Like their big screen brothers – i.e. the joint sequel – TV spinoffs carry a similar burden of low expectations. Indeed, the worst examples are little more than formulaic money creations attempting to capitalize on the iconography and success of their predecessors. However, as you will soon see, there are clear exceptions to the rule. Because who can argue with the lingering charm and unique rewards of shows like “Frasier” or “The Jeffersons”, both of which were spin-offs?
Meanwhile, in today’s expansive cultural climate, the concept of a spin-off can get a little complicated. Take something like “The Archie Show” for example. Based on a comic book series, it debuted in 1968 and inspired a number of direct spin-offs. But do modern vehicles like “Riverdale” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”, both of which include Archie characters, technically count as spin-offs from the original cartoon series? Then there’s a show like Good Times, a spin-off from Maude that is a spin-off from All in the Family. Does that mean that “Good Times” is also a spin-off from “All in the Family”?
Forklift Dug into TV history and identified 10 shows that inspired multiple spin-offs. For the sake of clarity, every series that could be associated with an original predecessor was counted as a spin-off. Films, one-time TV specials and webisodes were not included. In some cases, the spin-off became a hit of its own. In others it was quickly forgotten. Regardless of their fate, each one expands the universe of an iconic predecessor, thereby expanding the TV landscape as a whole.
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