The hit MTV show Teen Wolf has its origins in the cult classic film of the same name, starring Michael J. Fox as the man-beast himself. So, how much did the show take from the movie and, more importantly, is the source material worth a watch?

After viewing the film, you’ll be unsurprised (and probably a little grateful) that creator Jeff Davis sampled lightly when developing the TV show. Whereas the movie is a little raunchy and a whole lot cheesy, the show takes on a different tone altogether while still running with the idea of what it would be like to be a werewolf and a teenager.


  • And you thought a coming-of-age story was tough enough.
  • The general premise behind the show is essentially the same. The main character is just a normal, nerdy teenager. That is, until he starts turning into a werewolf. He has to deal with girls, homework, and sports on top of trying to figure out why he suddenly has superpowers. Both versions blend your typical teen narrative seamlessly into a supernatural storyline.

  • I’m funny. You’re funny. Let’s be friends.
  • While the movie leans more toward drama and the TV show leans more toward horror, both have their roots in comedy. The movie is your typical 1980s cheese-tastic film, inserting cheap gags here and there that you can’t help but laugh at, despite the fact that you’re probably shaking your head at the same time. The show hits the mark a bit better (although, that could be because it’s a modern adaptation and everything lands better in the day than it does 25 years down the line). Introducing physical comedy stints and snappy one-liners, the show is sure to make you laugh at regular intervals.

  • Hey, I recognize you!
  • Some of the characters translated from the big screen to the little screen, Scott being one of them. While TV-Scott is a bit different than movie-Scott, they do share the obvious connection that they’re the titular character who also happens to be a werewolf. Both are athletic and unpopular, and their lives change as soon as they begin to transform.

    Stiles is another character that graces both versions. Both movie-Stiles and TV-Stiles have a certain disregard for the law, though movie-Stiles is a bit of a stoner and has a strange affinity for “surfing” on top of moving vehicles. Both versions are loud, obnoxious, and crazy, and both versions are definitely fan-favorites.

    The third character that both the show and the film have in common is the coach, Mr. Bobby Finstock. This transition from one to the other is the most seamless out of all three. Both coaches are completely ridiculous, yet entirely loveable, and have a habit of using catchphrases that just don’t make any sense. We’re happy to report that “everything else is cream cheese” made it from the movie into the TV show.


  • It’s all about the sports.
  • One of the most obvious differences is that although both adaptations are about sports, they don’t share the same one. The movie focuses on a losing basketball team that’s transformed once Scott becomes a werewolf and puts his talents to good use. The show focuses on lacrosse – which is a nice change, considering it’s a lot more intense than basketball. The team is actually pretty solid to begin with, but as Scott vastly improves, so does their winning streak.

  • Werewolfishness. (Is that a word?)
  • Another major difference – thank goodness – is that the werewolf makeup has changed drastically. Movie-Scott looks a lot like a relative of Cousin It, with an obscene amount of hair covering his entire body.

    Throwing a jersey and a sweat band over that does not make matters better in the slightest. TV-Scott just gets some extra long chops and bigger teeth, but is overall still quite recognizable.

    The show wanted to make the werewolves a little sexier (mission accomplished) and decided to do away with the foot long dreads. Good call. In the same vein, the way in which the main character turns into a werewolf is different between the two mediums.

    In the movie, Scott is a werewolf for genetic reasons –- his father was one before him, and the genes were passed on to the next generation. In the show, genetic werewolves also exist, but Scott is bitten within the first few scenes of the pilot and that is what begins his transformation.

  • New characters and no one named Boof.
  • While you could arguably say that Jackson and Lydia were based on Pamela and Mick, most of the other characters are completely different. Both Pamela and Mick were the popular kids who also happened to be dating, but their dynamic with one another and with Scott and his group are completely different than the Jackson-Lydia-Scott-Stiles relationship. The love interest in the movie, named Boof (no, really), is nothing like Allison. She’s not a newcomer, she’s not a hunter’s daughter, and she’s not friends with the Pamela/Lydia character in any way.

    No other werewolves besides Scott’s father appear in the movie, so there’s no one to compare to Derek or Peter. There are some characters that are aware of werewolves before Scott wolfs out on the basketball court — one even claiming to have killed Scott’s werewolf mother — but no one that could be called a hunter.

  • Scott’s a werewolf? Yeah, that’s cool.
  • Movie-Scott wolfs out on the basketball court for basically the whole town to see. After some awkward silence and shifty eyes between players on both teams, Scott continues the game as if he’s not covered in hair from head to paw. After they win the game, the whole town carries Scott back to a restaurant for some celebratory pizza. They don’t mind that he’s a werewolf, and actually think it’s pretty cool. Popular girl Pamela, who hadn’t said two words to him before now, is suddenly attracted to this boy who anyone in their right mind would say needs a serious shave. Not only that, but the entire school falls in love with the wolf and Scott feels the need to hide his true self behind this new persona in order to fit in.

    Meanwhile, back in the realm of at-least-kind-of-possible, TV-Scott’s identity is only known by a fair few. Those who find out what he is go through an initial shock phase and eventually learn to accept him as a teenage werewolf. Like normal human beings would when their friend tells them he’s a mythological creature of the moon. Scott must keep his identity a secret because if he doesn’t, chances are that someone will either kill him or lock him up, not ask him out on a date to prom.

  • It’s the little things.
  • There are countless other differences between the show and the movie. In the movie, the main character goes by Scotty Howard. In the show, it’s Scott McCall.

    You’ll find the original Teen Wolf in Beacon Town, whereas the newbie lives in Beacon Hills.

    The unfortunate team mascot for Scotty was a beaver, whereas the high school in the newer version is the home of the Cyclones. Movie-Scott’s jersey was #42, but TV-Scott’s is #11.

    These small details can often ground a show or film in reality and there’s definitely a difference between the original film and the TV show.

    The bottom line:

    Picking apart the movie scene by scene would be too much to handle and not quite worth the time, but these are arguably the major similarities and differences between the two. The real question is, however, how do they rate against each other?

    Well, that’s a bit unfair. The show takes the general idea of the film and turns it on its head. They can’t really compare because the objective of each one is so vastly different. The movie is a fun romp with plenty of laughs if you enjoy throwback movies with bad prosthetics and corny humor. The show does a much better job of portraying a realistic version of what would happen if a kid actually did turn into a werewolf.

    If you’ve never seen the movie before and are a fan of the show, we’d recommend giving it a shot. It’s nice to see where the story came from and the few throwbacks the show has given to the original will make more sense upon viewing the film.

    If you’re a fan of the movie and are hesitant to watch the show, don’t sweat it. The show is so vastly different from the movie that there’s pretty much no chance it’ll ruin what love you have for the original. It’s practically a different story that just happens to be called the same thing.

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    Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

    Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

    Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

    Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

    The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

    If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

    Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

    Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

    Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

    The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

    Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

    According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

    If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.


    The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

    A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

    Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

    It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

    To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

    How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

    So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

    (Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

    Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

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