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20 Classic Movies & TV Shows We Would LOVE to see Become An Original Netflix Series

20 Classic Movies & TV Shows We Would LOVE to see Become An Original Netflix Series

By: Tyson Paul

Have you ever been watching an old movie or an old TV show that you loved when you were younger and thought to yourself…”Damn! That would be great if it was on Netflix.” 6 years ago, most of us didn’t even know that streaming services existed, now Netflix is a multi-billion dollar company constantly reshaping the aspect of pop culture. What sets Netflix apart from every other streaming service is the iconic variety of original Netflix series’ they have created. With the success of A Series of Unfortunate Events, 13 Reasons Why, and Dear White People hitting the screen, the time is ripe for more classic movies and TV shows to become original Netflix series. We already know that the marriage of vintage cinema and Netflix is a match made in heaven. There are so many different shows that we love that haven’t yet been given the Netflix treatment (even after years of fan petitions, countless dream casting social media posts) and we think it’s only right that Netflix looked into a few of them. We could all use a new binge watch every now and again, and what better show to watch than a story we already know we are completely obsessed with? We’ve compiled a list below of some of our favorite famous films and shows, the ones that we have been itching to see on-screen as a Netflix original series. There are modern films, TV shows, and cult classics and so much in between that we know would make obsession worthy series, even if you’ve never even actually seen these gems…though it might be best to keep that part to yourself.


20. Magic City:
Set in 1959 Miami, Florida, shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Magic City tells the story of Ike Evans, the owner of Miami’s most glamorous hotel, the Miramar Playa. Evans is forced to make an ill-fated deal with Miami mob boss Ben Diamond to ensure the success of his glitzy establishment. When the show was first aired in 2012, Starz as a network was barely coming into existence and didn’t have the budget to compete stylistically at the same time slot with the likes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and AMC “Mad Men” causing the show to be cancel because of it expensive budget. Netflix would be the perfect pairing to revamp or reboot the show as it has the budget, the writers, and marketing star power (Bring back Jeffrey Dean Morgan) that would be needed to turn this period series into the next big classic along the lines of Peaky Blinders. The best part of the show being on Netflix is that you don’t have to worry about insane time slot issues that caused problems for them before. If you want to spend time in 1950’s Miami for a weekend at one of the most glamorous hotels in America….now it’s possible.


19. Alfie:
1966 and 2004 pop culture classic film, Alfie Elkins is a stylish limo driver and sex addict, who regularly beds beautiful women on one-night stands. In addition to these, he maintains a casual relationship with a single mother and a unhappily married woman. You would think that would be enough for Alfie to handle but when those relationships become rocky, he adds more women to his sexual plate in the forms of an famous model and mature cosmetic mogul. What makes Alfie’s story unique is the way he takes audience along for the ride by talking directly into the camera, a disarming strategy that brings us closer to this serial seducer than we might want. Playing narrator turns Alfie into a tour guide and something of his own defense attorney; it also means he has to enrapture the audience along with his conquests. Netflix has already drove into the 2010s sexual revolution from a womens POV with strong shows such as “She’s Gotta Have It” and “13 Reasons Why”, but now it’s time to bring this classic male character to the millennials. There’s so many ways that Netflix can make Alfie story loveable to a new generation. Plus it would also be a matter of time before social media turns the show into one best new shows around with constant polls and retweets of which woman they would love to see Alfie end up with.


18. California Dreams:
If you grew up in the early 90s-early 2000s, your saturday mornings could be described in four letters….TNBC. One of the shows that made TNBC the phenom that kept us glued to the TV with a bowl of Captain Crunch every weekend, is a beach-vibe teen comedy entitled “California Dreams.” The show centered on the lives of the California Dreams, a music group consisting of 5 young members dealing with their attempts to make it big as musicians, as well as learning lessons about life and friendship. Several episodes of the series covered a range of topics such as fear, drug use, racism, falling for scams, letting greed overtake friendship, dealing with a parent dating after divorce, forgiving others for past wrongs, and other general teen social issues. In 2017, Netflix began to dive into teen lives highlighted by the instant classics “13 Reasons Why” and “American Vandal.” Now the network knows a thing or two about what interest young teens, but even with the success of their recent teen shows, they have received backlash for sometimes having too dark of a tone for young minds. A show like CD could be a more light hearted show that appleases parents, but is still able to drive home a message that young teens can learn from.


