10 Spin-off TV Shows That Made It Big

"Melrose Place"
The cast of the seventh season of "Melrose Place," a show spun off from "Beverly Hills, 90210." Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Love. Sex. Revenge. Money. Sex. Crime. Sex. That's a lot of adult activities spinning off from "Beverly Hills, 90201," a series about high schoolers. "Melrose Place," which premiered in 1992, followed the love and work lives of adults living in an L.A. apartment complex. Even with all those adult pursuits, the series got off to a slow start, and ratings were low. However, once Heather Locklear was added to the cast as Amanda, a powerful, ruthless and sexy character, people tuned in.

Other characters include Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross) as an increasingly psychotic doctor; Peter Burns (Jack Wagner), a scheming doctor attracted to Amanda; and Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue), a comparatively normal, nice guy. The show is pure melodrama, with sensational story lines that included drugs, blackmail, adultery, murder, a bombing, rape, and miscarriage. Viewers followed the deeds and misdeeds of the residents of Melrose Place until 1999.