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Tommy Westphall's Mind - A Multiverse Explored

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Tommy Westphall's Mind - A Multiverse Explored

Postby Dr Archeville » Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:17 am

From an e-mail sent to me on the Global Guardians (pbem) e-mail list. It's too insane not to share.

Tommy Westphall (portrayed by Chad Allen) is a minor character from the television series, St. Elsewhere. This minor character took on major significance in the series' final episode, "The Last One". Tommy was the autistic son of Dr. Donald Westphall (Ed Flanders), first appearing in the show's second season. In the final scene of the final episode, it is revealed that the entire series is a figment of Tommy's imagination - and his father is not a doctor in a hospital at all. The closing image is of St. Eligius hospital, the setting of St. Elsewhere, inside a snowglobe that Tommy owns.

The Tommy Westphall Television Hypothesis states that not only does St. Elsewhere take place within Tommy's mind, but so do numerous other television series and movies which are directly and indirectly connected to St. Elsewhere through crossovers and spin-offs, resulting in a large fictional universe taking place entirely within Tommy's mind. Tommy Westphall lends his name to this hypothesis because if St. Elsewhere is a figment of his imagination, and all other series that can somehow be connected to it exist in the same fictional universe, those shows could be said to exist only in Tommy Westphall's mind.


The Rules:
In almost every category of rules/exclusions there are things that we would love to include. However, we cannot cherry pick which one or two things in a certain category we would like to include, instead we would have to include all of a type if we allowed in some of a type. So for simplicity and our remaining bits of sanity we do not include any show that is not a narrative live action program with a shared continuity from episode to episode. The particulars of the rules & exclusions are below (along with mentions of what we wish we could include, and often why the category is excluded):

1. Crossovers with "real" shows and "real" people. This includes episodes that portray a reality show existing within the fictional series (such as the X-Files/COPS crossover) or episodes where actual people make appearances as their real selves (such as a snippet of Jay Leno doing a Tonight Show monologue). These real/fictional crossovers are often great for a laugh and it is usually really interesting to see the real and fictional spheres meld briefly but there is no way to fully document all of these crossovers and there is no logical stopping point for the inclusion of a show on the grounds of a shared real space.

2. Cartoons. There are a few legitimate cartoon crossovers that we would like to include (namely The Simpsons' crossovers with Cheers and X-Files) but opening the door for The Simpsons would forces us to include more than a score of 1960s cartoon. Not only are most of those cartoons bad but cartoon crossover history is to poorly documented for even our best searching to yield a complete list and the cartoon crossovers were rarely more than cameos. The cartoons that are related by loose ties to shows on the grid include: The Simpsons, The Brady Kids, the entire 1960s DC cartoonverse (Superman, Justice League of America, Superboy, etc), the entire 1990s DC cartoonverse (Justice League, Batman Beyond, Gotham Knights, Static Shock, etc), The Addams Family cartoon, Scooby-Doo, and the rest of the Hanna-Barbera cartoonverse.

3. Movies with theatrical debuts. TV miniseries, movies and reunion specials do count (assuming shared continuity with the TV show) as if they were any other episode of the show. Movies that appeared in theaters first do not count even if they have shared continuity with the TV series (X-Files: Fight the Future, Serenity). And they don't count twice over when they do not share internal continuity (The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), A Very Brady Sequel (1996), Superman & Batman movies, etc.)

4. Anthology series. Anthology television series (such as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone) which assume no shared continuity between episodes are excluded because of their lack of internal continuity.

5. The John Munch Rule. A few different characters on the grid (John Munch, Mike Logan, Lucy Ricardo, and others) moved completely from one show to another and then crossed over to a third show for an episode or two. The crossover is only listed between the show the character was on at the time of the cross and the show he/she crossed onto. For example, any new shows on which John Munch now appears are simply crossovers with L&O:SVU not L&O:SVU and Homicide.



The Tommy Westphall Universe

Remember... St Elsewhere's entire run was just a dream inside autistic Tomy Westphall's head. This means every show and film listed below is a figment of Tommy Westphall's imagination:


St Elsewhere's Dr Turner was investigated for murder by Homicide's Pembleton and Bayliss. Additionally, St Elsewhere's Doctor's Westphall, Craig and Auschlander visited the Cheers' bar owned by Sam Malone. Cheers' Norm, Cliff, and Drs. Crane visited Wings' airport. In addition, Cheers spun-off The Tortellis with Carla Tortelli.

