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    Default TV Show Spin-Offs That Sucked: The 10 Biggest Bombs Ever

    Spinning off a new show from a hit TV series is something that television producers canít seem to resist, even though for every Frasier there are at least 19 disasters. While itís been difficult to choose from all the cheesy carnage over the years, hereís our list of the 10 worst spin-off ideas ever.
    10. Joanie Loves Chachi

    Whoever thought Happy Days cast members Scott Baio and Erin Moran could carry a show of their own was ridiculously deluded. Joanie and Chachi left both home and ratings behind to move to Chicago in pursuit of music careers. Unfortunately, they failed at that, as did the show, putting Ellen Travolta back in the unemployment line. Luckily for Baio and Moran, they were welcomed back to Happy Days for the final year of the series, even though the shark had been jumped years earlier.
    9. That í80s Show

    It seemed like a good idea to spin That í70s Show into the next decade for some new wave, cocaine-fueled materialistic fun, but the execution was horrendous. For some reason the writers abandoned the down-to-earth sweetness that worked so well for the í70s, and gave in to over-the-top parody. Maybe it was some form of art school commentary on that self-absorbed decade, but the audience tuned out and the show went dark after 13 episodes, turning That í80s Show into a killing joke all its own.
    8. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

    Imagine Alias, except at the end of every episode Jennifer Garner gets rescued by Austin Powers, and youíve got the gist of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Spun off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in 1966, female super spy April Dancer showed the world that girl power was all about avoiding confrontation, repeatedly contemplating marriage to the villain, and looking to her partner Mark Slate to bail her out of trouble. Itís no wonder viewers liberated themselves from watching this crap and tuned in to Emma Peel of The Avengers instead.
    7. AfterMASH

    Hereís a recipe for success if Iíve ever heard one: Take the three hacks who didnít think it was a good idea to end the legendary M*A*S*H before it found a Korean shark to jump, move them out of the war zone and into the suburban American Midwest, and watch the hilarity ensue! Colonel Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulcahy running a veteranís hospital in Missouri? Pure gold. Itís so sad that the only other M*A*S*H cast member they could get to appear before the show tanked was Radar, and that CBS arrogantly matched this bomb up against NBCís top ten hit The A-Team.
    6. The Bradys

    Itís really not that hard to identify the worst of the three attempts at Brady Bunch spin-offs. As bad as 1977ís The Brady Bunch Hour and 1981ís The Brady Brides most definitely were, The Bradys takes the cake hands down, even with the original cast (sans Marcia) on board. Why? Letís take an inside look at the pitch meeting:
    Producer: OK, itís the Brady kids, but all grown up with grown up problems. Think The Brady Bunch meets Thirtysomething.
    Executive: Bradysomething?
    Producer: Exactly. Theyíll deal with real issues, like alcoholism, AIDS, paraplegia and infertility. Plus, weíll have a laugh track.
    Executive: Letís do it.
    Six episodes and out in a very Brady mercy killing.
    5. Checking In

    Everyone loved Florence from The Jeffersons, but that doesnít mean anyone wanted to see her star in her own show. Marla Gibbs became the executive housekeeper of a fictional Manhattan hotel for four entire episodes before hauling ass back to George and Weezie after the St. Francis Hotel burned down in a low ratings effigy. Given that The Jeffersons was itself a spin-off of All in the Family (which created more new shows than Aaron Sorkin at a Columbian writerís retreat), perhaps we can forgive the producers of Checking In for being dumb. I personally vote no, but thatís just me.
    4. Enos

    This one still makes me shake my head. Enos from The Dukes of Hazzard moves to Los Angeles to join the LAPD, and to ensure maximum hick hilarity, they went ahead and partnered Enos with a black guy. Woo hooÖ I canít stop laughing. I mean reallyÖ Enos the straight-laced dipstick? Sure, I can see a brand new sitcom starring Roscoe P. Coltrane or CooterÖ but Enos? One year later, homeboy was back in Hazzard County where he belongs.
    SeriouslyÖ Enos?
    3. The Sanford Arms

    Hereís telling proof that drug use is rampant in LA. How about we continue Sanford and Son without Fred Sanford or Lamont? Thatíll work, right? After Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson left the show, the producers decided to carry on with new lead character Phil Wheeler, an old Army buddy of Fredís who bought the junkyard and tried to rent out rooms in an adjacent building. Aunt Esther, Bubba, and Grady were expected to carry the series, and they didófor five whole episodes. Hell, even Gradyís spin-off show lasted longer, and that sucked too.
    2. The Tortellis

    Cheers hit a home run by spinning off Frasier, which became one of the most beloved American sitcoms ever. Not so much with the largely-forgotten initial attempt in 1987, The Tortellis. Take Carlaís sleazy ex-husband Nick Tortelli, his beautiful, bubble-headed second wife Loretta, and a healthy dose of cheap Italian-American stereotypes, and you have the recipe for one of the worst mistakes in TV spin-off history. Four months later, The Tortellis disappeared from the airwaves and became a recurring nightmare for Dan Heyada, until he later achieved his career goals by starring as Alicia Silverstoneís father in Clueless.
    1. Hello, Larry

    Mention bad television to an industry insider or pop-culture aficionado, and Hello, Larry quickly becomes the prevalent punch line. McLean Stevensonís 1979 attempt to make a funny sitcom about a radio talk show host in the Pacific Northwest (before Kelsey Grammer got it right in 1993) is the butt of more jokes than most bad television, but objectively it wasnít any worse than many of the others on this list. Even more ironic, Hello, Larry was not technically a Diffírent Strokes spin-off; it was an independent show that NBC decided to artificially tie in with Strokes in a lame attempt to boost ratings. No matterĖitís this confluence of pop culture misfortune that will likely keep Hello, Larry at the bottom of the bad TV spin-off heap for years to come.
    Now that youíve reviewed these 10 losers, go hunt down those Joey reruns. Sure, itís still badÖ just not as bad as you thought.
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    Wow, i didn't even know most of those ever existed. I wonder if we'll be adding Addison's Anatomy to that list anytime soon?

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