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21st Jan '17 8:26:16 AM NESBoy
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* Each book in the ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' series would begin with a nervous George and Harold presenting a comic about how they turned their principal Mr. Krupp into the eponymous superhero. As the series drifted away from being episodic, this would be used to summarize important information that's relevant to the premise of the current book.
18th Jan '17 8:16:51 AM LordKelvin
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Many anime shows have a recap episode, usually about halfway through the series. Often combined with or immediately followed by a BeachEpisode in order to use FanService to keep the viewers coming back.

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Many Longer-running anime shows will sometimes have a recap episode, usually about halfway through the series. Often series, often combined with or immediately followed by a BeachEpisode in order to use FanService to keep the viewers coming back.
back. However, in one- or two-cour shows[[note]]which can run from 12 to 26 episodes[[/note]], a Recap Episode is much less likely to happen, since there's less time available to spend to catch up the audience, and they're far less likely to forget something they saw just a few episodes ago anyways.



In general, common in {{Anime}}, although in the US [[RealityTV reality shows]] also do it. Becoming more popular in the West, with shows such as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' employing it, but in general it's much more common to show a [[PreviouslyOn brief recap of all relevant storylines at the start of each episode]]. Webcomics will rarely use this, and usually only to [[ConRecap recap their experiences at conventions.]]

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In today's age of UsefulNotes/DigitalDistribution, recap episodes are becoming somewhat less tolerated, since the internet ensures that, even if one cannot immediately access the older episodes as needed (whether [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil legally or not]]), they can easily find online discussions to catch themselves up. This is doubly so since virtually all shows will eventually come out on {{UsefulNotes/DVD}} or UsefulNotes/BluRay, with all the episodes right there for the audience to recap themselves (if it's even needed, as they could also [[ArchiveBinge just watch the whole thing in one sitting]]). If a single-season show has a recap episode, it may be a sign that [[TroubledProduction things are not going smoothly behind the scenes]].

In general, common in older and/or longer-running {{Anime}}, back before digital video or widespread availability of the internet existed, although in the US [[RealityTV reality shows]] also do it. Becoming more popular in the West, with shows such as ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' employing it, but in general it's much more common to show a [[PreviouslyOn brief recap of all relevant storylines at the start of each episode]]. Webcomics will rarely use this, and usually only to [[ConRecap recap their experiences at conventions.]]
13th Dec '16 8:07:51 AM timtom15
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13th Dec '16 8:07:37 AM timtom15
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* ''WebVideo/OnCinema: A recap was posted after the end of season 8 that provides a general overview of all 8 seasons and the major plot developments throughout them.
5th Nov '16 12:26:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* The many countdown programs headed by ''AmericanTop40'' and ''AmericanCountryCountdown'': Each year over the weekend closest to New Year's, most countdown programs do a recap program. It's called a "year end countdown," and essence these "recap" programs arrange in inverse order of relative popularity from usually No. 100 to No. 1 the top songs of the year. Stretch stories used for these programs often highlight general chart accomplishments and statistics, plus individual highlights of the performers.

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* The many countdown programs headed by ''AmericanTop40'' ''Radio/AmericanTop40'' and ''AmericanCountryCountdown'': ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'': Each year over the weekend closest to New Year's, most countdown programs do a recap program. It's called a "year end countdown," and essence these "recap" programs arrange in inverse order of relative popularity from usually No. 100 to No. 1 the top songs of the year. Stretch stories used for these programs often highlight general chart accomplishments and statistics, plus individual highlights of the performers.
5th Nov '16 12:26:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* A year-end recap show has been an annual tradition for World Wrestling Entertainment, back into at least the 1970s (when it was the World-Wide Wrestling Federation). Through the 1990s, these year-end specials were basically nothing more than VinceMcMahon hosting clips and telling brief stories about the top angles of the year, along with highlights from some of the year's best matches. When ''MondayNightRaw'' began airing, the show expanded to air more complete versions of the year's top matches. These recap shows usually also included "Happy New Year"-type messages from both face and heel wrestlers, along with comments about what they hoped to accomplish during the new year.

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* A year-end recap show has been an annual tradition for World Wrestling Entertainment, back into at least the 1970s (when it was the World-Wide Wrestling Federation). Through the 1990s, these year-end specials were basically nothing more than VinceMcMahon Wrestling/VinceMcMahon hosting clips and telling brief stories about the top angles of the year, along with highlights from some of the year's best matches. When ''MondayNightRaw'' ''Wrestling/MondayNightRaw'' began airing, the show expanded to air more complete versions of the year's top matches. These recap shows usually also included "Happy New Year"-type messages from both face and heel wrestlers, along with comments about what they hoped to accomplish during the new year.
21st Oct '16 1:22:26 PM ReddyWizard
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* ''WebVideo/AitorMolinaVs'' did it as the first six minutes of the third year anniversary special.
17th Aug '16 5:53:49 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' went above and beyond by giving us a recap episode covering ''the entire Macross franchise''.
28th Jul '16 8:40:51 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': The author likes to do some every now and then (and since the story started in 2000, they are most welcomed), but especially when he wants to introduce a new act. Said recap episodes also became more serious after a while, such as the [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2014-01-24 Recap introducing the Heaven on Earth arc]] (which takes place after the Subfusc one).



* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': "Orel's Movie Premiere" is a variaton: Orel screens some of his stop-motion films for several of the supporting characters (animated in the same style he's shown filming over the show's credits) which tell the events of the first 3 [[OutOfOrder (intended)]] episodes. While trying to tell the events in "Charity" he gets cut off by local bully Joe, who starts narrating his own story over it (which also refers to events from earlier episodes). Not clear if it's intentional, but this episode airs before [[WhamEpisode "Nature."]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': "Orel's Movie Premiere" is a variaton: variation: Orel screens some of his stop-motion films for several of the supporting characters (animated in the same style he's shown filming over the show's credits) which tell the events of the first 3 [[OutOfOrder (intended)]] episodes. While trying to tell the events in "Charity" he gets cut off by local bully Joe, who starts narrating his own story over it (which also refers to events from earlier episodes). Not clear if it's intentional, but this episode airs before [[WhamEpisode "Nature."]]
8th Jul '16 2:11:01 PM Willbyr
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* Used in the ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' episodes that come with the DVD of {{Genshiken}} so you can see clips from all the different episodes to get an idea of what [[ClicheStorm the series is like.]]

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* Used in the ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' episodes that come with the DVD of {{Genshiken}} ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' so you can see clips from all the different episodes to get an idea of what [[ClicheStorm the series is like.]]
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