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->''"Spinoff"! Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? Hi, I'm Troy [=McClure=]. You may remember me from such TV spinoffs as ''Son of Sanford And Son'' and ''[=AfterMannix=]''.''
-->-- '''Troy [=McClure=]''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"

Spin-Offs are when part of a successful show, usually characters, but sometimes a general concept ([[Franchise/LawAndOrder first you have the Law, then you have the Order]]), are taken and given a second show of their own.

From a producer's perspective, it's a chance to explore other aspects of a concept. Actors can find opportunities to grow in their craft, as well as rise in importance by moving from just being part of an ensemble to having a show built around them. For the networks, it's a chance to establish a show with a built-in audience, making it that much easier for them to sell advertising.

Lots of spinoffs go on to be successful shows in their own right, sometimes even [[MorePopularSpinoff surpassing the parent series in popularity]]. Others crash and burn (''Joanie Loves Chachi'', anyone?), suggesting that there is no such thing as a sure thing. Nevertheless, networks keep trying them.

!!There are many different kinds of spinoffs including:

* Where a character leaves a show and the two run concurrently. Characters {{Crossover}} from time to time.
* Where a show comes to an end and a character from it is given his or her own new show. Provides an opportunity to {{Retool}} the character as well.
* Where a character is brought on to an existing show simply in order to be spunoff, hopefully making some of the original audience into viewers of the new show (See PoorlyDisguisedPilot).
* The main character is [[TimeSkip revisited elsewhere in his narrative]].
* Reimaginings--the concept is carried into a new show with the same basic premise but other factors and characters are completely new.
* Segment spin-offs--a recurring segment from the show becomes the main attraction.
* A type of {{Defictionalization}}--a ShowWithinAShow gets made into a real show of its own.
* The storyline on one show comes to an end, only to be continued in a new show with a different name.
* [[CompanionShow Official Fanzine Show]]--a trope usually applying to RealityTV, usually offering Behind The Scenes info or coverage that wouldn't fit into the main programme, often (but not always) broadcast immediately after the main show, on a sister channel.
* Online Spin-Off--a spin-off that's only shown online, sometimes overlaps with Segment Spin-Off, sometimes a spin-off InNameOnly. Generally only an advert for the broadcast programme.
* Shared Continuity--more common nowadays, this spinoff generally carries no characters over from the show that spawned it, though both are in the [[TheVerse same continuity]] that allows for {{Crossover}}s from the original.

[=Spinoff=]s are OlderThanYouThink. The character of Falstaff, from ''Theatre/HenryIV'' parts 1 and 2, was given his own play, at Royal request, by Creator/WilliamShakespeare.

See also DistaffCounterpart. When a TV series is successful enough to produce a film [=Spinoff=], this is TheMovie. VideoGame spinoffs often feature the same cast but differing [[VideogameGenres gameplay genres]] or are GaidenGames starring one of the secondary or side characters.

When the Spin-Off focuses on the descendant(s) of character(s) from a previous installment, they're a SpinOffspring.

