First Run Syndication is a method of distributing radio and television programs outside of the major networks. If a television show isn't picked up by a network, producers attempt to sell the show directly to the affiliates and independent stations, in an attempt to get a high enough clearance across the country to make the show profitable enough to produce. While the practice is OlderThanTelevision with radio shows being syndicated, the practice is most widely associated with television.

In the early days of television, First Run Syndicators profited by both a lack of satellites transmitting network programming and the lack of product available to networks during downtime hours. While many bigger market stations produced their own news and children's shows, many smaller markets eagerly bought up the more professionally produced syndicated product.

In the late 1960s and early '70s, networks controlled three and a half hours of prime time a night, typically 7:30 - 11:00pm. The FCC ruled that to promote local programming they needed to be forced to give up a half hour. Called Prime Time Access, this was intended to be a half hour between the news and network entertainment, filled with local info and public affair programming created by the local stations. Instead the local stations just purchased bigger quantities of first run syndicated versions of {{game show}}s and other programming. While some of these shows were highly praised (''Series/TheMuppetShow'' and ''Series/MutualOfOmahasWildKingdom'' for example), most critics of the day bemoaned them as increasing 'The Vast Wasteland'. By the late 1980s, network news had by and large been moved to the 6:30 PM timeslot, freeing up the 7:00pm slot as an additional Prime Access slot. The rule was repealed in 1996, but the affiliates have resisted in giving any time slots back.

In 1987, the success of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' prompted a new era in syndicated {{after show}}s being created. Shows such as ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' and ''Series/WhatsHappening'' were revived, as well as new originals such as ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'', ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' and ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'', premiered to varying degrees of success.

Today, with the event of cable television and internet providers creating their own content, the practice is virtually no longer needed, except for a handful of reality (e.g., ''Series/JudgeJudy''), talk (e.g., ''The Queen Latifah Show''), game (e.g., ''Series/FamilyFeud''), and news shows (e.g., ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'').

First-run syndication was also the preferred method of distribution for the MerchandiseDriven cartoons of TheEighties.
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!!Examples of First Run Syndicated shows

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[[folder: Shows in First Run Syndication for their entire run]]
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''(Note: This list is by no means exhaustive.)''

* ''The :20 Minute Workout'' (in the United States[[note]]It originates from Canada, where it aired on Citytv (now known as simply "City")[[/note]])
* ''Action Pack'' (and its spinoff, the ''[=Back2Back=] Action Hour'')
* ''Saban's Adventures of Literature/OliverTwist''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''
* ''WesternAnimation/SabansAdventuresOfTheLittleMermaid''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''
* ''The Adventures of T-Rex''
* ''Amazin' Adventures'' (later became Creator/{{BKN}} [Bohbot Kids Network][[note]]The original production company behind this block, Bohbot Entertainment, would later adopt "BKN" as its name.[[/note]])
* ''America's Dumbest Criminals'' (Documentary series that talks about criminals who make obvious, as well as dumb mistakes when committing crimes)
* ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' (original series)
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' (aired as part of various "E/I" blocks)
* ''Saban's Around the World in 80 Dreams'' (a celebrity toon starring French singer Carlos[[note]]Hence, the name of the French version: "Les Aventures de Carlos" (The Adventures of Carlos).[[/note]])
* ''Series/Babylon5''
* ''Series/BananasInPajamas'' (The original series was broadcast in FRS in the United States, and later aired with a companion series called "The Crayon Box")
* ''Series/{{Beastmaster}}: The Series''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens''
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' (1993 series)
* ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBotsMaster''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/BrunoTheKid''
* ''Series/BullseyeUS''
* ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys''
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''
* ''Series/{{Cleopatra 2525}}''
* ''Series/TheChallengers''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' (after a sneak preview on Creator/DisneyChannel)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChuckNorrisKarateKommandos''
* ''WesternAnimation/ComicStrip''[[note]]Creator/RankinBass' final series.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' (the cartoon, not the Fox series)
* ''WesternAnimation/CreepyCrawlers''
* ''The D.J. Kat Show'' (adapted from a popular European series; aired mainly on Fox affiliates)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth''
* ''WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur''
* ''WesternAnimation/DinoBabies''
