''You may be looking for Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries.''

When starting a new show, TV producers rarely can anticipate how successful it will be with the audience. But let's assume the show got popular, TheFireflyEffect didn't hit it, and a row of sequels is inbound. Now, some producers play it simple and stick with season numbering. But the more creative types go for {{Oddly Named Sequel}}s and thus, confront the fans with a difficult question: how do you refer to the first show, if its title is already used to refer to the entire franchise? Solution: "The Original Series".

A subtrope of {{Retronym}}.

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', though more often referred to as ''Gundam 0079'' or sometimes ''First Gundam''.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
* The Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime's original series mostly refers to the Kanto arc, though it technically also consists of Orange Islands and Johto, though in an interesting case, the following series (''Pokémon: [[GameBoyAdvance Advanced]] Generation'') was a direct continuation that followed immediately.
** While the following theme are referred to by name, the first one is simply called "The Pokemon Theme."
** Official sources have retroactively named the first season (i.e. the ones based on the first generation of game) "The Indigo League".
* Used straight, then averted, then used straight again by ''PrettyCure''.
** The first installment is ''FutariWaPrettyCure'', and the OddlyNamedSequel was ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' plus a suffix... and so was [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the first cast reboot.]] However, later seasons dropped the "Futari wa", making the franchise ''Pretty Cure'' and freeing the first season from having to be called The Original Series.
** However, the English, German, Italian and Spanish dubs of ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' are simply called ''Pretty Cure'', which makes it The Original Series all over again.
* ''[[TenchiMuyo Tenchi Muyo!]] [[{{Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki}} Ryo-Ohki]]'', the OAV episodes.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' (the Dark Kingdom arc), also known as ''Sailor Moon Classic''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The first StarWars movie (i.e., Episode IV) was originally titled simply "Star Wars." The title "A New Hope" was added with the 1981 re-release (the first one after ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''), but it wasn't ''marketed'' as "Episode IV: A New Hope" until ''after'' the prequels were released (even the [[http://swhomevid.site40.net/vhs_anh6.jpg 1997 Special Edition]] is called simply "Star Wars: Special Edition"). The fanbase typically used "the trilogy" the refer to the "whole" ''Star Wars'' saga prior to the release of Episode I, allowing them to continue calling the first film simply "Star Wars", but ([[TrilogyCreep for obvious reasons]]) this is no longer done anymore, and most everyone within the fandom now refers to the original film as "A New Hope" or "Episode IV", and the episodes IV-V-VI as "the original trilogy".

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The original novel about Literature/ArtemisFowl was titled simply ''Artemis Fowl'', whereas the rest had [[MadLibThrillerTitle Mad Lib Thriller Subtitles]].
* The first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series was simply called ''Warriors'' (or ''Warrior Cats'', depending on where you live). Fans now refer to it as "the original series" or "the first arc", while all the other series and spinoffs have subtitles such as "The New Prophecy" and "Omen of the Stars".

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TheProtomen's first album is simply called The Protomen. After Act II: The Father of Death came out, it retroactively became Act I: Hope Rides Alone.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is probably the most famous example. In fact this very wikiword redirected to it before this page came about.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s classic series refers to the original run from 1963-1989 (and sometimes its TV movie in 1996), to differentiate it from the revival and continuation from 2005.
** Generally everything before the revival is called "Classic Who" and everything after is "New Who", though the terminology gets fuzzier when applied to the Expanded Universe.
* The ''KamenRider Series'' has not one, but two shows simply titled ''Series/KamenRider''. In an inversion, only the original series has its name untouched.
** The second show with the name, originally intended as a ContinuityReboot but later brought into the existing universe (during the show's run, as part of a ReTool), is officially called ''Kamen Rider (New)'' in Japan and known as ''New Kamen Rider'' among English-speaking fans, though TheOtherWiki in both languages calls it ''Kamen Rider (Skyrider)'' after a name given to the protagonist during the ReTool.
* In the media, the first ''LawAndOrder'' is commonly called the original or the flagship series.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In KingdomHearts, the original game is usually referred to as Kingdom Hearts 1 or [=KH1=] by the fans.
* The first game was just ''TheLegendOfZelda'', and the second was ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', but every game after that was just called ''The Legend of Zelda: (something)''. The first game, therefore, can be referred to as "Zelda 1", "the original Zelda", etc. For wiki purposes, we refer to it as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'', following the Roman numeral designation of the second game.
** The first game originally had the subtitle "The Hyrule Fantasy", but this never made it out of Japan. The corresponding text on the title screen was turned into "The Legend of".
** Happens often where the title of the first is homonymous to the series: ''{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''FinalFantasy''...
* A weird case is the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series: since the original game is called ''Metal Gear'', the second ''Metal Gear 2''... but the third is ''Metal Gear Solid'', and the series is more referred by that name since practically all later games followed that name (''MGS 2\3\4'', ''MGS: Portable Ops'', ''MGS: The Twin Snakes'').
* Since Franchise/MegaMan received lots of spin-offs, the original series are referred to as "VideoGame/MegaManClassic".
* The Creator/{{Core Design}}-produced ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games are usually referred to the "Classic" series. Some don't count Angel of Darkness as one of these, and die-hard purists only count the original trilogy.
* After ''Unreal Tournament 2003'' ([=UT2k3=]) and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' ([=UT2k4=]) came out, the original ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' was called [=UT99=] for its release year.
* Each expansion for ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has its own name: "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade", "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King", and "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm." Which leaves players with a conundrum: If someone asks "In which expansion did they add thus-and-such class/race/game-mechanic?", how do you answer when it was added back during the original game run, before the first expansion? Blizzard Entertainment sometimes refers to this time period as "World of Warcraft Classic", but the ''de facto'' consensus among the players is to refer to it as "Vanilla World of Warcraft".
* The ''SuperSmashBrothers'' series has the original title simply referred to as such (as the later titles are frequently referred to by the subtitle, ''Melee'' or ''Brawl'' instead) or [[SuperTitle64Advance Super Smash Brothers 64]] in reference to the console as these games come out at [[OnceAnEpisode one title per console generation]].

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* The original {{Playstation}} officially became the "{{PSOne}}" and its games "{{PSOne}} games" some time after the Playstation2 came out. Previously, it was colloquially called the "[=PSX=]", after the abbreviation for it's developmental code name, "Playstation-Experimental". Most people will still know what you mean when you call it that, although the especially pedantic will inform you that the PSX was actually an obscure Playstation 2 / DVR hybrid [[NoExportForYou sold only in Japan]].
* Interestingly, the original {{Xbox}} was referred to the "Xbox 1" by most everyone until Microsoft announced their third console, the XboxOne. Now the most common colloquial name for it is "the original Xbox."
* While game series typically get a 1 tacked on for the first one as the second emerges, it's more complicated with Expansion Packs: the expansion is still part of the first game. Another convention to the rescue: base games that have expansions but don't have a subtitle of their own are referred to as vanilla to differentiate from the flavored expansions.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''[[ScoobyDoo Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!]]'' (the first two seasons) are the original series. The 1978 episodes, which are part of the "''The Scooby-Doo Show''", are mistakenly labeled as part of the ''"Where Are You!"'' series for unknown reasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel ''TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
** This also carries over to another Hasbro franchise, ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''; the initial batch and television show are "Generation 1".
* {{Ben 10}}, and it was the only one its creators actually had an active part in running (a different creative duo ran the [[Ben10AlienForce first]] [[Ben10UltimateAlien two]] sequels, and ''another'' main team runs [[Ben10Omniverse the fourth.]])
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