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1Sometimes, a TV show will have a special episode that lasts longer than usual.²²It is especially common for {{Grand Finale}}s (especially for LongRunners), and {{Very Special Episode}}s to originally be broadcast as these longer episodes. It can also be common (in, say, the USA where programming slots are fairly strict) for both half-hours of an hour-long extended episode to have their own separate plots, so that they can be [[EditedForSyndication re-run independently]].²²When two episodes are aired back-to-back (often at the start of a new season), and are explicit in this, it does not count. Additionally, having a pilot episode be of an exceptional length is common, and examples of such go under {{Pilot}}. Is commonly an element of the StockSitcomGrandFinale.²²Distinct from a MultiPartEpisode in that there's a single episode, not multiple sequential episodes with a single plotline. Syndication may blur the lines between them by cutting one episode into several. Also related to MadeForTVMovie, if the TV movie is really a glorified special episode for an established TV series.²----²!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* The Director's Cut version of episodes 21--24 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are several minutes longer than the others. Some scenes were cut out in their Original Airing to trim them down to the normal length, despite their vital role in making the massive MindScrew that the series was [[MindScrewdriver actually make sense]]. ²* Season 1 finale of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (episodes 24-25) were originally aired back-to-back, and split up for reruns.²* The episodes of the 2014 anime of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ([[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]], particularly) has long episodes, up to 29 minutes long.²* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' have several of these every year. In particular, the first episode of the year is usually two hours long.²* The thirteenth and final episode of ''Manga/MadeInAbyss'' was a double episode.²[[/folder]] ²²[[folder:Film — Live-Action]]²* ''Film/AvengersEndgame'': Clocking in at a little over three hours long, this is the longest movie in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse to date (as of its release date of 2019, in comparison to the twenty-two films that came before it) and has [[EpicMovie the epicness]] to match. It's even the longest Hollywood superhero film by length, barring extended cuts.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²!!!'''By Creator:'''²* Kurt Sutter became notorious for this during the run of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' with episodes runtimes being "however much script Kurt wrote" by the end, typically as mush as 40 minutes over its original hour.²** He has continued this with his series ''Series/MayansMC'', with no episode confined to a typical hour timeslot.²** FX seems to encourage this across its series, with episodes of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' running typically anywhere from five to 15 minutes over and ditto ''Series/TheAmericans''.²!!!'''By Series:'''²* ZigZagged with the first episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', originally broadcast 69 minutes commercial free - which works out to about a more standard 90 minute episode when commercials are added in.²* ''Series/BlackMirror'': Consider that the "episodes" are more like shows and aren't episodic, nor regular outside of the particular series of its broadcast (the year).²** [[Recap/BlackMirrorBlackMuseum "Black Museum"]], at 70 minutes, and [[Recap/BlackMirrorUSSCallister "USS Callister"]], at 75 minutes, are run as feature-length, compared to the standard for the fourth series shows (between 40 minutes and an hour).²** The third series "series finale" (the last ordered one), [[Recap/BlackMirrorHatedInTheNation "Hated in the Nation"]], was just short of feature at 89 minutes, compared to the about 60 minute average of series three shows.²** The 2014 Christmas movie, [[Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteChristmas "White Christmas"]], came in at 75 minutes (internally split into three parts that depict related story lines). ²** Most of the episodes of the first two series, broadcast with ad breaks on Creator/Channel4, are 45 minutes long, but the second one, [[Recap/BlackMirrorFifteenMillionMerits "Fifteen Million Merits"]], is over 60.²* "Once More With Feeling", the musical episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. It never aired in complete form after the first time.²* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' ended its hugely successful 11-year run with "One for the Road", a 98-minute episode.²* ''Series/CrocodileHunter'' had a 90-minute special, fittingly titled "Steve's Story (Special Edition)", and a 3-hour GrandFinale, "Steve's Last Adventure''.²* ''Series/DoctorWho''²** Numerous episodes have been longer than the usual episode length. The final episode of "The Trial of a Time Lord" from the classic series ran slightly longer than 25 minutes. ²** Conversely, there was a serial in one of Patrick Troughton's seasons where the episodes all ran five minutes shorter than the usual 25 minutes. ²** Not counting the specials (the final Tenth Doctor stories, the Christmas shows, etc.), several episodes of the new series have been extra-length by five to thirty minutes, most notably the Eleventh Doctor's introduction, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour]]" and every series premiere and finale for the Twelfth Doctor. The longest episode in the revived series is the Twelfth Doctor's introduction [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], at 76 minutes raw. While BBC America's usual policy is to show such episodes at full-length for their premieres and cut them down to 45 minutes afterward, "Deep Breath", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls "The Doctor Falls"]] are skipped because such edits would make them too hard to follow, which in conjunction with all of his Christmas episodes being skipped leaves many major plot points of Twelve's tenure unresolved in the standard rerun rotation.²* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has several "supersized" 40 minute episodes, which led NBC to create quick ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Thursday Night Live]]'' episodes to fill the remainder of the timeslot.²* Inverted version: the first-season episodes of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' all lasted 50 minutes without commercials (rather than the standard 42-43 minutes), and the series switched to a standard episode run time from the second season onward.²* ''Series/FullHouse'': "Happy Birthday, Babies" and "Michelle Rides Again" were both originally broadcast as hour-long episodes.²* The last two episodes of the seventh season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' were extended to run fifteen minutes (+) more compared to the previous hour-long episodes. The eighth season continued the trend, as it had only six episodes.²* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': The season eight premiere, as well as the final episode were broadcast as hour-long shows.²* The GrandFinale of ''Series/LateNight with David Letterman'' ran about 5 minutes longer than usual, ending with Dave RidingIntoTheSunset on a horse (and implied over to CBS).²* The GrandFinale of ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'' ran 12 minutes over its standard 1:03 running time.²* ''Series/{{MASH}}''[='=]s fourth, fifth, sixth, and tenth season premieres were originally hour-long episodes that were later split into half-hour two-parters for reruns; similarly, Season Seven originally had an hour-long ClipShow that was also split into a half-hour two-parter in syndication. Of course, the GrandFinale was a two hour (minus commercials) TV movie.²* ''Series/MythBusters'': The "Film/{{Jaws}} Special" (the first time Jamie and Adam hosted "Shark Week") was two hours long. Subsequent repeats on Discovery have either been split into two one-hour segments or edited down to a single hour.²* According to Bob Newhart's autobiography, the last episode of ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' lasted a little longer than 30 minutes because the producers couldn't figure out what to edit without affecting the plot. ²* ''Series/TheNoddyShop''[='s=] ChristmasSpecial, "Anything Can Happen At Christmas", is 60 minutes long as opposed to the usual 30 minutes the show runs for.²* Most ''Series/OddSquad'' episodes are about 11 minutes, but some episodes, especially those important to the story arc, like "Training Day" or "O is Not for Over", are double the length.²* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' was frequently having more and more hour-long episodes as the series progressed, though people were starting to complain about the frequency of them, not only because they were just going to be split into half-hour two-parters for syndication anyway, but the hour-long episodes were mostly filler that contributed nothing to the stories.²* ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' had several: it was a given that the [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas specials]] would be extended (the 1994 special ''One Foot In the Algarve'' is so long, it's effectively a MadeForTVMovie). Even "The Man Who Blew Away", which was intended as a regular episode but which aired on Christmas Day, was extended to 40 minutes (the first ten minutes are basically a self-contained mini-episode before the main plot starts). The GrandFinale episode was also extended to 40 minutes, but in addition, ''every'' episode in the final series overran its official half-hour slot. ²* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' had its multi-part episodes, including its opener "Broken Spell" and the three part episode "Dark Wish" originally broadcast as extra long episodes.²* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', like ''Series/{{MASH}}'' occasionally did hour-long episodes every once in a while, and they two were split into half-hour two-parters in syndication; two of these were {{Clip Show}}s, while another was the GrandFinale. As far as running time goes, all episodes originally ran for 22 minutes (which was standard practice at the time), except for, "The Yada Yada," which originally ran 26 minutes with limited commercials.²* ''Series/ShiningTimeStation'' had four hour-long Family Specials.²* ''Series/StargateSG1'': "[[Recap/StargateSG1S8E18Threads Threads]]" runs 63 minutes rather the show's usual 45-ish. It's {{recut}} to 45 for syndicated airings.²* Numerous series from the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise have had two-hour long episodes (as opposed to the usual hour long) that are later re-aired as two part episodes. This generally happens to series openers such as "Encounter At Farpoint" from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and series finales such as "What You Leave Behind" from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', but has also happened to episodes in the middle of seasons such as "Dark Frontier" from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The first of these was "The Menagerie", episodes 11 and 12 of the first season of the original series, with the plot of the episode largely being a FramingTale around the footage of the first pilot, "The Cage".²* ''Series/That70sShow'': The season eight premiere, as well as the last episode were both originally broadcast as hour-long episodes.