Created By: Merseyuser1 on June 13, 2018 Last Edited By: Merseyuser1 on June 15, 2018

Holdover Episode

Episode made for a particular season, but airs as part of another season in the series.

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Sometimes, a show can air episodes Out of Order. For a show where continuity doesn't matter much, it's not really a major issue about broadcast order.

But on a show with a Story Arc, it can be an issue having episodes held over between seasons.

It's sometimes easy to spot a holdover episode due to filming differences or animation differences between seasons; that's often the most obvious visual clue. Sometimes even characterization changes between the seasons.

Live Action TV
  • Lucifer had episodes that were made for Season 2, but Season 2 was Cut Short, meaning that the episodes aired as part of Season 3.
  • Police, Camera, Action! had the episodes "On The Buses", a holdover from Season 6 in 1998 (eventually airing on 6 January 1999, and not December 1998 as planned), and the Extra Long Episode which was a partial Clip Show, "Learning the Hard Way", which aired on 19 January 1999 (meant for Christmas Day 1998 as a pseudo-Christmas Episode, but didn't air then).

Western Animation

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  • June 13, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
    Western Animation
    • Season 6 of Family Guy was shortened to just 12 episodes due to the 2007-8 Writers' Strike, and Season 7 was composed entirely of holdovers from the 6th production season.
    • The Simpsons:
      • The episode "The Girl Who Slept Too Little" was intended to be the Season 16 finale, but it was moved to the next season due to its spot being taken by "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" (which was delayed by a month due to the death of Pope John Paul II).
      • The episodes "Simpson Tide" and "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" have both been delayed by two seasons.
  • June 14, 2018
    Add this to the Lucifer entry.

    • Subverted in Season 3. Two holdover episodes were supposed to air in the next season if it was renewed, but after Fox canceled the show, they were burned off two weeks after the series finale.
  • June 15, 2018
    The fifth and final season of Babylon Five was confirmed so late in the day that the series finale, "Sleeping in Light", was made as part of the fourth season and not broadcast until the end of the fifth (it helped that it was a Distant Finale).
  • June 15, 2018
    Hannah Montana: The episode “No Sugar, Sugar” was supposed to air as the Season 2 finale, but it never aired because of a joke about diabetes was made. It later aired in the third season, but it was renamed “Uptight (Oliver’s Alright)” and the episode was edited as well.