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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' meets ''Series/NewsRadio'' and a ''SaturdayNightLive'' documentary about the show's behind-the-scenes drama.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' is ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' (with teens) meets ''Film/AfterEarth''.
** The series was also billed as ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' meets ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' IS ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' meets ''Film/TheAvengers'' in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** Alternatively, it's Series/{{Torchwood}} meets the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** Or it's ''Film/TheAvengers'' the superhero franchise meets ''Series/TheAvengers'' the (unrelated) spy drama.
** [[WordOfGod According]] to [[http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/08/21/this-weeks-cover-joss-whedon-agents-shield/ Joss Whedon]] its ''Marvel'' meets the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E13TheZeppo "The Zeppo"]] to a degree.
** Marvel meets ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
*** ''Pilot'' in particular feels very ''Second Chance''
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' was ''Series/TheATeam'' (or ''Series/MacGyver'' or ''Series/KnightRider'' if you prefer) in a helicopter.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is Film/JamesBond meets ''{{Felicity}}''.
* ''Series/{{Almost Human}}'' is IsaacAsimov's [[TheCavesOfSteel Lije Baley novels]] meets ''Franchise/{{Ghost In The Shell}}''
* ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is described by its creator as ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' meets ''TheWire''.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory''
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'' is ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' meets ''Film/TheShining''.
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' is ''Film/ShutterIsland'' (with [[NunsAreSpooky creepy nuns]]) meets ''Film/TheExorcist'' (one of the nuns is possessed) meets ''SilenceOfTheLambs'' [[spoiler:one of the doctors is a serial killer]].
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' is Freaks meets AmericanPsycho
* "''Series/TheAmericans'' seems to be a stew of ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' (spy stuff), ''Series/MadMen'' ([[TheEighties relatively recent]] period drama) and something like ''Series/TheRiches'' (family of dissemblers) [or] ''Series/BreakingBad'' or ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' or any other series [with a] protagonist with a DarkSecret and will go to great, brutal lengths to keep it." -- Robert Llyod, ''The Los Angeles Times''.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
* As stated in the DuelingShows page, ''Series/ANTFarm'' is literally ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' meets ''Series/{{iCarly}}''.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'': ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'' meets ''Series/{{Batman}}''.
** More like ''Series/{{Batman}}'' meets ''Series/TheMonkees'' as done by [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]].
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is ''Series/{{Revenge}}''[[note]]or ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', if you prefer[[/note]] meets ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': ''Film/TheGodfather'' meets ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
** Or ''Series/{{Community}}'' meets ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums''
* ''Series/TheATeam'' was pitched as a cross between ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' and ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* ''Series/{{Automan}}'':
** ''Series/KnightRider'' meets ''Film/{{Tron}}''.
** ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' Meets ''Film/{{Tron}}''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' meets ''Literature/{{The Lord of the Rings}} [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]''
* ''Series/BadJudge'' was ''Film/BadTeacher'' meets ''Series/NightCourt''.
* The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' is basically ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' meets ''StarWars'', with a dose of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch''.
* ''Series/BeingErica'' is ''Series/QuantumLeap'' meets ''[[PeggySue Peggy Sue Got Married]]''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is ''Series/{{Friends}}'' meets ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''.
** Or ''Series/{{Friends}}'' meets ''{{Genshiken}}''.
** Or ''Series/{{Friends}}'' meets ''Film/RealGenius''.
* ''Series/BlackJesus'' is ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' meets ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' [[RecycledINSPACE in Compton]].
* ''Series/TheBlacklist'', as described in ''Entertainment Weekly'': "You'll be reminded of ''Series/{{Alias}}, TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', and [[{{Leverage}} a]] [[Film/SafeHouse dozen]] [[Series/WhiteCollar other]] [[BoxedCrook things]]".
* ''Series/BlueMountainState'': ''FridayNightLights'' meets ''{{Porkys}}'' meets ''{{Greek}}''.
* ''Boohbah'' was ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' meets ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''.
* ''Series/BosomBuddies'' was ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' meets ''Film/SomeLikeItHot''.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'''s initial premise is ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' meets ''Series/TheBigC'', but instead of a suburban mother its protagonist is [[TheGodfather Michael Corleone]] meets TheNuttyProfessor.
** Its creator pitched it as being the story of how ''[[Film/GoodbyeMrChips Mr. Chips]]'' becomes ''[[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Scarface]]''.
* ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' is ''Series/FawltyTowers'' meets ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}''.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' is ''Series/Reno911'' meets ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.
* ''Buckwild'' is ''Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo'' meets ''Series/JerseyShore''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Creator/JossWhedon refers to it as ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' meets ''Series/TheXFiles''.
** Marti Noxon's vision for seasons 6 and 7 was "''PartyOfFive'' with monsters." Well, that explains a lot.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has been described as ''Series/MiamiVice'' meets ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''Series/MacGyver'' meets ''Franchise/JamesBond''.
* ''Campus PD'' (G4): ''Series/{{COPS}}'' meets ''MTV's College Life''.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' is Franchise/HarryPotter meets ''Series/TwinPeaks'' meets ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' meets ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' meets ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' ("... having not really remembered ''Moonlighting'' and never seeing ''Murder, She Wrote''," says star NathanFillion.)
