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The Worst TV Spin-Offs  

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What are the worst TV spin-offs in history? This list includes some truly terrible TV spin-off shows created when studio execs tried to capitalize on the glory and popularity of other popular shows. In theory, spinoffs allow faithful viewers of the original shows the chance to learn more about some of the beloved original characters. In practice, however, many of these bad spinoff shows were not only poorly executed, but also centered around characters that nobody really cared about in the first place. I mean, did anyone really care what happened when "Cheers" waitress Carla's ex-husband remarried? No one did. No one - and that's why "The Tortellis" only ran for half a season.

Be sure to add any memorable spin-off series that I missed - and check on this list of the best tv spin-offs to vote on the ones that actually did work. Also, feel free to rerank this list any way you like.

Why mess with a good thing? If a specific TV show ran for a long time and was extremely popular, why spin it off? You run the risk of winding up with a sucky show, one that's so bad it threatens to ruin the fond memories of the original program. Need proof? Let's discuss 'Joey': After 'Friends' ended, NBC decided that it just had to give Matt LeBlanc a spin-off sitcom. Sure, he's a talented guy, and everyone loved Joey on 'Friends,' (one of the greatest TV shows of all time) but could he carry a show solo? No. No, he could not. 'Joey' was, in a word, forgettable. NBC yanked it off the air midway through its second season. Bad, bad idea.

Other terrible TV spin-offs include the absolutely horrific hot mess 'Joanie Loves Chachi,' a spin-off of Garry Marshall's wildly successful sitcom 'Happy Days.' Look, it's cool that Joanie did, in fact, love Chachi, but a whole show surrounding just them? Ugh. Somehow, 'Joanie Loves Chachi' did last for 17 episodes before it was canceled.

Look, it's hard not to want more when you love a particular TV show that goes off the air, for whatever reason. Good things do end, however, and that does not mean you have to try and milk the popularity of a particular show for all it's worth. Sometimes, it is truly best to leave things alone. That's what this list is all about. Now, go vote!
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Joey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Matt LeBlanc, Paulo Costanzo, Drea de Matteo
Joey is an American sitcom, a spin-off from Friends, which stars Matt LeBlanc reprising his role as Joey Tribbiani. It premiered on the NBC television network, on September 9, 2004, in the ...more
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Joanie Loves Chachi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro
Joanie Loves Chachi is an American television spin-off of the American sitcom Happy Days that was originally broadcast on ABC from March 23, 1982 to May 24, 1983. It stars Erin Moran and Scott ...more
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AfterMASH is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Rosalind Chao, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan
AfterMASH is an American situation comedy that aired on CBS from September 26, 1983, to May 31, 1985. A spin-off of the series M*A*S*H, the show takes place immediately following the end of the ...more
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Three's a Crowd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
John Ritter, Jessica Walter, Robert Mandan
Three's a Crowd is an American television sitcom sequel to Three's Company. It is loosely based on the British TV series Robin's Nest, which was itself a spin-off of Man About the House, on ...more
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That '80s Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
kuzronk added Glenn Howerton, Tinsley Grimes, Chyler Leigh
That '80s Show is an American sitcom that aired from January through May 2002. Despite having a similar name, show structure, and many of the same writers and production staff, it is not ...more
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The Tortellis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Dan Hedaya, Mandy Ingber, Jean Kasem
The Tortellis is an American sitcom that aired from January to May 1987 on NBC. The first spin-off of the hit series Cheers, The Tortellis stars Dan Hedaya and Jean Kasem.
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The Brady Brides is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
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Baywatch Nights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff, Carol Alt
Baywatch Nights is an American police and science fiction drama series that aired in syndication from 1995 to 1997. Created by Douglas Schwartz, David Hasselhoff, and Gregory J. Bonann, the ...more
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The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson
The Cleveland Show is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, and Mike Henry for the Fox Broadcasting Company as a spin-off of Family Guy. The series centers ...more
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Saved by the Bell: The College... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond
Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a sequel to the Saved by the Bell series which ran from May 22, 1993 to February 8, 1994, lasting one season. It was the third incarnation of the ...more
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Megan Wants a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke
Megan Wants a Millionaire is an American reality television show on VH1 in which former Rock of Love contestant Megan Hauserman has seventeen wealthy single men compete for her love. The show ...more
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The Ropers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor
The Ropers is an American sitcom that ran from March 13, 1979 to May 22, 1980 on ABC. The series is a spin-off of Three's Company and based on the British sitcom George and Mildred. It was taped ...more
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The Bradys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
The Bradys is a six-episode American drama series that aired on CBS in 1990. It was a revival of the early 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch, and was about the trials and tribulations of the ...more
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The Brady Bunch Hour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
The Brady Bunch Hour was an American variety television series featuring skits and songs produced by Sid and Marty Krofft in association with Paramount Television, which aired on ABC between ...more
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Enos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
John Dehner, Sonny Shroyer, John Milford
Enos is an American television series from the 1980–1981 season that aired on the CBS network. A spinoff of The Dukes of Hazzard, Enos focused on the adventures of Enos Strate, a former ...more
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The Hills is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad
The Hills is a semi-scripted American reality television series that originally aired on MTV from May 31, 2006 until July 13, 2010. Developed as a spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange ...more
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Time of Your Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner, Pauley Perrette
Time of Your Life is an American drama series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The series is a spin-off of Party of Five, and features the character Sarah Reeves Merrin whom Hewitt portrayed on ...more
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Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina
Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and ...more
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The Golden Palace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Betty White, Don Cheadle, Cheech Marin
The Golden Palace is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1992, to May 14, 1993. The show is a spin-off of the sitcom The Golden Girls, continuing the story from ...more
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I Love Money is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Craig Jackson, Saaphyri Windsor, Kwame Johnson
I Love Money is an American reality television series airing on VH1 and produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol, and is a spin-off of Flavor of Love, Charm School, I Love New ...more
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Models Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Carrie-Anne Moss, Garcelle Beauvais, Emma Samms
Models Inc. is an American prime time soap opera that aired on the Fox television network during the 1994–95 television season. It is the third series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. The ...more
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Tabitha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich, Mel Stewart
Tabitha is an American fantasy sitcom that aired during the 1977-1978 season on ABC. It is a spin-off of Bewitched, which had ended its run five years earlier in 1972. The series stars Lisa ...more
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Beverly Hills Buntz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Logan2011 added Dennis Franz, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Guy Boyd
Beverly Hills Buntz is an American comedy-drama series, a spinoff from Hill Street Blues. It aired on NBC during the 1987–88 season.
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The City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Whitney Port, Kelly Cutrone
The City is an American reality television series that originally aired on MTV from December 29, 2008 until July 13, 2010. Developed as the spin-off of The Hills, the series aired two seasons ...more
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Checking In is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Ruth Brown, Marla Gibbs, Robert Costanzo
Checking In is an American sitcom that aired on CBS in April 1981. The series is a spin-off of The Jeffersons, which itself had spun off from All in the Family.