Created By: Kebeon on October 11, 2012 Last Edited By: Kebeon on October 13, 2012

Delayed Seasons

When nobody cares it's still fall in February.

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Often when a TV series has a yearly schedule, filming happens two to six months before the actual air date. However, because of the airing schedule, the episode is set on the date it is aired, and not when it was filmed. In Southern California locations, it ends up with perpetual spring, except when the production crew realize it's time for the Christmas Special Episode. But in other, more temperate climates, like Hollywood North, or pretty much anywhere else, it results in mismatched seasons.

On any given episode that is not specifically time framed, the trope bothers virtually no one. However, when you realise it is supposed to be, say, Valentine's Day, but trees still have falling leaves, or, say, Summer Holiday, but the trees don't have their leaves on yet, and a scenery shot is displaying full-blown daffodils (bloom season: March to April), the illusion is broken. Especially annoying when one single detail, like a date on a newspaper, is enough to ruin the suspension of disbelief.

This trope is different from Weather Dissonance, as the issue is almost never aknowledged on screen, except when lapshaded for comical effect, and from Bizarre Seasons because, although delayed, the seasonal pattern is still predictable.
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  • October 11, 2012
    There are sooo much examples I don't know where to start.

    Fringe (especially noticeable on the second episode, when it goes from the snowy winter of the pilot to the middle of the summer, and still the characters refers to the last episode as "a couple days ago")

    Once Upon a Time (noticeable in S 01 E 13, "Skin Deep". It's the november-Valentine's Day used as an exemple in the main article)

    Kyle XY (the whole first season is set in the Summer Holidays, but was filmed in early spring. Barren trees, barely green grass, daffodils and tulips... and minishorts!)

    Doctor Who (especially Christmas Specials, all filmed in mid-summer) comes to mind. It was lapshaded in the 2006 Christmas episode, when Donna is glad the weather is so nice for late december in London.
  • October 12, 2012
    Stupid amount of examples... How Did We Miss This One?

    In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic the cast is shown changing winter to spring in "Winter Wrap Up".. except the episode aired in December. Another example, "Fall Weather Friends" aired in January, but it's fall in the show.
  • October 13, 2012
    Hum... I don't know if cartoons (even awesome ones like MLP) can apply. The trope is really about inadequacy between the scenery that is filmed and what it should look like. But it still follows the natural course of the seasons. Even if falls looks like spanning from november to february, you can still count on winter lasting about three months, exept from weird channel scheduling. Having spring one month and fall the next must probably fall under Bizarre Seasons.