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Short Run in Peru

New episodes of television shows aren't aired on the same day or even week everywhere in the world. Obviously, new episodes of an anime are going to be out in Japan before they're shown in the United States due to the time it takes to translate it and time subtitles (dubbing only increases the wait). Shows made in the United States are, naturally, usually shown in the United States before they're shown in another country. It only makes sense that a show will be shown first in the country that made it.

However, an odd trend is that, although a title was made in one country, the people in another country see new episodes first, which seems extremely counter-intuitive, at least to the viewers of the country of origin. Usually it's a US-based show that's shown first in Canada, Australia, the UK, or even Latin America.

The reason this happens is that, once they've paid for them, licensees/networks in those countries often have considerable control over when they want to air the episodes, and they just happen to air them earlier than the original country's station does. Oftentimes a contract will state that episodes cannot be aired before a certain date, anticipating that the home network will air the show before then, but then for whatever reason the airdate in the home country is pushed back, but the foreign station keeps its originally planned airdate.

With the advent of file-sharing networks and sites like YouTube, this often results in anxious viewers in the original country seeing episodes weeks or even months before they're ever aired.

Contrast No Export for You, where foreign countries never see the work at all.


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  • Teknoman, the English-language adaptation of Tekkaman Blade, had its entire run air in Australia before it premiered in the US (which only ended up screening about half the series).
    • It was also a different dub that had the main character keep his original name, and is generally seen to be closer to the original, and did not tell the entire backstory in the opening credits either. This is the version used for the DVD release.
  • The anime Afro Samurai was animated in English with American voice actors (but otherwise used entirely Japanese staff). As such, it was picked up by Spike TV and aired before its subtitled Japanese broadcast.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters miniseries, which used the 4Kids cast, first aired on RTÉ Two in Ireland. US fans didn't even know about it until after the second episode had aired. Their run of Pokémon also overtook other countries (including the US) for a while back in 2000.
    • RTÉ airs quite a few US shows very early, at least before the UK. This is due to licensing being much cheaper for such a small country like Ireland, and trying to beat competition from UK channels which are easily available on cable and satellite (or terrestrially if you're near the border or south east coast).
  • The movie to the second Yu-Gi-Oh! series (the one everyone is familiar with) was not screened in Japan until after it had already been released in the rest of the world for over a year.
    • This is partly to do with its production being headed by 4Kids, rather than TV Tokyo. It originally wasn't going to even get a Japanese release.
      • And yet the American version still had nearly 20 minutes of footage cut compared to the Japanese.
  • The dub of Sailor Moon had this happen when the final 17 episodes of R were finally dubbed. Because of the show's success in Canada, there was no trouble getting YTV to air them, but it took the show getting popular on Toonami in the US for the them to be released in the states, a year later.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats is an interesting case. While a grand total of 52 episodes of the series were dubbed, Canada (which got the show first) had four dubbed episodes pulled from the package. When the show resurfaced many years later in America, these four episodes were included but twelve different episodes were missing instead. Nobody knows why any of these episodes were pulled – fans have often speculated on censorship (because America), but since they were already dubbed and censored anyway, this argument makes no logical sense unless you're a programming planner at a US TV syndicator.
  • This happened in Australia with FUNimation's dub of One Piece; the dub first premiered in America on Cartoon Network in Fall 2007, taking off from where the 4Kids dub ended, but was cancelled after about six months due to insufficiently improving ratings. However the entire season, which had 28 more episodes, was already completely dubbed, so when Australia decided not to cancel the show, they ended up showing the rest of that season first. For the record, it took Funimation over three years for their DVD sets (which had started at the very beginning by fan request) to reach the Australia-only episodes.
  • IGPX Immortal Grand Prix was aired in English in the United States on Toonami one day before before being aired in Japan due to it being co-produced by Toonami. Japan had the entire 2nd season air before the US saw its release though.
  • Transformers Armada aired in America about five months before Japan; unfortunately, this was due to the translators having to work with unfinished episodes, resulting in distinctly sub-par animation and occasionally strange dialogue.
  • In Australia, Redline was part of Madman Entertainment's 2010 Reel Anime Festival, with a limited cinema run in early September, several weeks before its Japanese cinema debut.
  • The second season of the Cyborg 009 2001 series was aired in Latin-America more than a year before the US did the same.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon anime special aired in the US first, despite being specifically made for the tenth anniversary of the games' Japanese release (back then, North America got the games years later). Since the other episodes of the anime were aired in their original order in the US, the special actually aired an entire year before it would normally air. Possibly a Justified Trope, as Pokémon USA used the special to test out the new voice actors that would be replacing the 4Kids actors the following year.
    • And then there's Pokémon Chronicles. While it was a compilation of episodes that had previously aired in Japan (3 1/2 years previously in the case of the opening three-parter), the series debuted in the UK a whole year before US audiences saw it, with Canada picking it up not long after the UK. The US promos still called it a world premiere.
    • The UK has a regular history of jumping ahead of the US for a few episodes, then falling far behind. In the same year as Chronicles, Advanced Battle had the Spoiler Opening edited to cover up Pokémon that weren't supposed to be shown outside Japan yet an episode later than in the US airing due to scheduling. And in a massive case of timing, it came out that Kids WB would be skipping three episodes (later turned out to be delayed by two months) right as the third of those episodes was airing in the UK.
    • Many episodes of Black and White: Rival Destinies aired in Italy before every other western country.
  • The Gantz movie got a theatrical release in the US a few days before it opened in its native Japan.
  • Xam'd: Lost Memories was available for download in the US by PlayStation 3 owners months before the series had even aired in Japan.
  • The Trigun movie, "Badlands Rumble", first premiered at SakuraCon in Seattle, Washington, a few months before its Japanese theatrical release, presumably at least partially because of the show was significantly more popular in the US than Japan. Somewhat unusually for this trope, it was shown raw (aka in Japanese with no subtitles)
  • A well-known instance of this on the anime front was Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. According to The Other Wiki, Bloodlust had its world premier in Australia over a year before it screened in Japan or the US. Unusually for an anime, the English dub was recorded first (in fact, the initial Japanese DVD release of the film was English-only).
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a minor case of this trope for the English dub. Granted, while the series is readily available to watch on DVD, and has been since the beginning, the dub has not aired at all on television in its country of origin, while in Australia it aired on ABC3. Which is primarily a children's station, though the series is (luckily) aired in a timeslot which appears to be meant for teenagers.
  • Stitch!, the anime based on Disney's Lilo & Stitch, was dubbed into English using American voice actors, and aired in various English-speaking countries outside of the US for almost two years before it showed up in the States. And then it didn't even last a week before it disappeared in favor of Rated "A" for Awesome. As of late 2013 it's never aired again — though this may change if the dub of Doraemon is successful enough.
    • Speaking of Doraemon, the episode "Big G: Master Chef" was released to the internet before it aired on TV, along with the episode involving sneezing powder, though the latter was removed after its' TV premiere.
  • The highly-anticipated Space Dandy had the gimmick of being a "simul-dub", meaning that new episodes of the series would air on Toonami in the U.S. hours before they would in Japan.
  • Vicky The Viking premired in Germany three months before it did in its native country of Japan.
  • The 2015 version of Lupin III aired in Italy two months before its Japanese release, since the show takes place in the country.
  • Episodes 13, 14 and 15 of the English dub of Yo Kai Watch aired in Canada weeks before they did in the United States, and episodes 20-26 aired in Australia before their US run.

