Your show has been a smash success! You're on your 5th or 6th season, but your star decides he's had enough and decides to end the series. But you don't want to end just yet! Maybe the producers want to milk the cash cow a little longer. Maybe you can create ... an After Show.
An After Show is a very specific combination of Spinoff and ReTool. It is a clear attempt to extend the life of a show by renaming it. To be an After Show, it must 1) come after the end of the original series, and 2) star as regular cast members at least one member who could have been considered a star on the original, or feature the same setting as the original show. For example ... The Ropers is just a spin-off of Three's Company, but Three's a Crowd is an After Show.
The best way to illustrate an After Show is if it can be placed in this statement.... ________ is an attempt to do _______ without ___________ .
Named after the show AfterMASH, one of the most (in)famous After Shows ever.
If, after the star leaves, the execs decide to carry on under the same brand, then said brand has instituted Final Season Casting. If they decide to keep going by recasting the star's character, that's The Nth Doctor or The Other Darrin. Also compare Post-Script Season, which occurs when a series with season-long arcs gets Un-Cancelled, whereas this variant applies primarily to shows that are Episodic in nature.
Compare From the Ashes. See also Revival, which is similar to this trope but tends to come much later after the end of the original show. A subtrope of Sequel Series. Not to be confused with the sort of aftershow that airs directly after each episode with discussion (eg. Talking Dead).
- The Adventures of Superpup is an attempt to do The Adventures of Superman without Superman (or humans, for that matter).
- Archie Bunker's Place is an attempt to do All in the Family without the Family.
- AfterMASH is an attempt to do M*A*S*H without Hawkeye, BJ, Charles, Hot Lips, and war.
- Golden Palace is an attempt to do The Golden Girls without Dorothy.
- The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin is an attempt to do The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin without Reginald Perrin (due to Actor Existence Failure).
- Mayberry R.F.D. is an attempt to do The Andy Griffith Show without Andy Griffith. This one was more successful than most other examples, lasting three seasons before succumbing to CBS' "Rural Purge".
- Pete and Gladys is an attempt to do December Bride without the December bride.
- So Random is an attempt to do Sonny with a Chance without Sonny. Unusual in that So Random was originally a sketch comedy that existed In-Universe, before becoming an actual show.
- The New WKRP In Cincinatti is an attempt to do WKRP in Cincinnati without Andy Travis, Jennifer Marlowe or Bailey Quarters (and only occasionally including Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap).
- Ozzie's Girls is an attempt to do The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet without the Nelson Brothers.
- Sanford is an attempt to do Sanford and Son without the Son.
- Sanford Arms is an attempt to do Sanford and Son without Sanford or Son.
- Three's a Crowd is an attempt to do Three's Company without Janet and Terri/Crissy/Cindy.
- Genshiken Nidaime is an attempt to do Genshiken with the male cast reduced to occasional cameo appearances.
- Grace and Favour, known as Are You Being Served Again in the States, is an attempt to do Are You Being Served? without the department store (traded in for a bed and breakfast), Mr. Lucas or Mr. Spooner, or either of the elderly Grace Brothers the store was named for.
- It Sticks Out Half a Mile was a radio-show attempt at making Dad's Army without Captain Mainwaring or most of the platoon. Actually, Arthur Lowe was supposed to voice his character in the show but he died after making one episode, so they built up John LeMesurier's Arthur Wilson as the main character. His death a year later effectively ended all work on the program.
- Degrassi: The Next Generation is an attempt to do Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High without the original students except Snake, Spike, Caitlin, Joey, and Mr. Raditch (who was the principal in the first four seasons). The name was officially shortened around season 10, after Emma, Manny, Spinner, Liberty, and Jay left, though its still the same show.
- Degrassi: Next Class is an attempt to do Degrassi: The Next Generation without Clare, Eli, Alli, or Drew.
- Likewise, Saved by the Bell: The New Class is an all new group of students attending Bayside High.
- Forever Ferwood is an attempt to do Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman without Mary. It was followed by Fernwood Tonight, a talk show.
- Cory in the House is an attempt to do That's So Raven without Raven, Chelsie, Eddie, and Mrs. Baxter.
- The Suite Life on Deck is an attempt to do The Suite Life of Zack and Cody without Arwin, Carey and Maddie, though they have made appearances from time to time,
- Newhart was at one point to have been an After Show to The Bob Newhart Show, with Suzanne Pleshette again being Bob's wife Emily, with them running the Inn. However, when you consider how the show ended...
