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->'''Jaller:''' ''(dramatic voiceover)'' Previously on ''Series/LincolnHeights...''
->'''Axonn:''' Look, the thing was like three minutes long. Just watch it.
-->-- ''WebVideo/TheChroniclesOfJaller''

''Previously, on [[Wiki/TvTropes TV Tropes Wiki]], we said...''

A clip {{montage|s}} at the beginning of an episode with a voiceover, or a slide, saying "Previously on (show name)", or a variation "Last time on (show name)", that serves to get the viewer up to speed on the parts of the arc relevant to the episode in question. The majority of {{Arc}}-based series use these. Outside of those, usually only used if it's the beginning of a continuing part of a multi-parter. It's also known as "The Previously", or just the recap.

On shows that make regular use of them, it's common for responsibility for the voiceover to rotate through the main cast members, generally without much regard to the content of the episode.

The GenreSavvy viewer may sometimes wonder whether the writers of a series threw in a line of dialogue or a scene that succinctly sums up what's going on with an eye towards (or for the sole purpose of) including it in the next episode's "Previously...." Furthermore, the Previously clip montage occasionally includes footage that didn't make it into the final cut of the earlier episode (thus lying to the viewer when it claims that it was previously featured on the show).

This device can [[SpoilerOpening tip off the audience to important elements of the coming episode]]. In a competitive reality show, for example, a character featured heavily in Previously On may be getting the boot. In a drama or other arc-heavy series, if you see something in Previously On that didn't seem important previously, it will become important. See ChekhovsGun.

By contrast, some anime series will begin an episode by recapping scenes from the previous episode, but these may be intercut with new scenes.

When used in video games, it gives a clue to the answer to "NowWhereWasIGoingAgain"

Many, many examples can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX-BCKutDh0 here]]

Contrast with OnTheNext.



* Each episode of ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' starts with a recap of the previous episode.
* The makers of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has realised that this is a brilliant way of keeping production costs down: once the [[AnimeThemeSong main theme]] finishes, viewers are treated to a lengthy expository narration explaining the plot so far. This usually takes up over 10% of the episode.
** One fansub group, providing subtitles for Episode 227, inserted a comment asking if this was Episode 226 after over five minutes of the previous episode was shown.
** Episode 190, having come back from an awkwardly inserted filler arc, is well over 50% a general recap of the current story arc, and then a more detailed recap of Ichigo's fights before then. Made slightly more jarring as the series became widescreen starting with the filler arc, thus borders are added to the sides of the screen for the recap footage.
* 50% of a certain episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' consisted of recapping the previous episode's events.
* Nearly every episode of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' had a scene near the beginning in which Nagisa recalled the events of the previous episode, even though there was usually no plot connection of any importance. Interestingly, the actual cliffhangers avoided this in favor of a straight montage before the opening credits.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' handles this pretty well, all things considered. It helps that the narrator changes his lead-in to the recap every few episodes.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''. Every episode has a opening narration, with a variant of, "Last time on Dragonball Z!". Every episode also has a "Next time on Dragonball Z!" section as well. They're so long that viewers can use them to keep track of what's going on while only watching one episode out of every three.
* There are two ''episodes'' (8.5 and 17.5) dedicated to this entirely in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. The staff openly admits they were done to buy time (the production was behind schedule) and both of them were left out of the official DVD releases. Other than that, C.C. usually assumes the role of recap narrator during the segments found at the beginning of several episodes.
* Most episodes of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' start with recap sequences. During longer arcs, such as [[spoiler:the Female Titan arc]], the recaps are often fairly similar from episode to episode and at one point in said arc there's a recap sequence ''three minutes long''. Not quite on par with ''Dragon Ball Z'' but that's still pretty damn long.
* The Count opens each episode of ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' by recapping the previous events in the broadest and most flowery of terms. What's most interesting is that he speaks [[TranslationConvention in French]] for these bits.
** That's not the Count - that's the spirit of Gankutsuou inside him. It should be a hint that he refers to the Count as "my friend".
* This is used by many long-running series as a cost-cutting measure. ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' was particularly infamous for this, as it opened each episode with long recaps which typically lasted five minutes or more, and would sometimes replay entire sequences from previous episodes. The recaps even had their own theme music which played over them.
* ''OnePiece'' likes to do this during its story arcs. Currently it starts off each episode with a sepia-toned recap of the show's main premise, followed by ANOTHER recap of the current storyline. Lately these have been shortened considerably, though. It also sometimes shows a map showing where each group of characters is.
** The premise recap used to be part of the opening sequence. Eventually the creators got tired of having narration before the theme song so they just moved it to right after the intro.
* Early Anime/{{Pokemon}} episodes did this, summarizing Ash's journey up until then.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' did this during its whole run. The dubbed version had two of them were recapped by a character from the previous season (Davis for ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'', and Rika for ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'' until Melissa Fahn got a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot), the other three had each episode recapped by one of the characters.
** The original version had this in every season, always done by the Narrator (HiroakiHirata [[spoiler:as a timeskipped Takeru]] for ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Adventure]]'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure 02]]'', Creator/MasakoNozawa not using her Guilmon voice for ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'', Creator/MasamiKikuchi for ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'', and unnamed voice actors for ''[[Anime/DigimonSavers Savers]]'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWars Xros Wars]]''. Interesting fact is that the BGM used for the recaps was very calm and serene, which later would contrast a lot with the events that happenned (can you picture recaps of the darker episodes of the Vamdemon/Myotismon arc with calm music? It's like that).
* ''ShugoChara'' has recently started doing this. The "Shugo Chara Dokki Doki" segments on "Shugo Chara Party" have their own opening theme song. A brief compilation of clips from the previous episode play while the theme song is still going (i.e., it's part of the Dokki Doki opening). Then when the opening is done, the episode starts like usual.
* ''FushigiYuugi'''s Previously On clip features Taiitsukun as the narrator. To spice things up, make a drinking game of how many times the word "beloved" is mentioned in the clips.
* Spoofed on ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', with DeadpanSnarker Ruri commenting on the events of the previous episode without actually recapping anything.
* ''{{Slayers}}'', addressing recap to someone absent at the scene if at all possible. Or with jokes like UnreliableNarrator describing events differently from the video recap and immediately {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing it with her charming childish sincerity:
-->'''Lina''': Yeah, I know. But it's not a total lie, okay?
* Many, but not all, episodes of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' began this way.
* The first season of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' does this in most episodes, just after the TitleSequence.
* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' spoofed this in the third season. Absolutely none of it is actually canon, and is almost complete nonsense, made even more ridiculous with the silly voices used.
* In multi-part episodes of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the couple of minutes before the title card for all episodes after the first one is used for showing what happened in previous episodes. This is often redundant because Conan will provide his own recap in InnerMonologue every so often. (In one episode, "The Alibi of the Black Dress", Conan recapped twice in the first episode (including a fairly lengthy one right before the end) and again in part two, in addition to the "Previously On" segment!) This may be done as a time-filling method when a manga-based case is too long for one part but not long enough for two.
* KareKano egregiously recapped the entire plot in every episode. By the end of the series, episodes were half recap.
* For episode 2-5 of SmilePrettyCure, Miyuki tells the viewers the story of the show from where the last episode left off.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' can be particularly problematic with this. For some of the episodes in the Future Arc it gets to the point where there is so much recap of the previous episode (and a general summary of the arc) that, given the space also taken by credits and omake, there amounts to around ten minutes of new material.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' eventually started using "Previously in..." recap pages with collages of panels from previous issues (which were sometimes modified for clarity).
* ''TheIncredibleHercules'' was infamous for its hilarious recap pages that included characters' pictures and were sometimes 'narrated' by the characters themselves (most commonly, Amadeus Cho). This came to a head with the final issue, which summarized the essence of the plot of every single previous issue in one sentence or less.
** Like the ''Cable & Deadpool'' example below, they were kept for the trade paperbacks.
* ''Comicbook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan'' featured new stories of the web-swinging hero set among the original stories by StanLee and SteveDitko. To help readers without encyclopedic knowledge of Spider-Man history, most issues include a one-page summary of recent events in both the original and new stories.
* ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'' had special recap pages where the characters summarized the lead-up action from sometimes even four issues back. The main characters on the page were Cable and Deadpool, with the secondary characters sometimes taking over (mostly to explain who they were so you wouldn't need to read other Marvel books to know). towards the end of the second volume it turned into a sort of talk show hosted by Deadpool, and around the middle of the third the page was replaced by Bob (Agent of Hydra)'s blog. The recaps are all in the collected edition, too (which is why they're referenced by volume, not issue).
* In the late 70s, Marvel got hold of the Hanna-Barbera properties and would add, for example, a two-page teaser for a Dynomutt story to an issue of ScoobyDoo. The story would pick up in the ensuing issue of Dynomutt with a recap of the teaser.
* When ''Journey Into Mystery'' focused around Kid Loki and was written by Kieron Gillen one of the highlights was its recap pages which would often feature characters breaking the fourth wall and relating what had happened in recent issues to the audience in a humorous way.