    Comic Books 
  • Le journal de Tintin was available for 2 years in Belgium before getting a release in France.

  • The Phantom Menace was shown on television in about 16 other countries around the world up to 2 months before it was released in the US.
  • Taken was released in America several months after it was in the UK (and a full year after France).
  • The American indie horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was released in Britain in 2008... and was not released in America until 2013, due to the rights for the film being caught in a legal limbo when its distributor went out of business. The horror website Bloody-Disgusting ranked it #1 on its list of the best unreleased horror films for four years straight.
  • Zyzzyx Road is famous for holding the record for the lowest box office gross in history, $30 (with $10 being refunded to the parents of one actress who paid to see it) for its seven-day engagement in a Dallas theatre (once a day at noon). The film's producer intended it for international release, but under Screen Actors Guild rules for certain low-budget films it had to play in the U.S. first.
  • The 2011 film of Jane Eyre was a UK production, but its UK cinema release was 6 months after most countries, and it was already on DVD and Blu-ray by the time the UK saw it.
  • The Adventures of Tintin was released in European countries in Fall 2011, and was one of the most popular movies of the year over there, but it didn't hit American theatres until December, and it bombed therenote . Probably due to the fact that while Tintin is one of the most successful and well-known franchises in Europe, it's hardly known in America aside from hardcore fans (and children who watched the animated version on Nickelodeon).
    • Even in North America, the movie debuted earlier in Quebec, where Tintin (and Franco-Belgian Comics in general) are huge cultural icons.
  • A few of Jean-Claude Van Damme's movies were released first in Brazil, where he's really popular.
  • A number of superhero films, such as Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Amazing Spider-Man (and its sequel) were released abroad in several countries several weeks before they received a U.S. release, presumably due to more advantageous schedules and, in the case of the Spider-Man films, a more lucrative foreign market (the rebooted series has had limited American success compared to the Sam Raimi films).

