->'''Max:''' Is this turning into one of those shows where we sit around and reminisce, thereby recouping eighty percent of the episode cost, via the use of clips and archive footage?\\
'''Sam:''' Yes it is, Max. Now stop talking, stupid, it's costing money.
-->-- ''[[WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police]]'', "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Final Episode]]"

An episode which consists mainly of fragments (clips) of previous episodes. Usually has a theme: for example, to highlight a character's development over the years, or show the relationship between characters. Sometimes, however, it won't be shown that the events take place in the past, but they are shown as appearing directly one after another.

Clip shows can be used to stretch the budget -- they utilize footage already shot, thus needing only narrative glue money for the episode. In that sense, they are similar to a BottleEpisode.

When a clip show is used to sum up a season or storyline, it is a RecapEpisode.

Clip shows were more appreciated by viewers in the days before reruns, syndication, and videotapes/{{DVD}}s provided an alternative way for them to revisit the old moments of their shows. There were even theatrical films that served as these (most famously the ''That's Entertainment!'' films) in the 1970s. In those days, they were less likely to get today's cynical reaction, "They've just done it to save money." Still, the fact that they do save money means that clip shows will continue to exist for quite a while longer.

When previous clips of a single character's line or action are played out in rapid succession (such as Homer's "D'oh" sequence in ''So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show''), that's a FullyAutomaticClipShow.

Compare this to the use of the MagicalSecurityCam. Also, the VoiceoverClipShow, which is simply a cheap/lazy way of making factual entertainment shows.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{Robotech}}'' had an expertly edited dream sequence episode formed mainly of clips, with new dialogue, which flowed into each other in a very accurate rendition of dream logic.
** They did it twice, actually. Once in the episode that linked the ''Macross'' segment to the ''Robotech Masters'' segment. Then again in a ''New Generation'' episode called "Sandstorm". The first one was particularly notable because it was created entirely from other episode content by the American translation company.
** A more traditional example can be found in the season one episode ''Gloval's Report,'' which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Captain Gloval reporting the major milestones of the series thus far to his superiors. This was a direct adaptation of the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' episode ''Global Report''.
* Around the middle of ''[[TransformersArmada Transformers: Energon]]'', there was a mostly clip episode for no particular reason.
* Ditto for the original series (at least the dub) of ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' took that episode and ran with it. All the lines (except the flashback to the ''opening credits'') were new.
*** The parody is immediately lampshaded by [[ThoseTwoGuys The Paradox Brothers]]:
--->"When we're through with you you'll want to submit."
--->"[[ConversationalTroping If you ask me, this clip show's]] [[CurseCutShort a pile of horse sh-]]"
*** That episode was in the original Japanese version as well. There were also two others: episodes 144 and 184. 144 took place in between the Battle City and anime-only Doma arcs that had Tea (Anzu) and Serenity (Shizuka) reminiscing about the events of the Battle City Tournament as well as when Noah took them hostage. Episode 184 ended the Doma storyline, but actually spent most of it having the characters in the arc remember what happened in the past 40 episodes.
--->'''Did I just abridge my own series?'''
* Another famous example: ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]] by using its ShowWithinAShow ''{{Gekiganger 3}}'' as a FramingDevice -- with the ''Gekiganger ''characters watching the episode as their own ShowWithinAShow (Within A Show... my puzzler hurts). The ''Gekiganger'' characters freely [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on this trope. And just to completely demolish the FourthWall, the second half of the episode reveals that ''Gekiganger'''s trademark ForgottenSuperweapon, the Gekigan Flare, was inspired by ''Nadesico''. Which has already had its hero come up with a FinishingMove based on ''Gekiganger''. This editor will just lie down now...
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' held out for eight years before creating a clip show -- a mash of scenes from the current arc's important battles that wasn't even edited to make the music flow. The dub just skipped it, and its three later successors.
* The last episode of the first StoryArc of ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' was a clip show narrated by the as-yet-unrevealed BigBad.
** And the last episode of the second arc was a joke clip show about a secondary character. And the last episode of the third arc was a clip show interspersed with a narration by the main character revealing that [[spoiler:she slept with Akio.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' uses this a few times during the show's run. 3 episodes out of 50 are clip shows. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has even more. Some are really annoying. Episode 29 is a decent example of how to do one of these right.
* You're not going to believe this one. ''WolfsRain'' had FOUR OF THESE IN A ROW. That's right. FOUR. Episodes 15-18. It seems several months passed after episode 14, so it was deemed necessary to recap pretty much the whole thing (or was it the budget?). On the American [=DVDs=], the four episodes filled an entire volume (vol. 4: "recollections"). Well, at least the name is accurate. It retails for $30, and the average rating on amazon is one and a half stars (as opposed to five stars for vol. 3).
* The ''{{Transformers}}'' series ''Car Robots'' has three clip shows; when it was dubbed into ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' those episodes remained clip shows, but the clips involved were completely different. In at least one case this was probably an attempt to show scenes that hadn't aired because the episode came TooSoon after 9/11.
** ''TransformersVictory'' had no less than six over the course of its run, with another four added for the video release. Since these episodes contributed nothing to the plot, they were omitted from the UK/Australian DVD releases.
* ''{{Trigun}}'''s 13th episode, "Vash the Stampede", is a clip show episode wherein Meryl is typing her report on Vash and summarizing all that she has witnessed since following him.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a particularly aggravating example: right after a dramatic moment in the [=CP9=] arc, preceded by a three-episode flashback, the arc decides to pause ''again'' with the heroes falling in mid-air for ''five'' ''ClipShow'' ''episodes in a row.''
** To be fair, when originally broadcast, these episodes were aired during the offseason. So they were really more of a fancy way of doing reruns. They didn't soak up any of the season's actual episodes.
* Original broadcast version of ''GurrenLagann'' replaced the infamously [[FanService fanservicey]] episode 6 with one of these. The unedited episode was included on the [=DVD=]s.
** Episode 16 is ''actually'' a clip show.
*** Same goes for Gurren-Hen and Lagann-Hen, the two Compilation Movies, though they add new scenes as well.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' had two of these despite only running for 26 episodes. The first was halfway through the series and was about half and half between old and new content (with the premise of a New Year's gameshow that had clips for some reason), while the second was about five episodes later and recapped the Pedro storyline, consisting almost entirely of recycled content up until the end when the storyline was expanded on a bit.
** Naturally, since this is ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', it was parodied: Not all the clips shown play out like they did in the episodes which turns "remember that time" into a form of UnreliableNarrator.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' had a two-part clip show coming right after the emergence of Wing Zero. The first one is voiced over by Relena who just straight recaps the plot, and the second is by Trieze who babbles philosophically like always. There is slight plot development though, as you get a glimpse of the final Gundam, Epyon. Of course, as any fan can tell you, these episodes only exist because plans to animate vignettes from the Gundam Pilots' childhoods (collectively known as "Episode Zero") fell through.
* The first half of episode 14 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is one of these, with the SEELE committee narrating the events of the series so far.
** The first 70 minutes of ''Death and Rebirth'' is a clip ''movie.''
* ''EurekaSeven'''s episode 14 is one of these, with the events narrated in the form of various reports written by two cast members.
* The first ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' anime series had a clip show for its series finale, actually called "A Look Back! The 2000 Year History of Hokuto"... despite only recapping the series' events; the "proper" series finale had been the [[OneHundredAndEight penultimate episode]]. ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' is rife with these, unfortunately, with each episode after the first having a recap ClipShow, and with several episodes that were nothing but clip shows, including one notorious incident where '''five episodes in a row were just clip shows.''' Fully half of the penultimate episode was a recap clip show of the antepenultimate episode. It's one of the reasons the series is basically not watched today.
* Throughout the two-year filler period that ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Part 1 aired, only one episode, 202, was a clip show. It was based on a viewer vote of the best five fight scenes, and ended with cameos of [[spoiler:Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Sasuke]].
** ''Naruto Shippuden'' gave us a double-length clip show with episodes 212 and 213. A handful of plot developments were thrown in between the flashbacks, but the two episodes had barely 10 minutes of new footage between them.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' had two Clip Show episodes in the first season, but unlike many such examples, the staff outright admitted that they were {{Filler}} episodes intended to buy them some "breathing room" so they could work on more plot-relevant episodes. These two episodes didn't even make it into the American release, becoming [[MissingEpisode Missing Episodes]].
