Cue The Drama: TV Show Scandals That Deserve Their Own Movies

September 3, 2014  |  
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Viewers got a look behind the curtain of one of television’s most beloved teen sitcoms, “Saved by the Bell” in a recent Lifetime production. The movie was wildly entertaining (though how truthful it was remains in question), and got us thinking about how many other great TV shows have some scandalous skeletons in the closet. So here are our picks for which TV shows’ behind-the-scenes drama we want to learn about next.

Beverly Hills 90210

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Beverly Hills 90210 had its share of off-screen, on-set drama. Pretty much if Shannen Doherty is involved in any way, shape or form, scandal is sure to be around the corner. And such was the case on the set of 90210. Doherty and Jennie Garth’s feud became the stuff of television legend and nothing would make us happier than a real peek at what was going down on-set.

Desperate Housewives

A show featuring some of Hollywood’s most beautiful and strong women was, unfortunately, almost doomed to have some on-set squabbles. The eye of the storm centered on Teri Hatcher’s feud with her “Desperate Housewives” co-stars. There were more than a few incidents that shed light on the disdain Hatcher’s co-stars had for her. But when someone dubs you the “meanest woman in the world,” it’s not that much of a surprise that there was a few on-set dust-ups.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

While scandals didn’t exactly define “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” set, there was one notable feud that we’d love to get the dirty details on. The original Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) and star Will Smith were, by all accounts, not the biggest fans of one another. And when Hubert was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid it only helped to stoke the rumors around this feud. Now we just need someone to do some digging, get to the bottom of this and crank out a great made-for-tv documentary.

The View

Another instance where big personalities just didn’t gel … and maybe that was exactly the point. Though “The View” has been a daytime staple for more than 10 years, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for these ladies. From Rosie O’Donnell’s feud with Elizabeth Hasselbeck to Whoopi Goldberg’s choice words about Barbara Walters, the set of “The View” should have many incredible stories to tell. So can someone please tell them already!

Saturday Night Live

With nearly 40 years under its belt, Saturday Night Live has become a staple of American television. But it’s certainly not without its share of drama on-set. While no one would dare produce an inflammatory movie while the show is still going on, it could be worth a gander down the line. One of our favorite SNL feuds: Tracy Morgan going ham with the insults he hurled at former co-stars Chris Kattan and Cheri Oteri. Remember when he said “I could remember when people like Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan would probably look down upon me. I could remember those two, especially those two, people treating me like I was the invisible guy. Now look where they at. Cheri Oteri, she can’t even get arrested. Where’s Chris Kattan now?” Ouch!

The Brady Bunch

For a family that seemed so together on-screen, the cast of “The Brady Bunch” was quite the hot mess off-screen. Rivalries between co-stars, hookups and everything in between, “The Brady Bunch” has already gotten a so-so, behind-the-scenes movie, but we think another go could uncover even more interesting drama.

Full House

Can someone please jump on this one? There is no way it was all roses and sunshine on the set of this beloved series.


From Lea Michele’s supposed diva antics to the tragic death of Cory Monteith, “Glee”‘s story would be riveting, heart-wrenching and ripe for a dramatic retelling. And with the show coming to an end this season, we can’t imagine it’ll be long before someone tells the story of this surprising hit.

The Cosby Show

Though the set of “The Cosby Show” seemed largely untouched by scandal, there was definitely a little feuding between Lisa Bonet and show namesake Bill Cosby. If those set walls could talk, we can only imagine how many shouting matches and arguments might have gone down in that little Brooklyn brownstone.

The Hills

Though MTV’s “The Hills” was largely fake (according to star Kristin Cavallari), the on-set feuds were certainly real. Any director willing to tackle “The Hills” documentary would likely be in-store for an awesome array of bitching and backstabbing, with a healthy dose of insight into how staged “reality television” can really be.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Quite frankly we could insert almost any iteration of the “Real Housewives” series into this slot, but we’d be lying if we didn’t think that the ladies of the ATL wouldn’t have the juiciest behind-the-scenes gossip.

Grey’s Anatomy

Though scandal on the “Grey’s Anatomy” set has been few and far between, who wouldn’t love to revisit the tempestuous relationship between Isaiah Washington, T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey? And come on, with so many attractive people on one set, we’d have to imagine there was a little hanky panky going on too, right?

Growing Pains

Everything was relatively smooth sailing on the set of “Growing Pains.” That was until Kirk Cameron found Jesus with a capital J. While we’re not knocking renewing one’s religious life, his Born Again Christian faith didn’t jive with some of the subject matter tackled on the show and conflict was quick to arise. Cameron’s transformation alone would make for one hell of a documentary.

Two And A Half Men

Charlie Sheen in action is pretty much the stuff of any filmmakers dreams.

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