40 Reality Shows That Are Actually Spin-Offs

Samantha Sutton | Mar 15, 2019 TV
40 Reality Shows That Are Actually Spin-Offs
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We have a whole bunch of TV shows on our must-watch list (seriously, it's getting out of hand). Admittedly, a handful of them fall somewhere in the realm of reality. We honestly can't help it. One minute, we're casually tuning in and rolling our eyes at the ridiculousness of it all, the next, we're hoping that the person we really like will win this thing, or that the drama between friends will soon be resolved (and, ugh, we have to wait until next week to find out).

We know we're not alone when it comes to this TV guilty pleasure -- practically anyone who logged on Twitter during The Bachelor finale could tell us this is the case. Considering even some major stars have been the product of reality TV, we doubt the genre will be taking a hit anytime soon.

With the success of reality television, we're only seeing more of these shows popping up every few months. Sometimes, they'll include a new concept or competition. Other times, they'll star people we've already gotten to know elsewhere.

Yep, reality spin-offs are most definitely a thing.

It isn't even something we immediately realized until we started going through the list of our favorite reality TV shows. The Bachelorette, for instance? That was a spin-off. MTV's Teen Mom? We forgot it's a spin-off. Even Million Dollar Listing New York is a spin-off of the original, LA-based series!

Of course, not every follow-up series ends up becoming as massively successful as the original. Like any other type of show, there's always a risk, and sometimes, things end up getting canceled after just a season or two. However, we won't forget all of the shows to come out of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, or the competitions that opted to do a kids version, too.

We're rounding some of our favorite reality TV show spin-offs.

  • 'Teen Mom'

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    MTV

    The story couldn't have just ended with 16 and Pregnant! We needed to know what happened to the parents and how those new babies were doing. So, Teen Mom -- and later, Teen Mom 2, following the next group of moms -- was born, turning many of the cast members into household names.

  • 'America's Got Talent: The Champions'

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    America's Got Talent has managed to bring us a handful of cool acts -- from singers, to comedians, to magicians, and more. So why not take those winners and season finalists, combine them with top talent from other countries, and have them compete against each other to become the true champion?

    That's what went on in this highly addicting spin-off.

  • 'American Juniors'

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    Here's a show that needs to be rebooted!

    Back in the early days of American Idol, there was a kids' version of the singing competition called American Juniors, where the winners were put into a band rather than launching a solo career.

    Fun fact: Lucy Hale competed on it (and made the band!) long before she made it big on Pretty Little Liars.

  • 'The Hills'

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    MTV

    After graduating from high school on Laguna Beach, the world wasn't done with following the life of Lauren Conrad. So, the star got her own show, giving us a look at her move to LA, the new set of friends she made out there, and her internship at Teen Vogue.

    The Hills was one of our favorite shows during the '00s and is making a comeback sooner than later. That's right, The Hills revival is on the way!

  • 'The City'

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    A spin-off from a spin-off? Yep!

    This time, it was Whitney Port, who we were originally introduced to on The Hills. In The City, we followed her as she moved to NYC to work for Diane Von Furstenberg.

  • 'Total Bellas'

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    We first got a behind-the-scenes look at WWE's female wrestlers on Total Divas, but folks were too interested in the twins, Brie and Nikki Bella -- as well as their relationships with other wrestlers -- for things to stop there. So, the two got a show that focused solely on them, and we got a firsthand look at the relationship drama that went down between Nikki and John Cena.

  • 'Vanderpump Rules'

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    The ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills all lead fascinating lives, but Lisa Vanderpump, who's also a businesswoman and restaurateur, had her's turned into its own successful show, bringing all the drama that comes with her restaurant, SUR, and its employees.

  • 'Bethenny Ever After'

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    It's not just Lisa who has had her own successful spin-off on Bravo. Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City also had a great solo show revolving around her relationship with now-ex Jason Hoppy and her early days of motherhood.

  • 'Don't Be Tardy'

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    Aaand another one!

    Just like Bethenny, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann's show followed her wedding special where she said "I do" to Kroy Biermann. It follows their family life and is already on its seventh season.

  • 'Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta'

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    TLC

    Speaking of Atlanta, the housewives aren't the only reality stars who live in the area!

    Following the success of the original Say Yes to the Dress which takes place at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, TLC came out with another version, set at Bridals by Lori. It's more of the same: Each episode shows those working at the store helping brides to pick out their gown for their wedding day.

  • 'The Bachelorette'

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    ABC

    It's hard to remember a time where people weren't obsessing over who got the final rose on The Bachelor, as well as which woman would get another chance at finding love, this time with her own group of suitors. But in 2003, the OG show's first runner-up got her own season, and from there, the trend of alternating between Bachelors and Bachelorettes began.

