What’s the worst thing that can happen to a good show? Most people would answer ‘a spin-off’, but my personal horror is a reboot of something that became legendary. But back to spin-offs – more often than not they are just bleak attempts to use the fame of an accomplished show and its characters to create something that usually makes no sense. While that is the case for most spin-offs, there are some that actually surpassed the original TV show or at least were as good as their ‘parent’ show. They are not many, but it makes us appreciate them even more! Here are 8 TV Spin-offs way more popular than the original.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Oh don’t you just love what Patrick Stewart brought to the table playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard? The whole cast turned out to be pretty stellar and taking the whole thing to the future turned the show into a real space opera we all love so much today. And don’t get me started about what an awesome character Data was, among other things! We also got to have more spin-offs in the Star Trek universe thanks to this amazing show.
Xena: Warrior Princess
Not many of us remember that our beloved Xena was actually a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena made her first appearance in Hercules (starring Kevin Sorbo) with a character arc of her own, and was so successful that producers decided to give her a separate show. Smart move! Now it’s one of the biggest and most loved 90s shows ever.
Making a spin-off of the oh-so-popular Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a gamble, but it paid off. Well, kind of. The show has its fans and anti-fans, just like any other show, but most people agree that it was a decent development of the Buffy universe with a darker, grittier approach that didn’t revolve around high school troubles anymore. Angel aimed at a more adult audience, which made it a truly interesting watch. Well, its fourth season was a bit of a flop, so there’s that.