When “Star Trek” first premiered in 1966, few imagined that it would grow into a massive media franchise. Over the half century since, six television spinoff series were produced, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” which began airing this past September and already has an avid following. The show’s first season finale will air Sunday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
In the neverending search for successful television content, networks often expand on current lucrative shows with spinoff series. Just as “Discovery” followed “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Frasier” followed “Cheers,” and “Joey” followed “Friends.”
Many spinoffs become successful and beloved in their own right, while others fail miserably. 24/7 Wall St. has identified the 27 best spinoff series based on IMDb user ratings, many of which have gone on to eclipse the series that birthed them.