Dueling Shows

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The below is a list of shows that are considered twisted reflections of each other. Which is the original and which is the rip-off is not always completely clear.

Often, the shows are developed at the same time, so all they have in common is their basic premise and pitch description. This is especially true in animation, given the long lead time required to get a finished show to air. When both programs get to the screen, they may differ in every important respect, except their one-sentence capsule description. Each program has its own audience and meddling suits. Either way, if they persist in coexisting, the audience will polarize, and the shows will evolve away from each other, or one will be canceled.

Sometimes, rather than home-brew a knock off, a company will license a foreign program, usually Anime, and adapt it to be more like its competitor.

Rarely, two dissimilar shows will develop a rivalry. Maybe they're opposite each other in the same time slot, maybe one steals the other's time slot, or maybe there's some superficial similarity that causes viewers to compare the two shows. Arrested Development had a whole episode full of in-jokes about how people compared it to The OC, simply because they were both on FOX and set in Orange County, California.

See Dueling Movies for the cinematic version and Dueling Games for the video game version. Do not confuse with Fighting Series.

Again, just to be clear: The shows have to air during the same time period, otherwise you've got either Follow the Leader or Serial Numbers Filed Off. Also see Fandom Rivalry.

Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Masters Anime show about kids/teens engaging in Card Games with the fate of the world at stake. Yu-Gi-Oh was inspired by Magic: The Gathering. Duel Masters was meant to be an anime version of Magic: The Gathering, but end-up getting its own game. Yu-Gi-Oh spanned three sequels (and counting) and the card game became even more popular than the one who inspired it. Duel Masters was discontinued in America, but still holds the fort (barely) in Japan.
Death Note Code Geass Anime show starring a megalomaniacal Teen Genius who may or may not be a villain with a single, specific godly superpower. On the top of that, they even have a Secret Identity. Features strong Black and Gray Morality. Both shows premiered in Japan at roughly the same time, although Death Note was based on a Manga. The tone of Death Note is somewhat darker, grittier and more realistic and features Shinigami, while Code Geass allows for occasional filler episodes, is somewhat more cartoonish while still somehow being more violent and still quite dark,[1] and features Humongous Mecha. Critics-wise, Death Note was far more influential than Geass. However, while interest in Death Note had diminished with the end of the franchise, Geass's hype is still strong among otaku fans, fueled by the promise of incoming new material.
Code Geass Guilty Crown Anime show about a teenager who obtains a godly superpower on a fated encounter with a mysterious beauty by chance and joins a resistance group engaged in liberate an occupied Japan. Both shows are written by the same author, set in a futuristic world with Humongous Mecha and lots of fanservice. Code Geass is still a fad among fans, while Gulty Crown wasn't near as sucessful.
Yu Yu Hakusho Flame of Recca Manga/Anime show starring a ragtag bunch of youngsters joining forces to fight evil with supernatural powers. Both manga were adapted into anime by the same studio. A bit complicated. Technically, Yu Yu Hakusho as it's more popular worldwide. However while YYH had a more successful anime, the manga was canceled prematurely and not as fondly remembered. Flame of Recca on the other hand had a very succesful manga that manged to complete its story with no problems, but a largely unsuccessful anime.
Eden of the East Future Diary Anime show featuring a group of individuals who recieved cellphones with special properties, forced to take part in a twisted elimination game. Future Diary started earlier as a manga, but was adapted into anime years later. Eden of The East had its rightful share of love from critics and viewers as well, but nothing like the fad caused by Future Diary, mostly thanks to its gruesome story and unusual heroine
Pokémon Digimon and Monster Rancher Mon series about kids Walking the Earth. Usually involves defeating some sort of Big Bad too. All three went off in different directions. Though all three were Merchandise-Driven, Pokémon become a blatant merch show after its third season, while Digimon and Monster Rancher remained plot-driven series. Monster Rancher was the first to go, dying quietly right at the end of the Mons boom of the early 'Aughts. Digimon soldiered on for a few more years before it too died with the end of Digimon Frontier. However, it was revived a few years later with Digimon Savers, and Digimon Xros Wars. Meanwhile, Pokémon is still a massive titan of a franchise. The common refrain of the Poké-Digi Fandom Rivalry is "Pokémon has better games, Digimon has better animes."
Super Dimension Fortress Macross Genesis Climber Mospeada Transforming Mecha and an Idol Singer fight Scary Dogmatic Aliens. Similar enough that both were kitbashed together into... Robotech. Although Macross spawned multiple continuations in Japan.
Mariasama ga Miteru Strawberry Panic Show about Schoolgirl Lesbians set in an Elaborate University High. StoPani borrows many elements of Marimite but takes the Schoolgirl Lesbians factor farther. Both have their fanbases, but Marimite has the longevity advantage, with nearly double the episode count of Panic!.
Kaitou Saint Tail Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne Catholic Phantom Thief Magical Girl. Jeanne is a Grimmification of the cute, fluffy Saint Tail premise, with the title character as a jaded Broken Bird whose Mission from God isn't actually as holy as she thinks it is. Draw.
Kaze no Stigma Shakugan no Shana Female redhead protagonist, check. Flaming sword, check. Combat schoolgirl outfit, check. Accomanying/obligatory Zettai Ryouiki, check. Fanservice-laden supernatural/magical schoolgirl light novels/shows, with varying degrees of competent male sidekick/love interest. Shana, sort of: Although the Stigma light novels came out in January 2002 and Shana's came out in November of the same year, the Shana anime was renewed for two more seasons, while Stigma's wasn't. Both manga adaptations continue, but Shanas light novel series is also continued and has nearly twice as many volumes as Stigmas, which stopped at 12. It probably helped Shana that the author of the Stigma light novels passed away.
Serial Experiments Lain Boogiepop Phantom Mind Screw anime with similar designs Boogiepop is technically older, being based off a book series which started a few months before Serial Experiments was released. Serial Experiments Lain. It's considerably more well-known and considered one of the prime examples of anime, while Boogiepop is considered more of a Cult Classic.
Saikano Elfen Lied Two ultimate weapon girls trying to live a normal life, despite that enemies are after them. Both of these works are based on mangas and Darker and Edgier works. Both have Downer Endings. Elfen Lied wins in popularity, Saikano in overall quality.
Rosario + Vampire Vampire Knight High School romance between a human and a vampire. Rosario + Vampire is (initially) a light-hearted comedy compared to the more dramatic Vampire Knight, but both manga have their share of funny moments and tense ones. Both sell pretty well in Japan, and even better in North America.
Hidamari Sketch Sketchbook Quirky Slice of Life show, originally Yonkoma, about quirky girls being quirky in a quirky art school, with lots of Scenery Porn and Navel Contemplation. Sketchbook was first, and has more and quirkier girls; Hidamari Sketch goes more deeply into the relationships between them. Hidamari Sketch is clearly more popular, judging by the sheer amount of memes this show has brought forth. It also was made into three seasons, whereas Sketchbook got stuck with just one. Still, Sketchbook holds its own, if only for the appearance of Kate, who became a Memetic Mutation in her own right.
Kotetsushin Jeeg Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Super Robot animes with Transforming Mecha that work mainly on Rule of Cool. They aired on the same season, Spring 2007, and both have a suprising large ammount of common elements, even drills. However, Gurren Lagann keeps basically one-upping itself while Jeeg is a more standard Monster of the Day show, but it's the sequel of an anime from The Seventies, hence being the "original". Gurren Lagann has a much larger fanbase, sold a lot more, got two movies, several Spin-Off manga, generated a lot of merchandise and developed tons of memes. Jeeg got first into Super Robot Wars.
Sky Girls Strike Witches Scantily clad young females operate fantastic flying machinery to fight creatures that copy the appearance of other things. Strike Witches leans more toward the Mecha Musume concept whereas Sky Girls has a more classical Humongous Mecha theme. Both series feature character designs by Humikane Shimada and contain quite a bit of Fan Service, although Strike Witches really ups the ante by giving none of the girls any pants. Both OVAs were created at roughly the same time, though Sky Girls was turned into a TV anime first. Strike Witches, hands down. There's a large shared fanbase between both franchises in Japan, but Strike Witches achieved Internet infamy, receiving much more exposure both domestically and overseas.
Aoi Hana Sasameki Koto Teenage girls come to grips with their homosexuality, on top of the rumble and tumble associated with growing into adults. Aoi Hana takes a rather serious approach, which deep insights into the minds of the characters, interspersed with some comedy. Sasameki Koto is more of a Slice of Life comedy, although it has its share of serious moments as well. The Manga of Aoi Hana had been around a few years already when the Anime came out and by then had already garnered an extensive fanbase, due to its thoughtfulness and sensitivity to the subject. Sasameki Koto hasn't been around quite that long, but its comedic style may appeal to a wider audience, so it's hard to point out a true winner.
Naruto 666 Satan/O-Parts Hunter A Determinator with a demon inside him seeks to rule the place that abused him and makes friends and enemies along the way. Well, the authors are twin brothers... Naruto by a mile.
Ikki Tousen Koihime Musou Romance of the Three Kingdoms Gender Flips Ikki Tousen is based on a manga series, is a High School AU, has more fanservice, and focuses on fighting. Koihime Musou is based on a Visual Novel, takes place in the Three Kingdoms period and focuses on Adventure Towns. Ikki Tousens third season aired alongside Koihimes first, and was repeated again for their fourth and third seasons, respectively. Draw. The series are different enough that they both have success. Both shows have actually acknowledged this and are working together.
GR: Giant Robo Raideen Darker and Edgier, CG-enriched remake of classic Giant Robot franchises. It can't be a coincidence that these two shows launched within mere weeks of each other. They're very similar shows in many ways. They're also both very similar to RahXephon, a series that was, itself, based on the original Raideen. They both flopped, but GR wasn't even fansubbed.
One Piece Naruto One young man with odd powers gathers True Companions and makes his mark on the world In theory they're fairly different given their different settings, but in practice both revolve around cool abilities and fights, with a villain that starts as Comic Relief before revealing his true nature and sparking a global war. It's Shonen, there's only so much that changes from the formula Functional Tie. One Piece completely overshadows Naruto in Japan, but Naruto completely overshadows One Piece everywhere else, partially due to early botched dubbing and getting established too late. Both have their fans, although Naruto is more regarded as a Guilty Pleasure due to its vocal Fan Dumb.
Blade Blood C Two anime about a Vampire Hunter Both premiered during the same season and are based on estabilished franchiche - Blood-C is based on Blood: The Last Vampire and Blade is adaptation of Marvel Comics series Neither was particularly memorable and both ran for 12 episodes. Though Blade probably comes out slightly more ahead due to keeping pace with its story while Blood-C takes awhile to Grow The Beard.
