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Bewitched (1964) Dark Shadows (1966) Shows about supernatural characters co-existing with mortals in (then) modern-day America While Bewitched was a Sitcom (and had a sitcom duel with I Dream of Jeannie as mentioned below), Dark Shadows was the Trope Maker for the Supernatural Soap Opera Technically, Bewitched lasted longer and was probably more of a mainstream success, but both shows are still considered a Cult Classic.
Prime Time Entertainment Network (1993) Action Pack (1994) Big Studio-produced, part-anthologies/part-syndicated networks. trying to emulate the success of FOX's launch PTEN (a joint venture from Warner Bros. and United Television) boasted Babylon 5 along with Time Trax and Kung Fu : The Legend Continues. Universal's Action Pack was led by the one-two punch of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess PTEN lasted four seasons, with only B5 lasting more than two. Action Pack lasted longer (ten seasons) with a much fuller roster of shows.
Do Over (2002) That Was Then (2002) 80's flashback to High School. One was a sitcom, the other a drama. In both of them, the protagonist starts as a depressed, adult salesman in his thirties. Their lives are in ruins, along with those of the people they once cared about. They blame that on certain decisions they took in high school. Then a freak accident sends them back in time, reliving their high school years. They have a chance to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. Neither was too successful; the Friday Night Death Slot and a concept only network execs enjoyed killed them both. However the comedic Do Over lasted for 15 episodes, while the dramatic That Was Then only lasted 2 episodes.
Clean House (2003) Hoarders (2009) Shows about people with irritatingly or pathologically cluttered homes. Hoarders is the more serious and deserving of the documentary label, considering that pathological hoarding is an actual mental illness, while Clean House's comedic streak and focus on the cleaning aspect places it better on Reality TV. Both became Long-Runners. Clean House lasted ten seasons, Hoarders six.
House (2004) Lie to Me (2009) FOX dramas featuring eccentric, wisecracking, and disillusioned doctor/detectives based on real people and played by eminent British actors. Tim Roth doesn't attempt an American accent and Lie to Me focuses more on the detective aspect. House has way more awards and higher ratings, while Lie to Me was canceled after 3 seasons and did not have nearly the critical acclaim.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) 30 Rock (2006) Behind-the-scenes shows about the drama that goes on during the development of a Saturday Night Live-esque sketch/variety show Studio 60 is a Sorkin Dramedy, while 30 Rock is a straight Sitcom. Plus, they were on the same network — NBC, which also has the closest thing to the shows they go behind-the-scenes of! 30 Rock made it to seven seasons and ended on its own terms, while Studio 60 got the axe after a single season. Studio 60 had higher first-season ratings for the episodes that aired during the normal "season," but was much more expensive to produce and for various reasons the network execs liked 30 Rock better. (For one thing, Studio 60 was critical of network TV in general, and network execs weren't going to like that). It should be noted that NBC staff couldn't decide which one to greenlight, so they greenlit both.
Burn Notice (2007) Royal Pains (2009) A man is blacklisted from his profession and moves to an exotic location to sell his services privately. Essentially the same premise, but substituting spy for doctor. Another aspect the shows share is the wisecracking and incompetent brother of the main character. Both are on the USA Network. Royal Pains is moderately successful. Meanwhile, Burn Notice recently wrapped up its seventh and final season, and is still one of the series the network is known for.
The Walking Dead (2010) Game of Thrones (2011) Shows where the world is being threatened by zombies, incidentally called "walkers" (White walkers in the case of the latter). Both shows are adapted from literary works, with The Walking Dead being adapted from the comics of the same name, while Game of Thrones was from the book A Song of Ice and Fire. While both shows also deal with the concept of Humans Are Bastards, TWD deals with this and the zombie threat directly, while GoT deals more with political power struggle. A tie. Although GoT has more awards than TWD, both shows are highly acclaimed, hugely rated, and have become modern-day pop culture phenomena. That being said, GoT is probably the more well-known of the two nowadays.
Wentworth (2013) Orange Is the New Black (2013) Shows that explore life in a women's prison. Orange is The New Black is a dramedy (drama-comedy), whereas Wentworth is a dark and serious drama. Likewise, Orange is an American show whereas Wentworth is Australian. Orange is The New Black has become a megahit for Netflix and one of the most popular TV shows of the 2010s. Wentworth, meanwhile, isn't particularly well-known outside of Australia. That being said, it's still hugely acclaimed and very popular in its home country, even if still not as much as its rival.
Rosemarys Baby (NBC horror, 2014) Extant (CBS sci-fi, 2014) An elegant African-American woman is pregnant with a mysterious child who may have a huge impact on the human race. Both kids are from supernatural sources (Satan and aliens (presumably), respectively) Rosemary's Baby will doom humanity while Extant's could save it (though probably not in the same manner, possibly more like a genetic upgrade). Extant has had a better critical reception and has been renewed for a second season whereas Baby has had a more negative reception but was only a mini-series anyway so it's hard to directly compare the two.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016, FX) O.J.: Made in America (2016, ESPN) Two works about O.J. Simpson and his 1994 murder trial. American Crime Story is a dramatization/reenactment of the infamous murder trial, while O.J.: Made in America is a five-part documentary from ESPN's "30 for 30" series that features interviews with the key players and even unreleased 911 audio. A tie, both were received well, and it helps that they are in different genres. American Crime Story would win nine Primetime Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Limited Series), while O.J.: Made in America won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
Legends of Tomorrow (2016, CW) Timeless (2016, NBC) A ragtag team of time travelers protect history while hunting a supervillain. Legends is a superhero show and a spinoff of Arrow and The Flash (2014), featuring popular heroes (and villains) from both shows along with new characters. Timeless is an original series and more of a straight-forward adventure with some conspiracy elements. Notably, both have a character trying to change history to bring their dead family back to life; in Legends, he's the hero, but in Timeless, he's the villain. Also, both shows have covered some of the same historical ground, such as an episode with George Washington and another with Al Capone and Elliot Ness. Legends of Tomorrow. Timeless has been on the bubble from day one, was cancelled after season one, then un-canceled, then canceled again after a second season, then finally ended for good after one last TV movie. Legends is well past doubling that run, has been a strong performer for the CW, and can take advantage of crossovers with Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.
Jane the Virgin (2014, CW) Telenovela (2015, NBC) Modern, light-hearted americanized interpretations of traditional latin american soap operas. Jane the Virgin is a direct adaptation of a soap, though still using Broad Strokes, and it's an hour-long dramedy.. Telenovela is an original work, a Single Camera Sitcom taking centered around the production of a soap opera, wherein the actors' misadventures mirror the soap's characters'. Jane the Virgin is, as of 2018, on its fifth season. Telenovela didn't even last a whole season. It's clear Jane won.
Deadly Class (2019) The Umbrella Academy (2019) Adaptations of comic books focusing on characters who are students of an academy of evil and superhero school, respectively. Deadly Class is more of an action-thriller, while The Umbrella Academy is a deconstruction of superhero tropes. TBD.
Schitt's Creek (2019) Fosse/Verdon (2019) Two very different TV shows aired episodes called "Life is a Cabaret" featuring Show Within a Show of Cabaret, which aired on the same night in some places. Schitt's Creek is a quirky comedy that featured the show in a Musical Episode; Fosse/Verdon is a drama portraying the making of the film. A draw. Both shows got positive reviews and both celebrated the original work.
The Goldbergs (2013) Stranger Things (2016) Both The Goldbergs and Stranger Things were made in the 2010s and were set in the 1980s. Both series include many nostalgic references to the decade in the form of pop-culture, fashion, music, and food. The Goldbergs is a sitcom that is based on the childhood of its creator Adam F. Goldberg, and features his experiences growing up in the 1980s in the Philly suburb of Jenkintown. Stranger Things is a science-fiction/horror series that focuses on the dark secrets of Hawkins, Indiana. The two series do not directly compete with each other. This is likely due to the fact that they are from two different genres, and have built up their own respective audiences. That being said, Stranger Things is by far the better known of the two shows to the public at large, so it probably wins.
Batwoman (2019) Stumptown (2019) Both series are based on comic book properties that Greg Rucka had a large part in. The protagonists are both LGBT women who were in the military and fight crime in their current lives. Batwoman is a superhero/action show, while Stumptown is a crime drama. Batwoman was announced first and the title character debuted first, but Stumptown premiered first. TBD.
The Two Popes (2019) The New Pope (2020) Two made-for-television dramas released less than one month apart and featuring two popes, with one being elected to replace the other who's still living. The Two Popes is a Netflix original film about two Real Life figures, Pope Benedict XVI and his successor Francis, while The New Pope is a HBO-Sky Atlantic co-production about two fictional popes in an open conflict, being the sequel to The Young Pope. TBD.

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982)

Casablanca (1983)
Action-adventure series that embody the Two-Fisted Tales trope. Tales and Bring 'Em were quickly greenlit in The '80s once Raiders of the Lost Ark proved to be a success, and as such it's somewhat hard to tell which one really started the fight, while Casablanca cashed not only on the post-Raiders period adventure romance boom but also the nostalgia for the original film. Tales was critically acclaimed and won several Emmys, while Bring 'Em Back Alive has been mostly forgotten. Casablanca ended up after five episodes due to the huge budget the series had, but all three series were partly brought down due to being expensive to make.
Knight Rider (1982) Street Hawk (1985) An injured police officer is given a new secret identity and a super vehicle to fight crime with. This time ABC tries to follow NBC's lead on a motorcycle without a mind of its own. Remote-controlled by the Government. How many people have actuallys even heard of Street Hawk? Knight Rider was near the end of its third season when Street Hawk premiered, and got another season following it.
The A-Team (1983) High Performance (1983) Action-adventure shows featuring do-gooders for hire. Another ABC knockoff of an NBC smash hit. High Performance died after three episodes, while The A-Team lasted five seasons, becoming a pop culture sensation and a Fountain of Memes.
Blue Thunder (1984) Airwolf (1984) Crime-fighting super helicopters, and the people that flew them. Both debuting in 1984, Blue Thunder was spun off from the 1983 top-grossing feature film, and drew heavily on it for stock footage. Airwolf debuted 16 days later and was thematically similar to the already successful Knight Rider. Thunder barely lasted half a season. Airwolf ran for four seasons on CBS annd USA, though it got pretty dire by the end.
Lost (2004) Flight 29 Down (2005) Plane crashes on an island; characters must adapt. Lost premiered a year earlier and became an overnight sensation. F29D is "Lost" for kids more or less, though the show was actually based on a book and the concept was pitched before Lost got on the air. F29D was cancelled after two seasons. Lost is considered the pioneer in 21st century mainstream mystery-drama television.
Águila Roja note  (2009, TVE) Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste note  (2015, T5) Spanish swashbuckler series. AR follows the adventures of the Ninja love child of Zorro and Captain Alatriste in a Purely Aesthetic early 17th century Spain. LADCA is a (supposed) adaptation of the historical novel series. Águila Roja, and insultingly so. The development of both shows was an inverted mirror of the other: TVE had no faith on the AR project, so it let the creators do as long as it was within budget, and it became a success. T5 had no faith on the LADCA project, but wanted to cash on the AR success, so it pestered the creators with Executive Meddling despite having no clue what they were doing. After a long and Troubled Production, which included several casting changes and reshots, T5 declared the series a failure before it even aired and released it on a bad time of the year (January), when it met bad reviews and an ever diminishing audience.

    Children's Show 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Blue Peter (1958) Magpie (1968) Magazine programmes with wholesome and informative fun for British kids, with charitable appeals and badges awarded for achievement. Blue Peter (BBC) began as a rather staid and studio-bound affair (suits, ties etc.) but moved towards a livelier presentation with more outdoor locations following the arrival of John Noakes in 1965. Magpie (ITV) copied Blue Peter’s format from the start, while employing more hip language and graphics. No contest. Blue Peter (1958-present) is the longest running children’s show ever, its badges respected and good for free entry to various places. Magpie ran 1968-80, badges crop up on eBay etc occasionally.note 
The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (1989) All That (1994) Children's variety series with a cast mainly consisting of children and teenagers that featured a Laugh Track, short-form segments and live musical performances. Both shows kick-started the careers of some of the people who starred on it, with The All New Mickey Mouse Club launching the careers of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling and All That launching the careers of Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon and Gabriel Iglesias. Both shows also starred Jamie Lynn Spears. The All New Mickey Mouse Club only ran for seven years and lasted another three in reruns and faded into obscurity at the beginning of the 2000's. All That ran new episodes for eleven years and lived on in re-runs after it got cancelled on The N and later TeenNick. It also had three spin-off series, as well as a theatrical film based on one of the recurring segments. All That wins the duel, although Mickey wins in terms of the stars it produced.
Beakman's World (1992) Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993) Kids shows that focus on learning science, often in goofy and irreverent ways Whereas Beakman was a fictional character, Bill was an actual scientist (an engineer to be more precise). Whereas Bill stuck with one topic throughout an episode, Beakman switched topics frequently. Whereas Bill focused on the science almost exclusively (if imaginatively), Beakman also had a small, wacky recurring cast and a little non-science-related zaniness. Both lasted about 100 episodes, were very good edutainment shows (which is a rarity, as most kids would rather eat their vegetables than watch anything educational), and were worthy of being Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert's heir to the throne, though Bill Nye wins because the subjects were more in-depth than what Beakman's World touched on and even explored some stuff that wouldn't conventionally be considered science, but has scientific teachings behind it (communication, human transportation, population, probability and odds, music, and architecture). Nye also gets an additional edge by remaining a pop culture and science icon/personality after the show, though obviously at a reduced status. Honorable mention goes to you, the viewers who learned something from both shows, in and out of the classroom. At the end of the day, Nye is much more remembered nowadays and is still being used to educate new generations of children.
Power Rangers (1993) VR Troopers (1994)

Masked Rider (1995)

