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[[folder:Examples across Genres]]
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|| [[Creator/{{PTEN}} Prime Time Entertainment Network]] || Creator/ActionPack || Big Studio-produced, part-anthologies/part-syndicated networks. trying to emulate the success of {{FOX}}'s launch || PTEN (a joint venture from Creator/WarnerBros and [[Creator/{{UPN}} United Television]]) boasted ''Series/BabylonFive'' along with ''Series/TimeTrax'' and ''Series/KungFu : The Legend Continues''. Creator/{{Universal}}'s Action Pack was led by the one-two punch of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' || PTEN lasted four seasons, with only B5 lasting more than two. Action Pack lasted longer (ten seasons) with a much fuller roster of shows. ||
|| ''Series/DoOver'' (2002) || ''Series/ThatWasThen'' (2002) || [[TheEighties 80's]] {{flashback}} to HighSchool. || One was a sitcom, the other a drama. In both of them, the protagonist starts as a depressed, adult salesman in his thirties. Their lives are in ruins, along with those of the people they once cared about. They blame that on certain decisions they took in high school. Then a freak accident sends them back in time, reliving their high school years. They have a chance to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. || Neither was too successful; the FridayNightDeathSlot and a concept only network execs enjoyed killed them both. However the comedic ''Do Over'' lasted for 15 episodes, while the dramatic ''That Was Then'' only lasted 2 episodes. ||
|| ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' (2006) || ''Series/ThirtyRock'' (2006) || Behind-the-scenes shows about the drama that goes on during the development of a ''SaturdayNightLive''-esque sketch/variety show || ''Studio 60'' is a [[Creator/AaronSorkin Sorkin]] {{Dramedy}}, while ''30 Rock'' is a straight SitCom. Plus, they were on the same network -- Creator/{{NBC}}, which ''also'' has [[SaturdayNightLive the closest thing to the shows they go behind-the-scenes of!]] || ''30 Rock'' made it to seven seasons and ended on its own terms, while ''Studio 60'' got the axe after a single season. ''Studio 60'' had higher first-season ratings for the episodes that aired during the normal "season," but was much more expensive to produce and for various reasons the network execs liked ''30 Rock'' better. (For one thing, ''Studio 60'' was critical of network TV in general, and network execs weren't going to like that). It should be noted that NBC staff couldn't decide which one to greenlight, so they greenlit ''both''. ||
|| ''Series/CleanHouse'' (2003) || ''{{Hoarders}}'' (2009) || Shows about people with irritatingly or pathologically cluttered homes. || ''Hoarders'' is the more serious and deserving of the documentary label, considering that pathological hoarding is [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped an actual mental illness]], while ''Clean House'''s comedic streak and focus on the cleaning aspect places it better on RealityTV. || Both became LongRunners. ''Clean House'' lasted ten seasons, ''Hoarders'' six.||
|| ''Series/TheBorgias'' (2011) || ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011) || R-rated premium cable series heavy on medieval political intrigue. And [[IncestIsRelative Incest]]. || Neither series is an original work -- ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novels by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, while ''Series/TheBorgias'' is based on the historical family. || The ratings of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' increased at a regular pace until it became one of the most watched shows in HBO's history by the end of the third season. The opposite happened to ''TheBorgias'', whose third season ratings declined until they couldn't justify the show's high cost, and the series was cancelled following a rushed finale that contained ''Thrones''' iconic line "Winter is Coming" - A concession of defeat on the part of the writers?||
|| ''Series/{{House}}'' || ''Series/LieToMe'' || Creator/{{Fox}} dramas featuring eccentric, wisecracking, and disillusioned doctor/detectives based on real people and played by eminent British actors. || Tim Roth [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent doesn't attempt an American accent]] and ''Series/LieToMe'' focuses more on the detective aspect. || ''Series/{{House}}'' has way more awards and higher ratings, while ''Series/LieToMe'' was canceled after 3 seasons and did not have nearly the critical acclaim. ||
|| ''Series/BurnNotice'' || ''RoyalPains'' || 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'' is moderately successful. Meanwhile, ''Burn Notice'' recently wrapped up its ''seventh'' and final season, and is still one of the series the network is known for. ||
|| ''Series/RosemarysBaby'' ({{NBC}} horror) || ''Series/{{Extant}}'' ({{CBS}} sci-fi) || An elegant African-American woman is pregnant with a mysterious child who may have a huge impact on the human race. || Both kids are from supernatural sources ({{Satan}} and aliens (presumably), respectively) ''Rosemary's Baby'' will [[TheAntiChrist doom humanity]] while ''Extant''[='=]s could save it (though probably not in [[MessianicArchetype the same manner]], possibly more like a [[MagicGenetics genetic upgrade]]). ||
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[[folder:Adventure]]
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|| ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' (1982) || ''Series/BringEmBackAlive'' (1982) || Action-adventure series that embody the TwoFistedTales trope. || Both were quickly greenlit in TheEighties once ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' proved to be a success, and as such it's somewhat hard to tell which one really started the fight. || ''Tales'' was critically acclaimed and won several Emmys, while ''Bring 'Em Back Alive'' has been mostly forgotten. ||
|| ''Series/KnightRider'' (1982) || ''Series/StreetHawk'' (1985) || 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''? ''Knight Rider'' was near the end of it's third season when ''Street Hawk'' premiered, and got another season following it.
|| ''Series/TheATeam'' (1983) || ''Series/HighPerformance'' (1983) || Action-adventure shows featuring do-gooders for hire. || Another Creator/{{ABC}} knockoff of an Creator/{{NBC}} smash hit. || ''High Performance'' died after three episodes, while ''Series/TheATeam'' lasted five seasons, becoming a pop culture sensation and a FountainOfMemes. ||
|| ''Series/BlueThunder'' || ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' || Crime-fighting super helicopters, and the people that flew them. || Both debuting in 1984, ''Series/BlueThunder'' was spun off from the [[Film/BlueThunder 1983 top-grossing feature film]], and drew heavily on it for stock footage. ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' debuted 16 days later and was thematically similar to the already successful ''Series/KnightRider''. || ''Thunder'' barely lasted half a season. ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' ran for four seasons on CBS and USA, though it got pretty dire by the end. ||
|| ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (2004) || ''Series/{{Flight 29 Down}}'' || Plane crashes on an island; characters must adapt. || ''Lost'' premiered a year earlier and became an overnight sensation. ''[=F29D=]'' 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. || ''[=F29D=]'' was cancelled after two seasons. ''Lost'' is considered the pioneer in [[NoughtiesDramaSeries 21st century mainstream mystery-drama television]]. ||
|| ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' (2008) || ''Series/WhiteCollar'' (2009) || Skilled and rather flamboyant thief/thieves are recruited by the good guys to create some {{Asshole Victim}}s. ||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 Collar''’s ConMan is employed by the government. || The audience. While ''White Collar'' technically run longer and had one season more (six as opposed to five), ''Leverage'' had more episodes per season and therefore overall only four episodes less (77 vs. 83). Both shows were successes for their respective network and both managed to go out on a high note. ||
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[[folder:Children's Show]]
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|| ''Series/BigTimeRush'' || ''ImInTheBand'' || Shows about young men who rather arbitrarily end up in the music industry in bands. Tween Sitcoms 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 BoyBand), while the other only has one (and he's PuttingtheBandBackTogether) and is otherwise targeted toward boys. One show has more music production (Series/BigTimeRush) || Big Time Rush; First of all, Nickelodeon is a higher rated channel than Disney XD, so it is naturally the more successful show. Likewise, the eponymous group made small dents on Billboard and [=iTunes=] while I'm In The Band was cancelled in its second season. ||
|| ''Series/ICarly'' || ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' || KidCom including a ShowWithinAShow || [[MsFanservice Carly]], [[DoggedNiceGuy Freddie Benson]] and [[JerkSue Sam]] run their own webshow, and deal with growing up. HilarityEnsues. [[FishOutOfWater Sonny Monroe]] joins the cast of a sketch comedy show, and tries to deny falling in love with [[AwesomeMcCoolname Chad Dylan Cooper]]. HilarityEnsues || Rumours persist that SonnyWithAChance was ripped off a pitch for what eventually became ''Series/ICarly''. While Disney's SonnyWithAChance isn't bad, Nick's iCarly wins ratings wise, and attracts a huge following outside the usual demo's due to constantly GettingCrapPastTheRadar, and has a huge Internet following. The latter, however, due to [[DemiLovato the lead's departure]], ended up having its ShowWithinAShow to be [[Series/SoRandom defictionalized.]] Lovato herself has an advantage of being a bigger star than any of the actors from [=iCarly=]. ||
|| ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' (1992) || ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' (1993) || Kids shows that focus on learning science, often in goofy and irreverent ways || 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 very good edutainment shows (which is a rarity, as kids would rather eat their vegetables than watch anything educational. They already have enough problems with school, thank you), and were worthy of being Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert's heir to the throne, though Bill Nye wins because the subjects were more in-depth than what ''Beakman's World'' touched on and even explored some stuff that wouldn't conventionally be considered science, but has scientific teachings behind it (communication, human transportation, population, probability and odds, music, and architecture). Nye also gets an additional edge by remaining a pop culture and science icon/personality after the show, though obviously at a reduced status. Honorable mention goes to you, the viewers who learned something from both shows, in and out of the classroom.||
|| ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (1993) || ''Series/VRTroopers'' (1994), ''Series/MaskedRider'' (1995), ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' (1996) || Adaptations of Japanese {{tokusatsu}} (live-action superheroics) with new footage with American actors. Of the many ''Rangers'' [[FollowTheLeader knockoffs of the time]], these three shows were the most prominent; being by ''Rangers'' producers SabanEntertainment and two aired with ''Rangers'' on FoxKids (''Troopers'' was syndicated instead). Yes, [[SelfPlagiarism it is possible to self-duel]]. || ''Power Rangers'' is based on the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, ''Masked Rider'' on ''Franchise/KamenRider'' (specifically, ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX''), and the other two on various ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' series (''VR Troopers'' on unrelated shows ''Series/ChoujinkiMetalder'', ''Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban'' and ''Series/SpaceSheriffShaider''; ''Beetleborgs'' on ''Series/JuukouBFighter'' and its sequel ''Series/BFighterKabuto''). || Despite [[UnCancelled 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'' fairly-ok but could not continue due to Kamen Rider going on a decade long hiatus. ||
|| ''BlackHoleHigh'' (2002) || ''TowerPrep'' (2010), ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' (2011) || Kids shows about a group of teenagers trying to find out the secrets of their rather creepy BoardingSchool. || 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 LighterAndSofter ''Series/PrisonBreak'', while ''Anubis'' has a mystery arc like ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Also, while ''Tower'' debuted first, ''Anubis'' is based on Dutch show '' Het Huis Anubis'' (2006-2009) that aired before either of them. Finally, ''Black Hole High'' aired before anything and ran on half-hour episodes. A {{Dramedy}} with an emphasis more on comedy that incorporated science-fiction. || ''Black Hole High'' ran for four seasons, has been shown internationally, had the last three episodes adapted into a movie, and won two emmys for "Oustanding Children's Show" and "Outstanding Writing". ''Anubis'' is still running, been well received, and has 190 episodes under its belt. In terms of longevity, Anubis over fourfold. In terms of notoriety, ''Black Hole'' (for the present). ''Tower'' got cancelled after one season and was not very well liked. ||
|| ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' || ''Series/ShakeItUp'' || 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. || They were about equal ratings-wise (though Victorious seems to be more enjoyed), and Bella Thorne was won an award. In the end, a draw: they both started in 2010 and ended in 2013 with roughly an equal episode count. Both were among each network's top hits when canceled and most fans will cry was each taken down in its prime.||
|| ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' || ''Series/HowToRock'' || Two Kid Coms, one about a girl at a performing arts school, the other about an AlphaBitch who [[FallenPrincess 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 TrueCompanions relationship between the members of Gravity 5 and Kacey's struggling not to fall back into her old ways. This time, ''both'' shows are on the same network, Nickelodeon.|| ''Victorious'' lasted three seasons and was more or less well liked while ''How To Rock'' lasted one season only. ||
|| ''{{iCarly}}''/''{{Victorious}}'' || ''ANTFarm'' || {{Kid Com}}s about talented and/or creatively expressive children. || ''Victorious'' and ''[=ANT=] Farm'' have nearly identical premises -- talented and gifted children attend a high school and HijinksEnsue -- but oddly enough more people think ''[=ANT=] Farm'' has more in common with ''[=iCarly=]'' given the amount of character and especially relationship expies. || [=ANT=] Farm comes via the DisneyChannel -- if you haven't noticed by now, Disney and Nick tend to be cases of directly dueling ''networks''. In this case, you can make a case that ''[=ANT=] Farm'' is essentially ''Victorious'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''[=iCarly=]''. Though ''iCarly'' and ''Victorious'' were both canceled (the latter after three years and the former after ''five'', a long run for a KidCom), each series is kept alive spiritually in the form of the spin-off series ''SamAndCat''; ''ANTFarm'' aired its last episode in early spring 2014 after a three-season run.||
|| ''[[WebVideo/{{Fred}} Fred: The Show]]'' || ''[[TheAnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures Of Annoying Orange]]'' || TV adaptations of popular web series which are [[CriticalDissonance popular with viewers, hated by critics]] [[LoveItOrHateIt (and other viewers, of course)]] and revolve around big-mouthed fast-talkers || ''Fred'' was broadcast on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} which advertises its shows ''more'' than Creator/CartoonNetwork which airs ''Orange'', however it has a larger fanbase. || While both received ''extremely'' negative reviews, ''Orange'' has been renewed for a third season whereas ''Fred'' was cancelled after the first season. It helps that Cartoon Network has ''lower'' ratings standards than Nickelodeon, which would have axed ''Fred'' anyways since it's ''entire'' live-action line-up was scrapped for a new round of live-action shows. ||