  • Due to production delay of the anthology it's been written for, Lois McMaster Bujold's novella "Winterfair Gifts" was first published in Croatia, rather than in the US.
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer was written by the American author Dan Wells, but it debuted in the UK before being published in the United States. Ditto for Mr. Monster, his second book.
  • Despite living in America for much of his later life, most of Vladimir Nabokov's works (particularly Lolita) were published in France and Britain long before they saw the light of day in the US.

    Live Action TV 
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace is the Trope Namer for this, in story. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Marenghi, the fictitious "creator" of the Show Within a Show, mentions that although the show was never broadcast in its native land of Britain when first produced in The '80s, it did have "a brief run in Peru".
  • This happened with the first season of Battlestar Galactica, which was co-produced by the Sci-Fi Channel and BSkyB. By the time the series premiered in the US, all but the final episode had already aired in the UK. Series creators Ron Moore and David Eick went so far as to post a plea on the show's official message board asking American fans not to download the episodes before they aired in the US (what an oddly specific request).
  • Something similar happened with season 3 of Stargate Atlantis and Season 10 of Stargate SG-1. The first half and the second half were separated in the US by a few months. The UK had them in one go. This resulted in the latter's show finale, "Unending" being shown in the UK about two months before the US.
  • Episodes of the US soap The Young and the Restless air one day before in Canada before they do in the US.
  • The 20th Anniversary TV Special of Doctor Who, "The Five Doctors", aired on a collection of PBS affiliates in the US before it aired in the UK. This is because the BBC decided to delay the special to Children in Need Night 1983 – November 25th – whereas the PBS stations just went ahead and aired it on the actual anniversary, November 23rd.
    • Parts 2 and 3 of the Seventh Doctor story "Silver Nemesis" aired in New Zealand as part of a compilation broadcast prior to being shown in the UK.
    • The 1996 television movie aired in Canada and the US two weeks before it hit British airwaves, due in part to it being an international co-production between the BBC and Fox.
  • Seems to be a trend with Power Rangers.
    • A noted example is the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode "Wormhole", the second crossover episode with Power Rangers Dino Thunder, which accidentally aired in Canada before the first crossover episode even aired in the US.
    • Most series of the Saban Brands era have finished outside the US first.
  • A number of second season episodes of LazyTown have never aired in the US, most of them airing first in the UK or Canada, though two aired first in Australia. This is presumably due to attempts on Nickelodeon's part to screw the show over, but forgetting that Lazy Town is neither under their control nor dependant on the American market (the next season was commissioned by The BBC), and it continues to be a success in the rest of the world.

