There have been countless spin offs of TV shows. Most fall by the wayside very fast (Joey) while others endure. Here's six of them that managed to climb to the top of the heap and stay there.
Who would have thought a stuffy psychiatrist could have his own hit show? What, you were waiting for Woody? Kelsey Grammer took a character that was often not-liked on Cheers and made him a loveable neurotic mess with an equally neurotic brother. David Hyde-Pierce was a master of physical comedy and John Mahoney was perfect casting for the Crane brothers' father. Of course, we can't forget Eddie the Dog.
The Facts of Life
Whatchoo Talking 'Bout, Willis? A show with a housekeeper from Diff'rent Strokes and a bunch of schoolgirls SUCCESSFUL? It lasted longer than many people thought it would and one of the reasons was an incredibly catchy theme song. C'mon.. I know you're singing it now. Also, bet you forgot that such stars-in-waiting like Helen Hunt an George Clooney appeared on the show.
People forget that the Winslow mother was the elevator operator on Perfect Strangers. Steve Urkel came later...snort snort. Actually, Urkel was supposed to be a short time guest star, but for some reason, people liked Jaleel White's rendition of the uber-annoying nerd and he stuck around...and stuck around...and stuck around.
Robert Guillaume first appeared in Soap before this spin off. Pretty good for a butler, huh? The acerbic Benson found himself moving up the political ranks very quickly and it made for very entertaining television.
A Different World
No, this show was not something to illustrate how different Lisa Bonet's Cosby Show character was from her Wild at Heart one. She was a college student and the show was fun to watch while she was on it...then she left, of course.
D'oh. How many people forget that the characters used to appear on shorts in the Tracey Ullman Show. Oh. You remember? *steeples fingers* Excellent... It's still chugging along on FOX and I think that my grandchildren will be seeing episodes of the show that were written by Matt Groening's grandchildren. If there's topical humor to mine, this show will always dig deep.
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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards today from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif.
As expected, the unusual suspects received the most nominations. HBO's mob drama The Sopranos led the pack with 20 nods, including a nomination for best drama. HBO's now-defunct series Sex and the City, meanwhile, was the most-nominated sitcom, with nods in 11 categories, including best comedy series.
The late John Ritter, who died Sept. 11, 2003, received a nomination for best comedy actor for 8 Simple Rules.
New shows and exclusions, however, added some excitement to an otherwise predictable slate of nominees. Most notably, NBC heavy hitters Friends and Frasier failed to receive nods for best comedy series, despite it being each show's final season. Fox's Arrested Development, however, beat out the two powerhouse sitcoms to grab a best comedy nomination.
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Garry Shandling, will be broadcast live on ABC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sept. 19. For a complete list of nominees, please visit Emmys.com. Nominees in the top categories follow:
Outstanding Drama Series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Joan of Arcadia
The West Wing
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Spader as Alan Shore, The Practice
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, The Sopranos
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, 24
Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing
Anthony LaPaglia as Jack Malone, Without a Trace
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, Alias
Amber Tamblyn as Joan Girardi, Joan of Arcadia
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano, The Sopranos
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg, The West Wing
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Victor Garber as Agent Jack Bristow, Alias
Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran, Deadwood
Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti, The Sopranos
Steve Buscemi as Tony Blundett, The Sopranos
John Spencer as Leo McGarry, The West Wing
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane, Deadwood
Tyne Daly as Maxine Gray, Judging Amy
Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva, The Sopranos
Janel Moloney as Donna Moss, The West Wing
Stockard Channing as Dr. Abigail Bartlet, The West Wing
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Everybody Loves Raymond
Sex and the City
Will & Grace
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Larry David as Himself, Curb Your Enthusiasm
John Ritter as Paul Hennessy, 8 Simple Rules
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, Frasier
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Friends
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, Monk
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Patricia Heaton as Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Friends
Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Malloy, Life with Bonnie
Jane Kaczmarek as Lois, Malcolm in the Middle
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth, Sr., Arrested Development
Brad Garrett as Robert Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
Peter Boyle as Frank Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane, Frasier
Sean Hayes as Jack, Will & Grace
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Doris Roberts as Marie Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, Sex and the City
Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, Sex and the City
Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes, Sex and the City
Megan Mullally as Karen, Will & Grace