A spin-off is a meme which extracts itself from a popular idea and becomes an entity in its own right, rather like a Frankingstein. TV spinoffs include:

An entity derived from a pre-existing entity. Lucent was spun off from American Telephone and Telegraph; the DOJ could possibly spin off separate companies from The Borg as an antitrust remedy. In television, it involves creating a new show from a popular one - Daria came from Beavis and Butthead; The Simpsons was based on a segment of The Tracey Ullman Show.

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