One Piece Fairy Tail Shonen series about a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits led by a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero whose main concept is The Power of Friendship. The former is about pirates, the latter mages. Luffy aims to be the Pirate King, while Natsu wants to look for his missing dragon-parent Igneel. One Piece also ran in publication in 1996, while Fairy Tail ran 10 years later. Both shows are popular in and out of Japan, but even though Fairy Tail is becoming moderately successful (with a movie in the works), One Piece wins by a long mile.
Code: Breaker Out Code Superpowered teenaged boys join up with The Organization and partner with muggle girls and save humanity from equally superpowered enemies. This appears to blatant copying, with Out Code being the shonen-er version of Code:Breaker. The main difference seems to be the aims of their enemies: CB's Big Bad wants superpower supremacy while OC's Mad Scientist wants to begin a huge Bizarre Baby Boom. Also, the lead of CB has fire powers while OC's lead is electric. Code:Breaker.
Bokurano Puella Magi Madoka Magica Deconstructor Fleet anime from counterpart genres featuring children mentored by small, white non-human beings Madoka has a huge following. Bokurano is more of a Cult Classic and isn't as well-known as Narutaru, a previous work by the mangaka.

Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Babylon 5 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Adventure Town IN SPACE! becomes a hotspot for interstellar politics and an important staging point in a war with Scary Dogmatic Aliens. Very different, but with enough surface similarities—and a documented pre-Deep Space Nine pitch of B5 to Paramount—to merit accusations of plagiarism. It should be noted that there is little evidence the creators of Deep Space Nine ever knew about the pitch of B5 to Paramount. Both shows were driven by a central Story Arc, but Babylon 5 was almost purely arc-based while Deep Space Nine was more episodic, but started shifting more towards arc-based in later seasons. Both were winners, and so were the viewers. Though Deep Space Nine is better remembered because it's a part of one of the biggest franchises of all time, both shows are also equally beloved by their fans.
Star Trek: The Original Series Lost in Space Wagon Train to the Stars One is a classic of popular culture, the other is cult kitsch. Notable in that Gene Rodenberry originally pitched Star Trek to CBS, who listened to his ideas on how to pull off a space show on a weekly TV budget, rejected the pitch, then went on to use all the ideas he'd given them to make Lost In Space. Depends on how you look at it. On one hand, Lost in Space cleaned Star Trek: The Original Series's clock in the ratings and lasted longer. On the other hand, who still watches Lost in Space some forty years after the fact? (The 1998 Revival Movie flopped badly, and we have yet to see more than a trailer for the 2018 Netflix series.) We're giving this one to Star Trek.
Dallas Dynasty Prime Time Soap about an Big Screwed-Up Family of oil tycoons Both shows ended up defined by larger than life villains (JR Ewing and Alexis Colby respectively) but Dallas kept itself at least a little grounded while Dynasty enthusiastically embraced its Soap Opera nature. The former had technically superior writing and acting, the later was arguably more fun. The shows even had dueling spinoffs: Knots Landing (Dallas) and The Colbys (Dynasty) Dallas, which adopted a more soapish direction of its own to compete, leading up to the infamous "Bobby in the shower" moment. Dynasty eventually fizzled out in 1989 while Dallas lasted until 1991 (with two TV films following in the years afterward). A Dallas sequel will begin in 2012 on TNT, once again starring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.
ER Chicago Hope Chicago-based Medical Drama Both mixed elements of gritty medical realism with focus on the personal lives of the staff, but ER emphasized the former while Hope emphasised the latter. ER lasted fifteen seasons, while Hope only made it six.
Ringer The Lying Game A girl steps into a twin's sister's life and identity. Discovery of dirty secrets and drama ensue. Both mixed elements of mystery with Country Mouse, City Mouse. Ringer has a Darker and Edgier storyline than The Lying Game, which focuses more on social secrets a la Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. Ringer started out strong, but its ratings plummeted and was eventually canceled. Despite lacking Ringer's star power, The Lying Game has been received better by viewers and critics alike and got renewed for a second season. ABC Family's series wins this one.
Power Rangers VR Troopers, Masked Rider, Big Bad Beetleborgs Adaptations of Japanese Tokusatsu (live-action superheroics) with new footage with American actors. Of the many Rangers knockoffs of the time, these three shows were the most prominent; being by Rangers producers Saban Entertainment and two aired with Rangers on Fox Kids (Troopers was syndicated instead). Yes, it is possible to self-duel. Power Rangers is based on the Super Sentai franchise, Masked Rider on Kamen Rider (specifically, Kamen Rider Black RX), and the other two on various Metal Heroes series (VR Troopers on unrelated shows Choujinki Metalder, Jikuu Senshi Spielban and Space Sheriff Shaider; Beetleborgs on Juukou B-Fighter and its sequel B-Fighter Kabuto). Despite a few close calls, Power Rangers has continued nearly unbroken for coming up on twenty years now. VR Troopers and Beetleborgs each lasted two seasons before running out of usable footage. Masked Rider tanked, causing the franchise to be stillborn in the West.
Survivor Big Brother Musical Chairs Reality Show Country Mouse vs. City Mouse. It should be noted that, in the United States, both shows are "on the same side" since one network airs them both. In the US? Survivor. Outside the US? Arguably Big Brother.
Thief Heist Glamourous gangster drama. Subtle character drama vs. glitzy action series. Neither—both shows had single-digit episode counts; Thief was a miniseries that never saw renewal, though it did win Andre Braugher an Emmy.
That Was Then Do Over 80's Flash Back to High School. One was a drama, the other a sitcom. Neither was too successful; the Friday Night Death Slot and a concept only network execs enjoyed killed them both.
The Contender The Next Great Champ Reality TV boxing competition. The Contender was co-hosted by Sylvester Stallone in its first season, and gained notoriety when one of the contestants killed himself partly as a result of losing on the show. Neither was very successful on free TV, but The Contender lived on on cable, so it gets the nod. But none of the contestants have really gone on to boxing stardom in either case.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 30 Rock NBC Behind The Scenes of a Variety Show titled by its studio's multiple-of-30 address. Studio is a Sorkin drama, 30 Rock is a straight Sitcom. Plus, they're on the same network -- NBC, which also has the closest thing to the shows they go behind-the-scenes of! 30 Rock has made it to five seasons and counting, while Studio 60 got the axe. It should be noted that NBC staff couldn't decide which one to greenlight, so they greenlit both.
The Chair The Chamber Kimodameshi Game Shows in which contestants were tortured. The Chamber was perhaps more torturous; The Chair had a better known host. Neither American version lasted 10 episodes, both beaten by the far less stressful Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
Bull The $treet Wall Street drama. Pretty much the same. Both were gone after one season, as apparently, Wall Street was better as a movie.
Miami Ink Inked Docu Soap about tattoo parlors. Both quite similar, one on TLC, one on A&E. Miami Ink lasted longer and had two spinoffs.
Skins The Inbetweeners Series about the "real" (TM) lives of British sixth formers. Both air on E4. The former is a drama and the latter is a comedy. Skins focuses more on the Wild Teen Party aspect of life, resulting in suggestions that "Skins is what teens wish their lives were like, The Inbetweeners is what they actually are." Ongoing. Moving The Inbetweeners from spring to autumn has given it a massive ratings boost, but Skins's global fanbase is arguably broader.
Beakman's World Bill Nye the Science Guy Kids' Science Show. Whereas Beakman was a fictional character, Bill was an actual scientist (an engineer to be more precise). Whereas Bill stuck with one topic throughout an episode, Beakman switched topics frequently. Whereas Bill focused on the science almost exclusively (if imaginatively), Beakman also had a small, wacky recurring cast and a little non-science-related zaniness. Both lasted about 100 episodes, were equally epic and awesome, and kissed Mr. Wizard's ring. Bill might get an edge in that he's still active in promoting science and enviromentalism, but the real winners are kids' report cards.
Kidnapped Vanished Serialized story arc about a kidnapping. Kidnapped was on NBC, Vanished was on FOX. Both got 13 episodes. Kidnapped got better reviews, but Vanished got buzz from killing off its main character, played by Gale Harold.
Saturday Night Live Fridays Sketch Comedy Variety Show ABC's Fridays was a formidable duelist, to the point of getting higher ratings and arguably having higher quality than the SNL episodes it was up against. The Other Wiki explains that when Fridays was forced into a later time slot just as SNL was successfully revamped, the newcomer faded.
Saturday Night Live The New Show Sketch Comedy Variety Show Both shows have guests and musical guests and were produced by Lorne Michaels. SNL won, of course.
Saturday Night Live Mad TV Sketch Comedy Variety Show. The first is a classic of the genre, though there'll always be arguments of its ups and downs. The second is an attempt to imitate the sketch comedy success, a good 20 years later, and videotaped. SNL. Mad TV's cancellation in 2009 makes SNL 2-0 in battles with other-network sketch comedy.
Real People That's Incredible! America's Funniest Home Videos meets Ripley's Believe It Or Not!. NBC's Real People debuted in 1979 and was a smash hit. ABC's Thats Incredible came out next year and looked eerily similar. The similarity between these two shows was even parodied in a MAD Magazine satire titled "That's Real Incredible, People!", and by an SNL sketch called Real Incredible People. NBC's original was primarily devoted to humorous real-world absurdity, a la Dave Barry's; ABC's knockoff tried to have more of a Ripley's Believe It or Not! flavor to it and quickly became a bastion of pseudoscience. Real People lasted longer, though That's Incredible! had a later spin-off called Incredible Sunday. Neither aged well at all and are both looked at as quaint and non-shocking years later.
The A-Team High Performance Action-adventure shows featuring do-gooders for hire. Another ABC knockoff of an NBC smash hit. High Performance died after three episodes, while The A-Team lasted five seasons, becoming a pop culture sensation and a Fountain of Memes.
The Addams Family The Munsters Sitcom about an altogether ooky family of freaks. Premiered six days apart. While the Addamses were proudly and extremely eccentric, very little was explicitly supernatural about them. The Munsters, meanwhile, were a couple of vampires, a wolf-boy and a Frankenstein's monster, and considered themselves ordinary. The Addamses were portrayed as well-to-do and WASPy, while the Munsters seemed to be more working-class and ethnic. The Addams Family generally had the odder storylines and a more macabre sense of humor, while The Munsters was played more as a traditional Sitcom. Ended in a stalemate, since they were both canceled in the same week. Even at their ratings peaks, both had the same amount of popularity. The Munsters has done better in syndication and The Addams Family had a major revitalization because of two successful movies in the early 90's.
Homicide: Life on the Street NYPD Blue Gritty, inner-city Cop Show. Both started in 1993, though Homicide had the jump on NYPD Blue by eight months. NYPD Blue proved to be the bigger hit, although Homicide was critically lauded for its realistic tone. Homicide character Det. John Munch subsequently appeared in eight different series, and is now a regular in Law and Order Special Victims Unit. NYPD Blue by a small margin.