    In a better example of this trope, it is consistently released in a number of English-speaking markets before it is dubbed for showing in Iceland, its actual country of production.
  • It's crossed the pond the other way too. Red Dwarf's eighth season took eight weeks to air all eight episodes in the UK, but when it was shipped to the US for broadcast, most of the PBS affiliates who picked it up aired the whole thing in two nights.
    • In one case, this was notably averted. KTEH 54 in California received the season 8 tapes weeks early. While their agreement allowed them to air them before the BBC did, they were asked to wait, and they did. Out of gratitude, the BBC had several of the actors (notably Craig Charles) come over to the states for their pledge drives – which led to dozens of viewers pledging money on the condition that Craig call them a smeghead on the air.
  • In the US, South of Nowhere had its Season 3B premiere pushed back from May to October 2008. However, it appears that France did not have the mid-season break that the US uses, meaning that the series (which was filmed between seasons) aired in its entirety there.
  • Babylon 5 aired in the US amid the then-usual reruns. In a variation, the UK did not show the reruns, and thus were always ahead. They finished every season several episodes before the US did, making this a partial example of Short Run in Peru.
  • The final three episodes of Pushing Daisies aired in the UK before they did in the US, although apparently they aired (with English audio available) in Italy before either.
  • Recent seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation have seen some episodes airing in the US before they air in Canada. So far, episodes 6-1 through 6-8, 7-1 through 7-12, and 8-2 through 8-7 have aired in the US first, as have three of the four specials (one of which has no set air date in Canada, oddly enough).
  • Beyond The Break suffered this hard with season 3, which didn't even start in the US until June 2009 (at which point the entire season was aired in the span of three weeks, with new episodes premiering Mondays through Thursdays), over a year after they'd aired in Canada.
  • Brazil aired Kamen Rider Dragon Knight beyond episode 15 where it was held in the US on a hiatus.
  • Either some of the UK fans are messing with the US fans, or recent episodes of MythBusters are being aired in the UK before their US premiere.
  • For some reason, Kingdom season 3 aired in Belgium six months before airing in the UK. Why? Why Belgium of all places? Nobody knows.
  • Season 6 of The Shield started airing in France (with no changes other than the opening credits being in French) right before it starting airing in the US, and the French run saw two new episodes shown each week, so France quickly jumped way ahead of the US. As you might expect, the French broadcasts proved to be very popular on torrent sites.
  • The initial broadcasts of Stargate SG-1 aired in America ahead of the UK, but when the North American showing had a mid-season hiatus the UK showings catch up, as they continuously aired the episodes in one go.
  • By 1985, both the CTV network and the Ottawa local affiliate that made the show had cancelled You Can't Do That on Television; Nickelodeon paid the station to keep making new episodes as it was their breakout hit at the time. The middle seasons remained unseen in Canada until YTV was created in the late '80s.
  • Series 2 of Law & Order: UK aired in Canada almost a half year before the UK. The same has also happened in regards to Series 4.
  • Due to time zone differences, WWE SmackDown! is aired in Australia, the Philippines, India, the UK, and Ireland before it reaches the US. It also previously aired a day earlier in Canada.
  • The final five episodes of the cancelled series Caprica were broadcast in Canada months ahead of anywhere else.
  • The final eight episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House aired in a number of non-US markets for around three years before finally being seen in the US on Playhouse Disney in 2006.
  • New episodes of Murdoch Mysteries air about a month earlier in the UK than in Canada.
  • This has happened to three different Gerry Anderson series. Several episodes of Space1999 made their debut in either the US or Australia before airing in the UK (though not in Italy, even though the series was partly financed by RAI) and a number of episodes of Terrahawks were shown in the US and/or Japan before their British screenings, but the champ in the Anderson canon is Space Precinct — the entire series was shown in America before Britain!
  • Happened to H2O: Just Add Water. The third season was aired in the U.K. before being aired in its native Australia, and wasn't aired at all in the U.S.
    • This has since changed though as TeenNick added episodes of H2O from the third season to its broadcast rotation of the show in January 2012, when the network brought back the series from a short sabbatical from the network (additional episodes of the second season that were also unseen in the U.S., due to Nickelodeon pulling the program halfway through airing the second season in 2008, were also added to TeenNick airings of the show).
  • The third season of Primeval aired one and sometimes even two episodes in advance in Spain compared to the UK.
  • Australia was getting Sliders ahead of the US at one point.
  • CTV is scheduled to air the remaining episodes of Do No Harm, an NBC series that was cancelled after two episodes, the series premiere having broke the record for the lowest-rated premiere on a Big-Four network.
  • The final series of Scrapheap Challenge aired in Australia before the UK. When it did reach the UK, it got split into two blocks, aired a year apart, and dropped part-way through the second block, leaving several episodes still unaired.
  • This practice was pointed out in Henry Jenkins's Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, with fans on the US/Canada border recording French-dubbed episodes of Beauty and the Beast that aired a few days (or weeks!) earlier than the US Stations, and the women at the viewing party "shouting out" lines they understood from old high-school French classes!
  • BBC 4 aired all six episodes of Crimes Of Passion… which have not actually had a Swedish TV airing (the first aired in cinemas, the others went to DVD).
  • The final eight episodes of Mind Games never aired in the US, as the show was cancelled after the fifth episode. They did air in Japan, however, as the full series was shown over the summer. Also, the show made it to the UK, supposedly.
  • When Disney Channel launched in Canada in 2015, they got to air brand-new episodes of all of Disney Channel's shows at least one week ahead of its U.S. counterpart as part of the launch event. Regarding Disney Channel's two most popular show in particular, Girl Meets World and KC Undercover, this created a huge demand for Canadians to record the episodes and then upload them to file-sharing sites. This prompted Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard and creator Micheal Jacobs to very vocally speak out against the issue of piracy of their show, even threatening that such piracy would adversely affect production of future episodes.

  • Junior Senior's Hey Hey My My Yo Yo was released in Japan first, then later their native Denmark (it was briefly available in other parts of Scandinavia too). Two years later, it was released in the US and Australia. Oddly, it was never released in the UK, despite the band's previous album D-Don't Stop The Beat being very successful there.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 album Emotion was released in Japan two months before it was released in the U.S. and her native Canada.
  • Imagine Dragons released the Smoke + Mirrors Super Deluxe album overseas in February 2015, the same date as they did the normal version of the album. In the US, the Super Deluxe version didn't become available until October 2015. Although, the bonus tracks had already become available by then on either their own singles, or other soundtracks.