Cheers also spun-off Fraiser. Fraiser's Niles and Daphne read Caroline in the City's comic strip. Caroline in the City's Caroline wished The Single Guy's Jonathan good luck. Caroline in the City's Annie was hit on by Friends' Chandler. Hope and Gloria's title characters visited Friends' Central Perk. Friends' Phoebe and Mad About You's Ursula are sisters. In the first crossover theme night listed, Madman of the People and Friends were both affected by the blackout created by Mad About You's Jamie on Blackout Thursday. And of course, Friends' Joey spun off onto his own show, Joey.

The John Larroquette Show's John Hemingway called into Fraiser's show. The John Larroquette Show also referenced Yoyodyne Industries, the evil corporation from the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension. Yoyodyne Industries was also a client of Angel's Wolfram & Hart.

Many years in the future the same Yoyodyne built starships for Starfleet in the 24th century, including the U.S.S. Brattain and the U.S.S. Phoenix on Star Trek: The Next Generation, which features the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. The U.S.S. Enterprise-D had visits from some former crew members and guests of the first Starfleet ship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (as seen in Star Trek), including Leonard McCoy, Sarek, and Montgommery Scott. Additionally, U.S.S. Enterprise-D crewmembers Jean-Luc Picard and Data have met with Spock.

Kor, Koloth, and Kang were three Klingon captains that had encounters with the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Later, these three would unite on a mission with Jadzia Dax of Starbase Deep Space Nine to avenge the deaths of their children. Kor would further have adventures with Worf while he served on Starbase Deep Space Nine. Additionally, thanks to a time travel incident, several Starbase Deep Space Nine crewmembers would get to meet several U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 crewmembers.

Tuvok of the U.S.S. Voyager (as seen in Star Trek: Voyager) in his youth knew Hikaru Sulu and Janice Rand, both former crewmembers of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

Jonathan Archer and T'Pol of Enterprise NX-01 once met future Vulcan dignitary T'Pau when she was young. She would later go on to preside over Spock's would-be wedding and then his fight to the death with James T. Kirk. Additionally, the Enterprise NX-01 crew encountered the Augments, an offshoot of the genetic engineering program that created Khan Noonien Singh, an Earth tyrant encountered by the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 crew in an episode of Star Trek.

Ambassador Spock, while meeting with Jean-Luc Picard on an episode of Stark Trek: The Next Generation, makes direct reference to the Khitomer Accord, which stablished an important Federation/Klingon armistice. The Khitomer Accord is also referenced in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, Commanded by James T. Kirk was the setting of Star Trek. The Nomad Probe, a berserk robot that was defeated by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, was invented by Doctor Jackson Roykirk. Dr. Roykirk also invented the earthquake machine that had to be defeated by Team Knight Rider. Team Knight Rider was a spin-off of Knight Rider.

Going back just a bit, The Weyland-Utani corporation, which would eventually employ Lt. Ellen Riply from the Aliens films, is also a client of Angel's Wolfram & Hart. In addition, Weyland-Utani made some of the weapons used by Firefly's Malcolm Reynolds in the Battle of Serenity. A Firefly class ship, from and unique to the Firefly universe is visible in a scene in Battlestar Galactica (the new 2003 Galactica series, not the 1978 original which has no apparent link to Tommy Westphall's mind). Angel, of course, was a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Mad About You's Paul Buchman leased his old apartment to Seinfeld's Cosmo Kramer. In addition, Paul Buchman produced a documentary narrated by The Dick Van Dyke Show's Alan Brady. The Dick Van Dyke Shows' Buddy Sorrel appeared in an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. Richard Diamond, Private Detective's Sam reprise her role on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Danny Thomas Show's Jose Jimenez spun-off onto The Bill Dana Show.

The Danny Thomas Show was revived as both Make Room For Daddy and Make Room For Granddaddy. Lucille Carter (played by Lucille Ball) from Here's Lucy was once a houseguest of Make Room for Granddaddy's Danny Williams (played by Danny Thomas). Here's Lucy's Lucy Carter and Mannix's Joe Mannix are held hostage in an episode of Here's Lucy.

