An entire series that follows on chronologically from the predecessor
. Marked by a change in cast within the universe, while maintaining the same general rules
Like anything having to do with TV production, this trope has a dark side thanks to corporate greed. Note that if a sequel series follows soon after its predecessor, to the point it may as well be a new season, then it's probably a blatant case of Loophole Abuse on the part of the production company
to cheat the actors out of a portion of the show's profits. Under US law, and possibly a few other countries, if a television series runs over a certain number of episodes then the cast are entitled to a percentage of the show's take, in addition to their normal salaries. However, it doesn't take more than some minor rebranding to have a show's new season be legally considered a completely different property, meaning the poor schlubs putting in the work are back at square one.
Anime and Manga
- Eureka Seven is followed by Eureka Seven AO.
- Similar to the Star Trek franchise, the Gundam franchise is made of this trope. Just looking at the Universal Century and excluding movies/OVAs, you can come up with four different ~50 episode series: Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, and Victory Gundam. When one adds in the OVAs and movies, the UC era alone has well over a dozen entries in it.
- Where most Digimon series are Alternate Continuities, Digimon Adventure is directly followed by Digimon Adventure 02.
- Naruto Shippudden takes place 2-3 years after the original Naruto anime.
- Uminekono Naku Koroni to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- Dragon Ball has a strange example. The second part of the series (From the Saiyans Saga to the Distant Finale) kept the original name, but became known as Dragon Ball Z after it was adapted into an anime. The United States decided to name the second part of the manga Dragon Ball Z anyway, to differentiate it from and avoid confusion with the first part. Dragon Ball GT, however, is clearly a sequel series to Z.
- Leo The Lion covers the last third of the original manga of Kimba the White Lion after the 60's anime ended.
- Ginga Nagareboshi Gin was succeeded by Ginga Densetsu Weed.
- Genesis of Aquarion is followed by Aquarion Evol
- Mar Omega continues on after MÄR
- Shaman King was preceded by Shaman King Flowers
- Mahou Sensei Negima! is followed by UQ Holder.
- Ojamajo Doremi has Ojamajo Doremi #(Sharp), Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi, and Ojamajo Doremi Dokka~n!.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure has Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart.
- In an interesting and bizarre variation of the trope, My Chemical Romance's album, Danger Days, has a sequel in the form of a comic book mini series, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, written by MCR's lead singer and noted comic book writer, Gerard Way (who also wrote The Umbrella Academy).
- The Pony POV Series started off as just the Discorded Ponies series, which was the point of views of characters as they're Discorded in canon (plus the Alternate Ending "Epilogue"). Then came the Reharmonized Ponies series, which is the bulk of the series, dealing with the fallout from Discorded Ponies and soon developing its own, very extensive, world, mythology, and timeline.
- Epilogue was eventually followed up on by the Dark World Arc, which expanded until Word of God declared it it's own series running side-by-side with the Reharmonized timeline.
- Calvin & Hobbes: The Series is a Sequel Series to both the original strip and Swing 123 and garfieldodie's respective Calvin and Hobbes fanfic series.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager were all concurrently running sequel series to Star Trek: The Original Series. The prequel was Star Trek: Enterprise.
- Similarly, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe are all sequels to Stargate.
- 90210, the sequel to Beverly Hills 90210.
- Power Rangers moved from Oddly Named Sequels to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, Turbo and In Space) to this in its seventh season, Lost Galaxy.
- Rick Steves' Europe, to Travels in Europe.
- Degrassi Junior High was immediately followed by Degrassi High, and then, ten years later, by Degrassi: The Next Generation.
- In 1988, the original Mission: Impossible was revived with Jim Phelps leading a team of new agents—including the son of one of the original team members.
- Technically speaking, all four series of Blackadder were separate shows. The 1983 original The Black Adder was followed by Blackadder II in 1986, then Blackadder the Third in 1987, then Blackadder Goes Forth in 1989.
- Garo is followed by Garo: Makai Senki, with Garo: The One Who Shines In The Darkness slated for premier in 2013.
- After M*A*S*H shows the lives of the characters from M*A*S*H after they left Korea.
- Girl Meets World takes place roughly 14 years after Boy Meets World and follows the adventures of Cory and Topanga's tween daughter Riley.
- Escape of the Artful Dodger follows on from Oliver Twist.
- Ashes to Ashes is the sequel to Life on Mars (2006), keeping the same main cast but replacing Sam Tyler with Alex Drake, and moving from the 70's to the 80's.
- Heroes has an upcoming 13-episode series titled Heroes:Reborn which will air in 2015.
- The Mega Man series has 4 sequel series, including Mega Man X and Mega Man Zero and their Alternate Continuity Mega Man Battle Network has Mega Man Star Force. See Video Game Long Runners.
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the sequel of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy. Meanwhile, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is a midquel series, being set between Phoenix and Apollo's sagas.
- Ace Combat is a prequel series. The first two games didn't have much to do with each other or the following games, so it was Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere that laid the foundations of Strangereal. The problem was that it was set in 2040 and the developers wanted to return to the Present Day setting of the first games. So, every game since then has been a build-up to Electrosphere, at least until the Continuity Reboot with Ace Combat: Joint Assault and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (particularly vitriolic fandom voices claim this happened because the timeline was getting dangerously close to Electrosphere and the developers have no idea where to go from there). They even managed to make a prequel to the prequel series with Ace Combat Zero, set in 1995.
- Of course, Electrosphere just had to be macekred beyond any recognition for the US release, and it never reached Europe at all.
- The Metroid Prime saga is an interquel series, taking place between the first and second 2D games.
- Modern Warfare, to Call of Duty.
- Beast Wars was rather explictly a sequel series to Transformers Generation 1, though it takes place before and after it, and uses elements from both the G1 cartoon and the comic - Word of God states that Generation 1 has become like Arthurian legend to them, with the stories we know being their distortions of "actual" history.
- Transformers Armada was followed by Transformers Energon and (after some Executive Meddling to try and make it fit into the timeline) Transformers Cybertron. Collectively they later became known as the Unicron Trilogy.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender is being followed by The Legend of Korra.
- Batman Beyond was a sequel to the entire DCAU most particularly Batman: The Animated Series taking place in the nearly-distant future, where Bruce Wayne has retired and a new Batman takes up the mantle. Before that, The New Batman Adventures took place a few years after the original series, although it's sometimes considered just a continuation, not a whole new series. Justice League (Unlimited) was a sequel series to all of the DCAU, but was most clearly a successor to Superman: The Animated Series, due to the continued prominence of Lex Luthor and Brainiac as well as continuing several Myth Arcs from Superman TAS.
- Ben 10 was followed by Ben 10: Alien Force, then by Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and then by Ben 10: Omniverse.
- Nicktoons Network's series Voltron Force is this to the original series from several decades ago, though only 5 to 7 years have passed in-story.
- Extreme Ghostbusters is a sequel series to The Real Ghostbusters, with Egon mentoring a new team made of college students.
- Speed Racer: The Next Generation, taking place 40 years after the events in the 1967 anime.
- Avengers Assemble is not a sequel to The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes in any way, although it's tried to create the impression that it's either a sequel to EMH or an alternate continuity sequel series to The Avengers film. In fact, it's neither, since it's actually set in the same universe as Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk is a sequel to the film How to Train Your Dragon.
- Xiaolin Showdown is followed by Xiaolin Chronicles, despite some Broad Strokes in terms of what happened between the two series.