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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 22 October 2017 at 11:18am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Here's the list:


A few of those were a surprise. I was unaware that BONES and HOME IMPROVEMENT had had spinoffs. 

I remember watching BAYWATCH NIGHTS and enjoyed it when they went down the supernatural route.

I haven't bothered to watch CSI CYBER. It seems akin to flogging a dead horse (I shouldn't judge, I know).

Here in the UK, I am not sure many spinoffs air. Some do, of course, but they are hidden away or not advertised. I couldn't swear that THE LONE GUNMEN had aired in the UK on a mainstream channel; if it did air, it must have been an obscure channel or hidden away at 1am on a Thursday night.
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CSI CYBER was good, and deserved another season. I liked that they at least got to wrap things up, though.

I honestly do not remember BUDDIES....

THE LONE GUNMEN actually ended in a cliffhanger, that they ended up sort of resolving on THE X-FILES.


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Spinoffs can be hit and miss. For every one that I enjoyed (e.g. XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS), there are many that either came across as flogging a dead horse, such as BAYWATCH NIGHTS, or left me thinking, 'What's the point?'

Also, some characters work best as guests in other people's shows. I like the character of Colonel Decker in THE A-TEAM. I guess in my youth, I might have liked a spinoff, but in reality, he worked because he was the 'villain' of that series and was a contrast to the likes of Hannibal. 
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Ha!
I remember THE ROPERS......horrible.
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I was aware of The Lone Gunman but never watched it. I did try to watch Caprica, being a fan of nu-BSG but didn't really get into it.

I don't know if this counts, but at one time NBC was going to do a Dwight Schrute spin-off of the Office, I believe called The Farm, but the NBC execs didn't like it and it never got past the pilot which was actually reworked and released as an episode of the Office called "The Farm." 

As for actual spin-offs that were made that I wasn't aware of that weren't on that link you shared, apparently there was a spin-off of the Brady Bunch that came out nearly a decade later called the Brady Brides that I have zero memory of it ever existing. I don't think it last long.

Also there was a MASH spin-off called AFTERMASH. I didn't know that was a thing until just now via Google. Crazy!

Also there was a spin-off of Bewitched called Tabitha which is news to me. 

I don't think any of these spin-offs lasted more than a season, if that.


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I was unaware that BONES and HOME IMPROVEMENT had had spinoffs.



THE FINDER was good. I wish it had been given longer to find its audience.
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THE TORTELLIS was a spin-off from CHEERS. 
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I’ve watched waaay too much TV.

I saw THE BRADY BRIDES once or twice. Pretty bad. At least as bad
as the hour-long drama THE BRADYS that followed a few years later.

I saw TABITHA and remember it’s pilot episode being very different,
even including a different lead actress. Lisa Hartman was Tabitha in the
series, but someone else played her in the pilot. I wanna say it was
Pam Dawber or someone like that.

THE ROPERS. Man...I watched it as a kid. I’ve seen it recently on late-
night reruns and it so does not hold up.
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JASON OF STAR COMMAND was an odd sort of spin-off from the Saturday morning show SPACE ACADEMY. Whereas the school was supposed to be a sort of safe harbor for the kids to live and learn, it was also the headquarters of Star Command and menaced by the evil Dragos and others on occasion. Also, Jason's pocket-sized wind-up pal Wiki (!) walked much too slowly in times of crisis. Pick up the pace, Wiki!!

Eric, the internet tells me Liberty Williams played Tabitha in the pilot. Her other major credit is as the voice of Jayna on the various incarnations of the Super Friends cartoon.

BEVERLY HILLS BUNTZ was an attempted spin-off from HILL STREET BLUES. In the final episode of HSB, Detective Norman Buntz is fired from the department, setting the stage for him to move to California along with his truly annoying sidekick Sid the Snitch played by Peter Jurasik. Sid was a perfect example of what happens when the writers room falls in love with a character because he's so wacky and unique and man, the actor just played the hell of him, didn't he? Ye-ahh... And now we're all stuck watching the same wildly energetic but creatively lazy schtick play out week after week after week after week... See also: Andrew from Buffy. God in heaven above. Kill it with fire.