In the television industry, there is a technical difference between the terms 'spinoff' and 'sequel': a 'spinoff' refers specifically to a television show that continues in (more or less) the same era as its predecessor, while a SequelSeries takes place ''after'' the parent series' setting.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' (''Hokuto no Ken'') has a series of spinoff works known as the ''Hokuto no Ken Gaiden'' series, which centers around side-characters from the original manga, depicting what happened to them prior to the events of ''Hokuto no Ken'', although they do deviate from canon a bit. Almost all of them, with the exception of ''Yuria Gaiden'', were published in ''Weekly Comic Bunch'' (the manga anthology that serializes ''[[Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky Souten no Ken]]'') at the time the ''Legends of the True Savior'' movies were released.
* Various side story episodes of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the Pokemon anime]] featured former party members after they had left the group. The early ones focusing on Tracey and Misty along with TournamentArc rival Ritchie were dubbed as the ''Pokemon Chronicles'' subseries.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' spawned a spinoff manga in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', featuring Mikoto Misaka and delving into her background, friends, and some of the cases which Judgement handles.
** ''Railgun'' then spawned another manga spinoff, ''[[Manga/ACertainScientificAccelerator A Certain Scientific Accelerator]]'', following Accelerator and the events after he receives his drama-preserving handicap. Yup. A spinoff of a spinoff.
%% * ''Betterman'' --> ''BettermanLegends''
%% * ''Manga/OutlawStar'' --> ''Anime/AngelLinks''
%% * ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' --> Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' --> ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' --> ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' (also new adventures of a character) --> ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' (also adventures of a new character)
%% * ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' --> ''Naruto Shippuuden''
%% * ''Manga/DragonBall'' --> ''Anime/DragonBallZ''[=/=]''Anime/DragonBallKai'' --> ''Anime/DragonBallGT''
%% * * ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' --> ''Ojamajo Doremi # (Sharp)'' --> ''Motto! Ojamajo Doremi'' --> ''Ojamajo Doremi Dokkan!'' --> ''Ojamajo Doremi 16/17''
%% * ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' --> ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureMaXHeart''
%% * ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' --> ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo''
%% * ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' --> ''Rosario + Vampire Season II''
%% * ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' --> ''Bakutech! Bakugan!''
%% ** ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' --> ''Anime/{{Zoobles}}'' (Toy Concept Only)
%% * ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' --> ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade''
%% * ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' --> ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' --> ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' --> ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' --> ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' --> ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' --> ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' --> ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure''
* There was a Manga called Ten, which was about mahjong being serious business, there was a character called Akagi which was an awesome old man who the characters feared and respected, the character was so popular the author made an spinoff prequel series focused on Akagi's early life, at one point he meets his match in an old man called Washizu, who was so popular the author made a spinoff series focused on Washizu's early life (yes, Fukumoto made a spinoff of a spinoff).
%% * ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' --> ''Rock Lee's Springtime Of Youth''
%% * ''Manga/OnePiece'' --> ''Chopperman''
%% * ''Manga/InuYasha'' --> ''Kagome the Adventurer''
%% * ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' --> ''Manga/ActionMask''
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' --> ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' was initially a ShowWithinAShow, meant to represent the typical {{moe}} anime, but with the series' success, it ended up being {{defictionalized}}.
%% * ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' --> ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject''
%% * ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' --> ''Anime/{{Gekiganger 3}}''
%% * ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' --> ''TheMagicalAdventuresOfDarkMagicianGirl''
%% ** ''[[Anime/OjamajoDoremi Motto! Ojamajo Doremi]]'' --> ''Ojamajo Doremi Naisho''
* A concrete anime example is ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2'', which takes place in the same school as the original ''VisualNovel/ToHeart'', only that it is set three years after. Some [[ContinuityNod nods]] and [[ContinuityCameo cameos]] reinforce this.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', which is about another group of {{magical girl}}s. Its other spin-off, ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' is either a {{Prequel}} or an {{Interquel}}. A third spin-off entitled ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story'' was released for the CompilationMovie, and it is part {{Prequel}}, POVSequel, and WhatIf story. Three new spin-offs began after the premiere of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''. One is an ''Oriko Magica'' {{prequel}}. The other ones are ''Manga/PuellaMagiSuzuneMagica'', which is about another group of magical girls, and ''PuellaMagiTartMagica'', which elaborates on a [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy background detail]] from the anime.
* ''Anime/PleaseTwins'' is set one year after the events of ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'', it shares most locations and many of the first anime characters come back either as cameo or secondary characters.
%% * ''Anime/YuGiOh'' --> Anime/YuGiOhGX --> Anime/YuGiOh5Ds --> Anime/YuGiOhZexal
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' --> ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' --> ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'' --> ''Jewelpet Kira Deco!'' --> ''Jewelpet Happiness'', all of the series shares the same Jewelpets, but not the same characters in general to prevent canon confusion.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': ''Attack On Titan Levi Side Story: A Choice With No Regrets'' manga, which is based on the ''Choice With No Regrets'' visual novel included with the ''Attack On Titan'' Vol.3 Blu-ray. This spin-off features Levi as the main character and serves as a prologue to the main series.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Two have been announced: ''Fairy Tail Zero'', an OriginStory starring [[BigGood Mavis Vermillion]] about the founding of Fairy Tail, and ''Tale of Faily Tail: Ice Trail,'' which is another OriginStory about Gray Fullbuster.
* ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'': a spinoff MagicalGirl story involving [[CuteBruiser Illya]] as the protagonist.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' produced a ''crapton'' of spin-offs:
** ''Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeG'', drawn by Okada Megumu, who focuses on Gold Saint Aiolia long before the main series. It produced its own spin-off, ''Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeGA''.
** ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', another prequel, as well as ''The Lost Canvas Chronicles''.
** ''Manga/SaintSeiyaNextDimension'', a sequel drawn by Kurumada himself.
** ''Manga/SaintSeiyaSaintiaSho'', which takes place during the events of the main series but focuses on female protagonists.
** ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', a 2012 animated series following a new generation of Saints.
* '''WWW.WORKING!!'' to ''Anime/{{WORKING}}'', focusing on a different set of employees at a different branch of the Wagnaria restaurant.
* ''Brave Witches'' to ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', shifting the focus from the 501st to the 502nd Striker Unit.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' --> ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' --> ''AudioPlay/SarahJaneSmith'', ''AudioPlay/IDavros'', ''AudioPlay/{{UNIT}}'', ''AudioPlay/CounterMeasures'', ''AudioPlay/{{Cyberman}}'', ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'', ''AudioPlay/JagoAndLitefoot'', ''AudioPlay/KaldorCity'', ''AudioPlay/DalekEmpire'' The main Big Finish line is [[BroadStrokes broadly]] part of the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, while the spinoffs are part of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.

