Up-and-comers Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande share a birthday today. Jennette is turning 21, and Ariana is turning 20. You might be thinking, “Wow, two young rising stars share a birthday, what a coincidence.” You might also be thinking, “Wow, two rising young Nickelodeon stars share a birthday, what a big coincidence.” Or you might even be thinking, “WOW, two rising young Nickelodeon stars who are currently starring in a crossover show called Sam & Cat share a birthday, excuse me while I clean up, my brain just exploded.” These circumstances were certainly too perfect too ignore, so I got to thinking about my own favorite shows as a youngster, and I realized there were a lot of ’90s characters I would have loved to see in a spin-off together. So I put together this handy list to imagine what those shows would be like. I think these shows work best when the characters have clashing personalities but something draws them together. So behold seven dream spin-offs starring some of the most iconic characters from ’90s shows.
1. Clarissa Darling (Clarissa Explains it All) and Ask Ashey (All That)
Can’t you just see these two growing up to be advice columnists with very different approaches to their craft? Clarissa prefers to talk to her readers like they’re her BFFs, looking to the hub caps on her wall as inspiration while she types away. Ask Ashley, on the other hand, prefers to treat her readers as the raging idiots that they are. What will happen when their editors throw them together to work on a new advice podcast? Will they be able to compromise? Will Ashley yell at Clarissa’s friend Sam for still climbing through her window all these years later? (“Use the stinking door!”) I would love to find out.
2. Mary-Kate and Ashley (Two of a Kind) and Tia and Tamera (Sister, Sister)
Does no one think it’s a little odd that two sets of twins had TV shows in the ’90s and nobody thought to just combine their shows into one big super-show? I’d love to see Mary-Kate and Ashley team up with Tia and Tamera to fight for twins’ rights at their school. They could have picket signs saying “Stop putting us in all the same classes just because we’re twins!” or “No, I’m Tamera, not Tia!” As long as cool babysitter Carrie is there to hang out with them, it’ll be the perfect show.
3. Jett Jackson (The Famous Jett Jackson) and Alex Mack (The Secret World of Alex Mack)
Alex Mack is your average teenage girl with superpowers. Jett Jackson is your average teenage celebrity who plays a secret agent on TV. What will happen when this real superhero-ish is assigned to consult this fake superhero for his new superhero movie? Only time will tell.
4. SpongeBob SquarePants and Pierre Escargot (All That)
You know eventually SpongeBob has got to find his way onto a supermarket shelf. Sorry, but absorbent and yellow and porous is he, and we humans find that very useful for cleaning projects. So I can totally see Pierre Escargot, France’s leading bathtub philosopher, buying SpongeBob to clean his tub and just letting him hang out in the bubbles. SpongeBob would have brought Gary the snail with him, but that spells trouble, because they don’t call him Escargot for nothing, if you know what I mean (AKA Pierre tries to eat Gary).
5. Mr. Feeny (Boy Meets World) and Mrs. Frizzle (The Magic School Bus)
Just picture it. Two of our favorite ’90s teachers are assigned to jointly teach a class of troubled youths. Mr. Fee-hee-hee-heenay prefers a Freedom Writers approach, using strict but caring words to inspire his students. Mrs. Frizzle, on the other hand, prefers to take the kids on some of the most dangerous field trips you can imagine, some of which might be trips of a different sort, if you know what I mean (drugs). Mr. Feeny basically spends the series trying to get Mrs. Frizzle fired for child endangerment.
6. Wishbone and Comet (Full House)
Can’t you just see these two hanging out and having fun? They have so much in common. They both like to wear silly hats, as you can see above. They both like adventures, except Wishbone prefers his to take place in literature and Comet prefers his to involve running away and exploring San Francisco for a day. The big difference would be that Comet would spend most of the show worrying about getting back home to see the girls, and Wishbone would be all, “Calm down, I’m busy being Robin Hood at the moment.”
7. Sabrina (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Lucy Camden (7th Heaven)
As you might recall, Lucy Camden grew up to become a minister just like her father. You might also recall that Sabrina is a witch. With a talking cat. And the ability to use magic. What will happen when they move in together as adult roommates? Will religious Lucy get Sabrina to give up her witchy ways? Will Sabrina put a curse on the door so that none of Lucy’s endless family members can come into the apartment and annoy her? Will Lucy ever get over that time her father talked to her about her period? I for one would like to find out.
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