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->'''Art:''' Why does every anime series under the sun have to have a fan-service episode? An episode in which the cast all wander around in swimwear or less for no real reason? It's so low-brow.\\
'''Pip:''' Shall we confirm that by watching it again?\\
'''Art:''' Absolutely.
-->-- ''Webcomic/SequentialArt''

The Beach Episode or Pool Episode is, simply put, an episode where the cast decided to take a break and go to the beach or a swimming pool for some wet and splashy fun.

Often combined with or immediately following a RecapEpisode, the Beach Episode exists [[{{Fanservice}} solely for the purpose of getting the female (and sometimes males too) cast into]] [[SwimsuitIndex bathing suits]]. [[FetishRetardant Sadly]] for the {{fanboy}}s, beach episodes are usually (except for the romance genre in which it is part of the plot) considered extreme examples of {{filler}} and [[OffModel treated accordingly]]. Sometimes you'll meet the SurferDude here. Also a good spot for a random BeautyContest. SmashingWatermelons is a popular party game, as is volleyball. Also expect some {{Beachcombing}} and someone getting [[BeachBury buried in sand]].

Naturally, it also acts as a BreatherEpisode in [[StoryArc arc-heavy]] stories.

Common in, but hardly limited to, anime series. Often shows up in SideStoryBonusArt. In anime and live-action television, a Beach Episode might overlap with the VacationEpisode, usually as a trip to a tropical locale. Expect one of the characters, usually a female, to exclaim "It's the ocean!" when the gang first arrives on the scene.

Cousin to the HotSpringsEpisode, which usually takes place in highlands. Often, the actual beach also gets replaced by a swimming pool.

Note: It sometimes occurs that the Beach Episode is interrupted by the actual plot of the story. For example, [[BusmansHoliday the heroes are taking their well deserved beach trip when the villains decide to show up and cause trouble]].

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* In the series of campaign advertisements of Advertising/{{Orangina}}, they made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bi3erz2Ek8 one which set in the beach]]... with animal people. Compare it to the older commercials where it was all about [[MindScrew people in bottle costumes]]. This ad then became the basis for the newer commercials of the campaign.
* ''Advertising/AirNewZealandSafetyVideos'': The video "Safety in Paradise" with SpecialGuest appearances from the ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' swimsuit models on the beaches of Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' has a two-episode beach arc, which also included a FuroScene and a [[FestivalEpisode festival scene]].
* ''Anime/{{Another}}'' has this type of episode, in which someone gets gratuitously mauled by a boat propeller.
* ''Manga/AsuNoYoichi'' actually has its beach episode mixed with storyline and one character's development. In the manga, this is when the villains of the arc show up (they weren't even hinted at before this) for the first time as well.
* ''Manga/AsatteNoHoukou'' has this as its first episode.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': Germany, Italy, and Japan get shipwrecked on a tropical island and don't seem to mind too much. They actually enjoy themselves. In another strip, America and England are both stranded together, both [[{{Tsundere}} being themselves]].
** Also, one of Seychelles's first apparitions has her seeing the others around as she wonders what the ''Hell'' are they doing at her islands.
** Another one has America stranded in a beach with China instead.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' has several, though as a SliceOfLife series, they ''aren't'' filler. One even provided the infamous scene of Osaka waking Yukari up with a knife. ''And'' Nyamo's drunken lecture. ''And'' Yukari's [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving.]] Heck, a good chunk of the memorable things about ''Azumanga Daioh'' were from the beach episodes.
* ''Manga/BabySteps'': A beach and a pool both serve as backdrops for [[RelationshipUpgrade romance-related plot advancement]].
* ''Manga/BeachStars''. The sports-manga is mostly a Beach Episode-''manga'' as the sport in question is ''beach volleyball''.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Guts and his newfound TrueCompanions reach the ocean after leaving [[spoiler:Schierke's DoomedHometown]]. No swimming happened, but it did offer a break for the crew for a short while and some [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming crowning moments of heartwarming]] occurred, especially when [[spoiler: [[CreepyChild the Child]] appears for the first time in human form, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic and Guts and Casca had a very awkward "family" scenario with him]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' conveniently has a Beach Episode that pops up right in the middle of a major arc. The twist: although the reason for the beach party is expanded into the realms of [[{{Filler}} anime filler]], the fact one occurs at all is actually based on a series of omakes [[Creator/TiteKubo Kubo]] inserted into his manga, so the premise of it is actually {{Canon}}. It focuses on the Shinigami Women's Association (accompanied with the boys). Such highlights included skimpy bikinis (including ''Captain Unohana'' wearing one of the [[BarelyThereSwimwear skimpiest swimsuits]]), Matsumoto teaching Orihime how to use her breasts as a bucket much to the horror of either Ichigo (manga) or Nanao (anime), a sandcastle-building competition, and a watermelon/tentacle monster hybrid. And Hitsugaya and the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ice]]. [[MundaneUtility Good lad to have around in hot weather]].
* ''Manga/BlueDrop''. There is one in the anime, leading to an important turning point in the relationship between Mari and Hagino.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' has one the anime and one in the manga. The former is pure filler. The latter, however, adds in CharacterDevelopment for both Rin and Shiemi while dropping hints to [[spoiler: Yukio falling apart.]] Both involve a Kraken.
* Subverted in episode 6 of ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates''. Marika and Mami are ready to go to the beach... only for Misa and Kane to pike up Marika to fill out a few trees' worth of paperwork.
** In episode 20, the Yacht Club goes to the beach, but it's for plot purposes - they're training for an upcoming race. The bulk of the fanservice is provided by [[HeroicBuild Kane in a speedo]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' begins with kids playing happily at the beach. It does not stay that pleasant though...
* ''Anime/BurstAngel'' has a beach episode with very skimpy swimsuit. And a tentacled Squid Monster. Made even better once [[spoiler:you find the ''[[FreudWasRight dirty]]'' hidden commentary on that DVD]].
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' also involves such an episode. In the manga, it is stated that Nobuhiro Watsuki originally did not plan to do it, but insistent letters from fans and encouragement from his staff eventually won him over. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVjWP2T8eE Bravo Kiss]] and Papillion wearing Film/{{Borat}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE-F_I-ebcg swimsuit]]? What's not to like?
** Of course, this also [[{{Subversion}} directly leads into the wham episode of the next arc]], with serious consequences for the rest of the series. Just not, perhaps, all of the episode.
* Zig-Zagged in ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'', with the characters having getup of varying levels of conservativeness.
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' anime series: one of the many deviations from the manga is a Beach Episode. Completely useless for the plot and hammered in without fear of splinters....
* ''Anime/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has a Beach Episode right after the Radio Noise arc. It initially appears as a simple family reunion between an amnesiac Touma and his parents he doesn't remember. Unfortunately for Touma, the beach happens to be the beginning of the Angel Fall arc... specifically, everyone but a handful of people gets their physical appearances switched without realizing it. And then one of the arc's good guys turns out to be [[spoiler:an angel Touma's father accidentally summoned and which is now hell-bent on killing the summoner in order to get back to Heaven. Hell-bent, as in, ready to unleash the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt fire and brimstone rain]] on his head.]]
* Then comes ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' which [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j_THIVArrM returns the favor somewhat.]] Mikoto and Kuroko are invited by swim club members to do a photoshoot. Several other prominent female cast also attend. Mikoto initially wants to don a frilly, girlish swimsuit but ultimately settles for a one-piece. Then comes the shocker when Kuroko tries wearing something that would make even adult women blush... only to get one-upped by Kongo appearing with a ''[[FeatherBoaConstrictor live snake]]''[[note]]as she says in {{Engrish}}, "Sexy and exotic!"; not that the other girls (except Uiharu) liked the idea[[/note]] coiled around her one-piece... only to get one-upped in turn by Konori showing up with a bikini she complains is too small for her. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BgJXu3ilOg She's not kidding;]] ''even the snake'' is [[StupidSexyFlanders staring at her]]. The photoshoot happens in a {{Holodeck}} type room where one can change the scenery to match the needs of the scene. At first it works for the shoot (Beach, poolside, pleasure boat), but then the shoot [[HologramProjectionImperfection has a glitch of sorts]] (Mountains with blowing snow, Hot Desert, a fishing boat in a storm, and the surface of the moon) which has to be fixed, so the girls are "transported" to a camp site to take a break and decide to make some curry.