Beetleborgs (1996)
Adaptations of Japanese tokusatsu (live-action superheroics) with new footage with American actors. Of the many Rangers knockoffs of the time, these three shows were the most prominent; being by Rangers producers Saban Entertainment and two aired with Rangers on Fox Kids (Troopers was syndicated instead). Yes, it is possible to self-duel. Power Rangers is based on the Super Sentai franchise, Masked Rider on Kamen Rider (specifically, Kamen Rider BLACK RX), and the other two on various Metal Heroes series (VR Troopers on unrelated shows Choujinki Metalder, Jikuu Senshi Spielban and Space Sheriff Shaider; Beetleborgs on Juukou B-Fighter and its sequel B-Fighter Kabuto). Despite a few close calls, Power Rangers has continued nearly unbroken for over twenty-five years now. VR Troopers and Beetleborgs each lasted two seasons before running out of usable footage. Masked Rider is the big loser, as it is generally not remembered fondly and considered an obstacle to further efforts to adapt other Kamen Rider shows. Tellingly, when Saban Brands regained the rights to their old shows, they did not release Masked Rider to Netflix alongside the other three.
The Adventures of Dudley The Dragon (1993) Groundling Marsh (1995) 65-episode Canadian children's puppet series with lessons about saving the environment as a major educational focus. Dudley The Dragon was originally based on a play called The Conserving Kingdom which also had an environmental focus. Groundling Marsh focused on a group of critters living in a marsh facing troubles that humans caused. Both shows also starred James Rankin. Dudley the Dragon was the more popular show, running for four years and having a lot of merchandise and even a balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Groundling Marsh only had VHS tapes as merchandise and ran for two years.
Wimzie's House (1995) Tweenies (1999) Four toddler-aged friends have fun at a home daycare. This duel refers to the United Kingdom runs of the two shows, as they premiered in 1999, with Wimzie being one of the Nick Jr. channel's launch programmes and Tweenies being shown on the BBC. While Wimzie's House utilizes puppets for its' cast, Tweenies has people in costumes playing the roles of the characters. Wimzie's House was one of the lowest-rated programs on the United Kingdom feed of Nick Jr. despite it being heavily promoted by the channel, while Tweenies became a British preschool classic and ran for almost two decades and became a Cash Cow Franchise for the BBC.
Teletubbies (1997) The Noddy Shop (1998) Two shows produced by the BBC and Itsy Bitsy that premiered on PBS in the same year in the United States. While the version of Teletubbies that was shown in the United States was identical to the British version aside from some of the voices being changed, The Noddy Shop was a re-dubbed version of Noddy's Toyland Adventures that was wrapped in a framing device set in a toy store. While both shows became extremely popular when they aired, Teletubbies had better ratings, tons of spin-off merchandise that became top sellers and was re-ran on PBS for a decade. Noddy's merchandising only focused on the characters from the Toyland Adventures segments and not the characters from the live-action segments and sold poorly. Teletubbies is the winner.
Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998) The Noddy Shop (1998) Musical series aired on PBS in which an elderly figure runs a shop with the help of their Talking Animal friends. Both shows are connected in some way to earlier PBS series, with Charlie Horse being a spin-off of Lamb Chop's Play-Along and Noddy being the Spiritual Successor of Shining Time Station. Charlie Horse Music Pizza had the misfortune of premiering not only around the same time as Teletubbies, but also eight months before the death of Shari Lewis, giving it no chance of finding an audience. The Noddy Shop was a hit right out of the gate, getting higher ratings than Sesame Street, staying on the PBS line-up for four years and had quite a few pieces of merchandise. The Noddy Shop wins this duel.
Black Hole High (2002) Tower Prep (2010)
House of Anubis (2011)
Kids shows about a group of teenagers trying to find out the secrets of their rather creepy Boarding School. The students of Tower Prep all have some type of supernatural ability to help them escape, whereas Anubis is more like a whodunit to find out why their friend Joy disappeared. Simply, Tower is like a Lighter and Softer Prison Break, while Anubis has a mystery arc like Twin Peaks. Also, while Tower debuted first, Anubis is based on Dutch show Het Huis Anubis (2006-2009) that aired before either of them. Finally, Black Hole High aired before anything and ran on half-hour episodes. A Dramedy with an emphasis more on comedy that incorporated science-fiction. Black Hole High ran for four seasons of 42 episodes, has been shown internationally, had the last three episodes adapted into a movie, and won two Emmy's for "Oustanding Children's Show" and "Outstanding Writing". Anubis, in addition to being well-received, had a staggering 190 episodes and one 90-minute special under its belt. In terms of longevity, Anubis won in a landslide. In terms of notoriety, Black Hole (for the present). Tower got cancelled after one season and was not very well-received, although it has gained cult status among fans of Cartoon Network. Anubis has also faded into obscurity, but developed a huge elementary/middle school following when it was on the air that is still fondly remembered.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005) Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn (2014) Mischievous 'tuplets going on crazy adventures. Brian Stepanek is also present. Suite Life focuses on twins in a hotel where Brian plays their eccentric repair man, Arwin, while NRDD focuses on quadruplets in a sports shop where Brian plays their father. (Funnily enough, if Arwin were to achieve his goal, he would also be Zack and Cody's father.) Although NRDD got a younger following in its first season, it quickly declined in popularity and ended with its third. Meanwhile, Suite Life was an absolute behemoth for Disney that expanded into a spin-off, giving it a total of six seasons, as well as a TV movie and an adaptation for Disney Channel India that lasted for two seasons.
iCarly (2007) Sonny with a Chance (2009) Kid Com including a Show Within a Show Carly, Freddie Benson and Sam run their own webshow, and deal with growing up. Hilarity Ensues. Sonny Monroe joins the cast of a sketch comedy show, and tries to deny falling in love with Chad Dylan Cooper. Hilarity Ensues Rumors persist that Sonny with a Chance was ripped off a pitch for what eventually became iCarly. While Disney's Sonny with a Chance isn't bad, Nick's iCarly wins ratings wise, and attracts a huge following outside the usual demo's due to constantly Getting Crap Past the Radar, and has a huge Internet following. The latter, however, due to the lead's departure, ended up having its Show Within a Show to be defictionalized. Lovato herself has an advantage of being a bigger star than any of the actors from iCarly.
iCarly/Victorious (2007/2010) A.N.T. Farm (2011) Kid Coms about talented and/or creatively expressive children. Victorious and ANT Farm have nearly identical premises — talented and gifted children attend a high school and Hilarity Ensues — but oddly enough more people think ANT Farm has more in common with iCarly given the amount of character and especially relationship expies. ANT Farm comes via the Disney Channel — if you haven't noticed by now, Disney and Nick tend to be cases of directly dueling networks. In this case, you can make a case that ANT Farm is essentially Victorious meets iCarly. Though iCarly and Victorious were both canceled (the latter after three years and the former after five, a long run for a Kid Com), each series lasted for an additional season through spin-off series Sam & Cat; A.N.T. Farm aired its last episode in early spring 2014 after a three-season run.
iCarly (2007) Bizaardvark (2016)/Coop & Cami Ask the World (2018) Sitcoms about young content creators going on wacky adventures in the age of YouTube-esque social media. All three shows see their protagonists at the helm of a web show or channel: iCarly, Bizaardvark, and Would You Wrather?, respectively. iCarly and Coop and Cami are home-based operations, while in Bizaardvark, the series takes place in a large headquarters for their show's fictional website, Vuuugle. Additionally, Bizaardvark centers on a number of different web series while the other two focus on one. iCarly wins, no contest. Its legacy is cemented as a high point for Nickelodeon and it spawned a crossover spin-off with Victorious, Sam & Cat . Bizaardvark ran into major trouble with one of its cast members, YouTuber Jake Paul, and had to cut his character halfway through the series' run by literally moving the entire story to a new setting. Outside of this key issue, the series was panned from the start as an inaccurate representation of the media landscape and, aside from a couple well-received segments, never achieved any sort of fandom. Coop and Cami is only in its first season. Despite mixed to positive reception so far, the channel's ratings have declined (mostly due to shows like Bizaardvark) and the show isn't able to attract the audience that iCarly was essentially handed from the days of Drake & Josh.
Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) The Haunted Hathaways (2013) A supernatural family tries to interact with the outside world without revealing their true powers. Wizards of Waverly Place focuses on a family of wizards that, through often comedic moments, tries to keep their powers a secret while struggling with school, relationships, and the hardships in life. The Haunted Hathaways replaces the wizards with the ghosts of a single father and his two children as a new family moves into their home. While The Haunted Hathaways is liked because of its handling of the typical sitcom, Wizards of Waverly Place was given a huge head start, ending the year before Nickelodeon's show premiered and having better ratings overall, running for four seasons, a made-for-TV film, and a one-hour television special that premiered almost a year after the end of the series. Not to mention, it launched the career of one of the biggest teen idols in the world. The Hathaways, not so much.
Imagination Movers (2008) The Fresh Beat Band (2009) Edutainment Show involving a four-member musical group. The Imagination Movers was an actual band that started 5 years before the show did, while The Fresh Beat Band was created for their own show. While both were hits in their own right, Imagination Movers won out as the band would outlive the show that promoted it, with the group still performing to this day. Meanwhile, aside from the spin-off Fresh Beat Band of Spies, there hasn't really been any new content or concert tours for The Fresh Beat Band since the original show ended.
Jonas (2009) Big Time Rush (2009) Sitcoms about boy bands who much balance their music careers with living ordinary teenage lives. Jonas was a vehicle for the already existing Jonas Brothers. Big Time Rush, meanwhile, had the titular band specifically created for this show. Musically, The Jonas Brothers were more successful, but that was largely true before the show debuted. Big Time Rush won on the show front, as it lasted much longer and was by all accounts a more well-liked show. Its fast-paced humor and dynamic characters also were able to attract male audiences in ways that Jonas, which was much more girly, couldn't.
Big Time Rush (2009) I'm in the Band (2009) Shows about young men who rather arbitrarily end up in the music industry in bands. Tween Sitcoms premiering at around the same time. One has FOUR young adults for the male audience to look up to and the tween (and teen) girls to swoon over (hence the Boy Band), while the other only has one (and he's Putting the Band Back Together) and is otherwise targeted toward boys. One show has more music production (Big Time Rush) Big Time Rush; First of all, Nickelodeon is a higher rated channel than Disney XD, so it is naturally the more successful show. Likewise, the eponymous group made small dents on Billboard and iTunes while I'm In The Band was canceled in its second season.
The High Fructose Adventures Of Annoying Orange (2009) Fred: The Show (2012) TV adaptations of popular web series which are popular with viewers, hated by critics (and other viewers, of course) and revolve around big-mouthed fast-talkers Fred was broadcast on Nickelodeon which advertises its shows more than Cartoon Network which airs Orange, however it has a larger fanbase. While both received extremely negative reviews, Orange was renewed for a third season whereas Fred was cancelled after its first. It helps that Cartoon Network has lower ratings standards than Nickelodeon. In the end, both shows lose, as Cartoon Network cancelled The Annoying Orange in their continued efforts to put more emphasis on animated original programming and Fred is only remembered as a joke and one of Nickelodeon's many low points in programming choices.
Victorious (2010) Shake it Up (2010) Kid Com, one about a girl at a performing arts school, another about two girls joining each other on a dance show. Both shows usually involve wacky situations. Victorious often involves singing, plays, and other various skits. Shake It Up features a Show Within a Show concept, much like the other Disney/Nick live action matchup. They were about equal ratings-wise (though Victorious seems to be more enjoyed), and Bella Thorne was won an award. In the end, a draw: they both started in 2010 and ended in 2013 with roughly an equal episode count. Both were among each network's top hits when canceled and, according to many of their respective fans, was each taken down in its prime. Both launched a huge teen starlet into the stratosphere (Ariana Grande and Zendaya) and one whose star faded over time (Victoria Justice and Bella Thorne).
Victorious (2010) How To Rock (2012) Two Kid Coms, one about a girl at a performing arts school, the other about an Alpha Bitch who loses her popularity and joins a pop-rock group at her school. Like the above, both shows usually involve wacky situations. As mentioned, Victorious often involves singing, plays, and other various skits, while How To Rock mostly features music and devotes the non-musical scenes to exploring the True Companions relationship between the members of Gravity 5 and Kacey's struggling not to fall back into her old ways. This time, both shows are on the same network, Nickelodeon. Victorious lasted three seasons and was more or less well liked while How To Rock lasted one season only.
Jessie (2011) Sam & Cat (2013) Spiritual Successors of widely popular shows featuring the breakout star(s) of the previous series in her own show playing nannies/babysitters. Jessie is spiritually spun-off from Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck, the precious show of Debby Ryan, while Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat is a legitimate spin-off of both iCarly and Victorious featuring the characters Sam and Cat from each respective show. The shows differ not only in the number of headline stars (one vs. two) but in Jessie focusing entirely on a single family, while Sam & Cat prefers to follow the Wacky Hijinks of the two leads leaving the babysitter premise almost entirely forgotten. Interestingly enough, the leads of each series - Debby Ryan and Jennette McCurdy - are real life friends (at least at one point). Jessies head-start actually means Sam & Cat would have inevitably outlast if it had stuck to its planned schedule due to Disney Channel's policy of renewing a show for no more than four seasons (and only three in most cases). Jessie also had a massive ratings lead in the beginning, frequently reaching the lofty ratings of classic hits like Suite Life on Deck and Victorious - numbers Sam & Cat could only dream of. That was well before Sam & Cat 's actual premiere, however, and both shows settled into similar ratings numbers (both woefully low compared to Jessie's heyday first season and iCarly/Victorious). Critically, both shows also began to do the same - that is to say, not terrifically well, with Sam & Cat being compared palely to its predecessors and Jessie losing critical respect compared to both its earlier self and Suite Life. Sam & Cat sparked some rumors of having a second season, but with 40 episodes already in the can and persistent rumors of the show leads wanting to "move on" there was serious question if Nickelodeon would actually follow through; meanwhile Disney Channel had already picked up Jessie for its fourth and final season. In the end, Jessie won by default - Sam & Cat didn't even finish its 40-episode order for various and unspecified reasons. Jessie also has its own spinoff, Bunk'd, although that show has now lost all but one of its original cast members (including absolutely none of the actors from Jessie, alienating the original series entirely) and appears to be quite low on Disney's radar and in ratings. In a way, both shows have effectively lost.
Lab Rats (2012) Dog with a Blog (2012) 2012 Disney sitcoms about teenagers keeping a very abnormal secret. Both series end with their secrets becoming exposed, to varying levels of success. Lab Rats focuses on bionic teenagers that must keep their special powers a secret for fear of government involvement and publicity. Dog With a Blog focuses on a dog that, aside from owning a blog, can talk. His three owners must keep his secret from their parents and the outside world for fear of, once again, government involvement and publicity. While Dog With A Blog was aimed more toward the younger audience of Disney Channel, Lab Rats was much more popular in all respects and lasted for five seasons compared to the other show's three.
Lab Rats (2012) The Thundermans (2013) Sitcoms about superpowered teenagers. Both shows have been compared to Wizards of Waverly Place, because the shows feature fantasy/sci-fi elements. Lab Rats was actually developed by some of the people who worked on Wizards. The Thundermans obviously has a ratings advantage due to Nick being a more popular channel than Disney XD. However, Lab Rats has a nearly two-year head start and has been much better received than its rival. The Thundermans would go on past the end of Lab Rats, but only lasted for four seasons, as opposed to Disney's five.
Lab Rats (2012) Mighty Med (2013) Normal kid(s) discover a new, unseen world of superpowered people that they must keep secret. Both shows air on Disney XD, and center around normal teenager(s) who discover people with unusual abilities, and befriend them and work closely with them, though Mighty Med adds the concept of a superhero hospital. Their main adult figure is an eccentric. The protagonists' new hero friends have never experienced the human world before, causing wacky hijinks on their first day. As a general premise, they must keep the existence of their superheroics a secret, while protecting the world. Just as Leo, the protagonist of Lab Rats wishes he had bionics, Mighty Med's protagonist also wishes he had superpowers, and both get that fulfilled later in the series due to an accident. Season 4 of Lab Rats starts dueling back by having its own hero institution—a Bionic Academy in place of a superhero hospital. Though Lab Rats is the more popular show on Disney XD, both shows were very well-received and even merged their casts for a spin-off, Lab Rats: Elite Force. Unfortunately, it would only last for one season. In this duel, they went down together.
Crash & Bernstein (2012) Dog with a Blog (2012) Disney sitcoms in which a family learns to live life with a talking non-human member. Crash & Bernstein has a talking puppet join the cast while Dog With a Blog instead involves a talking dog. Another key differences is that while the divorced mother in Crash & Bernstein knows about the talking puppet, the parents of Dog With a Blog are kept in the dark. Notably, both shows premiered within four days of each other in October 2012. Dog With a Blog arguably won. While both shows were poorly received, Dog lasted about a year longer and was on the higher rated main Disney Channel, as opposed to Disney XD like Crash.
Sam & Cat (2013) Lab Rats: Elite Force (2016) A crossover spin-off that merges the casts of two previous hit shows for the channel. Sam and Cat features the eponymous characters from iCarly and Victorious, while Lab Rats: Elite Force was a sequel to the original Lab Rats show that added members of Mighty Med. Both parent shows did a crossover special shortly before the new series (iParty with Victorious and Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med, respectively) involving all the main cast members of both shows. Also, both iCarly and Lab Rats naturally concluded their runs, while Victorious and Mighty Med were each ended prematurely to make way for the spinoff. Both series alienated the fans of each of their parent shows due to retaining little elements from any of them, and because of that, both were ended after a single season. That being said, Sam & Cat arguably wins, as it's on a higher rated network and its parent shows are much better known.
The Thundermans (2013) Mighty Med (2013) Teens cope with a double-life revolving around superheroes. In The Thundermans, the double-life the teens are coping with is themselves being superheroes, while in Mighty Med the teens are merely Secret Keepers through their work at a superhero hospital. The main characters in Mighty Med are trying to protect the hospital from the supervillains who wish to destroy it, while the characters in Thundermans merely want to escape the fame they've earned as famous superheroes (though constantly being pestered by supervillains themselves is also and naturally a major motivation). Mighty Med had a head start; it received positive reviews during its two seasons before being merged with Lab Rats for a crossover show that lasted one season, ending on a cliffhanger. Although Thundermans received mixed reviews, it ended after a fourth season, one, technically two, more than its opponent, and had the structural ratings advantage of Nickelodeon.
Mighty Med (2013) Henry Danger (2014) One or two teenagers get hired to work with superheroes at a top-secret after-school job. Mighty Med focuses on two comic book-loving teenagers who work at a secret hospital for super-heroes (conveniently located inside of a real hospital) who must keep their secret from their friends and parents. Henry Danger replaces the hospital with the underground lab of a super hero (which is very reminiscent of the second lab from Disney's Lab Rats). Henry, the titular character, lands a job as the paid sidekick of a superhero while keeping the secret from his friends, parents, and little sister. Even though Nickelodeon is commonly seen as a more popular network, Mighty Med had a head start, receiving mixed to positive reviews. The reception to Henry Danger was somewhat negative in comparison, but it proved much more popular with the target demographic, despite an embarrassing outing into the world of animation. While Henry Danger is currently renewed for its fifth season, Mighty Med only lasted for two before being incorporated into a Lab Rats spin-off, only giving it a third and final season. In the end, Henry Danger won.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn (2014) Kirby Buckets (2014) Kid Coms about a teenage girl named Dawn who often gets into fights with her brothers. NRDD's Dawn Harper is one of four co-leads on the show, and is the most likely of the four to serve as the protagonist of a given episode. Dawn Buckets, however, isn't the star of her show (that would of course be the titular Kirby), and she flip-flops between being the Deuteragonist and main antagonist of the show. Additionally, despite all the fighting, Harper seems to love her siblings deep down (and vice versa), while Buckets seems to genuinely hate her younger brother (and vice versa). NRDD is a standard multi-camera Kid Com with a Laugh Track, while Kirby Buckets is a faster-paced single-camera show in the vein of Ned's Declassified. NRDD wins. It's on a higher-rated channel, has a one-season and 23-episode lead, and was slightly better received critically. That being said, Kirby Buckets was seen as more unique and daring in its concept, and the single-camera format give it more creative freedom.
100 Things to Do Before High School (2015) Stuck in the Middle (2016) The token "single-camera" sitcom on the respective channel's line-up. Both shows explore the life of a teenage Latina girl as she navigates her crazy life. 100 Things is primarily set at a school (as its name suggests), while Stuck in the Middle focuses more on the life-at-home aspect. 100 Things was spun off of a TV Movie that premiered in 2014, while Stuck in the Middle went straight to the TV show. Stuck in the Middle won, as it got a second season, whereas 100 Things was axed after its first season.
Game Shakers (2015) Bizaardvark (2016) Kid Com that revolves around two teenage girls (one a Latina and the other whom wears glasses) whose creative online ideas get them involved in a multimedia startup company. In Game Shakers, Babe and Kenzie create an popular mobile game, and after a rapper invests in them start up a new gaming business together. The similarly named Paige and Frankie from Bizaardvark, meanwhile, are "Vuuugle" stars who get accepted into the company's studios after becoming popular on the internet. A tie. Both shows were on the air for exactly three seasons. Game Shakers began first and ended later, but Bizaardvark has a two-episode lead over it. Both were solid hits for their channel despite poor critical reception.
Andi Mack (2017) I Am Frankie (2017) Episodic, Kid Com and Teen Drama hybrids, both always ending in cliffhangers and both lacking a Laugh Track. Andi takes place in middle school and is more down to earth, while Frankie is about a robot and takes place in high school. While both are popular enough, Andi wins due to having higher ratings and better audience reception, especially considering its handling of progressive LGBT and feminist themes. Frankie's ratings are decent for the most part, and while it's not without fans, some have derided it for supposedly being a copy of fellow Nickelodeon show My Life as a Teenage Robot or Small Wonder. Additionally, as a result of Nick's declining audiences brought on by unpopular moves, this series remains pretty obscure. Andi Mack may have wrapped up after three seasons, but it is doubtful that Frankie will win.
Knight Squad (2018) Coop & Cami Ask the World (2018) The network’s big return to the Kid Com game after a taking two-year hiatus. Both Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel took a break from making non-sequel Kid Coms after massive backlash against the genre. Nick’s last outing got panned for not living up to its source material, and Disney’s got overshadowed by the controversies surrounding star Jake Paul (and later, his older brother Logan Paul). Since then, the networks have focused on drama shows (Andi Mack, I Am Frankie), sequel shows (Raven's Home), serial episodic series (The Other Kingdom, Legendary Dudas) and foreign imports (Hunter Street, The Lodge). Too early to tell.

    Crime Drama 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Weeds (2005-2012) Breaking Bad (2008-2013) Premium cable dark dramedies about middle-aged people turning to drug-dealing following a personal tragedy Weeds is about a widowed soccer mom who deals pot, while Breaking Bad is about a chemistry teacher dying of lung cancer who cooks crystal meth. Also, while Weeds started out as a Black Comedy before it underwent Cerebus Syndrome, Breaking Bad was very dark from the beginning... and things only got more bleak from there. Both shows are critically acclaimed, though Breaking Bad has higher ratings and a much longer list of awards under its belt, while Weeds had eight seasons to its credit (versus Breaking Bad's five). The real winners here are TV viewers for getting two great shows. That being said, Breaking Bad is nowadays far better known than Weeds, so it's safe to say it won in the long run.
Thief (2006) Heist (2006) Glamourous gangster drama. Subtle character drama vs. glitzy action series. Neither — both shows had single-digit episode counts; Thief was a miniseries that never saw renewal, though it did win Andre Braugher an Emmy.
Leverage (2008) White Collar (2009) Skilled and rather flamboyant thief/thieves are recruited by the good guys to create some Asshole Victims. The difference is with their employers — Leverage’s Nate is initially out for revenge and then takes up the charge to fight evil himself while White Collar’s Con Man is employed by the government. The audience. While White Collar technically run longer and had one season more (six as opposed to five), Leverage had more episodes per season and therefore overall only four episodes less (77 vs. 83). Both shows were successes for their respective network and both managed to go out on a high note.
Boardwalk Empire (2010) Mob City (2013) Fictionalized chronicle of the rise of organized crime in America during the first half of the 20th century, inspired by a non-fiction book: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City and L.A. Noir: The struggle for the soul of America's most seductive city, respectively. Boardwalk takes place in the East Coast and Chicago during the 1920s and has a corrupt politician turned gangster as main character; City takes place in Los Angeles and Las Vegas during the 1940s and has a crooked cop as main character. Real mobsters and other historical figures appear as secondary characters, two of whom (Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel) are shared by both shows. Boardwalk has many Shout Outs to The Godfather, while City draws inspiration from Film Noir. Boardwalk Empire was already in its 4th season (and greenlighted for a fifth) when Mob City was born and promptly Screwed by the Network, with only 6 episodes being filmed and aired in couples over three weeks in December. Unenthusiastic following and reviews heralded its non-renewal two months later.
American Crime (2015) American Crime Story (2016)

Law & Order: True Crime (2017)
Crime anthology series set in America. All follow one different crime case per season, although the crimes in AC are fictional while the crimes in ACS' and L&O:TC are dramatizations of real cases. TBA

