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11th Nov '16 2:25:31 AM Silverblade2
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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' is notorious. Each episode had at least three (in the earliest episodes, even up to five) real-life music videos of the time in which the duo would add commentary and mock or praise. This simply serves as padding - when full episodes of the show are uploaded onto the internet, these videos are removed, resulting in roughly 5-9 minute episodes.
6th Nov '16 6:27:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AmericanCountryCountdown'': Similar to ''[=AT40=]'', except that the host rarely if ever gave an end-of-hour recap, instead relying on "extras" to pad things out. The show has its own version of the Long Distance Dedication, and uses other features such as a top 3 listing of Mediabase's country downloads chart and the "Live Like You Were Dying" segment (where a listener shares his inspirational/beating the odds story).
* ''AmericanTop40'': In the early years when there was some time remaining at the end of an hour, Casey Kasem would either recap the previous hour (for instance, list which songs were new or which songs had fallen from the top 40) and/or preview the next hour. This was done to even out the number of chart songs per hour (13 to no more than 15 songs that were currently in the top 40 in a given hour) but -- in the early years -- to avoid having to cut songs unusually short or to cover up the fact that there wasn't enough "stretch stories" about some of the songs in the just-completed hour.

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* ''AmericanCountryCountdown'': ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'': Similar to ''[=AT40=]'', except that the host rarely if ever gave an end-of-hour recap, instead relying on "extras" to pad things out. The show has its own version of the Long Distance Dedication, and uses other features such as a top 3 listing of Mediabase's country downloads chart and the "Live Like You Were Dying" segment (where a listener shares his inspirational/beating the odds story).
* ''AmericanTop40'': ''Radio/AmericanTop40'': In the early years when there was some time remaining at the end of an hour, Casey Kasem would either recap the previous hour (for instance, list which songs were new or which songs had fallen from the top 40) and/or preview the next hour. This was done to even out the number of chart songs per hour (13 to no more than 15 songs that were currently in the top 40 in a given hour) but -- in the early years -- to avoid having to cut songs unusually short or to cover up the fact that there wasn't enough "stretch stories" about some of the songs in the just-completed hour.
29th Oct '16 9:33:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheGoonShow'' would occasionally make jokes about stuff being put in to make up the time. Minutes of footsteps or other mundane actions were very common. Especially Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister were used for this purpose, talking in circles between themselves for long stretches of time, usually, by the end of the conversation, several minutes later, being back at the exact point where they started, at which point the story continues. On occasion, one or the other would note that a man named Spike Milligan paid them to waste time here.

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* ''TheGoonShow'' ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' would occasionally make jokes about stuff being put in to make up the time. Minutes of footsteps or other mundane actions were very common. Especially Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister were used for this purpose, talking in circles between themselves for long stretches of time, usually, by the end of the conversation, several minutes later, being back at the exact point where they started, at which point the story continues. On occasion, one or the other would note that a man named Spike Milligan paid them to waste time here.
28th Oct '16 1:37:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''Rescue from GilligansIsland'' was quite bad about this, given that the plot was recycled from an episode of the show they never filmed.

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* ''Rescue from GilligansIsland'' Series/GilligansIsland'' was quite bad about this, given that the plot was recycled from an episode of the show they never filmed.
9th Oct '16 4:23:39 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->-- '''Joel and the Bots''', "Slow The Plot Down", ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

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-->-- '''Joel and the Bots''', "Slow The the Plot Down", ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
9th Oct '16 4:22:54 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->-- '''Joel and the Bots''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

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-->-- '''Joel and the Bots''', "Slow The Plot Down", ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
30th Sep '16 12:53:10 AM spaceace72
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* Weird "horror" manga ''Manga/{{Fourteen}}'' is terrible at this. Something as simple as a [[DecompressedComic man heading home and opening his door can take a few pages.]]
24th Sep '16 5:51:15 AM john_e
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** The capture-escape-recapture technique shows up as recently as "The End of Time". At the start of episode 2, the Doctor is a prisoner of the Master, who is about to put his evil plan into action. The cliffhanger is resolved when he is rescued, but after twenty minutes on the run he's back exactly where he started, with the Master about to put his ''next'' evil plan into action.
7th Sep '16 11:47:13 PM whalewithwings
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Padding is often frequently present in music, too. It can range from parts without the main melody or sudden stop periods. Examples are quite subjective.

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Padding is often frequently present in music, too. It can range from parts without the main melody or sudden stop periods. Examples are quite subjective.
subjective. '''BUT!!!''' Despite the name, Padding has not even a smidgen to do with [[IThoughtItMeant diapers]].
31st Aug '16 6:54:36 AM Silverblade2
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* Because [[LostInTranslation most people outside of Japan are used to shows going on break for about a third of the year]], this often happens with anime. Stretching episodes out is usually the only way to keep making new episodes and avoid [[OvertookTheManga running out of source material to adapt from]] without splitting the show off into an alternative continuity from the Manga. Not being on every week is akin to being canceled.



* Both Marvel and DC tend to pressure writers to "decompress" their stories so that they'll easily fit into a six-issue trade. Marvel was so stringent on this policy that it eventually drove GeoffJohns away from his [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] run.
** DC has gotten better about this with series like Detective Comics, Batman & Robin and the like consisting of three to four issue arcs.



* Padding is quite common in fanfic, with some writers and readers believing that length is a sign of quality. It often takes the form of [[TheStationsOfTheCanon scenes that establish points of character and plot that have already been established]], or that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment don't establish anything at all and are completely forgotten afterwards]]. Likewise this happens in RolePlay too, since people often assume the length of your post is directly proportional to your skill. It all depends heavily on the group of people you role play with. Casual role play groups may not care how long or short your posts are but the more dedicated and serious role players will demand you to make a post with a certain amount of length. Additionally, some fanfic hosting sites have minimum word-count requirements. This can end up causing stories that would otherwise flow smoothly to be stuffed with filler and PurpleProse to make the quota.



* Whilst musical numbers are an important part--indeed, arguably, ''the'' most important part of any Bollywood production--sometimes they can turn into this in worst case scenarios. They might also subjectively ''seem'' like this to uninitiated Western viewers, seeing as Bollywood films can last some 3 hours long when most Western films are over in an hour and a half (and musical numbers, outside of the musical genre, aren't included as a rule).
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