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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
Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough
Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough
American Movie
American Movie
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Mean Girls 2
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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
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Red Water
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Turbulent Skies
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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
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16 Wishes
Epoch
Epoch
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The Cheetah Girls 2
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Kings of South Beach
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
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Soldier's Girl
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Last of the Dogmen
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Camp Rock
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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
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Elvis (Elvis the Movie)
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Lake Placid 3
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Brian's Song
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Anacondas: Trail of Blood
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Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society
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Stone Cold
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Princess Protection Program
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An Unfinished Affair
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The Book of Daniel
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The Rugrats Movie
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Miracle Run (The Unexpected Journey)
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Brave New Girl
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Gotti
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Circle of Friends
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Salem's Lot
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And the Band Played On
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Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
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Bruce Lee, The Legend
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UHF
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The Outsider
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Making the Boys
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The Sunset Limited
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The Odyssey
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Brian's Song
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Try to Remember
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Fireball
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Casper - A Spirited Beginning
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The Honeymooners
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Jedi Junkies
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Buried Alive
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Mega Snake
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The Pixar Story
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Dawn Anna
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The Story of David
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Snakeman (The Snake King)
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Young Hercules
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Dracula 3000
The Infiltrator
The Infiltrator
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My Baby Is Missing
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Zombie Apocalypse
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Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
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Boa Vs Python
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Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters
Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True
Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True
Gulliver's Travels
Gulliver's Travels
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Lake Placid: The Final Chapter
Metal Tornado
Metal Tornado
I Am
I Am
The Groove Tube
The Groove Tube
Common Ground
Common Ground
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Kidulthood
Monster Island
Monster Island
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Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie
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Lies In Plain Sight
Fatal Desire
Fatal Desire
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Read it and Weep
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Naked States
Citizen Jane
Citizen Jane
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Leroy & Stitch
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Ron White: You Can't Fix Stupid
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Seeds of Destruction (The Terror Beneath)
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
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Flipper
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Tears in the Rain
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Shocker
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Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
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Leave It to Beaver
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Holiday Heart
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Montana Sky
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Tempted
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Con Express
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Devil Winds
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Lightning Jack
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No Escape (Escape from Absolom)
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