The Patrick Star Show

Patrick

Nickelodeon

There’s “situational comedy” in the show, so it counts!

The new 13-episode series that premiered in July 2021 had Bill Fagerbakke return to voice Patrick and the rest of the Star family.

This prequel follows a younger Patrick hosting his own variety show for the neighborhood, and in March 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.

Laverne & Shirley

On their own show, Laverne and Shirley were best friends and roommates who worked together as bottle-cappers at Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, but one of TV’s all-time great comedic duos actually started as acquaintances of the Fonz on Happy Days. It was the first and most successful of the Happy Days spinoffs.

Family Matters

Family Matters

Miller-Boyett & Warner Bros.

Who would’ve guessed that Harriet was the catalyst?

Believe it or not, Family Matters was actually a spinoff of Perfect Strangers.

Harriet Winslow appeared as an elevator operator, and was only a minor character for season three and four. Carl Winslow made a brief cameo before the two got their own spin-off in ABC's TGIF lineup.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Gracie Films & 20th Television

There were even more seasons of The Simpsons?!

In the late '80s comedian Tracey Ullman was given her own variety show on FOX featuring several skits, cartoons, and choreographed dance numbers. Matt Groening's minute-long Simpsons sketches went on for three seasons before FOX decided to green-light their own spin-off show.

Later, Ullman would try to file a lawsuit against the show, claiming that she was the primary reason for their success.

A Different World

A Different World

Carsey-Werner Productions

A Different World was a spinoff of The Cosby Show that followed Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) as she moved from New York to Virginia’s Hillman College.

Bonet left the show after Season 1 because she was pregnant, so producer Debbie Allen refocused the show around the remaining characters and brought on several new ones, giving the show a much more relevant, culturally significant take.

Frasier

Frasier

Grub Street Productions & Paramount

Kelsey Grammer got his fair share of Frasier.

Making his debut in 1984, Grammer was only supposed to be around for a few episodes, but ended up a series regular in Cheers until 1993.  

After the show's finale, the character was popular enough for a spin-off that ran for 11 seasons, meaning that Kelsey Grammer played Frasier for 20 straight years.

Daria

Daria

Heyday Media & MTV

No uranium and a solid illustration-makeover.

In the series premiere of Daria, she mentions that her and her family had to move away from Highland due to there being Uranium in the water.

Highland is where Beavis & Butthead takes place, and Daria was actually a recurring character on the show.

Maude

When All in the Family has seven spinoffs, a few are gonna end up on a list.

Maude Findlay (Bea Arthur) first appears as Edith Bunker's cousin in a 1971 episode of All in the Family.

In 1972, Maude got a show of her own, and the successful series dealt with some serious issues during its six seasons.

Good Times

Good Times

Tandem Productions

Norman Lear… Hit after hit.

Esther Rolle, who played Maude’s housekeeper Florida Evans, got a series of her own. Originally, Norman Lear was adamant that there should be no father in the picture, but Rolle refused to sign on unless the “James” character was included.

“I couldn’t compound the lie that Black fathers don’t care about their children.” Producers agreed and hired John Amos, who’d appeared occasionally on Maude as Florida’s husband.

The sitcom was a massive hit and will forever be known for Jimmie J.J. Walker’s  signature phrase “Dy-no-mite!”

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