* The anime of "LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai" has the distinction that the Beach Episode is the first serious episode. They reveal why the main female character is like she is. [[spoiler: When her dad died she started acting like this because she doesn't want to accept the reality that he's dead.]]
* ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces'' has a Beach Episode that furthered both plot and character development, and the actual beach scenes were rather short and almost completely devoid of fanservice. Unless you're into conservative 1950's style swimsuits or something.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has the episode "Beasty Girl", where the protagonists take advantage of the fact that they've arrived on a tropical island resort to try and relax. Unfortunately for them, the mons running the place are part of Ranamon's fan club, eventually leading to a battle.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' -- [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]. The show's creators introduced one episode by saying that they needed better ratings, and as a result there would be no men in the episode, and all the women would be wearing swimsuits.
** [[Manga/ExcelSaga The manga]] had two Beach Episode chapters as well. One was a SomethingCompletelyDifferent chapter that turned the manga into a high school drama, and the other was a regular chapter, where the Department of City Security were on break and the ACROSS girls were trying to win a Birdman competition.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'': The Devilbats go to Texas and, while there, visit a beach. Of course [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma doesn't do anything without a plan,]] and it turns out he brought the team there so they could A) participate in the Beach Football tournament, and B) to meet up with Hiruma and Kurita's old coach. Also averts the fanservice aspect by throwing in the "Sexy Queens", a band of [[FanDisservice gangly, hairy, spandex-clad men]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' got one, complete with Erza wearing a bikini and a hot dress (they went to a casino after, double win anyone?) and Lucy getting tied up in a rope (bended backwards even).
** A second in the ''Welcome To Fairy Hills'' OVA.
** And then there's a third in the X791 arc, which includes copious amount of Lucy, Erza, Juvia and Levy fanservice as well.
** And a fourth after the third day of the Grand Magic Games, the pool variant. Also, it's a flashback episode during the fourth day of the games.
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' subverts it : In Chapter 41, Fran and some of the cast go to a beach to try and investigate on a mysterious phenomenon that causes many people to drown, but Fran, in true {{Cloudcuckoolander}} fashion, still wants to have fun.
-->"But let's not worry too much about the whole '''DYING''' thing. We should think of this as a vacation and have a good time !"
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' offers both an inversion and deconstruction in episode 5. Even though Gou is seen wearing a swimsuit one at one point (it's still relatively covered up) it's the ''guys'' who are dressed in swimsuits more and they are here for swim training. The deconstruction part comes when [[spoiler:the weather turns bad and Rei decides to sneak in to practice at night and he nearly drowns as a result.]]
* The ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga has a Beach Arc that lasts two volumes. All's fun and [[{{Fanservice}} Fanservicey]], [[MassOhCrap until Akito shows up]]. Well, [[MsFanservice R]][[StatuesqueStunner i]][[AloofDarkHairedGirl n]] shows up naked after that, but considering that she only [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transformed]] in the first place because she was in extreme pain...
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' contains several subversions.
** Twice, Kaname gets primed and ready for a beach vacation only to end up having Sôsuke drag her somewhere else (once to a submarine, once to a military festival) instead. When Kaname does go to the beach for a vacation in the middle of the series, the episodes focus almost entirely on Sôsuke's mission in the Middle East instead, with only a few brief cuts to Kaname showing her bored and worrying about him.
** An actual Beach Episode, meanwhile, takes place in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''.
* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'' has a beach chapter, but it really has only one scene that can be considered as fanservice. [[spoiler: The chapter's actual intended focus is Ryuuichi's insecurities about the trust between him and Kotarou, using the current and past visits to the beach as a device.]]
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' has fun with this type of episode, as most of the cast were otaku and thus not the sort to go to the beach on a regular basis. ("What the hell am I doing in a place like this... Isn't it embarrassing to go to [=ComiFes=] with a tan?") Also notable was CosplayOtakuGirl Ohno, who wears some fairly risque things, being shy enough to cover most of her outfit with a long shirt.
* ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'''s beach episode actually gives an explanation as to why there are no other people in the same area as the cast: [[RealityEnsues their usual antics pretty much alienated everyone else from coming.]] Any {{Fanservice}} that might have been generated from the games the cast played were ultimately thwarted, and the only person who managed to get their privates shown was the ''[[ButtMonkey Shogun]]''.
* ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'' has a Beach Episode that gets interrupted by the Zeravire planning to assault a peace summit, resulting in the hero and the Gran Divas having to do battle in their swimsuits.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': The double beach episode is an opportunity for two of Onizuka's students to deal with their {{UST}}.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' had a plot episode where they needed to kidnap a character living in the Kingdom of [[strike:Mizugi]] Missoghi, a port which only women wearing swimwear could enter. In a solid effort it managed to provide fanservice ''and'' plot at the same time. With a nice dose of FanDisservice in the closing moments.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has one featuring not only humor, but also some degree of plot as the guys went there not just to relax and have a good view of girl booty, but to train. In fact, Ippo realizes one of his early flaws (lack of leg strength) there.
** Later it's subverted, as the guys ''assume'' they will go to the beach to train and end up going... elsewhere.
* Even ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' had one, with the Ham-Hams exploring the beach for the first time and helping Laura during a storm.
* ''Manga/HanaYoriDango''. The anime and manga continuities of have two beach plot arcs, one during a summer break and one on the Domyoji private island.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. The second half of episode 7 (the first half is a HotSpringsEpisode).
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
** A Beach Episode with a twist, a parody of a LockedRoomMystery that [[spoiler:has been set up, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre-style, to keep Haruhi from getting bored.]] And since it was taken directly from the novels, it is ''not'' filler but canon.
** And also the ''Phoenix Wright'' Parody.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Happiness}}'' has a Beach Episode for its eighth episode, taking the opportunity to show off the female cast in their swim attire. Later parts of the episode do contain material that is slightly more plot-relevant.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has its Beach Episode set in an artificial beach constructed inside the Sanzenin property.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'': The cast finds an island where not a single zombie exists, and decides to take this oppertunity to have some fun in the sun... until they realise that no-one was on the island in the first place because of [[MushroomSamba dangerous halloconogenic plants]] which cause all the adult women to get randy for the only good-looking guy in the group. It got also ''zombie bikini girls'' trying to eat (or even try to have sex with) a sleeping Takashi, while Takashi himself was dreaming of sex with his female companions!
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' has a beach arc (one day), which was adapted into a one episode. In the anime, it's a ''pool'' arc. Also, the manga has a few swimsuit omakes, and there are quite a few beach/pool official arts.
* ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}'' has a dramatic beach episode in which [[spoiler:Nono and Risaki beat each other up until they collapse]].
* ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'' has Nobue take the girls to the beach one summer break; slightly parodies the trope, as [[TheCutie Miu]] comments that her friends should have "sexy" swimsuits like hers.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''
* ''{{Is}}'' Yep, there is two in this manga.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has Nanami going on a trip with some school friends to the beach and dragging Tomoe along for the ride. [[spoiler: He didn't want to go because he had previously pissed off a ocean demon and was wary of setting foot in the ocean again.]]
* ''LightNovel/KanojoGaFlagOraretara'': In the twelfth chapter of the manga (episode 6 of the anime), a few members of the cast (Souta, Megumu, Nanami, Ruri, and Tsumugi) hang out at the beach
* ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'': The third OVA features this, which features [[spoiler:Sara and Taka having sex in a small beach town.]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Of course there is one! The part when Tsuna gets a lifeguard job with his friends.
* ''Manga/KenkoZenrakeiSuieibuUmisho'' has several beach episodes, including the start of the first episode when Amuro's house arrives at the beach. Since the show focuses on a swim team, though, the cast is almost always in swimwear anyway.
* ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' does about one of these a year. The anime tries to balance the fanservice in the first one by throwing in a comedy contest, whereas the original manga was a straight-up swimsuit contest. Involves at least one girl losing her top in front of many geeks, who are there for the Gundam models as much as the swimsuit models. Inverted in the manga with a women's ''skiing'' contest during a trip to the mountains, and in an episode of the anime featuring a man-only beefcake contest.