    Video Games 
  • The PlayStation 4 was released in the US and Europe on 15 November 2013, whilst its Japanese release date was pulled back to 22 February 2014. This can be explained because of the early release date of the anticipated European game Killzone: Shadow Fall. The game was probably never meant to appeal to the Japanese audience, so Sony pulled back the date for the Japanese release to make sure it came out on the same day as Dynasty Warriors 9.
  • Several games in the Japan-created Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, including all the main-line Genesis / Mega Drive games, were released in North America before Japan. Somewhat justified since the series was created specifically to appeal to Western fans, and also because Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic Spinball were made at Sega's American branch. But even the 100% Japanese Sonic 1 came out in the US first.
    • Sonic 3D Blast (a.k.a Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island), made by UK firm Travellers Tales, saw first release in Europe, then North America about a month later, then finally Japan over a year later.
    • In fact, the only "Classic" Sonic games to avert this (other than some Game Gear titles) are Sonic 2 (16-bit) and Sonic CD.
    • This happens from time to time even in the "Modern" Era, though nearly all production has moved back to Japan, on the occasions where Sega has Americans write the scenarios (thus the English dub gets recorded first).
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was released in America in January 2010, and was released in Europe in April and in Japan in late October. Justified as the first game bombed in its native Japan but did slightly better in America.
  • Advance Wars was originally intended to be a minor example of this, it being released in the US shortly before the Japanese release in October 2001. It was pushed back after 9/11 and wasn't released until 2004 in a compilation pack with its sequel, long after most other territories got them.
    • The Japanese release of Days of Ruin was delayed several times before being cancelled: so this Japanese-developed game never got released in its own country - until late 2013, where it's being released as a digital download title for the 3DS.
  • MadWorld was developed by Japanese company PlatinumGames and released in America and Europe in March 2009. Due to its graphic violence, however, Sega refused to release it in Japan; it eventually reached Japan eleven months later, published by Spike.
  • The first Rock Band game was released in America in late 2007, but didn't see a European release until the following May. To make up for the difference, some extra songs were included in the European version of the game that were released as paid DLC in the US version.
  • Mach Rider was an NES launch title that Nintendo created for American audiences, publishing it one month earlier in the US than in Japan. Of course, the result was clear.