%% * ''ComicBook/{{Horndog}}'' --> ''ComicBook/HereWolf''
%% * ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' --> ''ComicBook/JackOfFables''
%% * ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' --> ''ComicBook/TheLoners''
%% * ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog --> ''Knuckles the Echidna'' and ''Sonic Universe''.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' has several spin-offs following supporting characters, including:
** ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', which follows the adventures of Lucifer after he quits being Ruler of Hell in ''The Sandman: Season of Mists''.
** ''ComicBook/TheThessaliad'' and ''ComicBook/ThessalyWitchForHire'', in which Dream's murderous ex-girlfriend Thessaly deals with new problems brought on by a ghost named Fetch.
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor: Has a interesting relationship with Journey into Mystery. Thor debuted in ''Journey into Mystery'' and headlined it for a while before taking over the title completely and later getting another series. 49 years after his debut, ''Journey into Mystery'' is introduced as a spin-off taking over Thor's numbering and Thor gets another series.
* Comicbook/FantasticFour After the death of a prominent member of the book, the book ended at issue 588 and was revamped as ''FF'' (FF in the title standing for Future Foundation). After 11 issues of FF, Marvel revived the Fantastic Four for issue 600 (the previous issues being ''FF'') and it will continue forward with ''FF'' also being released concurrently focusing on the non Fantastic Four members of the Future Foundation.

%% [[folder:FanWorks]]
%% * ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' --> ''Cracks in the SOS Dan'' --> "You Got [=SasakiRolled=]!" --> ''The Obesity of Haruhi Suzumiya''
%% [[/folder]]

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' starts a completely new plotline which goes completely unmentioned and contains only three characters from the first three.
%% * ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' -> ''Film/GetHimToTheGreek''
%% * ''Film/KnockedUp'' -> ''Film/ThisIs40''
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' featured a mummy trying to raise the Scorpion king and his army from their resting places. ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' is set thousands of years in the past and features the character's rise to power.
* ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' featured a FakeTrailer for ''Film/{{Machete}}'' which later became a film of its own. WordOfGod also states that the Machete from ''Film/SpyKids'' is the same Machete, so it also counts for that film.
* ''The Graveyard'' ([[RetroactiveRecognition notable]] for featuring Mark Salling, pre-''Series/{{Glee}}'') exists in the same universe as the ''Bloody Murder'' duology.
* The Reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' films act as a SpinOff parallel in an AlternateTimeline to the ''Star Trek: The Original Series''.