Homicide: Life on the Street Angel Street Rival cop shows set in the inner cities (Baltimore in the former, Chicago in the latter) with eerily similar premises. Homicide (based on a book by David Simon) was greenlit first but Angel Street (shot under the name Polish Hill) hit the airwaves first. A screening of the pilot revealed similarities between the two shows, leading Simon and producer Barry Levinson to consider a plagiarism lawsuit. Homicide, easily. Angel Street was canceled eight episodes while Homicide ran seven seasons and launched Simon's career in television.
American Guns Sons of Guns Somewhat eccentric and abrasive gun shop owners make equally eccentric BFGs Of The Week. Oddly enough, both air on Discovery Channel simultaneously, just two nights apart. The main differences end up settling on the shops' own specialties and eccentricities, with American Guns capitalizing on its "Old West" theme. American Guns just started its freshman season, while Sons of Guns will complete at least two. Rumors and rumblings with production problems concerning Sons suggests American Guns may have been picked up as "insurance."
Doctor Who (post-2005) Primeval Time-travelling adventure shows, based first and foremost at children but written with adults in mind. The shows were produced by and screened on the UK's two biggest broadcasters; The BBC in the case of Doctor Who, and ITV for Primeval. Doctor Who was definitely the overall winner, as it had better ratings, generally better reviews, and spawned a series of spin-offs. Primeval couldn't quite boast the same level of success, but it wasn't a failure for ITV in any sense of the word—in fact, it was widely regarded as one of their best shows since the turn of the century.
Pimp My Ride (MTV) Overhaulin' (TLC) Alleged Cars are turned into customized Cool Cars Pimp My Ride is formatted more like Extreme Makeover: The hooptie of the week is collected and the show follows the process of "pimping the car out." Overhaulin goes half-"Makeover", half-Punked, with the car's owner tricked into thinking his/her car has been stolen, impounded, or towed and the show's hosts giving them the run-around while the mechanics do their thing. While both had long runs (Pimp - 6 seasons, Overhaulin - 5), Pimp was far more popular, spawning several spin-offs and memes.[2]
Weeds Breaking Bad Suburbanites turn to drug dealing to provide for their families. Weeds is about a widowed soccer mom who deals pot, while Breaking Bad is about a chemistry teacher dying of lung cancer who cooks crystal meth. Also, while Weeds started out as a Black Comedy before it underwent Cerebus Syndrome, Breaking Bad was very dark from the beginning... and things only got more bleak from there. Both shows are critically acclaimed, though Breaking Bad has higher ratings and a much longer list of awards under its belt, while Weeds is entering its eighth season and counting (versus Breaking Bad's five, at which point the series has a definite end). The real winners here are TV viewers for getting two great shows.
Grandma's House Friday Night Dinner Sitcoms about dysfunctional Jewish families meeting up regularly for a meal. Grandma's House focuses on the generational clash and is written by and stars Simon Amstell Adam Westing. Friday Night Dinner, written by Robert Popper of Look Around You, focused more on simple Fawlty Towers Plots, with a cast including Tamsin Greig and Mark Heap of Green Wing and Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners. Grandma's House came first and has recieved generally better reviews, although Friday Night Dinner has been fairly well recieved too. Friday Night Dinner was also the first of the two shows to be picked up for a US remake.
The IT Crowd The Big Bang Theory Socially awkward nerds befriend a woman who knows nothing about technology or geek culture. The Big Bang Theory is a fairly straight American Sitcom with Soap Opera elements. The IT Crowd is a surreal British Work Com more along the lines of Graham Linehan's previous series Black Books. Each one is popular in its country of origin. Graham Linehan referenced the supposed feud when he claimed intelligence reports said Bin Laden watched the The IT Crowd... only to reveal it was actually Big Bang Theory.
The Price Is Right (1972-current run) Bargain Hunters Game show. Contestants use consumer/pricing knowledge – and skill – to win prizes. TPiR was created in 1956 by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, under the basic premise of contestants guessing the actual retail price of a given item. The original program continued in this format through 1965, and was revamped into today's best-known format, where a variety of pricing games, based on skill and luck, are played. Each episode concluded with a Showcase round, where contestants bid on two final prize packages (one apiece, being the closest on his own showcase without going over). Bargain Hunters was created in 1987 by Merrill Heatter (best known for creating Hollywood Squares), and patterned its own pricing-type games around the new home-shopping network fad. The Price is Right. Bargain Hunters was critically panned as a complete ripoff of TPiR, and lasted 45 episodes. Host Peter Tomarken (best known for Press Your Luck) was so disgusted by the finished product that, for the rest of his life, refused to talk about his experiences on that show.
Let's Make a Deal The Price Is Right (1972-current run) Game show. Contestants use consumer/pricing knowledge – and skill – to win prizes. In 1963, LMaD debuted, testing contestants on playing hunches and their willingness to risk their current winnings on hopefully winning more ... or losing it all by getting a "zonk" (a worthless, nonsense prize). Very early in LMaD's run, games of pricing skill were added, for instance, asking a contestant to select an item that was worth an announced price, or pricing a row of items in order from cheapest to most expensive. Each program ended with a Big Deal of the Day, which generally had the show's most expensive prizes – or, most lavish grouping therein. The original TPiR was overhauled in 1972 by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, taking the original basic premise of contestants guessing the actual retail price of a given item, adding a variety of pricing games that were based on skill and luck (similar to LMaD's skill-based games). Each episode concluded with a Showcase round, where contestants bid on two final prize packages (one apiece, being the closest on his own showcase without going over). Arguably, a tie. Both shows currently air on TV as the only daytime network programs.
Lexx Farscape Space opera shows about a gang of weirdos on the loose in a Living Ship, with a bit more sex and moral ambiguity than usual for the genre. Lexx generally stayed pure camp, with a tendency to amateurism that turned off many viewers, while Farscape achieved much more emotional depth. Both lasted four seasons, Lexx ending with a relatively clear finale, while Farscape got cancelled on an extreme cliffhanger, finally resolved in a Grand Finale mini-series. Both continue to have loyal fanbases, although Lexx fans tend to be more defensive about it.
Behind The Music (2009) (VH-1) Unsung (TV One) In-depth looks at the early lives and careers of famous musical acts, featuring commentary from friends, family and co-workers wherever possible. The revived BTM skews more towards the TMZ crowd in its subjects (Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliot), as opposed to the previous series where the focus was mostly on legendary music acts. Unsung focuses on the R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop worlds, as well as skewing far more obscure than BTW (TV One being geared for a far older audience) To early to tell a winner, but BTW has a massive advantage in both audience (VH-1 being in far more homes than TV One) and name recognition
Auction Hunters Storage Wars, Storage Hunters Reality shows focused on auctioning off repossessed storage units. The content of the shows are very similar, but the execution varies between them. Auction Hunters puts more emphasis on testing and appraising their finds, Storage Wars puts more focus on the four factions bidding and Storage Hunters keeps most of the show on the auction grounds unless something needs appraised Ratings are good for both Auction Hunters and Storage Wars but Storage Wars has its own spinoff show Storage Wars: Texas. Storage Hunters wrapped up eight episodes last summer and is in dead last.
Kitchen Nightmares Restaurant Impossible, Bar Rescue Restaurant or bar renovation reality shows All three shows have a similar premise and no-nonsense hosts. Nightmares has a week to get the restaurant going again, Impossible two days and a budget of $10,000 and Bar Rescue, five days. Rescue is also different because it focuses more on a business aspect than menu/makeover aspect. Unknown for now but Kitchen Nightmares has a HUGE head start.
Behind The Music (Original Run) E! True Hollywood Story Weekly documentaries on celebrities from the entertainment world. Both debuting in 1996, THS covered a wider range of celebrities than BTM (which focused on the music industry), as well leaning more towards the sensationalistic (The first regular episode of THS focused on the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer of the sitcom My Sister Sam and porn stars are a frequent subject). THS has been going strong since its debut. BTM had a three-year hiatus from 2006-2009 and produced only a handful of new episodes since. THS is a bit more popular, but BTM" has a better reputation treating its subjects more respectfully.
Game of Thrones The Borgias R-rated premium cable series heavy on medieval political intrigue Neither series is an original work - Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, while The Borgias is based on the historical family. Game of Thrones has the better ratings by far, though both shows are critically acclaimed and have been renewed for a second season.
Game of Thrones Camelot R-rated premium cable series heavy on medieval political intrigue Again, Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, while Camelot is based on the Arthruian legends. Just like Merlin, Game of Thrones blew Camelot out of the water.
Glee Community Feel-good comedy focusing on social misfits of a school banning together With Glee every episode is the Musical Episode. Community isn't easily confined to any one genre, doing full episode takes on action movies, Zombie Apocalypse, and Spaghetti Western. Too soon to call. Glee has received more rewards and has a consistently higher rating, but in the second season has been attacked for a lack of consistent writing and a failure of character development. Community is often the darling of critics but a perennial underachiever in the ratings.
Intervention Addicted Documentary-style Reality Show about people suffering through addictions Intervention focuses more on the leadup to the intervention, while Addicted focuses on some post-intervention work as well. Both are still running, but Intervention (which started in 2005) has a good five years - not to mention an Emmy - on its competition.
Let's Make a Deal The New Treasure Hunt Game show. Contestants use their hunches to win prizes. Both LMaD (created by longtime host Monty Hall) and Treasure Hunt (the 1970s and 1980s runs, produced by The Gong Show creator Chuck Barris and hosted by Geoff Edwards) had the same basic premise: testing contestants on playing hunches and their willingness to risk their current winnings on hopefully winning more ... or losing it all by getting a a worthless, nonsense prize. On LMaD, it was called a "zonk," while Treasure Hunt referred to these items as a "klunk." The major difference was that Treasure Hunt had the contestants view – or more often than not, participate in – a skit that made them think they had lost, then won, then lost ... and so forth, until the final outcome was revealed. Also, Treasure Hunt had a top prize of $25,000 (up to $50,000 in the 1981 run); LMaD for awhile used a top prize of $20,000. LMaD, although Treasure Hunt has remained a cult favorite, and was well received for host Geoff Edwards' hosting duties.
The Ed Sullivan Show Hollywood Palace Vaudeville-style variety show, with acts spanning every genre and generation. The Ed Sullivan Show – initially known as the "Toast of the Town" was hosted by the New York entertainment columnist, and he presented every type of act imaginable – from burlesque comedy and opera to ballet and top popular music acts of the day; the best-known episodes are the ones that featured early national TV performances of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Muppets. Among the many competing shows of "various acts" bills was ABC's Hollywood Palace, taped at the eponymously-named venue in Hollywood, California. Unlike Ed Sullivan, Hollywood Palace had guest hosts each week; the program is best known for the earliest performances of The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5. Ed Sullivan; even more is that the show was in the same time block for almost its entire 23-year run (1948-1971) – Sundays at 8 p.m. EST. For its part, Hollywood Palace had a six-year run (1964-1970) and was able to attract most of the same big-name acts as Sullivan did, including (most notably) The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5.
