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What TV Series Produced the Most Spin-offs + Cast Members getting their Own Series?

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Initial post: May 10, 2011, 9:01:54 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Some say Love American Style but I think it is All the the Family.I'm also counting Cast Members who got their own TV Series that is not necessarily a Spin-off.

Posted on May 10, 2011, 9:25:30 PM PDT
Andy Griffith show begat Mayberry RFD, Gomer Pyle, Matlock ... Don Knotts had several shows and what about Ron Howard?

Posted on May 10, 2011, 9:30:13 PM PDT
I agree with your selection of "All in the Family." I put the number at four spin-offs, including "Maude," "The Jeffersons," "Gloria" and "704 Houser." The number is five if you include "Archie Bunker's Place," but I don't, though. In reality, it was AITF under a new title. Plus, two of the spin-offs begat their own spin-offs. "Maude" gave us "Good Times," while "The Jeffersons" gave us the short-lived "Checking In," in which maid Florence (Marla Gibbs) goes to work at a swanky Manhattan hotel.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2011, 11:22:15 AM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Also Conrad Bain from Maude got Diff'rent Strokes which spun-off Facts of Life and Hello Larry.Remember I'm also counting Actors or Actresses from spun-off series who got their own series which may not be a spin-off.

Posted on May 12, 2011, 11:32:17 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
We shouldn't forget that "The Andy Griffith Show" was, itself, a spin-off--of "Make Room For Daddy"/The Danny Thomas Show"

Posted on May 13, 2011, 12:12:14 AM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
I count 6 spin-offs each:

"Make Room For Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show"--

"The Andy Griffith Show"
"Mayberry RFD"
"Gomer Pyle, USMC"
"Happy Days" (Howard as Richie)
"Three's Company" (Knotts as Furley)

"All In The Family"--

"Good Times"
"The Jeffersons"
"Checking In"
"704 Hauser"

Now, for "Love, American Style"--

The prime-time animated sitcom "Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home" (spun-off from the episode "Love & The Old-Fashioned Father").

"Happy Days" (spun-off from the episode, "Love & The Happy Days")
& that spun-off
"Laverne & Shirley"
"Mork & Mindy"
"Blansky's Beauties"
"Joanie Loves Chachi"


Scott Baio (Chachi) starred in "Charles In Charge"
Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) starred in "Father Dowling Mysteries"
Henry Winkler (Fonzie) went on to co-produce "MacGyver"

So that's a total of 8, or 9 if you count "MacGyver".

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2011, 8:51:24 AM PDT
Henry Winkler also starred in the short-lived '90s sitcom, "Monty," co-starring David Schwimmer just before he joined the cast of "Friends."

Posted on May 13, 2011, 9:19:48 AM PDT
Gary says:
How about the Mary Tyler Moore show? Practically every one of the characters got their own series!

Posted on May 13, 2011, 12:08:05 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
When I was talking a series that was not a spin-off I meant in a short time interval.Not really decades later.Like when Bea Benaderete was on Beverly Hillbillies for season one as Aunt Pearl but proved so popular and stole all the scenes she was in that she got her own series as a different character in Petticoat Junction.

Posted on May 13, 2011, 12:32:59 PM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
Was Matlock a true spin-off? It was more of an entirely separate show started years later, wasn't it? Did it in any way directly connect to the continuity of the Andy Griffith Show?

Posted on May 13, 2011, 3:19:56 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
I forgot about "Monty" (I knew I missed one!)

"Mary Tyler Moore" spun-off

"Lou Grant" (Has any other sitcom spun-off a drama??)

Gavin MacLeod got "Love Boat"; Ted Knight got "Too Close For Comfort"--

Isn't that it?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2011, 6:34:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2011, 6:34:54 PM PDT
Remember Gordy the weatherman on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"? He was played by John Amos and featured early in the series run. Amos went on to play James Evans on "Good Times." Does that count?

Posted on May 13, 2011, 7:56:52 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
Pretty soon, we'll end up going over the careers of everyone in TV history, from the briefest guest star appearance to the longest-running show/spin-off. It won't be too long before we start counting "The Big Bang Theory" as a spin-off of "Star Trek", just because the latter has often been referenced in the former.

Posted on May 14, 2011, 7:47:32 AM PDT
R. Riis says:
As far as performers going on to do other shows, "Saturday Night Live" has had quite a few cast members go on to their own shows, such as Jimmy Fallon, Dennis Miller, Jane Curtin (Kate & Ally), Dan Aykroyd (Soul Man - a spinoff of Home Improvement), Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Brian Doyle Murray (Yes Dear, The Middle), Phil Hartman (NewsRadio), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld), Norm MacDonald (Norm), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation), Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman Show), David Spade (Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement), and many more.

Posted on May 21, 2011, 4:58:23 AM PDT
bee.harpoon says:
Doctor Who is worth a mention

-Sarah Jane Adventures

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011, 11:31:01 AM PDT
Green Meanie says:
How many spin-offs of DW are still on though?

Posted on May 21, 2011, 12:35:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011, 12:43:56 PM PDT
A spin off is where the CHARACTER gets his or her own series, not the ACTOR. So Matlock Happy Days and Threes Company are not spin offs of Andy Griffith.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2011, 9:31:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011, 9:31:48 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
On this thread I allow it.

Posted on May 21, 2011, 11:53:34 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
An otherwise unrelated show starring or involving an actor from a past or recent show might be called a "spin-off once removed".

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2011, 12:08:51 PM PDT
bee.harpoon says:
- Torchwood is returning in July, after a two-year hiatus
- Sarah Jane Adventures was set to continue this year, but the lead actress (Elisabeth Sladen) recently passed away and the fate of the show hasn't been announced (that I know of)
- K9 - The most recent episode aired at the end of 2010, but a second season is currently in development

-- All of this info is "as far as I know" info ;) --

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2011, 12:31:05 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
Torchwood returning? Gwen Cooper and Co??? without Captain Jack.LOL !!!! Gwen and Hubby + baby vs. the baddies.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011, 7:38:39 PM PDT
Green Meanie says:
I guess it did return on Starz.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 4:50:38 PM PST
mack says:
All in The Family.Edith's cousin Maude. the Jeffersons who lived nt. store to the Bunkers. Two spin-offs!
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