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A truly strange tendency that some networks have is to air episodes of a television show in an order that disregards the order that they were written in. For some shows, particularly those of the episodic variety, this will make little difference. For a series with continuity, this can confuse the heck out of viewers.

Often [[ExecutiveMeddling executives do this]] to make an ActionPrologue, using it draw in an audience for better ratings, while ignoring how many people desert the series later. Occasionally this trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]], or at least understandable, if a recent event or tragedy might make airing the episode so close to it be TooSoon.

This trope is often a symptom of being ScrewedByTheNetwork. When the writers ''intend'' for a series to be this way, it's AnachronicOrder.

Not to be confused with [[IThoughtItMeant the "functional" variety of "out of order"]]; for tropes to that effect, see PhlebotinumBreakdown, HolodeckMalfunction, PlotDrivenBreakdown and FailsafeFailure. Also not to be confused with the common plot device for a PottyEmergency or [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for a ForgottenSuperweapon.

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* OutOfOrder/WesternAnimation
* OutOfOrder/LiveActionTV


* The Belgian comic strip ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske serializes all its albums in one unchronological mess. The first 66 black-and-white albums are no longer available, so they simply started again from number 67 (!!) and randomly republished the older albums in color again, together with the newer titles. This makes reading the albums in this new order very confusing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' comics were translated into English in somewhat-random order. The translators altered the dialogue occasionally to try to make the "new" order make sense, but of course that just led to further confusion when the comics were re-released in proper order without the dialogue being fixed.
* Creator/MarvelComics's ''Epic Collection'' line reprints runs of titles from all over the company's fifty-year history, and makes a point of having a disclaimer stating the books are '''not''' released in order, in case you're wondering why ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' jumps from Vol, 1 to Vol. 17. Additionally, it focuses on more obscure runs than the well-known milestones, which is why major stories like ''The Night Gwen Stacy Died'' aren't the first ones out of the gate.
** The ''Star Wars Legends'' version of the Epic Collections reprint the various comics produced by Creator/DarkHorseComics. One would think this would be a good opportunity for new readers to jump in, but while each volume collects stories that take place at roughly the same point in time, the order of the volumes themselves seems to be chosen at random, not one that would actually made sense for them to be read in. As a result, one of the first volumes to be published deals with the aftermath of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the much less prominent ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire''; another one takes place right after the formation of the Galactic Empire and opens with the conclusion of Sagoro Autem's story arc that had begun during the Separatist Crisis. In both cases, the previous parts remain out of print for the time being (see above).
* Rare newspaper example with ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. The creator often keeps certain strips in back burner, either because he thought they were weak or because the content could cause problems, only to run them years later. This often leads to the art style being inconsistent with modern strips, due to ArtEvolution.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After losing their distributor due to the RF incident, Wrestling/RingOfHonor DVD releases came out two to three months after a show had already taken place, much longer than previously, and weren't made available in the order they chronologically happened in.
* During the pre-cable and kayfabe eras, where the internet was still things of science fiction, many title changes weren't aired on television until several weeks -- sometimes six weeks -- after they happened, but the former champions will continue to defend their titles until the title change airs on television. One frequently cited example is Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Tully Blanchard, the WWF TagTeam Champions, losing to Wrestling/{{Demolition}}, at a television taping in early October 1989, but the title change did not air until November 4 of that year, but the two continued to defend their titles (usually against Demolition but also the Rockers and the Hart Foundation) in the meantime.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A particularly bad example occurred with ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', where episodes from three very similar series were broadcast in the same timeslot in seemingly random order.
* There was some controversy when the US DVD release of ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' undid the AnachronicOrder of the broadcast. The company responded by putting the episodes in broadcast order in one disc and chronological order on the other in future releases.
** Although it does help that the first four episodes, ie a DVD's worth, are ''the first four episodes''.
* Here's a pretty crazy one: When ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' was dubbed into English as ''Mew Mew Power'', not only was [[http://mmpu.smuncensored.com/ep12.html episode 12]] aired as the premiere, [[http://mmpu.smuncensored.com/ep13.html episode 13]] was shorn of the references to 12.
* When ''Ninja Robots'' (aka the dubbed version of ''Anime/NinjaSenshiTobikage'') aired in Australia in a block of about half a dozen episodes were televised out of order. This was particularly obvious because it skipped the introduction of a major character. This alternative ordering of the episodes was repeated on the DVD.
* ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' ran into a minor case of this due to a bit of MerchandiseDriven. A two-part special was created to promote the then-new "VideoGame/KirbyAirRide'', but in order to air it at the proper time to promote the game in the U.S., it had to be aired far earlier in the series' run than it had in Japan, leading to minor plot holes.
* Kids' WB! reruns of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' were also aired out of order for a while, which may have been one contributing factor to its decline in popularity, since fans lost interest and newcomers were confused.
