20 Best TV Spin-Offs

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

11. 'Fernwood 2 Night'

Just as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was going off the air in the summer of 1977, the show introduced a new resident of Fernwood, Ohio — Barth Gimble, twin brother of Garth Gimble and a budding TV personality. Along with his unctuous sidekick Jerry Hubbard, Barth would host the town's premiere talk show, bringing on guests to recall their UFO sightings and anchoring segments such as "Talk to a Jew." Martin Mull and Fred Willard don't get nearly enough credit as a crack comic duo, and the show's skewering of the format's clichés — made to seem even cheesier by the public-access production values — set the pace for the faux-sincere showbiz parodies and fake late-night programming (see Larry Sanders) that would become a comedy staple in the years to come. DF

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