2. All in the Family
Occasionally, a spinoff becomes such a hit that not everyone even realizes it originated from another show. That’s certainly the case here. All in the Family followed a middle-class white family in Queens, and the supporting characters included their black neighbors. At least, that was the case for the first few seasons. In Season 5, those neighbors moved to Manhattan and got their own show: The Jeffersons.
The Jeffersons became one of the most iconic show ever, the first major sitcom to focus on a black family. It also frequently dealt with serious issues like race relations, as was also the case with All in the Family. But while All in the Family aired for nine seasons, The Jeffersons actually overtook it with 11 seasons.
All in the Family also spawned the spinoff Maude, which focused on Edith Bunker’s cousin. Maude lasted six seasons and spawned a spinoff of its own, Good Times. The Jeffersons itself also spawned a spinoff, Checking In, although that was not very successful and only lasted four episodes.
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