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Real People (1979) That's Incredible! (1980) Shows featuring the weird and wacky side of humanity. Think a late-1970s/early 1980s version of America's Funniest Home Videos meets what you would normally find on Ripley's Believe It or Not! NBC's Real People debuted in 1979 and was a smash hit. ABC's Thats Incredible came out next year and looked eerily similar. The similarity between these two shows was even parodied in a MAD Magazine satire titled "That's Real Incredible, People!", and by a SNL sketch called Real Incredible People. NBC's original was primarily devoted to humorous real-world absurdity, a la Dave Barry's columns; ABC's knockoff, attempting more of a Ripley's Believe It or Not! flavor, quickly became a bastion of pseudoscience. Both ended in 1984. Real People lasted longer, though That's Incredible! had a later spin-off called Incredible Sunday. Neither aged well at all and are both looked at as quaint and non-shocking years later.
Unsolved Mysteries (1987) Rescue 911 (1989) Shows featuring recreations of real life crime scenarios peppered with talking head interviews, hosted and narrated by guys who were on cop shows and in the Airplane! movies. NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, hosted by Robert Stack, debuted in 1987; CBS's Rescue 911, hosted by William Shatner, debuted two years later. Though they both featured recreations of real life events, Mysteries' stories were scarier and more ominous, included paranormal storiesnote , and was filmed on film stock; whereas Rescue usually featured happy endings, non-paranormal stories, and was filmed on videotape. Both shows were popular in their day, and are well-remembered today. Rescue ended in 1996; Mysteries chugged along through a series of Channel Hops until 2002, then had a brief revival from 2008-2010 with Dennis Farina as host. Reruns of each show still air, and though Mysteries has far more rerun visibility as of 2018, a revival of Rescue is reportedly in the works.
E True Hollywood Story (1996) Behind The Music (1997, Original Run) Weekly documentaries on the ups and downs of past and present celebrities from the entertainment world. Both debuted in the 1996-1997 period, THS covered a wider range of celebrities than BTM (which focused on the music industry), as well leaning more towards the sensationalistic (The first regular episode of THS focused on the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer of the sitcom My Sister Sam and porn stars and reality show stars are often highlighted. Also, "THS" sometimes focuses on the casts of TV shows and movies rather than just one celebritynote ). THS has been going strong since its debut. BTM had a three-year hiatus from 2006-2009 and produced only a handful of new episodes since. THS is a bit more popular, but ''BTM" has a better reputation treating its subjects more respectfully.
Top Gear (2002) Fifth Gear (2002) British motoring programme. Both started in 2002 as attempts to relaunch The BBC’s original Top Gear.note  Channel Five planned to acquire the name and relaunch the programme as was, but The BBC wouldn’t sell. In the end, Fifth Gear employed a similar title, along with the magazine format and several of the original show’s presenters. Half a year later, the BBC relaunched Top Gear with a revamped "automotive fun and games with the lads" format, and much slicker production. Since the duel started in 2002, they’ve kept roughly level pegging on episode and series numbers. However, Top Gear rose to become one of the most watched shows in the world. Fifth Gear didn’t, doing little to improve Channel Five’s disappointing viewing figures, and had to fend off cancellation in 2009.
Survivorman (2004) Man vs. Wild (2006) A host demonstrates survival techniques by stranding himself in varying wildernesses. Both are shown on the Discovery Channel. The most notable difference is that Wild tends to have many more "stunt" oriented segments, and takes many more unnecessary risks than Survivorman does (to show it can be done if necessary). Both avoid direct competition with each other by having one air new episodes while the other is still filming. Man also has a camera and safety crew on hand, and is occasionally staged, while Survivorman shoots the footage himself. Man by default, with Les Stroud deciding to move on to other projects. Both were about equal in ratings and fan following.
The First 48 (2004) The Shift (2008) True Crime shows merging COPS and Homicide: Life on the Street The First 48 covers two cases from different cities like Miami, Dallas, and Memphis. The Squad follows the Indianapolis PD's Homicide squad exclusively, going more in depth with the cases. The Shift lasted 13 episodes while The First 48 has lasted 13 years and counting.
Man vs. Wild (2006) Wild Recon (2010) See above. For once, Wild Recon is actually on a different network this time — specifically, Animal Planet, for some reason. Wild Recon is also quite a bit closer to Man vs. Wild than Survivorman was, especially after Man vs. Wild's slight Retool. Wild Recon was canceled after six episodes after receiving official complaints from the governments of Australia and Sri Lanka about its host, Donald Schultz. Schultz was eventually busted selling endangered animals illegally.
Human Weapon (2007, History Channel) Fight Quest (2007, Travel Channel) A pair of American professional fighters travel the world to observe and study various combat styles. The episode ends with one of the duo facing off against a master of that episode's spotlight fighting style. Quest would have its duo split up and train with separate groups of practitioners and focused equally on the culture surrounding the art as the art itself. Weapon focused more on the combat style itself and the science behind the techniques. Both shows lasted less than thirty episodes, both cancelled in 2008.
Life After People (2008) Aftermath: Population Zero (2008) Documentaries that answer the question, "How would the Earth survive if ever the day comes that the human race goes extinct?" Just about the only thing preventing outright intellectual infringement is the fact that both shows are documentaries based on a general concept that's not even original to either show (cashing in on the "what would happen if humans vanish?" craze due to the book "The World Without Us" the previous year) though Aftermath features humans disappearing Rapture-style while Life After People goes out of its way to stay mum on the subject The National Geographic Channel's Aftermath: Population Zero remained a one-time special, but after The History Channel execs discovered that Life After People was literally their highest-rated program ever (until surpassed by Pawn Stars), they immediately approved a series version.
Unsung (2008, TV One) Behind The Music (2009, VH1) In-depth looks at the early lives and careers of famous musical acts, featuring commentary from friends, family and co-workers wherever possible. The revived BTM skews more towards the TMZ crowd in its subjects (Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott), as opposed to the previous series where the focus was mostly on legendary music acts. Unsung focuses on the Contemporary R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop worlds, as well as skewing far more obscure than BTM (TV One being geared for a far older audience) To early to tell a winner, but BTM has a massive advantage in both audience (VH-1 being in far more homes than TV One) and name recognition.
I Survived... (2009, Bio) I'm Alive (2009, Animal Planet) Ordinary people relate their tales of near-death Survived focuses on accidents and surviving murder attempts. Alive deals with animal atacks. Both are guaranteed to either make you feel depressed and hopeless after watching them, or strangely enough, inspired and hopeful, given that no matter how horrible these people's ordeals are, they do make it through.
Surviving Disaster (2009, Spike) Worst Case Scenario (2010, Discovery) Ex-special forces teaches the audience how to survive unexpected disasters in an urban environment. SD cast ex-Navy Seal Cade Courtley to do Man vs. Wild in an urban environment. WCS brought back Man vs. Wild host Bear Grylls to do SD on a lower scale (e.g. SD premieres with a plane hijacking modeled on 9/11, WCS with a burning vehicle). Both lasted one season.
Hoarders (2009, A&E) Hoarding: Buried Alive (2010, TLC) Documentary series about compulsive hoarders Hoarders chronicles the effort to professionally clean an entire home and to provide mental health services for the homeowners. Hoarding focuses less on the home and more on the disorder itself. Cleaning services are provided by the subject's friends and family. Hoarders broke A&E's ratings records when it premiered and had a one year head start.
Dual Survival (2010) Man Woman Wild (2010)
Naked and Afraid (2013)
Man vs. Wild meets The Odd Couplenote  Dual involves two survival experts of vastly different backgrounds and philosophies (One is an ex-military hunter, the other is a hardcore naturalist). Man Woman involves an ex-military survival expert and his wife, an actress and field reporter. Naked, finally, drops one male and one female survivalists, that are stranger to each other, in a tropical location and watches them struggle to survive for 21 days. In their birth suits. All are ongoing and have good ratings and fan followings.
Dinosaur Revolution (2011) Planet Dinosaur (2011) SFX-heavy dinosaur documentaries Released in 2011 around the summer to autumn transition, the first is a story- and character-driven but half-finished animated series-turned-docu by the Discovery Channel, the second a serious and science-heavy Creator/BBC show. Revolution focused a lot on gags and shout outs and was more experimental in nature, Planet was a genuine documentary. Both received mixed reviews by the online paleo-community, but they seem to be tied, being enjoyed or disliked for different reasons, although the animal restorations of Revolution were far better liked. Overall, Planet did have an edge due to its more scientific and serious approach, whereas Revolution was met with general puzzlement and spawned a critically panned theatrical recut.
Homicide Hunter (2011-) I Am Homicide (2016-) Both are Investigation Discovery series featuring a highly successful retired homicide detective narrating the stories of the many crimes he solved in his career. The formats are identical—the detective speaks directly to the camera as he recalls his cases and is played by younger actor in flashbacks. The only differences are the race of the detective (Caucasian vs. African-American, respectively), the locale (Colorado vs. North Carolina, respectively), and the amount of cases (nearly 400 as opposed to nearly 700, respectively). With their very similar titles, it's easy to even mistake one for the other when talking about either. Homicide Hunter debuted in 2011, I Am Homicide in 2016. It's likely that the success of the first show spurred the creation of the second. So far, Homicide Hunter has the edge, but quite possibly only because it's the more established show.

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Charmed (1998) Young people battle the forces of evil in California. Both were hits for The WB network. Hot female witches were involved. The characters on Buffy were high school and, later, college kids, while on Charmed, the Halliwell sisters were all adults. Buffy ran for seven seasons, had a successful spinoff that ran for five, and is today revered as one of the greatest shows of The Nineties. Charmed ran for eight seasons and garnered better ratings than Buffy both then and nownote , but is typically viewed as more kitschy, often associated with the behind-the-scenes struggles between Shannen Doherty and the rest of the cast. Both shows remain Cult Classics, though.
Joan of Arcadia (2003) Wonderfalls (2004) Short-lived Magic Realism Dramedies, each featuring a Weirdness Magnet heroine, who's stuck in a dead-end job and starts hearing voices telling her to do things. Both premiered in the same year. Wonderfalls was canceled after one season (thanks to the FOX Network), while Joan managed to last a couple of seasons before Executive Meddling wrecked it. But really, both were good shows that got killed off, meaning that the real losers are the fans of both shows.
Ghost Whisperer (2005) Medium (2005) Supernaturally-enhanced crime dramas. The former sees ghosts; the latter has premonitions. Both are backed by "acclaimed" psychics. Medium started on NBC although it was produced by CBS. Whisperer began on CBS. When NBC cancelled Medium, CBS picked it up and put on the same night back-to-back with Whisperer. Moved from Dueling Shows to complementary shows. After one season together, CBS axed Whisperer but retained Medium.
Supernatural (2005) Night Stalker (2005) A pair of humans investigate paranormal and demonic activity while looking for clues about a particular demon. Night Stalker, a remake of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, starred Dorian Gray and was canceled after one season. Supernatural is still around and torturing its two leads for our viewing pleasure.
Supernatural (2005) Reaper (2007) Supernatural dramas focusing on hunting monsters from hell. Both aired on The CW at the same time, with Reaper premiering during Supernatural's third season. Reaper replied on comedic elements more heavily than Supernatural, which was much darker and gritty, and focused more on drama. While both have strong, cult followings, Reaper lasted only two seasons, while Supernatural just got renewed for an eleventh season.
Blood Ties (2007) Moonlight (2007) Short-lived Vampire Detective Series. The similarities are probably more due to the nature of the genre rather than direct copying. Neither lasted more than a season. The lessons learned were applied to the later Vampire Diaries to much better success.
True Blood (2008) The Vampire Diaries (2009) Based on a book/series, featuring the attraction between a[n apparently] human woman and two vampires. Diaries' two vampires are brothers, and the older one wants to kill the apparently human woman because she resembles the vampire who sired them; while True Blood is an ensemble show that focuses more on vampire "culture" at large. Plus, True Blood being on HBO means it can be more liberal in the sex, violence and general edginess department. Ratings between network and paid HBO are difficult to compare. Also, the reviews seem to mirror each other: Diaries is lauded as a show that is not as kitschy as its marketing, while True Blood bathes in its kitsch, to its benefit. The Vampire Diaries has a larger fanbase, so there's still that.
Merlin (2008) Camelot (2011) A series based on the stories of King Arthur featuring a Mr. Fanservice actor playing Merlin and a beautiful, non-British, Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette actress playing evil sorceress Morgan(a). Merlin is based around a cast of mostly young unknowns while the cast of Camelot is older and more famous (Colin Morgan vs Joseph Fiennes and Katie McGrath vs Eva Green.) Merlin is unashamedly High Fantasy aimed at family viewing while Camelot is a Darker and Edgier Low Fantasy. Merlin finished its run after five seasons and there is talk of spinoff movies,while Camelot was cancelled after ten episodes.
Camelot (2011) Game of Thrones (2011) R-rated premium cable series heavy on medieval political intrigue with an "adult" take on the Medieval Fantasy genre Again, Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin's, while Camelot is based on the Arthurian legends. Just like Merlin, Game of Thrones blew Camelot out of the water.
Once Upon a Time (2011) Grimm (2011) The basic premise of both is that the characters live in the modern world and Fairy Tales are real. Grimm (airing on NBC), despite the name, focuses more on general folklore than on fairy tales specific to The Brothers Grimm, while Once Upon A Time (airing on ABC) covers the whole spectrum of famous fairy tales, leaning towards those associated with Disney, which owns ABC, but also other literature such as Frankenstein, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, King Arthur and Robin Hood. Grimm is also darker and more like Supernatural, with the main character hunting the fairy tale creatures, while Once Upon A Time, while still a drama, is usually much lighter, considering the network airing it (ABC) and the company making the show (Disney). More specifically, Grimm is a police procedural with Monster of the Week episodes, while Once is more of a soap opera with fantasy elements. Both shows are doing well by the standards of their respective networks. While Grimm's ratings are significantly lower than Once Upon a Time's, it airs on Friday and performs pretty well for a Friday show; it also airs on NBC, which has much lower standards for ratings. Once Upon a Time is one of ABC's most popular shows, and it even spawned a short-lived miniseries spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, after its second season.
The Leftovers (2014) The Returned (2015) Drama ensues when a mysterious event causes the dis/appearance of loved ones. The Returned is about dead people (sometimes long-dead) who reappear looking and feeling the same as when they died; The Leftovers is about how the disappearance of 2% of earth's population affects the remaining 98% in one town in particular (it isn't pretty). Both shows are still ongoing.
The Shannara Chronicles (2016) Shadowhunters (2016) Teen-oriented fantasy shows based on popular book series that premiered within a week of each other in 2016. The Shannara Chronicles airs on MTV, is rooted in pure High Fantasy (albeit with After the End undertones), and is based on Terry Brooks' Shannara books, which were not originally written for teens. Shadowhunters, meanwhile, is an Urban Fantasy show that airs on Freeform, and is based on Cassandra Clare's explicitly YA-oriented The Mortal Instruments books. Both shows got mixed reviews from critics, though if IMDb and Metacritic user scores are anything to go by, Shannara seems to have received a better reception from viewers so far. Stay tuned.

    Game Show 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The Price Is Right (1956-65 run) Say When!! (1961) Contestants vie for prizes by not exceeding their value. Price used a modified auction format; Say When!! had two contestants selecting prizes and trying not to exceed a target value. Both were Goodson-Todman products; Say When!! had a decent three-year run, but Price wins by virtue of its tenure and for spawning an even more successful revival in 1972 which is still on the air.
Tic-Tac-Dough (1956) The Hollywood Squares (1965) Contestants vie to create three in a row on a magnified tic-tac-toe board. Tic Tac Dough was a straight-forward quiz game; Hollywood Squares employed celebrities giving answers with contestants determining if the celebrity is right or wrong. Hard to tell. Both shows were subject to some sort of controversy ( the original TTD for giving answers to contestants, Squares for briefing celebrities about answers, which Mark Goodson found tantamount to cheating), but both shows also have multiple revivals.
Password (1961) You Don't Say! (1963-69 run)

The Object Is (1963)
Two teams of celebrity/civilian players identify subjects based on clues. Password used words identified with one-word clues. You Don't Say! used names of famous people and places identified using sentences with the last word left off with that word sounding like part of the name. The Object Is combined the name identification of YDS with the clue-giving of Password. Both clones were rather blatant; the set-up of YDS was so similar to Password that Goodson-Todman threatened to sue, with YDS acquiescing by moving Tom Kennedy's host podium to the viewers' left. Password easily. While YDS is still remembered, it attempted two revivals in the 70s, neither lasting very long. Password has been done over many times since its 1961 premiere. Meanwhile, The Object Is never got revived and is only known nowadays for being Dick Clark's first game show, although unlike the other two, its entire run has surprisingly survived.
Password (1961) Pyramid (1973) Two teams of celebrity/civilian players identify subjects based on clues. Password used words identified with one-word clues; Pyramid – also created by Bob Stewart, a former Goodson-Todman executive who now was overseeing his own company – expanded the clue giving by allowing the clue-giver to use phrases, complete sentences … anything short of giving the actual answer itself. Arguably, a tie. Although Password was in its original format into the 1970s, was married to "guess the master puzzle" by the end of the decade and remained a success, Pyramid would become a huge success in its own right, particularly when the rules and judging on what clues were acceptable became stricter and gameplay became more tense and outstanding. The end game for Pyramid became far more critically acclaimed than the simple "Lightning Round"/"Alphabetics" seen on Password.
Match Game (1962, CBS) Rhyme and Reason (1975, ABC) Two contestants predict how a panel of six celebrities complete funny phrases. Match Game used fill-in-the-blanks while Rhyme And Reason used couplets from poems that the celebrity panel had to complete for contestants to score points. Match Game broke — and then rewrote — the rules for game show comedy. Rhyme And Reason had its moments but only ran one year. Match Game wins, having run six years on CBS, three more in syndication, and four to date on ABC.
Match Game (1962, CBS) Blankety Blanks (1975, ABC) Two contestants compete to fill in funny fill-in-the-blank puns. Match Game used a simple fill-in-the-blank format while Blankety Blanks married the concept with a "master puzzle." Match Game's open-ended fill-in-the-blanks led to unpredictable results, and some of game show's most hilarious moments. The confusing format of Blankety Blanks (a rare whiff from Bob Stewart, who brought us Pyramid and other hit game shows of the 1970s) guaranteed the show's cancellation after just 10 weeks. Although to make things a little more confusing, Blankety Blank is the name of the UK version of Match Game.
Let's Make a Deal (1963) The Price Is Right (1972-current run) Contestants use consumer/pricing knowledge – and skill – to win prizes. In 1963, LMaD debuted, testing contestants on playing hunches and their willingness to risk their current winnings on hopefully winning more ... or losing it all by getting a "zonk" (a worthless, nonsense prize). Very early in LMaD's run, games of pricing skill were added, for instance, asking a contestant to select an item that was worth an announced price, or pricing a row of items in order from cheapest to most expensive. Each program ended with a Big Deal of the Day, which generally had the show's most expensive prizes – or, most lavish grouping therein. The original TPiR was overhauled in 1972 by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, taking the original basic premise of contestants guessing the actual retail price of a given item, adding a variety of pricing games that were based on skill and luck (similar to LMaD's skill-based games). Each episode concluded with a Showcase round, where contestants bid on two final prize packages (one apiece, being the closest on his own showcase without going over). Arguably, a tie. Both shows currently air on TV as the only daytime network game shows (and on the same network at that; they are now sister shows).
Let's Make a Deal (1963) The New Treasure Hunt (1973) Contestants use their hunches to win prizes. Both LMaD (created by longtime host Monty Hall) and Treasure Hunt (the 1970s and 1980s runs, produced by The Gong Show creator Chuck Barris and hosted by Geoff Edwards) had the same basic premise: testing contestants on playing hunches and their willingness to risk their current winnings on hopefully winning more ... or losing it all by getting a a worthless, nonsense prize. On LMaD, it was called a "zonk," while Treasure Hunt referred to these items as a "klunk." The major difference was that Treasure Hunt had the contestants view – or more often than not, participate in – a skit that made them think they had lost, then won, then lost ... and so forth, until the final outcome was revealed. Also, Treasure Hunt had a top prize of $25,000 (up to $50,000 in the 1981 run); LMaD for awhile added an All or Nothing top prize of $20,000 in addition to Big Deal winnings. LMaD, although Treasure Hunt has remained a cult favorite, and was well received for host Geoff Edwards' hosting duties.
The Price Is Right (1972-current run) Bargain Hunters (1987) Contestants use consumer/pricing knowledge – and skill – to win prizes. TPiR was created in 1956 by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, under the basic premise of contestants guessing the actual retail price of a given item. The original program continued in this format through 1965, and was revamped into today's best-known format, where a variety of pricing games, based on skill and luck, are played. Each episode concluded with a Showcase round, where contestants bid on two final prize packages (one apiece, being the closest on his own showcase without going over). Bargain Hunters was created in 1987 by Merrill Heatter (best known for creating The Hollywood Squares), and patterned its own pricing-type games around the new home-shopping network fad. The Price is Right. Bargain Hunters was critically panned as a complete ripoff of TPiR, and lasted 45 episodes. Host Peter Tomarken (best known for Press Your Luck) was so disgusted by the finished product that, for the rest of his life, refused to talk about his experiences on that show (he was reported to have called the show "a piece of shit".)
The Superstars (1973) Battle Of The Network Stars (1976) Celebrities compete against each other in different athletic competitions. Superstars featured athletes from all over the sporting map (Olympics, MLB, NFL, boxing, etc). Battle featured teams of stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC competing against each other. Battle aired from 1976 to 1985 on ABC, with a brief revival attempt in 1988. Superstars had three different runs on ABC (1973-1984, 1991-1994, 1998-2002), one on NBC (1985-1990) and a one year run on CBS (2003). A half-celebrities, half-athletes hybrid version of Superstars ran on ABC in 2009.
Double Dare (1986) Fun House (1988) Children answer questions and compete in stunts that get them Covered in Gunge. Double Dare is basically Beat the Clock with a quiz element. Fun House is a Double Dare with only three stunts and the obstacle course replaced with a grand prix and the Fun House. Fun House closed its doors in 1991. Double Dare ran for seven years with revivals in 2000 and 2018, and is usually the first name that comes to mind in the field of kids' game shows. So Double Dare takes the gak-covered crown here.
Remote Control (1987) Couch Potatoes (1989) Contestants' knowledge of TV trivia is tested in a comedic format. Remote Control premiered as MTV's first venture out of music videos and featured three individual contestants — usually college students — competing in an oversized basement in hopes of avoiding being thrown "Off the Air". Couch Potatoes was a syndicated program featuring two teams of three (usually older) contestants each competing in an oversized living room in hopes of avoiding being "cancelled". Remote Control premiered a year and a half before Couch Potatoes and was still on the air well after Couch Potatoes folded — on both MTV and in syndication, with contestants in the Couch Potatoes age bracket also competing on the syndicated version.
Win, Lose or Draw (1987) Pictionary (1997) "Picture charades" game. Although Win, Lose or Draw came on the air before its rival, the Pictionary board game predated both. Fast Draw, a 1968 game hosted by Johnny Gilbert, predated that. And even going back further was The Rebus Game, a 1965 show hosted by Jack Linkletter where contestants had to draw out syllables to names and phrases. On TV, Win, Lose or Draw wins for lasting three seasons (two on NBC) followed by a one-season revival, as opposed to Pictionary’s two (both in syndication, and one of which was a children's show). In the board game world, Pictionary wins; it has been produced for decades longer than the year or two a Win, Lose or Draw Home Game was offered.
Robot Wars (1998) BattleBots (2000) Demoliton Derby with tricked-out, remote controlled robots. BattleBots actually was created to compete with the British version of the original Robot Wars. Robot Wars was strictly about the robot-on-robot violence. BattleBots tried to emphasize the human element — with more time given to competitor backstory and announcer wackiness. BattleBots debuted near the end of Robot Wars' run, so they went out at about the same time. Robot Wars is much more fondly remembered. 'Bots is remembered mostly for Jaime Hyneman, Adam Savage and Grant Imahara being competitors. BattleBots was revived in 2015, with Robot Wars returning the following year, so the duel is set to resume.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1999) Greed (1999) A multiple-choice exam where the money goes up as the questions get harder. Millionaire has quite a few people becoming millionaires; Greed had a person becoming a millionaire (and not even claiming the show's top prize, at that; only one person actually played the top question, and lost on the last answer). That's how hard Greed was! Greed got labeled by some people as a Millionaire ripoff, lasted one season and was abruptly canceled at the end of the season, eventually disappearing to GSN's airwaves (host Chuck Woolery rebounded with Lingo on that network). Millionaire had a successful run on ABC, and lasted 17 years in syndication (albeit with a radically altered format derided by many).
The Weakest Link (2000) Friend or Foe (2002) Antagonistic game show that whittles down team members round by round. Snarky host. Friend or Foe is the more savage of the two, because while Weakest Link guarantees that one player leaves with money, it was a distinct possibility that nobody could win anything on Friend or Foe. The gimmickry didn't provide for particularly long runs for Friend or Foe, so Weakest Link wins.
The Chamber (2002) The Chair (2002) Kimodameshi Game Shows in which contestants were tortured while answering questions. The Chamber was perhaps more torturous; The Chair had a better known host. Neither American version lasted 10 episodes, both beaten by the far less stressful Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
The Chase (2006) Pointless (2009) British game shows broadcast in the teatime slot by dueling channels ITV and BBC1. Actually have their ratings compared on Wikipedia and forums for some reason. The Chase has contestants compete against a quiz genius in speed rounds. Pointless asks contestants to suggest the least popular answers to surveys for points. Quite hard to tell. Both are extremely popular and well regarded online and offline, and they tend to get very similar ratings. However, it seems like The Chase is just that bit more popular, usually getting the slightly higher audience figures (eg about 2.4 million compared to 2.2 million for Pointless), with the exception of a couple of weeks noted on the other wiki articles.
The Singing Bee (2007) Don’t Forget the Lyrics (2007) Karaoke Game Show. In a double duel, NBC announced Singing Bee for fall 2007. FOX rushed the ripoff into production for summer 2007, which led NBC to announce an earlier start date before casting a host or taping an episode. The shows premiered on consecutive nights in July 2007. DFTL! has one contestant and an overall format echoing other big money game shows, whereas SB has multiple contestants in an elimination format, much like a spelling bee. Don't Forget the Lyrics! lasted three seasons on FOX before being canceled, while Singing Bee lasted only one season on NBC. The former went into syndication for a season, and the latter got Uncanceled when it moved to a Country Music-oriented version on CMT. Singing Bee, which has outlasted both of Lyrics ' cancellations.
The Chase (2009) Revenge of the Egghead (2014) British game shows where teams attempt to defeat quiz geniuses for large amounts of money. Unlike Eggheads, both of these involve the team going against a single opponent, and they're by dueling channels ITV and The BBC The Chase has Mark Labett, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha and Shaun Wallace, Revenge of the Egghead just has CJ de Mooi. Additionally, some other differences include the individual rounds (The Chase has a game board players have to clear, Revenge of the Egghead has a lives system) and the final chase. (The Chase has players set a target for the Chaser, Revenge of the Egghead has CJ set the target for the team.) Given that the latter is fairly new at the moment, it's hard to tell which is going to win 'yet'. However, popular opinion online seems to be that The Chase is generally the better show based on the hosts and quiz brains being more likeable, with Egghead's CJ coming across as a kind of unpleasant character in the BBC's show.
Figure It Out (2012) Win, Lose Or Draw (2014) Teen/tween celebrity performers help other teen/tweens win prizes in a guessing game. The latest incarnation of FiO is the latest game show offering from Nickelodeon, once a stalwart of teen/tween-themed game shows; WLoD likewise is the latest incarnation to be hosted by Disney Channel (and not the first on that network, either). In WLoD the celebrity guests are actively trying to help their fellow contestants win prizes, while in FiO the celebrity guests are actively working against the guest contestant winning (though at the same time, they're helping random live audience members win prizes). Due to the long inertia to get WLoD on the air, FiO had already been sadly canceled and aired its final episode long before WLoD finally premiered. Not that that automatically makes WLoD the winner; it terribly underperformed on its "sneak peek" premiere, suggesting that the days of the teen game show may long be over.
Win, Lose or Draw (2014) Web Heads (2014) Guessing game shows on kids' networks. Web Heads, hosted by Carlos Pena-Vega Jr. of Big Time Rush fame, is the first new Nickelodeon game show since the cancellation of Figure it Out and will be dueling with Win, Lose or Draw almost by default. The series will feature contestants trying to predict the outcomes of viral videos. It's far too early to tell, but it may be an easy early battle as WLoD's ratings are barely sustainable. That said, neither was Web Heads.

