Sitcom Spinoffs

A look at television shows that spawned a second take.

Sitcom Spinoffs

Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice
Happy Days
Friends
Joey
cheers
Frasier
Facts of Life
Diff'rent Strokes
The Cosby Show
A Different World
Happy Days
The sitcom "Happy Days" showed the friendship between (clockwise from top left) Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Anson Wilson and Donny Most. "Happy Days" was one of the first sitcoms to idealize American life in the 1950s and '60s. The family consisted of hardware store owner Howard Cunningham, his homemaker wife, Marion, and their teenage children, Richie and Joanie. (Another son, Chuck, pretty much disappeared after the first season.) The long-running show also inspired several spinoff shows, some of which were highly successful in their own right, including "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy," and the not-so-successful "Joanie Loves Chachi." (ABC/Retna)
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