Royally Awesome Spares, Sequels & Seconds That Are as Good as the Original
As a spare himself, Prince Harry understands the situation royal baby No. 2 is being born into. But Prince William's little bro is also proof that being the second-born is pretty great: same fame, fewer responsibilities – sounds good to us! Read on to see which other "seconds" have turned out royally awesome.
This 26-year-old actress had a tough act to follow: She's the little sister of wonder twins Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen. Yet Elizabeth has crafted her own highly successful career, earning critical acclaim for 2011's Martha Marcy May Marlene and headlining the thriller Silent House. In May, she'll reprise her role as the Scarlet Witch in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
TOY STORY 2 & 3
If the first installment of this popular Pixar franchise didn't make you cry, don't worry, there are two more heart-wrenching chapters. Both Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 scored rave reviews, and some animation fans have even gone so far as to say that the sequels are better than Toy Story's origin tale.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Second time was the charm for this story of a high schooler stuck with the responsibility of killing Sunnydale's bloodsuckers. While the 1992 movie wasn't a huge success – even with Luke Perry and Hilary Swank among the cast members – Joss Whedon's TV reincarnation helmed by Sarah Michelle Gellar went on to become a butt-kicking cult classic.
I am going to make you an offer you can't refuse: Godfather 2 is just as good, and quotable, as Francis Ford Coppola's first film about the scheming Corleones.
Can you imagine a world in which Mom and Dad Gyllenhaal decided to have only one kid? We would still have Maggie's amazing (and award-winning) performances, but there would be no Donnie Darko, no Brokeback Mountain and no opportunity to ogle Jake Gyllenhaal's Southpaw muscles. That isn't a world we want to live in.
'I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU'
With her powerhouse vocals, Whitney Houston elevated this song, originally written and performed by Dolly Parton, from a sweet ballad to a worldwide phenomenon. Even the country legend was a huge fan of Houston's massively successful cover. "I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song," Parton told Billboard in 2012.
It's hard to be the little brother to The Sexiest Man Alive and Captain America, but Liam Hemsworth makes it look easy. The Hunger Games star has found his own Hollywood success without riding on Chris's cape tails. Now the brothers can enjoy the spoils of fame – and being ridiculously good looking – together.
Remember that time Family Guy got canceled? It happened! After three seasons of rocky ratings, FOX canned the comedy. But thanks to impressive DVD sales of those shows, the series was revived and given a second chance. The members of the Griffin family are now in their 13th season and counting.
SAVED BY THE BELL
Bayside High wasn't the first school to house Screech. Good Morning, Miss Bliss was a 1988 TV sitcom about the kids of John F. Kennedy Junior High, starring Saved by the Bell regulars Dustin Diamond, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies. The show was taken off the air after one season but not totally abandoned. It was revamped and renamed Saved by the Bell – and we are eternally grateful.