Best Black TV Spinoffs Of All Time

The BCU: A Gallery Of Legendary Black Shows You May Not Know Were Spinoffs

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The Parkers

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There’s been a lot of nostalgia going on in the past few days as Netflix announced it was rolling out some classic shows like Moesha, Girlfriends, The Game and more. People are feeling the nostalgia of these great shows and finding all sorts of really cool Easter eggs. Some keen-eyed folks are noticing that Maya from Girlfriends, for instance, popped up on Moesha, leaving people to speculate that Girlfriends was a spin off of Moesha. That’s not totally accurate as the shows were on the air at the same time. They were more like crossovers like when Iron Man shows up in the Spider-Man movie.

So what are some actual spin offs that became great? We have them here. From Family Matters to The Jeffersons to more recent shows, hit the flip to see the classics for yourself.

Family Matters – This was originally a spinoff of Perfect Strangers as Harriett Winslow was an elevator operator on the show. Then they moved over to the Winslows and it became its own legendary show.

The Jeffersons – They started as the Black family in “All In The Family” and then became one of the most revered sitcoms ever put together.

Good Times – This was a spin off of Maude which was a by product of All In The Family, as well. They were supposedly based on Maude’s housekeeper but with different characters.

A Different World – As we all know this was a spinoff of The Cosby Show with Denise making her way to Hillman. Then it became a cultural phenomenon in the 90s.

The Parkers

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The Parkers – This was a spinoff of Moesha, of course, pretty much launching Monique’s career and spawning its own cult classic status.

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Grown-ish – Now we have the most recent spinoffs like Grown-ish which takes place in the Black-ish world and is like a modern day Different World.

Mixed-ish – Another Black-ish spinoff that is quite interesting and doing some numbers. We can’t wait to see what’s next.


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