96

Clueless ABC 1996-97

UPN 1997-98

The Courtship

of Eddie's Father ABC 1969-72

Cowboy in Africa ABC 1967-68

The Cowboys ABC 1974

Daktari CBS 1966-69

Dangerous Minds ABC 1996-97

A Date With Judy ABC 1952-53

Dear Detective CBS 1979

Delta House ABC 1979

Destry ABC 1964

Dick Tracy ABC 1950-51

Dirty Dancing CBS 1988-89

Dirty Dozen Fox 1980

Dr. Kildare NBC 1961-66

Down and Out

in Beverly Hills Fox 1987

Eddie Dodd ABC 1991

87th Precinct NBC 1961-62

Fame NBC 1982-83 synd. 1983-87

The Farmer's

Daughter ABC 1963-66

Fast Times CBS 1986

Father of the Bride CBS 1961-62

Ferris Bueller NBC 1990

Flipper NBC 1964-68

Foul Play ABC 1981

Freebie and

the Bean CBS 1980-81

From Here

to Eternity NBC 1979-80

The Front Page CBS 1949-50

The Four Seasons CBS 1984

The Ghost and

Mrs. Muir NBC 1968-70

Gidget ABC 1965-66

The Girls CBS 1950

Going My Way ABC 1962-63

Gun Shy CBS 1983

Gung Ho ABC 1986-87

Harper Valley, P.T.A. NBC 1981-82


the Love Bug CBS 1982

Hondo ABC 1967

Hotel ABC 1983-88

House Calls CBS 1979-82

How the

West Was Won ABC 1978-79

In the Heat

of the Night NBC/CBS 1988-94

The Interns CBS 1970-71

Lassie CBS 1954-71

League of Our Own CBS 1993

Life and Times

of Grizzly Adams NBC 1977-78

Life of Riley NBC 1949-50, 1953-58

Life With Father CBS 1953-55

Little Women NBC 1979

Logan's Run CBS 1977-78

Long, Hot Summer ABC 1965-66

Magnificent Seven:

The Series CBS 1998-99

Mama CBS 1949-56

Margie ABC 1961-62

MASH CBS 1972-83

Matt Helm ABC 1975-76

McCloud NBC 1970-77

Mickey Spillane's

Mike Hammer CBS 1984-87

Mr. & Mrs. North CBS 1996

Mr. Belvedere ABC 1985-90

Mr. Roberts NBC 1965-66

Mr. Smith Goes

to Washington ABC 1962-63

My Friend Flicka CBS/NBC 1956-58

My Friend Irma CBS 1952-54

My Sister Eileen CBS 1960-61

Naked City ABC 1958-63

National Velvet NBC 1960-62

9 to 5 ABC 1982-83

synd. 1986-88

No Time

for Sergeants ABC 1964-65

Nothing in Common NBC 1987

The Odd Couple ABC 1970-75, 1983

Operation Petticoat ABC 1977-79

The Outsiders Fox 1980

Paper Chase CBS 1978-79

Paper Moon ABC 1974-75

Parenthood NBC 1990

Party Girl Fox 1996

Peck's Bad Girl CBS 1959-60

Petrocelli NBC 1974-76

Peyton Place ABC 1964-69

Planet of the Apes CBS 1974

Please Don't Eat

the Daisies NBC 1965-67

Popi CBS 1976

Private Benjamin CBS 1981-83

Room for One More ABC 1962

The Rounders ABC 1966-67

The Saint NBC 1967-69

Semi-Tough ABC 1980

Serpico NBC 1976-77

Seven Brides

for Seven Brothers CBS 1982-83

Shaft ABC 1973-74

Shane ABC 1966

Some of My

Best Friends CBS 2002

Stage Door CBS 1950

Starman ABC 1986-87

Stir Crazy CBS 1985-86

Tammy ABC 1965-66

Tarzan CBS 1966-69

That's My Boy CBS 1954-55

Topper ABC/CBS/NBC 1953-56

Twelve O'Clock High ABC 1964-67

Uncle Buck CBS 1990-91

The Virginian NBC 1962-71

Voyage to the

Bottom of the Sea ABC 1964-68

Wackiest Ship

in the Army NBC 1965-66

What's Happening!! ABC 1976-79

Whispering Smith NBC 1961

Wichita Town NBC 1959-60

Working Girl NBC 1990

The Young Indiana

Jones Chronicles ABC 1992-93

List courtesy of Marc Berman, Mediaweek

Michael Cottom, Justin Rude and Dutton Hauhart contributed.