* Plantagenet Palliser, a minor character in ''The Small House at Allingham'', one of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfBarsetshire'' by Creator/AnthonyTrollope, became a main character of Trollope's Literature/{{Palliser}} series, written in the 1860s and 1870s.
%% * ''Literature/{{Private}}'' --> ''Privilege''
* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures were published by Virgin Publishing under license from the BBC. When the BBC decided to take the license back to start publishing their own Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, Virgin spun off the ''Franchise/BerniceSummerfield'' novels, which continued to tell similiar sci-fi adventure stories using characters and worldbuilding elements that had been created for the New Adventures (and which Virgin consequently retained rights to) or which could be licensed separately from the writers that had created them.
* One of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels by Lawrence Miles introduced Faction Paradox, an association of anarchic time-traveling villains. After leaving the series, Miles instituted his own series of ''Literature/FactionParadox'' novels.
* Telos published a series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' novellas; one of them, ''Cabinet of Light'', introduced a set of characters who were spun off in to the ''Literature/TimeHunter'' series.
* P. D. James's Adam Dalgliesh detective novels spun off a short line of two novels about private investigator Cordelia Gray, including a surprise {{cameo}} by the original detective.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' and the ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' both cover the same story but through different cultural lenses. ''Literature/TheAeneid'' also follows the adventures of a minor character from ''The Iliad'', but it was written by a different writer hundreds of years later.
%% * ''Gotrek and Felix'' --> ''Thanquol and Boneripper''
%% * ''Gotrek and Felix'' --> ''Ulrika the Vampire''
* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' gave us... dear lord. There were ''eight different spin-offs'' of Sweet Valley High, all but one of them also being about the twins that served as main characters at various points in their lives. The seven that were about the twins were Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley University, Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Junior High, Sweet Valley Senior Year, Elizabeth, and The Sweet Life. The last spin-off The Unicorn Club takes place when the twins are in middle school but focuses on the club instead.
%% * ''Literature/TheHardyBoys Mystery Stories'' --> ''The Hardy Boys Casefiles'' (for older readers)
%% ** ''The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories'' --> ''The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers'' --> ''The Hardy Boys Adventures'' (almost new adventures of a character, except that each of the series is clearly a CanonDiscontinuity from the previous ones)
%% ** ''The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories'' --> ''The Hardy Boys are: the Clues Brothers'' --> ''The Hardy Boys Secret Files'' (for younger readers)
%% * ''Literature/NancyDrew Mystery Stories'' --> ''The Nancy Drew Files'' (for older readers)
%% ** ''Nancy Drew Mystery Stories'' --> ''Nancy Drew: Girl Detective'' --> ''The Nancy Drew Diaries'' (May or may not all take place in the same universe; hard to tell. If so, it would be new adventures of a character.)
%% ** ''Nancy Drew Mystery Stories'' --> '' The Nancy Drew Notebooks'' --> ''Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew'' (for younger readers)
* The ''Literature/MercyThompson'' series has the spin-off series ''Alpha and Omega'' which follows a character introduced in the first book and his wife. A few short stories focusing on other side character are also set in the same universe.
* The ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' series has a spin-off ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. It is an interesting example; the two series share a couple characters, (namely, Magnus and Camille), but they're not central to either series, and all the other characters are new. Plus, "The Infernal Devices" takes place 200 years before "The Mortal Instruments".
%% * Literature/DenOfShadows --> Literature/KieshaRa
* ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' is a spin-off to ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', with the main character of the former being a character from the latter who was PutOnABus for larger parts of the series.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' gave rise to the show ''Series/KnotsLanding''. Interestingly enough, ''Knots Landing'' was actually shopped first to CBS, but rejected. When ''Dallas'' took off, they inserted one of the Ewing brothers and re-shopped KL as a spin-off.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' spun off ''Series/{{Angel}}'', featuring the ''Buffy'' main characters of Angel and Cordelia, with the guest character Wesely joining later in the series. Crossovers between the two were frequent until _Buffy_ moved to a new network.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' had a spin-off ''Series/{{Melrose Place}}'' within less two years of its introduction, which itself spun off a not-as-successful spin-off ''Models Inc.'', which lasted a season
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' --> ''Series/K9AndCompany'', ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', ''Series/{{K9}}'' All are part of the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} which revolves around the Doctor, but the only thing linking ''K9'' to the Whoniverse is the presence of the eponymous robot dog. ''K9'' was not produced by the BBC, so it cannot directly reference ''Doctor Who'' and vice versa.
** In the early 2000s, there were four ''Series/DoctorWho'' online animated specials featuring the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors, and an alternate Ninth Doctor.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' --> ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' --> ''Series/PrivatePractice''
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' spun off no fewer than ''three'' shows, some of which had their own spinoffs:
** ''{{Series/TheJeffersons}}'' had it's own spin off ''Series/{{Maude}}'', and Maude's housekeeper Florida, was spun off into ''Series/GoodTimes''. It also kind of a sequel, as ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' became ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace''. Similarly, but less successfully, the Jeffersons' housekeeper Florence received her own spin-off ''Series/CheckingIn'', which was cancelled after four episodes.
** ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' itself had a one season spin-off ''Gloria'' that featured Archie's daughter [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gloria]] , having divorced Mike, starting a new life in New York.
** The last gasp of the franchise came in 1994, with yet another (short-lived) spinoff: ''704 Hauser'', about the people who were then living in what had been Archie's house. The adult Joey Stivic (son of Michael and Gloria) drops by for a visit in the first episode.
%% * ''Series/MaryTylerMoore'' --> ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'', ''Series/{{Phyllis}}'' and ''Series/LouGrant''
