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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    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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    The Jeffersons


    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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    The Andy Griffith Show


    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts

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    Angel

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

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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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    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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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Cloris Leachman

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    Mark Hamill, Ben Stein, Rob Paulsen

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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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    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley

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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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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Eva LaRue

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    Torchwood

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

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    Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Julie Bowen, William Shatner, Lake Bell

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    Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry

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    added by MatthewCoy
    Claire Forlani, Gary Sinise, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    Valerie Harper, Judd Hirsch, Ron Silver

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    Sarah Drew, Geoffrey Arend, Evan Farmer

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    Betty White, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman

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    Lou Grant


    Ed Asner, Mason Adams, Barnard Hughes

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    Tim Curry, Phil Hartman, Dan Castellaneta

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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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    David Spade, Mike Judge, Toby Huss

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

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    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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    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

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    Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree

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    Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield

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

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    added by MatthewCoy
    Steve-O, Chris Pontius

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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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    Helena Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders

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    added by killakane94
    C. Martin Croker, Andy Merrill, Don Kennedy

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