- What's Happening Now is What's Happening!! with all the characters grown up one now married and without Mrs Thomas.
- Jonas L.A. is an attempt to do Jonas without their parents and Arizona setting.
- Wall Street Week with Fortune is an attempt to do Wall Street Week without Louis Rukeyser.
- Major Crimes is an attempt to do The Closer without Kyra Sedgwick or J.K. Simmons.
- The George Burns Show is an attempt to do The Burns And Allen Show without Gracie Allen.
- Kate Plus 8 is an attempt to do Jon & Kate Plus Eight without Jon.
- Solo One is an attempt to do Matlock Police without the main cast.
- Mc Millan is an attempt to do McMillan & Wife without the wife.
- The Dumping Ground is an attempt to do The Story of Tracy Beaker/Tracy Beaker Returns without Tracy Beaker.
- Lewis falls somewhere between this trope and a Spin-Off, being a continuation of Inspector Morse, starring the now deceased Morse's right-hand man promoted to Detective Inspector and main character. Played with the trope by way of to a five year Time Skip during which Lewis Took A Level In Cynicism, partly thanks to his wife being killed off in the interim, and making him the grumpy but mostly benevolent mentor to a slightly uptight and naive junior detective the way Morse was to him in the original series. They must have done something right, because it lasted for nine seasons.
- Sabrina's Secret Life is an attempt to do Sabrina: The Animated Series with the characters aged up by two years and without Gem, Chloe, Quigley, or Pi.
- Scrubs season nine, aka Scrubs: Med School is an attempt to do Scrubs without JD, Carla, The Janitor or Elliot.
- Oddly though, this one kind of plays with it because despite wanting to try doing the show without him the producers still had Zach Braff guest star for about half the episodes of the season (and Elliot for 4) which makes it seem like even they didn't have faith that the show could carry on without him. The main characters are medical students rather than interns this time with some of the original doctors as faculty/medical staff at the university.
- Stargate SG-1's ninth and tenth seasons. The producers wanted to change the title to "Stargate Command" and do exactly this, but the network wanted the name power of SG-1. To use the above prescribed phrase, seasons 9 and 10 were an attempt to do SG-1 without Richard Dean Anderson.
- Rare movie version: The Bourne Legacy is an attempt to do The Bourne Trilogy without Jason Bourne or almost any of the other important characters.
- Joey is an attempt to do Friends without... well, everyone save Joey.
- Another Disney example: Bunk'd is Jessie without Jessie, Luke (though he makes one guest appearance), and Bertram, until Emma, Ravi, and Zuri, the characters that did make the jump, depart the series.
- Lab Rats: Elite Force is an attempt to do Lab Rats without Leo and Adam, and Mighty Med without any Mighty Med staff other than Kaz, Oliver, and Skylar (though that last one is justified since Mighty Med itself is destroyed in the new show's premiere.
- The Good Fight is a continuation of The Good Wife minus Alicia Florrick, revolving around Diane Lockhart instead after she loses her retirement savings to a Ponzi Scheme.
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is an attempt to do the Neighborhood of Make Believe without the "real world" of Mister Rogers.
- The Kidsongs Television Show that aired on PBS in 1994 was an attempt at reviving the previously syndicated Kidsongs TV Show from 1987 without any of the original castnote .
- The Conners is an attempt to do Roseanne without Roseanne.
- Jason King is an attempt to do Department S without Stewart, Annabel, or Sir Curtis.
- Boston Legal is an attempt to do The Practice without the original main cast.
- Family Guy parodied this in an episode where the network wanted to reboot the show. One of the ideas is to do this, where Chris is the lead, he is married to Tricia Takanawa, and Joe lives with them. Peter and Lois are stated to be dead, while the rest of the family moved to Australia.
- Macross 7 was a note attempt to do Super Dimension Fortress Macross without Hikaru, Misa, Minmay, Claudia, Captain Global or Britai. There is one difference, in that while the actors were of varying willingness to return (Arihiro Hase having died and Mari Iijima having a moderately successful singing career made them the ones least likely to return), it was the creator, Shoji Kawamori, who has professed zero interest in revisiting Hikaru, Misa and Minmay.
- Another film example: Curse of the Pink Panther and Son of the Pink Panther were attempts to do The Pink Panther without Inspector Clouseau.