Here's Lucy's Lucy was driven around Miami by Ralph Cramden of The Hooneymooners. The Honeymooners Ralph Cramden (and others from the show) were originally featured in segments of The Jackie Gleason Show. Here's Lucy's Mary Jane Lewis was originally a character on The Lucy Show (also called The Lucille Ball Show). The Lucy Show's Lucy Carmichael was accidentally drafted into Gomer Pyle, USMC's company on an episode of The Lucy Show. Here's Lucy's Lucy Carter was visited in two episodes by The Bob Cummings Show's Bob Collins. The Bob Cummings Show was repackaged and ran in syndication as Love that Bob.

The Danny Thomas Show's Williams family shares a home (briefly) with the Ricardo family on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour in 1958, the next year the Ricardo family returned the favor and visited the Williams' on The Danny Thomas Show. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was a reworking of I Love Lucy. The Adventures of Superman's Superman visited Ricky Ricardo on his birthday in an episode of I Love Lucy.

The first episode of the The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour explained how Lucy Ricardo met and became friends with Private Secretary's Susan McNamera. Lucy Ricardo appeared in a segment on The Ann Sothern Show after I Love Lucy ended when Lucy was a character on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

The Danny Thomas Show spun off The Joey Bishop Show, and also spun off The Andy Griffith Show after Danny Williams got arrested in Mayberry. The Andy Griffith Show's Gomer Pyle spun off onto Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, and spun off into Mayberry R.F.D. after Andy left Mayberry. Goober and the Trucker's Paradise was a failed spin off of Mayberry R.F.D. that instead ran as a oneshot special that had Goober Pyle running a truck stop. Mayberry R.F.D's Howard Sprague was Garry's neighbor on It's Garry Shandling's Show. The New Andy Griffith Show was a spin-off of the original with Goober Pyle and Emmett Clark guesting in the pilot episode.

Hi Honey, I'm Home! was a thankfully short-lived comedy in which The Nielsens, moved into a neighborhood seemingly populated by characters from other TV sitcoms. Characters from The Dick Van Dyke Show (Sally Rogers), The Lucy Show (Mr. Mooney), Gomer Pyle, USMC (Gomer Pyle), The Honeymooners (Alice and Trixie), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (Dobey Gillis), The Munsters (Grandpa Munster), The Brady Bunch (Alice the Maid), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Georgette Baxter), and Leave it to Beaver (June Cleaver) all crossed over onto Hi Honey, I'm Home!. In addition, one of the Nielsen family mentions being friends with Dave Crabtree from My Mother The Car (though the character of Dave Crabtree never makes a physical appearance on the show), another member of the Neilsen family mentions meeting a government agent named Maxwell Smart (from Get Smart), and Honey Neilsen has a telephone conversation with the title character from the series Hazel.

Leave it to Beaver was revived and reworked into Still the Beaver. The series changed its name to The New Leave it to Beaver. Eddie Haskell, who appeared in all the Beaver incarnations appeared in an episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Bud Bundy from Married... with Children appeared in an episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose. In addition, Married... With Children's Marcy Rhoades-D'Arcy appeared in an episode of Nikki. Married... With Children spun off Top of the Heap. Top of the Heap was reworked and became Vinnie & Bobby.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (linked to Hi Honey, I'm Home! above) had three spinoffs: Lou Grant, Phyllis, and Rhoda.

The Flying Nun's characters were mentioned on Hi Honey, I'm Home! Hi Honey, I'm Home!'s Honey and Lloyd discussed meeting The Cosby Show's Huxtables. The Cosby Show spunoff A Different World. The Donna Reed Show crossed over onto Hi Honey, I'm Home!. Dennis The Menace's Dennis Mitchell "helped" Donna Stone redecorate her house on The Donna Reed Show.

Andrew Keaton from Family Ties appeared in an episode of Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Spin City's Michael Flaherty left New York (and the show) to go work in Washington and fight against Family Ties' Alex P. Keaton (note: both characters were played by Michael J Fox; this crossover was not shown on the air, but mentioned in a voice-over by Flaherty when he left). An episode of Spin City ends with the TV showing Casey McCall on Sports Night, in the context of Sports Night being an actual show instead of a "show within a show". Spin City's Paul Lassiter helped Something So Right's Carly Davis cater a party for the mayor. Family Ties had a failed spin off called The Art of Being Nick focused on Mallory's boyfriend Nick Moore. Family Ties' Steve Keaton went to college with Day by Day's Brian Harper.

