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About Television Movies

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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The Story of David
The Story of David
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story
Past Tense
Past Tense
My Baby Is Missing
My Baby Is Missing
Fatal Desire
Fatal Desire
Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters
Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters
Barney - Everyone is Special
Barney - Everyone is Special
Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True
Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True
Making Mr. Right
Making Mr. Right
Thomas & Friends: Sticky Situations
Thomas & Friends: Sticky Situations
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays
Addicted To Fame
Addicted To Fame
Ike - Countdown to D-Day
Ike - Countdown to D-Day
Tears in the Rain
Tears in the Rain
Silver Strand
Silver Strand
Sabrina the Teenage Witch in Friends Forever
Sabrina the Teenage Witch in Friends Forever
How I Married My High School Crush
How I Married My High School Crush
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
Bonds of Love
Bonds of Love
Bob The Builder: The Big Dino Dig
Bob The Builder: The Big Dino Dig
Is There Life Out There?
Is There Life Out There?
My Little Pony - The Princess Promenade
My Little Pony - The Princess Promenade
Barney: Dance With Barney
Barney: Dance With Barney
In the Eyes of a Stranger
In the Eyes of a Stranger
Barney - Book Fair
Barney - Book Fair
Under the Mistletoe
Under the Mistletoe
Deep In My Heart
Deep In My Heart
Angelina Ballerina - The Big Performance
Angelina Ballerina - The Big Performance
Crossed Over
Crossed Over
Biebermania!
Biebermania!
Teacher's Pet
Teacher's Pet
Barney: Egg-cellent Adventures
Barney: Egg-cellent Adventures
Back to You and Me
Back to You and Me
National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion (National Lampoon's Holiday Reunion)
National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion (National Lampoon's Holiday Reunion)
Samantha
Samantha
Loving Couples
Loving Couples
A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story
A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story
Favorite Deadly Sins
Favorite Deadly Sins
The Infiltrator
The Infiltrator
A Father for Brittany (A Change of Heart)
A Father for Brittany (A Change of Heart)
Late Last Night
Late Last Night
Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
Strange Justice
Strange Justice
The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All
The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All
Cabin by the Lake
Cabin by the Lake
Down from the Mountain
Down from the Mountain
Searching for Debra Winger
Searching for Debra Winger
12 Days of Terror
12 Days of Terror
Recipe For A Perfect Christmas
Recipe For A Perfect Christmas
Motorcycle Gang
Motorcycle Gang
Benji at Marineland
Benji at Marineland
Color of Justice
Color of Justice
The Member of the Wedding
The Member of the Wedding
Ricochet River
Ricochet River
Pride: The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Slam
Pride: The Gay & Lesbian Comedy Slam
Raging Boll
Raging Boll
Storm and Sorrow
Storm and Sorrow
Terror in the Shadows
Terror in the Shadows
Angelina Ballerina: Mousical Medleys
Angelina Ballerina: Mousical Medleys
Introducing... Janet (Rubberface)
Introducing... Janet (Rubberface)
Rebel Love
Rebel Love
Don't Talk to Strangers (Dangerous Pursuit)
Don't Talk to Strangers (Dangerous Pursuit)
Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron
The Thin Blue Lie
The Thin Blue Lie
Bar Hopping
Bar Hopping
Saving Grace
Saving Grace
Bob the Builder - Building Bobland Bay
Bob the Builder - Building Bobland Bay
Bob the Builder - Celebrate with Bob
Bob the Builder - Celebrate with Bob
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