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The Best Spin-Off Shows

Updated September 24, 2021 18.9k votes 3k voters 99k views92 items

List RulesMust be a spin-off, not a sequel series, of a major television show.

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! This list of spin-off television shows is ranked from the best to the worst, based on the number of votes cast for each show by the Ranker community. What are the absolute best TV spin-offs?

All of these spin-off series branched off of major television shows. Spin-offs of Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Pretty Little Liars, or even The Vampire Diaries, exist because there was so much love for a show or its characters that fans demanded MORE! It can be fun when the TV spin-off is better than the original, or when it has such a strong life of its on it becomes easy to forget that it was once just a ratings grab - like Frasier, a spin-off of Cheers. Some shows, like many Star Trek series, are sequel series, not spin-offs - though some shows can be both, like Star Trek: Picard, which is a spin-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This list features the top TV spin-offs, ranked by your votes. So, what are television's best spin-off shows? Did the TV spin-offs you think were the best make this list? Vote up the spin-off series you think are the best and see where your favorite spin-offs rank.

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List Rules: Must be a spin-off, not a sequel series, of a major television show.