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' managed to have three clip episodes, two of which aired with the original broadcast, and one of which was made for home video. And at least in the North American DVD release, all three were included on the final volume, which also included the "Chibits" short.
* ''KareKano'' had a clip show that actually lasted one and 1/2 episodes of it's 26 episode run.
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' had an interesting take on this for episode 27, with a clip show brought on by the framing device of a very strange dream by Hohenheim.
* AkazukinChacha had 4.
* ''SamuraiChamploo'' had one in episode 13 when Mugen and Jin read Fuu's diary, which sees her personally recapping the events of the past 12 episodes.
* A notable one happened in episode 89 of ''Manga/SailorMoon''. It featured only voiceovers of the five main senshi discussing the events of the season and pondering the future while clips from the entire series played out.
* Although ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' never had an entire clip show, it played with the idea a little. For filler the anime would often have scenes taking place away from the action where characters would reminisce about events from both DBZ and ''Manga/DragonBall'' and could range anywhere from five to ten minutes. For example, late during the Goku/Freeza fight after [[spoiler:everyone else gets teleported back to Earth by Porunga]] there's an episode that devotes a little bit of time to have Piccolo think back on his past with Goku, which then features clips of mainly from the Piccolo storylines from Dragon Ball. Another episode has Muten Roshi explain the history of the Red Ribbon Army to some of the supporting cast hanging out on his island early on during the Artificial Human saga, which in turn features clips from the entire Red Ribbon Army arc from the original Dragon Ball.
** Given the [[LongRunners length of the series]], those flashbacks were probably included because the people making the anime thought people legitimately wouldn't remember (or wouldn't even have seen) stuff that was important to a new plot. They became particularly important when the show was exported, because the original ''Dragon Ball'' hadn't been aired outside of Japan.
* The first half of episode 12 in ''[[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt]]'' is a ClipShow episode. The episode does add to the plot, though.
* Like the ''Clerks'' example under Western Animation, ''Manga/MiamiGuns'' did a clip show for its ''second'' episode, though in this case it was entirely new content with no flashbacks to the first episode. It also broke the fourth wall -- inconsistently -- with the lead characters sometimes talking about behind the scenes stuff like AnimatedActors and sometimes treating the clips as the actual events of their lives.
* A portion of episode 73 of the ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime (adapted from the manga's "Rainbow Sakura" {{omake}}) features Lucy reminiscing a bunch of events from the previous 72 episodes while she's [[SickEpisode sick in bed]].
* The first half of episode 26 of ''Manga/DeathNote'' is this, through the frame of [[spoiler:L's reports on the Kira case, which Light subsequently finds and deletes.]]
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Yes, this happens in comics too, especially during the [[SilverAge Silver]] and [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Ages]]. A fairly common tactic for [[{{Filler}} Padding]] a storyline or filling in gaps due to {{Schedule Slip}}s was to reprint material from older issues and treat it as though it were a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Issue Flashback]]. Since most of the readers were [[FleetingDemographicRule too young to remember the original stories]], they were often unaware they were paying good money for recycled material.
* This is explicitly discussed in ''{{Miracleman}}'' #8. The editor of the book actually [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] and comments on this trend, citing an issue of ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'' where [[MarvelComics Marvel]] just reprinted an old SteveDitko story and had the gall to pass it off as a {{Flashback}}.
* ''CaptainAmerica and TheFalcon'' #155 contains a lengthy "flashback" made up of pages from ''Young Men Comics'' #24, an issue that had been printed over two decades prior. To the book's credit, the editor included a caption acknowledging that the flashback was indeed recycled content.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'' has one. You read that right, an online written story has a clip show.
* It's not the only one: chapter 2[[note]](actually chapter 1, the previous chapter was the prologue)[[/note]] of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2'' is not only also a clip show, but a RecapEpisode.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Oddly enough, this is OlderThanTelevision; there are [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation old animated theatrical shorts]] composed mainly of footage from ''other'' shorts. ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' is very guilty of this, having six shorts composed mainly of footage from earlier T&J cartoons. One of the T&J "clipshows" takes it a bit further: after the usual schtick of having Tom watch older T&J cartoons, it then tries to pass off a scene of Tom working at a drawing board from an earlier short as being ''part of the actual story''.
* ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoons from both FleischerStudios and FamousStudios are also very guilty of this.
** "Adventures of Popeye" (1935: Popeye leaps out of a book to tell a [[RogerRabbitEffect live-action boy]] his adventures, using clips from "I Eats My Spinach", "Popeye the Sailor" (the pilot short), "Wild Elephinks" and "Axe Me Another".
** "I'm in the Army Now" (1936): Popeye and Bluto prove they're Army material by showing scenes from "Blow Me Down", "Shoein' Hosses", "Choose Yer Weppins" and "King of the Mardi Gras".
** "Customers Wanted" (1939): Popeye and Bluto show Wimpy clips from "Let's Get Movin'" and "The Twisker Pitcher".
** "Doing Imposskible Stunts" (1940): Popeye auditions to be a stuntman by showing clips from "I Never Changes My Altitude", "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" and "Bridge Ahoy", while Swee'pea shows a clip of his heroics from "Lost and Foundry".
** "Spinach-Packin' Popeye" (1944): After losing a boxing match, Popeye tries to win Olive back by showing scenes from ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsSindbadTheSailor'' and ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsAliBabasFortyThieves''. It turns out to be AllJustADream.
** "Spinach vs. Hamburgers" (1948): Popeye tries to show his nephews the benefits of eating spinach by showing clips from "The Anvil Chorus Girl", "Pop-Pie a la Mode" and "She-Sick Sailors".
** ''Popeye's Premier'' (1949): Popeye and Olive Oyl watch ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeInAladdinAndHisWonderfulLamp''.
** "Popeye Makes a Movie" (1950): Popeye shows his nephews the making of ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeTheSailorMeetsAliBabasFortyThieves".
** "Friend or Phony" (1952): Bluto fakes an injury to he can make Popeye give up spinach and relates the events of "I'll Be Skiing Ya" and "Tar with a Star".
** "Big Bad Sindbad" (1952): Popeye tells his nephews the story of his encounter with Sindbad the Sailor.
** "Popeye's 20th Anniversary" (1954): Popeye celebrates 20 years in show business with clips from "Rodeo Romeo" and "Tops in the Big Top".
** "Penny Antics" (1955): Popeye and Bluto show Wimpy clips from "Silly Hillbilly", "Wotta Knight" and "The Fistic Mystic".
** "Assault and Flattery" (1956): Bluto sues Popeye for beating him up all the time and relates the events of "The Farmer and the Belle" and "How Green is My Spinach", while Popeye defends his case with a scene from "A Balmy Swami".
** "The Crystal Brawl" (1957): Popeye poses as a sooth seer and shows Bluto and Olive scenes from "Quick on the Vigor" and "Alpine for You" from a crystal ball.
* The ''BettyBoop'' short "Betty Boop's Rise to Fame", using clips from "Stopping the Show" (cut from modern prints), "Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle" and "The Old Man of the Mountain".
* The TropeCodifier (if not the outright TropeMaker) is likely an OutOfTheInkwell short from 1925, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3pVgw1XLRE Koko's Thanksgiving]]. Koko shows Max Fleischer clips from earlier cartoons in order to score some turkey.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* 1974's ''That's Entertainment!'' is a collection of highlights from MGM musicals, hosted by performers who had appeared in those films. Released as a MilestoneCelebration for MGM's 50th anniversary, it was a surprise box-office hit. There would be two follow-ups: 1976's ''Part 2'' included scenes from musicals and non-musicals, and 1993's ''Part III'' included DeletedScenes and rehearsal/test footage from musicals along with finished scenes. The 1984 SpinOff ''That's Dancing!'' didn't restrict itself to MGM movies. On top of all this, [[Main/FollowTheLeader several variations]] were made well into TheEighties, such as ''America at the Movies'' (a tie-in to the U.S. Bicentennial), ''It's Showtime'' (animals), ''It Came from Hollywood'' (SoBadItsGood) and ''Terror in the Aisles'' (thriller and horror films). This was also the inspiration for the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes compilation movies described below.