17. Higher Learning:
The revolution used to be televised, but not its streamed. In 1995, John Singleton turned young America upside down with the release of his coming of age film “Higher Learning.” The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional Columbus University: A track star who struggles with academics; a shy and naive girl; and a lonely and confused man seemingly out of place in his new environment. In the mid-90s, “Higher Learning” was consider a very thought-provoking masterpiece. All of the best moments and social issues from the film have stood the test of time and are just as relevant today as they were in the 90s. Netflix’s has had educational drama success before with 13 Reasons and Dear Black People, but an young adult- themed college series focusing on issues in Trump’s America could be one of the greatest shows of all-time.


16. VR Troopers:
This early 90s kids classic was the first official “sister series” to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The show focused on three teenagers in their late teens, Ryan Steele, Kaitlin Star, and J.B. Reese, living in the fictional West Coast town of Cross World City, California. They regularly attended and were teachers at “Tao’s Dojo,” a karate studio. Ryan was the most focused martial artist; J.B. was the computer wizard; while Kaitlin was a photographer & budding reporter for the local newspaper. While the series was almost as successful as Power Rangers and spawned a toy line and a video game for the Sega Genesis and Game Gear, it was canceled after only two seasons. Even though the show was prematurely canceled, VR Troopers still has a very strong cult following and is even mention from time to time in Hollywood films. Netflix could take this nostalgia act and spin it in so many different directions, from rebooting the storyline for this generations kids or relaunch it turning it into a more young adult series the likes of Arrow, The 100, or Black Lighting.


15. Swingers:
You can never get tired of getting back into the swing of things. Swingers is a 1996 comedy-drama film about the lives of single, unemployed actors living on the “eastside” of Hollywood during the 1990s swing revival. A critical and commercial hit, the film helped propel Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, and Rob Livingston to stardom, while also launching Liman’s directing career as he won the award for Best New Filmmaker at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. This film was rated #58 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies,” and there has been talks for years about turning it into a TV series. Netflix could defiantly fast forward things with new characters in the 2010s, all while still keeping up with the old gang via special cameos from Favreau, Vaughn, and Graham that ties up all of the loose ends throughout the years.

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14. Colors:
The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of 1980s’ South Central Los Angeles, East Los Angeles and the LAPD Rampart Division, and centers on an experienced Los Angeles Police Department CRASH officer, and his rookie partner, who try to stop the gang violence between the Bloods, the Crips, and Hispanic street gangs. Netflix hasn’t had a good reputation with cop films or shows ever since they invested almost every dime they had into Will Smith’s “Bright,” but if they can rediscover an 80s signature film and involve all of the issues surrounding today’s law enforcement, we might have another COPS phenom on our hands.


13. How to Make in America:
It seems like just yesterday the cult-loved series about New York’s downtown fashion scene was the talk of the town. It’s rare for streetwear to get a mainstream moment on television screens, but HTMIIA embraced the industry’s D.I.Y. mentality and gritty sensibilities. In fact, that personality and attitude were both integral parts of the show’s plot. The series followed a pair of 20-something New Yorkers, as they navigated their way through the city’s bustling downtown fashion scene. Love interests and B-plots arose throughout the show’s narrative, but the heart of the HTMIIA was always their friendship and their aspirations to build their brand. The love for the show was short lived as HBO pulled the plug on the series after only two seasons and seven years later, many of us still have recovered from it. Netflix could definitely put an end to our pain and suffering, while also earning major street cred by bringing this highly underrated series back to life. The series could start up again seven years later with our favorite New York duo still chasing the American fashion dream after almost reaching it time after time only to suffer a major setback. Although an updated version of the show would require a modernization of wardrobe and lingo, all the major themes—friendship, downtown hustle, New York subculture—still ring true.


12. Jalen vs. Everybody:
There’s an old saying “Always leave them wanting more,” but Jalen Rose one episode TV series was one thing that we wish never went one and done. “Jalen vs Everybody” is a sitcom about Rose’s fast-paced ESPN life as a single working father of two. What set the show apart from many other dad shows, were all of the various ESPN and sports personalities with hilarious one-liners and cameos. The show passed up by ABC, but fans have hit up social media everyday for the past two years wishing that the show would be released on one of the many streaming websites. Netflix can be the answer to everyone prayer of all fans by releasing from seasons of the show, turning into a sort of sportsy Curb Your Enthusiasm.