** The 15th episode "Battle Aboard the St. Anne" aired first in the U.S. as part of a "sneak peek" due to it being more action-packed and therefore "interesting" to hook viewers. [[note]] However, it didn't air in most areas due to the MDA Labor Day Telethon.[[/note]] When the show was picked up for broadcast, it aired in its proper spot.
*** Good luck trying to figure out the proper order of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' by its magazine releases alone. Seeing how being published in two or three different magazines at once is the only reason it's allowed to go beyond a single volume's worth of material unlike other Pokemon manga, expect to be very confused until the volumes ''do'' come out.
*** And for that matter, good luck trying to figure out the order of episodes after the Infamous Seizure episode was banned in the dub, especially the two episodes that feature Lickitung.
*** To clarify: Lickitung's first appearance was episode 49 in the Japanese airing; the episode in which it was captured was episode 52. Episode 53 also clearly belongs immediately after episode 52 because Togepi, who hatched in episode 50, is nowhere to be seen in that episode. The [=KidsWB=] airing further compounded this by airing these episodes after episodes 54-57 (again, by the Japanese numbering, since there had already been ''three'' skipped episodes in the dub by this point, only one of which ever aired), with a four-month break from new episodes immediately preceding it, which could easily lead to a person believing that Team Rocket just acquires all of its Pokémon off-screen as James's Victreebel, which ''was'' acquired off-screen, made its dub debut before the episode in which Jessie caught her Lickitung aired in the dub.
* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' was also aired out of order, moving the "filler" episodes to later, continuity be damned. At first it was thought to be [=KidsWB=]'s fault, but other countries who got the show from [=ShoPro=] also had it out of order; so, all fingers point to [=ShoPro=] for this. [[note]]nevertheless, [=KidsWB=] aired the already-out-of-order episodes out of order. It just wouldn't be [=KidsWB=] otherwise![[/note]]
* [=KidsWB=] trifecta! While Nelvana did dub all 70 episodes of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' ([=CardCaptors=]), [=KidsWB=] only aired about half of them (the more action packed and/or Shaoran-centered ones), and very much out of order.
* Speaking of Creator/{{Nelvana}}, their dub of ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'' at first skipped some {{Filler}} episodes to get the first two "arcs" of the series to fit in a 26-episodes season (in the Japanese version, the arcs took 39 episodes). After deciding to dub the rest, such episodes were inserted as the first episodes of "Season 2". Lots of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity headaches]].
* The English dub of the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise was subject to this to a certain extent, particularly with the home releases. Uncut [=DVDs=] of the series began in 2000 with episodes 68-74 of DBZ, with the end of the series (around 291) being released in 2003, while episodes in the early 200s were still being released in 2005. DBZ alone wasn't available in its entirety until 2007, while the first 13 episodes of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series weren't released to DVD uncut in the US until 2009.
** Naturally, when Creator/{{Toonami}} expanded to Kids' WB! and started showing ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the episodes shown were seemingly chosen completely at random from the entire series shown on Cartoon Network up to that point, despite every episode having a PreviouslyOn segment and a ToBeContinued segment. Rarely would the show even be on the same story arc on consecutive days. Since no one who started DBZ from Kids' WB! could understand what's going on, viewership plummeted, and Kids' WB! pulled DBZ out of its schedule shortly afterward.
** In the original Saban dub of DBZ, several episodes from the Saiyan Saga were cut and had certain scenes spliced into earlier or later episodes. During the Namek Saga, the non-canon movie "The Tree of Might" was also made into a three-part episode, despite the obvious continuity problems.
** Pioneer released Ocean's uncut dub of the first 3 DBZ movies out of order. The third movie, "The Tree of Might", was released on March 17 1998, followed on May 26 1998 by the second movie "The World's Strongest".
** AB Groupe's infamous "Big Green" dub for the ''Dragon Ball Z'' movies and specials was released in a very jumbled order. It went: Movie 3 > Movie 2 > Movie 4 > Movie 5 > Movie 6 > Movie 7 > Movie 8 > Movie 9 > Special 1 > Special 2 > Movie 1
* The 80s ''Anime/AstroBoy'' series' episode order has been completely ignored for all English broadcast and home video releases, with some of the very last episodes airing among the first, and some of the very first episodes airing among the last. Fortunately, the very first and last episodes remained the same.
* ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'': The order of the movies and [=OVAs=] is not very clear. They all take place before the TV series begins, but in what order? Slayers Excellent takes place first, but since it was written as a prequel, it doesn't give the characters any formal introduction, and it's not recommended to be watched first. The Slayers Premium movie is the only "movie" to take place in the middle of the TV series, but even then... it's not very clear exactly WHERE in the series it takes place...
* In TheNineties dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Creator/DiC aired the first episode of the Negamoon arc ''after'' the episode Queen Beryl was defeated. They were trying to hold out the 13 [[FillerArc Doom Tree]] episodes to air as a Network exclusive (Sailor Moon aired in UsefulNotes/{{syndication}} back then); other countries that aired the English dub aired the episodes in the proper order. Also for continuity reasons the Doom Tree episodes are numbered after the Beryl episodes.
* Episodes 3 and 4 of ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'' aired online before the others aired.
* ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' is a case of the JustifiedTrope given in the description: a lot of the episodes were pulled from their intended airdate after 9/11 for being TooSoon. Unfortunately, these were also mostly the episodes dealing with the main plot arc. Fortunately, there is a known intended order, and the home video release put them in that order.
* It doesn't matter which way the Creator/FUNimation Gag Dub of ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' went.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Episode 19, "Changeling" has Levy show up and Lucy is already familiar with her, but they meet for the first time two episodes later. Not really that important since Changeling is a FillerEpisode.


