Television shows that are lucky(?) enough to get their own spinoff series are guaranteed to look better by proxy when the spinoff series comes out, because let's face it- a vast majority of spinoff series are just plain awful.
Here are ten examples of how bad a television show spin off series can be:
1. The Ropers (1979-1980)-
Mr. and Mrs. Roper were pretty funny characters when interacting with Jack, Janet and Chrissy, but on their own they just didn't have the ha-has to carry an entire show. The Ropers is far from the worst show on the list, and even though it lacked the comedic chemistry found in Three's Company, it lasted for two seasons.
2. Baywatch Nights (1995-1997)-
The Hoff likes to play larger than life characters, and playing Mitch Buchannon as a lowly lifeguard simply didn't thrill him, so Mitch started moonlighting as a private investigator with his cop friend and some other detective types and Baywatch Nights was born.
Baywatch Nights tried to be so cool, so dangerous and sexy, but the lack of bikinis and hokey dialog left audiences looking for a way back to the Bay. The show slipped further down the ratings toilet when they tried to add a supernatural element to the show in season 2, but Hoff's heroic sexy detective show didn't stand a ghost of a chance.
3. The Brady Brides (1981) and The Bradys (1989-1990)-
The Brady Bunch was such a popular show that it gave birth to a whole host of spawn spin offs, and a few made-for-TV movies, one of which was called The Brady Girls Get Married, which led to the creation of the sitcom The Brady Brides.
Are you able to keep up with this winding Brady television family tree? The Brady Brides was a total flop and only lasted ten episodes, but that didn't stop producers from taking another stab at bringing back Brady eight years later.
This time around it was a mini-series called The Bradys, and it was reformatted as a drama, what with the kids all grown up and experiencing the trials and tribulations of adult life and whatnot.
It served as a reminder that much of the Brady's appeal lay in the comedic moments on the show, and drama didn't really suit them at all.
4. Joey (2004-2006)-
Everyone thought the "how you doin'" bit was funny on Friends, and Joey seemed like a loveable enough character when surrounded by the rest of the Central Perk gang, but when he was given his own show we discovered just how poorly constructed Joey's character really was.
Joey Tribbiani had a totally two dimensional personality on his own, and his whole "dumb but lovable guy trying to figure out stuff like love and relationships" routine didn't appeal to audiences, so Joey's card was pulled midway through the second season.