The Jeffersons and Maude were spinoffs featuring characters from All in the Family
Speaking of All in the Family
spinoffs, there was a very short-lived spinoff titled Gloria
with Sally Struthers and lil' Joey moving in with a veterinarian played by Burgess Meredith. I remember the perky theme song ended with Struthers chirping "Don't worry, Joey! We're gonna be O.K.!"
But they weren't, of course...
There were a couple of episodes toward the end of Sanford and Son
that focused on Aunt Ester, her husband Woody, and their newly adopted teenage son set in their hardware store that definitely felt like they were testing the waters for a spinoff. I hazily remember a spinoff for Grady
(I think he moved in with his daughter and her uptight husband) that lasted maybe an episode or two. Great gobblety gook!
Why do I remember these things? I should have been studying foreign languaged rather than filling my head with this stuff. Or learning new job skills. Or something.
I can remember watching Grady
almost thirty years ago but I have trouble remembering my phone number. This is NOT a new thing for me: when I was in high school and missed more than a couple of days in a row I always had to go to the main office to get my locker combination again.
We are a rare breed, we are.