Syndication

Selling the right to broadcast a television or radio program to independent stations, syndication has enabled the modern system of 24/7 broadcasting by providing producers of content with a consistent revenue stream, and stations with enough programming to satisfy their eager audiences.

There are a variety of syndication types, including movie packages and public broadcasting, although perhaps the two most common, and lucrative, are first-run and off-network (re-runs).

First-run syndication refers to shows that have never been aired previously and common examples today include Wheel of Fortune and Judge Judy.

Off-network syndication refers to shows that were first aired on network television, and are being broadcast again (aka: re-run); common examples today include The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. Note that when these programs were first aired by the networks, they were shown through either stations that were owned-and-operated by the network (O&O) or network affiliates, with which the network has a special contractual agreement that covers programming as well as other issues.

Popular Syndication shows

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  • Extra

    Extra

    Extra (originally titled Extra: The Entertainment Magazine from 1994 to 1996) is an American syndica…

  • Family Feud

    Family Feud

    On Family Feud, families from across the U.S. will be joined by Steve Harvey as they compete for the…

  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

    In Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 15 questions need to be answered by the contestants to win the 1 m…

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an hour-long, five-days-a-week, talk-variety show. This talk-variety sho…

  • Jeopardy!

    Jeopardy!

    Jeopardy! is a classic game show -- with a twist. The answers are given first, and the contestants s…

  • Wheel of Fortune

    Wheel of Fortune

    With more than 30 million viewers per week, Wheel of Fortune has been the #1 syndicated game show si…

  • Gigging & Grubbing

    Gigging & Grubbing

    Gigging & Grubbing combines two of America's favorite pastimes, music and food. The show, hosted…

  • The Pinkertons

    The Pinkertons

    Long before the FBI and the Secret Service, the Pinker­ton's National Detective Agency was the most…

  • Dr. Phil

    Dr. Phil

    The Dr. Phil show provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of te…

  • Steve Harvey

    Steve Harvey

    Steve Harvey hosts a brand new syndicated American talk show. Co-produced by Harvey, Endemol, and NB…

  • The Jerry Springer Show

    The Jerry Springer Show

    The Jerry Springer Show is probably most known for its foul mouths, excessive fighting, excessive nu…

  • Maury

    Maury

    "Maury" (sometimes known as The Maury Povich Show) is a syndicated American tabloid talk show hosted…

  • The Steve Wilkos Show

    The Steve Wilkos Show

    The former Chicago cop and security guard of "The Jerry Springer Show'' gets his own talk show adapt…

  • Harry

    Harry

    Drawing inspiration from the family-friendly variety shows of the past, Harry will include various s…

  • Entertainment Tonight

    Entertainment Tonight

    Entertainment Tonight (stylized as ET), is a daily tabloid entertainment television news show that i…

  • Judge Judy

    Judge Judy

    Judge Judy is a courtroom series stars former family court judge Judith Sheindlin. Each episode find…

  • What'Cha Got

    What'Cha Got

    What'Cha Got profiles sports and entertainment personalities and their automotive character.

  • Teen Kids News

    Teen Kids News

    Teen Kids News (initially titled EKN Worldwide Kids News and alternately abbreviated on-air as TKN s…

  • Rachael Ray

    Rachael Ray

    Rachael Ray, also known as Rachael and The Rachael Ray Show, is an American talk show starring Racha…

  • The Insider

    The Insider

    The Insider (formerly named omg! Insider) is an American entertainment news program covering events…

  • The Hollywood News Report

    The Hollywood News Report

    "The Hollywood News Report" is a weekly half-hour show brings viewers inside the velvet ropes with i…

  • Made in Hollywood

    Made in Hollywood

    Made in Hollywood is an entertainment-focused television series hosted by Kylie Erica Mar and Julie…

  • Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition

    Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition

    Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition is a spinoff series of Made in Hollywood, hosted by Kylie Erica Mar.…

  • Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford

    Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford

    "Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford" is the title of a weekly home improvement television program…

  • Fix It & Finish It

    Fix It & Finish It

    Fix It & Finish It overhauls one space in one home every day! The homeowners tell why they despe…

  • East Coast Wrestling Association

    East Coast Wrestling Association

    East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by J…

  • The Peoples Court

    The Peoples Court

    "The People's Court", produced by Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions (the producers of the origin…

  • The Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely

    The Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely

    "The Outdoorsman with Buck McNeely" premiered in 1985 - on one T.V. station in Cape Girardeau, Misso…

  • Jack Hanna's Into the Wild

    Jack Hanna's Into the Wild

    Jack Hanna's Into the Wild takes viewers on excursions around the world through the eyes of America'…

  • Democracy Now!

    Democracy Now!

    Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists A…

  • The Coolest Places on Earth

    The Coolest Places on Earth

    If you're expecting this show to feature locations like Antarctica and the North Pole, you may be di…

  • What Went Down

    What Went Down

    What Went Down brings you the most epic fails and epic wins from around the globe, every week. It's…

  • Wild Photo Adventures

    Wild Photo Adventures

    Each week tag along with host Doug Gardner through adverse conditions and terrain in search of that…

  • Hot Bench

    Hot Bench

    Three judges argue the merits of a case among themselves and render a verdict.

  • Animal Rescue

    Animal Rescue

    Just about everybody likes animals and doesn't like to see animals who are sick, injured or abused.…

  • Raw Travel

    Raw Travel

    Raw Travel, a one of a kind, fast moving television series that showcases the growing wave of social…

  • On the Spot

    On the Spot

    Everything You Need to Know About Everything! Can you answer questions On the Spot? Each episode of…

  • Judge Faith

    Judge Faith

    From a Louisiana beauty queen to a Wall Street attorney to a tough New York City prosecutor. Faith J…

  • Corrupt Crimes

    Corrupt Crimes

    Each episode of Corrupt Crimes investigates recent crime stories in complete detail, with expert ana…

  • The Doctors

    The Doctors

    The Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors is hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and…

  • Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin

    Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin

    Emmy-winning host Jeff Corwin takes viewers aboard some of the world's top cruise ships with this se…

  • Right This Minute

    Right This Minute

    Right This Minute (alternately abbreviated as RTM) is an American syndicated television program that…

  • Positively Paula

    Positively Paula

    Paula Deen welcomes viewers into her kitchen on this series that celebrates the tradition and good t…

  • TMZ

    TMZ

    TMZ (also known simply as TMZ or TMZTV or TMZ on TV) is an American syndicated entertainment and gos…

  • Ring of Honor Wrestling

    Ring of Honor Wrestling

    Hard-hitting pro-wrestling action from the stars of ROH.

  • Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien

    Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien

    Veteran journalist Soledad O'Brien, whose resume includes time at NBC and CNN, hosts this weekly new…

  • Eco Company

    Eco Company

    Concern for the environment is a major issue for many people. Eco Company tries to make teens intere…

  • Live with Kelly & Ryan

    Live with Kelly & Ryan

    A new era in daytime television began today when Kelly Ripa introduced the permanent co-host joining…

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