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987) Freddy's Nightmares (1988) Horror Anthology show vaguely related to a famous Slasher Movie series Friday the 13th had no real connections to the films other than the name while Freddy's Nightmares actually had Robert Englund reprising his role as Freddy Krueger acting as a host and appearing in a few episodes. Friday the 13th ran for three seasons while Freddy's Nightmares lasted two.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990) Goosebumps (1995) Horror anthologies aimed at children. Goosebumps adapted most of its stories from the book series of the same name. Are You Afraid of the Dark? had (mostly) original contentnote  and also had a Framing Device of a circle of friends telling stories around a campfire. Both shows were very popular among kids during the 90's and are both fondly remembered to this day. However, AYAOTD had better production values and scarier episodes, so that show wins.
The X-Files (1993) Baywatch Nights (its second season, 1996) Detective investigates crimes caused by paranormal phenomena. The X-Files is an original series. Baywatch Nights was a Baywatch Spin-Off that started as a beach-themed P.I. Show somewhat reminiscent of Miami Vice before producer/star David Hasselhoff ordered a massive paranormal Retool to cash on the popularity of The X-Files at the time. Yet still remained beach-themed. The X-Files redefined television drama and lasted nine seasons. Baywatch Nights was cancelled at the end of its bizarre season and today it is rare to find someone who believes such show existed, let alone watched it (and if they have heard of it, it's mostly to make fun of how boneheaded it was).
The Walking Dead (2010) American Horror Story (2011) Prime-time adult horror shows on basic cable. Dead is about a Zombie Apocalypse and is jam-packed with blood and guts, while Horror Story features a more diverse set of horror scenarios (a Haunted House in the first season, a Bedlam House in the second) and focuses more on the screwing (both mental and physical). Both shows have been record-setting smash hits for their respective networks (AMC and FX, respectively), with consistent critical acclaim (in their earlier seasons, at least). The real winners are the viewers finally finding a good horror series to watch on TV. Still, The Walking Dead is a much more well-known show than American Horror Story, and dwarfs it in social media impact.
The Walking Dead (2010) Z Nation (2014) Shows about the Zombie Apocalypse. The Walking Dead airs on AMC and is the Darker and Edgier of the two shows, and benefits from an established fanbase due to it being an adaptation of a comic by Robert Kirkman, while Z Nation airs on Syfy and is an original series made by The Asylum. In terms of first-run ratings and in being a household name, The Walking Dead is the clear winner as it's much more of a critical darling. However, Z Nation has been getting a push from Netflix, and is heavily pirated. While it's unlikely Z Nation can ever overtake The Walking Dead, only time will tell whether or not it can hold its own.
American Horror Story: Coven (2013) Witches of East End (2013) Shows about covens of witches in the modern day. Coven airs on FX and is the Darker and Edgier of the two shows, while East End airs on Lifetime and is based on a novel by Melissa de la Cruz. Coven, being part of the American Horror Story franchise, will undoubtedly be the shorter-lived of the two, as each season of that show is a self-contained story while East End has already been renewed for a second season. However, as part of that popular franchise, Coven easily gets more exposure than East End. Coven wins in terms of critical and ratings success, though East End has also been a hit for Lifetime in both regards.
The Following (2013) Hannibal (2013) Dark, violent tales of imprisoned serial killers and the FBI agents forced to interact with them. The former includes a pastiche of all sorts of well-known killers both real and fictional, including the main character of the latter. The Following had generally much better ratings, despite drops during seasons 2 and 3, and got renewed early twice, while Hannibal was on the bubble for its entire existence. Hannibal, on the other hand, has a ridiculously devoted fanbase, and incredibly strong support from critics (Season 2 has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes), which The Following doesn't have (47% on Rotten Tomatoes for season 2). Since both shows were cancelled after three seasons, Hannibal wins solely for having much more acclaim than The Following.
Hannibal (2013, NBC) Clarice (TBA, Lifetime) Shows based on Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series. The titles are indicative; Clarice was to focus on the titular agent Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy, while Hannibal was made by Bryan Fuller and is about the cannibal Serial Killer and his relationship with FBI criminal profiler Will Graham. Clarice was announced as under development in 2012, then promptly disappeared and was presumed dead. Hannibal made it three seasons. Clarice reemerged under development for CBS in 2020, but with a somewhat different concept and long past the chance to duel with Hannibal.
Hannibal (2013, NBC) Bates Motel (2013, A&E) Shows based on classic psychological horror films — coincidentally, both of whose iconic villain was played by an actor named Anthony. Hannibal is a prequel, while Bates Motel is a re-magined Origin Story about Norman's formative years. Both are set in the present day. A push, pretty much. Both Bates Motel and Hannibal have gotten favorable reviews, strong ratings, and second seasons.
The Following (2013) Cult (2013) Murderous cults being investigated and weeded out, the former by the FBI (led by Kevin Bacon), and the latter by a blogger whose brother may have been one of the cult's victims. The Following was made by Kevin Williamson, who originally wrote it as a Scream sequel. The Following became Fox's highest-rated scripted show in its first season, and ultimately made it to three. Cult, meanwhile, got lousy ratings even by the standards of The CW, and was pulled from the schedule after seven episodes.
Scream: The TV Series (2015) Scream Queens (2015) Teen-oriented horror-comedy slasher series that premiered in 2015. Scream airs on MTV, is a TV adaptation of the film series of the same name, and is the Darker and Edgier of the two. Scream Queens airs on Fox, is created by Ryan Murphy (maker of Glee and American Horror Story), has Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, and Lea Michele in lead roles, and is very much Lighter and Softer/Bloody Hilarious. Both shows got mixed reviews, but Scream wins on account of making it to three seasons (and counting) versus Scream Queens' two.
Scream: The TV Series (2015) Dead of Summer (2016) Teen-oriented horror series airing on basic cable networks (MTV and Freeform, respectively) during the summer. Dead of Summer was created by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, and Ian Goldberg of Once Upon a Time and Lost fame, and while its setting (a summer camp in The '80s) would suggest a slasher homage, it is closer to supernatural horror than anything. Regardless, their timeslots and target audiences make the comparisons inevitable — both shows air on Tuesday nights, Dead of Summer at 9 and Scream, in its second season, right after it at 10 (switching its timeslot from Monday at 11 just in time for Dead of Summer's premiere, in fact). Scream got a second season while Dead of Summer didn't, so it takes the crown again.
Preacher (2016) Outcast (2016) Cynical dramas about the decline of Christianity in contemporary rural America with heavy supernatural elements, primarily Demonic Possession. Both shows are based on comic book series and seemingly inspired by the success of The Walking Dead. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End) write and produce, while Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) is showrunner and producer on Preacher. Robert Kirkman takes a similarly active role on Outcast as on his other project, The Walking Dead. The shows premiered a fortnight apart and both have a ten episode first season run. Although neither show ever gained mainstream popularity, Outcast was cancelled after two seasons of steadily declining viewership, ending on a Sequel Hook for a third season that never happened; while Preacher lasted four seasons, kept up a cult following, and was able to go out on its own terms after wrapping up all of its story-lines, making it the obvious winner.

    Medical Drama 
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Dr. Kildare (1961) Ben Casey (1961) Early medical drama centered around a handsome young doctor and a wise, older doctor as his mentor. Two of the first mainstream TV medical dramas, the series’ premiered 5 days apart, and each ran for 5 seasons from 1961-1966. Both shows premises were similar, though their main characters were polar opposites. Richard Chamberlain played Dr. James Kildare; a blond, pretty boy intern who, while just learning his profession, was caring and kind. Vincent Edwards played Dr. Ben Casey; a dark, brooding neurosurgeon hunk, who was constantly arguing and scowling at his superiors. Both were immensely popular, becoming pop culture rivals in the press, and on teenagers’ bedroom walls. Though Ben Casey may be more familiar due to its syndication run on CBN, and being a frequent target for pop culture spoofs, in it’s original run, Dr. Kildare overall did better in the ratings. Richard Chamberlain took home a Golden Globe for his role, and Ben Casey won 2 Emmys. Chamberlain reportedly received more fan mail than Vince Edwards, and also sang the show’s theme song (“Three Stars Will Shine Tonight”), and it became a #10 hit. It’s a close call, but it’s safe to say that Dr. Kildare wins here.
ER (1994) Chicago Hope (1994) Chicago-based Medical Drama Both mixed elements of gritty medical realism with focus on the personal lives of the staff, but ER emphasized the former while Hope emphasised the latter. ER lasted fifteen seasons, while Hope only made it six.
Scrubs (2001) Green Wing (2004) Surreal ensemble hospital-based comedy-dramas swinging wildly from silly to dark, following a new doctor in a Will They or Won't They? relationship. In Scrubs (most) of the weirdness comes from the Fantasy Sequences, and what happens outside JD's head is usually realistic, while Green Wing takes place in a fundamentally dreamlike world. One key difference - Scrubs actually has serious medicine-based storylines, while the hospital setting of Green Wing is mostly an excuse to bring together a cast of Dr. Jerks. Both were initially successful and won piles of awards, but both had poorly received final series. British Brevity however means that Green Wing is one of those few shows that people argue both was Too Good to Last and suffered Seasonal Rot, while Scrubs went on long enough to ensure a healthy afterlife in syndication and boxsets.
Doc Martin (2004) Distant Shores (2005) ITV comedy drama about a big city doctor relocating to a coastal village full of eccentric residents. The central character of Doc Martin is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist, that of Distant Shores is an Unfazed Everyman. Distant Shores ran to two short seasons; Doc Martin is still going over a decade later and is one of ITV's most successful exports.
HawthoRNe (2009) Nurse Jackie (2009) Post-ER hospital dramas focusing on flawed but heroic nurses. Aside from different races of the two leads, Jackie is a bit Darker and Edgier, what with Jackie having an affair with the pharmacist who's also her dealer. Jackie has Emmys and a strong supporting cast. HawthoRNe is critically derided for its blandness and being beholden to too many nurse drama tropes, and its incredibly mockable title. Jackie outlasted HawthoRNe seven (and maybe more) seasons to three.
Masters of Sex (2013) The Knick (2014) Premium Cable period shows dramatizing the early days of one branch of medicine. Showtime's Masters of Sex is about (a fictionalized version of) the Masters/Johnson sexology study of the late 50's, and has been compared to Mad Men. Cinemax's The Knick is set in (a fictionalized version of) the early days of surgery, in a NYC hospital, and is best know for being "the Steven Soderbergh TV show" The Knick ended with season two by decision of its creators (but might come back with a different premise). Masters of Sex fell under the radar after season 1 but manages to get to season 4.

    Military Drama 
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Six (2017) Valor (2017) American special forces members are captured by African terrorist groups. Their respective support units back in the United States must race against time to save them before the terrorists hand over their prisoners to ISIS. Six focuses more on the family drama of its Navy SEALs, while Valor plays off the fact that its female lead is the first woman in an Army special forces helicopter unit, that she has feelings for her captain while she is already dating an intel officer. Valor also has a Government Conspiracy within the CIA that relates to the terrorists. Six. It made a huge splash, being a History Channel show that most people weren't expecting, and kicked off the military drama genre's revival on network TV. It also got a second season for 2018. Meanwhile, Valor debuted alongside SEAL Team and The Brave but fared the worst for viewership. It did not get a backorder of an additional 9 episodes and ended its season at 13 eps.note 
SEAL Team (2017) The Brave (2017) Focuses on American special operators whose missions take place in foreign countries to deal with international incidents that could undermine the security of the United States. Both shows have 3 episodes with near-identical plots. SEAL Team is about a DEVGRU unit and their family drama. The Brave is about a Defense Intelligence Agency Special Operations Group who are dispatched around the world to solve various crises concerning the U.S. Unlike SEAL Team, the personal lives of the main cast aren't very relevant to the show and it is focused entirely on the missions abroad they conduct. SEAL Team. It got a full order of 22 episodes, consistently performed well in ratings, and got a second season. Like Valor, The Brave did not get a 9 episode backorder and aired only 13 episodes. The show had respectable viewership until its mid-season break after Nov. 2017; its final four episodes in Jan. 2018 underperformed and it ended without much fanfare.

