A spin-off happens when the characters who are fan favorites from the shows or movies get lucky enough to have their own shining moment. Whenever movie or TV show spin-offs are approved, the makers hope for the best. But spin-offs often happen to fall short of the quality standards set by the original. They change too many things or don't have the same feel and fail to rise to the occasion. There's a reason there are ten bad spin-offs to every good one. But occasionally, the spin-offs pay off much better than anyone could have expected, even exceeding the popularity of the originals. Here's our list of the best spin-offs that are more popular than the movies or shows they originated from.
Running since 1989, the animated American sitcom The Simpsons was a spin-off from The Tracey Ullman Show, where it ran as a short for three seasons. As its own show, it became much more popular than the original. So much so that many people don't realize it is a spin-off. It's grown over the years to a cast of several memorable characters, along with guest appearances by many celebrities.
While Arrow deteriorated over the seasons, Flash quickly rose to popularity. Some of Arrow writers even left to work on Flash and the effect was visible. Flash became a fan-favorite. With classic comic villains making appearances in the series and maintenance of a consistent quality, Flash has become one of the Arrow spin-offs more popular than Arrow itself.
The fact that it's the highest grossing X-Men movie speaks for itself. While X-Men had a limited audience and needed some background to watch any of the endless sequels, this foul-mouthed superhero didn't need a context. While Deadpool is not the first adult-rated superhero movie, it paved way for more superhero movies that weren't afraid to put the R-rating, like the upcoming Logan.
Liquid Television was an MTV show with shorts. Beavis and Butt-Head originated there and eventually got their own show that permeated 90s pop-culture and became one of MTV's biggest hits. This animated show was definitely not meant for kids. The show with the two goofy teenage idiots was shocking, relatable, and addictive, which was more popular than Liquid Television ever was.
Dwayne Johnson's Scorpion King got its spin-off from the second The Mummy movie. The Scorpion King was better with respect to quality than The Mummy Returns, which suffered from the repetition of the first movie's plot. It also helped that The Rock grew from being merely a wrestler to a popular actor and public figure. They even ended up making three subsequent Scorpion King movies, but we can't vouch for those.
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