Spin this! The TV series born from classic parents

Heard of ‘Better call Saul’? Yes, that’s the tagline used by Breaking Bad’s criminal lawyer, and also the name for an upcoming spinoff series. Ritika Saxena picks the top spin-offs in TV history.

Boston Legal (2004 – 2008)

Parent series: The Practice (1997 – 2004)

The Practice was a pretty serious legal set at the law firm, Robert Donnell and Associates. It was also the firm that fired Alan Shore. This move mapped his transition to Crane, Poole & Schmidt in Boston Legal.

Private Practice (2007 – 2013)

Parent Series: Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – present)

What started off as a mid-season replacement, Grey’s Anatomy has successfully managed 10 seasons. This medical drama focuses on interns and doctors at the Seattle Grace Hospital who try maintaining an equilibrium between work and personal life.

Private Practice, though not as popular as Grey’s, tracked the journey of Dr Addison Montgomery who quits Seattle Grace to join a private practice.

Frasier (1993 – 2004)

Parent series: Cheers (1982 – 1993)

Cheers was centered on a bar where a group of Boston locals met to drink and socialize. The hilarious show dealt with a series of issues involving locals.

Frasier was probably the most successful spin-off ever. It showcases the life of psychiatrist Frasier Crane, who moves to Seattle from Boston after his marriage breaks down.

The Simpsons (1989 – present)

Parent series: The Tracy Ullman Show (1987 – 1990)

The Tracy Ullman Show brought together sketch comedy shorts with musical numbers, featured choreography by Paula Abdul and was hosted by Tracy Ullman. D’oH! One of the shorts in the show featured The Simpsons, and as they say the rest is history!

The Simpsons is the longest running sitcom ever, having completed 25 seasons. The show, which even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is considered to be one of the greatest sitcoms of all-time and has over 575 broadcasted episodes to its credit.

The Facts of Life (1979 – 1988)

Parent series: Different Strokes (1978-1986)

Different Strokes is about two young African American boys who are adopted by a rich white businessman after their mother and the businessman’s housekeeper passes away.

The Facts of Life, the longest running sitcom of the 1980s, encompasses the life of Edna Garrett, who becomes a housemother at an all-female boarding school.

Melrose Place (1992-1999)

Parent series: Beverly Hills 90210 (1990 – 2000)

Beverly Hills follows the life of a group of teenagers in the hoity-toity Beverly Hills. It deals with issues faced by teenagers like homosexuality, pregnancy, alcoholism, etc. It follows these teenagers from school to university.

Melrose Place, the primetime soap focused on the lives of a group of young adults living in an apartment complex and followed Beverly Hills 90210.

Joey (2004 – 2006)

Parent series: F.R.I.E.N.D.S (1994 – 2004)

F.R.I.E.N.D.S does not need any introduction. But in case you’ve been living under a rock: It follows the lives of six friends in Manhattan and their personal adventures. The finale episode was televised in 2004, and was the most-watched episode of the decade!

After the completion of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Joey followed…well..Joey, as he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

The Cleveland Show (2009 – 2013)

Parent Series: Family Guy (1999 – present)

Family Guy, one of the best-loved animated sitcoms, is about the Griffins who more often than not are seeing criticizing American culture.

The Cleveland Show involves Family Guy mainstay, Cleveland Brown and his dysfunctional family. This spin-off deals with adult situations in a humorous way.

How I Met Your Dad (2014)

Parent series: How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

How I Met Your Mother or HIMYM sees a father narrating to his kids the story of how he met their mother.

The spin-off How I Met Your Dad, on the other hand will not have any of HIMYM’s characters. It will focus on Sally, who is about to get divorced and has absolutely no idea what she is doing with her life.

Angel (1999 – 2004)

Parent series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)

Buffy Summers is chosen by fate to battle vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. One of the most popular characters in the series was a vampire name Angel. In fact such was his popularity that a supernatural spin-off, Angel, saw audiences follow his adventures after his human soul is restored by gypsies as punishment for the murder of one of their own.


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