Merlin Camelot A series based on the stories of King Arthur featuring an Estrogen Brigade Bait actor playing Merlin and a beautiful, non-British, Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette actress playing evil sorceress Morgan(a). Merlin is based around a cast of mostly young unknowns while the cast of Camelot is older and more famous (Colin Morgan vs Joseph Fiennes and Katie McGrath vs EvaGreen.) Merlin is unashamedly High Fantasy aimed at family viewing while Camelot is a Darker and Edgier Low Fantasy. Merlin is still filming new episodes while Camelot was cancelled after ten episodes.
Friday the 13th: The Series Freddy's Nightmares Horror Anthology show vaguely related to a famous Slasher Film series Friday The 13th had no real connections to the films other than the name while Freddy's Nightmares actually had Robert Englund reprising his role as Freddy Krueger, although his role was usually limited to serving as the host and narrator of each episode. Friday The 13th had a Myth Arc behind the stories and featured a regular cast while in Freddy's Nightmares the stories were mostly unrelated. Both of them ended around the same time but Friday The 13th had lasted one more season, had more episodes and got more respect critically.
Downton Abbey Upstairs, Downstairs (2010 series) Ensemble drama about the relationships between the family and staff of a large Edwardian house Downton (like the original series of Upstairs Downstairs) is set in the 1910's, in the leadup to World War I; Upstairs, Downstairs is set in the 30s in the leadup to World War II - aside from that the storylines are strikingly similar, including one of the sisters having an affair with the driver, and the lady of the house dealing with a late pregnancy. Downton's first season finished in December 2010, Upstairs is still running. Both have been fairly well received.
House of Anubis Tower Prep Kids shows about a group of teenagers trying to find out the secrets of their rather creepy Boarding School. The students of Tower Prep all have some type of supernatural ability to help them escape, whereas Anubis is more like a whodunit to find out why their friend Joy disappeared. Simply, Tower is like a Lighter and Softer Prison Break, while Anubis has a mystery arc like Twin Peaks. Also, while Tower debuted first, Anubis is based on a Dutch show that aired before either of them. Anubis was a Ratings winner and was given a second season, while Tower wasn't.
Toddlers and Tiaras (TLC) Little Miss Perfect (WE tv) Reality shows that premiered in 2009 about young girls in beauty pageants. Toddlers and Tiaras has more girls from 1-5, whereas Little Miss Perfect is about girls from 5-10. So far, Toddlers and Tiaras seems to be more popular and gets clips shown on news networks, and has had 4 season as opposed to Little Miss Perfect, which had only two.
Pawn Stars (History Channel) Hardcore Pawn (TruTV) Antiques Roadshow meets American Chopper Stars tends to focus more on the customers and items being sold. Hardcore focuses more on the American Chopper-style conflicts.
The X Factor The Voice Musical talent shows with celebrity judges attempting to challenge American Idol. The X Factor was made by former Idol judge and record producer Simon Cowell, and is an adaptation of his British show of the same name (which was, in turn, the successor to Pop Idol, the show that spun off AI in the first place). So far, The Voice is trouncing Cowell's show in both ratings and critical respect, and is standing toe to toe with Idol.
Dinosaur Revolution Planet Dinosaur SFX-heavy dinosaur documentaries Released in 2011 around the summer to autumn transition, the first is a story- and character-driven animated series-turned-docu by the Discovery Channel, the second a serious and science-heavy BBC show Both received mixed reviews by the online paleo-community, but so far they seem to be tied, being enjoyed or disliked for different reasons.
The Superstars Battle Of The Network Stars Celebrities compete against each other in different athletic competitions. Superstars featured athletes from all over the sporting map (Olympics, MLB, NFL, boxing, etc). Battle featured teams of stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC competing against each other. Battle aired from 1978 to 1985 on CBS, with a brief revival attempt in 1988. Superstars had three different runs on ABC (1973-1984, 1991-1994, 1998-2002), one on NBC (1985-1990) and a one year run on CBS (2003). ABC in 2009, making it half celebrities (a la Dancing With the Stars) half-athletes.
Police Stop Police, Camera, Action! Footage of dangerous driving and the police doing emergency work and making arrests. Police Stop was a series of sequels, i.e. Police Stop! 2, Police Stop! 3 etc. whereas Police, Camera, Action! used episode titles, e.g. The Unprotected. That show also had presenter links, unlike Police Stop which was (rarely) after episode 2 with a presenter, except for the Very Special Episode Police Stop! 9. Graham Cole presented every episode of Police Stop, except Police Stop! 2 which he did the voice-overs but no on-screen presentation.Police, Camera, Action! is now going this way, so neither show wins. Neither wins, since Police, Camera, Action! is an adaptation of Police Stop with actual presenter links.
Good Luck Charlie Raising Hope Sitcoms involving the titular infant girl and her family. Good Luck, Charlie is kid-friendly, on the Disney Channel, and every episode ends with Charlie's teenage sister Teddy recording a video for her, while Raising Hope is rated TV-PG to TV-14, on FOX, and is about a 23 year old named Jimmy who finds out that he had a daughter (the eponymous Hope) after a one night stand with a woman who is now in prison. According to IMDB, Raising Hope has higher ratings than Good Luck, Charlie. Though the latter series has also been pulling in great ratings for Disney as well plus have a Christmas-themed TV movie. At the current, its a tie.
Pan Am The Playboy Club Mad Men-inspired, early '60s period dramas about a subset of workers in the era (Pan Am stewardesses and Playboy bunnies, respectively). The inspiration for the two shows focuses on the historical changes of the era, as well as breaking viewers' Nostalgia Filter for The Sixties by highlighting the injustices (racism, sexism) that were still rampant then. Oh, and it has Gorgeous Period Dress and depicts its main characters living extravagant, flashy lifestyles. Now, can you guess what the two network copycat shows focused on? Neither show held a candle to Mad Men in terms of critical acclaim, though Pan Am was the better received of the two and lasted a full season before getting the axe. The big loser was The Playboy Club, which attracted a lot of heat from feminists before its premiere for glamorizing and whitewashing the Playboy clubs of the '60s, and which got cancelled after only three critically-ravaged episodes (attempts to get the show picked up by Bravo failed).
Grimm Once Upon a Time The basic premise of both is that the characters live in a world where Fairy Tales are real. Grimm (airing on NBC) obviously focuses on fairy tales specific to The Brothers Grimm, with Once Upon A Time(airing on ABC) covering the whole spectrum. Grimm also appears to be darker and more like Supernatural, with the main character hunting the fairy tale creatures, while Once Upon A Time, while still a drama, is probably much lighter, considering the broadcaster airing it (ABC) and the owners of the company (The Walt Disney Company). Both shows get good ratings for their respective networks. While Grimm's ratings are significantly lower than Once Upon a Time's, it airs on Friday and peforms pretty well by Friday standards. It also airs on NBC, which has much lower standards for ratings. Once Upon a Time, meanwhile, is one of the top new dramas of the season. I guess Once Upon a Time would be the winner, since it does generally get more recognition than Grimm does, although both shows are fairly successful.
Human Weapon (History Channel) Fight Quest (Travel Channel) A pair of American professional fighters travel the world to observe and study various combat styles. The episode ends with one of the duo facing off against a master of that episode's spotlight fighting style. Quest would have its duo split up and train with separate groups of practioners and focused equally on the culture surrounding the art as the art itself. Weapon focused more on the combat style itself and the science behind the techniques. Both shows lasted less than thirty episodes, both cancelled in 2008.
The Walking Dead American Horror Story Prime-time adult Horror shows on basic cable. Dead is about a Zombie Apocalypse and is jam-packed with blood and guts, while Horror Story is about a Haunted House and focuses more on the screwing (both mental and physical). Both shows have been record-setting smash hits for their respective networks (AMC and FX, respectively), though The Walking Dead seems to get more respect from critics.
Cold Squad Waking the Dead & Cold Case Cop Show featuring a team of detectives reopening and cracking cases long forgotten. Each show was produced by a different country. Cold Squad in Canada, Waking the Dead in U.K. and Cold Case in the U.S. Technically a draw, as each series was fairly aclaimed and held the fort for years in their home countries.
Malcolm in the Middle Oliver Beene Sitcom about a Dysfunctional Family that raises a boy who frequently breaks the fourth wall. Another example of dueling shows created by the same network. Oliver Beene had the same style of humor and direction, but set in a version of the 1960s that basically came off as the 2000s in vintage clothing. Oliver Beene, a Midseason Replacement, failed to last even the rest of the season, while Malcolm lasted seven.
Win, Lose or Draw Pictionary "Picture charades" Game Show. Although Win, Lose or Draw came on the air before its rival, the Pictionary board game predated both. Fast Draw, a 1968 game hosted by Johnny Gilbert, predated that. Win, Lose or Draw for lasting three seasons (two on NBC) as opposed to Pictionary's two (both in syndication, and one of which was a children's show).
The Singing Bee Don't Forget the Lyrics Karaoke Game Show. In a double duel, NBC announced Singing Bee for fall 2007. FOX rushed the ripoff into production for summer 2007, which led NBC to announce an earlier start date before casting a host or taping an episode. The shows premiered on consecutive nights in July 2007. DFTL! has one contestant and an overall format echoing other big money game shows, , whereas SB has multiple contestants in an elimination format, much like a spelling bee. Don't Forget the Lyrics! lasted three seasons on FOX before being canceled, while Singing Bee lasted only one season on NBC. The former went into syndication for a season, and the latter got Uncanceled for CMT. Singing Bee, which has outlasted both of Lyrics ' cancellations.
Ferris Bueller Parker Lewis Can't Lose Sitcom about a High School Hustler. Both aired in the very early 90s—the former on NBC, the latter on FOX. And they were both an attempt to make a viable show out of the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off. Parker Lewis was generally regarded as being of higher quality, and ultimately got three seasons. Ferris got one.
Blood Ties Moonlight Short-lived Vampire Detective Series. The similarities are probably more due to the nature of the genre rather than direct copying. Neither lasted more than a season. The lessons learned were applied to the later Vampire Diaries to much better success.
Prime Time Entertainment Network Action Pack Big Studio-produced, part-anthologies/part-syndicated networks. trying to emulate the success of FOX's launch PTEN (a joint venture from Warner Brothers and United Television) boasted Babylon 5 along with Time Trax and Kung Fu : The Legend Continues. Universal's Action Pack was led by the one-two punch of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess PTEN lasted four seasons, with only B5 lasting more than two. Action Pack lasted longer (ten seasons) with a much fuller roster of shows.
WWF Raw WCW Nitro Monday night Professional Wrestling shows with a focus on sports entertainment over pure wrestling. It started with Eric Bischoff asking for a Monday night timeslot to compete directly with the WWF, and spawned a constant game of one-upsmanship which saw, among other things, WCW spoiling the WWF's shows on-the-air, WWF starting Raw 3 minutes early to get the jump on Nitro, WCW responding by starting a full hour earlier, WWF sending D-Generation X to mingle with the fans outside a Nitro event and cause trouble, and Eric Bischoff challenging Vince McMahon to a fight live on Pay-Per-View. Ahh, the Monday Night Wars... those were great times to be a wrestling fan. Raw, to the point where McMahon got to bury Nitro on its last broadcast, setting up the unsuccessful "Invasion" storyline.