* 1982's ''Trail of ThePinkPanther'' is a variation that uses the format to make a movie starring Creator/PeterSellers ''two years after he had died''. The first half of the film uses then-unseen deleted scenes of Sellers as Inspector Clouseau from the series' 5th film (''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'') with new material filmed with the other actors to change the context and create a new storyline. When Clouseau goes missing at about the halfway mark, a reporter interviews people who knew him, triggering flashbacks to previously-seen clips from all of Sellers' previous PP films. The poor taste of the exercise led to a successful lawsuit by Sellers' widow against the studio and director/writer/producer Creator/BlakeEdwards.
* The 1943 musical short ''Three Cheers for the Girls'' is based on clips from 1930s WarnerBros. movie musicals, mostly {{Busby Berkeley Number}}s.
* ''{{Gamera}} Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu'' (which translates to ''So It's Come To This: A Gamera Clip Show''); it's filled with stock footage recounting fights in the previous movies. Hope you really liked those previous films! It's perhaps only bested by 1980's even lazier ''Uchu Kaijū Gamera'' (''"Another Gamera Clip Show"''), which was the last entry in the series until '''1995.'''
* One or two entries in the ''Guinea Pig'' series of gore films.
* Some {{Mondo}} film series will do this, an example being ''The Worst of Faces of Death''.
* When Double Helix Films went bankrupt in 1992, their last effort ''Film/SleepawayCampIVTheSurvivor'' was left unfinished. The film finally saw a release in 2012 when a fan of the series edited the shot footage together with 35 minutes worth of clips from the three previous films.
* Half of the running time of ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2'' makes an extensive use of the clips from [[Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight the previous movie]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Generally of dubious quality, but ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'''s "Unconquerable Man" proved a deft use of the mechanism, changing the context of every clip.
* After the death of actor Jack Soo (Det. Yemana), ''BarneyMiller'' aired a tribute in the form of a clip show, with the actors breaking character and recalling their favorite Yemana scenes.
* ''Series/ICarly'': ''iBloop'' is a clip show of bloopers, which makes it easier to digest than a normal clip show.
* ''BigWolfOnCampus'' did this twice. The first time was during the Season Two finale to show the GrimReaper that Tommy Dawkins was too good to die. The second time was during the Third Season finale in which the ACTORS presented clips of the fans' favorite moments as well as clips of their favorite villains.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' also did an innovative clip show in season 5's "Cat House", by having Piper cast a spell before recounting (with her hubby, Leo) many memories to a shrink... which has the side effect of putting Phoebe and Paige into scenes of those memories (although some of the memories have been tweaked to excise Prue... Phoebe sort of hangs a lampshade on how Paige replaced Prue by noting, "You wanted to meet Prue," while they're in a memory featuring her as a wolf).
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Lab Rats" served as both a Clip Show and a RecapEpisode for the Miniature Killer arc.
* ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' did two clip shows, both having the framing device of a modern-day paleontologist making conclusions about dinosaur society that are shown to be completely wrong by the interspersed clips.
* The episode of ''DrakeAndJosh'' where the title characters go on "Dr. Phyllis"'s talk show.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' ended its second season with a clip show. Until the show was resurrected that fall, it also served as the series finale, to the annoyance of fans.
* ''{{Friends}}'' is the master of the clip show. They have had so many, but they are so good. The first one was in Season 4, episode 21, where Ross's decision whether or not to invite Rachel and her decision whether or not to attend are accompanied by flashbacks of every memorable scene in their relationship over four seasons. There are about a total of four new scenes, period, including the two bookends.
** Subverted in "The one where everyone turns 30" which showed clips of what the gang did when they each turned 30.
** "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" in Series 9 played with this: ''half'' of the episode was a clip show, but the rest was new footage, and contained a ''very'' plot-relevant development. Namely [[spoiler: Chandler quitting his job.]]
* Ending an entire series with a ClipShow is just asking for trouble. Naturally, people who write [[SitCom sitcoms]] do it all the time. ''FullHouse'' did it (using Michelle getting amnesia from a fall from a horse as a FramingDevice). ''GrowingPains'' did it. ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' did it. ''HomeImprovement'' did it. ''LeaveItToBeaver'' did it, pioneering not only many clip shows to come but setting an early precedent for [[GrandFinale series finales]] altogether. When ''{{Seinfeld}}'' did it, there was rioting in the streets even though ''Seinfeld'' used the most interesting framing device in years (the gang was put on trial for, well, not being pleasant people). Sometimes, the series finale ClipShow is framed as the reminiscences of the characters as they prepare to move.
** The reason for the outrage over Seinfeld's clip show finale was that just prior to the finale, NBC aired a 70 minute clip show. So they gave us back to back clip shows. And since it was the most popular syndicated show of all time at that point, it was clips that everyone had seen 50 times already.
** Each of the four series of [=''SClub''=] ends this way... which is very annoying as they often used clips used in previous series finale clip shows. Though, given that the rest of the series finales revolves around being as depressing as possible, it may not have been such a bad thing. They also did this when Paul left, if I recall correctly.
* ''KenanAndKel'' had a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade-hung]] clip show, with Kenan explaining how the concept worked: "All you have to do is [[FlashbackStares stare into the distance]], and [[FlashbackEffects everything gets all blurry]]."
* Because of the massive number of storylines running at any given time and the fact that networks have moved away from actually airing reruns for long-running serialized shows, ABC produced a good number of clip-shows for ''Series/{{Lost}}'' and ''DesperateHousewives'', usually airing them whenever the show's new season starts or after a brief hiatus between new episodes during the season. The purpose for these clip shows are to get returning fans up to speed with the plotlines or in the case of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', to clarify plot-points for viewers.
** Ironically, while ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s clip shows have yet to show up in syndication, the ''DesperateHousewives'' clip shows HAVE.
* ''Series/MacGyver'' did at least three: "Friends", "Unfinished Business" and "Hindsight".
* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' had a clip show centering around Jack [=McGee=] talking to his new boss, trying to justify his continued pursuit of the Hulk.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has an episode where the host segments were in Clip Show form; it was admitted in the ''Amazing Colossal Episode Guide'' that doing the narrative glue took up just as much time and money as making wholly new ones.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' {{revival}} has quite a number of clip shows. Of course, being SciFi, and seeing as these clips usually involved aliens, TimeTravel or a potential [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of the world,]] the {{framing device}}s were slightly above average in uniqueness (they even had the near-obligatory CruelTwistEnding); but they were still clip shows.
* An unusual example occurs in the third act of the ''{{Frasier}}'' episode "Daphne Returns"; over the course of the episode, Niles and Daphne have been experiencing difficulties in their relationship, and in an effort to help, Frasier talks Niles through some of the significant moments in their relationship (their first meeting, their first dance, etc) -- however, similar to the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' example above, both the current Frasier and Niles are inserted into the scenes with their past selves, thus allowing the characters (and audience) to view the scenes in question from different perspectives. Not only are the clips worked into the episode in a logical and interesting fashion, but they only appear towards the end.
** ''Crock Tales'' also subverted the trope, in which new scenes depicting the cast in previous seasons were shot, with the cast recreating their mannerisms, and in some cases, wearing wigs.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' tends to play it straight with its seasonal clip shows, generally either as a form of recap or an attempt by the Rangers to piece together several past clues they originally missed to try and figure out what the enemy is really planning.
** The "MissingEpisode" of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', really a promotional video for the next season (''Series/PowerRangersSPD''), was composed as a ClipShow with characters being shown images from the future.
** Of particular note is the 500th episode, "Legacy of Power", in which the incumbent team (''Dino Thunder'') is caught up on the entire history of the Power Rangers in a series of archived videos narrated by Tommy Oliver. ''Dino Thunder'' later had its own clip show, "A Test of Trust", after an InternalReveal shook the team up a bit.
** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' had two in its first year, both as holiday specials. The Halloween one consisted of previous [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] retelling their past battles against the heroes.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' has done several clip shows:
** The "Buster Special" blends several clips of Buster getting trashed with footage of the rebuild.
** The "Outtakes Special" is just what it says -- clips that didn't make it into the show.
** One could argue that "[=MythBusters=] Revealed" qualifies as well, with clips mixed in to interviews with the team.
** During the first season(s), several myths with similar themes (explosions, animals, etc.) were combined into one episode, while sacrificing some of the "filler" material from the original segments.
** As part of Discovery Channel's 25th anniversary celebration, [=MythBusters=] did a two-hour "Top 25 Moments" ClipShow special.
