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5 TV Show Spin-Offs That Prove The Failings Of The Original Show

 

 

If, by the end of a movie, you want to spend more time with the characters, the movie probably needs a sequel. But that does not apply to TV shows — if you want to spend more time with any one character, it means the show needs to give them a flashback episode, not an entire show of their own. That’s why there are so few great TV spin-offs. But that doesn’t stop networks from trying. What ends up happening, though, is that the new show highlights the problems of the old show. Here are some spin-offs that do just that:

 

Joey (Friends)

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Probably the most famous of spin-off missteps is Joey. Following the career of actor Joey Tribbiani as he moves to Los Angeles, the show removed Joey from his… um… friends, and put his life under a microscope. This show had all the zany antics and womanizing that people loved from Joey in Friends, but when he was the focus of a show, Joey looked like a sad-sack. The suddenly added emotional depth seemed out of character for someone the world knew as a lovable dummy. Joey felt more like a perversion of the character than a logical extension.

 

Baywatch Nights (Baywatch)

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What if you took Baywatch and changed the super hot lifeguards running in slow motion into… wait for it… detectives? Wait, what? Does that feel, like, not at all like the same vibe? Well, what if I told you that in season two of Baywatch Nights they were gonna get into some weird sci-fi stuff that feels EVEN MORE out of place for the Baywatch universe? Still not on board? What if there were markedly fewer slow-mo hot people running  on beaches? That can’t be bad, because that would mean Baywatch was only successful because of its superficial babes and not their emotional depth.

 

Saved by the Bell: The College Years (Saved by the Bell)

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Saved By The Bell didn’t handle the turnover from high school to college as well as Boy Meets World did years later. Maybe Boy Meets World had Saved By The Bell: The College Years as an example of what not to do. To be specific, Boy Meets World didn’t have a former NFL player as a college RA, since that’s like starting a show mid-air above a shark. But overall, The College Years failed because, while it’s one thing to have wacky schemes in high school, college wacky crazy antics don’t normally involve getting double0dare slimed at a frat. I’m not saying it shouldn’t. I’m just saying it normally doesn’t.

 

The Glee Project (Glee)

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The Glee Project was the rare spin-off that was actually a completely different genre of show than its inspiration — instead of a quirky musical/sitcom about theater dorks, The Glee Project was a reality show that served as an audition for the quirky musical/sitcom about theater dorks. (Why wasn’t there a reality show auditioning Baltimore residents for the next season of The Wire?) The Glee Project didn’t actually end up doing that well — it only aired for two seasons — while Glee continued on for many more, meaning The Glee Project is one of the few spin-offs to be outlived by the original show.

 

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (Toddlers in Tiaras)

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Maybe you didn’t realize Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was a spin-off of Toddlers in Tiaras. Maybe you don’t even know what any of those things are. If that is the case, GOOD. Stay blissfully ignorant. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, at best, was exploiting a child. AT BEST. There’s not much more to say. The show was as deplorable as its origins. If you enjoyed it in any way, you’re probably a bad person at your core and there is nothing anyone can do to help you.

5 TV Show Spin-Offs That Prove The Failings Of The Original Show

 

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