Hello Larry's characters were mentioned on Hi Honey, I'm Home!. Hello Larry's Larry Alder crossed over onto Diff'rent Strokes for 3 different 2-part episodes. The Facts of Life was a spinoff of Diff'rent Strokes. Diff'rent Strokes' Arnold did a story for his school newspaper on Silver Spoons' Ricky.

Returning to Mannix, Joe Mannix returned to TV on an episode of Diagnosis Murder to solve an old unsolved case with the help of Dr Mark Sloan. In one episode of Diagnosis Murder, it is revealed that Doctor Jesse Travis's father is a spy that someone is trying to kill. One of the possible suspects is the original Mission: Impossible's Cinnamon Carter. Jim Phelps from the original Mission: Impossible was team leader on the late 1980s revival also entitled Mission: Impossible. Other original cast members guest-starred on the revival. In addition, Diagnosis Murder's Dr Mark Sloan was defended by Matlock's Matlock when Sloan was accused of murder.

Diagnosis Murder was a spinoff of Jake and the Fatman.

Promised Land's Russell Greene helped his boss Ryan Matthews face his families past, then Ryan crossed-over onto Diagnosis Murder to ID the body of one of his ex-wife's old friends. Promised Land was a spinoff of Touched By an Angel.

Going back to Diagnosis Murder, one episode featured the fictional Oceanic airlines. Two episodes of JAG included the same fictional airline. Senator Edward Sheffield from First Monday appeared on JAG after First Monday was canceled. JAG spunoff NCIS. The airplane that crashed and strand the cast of Lost was Oceanic Airlines Flight 815, also featured on Diagnosis Murder. Oceanic Airlines is also featured on advertisements and computers in a terminal at LAX (the fictional TV series, not the actual airport of the same name). The family on Fox's series The War at Home took a trip using fictional Oceanic Airlines.

On a balloon capsule on Lost all of its sponsors are listed and among them is Nozz-a-la Cola. Nozz-a-la Cola is a fictional product created by Stephen King mentioned and consumed in Kingdom Hospital. In the Jan 25th episode of Veronica Mars Veronica's fortune contained the numbers that won Hurley from Lost the lottery. Charlie of Lost once dated a girl whose father worked for a paper factory in Slough. The paper factory in Slough is the paper factory of The Office (the British version).

Charlie from Lost was in a band named Driveshaft. Alias' Sydney threw a party and the music playing at the party was Driveshaft song. Additionally, Alias also mentions Oceanic Airlines briefly and so it has crossed with both Lost directly and also all the shows which mention Oceanic.

Diff'rent Strokes' Arnold and Mr. Drummond considered buying the home of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Banks family. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Hillary Banks visited the club in Out All Night. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Will and Hillary Banks both appeared in separate episodes of Blossom. In the House's Tiffany's boyfriend cheats on her with The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Ashley. Also Carlton and In the House's Marion are friends.

The Jefferson's George and Weezie were also potential buyer of the Fresh Prince home. The Jefferson's George Jefferson was the second All in the Family supporting character to spinoff onto his own show. The first All in the Family spinoff character was Maude. Maude was Edith Bunker's cousin. Maude's Florida Evans spunoff onto Good Times. Maude's Sam Dickey Pinky Nolan and Maggie Gallagher spun off onto Hanging In. Hanging In (and Maude's) Maggie Gallagher crossed over onto Soap for 10 episodes. Soap's Benson DuBois spunoff on to his own show, Benson. All in the Family later spun off Gloria and was reworked into Archie Bunker's Place.

704 Hauser Street featured an African American family living in the house the Bunker's lived in on All in the Family. 704 Hauser Street's Cumberbatch family was visited by Archie Bunker's grandson during the show's first episode. E/R's Nurse Julie Williams was related to The Jeffersons, and George Jefferson appeared on E/R. The Jeffersons' Florence Johnston spunoff on to Checking In.

Going back to Hi Honey, I'm Home!, that show's Lloyd was friends with Mister Ed's talking horse, Mister Ed. The Beverly Hillbilies Daisy "Granny" Moses appeared in an episode of Mister Ed. Petticoat Junction was a spin-off of The Beverly Hillbillies. Petticoat Junction spun off Green Acres. All three shows crossed over numerous times. Green Acres' Oliver Wendell Douglas was briefly a prisoner in Stalag 13 where he contacted Hogan's Heroes' Colonel Hogan.

