Sometimes a show is so good, a spin-off is inevitable. With “Cheers” came “Frasier” and with “The Cosby Show” came “A Different World”. But not all TV spin-offs are so successful. Some even get canceled before the first season is up. Here’s a look at 20 of the most terrible TV spin-offs of all time.
When “Friends” went off the air, NBC execs tried desperately to replace once of its hit sitcoms by bringing back the character of Joey Tribbiani with his own show. Guess viewers weren’t interested in seeing “how he was doin'” because it was cancelled shortly after its debut.
Sometimes a show is so good, a spin-off is inevitable. With "Cheers" came "Frasier" and with "The Cosby Show" came "A Different World". But not all TV spin-offs are so successful. Some even get canceled before the first season is up. Here's a look at 20 of the most terrible TV spin-offs of all time.
When "Friends" went off the air, NBC execs tried desperately to replace once of its hit sitcoms by bringing back the character of Joey Tribbiani with his own show. Guess viewers weren't interested in seeing "how he was doin'" because it was cancelled shortly after its debut.
"Top of the Heap" 1991
Sheesh, guess spin-offs involving Matt LeBlanc just don't see the light of a second season. When Fox decided to run this spinoff about a middle-aged father (Joseph Bologna) and his teenaged son (LeBlanc) from its super hit "Married with Children", it went belly up after just seven episodes.
"Mrs. Columbo" 1979
Though beloved detective Columbo's wife had never been seen on any episodes of the popular show, someone decided it was a good idea to give the mystery woman her own show. It was of course no mystery when the show was canceled after just a few episodes.
It was reported that constant arguments between "227" stars Marla Gibbs and Jackee Harry caused quite a rift on set. Jackee, who many deemed stole the spotlight from Gibbs, wound up with her own show aptly titled "Jackee". Poor show never made it past the pilot. Maaaaaryyyyy
"The Bradys" 1989
Think you would have wanted a follow-up on America's favorite step family nearly twenty years after the original first debuted? No? Yeah---neither did people in 1989. "The Bradys" was canceled after just six episodes.
"The Ropers" 1979
So what did the landlord and his wife from "Three's Company" do when we didn't see them on set? Apparently they move to an upscale neighborhood only to be canceled shortly after.
"Joanie Loves Chachi" 1982
The writing on this spin-off from popular "Happy Days" was just bad. The actors playing the title roles (Scott Baio and Erin Moran) had like zero chemistry. The only thing good that came out of this show was its cancellation.
"Saved by the Bell: The College Years" 1993
The gang's all here! Uh...except for Jessie Spano and Lisa Turtle. The one somewhat redeeming moment for this show was Zack and Kelly finally got married and then the show was cancelled.
"Models Inc" 1994
Did you watch this spin-off of "Melrose Place" which was spinned off from "Beverly Hills 90210"? No? Yeah, you weren't alone. It got the ax after only a few episodes.
"The Lone Gunmen" 2001
If the hit Fox series "The X Files" had us thinking "there's something out there", it wasn't this terrible spin-off.
"The Cleveland Show" 2009
Probably one of the most successful of the worst spin-offs, "The Cleveland Show" is centered around a character we don't even realize is missing from its parent show "Family Guy". How it survived three seasons is one of life's mysteries.
"That 80s Show" 2002
Because we all loved the 80s so much, we had to have this spawn of Fox hit "That 70s Show". NOT. It was just bad. Really, really bad.
"Checking In" 1981
Ever watch "The Jeffersons" and think "You know, Florence should have her own show?" Apparently no one wanted to check in with the Jeffersons' maid who accepted a job to become the executive housekeeper at a Manhattan hotel.
"American Juniors" 2003
The spin-off to the successful "American Idol" aimed to form a singing group out of the legions of children and teens that tried out for the show. It lasted just one season.
"The Golden Palace" 1992
So what happened when "The Golden Girls" ate that last piece of cheesecake? They went to run a hotel minus Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and then went on for one season on CBS before the show was canceled.
"Queer Eye for the Straight Girl" 2005
Somehow three gay men and one lesbian giving fashion and beauty advice to straight women didn't quite work out for the short-lived show.
Sanford's pal Grady from "Sanford and Son" moves out of Watts and into another neighborhood with his daughter. After about 12 episodes, the show couldn't find an audience and back to Watts Grady went.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" 2012
This show hasn't even aired yet but we're already calling it. If you weren't already annoyed by Honey Boo Boo and her special juice in "Toddlers and Tiaras" now the mini pageant queen has her own show.
Want to follow Angela's from "Who's the Boss?" mother Mona in her journey as a hotel owner? Yeah, neither did audiences in 1987 and the show never saw the light of day.
"Baywatch Nights" 1995
Someone thought having Mitch and Sgt. Garner Ellerbee from "Baywatch" pose as detectives at night in its first season and then even more odd---a sci-fi show in its second. Needless to say, it got canned.