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Friday, 25 May 2018

From finding out how Saul became Jimmy to taking a walk down memory lane to Sheldon Cooper’s childhood, here’s a list of popular spin-offs from your favourite television shows

When you’re watching your favourite TV show, do you often wonder about the background story of your favourite character? Though you find out a lot of trivia about them, a show that focuses on their life can be quite an interesting watch —like meeting an old friend. Here are a few spin offs that live up to the success of their predecessors:

The insufferable-yet-lovable nerd Sheldon Cooper returns in his own spin off titled Young Sheldon, about a precocious child Sheldon who started high school at the age of nine, went to college when he was 11, graduated at 14, and earned his first PhD at 16. Set in east Texas, the show introduces the audience to his home, his beloved Meemaw (grandmother), his parents, siblings and the few friends he manages to make. Watch Young Sheldon on Comedy Central and Amazon Prime Video. 

The Walking Dead became a globally acclaimed series and received a massive fan following from all over the world. Set in Los Angeles, the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead follows two families who must band together to survive the ‘undead apocalypse’. So start binge watching Fear the Walking Dead on Amazon Prime Video.

Better Call Saul follows the story of James Morgan ‘Jimmy’ McGill, six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Walter White’s morally challenged lawyer, Saul Goodman. Here’s some more exciting news — events after the original series are briefly explored as well. You can watch Better Call Saul on Netflix.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one of the most popular American sitcoms. While allcharacters have their own quirks, Joey who never shares his food and is always up for something fun, is everyone’s favourite. The eponymous spin-off roughly picks up from where F.R.I.E.N.D.S left off. At the beginning of the show, Joey is moving from New York to Los Angeles to proceed with his acting career. But just like his younger days, he has many girlfriends and is constantly talking about his love for sandwiches and pizza. You can catch Joey on Amazon Prime Video.

Boston Legal is a spinoff of the long-running David E Kelley series The Practice (1997). Ethically-challenged attorney Alan Shore, formerly of Young, Frutt & Berluti, settles in at a wealthy and powerful firm focusing on civil cases. With some help from his friend and mentor, veteran attorney Denny Crane, Shore quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would take, often using less than honest methods. Boston Legal can be streamed on Hotstar.

A spin-off of the Avengers franchise, this series is also set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It revolves around the characters of Agent Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Grant Ward, and Skye who becomes Quake by the end of third season, among other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they combat extraordinary and inexplicable threats. Watch this series to find out more about Hydra, a terrorist agency often mentioned in Marvel’s superhero movies. Agents on S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Star World and can be streamed on Netflix.

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