10 Actors Who Appeared In TV Series Spinoffs From Their Movies

Christina Ricci has been a Hollywood mainstay for 30 years, breaking out due to The Addams Family films of the 1990s. Perfecting the role to differentiate it from previous portrayals of the character, she is still synonymous with the character to this day, so it’s no shock that she would appear in Wednesdaya new character-focused show, coming to Netflix on November 23rd.


But Ricci isn’t the only actor to star in a TV version of their film. Throughout the history of cinema, many actors have stopped in front of the small screen to wink at their television counterparts.

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Ice Cube: Are We There Yet (2005)

The actor appeared in both the film and the series in different roles

Ice Cube is unarguably one of the greatest rappers of all time and his film career, deservedly, started with more adult films. However, Are we already there? changed that, placing the actor in a fish-out-of-water role. This not only spawned a sequel, but also a sitcom that Cube produced himself, where Terry Crews reprized his role from the original film.

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Cube appeared on the show as his original character’s brother-in-law. The role made more sense, as it was a recurring role, allowing him to focus more on film roles. The show ran for 100 episodes, proving that people really love this show, whether in movie or sitcom form.

Eileen Brennan / Hal Williams: Private Benjamin (1980)

Brennan and Williams have appeared in both the film and the series

Private Benjamin is often considered one of Goldie Hawn’s best films, with a hilarious script and superb performances from Hawn and Oscar-nominated Eileen Brennan. While Hawn wasn’t back for the TV spin-off, Brennan and fellow cast member Hal Williams appeared on the show, which only ran for three seasons on NBC.

On the show, Hawn was replaced by Plane actress Lorna Patterson. Brennan was again praised for her performance as captain Doreen Lewis and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. However, the show never caught on as the movie and was canceled after 39 episodes.

Ewan McGregor / Hayden Christensen: Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

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When they originally came out, the prequel trilogy was frowned upon compared to the original star wars movies. However, the weather was kind to these films, which are now remembered more fondly. When the Obi Wan Kenobi came to Disney+ in 2022, people were actually happy to see Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen return to the role.

Christensen was particularly criticized for his roles in the original films, which hurt his career. The praise he received for this work is a redemption arc for the man who might be able to redeem his former glory as a star and the show was wildly popular, continuing Disney+’s hot streak.

Vic Tayback: Alice (1976 – 1985)

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Alice doesn’t live here anymore was a huge hit, being nominated for multiple Oscars and becoming one of director Martin Scorsese’s first hits. The movie got a much lighter sitcom adaptation, simply called Alicetwo years later, however, restaurant owner Mel was still played by Vic Tayback on the show.

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The original film dealt with more serious topics, such as abuse, that wouldn’t have been seen as well on a TV show. It did, however, allow Tayback to develop his character, and it did very well, earning him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Ray Walston / Vincent Schiavelli: Fast Times (1986)

The hit film has a failed TV spin-off

Fast times at Ridgemont High is one of the most iconic films of the 1980s, known for an all-star cast and a script that launched Cameron Crowe into stardom. What is less well known is the television series based on the film which only lasted seven episodes. While the movie could be totally updated, it shouldn’t be.

Only Ray Walston and Vincent Schiavelli appeared in both the film and the series. While both were wonderful actors, they weren’t the draw of the original film, which was mostly made up of young, talented actors. Additionally, the R-rated film didn’t do well in prime time, making it a shell of what the film was all about.

Shannen Doherty: Heathers (2018)

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One of the most controversial films, Heathers has remained a popular cult classic due to its overall weirdness. A reboot was made in 2018 but canceled because its content was far too controversial. However, Shannen Doherty, one of the stars of the original film, makes a few cameos on the show.

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Doherty was one of Heathers in the original film, but appeared as both a doctor and a deceased mother on this show. The original film launched her into stardom and although she was not yet a big star when the series was conceived, her appearance was well received by fans.

Many cast members: Clueless (1996 – 1999)

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clueless continues to be a highly quoted 90s film, perfect for a nostalgic slumber party. Its success led to a TV show spin-off and although star Alicia Silverstone did not return, Stacey Dash and Wallace Shawn both got starring roles. Many other cast members, such as Paul Rudd and the late Brittany Murphy, also appeared in guest roles.

The show enjoyed some success, running for three seasons on ABC and UPN. While he didn’t have the impact of the movie, his existence is still a neat little novelty for fans of the show. It also gives a better insight into 90s pop culture, which justifies looking for it.

The Whole Cast: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)

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While it earned virtually nothing when it was released in 2001, hot and humid american summer has since become a cult classic. Its cast was huge and included people who became big names in Hollywood. Amazingly, when a prequel show came out years later, almost the entire cast returned.

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Seeing all the big names in the roles they played years ago is enough to make people want to check out the limited series. They even brought in new stars, like Jon Hamm. It’s simply a fun show based on a fun movie, and the existence of the two is quite remarkable.

Megan Cavanaugh / Tracy Reiner: A League of Their Own (1993)

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The current show based on A league apart is a fresh and highly quotable take on the film, giving it a modern edge to keep it interesting for today’s audiences. The 1993 show, however, worked as a direct tie-in to the film, and stars like Megan Cavanaugh and Tracy Reiner reprized their roles.

The show was largely unsuccessful, with only six episodes made before the show was canceled. In reality, these characters had their story told and there wasn’t much point in seeing more of them. It’s what hurt the show the most and what the current series makes sure to avoid.

Rosie O’Donnell: A League Apart (2022)

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The stream league of theirs The series deals with issues that the original did not address, such as historical racism in the nation’s pastime, as well as the closed nature of LGBTQ+ people in the 1940s. In showing this, the show features a lesbian bar run by Rosie O’Donnell herself.

O’Donnell was a big part of the original movie, so seeing her get that kind of homage is wonderful for fans. His appearance here helps set the tone for the series which isn’t trying to be a carbon copy of a great movie, but a great series that can stand on its own.

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