|| ''{{Jessie}}'' || ''SamAndCat'' || [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Successors]] of widely popular shows featuring the breakout star(s) of the previous series in her own show playing nannies/babysitters. || ''Jessie'' is spiritually spun-off from Disney Channel's ''SuiteLifeOnDeck'' while Nickelodeon's ''SamAndCat'' is a legitimate spin-off of both ''iCarly'' and ''Victorious'' featuring the characters [[CaptainObvious Sam and Cat]] from each respective show. The shows differ not only in the number of headline stars (one vs. two) but in ''Jessie'' focusing entirely on a single family, while ''Sam & Cat'' prefers to follow the Wacky Hijinks of the two leads leaving the babysitter premise almost entirely forgotten. Interestingly enough, the leads of each series - DebbyRyan and JennetteMcCurdy - are real life friends (at least at one point). ||''Jessie''s head-start actually means ''Sam & Cat'' would have inevitably outlast if it had stuck to its planned schedule due to Disney Channel's policy of renewing a show for no more than four seasons (and only three in most cases). ''Jessie'' also ''had'' a massive ratings lead in the beginning, frequently reaching the lofty ratings of classic hits like ''Suite Life on Deck'' and ''Victorious'' - numbers ''Sam & Cat'' could only dream of. That was well before ''Sam & Cat'' 's actual premiere, however, and now both shows have settled into similar ratings numbers (both woefully low compared to ''Jessie'''s heyday first season and ''iCarly''/''Victorious''). Critically, both shows are also doing the same - that is to say, not terrifically well with ''Sam & Cat'' being compared palely to its predecessors and ''Jessie'' losing critical respect compared to both its earlier self and ''Suite Life''. ''Sam & Cat'' has been rumored for pick-up for a second season, but with 40 episodes already in the can and persistent rumors of the show leads wanting to "move on" there is serious question if Nickelodeon will actually follow through; meanwhile Disney Channel has already picked up ''Jessie'' for its fourth and almost inevitably final (by network-wide policy) season. In the end, ''Jessie'' wins by default - ''Sam & Cat'' didn't even finish its 40-episode order for various and unspecified reasons.||
||''BluePeter''||''Magpie''||Magazine programmes with wholesome and informative fun for British kids, with charitable appeals and badges awarded for achievement.||''BluePeter'' (BBC) began as a rather staid and studio-bound affair (suits, ties etc.) but moved towards a livelier presentation with more outdoor locations following the arrival of John Noakes in 1965. ''Magpie'' (ITV) copied ''Blue Peter''’s format from the start, while employing more hip language and graphics.||No contest. ''BluePeter'' (1958-present) is the longest running children’s show ever, its badges respected and good for free entry to various places. ''Magpie'' ran 1968-80, badges crop up on eBay etc occasionally[[note]]a large number having been "liberated" when the show ended[[/note]].||
|| ''Series/LabRats'' || ''Series/TheThundermans'' || Sitcoms about superpowered teenagers. || Both shows have been compared to ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', because the shows feature fantasy/sci-fi elements. ''Lab Rats'' was actually developed by some of the people who worked on ''Wizards.'' || ''The Thundermans'' obviously has a ratings advantage due to Nick being a more popular channel than Disney XD. However, ''Lab Rats'' has a nearly two-year head start and, while not a critical darling, has been much better received than its rival.
|| ''Series/LabRats'' (2012) || ''Series/DogWithABlog'' (2012) || 2012 Disney sitcoms about teenagers keeping a very abnormal secret. || Lab Rats focuses on bionic teenagers and that must keep their special powers a secret for fear of government involvement and publicity. Dog With a Blog focuses on a dog that, aside from owning a blog, can talk. His three owners must keep his secret from their parents and the outside world for fear of, once again, government involvement and publicity. || While Dog With A Blog aims toward the presumed, younger audience of Disney Channel, Lab Rats is critically more popular.
|| ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' (2007) || ''Series/TheHauntedHathaways'' (2013) || A supernatural family tries to interact with the outside world without revealing their true powers. || Wizards of Waverly Place focuses on a family of wizards that, through often comedic moments, tries to keep their powers a secret while struggling with school, relationships, and the hardships in life. The Haunted Hathaways replaces the wizards with the ghosts of a single father and his two children as a new family moves into their home. || While The Haunted Hathaways is liked because of its handling of the typical sitcom, Wizards of Waverly Place was given a huge head start, ending the year before Nickelodeon's show premiered and having better ratings overall, running for four seasons, a made-for-TV film, and a one-hour television special that premiered almost a year after the end of the series.
|| ''Series/TheThundermans'' (2013) || ''Series/MightyMed'' (2013) || Teens cope with a double-life revolving around superheroes. || In ''The Thundermans'', the double-life the teens are coping with is themselves being superheroes (this is even worked into the show's theme-song) while in ''Mighty Med'' the teens are merely SecretKeepers through their work at a superhero hospital. The main characters in ''Mighty Med'' are trying to protect the hospital from the supervillains who wish to destroy it, while the characters in ''Thundermans'' merely want to escape [[CelebrityIsOverrated the fame they've earned as famous superheroes]] (though constantly being pestered by supervillains themselves is also and naturally a major motivation)|| Simply too early to tell, though ''Thundermans'' has been renewed for a second season.
|| ''Series/MightyMed'' (2013) || ''Series/HenryDanger'' (2014) || One or two teenagers get hired to work with superheroes at a top-secret after-school job. || Mighty Med focuses on two comic book-loving teenagers who work at a secret hospital for super-heroes (conveniently located inside of a real hospital) who must keep their secret from their friends and parents. Henry Danger replaces the hospital with the underground lab of a super hero (which is very reminiscent of the second lab from Disney's ''Series/LabRats''). Henry, the titular character, lands a job as the paid sidekick of a superhero while keeping the secret from his friends, parents, and little sister. || Even though Nickelodeon is commonly seen as a more popular network, Mighty Med has gotten a head start, getting positive reviews during its first season with a second season on the way. The pilot for Henry Danger premieres on July 26, 2014 in the form of a made-for-TV movie.
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[[folder:Documentary]]
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|| ''Series/RealPeople'' (1979) || ''[[Series/ThatsIncredible That's Incredible!]]'' (1980) || Shows featuring the weird and wacky side of humanity. Think a late-1970s/early 1980s version of ''America's Funniest Home Videos'' meets what you would normally find on ''Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot'' || Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Real People'' debuted in 1979 and was a smash hit. Creator/{{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 a ''SNL'' sketch called ''Real Incredible People''. NBC's original was primarily devoted to humorous real-world absurdity, a la Dave Barry's columns; ABC's knockoff, attempting more of a ''Ripley's Believe It or Not!'' flavor, quickly became a bastion of pseudoscience. || Both ended in 1984. ''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. ||
|| ''Series/ETrueHollywoodStory'' (1996) || ''Series/BehindTheMusic'' (1997, Original Run) || Weekly documentaries on the ups and downs of past and present celebrities from the entertainment world. || Both debuted in the 1996-1997 period, ''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 and reality show stars are often highlighted. Also, "THS" sometimes focuses on the casts of TV shows and movies rather than just one celebrity[[note]]such as ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', ''Series/FullHouse'', ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', and ''Film/TheExorcist''[[/note]]). || ''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. ||
|| ''Series/{{Unsung}}'' (2008, TV One) || ''Series/BehindTheMusic'' (2009, Creator/VH1) || 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 (Music/JenniferLopez, Music/MissyElliott), as opposed to the previous series where the focus was mostly on legendary music acts. ''Unsung'' focuses on the ContemporaryRAndB[=/=]{{Soul}} and HipHop worlds, as well as skewing far more obscure than ''BTM'' (TV One being geared for a far older audience) || To early to tell a winner, but ''BTM'' has a massive advantage in both audience (VH-1 being in far more homes than TV One) and name recognition. ||
|| ''Series/DinosaurRevolution'' || ''Series/PlanetDinosaur'' || SFX-heavy dinosaur documentaries || Released in 2011 around the summer to autumn transition, the first is a story- and character-driven [[ScrewedByTheNetwork but half-finished animated series-turned-docu]] by the Creator/DiscoveryChannel, the second a serious and science-heavy Creator/{{BBC}} show. ''Revolution'' focused a lot on gags and {{shout out}}s and was more experimental in nature, ''Planet'' was a genuine documentary. || Both received mixed reviews by the online paleo-community, but they seem to be tied, being enjoyed or disliked for different reasons, although the animal restorations of ''Revolution'' were far better liked. Overall, ''Planet'' did have an edge due to its more scientific and serious approach, whereas ''Revolution'' was met with general puzzlement and spawned a critically panned theatrical recut. ||
|| ''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. ||
|| ''{{Survivorman}}'' || ''ManVsWild'' || A host demonstrates survival techniques by stranding himself in varying wildernesses. || Both are shown on the DiscoveryChannel. 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. ||
|| ''ManVsWild'' || ''WildRecon'' || See above. || For once, ''Wild Recon'' is actually on a ''different'' network this time -- specifically, AnimalPlanet, [[NetworkDecay 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'' was canceled after six episodes after receiving official complaints from the governments of Australia and Sri Lanka about its host, Donald Schultz. Schultz was eventually [[http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/25/us-usa-california-schultz-idUSBREA2O1K520140325 busted selling endangered animals illegally]]. ||
|| ''SurvivingDisaster'' (2009, Spike) || ''WorstCaseScenario'' (2010, Discovery) || Ex-special forces teaches the audience how to survive unexpected disasters in an urban environment. || ''SD'' cast ex-Navy Seal Cade Courtley [[FollowTheLeader to do]] ''ManVsWild'' [[RecycledInSpace in an urban environment]]. ''WCS'' brought back ''ManVsWild'' host Bear Grylls to do ''SD'' on a lower scale (e.g. ''SD'' premieres with a plane hijacking modeled on 9/11, ''WCS'' with a burning vehicle). || Both lasted one season.||
|| ''TheFirst48'' || ''The Shift'' || TrueCrime shows [[XMeetsY merging]] ''Series/{{COPS}}'' and ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' || ''TheFirst48'' 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. || ''The Shift'' lasted 13 episodes while ''The First 48'' has lasted 13 years and counting. ||
|| ''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. ||
|| ''TopGear'' || ''Fifth Gear'' || British motoring programme. || Both started in 2002 as attempts to relaunch the {{BBC}}’s original ''Top Gear''[[note]]which began as a serious motoring magazine programme in 1977, became more fun-oriented and controversial around 1988, and was cancelled in 1999[[/note]]. ChannelFive planned to acquire the name and relaunch the programme ''as was'', but the {{BBC}} wouldn’t sell. In the end, ''Fifth Gear'' [[SerialNumbersFiledOff 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 ChannelFive’s disappointing viewing figures, and had to [[UnCancelled fend off cancellation]] in 2009. ||
|| ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' || ''Aftermath: Population Zero'' || Documentaries that answer the question, "How would the Earth survive if ever the day comes that the human race goes extinct?" || 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 TheHistoryChannel execs discovered that ''Life After People'' was [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030703256.html?hpid=artslot literally]] their highest-rated program ''ever'' (until surpassed by ''Pawn Stars''), they immediately approved a series version. ||
|| ''Series/DualSurvival'' || ''ManWomanWild'' || ''ManVsWild'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''[[note]]Of if you go by the titles: ManVsWild vs. Survivorman -- Round 2[[/note]] || ''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. ||
|| ''{{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. ||
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[[folder:Fantasy]]
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|| ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' (2008) || ''Series/{{Camelot}}'' (2011) || A series based on the stories of KingArthur featuring an EstrogenBrigadeBait actor playing Merlin and a beautiful, [[FakeBrit non-British]], EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette actress playing evil sorceress Morgan(a). || ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is based around a cast of mostly young unknowns while the cast of ''Camelot'' is older and more famous (ColinMorgan vs [[Film/ShakespeareInLove Joseph Fiennes]] and KatieMcGrath vs Creator/EvaGreen.) ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is unashamedly HighFantasy aimed at family viewing while ''Series/{{Camelot}}'' is a DarkerAndEdgier LowFantasy. || ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' finished its run after five seasons and there is talk of spinoff movies,while ''Series/{{Camelot}}'' was cancelled after ten episodes. ||
|| ''Series/{{Camelot}}'' (2011) || ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011) || R-rated premium cable series heavy on medieval political intrigue with an "adult" take on the [[HeroicFantasy Medieval Fantasy]] genre || Again, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is based on ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novels by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's, while ''Series/{{Camelot}}'' is based on the [[KingArthur Arthurian legends]]. || Just like ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'' blew ''Series/{{Camelot}}'' out of the water.||
|| ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (October 23, 2011) || ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' (October 28, 2011) || The basic premise of both is that the characters live in the modern world and FairyTales are real. || ''Grimm'' (airing on Creator/{{NBC}}), despite the name, focuses more on general folklore than on fairy tales specific to Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, while ''Once Upon A Time'' (airing on Creator/{{ABC}}) covers the whole spectrum of famous fairy tales, leaning towards those associated with Creator/{{Disney}}, which owns ABC, but also other literature such as ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', ''TheWizardOfOz'', ''KingArthur'' and ''RobinHood''. ''Grimm'' is also darker and more like ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', with the main character hunting the fairy tale creatures, while ''Once Upon A Time'', while still a drama, is usually much lighter, considering the network airing it (ABC) and the company making the show (Disney). More specifically, ''Grimm'' is a police procedural with MonsterOfTheWeek episodes, while ''Once'' is more of a soap opera with fantasy elements. || Both shows are doing well by the standards of their respective networks. While ''Grimm's'' ratings are significantly lower than ''Once Upon a Time's'', it airs on Friday and performs pretty well [[FridayNightDeathSlot for a Friday show]]; it also airs on NBC, which has much lower standards for ratings. ''Once Upon a Time'' is one of ABC's most popular shows, and it even spawned a short-lived miniseries spinoff, ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'', after its second season.