    Period Drama 
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Cuéntame Cómo Pasó (2001, TVE)note  Los 80 (2004, T5)note  Spanish prime time shows set in the Transición, relying hard on family-friendly nostalgia and socio-political commentary alike. Cuéntame begins in May 1968 and is very reminiscent of The Wonder Years, following a nuclear, working class family and featuring the adult version of the youngest child as the show's narrator. Los 80 is in theory more adult-oriented, beginning in February 1981 and following two families - a middle class one headed by a divorced left-leaning journalist and a broken upper class another reluctantly piloted by a submissive trophy wife after her fascist husband goes to jail. No guesses about the targets of incoming UST. Cuéntame was already a household name when Los 80 was announced and panned right away as a cash-in on the other show's success. T5 denied plagiarism and claimed the show was a remake of one of Chile's Canal 13 that had just gone into production.note  This was to no avail, as Los 80 also suffered from a small budget and the lack of TVE's decades-long archive footage, leading to its cancellation due to poor critics and ratings after 6 episodes. As for Cuéntame, it got to portray 1981 in its 14th season and continued with no signs of being cancelled any soon.
Mad Men (2007) Pan Am (2011)
The Playboy Club (2011)
Dramas set in the early '60s about a subset of workers in the era (Publicity creatives, Pan Am stewardesses and Playboy bunnies, respectively). The shows focus on the historical changes of the era, as well as breaking viewers' Nostalgia Filter for The '60s by highlighting the injustices (racism and sexism, specifically) that were still rampant then. No other show held a candle to Mad Men in terms of critical acclaim (that's in all of U.S. television, mind you, not just these three shows),note  and neither of the others made it past a single season. Pan Am was the better received of the other two and lasted a full season before getting the axe. The Playboy Club got cancelled after three episodes.
Downton Abbey (2010) Upstairs Downstairs (2010 series) Ensemble drama about the relationships between the family and staff of a large Edwardian house Downton (like the original series of Upstairs Downstairs) is set in the 1910s, in the leadup to World War I; Upstairs Downstairs is set in the 1930s in the leadup to World War II — aside from that the storylines are strikingly similar, including one of the sisters having an affair with the driver, and the lady of the house dealing with a late pregnancy. Downton's an international mega-hit, running for six acclaimed seasons. Upstairs was cancelled after just two.
Spartacus (2010) Game of Thrones (2011) Shows introduced in the very beginning of The New '10s that defined Interplay of Sex and Violence in TV that also established the fact that Anyone Can Die, including the main characters. Spartacus is an adaption of the historical Third Servile War set during Ancient Rome, while Game of Thrones was from the book A Song of Ice and Fire set (fictionally) in the medieval times. The main plot of Spartacus revolves around Slave Liberation and opposing tyranny, while Game of Thrones revolves more around politics and power struggle. Game of Thrones has more awards and acclaim than Spartacus and one of, if not the, most popular shows on television, though the latter is a respected show that also has a very large cult following.
The Borgias (2011) Borgia: Faith and Fear (2011) R-rated cable shows based on the historical Borgia family The Borgias, produced by American network Showtime, was first planned as a film before being turned into a TV series; Borgia is an European coproduction that was intended as a series all along The Borgias is better regarded for its higher production values and more renowned actors, and Borgia for its less glamourized, more cynical take on the subject and better historical accuracy overall. Three seasons were made in both cases, but while The Borgias was cut short, Borgia (with more episodes per season) was planned from the beginning to last three years, and was able to finish its intended storyline.
The Borgias (2011) Game of Thrones (2011) R-rated premium cable series heavy on medieval political intrigue. And Incest. Neither series is an original work — Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin, while The Borgias is based on the historical family. The ratings of Game of Thrones increased at a regular pace until it became one of the most watched shows in HBO's history by the end of the third season. The opposite happened to The Borgias, whose third season ratings declined until they couldn't justify the show's high cost, and the series was cancelled following a rushed finale that contained Thrones' iconic line "Winter is Coming" - A concession of defeat on the part of the writers?
Magnificent Century (2011) Diriliş Ertuğrul (2014) Turkish historical dramas based around the life and times of important Ottoman figures (Süleyman the Magnificent and Ertuğrul Gazi, respectively). Ertuğrul is the most successful of the shows formulated as a counter to Century, which attracted controversy for its depictions of sexuality, alcohol, and focus on harem women over warfare. Among its detractors was then-president Erdoğan, a conservative known for his adulation of the Ottomans; he also happens to be a huge fan of Ertuğrul, which airs on government broadcaster TRT1. While Century developed a tragic narrative and increasingly depicted its subjects as deeply flawed figures, Ertuğrul portrays its protagonists as unambiguous action heroes who righteously triumph against the likes of Crusaders, Mongols, Byzantines, and rival beyliks. A toss-up that leans in the favor of Magnificent Century. Diriliş Ertuğrul has since surprassed Century's four-season, 139-episode run, and is set to continue for several more years; it's first season also boasted a higher production budget that Century, and enjoys considerable support from government figures. However, Magnificent Century is the larger cultural phenomenon, a watershed moment in Turkish television history. It remains a huge international hit, attracted notable talent, propelled the careers of several stars, and was up against much greater odds, including government censorship.
Isabel (2011, TVE) Toledo: Cruce de Destinos (2012, A3)note  Spanish prime time TV series set in Medieval Castile. Isabel follows the life of Queen Isabella I (1451-1504), with few fiction licenses. Toledo, while de jure set in 1270, has near-zero historical content and is a youth-oriented TV series from the makers of Los Serrano and El internado who use the setting as an excuse to show castles and sword fights. Originally slated to air in the same winter, Isabel was delayed for a year and virtually cancelled before airing, but turned into a Sleeper Hit praised by critics and the audience and was renewed for two seasons. The opposite happened to Toledo, which was panned by critics for bad writing, bad acting and lack of historical accuracy, and lost viewers at a steady pace until the station chose not to renew it at the end of the season. That A3's publicity tried to paint Isabel as a copy of Toledo only makes the latter's failure more hilarious.
Black Sails (2014) Crossbones (2014) TV series set during the Golden Age of Piracy, specifically on the island of New Providence in the modern-day Bahamas in the year 1715. Black Sails (on Starz) is an action/adventure prequel to Treasure Island, telling the story of Captain Flint and his crew 20 years before the events of the book. Crossbones (on NBC) is a historical drama based on the life of Edward Teach (a.k.a. Blackbeard) who used the island as a political base of operations. Crossbones was cancelled after its first season while Black Sails ran for four seasons, making it the clear winner.
Victoria (2016) The Crown (2016) The life of a long-serving British queen regnant, her sometimes troubled family relations, and the evolution of society around her. Prominent ex-Doctor Who actors feature in lead role. Victoria shows the rise of Britain as an imperial power during the nineteenth century whereas The Crown shows its decline in the twentieth. The contrasts extend to the personalities involved: as to the monarch, Victoria is portrayed young and naïve but has big dreams, while Elizabeth is a little older and quickly demonstrates competence, but is tentative; for the foreign consort, Prince Albert is portrayed a sensitive and awkward intellectual, while Prince Philip is every inch the hard Navy officer; for the scheming uncle played by Alex Jennings, Leopold of Belgium is forward-looking, a good strategic thinker, and genuinely concerned for his niece and nephew's welfare, while the Duke of Windsor is backward-looking, bitter, superficial, and frequently tries to sabotage the sitting royals. Both programs are still airing, but The Crown is generally regarded as having made a greater cultural impression - especially outside the United Kingdom.

    Police Procedural 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Kojak (1973-78) Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)

Kodiak (1974)
Crime drama brought to you by the letter "K" All are crime-solving tough guys with similar bookended monikers. Kolchak: The Night Stalker is the actual original by way of its two pre-Kojack TV-movies that lead to the series, but Kojack was such a huge hit that it's easy to assume it was the other way around. Kodiak was officially a One-Episode Wonder, cancelled after its disastrous debut against Sanford and Son, but four episodes were aired.
Inspector Morse (1987) The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987) Series of respected novels about middle aged culturally literate detectives solving crimes through thinking instead of fisticuffs adapted for TV Inspector Morse premiered in January 1987. The Ruth Rendell mysteries (featuring Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford' premiered in August 1987. Both series lasted until 2000 with Inspector Morse ending definitively with the death of the titular character, while Wexford ending less definitively and future episodes were only finally prevented by the death of star George Baker in 2011. Both series were long runners and thanks to a combination of British Brevity and good source material, both managed to keep up the quality until the end. However, it is undeniable that Inspector Morse had the greater cultural impact and has spawned two spinoffs; Lewis and Endeavour
Law & Order (1990) JAG (1996) American legal drama shows that both spawned successful television franchises (with both their first spin-offs eventually eclipsing them) respectively created by television law enforcement show juggernauts Dick Wolf and Donald P. Bellisario. Law & Order and its spin-offs are about the police force and judicial system, while JAG and its spin-offs are about the military, specifically the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines. Functionally a tie since the franchises they respectively launched are Long-Runners, though ironically both parent series concluded first. But since the original L&O ran for twenty seasons compared to JAG's ten, the former won in longevity.
Angel Street (1992) Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) Rival cop shows set in the inner cities (Chicago in the former, Baltimore in the latter) with eerily similar premises. Homicide (based on a book by David Simon) was greenlit first but Angel Street (shot under the name Polish Hill) hit the airwaves first. A screening of the pilot revealed similarities between the two shows, leading Simon and producer Barry Levinson to consider a plagiarism lawsuit. Homicide, easily. Angel Street was canceled after eight episodes while Homicide ran seven seasons and launched Simon's career in television.
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) NYPD Blue (1993) Gritty, inner-city Cop Show. Both started in 1993, though Homicide had the jump on NYPD Blue by eight months. Homicide lasted to 1999, its rival to 2005. NYPD Blue proved to be the bigger hit, although Homicide was critically lauded for its realistic tone. Homicide character Det. John Munch subsequently appeared in eight different series, and is now a regular in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. NYPD Blue by a small margin. (Homicide was more critically praised but NYPD Blue was much more well-known and lasted much longer)
LA Heat (1996) Nash Bridges (1996) Cop shows set in California. The former takes place in Los Angeles and San Diego while the latter takes place in San Francisco. Both started in 1996. While Nash Bridges aired on CBS and L.A Heat never got the backing of a North American television network, it aired in Europe before making its American debut on TNT in 1999, the same year when the show was cancelled. Nash Bridges wins the round, due to it being more known than LA Heat.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) NCIS (2003) The respective Darker and Edgier More Popular Spin-Off of Law & Order and JAG that became the Flagship Franchise after both parent series' conclusion. Both series also starts off with a retired U.S. Marine as the male lead and a (relatively) New Meat as the female lead. Both shows also have Diane Neal playing a major character. As above, SVU is about the police force and judicial system, while NCIS is about the military, specifically the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines. Functionally a tie since both shows are going strong despite being Long-Runners.
El Comisarionote  (1999, T5) Policías: En el corazón de la callenote  (2000, A3)

Mi Tenientenote  (2001, TVE)
Spanish cop shows. El Comisario is the most classic police procedural, centered on the titular commissioner and the detective job of a few cops in his station. Policías is more action oriented and includes a couple of paramedics in its cast. Mi Teniente follows an unit of Spanish Gendarmerie (Guardia Civil) rather than the National Police Corps like the others. Policías lasted six seasons but was beaten in the long run by El Comisario, which reached twelve. Mi Teniente failed to find an audience and was cancelled after 5 episodes.
Cold Squad (1998) Waking the Dead (2000)
Cold Case (2003)
Cop Show featuring a team of detectives reopening and cracking cases long forgotten. Each show was produced by a different country. Cold Squad in Canada, Waking the Dead in U.K. and Cold Case in the U.S. Technically a draw, as each series was fairly aclaimed and held the fort for years in their home countries.
Vanished (2006) Kidnapped (2006) Serialized story arc about a kidnapping. Kidnapped was on NBC, Vanished was on Fox. Both got 13 episodes. Kidnapped got better reviews, but Vanished got buzz from killing off its main character, played by Gale Harold.
CSI (2000) NCIS (2003) Again, forensic specialists team up with the police to solve crimes. Both shows have a work-driven dynamic: while CSI tackles street-level crimes, NCIS (which is a spin-off of JAG) is based on the real-life eponymous agency, investigating crimes in the Navy and Marines. Another one that is won by CSI, even though NCIS is backed by JAG, a point also hammered by the spin-offs (three to one), though it gets funny when you consider NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans are spin-offs of a spin-off.
CSI (2000) Bones (2005) Forensic specialists team up with the police to solve crimes. Bones has considerably more emphasis on the UST than CSI... Both are pretty successful, but CSI is the clear winner, with three different spinoff shows. Bones' one attempt at a spinoff, on the other hand, was a miserable failure.
Bones (Fox, 2005) Castle (ABC, 2009) UST-laden police procedural shows. As below, the UST on Bones is between two characters whose professions mesh (Forensics specialist and FBI agent), while Castle's characters are from different worlds (writer vs. police detective). Both shows' male leads got their starts on shows created by Joss Whedon, while their female leads were virtually unknown beforehand. Too close to call, but the Caskett vs. BB wars rage on.
Psych (USA, 2006) The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) Phony Psychic solves actual crimes not through ESP, but an unusually sharp ability to observe and deduce. Very different in tone, which defrays some of the cries of "ripoff" from Psych fans. The Mentalist is one of CBS's most successful new shows; Psych isn't quite as big for USA, but is pretty big nonetheless. Lampshaded /Shout Out-ed/ Take That!-ed in a farewell spot the "Psych" acknowledged Monk as "the second-most-observant guy I know... well, third after The Mentalist."
The Mentalist (2008) Castle (2009) Famous, eccentric civilian male helps no-nonsense Action Girl detective solve crimes The Mentalist is a phony psychic who uses his Hyper-Awareness to help the CBI (later FBI); Castle is a crime novelist looking for inspiration in a NYPD unit where his wild imagination and pop culture knowledge prove as useful. Both shows mix the Victim of the Week and Myth Arc formats, but Castle is more lighthearted. Both met with success.
The Unusuals (2009) Southland (2009) Ensemble cop shows centering on a Non-Idle Rich rookie. Series launched within days of each other. ABC's The Unusuals takes a quirky, comedic approach, while NBC's Southland is a grittier kind of drama. Southland just got renewed for another season; Unusuals didn't. Then NBC canceled Southland before the second season started. Southland wins by a mile. Though both series were axed after their first season, TNT picked up Southland for a second season after NBC dumped it, and it continued for a total of five seasons.
Justified (2010) Longmire (2012) Dramas about misanthropic modern lawmen evoking The Wild West, both based on popular book series.   Longmire was cancelled by its channel after three seasons, Justified made it to six and the decision to stop there was entirely its creators' idea. Longmire was generally well liked by critics (67 on Metacritic), but Justified was absolutely beloved (no season got under 80 on Metacritic so far).
Elementary (2012) Sherlock (2013) Modern updates to the Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock keeps many of the aspects of original stories, while still twisting the stories to surprise long-time fans. Elementary seems to be taking more risks, moving Holmes to New York, making Watson a woman and a rehab counselor. While Elementary has its strong points, Sherlock has the greater critical acclaim, more awards, had more anticipation for its third season than Elementary had for its second, and is generally the better-known of the two.
True Detective (2014) Fargo (2014) Prestige Cop show anthologies on critically beloved channels (HBO and FX respectively) Both FX and HBO were in the bidding war to get True Detective, and failing to get it had a huge impact in FX launching Fargo. True Detective is a Southern Gothic flavored dark and brooding show in the vein of the Nordic Noir thrillers (Nic Pizzolatto was a writer on The Killing). Fargo is a sorta Spiritual Successor, sorta sequel to the beloved Coen Bros. film, taking influence from the entire Coen filmography. Both were well-received, with Detective garnering buzz and Fargo nabbing several Emmys and Golden Globes. Consensus on their second seasons were that Detective hit Seasonal Rot hard (although the third season was well-regarded), while Fargo managed to keep up the quality (with some saying it even improved).

    Professional Wrestling 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
WWF Raw (1993) WCW Nitro (1995) Monday night Professional Wrestling shows with a focus on sports entertainment over pure wrestling. It started with Eric Bischoff asking for a Monday night timeslot to compete directly with the WWF, and spawned a constant game of one-upsmanship which saw, among other things, WCW spoiling the WWF's shows on-the-air, WWF starting Raw 3 minutes early to get the jump on Nitro, WCW responding by starting a full hour earlier, WWF sending D-Generation X to mingle with the fans outside a Nitro event and cause trouble, and Eric Bischoff challenging Vince McMahon to a fight live on Pay-Per-View. Ahh, the Monday Night Wars... those were great times to be a wrestling fan. Raw, to the point where McMahon got to bury Nitro on its last broadcast, setting up the unsuccessful "Invasion" storyline.
WWF Raw (1993)
WCW Monday Nitro (1995)
ECW on TNN (1999) Sports Entertainment juggernauts vs. the more violent alternative With the Monday Night Wars in full swing & pro-wrestling at its most popular, TNN wanted their own pro-wrestling show. Enter Paul Heyman's ECW, the hardcore alternative to the WWF & WCW. ECW on TNN was dropped from the network when the opportunity to snag WWF Raw in a Channel Hop arose, and the company ran its final show in January 2001. The WWF signed the remaining major stars of ECW to their company, and eventually acquired the remains of the company - including the rights to the ECW name & video library.
WCW was bought out by the WWF just over a month later, and is not as favorably remembered as ECW. Notably, WWE ran a ECW reunion show in 2005 & resurrected ECW as a WWE Brand in 2006; WCW has never received the same treatment.
WCW Thunder (1998) WWF SmackDown (1999) Thursday night Professional Wrestling shows with a focus on sports entertainment over pure wrestling. The success of WCW led Ted Turner to create a new show, Thunder to capitalise. When the WWF began to win the Monday Night Wars, SmackDown was commissioned to capitalise. SmackDown, to the point that WCW moved Thunder to Wednesday in an attempt to regain the viewers who had switched to SmackDown.
WWE Raw/Smackdown (1999) Impact Wrestling (2004) The victor of the Monday Night Wars vs. a new upstart promotion. With the WWE being the only sports entrainment promotion to survive 2001, the door was open for a new company to fill the void left by WCW & ECW. TNA was formed by WWF & WCW alum Jeff Jarrett to fill that void, and set about creating its own identity, with a six sided ring instead of the traditional four sided ring & the innovative X-Division. WWE is the clear winner. Whilst TNA received plenty of praise for the X-Division & its homegrown stars, the company has received widespread criticism for relying on WCW & WWE alums to put people in the seats rather than push their own stars. When Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff came into TNA, they promptly tried to compete opposite Raw, only for ratings to plummet & be forced back into their original time slot. TNA eventually lost their Spike TV deal and in late 2016, narrowly avoided bankruptcy and rebranded as Impact Wrestling. They're still around as a much smaller promotion, but have fallen far from what they once were.
IWA Impacto Total (1999) TNA iMPACT (2004) Two wrestling shows shot from an "Impact Zone" IWA Puerto Rico was a spinoff off IWA Japan that was started to compete with CSP/WWC, Puerto Rico's largest pro wrestling enterprise. TNA was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance started to offer an alternative to WWE. TNA launched a new flagship show in 2004 after receiving a television deal with Fox Sports Net around the time IWA PR sent them an English dubbed Impacto Total in an attempt to break into a new language market. As far as the Fox Sports Net deal goes, TNA iMPACT was the clear winner, as it picked up big names that interested the English audience like Samoa Joe while Impacto Total was losing them. Fox Sports Net eventually dropped both, however. TNA also looked to be the winner beyond this, holding off bankruptcy where IWA went under in 2011. As of IWA PR's 2018 revival, only time will tell.
WWE NXT (2010) AEW Dynamite (2019) Wednesday night Professional Wrestling shows with a focus on workrate over sports entertainment. All Elite Wrestling spawned in 2019 following the massive success of the All In event, only to later land a TV deal to air Dynamite on TNT, the old network for Nitro. Shortly afterwards, NXT who had already spent a few years airing Wednesday nights on the WWE Network, announced that they would Channel Hop to the USA Network in a two-hour timeslot that is set directly against Dynamite, thus starting the "Wednesday Night Wars". Early days but Dynamite gained the upper hand on the first week beating NXT in the ratings. Regardless of the sides chosen, there is a general response that the true winners of the "Wednesday Night Wars" are wrestling fans themselves.

