TV's 30 Best Spinoffs: Better Call Saul, Angel, Family Matters, Frasier, Xena, Chicago P.D., Private Practice and More

Best TV Spinoffs Ever

It’s disappointing when a spinoff doesn’t live up to the original.

Remember, for example, The Golden Palace, the Golden Girls offshoot featuring most of the core cast that somehow lacked the charm and wit of the OG show? (Check out our full list of the worst TV spinoffs here.)

But when a show can expand on an established universe in exciting and refreshing ways, it’s great. Take the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel, which adopted a darker tone than its predecessor as the brooding vamp grappled with finding redemption in the fight against evil. The show offered a different perspective on the titular hero, and reinvented peripheral Buffy characters like Cordelia Chase and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce — solidifying them as fan favorites in the process.

There are plenty more examples, like the Perfect Strangers spinoff Family Matters, a beloved sitcom that has outlived its parent show, and the JAG offshoot NCIS, which is now a wildly successful franchise that spawned multiple spinoffs.

There isn’t enough time in the day to list every good spinoff in existence, so we’ve whittled it down to the cream of the crop.

See below for our list of the 30 Best TV Spinoffs of All Time. Did your favorite make the cut? Sound off in the comments!