|| ''Series/BloodTies'' || ''{{Moonlight}}'' || Short-lived VampireDetectiveSeries. || 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 ''[[TheVampireDiaries Vampire Diaries]]'' to much better success. ||
|| ''JoanOfArcadia'' || ''{{Wonderfalls}}'' || Short-lived MagicRealism [[{{Dramedy}} Dramedies]], each featuring a WeirdnessMagnet 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 (thanks to the FOX Network), while ''Joan'' managed to last a couple of seasons before ExecutiveMeddling [[SecondSeasonDownfall wrecked it]]. But really, both were good shows that got killed off, meaning that the real losers are the fans of both shows. ||
|| ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' || ''{{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 DuelingShows to complementary shows. After one season together, CBS axed ''Whisperer'' but retained ''Medium''. ||
|| ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' || ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' || Young people battle the forces of evil in California. Both were hits for TheWB 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 [[Series/{{Angel}} a successful spinoff]] that ran for five, and is today revered as one of the greatest shows of TheNineties. ''Charmed'' ran for eight seasons and garnered better ratings than ''Buffy'' both then and now[[note]]The show still gets pretty consistent ratings on Network/{{TNT}}, to the point where an episode's been aired at least twice nearly every weekday for the past seven years or so.[[/note]], but is typically viewed as more kitschy, often associated with [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the behind-the-scenes struggles]] between [[ThePrimaDonna Shannen Doherty]] and the rest of the cast. Both shows remain {{Cult Classic}}s, though. ||
|| ''Series/{{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 ''KolchakTheNightStalker'', starred [[TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Dorian Gray]] and was canceled after one season. || ''Supernatural'' is still around and torturing its two leads for our viewing pleasure. ||
|| ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' || ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' || Supernatural dramas focusing on hunting monsters from hell. || Both aired on TheCW at the same time, with ''Reaper'' premiering during ''Supernatural's'' third season. ''Reaper'' replied on comedic elements more heavily than ''Supernatural'', which was much [[DarkerAndEdgier darker and gritty]], and focused more on drama. || While both have strong, cult followings, ''Reaper'' lasted only two seasons, while ''Supernatural'' is currently entering its eighth. ||
|| ''Series/TrueBlood'' || ''TheVampireDiaries'' || 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 ''Series/TrueBlood'' is an ensemble show that focuses more on vampire "culture" at large. Plus, ''Series/TrueBlood'' 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 Series/TrueBlood bathes in its kitsch, to its benefit. "The Vampire Diaries" has a larger fanbase, so there's still that. ||
|| ''TheReturned'' || ''Series/TheLeftovers'' || Drama ensues when a mysterious event causes the dis/appearance of loved ones. || ''The Returned'' is about dead people (sometimes long-dead) who reappear looking and feeling the same as when they died; ''The Leftovers'' is about how the disappearance of 2% of earth's population affects the remaining 98% in one town in particular ([[DespairEventHorizon it isn't pretty]]). || Both shows are still ongoing, ||
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[[folder:Game Show]]
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|| ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' (1963) || ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (1972-current run) || 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 game shows (and on the same network at that). ||
|| ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' (1963) || ''[[TreasureHuntUS The New Treasure Hunt]]'' (1973) || 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 ''TheGongShow'' 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 added an AllOrNothing top prize of $20,000 in addition to Big Deal winnings. || ''[=LMaD=]'', although ''Treasure Hunt'' has remained a cult favorite, and was well received for host Geoff Edwards' hosting duties. ||
|| ''ThePriceIsRight'' (1956-65 run) || ''Series/SayWhen'' || Contestants vie for prizes by not exceeding their value. || ''Price'' used a modified auction format; ''Say When!!'' had two contestants selecting prizes and trying not to exceed a target value. || Both were Goodson-Todman products; ''Say When!!'' had a decent three-year run, but ''Price'' wins by virtue of its tenure. ||
|| ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (1972-current run) || ''Series/BargainHunters'' (1987) || 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 ''TheHollywoodSquares''), 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 ''PressYourLuck'') was [[CreatorBacklash so disgusted by the finished product that, for the rest of his life, refused to talk about his experiences on that show.]] ||
|| ''Series/TheChamber'' (2002) || ''Series/TheChair'' (2002) || {{Kimodameshi}} {{Game Show}}s in which contestants were tortured while answering questions. || ''The Chamber'' was perhaps [[DeadlyGame more torturous]]; ''The Chair'' had a better known host. || Neither American version lasted 10 episodes, both beaten by the far less stressful ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire''. ||
|| ''Series/WinLoseOrDraw'' (1987)|| ''Pictionary'' || "Picture charades" game. || Although ''Win, Lose or Draw'' came on the air before its rival, the ''Pictionary'' [[BoardGames board game]] predated both. ''Fast Draw'', a 1968 game hosted by Johnny Gilbert, predated '''that'''. And even going back further was ''The Rebus Game'', a 1965 show hosted by Jack Linkletter where contestants had to draw out syllables to names and phrases. || On TV, ''Win, Lose or Draw'' wins for lasting three seasons (two on Creator/{{NBC}}) as opposed to ''Pictionary''’s two (both in syndication, and one of which was a children's show). In the board game world, Pictionary wins; it has been produced for decades longer than the year or two a ''Win, Lose or Draw'' HomeGame was offered. ||
|| ''Series/FigureItOut''|| ''Win, Lose Or Draw'' (2014) || Teen/tween celebrity performers help other teen/tweens win prizes in a guessing game.|| The latest incarnation of ''[=FiO=]'' is the latest game show offering from {{Nickelodeon}}, once a stalwart of teen/tween-themed game shows; ''[=WLoD=]'' likewise is the latest incarnation to be hosted by DisneyChannel (and not the first on that network, either). In ''[=WLoD=]'' the celebrity guests are actively trying to help their fellow contestants win prizes, while in ''[=FiO=]'' the celebrity guests are actively working ''against'' the guest contestant winning (though at the same time, they're helping random live audience members win prizes). || Due to the long inertia to get ''[=WLoD=]'' on the air, ''[=FiO=]'' had already been sadly canceled and aired its final episode long before ''[=WLoD=]'' finally premiered. Not that that automatically makes ''[=WLoD=]'' the winner; it terribly underperformed on its "sneak peek" premiere, suggesting that the days of the teen game show may long be over.||
|| ''Series/WinLoseOrDraw'' (2014)|| ''Web Heads'' || Guessing game shows on kids' networks. || ''Web Heads'', hosted by Carlos Pena-Vega Jr. of ''Series/BigTimeRush'' fame, is the first new Nickelodeon game show since the cancellation of ''Figure it Out'' and will be dueling with ''Win, Lose or Draw'' almost by default. The series will feature contestants trying to predict the outcomes of viral videos. || It's far too early to tell, but it may be an easy early battle as ''[=WLoD=]'''s ratings are barely sustainable. That said, neither was ''Web Head's''.||
|| ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' || ''Series/FriendOrFoe'' || 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 that one player leaves with money, it was a distinct possibility that nobody could win anything on Friend or Foe. || The gimmickry didn't provide for particularly long runs for ''Friend or Foe'', so ''Weakest Link'' wins. ||
|| ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' || ''Series/{{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 (and not even claiming the show's top prize, at that). ''That's'' how hard Greed was! || ''Greed'' lasted one season. ''Millionaire'' had a successful run on ABC, and currently survives in syndication (albeit with a radically altered format derided by many). ||
|| ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' || ''Series/FunHouse'' || Children answer questions and compete in stunts that get them CoveredInGunge. || ''Double Dare'' is basically ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with a quiz element. ''Fun House'' is a ''Double Dare'' with only three stunts and the obstacle course replaced with a grand prix and the Fun House. || ''Fun House'' closed its doors in 1991. ''Double Dare'' had several incarnations on several networks between 1986 and 2000, and is usually the first name that comes to mind in the field of kids' game shows. So ''Double Dare'' takes the gak-covered crown here. ||
|| ''Series/RemoteControl'' || ''Series/CouchPotatoes'' || Contestants' knowledge of TV trivia is tested in a comedic format. || ''Series/RemoteControl'' premiered as MTV's first venture out of music videos and featured three individual contestants -- usually college students -- competing in an oversized basement in hopes of avoiding being thrown "Off the Air". ''Series/CouchPotatoes'' was a syndicated program featuring two teams of three (usually older) contestants each competing in an oversized living room in hopes of avoiding being "cancelled". || ''Series/RemoteControl'' premiered a year and a half before ''CouchPotatoes'' and was still on the air well after ''Couch Potatoes'' folded -- on both MTV and in syndication, with contestants in the ''Couch Potatoes'' age bracket also competing on the syndicated version. ||
|| ''MatchGame (CBS)'' || ''RhymeAndReason'' || Two contestants predict how a panel of six celebrities complete funny phrases. || ''Match Game'' used fill-in-the-blanks while ''Rhyme And Reason'' used couplets from poems that the celebrity panel had to complete for contestants to score points. || ''Match Game'' broke -- and then rewrote -- the rules for game show comedy. ''Rhyme And Reason'' had its moments but only ran one year. ''Match Game'' wins, having run six years on CBS and three more in syndication. ||
|| ''Series/{{Password}}'' || ''YouDontSay'' (1963-69 run) || Two teams of celebrity/civilian players identify subjects based on clues. || ''Password'' used words identified with one-word clues; ''You Don't Say!'' used names of famous people and places identified using sentences with the last word left off with that word sounding like part of the name. The contestants' and host Tom Kennedy's set-up was so similar to ''Password'' that Goodson-Todman threatened to sue. ''YDS'' acquiesced and moved Kennedy's podium to the viewers' left. An even more blatant ''Password'' clone was ''The Object Is,'' Dick Clark's first game show (ABC, 1963) which married the name identification of ''[=YDS=]'' with ''Password'''s clue giving. || ''Password'' easily. While ''[=YDS=]'' is still remembered, it attempted two revivals in the 70s, neither lasting very long. ''Password'' has been done over many times since its 1961 premiere. ||
|| ''Series/{{Password}}'' || ''{{Pyramid}}'' || Two teams of celebrity/civilian players identify subjects based on clues. || ''Password'' used words identified with one-word clues; ''Pyramid'' – also created by Bob Stewart, a former Goodson-Todman executive who now was overseeing his own company – expanded the clue giving by allowing the clue-giver to use phrases, complete sentences … anything short of giving the actual answer itself. || Arguably, a tie. Although ''Password'' was in its original format into the 1970s, was married to "guess the master puzzle" by the end of the decade and remained a success, ''Pyramid'' would become a huge success in its own right, particularly when the rules and judging on what clues were acceptable became stricter and gameplay became more tense and outstanding. The end game for ''Pyramid'' became far more critically acclaimed than the simple "Lightning Round"/"Alphabetics" seen on ''Password''. ||
|| ''Series/TicTacDough'' || ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' || Contestants vie to create three in a row on a magnified tic-tac-toe board. || ''Tic Tac Dough'' was a straight-forward quiz game; ''Hollywood Squares'' employed celebrities giving answers with contestants determining if the celebrity is right or wrong. || Hard to tell. Both shows were subject to some sort of controversy ( the original ''[=TTD=]'' for giving answers to contestants, ''Squares'' for briefing celebrities about answers, which Mark Goodson found tantamount to cheating), but both shows also have multiple revivals. ||
