From The Brady Bunch to Friends, television has a long history of creating spin-offs to keep the magic alive. Sometimes they get it right, like Fraiser or Family Matters, but all too often their ambitions unleash a real garbage fire.
Usually, failed spin-offs don’t work because the producers didn’t really understand the magic of the original. Whether it was picking the wrong character or the wrong premise, the new show didn’t click. Whatever the case may be, audiences weren’t fooled.
Sure, they would watch for a few episodes but eventually bail, letting it die fairly quickly. Get ready to feel nostalgic, here are 25 Worst TV Spin-Offs Of All Time.
Saved by the Bell: The College Years
After the long televised run of Saved by the Bell, producers thought everyone wanted to follow Zack Morris and the old gang into college. Not so much. This show only lasted one season and just didn’t have the same magic as the original.
A spin-off of the hit show Three’s Company, all they really did was carbon copy the same show but flip the script, making the character Jeffrey P. Brookes III the straight man to Stanley Roper. It was a disaster and only lasted one season.
This prequel spin-off to the popular Battlestar Galactica dives into the early years of artificial intelligence on the planet of Caprica. It followed two families, the Greystones and the Adamas, as the story unfolded. The show had good intentions but ultimately didn’t take off.
Beverly Hills Buntz
A spin-off of Hill Street Blues, this ill-begotten show followed Norman Buntz as he headed out to Los Angeles to open a detective agency. This is just one of many poorly thought out spin-offs that relocated a character and thought that would be enough.
The Cleveland Show
With the wild popularity of The Family Guy, Fox decided to give the character Cleveland his own show. Except, he wasn’t that funny of a character to begin with and his new show was essentially just a carbon copy of the original. Despite that, they still gave the show four seasons before finally cancelling it.