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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 13 March 2018 at 12:05am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I agree about Better Call Saul, Steve. The main character is more likable for one thing, but Better Call Saul also has a more nuanced and likable female lead as well.
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 13 March 2018 at 11:17am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Peter Martin: "She-Ra: Princess of Power was the spin-off."

Yup, you got me. In my post where I was comparing originals and spin-offs - some of each I preferred - you are absolutely right.
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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 13 March 2018 at 7:29pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

ANGEL and BETTER CALL SAUL
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 13 March 2018 at 7:47pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

FAMILY MATTERS is better than PERFECT STRANGERS. 


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Peter Martin
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Posted: 14 March 2018 at 8:11am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Since this thread began with Soap, I'll mention this here: Billy Crystal turned 70 today!
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Jabari Lamar
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I remember both SOAP and BENSON, it's hard to say which I liked better, because they were such different shows. Sure, they were both half-hour "sitcoms", but SOAP was also, obviously, a soap opera, with it's continuing storylines. So I liked them both for different reasons.

I liked THE JEFFERSONS more than ALL IN THE FAMILY.

FAMILY MATTERS was better than PERFECT STRANGERS in the beginning, but once it turned into The Urkle Show, they became more equal (and not in a good way).

Overall I liked THE FACTS OF LIFE more than DIFFERENT STROKES (It maintained it's quality even as the young cast ages, unlike DS).

For that same reason I think I'd say I liked A DIFFERENT WORLD more than THE COSBY SHOW (and that's before real-life events made The Cosby Show hard to re-watch).

I liked HAPPY DAYS and LAVERN & SHIRLEY equally, although both shows went on way too long (once you lost Richie and Shirley, it was time to end it). I know I also liked MORK & MINDY, but am not sure how I'd rate it.

I liked MELROSE PLACE better than BEVERLY HILLS 90210 (the originals, I never watch either continuation).
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 15 March 2018 at 5:42pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Can I say Buffy the TV series as a spin-off from the film with Kristy Swanson?  Much, much better than the source.
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 15 March 2018 at 9:19pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Peter, that sounds like an idea for a thread all its own. "Was It Better On the Big Screen  or Small?"

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Stephen Churay
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NCIS over JAG.
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Brian Floyd
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NCIS NEW ORLEANS over NCIS


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