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List Rules Must be a spin off of a major television show.

What are the very 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

Spin-off of Cheers

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more

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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

Spin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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The Simpsons

Spin-off of The Tracey Ullman Show

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Happy Days

Spin-off of Love, American Style

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Spin-off of Law & Order

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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The Andy Griffith Show

Spin-off of The Danny Thomas Show

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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The Jeffersons

Spin-off of All in the Family

The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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Angel

Spin-off of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Mork & Mindy

Spin-off of Happy Days

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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Laverne & Shirley

Spin-off of Happy Days

Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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

Spin-off of JAG

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal ...more

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

Spin-off of The Daily Show

The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005 to December 18, 2014 for 1,447 ...more

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

Spin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Xena: Warrior Princess

Spin-off of  Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more

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

Spin-off of Animaniacs

Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Facts of Life

Spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes

The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Good Times

Spin-off of Maude

Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more

The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Green Acres

Spin-off of Petticoat Junction

Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat ...more

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Family Matters

Spin-off of Perfect Strangers

Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Spin-off of Law & Order

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and ...more

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Maude

Spin-off of All in the Family

Maude is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 23, 1978. Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, ...more

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Torchwood

Spin-off of Doctor Who

Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired ...more

The Coolest TV Floorplans

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

Spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man

The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
CSI: Miami

Spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot ...more

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

Spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot ...more

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Boston Legal

Spin-off of The Practice

Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, ...more

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Mama's Family

Spin-off of The Carol Burnett Show 

Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The series is a spin-off of a recurring series of comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show and Carol ...more

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

Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Rhoda is an American television sitcom, starring Valerie Harper, which aired a total of 109 half-hour episodes over five seasons, from 1974 to 1978. The show was a spin-off of The Mary Tyler ...more

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

Spin-off of Beavis and Butt-head

Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic ...more

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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Umberhaven added Star Trek: Enterprise

Spin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more

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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Adam-12

Spin-off of Dragnet

Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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

Spin-off of DuckTales

Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney ...more

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Star Trek: Voyager

Spin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The show takes place during the 2370s, and begins on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy, 75,000 ...more

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Benson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Dave_7672 added Benson

Spin-off of Soap

Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap; however, Benson discarded the ...more

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

Spin-off of Frog Baseball

Beavis and Butt-head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from "Frog Baseball", a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on ...more

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Lou Grant

Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor. This drama series was a spinoff from a sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Aired from ...more

Crimes You'd Commit (If You Could Get Away With It)

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A Different World

Spin-off of The Cosby Show

A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more

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Melrose Place

Spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210

Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999, for seven seasons. The show follows the lives of a group of young adults living in an ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ChangesDownClub added NCIS: Los Angeles

Spin-off of NCIS

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Trapper John, M.D.

Spin-off of MASH

Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure ...more

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The Looney Tunes Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Looney Tunes Show

Spin-off of Merrie Melodies

The Looney Tunes Show is an American animated sitcom that ran from May 3, 2011 through August 31, 2014 on Cartoon Network. The show features characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies ...more

The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Kenan & Kel

Spin-off of All That

Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred then-All That cast members and Saturday Night Live alumni Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. ...more

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 90210

Spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210

90210 is an American teen drama television series, developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, that aired on The CW from September 2, 2008 to May 13, 2013. It is the fourth series in the ...more

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Knots Landing

Spin-off of Dallas,

Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los ...more

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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Iron Chef America

Spin-off of Iron Chef

Iron Chef America: The Series is an American cooking show based on Fuji Television's Iron Chef, and is the second American adaptation of the series, following the failed Iron Chef USA. The show ...more

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The Lone Gunmen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
VesperLynd94 added The Lone Gunmen

Spin-off of The X-Files

The Lone Gunmen is an American conspiracy fiction thriller drama television series created by Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz. The program originally aired from ...more

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The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ChangesDownClub added The Suite Life on Deck

Spin-off of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

The Suite Life on Deck is an American sitcom that aired on Disney Channel from September 26, 2008 to May 6, 2011. It is a sequel/spin-off of the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Ranker added Better Call Saul

Spin-off of / prequel to Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Private Practice

Spin-off of Grey's Anatomy

Private Practice is an American medical drama television series which aired on ABC from September 26, 2007, to January 22, 2013. A spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the series takes place at Seaside ...more