  • 'Bachelor in Paradise'

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    It seems that people can't get enough of The Bachelor, so much so that former contestants also spend time together in an exotic destination on this spin-off. Each season results in tons of tense situations, new relationships, and even more heartbreak, which is probably why it's such a hit.

  • 'Kourtney & Kim Take Miami'

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    Long before their own makeup lines and clothing brands, the Kardashians owned a fashion boutique called DASH and were all about ruling the retail business. When they decided to open up a store in Miami, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars brought along the cameras. That's how we saw Kourtney make out with Orange Is the New Black star Jackie Cruz and also find out that she was unexpectedly pregnant with Mason -- all in the very first season!

    There was also a New York version with Khloé replacing Kim on the series.

  • 'Dash Dolls'

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    Speaking of DASH, the store (and some of its employees) did have its time in the spotlight! There was a whole show dedicated to just that, which prominently featured Khloé's BFFs (and DASH co-managers) Malika and Khadijah Haqq.

    Sadly, it only lasted for one season.

  • 'Khloe & Lamar'

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    Khloe Kardashian has had a lot of relationship drama in her life, and some of it has been caught on camera, particularly during the time when she was married to Lamar Odom. This Keeping Up With the Kardashians spin-off revolved around her marriage, as well as Khloe's struggle to get pregnant. It also included Rob Kardashian, who was pretty tight with Lamar.

  • 'Rob & Chyna'

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    Another Kardashian-couple-centric show?

    Yes!

    This one took viewers inside the relationship of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, back when they were engaged and expecting baby Dream. Of course, things did not go smoothly for them, and while a second season was expected to air, it never did.

  • 'Basketball Wives LA'

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    While the original Basketball Wives took place in Miami and NYC, this brought us over to the West Coast, introducing even more women who were dating, married to, or have been romantically involved with basketball players. Later on, these ladies were combined with the cast of the original series with the show continuing as just Basketball Wives.

  • 'Holly's World'

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    The Girls Next Door was a highly addicting show about Playboy's Hugh Hefner and his multiple girlfriends, but when the ladies and Hugh parted ways, it created an opportunity for new shows. Holly's spin-off was about her life in Las Vegas where she worked as a lead Peepshow dancer at Planet Hollywood.

  • 'Kendra'

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    Kendra Wilkinson also got a spin-off following The Girls Next Door, which showed her life beyond the Playboy Mansion, her marriage to Hank Baskett, and her journey to motherhood. While it was successful enough to last for four seasons, E! later decided to go in a different direction with its shows and canceled both Kendra and Holly's series.

  • 'Kendra on Top'

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    Alls well that ends well, because Kendra got another chance!

    Sure, this show aired on a totally different network, but we're still considering Kendra on Top a spin-off since, once again, it focused on The Girls Next Door star, her relationship, and her family life.

  • 'Big Ang'

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    After the success of Mob Wives, which followed the lives of multiple women who were somehow connected to the mafia, one cast member in particular stood out from the bunch: Big Ang. The over-the-top and lovable lady got her own new series, which included her friends and the people employed at her bar, The Drunken Monkey.

  • 'Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition'

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    What's better than watching a boss put on some crazy disguise in order to spy on the people working for them? Seeing a celebrity -- such as model Ashley Graham or Broadway star Idina Menzel -- do the same thing, which is exactly what went down when the show received a twist in its latest seasons.

  • 'Flavor of Love'

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    First, there was The Surreal Life, where a variety of celebrities lived together and rapper Flavor Flav developed a relationship with Brigitte Nielsen. Strange Love focused on that unlikely pairing, and when things didn't work out, we got this dating show which had Flavor Flav searching to find "the one" within a group of women, similar to the show The Bachelor

    There were three different seasons.

  • 'I Love New York'

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    VH1

    Just like The Bachelor led to The Bachelorette, Flavor of Love led to the show's runner-up, Tiffany "New York" Pollard, getting her own show as well. This time, she got to be the one who had a group of guys competing for her love. When her relationship with the first winner went sour, there was a season two.

  • 'Food Network Star Kids'

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    The regular ol' Food Network Star has followed through with its promise: We really did get some talented chefs and personalities from the show, including Guy Fieri, who appeared on the second season.

    So why not try it with kids?

    This version was hosted by Tia Mowry and food critic Donal Skehan, but sadly, only lasted for one season.

  • 'MasterChef Junior'

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    Kids can cook!

    While the contestants range from ages 8 to 13, the premise is still the same as what we see on MasterChef. Home chefs are tasked with different challenges, and their dishes are then judged at the end of the episode. A winner is chosen at the end of each season.