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''. The {{pilot}} is a Beach Episode. There is another one later heavily based on it. Both of these episodes were based on the same story in the manga, with the second one (set in a skiing resort) being the accurate one. Even more surprising was that during these two episodes, things between Kyōsuke and Madoka progressed somewhat, especially without Hikaru around as much to be a ClingyJealousGirl.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' has a beach ''chapter''; the main characters all go to the beach in chapter 51. It doesn't really have any {{fanservice}}, though, considering that [[TheDitz Chizu's]] the only character who turns up in her swimsuit and Ayane accuses her of being childish for wanting to swim.
* ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' has several to count.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'' has the second half of episode 6.
* ''Manga/KOn'' has '''two''' beach episodes... out of a grand total of 12 episodes.
* ''Manga/KuroganeNoLinebarrel'' (anime) has one, and it plays out like a cross between the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' beach episode and a satire of something from a hentai.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Lamune}}'' is, apparently, a beach ''series''.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' does this twice, extending the second into a miniarc.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' also features a Beach Episode, complete with characters [[LampshadeHanging bemoaning]] the [[ImprobablyFemaleCast lack of interest from guys]], the protagonist's attempts to be [[{{Moe}} more appealing]] with an inner tube, and a scene [[DeconstructedTrope picking apart]] the trope of vacation food actually being pretty terrible.
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', never accused of being the most plot-heavy of series early on in its run, has one as well... only an emergency related to an attack by the Varuta caused Basara and Mylene to get trapped in between two emergency bulkheads and nearly freeze to death in a rather ironic subversion.
* ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' has this, sort of, in episode 9, unless you count a luxury resort as a beach. It is also one of the few times in the entire series that we get to see Elenore wearing something other than her uniform.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. The third [[FourthWallMailSlot Megami Sound Stage]], which took place in a beach, parodied the tendency for this trope to be used as an excuse for {{Fanservice}} when Hayate cheerfully announced that she, Nanoha, Fate, and Vivio were doing the recording in swimsuits. When everyone else reacted in surprise at her comment, saying that they're all in uniform, Hayate explained that since this is an audio media, she's sure everyone listening was imagining them in swimsuits regardless of what they're wearing.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' The manga has several chapters taking place at beaches. The original MarshmallowHell incident occurred at one of them. Also notable that most Beach Chapters ''do'' have important or at least notable events occur during them.
-->[[ThreateningShark "How does a shark know kung-fu?!"]]
* ''Manga/MaicchinguMachikoSensei'' has a few of these. One of which even took place in Hawaii.
* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'': {{Fanservice}} ''and'' plot advancement in a Beach Episode? Yep. Episode 9 of ''[=Mai-HiME=]'' managed to get (most of) the girls in bathing suits, but also included a [[TwoLinesNoWaiting B-story]] that delved into Natsuki's [[BackStory past]] (and there was the whole LaserHallway subversion, too).
* ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'': Subverted in Episode 9. ''Looks'' like a Beach Episode on the surface, but the beach actually serves as the starting point for a [[HorribleCampingTrip survival test (that later goes horribly wrong)]].
* ''Anime/MarsDaybreak'' manages to get one despite the fact that there ''aren't'' any beaches on Mars: The pirates found a spot on the planet where TheFederation's satellite surveillance system was blind for one day out of the year, and so take advantage of the situation to open up a swimming pool on top of their sub.
* ''Manga/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' has both a bonafide Beach Episode early in the series, and a swimsuit contest onboard of the eponymous spaceship later in the series. And even so, things still occurred that were quite amusing, and didn't end up as something that 'never happened.' Especially with the Admiral's fate in the first of these two.
* ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinkaiser]]': The {{OVA}} even has a classic Beach Episode with explicit {{Fanservice}} that may have given Kouji's perverted little brother a permanent... yeah. TheProfessor's shapely twin assistants need someone to oil them, for starters.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''. Practically every episode has the beach in it, though as expected for the demographic a lot of {{Fanservice}} is male. There are more traditional Beach Episodes, though, such as the "Mermaid Contest" episode, where the girls try to show off talents and compete with the Dark Lovers in a beachside beauty contest. In the manga, Lucia even wins by inadvertently flashing the audience when her bikini top comes undone.
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' has yet to have a Beach Episode (or have anything set anywhere near a beach). However, at the end of the third movie, there is a beach scene. And yes, Sakura is the focus of the scene. ''Shippuden'' also has a Beach ''Ending Credits''.
* Toyed with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': the rest of Shinji's class goes to Okinawa for a class trip, leaving the pilots to sit around and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse wait for something to attack Tokyo-3.]] In a reversal of the usual pattern, they [[BusmansHoliday find something to attack instead, leading indirectly to a]] HotSpringsEpisode of sorts. This being Eva, of course, [[DysfunctionJunction this doesn't turn out to be overly enjoyable.]]
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''. The 4th episode is parody of these. It doesn't even take place at a beach.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile''. In the {{OVA}}, the main characters go to the beach, offering Nodame a chance to show herself off in a bikini.
* ''Anime/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' has a Beach Episode as the prelude to the title character's birthday party. On a island that her father had bought for her especially for the occasion. Is canon, as a VERY important plot character is introduced during this episode: [[spoiler: Haruka's grandfather, a man that even when retired, causes industrial giants to cower in fear.]]
* While ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' doesn't have a beach episode per se, one early episode has them operating out of a beach house, and includes a scene where Mireille plans the next stage of their current job while lounging on the beach in a bikini.
* ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' episode 7 shows Kagura going on a date to the beach.
* Episode 5 of ''Manga/OneechanGaKita'' takes place at a pool, but otherwise plays the trope straight.
* ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'' even puts the plush bunnies in bikinis for its "Beach Episode".
* ''Anime/OnegaiTwins''
** For... well, just a vacation, really.
** The ''Onegai Twins'' OAV also qualified, given the greater prevalence of swimsuits and absence of plot or character development.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has one that doubles as a double BreatherEpisode, a two-part run at a resort after the Thriller Bark Arc, complete with requisite FanService for Nami and Robin, as well as stranger elements, like candy raining from the sky.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. There is a Beach Episode that features guys in bathing suits, but the one main female character is of course in a T-shirt and shorts, as she cannot reveal her gender. This was compensated for by having the club's customers prance about in swimwear. HilarityEnsues? Well, not really. Instead, [[spoiler:Kyouya acts like a creepy sexual offender, and Tamaki teaches Haruhi a [[ValuesDissonance vaguely sexist]] lesson]].
** There is another "beach" episode in which the club is on their own vacation.
* ''Anime/OutlawStar'' has the wonderful Hot Springs of Planet Tenrei in which the crew of the ship visit an entire planet that was turned into a resort. Rather unusually it was canon since [[spoiler:Gene collects some rare caster shell bullets from some of the monks that made them in the past.]] The fact that this episode contained canon information caused a bit of a plothole when CN refused to air it, given that the rare shells Gene receives in this episode are important to the finale.
* The first part of episode 9 of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''. Panty and Stocking go to the beach and get into a beach volleyball match with the Demon Sisters. The opening narration even admits that they're condensing the set-up for the benefit of the male audience.
* ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'', for the honeymoon.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has an episode named "Beauty and the Beach" that was -- you guessed it -- a Beach Episode with a swimsuit contest. It was originally cut from airing outside of Japan, but later aired as a lost episode with the most questionable part cut out: James entering the contest in a skimpy bikini with inflatable breasts.
** There was another altered scene during the Beauty Contest; in the dub, Misty makes a point of saying that her participation was "degrading" while she was strutting down the catwalk, while in the original, Kasumi is happily waving to the audience and chirping about how she intends to win (Kasumi also self-describes as an idol when she first appears in the episode, while Misty asks why Ash and Brock weren't meeting her at an ice cream stand).
** Each Saga has at least one or more Beach episode.
* The ''PrettyCure franchise'' has one Beach Episode per season, but, notably, it's ''not'' for fanservice. The girls never wear swimsuits and they don't swim at all.
