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9 Spinoffs That Didn’t Live Up To The Hype
- Joey (Friends)
Friends was one of the most popular and successful shows in the history of television during its 10-year run from 1994-2004. Even after its finale, Friends reruns are always being watched on television by viewers around the world. In an attempt to appease Friends fans, NBC announced in 2004 that it was creating Joey, a spinoff series focusing on Matt LeBlanc’s character, Joey Tribbiani. The plot focused on Joey moving from New York City to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Despite heavy promotion from NBC and a primetime spot, the same time slot Friends had, the show received poor ratings and was cancelled after two seasons due to low numbers.
- The Cleveland Show (Family Guy)
Family Guy is one of the funniest shows of all time, and for 13 seasons has produced countless laughs. In 209 due to its vast success, creator Seth McFarlane and Fox agreed to create The Cleveland Show, which would follow the life of Family Guy side character Cleveland Brown. Initially, the show received mixed reviews, though it was all downhill from there. Ratings continued to plummet until its cancellation in 2013. Having only lasted 4 seasons, this is Seth McFarlane’s least successful television show to date.
- Get Smart 1995 (Get Smart 1965-1970)
Comedy legend Mel Brooks created the television show Get Smart, a television program that followed spies at CONTROL, a fictitious, secret counter-intelligence agency. The original show received relatively positive reviews during its 5-year run on television. In 1995, FOX tried to revive the show by developing a spinoff with the same title and some of the same actors from the original program. However, much of the magic and humor from the original version was lost, as the 1995 spinoff only lasted 7 episodes before its cancellation
- Valley Girls (Gossip Girl)
Gossip Girl was one of the most popular programs in its time, lasting 6 seasons, and had a massive following during its time on air. In the second season of the show, there was an episode entitled “Valley Girls” which served as the pilot for a potential spinoff series set in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Despite actually receiving good reviews and ratings for the pilot episode, The CW Network decided not to pick up Valley Girls for their fall lineup.
- The Pauly D Project (Jersey Shore)
Jersey Shore… Does this show even need an introduction? In case your home has been under a rock for the past few years, Jersey Shore was a semi-scripted reality TV show that followed the lives of 6 “guido”-Italians living on the Jersey Shore during summertime. The show actually had a very large fan base, so when the show ended after 6 seasons, MTV was eager to keep the success of show, providing three separate spinoffs. While two of them have been successful, The Pauly D Project followed DJ Pauly D in his quest to become a professional DJ. Maybe it was because his music isn’t very good, or maybe it’s because people found him unappealing on his own, but MTV chose not to pick the show up for a second season.
- Rugrats Pre School Daze (Rugrats)
I’m going to assume that the Rugrats was one of your favorite shows as a child too, since this is one of the most popular and well-known programs to air on Nickelodeon. The original ended in 2004, but just a year later, Nickelodeon created Rugrats Pre-School Daze, a spinoff show that focuses on Angelica and Susie, two of the characters from the original show. The show aired on NickTV and only four episodes were shown before its cancellation.
- Sons of Thunder (Walker, Texas Ranger)
Some people loved Walker, Texas Ranger, other didn’t but one thing is undeniable: Chuck Norris was awesome on this show, as he kicked, punched, wrestled and fought his was through 8 seasons. In 1999, CBS tried to create a spinoff entitled Sons of Thunder. Unfortunately, the show was very short lived and only 6 episodes were aired before CBS pulled the plug.
- The Lone Gunman (X-Files)
The X-Files was an incredibly popular program, as it enjoyed a 9 season run constantly throwing its viewers off path and always keeping them guessing. The spinoff series, The Lone Gunman, centered around a conspiracy magazine and initially the show received relatively positive reviews. However, ratings quickly dropped causing the show to be cancelled after just 13 episodes.
- Joanie Loves Chachi (Happy Days)
Happy Days, also known as the show with The Fonz, was a super popular hit TV show in the 70s and 80s. In 1982, Joanie Love Chachi was created to follow the lives of title-character Joanie and Chaci. The show only lasted 17 episodes, despite receiving solid ratings and reviews.