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8 Brothers from ’80s Sitcoms Who Need a Spin-Off

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Rumor has it there’s a Married … with Children spin-off being planned. E News is reporting Sony Pictures Television is shopping a show about Bud Bundy, the youngest child on the ’80s sitcom. David Faustino, who played Bud for all 11 seasons, hasn’t officially announced he is connected with the project, but he did tease about it on his Facebook page.

With Bud possibly getting his own show, I realized there were several brothers from our favorite ’80s sitcoms who need a spin-off. Most of these characters were not the shining star of the show, and it would be a blast to see many of them grown-up and in the lead.

8 Brothers from the ’80s in Need of a Spin-Off

1. Jamie Lawson from Small Wonder

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

Poor, poor Jamie Lawson. It must have been brutal to be the little brother of a perfect robot big sister on Small Wonder. Plus, his parents were constantly dealing with people trying to expose robot Vicki, so how much quality time was the kid really getting? Doesn’t Jamie need a spin-off? I’d love to see a show with Jerry Supiran reprising his role as Jamie and living off the grid and very anti-tech. The twist happens when his kid brings home a box of old computer chips from a garage sale and starts tinkering and suddenly we all hear the unmistakable voice of Vicki.

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2. Adam Powell from Charles in Charge

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

I never really got into Charles in Charge, but I have a vague memory of the little brother being a bit of a pest and into magic. Perfect for a quirky spin-off where Alexander Polinsky reprises his role of Adam. Adam could be a successful magician in Vegas who is in need of a nanny for his family. Imagine the fun cast of characters! Plus, everyone loves magic.

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3. Andy Keaton from Family Ties

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

The emotional goodbye to Alex P. Keaton is probably not something little brother Andy could ever forget. Actor Brian Bonsall has had some troubles in the past, but maybe he would find comfort in taking on the character of Andy again and bringing us all back to the Keatons. I can imagine a new Family Ties show where the character is constantly rebelling against the perfect older siblings. Or maybe Andy teams up with Jennifer Keaton (played by Tina Yothers) and they surprise us all by being the family members elected to office. I smile just thinking about how we need a spin-off with “sha la la la” …

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4. Ben Seaver from Growing Pains

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

The last time we saw Jeremy Miller as Ben Seaver on Growing Pains was just 10 years ago. Thanks to a made-for-TV film called Return of the Seavers, we know Ben grew up to be a real estate agent. We also know his family completely sabotaged a pretty sweet sale he was this close to closing. What’s Ben to do? Well if Ben had a spin-off, he might actually move out of town and take his real estate interests elsewhere. He could have plenty of “growing pains” as a father who flips houses. Obviously Leonardo DiCaprio would guest star.

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5. D.J. Conner from Roseanne

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

Oh, I would LOVE to watch a D.J. Conner spin-off! In the finale of Roseanne, you know the one after that banana cakes lottery winning season, we learn D.J. gets to move out and go to college. It would be very fun to watch Michael Fishman bring his D.J. character back as an author who wrote a tell-all book about his family.

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6. Jonathan Bower from Who’s the Boss

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

As the popularity of Sam grew and the love story between Angela and Tony became center stage, poor little brother Jonathan was seldom seen in the final season of Who’s the Boss. Recently Danny Pintauro, the actor who played adorable Jonathan, has been in the news celebrating his wedding to Wil Tabares. It would be fun to see the character of Jonathan in a spin-off where he gets to be “the Tony.”

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7. Theo Huxtable from The Cosby Show

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

Theo worked as a student teacher for kids with dyslexia in the last season of The Cosby Show. In the final episode we find out Theo has graduated from NYU with a degree in psychology. While I am currently enjoying Malcolm-Jamal Warner in his role as Lt. Chuck Cooper on Major Crimes, Warner could absolutely carry his own show. Wouldn’t we all tune in to watch Theo as a champion for a school district in need of help?

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8. Richie Cunningham from Happy Days

Brothers in Need of a Spinoff

In the last season of Happy Days, Richie Cunningham followed his passion and moved his family to Hollywood to pursue a career in screenwriting. I’d love to see Ron Howard in a spin-off show about life as a busy grandfather in the film industry. With Ron Howard frequently sharing snippets of his work and family online, this could easily come together as a reality show.

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