The only thing worse than a bad movie sequel is an unnecessary TV spin-off. There, I said it. At least in a movie sequel, it’s pretty much a one-time deal, unless its creators are gluttons for failure and insist on making a trequel. Spin-off shows, however, expect you to watch new episodes every week. And, if you’re bad at setting your DVR preferences or hate yourself in a most special way, you probably will watch those new episodes. But it’s weird because you’d think that, with the goal of getting as many viewers as possible, TV creators would steer clear of bad, coattail-riding shows that have no shot in the real world. But history and my obsessive knowledge of Hollywood stuff tell me that that’s not the case.
So, let’s take a walk down memory lane super quickly. We can get ice cream, and bond over our pointing and laughing at these 12 pointless TV spin-offs that were snatched off of the air before you could say, “Seriously, an executive green-lit this?” It’ll be a grand old time.
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Pretty Little Liars
Why not center an entire new show around a character from another show that no one really cared about the first time around? What could possibly go wrong? (Spoiler alert: everything goes wrong.)
2. Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Once Upon A Time
My Spidey senses could be wrong, but the tingling is telling me that these two are the exact same show.
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Home Improvement
Believe it or not, Dave Chappelle starred in a Home Improvement offspring show that approximately no one wanted to watch.
4. The Pauly D Project
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Jersey Shore
In case you’ve ever wondered how interesting Pauly D’s life was when he wasn’t notifying the Shore house that “the cabs are here,” the answer is that it isn’t. At all.
5. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Criminal Minds
Did you ever think you’d need a show starring Forest Whitaker and that one guy from House of Cards before House of Cards was a thing? No? Oh okay, good, because this one got canned super quickly.
6. Models, Inc.
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Melrose Place
I’m amazed at the balance between cheesy and boring this show managed to attain. Like, way to go, but also sorry about that immediate cancellation.
7. That 80′s Show
Tried To Mooch Off Of: That 70′s Show
ENOUGH. I’m offended by how stupid this idea was.
8. Law & Order: Trial By Jury
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Law & Order
If you want people to hate your show right off the bat without even needing to watch it, make the one thing that everyone hates mutually its focus. Seriously, why would I watch a show about Jury Duty when I’m so busy praying that I never get selected for it ever again?
9. The Finder
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Bones
Everyone loves a main character who suffers from a brain damage and possibly PTSD since his deployment in Iraq. That sounds like a whole heap of fun, pass that over here, please!
10. The Golden Palace
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Golden Girls
Thankfully this show didn’t last long because what if it’d prevented Betty White from becoming the national treasure that she is? I’m pretty sure it got the boot because we just couldn’t take any chances.
11. Young Americans
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Dawson’s Creek
And the award for Worst Acting In A TV Series Ever In History goes to… not this show because it didn’t stick around long enough for awards. Booom, roasted.
12. Saved By The Bell: The College Years
Tried To Mooch Off Of: Saved By The Bell
I’m pretty sure that by naming this show Saved By The Bell, the prospect of continuing it onto college (where there is a distinct lack of school bells) was out of the question from the start. So, there never really was a point in following the Bayside crew to the one college that they all happened to attend together.