Television movie

film format that is broadcast and distributed specifically for television networks.

A television movie (also called a TV film, television film, TV movie, telefilm, telemovie, made-for-television film, direct-to-TV film, movie of the week, feature-length drama, single drama, or original movie) is a movie that is made for and first shown on a television network. Unlike theatrical movies, which are first seen in movie theaters, television movies are first seen on television. Some are first shown on television in one country, and in theaters in other countries.

One of the most well-known television movies is The Day After, which was seen by over 100 million people when it was first shown on ABC on November 20, 1983.[1]


  1. "Tipoff". The Ledger. January 20, 1989. Retrieved October 11, 2011.