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The Worst TV Spin-Offs

Updated February 4, 2021 13.6k votes 1.7k voters 66.2k views85 items

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

    Matt LeBlanc, Paulo Costanzo

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Joey is an American sitcom, a spin-off from Friends, which stars Matt LeBlanc reprising his...  more

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    Joanie Loves Chachi

    Scott Baio, Erin Moran

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Joanie Loves Chachi is an American television spin-off of the American sitcom Happy Days that...  more

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  • That '80s Show3
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    That '80s Show

    Glenn Howerton, Tinsley Grimes

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    That '80s Show is an American sitcom that aired from January through May 2002. Despite having...  more
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    Three's a Crowd

    John Ritter, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Three's a Crowd is an American television sitcom sequel to Three's Company. It is loosely...  more

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  • AfterMASH5
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    AfterMASH

    Rosalind Chao, Jamie Farr

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    AfterMASH is an American situation comedy that aired on CBS from September 26, 1983, to May...  more

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    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a sequel to the Saved by the Bell series which ran...  more

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    The Brady Brides

    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1981

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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    Baywatch Nights

    Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science Fiction

    Baywatch Nights is an American police and science fiction drama series that aired in...  more
  • The Tortellis9
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    The Tortellis

    Dan Hedaya, Mandy Ingber

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Tortellis is an American sitcom that aired from January to May 1987 on NBC. The first...  more
  • The Cleveland Show10
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    The Cleveland Show

    Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

    The Cleveland Show is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard...  more

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    The Bradys

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Bradys is a six-episode American drama series that aired on CBS in 1990. It was a revival...  more
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    Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

    Premiered2009

    Megan Wants a Millionaire is an American reality television show on VH1 in which former Rock...  more
  • The Ropers13
    200
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    The Ropers

    Norman Fell, Audra Lindley

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Ropers is an American sitcom that ran from March 13, 1979 to May 22, 1980 on ABC. The...  more

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  • Enos14
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    Enos

    John Dehner, Sonny Shroyer

    Premiered1980

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Action

    Enos is an American television series from the 1980–1981 season that aired on the CBS network....  more

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  • The Golden Palace15
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    The Golden Palace

    Betty White, Don Cheadle

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Golden Palace is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1992,...  more

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  • The Brady Bunch Hour16
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    The Brady Bunch Hour

    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Variety show, Comedy

    The Brady Bunch Hour was an American variety television series featuring skits and songs...  more
  • Law & Order: LA17
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    Law & Order: LA

    Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama

    Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural...  more

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  • Time of Your Life18
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    Time of Your Life

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Time of Your Life is an American drama series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The series is a...  more
  • I Love Money19
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    I Love Money

    Craig Jackson, Saaphyri Windsor

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    I Love Money is an American reality television series airing on VH1 and produced by 51 Minds...  more
  • Models Inc.20
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    Models Inc.

    Carrie-Anne Moss, Garcelle Beauvais

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

    Models Inc. is an American prime time soap opera that aired on the Fox television network...  more

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  • The Hills21
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    The Hills

    Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    The Hills (MTV, 2006) is an American reality television series created by Adam DiVello, and a...  more

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    Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Real Chance of Love is an American reality television dating game show featuring two brothers,...  more

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  • Beverly Hills Buntz23
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    Dennis Franz, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

    Beverly Hills Buntz is an American comedy-drama series, a spinoff from Hill Street Blues. It...  more
  • Tabitha24
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    Tabitha

    Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

    Tabitha is an American fantasy sitcom that aired during the 1977-1978 season on ABC. It is a...  more

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    The City

    Whitney Port, Kelly Cutrone

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The City (MTV, 2008) is an American reality television series created by Adam DiVello and a...  more