* ''Series/CelebrityNameGame'' is ''[[YouDontSay You Don't Say!]]'' meets ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $10,000 Pyramid]]''.
* ''Series/{{Casualty 1906}}'' has been described by one critic as "''Series/{{Cranford}} being overrun by zombies.''"
* ''Series/CharlieJade'' is ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' meets FilmNoir with a touch of ''Series/{{Continuum}}''
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' meets ''Series/CharliesAngels'' meets ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Chefs vs. City'': ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' meets ''Series/ManVFood''.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': ''[[Series/{{Jake 20}} Jake 2.0]]'' meets ''Series/JohnDoe''.
* ''Chosen'' is ''Film/TheGame'' (+ LeonineContract, SadisticChoice, and DeadlyGame) Meets ''Series/NowhereMan''.
* ''Series/ComedyBangBang'': ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' meets ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' meets ''Series/{{Undeclared}}''.
** Or: ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' meets ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' meets ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is ''The O'Reilly Factor'' meets ''Series/TheDailyShow''.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is ''Series/WithoutATrace'' meets ''Film/{{Saw}}''.
* ''Series/{{Crownies}}'' can be described as ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'' meets ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.
* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' is ''Series/BlakesSeven'' meets ''Literature/TheHobbit'', set in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' universe.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' is ''Series/LawAndOrder'' meets HollywoodScience.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'': ''Creator/{{CNN}} Headline News'' meets ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Weekend Update]]''.
* ''Dance Moms'' (Lifetime) is ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras'' meets ''Series/BringItOn''.
* ''Dance Your Ass Off'' is ''Series/TheBiggestLoser'' meets ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. I'm guessing that's probably how they sold it, too.
* ''Deadbeat'' is ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' meets ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''.
* ''Dave's Old Porn'' is ''Series/CheapSeats'' meets retro porn.
* ''Death Valley'' is ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' meets ''Series/{{Cops}}''.
* ''Series/TheDeepEnd'' is ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' meets ''Series/BostonLegal''.
* ''Series/{{Distraction}}'' is ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' meets ''Series/{{Jackass}}''.
* ''Drive (2007)'' was ''Series/{{Lost}}'' meets ''Cannonball Run''.
** Since ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was pitched to ABC as a scripted show reminiscent of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', ''Series/{{Drive}}'' could also be seen as the analogue to ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.
* ''Series/DualSurvival'' is ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'' meets ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''.
* ''Series/EliStone'' is ''Series/BostonLegal'' meets ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}''.
* ''Series/{{Empire}}'' is ''Film/HustleAndFlow'' meets ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter''
* ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is ''Series/ComedyBangBang'' meets [[WidgetSeries every kind of drug imaginable]].
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' is ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' meets ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''.
* ''Series/TheEvent'' was often called a combination of ''Series/TwentyFour'' and ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' is ''Series/That70sShow'' meets ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', only in the 1980s.
** ''Series/TheWonderYears'' meets ''Series/GoodTimes''.
* ''Series/FakingIt'' is ''Film/{{GBF}}'' meets ''Series/{{Awkward}}'', injected with heavy doses of ''Series/SouthOfNowhere''
* ''Series/FamilyTies'' is ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' meets ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is ''Blakes7'' meets ''TheWizardOfOz'' meets ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'' is ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' meets ''Film/TheThreeStooges''.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** ''Film/BladeRunner'' meets ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' meets ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** Or ''Franchise/StarWars'' meets ''Film/TheSearchers'' meets ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''.
** Or ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Franchise/StarTrek'' meets [[TheWestern your average western]].
** Or ''Series/BlakesSeven'' meets ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
* ''Food Tech'' (History Channel): ''Series/GoodEats'' meets ''Series/DirtyJobs''.
* {{Cinemax}}'s ''Forbidden Science'': ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' + Abby and (a significantly younger) Ducky from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' + Lots of sex.
* ''Series/{{Forever}}'' is ''Series/{{Castle}}'' meets ''Series/NewAmsterdam''
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' is ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' meets ''Series/TheWonderYears'', with a bit of ''Series/That70sShow''.
* ''Fridays'' (the early 1980s sketch show on ABC) is best described as ''SaturdayNightLive'' meets a louder, shriller, more politically-pointed, yet less psychedelic ''Laugh-In''.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has been described as ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Film/AlteredStates'' meets ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' meets ''Series/DarkAngel''.
** More like ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' meets ''Series/{{CSI}}'' meets ''Series/CharlieJade''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''' TV adaptation: [[WordOfGod descr'ibed by]] Creator/GeorgeRRMartin as "''Series/TheSopranos'' in [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]]."
** Or [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Middle Earth]] meets [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Midland]].
* ''GCB'' is ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' meets ''Film/MeanGirls'' all grown up.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': ''Series/{{Fame}}'' meets ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' (Or ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' meets ''The Office'', for the younger set).
** It could also be described as "Every Teen Show" meets ''Series/{{Blackpool}}'', and does it 1000X better.
** ''Film/{{Election}}'' meets ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' (plus DawsonCasting).
* ''Series/GetSmart'' is ''Film/JamesBond'' meets ''Film/ThePinkPanther''.
* ''TheGoldenGirls'': [[WhatMightHaveBeen The original plan]] was for Rue [=McClanahan=] to be Rose and Creator/BettyWhite to be Blanche. Not only did the actresses feel better suited for the opposite characters, but Bea Arthur almost did not want to be involved for fear of the show only being "Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann Nivens" (as White and [=McClanahan=] would resemble characters from their previous series).
* ''Series/GoodEats'' is a ScienceShow mixed with a CookingShow -- or if you prefer specific show examples, ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' meets ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' meets ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' mixed with ''Cooking with Science'' (the actual book series that inspired the show) mixed with Emeril Lagasse.
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' is ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' meets ''Series/FullHouse''.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' meets ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm's Fairy Tales]] meets ''Series/{{Angel}}'' (with a bit of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' thrown in).
* ''Guy's Grocery Games'': ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' meets ''Series/SupermarketSweep''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' meets ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''Hard Copy'' was pitched as ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' meets Creator/{{MTV}}.
* ''Series/TheHauntedHathaways'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' meets ''Series/{{Topper}}''.
* ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode "Scarecrow" is ''StormOfTheCentury'' with kids (or the ''Goosebumps'' book "The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight" with a DownerEnding)
** "The Hole" is ''Film/TheRing'' meets ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror'' and a little bit of the first ''Paranormal Activity'' movie.
** "Headshot" is ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' meets the world of teen modeling.
* ''Series/HeeHaw'': ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' meets The Grand Ole Opry.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'': ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' meets the SitCom formula.
* ''Series/TheHour'': Described by one review as ''DropTheDeadDonkey'' meets ''{{Spooks}}''.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' is ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' meets ''Series/{{ER}}'' with a tasty sprinkle (for those who know it) of ''Manga/BlackJack''.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' meets ''Series/TheWonderYears'' meets ''Series/{{Friends}}'' meets ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'':
** ''Series/HomeAndAway'' meets ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' with mermaids.
** ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' meets ''Home and Away'' as a live-action series but minus the singing... at least until season 3.
** Bonus points: Indiana Evans, who would later play Bella in ''H20'', had a role in ''Home and Away''.
* ''Series/{{Hyperdrive}}'' is ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* ''Series/ICarly'' is ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' for the ''Website/YouTube'' celebrity crowd
* ''In Living Color'' is ''SaturdayNightLive'' meets ''The Richard Pryor Show'' (or, if you're too young for both those references, an early version of ''ChappelleShow'' meets a more tightly-written ''MADtv'')
* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' was the Hulk comics meets ''Series/TheFugitive''
* ''Series/{{Intelligence2014}}'' is ''Series/MissionImpossible'' meets ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''
* ''Series/IronChefJapan'': Julia Child + ProfessionalWrestling...[[RecycledINSPACE In Japan]]!
* ''It's Worth What??'' is ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' meets ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' meets ''Film/TopGun''.
* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' is ''Series/TheNanny'' meets ''Series/ThatGirl''.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' is ''Series/NYPDBlue'' meets ''Film/WalkingTall''.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon'': ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
** ''Film/KamenRiderZO'': ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'': ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'': ''Kamen Rider'' meets ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' meets ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'': ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' meets ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' meets ''Series/IronChef'' meets ''{{VideoGame/Gatekeepers}}''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': ''KamenRiderKuuga'' meets ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': ''KingdomHearts'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
*** Alternately it's ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' meets ''Kamen Rider''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': ''Kamen Rider'' meets ''FilmNoir'' meets ''Series/ChoujinBarom1''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'' meets ''Series/{{Glee}}'' meets ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' meets ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' meets ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'': ''Kamen Rider'' meets ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' meets ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. (adding some bits of ''{{Garo}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' as well).
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': ''Kamen Rider Ryuki'' meets ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' meets ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'' meets ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' meets ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' meets ''Main/SamuraiWarriors'' meets ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' meets ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' meets ''LightNovel/FateZero'' meets ''Manga/FutureDiary'' meets ''[[Anime/{{Mnemosyne}} Rin -Daughters of Mnemosyne-]]''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'': ''Franchise/KamenRider'' meets ''Series/KnightRider''.
*** Alternatively, a combination of ''Series/KamenRiderW'', ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'', ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' and ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter''.
*** Or ''Franchise/KamenRider'' meets ''Manga/InitialD'' meets ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer'' meets ''[[VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer Shutokou Battle]]'' meets ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' meets ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' meets ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''.
* ''Series/KanpaiSenshiAfterV'' is ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' meets ''Series/{{Cheers}}''
* ''Series/KickinIt'' is ''Film/TheBadNewsBears'' meets ''Film/TheKarateKid'' - or at least that's how [[WordOfGod Jason Earles]] described it to [[Series/LateNight Jimmy Fallon]].
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' is ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' meets ''Series/CoronationStreet'' meets the 1973 ''Film/TheWickerMan'' meets ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
** ''[[BigDamnMovie The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse]]'' is all of the above meets ''[[{{Series/RedDwarf}} Red Dwarf: Back To Earth]]''.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** ''Series/BurnNotice'' meets ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
** Alternately: ''Myth/RobinHood'' meets ''Film/OceansEleven''.
* ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'': ''Series/DoctorWho'' meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' meets ''Series/{{Warehouse13}} ''
* ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'' is ''Series/TheSweeney'' meets ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''.
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'':
** ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' meets ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' minus the hotel and new baby, and the twins there are played ''by one person.'' (See Acting For Two in trivia.)
*** With a teensy bit of ''HannahMontana'' thrown in for good measure in Liv's case. In fact one of Hannah's episodes was about how far she'd go for a Z-Phone.
*** Not to mention casting inspiration from ''ThePattyDukeShow''
** In-universe, Joey describes [[ShowWithinAShow Space Werewolves]] as a result of StarWars and LordOfTheRings having a child and that child being adopted by Franchise/TheAvengers.
* ''Series/LionMaruG'' is ''Series/{{GARO}}'' meets ''Film/DeuceBigalow Male Gigolo''.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' meets ''Series/GilligansIsland'' meets ''LordOfTheFlies'' meets ''Series/ThePrisoner''.
** The writers were going for something more along the lines of ''LordOfTheFlies'' meets ''TheStand''.
** The last season in particular is ''TheStand'' meets ''Film/JacobsLadder'' meets ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' is ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' meets ''Literature/AnitaBlake''
* ''Series/LostInAusten'': ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'' meets ''PrideAndPrejudice''.
* ''Series/{{Luther}}'' is ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' meets ''Film/DirtyHarry''.
* ''Series/{{Mad Men}}'' is ''{{The Sopranos}}'' meets ''{{Freaks and Geeks}}'' if it took place in the 1960s.
* ''Series/{{Manswers}}'' is ''BrainiacScienceAbuse'' meets ''TheManShow''.
* ''Series/ManVFood'' is ''Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'' meets Competitive Eating.
* ''Man Vs Fish'': ''ManVsWild'' meets Bill Dance.
* ''Series/MiamiVice'' was supposedly funded and the pilot produced after a brief meeting where it was described as "MTV Cops", with essentially no other details. This is true according to [[WordOfGod Brandon Tartikoff]], who was the NBC executive that green-lighted the show.
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' is ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' meets ''FlightOfTheConchords'' on acid.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' is ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' [[MockTheWeek crossed with]] ''Series/{{Skins}}''.
* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' is ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' meets Irish mythology.
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' co-host Adam Savage once described the show as "''Series/{{Jackass}}'' meets ''Mr. Wizard''".
* ''Series/NakedAndAfraid'' is ''ManWomanWild'' meets ''NakedCastaway''.
* ''Series/TheNanny'' is (''Film/MaryPoppins'' + ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' - all the singing) meets ''Series/ILoveLucy''.
* ''{{Nashville}}'' is ''{{Dallas}}'' meets ''CountryStrong''.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': ''Series/{{JAG}}'' meets ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' meets ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''.
* ''Nick Cannon's Wild 'N' Out'' is ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' meets ''Series/InLivingColor''.
* ''Series/TheNightlyShow'' is ''Series/TheDailyShow'' meets ''Politically Incorrect'' or ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher''.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' meets ''{{Series/Girlfriends}}''.
* ''NoOrdinaryFamily'' is ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' meets ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* ''NowhereMan'':
** ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/TheFugitive''.
** Or alternatively ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''Series/TheFugitive''!
* ''The Object Is'' (an obscure ABC game show from 1964) is ''Series/{{Password}}'' meets ''Series/YouDontSay''
* ''OnceUponATime'': The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon meets other fairy tales/public domain stories [[labelnote:e.g.]]Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}, Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz[[/labelnote]] meets ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* ''One Way Out'': David Blaine meets ''Series/{{Jackass}}''.
* ''Only In America with Creator/LarryTheCableGuy'': ''Series/DirtyJobs'' meets ''Series/BlueCollarComedy''.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' is ''Series/{{Oz}}'' meets ''Film/PrivateBenjamin''.
* ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'' is ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' meets ''Film/DropDeadFred'' with the aesthetic of ''Who Framed Roger Rabbit''.
* ''Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment'': ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' meets ''{{Survivorman}}''.
* ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' is ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' meets ''Series/SavedByTheBell''
* ''Paternity Court'': ''Divorce Court'' meets ''Series/{{Maury}}''
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' is ''Series/MissionImpossible'' meets ''Series/TheEqualizer''
** Alternatively, Franchise/{{Batman}} meets ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
* ''Series/PersonsUnknown'':
** ''Series/{{Lost}}'' meets ''Series/ThePrisoner'' meets ''Series/{{Survivors}}''.
** Or alternatively, ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' meets ''Film/{{Cube}}''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' is ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' meets ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' with a bit of ''{{Anime/Patlabor}}''.
* ''Series/ThePretender'' is ''Series/QuantumLeap'' meets ''Series/TheFugitive''.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' is ''Film/MeanGirls'' meets ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' on CBS (1972-present) is ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' on NBC (1956-63) meets ''LetsMakeADeal''.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' is ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' meets ''JurassicPark'' (though it's not always about [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]]).
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'':
** ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' meets ''TheShawshankRedemption''.
** Or, alternatively, ''Series/TwentyFour'' meets ''Series/{{Oz}}''. The second season, however, is more like ''Series/TwentyFour'' meets ''Film/TheFugitive''.
** The fourth season, on the other hand, is Film/TheBourneSeries meets ''Series/MacGyver''
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'': ''Film/JamesBond'' meets Samuel Beckett.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': ''Series/{{Castle}}'' meets ''Series/TheMentalist''.
* ''PunkyBrewster'' is ''LittleOrphanAnnie'' meets ''Series/DennisTheMenace''.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'': ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' meets ''{{Amelie}}''.
* ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $10,000 Pyramid]]'' is ''Series/{{Password}}'' meets ''Series/BeatTheClock''.
* ''QI'' is a quiz bowl show meets a stand-up comedy set.
* ''{{Reaper}}'' is best described as ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' meets ''Film/{{Clerks}}''. Creator/KevinSmith even directed the Pilot.
* ''Repo Games'': ''Series/CashCab'' meets ''Operation Repo'' - Answer the repo man's questions correctly and you get to keep your car.
* ''Series/{{Reign}}'' is ''Series/GameOfThrones'' meets ''Series/GossipGirl''.
* ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'' is ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' meets ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition''.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** ''The Trigger Effect'' meets ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', with swords.
** Or The {{Emberverse}}, starring [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]].
* ABC's 1975 game show ''RhymeAndReason'' is ''MatchGame'' meets Lord Alfred Tennyson.
* ''Series/TheRiver'' is ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' meets ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', with a small dusting of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' as well.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'':
** ''Series/{{Bones}}'' meets ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''.
** WordOfGod says: ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' meets ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* ''Series/RookieBlue'' is ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' meets ''NYPDBlue''.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' meets ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* ''RoundTheTwist'': One TV plug described it as ''The Swiss Family Robinson'' meets ''Series/TheXFiles''.
** ''Goosebumps'' meets ''The Swiss Family Robinson''
* ''Series/RoyalPains'':
** ''Series/BurnNotice'' meets ''Series/NorthernExposure''.
** Or ''Series/{{House}}'' meets ''Series/MacGyver'' with a little bit of ''Series/MagnumPI'' sprinkled in.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' is ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' meets ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll''.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' would be ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' minus moral ambiguity and sex.
* ''Series/SavingGrace'': ''JoanOfArcadia'' meets ''Series/TheShield''.
* ''Series/ScottAndBailey'' is ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' meets ''RizzoliAndIsles''
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' is ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[RecycledINSPACE under WATER]].
* ''Series/SeiunKamenMachineman'' is ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' meets ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' as a HenshinHero.
* ''Series/ShakeItUp'' is basically ''Series/HannahMontana'' meets ''Series/ICarly''.
* ''Series/TheShield''
** Film/TouchOfEvil plotted like CSI.
** Or ''Series/NYPDBlue'' meets ''Touch of Evil''.
* ''Series/SiliconValley'' is ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' meets ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (minus a character who is like Penny).
* ''[[http://vimeo.com/7963572 Slingers]]'' looks to be ''{{Hustle}}'' meets ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' as directed by Wong Kar Wai.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'' is ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' meets ''Film/{{Kids}}''.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'' is ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'' meets ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' meets Series/NYPDBlue.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': ''{{Superman}}'' meets ''Series/DawsonsCreek''.
* ''SonnywithaChance'' is ''HannahMontana'' meets ''ThirtyRock''
* ''SonsOfAnarchy'' is ''Series/TheSopranos'' meets ''Series/AmericanChopper'' meets ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (it was described in some circles as ''Hamlet'' with motorcycles).
* ''SpaceSheriffGavan'' is ''KamenRider'' meets ''ROMSpaceknight''.
* ''Splatalot!'' is ''Wipeout'' meets ''Whose Line is it Anyway?''
* ''Special Ops Mission'' (The Military Channel): ''{{Survivorman}}'' meets a Steven Segal movie.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** ''HoratioHornblower'' meets ''Series/TheOuterLimits''.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is ''Franchise/StarTrek'' meets ''Series/BabylonFive''.
*** Or ''Franchise/StarTrek'' meets ''Series/TheWestWing'' meets ''VideoGame/MassEffect''.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is ''Franchise/StarTrek'' meets ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' (or alternatively, ''Series/LostInSpace'').
** Roddenberry originally pitched it as "''Series/WagonTrain'' [[RecycledInSpace to the stars]]"
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' season 6 episode "Frame of Mind" is a combination of two Riker-centric episodes: "First Contact" (not to be confused with [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the film]]), where Riker goes on a undercover mission on an alien world which goes awry; and "Future Imperfect", where Riker finds himself inside a DreamWithinADream. Coincidentally, both episodes were from season 4.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'':
** ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' (more the movie or ''SG-1'' than''Atlantis'') meets ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' meets ''TheLastStarfighter'' meets ''Flight of the Phoenix'' meets ''Series/LostInSpace''.
** ''Franchise/StargateVerse'': ''{{Animorphs}}'' meets ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', with the [[IDieFree Free Jaffa]] standing in for the Hork-Bajir, and the [[LaResistance Tok'ra]] as a more sophisticated and organized Yeerk Peace Movement.
** In [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/stargate/sg1s1e4.php reviewing]] the early ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "[[Recap/StargateSG1S1E3Emancipation Emancipation]]", Website/SFDebris made the comment that early ''SG-1'' was like "''Franchise/StarTrek'' by way of ''Film/TheThreeStooges''", and thought it a good thing the show [[GrowingTheBeard grew out of it]].
* ''Series/StepByStep'' is ''TheBradyBunch'' meets ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''.
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' is ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' meets ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' and ''Film/StarWars''.
** Or ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' meets ''Series/TheXFiles''.
** Or ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Alternatively, ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' meets ''Film/Ghostbusters'' with a sprinkle of ''Film/MenInBlack''
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' (and by large sentai in general) was pitched as ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' meets ''Franchise/KamenRider''
** ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' is ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' meets ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman''.
** ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' is ''Super Sentai'' meets ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
** ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' is ''Super Sentai'' meets ''TheLastStarfighter''.
** ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' is ''Super Sentai'' meets ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
** ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' is ''Super Sentai'' meets [[Film/SuperMarioBros the Super Mario Bros movie]]
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' is ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' meets ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' is ''Super Sentai'' meets ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' meets ''OnePiece''.
** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' is ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' meets ''Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' meets ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' meets ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'': ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' meets ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' is shaping up to be ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' meets ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and/or ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', with some ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' thrown in.
** ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger Ressha Sentai ToQger]]'' is ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' meets ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' meets ''[[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Smile PreCure!]]''
** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' is ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' meets ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''
* ''Series/SuperSportlets'' is ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' meets ''LazyTown''.
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' was described by Creator/MarkBurnett in his companion book for the first season of the show as "''Series/GilligansIsland'' meets ''[[Literature/AndThenThereWereNone Ten Little Indians]]'' meets ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' meets ''Series/TheRealWorld''."
* ''Take It All'', NBC's most recent prime time {{game show}}, is ''Series/GiveNTake'' meets ''FriendOrFoe''.
* ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' is ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' meets ''Sky King''.
* ''{{Tattletales}}'' is ''TheNewlywedGame'' meets ''IveGotASecret''.
* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'': ''Film/TaxiDriver'' meets ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''
* ''TerraNova'':
** ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. Guess who suddenly showed up to explain "Terra Nova Rules".
** It could also be described as ''[[AnneMcCaffrey Decision at Doona]]'' meets ''{{Primeval}}''.
** With a dash of ''Earth 2''.
* The original pitch for ''Creator/TerryPratchett's The Watch'' was ''Franchise/{{CSI}}: [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]]''.
* ''ThreeSheets'': ''The Thirsty Traveler'' meets ''Series/InsomniacWithDaveAttell''.
* ''Series/TinMan'' is ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' meets SpaceOpera, but it's too much of a genuine Space Opera to be a mere RecycledInSpace.
* [[Series/SpiderManJapan Toei's take on Spider-Man]] is Spider-Man meets Franchise/SuperSentai.
* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople2013'' is ''Film/{{Push}}'' meets ''Film/{{Jumper}}''.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', in series 1 at least, was often described as ''Series/TheXFiles'' meets ''Series/ThisLife''. (''Series/{{Angel}}'' meets ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' would seem more accurate.)
* ''Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'' is ''Series/TheDailyShow'' meets ''TheSoup''.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' is ''Film/{{Commando}}'' meets ''Film/DirtyHarry'' meets ''Series/TheWestWing'' with more [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torture]].
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' meet Music/LadyGaga.
* ''TheVampireDiaries'' is ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' meets ''{{Twilight}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''.[[note]]All but Twilight are Kevin Williamson productions.[[/note]]
* ''{{Vintergatan}}'' is ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' meets ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' meets ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''The Voice'' is ''Series/AmericanIdol'' meets ''Series/DragonsDen''.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' is a hybrid of ''HighSchoolMusical'' meets ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' (and all its clones, like ''City Guys'' and ''California Dreams'') threwn in.
* ''{{Warehouse 13}}'':
** ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' meets ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' with bits of ''{{Moonlighting}}''.
** Or, alternatively, ''Series/{{Bones}}'' in the Wiki/SCPFoundation instead of the Jeffersonian.
** Or, according to TheOtherWiki, ''Series/TheXFiles'', meets ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', meets ''{{Moonlighting}}''.
* ''Werewolf'' is ''TheHowling'' meets ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* ''Weaponizers'' (Discovery): ''Junkyard Wars'' meets ''[=BattleBots=]'' meets ''TwistedMetal''.
* ''WeirdScience'' is ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' meets ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan''.
* ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' is ''Film/FightClub'' meets ''{{Harvey}}''.
* ''Series/TheWire'' is ''Series/GameOfThrones'' meets ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' meets ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'', as written by Creator/CharlesDickens.
* ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'': ''Series/SesameStreet'' meets ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
** Or "''Series/HRPufnstuf'' meets ''TheElectricCompany''. [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs On LSD]]."
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': ''LaBoheme'' meets ''Series/{{Bottom}}''.
** Or ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' if it was a sitcom and flooded with late 1970s [[TheQuincyPunk U.K. punk rock]] sensibilities.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': NightOfTheLivingDead meets a darker version of TheAndyGriffithShow
* ''Series/WaywardPines'' really looks like a cross between the idyllic town that no one wants to leave in ''TheVillage'' (unsurprisingly since MNightShyamalan is the creator) and the eerie town of no escape in ''ThePrisoner''.
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* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** Walter Bishop is like [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein]] with a bit of [[BillNye Bill Nye the Science Guy]].
* ''Series/ANTFarm'':
** Chyna Parks is [[Series/ThatsSoRaven Raven Baxter]], [[Series/{{ICarly}} Carly Shay]], and [[Series/{{Victorious}} Tori Vega]] combined as a middle schooler.
** Olive Doyle is what happens if you get [[HannahMontana Lilly Truscott]] and [[{{ICarly}} Sam Puckett]] combined.
* ''Series/TheATeam'':
** Captain H. M. "Howling Mad" Murdock is JimCarrey meets JohnnyDepp ([[OlderThanTheyThink retroactively, at least]]) and [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]].
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': Chuck is [[Series/HannahMontana Jackson Stewart]] meets [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Mr. Laritate]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Sheldon Cooper is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] meets [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] meets [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]] meets [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger]].
*** Alternatively [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wesley Crusher]] meets [[Series/MrBean Mr Bean]]
** Penny is [[{{Genshiken}} Saki Kasukabe]] meets [[{{Friends}} Rachel Green]].
*** Alternatively Penny is [[Series/EightSimpleRules Bridget Hennessy]] meets [[Series/EightSimpleRules Kerry Hennessy]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Warren Mears is, personality-wise, at least, [[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Scorpion]] meets [[ComicBook/TheFlash Captain Cold]], with shades of [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis Dr. Light]].
** Rupert Giles was [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], but he grew out of it, and is now mostly [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] [[Franchise/StarWars Kenobi]], but more honest.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Michael Westen is [[Series/TheATeam John "Hannibal" Smith]] meets Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** Dexter Morgan is [[ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac Johnny C.]] meets [[ComicBook/{{ThePunisher}} Frank Castle]] meets [[Film/{{Saw}} Jigsaw]] meets your everyday serial killer.
*** Alternatively, he's [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]] meets Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* ''{{Disco}}'':
** Ilja Richter is what you get when you mix MichaelPalin's charm with early [[SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob's]].
* Series/DoctorWho
** The Doctor:
*** Franchise/{{Batman}} and [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Mr. Spock]].
*** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]] + Franchise/{{Batman}} = The Doctor.
*** [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] meets Franchise/JamesBond meets Space [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
*** Also Franchise/SherlockHolmes meets [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox]] ramped UpToEleven ([[TheNthDoctor liter]][[IncrediblyLamePun ally!]])
*** As well as The Mad Hatter meets SherlockHolmes.
*** Also described as C.S. Lewis meets H.G. Wells meets Father Christmas.
*** He is the entire Magnificent Seven of the JusticeLeague in one: {{Superman}}, {{Batman}}, WonderWoman, TheFlash(sometimes more Barry Allen, sometimes more Wally West, depending on the [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]]), GreenLantern(sometimes more [[JonPertwee Hal Jordan]], sometimes more [[ChristopherEccleston John Stewart]], sometime more [[ColinBaker Guy Gardner]], sometimes more [[MattSmith Kyle Rayner]]), ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, and, of course, ComicBook/MartianManhunter.
** River Song is [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] meets [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Catwoman]] meets Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife.
** Romana is [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr Darcy]] meets [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Jadzia Dax]] and [[LordPeterWimsey Harriet Vane]].
** Rory Williams is [[ScoobyDoo Shaggy]] meets ChuckNorris.
** The Master is SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor meets SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker meets SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom. Sometimes [[RogerDelgado more Lex Luthor]], sometimes [[Creator/JohnSimm more The Joker]], sometimes [[AnthonyAinley more Doctor Doom]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'':
** Kouta Kazuraba is DateMasamune meets [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Yusuke Godai]] and [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Shinji Kido]] meets [[Anime/{{PuellaMagiMadokaMagica}} Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki]] meets [[Manga/{{FutureDiary}} Yukiteru Amano]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Mal Reynolds is [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]] meets Jesse James.
* WordOfGod is that [[Series/GetSmart Maxwell Smart]] was conceived as Film/JamesBond meets [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]]. Once Don Adams was cast, he tossed his previous TV character Byron Glick (from ''The Bill Dana Show'') into the mix.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Sylar: [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]] meets [[Film/TheThing1982 the Thing]] meets [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] meets [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] made more believable.
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** Gregory House is Literature/SherlockHolmes meets [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Perry Cox]].
* ''Series/ICarly''
** Carly Shay is Series/LizzieMcGuire meets [[MacrossFrontier Ranka Lee]].
** Freddie Benson is [[Series/LizzieMcGuire David "Gordo" Gordon]] meets [[MacrossFrontier Alto Saotome]] minus the DudeLooksLikeALady tendancies.
** Sam Puckett is [[DrakeAndJosh Megan Parker]] meets [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]].
*** Or [[ConanTheBarbarian Valeria or Belit]] meets ''LizzieMcguire''.
*** Or ''[[Manga/BlackLagoon Revy]]'' meets ''LizzieMcguire''.
* ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'':
** Flynn Carsen is [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] meets Franchise/IndianaJones.
** Cassandra Cillian is [[Franchise/HarryPotter Luna Lovegood]] meets [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes]]
* ''Series/MadMen'':
** Don Draper is [[Literature/TheGreatGatsby Jay Gatsby]] meets [[Series/ThirtyRock Jack Donaghy]] meets [[Radio/TheShadow Lamont Cranston]].
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Hawkeye Pierce is Ben Casey meets Groucho Marx.
* Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000:
** Joel Robinson is [[SilentRunning Freeman Lowell]] meets Series/MacGyver meets [[{{Archie}} Jughead]].
** Tom Servo is [[ThePenguinsofMadagascar Kowalski]] meets [[TheBraveLittleToaster Radio]].
** Crow is an odd combination between [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster Lampy]].
* ''Series/TheNanny'':
** Fran Fine is Film/MaryPoppins meets [[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic Maria von Trapp]] meets [[Series/ILoveLucy Lucy Ricardo]] meets [[Film/{{UHF}} Pamela Finklestein]].
** Maxwell Sheffield is [[Film/MaryPoppins George Banks]] meets [[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic Captain Von Trapp]] meets [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Phillip Banks]].
** Niles is Series/MrBelvedere meets [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Geoffrey]].
** C.C. Babcock is [[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic Baroness Schroeder]] meets [[Series/{{Dynasty}} Alexis Carrington Colby]].
** Gracie Sheffield is [[Film/MaryPoppins Jane Banks]] meets [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]].
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''
** Tommy Oliver is a ShellShockedSenior mixed with BecomingTheMask.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Shawn Spencer is Literature/SherlockHolmes meets [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander Harris.]]
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Cassie Ainsworth is basically [[Franchise/HarryPotter Luna Lovegood]] with an eating disorder...on crack.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Oma Desala is effectively [[{{Buddhism}} Achi Chokyi Drolma]] meets [[StarWars Yoda]].
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'':
** Jonathan Archer is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James T. Kirk]] meets [[Series/QuantumLeap Sam Beckett]].
** T'Pol is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] meets [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Seven of Nine]].
** Malcolm Reed is [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Miles]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine O'Brien]] meets Film/JamesBond, minus the people skills.
** Charles "Trip" Tucker is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Dr. McCoy meets Scotty]].
** Dr. Phlox is [[Series/StarTrekVoyager The Doctor meets Neelix]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester is [[Series/TheATeam Face]] and [[StarWars Han Solo]] meet [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Angel]], [[TheDukesOfHazzard Bo Duke]] and an ''enormous'' puddle of angst.
** [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Castiel]] is [[Series/{{Charmed}} Leo]] plus dashes of [[Franchise/DoctorWho the Tenth Doctor]], [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]], and [[ComicBook/TheAvengers the Vision]], with the tiniest bit of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the DCAU version of Mister Freeze]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Davis Bloome / Doomsday is ComicBook/TheHulk meets Series/{{Dexter}}.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': Harry Solomon is [[TheBigBangTheory Sheldon Cooper]] meets [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger]].
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Captain Jack Harkness is [[Series/TheATeam Face]] meets [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]] meets [[ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum Agent Luxury]] in a FetishFuelFuture.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'':
** Neal Caffrey is:
*** [[Series/TheATeam Faceman]] meets [[Film/CatchMeIfYouCan Frank Abagnale Jr.]]
** Likewise, Peter Burke is [[Series/TheATeam Hannibal Smith]] meets [[Series/{{Firefly}} Mal Reynolds]] meets [[Series/{{NCIS}} Leroy Jethro Gibbs.]]
* ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'': Wilfred is [[Film/FightClub Tyler Durden]] meets [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Hobbes]] meets [[Film/DonnieDarko Frank]] and maybe part [[{{Harvey}} Pookah]].
* Continuing {{Hyperdrive}}'s theme from above, Henderson is [[Series/RedDwarf Dave Lister]] meets [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]], while York is Arnold Rimmer meets Worf.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}''
** Christopher Titus (the character, not [[Creator/ChristopherTitus the comedian]] who [[TheDanza plays him]]) is [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Philip J. Fry]] meets Creator/RichardPryor.
** His brother Dave is [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]] meets Creator/DavidHasselhoff.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Vyvyan Basterd is [[Music/TheSexPistols John Lydon]] meets [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] meets [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Itchy the Mouse]].
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