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When the end of one work also serves as the point of departure for a Spin-Off.

These kinds of spinoffs fail just as often as, possibly more often than, the other kinds of spinoffs. Usually, the audience has simply tired of the previous show and doesn't feel up to investing themselves in it a second time. Other times, the critical element of the previous show that hooked the audience is missing from the spin-off entirely. After all, it's the series finale — everything's already been wrapped up. What else is there left to do in that universe?

On some rare occasions, this type of show will actually succeed with a fraction of the old show's success. In extremely rare cases, they may actually match it. This explains the long trend of networks continuing to attempt this type of show in spite of the much longer list of failures.

The line between this and a series that simply changes its title can be somewhat vague. For instance, is Sanford simply a Revival of Sanford and Son without the "Son"? Or is it a different series? Was Archie Bunker's Place a different show than All in the Family? Sort of depends on who you ask.

Compare After Show, which is a Sequel Series starring the original work's setting. Contrast Revival, when a show gets more episodes several years after its original run.


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Live-Action TV

  • After M*A*S*H: Despite the incredible resolution of the final episode of M*A*S*H, it still managed to spawn a follow-up the very next season, starring Colonel Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulcahy. This happened after a vote from the main cast of the former show voted not to continue for another season - these three actors voted in the minority to continue on. The new show took place in a veteran's hospital and attempted to mimic the dramatic turns of the later seasons of M*A*S*H. It lasted for two seasons, never getting high ratings in its first season and being pitted against the intensely popular The A-Team in its second, which effectively slaughtered it.
  • Archie Bunker's Place: It's a retooling of All in the Family set away from the family life of Archie and simply onto Archie and his wife. And later, just Archie.
  • Beverly Hills Buntz: Right after Hill Street Blues, it follows Det. Norman Buntz and Sid the Snitch as private investigators in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Boston Legal: It picks up where The Practice leaves off. To elaborate, the latter ends with Alan joining Crane, Poole, and Schmidt. While the former begins with Alan having settled in for what must be a year —if you go by Alan's claim to have known Denny for six years in the series finale. The first season contains perhaps the most references to things that happened to Alan on The Practice, given that are were more carry-over characters like Tara and Sally, and Catherine Piper than there are in later seasons.
  • Crusade: It follows the finale of Babylon 5. According to J. Michael Straczynski both shows eventually would have more obviously blended into one extended story if Crusade hadn't been canceled after 13 episodes.
  • Frasier: It's the go-to example of a show that performed as well as its predecessor. Frasier ended its run after 11 seasons, exactly as long as Cheers. It stars Frasier, a secondary but popular character, in his home town and dealing with his many psychiatric patients.
  • Get Fit with Brittas: It was released and ended several months after the conclusion of The Brittas Empire.
  • Golden Palace: At the end of the series, three of the four characters of the The Golden Girls buy a hotel with Don Cheadle as the manager. It lasted only one season.
  • Highlander: The last season has several episodes designed to promote potential spin-offs. When the series ended, the network choose to give the immortal Amanda her own series, Highlander: The Raven.
  • Joey: Its failure to repeat the success of Friends was due to, as many critics pointed, the lack of interest in simply following one character when Friends was a show about an ensemble. Another problem was that many believed Joey had become too dumb and cartoonish by that point to really be able to carry an entire series on his own.
  • Lewis: Several years after Inspector Morse ended, Sergeant Lewis's character was revived —now promoted to DCI, and with a rookie partner of his own.
  • Lou Grant: After Lou Grant and all his co-workers are fired from the station in the finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou survives and thrives as the city editor of a busy Los Angeles newspaper and maintains his humanity and integrity throughout the series.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Subverted. It was originally intended to be a continuation of Stargate SG-1 in this manner but then SG-1 got renewed by the network, so they made the two shows side-by-side for three more years instead. Notably, this led to the relocation of Atlantis itself to another galaxy, while it was originally supposed to be in Antarctica.
  • Stargate Command: Subverted. The ninth season of Stargate SG-1, with its new main characters and new major villain, almost became an entirely new show —which would be called this— that would pick up where SG-1 left off. Ultimately it was decided to just continue with SG-1 instead.
  • Three's a Crowd: Spawned from Three's Company after the entire cast aside from Ritter departed at the end of the eighth season.

Tabletop Games

  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Warhammer Fantasy ended with the complete victory of evil (Chaos, orcs, vampires, and Skaven) over good, destroying the world for good measure. That's the starting point of Age of Sigmar.

Video Games

  • Mega Man Star Force: With some mild notation about how it's 200 years in the future and none of the original cast is left, Star Force is a rather transparent attempt to keep up the flagging Mega Man Battle Network series.

Web Videos

  • LG15: the resistance: It's set just over a month after the end of lonelygirl15, and features two of the same main characters plus one. Jonas, Sarah, Reed, and the mysterious Hymn of None as they attempt to fight against the sinister LifesBlood Labs.

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