    Western Animation 
  • Arthur tends to get this from time to time to Australia and Canada — the first half of every season will air in said countries first while the US has to wait until fall for the new episodes to premiere along with the second half of the season, withheld to air as part of the PBS Kids back to school event.
  • In Danny Phantom, after airing the "season premiere" (actually the sixth episode) for season 3 in the United States, Nickelodeon apparently forgot it existed, and didn't get around to actually airing the rest of the season until almost a year later. By the time they actually got around to doing it, the entire season had been played in Latin America and the UK months earlier.
  • The third season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Due to episodes airing in a foreign country several months before Nickelodeon actually aired them in the US, plot twists were all-too-often known ahead of schedule.
    • And half of Season 3 was prematurely released to DVD, making a large chunk of Nickelodeon's "Countdown to the Comet" event pointless even if you DIDN'T pirate the episodes off the Internet.
    • Episodes from Book 3 of The Legend of Korra were accidentally leaked onto the internet by Nickelodeon's Mexican affiliate. The leaked episodes - which were all in Spanish - may have contributed to the series being aired early...to the detriment of ratings.
  • Nicktoons in general have had this problem since around 2000:
    • A Rugrats ep that was supposed to premiere in 2002 didn't air until 2004 (even stories that had been dependent on said episode aired before it).
    • Catdog's finale didn't air until 2005, after it had been shown in other countries.
    • The Wild Thornberrys 's finale was delayed several months, allowing the UK to show it first.
    • All Grown Up! began its regular runs in Canada and the UK before the US.
    • Several Hey Arnold! stories aired in the UK long before their US airings.
    • Several of The Fairly Oddparents episodes are aired in England long before they're shown in the US. Stupid Cupid was aired in Great Britain months before it was finally aired in the United States. A more notorious example is Timmy the Barbarian and No Substitute for Crazy. These particular episodes were aired in Great Britain first. In the U.S., they were not aired until AFTER the fifth season finale, Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3.
      • In fact, several episodes from seasons 2-5 were aired in Australia several months, or perhaps, a year before the US. An example from this is from the episode "Information Stupor Highway", which didn't air until a year and three months later in the US.
      • Then we have Season 7. The final third of the season aired in several countries months before the US. Most of these episodes aired in the US in mid-2011. However, one episode, "Farm Pit", didn't air in the U.S. until mid-2012, despite airing in several other countries almost a year prior.
      • Season 9 fell under this too. A lot of the episodes after "Scary GodCouple" (which was only the SIXTH full episode of the season out of 26 episodes) aired in several countries before the U.S. aired them.
    • SpongeBob SquarePants:
      • The episode "Goo Goo Gas" first aired in Germany & Latin America almost two years before it aired in the US (Germany aired the episode in November 2007, but the US didn't air it until July 2009). It would later air in 2008 in several other countries as well, including Canada, South Africa, & the UK. Heck, it was even released on DVD nine months before it premiered!
      • Most episodes in the last thirds of Seasons 3 & 4 would air in Germany before the US.
      • 6 episodes from Season 9note  aired in Greece in late June-early July 2013. It took several months to over a year and a half for these episodes to air in the US.
    • The second season of Invader Zim was aired in Latin America thanks to the efforts of Mundo Nick, Nick's South American subsidiary. The season was eventually aired in North America by Nicktoons TV, several years after the cancellation of the show (and several years after the show proved to be a hit on DVD).
    • Like above, the 3rd season of My Life as a Teenage Robot premiered in Latin America (and Germany) a couple years before coming on Nicktoons Network. Thankfully, a fan had put up the episodes up in both Spanish and English after their premieres.
    • Several of the later episodes of Monsuno season 1 were shown in Canada first, and Japan was a few episodes ahead when season 2 debuted in America.
  • Like Nicktoons above, Cartoon Network also has problems with this. To name examples...
    • Several episodes of Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack premiered in Europe and South America weeks and sometimes months before its US premiere.
    • Most episodes from the second half of the final season of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends premiered in Europe three months before they aired in the US, although the series finale did have its premiere in the States first.
    • The series finale of Codename: Kids Next Door was aired in the Philippines about a month before it was aired in the United States. The same occurred with some of the episodes.
    • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy finally put out The Movie finale after years of it burning in Development Hell.note  In order, it was shown in Scandinavia, Australia, and Southeast Asia before it aired in the US in November 2009. After it had been completed for over a year.
    • Several episodes from the fourth season of The Powerpuff Girls premiered in Canada months before they saw the light of day in the US.
  • Justice League Unlimited had a similar problem, with episodes airing in Canada and Europe a month or more before their premiere in the US. The series finale was actually available on Bittorrent sites a full six months before it (finally) aired in America, due to this.
  • Transformers Animated suffered from various iterations of this during its second season. The US and Canadian broadcasts used to be on the same day, but when the US airing of the second episode of the second season was delayed a week (for the Ben 10: Alien Force premiere), Canada consistently remained one episode ahead for the remainder of the season.
    • Although the second season did not reach UK screens until some months after its North American debut, when it did, a new episode was aired every weekday, instead of just once a week. Consequently, the ninth, tenth, and eleventh episodes of the season premiered on UK television, nearly one, two, and three weeks before their Canadian airing respectively. However, the two-part season finale, "A Bridge Too Close", did not air in the UK until a month or two later, allowing Canada and America to air it first.
