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TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby waborat » Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:40 pm

Was watching an old Frasier while trying to fall asleep the other night and forgot how funny this show was? It was one with Lillith on and I told my wife that this show was great even if you had never seen a Cheers episode before...

Bottom line, what were some of your favorite and ridiculous spin offs from over the years?

Faves:

1. Frasier- Writing & acting topnotch...the Cheers' cameos made it even better
2. The Jeffersons- Still never met another Weezie
3. The Muppet Show- Probably get some flack, but loved it

Worst:

1. AfterMASH- Two words...Soon-Lee
2. Joanie Loves Chachi- God-aweful + we had to hear them sing each week
3. Joey- Even Aniston naked couldn't have saved this mess

Thought about putting Facts Of Life in my faves, but except for the hotness of Joe & Blair, I keep thinking of "Flock Of Seagulls" Clooney, Tickle-Me-Tootie & Nasty Natalie and I say nada
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby yogi » Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:45 pm

others:

Best or most successful

The Simpsons - I believe it started as a short skit on the Tracy Ullman Show.

King of Queens - either spun from or related to Eeverybody Loves Raymond. Doug was a golfing buddy of Ray's in early years.

Laverne & Shirley - Happy Days

Maude - All in the Family

Good Times - Florida Evans was Maude's housekeeper

Rhoda - MTM

Lou Grant - MTM

Plus, Friends may not have been spun off from the Paul Riser/Helen Hunt comedy (Mad About You) but Phoebe's twin sister was the absent minded waitress that was on that show often.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:10 pm

The worst far outweigh the best

Mork and Mindy (Mork appeared on Happy Days)
The Ropers
Flo
Family Matters
Fish
Gloria (All in the Family)
That 80's Show
I think there was a spinoff from Married w/ Children too. I can't remember.
Booker (should never had spun anything off of 21 Jump Street)

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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:45 pm

Didn't those stupid Geico cavemen have a show for like 30 seconds?
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Fire Marshall Bill » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:08 pm

Jim Henson's Muppets. They looked like caveman trolls

Started out on SNL....now Sesame Street

Everybody loved Raymond but me....still, that new show with that bumbling fucing tool Robert is lamer even still

...and wither Laverne and Shirley and my bois Lenny and Squiggy?

Newhart?...gotta be in there
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Fire Marshall Bill » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:18 pm

The Simpsons - I believe it started as a short skit on the Tracy Ullman Show
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That was like forever ago. She'd come out in a robe and curlers at the end..

"Go on, get out of here. Go home!"

The old Simpson's charcters look like the original Bugs Bunny drawings when you see them now
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:22 pm

Frasier is the greatest sitcom ever

I think King of Queens is great too. Kevin James is the funniest American sitcom actor and Leah Remini is/was hott
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:25 pm

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Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:29 pm

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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby waborat » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:16 pm

Always loved King Of Queens, but it wasn't a spin off of ELR...

Kevin James used to write for ELR and played a different character a couple of times when it first started...

Then the network started those "crossover" episodes where Ray was on KOQ & vice-versa...

Also, Archie Bunker's Place might have been the most disappointing spin off? I think everyone had high hopes for that one
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby mattvan1 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:40 pm

British_Pharaoh wrote:Frasier is the greatest sitcom ever

I think King of Queens is great too. Kevin James is the funniest American sitcom actor and Leah Remini is/was hott


Not a Seinfeld fan? It really went downhill at the end, but for awhile it was the greatest 30 minutes on US TV.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby jb » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:24 pm

mattvan1 wrote:
British_Pharaoh wrote:Frasier is the greatest sitcom ever

I think King of Queens is great too. Kevin James is the funniest American sitcom actor and Leah Remini is/was hott


Not a Seinfeld fan? It really went downhill at the end,



No way. Never jumpoed the shark until perhaps the last episode. The backwards episode was still funny as hell.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Fire Marshall Bill » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:01 am

No way. Never jumpoed the shark until perhaps the last episode. The backwards episode was still funny as hell.


George sleeping INSIDE his custom built desk

Kramer's horse & buggy Beefaroni ride

Elaine in her see thru blouse...the Pacman machine routine

Jerry dumping women for the most trivial of reasons

....the black lawyer guy???

...and No fucking soup for you???!!!