|| ''Series/TheChase'' || ''Series/{{Pointless}}'' || British game shows broadcast in the teatime slot by dueling channels Creator/{{ITV}} and [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]]. Actually have their ratings compared on Wikipedia and forums for some reason. || ''The Chase'' has contestants compete against a quiz genius in speed rounds. ''Pointless'' asks contestants to suggest the least popular answers to surveys for points. || Quite hard to tell. Both are extremely popular and well regarded online and offline, and they tend to get very similar ratings. However, it seems like ''The Chase'' is just that bit more popular, usually getting the slightly higher audience figures (eg about 2.4 million compared to 2.2 million for ''Pointless''), with the exception of a couple of weeks noted on the other wiki articles.||
|| ''Series/TheChase'' || ''Revenge of the Egghead || British game shows where teams attempt to defeat quiz geniuses for large amounts of money. Unlike Eggheads, both of these involve the team going against a single opponent, and they're by dueling channels Creator/{{ITV}} and [[Creator/TheBBC The BBC]] || ''The Chase'' has Mark Labett, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha and Shaun Wallace, Revenge of the Egghead just has CJ de Mooi. Additionally, some other differences include the individual rounds (The Chase has a game board players have to clear, Revenge of the Egghead has a lives system) and the final chase (The Chase has players set a target for the Chaser, Revenge of the Egghead has CJ set the target for the team).|| Given that the latter is fairly new at the moment, it's hard to tell which is going to win 'yet'. However, popular opinion online seems to be that The Chase is generally the better show based on the hosts and quiz brains being more likeable, with Egghead's CJ coming across as a kind of unpleasant character in the BBC's show.||
|| ''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 DancingWithTheStars) half-athletes. ||
|| ''TheSingingBee'' || ''Series/DontForgetTheLyrics'' || Karaoke GameShow. || In a double duel, Creator/{{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 [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire 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 Creator/{{NBC}}. The former went into syndication for a season, and the latter got {{Uncanceled}} when it moved to a CountryMusic-oriented version on {{CMT}}. || ''Singing Bee'', which has outlasted both of ''Lyrics'' ' cancellations. ||
|| ''Series/RobotWars'' || ''Series/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 [[Series/MythBusters Jaime Hyneman, Adam Savage and Grant Imahara]] being competitors. ||
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[[folder:Gangster Drama]]
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|| ''{{Weeds}}'' (2005) || ''Series/BreakingBad'' (2008) || Premium cable dark dramedies about middle-aged people turning to drug-dealing following a personal tragedy || ''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 BlackComedy before it underwent CerebusSyndrome, ''Breaking Bad'' was very dark from the beginning... and things only got [[DarkerAndEdgier 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. ||
|| ''Series/{{Thief}}'' (2006) || ''Series/{{Heist}}'' (2006) || [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster 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. ||
|| ''BoardwalkEmpire'' (2010) || ''Series/MobCity'' (2013) || Fictionalized chronicle of the rise of organized crime in America during the first half of the 20th century, inspired by a non-fiction book: ''Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City'' and ''L.A. Noir: The struggle for the soul of America's most seductive city'', respectively. || ''Boardwalk'' takes place in the East Coast and Chicago during the 1920s and has a corrupt politician turned gangster as main character; ''City'' takes place in Los Angeles and Las Vegas during the 1940s and has a crooked cop as main character. Real mobsters and other historical figures appear as secondary characters, two of whom (Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel) are shared by both shows. ''Boardwalk'' has many [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to ''TheGodfather'', while ''City'' draws inspiration from FilmNoir. || ''Boardwalk Empire'' was already in its 4th season (and greenlighted for a fifth) when ''MobCity'' was born and promptly ScrewedByTheNetwork, with only 6 episodes being filmed and aired in couples over three weeks in December. Unenthusiastic following and reviews heralded its non-renewal two months later. ||
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[[folder:Horror]]
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|| ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' (1987) || ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' (1988) || [[GenreAnthology Horror Anthology]] show vaguely related to a famous SlasherMovie series || ''Friday the 13th'' had no real connections to the films other than the name while ''Freddy's Nightmares'' actually had Creator/RobertEnglund reprising his role as Freddy Krueger acting as a host and appearing in a few episodes.||''Friday the 13th'' ran for three seasons while ''Freddy's Nightmares'' lasted two. ||
|| ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' || ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' || Prime-time adult {{horror}} shows on basic cable. || ''Dead'' is about a ZombieApocalypse and is jam-packed with [[{{Gorn}} blood and guts]], while ''Horror Story'' features a more diverse set of horror scenarios (a HauntedHouse in the first season, a BedlamHouse in the second) and focuses more on the screwing (both [[MindScrew mental]] and [[HotterAndSexier physical]]). || Both shows have been record-setting smash hits for their respective networks (Creator/{{AMC}} and FX, respectively), with consistent critical acclaim. The real winners are the viewers finally finding a good horror series to watch on TV. Still, "The Walking Dead" is a much more well-known show than "American Horror Story," and dwarfs it in social media impact.||
|| ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' || ''Series/WitchesOfEastEnd'' || Shows about [[WizardsAndWitches covens of witches]] in the modern day. || ''Coven'' airs on Creator/{{FX}} and is the DarkerAndEdgier of the two shows, while ''East End'' airs on Creator/{{Lifetime}} and is based on a novel by Melissa de la Cruz. || ''Coven'', being part of the ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' franchise, will undoubtedly be the shorter-lived of the two, as each season of that show is a self-contained story while ''East End'' has already been renewed for a second season. However, ''Coven'' wins in terms of critical and ratings success, though ''East End'' has also been a hit for Lifetime in both regards. ||
|| ''Clarice'' (Lifetime) || ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' (NBC) || Shows based on Thomas Harris' ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. || 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 Creator/BryanFuller and is about the [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] SerialKiller and his relationship with FBI criminal profiler [[Literature/RedDragon Will Graham]]. || Considering there hasn't been any word on ''Clarice'' since its announcement and Hannibal just finished its first season...||
|| ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' (NBC) || ''Series/BatesMotel'' (A&E) || Shows based on classic [[Film/{{Psycho}} psycho]][[TheSilenceOfTheLambs logical]] horror films. || ''Hannibal'' is a prequel, while ''Bates Motel'' is a re-magined OriginStory about Norman's [[TeensAreMonsters formative years]]. Both are set in the present day. || A push, pretty much. Both Bates Motel and Hannibal have gotten favorable reviews, strong ratings, and second seasons.||
|| ''Series/TheFollowing'' || ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' || Dark tales of imprisoned serial killers and the FBI agents forced to interact with them. || The former includes a pastiche of all sorts of well-known killers both real and fictional, including the main character of the latter. || ''The Following'' has generally much better ratings, despite a drop during season 2, and got renewed early twice, while ''Hannibal'' has been on the bubble for its entire existence. ''Hannibal'', on the other hand, has a ridiculously devoted fanbase, and incredibly strong support from critics (Season 2 has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes), which ''The Following'' doesn't have (47% on Rotten Tomatoes for season 2). ||
|| ''Series/TheFollowing'' || ''Series/{{Cult}}'' || Murderous {{cult}}s being investigated and weeded out, the former by the FBI (led by Creator/KevinBacon), and the latter by a blogger whose brother may have been one of the cult's victims. || ''The Following'' has now become Fox's number-one scripted show, and a decent hit too, with ratings on par with NBC's ''Series/{{Revolution}}''. ''Cult'', however, has not had nearly as much success, getting lousy ratings even by CW standards. || ''The Following'' has won, since it got renewed for a second season while ''Cult'' was pulled from the schedule after seven episodes. ||
|| ''Series/TheXFiles'' (1993) || ''Baywatch Nights'' (its second season, 1996) || Detective investigates crimes caused by paranormal phenomena. || ''The X-Files'' is an original series. ''Baywatch Nights'' was a ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' SpinOff that started as a beach-themed [[CopShow P.I. Show]] somewhat reminiscent of ''Series/MiamiVice'' before producer/star Creator/DavidHasselhoff ordered a massive paranormal ReTool to cash on the popularity of ''The X-Files'' at the time. Yet still remained beach-themed. || ''The X-Files'' redefined television drama and lasted nine seasons. ''Baywatch Nights'' was cancelled at the end of its bizarre season and today it is rare to find someone who believes such show existed, let alone watched it (and if they have heard of it, it's mostly to make fun of how boneheaded it was). ||
|| ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' || ''[[{{Series/Goosebumps}} Goosebumps]]'' || Horror anthologies aimed at children. || ''Goosebumps'' adapted most of its stories from [[{{Literature/Goosebumps}} the book series of the same name.]] ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' had original content and also had a FramingDevice, as every episode was a story told by the members of The Midnight Society as they sat around a campfire. || Hard to say. Both shows were very popular among kids during the 90's and are both fondly remembered to this day. ||
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[[folder:Medical Drama]]
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|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/{{ER}}'' (1994) || ''Series/ChicagoHope'' (1994) || Chicago-based MedicalDrama || 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. || ''Series/{{ER}}'' lasted [[LongRunners fifteen seasons]], while ''Hope'' only made it six. ||
|| ''[=HawthoRNe=]'' || ''Series/NurseJackie'' || Post-{{ER}} hospital dramas focusing on flawed but heroic nurses. || Aside from different races of the two leads, ''Jackie'' is a bit DarkerAndEdgier, 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 [[XtremeKoolLetterz incredibly mockable title]]. ''Jackie'' outlasted ''[=HawthoRNe=]'' seven (and maybe more) seasons to three. ||
|| ''Series/MastersOfSex'' || ''Series/TheKnick'' || Premium Cable period shows dramatizing the early days of one branch of medicine. || Creator/{{Showtime}}'s ''Masters of Sex'' is about (a fictionalized version of) the Masters/Johnson sexology study of the late 50's, and [[SpiritualSuccessor has been compared]] to ''Series/MadMen''. Creator/{{Cinemax}}'s ''The Knick'' is set in (a fictionalized version of) the early days of surgery, in a NYC hospital, and is best know for being "the Creator/StevenSoderbergh TV show" || Too early to tell. both have been renewed for a second season, both have garnered critical praise.||

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[[folder:Period Drama]]
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|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' (2010) || ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' (2010 series) || Ensemble drama about the relationships between the family and staff of a large [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] house || ''Downton'' (like the original series of ''Upstairs Downstairs'') is set in the 1910s, in the leadup to [[WorldWarOne World War I]]; ''Upstairs Downstairs'' is set in the [[TheThirties 1930s]] in the leadup to WorldWarII -- 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 an international mega-hit, with three series in the bag, and a fourth on the way. ''Upstairs'' was cancelled after just two. ||
|| ''Series/TheBorgias'' (2011) || ''Borgia: Faith and Fear'' (2011) || R-rated cable shows based on the historical Borgia family || ''Series/TheBorgias'', produced by American network {{Showtime}}, was first planned as a film before being turned into a TV series; ''Borgia'' is an European coproduction that was intended as a series all along || ''TheBorgias'' is better regarded for its higher production values and more renowned actors, and ''Borgia'' for its less glamourized, more cynical take on the subject and better historical accuracy overall. Three seasons were made in both cases, but while ''The Borgias'' was cut short, ''Borgia'' (with more episodes per season) was planned from the beginning to last three years, and will be able to finish its intended storyline.||
