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The Worst TV Spin-Offs

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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    Joanie Loves Chachi

    Scott Baio, Erin Moran

    PremieredMarch 23, 1982

    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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 Baio  ...more
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    Matt LeBlanc, Paulo Costanzo

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2004

    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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 former  ...more
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    The Brady Brides

    Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb

    PremieredFebruary 6, 1981


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    Three's a Crowd

    John Ritter, Jessica Walter


    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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 which  ...more

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    That '80s Show

    Glenn Howerton, Tinsley Grimes

    PremieredJanuary 23, 2002

    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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 considered a  ...more

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    Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr

    PremieredSeptember 26, 1983


    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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    The Brady Bunch Hour

    Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

    PremieredNovember 28, 1976


    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 1976 to  ...more
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    The Ropers

    Norman Fell, Audra Lindley

    PremieredMarch 13, 1979

    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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 at  ...more

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    The Bradys

    Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

    PremieredFebruary 9, 1990


    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 extended  ...more
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    Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff


    GenresDrama, Science Fiction

    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 series is  ...more
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    John Dehner, Sonny Shroyer


    GenresSitcom, Action

    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 small-town  ...more
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    The Tortellis

    Dan Hedaya, Mandy Ingber


    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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.  ...more
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    The Golden Palace

    Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1992


    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 that  ...more
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    The Cleveland Show

    Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan

    PremieredSeptember 27, 2009

    GenresAnimation, Comedy

    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 on  ...more

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    Megan Wants a Millionaire

    Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

    PremieredAugust 2, 2009


    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 Love Boat: The Next Wave

    Joan Severance, Robert Urich


    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    The Love Boat: The Next Wave is an American television series based on the original ABC sitcom The Love Boat. The series aired on UPN from 1998 to 1999.  ...more
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    Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich


    GenresSitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

    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 Hartman  ...more
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    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen

    PremieredSeptember 7, 1993


    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 franchise. It  ...more

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    I Love New York

    Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2007

    GenresReality, Romance

    I Love New York is a reality television series that first aired on VH1. It features Tiffany Pollard, who is on a quest to find her true love. This series is a spin off of another relationship  ...more

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    The Conners

    John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

    PremieredOctober 16, 2018


    The Conners (ABC, 2018) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, and a spinoff continuation of Roseanne. After the death of Roseanne Conner, the Conner family is forced to face the  ...more

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    I Love Money

    Craig Jackson, Saaphyri Windsor

    PremieredJuly 6, 2008

    GenresReality television

    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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    Time of Your Life

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner



    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 Party  ...more
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    Models Inc.

    Carrie-Anne Moss, Garcelle Beauvais


    GenresSoap opera, Drama

    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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    Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"

    John Kricfalusi, Eric Bauza


    GenresBlack comedy, Animation, Comedy

    Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" is a short-lived animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi for the cable network Spike. The series was an adults-only-revival and  ...more

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    Law & Order: LA

    Corey Stoll, Alfred Molina

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2010

    GenresCrime, Drama

    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 produced by Dick  ...more

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