Survivorman Man vs. Wild A host demonstrates survival techniques by stranding himself in varying wildernesses. Both are shown on the Discovery Channel. The most notable difference is that Wild tends to have many more "stunt" oriented segments, and takes many more unnecessary risks than Survivorman does (to show it can be done if necessary). Both avoid direct competition with each other by having one air new episodes while the other is still filming. Man also has a camera and safety crew on hand, and is occasionally staged, while Survivorman shoots the footage himself. Man by default, with Les Stroud deciding to move on to other projects. Both were about equal in ratings and fan following.
Man vs. Wild Wild Recon See above. For once, Wild Recon is actually on a different network this time -- specifically, Animal Planet, for some reason. Wild Recon is also quite a bit closer to Man vs. Wild than Survivorman was, especially after Man vs. Wild's slight Retool. Wild Recon is a new series for 2010, so it's too early to tell, but Man vs. Wild does have the advantage of being a long-established series.
Wife Swap Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy Two polar opposite families trade spouses for several days. ABC broadcasts Wife Swap and claims to have done it first, while FOX aired Trading Spouses a few weeks before Wife Swap's debut in what seems to be a blatant ripoff (though both appeared to rip off a Chappelle's Show skit that aired one year earlier.) Wife Swap.
Bewitched I Dream of Jeannie Sitcom in which a guy tries to live an ordinary life despite having a long-term relationship with a blonde with magical powers. Bewitched had Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead and The Other Darrin. I Dream of Jeannie had JR Ewing and Barbara Eden in revealing clothing. Actually, if you like 1960s sitcoms, these are both pretty good. Both won -- and so did viewers.
Any Dream Will Do (aka Joseph) Grease Is The Word Talent Show in which a panel of experts search for the lead for an upcoming musical production. Joseph was, essentially, The BBC's second season of their Musical Talent Show brand, which they debuted the previous year with How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?. Grease Is The Word was ITV's adaptation of the U.S. version of Maria. Joseph had Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen judging, Grease had David Gest, musical producer David Ian, Brain Friedman from The X Factor and... Sinetta. "Grease" was a ratings flop because it was in Doctor Who's time slot and didn't have the star pull.
American Bandstand Soul Train Teens dancing to the popular music of the day. The day's hottest musical acts appeared as well. To put it bluntly: American Bandstand was for white kids, and Soul Train was for black kids. Or to be a bit less blunt -- Bandstand emphazised the music, Train highlighted the dancing. A difference that was highlighted by both shows' signature segments: Bandstand's song ratings ("It's got a good beat and you can dance to it!") and the Soul Train Line. Both lasted the same amount of seasons, with Bandstand having a 13-season headstart and Tain lasting thirteen seasons after Bandstand's cancellation. Soul Train seems to be more fondly remembered, though both have their Never Live It Down factor: Bandstand for its overwhelming whiteness and Train for its inescapable link to '70s fashion, music and afros.
Blue Thunder Airwolf Crime-fighting super helicopters, and the people that flew them. Both debuting in 1984, Blue Thunder was spun off from the 1983 top-grossing feature film, and drew heavily on it for stock footage. Airwolf debuted 16 days later and was thematically similar to the already successful Knight Rider. Thunder barely lasted half a season. Airwolf ran for four seasons on CBS and USA, though it got pretty dire by the end.
Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam BET's Comicview Black stand up comedy with an "urban" flavor. Both debuted in the mid '90s, during the Stand Up Comedy Boom. Def Comedy tends to pull bigger names and uses its pay cable slot to get away with saltier language. Comicview tends to edit its shows, often splicing several comics together for themed segments. Comicview has been on-air longer, running continuously from 1992 to 2008.
Joan of Arcadia Wonderfalls Too Good to Last Magic Realism Dramedies, each featuring a Weirdness Magnet heroine, who's stuck in a dead-end job and starts hearing voices telling her to do things. Both premiered in the same year. Wonderfalls was canceled after one season, while Joan managed to last a couple of seasons before Executive Meddling wrecked it. But really, both were good shows that got killed off, so who lost? The viewers.
Ghost Whisperer Medium Supernaturally-enhanced crime dramas. The former sees ghosts; the latter has premonitions. Both are backed by "acclaimed" psychics. Medium started on NBC although it was produced by CBS. Whisperer began on CBS. When NBC cancelled Medium, CBS picked it up and put on the same night back-to-back with Whisperer. Moved from Dueling Shows to complementary shows. After one season together, CBS axed Whisperer but retained Medium.
Living Single Friends A group of twenty-something friends/roommates living in New York City The most obvious difference was the main cast: Single's black, female-dominated cast vs. Friends ' white, gender-balanced cast. Living Single also tended less soap opera-ish and slightly more reality-based and avoided Friends' mass-Flanderization. Friends lasted ten seasons. Living Single lasted only five, though the rerun appeal of both programs remain high. Friends was a huge success internationally, while Living Single didn't really show up outside of the US. Also, Friends spawned a (not very successful) spin-off.
Cashmere Mafia Lipstick Jungle A group of friends who are all successful businesswomen. One of them had four women; one had only three. Both were written by former Sex and the City writers. Both of them got screwed over by the Writers' Guild strike, airing just seven episodes each in their first seasons. Unfortunately, Lipstick Jungle was the only one that got renewed, a fact that became infinitely worse in the wake of a certain Volkswagen ad campaign.
The Amazing Race Lost (2001) Reality game show where teams travel to exotic locales. Lost premiered one day earlier. Lost premiered seven days before 9/11 and, because it featured New York City imagery still featuring the Twin Towers, it ended up with (in this case justified) Executive Meddling to make it less triggering. This meant that only five of six episodes aired. The Amazing Race is still on. When asked, 99% of people will know a TV show called Lost as...
Lost (2004) Flight 29 Down Plane crashes on an island; characters must adapt. Lost premiered a year earlier and became an overnight sensation. F 29 D is "Lost" for kids more or less, though the show was actually based on a book and the concept was pitched before Lost got on the air. F 29 D was cancelled after two seasons. Lost is considered the pioneer in 21st century mainstream mystery-drama television.
Lost (2004) Surface, Threshold, Invasion, Flash Forward, The Event, The River, Terra Nova, Alcatraz High-concept mystery show focusing on character development and long mythic arcs. As seen by the list in the "Clone" column, Lost spawned a bevy of imitators trying to replicate its formula for success. Lost outlasted them all. Every show in this entry not lucky enough to be called "Lost" was canceled after its first season due to low ratings, and every single one of them ended with a Left Hanging ending. Terra Nova, Alcatraz, and The River premiered after Lost had already gone off the air, however, but they still followed the Lost formula, and met the same fate as the other Lost clones.
Extreme Makeover The Swan Plastic surgery makeover shows. Fox's copycat went the Fox Extra Tastelessness Step by putting the women through the hell of plastic surgery and then sent half of them home at the end of the episode while bringing the other half on to a beauty pageant. Both had Family Unfriendly Aesops and were ultimately canceled. The former has a More Popular Spinoff in the form of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, while the latter is a perennial inclusion on "Worst Reality Shows of All Time" lists.
Recess Detention A group of kids have misadventures in school whilst under the eye of a large strict female teacher. One Saturday Morning was beating Kids' WB! in the ratings race, so it seems pretty obvious here that Warner Bros. decided to Follow the Leader. Both shows were quite good, but Recess is the clear winner, having lasted six seasons and even landing a theatrical feature film. Detention was canceled after one season.
Fringe Eleventh Hour Two "Science Is Both Good And Bad" series. Both did well in the ratings. Though Eleventh Hour was a ratings leader, it just got canned after one season. Fringe, however, lives to see another season.
House Lie to Me FOX dramas featuring eccentric, wisecracking, and disillusioned doctor/detectives based on real people and played by eminent British actors. Tim Roth doesn't attempt an American accent and Lie to Me focuses more on the detective aspect. House has way more awards and higher ratings, while Lie to Me was canceled after 3 seasons and did not have nearly the critical acclaim.
The Unusuals Southland Ensemble cop shows centering on a Non-Idle Rich rookie. Series launched within days of each other. ABC's The Unusuals takes a quirky, comedic approach, while NBC's Southland is a grittier kind of drama. Southland just got renewed for another season; Unusuals didn't. Then NBC canceled Southland before the second season started. Southland wins by a mile. Though both series were axed after their first season, TNT picked up Southland for a second season after NBC dumped it, and it's been going strong ever since.
MTV's Downtown Mission Hill Late 90's Adult Animated series about the bizarre city life. Both shows were released in 1999, they were well animated following artistic styles of Alternative comics. They were so unique and strange, too strange for their own good. They both had strange characters and stranger settings. They had many sexual jokes and nerdy pop culture jokes. Both shows lasted only one season with 13 episodes. Mission Hill wins only because they get reruns on Adult Swim after the show was cancelled, along with a proper DVD release. Downtown's DVD release is only available online directly from the creators.
Psych The Mentalist Phony Psychic solves actual crimes not through ESP, but an unusually sharp ability to observe and deduce. Very different in tone, which defrays some of the cries of "ripoff" from Psych fans. The Mentalist is one of CBS's most successful new shows; Psych isn't quite as big for USA, but is pretty big nonetheless. Lampshaded /ShoutOut-ed/ Take That-ed in a farewell spot the "Psych" acknowledged Monk as "the second-most-observant guy I know... well, third after The Mentalist."
The Midnight Special Don Kirshner's Rock Concert Ninety minutes of live music by a variety of acts, with occasional taped shows and comedy. Special debuted six months before Rock Concert. Special aired on NBC, Rock Concert was syndicated. The biggest difference between the shows were the hosts: Midnight Special had Wolfman Jack as the announcer and a series of guest hosts, Rock Concert was hosted by Kirshner himself. Both shows ended in 1981, but Midnight Special wins here because the concerts are offered on DVD via Nostalgia Filter Infomercials, which make them more familiar.
The Weakest Link Friend or Foe? Antagonistic game show that whittles down team members round by round. Snarky Host. Friend or Foe is the more savage of the two, because while Weakest Link guarantees one player leaves with money, it was a distinct possibility that nobody could win anything of Friend or Foe. The gimmickry didn't provide for particularly long runs for Friend or Foe, so Weakest Link wins.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Greed A multiple-choice exam where the money goes up as the questions get harder. Millionaire has quite a few people becoming millionaires; Greed had a person becoming a millionaire. That's how hard Greed was! Greed lasted one season. Millionaire had a successful run on ABC, and currently survives in syndication.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Charmed Young people battle the forces of evil in California. Both were hits for The WB network. Hot female witches were involved. The characters on Buffy were high school and, later, college kids, while on Charmed, the Halliwell sisters were all adults. Buffy ran for seven seasons, had a successful spinoff that ran for five, and is today revered as one of the greatest shows of The Nineties. Charmed ran for eight seasons, but is typically viewed as more kitschy, often associated with the behind-the-scenes struggles between Shannen Doherty and the rest of the cast. Still though, Charmed always garnered better ratings than Buffy and even today, in syndication, the show still gets pretty consistent ratings on TNT so much that an episode's been aired at least twice nearly every weekday for the past seven years or so.