    • Much more infuriatingly, the entire second half of the season, from episode seven onwards, premiered in Dubai – dubbed into Arabic, no less! – successfully ruining a lot of the surprises that were in store.
  • Season 2 of The Boondocks had two episodes criticizing BET pulled by [adult swim] in the US, but aired on Canada's Teletoon without incident. Those two episodes ended up on DVD.
  • The first 7 episodes of Winx Club 's 3rd season premiered in the US before they aired in Italy. And that same season, the 4Kids dub of the last 7 eps aired on YTV in Canada a few months before America (thus alerting viewers, for example, to this filler scene being cut).
    • And while we're on the subject of Winx, its "other" English dub is produced in Canada with Canadian voices, and YTV still ended up airing the 4K dub. Not Canadian enough for them eh?
    • Most English-speaking countries have yet to see the post-S3 movie (though Nickelodeon's acquisition of the property may change this), even though one of its soundtrack songs was performed by Australian Natalie Imbruglia.
    • And for the most bizarre example, the first country to get the 2nd movie in a regular run (after a premiere at the Rome film festival) is Russia… a country where the 1st film was apparently released direct to DVD.
  • The second season of The Spectacular Spider-Man has been aired in Australia on March 1st, and was finished before the US even premiered it.
    • Canada and Bulgaria (of all places) also got it before the US.
  • Code Lyoko did this in a very tortoise-and-hare way. In France, the entirety of season 2 was played at a rate of one episode per week. In the US, it started playing shortly after it did in France, but then power-housed through half the season in three weeks, then stopped and let France catch up, and then started just showing random episodes whenever the hell it felt like it until finishing off with a mini-marathon and a season finale. It did manage to beat France to the punch, though. Later seasons weren't shown nearly as randomly though.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men was first aired on Brazil than any other country. The first (and eventually, only) season ended there even before it debuted in the US.
  • Season 3 of Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! got aired in several Scandinavian countries before it came to the states. By the time it did, most of the fandom knew about the spoilers and was keeping quiet for the sake of everybody else.
  • A bizarre and possibly literal example: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure was theatrically released in Latin America in September 2009, ahead of its direct-to-DVD release in the states in late October.
    • And it had a short run at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in LA, for the sole purpose of making it eligible for Oscar submission.
    • The Great Fairy Rescue was released in New Zealand and Australia cinemas in August 2010. Disney also ran it at El Capitan for two weeks in September.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold's various markets have such vastly different schedules and airing orders for the second half of the first season that a given episode's first showing may be in the US, UK, Canada, or somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, without any sort of pattern.
  • Phineas and Ferb's episode "Wizard of Odd", aired in Australia first, long before it aired in the US.
    • Also, the episode "The Secret to Success" was first aired in Latin America, The UK, and Russia.
    • "We Call It Maze", "Ladies and Gentlemen, He is Max Modem", "Split Personality", and "Brain Drain" all aired in Latin America before the US. The former also aired in Taiwan and Brazil.
    • A handful of episodes like "Minor Monogram" and "Perry the Actorpus" aired on a Chilean television station before they aired in America.
    • For some reason, a few episodes of the 3rd season aired 1st in Philippine terrestrial TV- in Filipino.
    • Several later Season 4 episodes surfaced in Ukraine first. "Act Your Age" premiered in New Zealand first, against the wishes of the show's creators.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars had an up and down time with the last half of its second season, sometimes having a month long gap between episodes. It was hinted that this came about from Lucas changing some aspects of some episodes at the last second. The UK and Canada began airing some episodes several weeks before the US. During the end-run it became only a week's difference between UK and US. The US only managed to get the season finale aired a day before the UK by airing it as the second half of a two-part evening event.
  • Total Drama World Tour, dear God. A Canadian show that premiered the first episode in Canada, then decided to wait until September to air the next ones. In the mean time, the USA aired a new episode once a week. Then came Australia, who aired five new episodes a week!
    • For comparison, Australia started 18 days later than Canada, and finished 8 days before Canada aired episode 2.
    • USA gets even further ahead of Canada (although not as bad as Australia) by having the Aftermath episodes online exclusive.
    • Revenge of the Island had its world premiere in France, while Pahkitew Island was first shown in Italy. The USA was the first country to broadcast The Ridonculous Race.
  • The Family Guy episode "Partial Terms of Endearment" was dropped from the US run (because of its abortion-related storyline) and first aired in the UK. It eventually became a DVD exclusive episode in the US.
  • The final 5 episodes of Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat aired in Asia on Disney Channel Asia a whopping 6 months before it aired in the US. The cause of this is unknown, PBS was for some reason holding the episode backs to premiere in the fall, and CBC was doing the same.
  • Season 4 of the 2003/2007 Strawberry Shortcake series aired in Europe a whole two months before it was aired in Asia. It has never aired in the US, and while it received direct-to-video releases in the region, the episodes where released at an extremely slow pace – the last of the episodes of Season 4 was only finally released in 2012, over 5 years after the episodes initially aired in Europe.
  • At least one season of X-Men: Evolution managed to air in New Zealand on WNTV long before it was screened in the States, resulting in many fanvids with 'wntv' watermarks in the corner.
