Yesterday I stumbled across and interesting phenomenon which links over 280 different television series. The phenomenon is known as Tommy Westphall’s Mind. Who is Tommy Westphall?
Tommy Westphall was an autistic child on the TV series St Elsewhere who, it was revealed in the closing moments of the final episode of that series, had dreamt the entire run of the show.
The problem gets interesting when we realize that St Elsewhere has direct connections to 12 other television series, which in turn have their own connections. We are not talking about actors or directors here; we’re talking about fictional cast members who appear on shows other than their own or fictitious brands or places. All tallied, their are over 280 different series which, following St Elsewhere, exist entirely in Tommy Westphall’s mind.
Some of these connections are really quite amazing. For example, here’s the connection from St Elewhere to Firefly.
ii. And going back to Cheers it also spun-off Fraiser.
(1) John Larroquette Show’s John Hemingway called into Fraiser’s show.
(a) John Larroquette Show referenced Yoyodyne. Yoyodyne was also a client of Angel’s Wolfram & Hart.
(i) Angel was a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (for more on Buffy see item 4.A.)
(ii) Weyland-Utani is also a client of Angel’s Wolfram & Hart. Weyland-Utani made some of the weapons used by Firefly’s
Malcolm Reynolds in the Battle of Serenity.