Top 10 TV Spin-Offs
In light of the hotly anticipated upcoming second season of “Better Call Saul,” a TV Spin-Off list seemed like a good topic to cover for this week’s list. Keep in mind this is by no means a comprehensive list. This is just a list of personal favorites.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- I could have easily gone with the more beloved TNG, but DS9 refreshingly broke the Trek mold with its huge ensemble cast and epic season spanning story arcs.
- Angel- Following “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” may seem like a tough act, but this spin-off series really came into its own with characters like Lorne, Fred, and Gunn. The fifth and final season is arguably on par with any BTVS season.
- Caprica- SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica” prequel series was the victim of poor marketing and even worse scheduling which is a real shame as it was far and away the last great show the network had. The series was brimming with deep ideas, timely themes, clever BSG connections, memorable characters and some truly killer cliffhangers.
- Better Call Saul- It’s only a mere season into its run, but it’s already clear this “Breaking Bad” prequel is destined for greatness.
- Torchwood- If you take the dreadful “Miracle Day” out of the equation as most fans do, this more adult “Doctor Who” spin-off was a fun, sexy, and sometimes even groundbreaking sci-fi series. Sci-Fi television really doesn’t get much better than “Children of Earth.”
- Man To Man With Dean Learner- This faux talk show spin-off of “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” is flat-out hilarious thanks to the superemely underrated acting talents of Richard Ayoade.
- Beavis and Butt-Head- Uhuh huh. Mike Judge is like a, uh, comedic genius or something.
- The Simpsons- It seems like forever ago, but “The Simpsons” was indeed a spin-off of “The Tracey Ullman Show.” While the show is certainly past its prime, you can’t forget how good those early seasons were.
- Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule- The bizarre comedic stylings of Tim and Eric are not for everyone, but if you have an open mind, I would whole heartedly recommend checking out this uproarious spoof of public access TV. John C. Reilly is scary good in the titular role.
- The Flash- After being spun-off from “Arrow,” “The Flash” has surprisingly turned out to be one of the best comic book series to ever air on TV. It’s good old fashioned fun that is made even more entertaining by the great ensemble cast.
Other Favorites: “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Saved By The Bell,” “Batman Beyond,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Daria,” “Happy Days,” “Frasier,” “Crusade,” “The Legend of Korra,” and “I’m Alan Partridge.”
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