* ''WesternAnimation/DinoRiders''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon''
* ''Divorce Court'' (all three versions)
* ''Dracula: The Series''
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonFlyz''
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' (1994 series)
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMax''
* ''Series/FernwoodTonight''
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''
* ''WesternAnimation/FlashGordon1996''
* ''Force Five'' (English-dubbed compilation of five SuperRobot anime series produced by Jim Terry)
** ''Anime/{{Gaiking}}''
** ''Anime/PlanetRoboDanguardAce'' (dubbed as simply "Danguard Ace")
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (as "Grandizer"[[note]]Note the different letter between the two names.[[/note]])
** ''Anime/GetterRobo G'' (as "Starvengers")
** ''Sci-Fi Journey to the West Starzinger'' (as "Spaceketeers"[[note]]With the Literature/JourneyToTheWest references (hence the original Japanese name) replaced by references to Literature/TheThreeMusketeers (hence the name of the dubbed version).[[/note]])
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series''
* ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''
* ''The Funtastic World of'' ''Creator/HannaBarbera''
* ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance''
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' (both the Sunbow / Marvel and DIC versions)
** ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme''
* ''The Grudge Match'' (This competition series pitted two contestants with some kind of conflict between them into a match that took place in a ring using either oversized boxing gloves, or clubs called batakas[[note]]Most chose the oversized boxing gloves, though a few chose the batakas.[[/note]])
* ''Saban's Gulliver's Travels''
* ''The Hallo Spencer Show'' (A few episodes of this long running German puppet series were given an English dub in the early 1990s[[note]]The show is actually called simply "Hallo Spencer" (lit., "Hello Spencer"). However, the English version makes "Hallo Spencer" the character's name, even though "Spencer" is actually his first name.[[/note]])
* All of the ''Creator/HannaBarbera Superstars 10'' movies
* ''WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' (onscreen title is simply "Heathcliff")
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' (1994 series)
* ''Series/JackOfAllTrades''
* ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors''
* ''Jellybean Jungle''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''
* ''Series/JudgeJudy''
* ''Kideo TV''
* ''Creator/KidsClick''[[note]]Airs nationally on the This TV digital TV network. However, it's being included since it was clearly designed to be a syndicated programming block, as well as being shown on a few digital sub-channels that aren't part of This TV.[[/note]]
* ''Knights and Warriors'' (Multi-event competition series similar to American Gladiators[[note]]The contestants are the "knights", while this show's version of the gladiators are the "warriors".[[/note]])
* ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues''
* ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks and the Pixie Tails''
* ''The Legend of the Hawaiian Slammers'' (TV special inspired by Pogs and similar collectible caps[[note]]Which are actually still being made today.[[/note]])
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop1995''
* ''Series/MaryHartmanMaryHartman''
* ''Marvel Action Universe''
** ''Marvel Action Hour''[[note]]The second season was actually called the "Marvel Action Universe" on some stations.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MaxiesWorld (based on the line of dolls by Hasbro, it also included reruns of ''Beverly Hills Teens'' and the animated ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' series[[note]]Which previously aired on NBC. Although, unlike the other two shows, this one was made by Creator/RubySpears, though it did also have music by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy.[[/note]])
* ''Meet Julie'' (a one-hour special by DIC based on a doll made by Worlds of Wonder [of Teddy Ruxpin[[note]]Which DIC also made into an animated production.[[/note]] fame])
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''
* ''Monkey Magic'' (English dubbed anime that adapts the Literature/JourneyToTheWest story[[note]]It also [[NamesTheSame shares its name]] with an unrelated early ball-and-paddle arcade game made by Creator/{{Nintendo}}.[[/note]])
* ''WesternAnimation/MonaTheVampire'' (Canadian series that aired on the Creator/ThisTV network's "This is for Kids" block years after it ended production)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/PotsworthAndCompany Midnight Patrol]]''
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus''
* ''The Mr. Men Show'' (1990s series)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterForce''
* ''Series/{{Monsters}}''
* ''Morning Stretch''
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague''
* ''Series/MutantX''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends''
* ''Series/MySecretIdentity''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfHeMan''
* ''The New Adventures of Anime/SpeedRacer'' (American-produced remake from 1993 that was identified onscreen as simply "Speed Racer")
* ''The New Howdy Doody Show''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther The New Pink Panther Show]]'' (1990s series)
* ''Series/NewZooRevue''
* ''Series/OutOfThisWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/PawPawBears'' (onscreen title is "Paw Paws")
