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.
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This show must have had fans, because it went on for six seasons, but we’d be hard pressed to find one. Let’s be honest, most medical shows do well regardless of quality. A spin-off of the show Grey’s Anatomy, it followed neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery as she goes it alone in Los Angeles.
A spin-off of the mega-hit television show Cheers, it followed Carla’s ex Nick and his wife Loretta in Las Vegas. It aired thirteen painful episodes before finally getting the axe. Why they didn’t stop it at the pilot episode, we’ll never know.
This spin-off of Melrose Place followed Amanda Woodward’s mother as she ran a modeling agency in L.A. Other than the fact no one asked for such a show, the lack of substance, bad writing, and bad acting sank it.
This spin-off of Mary Tyler Moore follows her neighbor, Phyllis, as she leaves Minneapolis and heads out to San Francisco after the death of her husband. This show was doomed from the start simply because no one liked her character to begin with.
With Who’s the Boss? becoming a hit show in the 80’s and super-models a big obsession at the time, television producers thought they should make a spin-off combining the two and thus this show as born. However, it was universally panned by critics and only lasted twelve episodes.