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15th Nov '15 6:41:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' was originally a special, but was popular enough that they made it a successor series to ''{{Rugrats}}''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' was originally a special, but was popular enough that they made it a successor series to ''{{Rugrats}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
5th Nov '15 2:06:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''TvsBloopersAndPracticalJokes'' was a merging of three previous NBC specials...''Johnny Carson's Funniest Practical Jokes'', ''TV's Censored Bloopers'', and ''TV's Greatest Commercials''. Reversed after the show was cancelled and ''TV's Censored Bloopers'' was presented again as an occational series of specials.

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* ''TvsBloopersAndPracticalJokes'' ''Series/TVsBloopersAndPracticalJokes'' was a merging of three previous NBC specials...''Johnny Carson's Funniest Practical Jokes'', ''TV's Censored Bloopers'', and ''TV's Greatest Commercials''. Reversed after the show was cancelled and ''TV's Censored Bloopers'' was presented again as an occational series of specials.



* ''ACharlieBrownChristmas'', ''[[ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown]]'' and the other ''{{Peanuts}}'' specials in that sequence eventually led to ''The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show''. This one is a case where the specials are currently more famous than the show they launched.
* {{Garfield}} had several specials under his belt before ''GarfieldAndFriends''.
* ''GIJoe'' had two mini-series before the actual series began.

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* ''ACharlieBrownChristmas'', ''[[ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown]]'' ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'' and the other ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' specials in that sequence eventually led to ''The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show''. This one is a case where the specials are currently more famous than the show they launched.
* {{Garfield}} ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} had several specials under his belt before ''GarfieldAndFriends''.
''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
* ''GIJoe'' ''Franchise/GIJoe'' had two mini-series before the actual series began.



* ''TheRaccoons'' originally had four specials. The first one being about Christmas.
* ''Series/BoSelecta'', or at least lead character Avid Merrion, started as filler shorts during adbreaks for one season of ''BigBrother Live''.

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* ''TheRaccoons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' originally had four specials. The first one being about Christmas.
* ''Series/BoSelecta'', or at least lead character Avid Merrion, started as filler shorts during adbreaks for one season of ''BigBrother ''Series/BigBrother Live''.



* The ''OnePiece'' Christmas special was originally supposed to be a two-episode filler where the cast is in feudal Japan and Luffy is a detective, but later evolved into reoccurring filler episodes. They were easy to plot, genuinely funny, could be fit in at any time, and brought back a lot of old characters in as cameos.

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* The ''OnePiece'' ''Franchise/OnePiece'' Christmas special was originally supposed to be a two-episode filler where the cast is in feudal Japan and Luffy is a detective, but later evolved into reoccurring filler episodes. They were easy to plot, genuinely funny, could be fit in at any time, and brought back a lot of old characters in as cameos.
1st Mar '15 9:18:20 PM jormis29
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* The Australian show ''GoodNewsWeek'' was canceled back in 2000. In 2008, a reunion special was planned, but the Writer's Guild strike in America caused Channel Ten to revive it fully.

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* The Australian show ''GoodNewsWeek'' ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' was canceled back in 2000. In 2008, a reunion special was planned, but the Writer's Guild strike in America caused Channel Ten to revive it fully.
28th Feb '15 3:37:09 AM jormis29
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* Another Aussie example, ''[[HeyHeyItsSaturday Hey, Hey, It's Saturday]]'', was a variety show that was on air for nearly 30 years, starting as a childrens program and eventually becoming a prime time variety show, in 1999 the show was wrapped up, but in 2009, 2 one off reunion specials were aired on consecutive Wednesdays. These specials were a runaway hit and this resulted in the show now being back on air every Wednesday.

