6 CW Spin-Offs That Weren’t as Good as the Original TV Show

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Everybody knows that The CW loves a good spin-off show. The Arrow-verse (superhero shows existing in the same universe starting with Arrow) currently has four connected shows, including The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. (FYI, Supergirl didn’t make the cut here because it didn’t technically start as a spin-off; the first season aired on CBS and Season 2 joined Arrow-verse) and there’s already talk of a Sabrina the Teenage Witch spin-off coming out of Riverdale‘s success. Even back when The CW was called The WB, the network couldn’t resist giving David Boreanaz‘s character, Angel, his own Buffy the Vampire Slayer offshoot television series.

While spin-off shows are, in theory, a bomb.com idea because it means getting to see more of your fave characters every week… in actuality, they typically suck. Oops! Generally, the spin-off just can’t live up to the expectations that the OG drama or comedy. Heck, that’s probably why Gossip Girl‘s almost-prequel show was killed after airing the pilot episode! We’ve already documented how this sad-spin-off-show trend manifested on the Disney Channel, so it only makes sense that we would round it up again for our other favorite network. The CW, this needs to stop! With another spin-off show apparently in the works for The Vampire Diaries and the Sabrina one, too, the network execs need to realize this isn’t a good idea before it’s too late.


The Originals

ORIGINAL SERIES: The Vampire Diaries

Now, we're not saying The Originals is bad — just pointing out that it doesn't exactly pack the punch that its mother show did. Sure, Elijah and Klaus are still hot AF, but a vampire show without Ian Somerhalder is like Christmas without Santa... ya feel?

And if you think it's just us who say this, according to E! Online's "Mother Show vs. Spin-off: Which is Better?" poll, TVD is the clear winner.

Photo: The CW

Legends of Tomorrow

ORIGINAL SERIES: Arrow and The Flash

While obviously The Flash is better than Arrow (sorry, not sorry), this Arrow-verse show scores at a 7.0 rating on IMDb... which isn't bad! The Flash clocks in at an 8.1, though, and Arrow is keepin' it real with a 7.8 rating.

According to fans, this show is way worse than the OG ones because the time-travel is poorly conceived, there are too many main characters (come on, look at the photo!) and the villain isn't even that bad-ass. As we know from basically every movie and TV show from Harry Potter to Lizzie McGuire, a good (re: bad) villain is EVERYTHING.

Photo: The CW

The Carrie Diaries

ORIGINAL SERIES: Sex and the City

It's tough to do a prequel show right and while it was cool to see Carrie Bradshaw as a teen growing up in an '80s suburb outside of NYC, it kind of sucked knowing her love interest wouldn't last forever.

Between its Season 1 and Season 2 premiere, ratings dropped in half and, although it picked up some viewership by the end of Season 2, not even that was enough to save the AnnaSophia Robb drama.

Photo: The CW

90210

ORIGINAL SERIES: Beverly Hills, 90210

Beverly Hills, 90210, in the '90s, had some iconic actresses from the time, like Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. But not even Degrassi's Shenae Grimes could make this show a must-watch.

Ultimately there was some pretty intense drama, but only 38% of audiences said they 'liked' the show, according to Rotten Tomatoes. And that, friends, is pretty bad. The OG show lasted ten whole seasons, but the late '00s reboot lasted only half that time.

Photo: The CW

Melrose Place

ORIGINAL SERIES: Melrose Place

Piggy-backing off of the success of Beverly Hills: 90210 came Melrose Place in 1992, which actually spurred an original spin-off back in the day called Models Inc., which aired on Fox.

So it only makes sense that when Beverly Hills, 90210 came back in the late-2000s as 90210, Melrose Place would try to do the same.

Unfortunately, after just one season it was canceled due to low ratings. TBH, this news wasn't exactly a **shocker** considering the show was pretty awful.

Photo: The CW

Angel

ORIGINAL SERIES: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It's a pretty huge bummer when the main character's soulmate of a show is played by someone so talented that the showrunner wants to give him a show of his own (ex. Caleb on Pretty Little Liars)... which is exactly what happened here!

While Buffy and Angel were hot and heavy for the first three seasons of BtVS, David Boreanaz's departure for the spin-off meant breaking up the #1 romance. Plus, it was basically blasphemy that they made him and Cordelia lovers... like, da eff?!

There were a couple great crossover episodes and Angel had some OMG moments and intense battles, but the spin-off basically should have never happened and, honestly, kind of screwed up Buffy, too.

Photo: The WB

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