** There is rare case where [[YesPrettyCure5 Karen]] wears a swimsuit at a swimming pool (still in the Beach Episode), but you don't see much skin. She doesn't swim either.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': Inverted when the main characters take a break to play in an unofficial beach volleyball tournament. [[MrFanservice Male ass is revealed]], and the only woman in a swimsuit is pushing 50, resulting in severe nausea when she tries to be seductive. Also a parody, since this episode was an AlternateContinuity version of ''[=PoT=]'' where the cast played beach volleyball rather than tennis. When [[TheSmartGuy Inui]] realized the truth and tried to tell the others, the word "tennis" was censored out, as if [[RuleOfFunny some cosmic force]] were trying to stop him...
** The episode in itself infamous in fandom for two things. One, the aforementioned [[DirtyOldWoman Ryuzaki-sensei]]'s {{Fan Disservice}}y antics. Second, because Inui is given the ButtMonkey treatment [[UpToEleven and then some more.]] [[Funny/ThePrinceOfTennis It has to be seen to be believed.]]
* ''Manga/PrunusGirl'' has a beach trip in the second chapter. [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Kadoyama]] is eager to see what [[AmbiguousGender Aikawa]] picks out to wear, but it ends up just being shorts and a hoodie.
* ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'' had a short arc which tool place during a summer training session at the beach. It's actually plot relevant, as it reveals the existence of the Paradream and that the girl that Ai met on the beach all those years before [[spoiler:was Mew, not Orina]]. It was the last story arc to be animated, despite it happening roughly a third of the way through the manga.
* ''Anime/RahXephon'': Subverted in episode 8 is set up as a Beach Episode, with everyone wearing swimsuits, but... [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas it's Christmas]], it begins to snow, and the rest of it is played more or less like a typical Christmas episode.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has almost an entire movie as a Beach Episode, as well as a pair of regular ones. An interesting note is the transition from manga to anime actually ''removes'' one as the setting was changed from a beach to a ski resort (though it also adds another one as filler). The "Ranma Goes Hawaiian!" chapter in the manga functions also as a beach episode.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' gets one in the anime and one in the manga, which are completely unrelated. In the anime, the Witch's Hill arc began with a beach trip, whereas the manga focused a later arc around a beachside hostel. There was {{fanservice}}, yes, but both were DarkerAndEdgier than the typical example.
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' does not have a true Beach Episode in its TV run, but it does feature a contest with several of the female characters in swimsuits instead. Also, the manga version has an actual beach chapter, complete with two beach volleyball games.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''. TheNineties {{shojo}} anime has at least one Beach Episode per season. Notably, the one for ''Sailor Moon R'' was [[MissingEpisode absent]] not only from the Creator/DiC dub, but also from the [[Creator/Section23Films ADV Films]] uncut DVD release; the incident is often presented as "the creators didn't like it", however it's possible that [=DiC=] simply decided to not even bother with this episode and didn't acquire it (ADV apparently used the same masters). The episode ''is'' rather silly: it isn't a part of the season's main storyline, and involves Chibi-Usa and what appears to be a baby plesiosaur.
* Episode 7a of ''Manga/SakuraTrick'' was aptly titled ''Swimsuit Fanservice ☆ [[WardrobeMalfunction Accidents]] Included''.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has a fairly normal episode in which the cast are all at a water park for some reason and Nozomu is mistaken for a pervert due to a trick played on him by Majiru and Kafuka. There's also a rather bizarre episode in which it is revealed that the cast aren't actually at a beach -- it's just a fake background --, they are actually just at school. However, it's not the school that they are usually at, it's one on the other side of the country. And everyone is there, including the {{hikikomori}}.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': The beach episode had an awkward moment for Eri and a very naked Harima.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'': The first half of episode 9 involves the whole cast enjoying themselves at the beach, including Asa getting [[SlipperySwimsuit her bikini top washed away by a large wave]]. The second half takes a slightly more serious turn to get in some character development between Rin and Sia, but it still ends on a silly note.
* ''Anime/SonicX''. Even this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kDZIGjqOfg has a beach episode]], for those of you [[FurryFandom who like to stare at Amy Rose in a swimsuit]] (yes, she has a prominent focus in this episode).
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' has one. It ''does'' take place on a tropical island, so it's more surprising that there is ''only one''. Not a filler one either, as it introduces two recurring villains, has [[spoiler: Vanishing Age take over Glittering Crux and destroy the Electric Biers]] and sets up the fights/plot for (most) of the rest of the series.
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches'': First season has a run-of-the mill type of Beach Episode; girls relaxing in bikinis have to scramble when the enemy attacks. As for the second season, there is this quote from Sankaku Complex:
-->''The 9th episode of Strike Witches 2 is the obligatory beach swimwear service episode -- however, fan enthusiasm was muted by the presence of rather more "quality" in the episode than ''Strike Witches'' fans have come to expect...''
* ''Anime/TamakoMarket'''s episode 5 is one, which focuses less on fanservice than a love triangle formed between Tamako, Mochizou, and [[SchoolgirlLesbian Midori]].
* ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' has a Beach Episode once with the obligatory bikini contest. Funny considering every other episode IS a HotSpringsEpisode
* ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon'' episode 5 is a Beach Episode.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' plays with this. When the crew arrive at the sea for the first time and the the girls demonstrate the connection between beaches and skimpy outfits, almost everyone turns expectantly to Yoko. After "voicing" her dissatisfaction, she appears in a beach outfit that is rather more conservative than her usual attire. Considering that she normally wears a string bikini and daisy dukes, if it got any skimpier she would just be naked. Even so, the episode is no filler as it features [[spoiler:Yoko developing trust in Nia for the first time, as well as the death of a recurring villain]].
* ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' has one right after a HotSpringsEpisode.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' has a Beach Episode that focused mainly on Lettuce trying to help a little girl learn to swim and learning to swim herself.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' generally incorporates several Beach Episodes into every summer vacation arc. Interestingly, while most of the Aliens in the cast wear swimsuit-type outfits for daily wear, they usually change over to Earth-style swimsuits to hit the beach. Or the pool as it may turn out.
* ''Anime/UtaKata'' takes place in the Japanese town of Kamakura, known for its beautiful beaches, so the occurrence of a Beach Episode is almost inevitable. In fact, there are two of those and both of them are relevant to the plot.
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' averts the filler part by having the Beach Episode in the first part of the {{OVA}}, and it's where their new enemy appears.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' has the main character join up with the girl he had a crush on in high school and a few of her internet friends to go off to a beach island...where it turns out that everyone there except him is part of a suicide pact that they plan to make good on there. HilarityEnsues...[[WhamEpisode until it doesn't.]]
* ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' has one. Perhaps memorable for having possibly the most prominent use of {{Gainaxing}} in the series, as Masane runs towards the screen, whilst undressing to a white bikini.
* ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' has one. It exchanges fanservice and being filler for a downright creepy {{Stinger}} and a plot about Watanuki needing to trust Doumeki rather than being too headstrong.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' episode 47 has Manjyome challenging Asuka to a duel on the beach in an attempt to win her heart.
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' may be set in a medieval European fantasy world, but that does not stop it from having a Beach Episode. It helps that Headmaster Osmond is a DirtyOldMan who will make up whatever excuse he can to get the girls into swimsuits that have somehow appeared from our world.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
** The post-Zero Hour comic has a Beach ''Issue'' with ''Legionnaires'' #77, when most of the Legion takes a vacation on the [[PlanetOfHats resort planet]] Summer World. This was the outgoing creative team's swan song, giving the kids one last nice day of SilverAge-ity fun times before the incoming creative team would turn everything DarkerAndEdgier with a story called "Legion of the Damned." Sigh.
** In the general spirit of the trope, we also have ''Legionnaires'' #7, in which the kids take a vacation in Atlantis, allowing for much swimsuit fun.
* The second issue of the first ongoing ''{{Gen 13}}'' comics series is a veritable beach/swimsuit extravaganza, made even more notable by the revelation of a major cast member as a homosexual.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', already a fanservice-laden comic, has a "Summer Annual" of pinup beach pictures and short comics drawn by a variety of artists.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. Subverted in that it quickly turns terrifying. Luckily it was AllJustADream.