²* In each season of ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'', the opening two episodes would be broadcast together into an hour long format and then split into two 30 minute episodes on later airings. This has also happened with the show's spin-off ''The Dumping Ground''. Funnily enough, it is the compilation broadcasts that ''cut'' material, while the individual episodes are aired intact.²* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' had three 90-minute episodes during the sixth season (the season premiere "[[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS06E01FirstTimeAgain First Time Again]]", episode 4 "[[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS06E04HeresNotHere Here's Not Here]]" and the series finale "[[Recap/TheWalkingDeadS06E16LastDayOnEarth Last Day On Earth]]"), when most of their episodes are an hour. Some people speculated that episode 4 was extra-long to help watchers deal with [[spoiler: Glenn's]] apparent death in the previous episode, when actually it ratcheted up tension by not dealing with it at all.²* Season 3 of ''Series/WizardsVsAliens'' opened with its first two episodes joined together, as opposed to being broadcast separately.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* The January 18, 1994 episode of ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV'' ran 90 minutes as opposed to the usual 60 for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html NWA ECW Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/TerryFunk vs. [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas "The Franchise" Shane Douglas]] match, which went to a 45-minute draw. The match was building up to ''The Night The Line Was Crossed'' on February 5th, which featured a famous 60-minute draw with Funk, Douglas and Wrestling/{{Sabu}}.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* The season 9 finale of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' is over an hour longer than the previous live games had been (3 hours instead of regular 2), probably because the organizers realized that they have run late ''every time''. Before that, the season 8 finale had been 30 minutes longer than the usual episodes, but it wasn't planned to run that long (and was more than likely the final straw that led to the ''[=AcqInc=]'' regular time slot at PAX being officially extended).²* Most movies that comprise the ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' adaptation are about an hour long. Episode five and seven, however, are at least twice that, because they are so pivotal to the plot. The former [[spoiler:resolves the overarching conflict with the BigBad of the series]], while the latter [[spoiler:brings closure to the lead couple's personal arcs]].²* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' episodes are normally about 5 minutes long. However, season finale episodes always run 10 to 15 minutes long. [[LampshadeHanging It's lampshaded]], as these episodes are all titled "The Longest [noun]".²* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':²** Most episodes are 7 to 10 minutes long, whereas the the first two season finales are around 30 minutes. The third season finale more than doubled that at 67 minutes long, split into three parts.²** ''Broly Abridged'' is the longest TFS movie, clocking in at a half-hour. Originally released in two parts.²* ''WebVideo/WorldWarTwo'': Episode 38 - "Blitzkrieg in the West" covering the week of May 18, 1940 is twice as long as a regular episode, slightly over twenty minutes instead of the usual ten.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²!!!'''By Franchise:'''²* ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' and other ''Peanuts'' specials originally ran in a standard 30-minute timeslot including commercials, then got [[EditedForSyndication bits chopped out of them]] in order to accommodate more advertising. In more recent years they get run in hour long blocks so that the original can run in its entirety in 32-35 minutes, followed by one or more unrelated ''Peanuts'' shorts to fill out the hour.²!!!'''By Network:'''²* ''WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon'':²** ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': There were a number of five-part episodes that were originally broadcast as two-hour movies before being split into multiple episodes.²** ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': The five-part pilot was originally aired as a two-hour movie special.²** ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'': The two-part pilot originally aired as a one-hour special.²* There are some Franchise/{{Nicktoons}} that usually run 11 minutes but then have longer episodes. The special episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' are usually 30 minutes, when the stories are eleven, and the former two shows also had hour-long episodes. ²!!!'''By Series:'''²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', which was comprised of multiple short segments that ranged anywhere from 30 seconds to ten minutes, had three episodes with one segment that took up the entire show (or, as in the case of the latter episode, an hour-long block): "Spellbound", "The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special" and "Hooray For North Hollywood",²* ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' typically followed the ThreeShorts format with every episode consisting of two ten-minute episodes and a Karaoke Café song, but two episodes broke this pattern.²** "Party Poopers" is a twenty-minute episode with a Karaoke Cafe segment coming afterwards.²** The ChristmasEpisode "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy" ran for one hour and four minutes.