List of television spin-offs

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A spin-off in television is a new series which contains either characters, a different character or theme elements from a previous series. They are particularly common in situation comedy. A related phenomenon, not to be confused with the spin-off, is the crossover.

Many, if not all spinoffs, are produced by some of the original producers of the root show.

A revival series, a later remake of a pre-existing show, is not a spin-off (e.g. The Battlestar Galactica series of 2003 is a revival, not a spin-off of the 1978 version). An exception can be made to series such as The Transformers where the lines of continuity are blurred. If a television pilot was written but never shot, it is not considered a spin-off. When a show undergoes a name change, it's considered as the same show.

Neither is a reboot series, a term recently invented for motion pictures, which can also occur in television. This is distinct from a revival in that there is little or no attempt to retain continuity with the original. A recent example is the 1987 series Beauty and the Beast, rebooted as the 2012 Beauty & the Beast, which keeps only the main premise of a female law enforcement official aided by a man-beast, the New York City locale, and the names of the two main characters.

Some spin-offs are "engineered" to introduce a character to one show, just so that that character can anchor a new show (that episode of the original show is often known as a "backdoor pilot"). For example, the character Horatio Caine appeared on one episode of the Las Vegas-based CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before the premiere of CSI: Miami. Shows such as Enterprise, What I Like About You, and Deadline which have no immediate connection to previous series but are still known to exist within the same fictional sphere are also spin-offs.

Alphabetical list by parent series[edit]

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#[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
7 vidas (1999–2006)
The 11 O'Clock Show (1998–2000)
14 Children and Pregnant Again! (2005) (special)[1]
16 and Pregnant (2009–)
The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955–1957)
21 Jump Street (1987–1991)
60 Minutes (1968-Present)
No. 73 (1982–1988)
77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
227 (1985–1990)

A[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Abbott and Costello (1940–1956)
Absolutely (1989–1993)
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002–2006)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
ALF (1986–1990)
All in the Family (1971–1979)
The All Star Comedy Show (2004)
All That (1994–2000; 2002-05)
The Alvin Show (1961–1962)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965)
Alice (1976–1985)
  • Flo (1980–1981)
Ally McBeal (1997–2002)
  • Ally (1999–2000)
The Amanda Show (1999–2002)
Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
America's Funniest Home Videos (1990-present)
American Idol (2002-present)
Ándale! (1994–1996)
Animaniacs (1993–1998)
Another World (1964–1999)
The Apprentice (2004-present)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000–2015)
The Archie Show (1968)
Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)
Arrow (2012-)
Arthur (1996)
As the World Turns (1956–2010)
The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (1965–1967)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
The Avengers (1961–1969)

B[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Babar (1989–1991)
Babylon 5 (1993–1998)
The Bachelor (2002)
Bakugan Battle Brawlers (2007–2008)
Barney Miller (1975–1982)
  • Fish (1977–1978)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Baywatch (1989–2001)
Beavis and Butt-head (1992–1997, 2011)
Bear in the Big Blue House (1997–2007)
Behind the Music (1997)
  • BTM2 (2000) (a.k.a. Behind the Music II: Road to Fame or Behind the Music 2)
The Beiderbecke Affair (1985)
Being Human (2008–2013)
Ben 10 (2005–2008)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Bewitched (1964–1972)
Big Bad Beetleborgs (1996–1997)

Big Brother (1999) (Original series and resulting franchise)

The Bill (1984–2010)
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967–1968)
Blue's Clues (1996–2006)
Bizarre (1980–1985)
B. J. and the Bear (1979–1981)
The Black Adder (1983)
Blackpool (2004)
Bonanza (1959–1973)
Bo' Selecta! (2002–2009)
Bones (2005)
Boy Meets World (1993–2000)
The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
Brainiac: Science Abuse (2003–2008)
Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Broadway Open House (1950–1951)

The Tonight Show (1954) various incarnations:

Brookside (1982–2003)
Budgie (1971–1972)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Burke's Law (1963–1965)

