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


    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 U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


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

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


    The Jeffersons 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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    Angel 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


    The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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


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

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    Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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    Good Times is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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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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    Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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


    Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain

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


    Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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    Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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


    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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    CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    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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    Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Mama's Family Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

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    The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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    Daria is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Daria Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

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    Benson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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    Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

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    Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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    Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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    Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

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


    Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams

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    A Different World is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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    Maverick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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


    Melrose Place Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith

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    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs

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    NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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    Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Fred Armisen

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    Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn

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


    Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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    Steve-O, Chris Pontius

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    Rosalind Chao, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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    The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs


    The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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