* Marvel had several Swimsuit Specials in the 90s featuring such exotic locales as Dinosaur Island, Madripoor, and the Dark Side of the Moon.
* A lighter issue of ''StrangersInParadise'' takes place on the beach following a serious story arc.
* The main characters of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' go to the beach in ''Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together''. The sequence is the only coloured part of the otherwise black-and-white series.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Usually involves Flachköpper (head dives in shallow water). %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires''
** A brief scene where the protagonists are going to swim, including a scene with [[SpoiledSweet Jadina]] stealing [[ActionGirl Shimy]]'s top swimsuit (which doesn't reveal much, considering they have the bodies of 10-year-old kids). Subverted in that the scene only last a few pages at the beginning of the Anathos Cycle, a saga basically put a nightmarish CerebusSyndrome on the series.
** Hilariously parodied on a page of Book 13, with a postal card showing the [[ThePsychoRangers Hellions]] posing in bathsuits on the beach with "Kiss from Hell" written.
* All-New {{Ultimates}} had all the female members hit the beach in issue 4.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* There is one of these in the Fanfiction ''Fanfic/MoreThanHuman'' that actually advances the plot.
* Used in ''Fanfic/{{Seduction}}'' to advance the plot.
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', the SOS Brigade has one of these arranged for the weekend after Kyon went back in time to create a massive stable time loop and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking getting 96 on a Math test.]]
* ''Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman'': In between fighting supervillains and trying to juggle everything going on in her personal life, Mary Jane Watson needed a break. She got one at first... but then [[BusmansHoliday one of her enemies showed up and she was forced to don her Spider-Woman costume anyway.]] Go figure.
* The Prince's Rebellion Arc in ''Fanfic/OnePieceParallelWorks'' starts with the Capricorns going to the beach, but it ends with [[spoiler: Yuki-Rin being led to the castle of the ArcVillain]].
* ''Fanfic/AGrowingAffection'' has a beach arc, in which a subset of the Konoha 11 go undercover to the beach to protect the Daimyo's daughter. Much later Naruto and Hinata spend a day relaxing at the waterfall lagoon after the Jonin Trials, [[WhamEpisode until things take a turn for the worse.]]
* In the fourth part of ''Fanfic/MaxWolfRevolutions'', there is a chapter named "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obligatory Filler Beach Chapter"]].
* The Naruto/TMNT crossover fic Fanfic/TeenageJinchurikiShinobi has the new team seven (Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, [[OriginalCharacter Himeko]], and Kin), Hinata, Kakashi, Kushina, the turtles and Splinter, and Casey Jones' family on one as break, [[spoiler: and while the resort was legitimate, it turns out to be a trap set up by Kira and Sakyo.]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Episode 13 takes place while the Lights and Bonnes are on vacation, and both Kalinka and Splash Woman act a bit sensually towards Mega Man. The girls are also in swimsuits.
* The Season 1 crossover episode of ''Fanwork/ZanyToTheMax'' starts out like this. If it wasn't for Jot finding that sign in the beginning, it probably would have remained one (and it wouldn't have been a crossover episode.
** The Season 2 episode "Sikko's Plan" involves Sikko inviting Coach Nurse and the Zarner siblings to [[PoolScene the Warners' pool]]. Don't ask how the Warners can fit a pool in their water tower. They just can.
** Part of the episode "Wakko Takes the Challenge" takes place on a beach.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Consider the plethora of Beachy movies that came out in the '60s, nearly all, seemingly, starring Annette Funicello and/or Frankie Avalon. The list includes (but is not limited to) ''How to Stuff a Wild Bikini'', ''Beach Blanket Bingo'', ''Bikini Beach'', ''Muscle Beach Party'', and the eponymous, ''Beach Party''. Not much fanservice by today's standards, perhaps, but at the time, they were consider passably risqué.
* See also ''Film/{{Gidget}}'', its movie sequels, and the subsequent TV series.
* ''Film/IntoTheBlue'' has Jessica Alba wearing a bikini, but, as ''RobotChicken'' notes, not much of a plot.
* This is also pretty much the only thing one can say about ''Blue Crush''.
* ''Film/ClubParadise'' has an AllStarCast of 1980's comic legends, and was probably made for this excuse.
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds II: Nerds in Paradise''
* ''Film/SummerLovers'' is a Beach MOVIE, specifically, the beaches of Greece.
* Dates all the way back to 1985 and ''La Mer'', one of the pioneering films shot by [[Film/LumiereFilms the Lumière brothers]], which features five guys having fun jumping off a short pier into the water.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Can a non-visual ''book'' have a Beach Episode? Apparently so! In Larry Bond's ''First Team'' series, the main character, basically a CowboyCop of spies, once refuses to meet his overseer anywhere but on a beach. In a Middle Eastern country where women's swimsuits come in only two sizes: tiny, and microscopic. ''And she does it!'' In another scene, one of his female agents is wearing a tiny [[ProductPlacement Wicked Weasel]] bikini.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Pizza}}'' has a Season 5 episode, Beach Pizza Parts 1 & 2. The day explodes into mayhem as pizza deliveries go wrong and Habib and Rocky accidentally start a riot with lifesavers. The media then interview Pauly and he is taken out of context and blamed as the instigator of the Cronulla Beach riot. So it is againts the Lebs vs. Aussies.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Aqua'', in which [[{{Superman}} Clark]], [[TheSmartGirl Chloe]], [[DamselScrappy Lana]] and [[LoisLane Lois]] goes to the Crater Lake. [[spoiler:Aquaman shows up to save Clark being TheOneGuy.]]
* ''SerieS/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has its Jersey Shore episode where the gang goes to the beach for a relaxing vacation. Though it obviously does not go that well. Except maybe for Charlie.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' Season 4 opener in Hawaii is both textbook and an extended beach episode. Particularly with the scenes involving Greg surfing (and having his surfing accident), Greg later going girl watching and later the episode-clinching luau. Not much plot, as Barry Williams later pointed out in his autobiography "Growing Up Brady," although it was a great way to get guest star Vincent Price involved.
** An episode from later in Season 4, "Greg's Triangle," features Greg's babelicious (but conniving) girlfriend Jennifer Nichols (Tannis G. Montgomery) in a 1972-era bikini, in a scene set at the beach.
* The third season-opener for ''Series/GrowingPains'', titled "Aloha," was set in Hawaii.
* Series/HeadbangersBall did one with Music/AliceInChains at a water park.
* ''NoahsArc'': The last episode of the second season, during the Pride beach party. Though the first half of the episode plays the trope straight (purely fanservice and relatively relaxed), the last half cranks the drama UpToEleven.
* ''Series/StepByStep'': The Foster-Lambert family travels to Hawaii for the two-parter "Aloha."
* Astonishingly, a textbook example can be seen in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Let He Who Is Without Sin...". Taking place on PleasurePlanet Risa, it's played straight as an arrow. The episode takes place square in the middle of a story arc involving the emergence of the Jem'Hadar from the Gamma Quadrant and the threat of imminent war. A full recap detailing point by point its awfulness can be found [[http://www.agonybooth.com/extras/trek/without_sin/ here]]. Even the writer admitted the idea was one of the worst ideas he ever had, and said that what was on his mind when writing it was "Please don't let this suck. Please don't let this suck."
* Oddly enough, ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' premiered "Future's End" at about the same time, which being set in 1996 Los Angeles also featured [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative lots more swimwear than the average episode]] (well, it did until the plot kicked in).
* Commonly seen in [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the]] [[Series/PowerRangersZeo first]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo few]] [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace seasons]] of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', though it got both the males ''and'' females into fanservice outfits. Which explains one of the reasons why [[PeripheryDemographic older fans of either sex may have loved the show so much]]. While these episodes were almost always {{filler}} as usual with the trope, it must be noted that 85% of any given early season of ''PR'' is filler anyways.
** You see a lot of the beach in ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', what with it being New Zealand and everything.
** Meanwhile, all the New Zealand-filmed seasons afterwards have had practically ''no'' beach episodes. Assumedly the producers wanted to use as much of the new location novelty as they could at the start, before it wore off. That, and they probably didn't want to wear out the excuse that ''Ninja Storm'' used - that one of the Rangers is a surfer in her off hours.
