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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    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. Th