C[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Cannon (1971–1976)
The Care Bears/The Care Bears Family (1985–1988)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)
Casualty (1986)
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1993)
Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949–1955)
Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1957)
Chicago Fire (2012-)
Cheers (1982–1993)
The Chelsea Handler Show (2006)
Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)
Childrens Hospital (2008, 2010-present)
Cheyenne (1955–1963)
Cinematech (2002–2007)
Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)
Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003)
The Closer (2005–2012)
Columbo (1968–2003)
  • Mrs. Columbo (1979) (renamed Kate Columbo, Kate the Detective and Kate Loves a Mystery)
Come Dancing (1949–1995)
Comedy Playhouse (1961–1975; 2014-present)
Conflict (1956–1957)
Coronation Street (1960-present)
Countdown with Keith Olbermann (2003–2012)
The Cosby Show (1984–1992)
Cow and Chicken (1997-1999)
Criminal Minds (2005-present)
The Crocodile Hunter (1997–2004)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-2015)

D[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
The Daily Show (1996–1999)
Dallas (1978–1991)
Dance Moms (2011–)
Danger Mouse (1981–1992)
Dani's House (2008–2012)
Dawson's Creek (1996–2003)
The Day Today (1994)
December Bride (1954–1959)
Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
Dennis the Menace and Gnasher (1996–1998)
Department S (1969–1970)
Designing Women (1986–1993)
Dexter's Laboratory (1996-1998, 2001–2003)
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre (1956–1961)
Digimon Adventure (1999–2000)
The Disney Afternoon (1990–1999)
  • Disney Club (1989–2010, various incarnations)
  • Disney Festival (1992)
Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–)
Dora the Explorer (2000–2015)
Double Dare (1986–1993)
Doug (1991–1994)
Dragon Ball (1986–1989)
Dramarama (1983–1989)
Droopy (1943–1958)
Dragnet (1951–1954, 1967–1970, 1989–1991, 2003–2004)
Drawn Together (2004–2007)
DuckTales (1987–1990)
Duet (1987–1989)
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)
Dynasty (1981–1989)

E[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
The Electric Company (1971–1977)
The Electric Playground (1997)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Emergency Vets (1998–2002)
Encantadia (2005–2006)
Essence of Emeril (1994–1996, 2000)
Extreme Makeover (2002–2007)

F[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
The Facts of Life (TV series) (1979–1988)
Fame (1982–1987)
Family Guy (1999–2002, 2005–)
The Fast Show (1994–2001)
Fimbles (2002–2004)
Fist of Fun (1995–1996)
The Flintstones (1960–1966)
Family Ties (1982–1989)
Felix the Cat (1919–1936)
Figure It Out (1997–1999)
French and Saunders (1987–2007)
Friends (1994–2004)
  • Joey (2004–2006)
Flavor of Love (2006–2008)
Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)
The Fugitive (1963–1967)

G[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Gabriel's Fire (1990–1991)
Gargoyles (1994–1996)
General Hospital (1963)
The Generation Game (1971–2007)

The Generation Game various incarnations:

The Gentle Touch (1980–1984)
George Burns Comedy Week (1985)
Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951–1956)
Get Smart (1965–1970)
The Ghost Busters (1975–1976)
Ghost Train (1989–1991)
Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
Girlfriends (2000–2008)
The Girls Next Door (2005)
Glee (2009)
Goin' Bananas (1986–1991)
The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
Gone Country (2008–2009)
Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988–1989)
Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
Grange Hill (1978–2008)
The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983)
Green Acres (1965–1971)
  • Pam (1971) (failed pilot)
  • Carol (1971) (failed pilot)
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Grim & Evil (2001–2003)
Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Guy Code (2011)
Grachi (2011-2013)

H[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Hancock's Half Hour (1954–1961)
Happy Days (1974–1984)
Happy Tree Friends (1999) (Internet series), (2006) (TV series)
Noveltoons (1943–1967)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)
Head of the Class (1986–1991)
Hee Haw (1969-1993)
Heartbeat (1992–2010)
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999)
Here's Lucy (1968–1974)
Highlander: The Series (1992–1998)
Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
The Hills (2006–2010)
Hollyoaks (1995)
Hollywood Squares (1968, 1971–1981)
Home Improvement (1991–1999)
Hot in Cleveland (2010)
The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958–1962)
The Herculoids (1967–1968)

I[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
iCarly (2007–2012)
I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
I Love the '70s (2000) (U.K. TV series)
Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)
Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Iris (2009)
Iron Chef (1993)
Ironside (1967–1975)
It's a Living (1980–1989)

