13 Spinoffs That Were So Much Better Than the Original

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It's not easy to get a spinoff off the ground. 

Some may seem like they're just desperate attempts to milk a succesful franchise, while others hit the mark and then some. 

These 13 shows effectively raised the middle finger to the shows that they spun off from by being the better of the two. 

Have a look below. 

1. The Originals

The Originals
The Vampire Diaries was filled with high-school drama from start to finish, but The Originals was a much darker and more adult take at the universe, focusing on the original vampires. It was better than its parent series.

2. The Flash

The Flash
Ever since The Flash premiered, it has had much higher ratings than the show it spun off from -- Arrow. The characters are infinitely more likable, and The Flash has better production values.


It's hard to believe it, but NCIS is a spinoff of JAG, and yes, NCIS is way better than that series.

4. Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead
The earlier seasons of Fear the Walking Dead benefited from intricate plotting, and decent family drama -- much stronger in quality to those early years of The Walking Dead.

5. Angel

Angel was like a completely different show from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even if it followed a handful of cast members of the OG series. But Angel had more convincing villains who were genuinely creepy.

6. Frasier Photo

Frasier Photo
Many people have no idea that Frasier is a spinoff of Cheers. But Frasier followed a more streamlined bunch of characters, and they kept viewers laughing for longer.

7. The Simpsons

The Simpsons started its life as an animated sketch on The Tracey Ullman Show in the 1980s. When it became a full-fledged series, it was clear why it worked so well: There was better writing!

8. Supergirl

Supergirl is much lighter than Arrow, and it benefits the series. The storylines are more engaging and less difficult to get through.

9. Legacies

This is a controversial choice, but Legacies managed to expand The Vampire Diaries universe in a way that the two shows that came before it couldn't. It's all thanks to the magic school and the different creatures that cause problems on a weekly basis.

10. Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow
The beauty of Legends of Tomorrow is that the characters have a spaceship that allows them to travel to new destinations every episode. It doesn't slow down for one moment.

11. Xena: Warrior Princess

Xena: Warrior Princess
As a spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, all eyes were on Xena to see if could stand the test of time. It became one of the highest-rated syndicated series in the world and only concluded when Kevin Sorbo decided against renewing his contract.

12. Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order: SVU
The Law & Order franchise is one of the most successful in the world, but Law & Order: SVU is the only series in the franchise that is still on the air. The cases and characters are much more engrossing than those of the other shows.

13. Vanderpump Rules

Vanderpump Rules
The series is a spinoff of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and it delivers way more drama than the original series. With cheating allegations, fights, people being fired, and so much more, it has become must-watch TV.

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