Entertainment 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
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
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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39 12
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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30 9
Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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28 9
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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33 15
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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32 18
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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19 10
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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23 14
The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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28 19
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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35 27
Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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6 1
Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC. The series follows the ...more
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22 18
Maude is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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The Brady Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Larry Storch
The Brady Kids is an animated television series, produced by Filmation in association with Paramount Television and seen on ABC from 1972 to 1973. It was an animated based on ABC's live action ...more
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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
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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Last of the Summer Wine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff
Last of the Summer Wine is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke that was originally broadcast on the BBC. Last of the Summer Wine premiered as an episode of Comedy Playhouse on 4 ...more
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The Lucie Arnaz Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Lucie Arnaz
The Lucie Arnaz Show is an American sitcom television series that aired from April 2 until June 11, 1985.
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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
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Archie's Weird Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Andrew Rannells, America Young, Ben Beck
Archie's Weird Mysteries is an American animated children's television program, based on the Archie comics. The series premise revolves around a Riverdale High physics lab gone awry, making the ...more
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The Buford Files is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
The Buford Files
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Buford and the Galloping Ghost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Frank Welker, Henry Corden, Harold Peary
Buford and the Galloping Ghost is an American Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which aired on NBC from February 3, 1979 to September 1, 1979 on NBC. It ...more
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Groovie Goolies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows
Larry Storch, Howard Morris, Larry D. Mann
Groovie Goolies is an American animated television show that had its original run on network television between 1970 and 1972. Produced by Filmation, Groovie Goolies was a spinoff of The Sabrina ...more