** Alpha 5 once lampshaded their tendency to go to scuba diving all the time during monster attacks.
* Due to location, as many as half of all ''Series/CSIMiami'' episodes qualify.
** One episode not only had a beach volleyball match (women's, naturally), but they managed to get a camera angle where the [[ProductPlacement brand of bathing suit]] was clearly visible. That Jerry Bruckheimer! Always thinking!
* The episode "The One at the Beach" in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', and its counterpart "The One with the Jellyfish", respectively the last episode of season 3 and the first of season 4. Many cast members appeared in beach clothes. Joey was given sand boobs. And Chandler pissed on Monica's leg after she was stung by a jellyfish. [[BestXEver BEST EPISODE EVER]]. Subverted a few seasons later with "The One in Barbados" because they arrive there during hurricane season.
* Six episodes of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'''s third season featured the main cast working in a beach resort over the summer.
* Actor JensenAckles likes to joke that he's been trying to pitch the "Demon Surfer" episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' so they can film in Hawaii and have a Beach Episode. Strangely, this tends to happen in a lot of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' [[FanFic fanfics]].
* The short-lived ''Falcon Beach'' was pretty much nothing ''but'' this. How did this show not survive? Oh, right, ScrewedByTheNetwork, which gave it a horrible time slot. And no, this wasn't {{FOX}}'s fault. Actually, FOX would be a logical place for this show...
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has [[spoiler:The Janitor's and Lady's Wedding]] set in the Bahamas.
* The ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode "The Apple" featured our heroes at a beach. It's heavier in plot than most beach episodes, but the fangirls get to see Hercules and Iolaus almost naked. And Iolaus invents surfing! The series itself is already known for quite a bit of regular fanservice every episode as well.
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' has an episode where they went to the beach. Or rather, the side of a lake. Subverted in that hopes of beachy fun and Pam in a two-piece were dashed as Michael used it as an excuse for a ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' style event to pick his successor, and the episode features some of the best character development to date.
* It can be argued that ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' was nothing but an endless series of beach episodes. That is largely the source of its high ratings.
* Even ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' had a beach episode: the party conference episode in series three, for which the action moved to a hotel in Eastbourne. Being ''The Thick Of It'', this was just as unglamorous as all the other episodes. No swimsuits were seen: the closest we got was Terri in her cagoule on a windswept beach.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' is set in Miami FL specifically for the purpose of setting up meets either on Miami Beach or a swimming pool or hot tub, with tons of extremely attractive women in teeny-weeny bikinis parading past the camera before we focus on whoever Michael is meeting at the moment. This qualifies because Michael could as easily meet at the park or a deserted alley, but no, it has to be somewhere where swimwear is required. Partially justified because (as Michael says in a voice-over) "The beach and pools are great places to meet if you don't want to have to search people for weapons or microphones". He has never figured a good way to hide a gun in a swimsuit and even hiding a listening device (somehow) tends to get skewed when meetings are held in hot tubs.
* ''Series/HappyDays'' had a multi-part beach episode. It involved Fonzie and a shark. [[JumpedTheShark The rest is history...]]
* This may explain why a ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' Iconic Episodes DVD included an episode called "[[Music/KylieMinogue Charlene]] on Beach in Bikini." This was part of a "Scott and Charlene" disc, though.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''
** The episode "Life's a Beach".
** There was also another episode that initially seemed to be this but ended up being about being stuck in a traffic jam. Peg, Kelly and Bud even occasionally walked their way back and forth between their car and their house.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''
** The show tried hard to avert the filler aspect: Sean leaves in a Beach Episode.
** There's also another one where we're introduced to Paige's brother Dylan. And Spinner has to choose between Sean's friendship and Darcy's love in yet another.
** All together it's not quite OnceASeason but rather a lot happens at the beach considering the school year and beach season only overlap by a month or so at either end in the Great Lakes region...
* Portions of the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' season 4 opener "Crichton Kicks" occur on a beach... in Crichton's head... with Aeryn in a bikini... pregnant.
* In the commentary for the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Sanctuary", Torri Higginson and Rachel Luttrell express a desire for a beach episode... before realizing that Rachel would almost certainly be put in BarelyThereSwimwear while Torri would be way overdressed.
* ''SouthOfNowhere''[='=]s "Girl's Guide to Dating" had Spencer and Ashley ditching school for the beach, and end up missing a lock-down. Doubles as a ComingOutStory.
* ''Franchise/TheMonkees''. As they live in a shabby house on the beach, scenes from many episodes take place on the beach. Most notable is episode "Monkees at the Movies".
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' has the cast go to a beach, but end up getting trapped in an RV.
* ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'' has at least one beach episode, featuring a surfing contest.
* The ''Series/{{Batman}}'' episode "Surf's Up! Joker's Under!" features Batgirl wearing a sexy one-piece bathing suit... and Batman and the Joker wearing swim trunks ''over'' their regular suits for a surfing contest.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' 5th season opener starts out as a beach episode, but mere minutes in, Willow ignites a cookout fire with a spell that causes an elemental imbalance and a sudden storm. End of beach time. Of course, it's also possible that the storm was due to Dracula plonking his castle down outside of town.
* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' is set in Australia's sunny Gold Coast, and consequently takes advantage of its beach setting in ''many'' episodes.
* ''Main/GavinAndStacey'' had pretty much every main character headed over to the beach in Series 3 Episode 5. Bearing in mind, though, that Doris and Bryn were among those getting into their swimsuits, [[{{Fandisservice}} fanservice wasn't really the word for a lot of it.]] It did move the plot along considerably, though.
* The opening parts of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Planet of Fire]]" are set on contemporary Lanzarote, and take advantage of it to put both Peri and Turlough into skimpy swimwear for gender-equal {{Fanservice}}.
* ''{{Chuck}}'' quite gleefully embraced its use of {{Fanservice}} with several episodes a season which put characters in bathing suits (or less, with one episode set partially at a nudist retreat). ''Especially'' Sarah, though Ellie and Devon at times got in on the action. Hilariously, one episode in season 5 involved ''Casey'' trying to balk at an on-again[=/=]off-again lover[=/=]rival trying to get him into a banana hammock, with Sarah immediately {{Lampshading}} how many skimpy outfits ''she'' had been required to wear over the course of the series.
* Subverted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' season 2 when Reese searches for a serial killer on Owen Island. He points out that he's going to the beach, except its hurricane season.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} used to hold a yearly pay-per-view called Bash At The Beach, where all the matches would take place at a beach somewhere. The 1996 installment saw the formation of the NewWorldOrder.
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[[folder: Radio]]
* [[TheSpaceGypsyAdventures The Space Gypsy Adventures]] story 'The Daytrip To Tower City' could be considered one of these, even though most of the action takes place on the Pleasure Beach/Central Pier hybrid theme park visited by the characters.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Xtreme Beach Volleyball'' and its sequel are the video game equivalent of this.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the beach segment of the game, which doubles as a vacation, in addition to fanservice, features a RobotGirl, [[TheReveal the revelation of what the shadows really are]], some of the characters coming to terms with said reveal, and, most importantly, Operation Babe Hunt!
* The Golden remake of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} adds a beach scene, complete with an unexpected SlipperySwimsuit scene.
* There is a set of "vacation" missions set in Costa Del Sol in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Crisis Core'', with FanService for both the girls (Zack in swimming trunks) and the boys (Cissnei in a bikini). Zack even beats the crap out of giant caterpillars with an umbrella... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny which does just as much damage as his regular weapon!!]]
* ''Bikini Karate Babes'' is an entire video game ''made of this trope!'' More specifically, a large group of motion captured women get stranded on an island and have to wait for a rescue boat to come. So how do they pass the time? By [[CatFight fighting in front of each other.]] The winner gets to [[ClothingDamage rip off]] either the top or bottom half of her opponent's bikini. Yes, this is a real game, and no, it's not very good.
* Late in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', there is a sidequest that allows you to get some beach-based alternate costumes for some of your characters. It takes a minimum of three plays to get all eight characters' costumes. In the same game, there is not one, but two Hot Springs scenes.
