The 123 Best TV Spin-offs of All TIme

When a show does well, or develops an interesting character, TV producers will often create another show based on the original, or a character in the original show. TV Spin-offs can either suck beyond belief, or come to be even greater than the original.

The best spinoff ever you ask? My money is on The Simpsons. Here is a list of the 125 best TV spin-offs of all time:

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002–2006)
   Planet Sheen (2010–present)

All That (1994–2005) Kenan and Kel (1996–2000)
   Drake and Josh (2004–2007)

The Alvin Show (1961–1962)
   Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983–1987)

All in the Family (1971–1979)
   Maude (1972–1978)
   Good Times (1974–1979)
   The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

Animaniacs (1993–1998)
   Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)
   Freakazoid! (1996–1997)

The Archie Show (1968)
   Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003)

Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
   Justice League Unlimited (2003–2006)

Ben 10 (2005–2008)
   Ben 10: Alien Force (2008–2010)
   Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2010–2012)
   Ben 10: Omniverse (2012–present)

Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
   Melrose Place (1992–1999)

Bizarre (1980–1985)
   Super Dave (1987–1991)

The Black Adder (1983)
   Blackadder II (1986)
   Blackadder The Third (1987)
   Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

Broadway Open House (1950–1951)
   The Tonight Show (1954–present) various incarnations:
   Tonight Starring Steve Allen (1954–1957)
   The Steve Allen Show (1956–1964) (a.k.a. The Steve Allen Plymouth Show)
   Tonight! America After Dark (1957)
   Tonight Starring Jack Paar (1957–1962)
   The Jack Paar Show (1959–1962) (a.k.a. The Jack Parr Tonight Show)
   The Jack Parr Program (1962–1965)
   The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
   The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2009)
   The Jay Leno Show (2009–2010)
   The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009–2010)
   The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (II) (2010–present)
   Late Night (1982–present) various incarnations:
   Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)
   Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)
   Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009–present)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
   Angel (1999–2004)

The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)
   Mama's Family (1983–1984,1986-1990)

Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1957)
   The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

Cheers (1982–1993)
   Frasier (1993–2004)

Comedy Playhouse (1961–1975)
   Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)
   Till Death Us Do Part (1966–1975)
   All Gas and Gaiters (1966–1971)
   The Liver Birds (1969–1978, 1996)
   Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
   Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–present)
   CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
   CSI: NY (2004–present)

The Daily Show (1996–present)
   The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999–present)
   The Colbert Report (2005–present)

Dallas (1978–1991)
   Knots Landing (1979–1993)
   Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
   The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Dragon Ball (1986–1989)
   Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
   Dragon Ball Z Kai (2009–2011)
   Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997)

DuckTales (1987–1990)
   Darkwing Duck (1991–1995)

Family Guy (1999–2002, 2005–present)
   The Cleveland Show (2009–present)

French and Saunders
   Absolutely Fabulous

Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1988–1989)
   Saved by the Bell (1989–1993)

Grey's Anatomy (2005–present)
   Private Practice (2007–present)

Grim and Evil (2001–2003)
   The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (2003–2008)

Happy Days (1974–1984)
   Laverne and Shirley (1976–1983)
   Mork and Mindy (1978–1982)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999)
   Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)

Jackass (2000–2002)
   Viva La Bam (2003–2005)
   Wildboyz (2003–2006)

JAG (1995–2005)
   NCIS (2003–present)
   NCIS: Los Angeles (2009–present)

Late Show with David Letterman (1993–present)
   The Late Late Show (CBS TV series) - Various incarnations:
   The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995–1999)
   The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999–2004)
   The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–present)

Law and Order (1990–2010)
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–present)
Law and Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)

Liquid Television (1991–1994)
   Beavis and Butt-head (1993–1997, 2011–present)
   Daria (1997–2001, 2003)
   Celebrity Deathmatch (1998–2002, 2006–2007)

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (1930–1969, 1980–present)
   The Bugs Bunny Show (1960–2000)
   Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
   Taz-Mania (1991–1995)
   The Looney Tunes Show (2011–present)

Love, American Style (1969–1974)
   Happy Days (1974–1984)
   Laverne and Shirley (1976–1983)
   Mork and Mindy (1978–1982)

Make Room for Daddy (1953–1965)
   The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
   Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964–1969)

Match Game (1973–1982)
   Family Feud (1976–1985, 1988–1995, 1999–present)

Matlock (1986–1995)
   Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992)
   Diagnosis: Murder (1993–2001)

Mister Rogers Neighborhood (1968-2001)
   Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (2012-present)

The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
   Muppet Babies (1984-1993)

The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)
   Dr. Phil (2002–present)
   The Doctors (2008–present)
   Rachael Ray (2006-present)
   The Dr. Oz Show (2009–present)

Oh Yeah! Cartoons (1998–2001)
   The Fairly OddParents (2001–2006, 2008-present)

Pardon the Interruption (2001–present)
   Around the Horn (2002–present)

Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)
   Family Matters (1989–1998)

Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)
   Green Acres (1965–1971)

Popstars: The Rivals (2002) (UK series 2)
   American Idol (2002–present)

Rob and Big (2006-2008)
Rob Dyreck's Fantasy Factory (2009-present)
Ridculessness (2011-present)

Sam and Friends (1955–1961)
   Sesame Street (1969–present)
   Jim Henson's Muppet Babies (1984–1991)
   Fraggle Rock (1983–1993)

Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994-2004, 2006-2008)
   Cartoon Planet (1995-2000, 2012-present)
   Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000-present)

Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
   Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
   Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
   Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)

Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003–2005)
   Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–present)

Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
   Stargate Atlantis (2004–2009)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series (1987–present)
   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) (2012–present)

The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
   The Simpsons (1989–present)
   Futurama (1999-present)

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1962)
   The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

The What a Cartoon! Show (1995–2001)
   Dexter's Laboratory (1996–1999; 2001–2003)
   Johnny Bravo (1997–2004)
   Cow and Chicken (1997–1999)
   The Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
   Family Guy (1999-2002; 2005-present)
   Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002)
   Codename: Kids Next Door (2002–2008)

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