9 TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs (PHOTOS)

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Cristina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy)

If we can’t have Mer’s (Ellen Pompeo) twisted sister back in Seattle, we at least want to follow her life in Switzerland. Is she still fiddling with heart holograms at the Klausman Institute? Is she still hooking up with Shane (Gaius Charles)? Why hasn’t she won a Catherine Fox Award yet? Sandra Oh seems content to be starring on Killing Eve now, and more power to her, but still… a Shondaland fan can dream, right?


Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) infectious sunniness notwithstanding, Titus (Tituss Burgess) has always been our favorite character on this Netflix comedy, and we always want more. More Lion King ripoffs. More Dionne Warwick understudying on a cruise ship. And yes, more “Peeno Noir.”


Tegan Price (How to Get Away With Murder)

We could all use “boss bitch” lessons from this ambitious attorney, Michaela’s (Aja Naomi King) in the fourth season of the ABC drama, so we’re lucky actress Amirah Vann got bumped up to series regular status in Season 5. But HTGAWM’s time will inevitably end — and probably sooner rather than later, given the show’s breakneck narrative pace — and we will inevitably not have had enough time basking in Tegan’s brilliance.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Season 7
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Mike Logan (Law & Order)

Before he was frustrating Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) on The Good Wife and even before he was frustrating Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) on Sex and the City, Chris Noth was frustrating New York City bad guys as Det. Mike Logan on Law & Order, a role he’d later reprise on spin-off Criminal Intent. When Logan left the latter show, he was feeling burnt out by the criminal justice system — but a 10-year sabbatical seems like enough, right?

Chicago Fire - Season 6
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Gabriela Dawson (Chicago Fire)

It seems like married firefighters Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) aren’t endgame material, now that she has left Chicago for good. Alas. But we’d be happy to see her building a new life in Puerto Rico as she continues to help with the relief efforts on the hurricane-stricken island.


Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones)

Sorry, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), but we prefer Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) as a free agent, traveling around Westeros, kicking ass, and taking names — all while maintaining her honor, of course. If Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) pops up occasionally to spar with Brienne on this proposed spin-off, so much the better. And if Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) is around to awkwardly flirt with the aspiring knight, we couldn’t ask for anything more.

Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman and Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent
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Shelly Pfefferman (Transparent)

We’re gratified Transparent is coming back for another season, sans Jeffrey Tambor. But we would be even more excited if Amazon turned the long-suffering Pfefferman matriarch’s one-woman show, To Shell in Back, into a bona fide spin-off. Need convincing? Just watch the Judith Light character find her voice via Alanis Morissette’s “In My Pocket.”

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Haley Dunphy & Dylan Marshall (Modern Family)

Confession: As hilarious as we found Haley’s relationship with astrophysicist Arvin (Chris Geere), we were rooting for doofus Dylan (Reid Ewing) all along. What this couple may lack in intellect, they make up for in unbounded joy, and a certain final-season twist means their story is just getting going even as the ABC comedy winds down.

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Reboots and revivals are all the rage on television these days, but there was a time in the history of TV when spinoffs reigned supreme.

And if the TV networks wanted to continue that fine tradition, we suggest they start with the following characters from shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, Modern Family, and more.

Click through the gallery above for nine small-screen MVPs we want to see in the spotlight.