I think USA Today got this right. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys gave us one of the best spinoffs on TV. Far superior to Hercules.
If at first you do succeed, try, try again. Television spinoffs, which seem to have been around since the invention of the cathode-ray tube, are in the spotlight again. Of the legion of offshoot alternatives, some have spun peripheral concepts into gold. Others simply became canceled dross. Our take on the best and the worst:
Few probably remember "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," but its spinoff, "Xena: Warrior Princess," is a pop-culture touchstone that's easily identifiable even if you've never seen an episode. "Xena" outstripped "Hercules" in every way, from the magnetic talent of stars Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor to its irresistible campiness.