tv programs The Best TV Spinoffs

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List Rules 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 Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves David Hyde Pierce

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner Jonathan Frakes

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The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright Julie Kavner

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler Marion Ross

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni Ice-T

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The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley Marla Gibbs

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The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard Don Knotts

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Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter Alexis Denisof

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber Ralph James

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Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams David L. Lander

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly Pauley Perrette

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois Cirroc Lofton

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir Jon Stewart

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Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor Ted Raimi

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter Jimmie Walker

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Green Acres Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor Tom Lester

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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen Tress MacNeille

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields Mindy Cohn

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Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White Kellie Shanygne Williams

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio Jamey Sheridan

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Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy Conrad Bain

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea Beth Broderick

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Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles Kai Owen

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors, William Christopher Allan Melvin

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson Christopher Stone

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter Adam Rodriguez

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo Hill Harper

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner Candice Bergen

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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert John Oliver

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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner Lorenzo Music

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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Mama's Family Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer Ken Berry

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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley Jolene Blalock

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble Inga Swenson

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Daria is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Daria Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes Julian Rebolledo

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Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Darkwing Duck Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern Christine Cavanaugh

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran Roxann Dawson

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Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo Tracy Grandstaff

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner Roger Moore

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Melrose Place Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue Courtney Thorne-Smith

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A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison Jasmine Guy

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Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden Mason Adams

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah Barrett Foa

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The Looney Tunes Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Looney Tunes Show Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Esposito Fred Armisen

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Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Trapper John, M.D. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts Timothy Busfield

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell Vanessa Baden

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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper Giada De Laurentiis

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Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford Joan Van Ark

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The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Suite Life on Deck Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse Brenda Song

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Viva La Bam is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Viva La Bam Bam Margera, Vincent Margera Ryan Dunn

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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Private Practice Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein KaDee Strickland