Hogan's Heroes Colonel Klink has an explicable but existent cameo in an episode of the 1960s live action Batman (celebrities making cameo appearances by poking their head up the window was a recurring gag on Batman, however actors in television series that were on the air at the time only appeared on Batman in character, making their appearances actual crossovers instead of merely actor cameos). The Addams Family's Lurch also appeared as the person sticking his head out the window. Green Hornet's Green Hornet and Kato appeared on Batman twice, the first time as a "window crossover", the second time as a full-fledged crossover. Batman's The Penguin appear on an episode of The Monkees.

The Brady Bunch was visited by Petticoat Junction's Hank Thackery. The Brady Bunch had several spin-offs: The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (also called The Brady Bunch Hour), The Brady Brides, and The Bradys.

Going back to St. Elsewhere, Doctor Elliot Axelrod's cousin visited The Tattingers. On Boston Public, Billy Deegan's mother receives a pension from St Elsewhere's St. Eligius Hospital. Boston Public's Principal Steven Harper appeared on an episode of Boston Legal. Boston Legal spun off of The Practice. The Practice's Ellenor Frutt visited Gideon's Crossing's Dr Gideon about pregnancy complications.

St. Elsewhere's Dr Benjamin Harris appeared as a guest star on both Ally McBeal and Boston Public. Additionally, Ally McBeal's Ally and The Practice's Bobby Donnell worked on a case together. Ally McBeal spun off Ally.

Homicide's John Munch questioned The X-Files' The Lone Gunmen.

The fictional Morley brand of cigarettes connects a wide assortment of television series: The X-Files' Cigarette Smoking Man and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike both smoked Morley brand cigarettes. Morley brand cigarettes feature prominently in an episode of Jake 2.0. Special Unit 2 investigated the case of a woman steal Morley's and other items from convenience store while sleeping. Morley's are smoked by Lt. Matt Cavanaugh in an episode of Killer Instinct. On Malcolm in the Middle, Lois had a pack of Morley's stashed in with other items she was hiding from her family.

The mugshot of Malcolm T Wiggins from the X-Files episode "Titonus" appears on the wall of a police interrogation room in the Veronica Mars episode "Leave it to Beaver." Additionally, the fictional car rental company Lariat where Mulder and Scully always rented their cars was featured prominently on the Veronica Mars episode "Rat Saw God." The X-Files' Jose Chung was also investigated by Millennium's Frank Black, and later X-Files' Mulder and Scully meet Millennium's Frank Black. The X-Files spun-off The Lone Gunmen.

In the X-Files episode "Milagro" Mulder and Scully visit a graveyard where Party of Five's Diana and Nicholas Salinger are buried. Party of Five spun-off Time of Your Life. The X-Files' Mulder is mentioned on Strange Luck by an FBI agent referencing a colleague who works on paranormal cases. Strange Luck's Chance Harper reads the Eerie, Indiana newspaper. Eerie, Indiana spun-off Eerie: the Other Deminision.

Chicago Hope's Jeffrey Geiger accepted an organ of a victim on Homicide. Also, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Craig won the (fictional) Cushing Left Anterior Descending Artery Award later won by Chicago Hope's Kate Austin. Chicago Hope's Jefftey Geiger treated Picket Fences' Douglas Wambaugh who came to Chicago with Jill Brock (also of Picket Fences).

When cows started dying in Picket Fences' Rome, Wisconsin, a resident of Rome mentioned all the crazy cow happenings in Delta Glen, Wisconsin which were investigated by X-Files' Muder and Scully.

Early Edition's Gary and Marissa went to Chicago Hope's hospital for medical treatment. Early Edition's Gary is asked to locate someone for Martial Law's Sammo Law. Martial Law's Sammo Law chased a suspect to Texas and was aided by Walker, Texas Ranger. Walker, Texas Ranger spun-off Sons of Thunder.

A reporter on Chicago Hope talked to Dr. Austin about having been accepted into the space program and mentions an ER doctor from County was also accepted.

In a separate episode of ERm Dr. Greene was accepted in the space program. ER's Dr. Lewis went to New York to look for here sister and was aided by the characters of Thrid Watch. A sick suspect on Third Watch triggers an investigation by the characters from Medical Investigation.

St Elsewhere's Warren Coolidge appeared on an episode of Method & Red.

St Elsewhere's Mark Craig talked about a friend of his from medical school named B. J. Hunnicut. B. J. Hunnicut was a surgeon on M*A*S*H. M*A*S*H spun-off AfterM*A*S*H and Trapper John, M.D. W*A*L*T*E*R was a failed M*A*S*H spinoff that aired instead as a special one shot and focused on the life of Radar after the war. The Fighting Nightingales was a failed M*A*S*H spinoff that aired instead as a special one shot and focused a different set of nurses and doctors in the Korean War.

On the series finale of Providence, St. Elsewhere's St. Eligius was suggested to Dr. Sydney Hansen as a future place of employment.

The Bob Newhart Show's Elliot Carlin visited the psych ward at St Elsewhere's St Eligius Hospital. The Bob Newhart Show's Elliot Carlin visited the Tanners and ALF on ALF. The Bob Newhart Show's Jerry Robinson appeared in the series finale of Bob. The Bob Newhart Show's Carol was Murphy Brown's secretary for an episode.

Murphy Brown visited the newsroom of Ink. Ink's Kate Montgomery dated Love and War's Jack Stein. Love & War's Meg Tynan appeared in an episode of Double Rush. On Murphy Brown, Corky Sherwood's agent was The Famous Teddy Z's Al Floss.

In a single crossover-themed night on CBS's "sitcom Saturday", Can't Hurry Love's Annie got arrested for wearing Liz Taylor's pearls which The Nanny's Fran Fine left in a car. The pearls were then stolen from the police station. When Murphy Brown interviewed Liz Taylor, and heard about the missing pearls she tried to help find them. The thief who stole the pearls broke in to the home of High Society's Ellie and Dot and when their stuff was returned they got Liz Taylor's pearl back which she retrieved. Also in a direct crossover The Nanny's plane crash was reported on by Murphy Brown's Jim Dial. In another direct crossover, The Nanny's Maxwell Sheffield appeared in an episode of Can't Hurry Love.

The Nanny's Sylvia Fine appeared in an episode of The Simple Life. The Nanny's Fran Fine and Everybody Loves Raymond's Raymond Barone went to high school together. Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray and The Kings of Queens' Doug Heffernan are friends.

In another crossover theme night, The King Of Queens' Doug Heffernan visited Everybody Loves Raymond's Ray at Becker's Dr. Becker's office while Cosby's Hilton Lucas was in the waiting room.

On The Bob Newhart Show reunion special Howard Borden said he once dreamed he was Astronaut Roger Healey and dreamed the entire series I Dream of Jeannie. The Bob Newhart Show's Bob Hartley woke up after dreaming the entire series Newhart during Newhart's finale. (This has the entire effect of making the Newhart series a dream within a dream.)

Newhart's Dr. Michael Harris visited George & Leo. Newhart's Larry, Darryl and Darryl squatted in Coach's Hayden and Christine's home. Coach's Luther ordered supplies from Blue Skies' store.

In yet another crossover theme night, Coach's Luther and The Drew Carey Show's Drew gambled together on Grace Under Fire. Then Coach's Luther and The Drew Carey Show's Mimi got in a bidding war while Paige and Spence from Ellen wandered by. Next, on The Drew Carey Show, Grace Under Fire's Grace Kelly, Coach's Luther and Ellen's Paige and Spence all show up. Finally on Ellen, Paige and Spence run into Grace Kelly and Drew Carey (on Viva Las Vegas Night).

Ellen's Ellen met Stanley Roper of Three's Company while looking for a roommate. Stanley Roper's character was spun off from Three's Company to The Ropers. Three's Company was the inspiration for Three's a Crowd.

The Geena Davis Show's Hillary had an online relationship with The Drew Carey Show's Drew. The Drew Carey Show's characters watch an episode of Home Improvement's Tool Time. Home Improvement spun-off Buddies. Home Improvement and Soul Man crossed over numerous times. Home Improvement's Bradly Taylor appear on an episode of Thunder Alley.

The Drew Carey Show's cast went to NYC where a traffic tie-up was being investigated by NYPD Blue's James Martinez. NYPD Blue spun-off Public Morals. NYPD Blue's station house was visited by Hill Street Blues' Buck Naked. Hill Street Blues spun-off Beverly Hills Buntz. Hill Street Blues' Howard Hunter appeared on Cop Rock. Cop Rock's station house was also visited by Victor Sifuentes and Abby Perkins from L.A.. L.A. Law's firm added attorney Eli Levinson and his secretary Denise from Civil Wars.

