The graveyard of TV is vast and frankly, fascinating. It is filled with hidden gems, could-have-beens and almost-was's. It is littered with passion projects and ill fated spin offs that just couldn't find traction. The fact is not everything is built for prime time and, to be fair, some things just aren't great ideas. We wanted to explore some short lived spin offs that just didn't quite work.

We bet you don't remember ‘Top of the Heap’. It was a ‘Married with Children’ spinoff that got absolutely brutalized by a review in the LA Times. We never even heard about the ‘Brady Kids’, an animated spin off of the Brady Bunch, a show for absolutely no one that included plot lines revolving around meeting a wizard as well as spider man. 

You'd be forgiven if you didn't know about the obscure spinoffs of some of your favorite sitcoms. Well, we're here to help. Scroll down for more!



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM MARRIED WITH CHILDREN SPUN OFF THE SHORT-LIVED TOP OF THE HEAP BACK IN 1991. And it did not work out too well - for example, the LA Times review said it  reeks with the raunch of the older show's Bundy clan, but inherits not a whiff of its humor.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM THERE WAS A BEWITCHED SPINOFF THAT RAN FOR A TOTAL OF ONE SEASON. Chan It was called Tabitha, and it was about, well, Tabitha, all grown up. Director William Asher said I didn't really want to do it. I did it, and I don't know why. But I didn't believe in it. But I did it. I don't know.


Saved by the Bell: The College Years

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM SAVED BY THE BELL HAD A COLLEGE SPINOFF THAT LASTED A TOTAL OF ONE SEASON. Saved by the Bell: The College Years only ran for 19 episodes, and probably part of the reason it got cancelled was that some members of the original cast decided not to join the new show.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM TURNS OUT, THERE WAS A BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES LIVE-ACTION TV SHOW. It ran for eight episodes, and although it apparently wasn't terrible, it wasn't great either - the franchise was getting kind of milked dry by then (there was already a sequel and a Saturday morning cartoon).



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM AFTER CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL, THERE WAS A SHOW CALLED CLARISSA NOW. It followed Clarissa as she grew up - she went to college and interned in a NYC newspaper, and the whole thing was quite a bit darker and more adult.


The Michael Richards Show

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM MICHAEL RICHARDS NEARLY ENDED UP PLAYING KRAMER AS A DETECTIVE. That was the premise of the ill-fated The Michael Richards Show, which had a bunch of Seinfeld writers working on it --Richards' character was called Vic Nardozza, but he was basically a copy of Kramer.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM THE FARM ENDED UP BEING AN EPISODE OF THE OFFICE, BUT IT WAS GOING TO BE A SPINOFF. The episode was basically a pilot that wasn't picked up, and then got cut and reassembled as a regular episode of the sow.


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