J[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Jackass (2000–2002)
JAG (1995–2005)
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (2006–2008)
The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
Jeopardy! (1964–1975, 1974–1975, 1978–1979, 1984)
The Jerry Springer Show (1991)
Jersey Shore (2009–2012)
Jessie (2011-present)
The Jim Henson Hour (1989)
Jon & Kate Plus 8 (2007–2009)
Jonny Quest (1964–1965)
Josie and the Pussycats (1970–1972)
Judge Judy (1996-present)

K[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007)
Kendra (2009–2011)
Kinnikuman (1983–1986)
The Kids of Degrassi Street (1979–1986)
Knight Rider (1982–1986)
Kratts' Creatures (1994–1998)
Kommissar Rex (1994)
Kung Fu (1972–1975)

L[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
La Bloc (2005–2007)
Laurel and Hardy (1927–1951)
Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983)
Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004–2006)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)

The Late Late Show (CBS TV series) – Various incarnations:

Law & Order (1990–2010)
Life on Mars (2006–2007)
The Likely Lads (1964–1966)
Liquid Television (1991–1994)
Little Britain (2003–2006)
Little House on the Prairie (1974–1982)
Little Rosey (1990)
Looney Tunes (1930–1969, 1980)

Merrie Melodies (1931–1969, 1979)

The Love Boat (1976, 1977–1986)
Love, American Style (1969–1974)
Loving (1983–1995)
The Lick with Trevor Nelson (1998)
  • Trevor Meets... (1999)

M[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
MacGyver (1985–1992)
MADtv (1995–2009)
The Magnificent Six and 1/2 (1968–1970)
Make Room for Daddy (1953–1955)
Man About the House (1973–1976)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
Married... with Children (1987–1997)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977)
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976–1977)
The Mary Whitehouse Experience (1990–1992)
M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
Match Game (1973–1982)
Matlock (1986–1995)
The Maury Povich Show (1990–1998)
Maverick (1957–1962)
McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
Miami 7 (1999)
Miami Ink (2005–2008)
The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1959)
Mickey Mouse Works (1998–2000)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993–1995) (part of the Power Rangers franchise)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
Modern Marvels (1995)
Moesha (1996–2001)
Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)
Mulawin (2004–2005)
Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
The Mrs Merton Show (1994–1998)
The Munsters (1964–1966)
Muppet Babies (1984–1991)
The Muppet Show (1976–1981)
Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
My Little Pony (1984–1987)

N[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Naked Video (1986–1991)
The Nanny (1993–1999)
  • The Chatterbox (1995) (failed pilot)
Naruto (2002–2007)
The Nearsighted Mister Magoo (1950–1959)
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1956–57)
Nick Rocks (1982–1989)
Nickelodeon Guts (1993–1996)
NOVA (1974)

O[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Once Upon a Time (2011)
Once Upon a Time... Man (1978)
One on One (2001–2006)
  • Cuts (2005–2006)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)
Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998–2001)
Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)
On the Buses (1969–1973)
Our Gang (1922–1944)
Ozark Jubilee (1955–1960)

P[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Party of Five (1994–2000)
Pardon the Interruption (2001)
The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
Password (1961–1967, 1971–1975)
Pawn Stars (2009)
Pebble Mill at One (1973–1986)
Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)
Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)
  • Green Acres (1965–1971)
    • Pam (1971) (failed pilot)
    • Carol (1971) (failed pilot)
Phineas and Ferb (2007)
The Pink Panther (1964–1977, 1977–1980, 1995)
Planet of the Apes (1974)
Play for Today (1970–1984)
Please Sir! (1968–1972)
Pokémon (1997-2002)
Police Story (1973–1978)
Popeye the Sailor (1933–1957)
Popstars (1999) (Original series and resulting franchise)
Porridge (1974–1977)
The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005)
The Practice (1997–2004)
Pretty Little Liars (2010)
The Price Is Right (1956–1963)
Primeval (2007–2011)
The Professionals (1977–1983)
Project Greenlight (2001–2005)

Q[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003–2007)

R[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Random! Cartoons (2008–2009)
Raw Toonage (1992–1993)
The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)
The Real Housewives of Orange County (2006)
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996)
Rhoda (1974–1978)
  • Carlton Your Doorman (1980) (TV special and failed pilot to the proposed TV series of the same name)
Ricki Lake (1993–2004)
The Rifleman (1958–1963)
Rob & Big (2006–2008)
Robot Wars (1998–2004)
Robotech (1985)
The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
The Rookies (1972–1976)
Rosie and Jim (1990–2000)
Route 66 (1960–1964)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–1973)
Rugrats (1991–2004)
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)