Dr. Morton Chegley from Julia taught a few of the doctors from St. Elsewhere. The White Shadow's Warren Coolidge went to work at St Elsewhere's hospital. St Elsewhere's hospital management company Weigert took over the prison hospital in Oz. Both the characters from Oz and the characters from The Beat watch a fictional talk show called Miss Sally.

The Beat's Dorigan and Marinelli once got help from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit John Munch. Homicide's John Munch moved to New York and L&O:SVU (and came back to Baltimore for Homicide's movie). All four Law & Order series cross over with each other often. Characters from various Law & Order series have made appearances on Conviction.

Characters from various Law & Order series have read, referenced or visited the offices of the New York Ledger, the fictional paper from Dick Wolf's series Deadline. L&O's Elizabeth Olivet appeared on New York Undercover. L&O: SVU's John Munch appeared on the season/series finale of Arrested Development.

An episode of Crossing Jordan featured a priest of St. Elegius Cathedral, noted in St. Elsewhere as being a block away from the hospital. Fisher and Sons funeral home from Six Feet Under exists within the reality of Crossing Jordan and is mentioned several times during the show. Las Vegas' Danny McCoy and Sam Marquez took a plane to Boston. While in flight a guy on the plane died causing a crossover with Crossing Jordan.

Mary Connell from Las Vegas appeared on two episodes of the show Passions when the some of the Passions cast went to Vegas. A doll was reaninmated into Phoebe Figalilly from The Nanny and the Professor on Passions so that a character could have a nanny. Doctor Bombay (Bewitched's doctor of witches and warlocks) was called to the aide of a witch in trouble on Passions. Bewitched spunoff Tabitha.

And lastly...

St Elsewhere's Dr Wesphall is paged twice on Degrassi Junior High. In the episode "Nothing to Fear" LD's father is in the hospital and Dr. Westphall is paged on the hospital intercom. Later, in the episode "Sealed with a Kiss", "Dr Donald Westphall" is paged, loud and clear, over the hospital intercom when Heather & Erica go in for a mono test. Degrassi Junior High was reworked and repurposed from The Kids of Degrassi Street. As the kids in Degrassi Junior High grew up the show changed its title to Degrassi High. 14 years after Degrassi Junior High started, the next generation of students entered Degrassi in Degrassi: The Next Generation. The new spinoff of the show includes 5 of the characters from the original series as well as a few of those original show character's kids.



Thus, 236 separate television series are all taking place inside Tommy Westphall's head. The shows span from 1951 (I Love Lucy) to the present. 18 of these shows are still on the air.


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Postby Libra » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:11 pm

Good God. . . :shock:
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Postby Doctor Otaku » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:12 pm

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Postby Dr Archeville » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:00 am

The easy part was copying & pasting the post. The hard part was going through and italicizing every single title....
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Postby Libra » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:53 am

I'll bet. I certainly wouldn't have the patience to do that.
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Postby El Humidor » Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:10 am

Dr Archeville wrote:The easy part was copying & pasting the post. The hard part was going through and italicizing every single title....


It really would be better if you made it bold and/or linked to websites for those shows, instead.

We'll wait...
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Postby EL » Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:48 am

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Postby MDSnowman » Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:53 am

You know I have a friend who has the kind of time on his hands to do something like this. That doesn't change the fact that this is frightening.
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Postby Dr Archeville » Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:40 am

You'll be waiting a long time, El Humidor. I may be mad (and a big fan of Wikipedia's fomat), but I'm not that mad.

Yet.
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Postby JoAT » Sat Aug 05, 2006 1:39 pm

EL wrote::shock:


Ditto.
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Postby TeddyMiller » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:13 pm

I think that over-assumes a single fictional universe based on character crossovers.

Do Red Dwarf, Quantum Leap, and Superman comics all take place in the same universe, because President John Kennedy showed up in all of them? No, they're separate universes, they just had a President Kennedy in each universe.

Similarly, the 236 series listed hardly have to all be in the same fictional universe; they can be lots of separate universes, some of which have certain characters in common. So Angel and Star Trek, for example, each referred to Yoyodyne, but they're two separate universes which each have a Yoyodyne Corporation, but not necessarily anything else in common.
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Postby Dr Archeville » Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:51 am

TeddyMiller wrote:I think that over-assumes a single fictional universe based on character crossovers.

Well, yes.

TeddyMiller wrote:Do Red Dwarf, Quantum Leap, and Superman comics all take place in the same universe, because President John Kennedy showed up in all of them? No, they're separate universes, they just had a President Kennedy in each universe.

Not really a good argument, since John F. Kenedy was a real person (which Tommy could've seen on television or a newspaper or book), not a fictional character ;)

TeddyMiller wrote:Similarly, the 236 series listed hardly have to all be in the same fictional universe; they can be lots of separate universes, some of which have certain characters in common. So Angel and Star Trek, for example, each referred to Yoyodyne, but they're two separate universes which each have a Yoyodyne Corporation, but not necessarily anything else in common.

True, they don't have to be, but for the purposes of this exercise, they are.
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Postby Strict31 » Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:44 am

Many years in the future the same Yoyodyne built starships for Starfleet in the 24th century, including the U.S.S. Brattain and the U.S.S. Phoenix on Star Trek: The Next Generation, which features the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.


If we take this as fact, then it also means there is a giant duck on board every Galaxy-Class starship and that Ronald D. Moore is a vice admiral in Starfleet's Tactical Command division. Which may or may not exist in Trek canon.

That duck could'a come in handy a number of times. Since Starfleet was no longer giving ship-building contracts to companies and corporations(we don't have evidence that they ever did, actually) in the time of the Brattain's construction or in the time of the USS Phoenix's construction, it seems a stretch at best. And even so, must be placed into the same context as the giant duck.

You know...there is something amusing however. The Crew of Voyager travelled back into Los Angeles of the 90s...a Los Angeles that shouldn't have existed, since there was a global war occuring at the time. No one ever explained or seemed to notice the divergent timeline that we saw. Perhaps through the efforts of Wolfram and Hart, or even worse, TPTB, the war was averted.

Now...this at first sounds like a good thing, doesn't it? War averted. Lives saved. But consider: this led to a timeline in which Voyager was created and Janeway was born. Would these events have occured had the war happened as was supposed to? And without Janeway existing to become Admiral, who could have given Picard the idiotic order to go to the Romulan Homeworld in Nemesis? That means, at least two very stupid time periods/events were directly spawned by the efforts to remove the war from history! And thus, evil!

Was Yoyodyne to blame for this? Or does it go back even further than the 80s?

Gary-Seven! He was placed in LA to handle this sort of thing after all. What if he was actually controlled by Red Lectroids?

Still, I wonder how the rubber ducky ties into all of this...
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Postby TeddyMiller » Sun Aug 06, 2006 3:17 pm

Dr Archeville wrote:
TeddyMiller wrote:Do Red Dwarf, Quantum Leap, and Superman comics all take place in the same universe, because President John Kennedy showed up in all of them? No, they're separate universes, they just had a President Kennedy in each universe.

Not really a good argument, since John F. Kenedy was a real person (which Tommy could've seen on television or a newspaper or book), not a fictional character ;)


In OUR universe JFK was real, while the Yoyodyne Corporation is fictional, as is Tommy Westphall. In Tommy Westphall's universe, who knows; they may all be real, and he could have seen Yoyodyne mentioned in a newspaper like he'd see JFK.

Dr Archeville wrote:
TeddyMiller wrote:Similarly, the 236 series listed hardly have to all be in the same fictional universe; they can be lots of separate universes, some of which have certain characters in common. So Angel and Star Trek, for example, each referred to Yoyodyne, but they're two separate universes which each have a Yoyodyne Corporation, but not necessarily anything else in common.

True, they don't have to be, but for the purposes of this exercise, they are.


But it strikes me as an incoherent way to do it, basing it purely on real-world status. It's assumed that anyone or anything that's fictional in the real world can only exist in a single shared fictional universe, but anything that's non-fictional in the real world can be in as many universes as desired. If two shows refer to Yoyodyne Corporation, they must be in the same universe, but if two shows refer to, say, Microsoft Corporation, that doesn't mean anything? The whole exercise strikes me as a lot of effort based on a very shaky and arbitrary premise.
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Postby Strict31 » Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:24 pm

Well, admittedly, it's all just for sh-ts and giggle, man. I don't think anyone is trying to suggest that St Elsewhere and Star Trek inhabit the same continuity, only that it's possible to connect them for kicks. Yanno?
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