70s TV The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows  

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These are the very best 1970s spin-offs series, ranked from best to worst. It seems like there was something in the water in the '70s that made TV execs decide to just take successful characters and expand their universes into other shows. Some of these popular 1970s spin-off shows follow a central character from an original series, as was just mentioned, but some other shows just set set their series in the same location as the original show, and that qualifies equally as a spin-off. A couple of these shows actually became even more successful than their predecessors.

So, what are some shows that deserve to be on this 1970s spin-offs list? The Muppet Show was one of the most original variety shows on television in the '70s, but many of these classic characters first appeared on Sesame Street. The Muppet Show welcomed many special guests during its five season run including Elton John, Diana Ross, and Mark Hamill. The Jeffersons is another great spin-off that aired in the 1970s.

Laverne & Shirley is a spin-off of Happy Days, which is a spin-off of Love, American Style. That's a spin-off of a spin-off for those keeping score at home. A couple of other shows that are featured on this list are Good Times, Mork & Mindy, and The Facts of Life.

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross Spin-off of Love, American Style (1969–1974). Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs Spin-off of All in the Family (1971–1979). The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker Spin-off of Maude (1972–1978). Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt Spin-off of Sesame Street (1969 - present). The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Green Acres Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester Spin-off of Petticoat Junction (1963–1970). Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat ...more

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James Spin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984). Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander Spin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984). Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn Spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986). The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more

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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge Spin-off of Dragnet (1951–1954, 1967–1970, 1989–1991, 2003–2004). Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more

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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter Spin-off of Cannon (1971–1976). Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles, California. The show ran ...more

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper Spin-off of Perry Mason (1957–1966). Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone Spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man (1973–1978). The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more

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Maude is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain Spin-off of All in the Family (1971–1979). Maude is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 23, 1978. Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, ...more

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark Spin-off of Dallas (1978–1991). Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los ...more

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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977). Rhoda is an American television sitcom, starring Valerie Harper, which aired a total of 109 half-hour episodes over five seasons, from 1974 to 1978. The show was a spin-off of The Mary Tyler ...more

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977). Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor. This drama series was a spinoff from a sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Aired from ...more

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Phyllis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Phyllis Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose Spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977). Phyllis is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 8, 1975 to March 13, 1977. Created by Ed Weinberger and Stan Daniels, it was the second spin-off series from The Mary ...more

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The New Avengers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The New Avengers Joanna Lumley, Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt Spin-off of The Avengers (1961–1969). The New Avengers is a British secret agent fantasy adventure television series produced during 1976 and 1977. It is a sequel to the 1960s series, The Avengers and was developed by original ...more

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Tabitha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Tabitha Lisa Hartman^! Robert Urich^! Mel Stewart Spin-off of Bewitched (1964–1972). 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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Somerset is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Somerset Sigourney Weaver, Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams Spin-off of Another World (1964–1999). Somerset is an American television soap opera which ran on NBC from March 30, 1970, until December 31, 1976. The show was a spin-off of another NBC serial, Another World.