Sidequel: Successful Spin-Offs Of Popular Television Shows

April 29, 2013 ‐ By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Spinoffs are greatly appreciated for a few reasons: they allow viewers to see lesser characters develop independently; they give viewers a different take of the characters from the previous sitcom; and, finally, spinoffs are uniquely responsible for creating that ‘neighboring effect’ on television, allowing audiences and characters, alike, feel as if they are stepping from one living room into another. This has been seen time and time again in television. Cheers begot Fraiser, Grey’s Anatomy begot Private Practice, Buffy begot Angel, and  Dr. Who begot Torchwood. Check out some our favorites over the years.

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  • Jonny Foster

    Who writes these articles? Cory in the House was cancelled due to low ratings. Did they even have a second season? So how did that make the “successful spinoff” list?

  • KJ23

    I had no idea that Family Matters was a spin-off!

    • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

      Yes, perfect strangers was such a funny show 4 its time… i remember on an episode when Laura went on the Tiffany talk show; her and Myra got into it over Urkel…the host was the girlfriend from Perfect Strangers….