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In the early days of television, the focus of network programming was on episodic programs, variety shows and live performances. The idea of a television film, a full-length movie produced specifically for television but stylistically similar to a theatrical film, didn't surface until the television medium was a few decades old. Through the 1960s and 1970s, however, the made-for-TV movie became a popular, if not always well-respected, format.

Although the earliest TV movies hit the air waves in the 1950s, it wasn't until the 1960s that the major television networks began to produce and promote original movies as a significant part of their programming. The marketing premise behind these early TV movies was that they were event programming, as substantial as a new theatrical release, and viewers were encouraged to stay in and watch them rather than going out to the theater. In some cases, original TV films replaced broadcasts of theatrical films.

Made-for-TV movies became even more popular with networks in the 1970s. They were easy and relatively inexpensive to produce. They could also be made quickly, leading to a tradition of stories depicting current social and political issues that could be brought to air in a timely fashion. The fast, low-budget production of TV movies, however, also contributed to the general low quality of the genre, and many made-for-TV movies are stylistically closer to long-form versions of episodic TV programs than they are to theatrical movies.

As the internet and streaming video have changed the way that viewers consume programming, the definition of the TV movie has become less clear. Cable networks now regularly produce their own original films, and some theatrical-level films are released directly to video, by passing the theater altogether and blurring the line between theatrical films and TV movies.

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No Strings Attached
No Strings Attached
Tarzan
Tarzan
Mean Girls 2
Mean Girls 2
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Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough
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American Movie
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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
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An Unfinished Affair
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Red Water
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16 Wishes
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Epoch
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Turbulent Skies
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Kings of South Beach
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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
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The Cheetah Girls 2
I Am
I Am
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
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Monster Island
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Anacondas: Trail of Blood
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Camp Rock
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The Book of Daniel
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Elvis (Elvis the Movie)
Soldier's Girl
Soldier's Girl
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If the Shoe Fits
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Gotti
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Last of the Dogmen
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Girls in Prison
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Lake Placid 3
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Andrew Dice Clay: Indestructible
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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
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Brian's Song
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The Story of David
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Brave New Girl
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The Rugrats Movie
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Salem's Lot
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Princess Protection Program
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And the Band Played On
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Films of Fury: The Kung-Fu Movie Movie
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A Mile in His Shoes
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The Odyssey
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Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society
Metal Tornado
Metal Tornado
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Young Hercules
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UHF
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Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
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The Honeymooners
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Stone Cold
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Bruce Lee, The Legend
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Casper - A Spirited Beginning
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Miracle Run (The Unexpected Journey)
The Sunset Limited
The Sunset Limited
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Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True
Fireball
Fireball
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends
Kidulthood
Kidulthood
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Ice Spiders
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Read it and Weep
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Ron White: You Can't Fix Stupid
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The Infiltrator
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Mega Snake
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Lies In Plain Sight
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Jedi Junkies
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After the Storm
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Dracula 3000
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Holiday Heart
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Dawn Anna
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Blind Side
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Zombie Apocalypse
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Snakeman (The Snake King)
Gulliver's Travels
Gulliver's Travels
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Tears in the Rain
Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie
Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie
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My Baby Is Missing
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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
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12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men
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Buried Alive
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Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails
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A Christmas Romance
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For the Love of Grace
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A Bear Named Winnie
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Barney: Dance With Barney
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