I thought Friday Night Lights would make the list. I wouldn't say Fargo was better than the movie, though. I did love Season 1. Season 2, not so much.
I can only comment on one of these; I saw only one of the other movies (Fargo, which I thought was great) and none of the other TV series.M*A*S*H, the movie, was half-great, and half-WTF?, the dividing line coming when the whole football game thing started. M*A*S*H, the TV show, had its weak episodes (maybe 20% of them were meh or worse), but, for TV, amazingly high highs. And the final episode seems to me to be the best series "closer" ever (of course, most TV series never have the chance to do a true final episode).
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M*A*S*H the movie was far more faithful to "Richard Hooker"'s novel than the series was even at the beginning. The novel was bitter, cynical, and seriously misogynist, but was still a worthwhile story, though it was no CATCH-22. The TV series (which lasted quite a bit longer than the Korean war did) began with a watered-down-for-TV attempt at that edgy feeling. But it moved away from cynicism fairly rapidly toward a more thoughtful, humane extended story about doctors vs. war, whose greatest failing was the gradual infantilization of Radar O'Reilly. Comparing the two serves no real purpose.
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