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10 Worst TV Spin-Offs of All Time

Well, After my last post, you knew this was coming. You can’t have sunshine without rain.

Hit TV shows that start to grow a little long in the tooth or have a star looking to end their career branch out on their own often resort to the ritual suicide of the spin-off. While we all know this usually ends ugly, there are those rare exceptions that end in quality TV.

Criteria for a “Terrible” spin-off:

  1. Original show must have had a respectable run
  2. Spin-off was very short lived 1 or 2 seasons
  3. The Spin-off is roundly dispised by the old fans
  4. Cameos, that are painfully embarassing. (Helpful, not mandatory)

Caveat: Judging a Terrible Spin-Off is a lot like former Supreme Court Justice PotterStewart’s take on pornography “hard-core pornography is hard to define,but I know it when I see it.” So too is a bad spin-off.

When keepin’ it real goes wrong.
10. MTV Road Rules: Or for that matter every “Reality TV” show that ever followed the first season of “The Real World”. How can such an original, interesting, entertaining show spaw such a legacy of crap? Not just a crappy spin-off, but a crappy genre (reality tv) full of crappy shows.

Original Show: MTV The Real World
Years on TV: 1995 – Present
Cameos: Real World vs. Road Rules? (Does that count as a cameo?)

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10 Best TV Spin-Offs of All Time

Hit TV shows that start to grow a little long in the tooth or have a star looking to end their career branch out on their own often resort to the ritual suicide of the spin-off. While we all know this usually ends ugly, there are those rare exceptions that end in quality TV.

My criteria for a “Successful” spin-off:

  1. Original show must have had a respectable run.
  2. Must be a NEW show, not merely a remake of an old show.
    (Sorry, no Battlestar Galactica, Degrassi or the like.)
  3. Takes an established character(s) from an existing show
    and gives them their own show (which usually sucks).
  4. Spin-off must survive for at least tree or more years.
  5. The Spin-off must have some level of critical support.
  6. Cameos, we love to see our old friends drop in from
    time-to-time. (Helpful, not mandatory.)

Caveat: Many of my winners are from the 70’s and 80’s, because well, that’s probably the last time a good spin-off occurred.

10. Tie – CSI: Miami and CSI: NY: Yeah, that’s a cop out (no pun intended), but they are both pretty
indistinguishable. They’re good spin-offs of the original CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). The shows that coined the term “My crazy girlfriend is like CSI.”
Original Show: CSI
Years on TV: 2002 – Present and 2004 – Present Respectively
Cameos: They’re all over the freakin’ place

9. Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Another cop show spin-off, but it’s a good one. Can you turn on cable without seeing an episode of numbers 9 and 10? Who knows, this show may spin off it’s own version of the West Wing.
Original Show: Law and Order
Years on TV: 2001 – Present
Cameos: Yup, lot’s of ‘em.

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