We’ve seen a lot of both amazing and lackluster attempts at capitalizing on the success of a popular series via the trusty spinoff through the years, and the trend continues. NBC’s The Blacklist spinoff, The Blacklist: Redemption, has gotten an order by NBC, while 24’s next chapter, 24: Legacy, will premiere on Fox next February. Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, which will focus on the Mayans Motorcycle Club, is in the works, too. Even sitcoms are getting in on the action, with CBS reportedly eyeing a Big Bang Theory spinoff called Sheldon, set to explore the nerd-genius himself as a 12-year-old.
In that spirit. we’ve dipped back in time to find some of the most successful spinoff efforts through the years. Check out the 10 shows we’ve unearthed that were (or are) just as popular as the shows which birthed them, if not more so.
We’re starting off strong with perhaps one of the most surprising and beloved spinoffs ever. A continuation of the character introduced by the immensely popular NBC series, Cheers, Frasier morphed into an award-winning and popular show in its own right. Running for 11 seasons from 1993-2004, the series centered around Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammar), who was a frequent patron at Sam Malone’s hallowed bar on Cheers. Frasier saw the titular character moving from Boston back out west to his Seattle roots. The series showed Crane as a radio psychiatrist, and introduced several quirky characters, including Frasier’s producer Roz (Peri Gilpin), father Martin (John Mahoney), brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), and father’s live-in physiotherapist Daphne (Jane Leeves). The Crane brothers were uppity intellectuals, both searching for love, while trying (and often failing) to reconnect with their blue-collar father. The juxtaposition led to plenty of hilarious storylines and interactions that kept viewers laughing, but also brought plenty of heart.q In addition to being one of the most successful TV show spinoffs ever, Frasier has often been called one of the greatest comedies of all time.