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20 Of The Worst TV Spin-Offs Ever Made –

 

 

One of the most inevitable things in the TV universe, is that when a show either is close to ending or at it’s creative peak, someone’s gonna try to figure out how to capitalize on it further, and try to create a spin off. Sometimes, they’ll get it right, like with Frasier spinning off of Cheers or Star Trek: TNG from the original. More often than not, however, spin offs tank hard.In most cases, TV execs don’t understand or respect the magic of the original, and just chase the dollar signs. Hopefully, with the recent announcement of a Game of Thrones prequel/spin off, someone’s been paying attention to what makes a spin off good vs. a turd.Check ’em out below and let me know if I’ve missed a spin off or two. Maybe I can make a successful spin off of this post.

 

NBC/Universal

Saved by the Bell: The College Years

After following the gang through high school, the producers thought we’d want to see Zach, Screech and the gang at college.We didn’t.

 

ABC

The Ropers

This spin-off of Three’s Company put the landlords into a new apartment and make a new guy the straight man to the shenanigans.It was the same show, but worse.

 

ABC

Beverly Hills Buntz

The show took Norman Buntz from Hill Street Blues and sent him to Los Angeles to open a detective agency.No one detected that it’d suck.

 

NBC

The Tortellis

When you think of spin-offs of Cheers, your first thought would be Frasier, right? Except, we all forget about this one.It featured Carla’s ex-husband, his new wife and their kid in Las Vegas. Magically, it lasted 13 episodes before it was scrapped for being crap.

 

Fox

Model’s Inc

This was 90’s trash at it’s finest. It was a spinoff of Melrose Place, in which Heather Locklear’s mom opens a modelling agency.While the premise sounds interesting, the bad writing, acting and time slot did it in.

 

ABC

Living Dolls

Keeping in the modelling vein, there was this spinoff of Who’s the Boss?, showcasing a friend of Alyssa Milano’s character starting out as a model.It was notable for starting the careers of Halle Berry and Leah Remini, and that’s about it.

 

CBS

After MASH

This show took Col. Potter, Klinger and Father Mulcahy out of the war, and back home in a veterans hospital.While it was a noble attempt to try to show how soldiers try to acclimatize to life back home, no one wanted to watch without Alan Alda.

 

Buena Vista/CBS

The Golden Palace

After Dorothy got married at the end of Golden Girls, TV execs thought I’d be fun if the remaining girls opened a hotel in Miami.There was no way they were gonna recapture the magic of the original show, despite the additions of Don Chedle and Cheech Marin.

NBC Universal

Law and Order: Trial by Jury

This spin off was more about the law and building a case to take to trial, than the order and police part. Hence, it was kind of boring.It barely lasted a season, despite some stellar casting.

MTV

Snooki & JWow

I sincerely hope that the guy who decided this should be a show, got fired. Somehow, though, this show got 4 seasons on MTV, and thankfully, I haven’t seen any of it.

 

CBS

That 80’s Show

This was a fail only because it wasn’t the time period that made That 70’s Show so good, but the characters.No one really liked the characters on this one and it didn’t last long at all.

 

The Baywatch Company

Baywatch Nights

I can’t wrap my mind around this one. Somehow, Mitch from Baywatch is both a lifeguard AND a detective. So while it seemed kinda plausible in season 1 with drug dealers, business moguls and kidnappers, when it switched over to a more supernatural vibe in Season 2, you knew it not only jumped the shark, but fell into the tank.

 

ABC/Touchstone

Buddies

After Dave Chapelle and Jim Breuer appeared on Home Improvement, as two friends asking Tim for love advice, it was decided that the two of them needed their own show.They didn’t. Breuer had a drinking problem and was fired and replaced and five episodes in, it was pulled.

 

Fox

Time of your Life

While I’d watch Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Garner clip their toenails for eternity, this show wasn’t really a good idea; it sucked. A spin off of Party of Five, it had JLH’s character Sarah move to NYC to find her dad, but has too whiny and melodramatic, to be enjoyable.

 

NBC/WB

Joey

I wanted to like this show, I really did. But, it’s really just a poster-child for bad ideas for a spin off. Fundamentally, it got it’s lead character completely wrong, turning him into a different Joey Tribbiani than we were expecting.How do you even begin to fuck up Joey Tribbiani?

 

CBS Television Distribution

The Brady Brides

The Brady Bunch has had it’s fair share of spin off, but this one was the worst. The theme song was an annoying ear worm and the premise of Jan and Marcia moving in together with their new husbands was a big stretch.It only needed 6 episodes to convince us we were all done with the Bradys.

 

CBS Television Distribution

Love Boat: The Next Wave

With a new boat, new captain and new adventures, this spin off of The Love Boat, was just the right kind of Saturday night fluff that TV execs though the people wanted.Except, other than the reunion episode that brought the original cast onboard, the rest of the show sucked.

CBS

Enos

For some reason deputy Enos from The Dukes of Hazard decided to become a LAPD officer. Given a street-wise partner, Enos would use is ‘good ol’ country boy skills’ to solve mysteries and would then end each episode with a heartfelt letter to Daisy Duke.I can see why the show failed.

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