11 Shows You Might Not Have Known Were Spin-Offs

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1. Dr. Phil

Word to the wise, Doctor: Oprah created you, and she can destroy you at any time.

2. Angel

Before the bloodlust in True Blood and Vampire Diaries, there were the human-vampire love bites between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

3. Daria

Hey ,dudes, before she was all lovably sardonic, Daria made her first appearance as a recurring character on Beavis and Butt-head.

Eh he he, eh he he.

4. Saved by the Bell

That’s right, Baysiders, Good Morning, Miss Bliss started with only Zack, Screech, and Lisa.

All we can say is that we’re glad they had the good sense to add in Kelly, A.C., and Jessie to The Max. Errr, we mean the mix.

5. Alvin and the Chipmunks

Before Alvin, Simon, and Theodore swanned onto the scene, there was The Alvin Show, which aired on CBS for one season back in the 1960s. Adorable!

6. Xena: Warrior Princess

If you loved the sexual tension between Xena and Gabrielle, then you would’ve hated watching her hetero-heat with Hercules. Total snooze-fest.

7. Absolutely Fabulous

Like everything else that is wonderful, this BBC show started off as a sketch called “Modern Mother and Daughter.” The most fabulous change being the intro of Patsy, the hard-partying best friend.

8. Melrose Place (The Original)

What’s better than a show about a bunch of kids in the elite zip code of 90210? How about a bunch of sexy adults all living in the same building?

If only everyone wore black and had great bone structure in real life.

9. Happy Days

“Ayyyyyy!” That’s a direct quote from The Fonz in response to Happy Days being a spinoff of Love, American Style.

10. The Simpsons

The Tracy Ullman Show gave this cartoon fam a start, and now that animated series will outlive us all.

11. Family Matters

Perfect Strangers aired for eight seasons, but Family Matters lasted nine. So, I guess we know who’s winning here.

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