Can you place these forgotten TV spin-offs into the correct era?

Remember these spin-offs of Bonanza, M*A*S*H and more?

Sometimes, the apple does fall far from the tree. Perhaps the tree sits atop a high hill, above the competition, and its fruit just rolls to the bottom.

The greatest television shows all spawn spin-offs. After all, networks always want more of a good thing. Which is why Hollywood green-lit the following spin-offs of Gunsmoke, M*A*S*H, Columbo, The Brady Bunch, The Andy Griffith Show… and so on.

Unfortunately, they all flopped. In fact, you might not even know they exist. But the following shows all aired, at least as a pilot. We bet you can place them in the correct decade. Give it a try.
  1. The 'Andy Griffith Show' spin-off 'Goober & The Truckers' Paradise' tried to give Goober his own show. When did it air?
  2. 'Gunsmoke' aired for two decades, but there was surprisingly just one spin-off, 'Dirty Sally.' When did that show air?
  3. The 'M*A*S*H' spin-off 'W*A*L*T*E*R' was all about Radar. When did it air?
  4. 'Ponderosa' was a prequel series to 'Bonanza,' featuring Little Joe as a little boy. When did this series air?
    Image: Paxson Entertainment
  5. 'The New Perry Mason' featured Monte Markham in the lead role. When did it air?
    Image: 20th Century Fox Television
  6. 'The Bradys' featured the beloved family all grown up. When did it air?
  7. 'Mrs. Columbo' starred Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) as the famous detective's wife. When did it air?
  8. 'Love Boat: The Next Wave' set sail on the UPN network. When did it air?
    Image: CBS Television Distribution
  9. Jonathan Harris returned to his role as Dr. Smith for the animated 'ABC Saturday Superstar Movie: Lost in Space.' When did that air?
    Image: ABC
  10. Florence (Marla Gibbs) from 'The Jeffersons' went to work in a hotel for the spin-off 'Checking In.' When did that air?
    Image: Sony Pictures Television

Can you place these forgotten TV spin-offs into the correct era?

Your Result...

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rycki1138 9 months ago
10 out of 10
Nice detective work! Not even a familiar character in a mustache disguise can throw you off.
Rickey 9 months ago
You got 7 out of 10
Nice detective work! Not even a familiar character in a mustache disguise can throw you off.
JeffTanner 17 months ago
I got 3 out of 10, which is really bad for me. I never heard of most of those shows, much less watched them.
jvf 17 months ago
They never should have aired them at all.
Baldman 17 months ago
I must have been whacked out on weed because I never heard of most of those shows.
Tresix 17 months ago
Funny story about "The New Perry Mason": After the show was canceled, one of our local stations began rerunning the original series. When the channel announced they were going to be showing the original, I had two friends who got really indignant. I asked what was up and they said "They're bringing back Perry Mason and they're not using the original guy!" Needless to say, I fell out laughing and had to explain syndication and reruns to them.
cperrynaples Tresix 17 months ago
Yeah, did they really think Monte Markham started that show? Perry Mason was in books, movies, and radio for years before!
Tresix 17 months ago
9/10, I only missed the Goober show. I never heard of that nor "W*A*L*T*E*R". "Ponderosa" kind of contradicted some stuff that was shown in "Bonanza" like how Eric got the nickname "Hoss" and how Little Joe's mother died.
cperrynaples 17 months ago
10/10! Technically, 5 6 8 and 9 were reboots, not spinoffs!
MrsPhilHarris 17 months ago
5/10 Awful. Most I had never heard of.
UnicornPrincess 17 months ago
6/10. Not bad. Never heard of The Bradys or Goober. Have to look those up.
Slimjim 17 months ago
I never heard of ANY of these shows!
teire Slimjim 17 months ago
Hearing of them didn’t help me much anyway (altho there were a few I never heard of either).
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