11. Fastlane:
A show that was highly underrated by critics, but developed a hip cult following in the early 2000s, “Fastlane” was a modern day Miami-Vice-meets-Starsky & Hutch. LAPD Officer Van Ray and former gang member-turned-NYPD Detective Deaqon Hayes are partnered up to work for a deep undercover task force, under the supervision of LAPD Lieutenant Wilhelmina “Billie” Chambers. They had iron-clad criminal aliases, they never showed their badges, and they used their criminal connections to gain access to Los Angeles’ seedy underbelly in a way other cops simply couldn’t. Unlike most shows covered in this feature, Fastlane wasn’t canceled because of low ratings, even though it suffered diminishing returns following the move to Friday. The show was canceled for the very reason it was interesting and fascinating to watch: It was too expensive. That $2.6 million was reflected in all of the cars, locations, stunts, explosions, and music (which was scrubbed for home-video release) it took to create the over-the-top world of deep cover. Netflix is a subscription-based streaming company and is constantly offering big $100 million+ dollars in production of some of their biggest shows. So a show like this would be right up their ally. I mean just think, their hideout The Candy Store looked unbelieveable with a FOX budget, just imagine what the place would look like with a Netflix budget.


10. American Gangster:
The film details the rise and fall of 70’s drug kingpin Frank Lucas. Lucas use to smuggle heroin into the U.S. on American service planes during the Vietnam War. Every major network has had a legendary mobster series at one point in time and with the success of Narcos and Peaky Blinders, Netflix could easily have one in the form of “American Gangster.” The show could focus on today’s new age gangster and the drug game of the new millennium. Witness one man fast rise to the top from bodyguard to drug kingpin, but everyone knows what goes up…..must do whatever it takes to stay there.


9. The Lincoln Lawyer:
The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2011 drama/thriller adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, starring Matthew McConaughey, the film features lawyer Mickey Haller, who works out of a chauffeur-driven Lincoln Town Car rather than an office. Haller is hired by a wealthy Los Angeles businesswoman to defend her son, who is accused of assault. Details of the crime bring up uncomfortable parallels with a former case, and Haller discovers the two cases are intertwined. Now we all know that the Netflix version would not have the star power of McConaughy, but it could easily find a tough heartthrob on the rise and keep the train rolling.


8. Zane’s Sex Chronicles:
Let’s take some time out to make things very sexy. Zane’s Sex Chronicles follows the friendships and relationship of five female friends who enjoy the steamy stories of erotic writer Zane. The exotic show had people waiting to head out to the bars and nightclubs until they watch Cinemax on Saturdays nights in the early 2000s. Everyone had to see what new seductive stories Zane’s had in store for them. Much sooner rather than later, Netflix will begin airing their own “Adult” section program and even though the price for streaming service will probably skyrocket, but with shows like Zane’s on the streaming site, customers will have no problem paying the few extra dollars to be entertained sexually nightly.


7. Playmakers:
Whether on the field or off, these guys made plays that were worth watching. The show, which ran eleven episodes, was the first original drama series created by ESPN. Although the ratings were very high for ESPN—Playmakers was the highest-rated show on the network other than its Sunday night NFL and Saturday college football games—ESPN eventually canceled the series under pressure from the National Football League, who disliked the portrayal of the negative aspects of its players’ lives off the field. In 2003, Playmakers was way ahead of its time and opened a lot of deep dark secrets in professional football. A Netflix series of the football show would be the best because it could take us even deeper into NFL life than ever before. Think Orange is the New Black, but on the gridiron, you can’t lose.