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* Another Aussie example, ''[[HeyHeyItsSaturday Hey, Hey, It's Saturday]]'', ''Series/HeyHeyItsSaturday'', was a variety show that was on air for nearly 30 years, starting as a childrens program and eventually becoming a prime time variety show, in 1999 the show was wrapped up, but in 2009, 2 one off reunion specials were aired on consecutive Wednesdays. These specials were a runaway hit and this resulted in the show now being back on air every Wednesday.
22nd Feb '15 3:31:01 AM jormis29
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* TLC likes to test show concepts this way. That's how we got ''JonAndKatePlusEight'', ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'', and ''TableForTwelve'', among others.

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* TLC likes to test show concepts this way. That's how we got ''JonAndKatePlusEight'', ''Series/JonAndKatePlusEight'', ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'', and ''TableForTwelve'', ''Series/TableFor12'', among others.
10th May '14 5:48:49 PM bwburke94
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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' began with a New Year's special.

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* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' began with a New Year's special, but had been commissioned for a full series prior to the filming of the special.
6th Jan '14 1:26:33 AM kirara19
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* ''AllGrownUp'' was originally a special, but was popular enough that they made it a successor series to ''{{Rugrats}}''.
* ''TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' started out as a series of shorts during commercial periods, followed by full-length specials, then the regular series.

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* ''AllGrownUp'' ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' was originally a special, but was popular enough that they made it a successor series to ''{{Rugrats}}''.
* ''TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' started out as a series of shorts during commercial periods, followed by full-length specials, then the regular series.



* ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' began with a New Year's special.

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* ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' began with a New Year's special.
15th Oct '13 12:03:58 AM Antwan
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* ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' began as an hour-long special hosted by BobSaget and Kellie Martin in November 1989; it was brought back as a weekly series two months later with Saget in tow, and has aired ever since with two host changes since then (with the minor exception of a period from the fall of 1998 to the summer of 2001, when in an inversion of this trope, it was reduced to a series of specials).

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* ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' began as an hour-long special hosted by BobSaget Creator/BobSaget and Kellie Martin in November 1989; it was brought back as a weekly series two months later with Saget in tow, and has aired ever since with two host changes since then (with the minor exception of a period from the fall of 1998 to the summer of 2001, when in an inversion of this trope, it was reduced to a series of specials).
29th Sep '13 4:38:57 AM Viira
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* ''MyLittlePony''
* ''TheSimpsons'': "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" aka "The Simpsons Christmas Special" was always intended to be just one more episode of the show, but the fact that Fox chose[[hottip:* :(or, since the original animation for the first few episodes was coming back so poorly the entire series had to be slipped, but the Christmas episode, #8, had to air around Christmas)]] to air it as the first episode is probably due to the influence of this trope.

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* ''MyLittlePony''
''Franchise/MyLittlePony''
* ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" aka "The Simpsons Christmas Special" was always intended to be just one more episode of the show, but the fact that Fox chose[[hottip:* :(or, chose[[note]](or, since the original animation for the first few episodes was coming back so poorly the entire series had to be slipped, but the Christmas episode, #8, had to air around Christmas)]] Christmas)[[/note]] to air it as the first episode is probably due to the influence of this trope.



* ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' began as an hour-long special hosted by BobSaget and Kellie Martin in November 1989; it was brought back as a weekly series two months later with Saget in tow, and has aired ever since with two host changes since then (with the minor exception of a period from the fall of 1998 to the summer of 2001, when in an inversion of this trope, it was reduced to a series of specials).

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* ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' began as an hour-long special hosted by BobSaget and Kellie Martin in November 1989; it was brought back as a weekly series two months later with Saget in tow, and has aired ever since with two host changes since then (with the minor exception of a period from the fall of 1998 to the summer of 2001, when in an inversion of this trope, it was reduced to a series of specials).
11th Aug '13 1:26:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''BoSelecta'', or at least lead character Avid Merrion, started as filler shorts during adbreaks for one season of ''BigBrother Live''.

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* ''BoSelecta'', ''Series/BoSelecta'', or at least lead character Avid Merrion, started as filler shorts during adbreaks for one season of ''BigBrother Live''.
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