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10 Iconic TV Spin-Offs

Robert Guillaume, the Emmy Award-winning actor best known for playing Benson DuBois in the groundbreaking TV series Soap and its spin-off Benson, has died at the age of 89.

Benson was one of the most successful spin-offs in TV history. In honor of Guillame’s life and career, let’s look back at ten of the most Iconic TV spin-offs of all time.



The Soap spin-off lasted seven seasons and netted Guillaume an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. (His other Emmy win came from his stint on Soap.)

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Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979 to April 19, 1986 on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap (the title character, portrayed by Robert Guillaume, had first appeared on the earlier series as the wise-cracking yet level-headed black butler for the highly dysfunctional Tate family); however, Benson discarded the soap opera format of its parent show in favor of a more conventional sitcom structure.


Frasier had a tough act to follow being a spin-off of Cheers, but it lasted 11 seasons and won a staggering 37 Emmys overall.

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