Famous Television Spinoffs We Love

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 7 months ago

Sometimes we fall in love with characters so hard that we can't stand to see their story end. Check out a list of some of our favorite spinoffs from over the years.

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Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul (2015)

Spinoff: "Better Call Saul" (2015 to present)

Parent Series: "Breaking Bad" (2008 to 2013)

Main bridge character: Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk)

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Nancy Cartwright, Kevin Michael Richardson, Harry Shearer, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor, and Frank Welker in The Simpsons (1989)

Spinoff: "The Simpsons" (1989 to present)

Parent Series: "The Tracey Ullman Show" (1987 to 1990)

Main bridge characters: The Simpson Family

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Marla Gibbs, Paul Benedict, Franklin Cover, Mike Evans, Sherman Hemsley, Roxie Roker, Isabel Sanford, Berlinda Tolbert, and Ned Wertimer in The Jeffersons (1975)

Spinoff: "The Jeffersons" (1975 to 1985)

Parent Series: All in the Family (1971 to 1979)

Main bridge character: George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley)

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Bea Arthur, Conrad Bain, and Bill Macy in Maude (1972)

Spinoff: "Maude" (1972 to 1978)

Parent Series: All in the Family (1971 to 1979)

Main bridge character: Maude Findlay (Bea Arthur)

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Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton in Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964)

Spinoff: "Gomer Pyle: USMC" (1964 to 1969)

Parent Series: "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960 to 1968)

Main bridge character: Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors)

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Grant Gustin in The Flash (2014)

Spinoff: "The Flash" (2014 to present)

Parent Series: "Arrow" (2012 to present)

Main bridge character: Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin)

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David Faustino, P.J. Byrne, and Janet Varney in The Legend of Korra (2012)

Spinoff: "The Legend of Korra" (2012 to 2014)

Parent Series: "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005 to 2008)

Main bridge character: Katara (Mae Whitman)

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Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, and Joanna Lumley in The New Avengers (1976)

Spinoff: "The New Avengers" (1976 to 1977)

Parent Series: "The Avengers" (1961 to 1969)

Main bridge character: John Steed (Patrick Macnee)

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Baywatch Nights (1995)

Spinoff: "Baywatch Nights" (1995 to 1997)

Parent Series: "Baywatch" (1989 to 2001)

Main bridge character: Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff)

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Daria (1997)

Spinoff: "Daria" (1997 to 2001)

Parent Series: "Beavis and Butt-head" (1993 to 2011)

Main bridge character: Daria Morgendorffer (Tracy Grandstaff)

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Kevin Tighe, Julie London, and Randolph Mantooth in Emergency! (1972)

Spinoff: "Emergency!" (1972 to 1979)

Parent Series: "Adam-12" (1968 to 1975)

Main bridge characters: Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed (Martin Milner and Kent McCord respectively)

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Heather Locklear, Rob Estes, and Lisa Rinna in Melrose Place (1992)

Spinoff: "Melrose Place" (1992 to 1999)

Parent Series: "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990 to 2000)

Main bridge character: Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)

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Ben Savage and Rowan Blanchard in Girl Meets World (2014)

Spinoff: "Girl Meets World" (2014 to present)

Parent Series: "Boy Meets World" (1993 to 2000)

Main bridge character: Cory Matthews (Ben Savage)

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Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, and Moose in Frasier (1993)

Spinoff: "Frasier" (1993 to 2004)

Parent Series: "Cheers" (1982 to 1993)

Main bridge character: Frazier Crane (Kelsey Grammer)

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Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, and Dawnn Lewis in A Different World (1987)

Spinoff: "A Different World" (1987 to 1993)

Parent Series: "The Cosby Show" (1984 to 1992)

Main bridge character: Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet)

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George Clooney, Nancy McKeon, Kim Fields, Mackenzie Astin, Mindy Cohn, Charlotte Rae, and Lisa Whelchel in The Facts of Life (1979)

Spinoff: "The Facts of Life" (1979 to 1988)

Parent Series: "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978 to 1986)

Main bridge character: Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae)

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Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams in Laverne & Shirley (1976)

Spinoff: "Laverne & Shirley" (1976 to 1983)

Parent Series: "Happy Days" (1974 to 1984)

Main bridge characters: Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney (Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams respectively)

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Robin Williams and Pam Dawber in Mork & Mindy (1978)

Spinoff: "Mork & Mindy" (1978 to 1982)

Parent Series: "Happy Days" (1974 to 1984)

Main bridge character: Mork (Robin Williams)

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Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens in Fear the Walking Dead (2015)

Spinoff: "Fear the Walking Dead" (2015 to present)

Parent Series: "The Walking Dead" (2010 to present)

Main bridge characters: None

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Reginald VelJohnson, Mark Linn-Baker, Jo Marie Payton, and Ron Kellum in Family Matters (1989)

Spinoff: "Family Matters" (1989 to 1998)

Parent Series: "Perfect Strangers" (1986 to 1993)

Main bridge characters: Carl and Harriet Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton respectively)

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Famke Janssen and Ryan Eggold in The Blacklist: Redemption (2017)

Spinoff: "The Blacklist: Redemption" (2017 to current)

Parent Series: "The Blacklist" (2013 to current)

Main bridge character: Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold)

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The Cleveland Show (2009)

Spinoff: "The Cleveland Show" (2009 to 2013)

Parent Series: "Family Guy" (1999 to current)

Main bridge character: Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry)

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Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Harold Gould, David Groh, and Nancy Walker in Rhoda (1974)

Spinoff: "Rhoda" (1974 to 1978)

Parent Series: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970 to 1977)

Main bridge character: Rhoda Gerard (Valerie Harper)

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Dinah Manoff, Kristy McNichol, David Leisure, Richard Mulligan, and Park Overall in Empty Nest (1988)

Spinoff: "Empty Nest" (1988 to 1995)

Parent Series: "The Golden Girls" (1985 to 1992)

Main bridge character: Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan)