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Are the Concepts behind the Most Popular TV Shows Recycled

By Mabelle

I’m a ‘frustrated’ fiction **writer -and I remember one of my supposed **editors **saying that there are actually no unique **storylines **in the world anymore -they have all been told through one form or another. What makes a writer **unique, and what will make a **story **her own -is the way that the **characters **are presented and how the **story **is told.

I guess the same thing holds true for TV shows. How many original concepts can you actually develop for a series **to become **a hit? “Friends”, “The Sopranos”, “Seinfeld” **and **“Sex and the City” may be groundbreaking in their own right, but the same story would have been told before -the only difference is that they were not a hit to the general viewing public.

Take a look at this list of “10 TV Shows that were Ripped Off by Other Shows”, as compiled by CampusSqueeze.com:

Table of contents:

  1. flip that house (discovery home) vs. flip this house (a&e)
  2. the honeymooners (cbs) vs. the flintstones (abc)
  3. wife swap (fox) vs. trading spouses (abc)
  4. the simpsons (fox) vs. family tv shows/family guy (fox)
  5. sex and the city (hbo) vs. lipstick jungle (nbc) and cashmere mafia (abc)
  6. people's court vs. every court show forever
  7. the x-files (fox) vs. millennium (fox)
  8. csi (cbs) vs. every other crime scene drama
  9. dawson's creek (the wb) vs. one tree hill (the wb and now cw), the oc (fox), gilmore girls (the wb and the cw)
  10. er (nbc) vs. chicago hope (cbs)

1 Flip That House (Discovery Home) Vs. Flip This House (a&E)

2 The Honeymooners (CBS) Vs. the Flintstones (ABC)

3 Wife Swap (Fox) Vs. Trading Spouses (ABC)

4 The Simpsons (Fox) vs. Family TV Shows/Family Guy (Fox)

5 Sex and the City (HBO) Vs. Lipstick Jungle (NBC) and Cashmere Mafia (ABC)

6 People's Court Vs. Every Court Show Forever

7 The X-Files (Fox) Vs. Millennium (Fox)

8 CSI (CBS) Vs. Every Other Crime Scene Drama

9 Dawson's Creek (the WB) Vs. One Tree Hill (the WB and Now CW), the OC (Fox), Gilmore Girls (the WB and the CW)

10 ER (NBC) Vs. Chicago Hope (CBS)

I can’t believe that the show Gilmore Girls was even compared to Dawson’s Creek -and “The OC”?!? That’s pure and utter nonsense!

FYI (to the author of this post), Gilmore Girls is not dealing with teen angst! The show is, in fact, a groundbreaking look into the touching relationship **of **Lorelai and Rory, a mother-and-daughter team played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bedel. It even extends to the relationship **of **Lorelai **and her upper-class mother, played by veteran actress **Kelly Bishop.

The focus of the story **is how three different generations of **women **deal with the **love **and **life issues that they have.

From one fellow blogger to another, maybe we better check on our facts first when compiling a list like this and dig a little deeper through research, eh?

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