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Solo, a canceled story: 19 TV spin-offs for breakout characters that no one wanted

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Solo, a canceled story: 19 TV spin-offs for breakout characters that no one wanted
For all its reputation as the crassly opportunistic refuge of the creatively bankrupt, the spin-off actually holds an esteemed place in TV history. Many shows now considered classics in their own right—The Simpsons, Laverne & Shirley, Frasier, The Colbert Report, etc.—began life on other shows, until producers recognized that a breakout character was popular enough to sustain their own series, then set about creating one that was... well, crassly opportunistic, but also pretty good.
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