Virtuality Defying Gravity 2001: A Space Odyssey With Girls! Virtuality is from the writer of Battlestar Galactica while Defying Gravity was written by a writer from Grey's Anatomy. Both feature space crews of pretty people in a ship for a long duration of time, to unravel FTL-travel and explore every planet in the solar system, respectively. Virtuality has to deal with a possibly unreliable AI and possibly a hacker; it's implied that Defying Gravity's mission was at the behest of unknown forces. Defying Gravity wins by a nose. Although it was canceled after its first season, it still made it farther than Virtuality, which was nothing more than a failed pilot turned into a TV movie.
HawthoRNe Nurse Jackie Post-ER hospital dramas focusing on flawed but heroic nurses. Aside from different races of the two leads, Jackie is a bit Darker and Edgier, what with Jackie having an affair with the pharmacist who's also her dealer. Jackie has Emmys and a strong supporting cast. HawthoRNe is critically derided for its blandness and being beholden to too many nurse drama tropes, and its incredibly mockable title.
Dog Whisperer It's Me Or The Dog Renowned dog trainers visit troublesome dogs and train not only the animals but their owners as well. Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan has a rougher approach to being a pack leader than the cruelty-free endorsing Victoria. Dog Whisperer, for now. Cesar has had more criticism for his techniques though.
CSI: Bones Forensic specialists team up with the police to solve crimes. Bones has considerably more emphasis on the UST than CSI:... Both are pretty successful, but CSI is the clear winner, with three different spinoff shows.
Jon and Kate Plus Eight 19 Kids and Counting... Cameras film the complicated lives of families with a larger-than usual amount of children on TLC. Jon and Kate's lives have sadly become a lot more complicated than the Duggars'... Pretty much subjective to how you feel about shows featuring large families; there is no middle ground here.
Ace of Cakes Cake Boss Reality TV show about creative bakers making Beyond the Impossible cakes. The two leads are Red Oni, Blue Oni: Duff is usually very relaxed and surrounded by friends while Buddy is a bit more agitated and surrounded by relatives and his four older sisters. Ace Of Cakes makes cakes on the extremely decorative side while Cake Boss forgoes a bit on the fondant for both delicous and decorative cakes.
Little People, Big World The Little Couple Reality TV show about the lives of married little people on TLC The former family has four children while the latter couple are newlyweds.
Clean House Hoarders Reality TV explores people with irritatingly or pathologically cluttered homes. Hoarders is the more Serious Business of the two, considering that pathological hoarding is an actual mental illness.
Have I Got News for You Mock the Week Comedy panel quiz/"quiz" focusing on recent news, featuring both regular panellists and guests HIGNFY has been running much longer and is generally considered more cerebral and culturally valuable, but MTW is a good contender comedy-wise. Frequently draw from the same pool of guests. Everybody wins.
The Daily Show Half-Hour News Hour Comedy shows that mock the news. Half-Hour was meant to be the conservative version of The Daily Show. People tuned in to Half-Hour to see if conservatives can be funny. They weren't in this case, and that show was cancelled after one season. Winner: The Daily Show.
True Blood The Vampire Diaries Based on a book/series, featuring the attraction between a[n apparently] human woman and two vampires. Diaries' two vampires are brothers, and the older one wants to kill the apparently human woman because she resembles the vampire who sired them; while True Blood is an ensemble show that focuses more on vampire "culture" at large. Plus, True Blood being on HBO means it can be more liberal in the sex, violence and general edginess department. Ratings between network and paid HBO are difficult to compare. Also, the reviews seem to mirror each other: Diaries is lauded as a show that is not as kitschy as its marketing, while True Blood bathes in its kitsch, to its benefit.
Leverage White Collar Skilled and rather flamboyant thief/thieves are recruited by the good guys to create some Asshole Victims. The difference is with their employers - Leverage's Nate is initially out for revenge and then takes up the charge to fight evil himself while White Collars conman is employed by the government.
Supernatural Night Stalker A pair of humans investigate paranormal and demonic activity while looking for clues about a particular demon. Night Stalker, a remake of Kolchak the Night Stalker, starred Dorian Gray and was canceled after one season. Supernatural is still around and torturing its two leads for our viewing pleasure.
Supernatural Reaper Supernatural dramas focusing on hunting monsters from hell. Both aired on The CW at the same time, with Reaper premiering during Supernatural's third season. Reaper replied on comedic elements more heavily than Supernatural, which was much darker and gritty, and focused more on drama. While both have strong, cult followings, Reaper lasted only two seasons, while Supernatural is currently entering it's eighth.
Robot Wars Battlebots Demoliton Derby with tricked-out, remote controlled robots. Battlebots actually was created to compete with the British version of the original Robot Wars. Robot Wars was strictly about the robot-on-robot violence. Battlebots tried to emphasize the human element - with more time given to competitor backstory and announcer wackiness. Battlebots debuted near the end of Robot Wars' run, so they went out at about the same time. Robot Wars is much more fondly remembered. 'Bots is remembered mostly for Jaime Hyneman, Adam Savage and Grant Imahara being competitors.
The First 48 The Squad True Crime shows merging COPS and Homicide: Life on the Street The First 48 covers two cases from different cities like Miami, Dallas, and Memphis. The Squad follows the Indianapolis PD's Homicide squad exclusively, going more in depth with the cases.
Family Matters The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Family Sitcoms staring black families. Both shows debuted a year apart from each other. Both have the fathers working in law and had heart attacks, annoying drop in characters, Hollywood nerds, the mothers' original actors quitting and being replaced, babies who developed Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome and characters that are not in the intermediate family became the most memorable. Both are fondly remembered and were very successful, although thanks to stronger characterization Fresh Prince got more respect critically.
Burn Notice Royal Pains A man is blacklisted from his profession and moves to an exotic location to sell his services privately. Essentially the same premise, but substituting spy for doctor. Another aspect the shows share is the wisecracking and incompetent brother of the main character. Both are on the USA Network. Royal Pains has been renewed for a second season. Meanwhile, Burn Notice recently wrapped up its third season, was renewed for a fourth, and has already been picked up for a fifth and sixth.
Victorious Shake It Up Kid Com, one about a girl at a performing arts school, another about two girls joining each other on a dance show. Both shows usually involve wacky situations. Victorious often involves singing, plays, and other various skits. Shake It Up features a Show Within a Show concept, much like the other Disney/Nick live action matchup. Both shows are fairly new, nowadays they're about equal ratings-wise (though Victorious seems to be more enjoyed), and Bella Thorne was won an award.
Victorious How to Rock Two Kid Coms, one about a girl at a performing arts school, the other about an Alpha Bitch who loses her popularity and joins a pop-rock group at her school. Like the above, both shows usually involve wacky situations. As mentioned, Victorious often involves singing, plays, and other various skits, while How To Rock mostly features music and devotes the non-musical scenes to exploring the True Companions relationship between the members of Gravity 5 and Kacey's struggling not to fall back into her old ways. Victorious has experience on it's side, but some fans feel that the show is starting to slip. How To Rock is relatively new, but has consistently pulled in strong ratings. Which show will come out ahead remains to be seen.
The Twilight Zone The Outer Limits An anthology show of fantasy/science fiction stories, always having a narrator open and end each episode. Similar in premise, though there are a few subtle differences (for example, The Outer Limits was a full hour, whereas in the original The Twilight Zone only season 4 episodes were that long). Both series had at least one revival. The original version of The Twilight Zone did better than the original version of The Outer Limits; it lasted five seasons in contrast to The Outer Limits' two, and is usually better remembered. Adding up the total number of episodes from the original series and revivals, The Twilight Zone stands at 265 episodes, and The Outer Limits at 203.
The O'Reilly Factor Countdown with Keith Olbermann Hour-long opinion shows featuring hosts with wildly-inflated egos. Olbermann is the liberal, O'Reilly is the conservative. Unsurprisingly split among party lines: More conservatives watch O'Reilly's show, while liberals tended to go for Olbermann. In terms of viewership, O'Reilly consistently won, while Olbermann got more Internet buzz. Countdown was cancelled on MSNBC in 2011 and quickly picked up by Current TV. It enjoyed great success, despite being on an independent and hard-to-find cable network, but in 2012 Olbermann was fired from Current and is currently off the air. So technically O'Reilly won, but Olbermann's protégés at the two networks (Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Cenk Uygur) are doing well enough on their own to be considered legacy victories.
Knight Rider Street Hawk An injured police officer is given a new secret identity and a super vehicle to fight crime with. This time ABC tries to follow NBC's lead on a motorcycle without a mind of its own. Remote-controlled by the Government. How many people have actually even heard of Street Hawk? [3]
iCarly Sonny With a Chance Kid Com including a Show Within a Show Carly, Freddie Benson and Sam run their own webshow, and deal with growing up. Hilarity Ensues. Sonny Monroe joins the cast of a sketch comedy show, and tries to deny falling in love with Chad Dylan Cooper. Hilarity Ensues Rumours persist that Sonny With a Chance was ripped off a pitch for what eventually became iCarly. Whilst Disney's Sonny With a Chance isn't bad, Nick's iCarly wins ratings wise, and attracts a huge following outside the usual demo's due to constantly Getting Crap Past the Radar, and has a huge Internet following. The latter, however, due to the lead's departure, ended up having its Show Within a Show to be defictionalized.
Mike Nelson's Riff Trax Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni do their best to Hollywood's worst Riff Trax started the post-MSTie film commentary revival by making audio-only downloads that take aim at more mainstream films than MST3K had access to. Soon after, Mike's predecessor started his own similar project, but as DVDs that stick more closely to the original formula: more obscure (and license-able) B-movies, silhouettes in front of the films, and sketches. Riff Trax has a larger catalog (due to its head start and faster production process) and more mainstream appeal, while Cinematic Titanic seems aimed at old-school fans. Many say that there's room for both to be winners.
I Survived... (Bio) I'm Alive (Animal Planet) Ordinary people relate their tales of near-death Survived focuses on accidents and surviving murder attempts. Alive deals with animal atacks. Both are guaranteed to make you feel depressed and hopeless after watching them.
Top Gear Fifth Gear British motoring programme. Both started in 2002 as attempts to relaunch the BBC’s original Top Gear.[4] Channel Five planned to acquire the name and relaunch the programme as was, but the BBC wouldn’t sell. In the end, Fifth Gear employed a similar title, along with the magazine format and several of the original show’s presenters. Half a year later, the BBC relaunched Top Gear with a revamped "automotive fun and games with the lads" format, and much slicker production. Since the duel started in 2002, they’ve kept roughly level pegging on episode and series numbers. However, Top Gear rose to become one of the most watched shows in the world. Fifth Gear didn’t, doing little to improve Channel Five’s disappointing viewing figures, and had to fend off cancellation in 2009.
