The Best TV Spinoffs TV Programs

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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Kelsey Grammer, Brittany Murphy, Stephen King

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton

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    The Simpsons


    Steve Carell, Martin Sheen, Hank Azaria

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    - 153


    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    - 185
    The Jeffersons


    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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    Angel

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    The Andy Griffith Show


    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts

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    Laverne & Shirley


    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Fabares

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    added by ShelleyTemplar
    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Paul Dinello

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    often listed & added by ryanmcw
    Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Avery Brooks

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    Lucy Lawless, Karl Urban, Hudson Leick

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MatthewCoy
    Mark Hamill, Ben Stein, Rob Paulsen

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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Cloris Leachman

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    Eva Gabor, Eddie Albert, Pat Buttram

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    Family Matters


    Jaleel White, Michelle Thomas, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Maude


    Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Adrienne Barbeau

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    Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Caroline Rhea

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    Torchwood

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    John Barrowman, Lauren Ambrose, Bill Pullman

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    added by MatthewCoy
    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley

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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Eva LaRue

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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    Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry

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    Julie Bowen, William Shatner, Lake Bell

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    Sarah Drew, Geoffrey Arend, Evan Farmer

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    added by MatthewCoy
    Claire Forlani, Gary Sinise, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    Betty White, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman

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    Valerie Harper, Judd Hirsch, Ron Silver

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    Tim Curry, Phil Hartman, Dan Castellaneta

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    Lou Grant


    Ed Asner, Mason Adams, Barnard Hughes

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    David Spade, Mike Judge, Toby Huss

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    A Different World


    Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, Sinbad

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    Roger Moore, James Garner, Jack Kelly

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    - 92

    added by Umberhaven
    Jolene Blalock, Linda Park, Scott Bakula

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    Melrose Place

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Alyssa Milano, Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross

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    Jeri Ryan, Kate Mulgrew, Roxann Dawson

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Dave_7672
    Rene Auberjonois, Robert Guillaume, Didi Conn

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    added by ChangesDownClub
    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

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    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree

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    - 178


    Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield

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    - 179


    Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders

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    - 30

    added by JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado
    Howie Mandel, Frank Welker, David Alan Coulier

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    added by MatthewCoy
    Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Phil Margera

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    Knots Landing


    Alec Baldwin, Nicollette Sheridan, Michelle Phillips

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    added by MatthewCoy
    Steve-O, Chris Pontius

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    ranked low on reranks
    Kristy McNichol, Estelle Getty, Richard Mulligan

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