Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Catskill Mtns., NY, USA
There's no need for a show to be on for five seasons to make it to syndication. "Gilligan's Island" only aired three seasons and was in syndication forever. The original Star Trek also only aired for three seasons.
Of course, there's rather less syndication of non-first-run shows now that we're in the 500-channel universe: a lot of shows end up on sister cable channels of the networks, while the same few shows end up in non-first-run syndication (Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond, and a few others) in every market. Some of the first-run syndication crap like Bitch Judy and the rest of the courtroom shows, or the glut of makeover shows, probably don't cost any more for stations than the non-first-run syndies like Seinfeld....