REVIEW: End of Month Reviews #71 - November 2009 [spoilers]

Martin Phipps martinphipps2 at
Fri Dec 11 17:05:04 PST 2009

On Dec 12, 7:25 am, Scott Eiler <sei... at> wrote:
> On Dec 11, 2:27 pm, dvan... at (Dave Van Domelen) wrote:
> > In article <2f0fb7c9-fcff-4a71-b557-0373d7186... at>,
> > Andrew Perron  <pwer... at> wrote:
> > >Oh yes.  I love, love, *love* shared universes.  I honestly don't know
> > >why they seem to be limited to comic books and licensed properties.
> Cinema cartoons are mostly shared universes too.  Bugs Bunny / Road
> Runner, Mickey Mouse / Donald Duck, and Hanna Barbera Laff-A-Lympics
> come to mind.
> Lots of science fiction series are "licensed properties", just because
> that's the main contractual way for a group of writers to share a
> universe.
> >      Additionally, every so often two shows that aren't directly based on one
> > another will have a crossover, like when Martial Law and Early Edition had a
> > two-part story that started in one show and ended in the other.
> That, not a spinoff, is what I call a shared universe.

Don't forget that Without a Trace shares the same universe as all
three CSIs while Homocide: Life on the Street crossed over with Law
and Order four times (meaning that Homocide and the four Law and Order
shows share a universe).  The David E. Kelley shows Boston Legal,
Boston Public, Ally McBeal, and Gideon's Crossing share a universe as
do JAG, NCIS and NCIS:LA.  Then there's the five Star Trek series.
Somebody also already mentioned All in te Family, Archie Bunker's
Place, Gloria, Maude, Good Times and the Jeffersons as being all part
of a shared universe.  The mary Tyler Moore Show also had a few
spinoffs: Rhoda (1974-1978), Phyllis (1975-1977) and Lou Grant
(1977-1982).  I googled that.


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