|| ''Series/MadMen'' || ''Series/PanAm'', ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'' || Dramas set in the [[TheSixties early '60s]] about a subset of workers in the era (Publicity creatives, [[SexyStewardess Pan Am stewardesses]] and {{Playboy bunn|y}}ies, respectively). || The shows focus on the historical changes of the era, as well as breaking viewers' NostalgiaFilter for TheSixties by highlighting the injustices (racism and sexism, specifically) that were still rampant then. || No other show held a candle to ''Mad Men'' in terms of critical acclaim. ''Pan Am'' was the better received of the other two and lasted a full season before getting the axe. ''The Playboy Club'' got cancelled after three episodes. ||
|| ''Series/BlackSails'' (2014) || ''Series/{{Crossbones}}'' (2014) || TV series set during the Golden Age of Piracy, specifically on the island of New Providence in the modern-day Bahamas in the year 1715. || Series/BlackSails (on Starz) is an action/adventure prequel to ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', telling the story of Captain Flint and his crew 20 years before the events of the book. Series/{{Crossbones}} (on NBC) is a historical drama based on the life of Edward Teach (a.k.a. Blackbeard) who used the island as a political base of operations. || Too soon to tell. ||
|| ''{{Series/Isabel}}'' (2011) || ''Toledo: Cruce de Destinos'' (2012)[[note]]Toledo: Cross of Fates[[/note]] || Spanish prime time TV series set in Medieval Castile, one aired by TVE and the other by Antena 3 (A3). || ''Isabel'' follows the life of Queen Isabella I (1451-1504), with few fiction licenses. ''Toledo'', while ''de jure'' set in 1270, has near-zero historical content and is a youth-oriented TV series from the makers of ''{{Series/Los Serrano}}'' and ''ElInternado'', its setting being just an excuse to have castles and sword fights || Originally slated to air in the same winter, ''Isabel'' was delayed for a year and virtually cancelled before airing, but turned into a SleeperHit praised by critics and the audience and was renewed for two seasons. The opposite happened to ''Toledo'', which was panned by critics for bad writing, bad acting and lack of historical accuracy, and lost viewers at a steady pace until the station chose not to renew it at the end of the season. That A3's publicity tried to paint ''Isabel'' as a copy of ''Toledo'' only makes the latter's failure more hilarious.||
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[[folder:Police Procedural]]
|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/AngelStreet'' (1992) || ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' (1993) || Rival cop shows set in the inner cities (Chicago in the former, Baltimore in the latter) with eerily similar premises. || ''Homicide'' (based on a book by Creator/DavidSimon) 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 Creator/BarryLevinson to consider a plagiarism lawsuit. || ''Homicide'', easily. ''Angel Street'' was canceled after eight episodes while ''Homicide'' ran seven seasons and launched Simon's career in television. ||
|| ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' (1993) || ''NYPDBlue'' (1993) || Gritty, inner-city CopShow. || Both started in 1993, though ''Homicide'' had the jump on ''NYPD Blue'' by eight months. ''Homicide'' lasted to 1999, its rival to 2005. ''NYPD Blue'' proved to be the bigger hit, although ''Homicide'' was critically lauded for its realistic tone. ''Homicide'' character Det. JustForFun/JohnMunch subsequently appeared in eight different series, and is now a regular in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. || ''NYPDBlue'' by a small margin. (Homicide was more critically praised but NYPD Blue was much more well-known and lasted much longer) ||
|| ''Series/{{Vanished}}'' (2006) || ''Series/{{Kidnapped}}'' (2006) || Serialized story arc about a kidnapping. || ''Kidnapped'' was on Creator/{{NBC}}, ''Vanished'' was on Creator/{{Fox}}. || Both got 13 episodes. ''Kidnapped'' got better reviews, but ''Vanished'' got buzz from [[KilledOffForReal killing off its main character]], played by Gale Harold. ||
|| ''ColdSquad'' || ''WakingTheDead'' & ''Series/ColdCase'' || CopShow featuring a team of detectives reopening and cracking cases long forgotten. || Each show was produced by a different country. ColdSquad in Canada, WakingTheDead in U.K. and ''Series/ColdCase'' in the U.S. || Technically a draw, as each series was fairly aclaimed and held the fort for years in their home countries. ||
|| ''TheUnusuals'' || ''Series/{{Southland}}'' || Ensemble cop shows centering on a NonIdleRich rookie. || Series launched within days of each other. ABC's ''TheUnusuals'' takes a quirky, comedic approach, while NBC's ''Series/{{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 continued for a total of five seasons. ||
|| ''Series/{{Psych}}'' || ''Series/TheMentalist'' || PhonyPsychic 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/ TakeThat-ed in a farewell spot the "Psych" acknowledged Series/{{Monk}} as "the second-most-observant guy I know... well, third after The Mentalist."||
|| ''Series/{{Bones}}'' || ''Series/{{Castle}}'' || {{UST}}-laden police procedural || As below, the UST on ''Bones'' is between two characters whose professions mesh (Forensics specialist and FBI agent), while ''Castle'''s characters are from different worlds (writer vs. police detective). || Too close to call, but the Caskett vs. BB wars rage on. ||
|| ''Series/{{CSI}}'' || ''Series/{{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. [[Series/TheFinder Bones' one attempt at a spinoff,]] on the other hand, was a miserable failure. ||
|| ''Series/{{CSI}}'' || ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' || Again, forensic specialists team up with the police to solve crimes. || Both shows have a work-driven dynamic: while ''CSI'' tackles street-level crimes, ''NCIS'' (which is a spin-off of ''Series/{{JAG}}'') is based on the real-life eponymous agency, investigating crimes in the Navy and Marines. || Another one that is won by ''CSI'', even though ''NCIS'' is backed by ''JAG'', a point also hammered by the spin-offs (three to one), though it gets funny when you consider ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is a spin-off of a spin-off. ||
|| ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' || ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' || Modern updates to the Franchise/SherlockHolmes stories. || ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' keeps many of the aspects of original stories, while still twisting the stories to surprise long-time fans. ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' seems to be taking more risks, moving Holmes to New York, making Watson a woman and a rehab counselor. || While Elementary has its strong points, Sherlock has the greater critical acclaim, more awards, and more anticipation for its third season than Elementary has for its second.||
|| ''Series/InspectorMorse'' || ''The Ruth Rendell Mysteries'' || Series of respected novels about middle aged culturally literate detectives solving crimes through thinking instead of fisticuffs adapted for TV || Inspector Morse premiered in January 1987. The Ruth Rendell mysteries (featuring Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford' premiered in August 1987. Both series lasted until 2000 with Inspector Morse ending definitively with the death of the titular character, while Wexford ending less definitively and future episodes were only finally prevented by the death of star George Baker in 2011. || Both series were long runners and thanks to a combination of BritishBrevity and good source material, both managed to keep up the quality until the end. However, it is undeniable that InspectorMorse had the greater cultural impact and has spawned two spinoffs; Lewis and Endeavour ||
|| ''Series/{{Kojak}}'' (1973-78) || ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' (1974) and ''Kodiak'' (1974) || Crime drama [[Series/SesameStreet brought to you by the letter "K"]] || All are crime-solving tough guys with similar bookended monikers. || Series/KolchakTheNightStalker is the actual original by way of its two pre-Kojack TV-movies that lead to the series, but Kojack was such a huge hit that it's easy to assume it was the other way around. ''Kodiak'' was officially a OneEpisodeWonder, cancelled after its disastrous debut against SanfordAndSon, but four episodes were aired. ||
|| ''Series/{{Justified}}'' || ''{{Longmire}}'' || Dramas about misanthropic modern lawmen evoking TheWildWest, both based on popular book series. || || ''Longmire'' was cancelled by its channel after three seasons, ''Justified'' made it to six and the decision to stop there was entirely its creators' idea. ''Longmire'' was generally well liked by critics (67 on Metacritic), but ''Justified'' was absolutely beloved (no season got under 80 on Metacritic so far).||
|| ''El Comisario''[[note]]The Commissioner[[/note]] (1999, T5) || ''Policías: En el corazón de la calle''[[note]]Policemen: In the heart of the street[[/note]] (2000, A3), ''Mi Teniente''[[note]]My Lieutenant[[/note]] (2001, TVE) || Spanish cop shows. || ''El Comisario'' is the most classic police procedural, centered on the titular commissioner and the detective job of a few cops in his station. ''Policías'' is more action oriented and includes [[ArtifactTitle a couple of paramedics]] in its cast. ''Mi Teniente'' follows an unit of Spanish Gendarmerie (''Guardia Civil'') rather than the National Police Corps like the others.|| ''Policías'' lasted six seasons but was beaten in the long run by ''El Comisario'', which reached ''[[LongRunners twelve]]''. ''Mi Teniente'' failed to find an audience and was cancelled after 5 episodes. ||
|| ''Series/TrueDetective'' || ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' || [[AllStarCast Prestige]] [[GenreAnthology Cop show anthologies]] on critically beloved channels (Creator/{{HBO}} and Creator/{{FX}} respectively) || Both FX and HBO were in the bidding war to get ''True Detective'', and failing to get it had a huge impact in FX launching ''Fargo''. ''True Detective'' is a SouthernGothic flavored dark and brooding show in the vein of the "Nordic Noir" thrillers (Nic Pizzolatto was a writer on ''Series/TheKilling''). ''Fargo'' is a sorta SpiritualSuccessor, sorta sequel to the [[Film/{{Fargo}} beloved Coen Bros. film]], taking influence from the entire Coen filmography. || Both were received with widespread critical buzz, both were renewed for second seasons. ||
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWERaw Raw]]'' || ''[[{{WCW}} WCW Nitro]]'' || Monday night ProfessionalWrestling 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 VinceMcMahon to a fight live on Pay-Per-View. Ahh, the MondayNightWars... 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. ||
|| ''[[{{WCW}} WCW Thunder]]'' || ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' || Thursday night ProfessionalWrestling shows with a focus on sports entertainment over pure wrestling. || The success of WCW led Ted Turner to create a new show, ''Thunder'' to capitalise. When the WWF began to win the MondayNightWars, ''[=SmackDown=]'' was commissioned to capitalise. || ''[=SmackDown=]'', to the point that WCW moved ''Thunder'' to Wednesday in an attempt to regain the viewers who had switched to ''[=SmackDown=]''.
|| ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [[WWERaw Raw]]'', ''[[{{WCW}} WCW Nitro]]'' || ''[[Wrestling/{{ECW}} ECW on TNN]]'' || Sports Entertainment juggernauts vs. the more violent alternative || With the MondayNightWars in full swing & pro-wrestling at it's most popular, TNN wanted their own pro-wrestling show. Enter Paul Heyman's ECW, the hardcore alternative to the WWF & WCW. || ''ECW on TNN'' was dropped from the network when the opportunity to snag ''WWF Raw'' in a ChannelHop arose, and the company ran it's final show in January 2001. The WWF signed the remaining major stars of ECW to their company, and eventually acquired the remains of the company - including the rights to the ECW name & video library.\\
WCW was bought out by the WWF just over a month later, and is not as favorably remembered as ECW. Notably, WWE ran a ECW reunion show in 2005 & resurrected ECW as a WWE Brand in 2006; WCW has never received the same treatment.
|| ''{{WWE}} [[WWERaw Raw]]/[[WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' || ''[[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact Wrestling]]'' || The victor of the MondayNightWars vs. a new upstart promotion. || With the WWE being the only sports entrainment promotoion to survive 2001, the door was open for a new company to fill the void left by WCW & ECW. TNA was formed by WWF & WCW alum Wrestling/JeffJarrett to fill that void, and set about creating it's own identity, with a six sided ring instead of the traditional four sided ring & the innovative X-Division. || It's still going on, but WWE is the clear winner. Whilst TNA (Or Impact Wrestling as it would later be rebranded) received plenty of praise for the X-Division & it's homegrown stars, the company has received widespread criticism for relying on WCW & WWE alums to put people in the seats rather than push their own stars. When Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff came into TNA, they promptly tried to compete opposite Raw, only for ratings to plummet & be forced back into their original time slot.
