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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, Brittany Murphy, Stephen King

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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


    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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


    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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


    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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


    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts

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


    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Fabares

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Paul Dinello

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    Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Avery Brooks

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    Mark Hamill, Ben Stein, Rob Paulsen

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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    Eva Gabor, Eddie Albert, Pat Buttram

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Cloris Leachman

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    Maude is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Adrienne Barbeau

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


    Jaleel White, Michelle Thomas, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley

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    Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Caroline Rhea

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


    John Barrowman, Lauren Ambrose, Bill Pullman

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    Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Eva LaRue

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Claire Forlani, Gary Sinise, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    Julie Bowen, William Shatner, Lake Bell

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    Valerie Harper, Judd Hirsch, Ron Silver

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    Betty White, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman

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    Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry

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    Sarah Drew, Geoffrey Arend, Evan Farmer

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    Rene Auberjonois, Robert Guillaume, Didi Conn

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    Tim Curry, Phil Hartman, Dan Castellaneta

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    Jolene Blalock, Linda Park, Scott Bakula

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    David Spade, Mike Judge, Toby Huss

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    Jeri Ryan, Kate Mulgrew, Roxann Dawson

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


    Ed Asner, Mason Adams, Barnard Hughes

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    Roger Moore, James Garner, Jack Kelly

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


    Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, Sinbad

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


    Alyssa Milano, Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross

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    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

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    Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield

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    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree

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    Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Fred Armisen

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    Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Phil Margera

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


    Alec Baldwin, Nicollette Sheridan, Michelle Phillips

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    Steve-O, Chris Pontius

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    Rosalind Chao, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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    Seth MacFarlane, Jason Sudeikis, Arianna Huffington

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