[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' uses this in "The Black Turning Funnel Part 2".
* Parodied at the beginning of the Last Part of Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure, which quotes a large collection of earlier bits from the story which are all completely meaningless out of context. In addition, it actually has one scene which actually ''wasn't'' in the story before: [[spoiler: Luna killing Twilight's brother.]]
* ''[[FanFic/FriendshipIsMagicTheAdventuresOfSpike Friendship is Magic: The Adventures of Spike]]'' did this for the first few chapters, until readers complained about it being distracting and it was dropped.
** The first chapter of the "Spike of (Saddle) Arabia" Arc starts with a recap of the entire story so far, due to it being where the story really gets underway (and because it was posted after a long hiatus).



* One of the few ''movies'' to use this trope seriously is ''Franchise/StarWars'' - the famous opening scrolls. However, they explain what occurred between the previous movie and the one that's coming up, rather than any summation of the last movie itself.
* The opening credits for ''Film/SupermanII'' and ''Film/SpiderMan1'''s sequels play this trope straight.
* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' sequels all started with flashbacks to the previous films. Initially it was quite a long segment of scenes and plot to fill in the viewer as to what was happening, but as the series grew (in numbers and notoriety) it became more a montage of death scenes with a sprinkling of backstory.
* ''Film/HalloweenII1981'', which picked up right where [[Film/{{Halloween1978}} the original]] left off, began with an abridged version of that film's ending, albeit using alternate takes.
** ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'' did something similar, although unlike Halloween II, it was made decades later.
** ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' began with a flashback to the end of ''Film/HalloweenH20''.
* ''Film/EvilDead2'' began with a lengthy recap of the first film, although the entire thing was reshot with fewer characters and a slightly altered story.
* The pre-credits opening sequence of ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' replays [[spoiler:Spock's death]] from the end of ''Star Trek II''.
** In some overseas releases, the beginning of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' has a played-straight pre-credits "Previously On" sequence recapping ''Star Trek III'', complete with voiceover narration by Kirk. The North American release simply goes from the [[{{Dedication}} space shuttle]] ''[[{{Dedication}} Challenger]]'' {{dedication}} to the Paramount logo and opening titles.
* A notable aversion is ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. In the commentaries, Creator/PeterJackson and company note that, due to the {{HSQ}} of the first film's prologue, [[ExecutiveMeddling the executives]] wanted a "Previously On" for the beginning of ''The Two Towers''. The reply went something like "If the audience wants to know what's going on in the second installment, [[DefiedTrope they should go see the first film]]." So we got the "Gandalf vs. Balrog, pt. 2" prologue instead, and the {{HSQ}} was maintained.
** Apparently CateBlanchett did record some dialogue for the scrapped "Previously On", since some of it was used for an early trailer.
* Each ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' sequel begins with the date on which the previous movie's events ended, then shows a re-enactment of that movie's ending.
* ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' opens with Byron recounting the events of the previous film in conversation with the Shelleys, complete with a montage of clips.
* ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'' begins with a Previously On segment that's treated exactly like one used on a TV show, recapping events from the first movie. And an unrelated scene involving Schmidt and Jenko throwing crayfish into a pot.

* OlderThanFeudalism: ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' begins with a brief recap of ''Literature/TheIliad''.
* Creator/HPLovecraft's Herbert West: Reanimator magazine serial was published with this, the author hated having to do a book report on the previous chapters. In fact, he never would have written it if he didn't need the money.
* Some of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books open with a recap of what happened in previous books, usually masked as Harry reminscing about his past in Hogwarts.
* Every one of the main title of the Animorphs had a brief recap of the series premise and elements of the series that a first time reader might need to understand to know about the plot. Usually, this was within the first chapter, but it could easily be stretched over a few chapters to include basic character descriptions.
* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' novels have this by necessity. First chapters of each book reintroduce most recurring characters active in the current novel, describe the situations they are in, how they got there and what are they doing now. About 30% of the sixth novel are such recaps.
* Every ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' novel begins with a recap of everything relevant that happened in the previous books.
* Each volume of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' begins with a "Synopsis" of everything that happened in the previous volumes.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The TropeNamer was the StevenBochco cop drama ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' which became for first show to ever use the phrase '' "Previously On" '' in this context midway through its second season in 1982. The phrase was chosen to make the show more comprehensible to new viewers while assuring existing viewers that the episode was not a rerun.
* GameShows: Several used "previously on" montages to showcase highlights and big wins. Prominent examples:
** ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'': Starting sometime in the late summer of 1973 (of the original ''$10,000 Pyramid''), and continuing throughout the rest of the original CBS-ABC run, clips of previous big Winner's Circle wins and the contestants celebrating with their celebrity partner were shown prior to the OpeningNarration. In 1975, one of the best known "previously on" clips showed William Shattner's "solo" Winners Circle. The practice was used on the syndicated ''$25,000 Pyramid'' hosted by Bill Cullen, and – starting in 1983 – again on the CBS daytime ''$25,000 Pyramid'' with Dick Clark.
** ''Series/PressYourLuck'': Clips showed contestants hitting big ticket items ("Stop at ... A CAR!!!") or [[{{Whammy}} Whammies]], along with appropriate contestant reaction and, in the case of hitting a Whammy, the Whammy clip; and final spins which resulted in a champion being determined (wherein the winning contestant would be shown celebrating).
** ''Series/TreasureHuntUS'': On occasion during the 1973 and 1981 versions, if the games ran short and there was still time, host Geoff Edwards would fill the segment by showing clips of past big wins (i.e., the grand prize being found and won) … and sometimes even a clip or two of the contestant finding the check … but they didn't win it because they elected to take the cash buyout beforehand. In addition, Edwards sometimes replayed a big win that just happened after a commercial break, just in case viewers missed it or wanted to see it again.
* Many situation comedies which have multi-part episodes will use the "Last time ... on (title of show)" line to lead into highlights – usually, 30 to 45 seconds long – from the previous show. Often, these will be fairly dramatic highlights, showing the plot becoming more and more serious, with the dramatic conclusion often the final clip shown.
** This device often became lampooned when used on the seemingly many [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Episodes]] of ''{{Blossom}}''; a serious, somber-voiced Mayim Bialik would often introduce the clips with "Last time ... on ''Blossom''," which writers of other TV series – including ''{{Friends}}'' – picked up on for comedy bits.
* Brilliantly exploited in the last episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' to appear on TheWB (at the end of season five): clips or images from nearly all 99 previous episodes appear in an accelerating, rapid fire montage.
** This was then followed up with an extended "Previously" for the sixth season's premiere, summarizing all previous seasons for the benefit of {{UPN}} viewers who had never seen the show before.
*** The previously was used on several occasions to introduce important elements from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' for the benefit of ''Buffy'' viewers who didn't watch the spin-off series. These were variously prefaced with Giles's narration: "Previously on ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' [...] and on ''Angel''", with clips after each programme title; or simply with "Previously".
** ''Buffy'' [[LateArrivalSpoiler was also guilty of spoiling their own surprises with their previouslies]]. Ah, here I am, sitting down to watch my favourite show... yes, previously on Buffy there ''was'' that scene with this season's BigBad... yep, and that emotional moment between Buffy and her beau of the moment... and hey, look, a clip of Faith from four years ago. Gee, I wonder what's going to happen in this episode?
*** Creator/JossWhedon seemed to be aware of this problem, which is why he had almost all the previouslies removed from the American DVD release of the show, though they remained in other versions. In several episodes you can hear the last second of the musical sting as it transitions from the recap into the proper episode, though.
*** ''Buffy'' also had one of the shortest previously ons, consisting of the short line "You're fired" before starting the episode "The Zeppo."
**** They aren't removed from Netflix Instant Stream (Though every episode is there).
**** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' used previouslies to the same effect, and the DVD's have the mixed blessing of not including any of them. On the one hand, Wesley's voice-over just sounded cool, and losing the recaps cuts down on the broadcast nostalgia factor. On the other hand, the DVD viewer's spared ten straight episodes all prefaced by a flashback to Connor and Cordelia's [[{{squick}} intimate moment]]...
* Similarly, the final ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has a {{blipvert}} showing a scene from every prior episode. Also, most (if not all) of the episodes in Seasons 3 and 4 (when Farscape fully transitioned from being episodic to continuous) begin with one of these.
** Farscape noticibly had scenes in a Previously on, which hadn't actually been aired before, as that subplot of an episode was cut for time. Given what that subplot was (Grayza taking command from Scorpius and Braca apparantly selling him out) it was rather important, and somewhat confusing for viewers.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' was one of many shows guilty of giving away a character's reappearance, which is something the show liked to do with characters from its past it hadn't killed and some it had.
* Used in every episode of the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. [[FanNickname Known as Previous Lies]] for their tendency to contain redubbed or never-before-aired scenes.
** Often descends into spoiler territory, much like the Buffy example--especially since, whenever [[AnyoneCanDie a major character dies]], the Previouslys are about them and they do the voiceover. (And, just to frak with your head, the opening credits contain {{Blipvert}}s of the coming episodes which are even worse than the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil ever-spoiling commercials]].)N?
* To avoid the overwrought voiceover style typical of this trope, the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' simply shows the words "Then" and "Now" to indicate where the recap begins and ends.
** And in an important episode, the previous events are always set to one of the greatest hits of mullet rock. For example, every season finale uses "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas as its background.
* Used in every episode of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', where the convoluted plot-lines made it vitally necessary. (Particularly because ABC kept switching the show's time slot around, which made it extremely difficult to keep up with the series, and eventually lead to its downfall.)
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' would often show relevant scenes from 2 or 3 seasons prior, instead of the more common practice of just showing the scenes from the previous episode.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' does something similar, showing scenes from several episodes in the previous seasons that are relevant to the new episode's plot.
** The DVD of ''Ark of Truth'' has a feature called "The Road Taken- Prelude to Stargate Ark of Truth" that sums up the entire Ori story arc by Previously On-ing.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' uses these, including one instance of spoiling the reveal that the guest star was an ascended Ancient by mentioning ascension in the Previously On.
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' uses these in every episode.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' uses the same method, showing scenes as far back as is necessary to bring the audience up to date on whichever of the many plot lines will be updated in the upcoming episode. In some cases, this involves a series of short clips that span the majority of the season.
** Toyed around with in one episode; a clip during the Previously On had not actually been shown in a prior episode, but had in fact occurred between the previous episode and the current one.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' opens with one of these every episode, as well, in order to remind people about events that occurred four episodes prior, but which hadn't been mentioned since then; the number of episodes skipped back across has been increasing since the end of the second season, as we began alternating between different sides of the island, occasionally even skipping back to a previous season. "Previously on Lost" has become one of the iconic phrases from the show.
** ''Almost'' every episode. On rare occasion, it will open with an action sequence.
** Ditched towards the end of the show's run, as the story was so convoluted that the showrunners simply opted for ContinuityLockout, figuring anyone who stuck with the show that long was up to speed on what was happening. (They did throw everyone a bone by offering the entire series online for free viewing.)
** With watching most shows on DVD, watching the Previously On segment can seem redundant because they usually just concentrate on the last episode. With ''Lost'', though, the segment is really more of a "These are the story lines we are concentrating on in this episode" than just a recap of the immediately previous episode.
* Back at the beginning of time (or possibly the Seventies), Creator/TheBBC would get viewers up to speed on their classic serials by showing still images, while the continuity announcer intoned the story so far in a monotone.
* During its several long arcs, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' would sometimes have a "Last time on [=DS9=]" that would cover the previous month or more of episodes.
** For the only multi-parter of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the CaptainsLog served as the bridging device for the second part of "The Menagerie".
** "Previously on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''... *selected clips from the first part of the episode* ... And now for the conclusion"
* ''EliStone'' has a neat variation on this. We hear Eli narrating clips from past episodes, and then it turns out he's actually telling the story to someone to explain some weird thing that he's doing, like trying to bring a coffee can out of China. For this to work you have to completely ignore that for the rest of the show, he does everything he can to keep a lot of what happens secret.
* For a truly shocking example of this trope, check out a few episodes of the cancelled television show ''Surface''. It played unnecessary clips, was far far ''faaar'' too long, and had a deep-voiced voiceover guy who sounded like he'd just smoked five packets of cigarettes and eaten a roll of sandpaper.
* Despite being one of the first heavily story-arc-driven shows on American TV, ''Series/BabylonFive'' notably did ''not'' use "Previously On" sequences except in the case of outright two-parters[[note]]"A Voice in the Wilderness", "War Without End" and "Movements of Fire and Shadow"/"The Fall of Centauri Prime"[[/note]]. The fifth season's opening credits ''did'' function as a sort-of "Previously On", consisting of a montage of quotes and clips from all four previous seasons in chronological order, but it was not comprehensive.
** At points in the show where scenes from previous episodes were necessary to understand the course of events, the relevant clip would be shown as a brief flashback in black-and-white, thus serving the normal purpose of a recap to remind the viewers of past events, while still avoiding a SpoilerOpening. However, these were used very sparingly.
** In discussing the use of a "previously on" for an episode that was not going to be delayed and not broadcast immediately after the prior one, the network executives asked him how he knew to put it in. They were a bit unnerved when J. Michael Straczynski told them he didn't. This was not the first time Straczynski's prescience came into play: [[spoiler:a broken foot and a broken arm were mentioned in two episodes. Each actor wound up breaking the exact body part while filming other episodes that their character broke.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses these in its new series multi-episode stories, usually leading up to a recap of the previous cliffhanger to segue into the title sequence. They are also used when previous events of a story arc need to be recapped.
** In the old series, later parts of a serial would show the last minute or so of the previous episode, something New Who supremo Creator/StevenMoffat never understood: "It doesn't ''tell'' you anything!"
* In every season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' after the first, every episode except the first in the season opens with a "Previously On 24" segment that replays clips from previous episodes, along with name title for important characters. (Rarely is every active CTU employee introduced with a name title; instead, one member will be singled out with the title "Counter Terrorist Unit".) Season One instead opened with Jack Bauer giving a brief narration of the recent events, concluding each with "I am federal agent Jack Bauer, and this is the longest day of my life."
** Previously On did happen in the first season, but the [=DVDs=] have them cut out.
** The UK DVD's have all these intact including the final episode of Season Seven which didn't have one on its original airing
** The Surrealist's ''[[http://thesurrealist.co.uk/24.cgi 24 Dreaming]]'' generates nonsensical parodies of this spiel.
* ''Series/TheOC'' would sometimes go a few ''seasons'' back for a Previously On, an indicator that a character would be returning or something that character did would be causing trouble.