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[[folder:Reality Show]]
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|| ''Series/BigBrother'' (1999) || ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' (2000) || Musical Chairs RealityShow || CountryMouse vs. CityMouse. It should be noted that, in the United States, both shows are "on the same side" since [[Creator/{{CBS}} one network]] airs them both. The ''Big Brother'' franchise started in 1999 with the Dutch version, while the American version debuted in 2000. Survivor as a franchise name is an American original, though the concept is a reworking of the Swedish ''Expedition Robinson'' (1997) || In the US? ''Survivor''. Outside the US? Arguably ''BigBrother''. ||
|| ''BigBrother'' || ''Literature/GlassHouse'' || Reality series putting young, attractive, and occasionally psychopathic strangers into a house sealed off from the outside world. The last person standing wins big. || For the most part, ''Glass House'' is ''Big Brother'', with one twist -- the audience is able to tell the residents what to do. Otherwise, you could say ''Glass House'' copied from the ''Big Brother'' template. And so can Creator/{{CBS}}, which sued Creator/{{ABC}}, as ABC hired many ex-''Big Brother'' staffers for the new show. || ''Big Brother'' started the reality TV craze. ''Glass House'' has been all but cancelled due to extremely low ratings. ||
|| ''PimpMyRide'' (2004, {{MTV}}) || ''Series/{{Overhaulin}}''' (2004, Creator/{{TLC}}) || Reality shows where [[TheAllegedCar beaten-up cars]] are turned into [[CoolCar sweet rides]] || ''PimpMyRide'' is formatted more like ''ExtremeMakeover'': The hooptie of the week is collected and the show follows the process of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "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 {{meme|ticMutation}}s[[note]]Yo Dawg! We heard you like hottipe![[/note]]. ||
|| ''Series/TheContender'' (2005) || ''Series/TheNextGreatChamp'' (2005) || RealityTV boxing competition. || ''The Contender'' was co-hosted by SylvesterStallone in its first season, and gained notoriety when one of the contestants [[DrivenToSuicide 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, and both shows are overshadowed by ''Series/TheUltimateFighter'', a similar style competition for UFC.||
|| ''Series/{{Intervention}}'' (2005) || ''Series/{{Addicted}}'' (2010) || Documentary-style RealityShow 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. ||
|| ''Series/MiamiInk'' (2005) || ''Series/{{Inked}}'' (2005) || DocuSoap reality show about the world of working in a tattoo parlor. || Both quite similar, one on TLC, one on A&E. || ''MiamiInk'' lasted longer and had two spinoffs. ||
|| ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' (2007) || ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'' (2011), ''Series/BarRescue'' (2011) || Reality shows where an established member of the restaurant/hospitality management world tries to save a struggling bar/restaurant from going under, often with a lot of drama over how subpar the food quality and service is || 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 ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' has a HUGE head start. ||
|| ''Series/AuctionHunters'' (2010) || ''Series/StorageWars'' (2010), ''Series/StorageHunters'' (2011) || 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, ''Series/StorageWars'' 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 ''Series/AuctionHunters'' and ''Series/StorageWars'' but ''Series/StorageWars'' has its own spinoff show ''Series/StorageWarsTexas''. ''Storage Hunters'' wrapped up eight episodes last summer and is in dead last. Though it is worth noting that Storage Hunters became something of SleeperHit [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in the UK]] with regular reruns on digital channel Dave along with a [[ForeignRemake UK remake]]. ||
|| ''Series/SonsOfGuns'' (2011) || ''Series/AmericanGuns'' (2011) || Somewhat eccentric and abrasive gun shop owners make equally eccentric {{BFG}}s [[IndexOfTheWeek Of The Week]]. || Oddly enough, ''both'' air on DiscoveryChannel ''simultaneously'', just two nights apart. The main differences end up settling on the shops' own specialties and eccentricities, with ''American Guns'' capitalizing on its "[[TheWildWest Old West]]" theme and ''Sons of Guns'' being soaked in [[DeepSouth Louisiana flavor]]. || ''Sons of Guns'' started in January of 2011 and will complete at least two seasons. ''American Guns'' started in October of the same year. Rumors and rumblings with production problems concerning ''Sons'' suggested ''American Guns'' was picked up as "insurance," but these rumors have since been [[{{Jossed}} proven untrue]]. Likely ''Discovery'' pulled the same thing NBC did regarding ''Studio 60'' and ''30 Rock''. ''American Guns'' was eventually canceled despite high ratings leading [[EpilepticTrees some to believe]] it was a response to the Sandy Hook School Shootings.||
|| ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras'' (TLC) || ''Little Miss Perfect'' (WE tv), ''DanceMoms'' (Lifetime) || Reality shows that premiered in 2009 about young girls in beauty pageants or dance competitions, and their {{Stage Mom}}s. || ''Toddlers and Tiaras'' has more girls from 1-5, whereas ''Little Miss Perfect'' is about girls from 5-10. ''Dance Moms'' is about preteen dancers in Abby Lee's dance studio. || So far, ''Toddlers and Tiaras'' seems to be more popular and gets clips shown on news networks. Has had 4 seasons as opposed to ''Little Miss Perfect'', which had only two. It's too early to tell with ''Dance Moms''. ||
|| ''Series/PawnStars'' (History Channel) || ''Series/HardcorePawn'' ([=TruTV=]) || ''Series/AntiquesRoadshow'' [[XMeetsy meets]] ''Series/AmericanChopper'' || ''Stars'' tends to focus more on the customers and items being sold. ''Hardcore'' focuses more on the ''Series/AmericanChopper''-style conflicts. || So far, the winner seems to be ''Pawn Stars''. Not only are they one of the most successful reality shows on cable television, but they have managed to capitalize on that fame by turning their shop into a new Las Vegas tourist spot as well as start their own line of merchandise. ''Hardcore Pawn'', while still an entertaining show, doesn't seem to reach anywhere near the universal appeal ''Pawn Stars'' has. However, both shows have been successful enough to warrant their own spinoffs. ||
|| ''TheXFactor'' || ''Series/TheVoice'' || ''Series/AmericanIdol''-esque musical talent shows || ''TheXFactor'' 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''. However, ''The X-Factor'' has a stronger following on social media and is a spinoff of a show that launched [[Music/OneDirection what is arguably the most popular musical act among its core demographic of teenage girls.]] ||
|| ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' || ''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 UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity imagery [[TooSoon still featuring the Twin Towers]], it ended up with (in this case justified) ExecutiveMeddling 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'' [[{{Lost}} as...]] ||
|| ''Series/WifeSwap'' || ''Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy'' || Two polar opposite families trade spouses for several days. || Creator/{{ABC}} broadcasts ''Wife Swap'' and claims to have done it first, while {{FOX}} aired ''Trading Spouses'' a few weeks before ''Series/WifeSwap'''s debut in what seems to be a blatant ripoff (though both appeared to rip off a ''Series/ChappellesShow'' skit that aired one year earlier.) || ''Wife Swap''. ||
|| ''Any Dream Will Do'' (aka ''Joseph'') || ''Grease Is The Word'' || TalentShow in which a panel of experts search for the lead for an upcoming [[TheMusical musical production]]. || ''Joseph'' was, essentially, TheBBC'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 Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, Creator/JohnBarrowman and DeniseVanOuten judging, ''Grease'' had DavidGest, musical producer David Ian, Brain Friedman from ''TheXFactor'' and... Sinetta. || "Grease" was a ratings flop because it was in ''Series/DoctorWho'''s time slot and didn't have the star pull. ||
|| ''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 caught a lot of controversy for trying to push the message that looks are everything and, as a result, both shows were ultimately canceled. The former has a MorePopularSpinoff in the form of ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', while the latter is a perennial inclusion on "Worst Reality Shows of All Time" lists. ||
|| ''DogWhisperer'' || ''Series/ItsMeOrTheDog'' || 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'' is much more well known. Cesar has had more criticism for his techniques though. ||
|| ''JonAndKatePlusEight'' || ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'' || Cameras film the complicated lives of families with a larger-than usual amount of children on Creator/{{TLC}}. || ''Jon and Kate'''s lives have sadly become ''[[DisappearedDad a]]'' ''[[ParentalAbandonment lot]]'' more complicated than the Duggars'... || Pretty much dependent to how you feel about shows featuring large families; there is no middle ground here. ||
|| ''Series/AceOfCakes'' || ''Series/CakeBoss'' || Reality TV show about creative bakers making cakes. || The two leads are RedOniBlueOni: 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 delicious and decorative cakes. || Both are/were successful, but ''Ace of Cakes'' by a small margin. It had 10 seasons and landed the Creator/FoodNetwork some of its highest ratings ever. ''Cake Boss'' is still running, has had 4 seasons, and got its own spinoff "The Next Great Baker". ||
|| ''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. ||
|| ''Food Wars'' (Travel Channel) || ''Food Feuds'' (Food Network) || Local restaurants with the same signature dish go head to head to see who's version is better. || Three main differences: The hosts ("Feuds" boasts IronChef 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." ||
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[[folder:Science Fiction]]
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|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/LostInSpace'' (1965) || ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (1966) || WagonTrainToTheStars || One is a classic of popular culture, the other is [[SoBadItsGood cult kitsch]]. Notable in that Gene Rodenberry originally pitched ''Star Trek'' to Creator/{{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, ''Series/LostInSpace'' cleaned ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s clock in the ratings and lasted longer. On the other hand, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' spawned a successful franchise that maintained an almost constant presence from 1979 to 2005, and was successfully revived in 2009. ''LostInSpace'' faded away after its first and only TV series was cancelled, and the attempt to reboot it as a film series never made it past the first installment. We're giving this one to ''Franchise/StarTrek''. ||
|| ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (1993) || ''Series/BabylonFive'' (1994) || [[CityOfAdventure Adventure Town]] [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] becomes a hotspot for interstellar politics and an important staging point in a war with ScaryDogmaticAliens. || Very different, but with enough surface similarities -- and a documented pre-''Deep Space Nine'' pitch of ''B5'' to Paramount -- to merit accusations of [[FollowTheLeader 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. On the other hand, the parallels between the Earthgov/Federation corruption, clandestine wars, and an end-season HeroicSacrifice (via jumping from a cliff) [[NotHelpingYourCase doesn't help their case]]. ''Deep Space Nine'' began as more episodic, but started shifting toward more arc-based seasons when ''B5'' grew in popularity. || Both were winners, and so were the viewers -- Though ''Deep Space Nine'' is better remembered because it's a part of [[Franchise/StarTrek one of the most lucrative franchises of all time]]. The feud between the fandoms, however, continues to this day. ||
|| ''{{Lexx}}'' (1997) || ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' (1999) || SpaceOpera shows about a gang of weirdos on the loose in a LivingShip, with a bit more sex and moral ambiguity than usual for the genre. || ''Lexx'' was full of idea-driven weirdness and spent its budget mostly on space effects, ''Farscape'' stuck closer to the space opera formula and spent its budget mostly on creature effects. || Both lasted four seasons, ''Lexx'' ending with a relatively clear finale, while ''Farscape'' got cancelled on an extreme cliffhanger, finally resolved in a GrandFinale mini-series. Both continue to have loyal fanbases, although ''Lexx'' fans tend to be more defensive about it. ||
|| ''Series/DoctorWho'' (2005) || ''{{Primeval}}'' (2007) || British time-travelling adventure shows, based first and foremost at young people but written with adults in mind. || The shows were produced by and screened on the UK's two biggest broadcasters; TheBBC in the case of ''Doctor Who'', and {{ITV}} for ''Primeval''. || Both got rave reviews, but ''Primeval'' didn't really stand a chance against ''Doctor Who''’s popularity. It doesn't help that ''Primeval'' was axed due to budget problems before being revived about 2 years later. But it was still a broad success on its own, often regarded as among ITV's best shows and inspiring both a hotly-anticipated Canadian spin-off series and a theatrical feature film (in DevelopmentHell). ||
|| ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (2004) || ''Series/{{Surface}}'', ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', ''{{Invasion}}'', ''FlashForward2009'', ''TheEvent'', ''TheRiver'', ''Series/TerraNova'', ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'' ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' || [[NoughtiesDramaSeries High-concept mystery show]] focusing on character development and long mythic arcs. || As seen by the list in the "Clone" column, ''Series/{{Lost}}'' spawned a bevy of imitators trying to replicate its formula for success. || ''Series/{{Lost}}'' outlasted them all. Every show in this entry not lucky enough to be called "''Series/{{Lost}}''" was canceled after its first season due to low ratings, and every single one of them ended with a LeftHanging ending. ''TerraNova'', ''Alcatraz'', ''TheRiver'' and ''Revolution'' premiered after ''Series/{{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. ||
|| ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' || ''Series/EleventhHour'' || Two "Science Is Both Good ''And'' [[ScienceIsBad Bad]]" series. || Both did well in the ratings. || Though ''Eleventh Hour'' was a ratings leader, it just got canned after one season. ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', however, made it to season five despite increasingly abysmal ratings. ||