** One "Shark Week" special was a collection of shark-themed clips.
* ''SavedByTheBell'' does this three times. One episode uses a framing device of the gang hanging around the Max reminiscing about various scenes/episodes related to dating and romance. Another has Mr. Belding with a group of students from a class many years in the future, watching a video time capsule made by the "present" group of kids. The last has the gang at Zack's house remembering the wacky hijinks of their summer working at the beach club (the 8-episode summer season).
* A very unusual variant is the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu", in which, after J.D. comments that at this stage of his career it seems like everything's happened before, much of the rest of the storyline consists of ''re-recorded'' scenes from earlier episodes. Scrubs also did a regular clip show in season 6 -- really more of a montage show, with sequences of "people dancing", "people falling over", etc. The season six clip show is notable for its lampshade hanging and self-mockery. Fans in aggregate have rated it the series's worst episode.
** The funny thing is that in the re-recorded scenes of My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu, there are minor differences in the dialogue, such as the Janitor claiming to have been from Yale instead of Harvard. The entire point of the episode is that while things can repeat themselves, it's the little differences that matter.
* Unsurprisingly for a show made by the creators of ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' revival mentioned above, ''Series/StargateSG1'' has several {{clipshow}}s, usually in the context of one of SG-1's political enemies trying to convince their superiors to fire SG-1.
** "Politics" at the end of Season 1 -- the Stargate team tries to persuade a politician to keept funding the project
** "Out of Mind", last episode of Season 2 -- the heroes have been captured by the enemy pretending to be friends and asking about past missions.
** "Disclosure" -- the Stargate program is presented to representatives from other countries.
** "Inauguration" -- the new President being briefed about the Stargate program. Interestingly enough, one of the clips of this ClipShow is from an original segment of the aforementioned ClipShow episode -- "Disclosure".
** In Season 8 episode "Citizen Joe", they do a quite delightful clip show that actually has very few clips in it -- the eponymous Joe is a regular guy who has picked up an alien device seven years ago that gives him a psychic connection to SG-1's Colonel O'Neill. Most of the episode is Joe recounting the events of various SG-1 episodes to the customers in his barber shop, and eventually trying to sell them as short stories. Joe's friends and wife get to play the role of the SG-1 fan as they make comments and complaints that real-life fans have made. They comment on Jonas Quinn, a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute temporary replacement]] for Dr. Daniel Jackson (because the actor playing Jackson took a year off from the show), for example.
** The second episode of season 5, Threshold, is something of a "fake-out". The setup of the show is that the characters have to stay awake with Teal'c, talking to him. Just when the viewer is certain it's going to be a boring clip-show, it turns out every one of Teal'c's past memories is brand-new footage containing tons of character development.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' also has a clip show episode, "Letters from Pegasus". The characters record messages to be sent to Earth before they die, and footage from earlier in the season is aired again. It was mainly used to drive in the poignancy of that time in their lives as they were unable to describe all the things that had happened to them because the Stargate program is a secret. One memorable scene is footage of Atlantis rising from the ocean with an added voice-over entirely in Czech from Dr. Zelenka. However, the plot is still continued in-between the recorded messages.
** They have another clip show in the final season, in which the characters are put on trial by the inhabitants of the Pegasus Galaxy; the clips are flashbacks to the things they're accused of. (See SGA's ''MoralDissonance'' section to find out ''just how much trouble'' they were in.) They got off by basically saying "Yeah, well, we're still the only ones who can save your asses from the Wraith."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' both do what could be considered a "reverse" clip show, where clips feature events that would come to pass later in the series. (In the former case, care is taken to make the clips come to pass exactly as shown. In the latter, thanks to the character's foreknowledge -- the clips are events one character lived through as she travelled back in time to the present -- the events which came to pass are similar, but not identical.)
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** While not strictly a clip show, there is an episode where the ship itself became a clip show of sorts, with different parts of it reverting to moments from different points in time, in a hilarious send-up of clip shows. You can recognize the episodes and even guess them, through all the seasons, reusing all the old hairstyles and everything that changed season to season. It was amazing :)
** ''Voyager'' also has the sixth season episode "The Voyager Conspiracy", which see Seven of Nine hypothesising that various unconnected events over the course of the series are linked together into some big conspiracy theory, dating all the way back to the pilot episode. Extensive use of clips of events from several former episodes are used to help illustrate her points. It was ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'''s "Shades of Grey" done ''right''.
* Meanwhile, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has one of the most abysmal clip shows ever in its second-season finale, "Shades of Grey" It was almost literally, "Riker's got a fever and the only prescription is A CLIP SHOW!"
* On the other other hand, ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has a (much better) two-part episode, "The Menagerie", which is often named as a clip show, although all of the clips were from the unaired {{Pilot}} episode. This fact is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in-universe due to the impossibility of things such as overhead shots of the Enterprise and alternating camera angles.
* ''StrokerAndHoop'' made an interesting use of this trope during its season one finale (although it didn't get a second season). The heroes were being held in a DeathTrap by someone who swore revenge on them. He would only release them if they could identify him. All the clips focused on a minor character who appeared in some (but not all) of the episodes in the series, whom they unwittingly wronged in every episode, either directly or indirectly.
* ''{{Lexx}}'''s ClipShow was also a WhamEpisode, with TheReveal ''and'' a major character's death.
* ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' uses a clip show near the end of its first season, framed as the Blackwood project's presentation to a international conference on alien-fighting. The clip show section only takes up about half of the episode, however, as the aliens besiege the conference in order to prevent the producers from needing to magic up clips to go along with the presentations of the other countries involved.
* In the early ''WKRPInCincinnati'' episode, "Mama's Review", Mama Carlson comes to review the progress of the radio station and Andy and Arthur Carlson ineffectually try to explain the bizarre disasters that have occured as seen in the clips. Unlike similar shows, this episode also features significant character development of both Mama and Son Carlson as each own up to their mistakes.
* Small part of ''Series/TheXFiles'' series finale, "The Truth," feels like a Clip Show. In the episode, the characters recap the series MythArc as part of Mulder's trial, and the clips accompany their recaps, but the after the trial, there are new scenes.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has several. The most memorable is the bard one, which has Gabrielle at bard school, where she sings the praises of Xena. This clip show also uses footage from the Steve Reeves movie sung by the bard Stallonus (as an actor called Sylverster), and footage from ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' sung by the bard Homer, who wins the competition by closing his eyes before singing (thus earning the nickname "the blind bard").
** Another Gabrielle-based clip show was very well done by going over the current Arc, which has Xena and Gabby's relationship straining, and put a new spin on the events of a pivotal two-parter by exploring Gabrielle's motives. It also uses cut footage to good effect AND serves to close a PlotHole that had been hanging (namely, how did Gabby get to China before Xena?).
** There is also a rather unusual example in the fourth season episode "Lifeblood"; the production company had filmed an hour-long pilot for a new series, ''Amazon High'', which never got picked up (among other reasons, it doesn't appear to have been very good). So, instead, they edited a bunch of the footage into a ''X:WP'' episode that explained the "origin" of the Amazons through a series of vision quest flashbacks. Ergo: a Clip Show that didn't ''look'' like a Clip Show. Clever, yes?
** The episodes of both ''Xena'' and ''Hercules'' that are based in the present day are almost always clip shows, but it's understandable why those [[FanonDiscontinuity aren't discussed offen.]]
* ''ThreesCompany'' has a "best of" clip show hosted by Lucille Ball.
* The Season 7 ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Our Finest Hour" has reporter Clete Roberts, previously used in the acclaimed Season 4 episode "The Interview", returning to the 4077th to interview the doctors and nurses for a black-and-white [[DocumentaryEpisode TV documentary]]. However, whereas the earlier episode featured all-new material and never broke from its concept, "Our Finest Hour" awkwardly inserts a large number of (color) clips from earlier episodes in a manner that destroys any kind of narrative flow in the Roberts segments. All of this goes a long way toward explaining why "Our Finest Hour" is regarded by many ''M*A*S*H'' fans as one of the weakest episodes in the show's run, making its title more than a little [[{{irony}} ironic]].
