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The top 10 shows from the ’80s that should be made into a movie


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Highway to Heaven

Yes, people would freak out about a “Highway to Heaven” movie and complain about the idea of bringing the wandering angel famously played by Michael Landon back to the screen. Nevertheless, the show has a great hook, and could do well as a feel-good film with a good mix of humor and heart-tugging moments. The hardest part of the process would probably be finding the right actor to play the lead (no small task, given the shoes he or she will have to fill). This one has “sold-out, all-ages matinee screening” written all over it.

The Highwayman

Sort of like a post-apocalyptic “Knight Rider,” “The Highwayman” only ran for a single season, but that season was packed with weird adventures that rip off “Mad Max” in all the best ways. The series’ protagonist rode around in all sorts of high-tech vehicles, policing the wasteland of America with a smile and a sawed-off shotgun. Honestly, I’m not even sure how this should be handled as a movie, but I know I want to see that movie. Legions of “The Highwayman” fans are screaming for this one, Hollywood. Can’t you hear them calling?


This series’ opening narration says it all: “Dr Jonathan Chase… wealthy, young, handsome. . . . master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man… Manimal!” If you happened to catch any of the eight episodes that made up this show’s life span, you know that the concept was way ahead of its time. It’s about a guy who can turn into an animal, and uses his secret powers to fight crime. Basically, he’s sort of like Bruce Wayne, except instead of dressing like a bat, he can turn into one… but most of the time he just turns into a hawk or a black panther. While part of me wants to see a movie studio take a serious approach to the show and make it a dark, effects-driven adventure, I can’t help wanting to see a ridiculous, comedy-fueled parody that spoofs this style of gimmicky crime-fighting story.

The Renegades

No, I’m not talking about the popular ’90s series starring Lorenzo Lamas. “The Renegades” chronicled the adventures of an ’80s-era street gang that’s forced to help the police by going undercover in a special investigation unit. Imagine “21 Jump Street” mixed with “The Warriors,” and you get the idea. The series only lasted six episodes, but it was full of potential, as Patrick Swayze played the leader of the gang, and the show was written by “Die Hard” co-creator Steven E. de Souza. A movie based on the series could offer a dark, gritty take on the modern gang world and the deadly line walked by undercover investigators — or even better, set the whole thing in the ’80s and mine that well of nostalgia.


ABC recently tried to remake this ’80s TV series about friendly alien visitors whose arrival on Earth hides a sinister agenda, but the show was canceled after two seasons despite favorable reviews. Both the original series and its modern counterpart were known for exploring social and political issues amid all the sci-fi action, and a good adaptation of the series could do the same. Heck, it worked for “District 9.”

Which ’80s TV shows do you think would make good movies? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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