I Spy was about two US intelligence agents traveling the world posing as an amateur tennis player, played by Robert Culp, and his coach, played by Bill Cosby. Ran from 1965-68 on NBC.
The 2002 movie starred Eddie Murphy as a boxer forced to work with spy Owen WIlson to recover a stolen jet.
Budget; 70 million. Worldwide box office; 50-60 million.
The A-Team was about an Army Special Forces unit (George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz & Mr. T) who were found guilty for a crime they didn’t commit. They escape from military prison and while avoiding getting recaptured, work as soldiers of fortune. The series ran from 1983-87 on NBC.
The 2010 movie had a similar plot and starred Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharito Copley & Quintion “Rampage” Jackson.
Budget; 110 million. Worldwide box office; 177.2 million
CHiPs was about the lives, on and off duty, of two motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) played by Larry Wilcox & Erik Estrada. Random trivia; their Sergeant was played by Robert Pine, father of Chris Pine. The series ran from 1977-83 on NBC.
The 2017 movie had Michael Pena as an FBI agent going undercover as a CHP motorcycle officer with rookie Dax Shepard to expose some dirty cops.
Budget; 25 million Worldwide box office; 26.8 million
Dark Shadows was a Gothic soap opera about the lives, loves, trials, and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family of Collinsport, Maine, where they deal with a number of supernatural occurrences, including ghosts, werewolves & a parallel dimension. The series became popular after the addition of the vampire Barnabas Collins 10 months into the series. It ran weekdays from 1966-1971 on ABC.
The 2012 movie starred Johnny Depp as Barnabas, a wealthy man cursed as a vampire. After being released from his tomb he travels to his ancestral home, where the descendants of his family need help.
Budget; 150 million Worldwide box office; 245.5 million.
The Avengers (not to be confused with the Marvel movie of the same name) was about suave British Agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his various women partners, probably most notably Emma Peel (Diana Rigg). The series ran from 1961-69 on IVT/ABC/Thames.
The 1998 movie starred Ralph Fiennes as Steed & Uma Thurman as Peel battling Sean Connery as a weather scientist out to control the world’s weather.
Budget; 60 million Worldwide box office; 48.6 million
Avatar: The Last Airbender, 3 seasons on Nickleodon. The Last Airbender (2010), Budget 150 million WorldWide box office; 319.7 million
Baywatch, 11 Seasons on NBC. Baywatch (2017), Budget 65-69 million. Worldwide box office; 177.9 million.
Bewitched, 8 seasons on ABC. Bewitched (2005), Budget 85 million. Worldwide box office; 131.4 million.
McHale’s Navy, 4 seasons. McHale’s Navy (1997), budget 42 million. Worldwide box office; 4.5 million.
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