The '80s are widely considered a golden age of TV. From great sitcoms to inventive late-night variety shows, the 1980s really changed television forever. But not to be forgotten in all of that great TV are the tremendous spin-offs that premiered in the '80s. These are the best1980s spin-offs, ranked from best to worst by TV fanatics. Some of these shows expand the universe and continue the journey of fan-favorite characters from their predecessors, while other great 1980s spin-offs on this list merely take place in the same location as the show they're based on.
What are some of the series that you'll find on this list of1980s spin-offs list? After appearing in popular segments on The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons were given their own series in 1989. This great spin-off holds many titles including the longest-running sitcom and the longest-running animated program in America. Mork & Mindy is another good spin-off that aired in the 1980s.
A Different World followed The Cosby Show character, Denise Huxtable, as she went off to college. Other great shows on this top '80s spin-offs list include The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, and Muppet Babies.What is the best 80s spinoff? Be sure to vote up your favorites and see if other Ranker users agree with you!
Premiered: December 17, 1989
Genres: Animation,ComedySpin-off of The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990).
Premiered: January 15, 1974
Genres: ComedySpin-off of Love, American Style (1969–1974).Set in 1950s and 1960s Milwaukee, this series tells the story of the Cunningham family -- father Howard, mother Marion, son Richie and daughter Joanie. Howard owns a hardware store, while Marion ...more
Premiered: January 18, 1975
Genres: ComedySpin-off of All in the Family (1971–1979)."We're moving on up, to the East Side, to a deee-luxe apartment in the sky ... ." This spinoff from "All in the Family" is about literal upward mobility - African- American couple George and Louise ...more
Premiered: March 15, 1977
Genres: ComedyWhen two single girls need a roommate to share their Santa Monica apartment, they decide to offer a room to the guy they find passed out in the bathtub after the going-away party for their last ...more
Premiered: January 27, 1976
Genres: ComedySpin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984).Best friends, roommates and polar opposites Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney work together at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee and keep each other's spirits up at home for the show's first several ...more
Premiered: September 14, 1978
Genres: Comedy, FantasySpin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984).Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on a mission to Earth to study human behavior, travels to 1970s Boulder, Colo., where he meets up with Mindy, a young journalism graduate, after his egg-shaped ...more
Premiered: August 24, 1979
Genres: ComedySpin-off of Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)."You take the good, you take the bad ... ." Originally set at the prestigious Eastland School for Young Women, housemother Mrs. Garrett is the caretaker and confidante of a special group of girls. ...more
Premiered: January 22, 1983
Genres: ComedySpin-off of The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978).Thelma "Mama" Harper is the quick-tempered, blue-haired matriarch of the Harper family who lives with son Vint and his wife, Naomi, who were forced to move into Mama's basement after losing money in ...more
Premiered: September 13, 1979
Genres: ComedySpin-off of Soap (1977–1981).Butler Benson DuBois is the smartest (and possibly only sane) member of widowed Gov. Eugene Gatling's household staff. Benson always manages to keep his head, no matter what the staffers or the ...more
Premiered: September 22, 1989
Genres: ComedySpin-off of Perfect Strangers (1986–1993).
Premiered: September 28, 1987
Genres: Adventure,Fantasy,Science FictionSpin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969).
Premiered: January 12, 1981
Genres: DramaDynasty (ABC, 1981) is an American prime time television soap opera created by Richard and Esther Shapiro. The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both ...more
Premiered: September 15, 1984
Genres: Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television seriesSpin-off of The Muppet Show (1976–1981).Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, commonly known by the shortened title Muppet Babies, is an American animated television series that aired from September 15, 1984 to November 2, 1991 on CBS. The show ...more
Premiered: September 24, 1987
Genres: ComedySpin-off of The Cosby Show (1984–1992).A Different World (NBC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Bill Cosby, and a spin-off of The Cosby Show. A group of students struggles to make it through college as they attend a renowned Black ...more
Premiered: October 8, 1988
Genres: ComedySpin-off of The Golden Girls (1985–1992).Widowed pediatrician Harry Weston is a miracle worker when it comes to dealing with his young patients, but he's more challenged by the other people surrounding him: daughters Barbara and Carol; his ...more
Genres: Sitcom, ComedySpin-off of What's Happening!! (1976–1979).What's Happening Now!! is an American television situation comedy that serves as a sequel series to the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!!, focusing on its main characters as adults. The show ran in ...more
Premiered: September 9, 1985
Genres: Adventure,Animation,Fantasy,KidsSpin-off of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985).She-Ra: Princess of Power (Syndication, 1985) is an American action adventure animation series created by Larry DiTillio and J. Michael Straczynski and spun-off of Filmation's highly successful ...more
- Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon
Just the Ten of Us
Premiered: April 26, 1988
Genres: Sitcom, ComedySpin-off of Growing Pains (1985–1992).Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham Lubbock, a teacher and the head of a large Catholic family with eight children living in Eureka, ...more
Premiered: January 1, 2000
Genres: Animation,Comedy,KidsSpin-off of Danger Mouse (1981–1992).
Premiered: March 23, 1982
Genres: Sitcom, ComedySpin-off of Happy Days (1974–1984).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
Genres: Sitcom, ActionEnos 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
Genres: Soap opera, Teen drama, Drama, Children's television seriesSpin-off of The Kids of Degrassi Street (1979–1986).
Premiered: September 26, 1983
Genres: ComedyPotter, Mulcahy and Klinger reunite after the Korean War on the staff at a Missouri hospital. ...more
Genres: Sitcom, ComedyChecking In is an American sitcom that aired on CBS in April 1981. The series is a spin-off of The Jeffersons, which itself had spun off from All in the Family. ...more
Genres: SitcomSpin-off of Family Ties (1982–1989).Day by Day is an American sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Thora Birch. Day by Day was telecast from February ...more