The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, both originally ran on ABC in the 1970s. For its final season, The Bionic Woman switched networks (to NBC).
At least according to IMDB, during that season, two supporting characters (Oscar Goldman, played by Richard Anderson, and Dr. Rudy Wells, played by Martin E. Brooks) appeared on both shows, on both networks. This was, apparently, the first time that actors played the same characters on different shows, on different networks.
Edit: ninjaed by RealityChuck, but I also got Dr. Wells.
Yeah, I think his character Munch holds some kind of ‘official’ record for most appearances by the same character on different TV shows. Note that he played both himself *and *Lt. Munch in separate episodes of Arrested Development!
TV shows are more ‘owned’ by their production companies now than simply by the TV network that airs them, so if they share that it’s highly possible. Plus fans tend to really like it when they do this, the episode gets heavily cross promoted and usually high ratings, so it’s win-win (even if they’re not made by the same company).
Actually, the character originated on Homicide: Life on the Street. When that show ended he was hired for the first L&O spin-off SVU. According to Wikipedia the character ***does ***hold the record for most appearances on different series (ten different shows on five different networks!)
Ok, I’m familiar with the infamous St. Elsewhere finale, but how does it relate to crossovers? Did the Tommy character appear later someplace else? (I also know about the St. Elsewhere/Cheers/Frasier connection…)
I don’t think that counts as a crossover. This was from the two- (or three?) parter where Kramer moves to LA to try a career in acting, and manages to get a bit part in one episode of Murphy Brown - Jerry and George are shown watching the episode.