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These are the very best 1970s spin-offs series, ranked from best to worst. It seems like there was something in the water in the '70s that made TV execs decide to just take successful characters and expand their universes into other shows. Some of these popular 1970s spin-off shows follow a central character from an original series, as was just mentioned, but some other shows just set set their series in the same location as the original show, and that qualifies equally as a spin-off. A couple of these shows actually became even more successful than their predecessors.

So, what are some shows that deserve to be on this 1970s spin-offs list? The Muppet Show was one of the most original variety shows on television in the '70s, but many of these classic characters first appeared on Sesame Street. The Muppet Show welcomed many special guests during its five season run including Elton John, Diana Ross, and Mark Hamill. The Jeffersons is another great spin-off that aired in the 1970s.

Laverne & Shirley is a spin-off of Happy Days, which is a spin-off of Love, American Style. That's a spin-off of a spin-off for those keeping score at home. A couple of other shows that are featured on this list are Good Times, Mork & Mindy, and The Facts of Life.

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs - Spin-off of All in the Family (1971–1979).

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross - Spin-off of Love, American Style (1969–1974).

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt - Spin-off of Sesame Street (1969 - present).

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker - Spin-off of Maude (1972–1978).

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James - Spin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984).

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Green Acres Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester - Spin-off of Petticoat Junction (1963–1970).

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn - Spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986).

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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter - Spin-off of Cannon (1971–1976).

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper - Spin-off of Perry Mason (1957–1966).

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander - Spin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984).

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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge - Spin-off of Dragnet (1951–1954, 1967–1970, 1989–1991, 2003–2004).

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams - Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977).

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone - Spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man (1973–1978).

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Maude is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain - Spin-off of All in the Family (1971–1979).

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark - Spin-off of Dallas (1978–1991).

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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music - Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977).

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Somerset is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Somerset Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams - Spin-off of Another World (1964–1999).

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Tabitha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Tabitha Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich, Mel Stewart - Spin-off of Bewitched (1964–1972).

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The New Avengers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The New Avengers Joanna Lumley, Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt - Spin-off of The Avengers (1961–1969).

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Phyllis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Phyllis Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose - Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977).