The world of cartoons is expansive, you never know the creative twists that the writers and show creators are going to take. One of those twists is the spin-off, a show that gets created from an existing piece of work. There are a ton of cartoons that have started as comic books or even movies but a true television spin-off to me is a show that was created from characters on another show. There are a lot of great lists out there rattling off the different TV show spin-offs but in my searching I couldn’t find a list dedicated to just cartoon spin-offs. After a bit of research (mainly watching YouTube clips), I have put together a list of cartoon spin-offs for the Toon Talk Weekly blog. This list is most likely not 100% complete and if you know of any others, please let me know so we can update this posting.
I’m not including shows that started as a cartoon on a block or variety show like “Oh! Yeah Cartoons” or “What a Cartoon!” I included shows that were a segment on another show or cartoons that started as characters on another show.
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show was a spin-off of Family Guy created by Seth MacFarlane. This show ran from September 27, 2009 – May 19, 2013. Following the series cancellation, it was confirmed that Cleveland and the Brown family would be moving back to Quahog to rejoin the Family Guy cast.
Pinky and the Brain
The characters first appeared in 1993 as a recurring segment on Animaniacs and then from 1995 to 1998, they were spun off into their own show on The WB Television Network, Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain, with 65 episodes produced.
Daria appeared as a recurring character on Beavis and Butthead. The series was originally broadcast from 1997 to 2002. Although Judge agreed to release the character to allow her to appear in the spin-off, he had no involvement in the production of Daria.
I Am Weasel
I Am Weasel was originally a part of the Cow and Chicken show, often airing as the third of three segments in an episode. I Am Weasel was spun off into its own series, aired in 1999 with reruns airing until April 2006, with both new episodes and the episodes that had aired on Cow and Chicken included in this series, totaling 79 episodes.
She-Ra: Princess of Power
She-Ra is a spinoff of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, she is the alter ego of Princess Adora and the twin sister of Prince Adam/He-Man. This series ran from September 9, 1985 – December 2, 1986 and was aimed primarily at young girls in the same way that He-Man appealed to young boys.
This show follows the adventures of the classic Looney Tunes character, Taz (The Tasmanian Devil) in the fictional land of Tazmania. This show ran from September 7, 1991 – May 22, 1995.
The Brak Show
The Brak Show is a spin-off of the animated television series, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and featured recurring characters from Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet.
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Created by Maxwell Atoms the show began in 2003 and is a spin-off of the 2001 film Billy & Mandy and the show Grim & Evil.
Evil Con Carne
Evil Con Carne was a spin-off of Grim & Evil and sister show of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy created by Maxwell Atoms.
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series spin-off of The Flintstones produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, which ran for 16 half-hour episodes from September 11, 1971 to September 2, 1972.
Darkwing Duck was initially developed as a spin-off of the very successful DuckTales series. Darkwing Duck entered production roughly one year after DuckTales ended. Darkwing Duck was inspired by two specific episodes of DuckTales, Double-O-Duck and The Masked Mallard. The original concept had Launchpad McQuack as the star. Instead, Launchpad appeared as Darkwing’s sidekick in the finished product
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Richard “Dick” Milhous Dastardly is a fictional character and antagonist who appeared in various animated series by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Dastardly’s most famous appearances are as a main character in the series Wacky Races airing from September 13, 1969 to January 3, 1970.
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
In November 1980, Captain Caveman began to star in segments of his own on The Flintstone Comedy Show, also a very similar pair of characters, the Slag Brothers, made an appearance in the earlier Hanna-Barbera series Wacky Races. Then later Captain Caveman later appeared in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode “The Evolutionary War.”
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was a spin-off of the Wacky Races cartoon, reprising the characters of Penelope Pitstop and the Anthill Mob. This show ran from September 13, 1969 – September 4, 1971.