List of fictional shared universes in film and television

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Film[edit]

This is a list of shared universes in film. There are different definitions of shared universe. It is a requirement that two or more previously unconnected characters come together into one film.

Universe Origin film Start date End date Connecting characters
Universal Monsters Dracula 1931 1951 Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man
Toho Godzilla 1954 1975 Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra
Alien vs. Predator Alien 1979 Present Alien and Predator
Freddy vs. Jason Friday the 13th 1980 2003 Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger
Full Moon Features Puppet Master 1989 2016 Demonic Toys, Puppet Master, Dollman and Bad Channels
View Askewniverse Clerks 1994 Present Jay and Silent Bob
Lake Placid vs. Anaconda Anaconda 1997 2015 Anaconda and Lake Placid
Sadako vs. Kayako Ring 1998 2016 The Ring (Japanese films) and Ju-On (Japanese films)
Unbreakable film series Unbreakable 2000 2019 David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb and Elijah Price / Mr. Glass
Marvel Cinematic Universe Iron Man 2008 Present Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Wasp, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang Chi and Blade
DC Extended Universe Man of Steel 2013 Present Superman, Batman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman and Shazam
MonsterVerse Godzilla 2014 Present Godzilla and King Kong

Common origin[edit]

Some definitions of shared universe allow a single original work if later works can be split into loosely connected groups with different characters, sometimes sharing an overall continuity.

Universe Origin film Start date End date Connecting franchises
Rocky Rocky 1976 Present Rocky and Creed
Star Wars Star Wars 1977 Present Star Wars, Rogue One and Solo
Superman Superman 1978 1987 Superman and Supergirl
Fugitive Fugitive 1993 1998 Fugitive and U.S. Marshals
The Mummy The Mummy 1999 2018 The Mummy and The Scorpion King
X-Men X-Men 2000 2020 X-Men, Wolverine and Deadpool
Middle-earth The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 2014 The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
Shrek Shrek 2001 2011 Shrek and Puss in Boots
Fast & Furious The Fast and the Furious 2001 Present The Fast and the Furious and Hobbs & Shaw
Wizarding World Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001 Present Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
Barbershop Barbershop 2002 2016 Barbershop and Beauty Shop
Almighty Bruce Almighty 2003 2007 Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty
Daredevil Daredevil 2003 2005 Daredevil and Elektra
Madagascar Madagascar 2005 Present Madagascar and Penguins of Madagascar
Cars Cars 2006 Present Cars and Planes
Knocked Up Knocked Up 2007 2012 Knocked Up and This is 40
Transformers Transformers 2007 Present Transformers and Bumblebee
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 2010 Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek
Despicable Me Despicable Me 2010 Present Despicable Me and Minions
Snow White and the Huntsman Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 2016 Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter's War
The Conjuring Universe The Conjuring 2013 Present The Conjuring, Annabelle and The Nun
LEGO The LEGO Movie 2014 Present The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Television[edit]

This is a partial list of fictional universes created for television.

Universe Origin / First mentioned Date Notes
Television Series created by Mark VII Limited Dragnet franchise (1951) 1951 — 1979 Dragnet franchise, Noah's Ark, The D.A.'s Man, Pete Kelly's Blues, Adam-12, The D.A., O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, Emergency!, Hec Ramsey, Escape, Chase, Sierra, Mobile One, Little Mo, Project U.F.O. and Sam.
Guiding Light and Other Series Guiding Light (1952) 1952 — present Guiding Light and spin-off Our Private World, Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, Another World, Somerset, Texas, Lovers and Friends, Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
The Muppets and Sesame Street (1955–present) Sam and Friends (1955) 1955 — present An ensemble cast of puppet characters known for their self-aware, burlesque, and meta-referential style of variety-sketch comedy
Hanna-Barbera Universe The Ruff & Reddy Show 1957 — present Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Hokey Wolf, Wally Gator, Touché Turtle, Magilla Gorilla, Peter Potamus, Secret Squirrel, Atom Ant, Top Cat, Hong Kong Phooey, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, etc.
77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye and Surfside 6 77 Sunset Strip (1958) 1958 — 1964
Equestria My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 2010-2019 My Little Pony Generation 4: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, and My Little Pony: The Movie
Coronation Street and Other Series Coronation Street (1960 — present) 1960 — present Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Grange Hill, Brookside, EastEnders and Hollyoaks.
The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) 1962 — 1971 A fictional universe created by Paul Henning where all the main characters come from rural places.
General Hospital and Other Series General Hospital (1963) 1963 — present General Hospital, Port Charles, General Hospital: Night Shift, The Young Marrieds, One Life to Live, All My Children, Ryan's Hope, Loving, The City and What If....
Whoniverse Doctor Who (1963 — present) 1963 — present Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9, Class and related media.[1]
Batman and Green Hornet Batman (1966) 1966 — 1968 Also includes 1966 film Batman
Star Trek Star Trek (TV series) 1966-present Series created by Gene Roddenberry, continued by Harve Bennett, Rick Berman, J.J. Abrams and Brian Fuller. To date comprises eight television series and 13 feature films.
Ultra Series 1966 — present The collective name for all the shows produced by Tsuburaya Productions featuring Ultraman
Dad's Army and Other Series Dad's Army (1968 — 1977) 1968 — 1992; 2016 Dad's Army, Are You Being Served?, It Ain't Half Hot, Mum, Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang M'Lord? and 'Allo 'Allo!, Dad's Army film.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 — 1977) 1970 — 1982
Cannon and Barnaby Jones Cannon 1971 — 1980
* Toei Tokusatsu Universe Kamen Rider 1971 — present Kamen Rider, Kikaider, Inazuman, Super Sentai, Kaiketsu Zubat and Metal Hero.
Norman Lear, Tyler Perry, Quincy Jones series and others All in the Family 1971–present All in the Family, The Jeffersons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Madea film series, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Love Thy Neighbor, The Paynes, Meet the Browns, Maude, Good Times, Mr. Dugan, Hanging In, Archie Bunker's Place, 704 Hauser, Checking In, Gloria, Blossom, Out All Night, In The House, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and Hello, Larry (Apart of The Tommy Westphall Universe)
Magnum, P.I., Simon & Simon, Whiz Kids, Murder, She Wrote and The Law & Harry McGraw Magnum, P.I. 1980 — 1996
Cheers, Wings, Frasier, The Tortellis and The John Larroquette Show