  • Transformers Prime, as aired on The Hub, usually has long breaks between every 5 episodes or so, supposedly due to time-consuming animation. However, after episode 20, "Partners," aired in the US, the break proceeded as planned for a couple of weeks until suddenly, with no prior warning, Canada's Teletoon network started airing the remaining episodes of season 1. According to online schedules, the US was not supposed to begin showing this batch of episodes until nearly 2 months after the premier of "Partners"! However, as of episode 23, it seems as though someone at either the Hub or Teletoon caught wind of the situation, and what was supposed to be the premiere of episode 24 in Canada a week later was abruptly replaced at the last minute by a rerun.
    • And then Singapore aired episode 24 a few days before either network.
      • Not just episode 24, but episodes 25 and 26. Needless to say, everyone knew the twist at the end long before the episodes aired in the US.
      • It happened again with the first three episodes of Season 3 being leaked early, and now Internet Streaming sites are leaking Predacons Rising a full three weeks before it's supposed to air on TV. How the latter was accomplished is unknown at time of writing.
  • Young Justice episodes in Turkish and Portuguese were at one point about three episodes ahead of the U.S. airings. Dubbed. Considering Cartoon Network had had the show for over a year and still hadn't finished airing the first season, that was insult on top of injury for the fanbase. It was all after a six-month hiatus after nine episodes, and a three-month hiatus after nine more. To repeat: the international dubs actually surpassed the country of origin's airing schedule.
  • Beware the Batman had 26 episodes produced in all for it's first (and only) season. Only 11 episodes actually aired in the US on Cartoon Network before it quietly vanished while epsisodes 12-13 premiered on DVD and Blu-ray. New Zealand aired up to episode 17, and episode 18 premiered on DVD in the UK. Episodes 19-26 will make their premieres in the US, but on [adult swim]'s Toonami block instead of Cartoon Network. At least the whole season—er… series will finally be run at last.
  • In Canada, Teen Titans first season was shown in reruns for a whole year. After that, all later seasons were shown one after the other, even showing the Season 4 finale before the U.S. did.
    • The spin-off Teen Titans Go! had at least two instances of this with the third season: "Animals: It's Just A Word'' was leaked online two weeks before it was supposed to air, "The Fourth Wall" aired in the UK first on CiTV three days before it aired in the United States.
      • In an odd case of a holiday episode being shown before a holiday, "More of the Same", a New Year's episode, was aired six months before said holiday.
  • The Simpsons episode "In the Name of the Grandfather" premiered in Ireland and the United Kingdom a few days before it aired in the U.S. Justified, however, as the episode is set in Ireland, it premiered on St. Patrick's Day, and this was a special occurrence as part of its 20th season.
  • God, the Devil and Bob was cancelled in the US after four episodes after network executives received numerous complaints from Moral Guardians on religious grounds. The entire series was shown in Ireland, the UK and parts of Latin America.
  • All 5 season two episodes of Nina Needs to Go! were first shown in Korea in December of 2014, nearly 2 and a half months before their American premiere and 4 months before they aired in their native land of the UK.
  • The second and third seasons of Magic Adventures of Mumfie were specifically made for an American audience due to it's huge popularity in the country, so they aired first there. They showed up a year later in the home country of the show, two weeks before Mumfie was thrown into Storytime with Thomas, which only aired one segment of the show in it's timeslot as opposed to two, and one month before it premiered in the country where some of the episodes were made, Canada.
  • Some of the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games animated shorts were leaked onto YouTube - IN SPANISH.
  • Wander over Yonder: A few days before the U.S. airing, both "The Hero" and "The Birthday Boy" aired in France early, and had also went online. In mid-2014, Latin America had also gotten a handful of episodes early, and much more infamously in the fandom, "The Liar" and "The Stray" had aired in the Netherlands a couple weeks early and both went online.
  • Mixels: The show itself had premiered its first short in the Netherlands two weeks early. (Even a few days before it went online the U.S.)
    • Thanks to the show's air dates trying to sync a bit with the release of the LEGO sets, unlike other shows on Cartoon Network the premiere dates in the U.S. to international television often rival each other.
    • A half-hour special, in the format of "Mixed Up Special", with most of the first season's shorts packed in, which one could consider to be some kind of catch-up special, didn't even air anywhere except India. Because of that, nothing is known about it. No one even knew it existed until around a year after somebody posted a low-quality ripping of it on Dailymotion.
  • The revival of Biker Mice from Mars, which was chiefly an American cartoon series, initially aired from 2006 to 2007 on the British television channel CITV. The series did eventually air in America on 4Kids in 2008, but was pulled from the schedule before every episode had a chance to air. While the revival was said to resume airing on TheCW4Kids in fall 2009, it never came to pass.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! had this happen once a season: The last seven episodes of season one (20-26) and final 18 episodes of season two (35-52) aired in other countries (such as Australia) a number of months before they did in America.
  • The last six episodes of Xiaolin Chronicles aired first in Poland before airing in other countries, but Disney XD never aired these episodes in the US due to its premature end with episode 20 in that network. Eventually, they would finally air in the United States when Chronicles was made available to watch on Netflix on July 1, 2015.
  • Similar to the Friday Night Lights example where episodes were available early on a certain cable provider, those who had access to the Watch Disney Junior app could watch Goldie and Bear, Sheriff Callie's Wild West and The Lion Guard 2 months early.
  • Season 5 of Franklin was for some reason broadcasted in several countries worldwide (notably, Malaysia) 2 months before it was finally aired on Noggin in the US.
  • The most ridiculous case of this trope is the first half of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, which was aired in the US only after every other country (except Japan and a few others) aired it.
  • Supernoobs aired in the United Kingdom and the United States, long before it could be released in Canada.

Alternative Title(s): Foreign Premiere First