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Is SG-1 Really The Longest Running Sci-Fi Series Ever?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 9:39 AM
Quote:When the 2007 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records landed on the Doctor Who website team's desk, we were eager to see if Doctor Who gets another mention in the new volume.
It does, but not quite in the way were expecting.
Baffled by its claims, we asked Tom Spilsbury, the statistically-minded assistant editor of Doctor Who Magazine, to do the maths for us:
"I was pleased to see that Doctor Who is mentioned on page 178, as 'the longest-running science-fiction TV series'," says Tom, "although there have been 723 episodes now, not just 709, tsk!
"But I was left rather baffled by the entry on page 180, which lists the record for 'Longest running sci-fi TV show (consecutive)'.
"The book has awarded this particular record to the US series Stargate SG-1, which started in July 1997 and had notched up 203 episodes, beating the previous record of 202, allegedly held by The X Files. (There's even a picture of the SG-1 cast with their certificate!)
"Why isn't Doctor Who given this record, when the programme had a new series of episodes every year without fail between 1963 and 1989, racking up 695 episodes in the process? Why doesn't this count as a much longer 'consecutive' run? Surely 695 consecutive episodes beats 203, doesn't it? Doesn't it?"
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006 7:03 PM
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 7:28 AM
Quote:Originally posted by Ness:
But it could also be that SG-1 is the longest running North American Sci-Fi series. Internationally, I suppose Doctor Who does beat SG-1's record.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 7:51 AM
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006 4:43 PM
Quote:Originally posted by browncoatjim:
Doctor Who is of course the longest running sci-fi series, becuase way early on, the makers came up with the brilliant notion of regeneration, always keeping the faces fresh and allowing the character of the Doctor to keep changing.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:06 PM
The Doctor’s Lesbian witch friend will resurrect his decayed body and then he’ll have sex with Spike, or some damn thing.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:59 PM
Thursday, September 28, 2006 7:16 AM
Quote:Originally posted by Sickdude:
But for International SciFi series, I'm not even sure Dr Who gets it. There are some Japanese shows you would have to characterize as SF that have run a while. I'd have to check....
Thursday, September 28, 2006 7:40 AM
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Friday, October 6, 2006 6:29 AM
Friday, October 6, 2006 6:41 AM
Quote:Originally posted by lwaves:
I personally think that 2-part episodes (where the 1st part ends "to be continued") that can be shown together would class as one episode (i.e. the pilot of Firefly would be 1 episode even though it has the running time of 2).
Maybe someone can state if SG1 has been counted in this way?
Friday, October 6, 2006 5:17 PM
Friday, October 6, 2006 6:37 PM
Quote:Originally posted by lwaves:
Ignoring breaks of any kind Dr Who is the longest running SF show for the time that it has been on screen from 1963 to present (regardless of how many episodes there are) coz that's like 43 years. WOW!!!
Friday, October 6, 2006 8:56 PM
Saturday, October 7, 2006 4:16 AM
Saturday, October 7, 2006 5:27 AM
Quote:Originally posted by hughff:
All this begs the question, "Is Firefly the shortest running sf series ever?"
Saturday, November 11, 2006 2:55 PM
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