** The same is true of ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
** And ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.
* ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'' had these with [[DungeonMaster Treguard]] providing a poem detailing how the quest was going and any deaths that had occurred in the previous episode. They were hilarious.
* ''Series/TheShield'' did this very well, condensing enough of the relevant main character and sub-character story arcs in such a way that you could understand what was going on in the episode even if you didn't get everything from not having seen them.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' normally doesn't use this, with one exception for the episode "Nothing Good Ever Happens After 2 A.M.," which had a more serious tone than most other episodes.
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' has these every episode. The seasons are split in half(one in summer and one in winter) and the premiere episode of one half will have a previously showing highlights of the entire previous half instead of just the last episode.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' begins the episode with "These [[ArcNumber three]] [[TwoLinesNoWaiting things]] have happened last week...!" then it recaps 3 important key happenings to the previous episode that would lead to today's episode.
** ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has been doing this for most of their shows, though shows from [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]] onward have took on the more traditional "Previously On" segment.
** ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' has this at the beginning of both "Partners & Parachutes" and "Last Dances & Last Chances". Trish said the "previously on" line for the former and Austin said the line on the latter.
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' only used these in the third season.
* Used in early seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. Ironically, the show was severely episodic back in those days, meaning it didn't really need a recap. When things got more and more plot heavy by seasons 4 to 6, this mostly got dropped; it's only pulled back out during two or three ep arcs.
** The trend started with ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. The very first episode had a recap from the last episode of the previous season, ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', but made it seem like it was already ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' back then.
* ''Series/GreenWing'' begins every episode by showing the ''whole'' previous episode in split screen, speeding through the hour-long episode in about one minute, briefly slowing down for the important moments and alternating sides of the screen to do so. The first episode was a variant, since the opening sequence had the same style, but did more or less an introduction to each character instead.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' refers only to plot points that will be relevant for the current episode rather than what happened in the exact last episode, often from much earlier in the season
** "And that's what you missed on..." (cue Swingle Singers)
** By the fourth season, the "Previously On" narrator would break the fourth wall or make snide comments about the characters or certain plot points.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' essentially lived off of this trope, beginning every episode with the famous, "Previously on ER," which brought the audience up-to-speed on the different arcs that would be addressed in the episode.
* Previously on... (pause) ''Series/{{Survivor}}''.
* "Previously on ''Series/TheWestWing''", preceded by a distinctive drumroll, would appear at the beginning of every single episode of the show except the pilot. When the show was between major story arcs and there was nothing from previous episodes that really needed to be shown, the clips in the "Previously On" sequence would just be of the main characters saying their names and job descriptions.
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' being a very plot driven show had this every episode. As the show went on, and each episode tried to list EVERY relevant event, they started getting comedically long, as episodes from several seasons ago would be recapped.
* "Hi, I'm Series/{{Chuck}}. Here's a few things you might need to know..."
** Or maybe you just forgot.
* ''Series/RoyalPains'' recaps the first episode in all of the more recent ones.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'', being one of only a few sitcoms which have an extended story arc, regularly had Rene, the central character, give a recap of where this episode is starting from. He generally began, [looks at the audience] "You might be wondering why I'm ..... Well, it's because ....."
* Used on every episode of the classic soap opera parody ''Series/{{Soap}}''. It would sum up, quickly and comically, what happened in the previous episode and ask "Confused? Well, you won't be after this episode of ''Soap''." It would also have a "next time on ''Soap''" at the end as well that didn't spoil the next episode but merely hinted at which storylines would be seen in the next episode.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': Half of the second season uses the device of having Maria explain recent events to the audience directly, illustrated with clips and chalkboard diagrams.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had a "Previously on CSI..." sequence for the first three episodes, until they realized how pointless it was for an episodic ForensicDrama and dropped it.
** The show was pretty heavy on Character Arcs in its first episodes (mainly surrounding the [[spoiler: murdered]] rookie and Warrick's gambling problems), which were why they were necessary. ''CSI'', ''{{NCIS}}'', and other procedurals that have season-long story arcs in addition to the Killer of the Week plots will use this when the episode is about to jump full speed into those arcs. Two-part episodes will also use it (or alternately, a season opener that needs to refresh everyone's memory as to what happened in last season's finale)It was also used in crossovers,to recap the events on the other member of the franchise.
* ''Series/TheWire'' uses this, notably the [=DVDs=] do not make it a "standard" part of the episode but something you select separately on the same menu you choose to play the episode on.
* An episode of ''Series/CodeNameEternity'', which aired in a [[ScrewedByTheNetwork completely convoluted order]], had a Previously On segment containing clips from episodes that hadn't aired yet.
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' did this every episode, with the words being spoken by any given main character (Alan Shore or Denny Crane being two frequent ones.)
* This is how ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episodes that were part of a StoryArc or featured a returning character started.
** Smallville had the habit of only using these segments during the Season Premier, the last episode before and the first episode after the mid-season hiatus, and the season finale. Further more for the first and last episode of the season, the clips would always be finished off by a fade to black and the announce proudly proclaiming "And now, the Season Premire/Finale of Smallville..." This lead to a minor fan speculation that the 10th season Finale (the final episode of the series' 10 year run) to finish off with the phrase "And now, the conclusion of Smallville..." Sadly, it did not.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'' does this every episode, but the writers are rather ingenious in that seemingly innocuous lines or events that happen will more often than not get their payoffs or seem at all important until whole seasons later. ''Series/GossipGirl'' will remind you of details that happened in the 1st season in the 4th season where those events will lead to important things that happen. When a random short segment from season 2 that you've forgotten all about appears in a 4th season opener, you know something's about to go down.
** One particular case where a seemingly throw away line paid off a season later was Jenny mentioning off hand towards the end of the 3rd season that [[spoiler: Serena and Damien knew each other from boarding school, and '''something''' happened with one of her teachers. (Paraphrase). It's disregarded and never mentioned for the rest of the season, until it becomes the ENTIRE central plot of the first half of season 4.]]
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' instead used the variation "On the last episode of..." whenever they did a two-parter. For whatever reason, it was always Creator/BettyWhite[=/=]Rose who was called upon to deliver the line.
* In ''Series/TheFades'', Mac recaps the plot in a somewhat rambly manner, ending with the line "Now, where's my (Various film) box-set. [[ShoutOut Nanu]]-[[MorkAndMindy Nanu]].
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Used these to good effect--usually the Previouslys would help with something that had emotional pay-off that episode instead of making it blatantly obvious what clue in the A Plot was going to be revealed next.
* Famously, the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' handled its only Previously ("The Menagerie, Part II") by shooting stark new footage of the principals lined up in profile against a black background as Kirk muses about the events leading up to Spock's court martial for mutiny.
* Used in ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'', and simultaneously parodied by weaving non sequitur clips into the recaps. In the case of the first episode, scenes from the pilot were used.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had one episode starting with Hal mentioning a previous story arc about how he lost his former job when his company made a scapegoat out of him and he almost was convicted. Similar to what happened in the ''EliStone'' example, he wasn't telling the viewers. He was trying to convince a girl scout not to charge him for some cookies.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' had some fun with this one in one episode. It began with an exchange from the end of the previous episode, altered accordingly.
-->'''Liz:''' Do you know what this means?
-->'''Tracy:''' No, I need a Previously On!
-->'''Kenneth (narrating):''' Previously, on ''Series/ThirtyRock''...
** In an earlier episode:
-->'''Kenneth (narrating):''' Previously, on ''Series/ThirtyRock''...
-->'''Jack''': ''[making funny sound effects]''
-->'''Kenneth (narrating):''' Oh golly, not that!
-->''[cut to real Previously On]''
* Parodied on ''Series/RedEyeWithGregGutfeld'' occasionally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGS4k6cdG9Q like this]], with clips that have absolutely nothing to do with the show.
* ''Series/TopGear'': The show had its first ever two-part episode in Series 19, and in keeping with the grand tradition of the MundaneMadeAwesome openings the show usually does, it has such epic scenes as Clarkson finding a bone in his kebab, Hammond buying an iron and a kettle, and May adjusting the cot in the back of his car.
* Cleverly incorporated into the fifth season premiere of ''Series/{{Castle}}''; the last two "previously" clips were Beckett and Castle kissing passionately, followed by the man who tried to kill Beckett in the fourth season finale promising to finish the job. Cuts immediately to Castle bolting up in bed as though he was having a CatapultNightmare of Beckett's would-be killer.
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' used these a lot, a particular instance consisting of a recap of a ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode setting up a {{Crossover}}, announced as "Previously on ''Law & Order''", followed by the standard end, "Tonight on ''Homicide: Life on the Street''", being particularly meaningful in that case.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' features an interesting variation in which the recapped scenes are shown as if from a security camera from the perspective of The Machine as if it was reviewing what was occurring. The same framing device is used for flashbacks.
* The fourth season of ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' starts with a "Previously On" segment that's played dead straight -- except that, since it's a sketch comedy show, none of the clips shown have any actual bearing on the episode.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', for the first half of the first season, worked important information from previous episodes into Nikita's OpeningNarration. Eventually, this got to be a bit unwieldy so they switched to more conventional previouslies.
* For about half a season on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' they'd give a Previously On ''in the middle of the show'', recapping the first half for those tuning in late.
* ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'': In a standard bit of BreakingTheFourthWall, "Sam & Dave" begins with real-life TV critic Jeff Jarvis explaining how if you missed last week's episode "because you figured 'it's just another rerun'", he has "a tape of last week's episode" and will show "all the good parts. It won't take long." Then he narrates between recap scenes. The next episode has narration by VoxPops. Following that is a recap in a fake MovietoneNews broadcast.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Many ProfessionalWrestling programs, including ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'', ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Smackdown]]'' and pay-per-views, make extensive use of video recaps of feuds and storylines that have led to main-event matches. Wrestling/{{WWE}}, in particular, [[MundaneMadeAwesome produces extremely dramatic packages]], with big symphonic music stings and a deep-voiced OpeningNarration that talks about power, money, greed, glory, history, or whatever the overriding theme of the past month has been.
** Some of the earliest "previously on" examples were used at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 2'', when a clip of a match between Wrestling/HulkHogan and [[Wrestling/DonMuraco the Magnificent Muraco]] – with Wrestling/KingKongBundy running in and seriously injuring Hogan was shown. ''[=WrestleMania=] III'' expanded this use, with clips highlighting several feuds: Wrestling/RandySavage vs. [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat]], Wrestling/RoddyPiper vs. Adrian Adonis and friends-turned-enemies Hogan vs. Wrestling/AndreTheGiant.
** While most of the ones in use today make use of elements described in the opening paragraph, the WWF (and many of its competitors of the time, including the AWA and World Championship Wrestling), have used "last time" clips for many years, usually to catch viewers up on a major feud starting on the previous episode or to progressively build an ongoing one (by showing a series of clips). Prior to the 2000s, the announcers simply narrated the clips and provided (often face-leaning) commentary. The WWF's syndicated programs of the 1980s – ''Superstars of Wrestling'' and ''Wrestling Challenge'' – also made extensive use of "last time" video, often with new comments added in from the involved wrestlers, and sometimes extensive portions of a match (especially if it involved a title change or was designated as having something important to do with advancing the feud) would be played as well.

