7 Spin-Offs That Were Better Than The Original Series
Spin-offs are popular with primetime television because networks love to capitalize on highly successful or long running shows. They’ve even been known to create them based on characters who’ve resonated well with audiences. While they are a popular concept, they are also a very tricky thing to master since viewers are fickle about their favorite shows. Sometimes spin-offs fail to live up to their predecessors, while others have surpassed them in popularity and ratings! Here’s a look at 7 spin-offs that were better than the original series!
7. Saved by the Bell
Many people might not know this about their favorite ’90s sitcom, but Saved by the Bell was actually created as a spin-off series from the show Good Morning, Miss Bliss! Even though Saved by the Bell was only on air from 1989 to 1993, it had a lasting impact as it tackled many important issues during this time and acted as a launching pad for many stars like Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley. It’s parent show only lasted for one season while Saved by the Bell went on for four and spawned two more spin-off series of its own! It’s been ranked as one of the “20 Best School Shows of all Time” and continues to live on today through syndication.
6. Law & Order: SVU
Any show that is as big as Law & Order is a breeding ground for spin-offs. The police procedural, crime and legal drama goes down in history as the third longest running show on television with 20 years of successful on-air time. One of the franchises many spin-offs is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which premiered in 1999 and is still on air today. It’s now onto its 19th seasons and has become the longest running non-animated U.S. primetime series since the original Law & Order was cancelled and is the fourth longest running scripted U.S. primetime series. Law & Order: SVU is well on its way to outlasting its parent show and continues to grow in popularity with the help of its starring actress Mariska Hargitay, who has gone down in history as the first and only regular cast member to receive an Emmy for her work on the series.