Bigger Screen, Less Love
Ahead of Netflix’s remake of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” one ardent Austenite said that the film’s writers deserved “jail time” for their editorial transgressions. No surprise there, as readers find books tend to be better than their adaptations and rabid fans are quick to judge. But what about TV shows adapted for the big screen? The story is much the same, as many adaptations crash and burn — or fade into oblivion — and fans of the original come away furious, bored, or both. We’ve put together a list of the worst TV spinoffs, according to reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. And in case you get too worked up over the worst picks, we’ve included some of critics’ favorite TV-to-film adaptations, too.