* ''Series/PensacolaWingsOfGold''
* ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt''
* ''WesternAnimation/Phantom2040''
* ''Pick Your Brain'' (game show produced and hosted by Marc Summers of [[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]] fame, and featuring a life-size version of the robot toy 2XL[[note]]It was also the first series to come from [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment "The Summit Media Group"]][[/note]])
* ''Series/{{Photon}}'' (based on the Photon laser tag arenas[[note]]Known as "The Ultimate Game on Planet Earth". There was also a home version.[[/note]])
* ''Series/ThePinkertons''
* ''Series/{{Pointman}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popples}}'' (original series)
* ''Popular Mechanics for Kids''
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s'' (original TV special[[note]]The regular series would go on to air on Creator/{{ABC}}.[[/note]]; aired as part of a double bill with ''WesternAnimation/StarFairies'')
* ''Power Block''
* ''Primetime Entertainment Network''[[note]]The two companies behind it: Warner Bros. and Chris-Craft, went on to start Creator/TheWB and Creator/{{UPN}} respectively. Both have since been replaced by Creator/TheCW.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'' (Created by Robert Mandell of Galaxy Rangers fame; aired outside North America as "Starla and the Jewel Riders")
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom''
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' (both the five specials, and the later TV series[[note]]Which the specials aired as part of, along with eight new episodes. The specials can technically be considered the first season; all five aired in 1984, followed by their airing with the eight new episodes in 1986.[[/note]])
* ''Series/RelicHunter''
* Any and all ReligiousEdutainment series fall under this trope.[[note]]At least, the ones that weren't originally released DirectToVideo.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}: The Animated Series'' (inspired a toy line called ''Robocop and the Ultra Police''[[note]]The Ultra Police appeared in one episode of the series.[[/note]])
** ''[=RoboCop=]: Alpha Commando'' (produced 10 years after the above series)
* ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (Combined three unrelated shows: ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'', and ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''[[note]]It's also the TropeCodifier for the {{Macekre}} trope, [[TropeNamer named after]] Carl Macek, the producer of Robotech.[[/note]])
* ''Rollergames'' (Short-lived [[{{Kayfabe}} "sports entertainment"]] version of UsefulNotes/RollerDerby.)
* ''Romper Room'' (The national version from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}; was later renamed "Romper Room and Friends".[[note]]Along with Bozo the Clown, Romper Room is a "franchised" show; that is, each station could do its own local version. The national version premiered in 1953 and ran until 1994.[[/note]])
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' (English dub of ''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers''[[note]]A name that couldn't be used for the dub since there were already two other shows airing at the time that had [[Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad "samurai"]] and [[Series/VRTroopers "troopers"]] as part of their names.[[/note]])
* ''Rose Petal Place'' (a TV special made by Creator/RubySpears that was based around a flower-themed toyline created by Creator/{{Kenner}}[[note]]It was essentially their answer to ''Strawberry Shortcake'' (fruits / desserts) and ''Rainbow Brite'' (colors).[[/note]])
** ''Rose Petal Place: Real Friends''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies''
* ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs'' ({{Macekre}}d version of ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck'')
* ''Saban Kids Network''
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' (GagDub version of Kyatto Ninden Teyandee)
* ''Screen Gems Network'' (Consisted mainly of reruns of older Screen Gems[[note]]Now known today as Sony Pictures Television.[[/note]] shows such as ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' and ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'')
* ''Sectaurs'' (five part miniseries made by Creator/RubySpears based on a toyline by Coleco)
* ''The SFM Holiday Network'' (Occasional broadcast that showed classic movies[[note]]In the days before (and after) Creator/{{AMC}} (pre-NetworkDecay) and before Creator/{{TCM}}, this showcase of classic movies usually also included a host (or two) who would give various facts and other trivia about the movie being shown.[[/note]])
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Silverhawks}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SkyCommanders''
* ''WesternAnimation/SkyDancers''
* ''WesternAnimation/SkySurferStrikeForce''
* ''Series/SmallWonder''
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground''
* ''Series/SoulTrain''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone''
* ''Star Blazers'' (English dubbed version of ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'')
* ''Starcom: The U.S. Space Force'' (based on a toyline whose action figures had magnets in their feet, and could attach themselves to the playsets)
* ''WesternAnimation/StarFairies'' (TV special; aired as part of a double bill with ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]]'')
* ''WesternAnimation/StoneProtectors''
* All six ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' specials from the 1980s.
* ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks''
* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs''
* ''Series/SuperForce''
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' (Essentially Creator/DicEntertainment's answer to the Franchise/PowerRangers franchise[[note]]Another DIC series, Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills (an original creation not based on an existing Japanese show), aired on the Creator/USANetwork.[[/note]]; it adapts ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' a series originally made by Tsuburaya Productions[[note]]Best known as the creators of the Franchise/UltraSeries.[[/note]])
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''
* ''Super Sunday'' (or "Super Saturday" depending on the station airing it)
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' (after a sneak preview on Disney Channel)
* ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside''
* ''Tama and Friends'' (the last [[{{Macekre}} "production"]] from Creator/FourKidsEntertainment to air in FRS)
* ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''
* ''Series/ThunderInParadise''
* ''Series/TimeTrax''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' (including "Transformers: Generation 2", which is just this series with a new opening, ending, and new IdiosyncraticWipes[[note]]Including newly created ones that occur even in the same scene.[[/note]])
* ''Tranzor Z'' (This English dubbed version of ''Anime/MazingerZ'' premiered in 1985, even though the original Japanese version had aired 13 years earlier! Additionally, only the first 65 episodes were dubbed)
* ''ComicBook/UltraForce''
* ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' (original series)
* ''Anime/{{Ulysses 31}}'' (U.S. premiere in FRS didn't happen until many years later)
* ''Series/VanPires'' (Information on this series can be found at Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Pires]])
* ''The Video Game'' (Game show from the makers of ''Series/{{Starcade}}''[[note]]Unlike their previous show, this one was only seen in FRS.[[/note]])
* ''Video Power'' (Originally talked about the latest games and gave some game tips. Was [[{{Retool}} retooled]] completely as a game show from season 2 onward)
** ''The Power Team'' (aired as part of the first season)
* ''Series/{{VIP}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}''
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' (combined two unrelated shows: ''Anime/GoLion''[[note]]"Lion" Voltron[[/note]] and ''Anime/DairuggerXV''[[note]]"Vehicle Voltron"; there were also plans to adapt ''Anime/{{Albegas}}'' as "Gladiator" Voltron, but those plans were cancelled.[[/note]]; also includes the Amercan-only "New Adventures of Voltron" series)
* ''Voltron: The Third Dimension'' (CGI animated series created just for North America)
* ''Series/VRTroopers''
* ''WesternAnimation/VorTechUndercoverConversionSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyWorldOfTexAvery''
* ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds''
* ''What a Country!'' (sitcom starring Yakov Smirnoff)
* ''The Why Why Family''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Widget}}''[[note]]Has nothing to with the WidgetSeries trope.[[/note]]
* ''Series/WMACMasters''
* ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss''
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
* ''Xuxa''[[note]]Pronounced "SHOE-sha".[[/note]] (her short-lived U.S. series)
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt''
* ''Young Robin Hood'' (co-production between Creator/HannaBarbera and Creator/{{Cinar}})
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[[folder:Shows in both first-run syndicated and network run]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'': Ran in FRS from 1993 to 1995; also seen on Creator/{{TBS}} Sunday mornings
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': Ran on NBC 1985-89, {{Channel Hop}}ped to ABC 1989-90, final season ran as part of ''WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon'' in 1990.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' (Beginning in 1985, it began to run concurrently on NBC and in FRS. After DIC Entertainment took over the show's production, it aired on NBC for the rest of its run[[note]]Along with ''The Chipmunks Go to the Movies'', which is considered to be part of this incarnation.[[/note]])
* ''Series/AmericanBandstand'': Began on local UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} station WFIL (currently ABC O&O WPVI) in 1952, moved to ABC in 1957, went FRS in 1987, ended its run on Creator/USANetwork in 1989.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': Began in FRS, picked up by [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] midway through 4th season
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'': Cancelled by NBC after one season, successfully entered FRS a year later
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'': Aired on TLC and in FRS in its first season, then on TLC and CBS
* ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'': Was syndicated at first, then moved to Creator/{{PBS}} for the rest of its run.
