10 TV Spinoffs That Were Better Than the Originals

Over the years, spinoffs have gained a bit of a bad reputation. With many unsuccessful flops, such as Joey and The Tortellis, viewers now look at spinoff TV shows with a lot more skepticism. That’s why it seems like the perfect time for a refresher of some of the best spinoffs that have made it to the small screen. Hopefully, these 10 shows will help renew your faith in TV show spinoffs.

1. The Simpsons (1989-present)

The Simpsons

The Simpsons | Source: Fox

This long-running comedy is actually a spinoff from The Tracey Ullman Show, which was a variety show featuring sketch comedy and musical numbers. Woman’s Day writes that The Simpsons first begin appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show as 30-second clips that aired before and after commercials. However, creator Matt Groening soon saw its potential. In 1989, he launched The Simpsons into a half-hour series, which now holds the record as the longest running scripted prime-time U.S. television series. Pretty impressive, right?

2. Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983)

Laverne & Shirley

Laverne & Shirley | Source: ABC

This Happy Days spinoff, starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, saw a solid seven years of rating success. In fact, the show became the most-watched show in America in its second season, according to ABC News. In case you never got a chance to partake in a Laverne & Shirley marathon, the show is about two best friends and roommates, and their escapades as two single working girls living in Milwaukee in the late 1950s.

The stars of the show said they had no idea it’d be such a hit. Williams, who played Shirley, told ABC News, “I thought, great, I’m going to get to stay in town, not have to move out of town, which I was going to do, and I’ve got my rent for the next year. We had no idea.”