- Saturday 16th November 2019, 11:49am [Edited]
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Following a discussion in the Man About The House thread, what sitcoms can we think of that had spin-offs: and specifically, which - if any - were better than the original?
We're talking spin-offs only not sequels (or prequels), so no Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?, The Upchat Connection or Still Open All Hours, regardless of their quality in comparison to the original.
What's the difference? A sequel revisits the exact same main character(s) to pick up a next chapter in their story, and usually in the same (or very similar) circumstances, such as Agony's Agony Again, Please Sir!'s The Fenn Street Gang. A prequel - such as First Of The Summer Wine or Rock & Chips - is of course the same but in reverse.
A spin-off generally follows a subset of the original key characters, often (such as with George & Mildred) secondary characters from the original, and usually in a new situation: The Green Green Grass.
Nor are we looking for sitcoms that were revived after time off-air (Steptoe & Son, The Liver Birds), nor reborn in a slightly differing guise: Sykes And A... to Sykes; Happy Ever After to Terry & June; Slinger's Day after Leonard Rossiter's death.
I'll start off with a list of spin-offs I can think of.
Going Straight is a very tricky one to categorise. Norman Stanley Fletcher takes the lead again, in a completely new setting and with different support, but in terms of story it's very much a sequel.
Any more for any more?