|| ''{{Virtuality}}'' || ''Series/DefyingGravity'' || ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' [[InSpace With Girls!]] || ''Virtuality'' is from the writer of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' while ''Series/DefyingGravity'' was written by a writer from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. 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 [[AIIsACrapShoot unreliable AI]] and possibly a hacker; it's implied that ''Defying Gravity'''s mission was at the behest of unknown forces. || ''Series/DefyingGravity'' 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. ||
|| ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' || ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' || 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, ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' was a full hour, whereas in the original ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' only season 4 episodes were that long). ''Both'' series had at least one revival. || The original version of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' did better than the original version of Series/TheOuterLimits; 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. For the revivals, ''The Outer Limits'' lasted nearly twice as long as both ''Twilight Zone'' revivals combined. ||
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[[folder:Sitcom]]
|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' (1964) || ''Series/TheMunsters'' (1964) ||SitCom about an altogether ooky [[QuirkyHousehold family of freaks]]. || Premiered six days apart. While the Addamses were proudly and extremely eccentric, very little was explicitly supernatural about them; though it was implied they had a witch ancestry. 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. ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' generally had the odder storylines and a more macabre sense of humor, while ''Series/TheMunsters'' was played more as a traditional SitCom. || Both lasted to 1966. 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 1990s. ||
|| ''Series/TheITCrowd'' (2006) || ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (2007) || 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 SoapOpera elements. ''The IT Crowd'' is a surreal British WorkCom more along the lines of Graham Linehan's previous series ''Series/BlackBooks''. || 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''. ||
|| ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (2007) || ''Series/{{Community}}'' (2009) || American sitcoms about an ensemble cast of seven close friends (both composed of four men and three women) that rely heavily on geek humor. Both shows' most popular characters are also their biggest geeks. || ''The Big Bang Theory'', which airs on Creator/{{CBS}}, is more of a WorkCom, as all of its main characters have full-time jobs, while ''Community'', which airs on Creator/{{NBC}}, features a cast of characters who (up until the end of Season 4) are still attending community college. ''Community''’s characters are more widespread in age, while ''Big Bang Theory''’s are all around the same age (late twenties to early thirties). Pop culture references in ''BBT'' are also more heavily restricted to fantasy and science-fiction; ''Community'' is arguably the nonpareil in terms of metafictional humor, though. ||''Community'' was canceled in 2014, so ''The Big Bang Theory'' wins, although ''Community'' has had somewhat better critical reception. However, even after moving into the younger show’s timeslot in 2010, ''The Big Bang Theory'' continued to beat the tobacco juice out of ''Community'' in the ratings and award nominations. ''The Big Bang Theory'' hasn't had to contend with threats of cancellation, either, though doing this to ''Community'' may be responsible for its fans’ fabled passion. ||
|| ''Series/GrandmasHouse'' (2010) || ''Series/FridayNightDinner'' (2011) || 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 [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Simon Amstell]] AdamWesting. ''Friday Night Dinner'', written by Robert Popper of ''LookAroundYou'', focused more on simple {{Fawlty Towers Plot}}s, with a cast including Tamsin Greig and Mark Heap of ''GreenWing'' and Simon Bird of ''Series/TheInbetweeners''. || ''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 [[TransAtlanticEquivalent US remake]]. ||
|| ''RaisingHope'' || ''Series/BabyDaddy'' || Sitcoms involving a young man who ends up caring for the infant daughter of a former girlfriend. || ''Raising Hope'' is on FOX, while ''Baby Daddy'' is on ABC Family. || Since ''Raising Hope'' came out first, it seems to be the more successful competitor. ||
|| ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' || ''OliverBeene'' || {{Sitcom}} about a DysfunctionalFamily that raises a boy who [[NoFourthWall 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 [[AnachronismStew came off as the 2000s in vintage clothing]]. || ''Oliver Beene'' lasted for two seasons while ''Malcolm'' lasted seven. ||
|| ''Ferris Bueller'' || ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' || {{Sitcom}} about a HighSchoolHustler. || Both aired in the very early 90s -- the former on Creator/{{NBC}}, the latter on {{Fox}}. And they were both an attempt to make a viable show out of the movie ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. || ''Parker Lewis'' was generally regarded as being of higher quality, and ultimately got three seasons. ''Ferris'' got one. ||
|| ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' || ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' || SitCom in which a guy tries to live an ordinary life despite having a long-term relationship with [[MagicalGirlfriend a blonde with magical powers]]. || ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' had Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead and TheOtherDarrin. ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' had JR Ewing and [[MsFanservice Barbara Eden in revealing clothing]]. Actually, if you like 1960s sitcoms, these are both pretty good. || Both won -- and so did viewers. Though to be fair, Bewitched had 3 more seasons. ||
|| ''Series/FullHouse'' || ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' || Sitcoms with families consisting of 3 kids and their father. || ''Full House'' aired on Creator/{{ABC}} for 8 seasons from 1987 to 1994. The father in this show was a NeatFreak with 3 daughters and had help from his cool brother-in-law (who was the lead) and his goofy best friend after his wife died in a car accident. ''Blossom'', on the other hand, aired for 5 seasons on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1991 to 1996. The wife of the father in that show left for reasons unknown, and he is stuck raising his perky titular daughter and her two half-wit older brothers. || [[CriticalDissonance Despite mixed reactions]] to the [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary nature]] of ''Full House'', it was the more successful show that launched the Olsen twins' career. ||
|| ''Series/FamilyMatters'' || ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' || Family [[SitCom Sitcoms]] with a black family as the main characters. || Both shows debuted a year apart from each other. Both have the fathers working in law and had heart attacks, annoying [[DropInCharacter drop in characters]], [[HollywoodNerd Hollywood nerds]], the mothers' original actors quitting and [[TheOtherDarrin being replaced]], babies who developed SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome 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. ||
|| ''Series/ModernFamily'' || ''Series/{{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 [[MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]] and ''Coach'' ([[TheIncredibles Mr. Incredible]] or [[Film/BladesOfGlory 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 JayLeno 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 Levitan and Christopher Lloyd (no, not [[ChristopherLloyd the guy who played Reverend Jim on "Taxi" or Doc Brown in the "Back to the Future" movies]]) 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. ||
|| ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' || ''Series/BlackBooks'' || 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. ||
|| ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' || ''Series/DesigningWomen'' || Sitcoms about the lives of groups of four older women. (''Designing Women'' in their 30's and 40's, ''The Golden Girls'' were 50+.) || ''Designing Women'' was more work com, with the ladies running an interior design company together. ''Golden Girls'' was more dom com, with the focus on their lives at home. || ''The Golden Girls'' had better ratings (Top Ten for most of its seasons), more acclaim, more awards (all main cast members won Emmys, one of only 3 shows to do so), and is remembered more fondly. ''Designing Women'' was successful, but was hit with controversy surrounding star Delta Burke's departure and a revolving door of cast members. ||
|| ''Series/TheCrazyOnes'' (2013) || ''Series/TheMichaelJFoxShow'' (2013) || {{Sitcom}}s built up as the comebacks of their lead actors, returning to television after a long stretch of time. || ''The Crazy Ones'' is a star vehicle for Creator/RobinWilliams and, to a lesser extent, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, while no points for guessing [[Creator/MichaelJFox the star]] of ''The Michael J. Fox Show''. || Both shows were cancelled after one season. A slight edge could be given to ''The Crazy Ones'' as its entire season of 22 episodes was shown and had more overall viewers compared to ''The Michael J. Fox Show'' which only got to air 15 of 22 (episodes) and had less overall viewers. ||
|| ''Series/MaryHartmanMaryHartman'' (1976) || ''Series/{{Soap}}'' (1977) || SoapOpera comedies/parodies || Creator/NormanLear's ''Series/MaryHartmanMaryHartman'' was actually done as a 5-days-a-week SoapOpera (with no laugh track), while ''Series/{{Soap}}'' was a more standard sitcom as a weekly PrimeTime show with audience laughter. || Both were popular, though ''Series/MaryHartmanMaryHartman'' was more of a cult hit while ''Series/{{Soap}}'' was a mainstream hit. ||
|| ''Series/LivingSingle'' || ''Series/{{Friends}}'' || A group of twenty-something friends/roommates living in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity || 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 have much appeal on the international syndication level. Also, ''Friends'' spawned a (not very successful) spin-off. ||
|| ''Delta House'' || ''Brothers and Sisters'' and ''Co-Ed Fever'' || Campus comedies inspired by ''AnimalHouse''. || ''Animal House'' was a box-office smash in 1978. || All three series failed, but ''Delta House'' wins because it lasted the longest (three-and-a-half months) compared to ''Brothers and Sisters'' (two-and-a-half months) and ''Co-Ed Fever'' (one episode).
|| ''[[TwoBrokeGirls 2 Broke Girls]]'' (CBS) || ''[[DontTrustTheBInApartment23 Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23]]'' (ABC) || Set in New York City,involving a likeable naive blond girl, suddenly faced with adverse economic circumstances, becomes roommate with cynical dark-haired opposite. || ''2 Broke Girls'' has a LaughTrack and the two [[WorkCom 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 [[Series/DawsonsCreek James Van Der Beek]] [[AdamWesting playing a camp version of himself]] as a supporting character. || Disputable. ''Apt. 23'' was cancelled after its second season, while ''2BG'' is still going, but ''Apt. 23'' had far more critical acclaim throughout its run than ''2BG'', which has recieved a lukewarm critical reaction||
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[[folder:Other Soaps]]
|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' (Creator/{{ABC}}, 1977) || ''Flying High'' (Creator/{{CBS}}, 1978) and ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' (Creator/{{NBC}}, 1979) || A guest-star filled [[WanderingTheEarth mobile]] CityOfAdventure || Love Boat took place on a real-life luxury liner. Its' competitors came up with fantasy counterparts for the air (''Flying High's'' super jumbo jet) and land (''Supertrain's''... super train). The focus of the series was slightly different as well: ''Love Boat'' followed ''Series/FantasyIsland's'' formula of focusing on the guest stars, ''Flying High'' focused on the crew's wacky hijinks[[note]]Basically ''Love Boat'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/{{Airplane}}''[[/note]], the train itself was ''Supertrain'''s main attraction. || ''Love Boat'' almost by default. ''Supertrain'' was one of TV's most infamous bombs. Most only know ''Flying High'' existed because promos for it show up on the main [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes surviving copy]] of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' ||
|| ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' (1978) || ''{{Dynasty}}'' (1981) || PrimetimeSoap about an BigScrewedUpFamily of oil tycoons || Both shows ended up defined by larger than life villains (JR Ewing and Alexis Colby respectively) but ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' kept itself at least a little grounded while ''{{Dynasty}}'' enthusiastically embraced its SoapOpera 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) || ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', which adopted a more soapish direction of its own to compete, leading up to the [[JumpTheShark infamous "Bobby in the shower" moment]]. ''{{Dynasty}}'' eventually fizzled out in 1989 while ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' lasted until 1991 (with two TV films following in the years afterward). A ''Dallas'' sequel has begun airing in 2012 on TNT, once again starring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. ||
|| ''Series/{{Bull}}'' (2000) || ''Series/TheStreet'' (2000). Spelled with a dollar sign in place of the S. || Wall Street drama. || Pretty much the same. In ''Bull'' a group of investment bankers break away from an established firm and start their own company. Having to struggle with the challenges of being the newcomers in a highly competitive market. In ''The $treet'', viewers got to see the inner workings of a small brokerage firm. In a field dominated by larger firms. || Both were gone after one season, as apparently, Film/WallStreet was better as a movie. Technically killed by bad timing. They both attempted to depict the "bull market" financial climate of their time, with investor confidence rising and a booming stock market. Their airing instead coincided with the bursting of the dot-com bubble, a stock market crash, and the bankruptcies or downsizing of several actual companies. ''Bull'' lasted for 11 episodes (with 11 more that [[MissingEpisode never saw the light of day]]), ''The $treet' only 6. ||
|| ''Series/{{Skins}}'' (2007) || ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' (2008) || Series about the lives of British teenagers. || Both air on E4. The former is a drama and the latter is a comedy. ''Skins'' focuses more on the WildTeenParty 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''’ global fanbase is arguably broader (even if MTV ruined it with its American adaptation). ||
