The Best TV Spinoffs

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List Criteria: Must be a spin off of a major television show.

What are the best TV spin-offs in history? This list definitely includes many. Some of the best TV spin-off shows were, well, spun off of wildly successful sitcoms and dramas, allowing faithful viewers of the original shows the chance to learn more about some of the original characters. Spin-off shows don't always work ('Joanie Loves Chachi,' anyone?) but this list proves that lightning can strike once, or more rarely, twice! With news that FOX's 'Glee' may get a spin-off (risky, but understandable given the show's success), we thought we'd take a closer look at some of the more memorable TV spin-offs over the years. Don't see your favorite on the list? Definitely add it!
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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

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    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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    Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester

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    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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    Maude is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain

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    Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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    Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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    Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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    Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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    Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

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    Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

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    Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

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    Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

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    Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams

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    Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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    A Different World is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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    Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith

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    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield

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    Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Fred Armisen

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    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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    Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn

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    Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song

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    Steve-O, Chris Pontius

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