Over the years, TV 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 spinoffs.
1. The Simpsons (1989-present)
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?