* In its very first season, ''DiffrentStrokes'' has an episode where Mr. Drummond reminisces with Arnold and Willis while they prepare to celebrate their first Christmas together. That's right: not only did they give us a Clip Show a mere nine episodes into the series' run, they combined it with a ChristmasEpisode in the bargain! And it was a two-part episode, to boot. In the framing sequence, Mr. Drummond wakes up the kids in the middle of the night to remind them that it's the 8-week anniversary of their arrival.
* ''ThePretender'', "Mr. Lee": Mr. Lee tries to find Jarod by interviewing people from past episodes.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'', "Close Call": Schanke starts putting together all the strange things he's noticed about Nick (and comes ''this close'' to confirming that Nick is a vampire).
* The twelfth episode of ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' is a recap of the events of the early episodes, using the frame of Rahl tapping into Richard's mind with a spell and trying to get information out of him.
** The second season has another one, this time the frame being [[{{God}} The Creator]] putting Richard on trial.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' has a rare and completely ridiculous example of a clip show that flashes back to ''another clip show''.
** The show actually has ''three'' in its run, a bit much for the amount of episodes the show has. What's worse, the final battle and main resolution of the story takes place in the penultimate episodes, with the actual ''final episode being a clipshow of the whole series,'' which tied up some of the loose ends in passing. [[spoiler: "Kit's dad and Sting? Oh yeah, they got better."]] No wonder the series was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled before either of these got to air...]]
* [[PanelGame Panel Shows]] such as ''MockTheWeek'', ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' and ''WouldILieToYou?'' record upwards of 2 hours' footage for every programme, which is then edited down to half an hour. They thus get a lot of mileage out of clip shows showing highlights as well as some [[DeletedScene Deleted Scenes]].
* ''TheCosbyShow'' has some clip shows, including one which aired outtakes, bloopers, and deleted scenes.
* ''Series/FamilyTies'' had several of these. In one, the family members share stories with Alex's girlfriend Ellen; another has Alex's ''second'' girlfriend, Lauren, asking family members to relate past stories while working on a research paper ; still another has the men and women of the family rehashing past incidents while arguing at a restaurant; finally, there's one where everyone reminisces while Andy works on a time capsule he's planning to bury.
** Spoofed by ''{{SNL}}'' when Justine Bateman hosted and they did a "Family Ties" skit. The Keatons would reminisce about a previous episode which was another clip show which would flash back to '''another''' episode.
*** Which then flash backed into an episode of ''TheJeffersons'' which was itself a clip show...
* ''AllInTheFamily'':
** The 100th episode, aired in December 1974, was a "best of" clip show hosted by Henry Fonda. Unlike many clip shows before or after, there was no plot per se; it was merely Fonda introducing clips and providing commentary.
** The 200th episode, which came in early 1979, was an updated "best of" clip show, this time hosted by series' creator Norman Lear. As was the case with the original, the plot was discarded in favor of a montage of clips and commentary from Lear.
* ''TheJeffersons''' clip show came midway through the fourth season (1977-1978), when George and Louise after interrupting a burglary at their apartment, are tied to chairs while the robbers get away reminisce about their first three years in Manhattan. As a bonus, the show flashes back to their days on ''AllInTheFamily'' and their conflicts with Archie Bunker.
* The season 6 episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', "The Banker". Though one of the first known [[{{Mockumentary}} mockumentaries]] to have a clip show, the episode followed a fairly standard clip show format, having characters recall past moments and grouping clips into accidents and injuries, Jim's pranks, romantic moments, etc. Though at least a third of the episode was new footage, the show got flack for being on hiatus for over a month and coming back to a clip show rather than a new episode.
* ''NightCourt'' did a two-part clip show where a city auditor(played by [[WKRPInCincinnati Les Nesman]]) demanded an explanation for the outrageous expenses filed by the people in Harry's court. Then Judge Harry's office is taken hostage by a clown with a gun played by [[TheBobNewhartShow Mr.Carlson]].
* ''TheSteveHarveyShow'' did this when Byron came to do a WhereAreTheyNow-esque show featuring Steve. Unfortunately, everyone wanted to talk about themselves. Byron became frustrated that Steve did not have any juicy secrets and when the show aired, all it said was that Steve was a music teacher.
* In the first season of ''DeadLikeMe'' they had a clip show episode. But still managed to be interesting because it gave some insight on Daisy for the first time, and tried their best to make the time between the clips interesting to watch.
* The ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' episode "You Don't Know Jack", which centers around a memory-recording device that starts erasing people's memories.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' actually titled its clips shows Clip Show, and Clip Show 2.
* The ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode "Seven Deadly Clips", in which the clips were loosely themed around the SevenDeadlySins. It includes [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Harry]] mistakenly identifying "falling down" as a deadly sin so that they could show a bunch of {{Slapstick}} clips. Also, a clip of [[EvilTwin Evil Dick]] is included at one point, as though it were demonstrating the behavior of the "real" Dick.
* ''HomeImprovement'' had two: "Tool Time After Dark", where Tim watches tapes of the ShowWithinAShow ''Tool Time'', and the second part of the three part finale, where Tim, Brad and Mark reminisce about their life in Detroit while preparing to move.
* The 3000th and 4000th episodes of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' were clip shows giving glimpses at the show's history, also including some memorable moments (five words: "A group of pill-pushers"). Sister show ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' also did this for its 4000th.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'''s clip show was in the form of an interview, and not subtle at all.
* The series finale of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', although it had a plot going on at the same time.
* ''Series/YoungDracula'' has the episode "Fangs for the Memories", which is somewhat helpful since the show was [[{{Cancelled}} cancelled]] then UnCancelled, meaning much of the footage was from four years ago.
* ''Series/SonsOfGuns'' had one -- ''Series/SonsOfGuns: Guns of Glory'' on Thanksgiving 2011 listed the crew's favorite projects from the previous episodes.
* The "Science of Disaster" episodes of ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'' can be counted as this, as it's usually half a recap of air disasters centering around a theme (ATC, bad weather, pilot errors, etc.) and half an explanation about the theme itself and how to prevent similar disasters in the future.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' had only one: "Lifeline" in season 6. Though there were a couple of brief clip-show-style moments in a few other episodes.
* The season ending episodes of seasons three and four of ''PunkyBrewster'' when it went into first-run syndication were clip shows. "Remember When" (season three) featured clips as the gang dealt with a power outtage during a blizzard. while "Wedding Bells For Brandon" (season four and series finale) used clips from past episodes as a wedding for Punky's dog Brandon and a female golden retriever named Brenda was arranged.
* ''PeeWeesPlayhouse'' marks yet another series that used a clip show as its finale. Miss Yvonne mistakenly thinks that Pee Wee is selling the Playhouse and thinks back to all the fun everyone's had there in the past.
* ''TheYoungAndTheRestless'' has had a number of these over the years, often involving Victor Newman reminiscing on his on-and-off romance with Nikki and/or the importance of family.
* "The Stoop Sessions" from ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' comprised of this and some behind-the-scene footage.
* ''{{Minder}}'' did one as a ChristmasEpisode, with the principals sitting around the pub remembering the events of the year.
* "Series/HorribleHistories" has ended each series after the first with a clip show of the ten best music videos (in chronological order) from that series under the title "Savage Songs".
** Some specials also count, notably the HalloweenEpisode.
* ''Series/MrShow'' had three mid-season specials that acted as this. The first was about them appearing on an infomercial, the second was them doing a press conference ([[KeepCirculatingTheTapes which wasn't include on any of the [=DVDs=]]]), the third was the cast dubbing over an old news program.
* ''PairOfKings'' had one in the shape of a CourtroomEpisode. a magic stone showed memories of people holding it.
* ''ImaginationMovers'' combined this with RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun in "Mouse Scouts Clip Show," in which the Movers remind Warehouse Mouse of various great things he's done in the past and clips of those things are shown.
* "HAL" in ''Series/{{Pixelface}}''. An incomplete update cause the Console to go insane. As she torments the characters, she keeps playing clips from her "archive" to illustrate her points.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "Still": Used to reminisce about Castle and Beckett while the latter is standing on a PressurePlate with a bomb attached.
* In ''MyNameIsEarl'', Earl was in a coma, and his [[ShowWithinAShow coma dream]] consisted of a DomCom where he was married to Billie Cunningham. A clip show (where Earl and Billie and all their friends [[GrowOldWithMe are now elderly]] and reminiscing) marks the episode where Earl finally comes out of the coma in the "real" world.
* PunkyBrewster had two clip shows: "Remember When" (season three finale) and "Wedding Bells For Brandon" (series finale).
