The spinoff: television’s version of the having to go live with your least favorite uncle after your parents die. Many shows have created spinoffs. Recently, ‘Family Guy’ did it with character Cleveland Brown which gave us ‘The Cleveland Show.’ Why could another successful cartoon comedy not do the same?
One of the best cartoon comedies of all-time is ‘The Simpsons.’ A show with so many memorable characters, there has to be at least a few worth spinning off into their own series.
Comic Book Guy
It is with great remorse that I announce Comic Book Guy is a character many of us can relate to. He’s out of shape, lonely, and thinks he knows everything about his favorite hobbies.
Comic Book Guy’s biggest advantage in getting a spinoff is the culture he belongs to, the nerds. An entire show wrapped up in the world of comic book geeks could work well in this world of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ having a cult following. The show could easily introduce a whole new cavalcade of characters, mostly superhero wannabes and super villains.
Grandpa Abe Simpson
He might still be a member of the Simpson Family, but the eldest Simpson has an interesting enough of a backstory to get his own spinoff.
Grandpa Abe Simpson fought in World War II, at least in the older episode where the timeline could make sense. A spinoff recalling his younger days could be a whole new interesting take on the humor ‘The Simpsons’ provides us. Watching Grandpa evolve throughout the different generations he lived through would keep the show fresh and get a lot of pop-culture humor in from every decade. This could be very Forrest Gump in some ways, this time through the angry eyes of Abe Simpson.
Sadly, a Lionel Hutz spinoff will never happen due to the death of voice actor Phil Hartman. Hutz was the original Saul Goodman. His cheap escapades and half-hearted attempts at giving his clients good service were always enjoyable to watch even when we knew the consequences would be disastrous.
Hutz always looked out for himself above anyone else, making him the worst lawyer imaginable and also somewhat realistic. Each episode would feature a different Springfield client with a court case only he could get thrown out due to lack of quality representation.
Yet another Phil Hartman character that left when he passed was Troy McClure. You may remember him from such films as Leper in the Backfield, Sorry Wrong Closet, Christmas Ape, and Christmas Ape Goes to Camp.
McClure was always a fan favorite even for the fact he had a short run as a character. McClure’s spinoff would be about his Hollywood life both past and present. Other celebrities, fictional and real, would join the cast to show just how the elite entertainers among us live. McClure, of course, would use his charm to keep things likeable among the elite spoiled class he associates with.
The Wiggum Family
Police Chief Clancy Wiggum and son Ralph are two of the funniest characters on ‘The Simpsons.’ They are for the most part the same person, delusional idiots. But they are loveable in their stupidity with everything they say.
I see their spinoff focusing primarily on Chief Wiggum’s life as a police officer and Ralph’s life growing up as an outcast who has no clue what a weirdo he is. The show could take place in rival Shelbyville to give a new feel and easily introduce new characters while still including some of the more familiar ones since they are only a town over.