12 Famous TV Shows You Didn’t Realize Were Spin-Offs

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Hollywood loves to cash in on every possible success, which is why it’s so fond of TV show spin-offs. Usually, like with The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, the connections between the spin-off and the OG show are pretty obvi. Also, shows usually make a big song and dance about the relationship between the two shows, with not-at-all subtle cross-cast cameos and intertwining story lines. Tinseltown isn’t much into subtlety, in case you haven’t noticed.

But knowing exactly what you’re getting is no fun, now is it? Of course not! That’s why we’re so fascinated by all of the shows that exist thanks to a series that came before it without anyone ever knowing that it was even a spin-off. Well, we’re sure that there are SOME people who know. It’s just not any of us, and it most likely isn’t you either.

So make arrangements to scoop your jaw off of the floor because you’re about to have your eyes opened to the spin-off origins of 14 classic TV shows: