20 Best TV Spin-Offs

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

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9. 'Maude'

Norman Lear needed a female character in All in the Family to act as the antithesis of the sexist Archie Bunker. So he cast the fearsome Bea Arthur as Edith Bunker's cousin, Maude Findlay, for a few episodes — an extended guest spot that eventually led to television's first outright feminist sitcom. Maude would go on to cover topics from plastic surgery to alcoholism, abortion and depression, all in a primetime forum; it would also help give birth to another great spin-off (Good Times) and, by casting Rue McClanahan as Arthur's best friend, laid the groundwork for The Golden Girls. In his recent memoirs, Lear said that "of all of the character I've created...the one who resembles me most is Maude. [She] shares my passions, my social concerns and my politics." CC

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