* ''Series/BreakTheBank1976'': Cancelled by ABC after one season; later FRS
* ''Series/CharlesInCharge'': The series was cancelled by CBS after one season, revived in FRS a few seasons afterward.
* ''Series/{{Concentration}}'': Cancelled by NBC in March 1973; became FRS a few months later (lasting until 1978; another revival aired on NBC from 1987 to 1991 w/ reruns until 1993)
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': After a sneak preview on Creator/DisneyChannel, ran concurrently on FRS (as part of ''The Disney Afternoon'') and ABC
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'': AnimatedAdaptation of [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenace the U.S. comic strip]] created by Hank Ketcham. First season ran in FRS, second season ran on Creator/{{CBS}} on Saturday mornings.
* ''Series/DoubleDare1986'' eventually had a concurrent run on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and FRS, until the Family Double Dare era.
* ''Anime/DragonBall'': {{Creator/FUNimation}} and Creator/TheOceanGroup's initial English dub from 1995 aired in syndication.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': The original Creator/SabanEntertainment/[=FUNimation=]/Ocean co-production was also created for syndication. Considering the early time slots it got in many markets, the show did quite well (good enough to warrant a full hour-long block during season 2). Despite this, Saban eventually backed out of the project, forcing [=FUNimation=] to abandon the dub. Reruns on the Creator/CartoonNetwork block Toonami turned out to be a huge success, and this was enough to warrant a continuation of the English dub.
* ''Film/{{Fame}}'': Cancelled by NBC after two seasons, moved to FRS for the rest of its run.
* ''Series/FindersKeepers'' aired on Nickelodeon for one 130 episode season, then channel hopped to FRS (mostly on Fox affiliates) for its final season.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'': Same as ''Darkwing Duck''
* ''Series/HeeHaw'': Aired on Creator/{{CBS}} for two seasons, then moved to FRS for the rest of its 23-season run.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'': Began on NBC in 1964, ran concurrently on NBC and FRS in 1974-75 before ending, back to NBC for a season in 1978-79, current FRS evening run began in 1984.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'': Ran concurrently on Creator/{{TBS}}, Creator/{{TNT}}, Creator/CartoonNetwork and FRS in some cities
* ''Series/MamasFamily'': This SpinOff of ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' spent a year and a half on NBC before going on to very successful FRS run.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'': Concurrent runs on FRS (as a part of what was once ''The Disney Afternoon'') and ABC
* ''Series/MrEd'': One of the few shows to start out in FRS before being picked up by CBS for its second season on.
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'': Fifty-two episodes of the show debuted in syndication in 1997 on weekday afternoons (or mornings depending on the market), while ABC aired thirteen episodes of the show as part of ''Creator/OneSaturdayMorning'' beginning a week after the show began airing in syndication.
* ''Disney's One Too'' (Aired concurrently with ABC's One Saturday Morning; was unnamed for its final season)
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': The Creator/FourKidsEntertainment dub originally debuted in syndication, before moving to Creator/KidsWB (and later Creator/CartoonNetwork). The series now airs on Creator/DisneyXD.
