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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

Simpsons Characters Who Most Deserve Spinoffs The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

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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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528 178
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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Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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442 179
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The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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420 225
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The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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362 178
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ShelleyTemplar added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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377 212
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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Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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282 277
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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208 249
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ryanmcw added Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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291 240
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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297 188
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History 8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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262 258
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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265 199
Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Green Acres Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester

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Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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221 207
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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259 172
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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Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain

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221 267
CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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209 221
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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174 210
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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196 226
Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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209 232
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

The Greatest TV Shows of All Time The Best Things About Fall

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222 197
Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Mama's Family Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

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162 229
Daria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Daria Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

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Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Darkwing Duck Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

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100 134
Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Umberhaven added Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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177 230
Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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94 111
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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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 37 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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109 129
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ChangesDownClub added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams

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157 147
Benson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Dave_7672 added Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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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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36 72
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 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 Lone Gunmen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
VesperLynd94 added The Lone Gunmen Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund

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38 149
The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ChangesDownClub added The Suite Life on Deck Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song

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27 109
Sam & Cat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MarkJohnson added Sam & Cat Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Cameron Ocasio

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70 182
Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Private Practice Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland