Your Favorite TV Shows You Forgot Were Spin-Offs

When a show announces a spin-off, it's easy to be skeptical. Is it necessary? Will it really have the same magic? Will it end up just ruining the show I already loved? The next time you find yourself asking these very questions, I want this list to remind you of a little-known fact: most of the shows you love and watch every day are secretly spin-offs of shows that came before.

When you create a show, you create a universe, and sometimes that universe is filled with more than just one opportunity for TV. In the case of most of these shows, the spin-off taps into potential that would have gone to waste had creators not decided to take a small piece from the original and run with it.

Of course, there are spin-offs that are pretty obvious. Fuller House comes from, you guessed it, Full House. Young Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Girl Meets World from Boy Meets World. Instead, this list is all about the shows we already love on their own, and that only the most dedicated fans would know actually stem from a much bigger universe.

This, of course, is the magic of TV. It reuses and interchanges characters, plots, and places in order to give us infinite thrilling and hilarious combinations that have becomes staples in our Netflix queues. While I can't speak for the die-hard TV buff, for the rest of us regular people, ahead are all the favorite TV shows you had no idea were actually spin-offs.

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Teen Mom is a spin off of...
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16 And Pregnant

Teen Mom came quickly after 16 And Pregnant in 2009 in order to document the continued journeys of OG cast members Farrah Abraham, Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, and Amber Portwood.
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Kenan & Kel is a spin off of...
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All That

Cast members Josh Server, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Katrina Johnson, Alisa Reyes, Angelique Bates, Amanda Bynes, Leon Frierson, Christy Knowings, Danny Tamberelli, Nick Cannon, Mark Saul, and Gabriel Iglesias made up the sketch variety show which aired from 1994 to 2005. It was rebooted in 2002 with a new cast.
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The Amanda Show is a spin off of...
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All That

While many people made up the cast, aside from Nick Cannon, it's safe to say Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Amanda Bynes found the most success due to their spin offs Kenan And Kel (1996) and The Amanda Show (1999).
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Riverdale is a spin off of...
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The Archie Show

This 1986 animated series may seem like a far cry from the campy drama that's on the CW today, but Riverdale pulls from the same set of characters.
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Sabrina The Teenage Witch is a spin off of...
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The Archie Show

Sabrina The Teenage Witch in particular went in a different direction, zeroing on one character while loosely adhering to the original premise.
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The Bachelorette is a spin off of...
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The Bachelor

Turns out, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette did not both air right off the bat. ABC followed up with the female spin off one year later in 2003.
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Daria is a spin off of...
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Beavis and Butthead

Daria Morgendorffer was a character in the original 1992 animated show, getting her own solo show in 1997.
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The Tonight Show is a spin off of...
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Broadway Open House

America's first late-night comedy series in the 1950s that ended up inspiring the many Tonight Show iterations.
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The Rachel Maddow Show is a spin off of...
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Countdown With Keith Olbermann

Rachel Maddow's solo political commentary show spawned halfway through Keith Olbermann's original in 2008 after serving as a guest host for Olbermann whenever he was absent.
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The Colbert Report is a spin off of...
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The Daily Show

After playing his conservative character in the role of correspondent during John Stewart's Daily Show reign, Colbert landed his own half-hour show in 2005.
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Saved By The Bell is a spin off of...
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Good Morning, Miss Bliss

The original concept for Saved By The Bell that focused on the life of junior high school teacher Miss Carrie Bliss (Hayley Mills). It was canceled after 13 episodes and then spun off into Saved By The Bell in 1989.
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The Hills is a spin off of...
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Laguna Beach

Before they moved to L.A., the protagonists of The Hills grew up on Laguna Beach from 2004 to 2006.
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Green Acres is a spin off of...
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Petticoat Junction

From 1963 to 1967, Petticoat Junction created a world that would later also house Green Acres in 1965. Some of the minor characters would overlap between shows.
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Sesame Street is a spin off of...
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Sam and Friends

In 1955, the muppets were born in these live-action sketches, most of which have been lost to time.
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The Simpsons is a spin off of...
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The Tracey Ullman Show

A 1987 variety show that included both stand-alone sketches as well as animated shorts about a family called The Simpsons, who would later get their own show in 1989.
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