The More The Merrier — And Funnier: 15 Of The Best Television Spin-offs

January 18, 2013 ‐ By M A

A Different World

A Different World

There really was no other show we could have kicked things off with other than “A Different World.” A huge part of all of our upbringings, “The Cosby Show” spin-off followed a group of students at the fictional HBCU Hillman College as they worked, played and grew up. The show tackled issues as diverse as war, politics, the AIDS epidemic, racism and sexual violence in a way that was accessible, yet meaningful to its audience. And of course it had its light-hearted moments (don’t tell us you didn’t melt when Dwayne and Whitley got together).

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  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Do you see that? My son The Prince is the one this website chose to represent the number 1 Reality show!!! That’s what being true and not allowing trifling women bring you down does for you, in that order. That is all, the Queen has spoken.

  • Technically, “the Simpsons” is a spin-off. You have to include that one! (Tracey Ullman Show)

  • SoulPretty

    Kenan and Kel was the show!!! 🙂

  • i love angel. buffy is one of my all time favs

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  • Ms. Kameria

    I got to page 2 and stopped.

  • jazzy

    love and hip hop?? no fraiser? gtfohwtbs.

  • Gworl!

    Why the dig at Countess Vaughn though?

  • Maile00

    Seriously…LHH had no business on this list of classics….

  • Good Times was my show too!!! I still cry whenever I see Florida throw that punch bowl down and yell out “Damn! Damn! DAMN!”

  • I think easily A different world and frazier are the 2 best spin offs.

  • Charla

    I loved Girlfriends and the Game (pre-BET) but I’ve always disagreed with the Game being a true spinoff. There was really only one (maybe two) episodes of Girlfriends that led into the Game and no cast member from Girlfriends starred in the Game either.

    • Yeah, and I don’t think they ever even mentioned Joan or anything on The Game… I liked the first season BET dished out, but that last season was just a hot mess!! They added more episodes but still drug the story lines out.. No bueno!!