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->''"Can we please agree on one form of 3-D? I'm just getting tired of having to get a new pair of glasses every time there's a new 3-D gimmick."''
-->-- '''[[http://dispatchesfromtheisland.blogspot.com/2009/02/modest-request.html Jorge Garcia]]'''

Occasionally, a network will get the brilliant idea to film an episode in 3-D, thus forcing the public to go on a search for the special 3-D glasses that work for this episode alone which are either given out by a store or inserted in a magazine. It's more of a novelty act than anything else. Definitely known for having "cheap 3-D tricks" in which [[PaddleballShot all kinds of weird items (explosions, snakes, guns, anything flying through the air) will shoot out at the viewer.]] Also a guarantee of Incredibly Bad Writing ensuing as entire plots have to screech to a halt to indulge in the network's gimmickry.

As seen below, the 3-D episodes only take place around either sweeps weeks or event programming like after the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl.

Disney theme parks do a lot of these, including ''Ride/CaptainEO'', ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'', ''Ride/MuppetVision3D'' and ''It's Tough to Be a Bug!''. See also UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie, PaddleballShot.


[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Superman}} Beyond 3D'', a miniseries by Creator/GrantMorrison as part of the ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' crossover, in which the 3D effects represented the Bleed between universes.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}} Versus the Third Dimension.'' (As part of a trailer tie in with the film ''Monsters vs. Aliens'' for the previous night's UsefulNotes/SuperBowl ad for the latter)
* ''Series/DoctorWho:''
** The 30th anniversary episode [[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime "Dimensions in Time"]]
** The 50th anniversary episode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]
** The two-part Series 8 finale [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven "Death in Heaven"]], so converted for a limited release in theatres.
* ''Series/{{Medium}}''
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun: Nightmare on Dick Street'' (used only for the {{Dream Sequence}}s), a post-UsefulNotes/SuperBowl episode.
* ABC did a weeklong 3D promotion that included TGIF shows ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', and even ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' (which was also structured as a ''Series/FullHouse'' reunion show). It did not go well as the writers of each show had to write in the 3-D gags in haphazardly and piecemeal and all of the gags where objects were thrown at the screen were groan-inducing and are now useless when these episodes are rerun.
** ''Series/HomeImprovement'' justified its use of 3D during the promotion by having Tim and Al do a 3D episode of the ShowWithinAShow ''Tool Time''. Therefore all the shameless {{Paddleball Shot}}s are the result of the ''characters'' goofing off with their 3D camera.
* FOX did this a few times back in the 90's. One week in particular was hosted by [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]].
* Two of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts, "Pardon my Backfire" and "Spooks", were shot in 3-D in the 1950's, during the first big 3-D craze.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' grudgingly participated in a network mandated 3-D night. The first 3-D scene had GOB throwing a tomato at the camera that had [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment nothing to do with the plot and was never mentioned again.]] The second one, with Rocky Richter "threatening" Michael also did not have any real effect on what was going on in the episode.
* The first experimental 3D broadcast was an episode of ''Series/{{Space Patrol|US}}'' in 1953 (shown on ''black-and-white'' TV sets, of course).
* Parodied in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' episode "Nasty", with a message is displayed on screen for the viewers to put on their 3D glassses.
* ''{{Series/Svengoolie}}'' tried this in 1983 doing a massively-hyped 3D showing of ''Film/ReturnOfTheCreature''. The results were apparently disappointing, and the show would remember it as an OldShame.
* TheBBC SaturdayMorningKidsShow ''Going Live'' had a 3D episode in 1993, the same week as "Dimensions in Time". There's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=284oPIWibVA a clip on YouTube]] of Trevor and Simon, with Jonathan Ross, rather desperately trying to fill a minute and a half with {{Paddleball Shot}}s.
-->'''Trevor''': I think we've run out of things to do now, thank you.
-->'''Jonathan''': No, I've found another stick!

* The halftime show for [[UsefulNotes/SuperBowl Super Bowl]] [[Recap/SuperBowl XXIII]], titled "Bebop Bamboozled"[[note]]a magic show headlined by a local (Miami-area) ElvisImpersonator named Alex Cole[[/note]] was a show produced in 3-D. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peFCDEDoEHs Here's a clip of the intro]] (a Diet Coke commercial produced in 3-D for this game was removed from this clip) with Creator/{{NBC}} pregame host Bob Costas.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=282 here.]]
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes_3d/0001_3d.html here.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''Dust Bunnies'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. It used the ChromaDepth method and required special glasses.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' episode ''Won't Crack or Peel!'' was originally broadcast in 3-D (similar to the above ''Rugrats'' episode, it used Chroma Depth and needed the glasses, known as ''Noggle-Vision'' for the week in 1997, and after that, the episode would be slightly re-done without the 3-D). The episode focused on Henry and June introducing "[=KaBlam=]-o-Vision", which was supposed to have the audience interact with the show (cute little gags like having a StaringContest with the duo ([[NightmareFuel which included June plucking out her eyeballs and sticking them to the screen]])
** Nickelodeon did it again with "Smell-O-Vision" (smelly TV in 3-D).
* Similar to ''Noggle-Vision'', Creator/CartoonNetwork did a week of shows in 3-D in 2007.
* Parodied in a sequence in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Law and Oracle", complete with {{Shout Out}}s to ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and gratuitous {{Paddleball Shot}}s. [[spoiler:It ends with a caption saying "PUT ON 3-D GLASSES ONE MINUTE AGO".]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/FarLandsOrBust'' did this for the 100th episode, and true to the trope it was generally regarded as a bad decision afterwards by everyone involved.
* The whole 5th season of The Jace Hall Show, though the focus on the effect was lowered in the latter episodes of the season.
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob's review of ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII''. Full of gratuitous {{Paddleball Shot}}s.