[[folder: Radio]]
* The radio countdown program ''AmericanTop40'' premiered the concept in 1979, when host Casey Kasem played back the top 3 songs of the previous week in the first segment of the program. Throughout the 1980s, the number of top 3 songs would vary – sometimes, just the No. 1 song of the previous week would be played; and by the end of Kasem's run and into the Shadoe Stevens-era, the host would simply announce the No. 1 song from last week.
* Picking up on ''[=AT40=]'', ''AmericanCountryCountdown'' began a recap of the previous week's chart at the beginning of shows starting in 1986, with the past week's No. 1 song played. Currently, with Kix Brooks as host, snippets of the top 3 songs of the past week were played, from Nos. 3 to 1, during the [[OpeningNarration opening segment]].
** Ex-ACC host Bob Kingsley began using a similar recap feature on ''BobKingsleysCountryTop40''. He originally played back the past week's No. 1 song, but soon switched to snippets of the previous week's Top 5.
* Radio drama serials are known to do this at the beginning of each episode.

[[folder: Real Life ]].
* A standard feature of academia, where the lecturer often briefly recaps the material covered last lesson. ('''Previously, on Number Theory:''' "But if that construction is valid, the group homomorphism from z/zn to the product of the z/zp groups we defined earlier must be an isomorphism!" "That's Impossible!" (...) "Run! Run away, Fermat! Run to your notebook margins, if you can find enough room to hide in there! I will yet kill you, and your little theorem, too!" '''And now Number Theory continues.''')

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Used between episodes of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' and ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'', both by Telltale Games. In addition to showing what's already happened, it highlights some of the key choices that the player has made up to that point in the story.
* Used in ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008'', when a player chooses to continue a playthrough or restart from a previous point after leaving. The game was set out in episodic form, so this trope is quite fitting.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' features a "mission log" which you can read each time you load the game. It includes a two-page text recap of recent events within the game's plot. Although most players understandably skip it (it's pointless unless you accidentally skipped a cutscene or are playing someone else's save) each recap features an easter egg: unique artwork from the game's creators.
** Many of the TalesSeries games have a similar "Synopsis" function which can be accessed from the camp menu. While it's nice to see what the creators say about their own work, its ''real'' value is in averting the NowWhereWasIGoingAgain issue.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' directly invokes this with its episodic stage structure. They even have a montage reel that plays when you resume a campain, ''even from a checkpoint in the middle of an episode''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', RogueGalaxy and the ProfessorLayton games will have a small "The Story So Far" that shows up while the game loads from your save. It's nice because it reminds you what you need to do next.
* Several games in the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise (''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', ''ShadowTheHedgehog'') feature recaps upon loading a new "story", as the Adventure games have multiple separate storylines, and Shadow has a path system that changes the story based on gameplay. These tend to be scrolling blocks of text with a voiceover by the relevant character; Shadow included images from the level select.
* AlanWake has this trope. It is divided into "episodes", each of which (except the first one, obviously) begins with a "Previously on Alan Wake" segment that plays the trope straight.
* ''{{Pokemon}}'' has started doing this. In Fire Red and Leaf green it showed you the last few things you did. Diamond Pearl and Platinum just opens your journal which lists the last few things of each type you did. Fights, trades, items found, and zone changes.
** Unlike other examples, it was a feature added on so players resuming a game wouldn't wander around aimlessly wondering what they were doing last time, and it's entirely skippable.
* [[http://www.zombie-cow.com/?page_id=559 Time Gentlemen, Please!]] begins this way, with a Previously, On [[http://www.zombie-cow.com/?page_id=17 Ben There, Dan That!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoT-Iwm_xP0 intro]]. It's also a bit of a parody as well, in that the intro makes the events of the previous game seem far more badass and action-packed than they actually were.
* Previously On ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'': Keep the records of what you have unlocked as well as what you're going to unlock soon. Talk about great appetizer...
* ''DriverSanFrancisco'' does a Previously On every time you load your current game. It recaps the most recent events leading up to where you last saved.
* The loading screens for ''SaintsRow2'' show three stills from the last post-mission cutscene you watched, with the customizable Boss represented by a bald, muscular man in a sleeveless shirt. When you're starting a new game, the stills are of the boat explosion that ended the first game.
* The prologue of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' acts as a Previously On for ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]'', as it is a remake of the final stage of ''Rondo'', showing how Richter defeated Dracula.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' does this every time the game is loaded, recapping recent events in the game with a brief clip show.
* In VideoGame/{{Pirate101}} has Broochbeard and the player's companions remind the player what they were doing when they log in if it had been a while since the last time the player logged in.
* ''MetroidOtherM'' gives a summary every time you load a file, to help pass the time during LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The start of the multi-part ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' storyline, "New And Old Flames", featured redrawn panels from the previous six years of the comic, ending with "[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine And now, the continuation.]]" May count as a SpoilerOpening although there have been several clues in the sketchbook hinting at certain characters and plot threads being revisited.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Sometimes used when a new message board was created in the ''Roleplay/LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'', whether it was handled straight or funny depended on the writer.
* {{LetsPlay/Pewdiepie}}'s LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' always starts the videos off with this segment, showing clips of the LetsPlay. Whenever a new episode starts, it uses the game's Previously On segment instead, LetsPlay clips not included.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* "Previously, on ''WesternAnimation/XMen''..."
* Used conspicuously on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in that only a handful of episodes in their initial airings used a Previously On sequence. When the series was stripped and reruns began playing on weekdays, all episodes (save the first) contained the sequence. It was later revealed by a staff member that [[ExecutiveMeddling Nick makes them do that]], so that viewers can enjoy an episode without having to have seen each episode that came before it. However, most fans disagree with the practice, because clips have been known to spoil vital aspects of the episode. The DVD releases do not feature these segments.
** While the first season DVD releases may be mercifully free of these, sadly the same cannot be said for the second season which has a Previously On segment before every single episode.
** An extreme case with the GrandFinale, which has one that last ''two whole minutes''. This is even ''worse'' on the DVD: instead of being all at the beginning in one part, it split them up among the episodes, both making it even more interruptive pain in the ass as well removing the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic awesome music]] that played in the TV version.
** What makes it subtly brilliant is that the person (Roku) who always says "Previously, on Avatar" ''is'' the [[StealthPun previous Avatar]].
*** Except for some dubs in other countries, where that person would be Iroh.
** Jack De Sena (voice of Sokka) is on record as being proud of the series having complex-enough story-telling to ''need'' them.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a Previously On sequence. Hilariously, it's done in the style of an old serial movie, [[{{Retraux}} complete with grainy, sepia-toned footage and a stereotypical "newsreel" announcer]] (who is also the in-universe pro-bending announcer).
*** This is replaced for one episode by Tarrlok recapping the events in a press conference after Shiro Shinobi, the announcer, was electrocuted in the previous episode. He's back by the next one, though.
* Beginning with its second season ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' used the PreviouslyOn on every episode, to bring the viewer up to speed on the [[{{Backstory}} back-stories]] of the characters involved in the episode. The words are often spoken by any of the following: The Manhattan Clan (sans Bronx and Angela who came later), Elisa Maza, and David Xanatos.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' started doing this around the third season, when it actually got a serious serial plot.
* This happens on every episode on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' as a parody of reality shows.
* "Previously, on a VerySpecialEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''..."
* The animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tintin}}'' would begin each Previously On segment with the phrase "It all started when..." -- since each episode was a two-parter, it happened a lot.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Just Desserts" is a sequel to "Supper Villain", which came 16/8 episodes prior. It opens with a recap of "Supper Villain" that begins "Last week, in the city of Townsville..." Every quarter-hour episode of the ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' is paired with another in a half-hour segment. "Just Desserts" is the 16th episode after "Supper Villain" and they are both the second episode in their respective segments (Does this make sense?)
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' used this once in the first season for a two-part episode. A variant was used in the first episode of season 3, where the opening sequence used clips (only video, no audio besides opening music) from the previous episode. Suspiciously absent afterward, despite the season long plot.
** Then comes the cliffhanger at the end of ''the series.''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' managed to go pretty far into the first season without these, but Creator/DisneyXD added some to episodes 20 onward. Episodes that do not come from season two had their recaps removed for digital distribution and home video release.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' featured "Previously On" for the second and third episode of multi-parters. This wasn't needed later since the ''Unlimited'' seasons had a one episode format.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' (which provides the page image) has the episodes "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony Friendship is Magic, Part 2]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony, Part 2]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2]]", and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 The Crystal Empire, Part 2]]" open this way. Notably, these sorts of two-parters are (up to this point, at least) saved for the bigger, darker adventures in the series. Also, unlike most other cartoon shows (where the recaps are voiced over), this one just shows about a minute or so of plot-relevant clips, then cuts to the intro sequence.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "The Madness of King Bob" opens this way, as it's a SequelEpisode to "The Big Prank".
* WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle virtually defines this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': "The Big Superhero Wish" had a recap of "The Crimson Chin Meets Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad". Sure, there was some comedy factor (given the show, that was expected) like getting random parts of the previous episode before getting the part relevant for the plot but it was played straight.
* Creator/CartoonNetwork had characters in a story placed during the time Pedro Álvares Cabral discovered Brazil. In that story, [[WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken Chicken]] was Pedro's brother and wanted to reach Brazil first. ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' was in charge of recaps every time and Chicken always had to tell him he was recapping the wrong cartoon but Johnny eventually got the right recap after that.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', the show's ThreeShorts format allowed "Dexter's Rival" to play in its entirety before "Mandarker" (albeit with another cartoon in between).
* Season two of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' does this.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' also does this with "In our last episode...". Thought "Traitor, Part 2" had a more interesting variation, where it opens up with Hector Ramirez anchoring his news program, and his topic is of Dusty Rudat, the Joe accused of treason who had escaped custody and was now presumed to have joined Cobra.
* Done in every episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. What makes this unique is that these are previously ''in the war'', not necessarily previously ''on the show'', setting up the episode's plot regardless of whether it's a continuation of a previous episode or not. Even when it does recap a prior episode for a multi-parter, it sometimes includes events that weren't actually in that episode but happened during a TimeSkip since then.



* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'' starts out with a recap of previous episodes that were never produced - which also gives the impression that the show is a lot more serious than it is.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' had a recap of the previous episode in the ''series premiere'', though as Beauty points out the narrator is reading the wrong script. Sadly, the joke was removed from the TV showing of the English dub.
** As the series progresses, the recaps become more nonsensical, changing lines, going off-script, and including new scenes. [[LampshadeHanging This does not go unnoticed]].
* [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Ruri Hoshino]] takes these opportunities to display her finest [[LittleMissSnarker snark]]. Played with in an episode when it's revealed she's secretly the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Not Switzerland]], and the entire episode is silly and embarrassing for all parties involved. Ruri hurriedly rushes through the beginning of the next episode.
* Parodied in ''Zan Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Every episode of the third seasons opens on a "previously on" presented in storybook format. Except that none of the stories being presented ''happened'', and don't make a whole lot of sense.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Following the prologue, ''[[Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic Power Games]]'' has a recap of the first installment done by six-year-olds who keep wandering off topic.
* ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure'' has a "recap" that mostly consists of dialogue from previous chapters, chosen completely at random and presented without any context--thus, completely useless as a recap.
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'' by Odon. When the climatic end of Chapter 16 is repeated, the hero has to explain to his sidekick that they're not caught in a GroundhogDayLoop -- it's [[NoFourthWall just a recap]] of last week's {{Cliffhanger}}.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** Episode 28:
--->'''Yami (narrating)''': Previously on Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series...\\
''(cuts to Kaiba on a helicopter with his finger raised towards the sky)''\\
'''Kaiba''': Don't forget to register and pick up your Duel Disk because exactly one week from tod- ''(his finger hits the helicopter's rotorblades and is cut off)'' AHH! MY FINGER! It came clean off! Somebody call an ambulance!
** Episode 62:
--->'''Tristan (narrating)''': Previously, on drooling monsters...\\
'''Joey (narrating)''': Duel Monsters, ya nimrod!
** Kaiba's Real Father - Conclusion:
--->'''Narrator''': Previously, on this...\\
''(cuts to Kaiba and Mokuba)''\\
'''Kaiba''': I have to find my real father.\\
'''Mokuba''': Yeah!\\
'''Kaiba''': And then kill him!\\
'''Mokuba''': Yeah!... Wait, what?
** Cr@psule Monsters:
--->'''Narrator''': Previously, on crap.
*** In the third ''Cr@psule Monsters'' episode, the narrator says "Previously, on DeepSpaceNine".
* ''Blog/AskKingSombra'' occasionally has these in the beginning of chapters, although these are PlayedForLaughs, such as heavily exaggerating previous events and (like in the page quote) flat out telling readers to read the previous chapters.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in episode 905, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlpNdFsNIoQ#t=1m35s The Deadly Bees]]". TheTeaser shows the crew of the Satellite of Love in {{blipvert}}s of situations that never happened, with Magic Voice as the narrator.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Also played with]] just before their riff of ManosTheHandsOfFate.
-->'''Servo:''' Previously, on ''Film/{{Hired}}''
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'' in episode 200, "200". The "Previously On" sequence begins with several real scenes, but then a scene featuring a meeting with the Furlings, who are notable only for their absence. After being treated to a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planetary explosion]], we cut to Sam Carter saying, "But that never happened!" while reading a script.
* In the ''Series/FatherTed'' episode "Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse", a 'previously on' scene is shot to mimick those of ''NYPDBlue'', complete with gruff American voiceover and shaky camerawork. The recap scenes were reshot, since the previous episode, "Escape From Victory", was shot in the standard [[ThreeCameras three camera]] style.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''
** It once had an amusing recap, narrated in a rambling fashion by Coach, who forgot significant plot details, became confused to the point of trying to give the audience directions to his daughter's house and eventually had to start over.
** Another recap featured Cliff explaining what happened in an episode that happened to be {{Frasier}}'s first appearance, while showing a slideshow of his (Cliff, that is) vacation in Florida.
* ''Believe Nothing'' started each episode with a "Previously On" showing outrageous events that never happened on the show, but did set up the plot of the current episode.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' started with Joey sitting down [[NoFourthWall explaining the previous episodes to the audience]]. As he explained each characters subplot he'd end up saying "I don't really know what happened there" and "I don't really know what happened there either". He finished with "Y'know what, hold on, let me go get Chandler."
** ''Friends'' recaps were normally done by Phoebe, but naturally Joey messed it up the one time he got to do it.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''
** They started the second of a two parter with a parody of ''PrisonBreak's'' "previouslies", because the plot of the episode was Earl and Randy on a manhunt for an escaped convict.
** In the first episode after the 2007 writers strike, a network executive comes on and gives a recap of where they left off before they had had to shut down production.
* The final episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfLanoAndWoodley'', "I Love You Baby Pt. 2" opens with a Previously On featuring things that never actually happened, such as Col becoming an international jewel thief. The two main characters break into this to explain that it was intended to scare the crap out of viewers who would think "Wait, what? Did I miss all this?!"
* For several seasons during Tom Bergeron's tenure as host, each episode of ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' opened with Bergeron intoning "Previously on ''[=AFV=]''...", followed by a montage of especially goofy clips from the actual previous episode. (As of the 2012-13 season, the show's gone back to previewing clips of the current episode as the cold opening.)
* The first episode in season 4 of ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' begins with a Previously On clip showing a number of dramatic looking scenes from this sketch show with no continuity whatsoever.
** And the second episode has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MFtl2XXnUc "The Gift Shop Sketch"]], consisting entirely of {{Previously On}}s and {{On The Next}}s of itself, with [[CaptainObvious redundant narration]].
--->"Coming up on the Gift Shop Sketch: the end of the Gift Shop Sketch! But first: the bit before the end!"
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' often started with "previously on Arrested Development" of scenes that weren't in the previous episode.
* The ''Pigs In Space'' announcer on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' would usually introduce the set-up of this week's episode by claiming it was a continuation of the previous episode. Which it wasn't.
-->"As you may recall, in the last episode of ''Pigs In Space'' the ''Swinetrek'' was caught in a deadly asteroid field. [[CouldSayItBut If you don't recall that, I'm not going to remind you]]."
* In the middle of episode 33 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', a narrator played by Terry Jones comes on to recap all the nonsense that happened earlier in the episode. HilarityEnsues when he gets to this part:
-->"And then a man told us about what had happened on the show so far, and [[DropTheCow a great hammer came and hit him on the head]]... [[TemptingFate I don't remember that]]."
* The 11th season premiere of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', opened with one of the show's distinctive ActBreak title cards reading "Previously", showed the Previously On segment, and then put up another title card reading "Subsequently", before showing the episode proper.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The episode "Bride of Chaotica!" starts with a cliffhanger recap of the ShowWithinAShow -- the [[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]-expy ''The Adventures of Captain Proton!'' in the style of a [[{{Retraux}} 1930's Republic film serial]]. We then cut to Tom Paris and Harry Kim watching the recap on the imagizer, and complaining that the [[NeverTrustATrailer scene of their rocketship bursting into flame never actually happened]].
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' opens each episode (including the first) with a montage of random clips, some from the previous episode and some new ones straight out of nowhere.
* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', each Previously On montage includes a [[MissingTrailerScene scene that wasn't shown in the previous episode]].