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'': Initially aired on NBC; moved to FRS for its final season.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': Debuted on ABC in 1986, began a concurrent run on FRS with new episodes in 1987.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': Very similar scenario to ''Dragon Ball Z'', since the English dub (by Creator/DiC) was originally created for syndication[[note]]Prior to its premiere, it was given a preview showing on Creator/FoxKids, which originally was planning to air [[WesternAnimation/ToonMakersSailorMoon a completely different Sailor Moon series]].[[/note]], before finding fame through Toonami. Although unlike ''Dragon Ball Z'', the show didn't do very well in syndication, due to the terrible time slots it was given in most markets.
* ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'': Jim Perry had two concurrent runs, on NBC and FRS.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'': Was FRS for its first three seasons before being aired on NBC as ''SCTV [=Network90=]'', then moved to Creator/{{Cinemax}}.
* ''Series/{{Starcade}}'': Aired on Creator/{{TBS}} in 1982-83, then moved to FRS from 1983-84 (being distributed by Turner Program Services, Turner's own syndication arm)
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'': Ran in FRS from 1993 to 1995; also seen on TBS Sunday mornings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'': Debuted in FRS in 1987, also ran on CBS starting in 1990.
* ''Series/TicTacDough'': Ran briefly on CBS before becoming FRS; according to Wink Martindale, the show was to have been on CBS and FRS at the same time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': The first episode "The Looney Beginning" aired as a special in primetime on CBS. Then the first and second seasons debuted in syndication until the third season where it moved to Fox as part of the Creator/FoxKids block.
* ''Series/TooCloseForComfort'': Cancelled by ABC after four seasons; a few seasons were FRS, before the show was totally revamped into the fully FRS AfterShow ''The Ted Knight Show''.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': Ran for two seasons on CBS, then moved to FRS so there would be enough episodes to rerun the show as a daily strip.
* ''Series/{{Webster}}'': Was cancelled by ABC, its last two seasons being FRS.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'': Daytime and syndicated runs were concurrent in the 1980s and 1990s.
* ''Series/WinLoseOrDraw'' had a concurrent run on NBC and FRS, but with different hosts (Vicki Lawrence in the NBC version, and Bert Convy in the FRS version).
* Some of the [[Creator/WorldWrestlingEntertainment WW...er]], [[ScrewedByTheLawyers "E"]]'s productions were broadcast in FRS until at least the 2000s. The rest of it aired concurrently on the Creator/USANetwork.[[note]]It should be noted however, that it started out as a regional territory (like other wrestling [[{{Kayfabe}} "organizations"]]) before going national.[[/note]]
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[[/folder]]

[[folder: After Shows that were FRS]]
[[index]]
* ''The All-New Series/LetsMakeADeal''
* ''Ding Dong School'', which is perhaps the UrExample of the preschool series[[note]]It predates Romper Room by a year[[/note]], originally aired locally on WNBQ in Chicago (now WMAQ) beginning in 1952, then moved to NBC six weeks later, airing until 1956. Three years later, it was revived for FRS, and ran until 1965 (according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki).
* ''Family Double Dare'' (this version specifically) had a short run on the Fox Network in 1988[[note]]It originally aired on prime time. It predates Creator/FoxKids by two years.[[/note]]. Two years later, a new version premiered on Nickelodeon, replacing the previous format for the remainder of its run.
* Like ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' before it, ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' originally aired on Creator/{{ABC}} in prime time in 1962. Twenty-three(!) years later, it was revived for FRS with new episodes.
* ''The Series/{{Kidsongs}} TV Show'' is a reverse example. Seven years after the original syndicated show premiered, it was revived for PBS as "The Kidsongs 'Television' Show"[[note]]Note how one version uses "TV", while the other uses "Television".[[/note]].
* ''The Munsters Today!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfJonnyQuest''
* ''The New Series/{{Gidget}}''
* ''The New Franchise/{{Lassie}}''
* ''The New [[Series/TheMonkees Monkees]]''
* ''The New Newlywed Game''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
* ''The New WKRP in Cincinnati''
* ''The Ted Knight Show'': Popular revamp of ''Series/TooCloseForComfort'', already greenlit for another season at the time of Ted Knight's sudden death.
* ''Whats Happening, Now!!!''
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