Seinfeld, Mad About You, Friends, Joey, and How I Met Your Mother
Caroline in the City, The Single Guy

Cheers 1982 — 2014 Series of interconnected sitcoms all airing on US network NBC. Caroline in the City crossed over with both Frasier and Friends, tying the universes together. Cheers also crossed over with St. Elsewhere, tying it to the Law & Order universe, and the Tommy Westphall universe.
Law & Order franchise Law and Order 1982 — present Law & Order, Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere, New York Undercover, Deadline, Conviction, In Plain Sight, Jo, and the Chicago franchise (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med).

Law & Order debuted in 1990, but its inclusion of John Munch connected it to Homicide: Life on the Street, which in turn connected it to the earlier show, St. Elsewhere, and thus the Tommy Westphall Universe. Munch also connects it to the X-Files universe.

The Cosby Show and A Different World The Cosby Show 1984 — 1993
Thomas & Friends, On Site with Thomas, Shining Time Station, TUGS and Salty's Lighthouse Thomas & Friends 1984 — Present Fictional universe consisting of anthropomorphic vehicles and their adventures around the world.

Characters from Thomas & Friends and Shining Time Station crossovered in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, respectively.

Money for Nothing and ReBoot Money for Nothing 1985 — 2001
The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Nurses and The Golden Palace The Golden Girls 1985 — 1995
Full House and Other Series Full House 1987 — present Full House and sequel Fuller House, Perfect Strangers and spin-off Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World and spin-off/sequel Girl Meets World.
Fox Animated Universe The Simpsons 1989 — present The Simpsons, The Critic, King of the Hill, Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, Archer (Archer Vice, Archer Dreamland) and Bob's Burgers
Nickelodeon's Klasky-Csupo Universe Rugrats 1991 — 2016 Rugrats, All Grown Up!, Rugrats Pre-School Daze, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, and As Told by Ginger
DC Animated Universe Batman: The Animated Series 1992 — present Includes home video entries, last Television entry was Justice League Unlimited which ended in 2006.
X-Men and Spider-Man X-Men 1992 — 2000
Walker, Texas Ranger and Sons of Thunder and Martial Law Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 — 2001
NYPD Blue and Other Series NYPD Blue 1993 — 2008 NYPD Blue, Public Morals, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Brooklyn South, Gideon's Crossing, Boston Public and Boston Legal.
Beavis and Butthead and Daria Beavis and Butthead 1993 — 2011
The X-Files, Millennium and The Lone Gunmen The X-Files 1993 — present Featured a cameo by Det. John Munch, tying it to the Law & Order universe, and the Tommy Westphall universe.
Power Rangers Universe Power Rangers 1993 - present Power Rangers (Has a multiverse with three confirmed universes; Power Rangers Dino Charge and Power Rangers RPM take place in separate universes as confirmed by the 25th anniversary special Dimensions in Danger), Masked Rider
The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard The Lion King 1994 — 2019 Not counting the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
Gargoyles and Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gargoyles 1994 — 2003
ER, Third Watch and Medical Investigation ER 1994 — 2009
Stargate Stargate 1994 — present Stargate (film), Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe and Stargate Origins.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995 — 2001
JAG and Other Series (AKA the "Bellisarioverse") JAG 1995 — present JAG, First Monday, the NCIS franchise (NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans), Hawaii Five-0, Scorpion, MacGyver and Magnum P.I.
Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Toy Story 1995 — present Buzz Lightyear of Star Command taking place as a show within a movie.
Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens and The Nanny Everybody Loves Raymond 1993 — 2007
The Pretender and Profiler The Pretender 1996 — 2000
Buffyverse Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 — present Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and related media.[2] Angel's reference to Yoyodyne ties it to The John Larroquette Show, and thus to the Tommy Westphall universe.
Dawson's Creek and Young Americans Dawson's Creek 1998 — 2003
Billionfold Inc. Universe The Fairly OddParents 1998 — 2018 (Oh Yeah! Cartoons, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen Is a Beast)
Crossing Jordan and Las Vegas Crossing Jordan 2000 — 2008
Dora Universe Dora the Explorer 2000 — present Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and Dora and Friends
CSI franchise, Without a Trace and Cold Case CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 — 2016 The brand of Morley's cigarettes ties it loosely to the X-Files universe, and thus to the Tommy Westphall universe. Two and a Half Men also did a crossover with CSI, ostensibly making it part of the same universe.
Disney Channel sitcoms, Phineas and Ferb, The O.W.C.A. Files and Milo Murphy's Law That's So Raven 2000 — present That's So Raven and spin-off Cory in the House, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and spin-offs The Suite Life on Deck, Jessie and BUNK'D.

Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, I'm in the Band, Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up, Austin & Ally and Liv and Maddie.
Apart of Marvel's Earth-12041. Apart of the Tommy Westphall Universe.

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Perfect Hair Forever, 12 Oz. Mouse, Robot Chicken, Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week, and Soul Quest Overdrive 2000 — present
Shrek, Madagascar and Father of the Pride Shrek 2001 — Present Father of the Pride taking place in a different continuity with the Shrek franchise.

The character of Skipper from Madagascar cameos in the Shrek the Third video game.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Planet Sheen, The Fairly OddParents and Nicktoons games Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2001 — 2013 The Fairly OddParents and those from the Nicktoons games in the same multiverse.
Shondaland Grey’s Anatomy 2005 — Present Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Station 19
One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected One Tree Hill 2003 — 2012 [3]
Arrested Development and the Marvel Cinematic Universe Arrested Development 2003 — present The character of Tobias Fünke cameos in Avengers: Infinity War.
The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon The Big Bang Theory 2007 — present
Chouseishin Series Chouseishin Gransazer 2003 - 2006 Gransazer, Justirisers, Sazer-X and Sazer-X the Movie.
The Librarian The Librarian: Quest for the Spear 2004 — present
Nickelodeon sitcoms Drake & Josh 2004 — present Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, Victorious, Sam & Cat, Game Shakers and Henry Danger
6teen, Total Drama, Stoked, and Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race 6teen 2004 — 2016 The series Total DramaRama is a crossover/spin-off of 6teen and Total Drama, with Ridonculous Race characters also appearing, however it is set in an alternate universe from the other series.
Prison Break and Breakout Kings Prison Break 2005 — present [4]
Bones, The Finder, Sleepy Hollow and Rosewood Bones
My Name is Earl and Raising Hope My Name is Earl 2005 — 2014
Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas Eureka 2006 — 2014
Flashpoint and The Listener Flashpoint 2008 — 2014
2008–present
The Vampire Diaries,The Originals, and Legacies The Vampire Diaries 2009 — present
Pretty Little Liars and Ravenswood Pretty Little Liars 2010 — present
The Walking Dead TV universe The Walking Dead Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul 2010–present The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead
Once Upon a Time Universe Once Upon a Time 2011 — 2018 Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
American Horror Story American Horror Story: Murder House 2011 — present [5]
Arrowverse Arrow 2012 — present
SpongeVerse SpongeBob SquarePants 1999 - present
Lab Rats, Mighty Med and Lab Rats: Elite Force Lab Rats 2012 — present
Orange Is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Orange Is the New Black 2013 — present
Aris Nugraha's Universe Preman Pensiun 2015 — present Preman Pensiun, Kampung Kendang, Tukang Ojek Pengkolan, Awas Banyak Copet!, Preman Pensiun, and many short films and television specials. An Indonesian comedy series produced by Aris Nugraha Production and MNC Pictures.
American Crime Story The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story 2016 — present An American true crime anthology series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are executive producers with Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Simpson.
Looney Tunes Looney Tunes 1930 - present Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid!, Road Rovers and Histeria!
Titansverse Titans 2018 — present
Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel
Grim & Evil franchise, Ed, Edd n Eddy and Codename: Kids Next Door
Ben 10 franchise, Generator Rex and The Secret Saturdays Generator Rex in the same multiverse
Jay Ward Universe Rocky and Bullwinkle (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle and Fractured Fairy Tales)
Yu-Gi-Oh!
2 Stupid Dogs, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Sym-Bionic Titan
The Tommy Westphall Universe

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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