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20 Best TV Spin-Offs

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

20. 'Torchwood'

Recipe for a successful Doctor Who spin-off: Take one wildly charismatic actor and cast him as a time-tripping bisexual con artist; make the antihero the good doc's companion for a bit; then give the character his own group and his own show, and set them loose hunting aliens around the Whoverse. (If you can make the title an anagram of Doctor Who, all the better.) Even folks who weren't dedicated fans of the long-running British sci-fi staple were down with Captain Jack Harkness (geek sex-symbol John Barrowman) and his men-in-black-style cohorts, with the show becoming a sci-fi-nerd favorite on both sides of the pond. Rumors of a fifth season for the Starz network keep percolating. Our fingers are crossed. DF