20 Best TV Spin-Offs

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

19. 'Benson'

From Soap to sitcom: Robert Guillaume's butler was one of several background players weaving in and out of ABC's comic take on soap operas. Suddenly moved from the tempestuous Tate household into the governor's mansion, the character was thrust front and center in a dysfunctional political family — and Guillaume deservedly found himself the star of a hit show. By the end of the seven-season run, Benson would go from servant's quarters to running for political office, which didn't stop him from issuing withering insults or failing to suffer fools gladly. DF

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