    Reality Show 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Big Brother (1999) Survivor (2000) Musical Chairs Reality Show Country Mouse vs. City Mouse. It should be noted that, in the United States, both shows are "on the same side" since one network airs them both. The Big Brother franchise started in 1999 with the Dutch version, while the American version debuted in 2000. Survivor as a franchise name is an American original, though the concept is a reworking of the Swedish Expedition Robinson (1997) In the US? Survivor. Outside the US? Arguably Big Brother.
Big Brother (2000) Glass House (2001) Reality series putting young, attractive, and occasionally psychopathic strangers into a house sealed off from the outside world. The last person standing wins big. For the most part, Glass House is Big Brother, with one twist — the audience is able to tell the residents what to do. Otherwise, you could say Glass House copied from the Big Brother template. And so can CBS, which sued ABC, as ABC hired many ex-Big Brother staffers for the new show. Big Brother started the reality TV craze. Glass House has been all but cancelled due to extremely low ratings.
The Amazing Race (2001) Lost (2001) Reality game show where teams travel to exotic locales. Lost premiered one day earlier. Lost premiered seven days before 9/11 and, because it featured New York City imagery still featuring the Twin Towers, it ended up with (in this case justified) Executive Meddling to make it less triggering. This meant that only five of six episodes aired. The Amazing Race is still on. When asked, 99% of people will know a TV show called Lost as a mind-screwy drama.
American Idol (2002) Star Search (2003) Talent competition where the audience and home viewers vote on the best performer, aided by celebrity judges. American Idol by one year, though Star Search was revived to compete against it. Star Search previously aired from 1983-1995 in syndication. American Idol introduced home viewer voting and celebrity judges, two things Star Search didn't have in its original run. American Idol. Star Search was cancelled in 2004, having been pummeled in the ratings battle by American Idol. Even with a Channel Hop, American Idol still runs to this day.
Extreme Makeover (2002) The Swan (2004) Plastic surgery makeover shows. Fox's copycat went the Fox Extra Tastelessness Step by putting the women through the hell of plastic surgery and then sent half of them home at the end of the episode while bringing the other half on to a beauty pageant. Both caught a lot of controversy for trying to push the message that looks are everything and, as a result, both shows were ultimately canceled. The former has a More Popular Spin-Off in the form of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, while the latter is a perennial inclusion on "Worst Reality Shows of All Time" lists.
America's Next Top Model (2003) Project Runway (2004) Reality Shows about the fashion industry Both premiered around the early to mid part of the Turn of the Millennium. Both are headlined by known supermodels. Both have gay Lancers. And both shows became successful Multinational Shows. In the US, Project Runway has more love from both fans and critics. Outside the US, Top Model can be argued as the more successful franchise, though in the U.S.Top Model concluded first, ending after its twelfth year and 22nd Cycle, while Project Runway is still on-going. It should be mentioned that it could functionally be considered a tie, as the shows have a Friendly Rivalry and have Friendly Fandoms to boot. In fact, former Top Model contestants have appeared in Project Runway. To top it all off, Project Runway's host and founder even serves as The Host of the German edition of Top Model.
Wife Swap (2004) Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy (2004) Two polar opposite families trade spouses for several days. ABC broadcasts Wife Swap and claims to have done it first, while FOX aired Trading Spouses a few weeks before Wife Swap's debut in what seems to be a blatant ripoff (though both appeared to rip off a Chappelle's Show skit that aired one year earlier.) Wife Swap.
Pimp My Ride (2004, MTV) Overhaulin' (2004, TLC) Reality shows where beaten-up cars are turned into sweet rides Pimp My Ride is formatted more like Extreme Makeover: The hooptie of the week is collected and the show follows the process of "pimping the car out." Overhaulin goes half-"Makeover", half-Punked, with the car's owner tricked into thinking his/her car has been stolen, impounded, or towed and the show's hosts giving them the run-around while the mechanics do their thing. While both had long runs (Pimp — 6 seasons, Overhaulin — 5), Pimp was far more popular, spawning several spin-offs and memesnote .
Dog Whisperer (2004) It's Me or the Dog (2005) Renowned dog trainers visit troublesome dogs and train not only the animals but their owners as well. Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan has a rougher approach to being a pack leader than the cruelty-free endorsing Victoria. Dog Whisperer is much more well known. Cesar has had more criticism for his techniques though.
The X Factor (2004) The Voice (2010) Musical talent shows with celebrity panels The X-Factor was made by former Pop Idol and Idol judge and record producer Simon Cowell, The Voice is a format that started in the Netherlands and has been successfully exported to several countries In the USA The Voice trounced Cowell's show in both ratings and critical respect, and stood toe-to-toe with Idol until the latter's cancellation. The X-Factor had a stronger following on social media, but only lasted three seasons. However, Fifth Harmony, who finished third on the second season of The X-Factor, have had far more success than any of the acts discovered on The Voice. In the UK the X-Factor has become a national institution, launching the careers of several pop stars, most notably One Direction, arguably the most successful act to ever have originated from any musical talent show, while The Voice is less successful with no stars to emerge from it. Interestingly ITV has now acqured the licence to the Voice, seemingly with the intention of replacing the X-Factor with it.
The Contender (2005) The Next Great Champ (2005) Reality TV boxing competition. The Contender was co-hosted by Sylvester Stallone in its first season, and gained notoriety when one of the contestants killed himself partly as a result of losing on the show. Neither was very successful on free TV, but The Contender lived on on cable, so it gets the nod. But none of the contestants have really gone on to boxing stardom in either case, and both shows are overshadowed by The Ultimate Fighter, a similar style competition for UFC.
Miami Ink (2005) ' 'Inked (2005) Docu Soap reality show about the world of working in a tattoo parlor. Both quite similar, one on TLC, one on A&E. Miami Ink'' lasted longer and had two spinoffs.
Intervention (2005) Addicted (2010) Documentary-style Reality Show about people suffering through addictions Intervention focuses more on the leadup to the intervention, while Addicted focuses on some post-intervention work as well. Both are still running, but Intervention (which started in 2005) has a good five years — not to mention an Emmy — on its competition.
Little People Big World (2006) The Little Couple / Our Little Family (2009) Reality TV show about the lives of married little people on TLC The first family has four children while the second couple started out as newlyweds before adopting their two kids. The third family has three children.  
Ace of Cakes (2006) Cake Boss (2009) Reality TV show about creative bakers making cakes. The two leads are Red Oni, Blue Oni: Duff is usually very relaxed and surrounded by friends while Buddy is a bit more agitated and surrounded by relatives and his four older sisters. Ace Of Cakes makes cakes on the extremely decorative side while Cake Boss forgoes a bit on the fondant for both delicious and decorative cakes. A draw, as both were successful. Ace of Cakes had 10 seasons and landed the Food Network some of its highest ratings ever. Cake Boss wrapped up in 2018 after 10 seasons, and got its own spinoff "The Next Great Baker". Happily, the two shows eventually met in the double-spinoff competition show Buddy vs. Duff on Food Network in 2019.
Any Dream Will Do aka Joseph (2007) Grease Is The Word (2007) Talent Show in which a panel of experts search for the lead for an upcoming musical production. Joseph was, essentially, The BBC's second season of their Musical Talent Show brand, which they debuted the previous year with How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?. Grease Is The Word was ITV's adaptation of the U.S. version of Maria. Joseph had Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen judging, Grease had David Gest, musical producer David Ian, Brain Friedman from The X Factor and... Sinetta. Grease was a ratings flop because it was in Doctor Who's time slot and didn't have the star pull.
Jon & Kate Plus Eight (2007) 19 Kids and Counting (2008) Cameras film the complicated lives of families with a larger-than usual amount of children on TLC.   Pretty much dependent to how you feel about shows featuring large families; there is no middle ground here. Both shows ended in controversy; Jon and Kate with their divorce, 19 Kids after Josh Duggar's molestation allegations came to light. In terms of public opinion, it seems Jon and Kate have come out slightly on top (while having a tumultuous marriage is bad, child molestation is infinitely worse). However, 19 Kids did get a Spin-Off without Josh Duggar called Counting On.
Kitchen Nightmares (2007) Restaurant: Impossible (2011)

Bar Rescue (2011)
Reality shows where an established member of the restaurant/hospitality management world tries to save a struggling bar/restaurant from going under, often with a lot of drama over how subpar the food quality and service is All three shows have a similar premise and no-nonsense hosts. Nightmares has a week to get the restaurant going again, Impossible two days and a budget of $10,000 and Bar Rescue, five days. Rescue is also different because it focuses more on a business aspect than menu/makeover aspect. Unknown for now but Kitchen Nightmares has a HUGE head start.
Toddlers & Tiaras (2008, TLC) Little Miss Perfect (2009, WE tv)

Dance Moms (2011, Lifetime)
Reality shows that premiered in 2009 about young girls in beauty pageants or dance competitions, and their Stage Moms. Toddlers and Tiaras has more girls from 1-5, whereas Little Miss Perfect is about girls from 5-10. Dance Moms is about preteen dancers in Abby Lee's dance studio. So far, Toddlers and Tiaras seems to be more popular and gets clips shown on news networks. Has had 4 seasons as opposed to Little Miss Perfect, which had only two. Dance Moms' popularity began to skyrocket in 2014 when Maddie Ziegler was feature in Sia's music video for "Chandelier", and its cast have perhaps become the biggest reality stars in the world (or at least in the U.S.) outside of the Kardashians. So it looks like Dance Moms will come out on top when all is said and done.
Pawn Stars (2009, History Channel) Hardcore Pawn (2010, TruTV) Antiques Roadshow meets American Chopper Stars tends to focus more on the customers and items being sold. Hardcore focuses more on the American Chopper-style conflicts. So far, the winner seems to be Pawn Stars. Not only are they one of the most successful reality shows on cable television, but they have managed to capitalize on that fame by turning their shop into a new Las Vegas tourist spot as well as start their own line of merchandise. Hardcore Pawn, while still an entertaining show, doesn't seem to reach anywhere near the universal appeal Pawn Stars has. However, both shows have been successful enough to warrant their own spinoffs.
MasterChef Australia (2009, Network Ten) My Kitchen Rules (2010, Seven Network) Aspiring chefs are pit against each other in a series of cooking challenges to find out who is the best in the kitchen. One of the main differences between the two series is that the contestants in My Kitchen Rules works in pairs, while Masterchef focuses on individuals. MKR contestants are also not required to complete an on-screen audition, instead they are made to participate in an "Instant Restaurant" round, where they must serve a 3 course meal to the judges and opposing team, as a part of the preliminaries. Hard to tell. On one hand, My Kitchen Rules has an average nightly viewer number of 1.5 million, whereas Masterchef, for the most part, could barely reach 1 million. On the other hand, Masterchef Australia's Facebook page has almost three times the number of likes that MKR page has. The latter seems to be mocked more due to their tendency of designating hero-villain roles to create drama and controversy, while the former is often regarded as the more "genuine" cooking show.
Food Wars (2010, Travel Channel) Food Feuds (2010, Food Network) Local restaurants with the same signature dish go head to head to see who's version is better. Three main differences: The hosts ("Feuds" boasts Iron Chef Michael Symon, "Wars" has stage actress Camille Ford), the judging (Symon does the judging on "Feuds", "Wars" has a panel of 2-4 judges) and the focus ("Wars" features the local culture the rival eateries. "Feuds" focuses on the cooking and ingredients) Tie. Both were cancelled after one season and both fell into immediate obscurity.
Auction Hunters (2010) Storage Wars (2010)

Storage Hunters (2011)
Reality shows focused on auctioning off repossessed storage units. The content of the shows are very similar, but the execution varies between them. Auction Hunters puts more emphasis on testing and appraising their finds, Storage Wars puts more focus on the four factions bidding and Storage Hunters keeps most of the show on the auction grounds unless something needs appraised Ratings are good for both Auction Hunters and Storage Wars but Storage Wars has its own spinoff show Storage Wars Texas. Storage Hunters wrapped up eight episodes last summer and is in dead last. Though it is worth noting that Storage Hunters became something of Sleeper Hit in the UK with regular reruns on digital channel Dave along with a UK remake.
Sons of Guns (2011) American Guns (2011) Somewhat eccentric and abrasive gun shop owners make equally eccentric BFGs Of The Week. Oddly enough, both air on Discovery Channel simultaneously, just two nights apart. The main differences end up settling on the shop's own specialties and eccentricities, with American Guns capitalizing on its "Old West" theme and Sons of Guns being soaked in Louisiana flavor. Sons of Guns started in January 2011 and lasted for five seasons. American Guns started in October of the same year but lasted only for two seasons. Rumors and rumblings with production problems concerning Sons suggested American Guns was picked up as "insurance," but these rumors have since been proven untrue. Likely Discovery pulled the same thing NBC did regarding Studio 60 and 30 Rock. Both shows were cancelled due to scandals by the owners. Despite high ratings, American Guns was canceled possibly in response to the Sandy Hook School Shootings and the show's star, Rich Wyatt, was arrested for conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion charges after it was discovered he lied about his tax earnings to the IRS and never had a federal firearms license. Sons of Guns cancellation was much worse as it was revealed the show's star, Will Hayden, was charged for child abuse and rape with one of the victims being his own daughter on the show!
Series/Whodunnit (2013) Escape the Night (2017) A Reality tv series In Witch a Man is Cursed to invite a number of pepole to solve a murder mystery while they get killed one by one. Whodunnit is about solving the eliminated contestants murders with the least accurate guest being killed, while the Escape the the night Has the guest's solving the escape the room type puzzles's with the 2 worst fighting for the life in a elimination challenge. Whodunnit lasted one season on abc in 2013. Escape the night is still going strong on YouTube Red with it second season, not that it helps that the cast each season are popular YouTubers, With the host being Joey Graceffa.
Human Weapon (2007) Fight Quest (2007) A reality TV series hosted by a professional MMA fighter and a "tough guy" who travel to foreign nations to train in their local martial art and compete against a local fighter at the end of an episode The shows are almost identical, with no significant differences between them except that different they feature different hosts and experts. A tie. Human Weapon received a single season of 15 episodes, while Fight Quest was canceled almost immediately after it began airing its second season, with 13 total episodes filmed.
Operación Triunfo (2001, TVE) Estudio de actores (2002, Antena 3) Spanish reality TV shows set in a fully-functioning academy, Operación Triunfo for singers, Estudio de actores for actors. Estudio de actores premiered two months after the end of the first season of Operación Triunfo, and the media were quick to note the similarities between both formats. This one wasn't even close. The first season of Operación Triunfo was a massive hit and the show has run for eleven seasons across three different stints in two different networks, while Estudio de actores was essentially ignored by viewers and got axed less than three weeks into its first season.

    Science Fiction 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The Twilight Zone (1959) The Outer Limits (1963) An anthology show of fantasy/science fiction stories, always having a narrator open and end each episode. Similar in premise, though there are a few subtle differences (for example, The Outer Limits was a full hour, whereas in the original The Twilight Zone only season 4 episodes were that long). Both series had at least one revival. The original version of The Twilight Zone did better than the original version of The Outer Limits; it lasted five seasons in contrast to The Outer Limits’ two, and is usually better remembered. Adding up the total number of episodes from the original series and revivals, The Twilight Zone stands at 265 episodes, and The Outer Limits at 203. For the revivals, The Outer Limits (1995) lasted nearly twice as long as both the 1985 and 2002 Twilight Zone revivals combined.
Lost in Space (1965) Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) Wagon Train to the Stars One is a classic of popular culture, the other is cult kitsch. Notable in that Gene Rodenberry originally pitched Star Trek to CBS, who listened to his ideas on how to pull off a space show on a weekly TV budget, rejected the pitch, then went on to use all the ideas he'd given them to make Lost in Space. Depends on how you look at it. On one hand, Lost in Space cleaned Star Trek's clock in the ratings and lasted longer. On the other hand, Star Trek spawned a successful franchise that maintained an almost constant presence from 1979 to 2005, and was successfully revived in 2009. Lost in Space faded away after its first TV series was cancelled, and the attempt to reboot it as a film series never made it past the first installment, although it did get a 2018 TV reboot. We're giving this one to Star Trek.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) Babylon 5 (1994) Adventure Town IN SPACE! becomes a hotspot for interstellar politics and an important staging point in a war with Scary Dogmatic Aliens. Fairly different, but with enough surface similarities — and a documented pre-Deep Space Nine pitch of B5 to Paramount — to merit accusations of plagiarism. (For an itemized list of similarities, see this article.) Deep Space Nine began as more episodic, but started shifting toward more arc-based seasons when B5 grew in popularity. Both were winners, though Deep Space Nine is better remembered because it's a part of one of the most lucrative franchises of all time. The feud between the fandoms, however, simmered for a long time before finally reaching a point of acceptance for both shows. What cannot be argued is that both shows, with heavy Myth Arcs and an emphasis on Gray-and-Grey Morality, set the stage for moving pictures as we know it today: The Sopranos, Lost, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe were only possible because the crews of these two space stations showed them how to do it.
Lexx (1997) Farscape (1999) Space Opera shows about a gang of weirdos on the loose in a Living Ship, with a bit more sex and moral ambiguity than usual for the genre. Lexx was full of idea-driven weirdness and spent its budget mostly on space effects, Farscape stuck closer to the space opera formula and spent its budget mostly on creature effects. Both lasted four seasons, Lexx ending with a relatively clear finale, while Farscape got cancelled on an extreme cliffhanger, finally resolved in a Grand Finale mini-series. Both continue to have loyal fanbases, although Lexx fans tend to be more defensive about it.
Lost (2004) Surface (2005)
Threshold (2005)
Invasion! (2005)
FlashForward (2009)
The Event (2010)
Terra Nova (2011)
The River (2012)
Alcatraz (2012)
Revolution (2012)
High-concept mystery show focusing on character development and long mythic arcs. As seen by the list in the "Clone" column, Lost spawned a bevy of imitators trying to replicate its formula for success. Lost outlasted them all. Every show in this entry not lucky enough to be called "Lost" was canceled after its first season due to low ratings, and every single one of them ended with a Left Hanging ending. Terra Nova, Alcatraz, The River and Revolution premiered after Lost had already gone off the air, however, but they still followed the Lost formula, and met the same fate as the other Lost clones.
Doctor Who (2005) Primeval (2007) British time-travelling adventure shows, based first and foremost at young people but written with adults in mind. The shows were produced by and screened on the UK's two biggest broadcasters; The BBC in the case of Doctor Who, and ITV for Primeval. Both got rave reviews, but Primeval didn't really stand a chance against Doctor Who’s popularity. It doesn't help that Primeval was axed due to budget problems before being revived about 2 years later. But it was still a broad success on its own, often regarded as among ITV's best shows and inspiring both a hotly-anticipated Canadian spin-off series and a theatrical feature film (in Development Hell).
Fringe (2008) Eleventh Hour (2008) Two "Science Is Both Good And Bad" series. Both did well in the ratings. Though Eleventh Hour was a ratings leader, it just got canned after one season. Fringe, however, made it to season five despite increasingly abysmal ratings.
Virtuality (2009) Defying Gravity (2009) 2001: A Space Odyssey With Girls! Virtuality is from the writer of Battlestar Galactica while Defying Gravity was written by a writer from Grey's Anatomy. Both feature space crews of pretty people in a ship for a long duration of time, to unravel FTL-travel and explore every planet in the solar system, respectively. Virtuality has to deal with a possibly unreliable AI and possibly a hacker; it's implied that Defying Gravity's mission was at the behest of unknown forces. Defying Gravity wins by a nose. Although it was canceled after its first season, it still made it farther than Virtuality, which was nothing more than a failed pilot turned into a TV movie.
Star Trek: Discovery (2017) The Orville (2017) Space Opera Series inspired by Gene Roddenberry developed for The New '10s Star Trek: Discovery is the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise, and is set roughly during the era of the original series pilot "The Cage." The Orville is a workplace dramedy IN SPACE! with shades of The Next Generation Era. So far it's a tie between the shows and a win-win for fans. The two shows are incarnations of two different sides of the Star Trek legacy - Orville being bright, bold and optimistic while Discovery is serious, thought provoking and dramatic and fans have embraced both shows for offering a different take on the Star Trek mythos. Critical response has been mixed - Discovery has far better critic ratings, but Orville has far better fan scores. About the only losers are people who can't or won't subscribe to the premium channel to watch Discovery - Orville may have a slight edge as it's on broadcast television. Both shows are still in production as of 2020.
The Twilight Zone (2019) Amazing Stories 2020 Reboots of classic science fiction anthology series developed as a Killer App for fledgling streaming services, with a marquee producer attached. The Twilight Zone was developed for CBS's All Access service, and is the third television revival of the series. A major part of the hook this time was the presence of Jordan Peele, fresh off the success of Get Out and Us, would serve not only as a producer but as the series' narrator. Meanwhile, Amazing Stories was developed for Apple TV+ and is the first attempt to revive the property; in this case, the hook was that original creator Steven Spielberg would again be serving as a producer, suggesting it would be more in keeping with the original series rather than a modernization. The Twilight Zone. Despite mixed reactions from viewers (with some episodes being largely praised while others were not), the reviews from critics were largely favorable and the series was a success for CBS All Access; while it didn't supplant Star Trek: Discovery as the service's flagship title, it did receive a second season in June 2020. Amazing Stories, however, received mixed-negative reviews from both audiences AND critics, and was unable to turn around Apple TV+'s weak subscriber numbers.

