TV The Worst TV Spin-Offs  

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What are the worst TV spin-offs in history? This list includes some truly terrible TV spin-off shows created when studio execs tried to capitalize on the glory and popularity of other popular shows. In theory, spinoffs allow faithful viewers of the original shows the chance to learn more about some of the beloved original characters. In practice, however, many of these bad spinoff shows were not only poorly executed, but also centered around characters that nobody really cared about in the first place. I mean, did anyone really care what happened when "Cheers" waitress Carla's ex-husband remarried? No one did. No one - and that's why "The Tortellis" only ran for half a season.

Be sure to add any memorable spin-off series that I missed - and check on this list of the best tv spin-offs to vote on the ones that actually did work. Also, feel free to rerank this list any way you like.

Why mess with a good thing? If a specific TV show ran for a long time and was extremely popular, why spin it off? You run the risk of winding up with a sucky show, one that's so bad it threatens to ruin the fond memories of the original program. Need proof? Let's discuss 'Joey': After 'Friends' ended, NBC decided that it just had to give Matt LeBlanc a spin-off sitcom. Sure, he's a talented guy, and everyone loved Joey on 'Friends,' (one of the greatest TV shows of all time) but could he carry a show solo? No. No, he could not. 'Joey' was, in a word, forgettable. NBC yanked it off the air midway through its second season. Bad, bad idea.

Other terrible TV spin-offs include the absolutely horrific hot mess 'Joanie Loves Chachi,' a spin-off of Garry Marshall's wildly successful sitcom 'Happy Days.' Look, it's cool that Joanie did, in fact, love Chachi, but a whole show surrounding just them? Ugh. Somehow, 'Joanie Loves Chachi' did last for 17 episodes before it was canceled.

Look, it's hard not to want more when you love a particular TV show that goes off the air, for whatever reason. Good things do end, however, and that does not mean you have to try and milk the popularity of a particular show for all it's worth. Sometimes, it is truly best to leave things alone. That's what this list is all about. Now, go vote!
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Joanie Loves Chachi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Joanie Loves Chachi Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro

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Joey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Joey Matt LeBlanc, Paulo Costanzo, Drea de Matteo

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Three's a Crowd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Three's a Crowd John Ritter, Jessica Walter, Robert Mandan

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AfterMASH is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
AfterMASH Rosalind Chao, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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The Tortellis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Tortellis Dan Hedaya, Mandy Ingber, Jean Kasem

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That '80s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
That '80s Show Glenn Howerton, Tinsley Grimes, Chyler Leigh

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Baywatch Nights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Baywatch Nights Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff, Carol Alt

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The Brady Brides is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Brady Brides Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

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Saved by the Bell: The College... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Saved by the Bell: The College Years Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond

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The Ropers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Ropers Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor

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Megan Wants a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Megan Wants a Millionaire Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

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The Bradys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Bradys Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Law & Order: LA Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina

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The Brady Bunch Hour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Brady Bunch Hour Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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Enos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Enos John Dehner, Sonny Shroyer, John Milford

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The Hills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Hills Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad

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Time of Your Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Time of Your Life Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner, Pauley Perrette

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I Love Money is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
I Love Money Craig Jackson, Saaphyri Windsor, Kwame Johnson

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The Golden Palace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Golden Palace Betty White, Don Cheadle, Cheech Marin

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Models Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Models Inc. Carrie-Anne Moss, Garcelle Beauvais, Emma Samms

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Beverly Hills Buntz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Beverly Hills Buntz Dennis Franz, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Guy Boyd

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Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo

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Tabitha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Tabitha Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich, Mel Stewart

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Top of the Heap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Top of the Heap Matt LeBlanc, Rita Moreno, Joey Lauren Adams

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The City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The City Whitney Port, Kelly Cutrone

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Checking In is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Checking In Ruth Brown, Marla Gibbs, Robert Costanzo

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I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
I Love New York Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

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Daisy of Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs

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The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll

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Real and Chance: The Legend Hu... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs

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K-9 and Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
K-9 and Company Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Bill Fraser

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Real Chance of Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Real Chance of Love Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens, Brian Fitzpatrick

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Booker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Booker Richard Grieco, Marcia Strassman, Lori Petty

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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Phyllis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Phyllis Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose

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A Man Called Hawk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
A Man Called Hawk Avery Brooks, Moses Gunn

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Sanford Arms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Sanford Arms LaWanda Page, Tina Andrews, Bebe Drake

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The Lone Gunmen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Lone Gunmen Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund

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Living Dolls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Living Dolls Halle Berry, Leah Remini, Michael Learned

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Private Practice Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland

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Caprica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Caprica Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson

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The Finder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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Planet Sheen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Planet Sheen Soleil Moon Frye, Rob Paulsen, Thomas Lennon

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Fish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Fish Abe Vigoda, Florence Stanley, Barry Gordon

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

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Archie Bunker's Place is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Archie Bunker's Place Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor, Anne Meara

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Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Major Crimes Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison