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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

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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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531 180
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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425 226
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The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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448 180
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The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

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Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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

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380 214
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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366 179
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ShelleyTemplar added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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285 278
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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211 251
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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292 244
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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266 259
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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298 191
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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267 202
Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Green Acres Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester

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286 225
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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225 207
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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Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain

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263 172
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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Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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223 268
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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176 211
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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211 223
The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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211 233
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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224 198
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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177 233
Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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102 136
Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Umberhaven added Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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164 230
Daria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Daria Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

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96 112
Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

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168 188
Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Darkwing Duck Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

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176 210
Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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158 150
Benson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Dave_7672 added Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams

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Melrose Place Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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111 130
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ChangesDownClub added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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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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The Looney Tunes Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Looney Tunes Show Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Esposito, Fred Armisen

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39 64
90210 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 90210 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

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Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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38 73
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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41 149
The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ChangesDownClub added The Suite Life on Deck Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song

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16 46
The Lone Gunmen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
VesperLynd94 added The Lone Gunmen Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund