10 Spin-off TV Shows That Made It Big

The character of Frasier Crane is a highlight of Kelsey Grammer's long career. NBC/Getty Images

In 1993, psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) moved from a Boston pub where everyone knew his name clear across the country to rainy Seattle. His new gig: hosting a radio call-in advice show. Surprise celebrity guests, including Helen Mirren, John Cusack, Cindy Crawford and John McEnroe, voiced the quirky callers. Frasier had reservations about his transition: "Lincoln had a brighter future when he picked up his tickets at the box office" [source: Hallmark]. An added complication: Frasier's disabled, blue-collar father moved in, as did his sassy little dog Eddie. The pompous, fussy therapist often got his comeuppance. Fortunately, he found companionship, consolation and rivalry with his equally snobbish brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce).

Strong audience support kept the series running until 2004. Along the way, it won more Emmys – 31 – than its parent show "Cheers" had. In fact, as of 2014, "Frasier" has won more Emmys than any other series, with the exception of "Saturday Night Live," which has aired longer [source: Michalski]. Guess the future was bright, after all.