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.
After the end of the hit television show MASH, CBS producers wanted to recreate the magic and green lit AfterMASH. It followed three familiar characters from the original show but back at home, trying to acclimate to civilian life. The whole thing was a recipe for disaster and ultimately failed to meet audience expectations.
The Golden Palace
With the end of Golden Girls and Bea Arthur’s Dorthy getting married, television execs thought it would be a great idea to have the other three characters invest in a Miami hotel and see what antics they could get into. Of course, they couldn’t recreate the magic of the show, and it was cancelled after one season.
With the popularity of Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street, why not try to carbon copy that magic with Richard Grieco on Booker? That was the idea anyway, but it didn’t work out too well. The show quickly went from prime time to out-cast to cancelled in no time.
With CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY, you’d think audiences would have had enough of crime scene investigations. Well, apparently they finally called it quits with CSI: Cyber, a show less about crime scene investigations and more about cyber crime. Panned by critics, who called it an absurd police procedural, it was cancelled after two seasons.
Law & Order: Trial by Jury
This spin-off was much more about law than order, focusing only on the legal side and the lawyer’s process of building a case. It ultimately wasn’t compelling enough to convince viewers to keep watching and was cancelled by NBC after one season.