  • 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

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    Perhaps one of the greatest things to come from Toddlers & Tiaras -- a show that profiled children's beauty pageant contestants and their families in every episode -- is Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson. She was so funny and outspoken that she and her family got their own show.

    Unfortunately, it was canceled four seasons in following a pretty major controversy.

  • 'Mama June: From Not to Hot'

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    Of course, Honey Boo Boo isn't the only member of the family that viewers became fascinated with. Mama June is a star in her own right, and when she decided to undergo a weight loss transformation inspired by her ex-husband's wedding, this show gave us a behind-the-scenes look at all that went down (including some dating of her own). 

    Now, the show is in its third season with speculation Mama June might be pregnant.

  • 'Dancing With the Stars: Juniors'

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    Watching talented adult dancers teach other famous adults how to dance is pretty cool. But when the talent and contestants are kids? It's somehow even cooler. That's what went down on Dancing With the Stars: Juniors, where tiny ballroom dancers (and their adult mentors) were paired with the likes of Mackenzie Ziegler, Miles Brown, and Honey Boo Boo, and competed against each other each week in order to be named the winner.

  • 'Project Runway Junior'

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    Another show that received a kids spin-off? The fashion designing competition, Project Runway. This time around, the contestants range in age between 13 and 17, but still participate in unconventional challenges each week. Their completed product is then judged to determine a winner at the end of each episode, leading to the ultimate winner of the season.

  • 'Models of the Runway'

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    This was a good one and perfectly complemented the original show, Project Runway.

    For two seasons, we got to see things from perspective of the models who wore the designs each week as they competed for their own chance to win a competition -- sort of like America's Next Top Model. At the end of each episode, the Project Runway designers got choose which model they'd like to use next time, with the winner of the latest challenge getting first pick, followed by those with the next-highest score. The leftover model (who was likely to have been working with the eliminated designer) would then go home.

  • 'The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency'

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    Sure, it wasn't a direct spin-off, but we had already been associating Janice Dickinson with modeling and mentoring after the former supermodel appeared as a judge on America's Next Top Model. This series focused on her launching her own agency, and the new faces she recruited.

  • 'Donnie Loves Jenny'

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    The Wahlberg family is everywhere! While we know Donnie and Mark as performers, we were introduced to their business and home life on The Wahlbergers. Donnie's relationship and marriage to Jenny McCarthy was also seen on the show, leading to the two getting a series of their own, Donnie Loves Jenny, which lasted for three seasons.

  • 'LA Ink'

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    While Kat Von D used to be on Miami Ink, which documented life at a tattoo place in the area, she left following disputes with the rest of the cast -- and ended up getting her own show and shop in LA. The series documented the opening of her business, the people who worked there, and challenges they faced.

  • 'It's a Brad, Brad World'

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    These days, many know Brad Goreski as a top celebrity stylist and host, but not to long ago, he was working as an assistant to another fashion powerhouse, Rachel Zoe, and appearing on The Rachel Zoe Project. When he broke off to start his own career, it was all captured on his own show which aired on Bravo.

  • 'Snooki & JWoww'

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    Jersey Shore's Snooki and JWoww are definitely #BFFGoals, so why wouldn't we want a series that focuses on just them? (No offense to the other cast members.) On this series, we got a good look at how the women matured into the great moms they are today as the show began when Snooki was newly engaged and pregnant with Lorenzo. It also showed JWoww getting engaged and welcoming Meilani.

  • 'The Pauly D Project'

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    Snooki and JWoww weren't the only stars from Jersey Shore to get their own show.

    Pauly D's solo series focused on his life as an up-and-coming DJ, and while it was canceled after the first season, we did get to see him open for Britney Spears.

  • 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

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    Is this part of the reason we can't stop watching HGTV now?

    In 2003, this spin-off to the original Extreme Makeover show -- which actually showed contestants undergo plastic surgery and full beauty transformations -- was a bit more heartwarming. Each week, a family going through a hard time was selected, and the host, Ty Pennington, and full construction crew, would renovate or completely rebuild their home.

  • 'Brooke Knows Best'

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    For four seasons on Hogan Knows Best, we got to see Hulk Hogan as a father and get a good look at what his family life was like. But when a whole bunch of controversy surrounded him, his wife, and his son, the show was canceled.

    Then Hulk Hogan's daughter, Brooke, got her own spin-off, which focused on her budding music career and early adult life.

  • 'Million Dollar Listing New York'

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    Of course the lives of real estate agents who sell expensive properties were so fascinating, we needed more of the same! While the original series took place in LA, this spin-off focused on a group located in New York. Later on, Miami and San Francisco versions were aired as well.

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