10 Spin-off TV Shows That Made It Big

"Private Practice"
The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff "Private Practice" drew millions of viewers. Justin Stephens/Getty Images

When your love life gets out of hand, what's a girl to do? Pull up stakes and move to Los Angeles, of course. At least that was the 2007 plan of Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) when she left "Grey's Anatomy" and entered "Private Practice." In this ABC spin-off, the neonatal surgeon moved from drizzly Seattle to sunny California, where she worked with other specialists at the Seaside Wellness Center. Dr. Montgomery's colleagues included a pediatrician, fertility expert, sexologist, psychiatrist, alternative medicine physician, and neurosurgeon. The private lives of the physicians were just as varied, with secret affairs, new romances, custody issues, and pregnancy dilemmas.

The series occasionally took on controversial topics. For instance, in an Emmy-nominated episode about physician-assisted suicide, two doctors face a moral and ethical struggle when another physician appeals for help to end his life. In 2013, when the average audience had dropped to 6.1 million – down from 11.5 million in season one – the network closed down the practice [source: Goldberg].

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