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Best: 'The Simpsons'
Spun off from: "The Tracey Ullman Show"
Any discussion of great TV spinoffs can begin and end with "The Simpsons," which began its life as a series of animated shorts from Matt Groening and James L. Brooks that aired as part of "The Tracey Ullman Show." The crude shorts were evolved into a crude half-hour which was eventually evolved into a remarkably polished half-hour and 26 seasons and 564 episodes and one movie later? Here we are with one of the five greatest shows in the history of the medium. And with the Season 8 episode "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase," the show also offered the first and last word on ill-conceived spinoffs, with "Chief Wiggum, PI," "The Love-matic Grampa" and "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour." - Daniel Fienberg