* Also happens in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces.'' There's a short cutscene involving a pickup competition. Again, it's where you get the swimsuit costumes, but this time, you get everyone's at the same time. [[{{Squick}} Whether you wanted to see Malik in a speedo or not.]] [[BrainBleach Eeeurgh.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has a feature that lets you purchase extra chapters -- some are just story, some have missions that can gain you extra cash and XP. The most expensive of all of these? "Squad 7's R&R", where they all head to the beach...
* Averted with ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort''. While the game's events take place at an island resort, most of the events take place on land or indoors. The only ocean events are powerboating and wakeboarding, and the only event occurring ''on'' a beach is tossing a frisbee to a dog.
* ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'' has Great Arc, a large tourist spot on the beach, where the heroes can get [[TreasureMap directions]] to Pirate Black's Treasure. [[spoiler:The Old Man at the port holds the correct map; said old man is Pirate Black]]
* ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super Mario Sunshine]]'' is set on the tropical Isle Delfino. Two of the stages are calm, relaxing beaches (one of which even has a hotel).
* The first level of ''VideoGame/PokemonSnap'' is the Beach, where you can take pictures of unique Pokémon such as a "Surfing" Pikachu and a dancing Meowth.
* ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''
** On the 3rd planet, Aqua Star, the 3rd stage is an actual beach, which, oddly enough, is after a stage featuring a ''freshwater river'', but appropriately enough, the stage after 3-3 takes place underwater.
** The cutscene that plays after you get a Crystal Shard from Acro, the boss of Aqua Star, shows Kirby and his friends skipping stones on the ocean.
* If you get a high enough total score in ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'', you can unlock a picture of the agents at the beach with some rather fanservicey material for both genders (J surfing with a dolphin, Spin playing volleyball with Missy, and Chieftain apparently checking out Foxx's body). The tenth stage is also on the beach, essentially, with lots of {{Gainaxing}}.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', being a game of cutscenes, has a beach "episode" around the half-way point of ''Der Wille zur Macht''. ''Also sprach Zarathustra'' quickly gets a scene of Shion in a bikini on the beach.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'': The school trip to Alohaha is an example of a Beach Episode gone horribly wrong. How wrong? [[spoiler:Criminal Wizards steal various character belongings, the EvilDuo corrupt the Wizard in charge of the environmental system, said corrupted Wizard starts an earthquake that threatens to ''sink'' the island and everyone on it, and it all ends with one villain ''killing'' three separate characters, one of which is ''human''! She ends up okay though.]]
* ''Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach'', an expansion for ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' has Duke kill aliens and inflatable sea monsters with water guns and pineapple grenades for [[BusmansHoliday ruining his vacacion]].
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' has a level about a third of the way through that's a beach episode for the ''monkeys''. It's by far the easiest level in the game, as the monkeys are just lounging around, making sand-castles, playing in the water, etc rather than running around with rocket launchers and [=SMGs=].
* The manual for ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 2'' has Jun, Nina and Michelle [[http://www.tekkenpedia.com/wiki/File:Tekken_2_-_Artwork_-_Females_-_Bathing_Suits.jpg chilling on the beach]], complete with NiceHat.
* The 18th[[note]]19th, technically; ''beatmania IIDX substream'' is not part of the numbering scheme[[/note]] installment of ''{{beatmania}} IIDX'', ''beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem'', is primarily themed around tropical resorts and beaches. Naturally, promotional art of it consists of the female DJ characters in bikinis. Many songs introduced in ''Resort Anthem'' are themed around summer vacation, such as "Golden Palms", "Everlasting Resort", the [[BonusBoss Extra Stage]] Latin-esque song "ANTHEM LANDING", and the [[BrutalBonusLevel One More Extra Stage]] song "Shakunetsu[[note]]Scorching[[/note]] Beach Side Bunny". Ironically, the game was released on September 15, 2010, right around the end of the summer season.
* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'' has a beach arena.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has a DLC set on the beach, where the members of the first generation can have conversations, while clearing out bandits who have invaded.
* There's a Beach episode in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}3: Jigoku-Hen'', but all the girls lost their tops. They have to cover themselves and fight. The quotes before battle are hilarious. Asuka, Noriko and Fa slap Kamille for trying to peep. Shinji gets yelled at by Aoi and Youko. Viral doesn't care. Kittan, Andy, Ozma lose their shit. Basara doesn't care. Sousuke is busy being Bonta-Kun. Amuro makes a remark about how well "fitted" the team is. Lockon and Kurtz are having a blast. Lockon wonders how Tieria would wear a swimsuit. Tieria smacks the shit out of Lockon. Allelujah blushes in response to the naked Marie/Soma and says, "Ma..Marie!" Soma slaps Allelujah. Setsuna doesn't care. Kouji gets slapped by Sayaka for peeping. Ryouma doesn't care. Benkei gets excited. Hayato doesn't care. Amata is a clueless idiot. Chirico doesn't care. Zero has a smirk inside his mask. Suzaku doesn't know where to look. Kallen is annoyed. C.C is having fun being topless. Andy is sad because Mix isn't with them.
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has absolutely NoHuggingNoKissing, all Matoran are {{Asexual}}, [[CanonDiscontinuity the creators have never hinted at ''any'' romantic interactions between Macku and Hewkii]], [[BlatantLies and they absolutely, most definitely did not dedicate an entire]] Beach Episode to them! And even if they did, the two certainly would not have had an AlmostKiss! I don't know where the fangirls get all these silly ideas from....
* Episode 2 of ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'' (Beach Brawl), but unlike most examples, stuff actually happens.
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* The penultimate arc of ''Webcomic/TreadingGround'' takes place on a beach, complete with skimpy swimsuits, jell-o wrestling, and [[spoiler:AccidentalPervert action]].
* ickle and Lardee from ''Webcomic/MyMilkToof'' take a trip to the swimming pool.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has done a [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980628 couple]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000815 arcs]] at the beach. However, those contain plot, and the closest to a gratuitous beach episode happens not for the main cast but for the mostly nameless employees of an antagonistic evil organisation. [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20081211 For some reason.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Monsterful}}'' features [[http://monsterful.com/chapter08page04.php a page of the Sexy Topaz with a sexier mermaid friend at the beach]]. Plus a beach episode has been announced for later.
* Spanish webcomic ''¡Eh, tío!'' has also a story arc in the beach. [[http://www.ehtio.es/index.php?cont=381 Here]] the author explains that this is not to attract readers, but only for pure vice.
* For about a week, ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had comics with two female characters (one of whom had GagBoobs) talking in bikinis. This was {{lampshaded}}.
* ''WebComic/{{TRU Life Adventures}}'' gave a store refit as an excuse to send the staff to a nearby water park for a story arc.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' parodied this in the random-filler-art strip the night before the artist's wedding.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' featured a brief arc on a sandbar somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle starting [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/that-easy/ here.]]
* Issue 8 of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' has a beach episode. While part of the story does drive part of the main plot, it was mostly done for the (wholly inappropriate) {{Fanservice}}.
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' had this during the vacation arc, though ironically the characters are wearing more clothing than usual due to the BarbieDollAnatomy typically exhibited by the cast. This is played for laughs when one of the characters shows up naked (like normal) and other characters call him on swimming in the nude.
* In ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'', chapter 5 is one of these. Although, not being quite a filler "episode", it does have plenty of FanService, specially coming from the beach goers and surprisingly not so much from the main cast.
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' has some too (the third part of the ''First Vacation Arc'', and arguably also the ''Second'' (a tubing trip) mixed with RoadMovie). Being heavy on FanService this surprises nobody.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2006-01-21 a sketchbook strip]] with this as its theme for its 4th anniversary commemoration. It featured the main characters in swimwear but [[GenderBender genderswapped]].
* ''SandraAndWoo'' used a [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2012/07/12/0393-the-curse-of-12-year-old-boys/ beach episode]] as a reason for Cloud's [[RagingStiffie little friend]] to show up. Plot ensues. This plot arc is a fan favorite.
