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[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Has there been a successful spinoff in the last 20 years? Excluding the mill show genres that lend themselves to spinoffs like reality, home & garden, police procedural, etc. Basically spinoffs that exist so they can just make more of the same mediocre thing.

I can only think of Better Call Saul. I feel like spinoffs of shows that are actually good as a concept are best left in the 70s & 80s.

It’s worth noting The Office already has two spinoffs, Parks & Rec which basically only became good when it shed 100% of its Office influence, and the horrible Rainn Wilson show that nobody remembers.

[-] teft 18 points 1 month ago

The Boys had Gen V which was successful. But I agree with you that there are very few good spinoffs.

[-] felbane 6 points 1 month ago

This is the first I'm hearing about this, and I'm terminally online, and am a fan of The Boys.

I guess the downside of sailing the seven seas is missing out on all the ~~predatory targeted advertising~~ bespoke entertainment recommendations

[-] teft 6 points 1 month ago

Or get access to a better site. I only sail the seas and I was watching it the day it came out.

[-] felbane 2 points 1 month ago

One of these days I'll sit down and figure out how to build a proper seedbox (with VPN and the appropriate *arr variants) so I can set up Trakt for these kinds of recommendations.

[-] acosmichippo 3 points 1 month ago

and walking dead has about a million spinoffs. not sure if they're any good but they must be successful to some degree since they keep on going and going.

[-] GlitterInfection 12 points 1 month ago

Do you count prequels as spin-off shows? Both Better Call Saul and House of the Dragon are considered to be excellent and successful if so.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

Copying the formula and a spin-off are not the same thing, parks and rec isn't a spin-off

[-] jqubed 7 points 1 month ago

IIRC it was originally planned as a spinoff and Rashida Jones’s character had originally been considered to be Karen Filippelli, moved to Indiana. Of course I think it’s much better that they didn’t go with that idea and gave her a new character.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

Parks and Rec had the same production team as The Office and the concept came from NBC asking them to produce an Office spinoff.

You’re right, it’s not a true spinoff. However it was the first shot at an Office spinoff.

[-] paraphrand 10 points 1 month ago

Well. I had to look up what you were on about with the Dwight spinoff. It was just an episode that they were attempting to use as a pilot for a spinoff, and it failed.

I remember that episode had a different feel. I had no idea there was a scheme behind it.


[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

House of the dragon

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago

Vampire Diaries had multiple spinoffs and out of those The Originals were quite successful, Legacies less so. Legacies was most procedural so there's that.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah I realize what I am considering a “show” is a much more narrow definition that really only exists in my own head lol. YA shows are another genre that lend themselves to spinoffs that forgot about.

I guess what I’m thinking of is critically acclaimed shows that are considered to be good by the majority of the public at the time. But that’s a narrow enough definition that it’s essentially meaningless so I concede the point.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

You don't consider it a show because you think it's aimed at teens but it's actually aimed at grown up women. Give it a shot, plot is tastefully over the top and production values are pretty good. I cried at the end of The Originals and I'm not ashamed of it!

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I’ve watched the entire Jenny Nicholson video on The Vampire Diaries like 3 times so I’m definitely familiar. Not for me personally, but I can appreciate the appeal.

Didn’t mean to denigrate it or anything.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

Parks and rec is not a spinoff. It was supposed to be, but they trashed the idea. That Karen became Ann is proof of this.

[-] Plastic_Ramses 5 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

The watchmen, kinda?

Also Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a spin off of Discovery

[-] AnUnusualRelic 5 points 1 month ago

Isn't all of Star Trek endless spinoffs?

[-] elbarto777 2 points 1 month ago

Yes. Yes, it is.

[-] Kayday 4 points 1 month ago

I haven't seen it, but I hear Young Sheldon did okay.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

I was more thinking of shows that are universally considered “good” or at least critically acclaimed. I know a lot of people like BBT (and many hate it deeply) but it doesn’t really come up in conversation when people are discussing good shows.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

House of the dragon maybe?

[-] DODOKING38 2 points 1 month ago

Was Fraser in the last 20 years?

[-] Slimthickens 3 points 1 month ago

The last episode of Frasier aired 20 years ago as of next Monday.

[-] jve 1 points 1 month ago

The last episode of Frasier was in December 2023


[-] EvilLootbox 1 points 1 month ago

I was going to say Daria, but checked and that ended in 2002.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

King of the Hill would also almost count too, but yeah it’s still a stretch considering it started in the 90s.

[-] jqubed 9 points 1 month ago

The article keeps mentioning that The Office ended more than a decade ago but that can’t be right, it was 2-3 years ago tops.

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