%% * ''Series/HappyDays''--> ''Series/JoanieLovesChachi''
%% * ''Series/FamilyTies''--> ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Being_Nick The Art of Being Nick]]''
* ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' spun off the minor character of Harriet Winslow, the elevator operator at Balki and Larry's employer, into her own show, ''Series/FamilyMatters''
* ''Series/{{Soap}}'''s sarcastic butler, Benson, was given his own show, ''Series/{{Benson}}'', where the character eventually became [[spoiler:Lt Governor of the state]].
%% * ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' --> ''Series/Thomas and Sarah''
%% * ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' --> ''Series/Enos''
%% * ''Series/InspectorRex'' --> ''Series/{{Stockinger}}''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' featured a trio of recurring characters, conspiracy theorists, known as The Lone Gunmen. They were spun off into their own short-lived eponymous show, ''Series/{{The Lone Gunmen}}''
%% * ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' --> ''Series/TheOriginals''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' gave rise to a whole universe of spin-offs:
** ''Assignment Earth'' a proposed spin-off with a PoorlyDisguisedPilot which never ended up happening.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' which focused on the another ship that was given the name ''Enterprise'' and was set approximately a century after the original.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was spun off of the Next Generation while ''TNG'' was still airing. Recurring character Chief Miles O'Brien (and eventually Worf as well) left ''TNG'' to become a main character on ''[=DS9=]'', and there were substantial crossovers between the two shows in the [=DS9=] pilot "Emissary" and the TNG episode "Birthright Part 1". ''[=DS9=]'' is thus the sole example in ''Star Trek'' of a parallel story spinoff: the others are a type of shared continuity, as listed below.''
** 'Series/StarTrekVoyager'': the spinoff picks up almost immediately after the conclusion of ''TNG'', and although it does not feature any continuing characters, it does continue various stories and themes originating from ''TNG'' and ''[=DS9=]''.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is set more than 110 years before ''The Original Series'', and is arguably a spinoff of ''TOS'', ''TNG'' or both.
** Each ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series featured few crossovers, apart from one at the beginning of each spinoff as a symbolic "passing the torch". The first episode of ''TNG'' included a cameo appearance by an aged Dr [=McCoy=]; the pilot of ''[=DS9=]'' (listed as parallel stories) prominently featured Captain Picard; the first scene of ''VOY'' included a cameo by ''[=DS9=]'''s Quark; the first episode of ''ENT'' showed a video recording of Dr Zefram Cochrane, a major character in the ''TNG'' film ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''.
* When ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' ended, Frasier Crane left Boston to move back home to Seattle, becoming the main character of his own show, ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Crossovers with characters form Cheers were frequent, with all of Sam, Diane, Lilith, Carla, Norm, Cliff, and Woody all making appearances at one point or another.
** ''Cheers'' actually had a prior spinoff, ''Meet the Tortellis'', featuring Carla's ex-husband. The show did not last very long.
%% * ''Series/{{Friends}}'' --> ''Series/{{Joey}}''
%% * ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' --> ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' (''Homicide'' and ''Law & Order'' were already a Shared Continuity before JustForFun/JohnMunch and Captain Cragen transferred to [=SVU=] from those respective shows.)
%% * ''Peter Kay's PhoenixNights'' --> ''Max & Paddy's Road To Nowhere''
* ''Series/InspectorMorse'' spun off into ''Series/{{Lewis}}'' with a minor TimeSkip. The series picked up in 2007 after ''InspectorMorse'' ended in 2000.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' spun into ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'' after a small TimeSkip. ''CITH'' takes place some time after ''TSR'', after Raven goes to college.
* ''Caerdydd'' spun into ''Gwaith Cartref''. Neither Emyr nor Sara mentions Lea, Peter, or any of the other characters from the earlier show which is strange, given how it ended.
* ''Series/ICarly'' set up a spinoff built around Gibby that never got past a pilot. On the other hand, Sam as well as Cat from ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' went on to, well, ''Series/SamAndCat''.
%% * ''Series/TheCloser'' --> ''Series/MajorCrimes''
%% * ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' --> ''Series/ManToManWithDeanLearner''
%% * ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''--> ''Series/TheGreenGreenGrass''.
%% * ''Series/BreakingBad''--> ''Series/BetterCallSaul''.
%% * ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' --> [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_Nest_(TV_series) Empty Nest]]
%% * ''Series/{{JAG}}'' --> ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' --> ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''
%% * ''Series/HappyDays'' --> ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' and ''Series/MorkAndMindy''
%% * ''Series/CriminalMinds'' --> ''Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior''
%% * ''Make Room for Daddy'' -->''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' --> ''Mayberry RFD'' (Mixed with one series ending as the next begins)
%% * ''Series/{{Bones}}'' --> ''Series/TheFinder''
* ''Series/ThePractice'' had the spin off ''Series/BostonLegal'', where the spinoff was designed around characters originally introduced in the original in a serious case of FinalSeasonCasting.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' spun into ''Series/TheFlash2014''. The titular character of the latter show was introduced in - and gained his powers at the end of - a two-parter in the middle of Arrow's second season. Episode 2x20 was originally going to be a BackdoorPilot before the execs decided to make it a standalone episode.
%% * ''Series/{{Mash}}'' --> ''Series/AfterMASH'' and ''Series/TrapperJohnMD''
* ''Series/KnightRider'' spun off ''Series/TeamKnightRider'' which focused on five new talking vehicles and heroes.
%% * ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' --> ''Series/BionicWoman'' (2007)
%% * ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' --> ''Series/AshesToAshes'' (also part new adventure of a character and part kinda sequel)
%% * ''Series/TheRealWorld'' --> ''Series/RoadRules''
%% * ''Series/NameThatTune'' --> ''Series/FaceTheMusic''
%% * ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' --> ''Series/CanadasWorstHandyman''
%% * ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' --> ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH2OAdventure''
* ''Series/TheGruenTransfer'', and advertisment mocking/dissection satirical panel show spun off ''Gruen Nation'' an elections advertising, spin, branding and image control satirical panel show. That spawned ''Gruen Planet'' a global advertising, spin, branding and image control satirical panel show which finally gave birth to ''Gruen Sweat'' an Olympics advertising, spin, branding and image control satirical panel show)
%% * ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' --> ''Imagin Anime''
%% * ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' --> ''MamasFamily''
%% * ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle'' --> ''Series/HappyDays''
%% * The end game of the original ''Series/MatchGame'' --> ''Series/FamilyFeud''
%% * The end game of ''Series/ChainReaction'' --> ''Go!''
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' gave birth to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', which started as a fictional show in commercials promoting ''The Daily Show'' and became defictionalized.
%% * ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' --> ''Series/SoRandom''
%% * ''Series/{{Community}}'' --> The Comumunity College Chronicle
%% * ''Series/ChildrensHospital'' --> ''NTSF:SD:SUV::''
%% * ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' --> ''The Golden Palace''
%% * ''Series/ThreesCompany'' --> ''Three's a Crowd''
%% * ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' --> ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck''
%% * ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' --> ''Mayberry RFD'' (Mixed with adventures of a new character)
%% * ''Series/DaVincisInquest'' --> ''Da Vinci's City Hall''
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and ''Series/StargateUniverse'' both spun-off of the show ''Series/StargateSG1'' which itself was based on the film ''Film/{{Stargate}}''. Atlantis is set in the lost city of Atlantis and features characters from the first series such as Major Carter who ran the installation in later seasons. Universe was set after both in continuity and the setting meant that old characters showed up far less often.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' --> ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', a prequel spinoff which follows the creation of Cylons ~50 years before the setting of the parent show.
%% * The various ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' spinoffs.
* The first seven seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' used a few old characters mixed with new ones. Starting with ''Lightspeed Rescue'', they used the no character variant, all set in the same universe, with characters only returning for team-up episodes. The exceptions were ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', where Tommy and Bulk returned as main characters, respectively.
* Series/{{Eureka}} and Series/{{Warehouse13}} are established as a shared canon during an episode on each show in which each had a character visiting from the other. There was also a brief appearance of a recurring Series/{{Warehouse13}} character in an episode of {{Alphas}}, putting all three series in one universe.
%% * ''Series/OnceUponATime'' --> ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland''
* ''FiveFwd'' is the parent show for Channel Five's ''TheGadgetShow'' and ''FifthGear''. The former features a formalised news segment which has never been part of the main programme with a different presenter and games reviews and interviews with one of the regular presenters- something that rarely appears in the show proper.
%% * ''Series/{{Monk}}'' --> ''Little Monk''
%% * ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' --> ''Mackenzie Falls''
%% * ''Series/UglyBetty'' --> ''Mode After Dark''
%% * ''Series/{{Offspring}}'' --> ''The Nurses''
* ''Series/EastEnders'' had a spin-off ''E20'' following a group of teenagers outside of the main cast. Some were later promoted to the main series.
%% * ''Series/ThirtyRock'' --> ''Frank vs Lutz'' and ''Jack Donaghy: Executive Superhero''.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' had an online spinoff called ''Series/BecomingHuman'' which focused on Adam, a charater that had featured in an episode of the parent show, and otherwise entirely new characters.
* You probably wouldn't expect a Ken Burns documentary series, let alone that within his Great American Trilogy, to have one, but ''Baseball'' does--specifically, a 2016 two-part miniseries following the life of Brooklyn Dodgers player Jackie Robinson.
* After Steve Wilkos left ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' after being the director of security there, he was given his own series, ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'', which deals with ''much'' more serious topics.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Heartland Wrestling Association was one to Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Adrenaline being one to [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro.]] Focusing mainly on developmental wrestlers who may or may not "graduate" to WCW's main roster or elsewhere, Heartland ended up running shows and training successful wrestlers well after WCW went out of business.
* Oz Academy was originally based around Mayumi Ozaki's attempts to train new wrestlers for the PowerStable of the same name [[VillainBasedFranchise to aid her in her campaign]] against the GAEA promotion. After GAEA closed down, Oz Academy became increasingly self contained, though a rivalry with GAEA's would be successor Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling periodically rises to the surface.
* Strangely, Pro Wrestling RESPECT started out as a spin off to both Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, focused mainly around the students of their academy. However, it eventually drifted into "Wrestling Is Respect", one of many "Wrestling Is" promotions that serve as spin offs to Wrestling/{{Chikara}}(and ended up being the longest lasting of them).
* Although inheriting its name from Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s training facility, when House Of Hardcore started doing their own shows they began as spin off of Family Wrestling Entertainment, as school head Wrestling/TommyDreamer was their champion. The crowd reaction pretty quickly established that HOH was better off not trying to be a family show though.
* The Scotland based Insane Championship Wrestling opened a sister promotion called Fierce Females in 2012, in order to give more focus to said group. However, FF and ICW parted ways in 2014 in favor and ICW started a women's division that ran on the same shows as all its other talent instead.
* Ring Ka King was to be a spin off of Wrestling/{{TNA}} based in India, though after a single televised season the two promotions broke away from one another and RKK went dormant.
* New Borinquen Pro Wrestling was a developmental territory of The World Wrestling League that was based around independent circuit and former IWA Puerto Rico wrestler tryouts, in addition to a stronger focus on "strong style" ([[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling if the name didn't make that clear]]). It is another "farm league" that has chugged along after its larger partner closed down. And it didn't return to being its farm league when WWL started back up.
* Wrestling/{{CZW}} started "Dojo Wars" in 2014, based around the students of its dojo and those (hopefully) destined for Wrestling/{{WSU}}'s locker room. Sometimes they get into scuffles with students from other wrestling schools.[[/folder]]

