20 Best TV Spin-Offs

From Mork to Maude, these were the shows that proved the second time's a charm

10. 'A Different World'

In 1987, Lisa Bonet's Cosby Show character, Denise Huxtable, was sent off to attend school at Clair and Cliff's alma mater, Hillman College — and her own show. A Different World dealt with social and racial issues facing the students at the historically black college, and was one of the first shows to tackle the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Both Denise, and her enthusiastic and quick-speaking roommate Maggie (played by a young Marisa Tomei) left after the first season; thankfully, the show's supporting characters — Whitley Gilbert, Jaleesa, Coach Walter Oakes and the unforgettable style icon Dwayne Wayne — easily stepped into the spotlight, and kept things buzzing along for another five seasons. CC

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