Timeline of Slashed Sources

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Fandom: Slash
Dates: 1964-present
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Contents

The table shows the source shows, movies and books with large slash followings; the list below shows the smaller sources from the '60s until now.

Shows/books/movies with LARGE slash fandoms 1964-now
Year First Airing Last Airing
1964 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1965
1966 Star Trek
1967
1968 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1969 Star Trek
1975 Starsky & Hutch
1976
1977 The Professionals
1st Star Wars movie
1978 Blake's 7
1979 Led Zeppelin fandom v.1 Starsky & Hutch
1980
1981 Blake's 7(4 days before Xmas!)
1982 Star Trek: Wrath of Khan
1983 The Professionals
1984 Miami Vice Led Zeppelin fandom v.1
1985
1986
1987 Wiseguy
1988
1989 Quantum Leap Miami Vice
1990 Wiseguy
1991
1992 Highlander
Forever Knight
1993 The X-Files Professional Wrestling
Homicide: Life on the Street
Quantum Leap
1994 due South
In The X-Files both Skinner and Krycek appear    
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys     
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess
Star Trek: Voyager
In Highlander, Methos appears
1996 The Sentinel Forever Knight
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Star Trek: Voyager 7 of 9 appears
Stargate SG-1
1st Harry Potter book
1998 Sports Night
Popslash takes off
The Magnificent Seven
Highlander
due South
1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tara appears
Angel
The Sentinel
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Homicide: Life on the Street
The Magnificent Seven
2000 Queer As Folk US Sports Night
2001 Smallville
Media fans join Popslash
1st The Lord of the Rings movie
Xena: Warrior Princess
Star Trek: Voyager
2002 Firefly The X-Files
Firefly
'N Sync hiatus
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones kills TPM fandom
2003 1st Pirates of the Caribbean movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2004 House, M.D.
Stargate Atlantis
Angel
2005 Supernatural
Cameron Mitchell joins Stargate SG-1
Queer As Folk US
Jack O'Neill exits Stargate SG-1
2006 Torchwood
Bandom rises
2007 Stargate SG-1
last Harry Potter book
last (?) Pirates of the Caribbean movie
2008 Merlin
2009 Stargate Atlantis
2010 Inception film released, has immediate fannish following
Sherlock (BBC) first series airs, rapidly widely slashed
Hawaii Five-0 (2010) starts, lures many SGA writers

     

Graphical Timeline


Smaller Slash Fandom Sources from 1965 to now

Smaller, of course, is arbitrary

'60s - '70s

'80s

'90s

'00s

Was there really a Golden Age of slash?

After compiling the timeline above, Sandy Herrold posted her observations in her journal about the rise and fall of slashable source:
"So, I was making a Timeline of Slashed Shows/Sources for Fanlore, and I couldn't help noticing that 1995 - 2004-5 was a Golden Age of sorts, a time when slashy shows and movies were widely available.

When I got into fandom in the '80s, all the big slash fandoms were "closed canon" -- Star Trek, The Professionals, Blake's 7, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Starsky & Hutch. There were a few smaller shows/fandoms -- Miami Vice, Wiseguy, Quantum Leap, Forever Knight, Highlander (until Methos showed up) -- that gained a few slash fans while they were on the air, but almost by definition, the big fandoms (the "real" fandoms?) were the closed ones -- the open ones were transient, and not likely to grow to the same size as the closed ones.

graph, click to see larger version

Then, about 1995, it all changed. Every year, a new slashy show, or two! And they got big, bigger, HUGE! They rivaled and then surpassed the old fandoms! This...this was new. I have Virgule-L posts in 1992, fan after fan saying that they didn't really watch TV, just rewatched fannish source on VHS. By 1995, everyone is watching current TV avidly. (And it now occurs to me that 1995 was as fandom was first starting to colonize the Internet...)

Maybe pictures will make it clearer. Click on my table below to look at the Golden Age -- or go straight to the fanlore page that shows the entire last 25 years of fannish source:

ETA: I'm not saying there were more FANS during the (so-called) Golden Age, just that there were so many more fannish options. Right now, if you've already spurned SPN, and you're getting tired of SGA (I'm waving at you, R), there aren't so many large fandoms waiting for you to check them out." [1]

References

  1. Post in Sandy's blog, dated Oct. 28th, 2008.
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