* TheGoldenGirls featured a clip show in every season between seasons 3 and 7 - and every one was a double episode!
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': The "Science of Disaster" episodes can be counted as this, as it's usually half a recap of air disasters centering around a theme (ATC, bad weather, pilot errors, etc.) and half an explanation about the theme itself and how to prevent similar disasters in the future.
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* The ''KidsPraise'' series had a clip album: ''Psalty's Singalongathon Maranatha Marathon Hallelujah Jubilee,'' set up as a TV special where viewers at home could phone in their votes for their favorite songs from the previous albums, which Psalty and the Kids would then perform.
* In a way, The music equivalent of a clip show is the GreatestHitsAlbum.
* TheBBC's TopOfThePops 2 which mostly focussed on selected archive performances from the show's history, as well as showcasing the odd bit of new music.
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* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'': The cutscene for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDgXQPxzY8E "The Voice of Planet"]] Secret Project consists primarily of sped-up clips from all the previous cutscenes in the game to represent the entire contents of their version of the internet being forcibly uploaded into the [[GeniusLoci Planet brain]] with the force of every reactor on the planet.
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* In a ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon that never aired on the site (originally seen at the FlashForward convention), Homestar misinterprets the name of the con as "The Flashback Show". Strong Bad's response: "I love a good cop-out!" He then has "flashbacks" to previous cons in the style of a clip show.
** Also done in Strong Bad's "Sbemailiarized" series, where Strong Bad bookends an old cartoon between scenes of himself reading an email and [[DolledUpInstallment tries to pass it off as a new episode]].
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* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has done this in the "Turnabout Kirby" plot, where Dedede shows several pictures of Kirby's eating mishaps from past comics (amidst newly created ones)
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* LookAVlog has one of these in Ep. 12.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' produces these for web presentation once per broadcast week. Usually it recaps the week's highlights, sometimes it reorganizes segments on a common topic into a "special report".
* JacksFilms' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDmz7K385Qw The Best Of Your Grammar Sucks special.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS_zQw61PQE And the second one.]] It's probably going to be a yearly thing now.
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* Characters/BugsBunny had more than one of these.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had a "Musical Cliptastic Countdown" composed of clips from their most memorable ''musical'' numbers, as voted on by the viewers. There's also "Phineas's Birthday Clip-o-Rama", where the gang makes a clip show for Phineas's birthday. As expected, they take joy in lampshading this trope at every chance they get. It is also a subversion because there is at least one clip in each segment that didn't come from any episode and [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext makes no sense at all.]]
** There is also the episode "This Is Your Backstory", which is a much more traditional clip show. Dr. Doofenschmirtz makes a device that will use all of his tragic backstories to make his more evil. It also comes off as a not-quite-successful attempt to organize his numerous backstories.
* In addition to re-using old animation in "new" theatrical shorts and TV specials, the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Brothers cartoon set]] has five ''movies'' devoted to this. The first, ''The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie'' (1979), is a ''That's Entertainment!''-esque retrospective hosted by Characters/BugsBunny in new linking segments; the sequels use new animation to link the shorts together into a long storyline. For example, ''Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island'' has a framing device of various characters making wishes in a wishing well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'''s second season ended with "Clip Joint", a clip show that deconstructed clip shows. The framing story had a disgruntled television critic kidnapping the titular character and trying to convince him that ''Duckman'' is the most immoral show of all time. Duckman is unaware that he is a television character, and can't understand where and how the critic acquired all the clips of his past adventures, which he uses to torture Duckman by showing him the worst aspects of his personality. In the end Duckman is rescued, and his sons Charles and Mambo point out that if their life really were a TV program then this occurrence would have been a clip show created as an excuse to spend less money on original production. Duckman scoffs at the idea and asks who could possibly be so cynical to do such a thing. He then [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall stares out at the audience]] as the credits start to roll, beginning with [[SelfDeprecation the names of the series' executive producers]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has a truly excellent example: a clip show centered around the paranoid rantings of a recurring background character. (See RecurringExtra.)
* ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' decides to go meta for its clip show episode... the plot revolves around putting together a clip show for the ShowWithinAShow.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has a {{phlebotinum}}-induced one, in which Jackie actually has to travel to several points in the past, while trying not to change the outcome of his adventures.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' has a clip show based around Graveheart having a crisis of faith in his leadership abilities. It consisted of each of the main characters going "Did I just hear you want to quit? What about the time you did X?" and a clip would roll. Sadly, one of the series' weaker episodes, though it did resolve this arc for his character, for what that's worth.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (like many other sitcoms) has clip shows, only theirs are a little different:
** "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons' Clip Show" (Season 4): It's April Fools' Day and Bart has had it with [[AprilFoolsPlot Homer's pranks]], so Bart shakes a can of beer up so much that it explodes (using a paint shaker at a local hardware store), putting Homer in a coma. While Homer is in a coma, the rest of the family (and Mr. Burns) reminisces about all the wacky adventures the Simpsons have had from seasons 1 through the first half of 4. Includes a self-referential joke where Bart remembers an "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoon and says, "It was an amusing episode...[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall of our lives]]."
** "Another Simpsons Clip Show" (Season 6): After reading ''TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'', Marge decides to gather the family in the kitchen so they can discuss their love lives (most of which ended in tragedy [Bart getting his heart broken by Laura from "New Kid on the Block" and Lisa yelling at Ralph in "I Love Lisa") or near-infidelity (Homer almost sleeping with his coworker Mindy in "The Last Temptation of Homer" and Marge almost driving to Jacques the French bowler's house in "Life in the Fast Lane"). Notable for having next to no new footage for its framing scenes (the kitchen sequence used for the entire episode was reused from Season 2's "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish") and making a joke about how the cel-animated cartoons of old recycled clips to make new scenes and episodes that would only be seen as new in the eyes of naive viewers ([[TakeThat much like]] ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]'').
** "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" (Season 7): A take on sitcom retrospective episodes of the 1970s (like the ''Series/ThreesCompany'' example mentioned above). It had Troy [=McClure=] hosting a retrospective of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', showing viewers the show's early years as animated filler on ''The Tracy Ullman Show'', deleted scenes from popular episodes (all of which are real, according to WordOfGod, including the infamous "Robotic Richard Simmons" scene from season 5's "Burns' Heir"), portraying Matt Groening as a bald, drunken gun nut (instead of a bearded, bespectacled nerd), and, of course, "[[NakedPeopleAreFunny hard-core nudity]]!"
** "All Singing, All Dancing" (Season 9): Starts out as a normal episode (much like "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons' Clip Show") where Homer rents a [[Film/PaintYourWagon Western that turns out to be a musical]], then complains that musicals suck, prompting the rest of the family to show video clips of the many times the Simpson family (and the people of Springfield) have broken out in song. In response to this, Snake barges in and holds the entire family hostage, but leaves when he realizes how weird it is to hold a singing family at gunpoint. Has a FunnyAneurysmMoment during the credits where gunshots can be heard when Phil Hartman's name appears in the credits (to make matters worse, this was the last episode for which Hartman did voicework shown before he died, although his voice appeared in "Bart the Mother," a leftover season nine episode that aired in season 10).
** "Gump Roast" (Season 13): Homer is honored at a Friars' Club Roast, when Kang and Kodos invade so they can enslave humanity. Not much to write home about, except for the end song, sung by DanCastellaneta, parodying Music/BillyJoel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" and the lyric: "We're sorry for the clip show!" Also has a HilariousInHindsight moment where the song mentions an episode with a "crazy wedding" involving Patty, Selma, and Grampa getting married to each other. Selma and Grampa would marry each other in season 18's "Rome-Old and Juli-Ech." Patty, on the other hand, would get married in season 16's "There's Something About Marrying," but in that episode [[spoiler:she would almost marry a man who looks like a woman and break up with her near-husband/wife because Patty just revealed to Marge that she was a lesbian -- despite her and Selma's crush on MacGyver]]. Also of note that this is the last clip show the writers have done, according to the season 13 [[WordOfGod DVD commentary]], as the writers have now taken to doing "trilogy" episodes [episodes with three separate stories for each act], such as "Margical History Tour," "Tales From The Public Domain," "Love: Springfieldian Style," "Simpsons Christmas Stories," "Four Great Women and a Manicure," and "The Fight Before Christmas."