* An interesting example is the [[Literature/TheBible New Testament]] -- few Christians realise that Paul's epistles, although they describe events after Jesus's death, are actually the oldest Christian writings. 1 Thessalonians was written around AD 51, while by all accounts, Luke and John were written after AD 59 at the earliest.
** The Old Testament exhibits this kind of thing as well: what most Christians call the Books of History were originally from two different sections of the Jewish Bible, the Nevi'im (which puts Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings alongside the books of the prophets) and the Ketuvim (which has nearly every other Old Testament book), but early Christians reordered the Ketuvim so that all the story-like books were all together and ran (roughly) in chronological order.
*** actually the ordering to Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim, is itself ''NewerThanTheyThink''. The Tanakh was only Canonizide in the first or second century. The Christian Order is based on that of the Septuagint, the greek translation that was composed in the 3rd century BC.
* The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'' were released without much concern for the original story broadcast order, resulting in Doctor and companion introductions and departures getting seriously scrambled up (not helped by the novelisations' own changes to events - notoriously, Ian and Barbara join the TARDIS on two separate occasions, once in the novelisation of ''An Unearthly Child'' and again in the novelisation of ''The Daleks''). Target's official numbering order wasn't much help; it listed the first 73 novelisations in alphabetical order (that is, all the ones up until the institution of the numbering system), then all subsequent releases in intended release order, which didn't always work out as planned.

* Before ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' was a thing that happened, Creator/AndrewHussie made at least three ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' comics as part of a discussion on the ''PennyArcade'' forums; when they went up on the newly-established ''SBAHJ'' site months later, they were in a different order from the order in which they were made. The [[FirstInstallmentWins famous]] [[MindYourStep stairs]] comic, the first in the site's order, was the third made; the actual first made was the IBangedYourMom comic, the second in the site's order.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shiniez}}'' was constantly this in the strip's older days; the strips were posted in the order they were completed, not in the order of chronology or even in the order they were thought up. WordOfGod lampshaded this but [[TrollingCreator rarely gave help.]]
** These days this is mostly averted as the comic is updating chronologically and in ''chapters.'' Previously standalone stripped have been absorbed by the progressing narrative. Though future strips and pin ups are still released, these are kept in galleries separate from the chapters now making the comic much easier to navigate.

* Music/FuneralForAFriend's concept album Tales Don't Tell Themselves tells a story over each track, but the track order was chosen for flow rather than telling the story in order. The opening track Into Oblivion (Reunion) is clearly the last part of the story, as most of the album is about the perilous time at sea - this one is about how he has now escaped the dangers and is coming home. The narrator says he 'stared into oblivion and found my own reflection there', which indicates he's past the oblivion that other tracks such as 'Out Of Reach' detail.
* Music/NickDrake 's Bryter Layter features "Hazey Jane II" as track 2, but "Hazey Jane I" doesn't appear till track 5. Whilst I is a stark acoustic song much closer to his later Pink Moon work (albeit with a string section similar to Five Leaves Left), II is a bouncy song with horns that was designed as a single, the likely reason for its prominence in the tracklisting.