Great stuff...and I actually liked the last episode when all their whiney asses got trown in jail

...and while I don't reacll any spinoffs, Taxi and Reverend Jim was epic
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:10 am

Would people consider Curb Your Enthusiasm a spin off?

That show is hilarious and I never really watched Seinfeld.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Triple-S » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:39 pm

jb wrote:
mattvan1 wrote:
British_Pharaoh wrote:Frasier is the greatest sitcom ever

I think King of Queens is great too. Kevin James is the funniest American sitcom actor and Leah Remini is/was hott


Not a Seinfeld fan? It really went downhill at the end,



No way. Never jumpoed the shark until perhaps the last episode. The backwards episode was still funny as hell.


I think it should've went on for one last season, ending on the eve of the millennium, also despised the final episode. thought it was rather anti-climatic.

Also, Frank Costanza was the best character on the whole show.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:28 pm

waborat wrote:3. Joey- Even Aniston naked couldn't have saved this mess



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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby skatingtripods » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:56 pm

Sort of a stretch, but King of the Hill was spun off Beavis and Butthead.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:12 pm

skatingtripods wrote:Sort of a stretch, but King of the Hill was spun off Beavis and Butthead.



I don't know. The voice of Hank and Anderson was the same but that was about it. That awful show Daria was a spinoff.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby OldDawg » Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:13 pm

In more recent years, Boston Legal is a spinoff from The Practice.
I like both shows. The Practice was more of a drama show, BL a comedy/drama.
I hated Spader's character in The Practice, but like him in BL. He and Shatner are a nice team.

The Andy Griffith Show spun off Gomer Pyle, USMC. Two great shows.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby OldDawg » Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:17 pm

Fire Marshall Bill wrote:
No way. Never jumpoed the shark until perhaps the last episode. The backwards episode was still funny as hell.


George sleeping INSIDE his custom built desk

Kramer's horse & buggy Beefaroni ride

Elaine in her see thru blouse...the Pacman machine routine

Jerry dumping women for the most trivial of reasons

....the black lawyer guy???

...and No fucking soup for you???!!!

Great stuff...and I actually liked the last episode when all their whiney asses got trown in jail

...and while I don't reacll any spinoffs, Taxi and Reverend Jim was epic

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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:40 pm

I can't believe it's been about ten years but I liked "That's My Bush", which I believe was spun off from George W's presidency. It was pretty funny.

Then it had to go away because of 9/11. Fuckin' terrorists. They ruin everything.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby jfiling » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:24 pm

I think Star Trek: The Next Generation has to count as a spinoff, and probably is in the discussion for best spinoffs ever. 7 seasons, 4 movies ( some of which were actually good! ) mean it was at least successful.
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:55 pm

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NBA on ESPN

Spin off
WNBA on ESPN
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:01 pm

Larvell Blanks wrote:Original
NBA on ESPN

Spin off
WNBA on ESPN


Are you nominating that for the best or the worst category?
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Mon May 03, 2010 9:01 am

Motherscratcher wrote:
Larvell Blanks wrote:Original
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Spin off
WNBA on ESPN


Are you nominating that for the best or the worst category?


I thought it was pretty self explainatory
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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Mon May 03, 2010 11:12 am

Larvell Blanks wrote:
Motherscratcher wrote:
Larvell Blanks wrote:Original
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Spin off
WNBA on ESPN


Are you nominating that for the best or the worst category?


I thought it was pretty self explainatory


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Re: TV Spinoffs - Best & Worst?

Unread postby dmiles » Mon May 03, 2010 2:29 pm

Of course being married I am subject to Grey's Anatomy and it's cousin Private Practice. Private Practice seemed to be an excuse to get the leggy Kate Walsh, more face time.

Being 40+ one of my "older woman" guilty pleasures has been Amy Brenneman, so I look up and check her out once in a while. I'd take that chick with the Southern twang though.

In any case I hate, hate, hate these damn shows. It's constant music, either some shit from a bad CD at Starbucks/indie Coffee House....Or in the lighthearted times the quirky funny music that's played when they are being silly. Why do wives fall for this crap? Since getting the wife hooked on Dexter, she started watching the mormon one on HBO and now Tudors and since then she's quietly hardly paid attention to GA/PP. Desperate Housewives is never on either...Now I'll never get her off the Bravo crap but at least with drama I hope she sees that the quality is not on network.

As far as a worst I could swear as a kid I watched:

"The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" a spin-off of BJ and the Bear... Talk about no parental supervision...
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