* The rare example of the nonfiction spinoff: ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' --> ''Podcast/{{Serial}}''. ''Serial'' takes the essential format of a ''This American Life'' investigative story (which typically lasts 15-20 minutes, although sometimes it can take a whole hour) and stretches it out over a twelve-episode season's worth of 45-minute(ish) episodes. It was explicitly called a spinoff by the ''TAL'' crew, features ''TAL'' producer Sarah Koenig as its presenter/investigator/producer, and inherits a lot of both personnel and style from the mothership. It was also launched by a [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot completely undisguised pilot]], in which the first episode of ''Serial'' was aired as an episode of ''This American Life'' (Episode #537, "The Alibi").
%% * ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly'' has ''The Great Gildersleeve'' & ''Beulah''. Beulah was the first radio show to eventually star an African-American performer, and successfully moved to television.
* In one of the games in ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' which involves improvising a comedic dialogue, one pair of contestants would always adopt the characters of a pair of eccentric Scotsmen. These characters were spun off into their own scripted comedy series, ''You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Radio/HamishAndDougal''.
%% * SoundToScreenAdaptation example: "Dave Hollins Space Cadet" in ''Son of Cliche'' --> ''Series/RedDwarf''

* As mentioned in the description text, one of the earliest known spinoffs comes from the work of Creator/WilliamShakespeare: the character of Falstaff, an amalgam of several 14th- and 15th-century figures, who appeared as a secondary character in ''Theatre/HenryIV'' (both [[Theatre/HenryIVPart1 Part 1]] and [[Theatre/HenryIVPart2 Part 2]]), who was given his own play in the form of ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' had a spin off series. ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' was a mystery solving game and featured the prosecutor from the first game as the main character.
%% * ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' --> Several licence-based spinoffs (''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam''; ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage''; ''VideoGame/OnePiecePirateWarriors''; ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'')
%% * ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' --> ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} series]] is a spinoff from ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. It features new characters and setting, but has references to the events of Half-Life.
* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series has several concurrent timelines, with the main timeline and the ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf if...]]''/''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' timeline being the most notable ones. ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne Nocturne]]'' implies that many if not all the timelines are canon within the same multiverse. ''Shin Megami Tensei'' itself was a spinoff of the original ''Megami Tensei'' games on the Famicom, although the name change was mostly due to [[WritingAroundTrademarks trademark reasons]], as the original ''Megami Tensei'' was a tie-in to the first book in Aya Nishitani's ''Digital Devil Story'' series.
* ''[[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors Hyrule Warriors]]'' to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. A non-canon entry handled by [[Creator/{{Koei}} Tecmo-Koei]] that uses gameplay similar to ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' but with a ''Zelda'' twist (like incorporating ''Zelda'' items into combat). It's basically [[XMeetsY Zelda meets Dynasty Warriors]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' gave Captain Toad, whom originated from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', his own personal levels. They served as a sort of [[BackdoorPilot backdoor pilot]], as they eventually spun-off into their own full-fledged game: ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The action-oriented ''Webcomic/JetDream'' title spawned two spin-offs: ''It's Cookie'', a teen humor comic starring T-Girl Cookie Jarr, and My Jet Dream Romance, a romance comic that focuses on the love lives of the T-Girls.
* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' has a spinoff ''Webcomic/CopperRoad'', about the character Kaitlyn Hu and the "other side of the class" that lives on Copper Road.
%% * ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' --> ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}''
%% * ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' --> ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie''
%% * ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' --> ''Webcomic/IToons''
%% * ''Webcomic/BetterDays'' --> ''Webcomic/OriginalLife''
%% * ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace,'' spinoff of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.
%% * ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', shares a continuity with ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
%% * ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' --> ''LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines''
%% * ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' has a spin-off ''WebVideo/LiamTheLeprechaun''. Liam actually predates the orange but the series is considered a spinoff anyway
%% * ''SCPFoundation'' --> ''[[http://goc.wikidot.com Global Occult Coalition]]'' and [[http://cbg.wikidot.com/ Church of the Broken God]].
%% * ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': The "Minor Assault" casts, which usually involve only two people and focus on a specific show, game, or series.
%% ** RA Views, video reviews done by one host each.
%% ** RA Plays, which are LetsPlay videos done by the hosts.
%% * ''TheLiamSmithShow'' --> ''JusticeSquad''
%% * ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' --> ''[=SOTF=] Mini''
%% * ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' --> ''WebVideo/SteamTrain'' --> ''Table Flip''
%% * ''WebAnimation/AnimatorVsAnimation'' --> ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k0OYOt7GDE Animation vs. Minecraft]]''