6. New York Undercover:
One thing we’ve all learned from TV, you can never have too many cop shows. In contrast to the popularity of NBC’s “Must See TV” on Thursday nights in the 1990s, many urban viewers flocked to Fox’s Thursday night line-up of Living Single, Martin, and the popular cop-drama New York Undercover. The show follows two undercover detectives in New York City’s Fourth Precinct who were assigned to investigate various crimes and gang-related cases. NYU is notable for being the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles. What truly set the series apart from others in the same vein was its appeal. An uptown version of Miami Vice’s, what made New York Undercover attractive was its guest stars. The advent of the Internet has eliminated the element of surprise these days, but not knowing about special guests or cameos more than a week in advance added to the anticipation of watching a show each week during the ‘90s. But the show did more than merely cast reputable actors and artists, it placed them in major roles and effective cameos. Netflix could revive this great show and still maintain the same formula that made the show a success in the first place.


5. My So Called Life:
The more things change, the more the love will stay the same. Set at the fictional Liberty High School in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it follows the emotional travails of several teenagers in the social circle of main character Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes. The critically acclaimed but short-lived show ended in a cliffhanger with the expectation that it would be picked up for an additional season, but it was officially canceled in 1995. The show was praised for its portrayal of adolescence and the commentary of its central character, Angela. Their our many imitators like 13 Reasons or Dear White People, but there can only be one My So Called Life. The show was cut short early, but still managed to affect so many lives, but now Netflix can use the platform of MSCL and affect the lives of this generation.


4. Starship Troopers:
The late ’90s was an interesting and impactful period for sci-fi cinema, especially 1999, which saw the return of the Star Wars saga and the game-changing launch of The Matrix franchise. But two years before those heavy hitters landed, director Paul Verhoven tried to make a splash in the genre with a hyper-violent, ultra-satirical adaptation of Starship Troopers. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an insectoid species known as “Arachnids”. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. In 2012, Slant Magazine ranked the film #20 on its list of the 100 Best Films of the 1990s. With its ongoing WWII-esque conflict between humans like “Rico’s Roughnecks” and “the bugs” of Klendathu, Starship Troopers’ premise is one that could easily lend itself to long-form, Netflix television storytelling. In 1997, budgetary concerns and limited technology likely prevented Verhoven and crew from even considering utilizing the power suits in the movie, but these days, the power suits could easily be realized for a big-budget Hollywood tentpole film.


3. Beg, Borrow, & Deal:
This show mixed sports, reality TV, and survival of the fittest all into one. One of ESPN first original entertainment shows, “Beg, Borrow, & Deal”, featured two teams of four pitted against each other. The object of the game was to get from one point in the United States to another, while completing sports-related tasks from a list given to them at the start of the game. However, the contestants were only allowed the clothes on their backs and their drivers’ licenses; they could never handle any form of money. This forced the players to “beg, borrow, and deal” for meals, transportation, and nightly lodging. The network aired two seasons of seven episodes each. he second season suffered from poor ratings, and was pulled from its original prime time slot. Remaining episodes were exhausted in a midnight time slot, and the show was cancelled soon after. Netflix could gain a lot of new sports fan with a show like BBD. Netflix could have social media help develop new tasks for the competition and the celebrity cameos alone could make the show a huge success. Could you imagine an athlete like Lebron James or Danica Patrick helping for helpless souls out to win a cannonball run version of sports? Classic


2. Hoop Dreams:
The 1994 Steve James documentary followed the lives of two young Chicago basketball players throughout their high school careers; where they experience incredible highs and unforgettable lows in their pursuit of the ultimate dream of one day playing in the NBA. Thanks to the success of “Friday Night Lights,” Netflix wouldn’t have to go far when it comes to creating an incredible storyline. The storyline that we think would work best is following a successful, but troubled basketball coach and his high school basketball team in the ultra- competitive world of Chicago high school basketball. The show would focus on the coach and his players as they deal with the high expectations of city titles, state championship, and college scholarships; while facing the everyday issues that adults and teens go through in life. The show would feature guest starring roles by hall of fame and current NBA stars to make this show one the greatest show ever on television.


1. Fight Club:
Over time, however, critical and public reception towards the film has become largely positive, and the film found success with its DVD release, which established Fight Club as a cult film. Many have called Fight Club one of the greatest films of all time. A depressed man suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla, a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention. A Fight Club TV show would not have been that exciting of an idea back in the late 1990s when it was a film, but 2018 is an entirely different landscape for small screen entertainment. FX! Starz! HBO! Netflix! There are more places now than ever for their dark stories to be told with precision. There would be something bizarrely cathartic about seeing Tyler Durden on TV, knowing how he feels about such things.

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