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A random thought that occurred to me: is The X-Files the only… - John C. Kirk

Jan. 25th, 2006

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A random thought that occurred to me: is The X-Files the only long-running American SF series that hasn't had a spin-off? Let's use 6 seasons as the (somewhat arbitrary) definition of "long running". Then we have:



Charmed is the only other example I can think of (now up to season 8), but it hasn't finished yet, so there's still time. Quantum Leap is the next runner up (only lasted for 5 seasons).

I seem to recall that sulkyblue did a similar list of TV shows a while back (in the context of whether they made it to year 7), but I can't find it now.

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From:rjw1
Date:January 25th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
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is The X-Files the only long-running American SF series that hasn't had a spin-off?

no its not.
the lone gunmen spun off from it. not for long but they did.
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 25th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
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Ah, good point. (I haven't actually seen any episodes of that, but I do remember its existence now that you mention it.)

So, yes, that pretty much invalidates the whole of my post then :)
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From:rjw1
Date:January 25th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
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indeed ;)
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From:bazzalisk
Date:January 25th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
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Just to be pedantic, but the Highlander cartoon series had bugger all to do with the live action series (and indeed bugger all to do with anything else in the highlander franchise for that matter - it most closely resembled Highlander 2 of all things).
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
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True - I think they commissioned the animated series based on the success of the live action series, but it may not count as a spin-off as such. (Similarly, "Stargate Infinity" has a rather tenuous link to "Stargate SG-1".) I'm not sure where I'd say that the cartoon diverged from the other continuities - probably somewhere during the first movie.
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From:shuripentu
Date:January 25th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Dude, Xena was a spin-off? *refuses to believe those enormous boobs could have done anything other than materialise out of nowhere*
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 25th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Yup, and she actually had quite a good origin story (as these things go). The basic premise was that a warlord attacked her village, so she organised a militia to drive him off. After that, she maintained an armed guard, in case anyone else tried the same thing (which I think a few of them did). It then occurred to her that the best way to protect her village was to create a buffer zone around it, by taking over the neighbouring territory, so she went on the offensive, and her army grew (by conscripting people from the newly acquired villages). Things kind of snowballed after that, and she wound up becoming what she had initially fought against. Hercules bumped into her on his travels, and persuaded her to disband her army and try to make amends for her past misdeeds. (Everything up to this point was in a 3-part storyline in his series.)

Her series began shortly after that, where she returned to her old village, found that she wasn't very welcome, met Gabrielle, and went a-wandering.
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From:elvum
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
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What about Crusade, Angel, Xena, Enterprise... ;-)
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Crusade only lasted for 1 season, Angel had 5 seasons, and Enterprise had 4, so none of them meet the "6 season cut-off" that I proposed. Xena did run for 6 seasons, so I guess it would be more accurate to exclude series which are themselves spin-offs...
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