%% * Website/EquestriaDaily --> [[http://www.desudaily.com Desu Daily]] ("the [=EqD=] of {{anime}}") and [[http://www.beachcitybugle.com/ Beach City Bugle]] (dedicated to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'')
%% * ''[[http://yoisthisracist.com Yo, Is This Racist?]]'' --> ''[[http://yoshouldidumpthisahole.com Yo, Should I Dump This Asshole?]]''
%% * ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' --> ''Literature/{{Neogicia}}''
* ''WebAnimation/OneMinuteMelee'' is a spin-off of Website/ScrewAttack's ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''. While ''Death Battle'' is made up of roughly 20 minute-long episodes where the hosts put [[ShownTheirWork exhaustive research and comparisons into two combatants and their respective strengths, skills and weaknesses, and decides the winner based on that]], ''OMM'' is far more simply a matchup between two fictional combatants where the fights last no longer than 60 seconds and the winner is determined by AuthorAppeal. It's basically meant for ''DB'' fans who are JustHereForGodzilla.
* The edutainment ''WebVideo/TheBenHeckShow'' had the 2011 [[VerySpecialEpisode special]] HalloweenEpisode ''Ghost Hunting with Ben Heck!'', which is a thinly veiled pilot for the Pinball/AmericasMostHaunted pinball.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%% * ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' --> ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' --> ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' --> ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' --> ''PostcardsFromBuster''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' has a spin-off called ''The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show'' about the children of the couples who stared in the original show.
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' featured three inept cowboys who were unofficially named "Posse Impossible". Three years later they would get a cartoon of their own as a segment of the 1977 show ''WesternAnimation/CBBears''.
%% * ''[[WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow The Archie Comedy Hour]]'' --> ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaAndTheGroovieGoolies''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' --> ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' --> ''WesternANimation/PussInBoots'' (a variation since its a prequel)
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'' has received three spin offs as of 2015. The first is a 2006 book called [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZM6jSIdBL.jpg "Disney's Marie"]] which has [[EnsembleDarkHorse Marie]] taking readers on sightseeing adventures and traveling around the world. The second is a a oneshot manga created in Spring 2015 called [[http://blog.opovo.com.br/bancadoanime/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2015/03/Miriya-e-Marie-c01-04.jpg "Miriya & Marie"]] ([[NoExportForYou Which is only available in Japan and Brazil]] which stars Marie and CanonForeigner Miriya, and a third book called [[http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/ProductDetailPage.aspx?sequence=89&group=catalog&mailingID=0&mailingGroupID=0&catalogID=908248&org=&sku=1484713737 "Disney Tails We Love Marie".]]
%% * ''Tijuana Toads'' --> ''The Blue Racer'' and ''Crazylegs Crane''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' --> ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' --> ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' --> ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' --> ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' --> ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' --> ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo'' and ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' --> ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' --> ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' --> ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' (Although they're both shown on Boomerang)
%% * ''WesternAnimation/GrimAndEvil'' --> ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''
%% * ''Liquid Television'' --> ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''
%% * ''Huckleberry Hound'' --> ''Yogi Bear''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam!'' --> ''Action League Now''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' --> ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', and ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' --> ''Sabrina's Secret Life''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' --> ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''-->''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' --> ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' --> ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez'', spinoff to ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' -> ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'', spinoff from {{Disney}} / {{Pixar}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
%% * ''[[WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood]]'' an animated spinoff of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers' Neighborhood]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWorldOfDavidTheGnome'' was spun off into ''The Wisdom of the Gnomes'' with no room for crossovers since [[spoiler: David and his wife die in the last episode of their series]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started it's life as a five minute long cartoon on ''The Tracey Ullman Show''
* The PBSKids series WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood is a spin off to Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood complete with a similar opening.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' is a spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' with four of the contestants from the latter (Noah, Owen, Geoff and Leonard) appearing to compete and a few cameos from the old cast here and there.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' follows the life of a secondary character from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'': Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' got a spinoff in the form of ''Postcards from Buster''.