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Give These Characters Their Own Spin-offs, Please

By Sarah Carlson | Seriously Random Lists | February 22, 2013 | Comments ()


This week's episode of HBO's "Girls," appropriately titled "Boys," paired together Adam (Adam Driver) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) in their own mini-adventure. It was perfect. The duo has excellent chemistry, and I didn't want the men's scenes -- in which they traveled from Brooklyn to Staten Island, feisty dog in tow, and ruminated on their lives and their girlfriends -- to end. Sometimes, a particular coupling of actors can truly inspire, usually because the characters routinely find themselves at odds with each other, and fans are left wishing their favorite pairings would get their own spin-offs. I would gladly watch Adam and Ray dissect their lives and the lives of their friends in greater length, and they aren't the only characters I'd tune in to see in a new setting. True, a full-blown series for certain characters could grow tiresome; sometimes, fun pairings only work in small doses. For example, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (Ben Swchartz) of "Parks and Recreation" fame is a hilarious scene-stealing, but that doesn't necessarily mean he, along with pal Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), can carry a series. But who would turn down a nice collection of webisodes that expand upon the goings-on of those two?

Here are other duos from some of my favorite shows I wouldn't mind seeing get their extra dues:


Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), "Game of Thrones"

They travel around killing people, him taunting her and trying to prove her sexuality, and her secretly trying to impress him with her swordsmanship. I'd call it the new "Moonlighting."


The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) and Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), "Downton Abbey"

Oh, the horror of less-refined sensibilities! In this sitcom, the Dowager Countess never tires of aiming snide remarks toward of her Yankee relation, and the mother of Lady Grantham is just, well, American. Even better: the Dowager is forced to visit the States. A sort of "Odd Couple," with fabulous hats.


Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and The Ghost of Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis), "The Vampire Diaries"

These former drinking buddies solve crimes, naturally. Damon isn't be aware of Alaric actually contributing to his cases, but oh -- Alaric is full of keen observations, not to mention a desire for a corporeal existence that would enable him to down some tasty bourbon.


Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), "Justified"

Outlaws, living with new identities. You know it'll come to it eventually.


Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens) and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigart), "Deadwood"

These two gals form an act and take it on the road throughout the West, teaching women survival techniques, such as how to stop just short of being an alcoholic and where in one's corset is it best to stash a gun. Al Swearengen and his American Indian head in a box would be crowd-pleasing staples in their show, and the "will they or won't they?" will keep viewers tuning in.


April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) (in character), "Parks and Recreation"

Janet Snakehole is on the run, and it's up to Bert Macklin to bring her to justice. That is, if he can resist her charms ...


Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) and Ainsley Hayes (Emily Procter), "The West Wing"

A Democrat loving a Republican! It can happen outside of James Carville and Mary Matalin, it's true. They start out as friends running their own consulting firm, but all those late nights at the office and debates about the Equal Rights Amendments lead to romance,


Troy Barnes (Donald Glover) and Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), "Community"

"Troy and Abed in the Morning" already exists fictionally. Now, let's make it a reality.


Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) and Bunk Moreland (Wendell Pierce), "The Wire"

They're detectives, and they have entire conversations using only the word f**k. If it's not broke ...

Who would you like to see get their own spin-off?

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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  • Kirbyjay

    Bobby Cobb and Dog Travis.....the conversations these two could have

    Jackie and Hyde.....The Zenmaster and the Cheerleader

    Jane and Brad.....The only naturally funny not trying too hard non exhausting peeps on the show

  • Nieve 'The Threadkiller Queen'

    I've been wishing for a Sam Seaborn/Ainsley Hayes spin off since her first ep on The West Wing.

  • norrones

    Sam & Ainsley, i'd watch that. It would have been great if he won the california seat, pretty good location. Plus the added bonus of Toby on the lamb hiding out in the pool house.

  • babykangarootribbiani

    now that 30 rock is done, they could make a spin-off about tracy jordan and his wife. i always found sherri shephard annoying on the view, but i loved her as tracy;s wife

  • Donna from Parks and Rec hosts a Siskel and Ebert type movie review show. Jerry stumbles in occasionally to knock over her teleprompter and split his pants/have fart attack/pee self.

  • Lbeees


  • A million times yes for the Alaric & Damon idea.

    I'd also watch the hell out of a Krieger, Pam & Cheryl spinoff. (There's no way to make that a duo, you'd need all 3).

  • buell

    Drusilla and the Chaos Demon she left Spike for.

  • ugh

    this article was a grammatical minefield

  • wsapnin

    The spin-off from Justified needs to be Dewey Crowe and Dickey Bennett bugging the shit out of Wynn Duffy every week.

  • PDamian

    I would watch the shit out of an Arya/Jaqen H'gar sitcom. Or an adventure series, in which they travel throughout Westeros protecting the weak and innocent. A woman sighs for what cannot be.

  • prince_of_montagu

    For the five of us who still watch Smash (hi, guys!), let's give Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) her own show while Karen falls ass-backwards using her cold oatmeal charm into achieving an EGOT.

  • John W

    Bronn: Have Sword Will Travel.

    Rory Gilmore intrepid reporter.

  • Bert_McGurt

    The Continuing Misadventures of Badger and Skinny Pete?
    Thompson and Thomson: No Relation?
    The Costanzas World Tour?
    And of course -
    Hot Cops! : The Series.

  • Felicia

    I also loved Adam & Ray together. I actually hadn't realized that they had never formally meet before too.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I'd love to see Chibs & Bobby Elvis from "Sons of Anarchy" run off together.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Don't forget Happy. He's the comedy relief.

  • foolsage

    "I Love Arya". The grumpy Lord Tywin is trying to hold onto his family's power, while the unpredictable Ramsay and that wacky Vargo keep screwing up Tywin's best-laid plans. Every week Arya comes up with a new crazy scheme to escape the Dreadfort, and hilarity ensues!

  • foolsage

    In time this show can have its own spin-offs: "Weasel Soup". A dramedy centering on the servants of the Dreadfort. A revolving cast finds love and laughter amid squalor and horrible mutilations. "Everybody Loves Gendry". This won't get past the pilot sadly.

  • Lbeees

    I literally laughed out loud at the last sentence. Thank you.

  • Tinkerville

    No rats in buckets were harmed during the making of this show.

  • Vi

    Sounds like someone has been doing the West Wing marathon on Netflix. Did everyone just find it at the same time or something?

  • damnitjanet

    You have no idea how happy you just made me with the Joanie Stubbs/Calamity Jane pairing. God, I miss Deadwood.

  • Rocabarra

    As long as Wu made regular guest appearances. He is remarkably adept at identifying cocksuckers - a handy skill for two women striking out on their own.

  • damnitjanet

    And, could we have a special guest appearance occasionally by Sheriff Bullock (banging the plaster down with Alma) and Sol Starr?

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Daryl and Merle, from The Walking Dead.

  • Tinkerville

    Doctor Who spinoff -- Strax, Madame Vastra, and Jenny solving crimes around Victorian London. I need more of Strax trying to comfort "puny humans" in my life.

  • DataAngel

    Yes, please.

  • Hollyg

    The idea of a spin off where Damon isn't aware that Alaric is by his side helping him out just breaks my heart into tiny little pieces. Damn you, you pretty (hot) drinking buddies.

  • BWeaves

    Randall and Hopkirk: Deceased.

  • VonnegutSlut

    While Brienne & Jaime would be highly enjoyable, I'd actually prefer to see The Littlefinger & Varys Show--those two are endlessly watchable.

    In fact, I would love to see the opening credits to their show done in the style of "Simon & Simon." Can't you just see Littlefinger crashing through some burning barn doors in a backhoe like Gerald McCraney? Or Varys getting a kiss from Shamu?

    Get to work, Internet!!

  • melissa82

    I suddenly have the urge to travel back in time to the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. Nights consisted of staying out late and getting stoned. Mornings were early so I could watch Simon & Simon, Magnum PI and, wait for it -- Murder She Wrote. This was in 1999...

    Anyway, thanks for bringing up S&S so I could have that bizarre walk down memory lane.

  • VonnegutSlut

    After all, if it's good enough for Jon Hamm & Adam Scott...

  • la femme

    Random pairing every characters in "arrested development" could work too.

  • I think we all learned last night that if a Parks and Rec spin off should happen, it needs to be "People Who Buy Things Are Suckers" starring Ron Swanson.

  • TheAggroCraig

    "You're On With Ron"

  • Ted Zancha

    I agree. That would be awesome. He could end each episode with a variation of his segment from Conan where he reads Tweets from young female celebrities.

    I'm also quite surprised that Pajiba hasn't had some GIF filled review of the Parks and Rec episode....

  • DataAngel

    I would watch the hell out of Troy and Abed in the Morning.

    And Troy and Abed in the Morning -- Nights.

  • Blake

    After last nights Community I wonder if this such a good idea.

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