The 25 Best & Worst TV Spin-Offs

After 'Friends' ended, we were desperate to spend more time with our favorite New Yorkers. Once we spent some time with Joey in L.A., we realized just how much we missed his friends. "How you doin'?" Not well, Joe, not well.
As much as we missed them on Buffy, our favorite brooding vampire Angel's new life battling supernatural evil forces in L.A. with fan-favorite Cordelia Chase was worth every moment. Plus, Buffy crossovers!
The Lone Gunmen
'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan tried his luck (unsuccessfully) at a spin-off of 'The X-Files.' The show was more tied to earth than its predecessor, and was canceled due to decline in ratings.
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The Amanda Show
Amanda Bynes' 'All That' spin-off still serves as a showcase of the troubled actress' undeniable flare for funny -- dancing lobsters, fake commercials and Survivor parodies, the show cemented itself in pop culture history.
Laverne and Shirley
This 'Happy Days' spin-off, set in roughly the same time period, is hard not to love. The show follows the title characters, along with Lenny and Squiggy, and its influence can be seen throughout early episodes of 'Friends.'
Kenan & Kel
Two fan favorites from 'All That' got their own show, featuring nonstop shenanigans and iconic questions about Kel's feelings for orange soda. It may not be the best show in the world, but we're eternally grateful it existed.
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The Cleveland Show
Seth MacFarlane unnecessarily gave the title character his own show, one that was way too similar to its predecessor. We would've preferred Cleveland in Quahog, falling from his bathtub instead of having his own show.
The Colbert Report
Stephen Colbert, former correspondent for 'The Daily Show,' brought his own character, also named Stephen Colbert, into the world of political news satire, and we're eternally grateful that he did.
I Love New York
A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off, launching even more spin-offs. 'The Surreal Life' bred 'Strange Love,' which bred 'Flavor of Love' and the loogie felt 'round the world. The rest is history.
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Mork and Mindy
The show that introduced the world to the unmatchable talent of Robin Williams, this 'Happy Days' spin-off featured an alien living in Colorado with his human roommate, and put Williams on the map.
Melrose Place
This 'Beverly Hills, 90210' spin-off brought the intensity, drama, and success, inspiring failed spin-off 'Models, Inc.' and a failed reboot too.
Saved By the Bell: The College Years
The 'Saved by the Bell' cast heads to college, without Jessie and Lisa, with disastrous results. From new characters we didn't care about to mullets we wish we could unsee, this show was a bad idea from the get-go.
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Living Dolls
This 'Who's the Boss?' spin-off only lasted 12 episodes, with good reason, but it had one very important aspect going for it: Halle Berry.
Disney's Doug
Even its creator thinks this version is inferior, along with OITNB star (voice of Patti Mayonnaise), Constance Shulman, who didn't enjoy the work as much after the creative changes.
The Facts of Life
One of the longest-running sitcoms of the 80s, this 'Diff'rent Strokes' spin-off dealt with drugs, sex, eating disorders, and peer pressure, and was a favorite of our childhood.
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The Hills
The 'Laguna Beach' spin-off is the 'unscripted' show about Lauren Conrad's pursuit of a career in fashion. I dare say it defined a generation, and nailed female friendships before HBO's 'Girls' even tried.
'Frasier' lasted a whopping 11 seasons and is considered to be one of the most successful spin-offs of all time. It's no surprise - it was witty, lovable, and just different enough from 'Cheers' to be memorable.
Xena: Warrior Princess
Infamous warrior, Xena, seeks redemption for her crimes against the innocent by now helping those who can't defend themselves. This 'Hercules' spin-off is iconic.
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One of MTV's highest rated shows, the 'Beavis and Butt-head' spin-off was smart, subversive, and full of pop culture references. A perfect satire of high school life for the MTV generation.
The Bionic Woman
This 'Six Million Dollar Man' spin-off lasted for three seasons (and three TV movies after). We're glad it exists just for Bill's Halloween costume on 'Freaks & Geeks.'
Viva La Bam
We never liked 'Viva La Bam' nearly as much as 'Jackass,' and, frankly, could have done without this show altogether.
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The Time of Your Life
Perhaps nobody struggles more with TV shows than Jennifer Love Hewitt, and this 'Party of Five' spin-off was canceled in the middle of its first season.
Family Matters
Any show that lasts longer than the show it spun from is successful. This one is notable because Steve Urkel is one of TV's most iconic, entirely overshadowing 'Perfect Strangers.'
The Suite Life on Deck
This show was pretty much the same thing as its predecessor, 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,' but it's a boarding high school...on a boat. Instead of a hotel. A tad unnecessary.
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
This show has been on the air for a whopping 15 years. There's no arguing with that long of a run - this show makes all other spin-offs look weak in comparison.