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Today on "The List" we're talking about spinoffs and the oh so many examples we have in Hollywood that just because a show was a huge hit, doesn't necessarily mean it deserves a spin-off...cause more often than not it doesn't.

  1. M*A*S*H was of course an iconic TV, "AfterMASH" - not so much. The show lasted less than two seasons in the mid 80's.
  2. "Joey" came to our TV's for two seasons after "Friends" ended...During the original series Matt LeBlanc's crazy Italian sisters, and ''how you doin'' provided a welcome bit of dumb humor, which didn't translate to the spinoff in 2006.
  3. "Joanie Loves Chachi...This was the big follow-up to "Happy Days" - meant to capitalize on the teen-steam appeal of stars Scott Baio and Erin Moran ) - the lovebirds moved to Chicago and started singing but was canceled after brief seasons in the early 80's.
  4. "The Brady Brides"...Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! (and Jan.) This spin-off of "The Brady Bunch" began as a TV special chronicling their girls double wedding - and spun-off into an Odd Couple-esque comedy which lasted only 10 episodes in 1981.
  5. "Baywatch Nights"...After the sun went down David Hasselhoff moonlighted as a detective who solved cases with his cop buddy from Baywatch...it ended up with a weird x-files vibe, lasting two seasons in the mid 90's but it did introduce us to  Angie Harmon.
  6. And finally "Saved By the Bell: The College Years".  The high school sitcom had a sweet magic for many which did not extend to their higher education years.  It lasted one season back in 1993.

Which leaves us with the question are there any spinoffs that are actually better than the original show? How about "The Simpsons" which started as 30-second clips during "The Tracy Ullman Show". The animated show now holds the record for longest running scripted prime time U.S. television series!

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