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The Addams Family (1964) The Munsters (1964) Sitcom about an altogether ooky family of freaks. Premiered six days apart. While the Addams were proudly and extremely eccentric, very little was explicitly supernatural about them; though it was implied they had a witch ancestry. The Munsters, meanwhile, were a couple of vampires, a wolf-boy and a Frankenstein's monster, and considered themselves ordinary. The Addams were portrayed as well-to-do and WASPy, while the Munsters seemed to be more working-class and ethnic. The Addams Family generally had the odder storylines and a more macabre sense of humor, while The Munsters was played more as a traditional Sitcom. Both lasted to 1966. Ended in a stalemate, since they were both canceled in the same week. Even at their ratings peaks, both had the same amount of popularity. The Munsters has done better in syndication and The Addams Family had a major revitalization because of two successful movies in the early 1990s.
Bewitched (1964) I Dream of Jeannie (1965) Sitcom in which a guy tries to live an ordinary life despite having a long-term relationship with a blonde with magical powers. Bewitched had Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead and Dick York and Dick Sargent as The Other Darrin. I Dream of Jeannie had Barbara Eden in revealing clothing and Larry Hagman (before he was J.R. Ewing). Actually, if you like 1960s sitcoms, these are both pretty good. Both won — and so did viewers. Though to be fair, Bewitched had 3 more seasons.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976) Soap (1977) Soap Opera comedies/parodies Norman Lear's Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was actually done as a 5-days-a-week Soap Opera (with no laugh track), while Soap was a more standard sitcom as a weekly Prime Time show with audience laughter. Both were popular, though Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was more of a cult hit while Soap was a mainstream hit.
Delta House (1979) Brothers and Sisters (1979)

Co-Ed Fever (1979)
Campus comedies inspired by Animal House. Animal House was a box-office smash in 1978, so there is no surprise it inspired a TV series or two. All three series failed, but Delta House wins because it lasted the longest (three-and-a-half months) compared to Brothers and Sisters (two-and-a-half months) and Co-Ed Fever (one episode) .
Yes (Prime) Minister (1980) The New Statesman (1988) Politically oriented sitcoms depicting the lives of UK Members of Parliament, airing on The BBC and ITV respectively. Yes Minister (and its follow-up, Yes Prime Minister) depicted a good if naive politician trying his best in the face of an obstructive civil service, while The New Statesman featured a cartoonishly evil Conservative MP trying to subvert the system. Yes Minister and its follow-up were probably a little more critically respected, but The New Statesman was itself very well-reviewed and almost equally successful in the ratings. Both are remembered as classic Brit Coms however, so one could call it a tie with viewers being the winners.
Family Ties (1982) The Cosby Show (1984)

Growing Pains (1985)
1980s family sitcoms that showed generally well-to-do parents contradicting their strong-willed children. The Cosby Show showed a wealthy African-American family which was totally new for the world of television while Family Ties showed the return to conservatism in the 1980s from the liberalism of the 1960s. Growing Pains showed the role reversal of stay-at-home dad (he's a psychiatrist however) and a working mother who's an anchor. The former two aired on NBC while the latter air on ABC The Cosby Show by a mile, albeit a short one. It helped break down racial barriers, made household names of many of its stars, was the highest rated televison comedy for second half of the 1980s, and single-handedly revived the sitcom genre. To its own merit, Family Ties does have a 2 year headstart and more acclaim than the Huxtables. It was also the #2 Nielson rated program for 2 seasons but the Cosby Show was the #1 for 5. Growing Pains has neither the ratings nor the acclaim of the former two yet all three are well remembered and loved by people of all races. Cosby and Pains haven't aged nearly as well into the 2010s as "Ties", due to Bill Cosby's rape allegations and Kirk Cameron's Evangelical activism, respectively. "Ties" still has a very clean image.
The Golden Girls (1985) Designing Women (1986) Sitcoms about the lives of groups of four older women. (Designing Women in their 30's and 40's, The Golden Girls were 50+.) Designing Women was more work com, with the ladies running an interior design company together. Golden Girls was more dom com, with the focus on their lives at home. The Golden Girls had better ratings (Top Ten for most of its seasons), more acclaim, more awards (all main cast members won Emmys, one of only 3 shows to do so), and is remembered more fondly. Designing Women was successful, but was hit with controversy surrounding star Delta Burke's departure and a revolving door of cast members.
Ferris Bueller (1986) Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990) Sitcom about a High School Hustler. Both aired in the very early 90s — the former on NBC, the latter on FOX. And they were both an attempt to make a viable show out of the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Parker Lewis was generally regarded as being of higher quality, and ultimately got three seasons. Ferris got one.
Full House (1987) Blossom (1991) Sitcoms with families consisting of 3 kids and their father. Full House aired on ABC for 8 seasons from 1987 to 1994. The father in this show was a Neat Freak with 3 daughters and had help from his cool brother-in-law (who was the lead) and his goofy best friend after his wife died in a car accident. Blossom, on the other hand, aired for 5 seasons on NBC from 1991 to 1996. The wife of the father in that show left for reasons unknown, and he is stuck raising his perky titular daughter and her two half-wit older brothers. Also, Blossom focused on the titular daughter whereas Full House kept the spotlight on the entire family. Despite mixed reactions to the sugary nature of Full House, it was the more successful show that launched the Olsen twins' career. It also gave way to a Sequel Series, Fuller House, two decades later.
Married... with Children (1987) Roseanne (1988) Two White, blue-collar dysfunctional families atypical to The Cosby Show set in the state of Illinois. Both shows starred a snarky, primary breadwinner whose hatred of the opposite sex becomes magnified to the point of Flanderization over time and each had a large portion of the series end up being All Just a Dream. A significant difference is with Married...With Children was primarily a black comedy, Roseanne was a comedy-drama. When both were in their original production, Roseanne was the slight winner given how it received more attention (as viewers were more likely to receive ABC in their homes than Fox) and won plenty of Emmys at its competitor's expense. However, Married... with Children lasted a full decade and tends to be remembered more fondly by both cast members and crew alike (and its final season wasn't considered controversial like the former's show). Roseanne did manage to receive an initially acclaimed revival in 2018, but was soon tainted by star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that quickly canceled the show and lead to her being killed off in the base-breaking spinoff, The Conners. Invariably, it's a draw.
Family Matters (1989) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) Family Sitcoms with a black family as the main characters. Both shows debuted a year apart from each other. Both have the fathers working in law and had heart attacks, annoying drop in characters, Hollywood nerds, the mothers' original actors quitting and being replaced, babies who developed Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome and characters that are not in the intermediate family became the most memorable. Both are fondly remembered and were very successful, although thanks to stronger characterization, Fresh Prince got more respect critically.
Blossom (1990) Molloy (1990) Sitcoms about a teenage girl with an unconventional family. Both shows premiered at the same time and, unusually, featured the same star - Mayim Bialik played the title character in each. Blossom won almost immediately. Molloy was interesting and well-written, and even featured a then-unknown Jennifer Aniston as Bialik's evil stepsister. Blossom, however, proved to be the critical and audience favorite, and Molloy was canceled after only a few episodes.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) The Nanny (1993) Sitcoms about a middle-class character becoming part of an upper-class household. Fresh Prince is set in Los Angeles, The Nanny is set in New York City. Both shows prominently feature a Servile Snarker in their ensemble casts (Geoffrey from Fresh Prince, Niles from The Nanny). Additionally, The Nanny was more of a romantic sitcom. Both were well-received and are remembered fondly, but Fresh Prince is the more iconic of the two thanks to Will Smith have a more vast career than Fran Drescher.
Living Single (1993) Friends (1994) A group of twenty-something friends/roommates living in New York City The most obvious difference was the main cast: Single's black, female-dominated cast vs. Friends ' white, gender-balanced cast. Living Single also tended less soap opera-ish and slightly more reality-based and avoided Friends' mass-Flanderization. Friends lasted ten seasons. Living Single lasted only five, though the rerun appeal of both programs remain high. Friends was a huge success internationally, while Living Single didn't have much appeal on the international syndication level. Also, Friends spawned a (not very successful) spin-off.
Spaced (1999) Black Books (2000) Eccentric Channel 4 Brit-coms featuring eccentric characters, with little in the way of sets or budgets. Both co-written by its stars. Turned into Duelers by their side-by-side broadcasts on 4. Spaced had the larger and younger cast and had more in visual gags and fourth-wall breaking; Black Books relied more on dialogue. Both achieved cult status but Spaced has outlasted its sister-show. The rivalry is quite affectionate and just about all the cast from both appear on Black Books as guest stars or in Pegg and Wright's films.
Malcolm in the Middle (2000) Oliver Beene (2003) Sitcom about a Dysfunctional Family that raises a boy who frequently breaks the fourth wall. Another example of dueling shows created by the same network. Oliver Beene had the same style of humor and direction, but set in a version of the 1960s that basically came off as the 2000s in vintage clothing. Oliver Beene lasted for two seasons while Malcolm lasted seven.
The IT Crowd (2006) The Big Bang Theory (2007) Socially awkward nerds befriend a woman who knows nothing about technology or geek culture. The Big Bang Theory is a fairly straight American Sitcom. The IT Crowd is a surreal British Work Com more along the lines of Graham Linehan's previous series Black Books. Each one is popular in its country of origin, although Big Bang Theory is more known worldwide. Graham Linehan referenced the supposed feud when he claimed intelligence reports said Bin Laden watched the The IT Crowd... only to reveal it was actually Big Bang Theory.
The Big Bang Theory (2007) Modern Family (2009) Most successful sitcoms of the 21st century TBBT has had incredible ratings throughout its 10-year-run, constantly being in the top 10 ratings. Modern Family has also had amazing ratings, albeit not like the former. TBBT receives criticism for its predictable and crude content, and how stereotypical its characters are. The grating laugh track also generates backlash from everyone who doesn't watch the show. Modern Family is immensely acclaimed, for its 21st century characters and themes. Very close between the two, however, Modern Family has acclaim combined with incredible ratings, so one would say it wins.
The Big Bang Theory (2007) Community (2009) American sitcoms about an ensemble cast of seven close friends (both composed of four men and three women) that rely heavily on geek humor. Both shows' most popular characters are also their biggest geeks. The Big Bang Theory, which airs on CBS, is more of a Work Com, as all of its main characters have full-time jobs, while Community, which airs on NBC, features a cast of characters who (up until the end of Season 4) are still attending community college. Community’s characters are more widespread in age, while Big Bang Theory’s are all around the same age (late twenties to early thirties). Pop culture references in BBT are also more heavily restricted to fantasy and science-fiction; Community is arguably the nonpareil in terms of metafictional humor, though. Community concluded first in 2015, so The Big Bang Theory (which concluded in 2019) wins, although Community has had somewhat better critical reception. However, even after moving into the younger show’s timeslot in 2010, The Big Bang Theory continued to beat the tobacco juice out of Community in the ratings and award nominations. The Big Bang Theory hasn't had to contend with threats of cancellation, either, though doing this to Community may be responsible for its fans’ fabled passion.
Glee (2009) Community (2009) American Post Modern sitcoms about a diverse Ensemble Cast that ran from 2009-2015. Glee, which aired on Fox, is originally a (high) school club story until Season 5, while Community, which originally aired on NBC then Yahoo! Screen, features a cast of characters who (up until the end of Season 4) are attending community college. Community’s characters are more widespread in age, while Glee’s are mostly around the same age (mid teens at the beginning of the show). Glee is mainly a musical show; Community is mostly a metafictional comedy show. In a rather unfortunate coincidence, the third episode of both shows' fifth season featured a major Character Death. Glee has more mainstream recognition, while Community is more beloved by critics. Both shows also have dedicated fanbase.
Eastbound & Down (2009) The League (2009) Sitcoms ostensibly centered around sports (Baseball for Eastbound, American Football for League) that remain accessible to those who don't like sports. Both shows share similarities in Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists, Black Comedy, Cringe Comedy and a sense of Refuge in Audacity. However, the former is on HBO and is largely focused on one character, while the latter airs on FX and has an ensemble cast. Tough to call. While League has lasted longer with more episodes, Eastbound was designed with British Brevity in mind. And while League has received positive reviews, Eastbound was more acclaimed. Nevertheless, both shows have cult followings.
Modern Family (2009) Parenthood (2010) Comedy series about the different kinds of families in the 21st century (straight, gay, step, single-parent, interracial, young, experienced), all found under one extended family headed by classic TV patriarchs Al Bundy and Coach (Mr. Incredible or an redemption-seeking ice-skating coach to you young'uns), respectively. Parenthood had the undignified burden of being the first 10pm show to try to fix the damage Jay Leno wrought on the NBC schedule, but has the credentials of Ron Howard producing and a who's who of the best actors and actresses of the last three decades; Modern Family has Ed O'Neill returning in front of the camera (ironically, playing a role originally intended for Craig T. Nelson who now stars in Parenthood, Frasier alumni Scott Levitan and Christopher Lloyd (no, not the guy who played Reverend Jim on "Taxi" or Doc Brown in the "Back to the Future" movies) behind it, rave reviews so far and having two if its stars in the Maxim 100 (including Sofia Vergara being on it for three years straight). Both shows have had healthy runs and positive reviews, but Modern Family is the clear winner in terms of acclaim and ratings. Parenthood ended its run in 2015, while Modern Family is expected to run well into 2019.
Grandma's House (2010) Friday Night Dinner (2011) Sitcoms about dysfunctional Jewish families meeting up regularly for a meal. Grandma's House focuses on the generational clash and is written by and stars Simon Amstell Adam Westing. Friday Night Dinner, written by Robert Popper of Look Around You, focused more on simple Fawlty Towers Plots, with a cast including Tamsin Greig and Mark Heap of Green Wing and Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners. Grandma's House came first and has recieved generally better reviews, although Friday Night Dinner has been fairly well recieved too. Friday Night Dinner was also the first of the two shows to be picked up for a US remake.
Raising Hope (2010) Baby Daddy (2012) Sitcoms involving a young man who ends up caring for the infant daughter of a former girlfriend. Raising Hope is on FOX, while Baby Daddy is on ABC Family. The differences between network and cable make this tricky, but Raising Hope came out first, and seems to be the more critically praised. Baby Daddy, however, was recently renewed for a fifth season whereas Hope was canceled after four.
2 Broke Girls (2011, CBS) Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012, ABC) Set in New York City, involving a likeable naive blond girl, suddenly faced with adverse economic circumstances, becomes roommate with cynical dark-haired opposite. 2 Broke Girls has a Laugh Track and the two work at the same diner in Brooklyn, trying to raise money to start a cupcake business; Don't Trust the B—— In Apartment 23 is set in Manhattan, with James Van Der Beek playing a camp version of himself as a supporting character. Disputable. Apt. 23 was cancelled after its second season, while 2BG concluded with six, but Apt. 23 had far more critical acclaim throughout its run than 2BG, which has received a lukewarm critical reaction.
The Crazy Ones (2013) The Michael J. Fox Show (2013) Sitcoms built up as the comebacks of their lead actors, returning to television after a long stretch of time. The Crazy Ones is a star vehicle for Robin Williams and, to a lesser extent, Sarah Michelle Gellar, while no points for guessing the star of The Michael J. Fox Show. Both shows were cancelled after one season. A slight edge could be given to The Crazy Ones as its entire season of 22 episodes was shown and had more overall viewers compared to The Michael J. Fox Show which only got to air 15 of 22 (episodes) and had less overall viewers.
Instant Mom (2013) Trophy Wife (2013) Sitcoms where a single woman marries a man who has children. Both series premiered around the same time, but although Instant Mom was green-lit first, Trophy Wife was the first to air. Instant Mom lasted three seasons and proved to be a huge success for the otherwise controversial NickMom block. Trophy Wife, however, was canceled after one season despite a strong critical following.
A to Z (2014) Manhattan Love Story (2014) Two shows that begin by establishing the Official Couple before they even get together, each with a unique spin on narration. A to Z has the gimmick of the framing device establishing exactly how long the couple will date, as well as a Lemony Narrator. Manhattan Love Story's gimmick is that audiences can hear the internal thoughts of the main characters. Both ended with They Do, after a New Old Flame upsets the status quo. Both were cancelled before the first season ended. However, MLS was cancelled after only four episodes, whereas A to Z was cancelled later, and at least allowed to finish its run.
Survivor's Remorse (2014) Ballers (2015) Sports Entourage Survivor's Remorse airs on Starz (whose CEO, Chris Albrecht, greenlit Entourage when he was working at HBO), LeBron James is a producer on the show, which focuses on a Basketball player moving to Atlanta. Ballers was created by a former Entourage writer and stars Dwayne Johnson as a former Football player turned financial advisor. Ballers has much bigger ratings (Thanks to HBO having more viewers than Starz, and The Rock being a popular actor), but Survivor's Remorse has much stronger critical support.
Hindsight (2015, VH1) Younger (2015, TV Land) Comedy-drama shows about New York dwelling women getting second chances in life while learning how different one generation is from the next. The slightly darker Hindsight has a woman magically going back to 1995 and actively trying to correct what she sees as mistakes where her life went wrong, whereas the more light-hearted Younger is about a 40-year-old woman returning to work after raising her children and lying about her age to fit in at a company filled with 20-somethings. Fewer shows on TV Land give the appearance that Younger has more network support, but aside from that, it's too early to call.
High Maintenance (2016) Mary + Jane (2016) Sitcoms built around characters who deliver marijuana to oddball characters in major cities (New York City for Maintenance, Los Angeles for Jane.) High Maintenance is based off the successful web series of the same name and has a male lead, while Mary + Jane is more inspired by Broad City, to the point of Follow the Leader (Both series are about two female stoner best friends.) Mary + Jane has received mixed reviews, while High Maintenance has received critical acclaim, and is already renewed for a second season.
Damage Control (2016) Powerless (2017) Work Com where normal people have to deal with logistical fallout from superhero battles. Powerless deals with a security company set in the DC Universe, while Damage Control is a salvage and construction firm in the Marvel Universe. Also, Damage Control is an adaptation of an actual comic series, while Powerless has an original concept and characters. Damage Control got stuck in Development Hell, so Powerless wins by default. However, its victory rings hollow as it wasn't even able to finish out a season before being pulled from the schedule. As a consolation prize, Damage Control appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and its existence is a major factor in the movie's plot.
Son of Zorn (2016) Imaginary Mary (2017) Single camera sitcoms with a mix of live action and animation Son of Zorn is about a He-Man-esque warrior who moves to Orange County to reconnect with his ex-wife and teenage son, while Imaginary Mary is about a woman whose imaginary friend from her childhood reappears where she is now a PR executive falling in love with a single father of 3 kids. Both the shows' titular animated characters are voiced by former Saturday Night Live alumni, Jason Sudeikis voices Zorn on the former, while Rachel Dratch voices Mary on the latter. Zorn is traditionally-animated while Mary is CGI. Zorn has received mixed reviews from critics, while Mary received negative reviews from critics. The shows were cancelled after a single season, so they both lost in they end.
The Goldbergs (2013) The Kids Are Alright (2018) Both are ABC sitcoms that are based on the childhood of the show's creator, and include many nostalgic references to the decade in which they are set in. While both series have nearly identical premises, The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s and focuses more on the popular culture of the decade, while the 1970s-set The Kids Are Alright focuses on the political and social issues of that decade, and how they affect the Cleary family. The Goldbergs has clearly been the more successful show. Not only has the series been renewed through its seventh season and has developed a life in syndication, its success led to the spin-off Schooled being ordered by ABC. In contrast, The Kids Are Alright was cancelled after a single season.
Atypical (2017) Upcoming series by Jason Katims, creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, untitled as of June 2020 (TBA) Both are dramedies with autistic protagonists and explore issues faced by the community. Atypical is a Netflix Coming-of-Age Story about an autistic teenage boy's Quest for Sex and how his family adjusts to his approaching adulthood, while the Katims series will be on Amazon Prime Video, and so far seems to be Friends but with autistic characters! TBD

    Other Soaps 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The Love Boat (1977, ABC) Flying High (1978, CBS) Supertrain (1979, NBC) A guest-star filled mobile City of Adventure Love Boat took place on a real-life luxury liner. Its' competitors came up with fantasy counterparts for the air (Flying High's super jumbo jet) and land (the titular Supertrain). The focus of the series was slightly different as well: Love Boat followed Fantasy Island's formula of focusing on the guest stars, Flying High focused on the crew's wacky hijinksnote , the train itself was Supertrain's main attraction. Love Boat almost by default. Supertrain was one of TV's most infamous bombs. Most only know Flying High existed because promos for it show up on the main surviving copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special
Dallas (1978) Dynasty (1981) Primetime Soap about an Big, Screwed-Up Family of oil tycoons Both shows ended up defined by larger than life villains (JR Ewing and Alexis Colby respectively) but Dallas kept itself at least a little grounded while Dynasty enthusiastically embraced its Soap Opera nature. The former had technically superior writing and acting, the later was arguably more fun. The shows even had dueling spinoffs: Knots Landing (Dallas) and The Colbys (Dynasty) Dallas, which adopted a more soapish direction of its own to compete, leading up to the infamous "Bobby in the shower" moment. Dynasty eventually fizzled out in 1989 while Dallas lasted until 1991 (with two TV films following in the years afterward). A Dallas sequel has begun airing in 2012 on TNT, once again starring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray. Dynasty is being rebooted by The O.C. and Gossip Girl 's Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, set to premiere in 2017 on The CW.
Bull (2000) The $treet (2000) Wall Street drama. Pretty much the same. In Bull a group of investment bankers break away from an established firm and start their own company. Having to struggle with the challenges of being the newcomers in a highly competitive market. In The $treet, viewers got to see the inner workings of a small brokerage firm. In a field dominated by larger firms. Both were gone after one season, as apparently, Wall Street was better as a movie. Technically killed by bad timing. They both attempted to depict the "bull market" financial climate of their time, with investor confidence rising and a booming stock market. Their airing instead coincided with the bursting of the dot-com bubble, a stock market crash, and the bankruptcies or downsizing of several actual companies. Bull lasted for 11 episodes (with 11 more that never saw the light of day), ''The $treet' only 6.
The O.C. (2003) One Tree Hill (2003) Teen Drama about a teenager being thrust into a different social circle, and falling for one of the popular girls. Both debuted at the start of in the 2003/2004 season. The major difference was that One Tree Hill was focused on a pair of half-brothers who grew up hating each other but shared a common love of basketball, whilst The O.C. focused on a kid from the wrong side of the tracks being taken in by a wealthy family, emo music & comic books were involved. The O.C. was more critically acclaimed to begin with, but lasted for 4 seasons in comparison to One Tree Hill running for 9. The O.C. is still fondly remembered due its meta humor & portrayal of geek culture before it was popular to do so, whilst One Tree Hill is often cited as being one of the pioneers of using a Time Skip as a narrative device to bypass the character's college years. Furthering the comparisons, the third season of The O.C. is widely considered to be what ultimately killed the show, whilst that same season is consdiered a Growing the Beard moment for One Tree Hill.
Skins (2007) The Inbetweeners (2008) Series about the lives of British teenagers. Both air on E4. The former is a drama and the latter is a comedy. Skins focuses more on the Wild Teen Party aspect of life, resulting in suggestions that "Skins is what teens wish their lives were like, The Inbetweeners is what they actually are." Ongoing. Moving The Inbetweeners from spring to autumn has given it a massive ratings boost, but Skins’ global fanbase is arguably broader (even if MTV ruined it with its American adaptation).
Cashmere Mafia (2008) Lipstick Jungle (2008) A group of female friends who are all successful businesswomen. One of them had four women; one had only three. Both were written by former Sex and the City writers. Both of them got screwed over thanks to the WGA strike of late 2007-early 2008, airing just seven episodes each in their first seasons. Unfortunately, Lipstick Jungle was the only one that got renewed.
The Lying Game (2011) Ringer (2011) A girl steps into a twin's sister's life and identity. Discovery of dirty secrets and drama ensue. Both mixed elements of mystery with Country Mouse vs. City Mouse. Ringer has a Darker and Edgier storyline than The Lying Game, which focuses more on social secrets a la Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. Ringer started out strong and was hyped up as Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to TV, but its ratings plummeted and was eventually canceled. Despite lacking Ringer's star power, The Lying Game has been received better by viewers and critics alike and got renewed for a second season. ABC Family's series wins this one.
Billions (2016) Succession (2018) Shows about the lives of the ultra-rich power players of New York and their petty in-fighting. Both air on cable (Billions is on Showtime, Succession is on HBO). The former is a soapy drama and the latter is a black comedy-drama. Too early to tell. Both shows are critically acclaimed, although Succession has some Emmys under its belt (including one for writing) and ended up making several best-of decade lists. Succession also has a more sizeable Twitter fanbase.

Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
Batman (1966) (1966) The Green Hornet (1966) Live-action superhero series debuting in 1966. Batman is a comedy series that parodies superheroes while Hornet plays it straight. Batman is by far the better-remembered series nowadays, but The Green Hornet is notable for launching the American career of Bruce Lee.
Captain Nice (1967) Mr. Terrific (1967) Superhero comedies where a nebbish temporarily gains super powers by ingesting a secret formula. Both aired on Monday nights on different networks in consecutive time slots. Mr. Terrific lasted two episodes longer (17 vs. 15), but it's pretty much a tie.
Smallville (2001) Heroes (2006) Live action drama featuring people discovering they have superhuman abilities Smallville was a Superman origin story, and focused on the growth of Clark Kent from farm boy to Earth's greatest hero; Heroes was about what would happen if people with super powers started appearing in the "real" world. Smallville would gradually introduce various DC Comics characters over the course of the series, whilst Heroes wasn't tied to an existing comic book property. Due to it being set in the "real world" Heroes was a lot darker than Smallville. Smallville is the clear winner, lasting 10 years & ending on its own terms; Heroes started out strongly but became increasingly convoluted & received a large critical backlash as the show went on, before it was cancelled after its fourth season. Coincidentally, both shows ended with the world at large becoming aware of the existence of superpowers, but in Heroes it went as an unresolved cliffhanger, whilst in Smallville it served as the culmination of Clark Kent's growth into Superman.
Arrow (2012) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) Live action drama based on DC Comics and Marvel Comics properties. Both shows focus on Bad Ass Normal characters; but Arrow is an adaptation of Green Arrow, whilst Agents is a tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and focuses on a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. As such, the Agents cast is built upon brand new characters and extremely obscure existing characters due to the films having first rights to the major characters and two major properties being off limits due to rights issues; whilst Arrow more or less has free reign to use any existing DC Comics character. Agents has a higher budget and garners higher ratings than Arrow, but those ratings are considered poor for ABC and have plummeted since the pilot aired, whilst Arrow is one of The CW's highest rated shows. Arrow generally received more critical and fan acclaim than Agents in the first season they were both on the air and has spawned multiple spin-offs (collectively called the Arrowverse), but as time has gone on Agents has gained more critical and fan acclaim. Both series are to end in 2020; and we'll be able to make a final verdict once they do.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) The Flash (2014) Live action drama based on DC Comics & Marvel Comics properties that (originally) aired on Tuesdays. A continuation of the Marvel vs. DC rivalry. Whereas S.H.I.E.L.D is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe & (as mentioned above) has its hands tied on which characters it can use, The Flash has the entire The Flash mythos at it's disposal & takes full advantage of that. YMMV. Whilst Agents found its stride towards the end of its first season & has grown from strength to strength since then, The Flash is considered to have done so in a much faster fashion. Ratings wise, Agents is popular enough to repeatedly secure it's renewal, whilst The Flash is the most popular show on The CW, although ABC generally has higher viewing figures than The CW.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) Gotham (2014) Shows based on Marvel Comics & DC Comics properties that focus on the law-enforcement rather than the superheroes themselves. A continuation of the Marvel vs. DC rivalry. Whereas S.H.I.E.L.D is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe & (as mentioned above) has its hands tied on which characters it can use; Gotham is a separate continuity to existing DC properties, but has its hands tied on which characters it can use, since the show starts with the deaths of Thomas & Martha Wayne & will feature a young Bruce Wayne. Humorously, CTV will broadcast both shows for Canadian release. Both have their fans, but SHIELD generally averaged higher ratings when both aired concurrently to one another, and ran for at least two seasons longer.
Arrow (2012) /The Flash (2014) Constantine (2014) Live action drama based on DC Comics properties. Whilst Arrow & The Flash share a continuity & both air on The CW, Constantine stood separately on NBC. However, Arrow is an action series, whilst The Flash is more of a Sci-Fi series, Constantine is a supernatural/horror themed series. The CW gave Arrow & The Flash early renewals for their respective fourth & second seasons; NBC eventually announced the cancellation of Constantine a day after The CW announced that the next spin-off in the DC/CW universe was going straight to series. The CW shows are the clear winners. Amusingly, Constantine was retroactively made part of the Arrowverse, with Arrow season 4 featuring the titular character, and Constantine later joining Legends of Tomorrow in season 4 as a regular.
Arrow (2012) Daredevil (2015) Another DC vs Marvel entry, they are live action dramas based on street level heroes with almost no superpowers trying to save their respective cities. Both are touted as dark and gritty takes on comic book superheroes. However, Marvel decided to forego debuting Daredevil on network TV and instead ran it on Netflix. They've also firmly placed the series as part of their greater cinematic universe whereas Arrow isn't connected to DC's films, but was instead the first installment of its own super-franchise. Most seem to be in agreement that Daredevil is the superior show. Being on Netflix means that it can stay truer to its gritty roots without having to deal with the many teen angst subplots that Arrow is often saddled with as a show on the CW. Nevertheless, both shows are very popular and have huge dedicated followings, so it seems to be a functional tie.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) Legends of Tomorrow (2016) Live action dramas focusing on teams of superheroes. SHIELD consists mostly of Marvel canon foreigners (who all later migrated to the comics), while Legends consists of canonical DC characters, albeit ones who've mostly never been on teams together; the "Legends" name itself has never officially applied to any team in DC canon, either. SHIELD is much darker than Legends. Both shows also tie into larger franchises (the MCU and the Arrowverse, respectively). YMMV. Both have their fans, but SHIELD generally pulls in more viewers than Legends.
Gotham (2014) Supergirl (2015) Live action drama featuring the mythos of two of DC's most well-known heroes. Supergirl borrows heavily on the Superman mythos, and focuses on the maturity of Kara Zor-El both as a hero and an individual; Gotham is directly linked to the Batman mythos. Both shows are not told from the perspective of the iconic hero whom the mythology is based from. Supergirl treats Superman as a Hero of Another Story and initially only occasionally appeared as The Faceless, while Bats himself is only the Tritagonist of Gotham. Both shows also aired originally on Mondays in the same time slot. In terms of ratings, Gotham pulled in more viewers on average, but received mixed-to-negative reviews, while Supergirl had lower overall ratings, but was critically approved and later had the benefit of tying into the larger Arrowverse. YMMV. Of the two, Gotham concluded first.
Supergirl (2015) Jessica Jones (2015) Live action dramas focusing on popular female superheroes from DC and Marvel, respectively. Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist of the popular comedy-drama Glee. Jessica Jones is a vehicle for Krysten Ritter, who had a minor role on a very popular drama (Breaking Bad) and the lead role on a not-so-popular comedy (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23). Jones is much darker than Supergirl, which is generally the most light-hearted DC television show currently airing. Probably a draw. Each have their fans and were critically lauded upon debut, so it's more a matter of preference.
Arrow (2012) Iron Fist (2017) Yet another DC vs Marvel entry, the shows are about a billionaire whom many thought died somewhere during the Turn of the Millennium after an accident returning so they can save their respective cities. During their time away, they Took a Level in Badass. Iron Fist is more mystical in nature than Arrow, who is more grounded (though it's fourth season is in similar tone to Iron Fist). Being on Netflix means that Iron Fist can be gritty without having to deal with the many teen angst subplots that Arrow is often saddled with as a show on the CW.
The Umbrella Academy (2019) Doom Patrol (2019) (2019) Live action adaptations of comic books about teams of weirdos with special powers, both based in big mansions and led by eccentric older men who assembled them to become superheroes, each airing on streaming platforms (Netflix & DC Universe, respectively) and premiering their first seasons on the same date. Umbrella Academy entered development three years before Doom Patrol (and was originally envisioned as a film even earlier than that), but the latter's source material predates the former's by quite a few decades. TBD. Umbrella Academy is on the streaming juggernaut that is Netflix, but Doom Patrol has the benefit of its DC Comics branding, so it could go either way.

    Talk Show 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The O'Reilly Factor (1996) Countdown with Keith Olbermann (2003) Hour-long opinion shows featuring hosts with wildly-inflated egos. Olbermann is the liberal, O'Reilly is the conservative. Unsurprisingly split among party lines: More conservatives watch O'Reilly's show, while liberals tended to go for Olbermann. In terms of viewership, O'Reilly consistently won, while Olbermann got more Internet buzz. Countdown was cancelled on MSNBC in 2011 and quickly picked up by Current TV. It enjoyed great success, despite being on an independent and hard-to-find cable network, but in 2012 Olbermann was fired from Current and is now back at ESPN were he started his career. So technically O'Reilly won, but Olbermann's protégés at the two networks (Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Cenk Uygur) are doing well enough on their own to be considered legacy victories. Also, Olbermann is still on television in some form, even though his current job is apolitcal, while O'Reilly lost both his show and his job in 2017 following a sexual harassment controversy.
The View (1997) The Talk (2010) Talk shows hosted by a diverse group of (usually) five women who start with a roundtable discussion about current affairs. For the most part, they're identical, though each show has something of a focus on material produced by their parent company (ABC/Disney for The View, CBS for The Talk.) Hard to tell. The View usually holds a slight lead in ratings thanks to a very large head start, but has courted controversy over a revolving door of hosts and an increase in heated and potentially-alienating political discussions, with an infamous split-screen blow-up between panelists Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell considered the moment the show jumped the shark. The Talk, after an awkward first season where there was a similar shake-up of hosts, has maintained a slow and steady upward momentum (which host Julie Chen attributes to a deliberate avoidance of said political discussions.) Discussions about the two often say it's not a matter of if The Talk overtakes The View, but when.

    Variety Show 
Original Clone Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) The Hollywood Palace (1964) Vaudeville-style variety show, with acts spanning every genre and generation. The Ed Sullivan Show – initially known as the "Toast of the Town" was hosted by the New York entertainment columnist, and he presented every type of act imaginable – from burlesque comedy and opera to ballet and top popular music acts of the day; the best-known episodes are the ones that featured early national TV performances of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Muppets. Among the many competing shows of "various acts" bills was ABC's Hollywood Palace, taped at the eponymously-named venue in Hollywood, California. Unlike Ed Sullivan, Hollywood Palace had guest hosts each week; the program is best known for the earliest performances of The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5. Ed Sullivan; even more is that the show was in the same time block for almost its entire 23-year run (1948-1971) – Sundays at 8 p.m. EST. For its part, Hollywood Palace had a six-year run (1964-1970) and was able to attract most of the same big-name acts as Sullivan did, including (most notably) The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5.
American Bandstand (1952) Soul Train (1971) Teens dancing to the popular music of the day. The day's hottest musical acts appeared as well. To put it bluntly — American Bandstand was for white kids and emphasized the music, and Soul Train was for black kids and emphasized the dancing. A difference that was highlighted by both shows' signature segments: Bandstand's song ratings ("It's got a good beat and you can dance to it!") and the Soul Train Line. Both lasted the same amount of seasons, with Bandstand having a 13-season headstart and Train lasting thirteen seasons after Bandstand's cancellation. Soul Train seems to be more fondly remembered, though both have their Never Live It Down factor: Bandstand for its overwhelming whiteness and Train for its inescapable link to '70s fashion, music, and afros.
Shindig! (1964) Hullabaloo (1965)

Shivaree (1965)

Hollywood a Go-Go (1965)
Prime-time musical variety shows featuring the Top 40 acts of the day singing their hits, accompanied by go-go dancers. Shindig! debuted on ABC in September 1964 and was hosted by Jimmy O'Neil. NBC's answer, Hullabaloo, premiered in January 1965 and was hosted by various guest hosts. Shivaree and Hollywood a Go-Go were local programs that were nationally syndicated around the same time; they were hosted, respectively, by Sam Riddle and Gene Weed. All four of them were cancelled by 1966. Over-saturation of such shows†  might've been a factor in their eventual failure. Nevertheless, they're all fondly remembered for the musical acts they featured.
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1968) Turn-On (1969) Comedy/variety show produced by George Schlatter Laugh-In was the #1 show at the time for NBC. ABC decided to get in on the action by making their own irreverent sketch show that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable at the time. Laugh-In won, both with critics and in the ratings. Turn-On, in contrast, was so bad that it either got banned and replaced with alternate programming, was canceled ten minutes into its first episode, or aired in its entirety and never shown again.
Morecambe and Wise (1968) The Two Ronnies (1971) Two British comedy shows heavily inspired by music hall/vaudeville comedy and featuring two pairs of very good friends Both shows ran on BBC-1 for most of the 1970s, garnering high ratings. The Rons had also some solo works while M&W concentrated in their show. A biggie. Both teams are still very popular and influential to this day. And while Eric and Ernie had a much longer career, The Two Ronnies are likely more popular overseas.
The Midnight Special (1972) Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (1973) Ninety minutes of live music by a variety of acts, with occasional taped shows and comedy. Special debuted six months before Rock Concert. Special aired on NBC, Rock Concert was syndicated. The biggest difference between the shows were the hosts: Midnight Special had Wolfman Jack as the announcer and a series of guest hosts; Rock Concert was hosted by Kirshner himself. Both shows ended in 1981, but Midnight Special wins here because the concerts are offered on DVD via Nostalgia Filter Infomercials, which make them more familiar.
Saturday Night Live (1975) Fridays (1980) Both are variety sketch shows featuring a cast of young, unknown comedians and comedy writers, popular celebrities of the day, popular musical performances of the day, and both air live on their respective coasts (SNL in the East and Fridays in the West) ABC's Fridays started out as a crude and disgusting carbon copy of SNL (in fact, the third episode, which featuring a sketch about a zombie diner, a sketch about a priest who buys an inflatable sex doll modeled after a nun, and a talk show parody about prim and proper women who spit, was the final episode in a lot of affiliates, as they received complaints about the show's content). When SNL went through Seasonal Rot in the early 1980s, Fridays came out on top as the edgy sketch show that had a young cast of Crazy Awesome comedians and the best in popular music. SNL wins because it's more remembered and (for better or worse) still popular, while Fridays is more of a Cult Classic that isn't remembered much (though it does have a DVD release from Shout! Factory and is on Hulu Plus). However, between 1980 and 1982, Fridays was clearly the winner, because SNL's quality was severely lacking and Fridays was deemed better by comparison (even if some of the detractors still thought it was a bad show).
Saturday Night Live (1975) The New Show (1984) Sketch Comedy Variety Show Both shows have guests and musical guests and were produced by Lorne Michaels. SNL still won. The New Show failed to capture an audience of its own, only lasting for 9 episodes, broadcast over the course of two months (January-March, 1984). Its ratings were among the lowest of the season. It did so bad that it prompted Lorne Michaels to return to Saturday Night Live in 1985. On the up side, The New Show had a lot of up-and-coming writers who would later work on The Simpsons...after working on SNL during its near-Creator Killer 11th season and most of its new Golden Age seasons (seasons 12 to 15).
Saturday Night Live (1975) MADtv (1995) Sketch Comedy Variety Show. The first is a classic of the genre, despite its many ups and downs. The other is pretty much the same, only it's taped, pared down to an hour long, and comes off the heels of In Living Color! being cancelled after five years and House of Buggin and Saturday Night Special being taken off the air due to bad reviews and worse ratings. Though both shows held their own (and have fans who will forever fight over which show is most superior), Saturday Night Live wins because it's more popular, it's still on the air, is in syndication on cable (VH1 and VH1 Classic), and is on DVD (the first five seasons and several "Best Of" clip shows and documentaries about the show's history), Internet streamingnote , and Netflix, while MADtv was canceled, hasn't been syndicated since 2010 (it was on in reruns on Comedy Central, but was canceled, and its alleged Spiritual Successor, MADnote  was canned in 2013 to make room for new shows), is only on DVDnote , and only has the final two seasons available on iTunes.
Have I Got News for You (1990) Mock the Week (2005) Comedy panel quiz/"quiz" focusing on recent news, featuring both regular panellists and guests HIGNFY has been running much longer and is generally considered more cerebral and culturally valuable, but MTW is a good contender comedy-wise. Frequently draw from the same pool of guests. It's a tie!
Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam (1992) BET's Comicview (1992) Stand-up comedy series that showcase young, up-and-coming black comedians Both debuted in the mid '90s, during the Stand Up Comedy Boom. Def Comedy tends to pull bigger names and uses its pay cable slot to get away with saltier language. Comicview tends to edit its shows, often splicing several comics together for themed segments. Comicview has been on-air longer, running continuously from 1992 to 2008. However, Def Comedy Jam has a stronger cultural impact, so Def Comedy Jam wins.
The Daily Show (1996) Half-Hour News Hour (2007) Comedy shows that mock the news. Half-Hour was meant to be the conservative version of The Daily Show. People tuned in to Half-Hour to see if conservatives can be funny...and were sorely disappointed. Winner: The Daily Show.
Comedy Inc (2003) Big Bite (2003)

skitHOUSE (2003)
Australian sketch comedy series launched by commercial networks in the first half of 2003 Seven had Big Bite, Nine Comedy Inc and Ten skitHouse Comedy Inc lasted until 2007, whereas both Big Bite and skitHOUSE both ended in 2004
Tosh.0 (2009) Web Soup (2009) The Soup-inspired snarky weekly rundowns of viral videos. Comedy Central's Tosh sticks mostly to YouTube stuff and viewer submissions and its signature "Web Redemption" segment. G4's Web Soup is more Attack of the Show!'s "Epic Fail" segments meets The Soup, using AOTS-style graphics. It really depends on your style of comedy, with Tosh being more straightforward and meaner, while Web Soup delves into sketch comedy and absurdist comedy. It also has the all-important blessing of McHale, along with Chris Hardwick, who has been on TV for years and has built a good Internet following. However, Tosh is adored by Comedy Central, and Web Soup was cancelled.
The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (2020) Muppets Now Spinoffs/revivals of the two most well-known Jim Henson series (Sesame Street and The Muppets) that bring the characters into a different style of variety series (a talk show and web videos, specifically). Both series marked the characters' debut on streaming television. The Not-Too-Late Show and Muppets Now have both been compared to the original The Muppet Show, with their emphasis on sketch comedy and celebrity cameos. Both series had new episodes released weekly with a generally similar format episode-to-episode; Not-Too-Late Show boasted 13 episodes in its first season while Muppets Now only had 6. Unclear. Regarding reviews, Elmo has the edge over Muppets, with slightly stronger scores from critics and noticeably higher scores from audiences. However, Muppets almost certainly has the edge in terms of viewership, due to Disney+'s popularity and HBO Max's poor early subscriber numbers; in fact, after just one episode, Muppets Now had more ratings on IMDb than Elmo had garnered after 12.

Alternative Title(s): Live Action TV


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