* ''Webcomic/{{Karin-dou 4koma}}'': Since Tamaryu's horn prevents her from going to the pool or beach, Seren creates a huge beach of their own inside a PocketDimension / closet, and several strips afterwards take place there.
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' had one of these.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' only visits an actual ''beach'' in [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_was_beautiful_once..._-_guest a non-canonical guest strip.]] However, there is [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/clout a park episode]] which serves a similar purpose, albeit with a little plot development.
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' occasionally visits the beach, though nearly always for plot reasons ([[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20041112 Portuguese man-o-war invasions,]] [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20050707 abductions to supervillain island bases,]] [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20060728 dream voleyball sequences]]) rather than fanservice. Still, the cast are willing enough to dress for the setting -- [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20040430 especially, inevitably, Amy.]]
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* ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'', "At the Beach". Subverted in an earlier episode, "The Perfect Beach", which has an innocuous sounding description and starts cheerfully enough, only to pull a [[WhamEpisode shock twist ending]] so severe that some fans accused the show of JumpingTheShark.
* ''WebVideo/{{Charlyandjosh}}'' had "Message in a bottle."
* The 2011 August calendar in the website Onion Club, which has Onion Mei in a swimsuit standing in what appears to be a beach.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' has one in the second season episode "I is for Illusion" where the girls go to the beach to relax on summer vacation, though unlike other examples it's anything but {{filler}} as TheChessmaster Nerissa attempted to sow seeds of discontent amongst the girls, and very nearly managed to steal Will's Heart of Kandrakar. In the very next episode, "J is for Jewel," Irma is still at the beach with her family as they decided to stay a few extra days while the other girls leave, which leads to a big problem when she's needed to help fight and is separated from the rest of the girls.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** One Season 3 episode is entitled "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBeach The Beach]]". If you hadn't already guessed, yes, it is indeed a Beach Episode, featuring Ozai's Angels (+ [[MrFanservice Zuko]]) in swimsuits. The preview images, particularly Ty Lee's, erupted into quite a scandal in the fandom. Unusual for a Beach Episode in that it climaxed in a very dramatic scene that not only revealed the [[FreudianExcuse Freudian Excuses]] for Mai, Ty Lee and Azula, but also an important part of Zuko's character development.
** The GrandFinale also had a brief scene at a beach (likely the same beach). [[PluckyComicRelief Sokka]] tries to get everyone to chill out, only to be derailed by Zuko's attitude... and fireballs.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' does this in both series. In the first, they're children, and it's summer vacation, so there's nothing surprising about them going to the beach (and a water park). In ''[[TimeSkip Alien Force]]'', they're teenagers, and it's apparently later in the year (as everyone's normal day clothes have long sleeves, a jacket, etc), but they still find a reason to go to a lake and splash around for five minutes. Suprisingly enough however, it only lasts a few seconds; no episode is ''entirely'' about them being at the beach.
** ''Con of Rath'' subverts the trope by having the three protagonists ''about'' to go to the beach... then an alien ambassador comes to ask them for a mission. According to Gwen, this situation happens quite often when they try to go to the beach.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''
** There's an episode about surfing, but the surfing was left for the near end, since they were looking for the perfect waves. Bonus points go for Austin and his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlo2dtITMdI "Mystery Lifeguard" song]].
** "Legend of the Volcano Sisters" was also a Beach Episode.
* Several episodes involving Shego in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', since she does enjoy sunbathing during her vacations. Come to think of it, she doesn't even need a beach....
* Although several ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episodes involve beaches, the one true beach episode is "Shell Shocked" because Gadget is wearing a swimsuit. A one-piece swimsuit with attached skirt, but a swimsuit.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Deep South" is primarily a beach episode, and the movie ''BendersBigScore'' features a prominent scene with everyone at a nude beach (also highlighted in the DVD packaging).
* Even ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has one ("Summer Love", a.k.a. Beach Story). It helped to develop Arnold and Helga's UST and throw some {{Fanservice}} by the GirlOfTheWeek, [[MeaningfulName appropriately named]] Summer.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' features the girls in their swimsuits by a lake. There's also a 3-D music video called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmt_g35dmZE Mambochiwambo]]" that filled the role, more or less.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has a few. In one episode they ''make'' a beach, and on another occasion they go to a genuine one to find a lost goldfish, and then in a later episode they return to search for Atlantis.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' when the gang goes to the beach where Tommy and Chuckie attempt to release a bowl of brine shrimp back into the sea.
* When the heroes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'' are prevented from battling their arch-enemies (the Tyrannos) because of a holiday both factions hold sacred on their homeworld, their human allies decide to take the opportunity to show the dinos how to have fun in the sun. Hilarity ensues when Dinosaucers and Tyrannos end up on the ''same beach''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has some. One centered around [=SpongeBob=] ripping his pants, the other being a lifeguard, and in a later episode fighting with Patrick with [[MundaneMadeAwesome sand castle mecha.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' episode 3 featured the kids having a relaxing day at the beach, until it was interrupted by a crook framing their Pop for a string of robberies. Luckily, they got to resume their fun once the case was wrapped up.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has "Heat Blanket Jimmy", where Jimmy decides to throw a beach party to beat the heat. Naturally, when [[{{Satan}} Lucius]] finds out, he tries to ruin it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' episode "Do the Rad Thing" is to be considered as one. It's about Gill missing school and eventually dropping out to practice for a surfing contest with his human idol, Kahuna Bob. Also, the class spends the night at the beach trying to persuade Gill to come back to the school.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Hot Buttered Eds. Eddy attempts to get his "spot" at the swimming hole back from Kevin, and Edd freaks out lack of sunscreen.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'': "Come on In, the Water's Pink", where the Pink Panther visits Bicep Beach and makes good use on a whole bag of self-inflatable items to upstage the strongest man on the beach.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' cartoon "Dune Bug". While the Ant is trying to have a nice time at the beach, the Aardvark shows up and starts trouble. The Aardvark must try to catch the Ant, while trying to stay away from the lifeguard who thinks he is a dog.
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'', with three of them making up the last story arc.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has "Beach Party Mummy" where the gang plays hooky due to a boring lesson on Egypt, deciding to go visit the real deal complete with having a beach party, finding an ancient tomb and giving Libby a permanent make-over, which resembles the Egyptian Queen Howzaboutislapya.
* The ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Infiltrator" includes a Beach Opening Scene, complete with loving shots of Miss Martian in a two-piece swimsuit and Aqualad, Robin, and Superboy shirtless.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' has the episodes "Beach," "Seashore," and "Sand & Surf." Since the characters fit the trope AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal, the characters are always wearing their normal clothes in these episodes (though the shoe-wearing characters are usually seen without shoes).
* ''WesternAnimation/MonSuno'' does this in episode 16 by having the protagonists taking a break going to the beach; surprisingly enough, the fanservice is quite limited for this episode; we only get one scene of them in swimsuits, one of the male protagonists ([[TheHeart Beyal]]) retains his clothes (granted, him being a monk, it's not that surprising), and the only girl of the team wears a rather sober swimsuit. In addition, the episode focus on the beach part only for a few minutes before going back to the plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' had a few of these, most notably ''Salt Water Tabby'' and ''Muscle Beach Tom'', as well as the opening of ''The Cat and the Mermouse''.
* The later series ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTales'' had an episode where its ThreeShorts were all beach-themed (the three shorts of any given episode usually stayed within a single theme).
* The ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' episode "Dalmatian Vacation Part 2: Cross-Country Calamity" partially takes place at the beach.
* The WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts had "Hawaiian Holiday", featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy at the beach in Hawaii. It's mostly dominated by Goofy's failed attempt to surf.
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* The U.S. 2008 Presidential Election had one of these. In between serious debates on Energy Policy, Climate Change, Terrorism, and Healthcare Reform, someone leaked a picture of [[http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=5jP&resnum=0&q=barack%20obama%20swimsuit&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi/ President Barack Obama in a swimsuit]] and a media storm ensued. All serious discussions were put on hold for the day while every major news network focused on then-Senator Obama's washboard abs. Only in America.
* And then, a couple weeks later when Sarah Palin was announced as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, the media spent another day focused on a clearly faked picture of [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/palin.asp her in a bikini holding a gun.]]
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