On Friday, Disney will premiere Girl Meets World, the highly anticipated spin-off of the popular ’90s teen sitcom Boy Meets World. Premiering nearly 15 years after the original ended, Girl Meets World picks up the story of Cory and Topanga, who are still married and are now parents living in New York City. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a brilliant idea (who didn’t love Boy Meets World?) or a terrible one (why ruin such a good show?). Here are 25 other important TV spin-offs — from those that outshone the original to the spectacular failures to the just plain pointless.
Daria Morgendorffer appeared sporadically on Beavis and Butt-Head, providing a female foil to the main boys’ ideas and antics. MTV liked her so much that she was given her own series, Daria, which ran for five seasons. It was an immediate cult hit — a quick Google search will return countless cosplay photos — that kept the dry and sarcastic humor of Beavis and Butt-Head but took a smarter and more sophisticated approach to high-school humor. It’s a shame that the Mystik Spiral spin-off never happened.