Franchising is a funny a thing. Sometimes, you strike gold and still remain faithful to the product -- even improving upon it. But mostly people are too eager to suck every single dime they can from an idea, until it's withered and unrecognizable in a wet gutter.

To help us illustrate this, we tapped on our favorite image wizard AuntieMeme to help us show you the worst offenders in pop culture history.

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Family Matters went utterly insane from the fourth season on. It started out as a show about a cop's middle-class family and their wacky neighbor. Mid

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One of the 101 Dalmatians becomes the British Prime Minister, in the sequel to the book. The Starlight Barking is the story of Cadpig, one of Pongo's

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IN 1994, MEGA MAN TOOK A BREAK FROM FIGHTING ROBOTS TO PLAY SOCCER Mega Man Soccer for the SNES pitted Mega Man against his enemies in a fight to the

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Ghe Phantom of the Opera runs a Coney Island sideshow in Love never Dies. The sequel is another musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The title seems to be

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Clarissa in Clarissa Enxplains it AI Was cynical, colorful, and snarky. Clarissa in Clarissa Now was perky, drab, and naive. Oddly, the spinoff series

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Bewitched, the movie, was insanely meta. Rather than remaking and updating the '60s TV show, Bewitched! is about a remake of the '60s TV show. Still w

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THe UPCOMING BeeTLejuice secuel IS aCTuaLLY THe SECOND oNe IN tHe WORKS. In 1990, the studio nearly made Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. It was a retread o

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