Same Character, Different Show; It's a Spin-off!

ABC's "Three's Company" featured two roommates, Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Sommers) and Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), who met Jack Tripper (John Ritter) at a party for their old roommate who just got married. Jack was studying to be a cook, and, since the two girls were hopeless in the kitchen, they invited him to move in with them. The show lasted for eight seasons and lost ratings after Chrissy left to go to college.

ABC hoped to create another hit in 1984 with "Three's A Crowd" which followed Jack Tripper as he moved in with his girlfriend Vicky Bradford. The central conflict of the show was that Vicky's dad bought the restaurant downstairs and constantly dropped by. Unfortunately, that wasn't the only problem on the show. The spin-off lasted less than a year.

"The Golden Girls" and "The Golden Palace"

"The Golden Girls," an NBC show featuring America's four favorite "golden age" females, Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose, lasted for seven years. The foursome lived in a classy Miami home and the show tracked them through the challenges of facing near-retirement.

After Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur, decided to leave the show, NBC turned to a spin-off, "The Golden Palace." The show contained the three remaining golden girls selling their home and buying a struggling hotel in Miami after Dorothy left to move in with her husband. The spin-off failed in less than a year, but a later spin-off, "Empty Nest," with Estelle Getty from "The Golden Girls," became a hit.

"Who's the Boss?" and" Living Dolls"

"Who's the Boss" introduced an unusual family situation when Tony, played by Tony Danza, a widower and former pro baseball player, took the job as a housekeeper for a successful divorced career woman, Angela. Tony and his daughter, Samantha, moved into Angela's Connecticut home with her son and mother.

The sitcom lasted for eight years, but its spin-off, "Living Dolls," which followed Samantha and her three model friends sharing an apartment in New York with their agent, lasted just three months, making it one of the shortest-lived spin-offs on television.

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