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The Best TV Spinoffs 

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Updated April 3, 2020 34.5k votes 2.8k voters 95.1k views 104 items

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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1993

Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Farce, Comedy

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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1974

Actors: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 255

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

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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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1987

Actors: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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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1975

Actors: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 253

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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1960

Actors: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 249

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1978

Actors: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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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1976

Actors: Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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1999

Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Spin-off of Law & Order

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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1999

Actors: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, + more

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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ShelleyTemplar added 2003

Actors: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

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 investigations ...more

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#54 of 263 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #55 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Actors On NCIS

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1979

Actors: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 209

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy

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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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1995

Actors: Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, + more

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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1989

Actors: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 215

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1965

Actors: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 1995

Actors: Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Kids' WB, Hub Network, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Satire, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

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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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1974

Actors: BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 133

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
2005

Actors: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 464

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Satire, Talk show, News, Parody, Comedy, + more

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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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1964

Actors: Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin, Ted Bessell, Larry Hovis, + more

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 150

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Military, Comedy

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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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1983

Actors: Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 130

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1976

Actors: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone, Martin E. Brooks

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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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1972

Actors: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 141

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
2004

Actors: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 101

Network: ABC, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Legal drama, + more

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

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ryanmcw added 1993

Actors: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 176

Network: UPN

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 2001

Actors: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 195

Network: USA Network, MyNetworkTV, NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal

Spin-off of Law & Order

This show 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 René Balcer, the ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
2014

Actors: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, + more

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

Spin-off of Arrow

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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