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I enjoyed The Finder(Although i`d argue that it wasn`t
a Bones spin-off,just that Bones was used as a back
door pilot),the death of Michael Clarke Duncan would
probably have seen it`s demise anyway.CSI-Cyber as far
as i`m aware,only the first season was shown in the
U.K. It was OK,nothing special!Then there was the
Criminal Minds spin-off,which had Forrest Whittaker
and the guy who plays Constantine,which again was OK
but nothing special! Isn`t there also another
`International` Criminal Minds spin-off,the name of
which escapes me too!As for The Ropers...in the UK it
was a spin-off of Man About The House and was called
George and Mildred!

I enjoyed The Lone Gunmen even if it was played for
laughs!

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BARNABY JONES was a spin-off from CANNON. I did not realize this until a few years ago.
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I remember THE ROPERS, THE TORTELLI'S, AFTERM*A*S*H, and TABITHA.

Jack Tripper continued his wacky adventures in THREE'S A CROWD.

With most of them, I get it. Strike while the iron's hot, right? THE TORTELLI'S ran concurrently with CHEERS, as THE ROPERS did with THREE'S COMPANY. THREE'S A CROWD was a continuation, like AFTERM*A*S*H.

But TABITHA? The original pilot was produced in 1976...4 years after BEWITCHED ended. It was plenty popular in reruns, though. They aged Tabitha pretty quickly, too (in her 20's?) But then, she IS a witch...

I guess it was an early example of tapping into nostalgia...as we would also see with the Brady movies and series...and later, everything else.


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There was ENOS, a DUKES OF HAZZARD spin-off featuring Deputy Enos Strate.
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How about Gomer Pyle: USMC ( 1967-1968) being a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968, which transformed into Mayberry R.F.D. (1968-1970).

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Brian, thanks for the info re: TABITHA. I looked her up on IMDb and
she’s listed as Louise Williams with no picture.

It’s weird what I remember about both versions of the show: In the pilot,
Tabitha’s brother Adam is a warlock who seems a lot like his
grandmother Endora, personality-wise. In the later series, Adam is
mortal and, somehow, older than Tabitha despite his being born when
she was a toddler! Go figure.

I also recall a little bit of the show’s theme song, “It Could Be Magic”,
sung by series star Lisa Hartman. I remember a pre-VEGAS Robert
Urich being the romantic interest. What I don’t remember is whether or
not the show was any good. I confess, my main reasons for watching it
involved enjoying looking at Lisa Hartman!
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Definitely remember Gomer Pyle being a spin-off of the Andy Griffith Show as both shows were a staple of my after school viewing on either TBS or WGN, and seeing Gomer on Andy Griffith in episodes before the spin-off (when he was replaced by Goober Pyle). I remember Mayberry RFD, or at least knew of its existence but I don't think I ever saw an episode. Don't really see the point of The Andy Griffith Show without Andy Griffith.

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As much as I like Ken Berry (Big fan of his work on F-TROOP and MAMA'S FAMILY), MAYBERRY RFD stunk. 


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I've been watching episodes recently of The Carol Burnett Show and Ken Berry was quite the tap dancer and entertainer as well. I was surprised as a kid when Mayberry RFD showed up in syndication, and I found that the guy from the Kinney Shoes ads had his own show once. 

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 Steve Coates wrote:
How about Gomer Pyle: USMC ( 1967-1968) being a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968, which transformed into Mayberry R.F.D. (1968-1970).

And The Andy Griffith Show was a spin-off (probably more of a back door pilot actually) from The Danny Thomas Show.




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Does anybody remember that the N.C.I.S.
shows all spun off of J.A.G.
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"As for The Ropers...in the UK it
was a spin-off of Man About The House and was called
George and Mildred!"

And it was a success, running for several years.
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Does anybody remember that the N.C.I.S. 
shows all spun off of J.A.G.

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No, they've forgotten. Just like they've forgotten XENA spun off from HERCULES. ;-) 
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Ooh, Boston Legal was a spin-off of The Practice. I only own a copy of season eight of The Practice, because it is the season which introduced the Alan Shore character.
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All In The Family is the king of spinoffs. And I didn't even remember them all.

Maude, The Jeffersons, Archie Bunker's Place and Gloria (didn't recall that one!).

Also Good Times was a spinoff from Maude and Checking In (don't remember that one at all) was a spinoff of The Jeffersons.
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Ooh, Boston Legal was a spin-off of The Practice. I only own a copy of season eight of The Practice, because it is the season which introduced the Alan Shore character.

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You see, until I read your post, I'd forgotten about that. 

It's hard sometimes to think where MORK AND MINDY came from. Doesn't often seem real.
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