Five TV Show Spin-Offs That Should Have Never Been CanceledRivka Rossi


Models Inc. is about, well models, duh!  Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear from Melrose Place) and  mother Hilary Michaels (such a terrible made up name) played by Linda Grey run a modeling agency. The show was produced by Aaron Spelling (genius), so how could this have been canceled? It also had future star Garcelle Beauvais and Carrie-Anne Moss (‘The Matrix’).  Models Inc. knew how to spot talent. I really would like it explained to me why this show didn’t work. Isn’t the basics of good TV to watch beautiful people do beautiful things? This was canceled after two seasons, but really without much closure for me.


I wish I could tell you I always knew this fun fact but I didn’t, ready? Just the Ten of Us was a spin-off of Growing Pains! Did I blow your mind? It really blew mine when I found out. Both shows were favorites of mine; I guess I wasn’t into details growing up or something. How did some genius think to give Coach Graham Lubbock and his eight kids their own show? Sometimes Hollywood is really smart at these things. Nothing makes me happier (besides when shows go on vacations) than a big family scenario. Eight kids? Yes please! There was a kid for each of us to identify with (except the baby, Harvey. He served very little purpose). I really liked Connie but if you ask Co-founder Zooey D, she will tell you her favorite was Sherry (Heidi Zeigler). The show was canceled after three seasons, so Hollywood can be pretty dumb sometimes too, it seems.

The Golden Palace

The Golden Palace was a spin-off of The Golden Girls minus Bea Arthur, but who cares, it had Betty White. I bet you if you aired this now on TV Land before or after Hot In Cleveland it would do so well. You can have that idea, TV Land programmers, go for it. The Golden Palace has our favorite retired women running a fancy hotel. I know I mentioned earlier how much I love vacations and big family story lines, but I also really love a “hotel living” story line. Don Cheadle was the hotel manager, do you need anything else? This show only aired for one season, sadly. I might have to admit that 80% of my interest in this show growing up was based on the fact that Betty White and I shared the same name.

Saved by the Bell: The College Years

Saturday mornings growing up were all about Saved by the Bell. I don’t even think I really loved the show, but I watched. I really liked Good Morning Miss Bliss (the original Saved by the Bell) more, but that was probably just me since they recast it. Saved by the Bell: The College Years was great because you got to see what happened to Zack and Kelly. Whenever a show blesses you with follow up info on your favorite cast you need to respect it and not cancel it. Everyone should know that.


I saved this for last and I think we all know why. It’s clearly a TV show that really failed us by getting canceled. Daria is an animated serious and spin-off of Beavis and Butt-head. My favorite character was always Daria but I did love me some Quinn, her younger “cooler” sister. Co-founder Molly and I love to discuss who should play her in a feature movie.  I personally think Molly. This is the kind of show that should still be on now and twenty years from now. BRING BACK DARIA. Just decided here and now that HelloGiggles is going to do all we can to make Daria appear on our site. DREAM PEOPLE, DREAM.

Stay tuned for my next post when I discuss my love for spin-offs and confess I used to watch Empty Nest.

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  • Kristin Zaubzer

    Daria was completely awesome & so very, very much needs to come back! Just the Ten of Us – I love that someone else remembers that show!! I loved Wendy & Cindy, so slutty & funny! Models, Inc. was good, but what about Living Dolls. Not a spin-off (atleast I don’t think so…is that what Models, Inc. was a spin-off from??) but a young Leah Remini (King of Queens)?? Yes, please!! LOVED her on that when I was a kid!! Great post! :-)

  • Megan Younce

    Daria is and will always be my favorite animated show. Hands down.

  • Amelia Soler

    Daria is awesome!!!

  • Charles Reagan

    I had a serious thing for the big RA guy on “The College Years”…bear-a-rific. Also, I thought
    “Just the Ten of Us” was awesome because it had Heather Langenkamp from “Nightmare on Elm Street” in it…I’m pretty at least 25% of the kids from “…Ten..” were in horror movies…

  • Tisha Varona

    I am willing and ready to help with the “Bring Back Daria Campaign”! It NEEDS to go back on-air and help redeem the poor excuse of what they are trying to pass off as MTV. Oh lord, I’m that old aren’t I? Anyhoo, yeah! “Bring Back Daria Campaign!” how do we do this?

  • Sarah Beth Pennington

    Oh and Saved By the Bell: College Years too. Love Zack Morris!

  • Sarah Beth Pennington

    Daria and Just the 10 of Us are two of my fav spin offs ever!

  • DeeAnn DeZarn

    All I really need to know is Don Cheadle is the hotel manager. I’m in. We’re already watching tv on Sunday night, so I’m saying how bout after The Cleveland Show, my fave spinoff? I do not want them to cancel it!

  • Sarah O

    I so respected Saved by the Bell: the college years and was sooo mad when it got canceled. It was way better than “the new class”. Also, I was a huge fan of Daria because I could totally relate to her in high school. Plus, I had a little cartoon crush on Trent.

  • Julia Gazdag

    Best birthday gift I ever got: the complete series of Daria on DVD. I WAS her in high school. Who am I kidding, I still totally am. I’ve been holding onto a pair of big, black, round plastic frames for months so I can be her for Halloween. I am whole-heartedly behind the effort to bring her back on Hello Giggles!!!

  • Emma Jean

    You can get Daria on DVD now. It was always my favourite show in school. The boys in my class called me Daria all through high school-they thought I was like her! lol

  • Ana Marie

    Ummmm Zooey D would be an AMAZING Daria!!

  • Annie Lynge

    Daria IS my favorite show. If HelloGiggles can bring it back, I will love you for the rest of eternity.

  • Elyse Harlow

    yes please, more Daria. La la la la la…

  • Anna Schatte

    Can we please add “Almost Home” the amazing spin-off of my favorite childhood show “The Torklesons”? This is the reason ladies our age dream of window seats in their homes…right?

  • Haintso Rakouth

    Yes Daria needs to bring back. I’ve watched only just the ten of us and saved by the bells before the college years.

    I got amped when they made Daria full season dvds. That show was incredible.

  • Ashley Murie

    Estelle Getty was Sophia and Betty White was Rose. :)

  • Michael Atlan

    What about “Time Of your Life” ? ;) Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner, Pauley Perrette, Johnathon Schaech, Wentworth Miller… LOVED IT !

  • Vint Age Vampe

    Ummm hello…you totally forgot “Joannie Loves Chachi” ; )

  • Jacqueline Rowniak

    Daria was amazing! I think Aubrey Plaza gets my vote on who should star in Daria: The Movie.

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