* Done for laughs in Russian movie ''Film/TheDiamondArm''. The movie is declared as "a story in two parts with a prologue and an epilogue". The "second part" is 10 minutes long, takes part immediately after the end of the first one and is preceded with a "brief summary of the first part"...that is completely unintelligible and scrolls over the screen in a second.
** The "second part" even has a name, "The Bone Leg."

* Parodied on ''ArmandoIanuccisCharmOffensive'', in an edition where random members of the audience gave their names and job titles and had Previously On sequences performed for them, with copious helpings of snark.

[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* One episode of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', ending with "Wait a minute, did any of that stuff actually happen?"
** Almost none of that stuff had happened. The Previously was a full-on parody of a SoapOpera wih pregnancies, breakups, etc, and only one actual quote from an old episode.
** Yami introduces one episode with "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer... Just kidding, it's only Yu-Gi-Oh!"
** [[GagSub "En el capĂ­tulo anterior..."]] ([[IntentionalEngrishForFunny Previously on the Yu-Gi-Oh!...]])
** One that was a gag dub of a "previously on" segment from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' did it in the Strong Bad Email "fingers", which has a Franchise/{{Batman}}-style montage of lots of emails asking the one question Strong Bad hates to hear ("How do you type with boxing gloves on?"), complete with narration: "Frustration of frustrations! It's all they ever ask! ''Will they never cease?!'' Stay tuned to find out!"
** The later ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' 'toon "DNA Evidence" played this trope straight (albeit with Homestar managing to mispronounce "previously"): all the instances shown where the phrase "DNA evidence" was mentioned actually appeared previous Strong Bad Emails.
* "Last week, on ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''..." "Uh, there wasn't an episode last week, we were at E3." I mean the week before last..."
** Machinima/RedVsBlue parodied this a couple of other times as well on their DVD extras. The season 2 DVD includes a feature in which Caboose relates the events of season 1 in a characteristically inaccurate and moronic fashion. The season 5 DVD contains a feature that claims to be a recap of seasons 1-4, but it's really just a rapid-fire compilation of every curse word spoken on the series up to that point.
* AMVHell 4 opens up with ''the entirety of AMV Hell 3'', albeit sped up a bunch. AMV Hell 3 was about an hour and a half long and has nothing at all to do with AMV Hell 4.
* ''WebAnimation/SpaceTree'' does it three times. Two of them reference the same events, and have the same dialogue, but one is poorly-drawn with equally bad voices and the other is done in an over-the-top way, depicting the characters as muscular and talking dramatically. The last one does it in the same way, but the character narrating says "Previously on Internet Cartoon Website...", mispronouncing ''previously'' as ''pre-vy-ous-lee''. This one reuses animation from the first episode (but the dialogue is about the previous episode).
* Used hilariously in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. One episode began with a 2-minute Previously On that was actually just a montage of various deaths from previous episodes. When the episode actually starts, it's just Lumpy knitting for ten seconds, then a 2-minute OnTheNext that was, again, just a montage of previous deaths.
* Sometimes, when the creators of ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'' decided to skip some ''Anime/SailorMoon'' episodes, Serena would detail events of the skipped story by telling viewers what happened "last time on ''Sailor Moon''", occasionally [[UnreliableNarrator giving her own details]] and leaving out major points (eg, her recap of the episode where she and Darien met an artist went into no detail at all about the artist).
** For one recap, Serena simply said "a lot of stupid stuff happened" in the skipped episode, and she doesn't find it worth talking about.
** Played straight in some episodes, as well as TheMovie.
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' does this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LCHnKNlswM Episode 58]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pesIcm_0RL8 Episode 84]]. The former is a dramatized but true recap, while the latter is a parody referencing other cartoons such as ''HarveyBirdman'' and screwed-up versions of earlier episodes of the series.
** Matt Wilson parodies this again in ''[[WebVideo/CartoonDriveThru Deadly Space Action!]]'', where one episode begins with a normal Previously On, until the end of it, where a WhamLine is said that definitely happened.
-->'''Saige''': There's a werewolf on the ship!
* Used in ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony.''
** Episode two begins with the nonsensical "[[MeanwhileBackAtThe Meanwhile, in the previous episode...]]" and the montage consists entirely of backstory exposition that should have been in the prior episode, [[PlotHole but wasn't]].
** In "Stay Tuned", the "Previously on" is about five minutes long, and while the episode proper is about ten seconds long.
* ''WebVideo/{{Ducktalez}} 7'' begins with a recap of events from the previous episodes, mixed with footage from ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and ''Literature/HarryPotter'' that never actually appeared in the episodes.
-->''Previously On Ducktalez''\\
'''[[Anime/DragonballZ Vegeta]]''': My name is Vegeta! [[ItMakesSenseInContext Prepare to die, Scrooge McDuck!]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', a story-based comic which has been going for 13 years, has to use recaps every so often, and has taken to making them more palatable by couching them in [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking]] parody.
** Parodied in a Previously On segment for [[FillerStrip "Stick Figures In Spaaaaaace!"]], in which all of the panels shown are picked at random, and while they ''technically'' happened previously, they do nothing to actually explain what's going on.
* The webcomic Terror Island [[http://terrorisland.net/strips/042.html parodied]] this by using its alliterative method of flashbacks.
* [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=111 This]] ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' strip, which summarises six previous strips in a panel each.
* Both parodied and used straight in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-8/05-the-day-that-shortpacked-fell/previously/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', which is just a random collection of dramatic images from the past (some of which are ImagineSpots, and one of which never happened in any form) before Mike gives the necessary past information in a massive WallOfText in the last panel.
* The ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' compilations (aside from the first, obviously) have a few pages where one of the cast members explains what happened in the previous books, in their own idiosyncratic styles. Elan uses finger puppets, V uses a very prepared chalkboard, and Belkar's is presented a la ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'', with Belkar mostly inserting himself into other famous stories rather than recapping events.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Previously, on ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''... they just spoof the trope, as the segments shown didn't happen at all.
** When Linkara reviews a series of of comics over two videos or more, the second video "recaps" the story with [[TheCameo cameo]] sketches from other contributors to Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses making dramatic revelations and [[SoapOpera soap-opera]]-style shocking twists that never actually happened in either his show or theirs. ({{Foreshadowing}} for Linkara's plot is often hidden in between them.)
* ''AHDotComTheSeries'', "Citation Needed Part 2", starts with a typical example, flashing back to various dramatic scenes loosely based on those from current American dramas but with the AH.com characters, none of which appeared in Part 1 or are referenced again.
* The final episode of LoadingReadyRun's Commodore Hustle series begins with a "Previously on Commodore Hustle" montage. However, the clips chosen are from random scenes throughout the series and explain absolutely nothing about the plot.
* [[http://thatfellowinthecoat.com/somejerkcaptaineo.php Part two of this video]] on ''MrCoatAndFriends'' did a DefiedTrope version, where the reviewer noted that [[WhereDoYouThinkYouAre this is the internet]], so we can just watch part 1.
* Courtesy of WebVideo/JandrewEdits: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPIPOaRUFg Last time on]] ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''..."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWx6pJ6HzHU Previously]] on TheAnnoyingOrange...
* During WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' month, he opened the reviews (with the exception of ''[[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture The Motion Picture]]'') with recaps of "the good ''Star Trek'' movies" (in the style of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series). However, since ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry The Undiscovered Country]]'' didn't quite connect with ''[[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]]'', he decided "Fuck it".
* Parodied very well in an episode of ''The Crack''. Jason opens with "Previously, on ''The Crack'', followed immediately by the ''entire previous episode being replayed at lightning speed'', and then the new episode.
* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} parodies this in one episode of his ''SuperMarioSunshine'' LetsPlay, with added RuleOfFunny to it.
* ''[[http://www.captainbucky.com/ The Adventures of Captain Bucky and his Space Marshals, in Outer Space]]'' starts with a Cliffhanger to a non-existent episode where the rocketship is about to be eaten by an enormous gelatinous space slug.
* The narrator usually does this in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', but characters within the series sometimes do the narration. Sometimes they forget to recap the previous episode or use this segment to stroke their ego.
* in WebVideo/EvAbridged where the events shown in the recap are basically a [[BizarroUniverse bizarro]] version of the first episode, with Misato declaring Shinji to be "the manliest hero I have ever seen.... and definitely not a pussy" and Gendo states that he is Shinji's "loving father who is always proud of you". [[DreamSue It all turns out to be Shinji dreaming.]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', a voice says, "Previously on ''Clerks''", and then it cuts to a test pattern. The end of the episode also featured an OnTheNext with the same gag, implying that the makers expected to get canceled after one episode. They were wrong; they got canceled after ''two'' episodes (although that first episode ''didn't even air'' during the original ABC run).
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Does Hollywood", the second half of a two-part episode, opens with a montage consisting of the characters reenacting common {{cliffhanger}} scenes, including a RedWireBlueWire scene. Only the final line in the montage has any relevance to the actual story line, and it wasn't really a line from the previous episode.
** Not quite a parody, but "Lois Kills Stewie" opened with Tom Tucker and Ollie Williams recapping the previous episode, "Stewie Kills Lois", as if it were a news story. Sort of.
* The first episode of ''The Adventures of WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' did a recap of fantastical stuff that never happened in the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', which uses it at the start of every episode, even though the only thing that the current and previous ep usually have in common is the Abe clone's girl problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II" has a "previously on" segment detailing a fictional episode and an OnTheNext segment for another non-existent episode. The "clips" in these segments imply various wild plot elements that are not entirely unbelievable in comparison with other episodes, making the joke somewhat ambiguous.
** However, "Showdown at Cremation Creek Part II" was the second part of a genuine two-parter. Its Previously On segment replayed ''the entire previous episode'', but it was severely sped up so the whole thing went by in about ten seconds. Only the very last line was played normally.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo''.
-->'''Killface''': "We don't have a lot of time for exposition, so if you can't remember what happened between then and now... try iTunes?"
** The next episode also has a Previously On segment with some scenes that we ''didn't see'' in the last episode, as well as some scenes we ''did'' see, but with different dialogue.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Subverted in the opening to "Probably", the {{Cross Referenced|Titles}} "Part Two" of "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?", which intersperses footage from the previous episode with a recreation of the famous "JumpingTheShark" scene from ''Series/HappyDays'', only in this instance Fonzie doesn't make it and gets eaten by said sharks. It's up to the viewer whether this is simply PlayedForLaughs or a defiant statement from the creators.
** A mild subversion in the "Imaginationland" ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes. The screen says "Previously, on Imaginationland" while Cartman says "Previously, on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''."
** Subverted in "[[MilestoneCelebration 201]]", where instead of a recap of everything that happened in the previous episode, there's a story of Mitch Connor (from "Fat Butt and Pancake Head")'s experience in Saigon.
** Parodied in "The Return of Chef" (which wasn't a two-parter) by showing scenes of Chef leaving the town to join the [[CaptainErsatz Super Adventure Club]] in this manner, followed by the narrator opening the actual episode by saying, "And now, Part 2 of 'Life Without Chef'."
** "Good Times With Weapons" featured one when returning from commercial with an announcer discussing how "the legendary battle of Tokutawain" earlier in the episode began and how the ninjas were forced to work together [[SeriousBusiness or else they would all be grounded.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' gets in on this, with the first episode after its ChannelHop to KidsWB opening with 'Previously on ''Animaniacs'':', followed by parodies of famous action and suspense scenes with a cliffhanger ending...sort of.
** It also spoofed previouslies during its only actual two-parter:
--->'''Skippy:''' Previously on ''Animaniacs''...
--->'''The Warners:''' We wanna make a movie!
--->'''Mr. Plotz:''' You ''can't'' make a movie.
--->'''The Warners:''' We wanna make a movie!
--->'''Mr. Plotz:''' You ''can't'' make a movie.
--->'''The Warners:''' We wanna make a movie!
--->'''Mr. Plotz:''' You ''can't'' make a movie.
--->'''Skippy:''' That was pretty much it. ''For an entire half-hour.''
:: And, of course, after that the "actual episode" started with the Warners pleading "We ''still'' wanna make a movie!"...
* The 90's animated ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries Spider-Man]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series both did this from episode two on. In the PlayStation ''VideoGame/SpiderMan 2'' game (not the movie adaptation, as the first film hadn't yet been released), not only are we treated to a Previously On recap of the first game, but villains in jail from the first game are spotted by the defeated baddies of the second. The narration and style exactly mirrored the Animated Series.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' was know to do this from time to time, often playing up alot of the typical "Previously On" subjects.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ParodyEpisode of ''Series/TwentyFour'' opens with "Previously on ''The Simpsons''...", complete with ''24''-style character descriptions. Obviously, since the previous episode ''hadn't'' been a parody of ''24'', none of the events shown (such as Principal Skinner assigning Lisa to the Counter Truancy Unit) had ever been seen before. They did serve to set up the plot of the episode, though.
** The most recent season ended with the question of whether Ned Flanders and Edna Krabbaple would continue their budding relationship after Ned was freaked out by her sexual history. Instead of a Previously, the resolving episode opens with Comic Book Guy informing us that he doesn't care what happens, because "I spent my summer on a more worthwhile endeavor: savaging ''Mr. Popper's Penguins'' online."
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' episode "Jacksonville" opens with a recap of events that did not happen in the previous episode, "Glen Campbell". Among these are Space Ghost and Zorak in a jungle, shocked upon hearing of a stolen treasure map, Space Ghost confronting two Moltars, and Zorak revealing that he is pregnant.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' also parodied the trope, once during an AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' featuring lawn gnomes.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' (by the same team as ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'') spoofed this in "Merlot Down Dirty Shame". The episode opens with a Previously On segment showing Stan and Roger [[ElevatorFailure trapped in an elevator]], which causes them to bond and become friends. Over the course of the episode Roger manages to completely screw things up, ending with him [[BuriedAlive burying Stan alive]]. This is followed by a Next Time On segment where a dirt-covered Stan beats the everloving shit out of Roger (who's wearing a cat costume).
* As noted above, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' does this plays straight during season 2. However, in the episode "The Gathering Gloom", it just shows a montage of every time Shaggy and Scooby have stuffed themselves during the entire series.
* The second part of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "Dreamrever" begins with Corey recapping what happened in part one, only for Laney to interrupt him and say "We don't have time for that, Core".
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' opens with several scenes that have nothing to do with the episode before it, which the Mayor blames on his DVR acting up.
* Creator/CartoonNetwork's circa 2008 ''Big Baby'' shorts all open with "Previously on ''Big Baby''" followed by a random scene of the eponymous giant baby in some life-threatening situation.

!!Aversions (episodes expected to follow this trope but don't)


[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The [[MiniSeries syndicated versions]] of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' DirectToVideo [[TheMovie Movies]] (aka Season 5) have no previouslies, regardless of whether they're shown sequentially or not. This can be confusing in situations such as the latter half of "Bender's Game", which takes place in [[spoiler:an alternate reality]] whose plot is driven by the context of earlier "episodes", especially the MacGuffin's purpose.
* As mentioned in one of the folders above, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' did not have any recaps during most of its first season, not even for episodes that had two or three parts.
And now the conclusion...