*** The show itself sent "Gump Roast" up just one week later with "I Am Furious (Yellow)", in which Bart makes Homer the subject of his highly popular ''WebAnimation/AngryDad'' cartoon; when Homer catches on, he immediately swears off all expressions of anger. Bart, watching Homer get hit by objects but not reacting, says, "Come ''on'', Angry Dad! Get angry! [[SelfDeprecation Don't make me do a clip show!]]"
*** In addition to the full-episode clip shows, there were some partial clip shows ''The Simpsons'' had: in season 5's "Bart's Inner Child," Lisa and Bart think back to all the times Marge has nagged them after Marge asks if she nags the family all the time.
*** In season 11's "Behind the Laughter", the family is portrayed as AnimatedActors. During the "documentary", clips are shown from "Bart the Daredevil" and "The Principal and the Pauper", as well as scenes of previous guest stars.
*** In season 13's "The Blunder Years," Homer thinks back to the time he jumped over Springfield Gorge (the CrowningMomentOfFunny from season 2's "Bart the Daredevil"), but Lisa interrupts, stating that everyone is sick of that flashback.
*** In season 19's "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind," Homer travels through his mind to see what he did to make his family leave him. If you look closely at the background, you can see clips of scenes from the past 18 seasons).
*** In season 20's "How the Test was Won," there was a FullyAutomaticClipShow of the many times Homer has injured himself.
-->'''Homer:''' Heh heh, what a week.
* One of the last episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', "Hero of the Year", uses this trope as part of a dinner party held in Sonic's honor (with Dr. Robotnik doing a similar one for himself).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone'' did no less than five clip shows.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' episode "Swat Kats -- A Special Report" is a clip show disguised as a [[DocumentaryEpisode news report]] about the heroes.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show", takes place at the filming of a clip show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ShowWithinAShow ''Coming Attractions''. As a result, the clips are from that and the various movie parodies featured in the series.
* The original final episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' is a clip show where all the secondary characters have flashbacks over their encounters with the two main characters from the previous episodes.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', "Echoes", is a clip show where the main characters are reminiscing of their adventures throughout the series, before shutting off the Supercomputer for good.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'' also ended with a clip show.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' never had an official clip show, but the episodes "Won't Stick to Most Dental Work!" (in the begining, when Henry shows all the times June has been pranking/beating him up, and at the end, when June was showing all the good times she and Henry had together) and "Under New Management!" (when Henry's thinking back to the moments that Mr. Foot beat him up) played clips from previous episodes.
** When ''ActionLeagueNow'' became a show, they had a clip show, "And Justice For None", when the Action League is trying to explain why the team shouldn't be terminated.
* The appropriately named ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' episode "The Elevator", where the spies reminisce about highlights of previous episodes [[LockedInAFreezer while trapped in a]] [[ElevatorFailure malfunctioning elevator]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' had numerous clip shows, often with very flimsy excuses.
* The SeriesFinale episode "Clip Hangers" of ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' had Timon and Pumbaa falling off a cliff after trying to catch a grub. Then, clips of their previous adventures show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has the episode ''Grill'', in which Agent Fowler must make a case to his superiors for Team Prime to stay active on Earth in the wake of MECH's plots to discredit the Autobots with a fake version of Optimus.
** In the same season, we also got the episode ''Patch'', where Megatron enters Starscream's mind and overviews Starscream's previous plots against him to see if he should rejoin the Decepticons. [[spoiler: Slightly subverted as it ends up having immediate consequences for both Knockout and Dreadwing.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'' combines this with LiteraryAgentHypothesis. In an episode, Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs himself visits Africa, looking for inspiration, and various characters from the show tell him about Tarzan's previous adventures.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': "The Platypi Psonic Psensation Psimulator" (although, this being ''Taz-Mania'', the Playpus Brothers immediately {{lampshade|Hanging}} this episode as what it is).
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'': set a new low for cheaply done clip episodes: their clip show has no framing story to justify the clips, and in fact contains no new footage whatsoever. It's just a half hour of randomly assembled clips with no explanation...and with no dialog. Yes, for some reason, all the dialog has been removed from the clips, resulting in 30 minutes of silent reused animation playing over background music. Kids were understandably confused and upset.
** When the episode aired in syndication, they put the voices back in and added some new narration, most of which has nothing to do with the action on screen.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': "Schpiel-borg 2000" starts off as this.
* ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' had two episodes that were clip shows. One was "Humanitarian of the Year", where Cruella attempts to win the mentioned title for publicity, while the pups find photographs she ordered Horace and Jasper to hide of her being her usual cruel self, bringing up clips from previous episodes (Oddly, there were no cameras present to take pictures of these situations). Next was "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move", where Horace and Jasper try to find new jobs, bringing up events of previous episodes. "The Making Of..." uses a few clips from previous episodes at first, but then goes off on its' own.
* The 13th and final episode of ''WesternAnimation/ProStars'' was a clip show.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' DirectToVideo movies [[note]]They're not really movies because of this trope, but according to Disney, they're movies. Fans usually consider ''All Growed Down'' the show's third movie while ''Miracle on Third Street'' is just a special[[/note]] ''Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street'' and ''Recess: All Growed Down'' both consisted of episodes of the television show (Four for the former, three for the latter) with linking material. Some fans felt ripped off because they hardly got anything new, but it could've been Disney's secret way of saying "Alright, we're not making new episodes of this show. Buy these now before we take the show off!"
** ''Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street'' (Released a day after the show aired it's final episode) took place right after the ChristmasEpisode, with Principal Prickly carpooling Miss Finster and Miss Grotke home after school, until his car gets stuck in a snowbank, making him and Miss Finster instantly blame the kids, due to them having to deal with their pranks every day. So Miss Grotke tries to explain to them that the kids aren't as bad as they make them out to be, bringing up previous episodes ("Principal for a Day", "The Great Can Drive", "Weekend at Muriel's", and "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave"), which play as part of the movie.
** ''Recess: All Growed Down'' (Released two years after the show ended, along with ''WesternAnimation/RecessTakingTheFifthGrade'') was about the gang getting kidnapped by the kindergarteners, though only because their new leader, Chief Stinky wanted them to, and made the other kindergarteners believe that the older kids were bad. So the gang try to re-affirm the fact that they've been nice to them by bringing up (And playing) the episodes "The Legend of Big Kid", "Wild Child", and "Kindergarten Derby", and the rest of the film is new material- specifically, Gus bringing up the gang's origin story of how they met in kindergarten.
* WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}} featured a clip show... as its second episode. Most of the footage used was new, but there was a flashback to earlier in the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** The episode, "DW's Perfect Wish" has Arthur cheer up a depressed D.W. on her fifth birthday by reminding her of all the good times she had when she was four.
** The episode, "Best Day Ever", has Arthur's friends remembering their favorite days, and Arthur trying to come up with one for himself. Even though video clips from older episodes are used, they are [[Main/FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin dubbed with the show's current voice actors]].
* While ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' never officially had a clip show episode, the featurette "The Pickles Family Album" (included as a bonus on the ''Decade in Diapers'' DVD) features clips from various episodes of the show. The featurette is hosted by Angelica Pickles.
** Clips from various episodes can also be seen at the end of the "All Growed Up" special.
* WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie had "The Album", where the characters find a memento of one of their adventures and a clip from the episode follows it. The order of the items may suggest that all the episodes are OutOfOrder.
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* The second episode of ''Manga/MiamiGuns'' was a ClipShow that reviewed episodes from an imaginary first season.
* Subverted in ''SeitokaiYakuindomo''. The final episode starts its second half with what appears to be a regular clip show. Then things start getting strange when characters flash back to events that didn't happen the way they happened. In Mutsumi's case, events that weren't even in the same ''genre''. And it gets UpToEleven weirder; apparently Tsuda's souvenir actually ''changed'' to conform to Shino's warped memory, causing Tsuda to go into a short HeroicBSOD. That the whole thing is topped off with a preview for the show that will be taking their time slot (that also doesn't exist) cements the show taking a sledgehammer to the fourth wall.
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* Parodied in Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger Episode 13. The Akibarangers are sent a DVD of their previous adventures in order to find out what they did wrong in order to get a second season. This episode features enough humorous commentary by the team to be a parody alone. Eventually they figure out it was just the producer's way to force a clip show episode.
