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Syndicated means a television program being shown on a different television network than the one that first showed the program. A syndicated program can also be a program that was not made for a television network. These types of programs are made and then sold to many different television stations to be shown.
There are different types of syndication:
- First run syndication: First run syndicated programs are programs that are shown for the first time as syndicated programs. These programs were not made to be shown by a network. Programs that are made in one country and then are shown in other countries are often first run syndicated program.
- Off network syndication: Off network syndicated programs are programs that were first shown on a television network. Later, that network sold the program to other networks or stations so that they can also show it. These programs are also called re-runs.
- Public broadcasting syndication: PBS makes only some of its programs. Many of the shows are bought from people who make syndicated programs.
Popular examples of syndicated series
- First run series
- Mutant X
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Xena: Warrior Princess
- Off network series