Split Decision: TV movies
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This week’s question:
In honor of Downton Abbey’s box office success, what TV show should get its own movie?
I don't watch much TV. (Too busy watching movies and reading books!) I think the appeal of turning a show to a film is that you can get away with more, but also create something contained in a single "episode." Some shows do this--even Downton Abbey had a stand-alone Christmas episode. A beloved series like The Golden Girls might have been fun as a feature film, but that's not likely now with most of the cast deceased.
It seems like this is already happening more and more, with Deadwood: The Movie (which I loved) and the imminent Breaking Bad movie with Jesse Pinkman as the star. So a boy can dream…
...and my dream is that David Simon and co. get together to do a movie for The Wire. I would be dying to know what became of those beloved characters, how time has treated them, and how they're holding up some 10-15 years later. Is Jimmy still married? Is Bunk still drunk? How is Chris doing as the new Omar? Did Carcetti run for president yet? How is West Baltimore doing under Trump? Probably about the same, to be honest.
I feel pretty confident that this could happen, and I would absolutely lose my shit over it.
The urge here is to pick something obscure that I'd summon primarily for me, and if the rest of the world likes it, great, but I'm going to sacrifice my pick for the greater good of the world and anybody else who's listening: We should get a Joe Pera Talks With You movie. Pera's show is equally sweet and funny, which doesn't happen a lot. I feel like when a show is described as "sweet," it's more about character development and there are maybe only three or four jokes per episode (Hello, Freaks and Geeks!). But Joe Pera Talks With You is legitimately one of the funniest things you can spend your time with, and it's life-affirming enough that when I'm going through a low, I'll watch an episode or two before work to feel refreshed. With Nathan For You's "Finding Frances" being a feature film in everything-but-name, I can't pick that show, so the choice is easy. Give us Joe Pera warming all of our hearts and you'll make the world a better place, TV people.
Since my favorite TV show of all time did get a movie (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and it is amazing), I will have to pick something else. I don’t watch a lot of television these days, but I do love a good sitcom. That said, I would love a movie where characters from all four Michael Schur created shows The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place interact.
A Party Down movie would be awesome. The show only lasted two seasons due to poor ratings, but it has a picked up a lot of fans over the years since it ended. It feels like something Netflix would put together out of nowhere. If Between Two Ferns can get a movie, then so can Party Down!
One of the few things left on this planet that can reduce me to a urine-soaked laugh machine is the short form show CHECK IT OUT! W/ DR. STEVE BRULE. He's such a bizarre character and the show takes such a unique and indescribable tone that it may not really translate to feature length, but I don't care. I frequently mainline multiple episodes of his show in a row (15 mins each!), enough to equal a full film. I am ready to drink it in and laugh it out. Then again, I may end up suffocating in the theater. It's THAT funny.
The Mighty Boosh would be a delightfully weird full length film. It's weird and British and.... well, mostly weird. It's one of my favorite things and I would watch a 90 minute Old Gregg Musical Extravaganza.