Life After People Aftermath: Population Zero What happens after After the End Just about the only thing preventing outright intellectual infringement is the fact that both shows are documentaries based on a general concept that's not even original to either show (cashing in on the "what would happen if humans vanish?" craze due to the book "The World Without Us" the previous year) though Aftermath features humans disappearing Rapture-style while Life After People goes out of its way to stay mum on the subject The National Geographic Channel's Aftermath: Population Zero remained a one-time special, but after The History Channel execs discovered that Life After People was literally their highest-rated program ever, they immediately approved a series version.
Modern Family Parenthood Comedy series about the different kinds of families in the 21st century (straight, gay, step, single-parent, interracial, young, experienced), all found under one extended family headed by classic TV patriarchs Al Bundy and Coach (Mr. Incredible or an redemption-seeking ice-skating coach to you young'uns), respectively. Parenthood had the undignified burden of being the first 10pm show to try to fix the damage Jay Leno wrought on the NBC schedule, but has the credentials of Ron Howard producing and a who's who of the best actors and actresses of the last three decades; Modern Family has Ed O'Neill returning in front of the camera (ironically, playing a role originally intended for Craig T. Nelson who now stars in Parenthood, Frasier alumni Scott Levitt and Christopher Lloyd (no, not that one, actually) behind it, rave reviews so far and having two if its stars in the Maxim 100 (including Sofia Vergara being on it for three years straight). Too soon to tell, but Modern Family is the clear ratings winner for the time being.
Big Time Rush I'm in The Band Shows about young men who rather arbitrarily end up in the music industry in bands. Tween Sit Coms premiering at around the same time. One has FOUR young adults for the male audience to look up to and the tween (and teen) girls to swoon over (hence the Boy Band), while the other only has one (and he's Putting the Band Back Together). One show has more music production (Big Time Rush) Big Time Rush; they've made small dents on Billboard and iTunes while I'm In The Band has yet to make an impact. And at least Big Time Rush doesn't use the Laugh Track.
Spaced Black Books Eccentric Channel 4 Brit-coms featuring eccentric characters, with little in the way of sets or budgets. Both co-written by its stars. Turned into Duelers by their side-by-side broadcasts on 4. Spaced had the larger and younger cast and had more in visual gags and fourth-wall breaking; Black Books relied more on dialogue. Both achieved cult status but Spaced has outlasted its sister-show. The rivalry is quite affectionate and just about all the cast from both appear on Black Books as guest stars or in Pegg and Wright's films.
Food Feuds (Food Network) Food Wars (Travel Channel) Local restaurants with the same signature dish go head to head to see who's version is better. Three main diffenences: The hosts ("Feuds" boasts Iron Chef Michael Symon, "Wars" has stage actress Camille Ford), the judging (Symon does the judging on "Feuds", "Wars" has a panel of 2-4 judges) and the focus ("Wars" features the local culture the rival eateries. "Feuds" focuses on the cooking and ingredients) Too early to call. But "Feuds" does itself no favors by featuring (in its promos) locations already covered by "Wars."
Hoarders (A&E) Hoarding: Buried Alive (TLC) Documentary series about compulsive hoarders Hoarders chronicles the effort to professionally clean an entire home and to provide mental health services for the homeowners. Hoarding focuses less on the home and more on the disorder itself. Cleaning services are provided by the subject's friends and family. Hoarders broke A&E's ratings records when it premiered and had a one year head start.
Tosh.0 Web Soup The Soup-inspired snarky weekly rundowns of viral videos. Comedy Central's Tosh sticks mostly to YouTube stuff and viewer submissions and its signature "Web Redemption" segment. G4's Web Soup is more Attack of the Show!'s "Epic Fail" segments meets The Soup, using AOTS-style graphics. It really depends on your style of comedy, with Tosh being more straightforward, while Web Soup delves into sketch comedy and absurdist comedy. It also has the all-important Blessing of McHale, along with Chris Hardwick, who has been on TV for years and has built a good Internet following.
2 Broke Girls (CBS) Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 (ABC) Likeable naive blond girl, suddenly faced with adverse economic circumstances, becomes roommate with cynical dark-haired opposite. 2 Broke Girls has a Laugh Track and the two work at the same diner in Brooklyn, trying to raise money to start a cupcake business; Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 is set in Manhattan, with James Van Der Beek playing a camp version of himself as a supporting character. Too soon to tell. Both shows have been renewed for a second season.
Clarice (Lifetime) Hannibal (NBC) Shows based on Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs. The titles are indicative; Clarice will focus on the titular agent Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy, while Hannibal is made by Bryan Fuller and is about the cannibal Serial Killer and his relationship with FBI criminal profiler Will Graham. Too soon to call.
Dual Survival Man Woman Wild Man vs. Wild meets The Odd Couple[5] Dual involves two survival experts of vastly different backgrounds and philosophies (One is an ex-military hunter, the other is a hardcore naturalist). Man Woman involves an ex-military survival expert and his wife, an actress and field reporter. Both are ongoing and both have good ratings and fan followings.
Justified Longmire Dramas about misanthropic modern lawmen evoking the Wild West, both based on popular book series Justified has just been renewed for a fourth season on FX while Longmire just premiered on A&E, to mostly positive reviews Too early to tell, but Justified has the advantage of being on a more exposed network.

Radio[edit | hide]

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
American Top 40 Casey's Top 40 Radio countdown program of the week's top 40 mainstream pop hits. AT40 was created in 1970 by Casey Kasem, Don Bustany and Tom Rounds, and became radio's most popular countdown program. In 1988, Kasem had a falling-out with ABC Networks and was fired; in retribution, Kasem created Casey's Top 40, which debuted in January 1989. ABC Networks, meanwhile, hired Shadoe Stevens, who took over the week after Kasem's last AT40 program, and the show continued for another 6-1/2 years. In many respects, Casey's Top 40. Many radio programmers were not happy with the circumstances surrounding Kasem's departure and took his show. Stevens – although he did an excellent job by many accounts – never stood a chance, and AT40 concluded its original run on January 28, 1995. In the post-script, AT40 would return ... three years later, after Kasem had another falling out, this time with Casey's distributor Westwood One; Kasem was able to procure the rights to the AT40 name, and the show has been going strong since Premiere Radio Networks took over in March 1998.
American Top 40 Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Radio countdown program of the week's top 40 mainstream pop hits. AT40 had been the standard-bearer for radio countdown programs when Los Angeles radio personality Rick Dees began his own Top 40 radio countdown program (in the aftermath of his station, KIIS-FM losing AT40 to a rival station. The presentation was somewhat similar, although Dees used the Radio & Records chart as its source and had different features, including (then-novel) interview clips of artists (during Dees' stretch stories on various songs), songs predicted to make the top 10 and a recap of the top 5 from a past year. Unclear, as both shows are running today. The exception was 1995-1998, when AT40 was on an "extended hiatus" – the original version, hosted last by Shadoe Stevens, having ended in January 1995, only to return in March 1998 when original 'AT40' host Casey Kasem acquired the naming rights; during the interim, Dees' show continued uninterrupted, while Kasem hosted the competing Casey's Top 40.
American Country Countdown Bob Kingsleys Country Top 40 Radio countdown program of the week's top country music hits. ACC was created by Casey Kasem, Don Bustany and Tom Rounds in 1973 as a country music spinoff of American Top 40. Hosted today by Kix Brooks (half of country music's mega-duo Brooks and Dunn), the show was hosted for years by Los Angeles radio personality Bob Kingsley (who began as the show's producer during original host Don Bowman's run). When ABC Networks decided to take the show in a different direction and Kingsley balked, he was given his walking papers. Kingsley quickly took his vision of the format – which had worked for 27 years – and took it to Jones Radio Network to begin the Country Top 40. Still a tie, as both programs continue running strong. ACC has a slight advantage with Brooks' weekly column in Country Weekly and an online television show; plus, ACC is one of radio's longest-running, uninterrupted-run programs, having run every week non-stop since October 6, 1973 (more than 38 years). Kingsley is well known for his professionalism and honest presentation of the week's top 40 hits, a tried and true formula that has worked for going on 34 years (dating to his ACC days).
American Country Countdown and Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 Other radio countdown programs – including CMT's Country Countdown USA, The Crook & Chase Countdown and The Weekly Country Music Countdown Radio countdown program of the week's top country music hits. See above for ACC and Country Top 40. Country Countdown USA, hosted by journalist Lon Helton, debuted in April 1992. Each program co-hosted by a current country music artist, who provides insight into the songs and artists. Crook & Chase – hosted by longtime country music television personalities Charlie Crook and Lorianne Chase – is a fixture in medium to small markets, and premiered three months before Country Countdown USA. Along with their homespun humor, this program includes interviews and other songs. The Weekly Country Music Countdown debuted in 1981 and was the first major rival to ACC. Hosted by Chris Charles, this program presented the top 30 songs of the week as ranked by Radio & Records magazine; in addition to an artist profile (two of a current artist's older hits per hour), features included interviews with other artists, the "calendar" (with birthdates and important milestones in country music) and for a time, the "Dusty Diskfile" (the top 5 songs from that week in a past year). Depends on the market. ACC, Country Top 40 and Country Countdown USA are the top runners, in a virtual tie. Crook & Chase is a stalwart but has held its own, and is popular mainly in medium and smaller markets. RIP to honorable mention Chris Charles' Weekly Country Music Countdown, which held its own for nearly 20 years but ultimately ran short of affiliates by the early 2000s.

Western Animation[edit | hide]

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Filmation's Ghostbusters (not those ones) The Real Ghostbusters (those ones) Cartoon adaptation of a live action TV series/Film about a team of detectives/geeks confronting ghosts and such. Both series premiered at the same year featuring Filmation and Columbia's long dispute for the copyrights of the name. Both followed the destiny of their source materials, as only one of them is still remembered and a trope namer to boot.
Totally Spies! Kim Possible Cartoon about extraordinarily empowered teenage girl superspies in High School. Totally Spies! was more anime-influenced, while Kim Possible stuck with straight-up Action Girl antics and a strong supporting cast. Basically a tie. Each show is more popular on its home continent (Kim Possible in America, Totally Spies in Europe), though Totally Spies ended with an extra season at a later date to its credit in Europe.
The Simpsons Family Guy Cartoon about a Dysfunctional Family with a stupid and obnoxious father, a patient and loving wife, two kids and a baby. Dueling Shows made by the same network. The Simpsons came first, has lasted longer, and is overall the most successful, while Family Guy now typically gets higher ratings than The Simpsons (although this can vary from week to week). Parodied on this Mad Magazine cover.
