TV The Worst TV Spin-Offs  

Ranker Community
Originally by
13.8k votes 1.2k voters 41.4k views 77 items Embed

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!
list ordered by

1
322 214
Joanie Loves Chachi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Joanie Loves Chachi Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro

15 Popular TV Shows Sued for Being Rip-Offs The Best Disney Princess Movies

2
363 204
Joey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Joey Matt LeBlanc^! Paulo Costanzo^! Drea de Matteo

3
273 182
Three's a Crowd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Three's a Crowd John Ritter, Jessica Walter, Robert Mandan

4
264 166
AfterMASH is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
AfterMASH Rosalind Chao, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

5
223 157
The Tortellis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Tortellis Dan Hedaya, Mandy Ingber, Jean Kasem

6
282 154
That '80s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
kuzronk added That '80s Show Glenn Howerton, Tinsley Grimes, Chyler Leigh

7
237 165
Baywatch Nights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Baywatch Nights Angie Harmon, David Hasselhoff, Carol Alt

8
288 218
The Cleveland Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Cleveland Show Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson

9
227 152
The Brady Brides is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Brady Brides Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

10
274 224
Saved by the Bell: The College... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Saved by the Bell: The College Years Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond

11
208 162
The Ropers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Ropers Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor

12
165 118
Megan Wants a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Megan Wants a Millionaire Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

13
177 147
The Bradys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Bradys Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

14
180 164
Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Law & Order: LA Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina

15
156 125
The Brady Bunch Hour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Brady Bunch Hour Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

The Best Spin-Offs of the 2010s 8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

16
161 147
Enos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Enos John Dehner, Sonny Shroyer, John Milford

17
158 128
The Hills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Hills Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad

18
135 108
Time of Your Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Time of Your Life Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner, Pauley Perrette

19
122 108
I Love Money is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
I Love Money Craig Jackson, Saaphyri Windsor, Kwame Johnson

20
149 127
The Golden Palace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Golden Palace Betty White, Don Cheadle, Cheech Marin

21
133 146
Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo

22
95 88
Beverly Hills Buntz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Logan2011 added Beverly Hills Buntz Dennis Franz, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Guy Boyd

23
117 116
Models Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Models Inc. Carrie-Anne Moss, Garcelle Beauvais, Emma Samms

24
119 121
Tabitha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Tabitha Lisa Hartman^! Robert Urich^! Mel Stewart

25
107 111
Top of the Heap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Top of the Heap Matt LeBlanc, Rita Moreno, Joey Lauren Adams

26
108 97
The City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The City Whitney Port, Kelly Cutrone

27
112 110
Checking In is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Checking In Ruth Brown, Marla Gibbs, Robert Costanzo

28
121 127
I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
I Love New York Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

29
109 118
Daisy of Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs

The Greatest TV Shows of All Time The Worst Things You Can Make Jokes About

30
101 117
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Stefanie Powers^! Noel Harrison^! Leo G. Carroll

31
87 99
Real and Chance: The Legend Hu... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs

32
103 107
K-9 and Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
K-9 and Company Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Bill Fraser

33
53 69
Real Chance of Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Real Chance of Love Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens, Brian Fitzpatrick

34
139 180
CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

35
80 93
Booker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Logan2011 added Booker Richard Grieco, Marcia Strassman, Lori Petty

36
96 124
Phyllis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Phyllis Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose

37
43 35
Sanford Arms is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Sanford Arms LaWanda Page, Tina Andrews, Bebe Drake

38
78 94
A Man Called Hawk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Logan2011 added A Man Called Hawk Avery Brooks, Moses Gunn

39
57 55
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

40
76 93
Living Dolls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Living Dolls Halle Berry, Leah Remini, Michael Learned

41
92 120
The Lone Gunmen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Lone Gunmen Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund

42
90 132
Private Practice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Private Practice Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland

43
50 47
Planet Sheen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Planet Sheen Soleil Moon Frye, Rob Paulsen, Thomas Lennon

The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

44
86 123
Caprica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Caprica Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson

45
86 121
The Finder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

46
73 91
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

47
74 117
Fish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
Logan2011 added Fish Abe Vigoda^! Florence Stanley^! Barry Gordon

48
30 31
The Plucky Duck Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Plucky Duck Show Joe Alaskey, Don Messick, Charles Adler

49
55 62
All Grown Up! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added All Grown Up! Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie

50
57 65
The Originals is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst TV Spin-Offs
ghost00 added The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt