Follow TV Tropes


Channel Hop / Television

Go To


    From ABC to... 
  • The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) jumped from ABC to CBS in 1957.
  • My Three Sons went from ABC to CBS in 1965.
  • T.J. Hooker was cancelled after four seasons by ABC, CBS picked up season five and aired the new episodes in its 11:30PM Crimetime After Primetime slot.
  • Sister, Sister from ABC to The WB.
  • Family Matters from ABC to CBS.
  • Step by Step made the ABC to CBS move at the exact same time as Family Matters. Neither lasted more than one season on the new channel.
  • The Critic from ABC to FOX (Lampshaded: "I used to have a big show on ABC — for about a week!") to Comedy Central to "webisodes" on the Internet (also made fun of on the first "webisode").
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle started on ABC in 1959 as Rocky and His Friends, then moved to NBC in 1961 where it was retitled The Bullwinkle Show. It ran in prime time for two years and Saturday morning for one more. It then moved back to ABC in 1964 for eight years in reruns until it was syndicated and given the title it is now best known by. It was also syndicated in 30-minute components as Rocky and His Friends and in 15-minute components as The Rocky Show.
  • The first three seasons of Beetlejuice aired on ABC's Saturday morning block. The fourth season premiered on the Fox Kids weekday block in fall 1991, with the third season episodes premiering on ABC at the same time, a truly unusual situation.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (American) from ABC to ABC Family. Although all of its content was taped before the move, there were unaired episodes still in the can, as well as enough raw footage that the producers could create "new" shows several years after taping ended.
    • The new run of the show airs on The CW.
  • Clueless the TV series moved from ABC to UPN after its first season.
  • ReBoot from ABC to Cartoon Network, with 6 years or so between them. Apparently ReBoot was canceled solely because ABC was bought out by Disney, who wanted purely Disney-owned programming, which Reboot did not fit. The third season was produced in syndication through Canadian channels and the US didn't get that season until Cartoon Network picked it up two years later. Being Vindicated by Reruns, that paved the way for a fourth season.
  • The Hughleys moved from ABC to UPN in 2000.
  • When Taxi was cancelled by ABC, NBC picked it up; it ran for one more season. They kept it at Thursday nights at 9 pm, and ran ads with Danny DeVito saying "Same time, better station!"
  • After Muppets Tonight did badly in the ratings, the show moved to the Disney Channel.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch moved from ABC to The WB.
  • Aaron Sorkin briefly contemplated moving Sports Night to HBO.
  • Teamo Supremo started on ABC and moved to Toon Disney after One Saturday Morning went defunct.
  • Webster moved from ABC to first-run syndication.
  • It's a Living to syndication.
  • Monday Night Football moved from ABC to ESPN after NBC bought the rights to the primetime game-of-the week package and moved it to Sunday.
  • Cougar Town moved to TBS in 2013.
  • Recess began on ABC, but from September 1999 to July 2000, new episodes would air on ABC and UPN (Season three on ABC, season four on UPN). September 2000 had new episodes only premiere on ABC (Reruns would air on UPN for Disney's One Too), and in 2001, new episodes premiered on UPN (ABC still reran the series until 2005).
  • Wonder Woman started on ABC, until the network decided it was too expensive to keep producing a historical series set in the 1940s. It was immediately picked up by CBS, who also changed the setting to the (then) modern day.
  • The Naked Truth from ABC to NBC.
  • The Wonderful World of Disney is an interesting case. It moved from ABC to NBC, then to CBS, back to ABC, then back to NBC, and then ABC again, though permanently this time since it's owned by Disney.
  • The Weekenders, Teacher's Pet, and Lloyd in Space began on ABC, but all three shows moved to Toon Disney in 2002 once One Saturday Morning became ABC Kids.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series sadly only aired two of its six episodes on ABC following its swift cancellation. In 2003, Comedy Central picked up the series and aired all of the episodes.
  • When soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live were canned, they attempted to move to internet syndication. However, problems with the distributor, Prospect Park, caused both productions to shut down.
  • Family Feud began on ABC and after its cancellation was revived by CBS. Each version had a concurrent syndicated version, the second of which stayed on for a few years after CBS cancelled it. The series was revived again strictly for syndication. The two primetime Celebrity Family Feud runs were also on NBC and ABC respectively.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? went from ABC to syndication, coinciding with Meredith Viera replacing Regis Philbin as hostnote . During its run on syndication, ABC aired two one-off special events (in 2004 and 2009 respectively) with Philbin returning for both. After the syndicated run ended in May 2019, ABC renewed the series for an eight-episode twenty-first season, this time celebrity-focused and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
  • In May 2016, ABC cancelled Nashville after four seasons. Just under a month later, CMT picked up the series for a fifth season.
  • The Bionic Woman moved from ABC to NBC for its third season. In a situation that remains unique for US network TV, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks continued to play their characters Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells on both Bionic Woman and the parent series, The Six Million Dollar Man, which continued to air on ABC. However, ABC would not allow Lee Majors to appear as Steve Austin on the NBC show, ending those crossovers until three reunion TV movies were later produced.
  • Twin Peaks was revived by Showtime for its third season 26 years after the second season.
  • Last Man Standing ran on ABC for six seasons before being canceled. A year later, the show was Un-Canceled by FOX, who had always produced it anyway.
  • Designated Survivor from ABC (USA) and CTV (Canada) to Netflix. However, the series was already billed as a Netflix original outside of the USA and Canada. Entertainment One, the show's non-US distributor; which also owns co-producer The Mark Gordon Company, produced Season 3.
  • The Arthur Murray Party is not only one of the few 1950s U.S. TV shows to air on all four networks, it's probably the only one to air on all four at least twice. Starting on ABC, it went to DuMont, then ABC again, then CBS, then DuMont again, then CBS again, then NBC, then CBS again, then NBC again, all of that within 1950-60. That the program was basically a 15 to 60-minute long infomercial for the Arthur Murray dance studios probably contributed to its ridiculously nomad nature.

    From CBS to... 
  • Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (based on the Robert A. Heinlein novel Space Cadet) has had multiple hops, having started on CBS, moved to ABC, then to NBC, then to DuMont, then back to NBC all from 1950-1955.
  • The 1950s game show Pantomime Quiz had it just as bad. It started on CBS, moved to NBC, went back to CBS, moved to DuMont, went back again to CBS, then to ABC, then back a third time to CBS before finally ending its run on ABC. Then there's the revivals under the titles Stump the Stars (one season on CBS and a couple of short-lived syndication runs in the 1960s) and Celebrity Charades (a syndicated run in 1979 and on AMC in 2005). Pantomime Quiz, along with Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, enjoy the distinction of appearing on every national network available in the US at that time. A modern program would have to conduct dozens, if not hundreds of channel hops to match that today.
  • Bachelor Father from CBS to NBC and finally to ABC.
  • Charles in Charge from CBS to syndication.
  • The Joker's Wild and Tic-Tac-Dough from CBS to syndication.
  • Hee Haw from CBS to syndication.
  • Search for Tomorrow from CBS to NBC.
  • The Edge of Night from CBS to ABC.
  • Password started on CBS, then was canceled and revived on ABC. It was canceled and revived again on NBC as Password Plus, then later Super Password. It came full circle back to CBS, revived as Million Dollar Password nearly 20 years after Super Password was canceled and over 40 years since Password first debuted on CBS.
  • Ghost Whisperer was supposed to jump to ABC for the 2010-11 season but Jennifer Love Hewitt turned down an offer to return for another season so the show was canceled instead.
  • Flashpoint moved from CBS to ION effective October 18, 2011.
  • Airwolf from CBS to USA Network for its final season.
  • The $10,000 Pyramid to ABC. It was later retitled The $20,000 Pyramid and returned to CBS as The $25,000 Pyramid.
    • It returned to ABC as part of a prime time game show revival that includes Family Feud and To Tell the Truth.
  • Scooby-Doo originated on CBS then moved to ABC in 1976. Episodes have since premiered on The WB, The CW, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and even home video.
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures to Fox. The new DIC-produced episodes were received so poorly that Fox replayed the far better Hanna-Barbera episodes aired the season before on CBS.
  • Forever Knight started out as part of CBS's "Crime Time After Prime Time" rotation. When deals were made for Letterman to move into that timeslot, the first season was rerun for almost a second season's worth of time to keep the slot occupied. The show then moved to syndication for its second season, and to a rare combination of airing in syndication *and* on USA for a third season.
    • Many fans came to regret that third season seal, as USA reportedly demanded younger cast members be added and focused on, to the detriment of the established cast. (Jon Kapelos stated at the time that *he* left because from the original pilot to the end of the second season, he'd been playing his character for six years and wanted a change.)
  • CBS's American version of The Great British Bake Off (titled The American Baking Competition)- had a summer run for a single season in 2013. In 2015, ABC produced a new version for its Christmas lineup, The Great Holiday Baking Show, which returned the following year as The Great American Baking Shownote 
  • Supergirl (2015) moved from CBS to the CW for its second season, and filming moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures aired its pilot on CBS, who turned the cartoon down, then was deferred to syndication for the rest of the first season and the second, before its third and final season moved to Fox Kids in Fall 1992, after which they added "The Fox network executives" as a new pair of villains.
    Buster: It could be worse. We could be stuck on the Peacock Network.
  • After 17 years, Lassie moved from CBS to syndication where it aired for two more years.
  • Rescue Heroes from CBS after its first season to Kids' WB! beginning with season two, complete with a revamp and higher budget. Averted in the show's home country of Canada, where it aired on Teletoon for its entire run.
  • Silk Stalkings is a unique case in that the rights were initially shared between CBS and the USA Network for its first two seasons, with USA airing the episodes a few days after they aired on CBS' late-night "Crimetime After Primetime" block. Then in 1993, CBS cancelled the entire "Crimetime" lineup, Silk Stalkings included, to make room for The Late Show with David Letterman, and the show became a USA exclusive for the remainder of its run.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985) aired on CBS for its first two seasons from 1985 to 1987 and moved to syndication for its third season from 1988 to 1989.
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents aired on CBS for its first five seasons from 1955 to 1960 and on NBC for its sixth and seventh seasons from 1960 to 1962. After being retitled The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, it returned to CBS for its next two seasons from 1962 to 1964 before again switching to NBC for its final season from 1964 to 1965.
  • Strike It Rich is an odd example. It began on CBS radio in 1947 and moved to NBC in 1950 where it lasted until 1957. In 1951, CBS adapted it for daytime television with a primetime version starting later that year. The primetime run was cancelled in 1955, and the daytime version ended a week after the NBC radio version went off the air.
  • CBS had the airing rights to most Peanuts specials, like A Charlie Brown Christmas, from the point of the specials' respective debuts until 2000 when the airing rights were moved to ABC. ABC would hold the airing rights to the specials until Fall 2020 when they were acquired by Apple exclusively for its Apple TV+ streaming service. This exclusivity lasted for all of two seconds before the immense backlash over the beloved specials no longer being aired on broadcast television lead to Apple loaning out A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to PBS for the holiday season.
  • First two seasons of the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective cartoon aired on CBS, with the third and final season airing on Nickelodeon.
  • Evil, Seal Team and (should it be renewed) Clarice were shifted from CBS to the newly-minted Paramount+, with disproportionately high digital viewership being cited as a key reason for the moves.

    From NBC to... 
  • JAG from NBC to CBS, where it ran for nine more seasons and spun off the even more successful NCIS (and the rest is history).
  • Baywatch from NBC to syndication (like JAG above, a rare instance where the series took off after its Channel Hop).
  • The early game show Masquerade Party may hold the record for most channel hops. It started on NBC, then it moved to CBS. After a brief hiatus, it returned to CBS, then it moved to ABC, returned to NBC, moved to CBS, then it went back again to NBC, then back yet again to CBS before ending its run on NBC. Fourteen years later, it was revived for one season in syndication.
  • Concentration from NBC to syndication.
    • Then later, back to NBC as Classic Concentration.
  • Diff'rent Strokes from NBC to ABC for its final season.
  • For Your Love from NBC to The WB.
  • In the Heat of the Night, from NBC to CBS for the last two seasons and four movies.
  • In the House, from NBC to UPN.
  • The Hogan Family, from NBC to CBS in its final season.
  • Scrubs moved from NBC to ABC in 2008. Apparently some people were confused because ABC owned the show anyway, so it was a strange instance of being owned by one network and aired by another (see also Caroline in the City, which though shown on NBC was made by CBS Productions).
  • Medium from NBC to CBS in September 2009, cozied between Ghost Whisperer and NUMB3RS; before it moved, it was the last CBS-produced show that wasn't on CBS or The CW (which CBS owns half of).
  • Passions and Friday Night Lights both went from NBC to The 101 on DirecTV (a US satellite provider, for those non-US tropers here).
  • Get Smart moved from NBC to CBS for its fifth and final season.
  • The Snorks was on NBC for two seasons. After a year-long hiatus, it jumped to syndication for two more.
  • Southland from NBC to TNT.
  • After being snubbed by Jay Leno as Johnny Carson's replacement on The Tonight Show (despite Carson actually having favored him over his regular guest host and eventual successor, Jay Leno), David Letterman left Late Night and moved from NBC to CBS in 1993 to create a direct competitor to The Tonight Show, Late Show, while kept Late Night as its own and gave it to Conan O'Brien. In its early years Late Show was very similar to Late Night (except with some Writing Around Trademarks), but as Letterman grew into the timeslot, the show began to emulate the Johnny Carson-era Tonight Show.
  • I'll Fly Away had a Made-for-TV Movie produced for PBS after cancellation by NBC.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent's ran on NBC for it's first six seasons before moving to USA in it's seventh season, where it ran for another four seasons.
  • What do Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy have in common? They were all Rankin/Bass Productions specials that aired originally on NBC, and their rebroadcasts all moved on to other networks when NBC lost the licenses to the specials. Rudolph would move to CBS in 1972 and remains there to this day, while The Little Drummer Boy moved to CBS in 1985, to ABC in 1989, and finally to ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2006.note 

    However, NBC got the last laugh in the end. Come 2016, and NBCUniversal reached a deal to acquire both specials' rights-holders, DreamWorks Animation. Thus, not only does NBC own the rights to these specials along with other pre-1974 R-B works, but CBS and Freeform were put in a situation that could lead to them losing the broadcast rights to these specials along with every other pre-1974 Rankin/Bass special they may have as well. Fortunately for Freeform, they managed to hold on to the specials they had, and even got the cable rights to Rudolph and Frosty, likely to make up for the loss of the post-1974 R-B specials to AMC.
  • Silver Spoons and Punky Brewster both jumped from NBC to syndication (both shows, along with ABC to CBS jumper Family Matters, were produced by David Duclon). In the case of Punky, the move was a lot more complicated (see "Production Company Examples")
  • Conan O'Brien from NBC to TBS after some serious Executive Meddling.
  • Father Dowling Mysteries from NBC to ABC.
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir from NBC to ABC.
  • The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd from NBC to Lifetime.
  • The Price Is Right (original version) and Missing Links to ABC. Seven years after ABC canceled Price, it returned on CBS daytime (where it's been to this day) and syndication nighttime.
  • Match Game landed on CBS four years after NBC canceled it, had a syndicated daily edition in 1979 (a nighttime edition ran concurrently and started in 1975), then it reappeared on NBC in 1983 as The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, then on ABC in 1990 as simply Match Game, then another syndicated edition appeared in 1998, followed 18 years later by a new primetime series on ABC.
  • You Don't Say! was rebooted for ABC six years after NBC dropped it.
  • Mama's Family went to first-run syndication after one year on NBC.
  • The daytime version of Wheel of Fortune moved from NBC (where it began in 1975) to CBS in 1989, then back to NBC for a few more months in 1991 before it was canceled. (The current syndicated version began in 1983.)
  • Community from NBC to the Internet (Yahoo! Screen) after season 5.
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame started airing on NBC in 1951, then the network cancelled it in 1978 and the program alternated with ABC and CBS for the next 36 years. However, in the summer of 2014, it was announced that the series would end its run on broadcast television and would become a Hallmark Channel original program.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was picked up by NBC for the 2015 midseason, then suddenly hopped to Netflix when it was offered a two full-season deal from the get-go. Though it's not quite the trope since this happened before the show even began production.
  • The Miss USA Pageant, which was broadcast on NBC for many years, moved to the Reelz Channel (on cable) for 2015 after NBCUniversal cut ties with the pageant's owner, Donald Trump, over derogatory comments he made towards Mexican immigrants. After the Miss Universe Organization was sold to the marketing agency IMG, Miss USA and Miss Universe moved to Fox.
  • Fame from NBC to first-run syndication after season 2. Ironically, only the NBC seasons have been released on DVD to this day.
  • The US versions of The Weakest Link and Deal or No Deal went from NBC to syndication.
  • Underdog ran for two seasons on NBC, then two seasons on CBS, then went immediately back to NBC for reruns. The belated final season also aired on NBC.
  • The daytime version of Let's Make a Deal moved from NBC to ABC. Later on in the ABC run, the series had a weekly syndicated version which would be revived twice after the network show went off the air. Two brief revivals were tried on NBC before CBS picked it up.
  • Matlock from NBC to ABC starting with its seventh season.
  • VeggieTales on TV showed the first season and season two on the network's qubo block. 6 years after it was removed from qubo, it showed up in syndication with six episodes unaired by NBC. note 
  • The docudrama series The Big Story aired on NBC for eight seasons (1949–57) before moving to first-run syndication for its ninth and final season.
  • The Revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents aired on NBC for its first season from 1985 to 1986. After it was cancelled by NBC, it was picked up by the USA Network and three further seasons were produced from 1987 to 1989.
  • The television run of Queen for a Day started on NBC and moved to ABC after four years.
  • Unsolved Mysteries moved from NBC to CBS to Lifetime. After a six-year absence, the series was resurrected by Spike in 2007, but then cancelled again in 2010. In 2020, Netflix resurrected the show once again.
  • Eerie, Indiana moved from NBC to Disney Channel for reruns with one unaired episode debuting on said network and was revived by Fox Kids as Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension in 1998 after the reruns of the show under the block fared well with their audience.
  • A.P. Bio was cancelled by NBC after its second season, sparking a campaign by the show's stars to encourage viewership of the series on Hulu. NBCUniversal took notice and decided to grant a third season via the then-upcoming Peacock service.
  • Manifest was cancelled by NBC after three seasons. By coincidence, just a short time earlier, the first two seasons of the show arrived on Netflix, which brought the series a legion of new fans just as the news of its axing hit. Although Netflix initially denied interest in rescuing the show, and NBC stood firm in their decision, it was later revealed both were looking to resurrect it. After the third season arrived on the service and surged interest further, Netflix announced they had secured the series for an extended fourth and final season.

    From PBS to... 
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy went from PBS to Disney, before finally retiring to Noggin.
  • Liberty's Kids premiered on the PBS Kids slot on PBS affiliates in the early 2000s, before going into syndication. In 2012, repeats started airing on CBS affiliates as part of the Cookie Jar TV slot.
  • In January 2016, Sesame Street began premiering new episodes on HBO, ending Sesame Workshop's long-running primary allegiance with PBS (and its forerunner, NET). The series still airs in reruns on PBS Kids, with the HBO episodes premiering on their stations after a 9-month window. In 2020, first-run episodes will move to the streaming service HBO Max instead of HBO's linear channels, though the 9-month arrangement with PBS Kids will still be in effect.
  • The various installments of the Noddy franchise have aired on various networks in the United States. The Noddy Shop and Make Way For Noddy both aired on PBS Kids. Noddy In Toyland went from PBS to being exclusive to Amazon Instant Video. Noddy, Toyland Detective channel-hopped to Sprout a year before it became Universal Kids.
  • In the US, Sherlock debuted as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theater in 2010. The show started airing on BBC America in 2014, though new episodes continue to be broadcast on PBS.
  • The original version of Teletubbies aired on PBS Kids. When it was rebooted seven years after PBS dropped the show, the rights went to Nick Jr.
  • Thomas & Friends first aired on PBS Kids in the United States as part of Shining Time Station. When PBS' rights expired in 1998, the show moved that fall to Fox Family, where after a year of Shining Time Station repeats, Thomas got a new show called Storytime with Thomas. During the same period, Nick Jr. briefly aired repeats of Shining Time Station to promote Thomas And The Magic Railroad. When Fox Family ended Storytime with Thomas in 2001, Thomas was not seen on a broadcast network until 2005, when it returned to PBS. note  In 2017, PBS' contract to the show expired and it returned to Nick Jr.
  • Timothy Goes to School went from PBS Kids (as part of a Sunday morning block "Bookworm Bunch") to TLC's weekday morning block "Ready Set Learn" and Discovery Channel as part of their afternoon block (Which also had the "Ready Set Learn Block") and currently airs on Qubo.
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane used to be on TLC until 2001, where it went to PBS...and then flew over to Qubo years later.
  • Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks also went to Qubo, though PBS still owns distribution rights.
  • PBS aired Caillou for 20 years on end until they retired it from the lineup in January 2021. In September 2021, the series will air on American television again, on the US Cartoonito block.

    From Fox to... 
  • Arrested Development, after airing in reruns on G4, was uncancelled after three seasons, and its fourth season premiered worldwide on Netflix in 2013, with another season set to premiere in winter 2016.
    George Bluth, Sr.: Well, I don't think the Home Builders Organization is going to be supporting us.
    Michael Bluth: No, the HBO's not gonna want us. What do we do now?
    George Sr.: Well, I think it's Showtime ... we have to have a show during dinner.
  • Futurama is an interesting example. From FOX to Adult Swim was only reruns, but it was then picked up by Comedy Central, which then aired new episodes. As of 2019, it's also airing reruns on SyFy, and can be streamed on Hulu. Meanwhile, it also briefly returned to FOX for a crossover episode with The Simpsons.
  • The PJs from FOX to The WB in its third and final season. Warner Bros. also took over production from Disney for said season, though it would end up selling that season to Disney in a legal settlement over ownership of the IP.
  • Sliders from FOX to the Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Animaniacs from Fox Kids to The WB when the latter first formed. Lampshaded in several of the earliest promotional spots for the block. In 2018, Hulu announced that they were bringing the show back, though it's unclear if it will be a continuation of the original series or a reboot.
  • Power Rangers from Fox Kids to both ABC & Jetix (on both ABC Family & Toon Disney). Then another move, as of 2011, to both Nickelodeon & Nicktoons. In 2012, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy reruns appeared on The CW as part of the network's short-lived Vortexx block.
  • When 4Kids acquired the CW's Saturday morning airtime, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) and Dinosaur King moved their premieres over there.
  • Grounded for Life from Fox to The WB.
  • America's Most Wanted went to Lifetime beginning Dec. 2, 2011, after Fox canceled the show for a second time. Although both series are technically owned by Disney, Fox still owns the IP and continued to air quarterly specials during the Lifetime run. In January 2020, Fox announced it would revive the series once again, this time with a new host and a global reach.
  • Bridezillas began as a special on Fox and spent some time on the New York-only MSG Metro Network before finding its current home at WE (where it became Adored by the Network).
  • COPS moved from Fox to Spike TV, later rebranded Paramount Network, in the fall of 2013. Paramount later cancelled COPS in the summer of 2020 after criticisms of the show for allegedly glamorizing police brutality was taken seriously after the killing of George Floyd. The show continued to produce episodes of international syndication before the seies was picked up yet again by the Fox News streaming service Fox Nation.
  • American Dad! moved to TBS in the fall of 2014.
  • One Piece from Fox Box (later 4KidsTV) to Cartoon Network. Partway through their broadcast, 4Kids just stopped airing the series on their block (allegedly due to content restrictions). The remaining 4Kids dubbed episodes later aired on Toonami (who was already airing reruns), leading to the eventual FUNimation dub. In 2013, the FUNimation-dubbed episodes returned to premiering Toonami, now a part of Adult Swim.
  • The Mindy Project from Fox to Hulu for the fourth season.
  • Animation Domination HD moved from FOX, where it was cancelled in June of 2014, to FXX, though FOX still airs a version of the block that is 100% reruns of previous shows and segments.
    • Neo Yokio was produced for and was originally going to air on this block, but after ADHD's collapse it was bought by Netflix, which Fox may as well be happy about, considering its poisonous reputation and the litany of jokes made at Netflix's expense.
  • Hole in the Wall from Fox to Cartoon Network.
  • After FOX cancelled American Idol, ABC picked it up for a revival.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine from FOX to NBC. Similar to Scrubs, people were confused since NBC owned the show.
  • The Billboard Music Awards first aired on FOX in 1990 and lasted until 2006, ABC brought the show back in 2011, then the show left ABC for NBC starting in 2018.
  • Lucifer from FOX to Netflix.
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? ran its first two seasons on Fox, then went into syndication for Seasons 3 and 4 before being cancelled. Season 5 aired on Fox in 2015, after which the show was quietly cancelled again. In 2019, Nickelodeon brought it back for a 6th Season, with John Cena replacing Jeff Foxworthy as the host.
  • Shortly after its second season was completed, it was announced that season 3 of The Orville would premiere on Hulu instead of Fox.
  • Averted with Family Guy, as the show has always been a Fox program. That being said, the Banned Episode, "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", ended up on Adult Swim first.
  • The DC Animated Universe started with Batman: The Animated Series/The Adventures of Batman and Robin on Fox in 1992. It then moved to The WB, starting with Superman: The Animated Series in 1996 and continuing with B: TAS revivial The New Batman Adventures, Sequel Series Batman Beyond, Static Shock, and Beyond Spin-Off The Zeta Project. Finally, it ended up on Cartoon Network with Justice League/Justice League Unlimited in 2001.

    From The WB / The CW to... 
In addition to the listed examples, all shows retained by The CW after the WB/UPN merger switched stations in some markets, as The CW inherited stations from both UPN and The WB.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer moved from The WB to UPN after its fifth season. This temporarily put a halt to crossovers with its spinoff Angel, which remained on The WB.
  • Johnny Test left The CW at the end of the third season and went to Canada's Teletoon and Cartoon Network in the U.S at the same time. Warner Bros. lost all distribution rights to the franchise (Cookie Jar now owns the entire series) but retained trademarks on the character names.
  • Roswell moved from The WB to UPN after its second season, at the same time as Buffy.
  • Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and Baby Blues, respectively. Only eight of each series' single 13-episode seasons note  aired on The WB. Thanks to managerial changes following the AOL Time Warner merger which caused the Turner networks to "play nice" with The WB, Adult Swim managed to air the remaining episodes of each series in 2002.
  • Xiaolin Showdown moved from Kids' WB and Cartoon Network to Disney XD when it was revived as Xiaolin Chronicles. This is due to change of studios from Warner Bros. Animation to France-based Genao Productions along with most of the cast members being replaced in the English dub as well (with the notable exceptions being Tara Strong, who voiced Omi and Jennifer Hale, who voiced Katnappe). Not only that, some of the Shen Gong Wu had to be renamed due to Warner Bros. still owning the names of them from Showdown.
    • Averted in the UK and Ireland as Chronicles aired on Cartoon Network, like its predecessor.
  • Veronica Mars was one of many UPN/The WB shows to jump to The CW, before getting uncancelled eleven years later on Hulu.
  • As mentioned in the syndication folder, Pokémon: The Series aired on the Kids WB Saturday morning block from its peak in 1999, up til 2006 when 4Kids Entertainment lost the license to The Pokemon Company International. It can currently be viewed on Disney XD and Netflix.
  • Semi-example with Yu-Gi-Oh!. While the original series aired in its entirety on Kids' WB, its spin-off Capsule Monsters aired on the 4KidsTV block on FOX after the former block moved to The CW. 4KidsTV also picked up reruns of the original series at the same time.
  • As mentioned with Fox, The DC Animated Universe moved from Fox to the WB, starting with Superman: The Animated Series. However, after it, The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond wrapped production and running concurrently with fellow DCAU series Static Shock and Beyond Spin-Off The Zeta Project, it ended up on Cartoon Network with Justice League in 2001.

    From a Cable Channel to... 
  • Doug from Nickelodeon to Disney's ABC.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Donkey Kong Country was always a Fox Family program in the United States. However, several episodes were aired as specials on Fox Kids during the series' first season. Averted in Canada and France, where Teletoon and France 2 respectively aired the series in its entirety.
  • SuperWhy had it's stop motion pitch pilot offered to Nickelodeon in 1999 but they declined, luckily PBS Kids picked up the pilot for a full series in 2007.
  • This happens with a lot of sister/parent networks, as they often show the same shows at the same time. Kappa Mikey was produced solely for Nicktoons Network, but because it was controlled by their larger parent network Nickelodeon, new episodes sometimes premiered there first. When episodes stopped airing on Nick but continued on Nicktoons, some took this to mean it was canceled. The show did in fact end after the second season.
    • There has been a common practice by Nickelodeon over the past two decades of burning off new episodes of cancelled Nicktoons on the Nicktoons channel.
  • Much of the Nick Jr. shows during the 2010s (Shimmer and Shine, Rusty Rivets, Nella the Princess Knight, Sunny Day, Top Wing, Butterbean's Cafe, Abby Hatcher and Corn & Peg) had new episodes air on the Nick Jr. on Nick programming block before being moved to the Nick Jr. channel later into their runs.
  • In its native Canada, Degrassi: The Next Generation hopped from CTV to MuchMusic, MTV Canada, and now, Family Channel. In the US, the series switched from TeenNick (formerly The N) to Netflix.
  • WWE Raw from USA Network to TNN/ Spike TV, and then back to USA.
    • WWE SmackDown itself is probably their biggest example of network hopping, from UPN to The CW, then to MyNetworkTV, and again to Syfy, yet again to the USA Network (meaning that both major weekly primetime WWE series were scheduled on the same network), and once more to Fox (during MLB World Series season, sister network FS1, which carries reruns on Tuesday nights, airs the series in lieu of Fox).
    • Sunday Night HEAT went from USA to MTV, then it joined Raw on Spike for a few years before becoming an international and internet-only show for the last three years of its life.
    • NXT started out on SyFy before leaving TV altogether, becoming a Hulu exclusive. It was rebooted as WWE's revamped developmental promotion during its time solely on Hulu, it became shared with WWE Network once that got off the ground and in September 2019 it would later move to USA Network in a weekly live format. For the first two weeks of the move, USA would air the first hour of the show while WWE Network streamed the second hour due to USA's contractual obligations to air Suits, which had two episodes left to broadcast.
  • TNA/Impact Wrestling went from Fox Sports Net to a brief period of being Web Original, to Spike TV, to Destination America (you can thank TNA rehiring Vince Russo for that one), to Pop TV to Pursuit Channel at the beginning of 2019 and now moving to AXS TV after Bound for Glory 2019 since their current parent company Anthem Media acquired AXS in September 2019.
  • The Outer Limits (1995) also moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi Channel for its seventh and final season. (The producers of SG-1 were already known for the 90s Outer Limits when the show started)
  • Project Runway moved from Bravo to Lifetime after the fifth season. Thanks to A&E Networks terminating its contract for the show thanks to The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy, it will return to Bravo for its seventeenth.
  • 6teen, in America, had a brief stint on Nickelodeon before being booted over to Cartoon Network.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars moved from Cartoon Network to Netflix for its sixth season as a result of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm. The seventh and final season then debuted on Disney+.
  • Naruto, from Naruto on Cartoon Network to Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD and then, to much rejoicing, Adult Swim.
  • Phineas and Ferb is a rather odd example. From the second season onward, new episodes would alternate between premieres on Disney Channel and Disney XD. By the end of its run, it had been rebranded as a Disney XD original series.
  • Starting in May 2018 with DuckTales (2017), after having spent the past few years with Disney XD as their animation network, all non-preschool programming produced by Disney Television Animation was moved to Disney Channel for premieres. The other shows that made the switch were Big Hero 6: The Series, Big City Greens, Milo Murphy's Law, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
    • Big Hero 6: The Series moved back to premiering on Disney XD for its third season. DuckTales would end up doing the same for its own third season just a few months later.
  • Damages from FX to The 101 on DirecTV.
  • Madeline from HBO to The Family Channel (now Freeform) to
ABC to Disney Channel. It then moved to CBS' KOL Secret Slumber Party slot.
  • American broadcasts of Doctor Who moved from Syfy to BBC America (who had repeat rights previously) after New Series 4.
  • The Wiggles from Disney Channel to Sprout. This was due to the Imagination Movers slowly becoming more popular, and Sprout's own block Musical Mornings with Coo failing to bring in ratings the channel wanted.
  • American broadcasts of Torchwood moved from Syfy to Starz with the Starz co-produced Miracle Day. Starz saw a big subscriber jump as a result of the move.
  • Stargate SG-1 moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi Channel after its fifth season.
  • Nashville Star hopped from USA Network to NBC for its sixth and final season.
  • In Mexico, Garfield and Friends channel hopped from Cartoon Network to Boomerang. This is technically a minor example since Boomerang is usually where old Cartoon Network shows end up, and both channels are owned by Time Warner / Warner Media.
  • The American rights to broadcast the English Premier League went from a joint venture between ESPN and Fox to NBCUniversal, beginning with the 2013 season. Most matches are shown on the NBC Sports network, with a few shown on NBC proper, and Spanish language on Telemundo.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legit, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell all made the hop from FX to its fledgling comedy-oriented spinoff channel FXX in Fall 2013.
    • Wilfred followed suit in 2014, followed by You're the Worst in 2015.
    • Archer was originally meant to move to FXX in 2016, with the plan being to pair it up with a new show called Cassius and Clay. When that show was cancelled before it even aired, they ended up keeping the show on FX for its seventh season. After being renewed for three more seasons, it finally moved to FXX in 2017.
  • In America, Braceface went from ABC Family (Which was still known as Fox Family when the first few episodes premieres) to Disney Channel.
  • Totally Spies!, from ABC Family to Cartoon Network after the second season, then Universal Kids with the sixth season. The same thing happened in South East Asia, where it aired on Disney Channel then moved to Nickelodeon in the 2010s.
  • Digimon Fusion moved to Nicktoons after Nickelodeon tried the show and gave up after two episodes.
  • Transformers: Prime aired on The Hub Network until the channel was bought back by Discovery from Hasbro and rebranded into Discovery Family. Prime's sequel series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, premiered on Cartoon Network. The companion series Rescue Bots and reruns of The Transformers still air on Discovery Family.
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai went from airing on Nicktoons and The CW to Toonami and Adult Swim, which had the fortunate side-effect of reversing much of the censorship. Toonami also premiered The Final Chapters along with Dragon Ball Super.
  • Sonic Boom, which originally aired on Cartoon Network, had its season 2 episodes aired on Boomerang, with the sole exception being the first season 2 episode, "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor". This was to raise popularity for Boomerang, which was sadly required a paid upgrade for most cable plans.
    • Interestingly, some season 2 episodes were posted on the Cartoon Network site.
  • In Asia, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Sesame Street started out on Hallmark Channel Asia in the early 2000s. Then the channel got screwed when NBC pulled out of the deal. However, they've since found a new home on Playhouse Disney Asia (however Clifford got screwed when they changed over to Disney Junior Asia).
  • Around 2014-15, Cartoon Network began moving multiple shows off-network (even shows that hadn't premiered yet) in order to free up timeslots to show reruns of Teen Titans Go!:
    • The decision to air Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! on Boomerang caused much backlash from Comcast cable customers, since they don't get the channel. Reruns of the original Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies shorts, as well as the original Tom and Jerry shorts, also moved off-network to Boomerang, but in this case, they were already airing on the network. Cartoon Network eventually changed their mind, as both shows would premiere on the network first. Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies and Tom and Jerry shorts also stayed on CN.
  • Crayon Shin-chan first aired on UPN, before it aired on many other networks for syndication and new episodes.
  • Overhaulin originally aired on TLC from 2004 to 2008. The series was Un-Cancelled on sister channel Velocity four years later.
  • Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs moved from Cartoon Network to Qubo in the US.
  • Double Dare (1986) briefly tried a spinoff on the Fox Network called Family Double Dare before producing their own on Nickelodeon.
  • The pilot episode of The Get Along Gang aired on Nickelodeon. The series itself would later be picked up by CBS.
  • Minaand The Count first aired on Cartoonnetwork "What a cartoon show" as a stand alone short and latter appeared as a series of shorts on the Nickelodeon animated anthology show Oh Yeah! Cartoons
  • Miraculous Ladybug: The first season aired on Nickelodeon, but it was later picked up by KidsClick — a syndicated children's block run by Sinclair Broadcast Group. As of the Christmas special and season 2, Netflix carries both new and previous episodes. Sadly, KidsClick ended up shutting down forever. Now it airs on Disney Channel, who also aired it in other countries such as the EMEA.
  • The fifth season of Samurai Jack aired on Adult Swim instead of primetime Cartoon Network. While in the US this is technically an example (as Adult Swim is considered a separate network for ratings purposes), it is a full-throated hop in the UK, where Adult Swim airs on Fox instead of Cartoon Network.
  • Total Drama was aired on Disney XD in the UK and Netherlands.
    • While the UK ended its Disney run with "Action", the series continued on Kix.
    • In the Netherlands, Cartoon Network picked up the show where "Island" ended and aired "Total Drama Action".
  • Guess How Much I Love You, for its first season in the United States, the show aired on Disney Junior. They eventually ditched the show, but then Starz picked up both the first and second seasons. However, the second season uses British voices, having apparently never been dubbed using U.S. American English sounding voices. This season was also made available on a streaming service available to some American libraries called Hoopla, but not in high-definition.
  • Wander over Yonder originally premiered on Disney Channel, but after March 2014, it moved to Disney XD for premieres, and was eventually branded as a Disney XD original series. It eventually stopped airing on Disney Channel all together, thus officially assuming the Disney XD name. This eventually caused it to be Screwed by the Network and eventually cancelled to fans' chagrin.
  • Young Justice aired its first two seasons on Cartoon Network before suddenly being cancelled. After finding success on streaming, the third season Outsiders is set to air on the DC Universe to avoid being Screwed by the Network, and later HBO Max.
  • After Chelsea Lately ended on E!, Chelsea Handler launched a similar show, Chelsea, on Netflix.
  • Likewise, a few years after E! ended The Soup, Netflix began The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race went from LOGO to VH1, in a move to broaden its exposure. Even though it was the highest-rated show on LOGO for years, many cable/satellite providers don't carry the LGBT-centric channel, whereas VH1 has been a staple of basic cable for decades.
  • After many years on Freeform as part of the 25 Days of Christmas lineup, all of the post-1974 Rankin/Bass Christmas specials (most notably Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, and The Year Without a Santa Claus among others) moved to AMC as part of a multi-year deal with library owner Warner Bros. effective 2018.
  • Twelve Forever was a pilot created for Cartoon Network among several others in 2015, but the show was never picked up for a full series. In 2017, Netflix got the show and gave it a full series contract set to premiere in 2019.
  • You (2018) went from Lifetime to Netflix for its second season.
  • Shortly after Longmire was cancelled by A&E following its third season, Netflix commissioned a fourth season. It lasted two more additional seasons before being cancelled again.
  • Summer Camp Island and Infinity Train, two Cartoon Network originals, were rebranded as HBO Max original series and moved to the streaming service in Summer 2020. However, this had the side effect of abruptly making both shows a case of No Export for You over a year, until overseas versions of the service were established.
    • Both these shows (and a few others) were intended to be on HBO Max from the start. Issues regarding the merger of AT&T and Time Warner caused the creation of the HBO Max streaming service to be delayed, resulting said programs airing on Cartoon Network instead.
  • Glitch Techs: The show was originally planned to air on Nickelodeon, before the channel decided to release it through Netflix as part of several programming deals made with the streaming company.
  • For syndication, Adult Swim had held cable rights to Family Guy since April 2003, and has shared them with sister network TBS since that year. For season 16 onward, Disney-owned channels FXX and Freeform took over syndication duties. Adult Swim and TBS are set to lose rights to previous seasons in 2021.
  • Like the aforementioned Family Guy example, Adult Swim had held cable rights to Bob's Burgers since June 2013 and has shared with TBS since 2016. For season 9 onward, FXX took over syndication duties. Adult Swim and TBS are set to lose rights to previous seasons in 2021.
  • Kamp Koral, a prequel to SpongeBob SquarePants, was originally set to premiere on Nickelodeon, but later shifted to CBS All Access.
  • A planned second revival of Beavis and Butt-Head would move from MTV to Comedy Central, with planned Daria spin-off Jodie also being pitched to Comedy Central instead of MTV.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show went from Nickelodeon, then to Spike TV as the infamous Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", and then to Comedy Central for another revival without involvement from its rather controversial creator John Kricfalusi.
  • Bellator MMA spent seven years on Spike, and stayed on there even as the network underwent an Audience Shift and later relaunched as Paramount Network in 2018. Then, in October 2020, Bellator moved its cards to CBS Sports Network as a result of the re-merger between Viacom and CBS and Paramount Network electing to relaunch as a movies-based network to finish off its Network Decay. In April 2021, Bellator will move its telecasts to Showtime, bringing that network back to mixed martial arts after a nearly decade-long absence from the sport.
  • Mr. Mercedes was left stranded after its second season when AT&T's Audience network, which was exclusive to DirectTV and other AT&T-owned platforms, was sunsetted in May 2020; in September of that year, it was announced the show would be carried instead by Peacock.
  • Raised by Wolves was originally produced as a TNT original series. After the network elected not to air it, sister entity HBO Max picked it up and rechristened it as a Max Original.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013) aired its first five seasons on Disney Channel. When the show was retooled into "The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse", it moved to Disney Plus.
  • Vikings : For most of the series, it aired on The History Channel. For the second half of the sixth season, it's airing on Prime Video.
  • The Rugrats reboot was originally slated to air on Nickelodeon, but got moved to Paramount+.
  • In the United States, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2017) originally aired on Cartoon Network. It moved to Paramount+ for future seasons of the show.
  • The Halo TV adaptation was initally intended to air on Showtime, but got moved to Paramount+ due to executives at ViacomCBS wanting a tentpole show for the streaming service.
  • Gangs of London was slated to make its U.S. premiere on Cinemax, until upper management at WarnerMedia decided to end scripted original programming at the channel in favor of prioritizing HBO Max. With Cinemax's blessing, the producers shopped Gangs of London to other outlets, eventually landing at AMC's brand-new streaming network AMC+ as its first exclusive original.
  • A majority of the 2010s Disney Junior shows that aired on the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel ended up moving to the Disney Junior channel. To put it in perspective, out of the 15-20 shows that had premieres on the block, only 4 shows did almost their entire runs on there (Those four are Jake And The Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Puppy Dog Pals, and T.O.T.S.).
  • After WarnerMedia wound down Cinemax's original programming lineup, its new corporate sibling HBO Max took over production duties on a third season of the network's final original series, Warrior.
  • Close Enough was originally developed for TBS, but ultimately aired on HBO Max. It is later set to air on TBS as well.
  • Final Space was originally a TBS original, before shifting to Adult Swim for its second season.
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple was originally a Nickelodeon production. Quibi announced a revival in 2019, but it didn't get anywhere after the casting call. The CW then picked it up for an October 2021 premiere date.
  • Scream: The TV Series moved from MTV to VH1 for its third season.
  • The Shannara Chronicles moved from MTV to Spike for its second season.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk moved from Cartoon Network to Netflix from the third season onwards.
  • The Hitchhiker from HBO to USA.
  • The short-lived Onion Sports Network started out as a feature on ESPN's SportsCenter before jumping to Comedy Central.
  • Slasher went from Chiller to Netflix for its second and third seasons, then Shudder for its fourth season.
  • The Killing went from AMC to Netflix for its final season.

    From ITV to... 
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Pet went from ITV (in the 1980s) to the BBC (the 2000s revival).
  • Not a true Channel Hop, but Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), a 1960s ITV show, was remade in 2000 as Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) by the BBC.
  • The Broadcast Rights of Batfink, Dangermouse, Pinky and the Brain, Rugrats, Scooby-Doo, Taz Mania, Tom and Jerry Kids, Tots TV, Uncle Max and Yoko! Tokamoto! Toto since 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 have moved from ITV to the BBC.
    • Similarly University Challenge is an ITV show that (after moving to Channel 4 for a while) was revived on the BBC (all versions produced by the ITV company Granada. Granada's production department is now [2014] part of ITV Studios, so the Vanity Plate reads "ITV Studios production for BBC").
  • Men Behaving Badly first appeared on ITV, but was dropped by them after two series due to disappointing ratings, Harry Enfield having left after the first series and its production company, Thames, having lost its London weekday franchise. It wasn't until the BBC got it and transmitted it in a later slot that it became a massive hit.
  • Ronnie Barker's Hark at Barker on ITV had a more-or-less direct sequel, His Lordship Entertains, on the BBC, featuring the same cast. Unfortunately His Lordship Entertains was wiped (though the scripts have appeared in a book by Barker).
  • Hill Street Blues and Scarecrow and Mrs. King were let go by ITV, but picked up by Channel 4.
  • As Channel 4 didn't exist in the 1960s, Wagon Train moved to BBC tvnote 
  • Upstairs Downstairs was originally an ITV show that is now receiving a modern BBC sequel (ironically, as a Duelling Show with ITV's Downton Abbey).
  • Blockbusters moved from ITV to Sky One, to BBC 2, back to Sky, and is now on Challenge.
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie aired its' first thirteen episodes on CITV, then aired 66 new episodes on Nick Jr.'s UK channel four years later.
  • In its original run on British TV, Mission: Impossible went from ITV to BBC1.
  • Sesame Street was originally broadcast in the UK on ITV (from 1971, although it was over a decade before all regions were showing it). It then moved to Channel 4 when that channel opened in 1987 and ran there until 2001. There were then two co-productions broadcast on CBeebies: Sesame Tree (2008-2010, originally shown on BBC 2 Northern Ireland) and The Furchester Hotel (2015-date). Meanwhile, from 2015 actual Sesame Street is finally appearing again on Cartoonito.
  • The UK version of The Price Is Right went from ITV to Sky One, then back to ITV. The host changed on each hop, from Leslie Crowther on the first ITV run, to Bob Warman on the Sky One run, to Bruce Forsyth on the second ITV run.
  • The 1990s sitcom Is It Legal? moved from ITV to Channel 4 for its third and final series.

    From The BBC to... 
  • In the UK, The Simpsons moved from BBC1 to BBC2 to Channel 4.
  • BBC Two's Red Dwarf was put on hold during Development Hell of The Movie but eventually — after a surprise ratings success of reruns on the channel Dave — in 2009 the channel aired a three-part Easter Special Back to Earth. A new six-part series, Red Dwarf X, began airing on Dave on 4 October 2012, followed by Red Dwarf XI in 2016 (although on a commercial channel, the new episodes are the same length as the BBC episodes and shown in 40-minute slots.).
  • The Goodies was dropped by the BBC in 1981 and was picked up by London Weekend Television (now ITV London), but dropped after only one season.
  • Formula One had always been on the BBC until it was sold to ITV until it went back onto the BBC and was in turn sold to Sky Sports. Technically they are currently split between the two, but the terrestrial rights moved to Channel 4.
    • On the other side of the pond, after being on SPEED Channel for many years, F1's moved to the NBC Sports Network.
  • Long-running school drama series Waterloo Road moved from BBC One to BBC Three in early 2015 for the final 10 episodes of its final series. The show was a huge hit for BBC One in its heyday (2006-2011) until the show moved to Scotland in 2012. Ratings began to dip since the move and it was announced that Series 10 would be its last.
  • Spot the Dog went from The BBC's CBeebies to ITV's cITV.
  • The first four seasons of Parks and Recreation aired on BBC4; the rest of the series moved to Dave.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog went from The BBC's CBeebies to Tiny Pop.
  • Both Family Guy and American Dad! moved from BBC3 (when BBC3 became an internet-only channel, losing the rights to imported showsnote ) to ITV2 (the former's second UK Channel Hop, as it used to be on Channel 4).
  • The Thick of It aired on BBC Four before moving to the more mainstream BBC Two for its fourth and final season.
  • Similarly, Torchwood season 2 moved from BBC Three (with a BBC Two repeat) to just being shown on BBC Two. Children of Earth and Miracle Day were on BBC One. Because Miracle Day was a co-production with Starz, the US broadcast went to that network rather than BBC America.
  • CBBC is a rather unusual variant in that it didn't so much hop channels as become a channel, with the children's programming bloc and a bunch of Edutainment Shows that are broadcast mainly so teachers can record them to screen in class being moved from BBC 1 and 2 to a dedicated channel all of their own some time after the digital switchover.
  • The Partridge Family flew over to ITV when the BBC dropped it after they ran the first season... and David Cassidy's music career took off.
  • Birds of a Feather ran from 1989-1998 on BBC 1, ending with a Christmas Episode that doubled as a Grand Finale. It was surprisingly revived by ITV in 2014, running for another three seasons up to 2016, plus a Christmas Episode in 2017.
  • Only Connect is another show that moved around the BBC, with Victoria Coren-Mitchell claiming in her humorous introductions to find BBC Two a shock after the rarified atmosphere of BBC Four.
  • The Last Kingdom moved from BBC Two to Netflix from the third series onwards.
  • Shaun the Sheep moved from CBBC to Netflix for its sixth series.

    From Syndication to... 
  • WWF Superstars (distributed in Canada as Maple Leaf Wrestling, also the name of a Toronto-based promotion purchased by the WWF in 1984) was on in syndication for about a decade before it hopped over to Sunday morning on the USA Network to replace Action Zone. It would hope one again five years later when WWF moved all their programs to Viacom channels and it landed on TNN for about a year before it was canceled. The show later had a revival on yet another network, WGN America, where it stayed for 2 years but its contract was not renewed; until its end in 2016 it was aired only in overseas markets and was streamed online in the US.
  • Babylon 5 did four seasons in syndication before TNT ponied up the caysh for a fifth season plus ALL those TV movies (including the Re-Cut Pilot Movie. It later made it to Sci Fi, which is the channel responsible for the first widescreen presentation (which eventually made it the format used on the DVD's.
  • Oddly, Beakman's World from syndication to CBS.
  • Trollz and the animated Sabrina both went from syndication to CBS (though this had to do with CBS's block renter DiC needing educational programming for said block).
  • Pokémon: The Series spent its first half-season in Fall 1998 in syndication, then was picked up by Kids' WB! in early 1999, where it remained until 4Kids' rights to the show ended in 2006. From 2006, starting with the ninth season, new episodes of the show were then handed over to Cartoon Network by Pokemon USA, who had been previously running reruns of the show for years (sharing the same parent company as Warner Bros). The original series aired in reruns on Boomerang, while Cartoon Network continued to play new episodes of the current series. In 2016, starting with the back-to-back premieres of the 19th movie and the Sun and Moon season, the dub moved to Disney XD. Then in 2020, the dub for the following series, Journeys, debuted on Netflix for U.S. audiences only.
  • Sailor Moon started out in syndication in 1995, but only the first 65 episodes were shown before the show went into re-runs and was ultimately pulled. It was then picked up for cable by Turner Broadcasting and spent a few months being re-shown on USA Network before it was moved to Cartoon Network's Toonami action block where it found new life and premiered 94 new episodes, and 3 movies.
    • Also, a few early (and non-consecutive) S episodes were shown on The WB's Toonami block before they were pulled after 9/11 (although this was supposedly a coincidence).
  • The original Dragon Ball series was in syndication for only 13 episodes in 1995 before it was canceled. It was eventually picked up by Toonami in 2001 (with an all-new English dub), due to the success of Dragon Ball Z, where it ended up finishing its 153 episode run.
    • Dragon Ball Z itself began in weekly syndication in 1996 before Cartoon Network famously picked it up and added it to its Toonami block in 1998, where it finished and was in reruns for almost ten years. In addition, The WB's Saturday morning Toonami block premiered the Garlic Jr. Saga episodes in the Summer of 2000 before they were rerun in Cartoon Network.
  • Gargoyles from syndication to ABC; ReTooled as Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles. But the fans like to think The Goliath Chronicles never happened. So does the creator, who declared it non-canon.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 version): went from syndication to CBS in 1990.
  • Inspector Gadget had a brief run on CBS in 1992 after runs in syndication and Nickelodeon.
  • Dennis the Menace had two new seasons on CBS after its first season aired in syndication.
  • The Super Mario Bros. cartoons are an interesting case. The first adaptation, The Super Mario Bros Super Show! aired in syndication and the two subsequent series, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World aired on NBC as part of Captain N: The Game Master.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series had an interesting example: it was syndicated and shown on ABC's One Saturday Morning at the same time!
  • Possibly the first instance of this trope, Quick Draw McGraw premiered in syndication in 1959 before becoming part of CBS's Saturday morning lineup in 1963.
  • Mister Ed spent its first half-year in syndication before CBS picked up the series.
  • The 2003 Strawberry Shortcake started out by being syndicated out to The CW, before the first three seasons found a home in CBS on its Kewlopolis block. Then came the 4-way DiC-Moon Scoop-American Greetings-Cookie Jar lawsuit, which left the show in a horrible limbo for a couple of years before all four seasons were finally picked up by Kabillion.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends, the first animated series based on the My Little Pony toyline premiered in syndication in 1986. Next came My Little Pony Tales which aired on Disney Channel in 1992. It would be another eighteen years before a new animated series based on My Little Pony would air on television, this one being My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on The Hub Network (later rebranded as Discovery Family).
  • The entire Care Bears franchise has aired across multiple networks in the US. Care Bears (1980s) started out at DIC as a syndicated series, until ABC picked it up and brought Nelvana on board to produce it. The subsequent series, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, also started out being on CBS' Kewlopolis slot before being moved to Kabillion. Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot then jumped to The Hub alongside Hasbro's acquisition of the toy rights for the franchise, where the franchise promptly got mistreated, and then rescued by Netflix, who commissioned a sequel series, Care Bears & Cousins, but then gave up on the series in 2018, and subsequently the series hopped to Hulu.
  • The sports-themed quiz game Sports Challenge started in syndication in 1971, went to CBS in the summer of 1973 Sunday afternoons, then went back to syndication.
  • Star Search from syndication to CBS.

    From a Streaming Service to... 
  • In the late 2010s and early 2020s, an explosion of new streaming services led to shows being pulled from Netflix and moved to services created or owned by the producers of said programming:
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, the prior show's movie, the franchise's saga movies, and a host of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, among other Disney-owned media, were pulled from the service to debut on the House of Mouse's own streamer, Disney+, in late 2019. (Though only The Clone Wars series and movie had been available on the service in the US on a long-term basis, due to Netflix having aired the show's sixth season.)
    • The Office (US) left Netflix for NBCUniversal's own in-house streaming service, Peacock, in a deal that was negotiated for $100 million and became available to all Peacock subscribers starting January 1st, 2021.
    • Friends moved to HBO Max upon that service's launch in 2020.
    • In response to some of the above moves, Netflix acquired global rights to Seinfeld in 2020; the series left Hulu in May 2021 and will arrive on Netflix in October.
  • Doctor Who has jumped from one streaming service to the next in the US (while still airing regularly on BBC America, mind you). It was first available on Netflix, then it moved to Amazon Prime in 2016, then the new series jumped to new streaming service HBO Max in 2019. The classic series, meanwhile, found a home on niche streaming service BritBox.
  • One Day at a Time (2017) became the first cancelled Netflix Original to move to a cable network after its cancellation in 2019, when it was rescued by CBS subsidiary Pop TV. (It would later be cancelled again there after one season.)
  • Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot went from Netflix to Hulu in 2018. This is especially embarrassing given Netflix’s pledge when they rescued the show from The Hub screwing the franchise over.
  • Tuca & Bertie's Season 1 aired on Netflix, but Netflix cancelled it shortly after. Nearly a year later, Adult Swim picked it up for a second season. The show became the first cancelled adult animated series from Netflix to move to a cable network. Streaming rights to seasons 2 and beyond are held by HBO Max.
  • Most of DC Universe's originals will be moved to HBO Max:
    • Season 2 of Doom Patrol was simultaneously streamed on HBO Max and DC Universe. Season 3 onwards will stream exclusively on HBO Max.
    • Harley Quinn (season 3 onwards)
    • Titans (season 3 onwards)
    • Young Justice (season 4 onwards)
  • Stargirl will move from the DC Universe to The CW for its second season. The CW had previously secured the rights for season 1, airing the episodes one day after each new ones debuted on the streaming service, but from the sophomore season onwards, the show will air on The CW from the get-go. Streaming availability shifted to HBO Max following DC Universe's demise.
  • Cobra Kai moved from YouTube Originals to Netflix from the 3rd season onwards, due to the former platform's lack of success.
  • Archibald's Next Big Thing had its first 2 seasons come out on Netflix. Starting in season 3, the show moved to Peacock.
  • The entirety of the output of the short-lived mobile-centric streaming service Quibi (excluding news programs that aged out of relevancy) was sold to Roku following the service's demise. Roku rebranded the content (some of which had not been released on Quibi at the time of its shuttering) as "Roku Originals" and began releasing the shows on the Roku Channel in May 2021.
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee moved from Crackle to Netflix from the tenth season onwards.
  • The Girls on the Bus, a series adaptation of the memoirs of a journalist chronicling Hillary Clinton's two presidential campaigns, was dropped by Netflix midway into development and subsequently picked up by The CW.

    Other (Sorted by Country) 


  • Brazilian sitcom Sai de Baixo ran for six years in Rede Globo. In 2013 it got a four-episode revival on its cable subsidiary Canal Viva, where one of the characters even lampshaded: "We couldn't get a break for five seasons in broadcast prime time! What makes you think that in paid TV will be any different?"


  • In Canada, some U.S. late-night talk shows tended to do this. There was some stability for a time; The Tonight Show and Late Night typically aired on CTV Two (dating back to its time as A-Channel and The New XX), and Late Show and The Late Late Show aired on Omni in Toronto (except for Kilborn's run, which aired on Global, as well as Craig Ferguson for a period before moving back). The 2014-15 re-alignments of NBC and CBS's late-night lineups caused some changes; Late Night with Seth Meyers moved to CTV (sandwiched between The Daily Show and Conan), The Late Late Show with James Corden was picked up by CTV Two, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on Global. In February 2016 due to its success, Corden was promoted to CTV and Late Night moved back to CTV Two.
  • America's Got Talent started out on CTV, but later moved to Citytv. The Champions spin-off in 2019 aired on CTV 2 instead, but it is unknown if they simply passed for some other reason, or it was because it would conflict with their acquisition of CBS's rival, The World's Best.
  • In Canada, the revived Doctor Who initially aired on the CBC, as did its spin-off, Torchwood (the CBC also contributed funding to the revival series for a time). After Series 4 of Doctor Who and Series 1 of Torchwood, both shows moved to the cable network Space (though the CBC's cable spin-off, Bold, continued to air reruns for a time).
  • The fifth series of Murdoch Mysteries was set to be the last after the show was cancelled by Citytv, but CBC since picked up the rights and the show continues in production.
  • A weird example happened with The Noddy Shop in Canada: the show aired on TV Ontario and CBC at the same time.
  • The Office moved from Citytv to the now-defunct CH/ E! network to Global.
  • The Price Is Right has hopped a few times in Canada, starting on CH (dating back to when CHCH had branded itself as ONtv). When CH turned into E!, it moved to Sun TV. When Sun TV got turned into the ultimately unsuccessful Sun News Network, it moved to Omni and was then promoted to Omni's parent network Citytv, where it has remained since (alongside Let's Make a Deal).
  • The Red Green Show began on CHCH, who cancelled it two seasons in, though the show was quickly picked up by CFPL (London) and YTV (for national distribution) for a third season. The show then moved to Global in the fourth season and eventually to CBC starting in the seventh season.
  • Two and a Half Men moved from Global to CTV, where it has remained ever since.
  • Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have also been shuffled around a lot in Canada; for a time it was split between CTV and A-Channel. In 2008 (by then the two networks had become sisters due to the CTV/CHUM merger), both shows moved to CBC (but Wheel was shunned to the afternoon to put larger prominence on the one that happens to be hosted by a Canadian, and because Coronation Street is the network's traditional 7:00 p.m program). A few seasons later, CBC unceremoniously dropped both. CHCH (Hamilton/Toronto) and CHEK (Vancouver Island) would acquire Wheel and Jeopardy in 2012 (they were former sisters before Canwest divested them to Channel Zero and a local group respectively, but they've still had some ties and common programming). The two shows were then acquired by Yes TV (a rebranding of the religious Crossroads Television System) in 2014; however, this only led to a channel hop in Toronto, as the system syndicates its acquisitions to other independents in markets where it doesn't have a station, which includes CHEK (this move also restored the two programs to Alberta).
  • Trailer Park Boys ran for seven seasons on Showcase, then revived by Netflix in 2014 for an additional five seasons.


  • Chinese animated series Happy Heroes has jumped from channel to channel quite a bit, with CCTV-14 and Hunan TV's Aniworld being among the channels which have aired it.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has also jumped channels often, having aired on CCTV-14, Aniworld, and ZJTV, among others.


  • Israeli children television host Tal Mosseri left Arutz haYeladim after his 18 years tenure there (the longest a host has been there, ever) for the Israeli Nickelodeon (though some speculate he was actually let go as part of the channel’s attempts at renewal and rebranding). Naturally, many Israelis, who grew up watching him on Arutz haYeladim, were shocked by the news, but wished him good luck; soon, however, people started calling him a traitor for this at every turn. At first he was very alarmed and hired protection before he realized it was a Running Gag and even started joining in on it, e.g. uploading a photo of himself next to a Stormtrooper, with the caption, "I’m just here for the comments..."




  • Barney & Friends: The show has practically been shown on every single network in Malaysia except 8TV (which has almost no children programming anyway since it was relaunched, its former incarnation as MetroVision did air children programming) throughout its entire run in Malaysia, and then some (Astro's Ceria, and then Playhouse Disney, before finally settling down in HIT Entertainment's own channel, JimJam—which is only available over cable provider ABN).
  • Doraemon went from RTM1 for the pre-2005 revamp episodes to NTV7 for the post-2005 revamp episodes. Unlike the Pokemon and Winx Club examples, this one is this trope played straight as RTM and Media Prima are competitors (RTM is government-run while Media Prima is a private conglomerate).
    • Recently few years ago, Doraemon and CrayonShinChan get taken off from NTV7 forever. However in mid-2019, the 1979 anime adaption of Doraemon used to be air on Astro Ceria for a while, before returning with the Malay dub of 2005 anime series much later.
  • Pokémon: The Series was originally aired on NTV7 in Malaysia with Malay subtitles. By the time of Master Quest (season 5) the show moved to tv9 and was now dubbed. Slightly subverted is that both channels are owned by the same parent company (Media Prima).
  • In Malaysia, Sesame Street went from being a long-runner on RTM-TV1 in the 80s to RTM-TV2 in the 90s, before disappearing off Malaysian terrestrial to appear as part of the Hallmark Kids block on Hallmark Channel Asia. When that channel's partnership got royally screwed by NBC-Universal however, the show went into limbo for three years before resurfacing on Playhouse Disney Asia, and going on to become a long runner that still aired after the transition to Disney Junior Asia, at the time where other PBS shows on the channel that Disney rescued from Hallmark Channel Asia got the pink slip.
  • In Malaysia, Winx Club moved from TV3 to NTV7. Like the Pokemon example above, slightly subverted is that both channels are owned by the same parent company (Media Prima owns TV3, NTV7, 8TV, and TV9).
  • Yo Kai Watch aired on Toonami Asia and the Southeast Asian feed of Cartoon Network before the former's shutdown in 2018. A few years later, in 2020, Astro Ceria aired it.


  • Averted with Mexican public TV: all the programs created and broadcast (including foreign-made series and movies) in the two only Mexican networks (Televisa and TV Azteca) belong to those networks and those networks only. Those programs cannot be switched over to the rival network (especially network-created shows like soap operas, TV shows, etc), but there are a few exceptions to the rule:
    • The Real Ghostbusters was originally broadcasted by Imevision (TV Azteca's predecessor), but since Imevision was privatized by the government and become TV Azteca later, they lost the Mexican broadcasting rights of the show and Televisa bought the show later.
    • The Simpsons was originally intended to be broadcasted by Televisa, but after one single episode, the owners cancelled the broadcasting due to its subversive content and TV Azteca bought the series from them.
    • In 1998, all the Disney catalog (movies, series, etc) went from Televisa (who was Disney's client for decades) to TV Azteca.
    • In recent years, it no longer seems to be the case for animated series and children's shows, for example: Barney & Friends and Bob the Builder premiered and aired on Televisa for years, but in 2008 TV Azteca signed a deal with HIT Entertainment that allowed both series to move to Azteca. The deal also gave Azteca the rights to Thomas & Friends, but after the deal with HIT expired in 2012, that series was acquired by Televisa. Likewise LazyTown premiered on Televisa but it was cancelled almost immediately, and later acquired and aired by Azteca.
      • Smaller and local Mexico City channel Cadenatres has acquired several classic sitcoms and anime series formerly aired on Televisa/Azteca since their rights were eventually lost, among them Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Nanny, The Munsters, Heidi, Girl of the Alps and Candy Candy. In a strange subversion, the Stuart Little animated series premiered on Cadenatres and years later resurfaced on Televisa. The channel became a nationwide network in 2016 and changed its name to Imagen Televisión, picking up reruns of series seen on Televisa for decades such as The Flintstones and ThunderCats.
      • Saint Seiya, who was broadcasted in TV Azteca from years since the earlier 90s, switched to Televisa in 2017.


  • KaBlam! moved from syndication in the Netherlands to their Nicktoons (the channel) branch, however subtitled now instead of dubbed.

New Zealand

  • In New Zealand, The Simpsons began on TVNZ2 in 1991 before moving to Three in 2004, FOUR (now Bravo New Zealand) in 2011 before moving back to TVNZ2 in 2016.
  • Home and Away in New Zealand has channel-hopped four times. It first premiered on TV3 when the channel launched in November 1989. It moved to TVNZ in 1993, initially on TV One then on TV2. In 2002, it moved back to TV3, and then in 2013, it moved back to TV2!
    • The same goes with Neighbours. They started on TVNZ2 in 1988 despite episodes being a few years behind Australia so it aired back to back. Then it aired on TV4 in 1997 before it was removed in 2001. By 2002, Neighbours returned to TVNZ2. As of today, it is still on the network for so long.
  • Thomas and Friends began on Three before an American version called Shining Time Station aired on TVNZ2. It aired on TVNZ1 until 1996, moved back to Three in 1997, moved to FOUR (now Bravo New Zealand) in 2011 before moving to TVNZ2 in 2016
  • Criminal Minds debut on TVNZ2 in 2005 before moving to TVNZ1 in 2006 (making it the most popular show on TVNZ1)
  • New Zealand's Got Talent debuted on Prime in 2008 before moving to TVNZ1 in 2012
  • New Zealand's version of Sale of the Century debuted on TVNZ2 in 1989 before moving to TVNZ1 a couple of months later. Three later revived the series in 1994 after TVNZ1 axed it in 1993. SOTC was finally cancelled in early 1995 due to competition with the news on TVNZ 1 as well as the Current Affairs seriesHolmes.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine had a really bad time when it debuted on TVNZ 2 in 2014. The show is now in a better place on TVNZ Duke.
  • Some of FOUR's adult animated series including South Park and Family Guy moved to TVNZ Duke in 2016 prior to the closure of FOUR.


  • 1979 and 2005 anime adaptions of Doraemon originally aired on GMA in 1999 before the 2005 anime series moved to Yey, a kid-friendly channel affiliated with ABS-CBN. With the channel's closure in 2020, it is unknown if Doraemon would return to Philippine television someday. That changed in 2021 as A2Z Channel 11 was given the rights to bring back Doraemon on air.
  • Long-running variety show Eat Bulaga! initially debuted on RPN-9 in 1979, and aired on said network for ten years before handing over the franchise rights to ABS-CBN in 1989. ABS-CBN infamously attempted to acquire the broadcast rights to the show, to which Bulaga's producers declined. This led to Bulaga and its cast moving to its present network GMA Network, which was then heavily promoted with the catchphrase "9-2=7, Totoo ang Sie7e" ("Nine minus two equals seven, Seven is really true"), both alluding to the move from Channel 9 (RPN) to Channel 2 (ABS-CBN) and finally to Channel 7, and also as a possible Take That! to ABS' attempted takeover of the series.
  • Due to ABS-CBN's Network Death in 2020, its in-house programming did end up with this trope, airing online and on other networks, going to Kapamilya Channel, A2Z Channel 11 (A joint channel in partnership with Zoe TV) and even on TV5. The other shows that were aqcuired however, end up abandoned, though that slowly changes with Doraemon being an aforementioned example.


  • South Park had a short stint on REN TV, where it didn't work out, then MTV Russia picked it up for a more successful run, later splitting the coverage with 2x2 (both had the same owner), and gradually moving it to 2x2 outright. Out of nowhere cable channel Paramount Comedy (at the time fully owned by Viacom, but now they have only 20% share due to Russian laws) got the rights, and in an interesting variation of Dueling Dubs, ordered a new dub with the same voices and almost the same script (allegedly because Viacom wasn't thrilled with quality of decade-old MTV tapes). Nowadays both 2x2 and Paramount Comedy are airing the series, with Paramount getting premier runs.
  • Similarly enough with The Simpsons - from REN TV to 2x2, then cable channel FOX got simultaneous rights and ordered a completely different dub. Once again, both FOX and 2x2 runs it now, but strangely this time 2x2 usually have premieres, and FOX is lagging behind. You'd think having a parent company around would make you a preferrable outlet.
  • Futurama, Family Guy - from REN TV to 2x2. King of the Hill - one season on TV 3 -> 2x2. Yeah, pretty much every piece of adult animation that's been on some channel would end on 2x2, because they were positioned as adult animation channel at the time.
  • French production Jet Groove though, jumped from 2x2 to MUZ TV.



  • Ezel was transferred to channel atv after being dropped by Show TV midway through its first season.
  • Magnificent Century hopped from Show TV to Star TV between its first and second seasons.

United Kingdom

  • Unlike many imported series dropped by Channel 5 — and there are many: 30 Rock, JAGnote , Xena: Warrior Princess, Once Upon a Time and so on (basically any American series that isn't a law enforcement show or doesn't have CSI in the title) — Charmed found another terrestrial home for its final season, moving to Channel 4 (repeats of the earlier seasons have since aired on sister channel E4).
  • Days of Our Lives and The Bold And The Beautiful both jumped from Channel 5 to cable channels — Sunset Beach notwithstanding, American daytime soaps (unlike their nighttime counterparts) have never had much success in Britain.
  • Both Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place moved from Channel 5 to ITV, while SpongeBob SquarePants went in the other direction, following after Viacom's acquisition of Channel 5.
  • In the UK, both Hot in Cleveland and Drop Dead Diva moved from Sky Living to Sony Entertainment Television.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took their battle with Hydra from Channel 4 to E4 from season three.note 
  • Big Brother (UK) went from Channel 4 (who felt the series had been taken as far as it could) to Channel 5 (who arguably proved them right).
  • British fans of Breaking Bad had to put up with the show being dropped by two broadcasters (FX and FiveUSA); like Pretty Little Liars below and Once Upon a Time above,the later seasons premiered on Netflix UK (as did Better Call Saul). Fast forward to 2015, and Breaking Bad was picked up as a launch show for the new British version of Spike TV (which is operated by Channel 5, now owned by Viacom), which will broadcast every episode.
  • British fans of Community, which began on Viva at the same time as Pretty Little Liars and was also dropped, had to wait until April 2012 for the second season to begin on Sony Entertainment Television (given that the series is a co-production of Sony and Universal it was that or the now-defunct Universal Channel, and the Universal Channel doesn't show comedies). The channel has also shown every season since then, including the sixth (which is lucky for UK fans, as Yahoo! Screen wasn't available in Britain).
  • The final series of Count Duckula aired after Thames Television had lost their ITV franchise in 1993, so Central presented the ITV broadcast of that season on behalf of Thames, now an independent production company.
  • This trope was averted in a situation involving Dallas in the UK. When the BBC announced it would not pay a raised licencing fee to carry new episodes beginning in Autumn 1985, Thames Television, ITV's London service, announced that they were willing to pay the asking price. Thus Dallas was snatched by Thames, which violated a "gentleman's agreement" between BBC and ITV which prevented situations like this. Betrayed, BBC pulled the remaining Dallas episodes it had the rights to and announced that they would air them simultaneously with Thames' broadcasts. Ultimately, the negative publicity caused Thames to back out and Dallas remained on the BBC. (Times have changed since then, as British fans of series like 24 and Glee can testify.)
  • Empire moved from E4 to 5Star from season four.
  • The first season of Ghost Whisperer was on E4, but from season two it was shown on Living (a better fit, given that Living is known for running ghost-themed shows like Most Haunted).
  • Gilmore Girls made its British debut on Nickelodeon, but only the first three seasons were shown (and were prone to being censored); it later moved to the Hallmark Channel (where seasons four and five premiered) and ultimately to Channel 4 (which has shown all seven seasons).
  • Jane the Virgin went from E4 to Netflix from season three.
  • Although David Letterman has a cult following in Britain, Late Show With David Letterman has run on four different channels — Sky One, Paramount Comedy Channel, ITV4 and Diva TV - and never lasted longer than a year on any of them. (If you count BBC2 running the episodes for the week the show was in London — his only appearance on British terrestrial television to date — he's been on five.)
  • Masters of Sex, meanwhile, aired on Channel 4 in its first season but moved to More4 come its second.
  • From season five The Middle changed its UK home from Sky to Comedy Central.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was first shown in Britain on Boomerang, but only the first season - presumably because it didn't quite fit in among its lineup; the series moved to Tiny Pop (and its sister channels Pop and PopGirl) in 2013.
  • Nashville, on the other hand, moved from More4 to its sister channel E4 from its third season... and then it followed Scandal onto SkyLiving from season four onwards.
  • New Girl began its UK run on Channel 4 but moved to E4 from season two.
  • Once Upon a Time, dropped by Channel 5 after the first two seasons, was eventually taken by Netflix UK in 2015, with said first two seasons and every episode thereafter on the streaming service.
  • In the UK and Ireland, Pokémon: The Series was initially aired on SKYONE up to around the Johto era, before their version of Cartoon Network picked up new episodes of the show. Since then, reruns, new episodes, and the movies can be found on the CITV channel as well as Pop after the UK version of Disney XD dropped the anime following the end of XY. The same thing happened in the US and Southeast Asia too, see "From The WB / The CW to..." above.
  • The Practice was on ITV, the BBC and Sky1.
  • Pretty Little Liars moved from Viva to the sister channel MTV thanks to Viva beginning the series a few months after it launched on ABC Family (the series premiered in June 2010 in the US, and in October of the same year in Britain) and falling afoul of its long mid-season gap; by the time the series began again from the beginning on MTV in 2011, the first season was complete. But MTV dropped it after the first two seasons, leaving UK fans of Aria and Co. high and dry - until Netflix UK took it, with the entire series available from January 1st 2015 (each new episode arrives on the streaming service after its US premiere).
  • Given that Scandal didn't go down as well with More4 viewers as its stablemates The Good Wife and Nashville, from season three Olivia Pope moved to SkyLiving.
  • South Park has been on Channel 4 terrestrially since 2000 and used to be on Sky One on cable/satellite; both channels ended up dropping it and it moved to Comedy Central (in the days when it was still called Paramount Comedy).
  • The first four seasons of Supernatural were shown in the UK on ITV2; it then went to SkyLiving for seasons five to eight, after which it was dropped. Eventually, E4 picked it up and screened season nine from January 2015 (a year behind North America) - by pure coincidence, the first episode of season nine is called "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here."
  • In Britain, the first season of This Is Us aired on Channel 4, but the second season ran on its sister channel More4. The Pearsons moved to Prime Video.
  • In Britain, the first two seasons of Totally Spies! were shown on Channel 4, often in the early hours of the morning with little publicity. It moved to ITV from season 3 who aired at more respectable times of the morning with more publicity.
  • The first two seasons of Veronica Mars were on Living in the UK and Ireland, but the third season was on Trouble. The Hulu season aired on StarzPlay(via Prime Video) in the UK.
  • As part of the launch of AMC in the UK, the entire run of Weeds was shown - including the final two seasons, which never ran on British television due to Sky dropping the series.
  • White Collar moved from Sky Living to Alibi.
  • The West Wing originally aired on Sky One, because Sky Atlantic not been invented yet, the Bartlet Administration moved to Channel 4 and flourished.
  • Winx Club has had several homes in the UK: GMTV (ITV), Nickelodeon UK, and most recently Pop Girl.
    • Nickelodeon's acquirement of the Winx property necessitated a Channel Hop in several countries where Winx wasn't already on Nick, including the UK, where it moved from Pop Girl back to Nick.
  • Barney & Friends is rather complicated when it comes to its British broadcast history. It started off in the UK on GMTV in April 1994, while the now-defunct TCC picked up the pay TV rights around the same time. When TCC kicked the bucket, the show moved to Living TV (now Sky Witness)'s Tiny Living programming block, lasting until its closure. Going back to terrestrial, it hopped from GMTV to Channel 5 in 2002. When Tiny Living was discontinued, the pay TV rights hopped over to Cartoon Network Too, via its Cartoonito programming block. In 2007, Cartoonito became its own channel, with Barney moving over to the channel.
  • In the United Kingdom, TNA Wrestling moved from Bravo to Challenge because Bravo got shut down by their new owners.
  • Not just a Channel Hop, but a Country Hop: the first two series of Black Mirror aired on the UK network Channel 4, but after talk of a third series got bogged down in budget negotiations, the US-based streaming service Netflix, who already owned the American streaming rights to the show, picked up the tab for new episodes. It was the first time that a "regular" TV network was outbid by a streaming service for the rights to a show that it wanted to renew.
  • Top Boy similarly moved from Channel 4 to Netflix after its first two series.
  • Lovesick moved from Channel 4 to Netflix after its first series.

United States

  • All of the shows on The CW's first season hopped over from The WB and UPN, except for Runaway and The Game. Depending on the market, some shows may not have really hopped at all (if the former WB or UPN station landed a CW affiliation). And The Game has since hopped to BET.
  • You Don't Say! (NBC), Seven Keys (ABC), and Beat The Odds (syndication) all began as local shows in Los Angeles before going national.
  • In the mid-2000s, HiT Entertainment's programs on PBS switched station affiliations from Connecticut Public Television to WNET New York.
  • The original presenting stations for Castle and Cathedral were WTVS in Detroit and WGBH in Boston, respectively. WHYY in Philadelphia picked them both up for a marathon rebroadcast of programs based on David Macaulay's books which followed the premiere of Roman City.
  • For its fifth season, Fit 2 Stitch moved from National Educational Telecommunications Association to American Public Television, with KERA picking it up as the presenting station.
  • At some point late in its run, as late as 1992, The Frugal Gourmet hopped from WTTW in Chicago to KQED in San Francisco.
  • Holmes on Homes was the only show with a pulse on the US Discovery Home network. When Discovery decided to make that network Planet Green and mothball the entire Discovery Home lineup, HGTV quickly snapped up Holmes for their own channel; an easy call as HGTV Canada is actually the one that produces the show. It got a timeslot upgrade to Sunday evenings and continues to do just fine for HGTV, and outlived Planet Green, which became the American-centric Destination America on Memorial Day 2012.
  • Home Movies from UPN to Adult Swim.
  • The Invisible Man had a rare deal where is aired both on the Sci-Fi Channel and in syndication the same week which persisted for both seasons it aired. Unfortunately when SFC pulled out, syndication alone wasn't enough to keep the show going.
  • Jail from MyNetworkTV to Spike TV.
  • The show famously known as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, and later as Live! with Kelly and Michael was originally a weekday morning news and lifestyle show on ABC flagship station WABC-TV in New York that Regis Philbin co-hosted and which debuted in 1983. Sister station WLS-TV in Chicago is where The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted as a similar local show before it became a similar nationally syndicated talk show, debuting in 1984.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 from independent KTMA in the Twin Cities (now The CW affiliate WUCW) to Comedy Central to Sci-Fi Channel to Netflix.
  • When Nightly Business Report moved from WPBT Miami to NBCUniversal... it stayed on PBS stations, with American Public Television continuing to distribute. However, it did switch station affiliations from WPBT to Washington D.C.-based WETA some time later. Additionally, it was distributed by PBS itself from 2005 to 2011, when APT picked it back up after PBS dropped it.
  • Three Sheets started on HD channel MOJO HD before it closed. Fine Living Network picked it up for its fourth season, where it obtained Adored by the Network status until that channel was rebranded into Cooking Channel. The show then hopped to co-owned Travel Channel briefly, then to Spike TV before its run ended in 2011.
  • Subverted with This Old House. When it was acquired from WGBH by the spin-off magazine's publisher Time, Inc., it stayed on PBS, with WGBH still distributing the show to PBS member stations. The move also resulted in production relocating from Boston to Manhattan (and later to Stamford, Connecticut, the same city that The People's Court and the NBCUniversal conflict talk shows had production relocated to), though Ask This Old House is still made in the Boston area. In 2019, the show switched presenting stations from WGBH to Washington D.C. station WETA.
  • Game show Down You Go, which debuted on DuMont in 1951 and stayed there until the network cancelled most of its programs in 1955, survived one more year with a summer run on CBS in 1955, then a one-season run on ABC in 1955-56, finishing with another summer run on NBC in 1956, making it one of the few TV shows of the 1950s to air on all the then-available networks.
  • Another DuMont survivor was Life Is Worth Living, the surprisingly popular religious program starring Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, which went to ABC in 1955 and stayed on until 1957. Sheen returned to TV twice, first with The Best of Bishop Sheen on the NTA Film Network in 1958-61, then in syndication with The Fulton Sheen Program in 1961-68.


  • Venezuelan Talent Show Cuanto Vale El Show began in Venezolana de Television as a segment of Fantastico a variety show, then it hopped to RCTV, a full program, and then it landed in Venevision. All the versions of the show were produced and host by its creator, Guillermo González; he eventually got tired and left show business to fund his own network, just before Musical Realities like the X Got Talent series and the Idol series emerged in English-speaking countries.


  • Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears in Asia: Both went from Playhouse Disney Asia to Boomerang Asia, and then later to Cartoonito Asia thanks to Hasbro's meddling (which also caused the shows to become unavailable in a lot of parts of Asia) when Boomerang Asia was split into Toonami Asia and Cartoonito Asia. And then both went back to Boomerang Asia when Cartoonito Asia was retooled back to Boomerang Asia (Toonami Asia is still broadcasting separately in the region).

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: