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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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Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough
Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough
No Strings Attached
No Strings Attached
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Snakeman (The Snake King)
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Tarzan
Mean Girls 2
Mean Girls 2
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Epoch
Red Water
Red Water
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Casper - A Spirited Beginning
Turbulent Skies
Turbulent Skies
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16 Wishes
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Biebermania!
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Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie
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The Cheetah Girls 2
Camp Rock
Camp Rock
You And Your Stupid Mate
You And Your Stupid Mate
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Christmas Caper
His and Her Christmas
His and Her Christmas
William & Kate
William & Kate
Dying to Belong
Dying to Belong
Jedi Junkies
Jedi Junkies
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My Mother the Spy
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Princess Protection Program
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Brian's Song
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Last of the Dogmen
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Bay Coven (Bay Cove)
Naked States
Naked States
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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
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Gulliver's Travels
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Shocker
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Lake Placid 3
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Doctor Zhivago
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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
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The Rugrats Movie
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A Bear Named Winnie
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Lake Placid: The Final Chapter
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The Christmas Box
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Kidulthood
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Addicted To Fame
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Kings of South Beach
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Death of a Salesman
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12 Men of Christmas
American Movie
American Movie
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Soldier's Girl
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Dawn Anna
Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point
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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
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Get Smart Again
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Stone Cold
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Perfect Husband - The Laci Peterson Story
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House of Dark Shadows
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Circle of Friends
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Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society
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Gotta Catch Santa Claus
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Dracula 3000
Wild Rebels
Wild Rebels
Burden of Dreams
Burden of Dreams
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James Dean Story
Miss All-American Beauty
Miss All-American Beauty
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Holiday Heart
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How I Married My High School Crush
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Guinevere (Bound in Blood)
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Cow Belles
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For the Love of Grace
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Angelina Ballerina: Mousical Medleys
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Jack Frost
Brave New Girl
Brave New Girl
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A Better Way to Die
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Lone Hero
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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
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Heidi
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The Boys of St. Vincent
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No Escape (Escape from Absolom)
The Celluloid Closet
The Celluloid Closet
The Honeymooners
The Honeymooners
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Lake Placid 2
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Sketch Artist
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Amish Grace
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Jekyll & Hyde
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Chasing Christmas
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On Strike For Christmas
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The Murder of Mary Phagan
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Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
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Deep Shock
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Under the Mistletoe
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Elvis (Elvis the Movie)
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Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
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The Infiltrator
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Salem's Lot
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Ice Spiders
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The Pixar Story
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Anacondas: Trail of Blood
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A Christmas Romance
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A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou)
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