S[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1971-1974)
The Saint (1962–1969)
Sam and Friends (1955–1961)
Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
The Saturday Night Armistice (1995)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Sesame Street (1969)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)
Sealab 2020 (1972)
SeaQuest DSV (1993–1995)
Second City Television (1976–1984)
Second Thoughts (1991–1994)
Secret Army (1977–1979)
Seven of One (1973)
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (2011–2013)
The Shari Lewis Show (1960–1963)
Shaun the Sheep (2007–2010)
Shining Time Station (1989–1993)
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila (2007)
Sightings (1992–1997)
The Six Million Dollar Man (1973–1978)
Slime Time Live (2000–2003)
Soap (1977–1981)
Sonny with a Chance (2009–2010)
Smallville (2001–2011)
  • Aquaman (2007) (failed pilot to TV series of the same name)
Smith & Smith (1979–1985)
Space Ghost (1966–1968)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994–2004, 2006–2008)
Spider-Man (1994–1998)
Spooks (2002–2011)
Spenser: For Hire (1985–1988)
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003–2005)
Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
Starsky & Hutch (1975–1979)
  • Huggy Bear and the Turkey (1977) (failed pilot)
Story Parade (1964–1965)
The Story of Tracy Beaker (2002–2006)
Student Canteen (1958–1990)
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005–2008)
The Sunny Side Up Show (2007)
Super Friends (1973–1974)
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989–1990)
The Surreal Life (2003–2006)

T[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Teen Titans (2003–2006)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987–1996)
Temperatures Rising (1972–1973)
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980)
Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (1992–1995, 2003–2005)
That Peter Kay Thing (2000)
That's So Raven (2003–2007)
That's Incredible! (1980–1984)
This Life (1996–1997)
The Three Stooges (1934–1970)
Three's Company (1977–1984)
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (1984)
Tiswas (1974–1982)
Toddlers & Tiaras (2009)
Tom and Jerry (1940–1967)
Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004–2006)
Total Drama (2007–present)
Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)
The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
Trackdown (1957–1959)
The Transformers (1984–1987)
Trauma: Life in the E.R. (1997–2002)
TV Nation (1994–1995)
The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2006–2012)

U[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
  • Vidas de Fuego (2006, online series)
  • Mucha Muchachas (2007; online series)
  • Asesinato por Muerte (2007; online series)
  • Los Pecados del Corazon (2008; online series)
  • Mode After Hours (2008–2010; online series)
U-Pick Live (2002–2005)

V[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990–1991)
Victorious (2010–2013)
The Virginian (1962–1971)
Vision On (1974–1976)
Voltron (1984–1985)

W[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Wacky Races (1968–1970)
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001)
Warner Bros. Presents (1955–1956)
We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year (2005)
The Wedge (2006–2007)
Wedgies (2007–2010)
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979)
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1962)
The What a Cartoon! Show (1995–2002)
What's Happening!! (1976–1979)
What's Up, Doc? (1992–1995)
Wheel of Fortune (1975)
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991–1996)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999–2002, 2002)
Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Wife Swap (2003–2009)
Wild & Crazy Kids (1990–1992, 2002)
Wild On! (1997–2003)
  • Taradise (2005–2006) (a.k.a. Wild On Tara!)
Winnie the Pooh (1966–1983)
Winx Club (2004–)
The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
WWE Raw (1993)
WWE Saturday Night's Main Event (1985–1991, 2006–2008)

X[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
The X Factor (2004–2013)
The X-Files (1993–2002)
The XYY Man (1976–1977)
Xiaolin Showdown (2003–2006)

Y[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
The Yogi Bear Show (1961–1962)
Yogi's Space Race (1978–1979)
You Can't Do That on Television (1979–1990)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (2000–2004)

Z[edit]

Parent series Spin-off series
Z-Cars (1962–1978)
Zoom (1972–1978)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Allie (May 22, 2015). "The Web Has Known About Josh Duggar for Years. When Did TLC Find Out?". Defamer. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo! Premieres August 8 @ 10|9c". TLC. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 

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