The Tommy Westphall Universe[1], also known as the Tommy Westphall Hypothesis, is an idea of shared universe among hundreds of television shows that are in the imaginings of young Tommy Westphall. The origin of this hypothesis is "Six Degrees of St. Elsewhere" by Dwayne McDuffe.[2] Keith Gow and Ash Crowe took it further creating the Tommy Westphall Universe.[3] It has grown to the rank of internet meme.[4] The central source for adherents is The Multiverse.

Given the fame of the hypothesis, it has quite naturally gathered differing opinions. The most negative of these have created counterarguments, the most notable of which is "Six Objections to the Tommy Westphall Hypothesis".[5]

Other opinions exist without denying the concept. This creates widely varying interpretations. Some reject cartoon crossovers, while others accept them under somewhat stricter guidelines. Most insist that the phenomenon be restricted to television, but a select few allow crossovers to branch through nearly all types of fiction.

Franchises included in the Tommy Westphall Universe Edit

Franchises in the Tommy Westphall Universe include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Law & Order franchise and universe
  • Doctor Who
  • Star Trek
  • All in the Family
  • Happy Days
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Criminal Minds
  • CSI
  • NCIS
  • Battlestar Galactica (new)
  • Arrowverse
  • The Disney Television Universe

References Edit

  1. from Tommy Westphall Hypothesis on the Tommy Westphall Universe wiki
  2. Six Degrees of St. Elsewhere by Dwayne McDuffie
  3. The Tommy Westphall Universe by Keith Gow and Ash Crowe
  4. Know Your Meme
  5. Six Objections to the Tommy Westphall Hypothesis by Brian Weatherson

See also Edit

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