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26 March 2009 @ 01:39 pm
Television: In-Canon Crossovers  
As stated elsewhere, I love crossovers -- well, at least good ones. Among spin-offs, continuing series under a new name or with new actors, and very special episodes, there is precedent for them within the source material.

So, I was musing the other day about a comment I made at Fanfic Rants about several totally different series on different networks that were all inter-related based on canon. If one ignores the final episode of St. Elsewhere, which TV show canon actually crosses the most universes?

Of course, the usual suspects are the automatic front-runners:

  • Star Trek with seven.
    TOS as a series and cartoon, and its ill-fated spin-off Assignment: Earth, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.

  • Happy Days with seven.
    Spun-off from Love American Style, and then begat Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Out of the Blue, Joannie Loves Chachi, and according to IMDb, something called Blansky's Beauties, as well as a cartoon.

Unbelievably, however, the series with the largest number of canonical connections is The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) with a whopping ten,

Based on canon, it has links to I Love Lucy, The Adventures of Superman, The Joey Bishop Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Mayberry: RFD, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Make Room for Granddaddy and The Alan Brady Show. And of those, five are considered TV classics. Not bad for a series that until TVLand/Nick @ Nite started airing it, had mostly been consigned to the dustbin of 1950s comedies.

ETA: Well golly! I forgot all about Gomer Pyle. Shazam!