South Park The Three Friends and Jerry Animated comedies centering around 4 boys and rife with Comedic Sociopathy. South Park was aimed at the 18-34 crowd on Comedy Central, while The Three Friends and Jerry was a kids' show on ABC Family (then known as Fox Family). Trey Parker, the co-creator of South Park, happens to lend his voice to both shows, oddly enough. South Park lasted much, MUCH longer than The Three Friends and Jerry, which was forgotten as soon as it came.
American Dragon: Jake Long The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Animated Supernatural Soap Opera about a kid with powers. Moderate differences, but in both, a young Asian person inherits the mystical mantle of a grandparent, becomes a mediator between the human and magical worlds, and has an irritating opposite-gender younger sibling and a talking pug dog. Though both shows ran for about the same number of months, American Dragon has twelve episodes over Juniper Lee (although this was a standard Disney practice of stretching out seasons). Juniper Lee however has the advantage of getting three seasons whereas American Dragon only got two and even a DVD release of the first season (albeit only in Australia). Of the two series though, American Dragon is more well remembered while Juniper is more a Cult Classic.
WITCH Winx Club Animesque Sentai show with Magical Girls. Somewhat similar shows that both originated in Italy, except WITCH has a bigger budget and scripts with less fluff. Many of the similarities were introduced through the adaptations. In America, the Winx had broadcast TV coverage from day 1 while the Guardians started on cable, so the Winx ended up clobbering them Ratings-wise and have now outlasted their dueling counterparts. On the other hands, the popularity of WITCH as a comic book series completely eclipses that of Winx Club as a cartoon series.
Transformers Generation 1 Challenge of the Go Bots Sentai show with Transforming Mecha. Challenge of the Go Bots seems to be the obvious pale knockoff... so it comes as a surprise to many that the Go Bots toys actually predated Transformers by two years. Nonetheless, the cartoon Autobots beat the Go Bots to TV by a month. Transformers became a Cash Cow Franchise that's still going strong some twenty-five years later. Go Bots faded into obscurity and became a punchline on purpose, mainly because Hasbro ended up later buying Go Bots's company and locked down the copyrights completely in order to keep "Transformers" in the public eye.
The Powerpuff Girls Teamo Supremo A trio of children take time off from their schoolwork to fight crime. The big difference, though, was that the Powerpuff Girls were superpowered sisters born as the result of a lab accident. Teamo, on the other hand, were Three Amigos of no blood relation who instead used supertools. The 10th anniversary special, the DVD releases, The Movie, the aforementioned anime adaptation, the daily repeats on Boomerang and a merchandising empire that beat Disney at its own game (along with no allusions like TS to make an educational show) give the PPGs a win here.
Drawn Together Total Drama Island Animated Reality Show parodies. Drawn Together is modelled after The Real World, and the reality premise takes a secondary role to the characters and jokes. Total Drama Island is modelled after competition shows like Survivor, and the reality aspect is crucial to the series. Also, while Total Drama Island is for younger viewers, Drawn Together most assuredly is NOT. Drawn Together had three seasons and a movie; Total Drama Island has three seasons and a planned fourth. However, the fanbase for Total Drama Island outweighs its competition, especially since it is still ongoing.
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Bravestarr and Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Space Western Animated Series with Mechanical Horses. Saber Rider was the first of these shows; its original Japanese version, Sei Juushi Bismarck, aired in 1984. In America, Galaxy Rangers came first in 1986, with the other two shows following in 1987. Galaxy Rangers was Darker and Edgier than its competitors and seems to have the biggest fan following today, although none of the series did very well in America. Bravestarr is the best known of the three outside of the animation fandom, but Rangers is the most popular within that fandom.
Xiaolin Showdown Avatar: The Last Airbender Animesque martial arts shows influenced by Chinese mythology and the classical elements. Avatar was more mythological and story driven with well-developed characters, while Xiaolin Showdown was more merchandise driven. Although both shows were quite good and lasted for the same amount of seasons, Avatar is the clear winner, with a larger fanbase, more episodes, better writing, a live action movie, and a Sequel Series in The Legend of Korra.
The Superhero Squad Show Batman the Brave And The Bold Silver Age esque kiddy-shows with a focus on lighthearted fun. Brave and the Bold is still quite close to the comics in characterisation, except much more far-out in its storylines, whereas Superhero Squad Show is extremely OTT and whacky in everything that happens. Also, BTBATB focuses almost exclusively on A Day in the Limelight, prioritizing characters like Clock King and Green Arrow over The Joker and Robin. Both shows are quite popular, but so far Brave and the Bold is slightly more popular. Superhero Squad Show will likely make more money thanks to being Merchandise-Driven, however.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 Street Sharks A group of mutated antropomorphic animal brothers fight against a power-hungry madman and his two incompetent lackeys. There were many, MANY TMNT imitators but Street Sharks is the most prominent. Ninja Turtles, no doubt. Street Sharks was actually decently popular during its time but it never got any continuation and is pretty much a joke today.
SpongeBob SquarePants Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island An eternally cheerful super-optimist in a nautical-themed world of anthropomorphic sea creatures/fruit annoys his fussbudget neighbor while having wacky adventures with his dim-witted best friend. Fred premiered on Kids' WB at the height of SpongeBob's popularity, and the main characters of both shows act and sound extremly similar. The main difference was that Fred was a talking coconut who lived on an island with other talking fruit. SpongeBob by a light year; it is one of the most successful cartoons of all time, the cornerstone of Nickelodeon's empire and has lasted for more than ten years. Coconut Fred was hated by critics and canceled after half a season.
What a Cartoon Show Oh Yeah Cartoons Animated Anthologies Cartoon Network's WACS and Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah both featured stand-alone shorts and recurring series. Several cartoons from both shows spun-off into full series (Including My Life as a Teenage Robot, Dexters Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and The Fairly OddParents). They even shared one cartoon series: Mina and the Count, which debuted on WACS and moved to Oh Yeah. Both were developed by the same man, Fred Seibert. Both series are equally well-remembered. Which one is the "winner" depends on which of the various spinoffs you preferred.
KaBlam!! Oh Yeah! Cartoons Nickelodeon animated sketch comedies that presented about four shorts an episode. Both aired on Nick in the 1990s Tie, both had little tie-in merchandise and ran for four years (KaBlam!!: 1996-2000, Oh Yeah! Cartoons: 1998-2002), however KaBlam!! is more remembered across the internet.
SpongeBob SquarePants Fish Hooks Cartoon about underwater creatures living human lives. SpongeBob is set in an ocean and stars a sponge working in a fast-food restaurant, while Fish Hooks is set in a pet store/TV repair shop and stars a group of fish going to high school. Fish Hooks is also much more realistic in plot, fish locomtion, food, and scale, while SpongeBob is quite surreal. SpongeBob, obviously. It is one of the most successful, well-known, and well-recieved cartoons of all time, and pretty much is to Nickelodeon as Mickey Mouse is to Disney. Fish Hooks, on the other hand, is relatively obscure, hated by many, and not as successful.
Archie's Weird Mysteries Martin Mystery About a gang dealing with supernatural activities in their normal lives. Both of these works are Lighter and Softer, and by the way, they are based on comics. While Archies only have two seasons, Martin has three seasons, making it the winner.
Batman Beyond (Kids WB) Spider-Man Unlimited (FOX Kids) Merchandise-Driven Spinoffs of Batman: The Animated Series and Spider-Man: The Animated Series respectively, released in 1999. Both shows centered on familiar heroes with new Powered Armor costumes with Invisibility Cloak powers, in a Dystopia. Batman Beyond was set in a Bad Future Dystopia, centered upon a teenager trained by Bruce Wayne in the Batman role and somehow developed into a Darker and Edgier show than its predecessor, particularly in The Movie that was based on it. Spider-Man Unlimited - which was originally planned to be a Animated Adaptation of Spider Man 2099 - eventually came to be about Peter Parker in an Alternate Timeline Dystopia, where Beast Men ruled the Earth. Batman Beyond, which lasted for three seasons and inspired a full-length animated film. Spider-Man Unlimited was canceled after one season.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Widget the World Watcher Saving the environment through use of superpowers. Captain Planet is generally more remembered than Widget, although their critical reception was quite similar for both of the shows.
Hey Arnold! Recess A group of fourth grade kids and their usual adventures with their friends Hey Arnold! didn't have school as its main focus (while a bunch of episodes focused on school, it wasn't the main point of the show), while Recess focuses more on the kids at school. Tie. Both are very well-remembered and have a following among adults, as well as having a similar run time and both having feature films. However, Recess got two direct-to-video specials after the show ended, and was shown in repeats on a daily basis until recently.
Garfield and Friends Eek! The Cat Comedic multiple-segment Saturday Morning Cartoon about a wisecracking Fat Cat who lives with an annoying owner, has lots of misadventures, and dislikes dogs with a passion. Both cartoons have the same art design for some characters, and they even have a second segment that has very different characters,[6] but Eek! The Cat seems a bit Darker and Edgier than Garfield and Friends. While both are very well-known and well-remembered, Garfield and Friends is part of the Garfield franchise, which in turn is the most profitable comic strip ever, with lots of merchandise, books, movies, and animated cartoons.
Denver, the Last Dinosaur Dink the Little Dinosaur Animated series about dinosaurs having adventures and a Green Aesop or two. Denver had a one-year head start, aired in syndication and was set in modern-day while Dink came a year later (inspired partly by The Land Before Time, released inbetween the two shows), was aired by CBS and took place in the Stone Age. Both shows ran two seasons but Denver the Last Dinosaur is more fondly remembered and had more episodes (50 vs. 21) than Dink.
Action Man (2000 CGI reboot) Max Steel Merchandise-Driven CGI cartoons about young extreme sports athletes who gain super powers and fight international criminals with the help of a shadowy organization and a quirky group of friends. While Max was a high schooler who gained more traditional "brick" powers through unstable nanotechnology, Alex Mann was an adult celebrity whose powers were more akin to Awesome By Analysis taken to ridiculous levels. Also, Max Steel was animated more realistically while Action Man looked stylistically similar to Beast Machines. Arguable: While Max Steel lasted longer, even getting animated by Action Man producers Mainframe Entertainment once the latter show was cancelled AND getting 3 additional TV movies to boot, Action Man is tied to a long-running toy franchise (even if only as it's red-headed stepchild), and, ultimately, BOTH shows have been largely forgotten.
  1. mostly because Death Note goes Beyond the Impossible on the grittiness
  2. Yo Dawg! We heard you like hottipes!
  3. Many Indians do. Street Hawk was introduced 'before' satellite television AND Knight Rider. A GI Joe motorcycle and Snake-Eyes toy package were retooled and packaged as a Street Hawk package- before Knight Rider was aired.
  4. which began as a serious motoring magazine programme in 1977, became more fun-oriented and controversial around 1988, and was cancelled in 1999.
  5. Of if you go by the titles: Man vs. Wild vs. Survivorman - Round 2
  6. Garfield had U.S. Acres, while Eek! had The Terrible Thunderlizards