A TV series or film that takes inspiration and characters from another but does not directly continue the story in the manner of a sequel. To be used for question pertaining to the intricacies of spin-offs specifically, not for any kind of question about some spin-off.

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What prompted the producers of Happy Days to promote and spin-off Mork and Mindy?

Happy Days maintained a fairly realistic bent throughout it's run (I'm not here to debate shark jumping, I promise). Two notable detours from this were Mork and Mindy and Out of the Blue. Mork ...