Hollywood is full of a bunch of simple-minded people. Whenever there is anything that is good, they can’t wait to copy it. We get sequel after sequel for movies and for TV? We get the spin off. We’ve learned a couple of things in our time here at MWTVG. You like lists but you don’t like long lists and you want us to rank our lists. You are a fickle bunch. This list could really have been 150 or so long but in the interest of giving you the reader what you want, I cut it down. Here they are then for your enjoyment, or more likely, your rage:
The 15 Worst Spin Offs in TV History
#15 – Flo (1980-1981)
Flo was a spin off of Alice that was brought about entirely because the character Flo had her own catch phrase, “kiss my grits.” It was like whenever Arnold would ask what someone was talking about or later when Steve Urkel would ask if he did that. Kiss my grits had to be in every episode. The sassy southerner Flo was not about to put up with anyone’s guff and if there is one place that a person who is unwilling to put up with people should work, it’s in a truck stop coffee shop. Flo begins with the star visiting her hometown of Ft. Worth, Texas where she then buys an old run down bar on a whim. The ratings for Flo weren’t bad in the first season but a move in time slot caused viewers to disappear showing that people were probably less interested in watching Flo than they were in having to get up to change the channel (remember back in the day when we didn’t have remotes?). Flo was canceled after just two seasons.
FLO INTRO THEME SONG
#14 – The Dukes (1983)
Everyone loved those wacky rednecks from Hazzard County so why not make them a cartoon? Great idea. The Dukes actually ran for 2 season (both in 1983 though) and in the first season, they tried to pawn off the lesser cousin Dukes, Coy and Vance. Well us Duke fans were having none of that and the real Bo and Luke were brought in for season 2. This is not the only spin off that came from The Dukes of Hazzard and it’s not the only one on this list. It’s #14 on the worst spin offs in TV history.
Opening Credits for The Dukes (1983)
#13 – Women of the House (1995)
Women of the House was a spin off of Designing Women. The premise was that Suzanne Sugarbaker’s (Delta Burke) latest husband has died while serving as a Congressman so she has to take over and serve the rest of his term. Totally not crazy and totally plausible. Well at the time, this was crazy but this would end up happening but that situation was crazy too. The two shows were brought to us by political power couple Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. While we loved Designing Women, by 1995, we had had enough of this pseudo-political clap trap. Women of the House lasted just one season and is #13 on the list of worst spin offs in TV history. There is only 1 clip I can find of this show and it’s an entire episode. I’m not going to put it on here though because you guys have a very short attention span. You can go here if you want to see it.
#12 – The Golden Palace (1992-1993)
The end of The Golden Girls did not mean that CBS couldn’t get more work out of their old women. The Golden Palace was immediately spun off from The Golden Girls and picked up right where that show ended. Dorothy had gotten married and moved away and the ladies had sold their Miami home. Not ready to be done living with each other and not quite ready to move to a nursing home, the girls decide instead to buy a hotel. They find out that the previous owners had fired just about all of the staff leaving them to have to do all of those jobs (I once worked for a restaurant company that did exactly the same thing). America wasn’t buying it though and The Golden Palace only lasted for 1 season.
The Golden Palace Intro
#11 – Baywatch Nights (1995-1997)
Remember that Baywatch had a spin off? It’s crazy I know. Baywatch itself was never known for being particularly great TV. It was all about slow motion shots of girls running in bikinis. I don’t know if the spin off was meant to screw with America for making Baywatch a pop culture hit but it sure seems that way. What was the premise of Baywatch Nights? Two lifeguards (one was an ex-cop) quit to go form a detective agency. Can you imagine what the pitch for this was like? I can only assume that everyone in the room was high on cocaine (we know for sure that the Hoff was). What’s even better about this show? Bad ratings in season 1 made the producers think it was a good idea to switch things up for season 2. What did they do? They turned it in to an X-Files typ of sci-fi show. Seriously, that’s what they did. Here is the intro for season 2, the one where they are now fighting aliens. It’s awesomely bad.
Baywatch Nights Season 2 Intro
Head to page 2 for #’s 10 through 6 of the 15 worst TV spin offs of all time.