|| ''Series/TheLyingGame'' (2011) || ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' (2011) || 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 CountryMouse vs. CityMouse. ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' has a DarkerAndEdgier storyline than ''Series/TheLyingGame'', which focuses more on social secrets a la ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' and ''GossipGirl''. || ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' started out strong and was hyped up as Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's return to TV, but its ratings plummeted and was eventually canceled. Despite lacking ''Ringer'''s star power, ''Series/TheLyingGame'' has been received better by viewers and critics alike and got renewed for a second season. Creator/ABCFamily[='=]s series wins this one. ||
|| ''CashmereMafia'' || ''LipstickJungle'' || A group of female friends who are all successful businesswomen. || One of them had four women; one had only three. Both were written by former ''SexAndTheCity'' writers. || Both of them got screwed over thanks to the WGA strike of late 2007-early 2008, airing just seven episodes each in their first seasons. Unfortunately, ''Lipstick Jungle'' was the only one that got renewed. ||
|| ''Series/TheOC'' || ''Series/OneTreeHill'' || TeenDrama about a teenager being thrust into a different social circle, and falling for one of the popular girls. || Both debuted at the start of in the 2003[=/=]2004 season. The major difference was that ''One Tree Hill'' was focused on a pair of half-brothers who grew up hating each other but shared a common love of basketball, whilst ''The O.C.'' focused on a kid from the wrong side of the tracks being taken in by a wealthy family, emo music & comic books were involved. || ''The O.C.'' was more critically acclaimed but lasted for 4 seasons in comparison to ''One Tree Hill'' running for 9. ''The O.C.'' is still fondly remembered due it's meta humor & portrayal of geek culture before it was popular to do so, whilst ''One Tree Hill'' is often cited as being one of the pioneers of using a TimeSkip as a narrative device to bypass the character's college years. ||
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|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (2001) || ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' (2006) || Live action drama featuring people discovering they have superhuman abilities || ''Smallville'' was a Franchise/{{Superman}} origin story, and focused on the growth of Clark Kent from farm boy to Earth's greatest hero; ''Heroes'' was about what would happen if people with super powers started appearing in the "real" world. ''Smallville'' would gradually introduce various DCComics characters over the course of the series, whilst ''Heroes'' wasn't tied to an existing comic book property. Due to it being set in the "real world" ''Heroes'' was a lot darker than ''Smallville''. || ''Smallville'' is the clear winner, lasting 10 years & ending on it's own terms; ''Heroes'' started out strongly but became increasingly convoluted & received a large critical backlash as the show went on, before it was cancelled after it's fourth season. Coincidentally, both shows ended with the world at large becoming aware of the existence of superpowers, but in ''Heroes'' it went as an unresolved cliffhanger, whilst in ''Smallville'' it served as the culmination of Clark Kent's growth into Superman.||
|| ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' (2012) || ''[[Series/AgentsOfShield Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]'' (2013)|| Live action drama based on DCComics & MarvelComics properties. || Both shows focus on BadAssNormal characters; but ''Arrow'' is an adaptation of ComicBook/GreenArrow, whilst ''Agents'' is a tie-in to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse & focuses on a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. As such, the ''Agents'' cast is built upon [[CanonForeigner brand new characters]] & extremely obscure existing characters due to the films having first rights to the major characters & [[Franchise/SpiderMan three]] [[Franchise/XMen major]] [[ComicBook/FantasticFour properties]] being off limits due to rights issues; whilst ''Arrow'' more or less has free reign to use any existing DC Comics character. || Too early to tell. ''Agents'' has a higher budget & garners higher ratings than ''Arrow'', but those ratings are considered poor for ABC & have plummeted since the pilot aired, whilst ''Arrow'' is one of The CW's highest rated shows. ''Arrow'' generally receives more critical & fan acclaim than ''Agents'', and has spawned a spin-off focusing on Franchise/TheFlash to début in the 2014/15 season. ||
|| ''[[Series/AgentsOfShield Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]'' (2013) || ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' (2014)|| Shows based on MarvelComics & DCComics properties that focus on the law-enforcement rather than the superheroes themselves. || A continuation of the [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel]] vs. [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] rivalry. Whereas ''S.H.I.E.L.D'' is a part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse & (as mentioned above) has it's hands tied on which characters it can use; ''Gotham'' is a separate continuity to existing DC properties, but has it's hands tied on which characters it can use, since the show starts with the deaths of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Thomas & Martha Wayne]] & will feature a young Bruce Wayne. Humorously, Creator/{{CTV}} will broadcast both shows for Canadian release. || Too early to tell. ||
|| ''Series/{{Arrow}}''[=/=]''Series/TheFlash2014'' (2012[=/=]2014) || ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' (2014) || Live action drama based on DCComics properties. || Whilst ''Arrow'' & ''The Flash'' share a continuity & both air on TheCW, ''Constantine'' stands separately & airs on NBC. However, ''Arrow'' is an action series, whilst ''The Flash'' is more of a Sci-Fi series & ''Constantine'' is a supernatural[=/=]horror themed series. || Too early to tell, though the winner in this case is DC Comics/Warner Brothers. With four superhero series on the air, with a potential ''fifth'' in development (a ''Supergirl'' series for CBS,) DC/WB has gone from its previous reputation as "the company who is losing the superhero battle to rival company Marvel/Disney" to "the company who is absolutely dominating Superhero Television." ||
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[[folder:Talk Show]]
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|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''TheOReillyFactor'' || ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'' || 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun currently]] off the air. So technically O'Reilly won, but Olbermann's protégés at the two networks ([[TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]], Lawrence O'Donnell, and [[TheYoungTurks Cenk Uygur]]) are doing well enough on their own to be considered legacy victories. ||
|| ''The View'' || ''The Talk'' || Talk shows hosted by a diverse group of (usually) five women who start with a roundtable discussion about current affairs. || For the most part, they're identical, though each show has something of a focus on material produced by their parent company (ABC/Disney for ''The View,'' CBS for ''The Talk.'') || Hard to tell. ''The View'' usually holds a slight lead in ratings thanks to a very large head start, but has courted controversy over a revolving door of hosts and an increase in potentially-alienating and heated political discussions. Discussions about the two often say it's not a matter of '''if''' ''The Talk'' overtakes ''The View,'' but '''when.''' ||
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[[folder:Variety Show]]
|| Original || Clone || Capsule Pitch Description || Implementation || Winner? ||
|| ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' (1948) || ''The Series/HollywoodPalace (1964)'' || {{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 Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, and Franchise/TheMuppets. 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 Music/TheRollingStones and [[Music/MichaelJackson 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. ||
|| ''RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' || ''Turn-On'' || Comedy/variety show produced by George Schlatter || ''Laugh-In'' was the #1 show at the time for NBC. ABC decided to get in on the action by making their own irreverent sketch show that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable at the time. || ''Laugh-In'' won, both with critics and in the ratings. ''Turn-On'', in contrast, was so bad that it either got [[BannedEpisode banned and replaced with alternate programming]], was canceled ten minutes into its first episode, or aired in its entirety... and never shown again.
|| ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (1975) || ''Series/{{Fridays}}'' (1980) || Both are [[VarietyShow variety]] [[SketchComedy sketch shows]] featuring a cast of young comedians and comedy writers, popular celebrities of the day, popular musical performances of the day, and both air live on their respective coasts (''SNL'' in the East and ''Fridays'' in the West) || Creator/{{ABC}}'s ''Fridays'' started out as a crude and disgusting carbon copy of ''SNL'' (in fact, the third episode, which featuring a sketch about a zombie diner and a sketch about prim and proper women who spit, was the final episode in a lot of affiliates, as they received complaints about the show's content), but when ''SNL'' went through SeasonalRot in the early 1980s, ''Fridays'' came out on top as the edgy sketch show that had a young cast of CrazyAwesome comedians and the best in popular music. || While ''Fridays'' did prove to be better than ''SNL'' was at the time in terms of writing and acting, ''Fridays'' ended up [[ScrewedByTheNetwork getting screwed by ABC]] when the network moved it to midnight to make room for ''Nightline'' and extended the show from 70 minutes to 90 minutes. It also doesn't help that by 1982, ''SNL'' was slowly, but surely, turning itself around with a better cast and better writers. ''Fridays'' ended up getting canceled after ABC got the brilliant idea to make it a primetime sketch show -- and it tanked in the ratings thanks to ''Dallas'' (which was ''the'' show of the early 1980s). ||
|| ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (1975) || ''Series/TheNewShow'' (1984) || SketchComedy VarietyShow || Both shows have guests and musical guests and were produced by Lorne Michaels. || ''SNL'' still won. ''The New Show'' failed to capture an audience of its own, only lasting for 9 episodes, broadcast over the course of two months (January-March, 1984). Its ratings were among the lowest of the season. It did so bad that it prompted LorneMichaels to return to ''SaturdayNightLive'' in 1985. On the up side, ''The New Show'' had a lot of up-and-coming writers who would later work on ''TheSimpsons''...after working on ''SNL'' during its near-CreatorKiller 11th season and most of its new GoldenAge seasons (seasons 12 to 15)||
|| ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (1975) || ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' (1995) || SketchComedy VarietyShow. || The first is a classic of the genre, despite its many ups and downs. The other is pretty much the same, only it's taped, an hour long, and comes off the heels of ''InLivingColor'' being cancelled after five years and ''House of Buggin'' and ''Saturday Night Special'' being taken off the air due to bad reviews and worse ratings. || Though both shows held their own (and have fans who will forever fight over which show is most superior), ''Saturday Night Live'' wins because it's more popular, it's still on the air, is in syndication on cable (VH1 and VH1 Classic), and is on DVD (the first five seasons and several "Best Of" clip shows and documentaries about the show's history), Internet streaming[[note]]mostly Yahoo Video and its show website[[/note]], and Netflix, while ''MADtv'' was canceled, hasn't been syndicated since 2010 (it was on in reruns on Comedy Central, but was canceled, and its alleged SpiritualSuccessor, ''MAD''[[note]]the Cartoon Network sketch show[[/note]] was canned in 2013 to make room for new shows), is only on DVD[[note]]seasons one to four are out[[/note]], and only has the final two seasons available on iTunes.||
|| ''AmericanBandstand'' || ''Series/SoulTrain'' || Teens dancing to the popular music of the day. The day's hottest musical acts appeared as well. || To put it bluntly -- ''AmericanBandstand'' was for white kids and emphasized the music, and ''Soul Train'' was for black kids and emphasized the dancing. A difference that was highlighted by both shows' signature segments: ''Bandstand''[='=]s song ratings ([[MemeticMutation "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 ''Train'' lasting thirteen seasons after ''Bandstand''[='=]s cancellation. ''Soul Train'' seems to be more fondly remembered, though both have their NeverLiveItDown factor: ''Bandstand'' for [[AcceptableTargets its overwhelming whiteness]] and ''Train'' for its [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece inescapable link]] to [[DiscoDan '70s fashion, music, and afros.]]||
|| ''Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam'' || ''BET's Comicview'' || Stand-up comedy series that showcase young, up-and-coming black comedians || 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. ||
|| ''Series/TheMidnightSpecial'' || ''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 NostalgiaFilter {{Infomercial}}s, which make them more familiar. ||
|| ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' || ''MockTheWeek'' || Comedy panel quiz/[[ThePointsMeanNothing "quiz"]] focusing on recent news, featuring both regular panellists and guests || HIGNFY has been running much longer and is generally considered more [[SeriousBusiness cerebral and culturally valuable]], but MTW is a good contender [[RuleOfFunny comedy-wise]]. Frequently draw from the same pool of guests. || Everybody wins. ||
|| ''Series/TheDailyShow'' || ''Half-Hour News Hour'' || Comedy shows that mock the news. || ''Half-Hour'' was meant to be [[TheMoralSubstitute 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: ''Series/TheDailyShow''. ||
|| ''Series/{{Tosh0}}'' || ''Series/WebSoup'' || ''Series/TheSoup''-[[FollowTheLeader inspired]] snarky weekly rundowns of viral videos. || ComedyCentral's ''Tosh'' sticks mostly to Website/YouTube stuff and viewer submissions and its signature "Web Redemption" segment. G4's ''Series/WebSoup'' is more ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'''s "Epic Fail" segments [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Series/TheSoup'', using AOTS-style graphics. || It really depends on your style of comedy, with ''Tosh'' being more straightforward and [[BlackComedy meaner]], while ''Series/WebSoup'' 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. However, ''Tosh'' is [[AdoredByTheNetwork adored by Comedy Central]], and ''Web Soup'' was cancelled.||
|| ''Comedy Inc'' || ''Big Bite'', ''skitHOUSE'' || Australian sketch comedy series launched by commerical networks in the first half of 2003 || Seven had ''Big Bite'', Nine ''Comedy Inc'' and Ten ''skitHouse'' ||''Comedy Inc'' lasted until 2007, whereas both ''Big Bite'' and ''skitHOUSE'' both ended in 2004 ||
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