* Subverted with ''Series/DoctorWho'''s season 23, the four serials (or one, or three, depending on who you ask) are set out like a clip show but it's all new footage.
** The Terror of the Vervoids section is a bit of a Double Subversion, in that the clips shown are of events that have yet to happen, from the point of view of the characters in the courtroom.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' did a clip show in the second season, to draw attention to and/or resolve running character arcs -- but being a show that thrives on AffectionateParody and BreakingTheFourthWall, the clips weren't from previous episodes, but instead were written and shot just for the episode. As a result, the episode is wall-to-wall {{Noodle Incident}}s.
** There are a couple segments that take place during -- but not actually ''in'' -- two episodes (and weren't deleted scenes or even filmed at the same time as those two episodes either. Some of the set dressing of one of the previous episodes had to be recreated). Additionally, the one thing we ''did'' see that is referred to in the episode (Annie's pens being stolen) is not flashed back to. One example is even filmed in the 'stop motion animation' style adopted by an earlier Christmas episode (although this example ''was'' done in advance along with the earlier example, it being prohibitively expensive to do otherwise).
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and parodied in episode "200"
* Subverted in the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "The Bubble" when Jack mentions that Tracy's contract is up and Liz responds that they sure do have some crazy memories of Tracy. They stand quietly for a moment with Liz remarking "I'm picturing them right now", but no clip starts and both characters shake it off and continue with the episode.
* The AprilFoolsDay episode of Series/ICarly starts out like a typical clip show episode...but soon turns into absolute madness.
* The season 1 finale of ''{{Taxi}}'' has a standard clip show format with everyone reminiscing about their times driving a cab that's just been wrecked. However, it's entirely new material.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', of course, has a twisted version. In the penultimate episode of season eight (actually called "Clip Show"), Crowley starts killing people Sam and Dean have saved, threatening to destroy their entire lives' work unless they stand down. Clips from previous episodes are used so we know who all these people coming BackForTheDead are, but they actually don't take up a large part of the episode.
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* In the ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "Trapped!", Hamish and Dougal find themselves trapped on an escalator (yes, it's that kind of show), and Hamish reminisces about the events of the previous episode, because that's what you do when you're [[LockedInARoom trapped somewhere]]. Dougal doesn't quite get the concept, becoming confused as to which of him is when halfway through a line from the clip, and then remembering a scene from ''{{Friends}}'' instead.
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* Spoofed on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad, when asked about his favorite emails, lists two real examples (e.g. "invisibility" and "gimmicks"), but then starts making ones up (like the time he got drunk on soy sauce and tried to fly Bubs' Concession Stand, or the time Coach Z and Pom Pom got in a knife fight). This caused a lot of confusion when some people thought they were real excerpts, and that they had missed emails.
** Similarly referenced in "email thunder" when Homestar explains that Strong Bad was in a bunch of his hremails, listing the two real sbemails "caper" and "long pants" before following them up with a fake one where he dressed up like Coach Z.
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* The ''{{Insecticomics}}'' has a clip ''webcomic'', in which Tarantulas uses a device to show Megatron past and future comic panels. Oddly enough, some of the panels never actually happened and were probably thrown in for the heck of it.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', at one point Black Mage asks "Have I mentioned that I hate Thief?" Which cues a montage of the times Black Mage said that he hates Thief in response to Thief screwing the team over. One of these is from an event where Black Mage doesn't ''actually'' use the phrase, but it's got a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] along the lines of "I'm not saying it, but I'm certainly thinking it." The last of these is just a scene from ''BoondockSaints'' with the faces of the Light Warrior pasted on.
* BasicInstructions provides a [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/8/18/how-to-make-a-clip-show.html "how to"]].
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* Satirized in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's 100th Episode special, where the Critic appears on-camera to tell the audience that they can watch some lame clips of his past episodes while he goes backstage to smoke a joint... until the characters in the clips call him out on it and insist that he review ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''.
** In the commentary for that episode, Mr. Walker said he planned to do a clip show... but with all the clips not being from any episode. Seems like he wanted to do some [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner personal favorites]]...
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s penultimate episode had another variation: the characters attend a play about their adventures, which provides a more-or-less accurate summary of the series so far while somehow managing to get the details comically wrong and accurately poke fun at itself at the same time.
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "The Good Ol' Ed", which had the Eds collecting things from previous episodes for a time capsule and reminiscing about past misadventures. While events of actual episodes were mentioned, all the "flashbacks" were to events never seen in previous episodes (a fake time machine scam, Edd getting a bad case of the hiccups, and the Eds trying to make the world's biggest pancake). The only real {{flashback}} was Ed remembering something that happened earlier in the ''current'' episode, and that was interrupted by Eddy smacking Ed with a fish and protesting "I ''hate'' clip shows!"
* The WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb episode "Phineas's Birthday Clip-o-Rama" is both a straight example and a subversion, because there is at least one clip in each segment that didn't come from any episode and [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext makes no sense at all.]]
* The second episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}}'' is a clip show that flashes back to a single scene of the first episode several times and then starts making up clips from episodes that had never happened.
** As well as showing clips from that episode that happened 5 minutes ago.
** Made even better by the fact that the series was shown out of production order and as such there are no clips or references to the fourth episode of the series which was actually the first to air.
* Likewise spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' ("The City of Clipsville"): The episode starts out looking like a clip show, but the clips quickly turn into outrageous, bizarre events that never took place. Ultimately it turns out the clip show was a clip, with them at the end saying "Remember when we were remembering things?"
** A more subtle spoof happens in "Monkey See, Doggy Two" (the sequel to "Monkey See, Doggy Do"). The episode actually begins exactly the same way as its predecessor. When the Powerpuff Girls realize [[NeverRecycleYourSchemes the villain is reusing his plan]] they quickly confront him...and the villain reveals he has made a new plan by [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands looking at the footage from his old one.]] [[EvilGloating He then shows the footage]], which are clips from the original episode, [[{{MST}} and provides commentary.]]
* Spoofed again in the final episode of the ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' cartoon. While captured by the most memorable villains of the series, Sam and Max reminisce about things that never happened in the show. They continue to do this while escaping.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies this in "City on the Edge of Forever", where the children recall incidents from past episodes, but their stories increasingly diverge from the original episodes. Eventually the kids starts lampshading the fact that the original stories didn't happen quite like that. Ultimately the episode is explained away as AllJustADream of Cartman's, which then turns out to be a DreamWithinADream of Stan's, who notes, "I must have some serious emotional problems!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Grim Reaper Gutters" started out as a subversion of a clip show where at least a couple of the flashback turned out to be camera footage secretly compiled by Frylock and Meatwad. [[spoiler: Their clip show ends when Meatwad, faced with his depressing and meaningless life, kills himself]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' uses a subversion in "Deconstructing Dodgers", where specific episodes and incidents are mentioned, but the actual clips shown are outtakes, unused gags or even one-shot jokes with no setup or context whatsoever.
* Subverted in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama Action]]'', where they briefly return to Camp Wawanakwa from the first season.
--> '''Chris:''' If you need to take a moment to reminisce about the great times you had here...
--> '''Everyone else:''' ''[laugh for a rather long time]''
--> '''Chris:''' Fine. We'll skip the good memories montage.
* There's an episode of ''Fairly Odd Parents'' in which Wanda and Timmy show clips to prove what a good godparent, friend, and humor generator Cosmo is -- but they're all things that must've happened between episodes.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'' did this with the episode "Threat Level: Texas" in which Texas retells events that happened in "Power Trip," "The Duke of Detroit" and "Going Dutch" only to match his SelfServingMemory, so believes that all the good ideas and [=KaneCo=] attacks were performed by him instead of Mike. Everyone in these flashbacks are incredibly out of character and can't stop talking about how "awesome" Texas is.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode, "[[Main/SeriesFauxnale The Finale]]" starts off as a clip show by showing scenes from previous episodes as the Wattersons look through their photo album. However, [[Main/WhatHappenedToTheMouse this quickly gets dropped]] after Hector's Mom reminds the Wattersons that [[Main/HeroismWontPayTheBills they owe the town large amounts of money to pay for the damages caused by their past actions]]. Afterwards, while events from past episodes are constantly mentioned, only twice are clips from past episodes shown, the first of which is a Main/FullyAutomaticClipShow of Richard's reckless driving.
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