²* While most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' followed the TwoShorts format, with each short being 11 minutes long, but "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" and "The Mask" were full 22-minute episodes.²* The second ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'' runs 22 minutes, against the 9 minutes of other episodes.²* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'':²** The premiere episode "Woo-oo!" is 44-minutes as opposed to the show's usual 22-minutes; the episode is sometimes split in reruns, wherein the second half is titled "Escape To/From Atlantis!"²** The Season 1 finale "The Shadow War!" is also a double-length episode, with its two halves called "The Night of De Spell!" and "The Day of the Ducks!" when aired separately.²* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':²** The three ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball parody episodes]], plus "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS9E1AndThenThereWereFewer And Then There Were Fewer]]", "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS9E7RoadToTheNorthPole Road to the North Pole]]" and "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS13E1TheSimpsonsGuy The Simpsons Guy]]", were all originally broadcast as hour-long episodes.²** "Brian and Stewie" was originally broadcast as an hour-long show, with the first half hour being the main feature, and the second half having Brian and Stewie host a compilation of musical clips from the show. In this case, the episode is not split into two halves, as the second half isn't seen in syndication. In fact, the second half only exists because the main feature lasted a little over a half-hour, Creator/SethMacFarlane didn't want anything cut, and FOX wanted the episode to be musical-themed as to coincide with their week-long "FOX Rocks" promotion.²** The episode "Send in Stewie, Please" ran for 30 minutes without commercial interruptions.²* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':²** The episode "A Tale of Two Stans", which introduces [[spoiler:Stanford Pines, Grunkle Stan's long-lost twin brother and the author of the Journals]], originally ran without commercials for a full half-hour. Rather than cutting it down for rebroadcast, the show is aired in full, with 15-minute episodes of other shows filling out the remaining time.²** The GrandFinale "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls" (which itself is the last part of a MultiPartEpisode) is an 44-minute-long special. It's split into two episodes in reruns, with the second part titled "Weirdmageddon 4: Somewhere in the Woods".²* Episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' are usually seven minutes long, but Episode 105, titled "Let's Play the Very Special Episode", is 26 minutes long.²* ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' had ''Mumfie's White Christmas'' run for 23 minutes when a usual episode is ten minutes long.²* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'':²** "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS1E13Potatoland Potatoland]]", "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS3E8WondersOfTheDeep Wonders of the Deep]]", "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS3E16KuuLeiMelody Ku'u Lei Melody]]", "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS3E19SplitDecisions Split Decisions]]", "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS4E16NewShoes New Shoes]]" and "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS5E4Surprise Surprise!]]" run seven minutes, about twice the length of the other shorts, and about the same length as the original WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts.²** The holiday specials ''[[Recap/MickeyMouseS3E21DuckTheHallsAMickeyMouseChristmasSpecial Duck the Halls]]'' and ''[[Recap/MickeyMouseS4E9TheScariestStoryEver The Scariest Story Ever]]'' are each a full half-hour long.²* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' typically operates in a TwoShorts format, but StoryArc-heavy episodes tend to be 44 minutes, like "Missing Milo", "Fungus Among Us", and the season two premiere and its severe SpoilerTitle, [[spoiler: "The WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Effect"]]. The ChristmasEpisode and HalloweenEpisode are both 22 minutes. ²* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' typically operates in a TwoShorts format, though a handful of episodes bump it up to 22 minutes, and rarer still are 44-minute specials -- "Christmas Vacation", "Summer Belongs To You", "WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel", "Save Summer", "WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbStarWars", "Night of the Living Pharmacists", and "Last Day of Summer".²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has had one two-part episode ("Who Shot Mr. Burns?") and one hour-long episode ("The Great Phatsby").²* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' occasionally has episodes that last a half-hour instead of the usual quarter-hour--two in the first season, three in the second, four in the third (the season finale being two in a row), and five in the fourth (the last coming at the end of a mostly-continuous nine-episode StoryArc).²* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' often has [[MultiPartEpisode sequential episodes that follow directly into each other]], but [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]], [[Recap/StevenUniverseS4E8GemHarvest "Gem Harvest"]] and [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E23Reunited "Reunited"]] are all double-length (22-minute instead of 11-minute) episodes not broken apart by title cards or end credits. The first even has an anime-style EyeCatch for the commercial break (which the normal episodes are too short to have). The Season 5 finale, [[Recap/StevenUniverseS5E28ChangeYourMind "Change Your Mind"]], would go on to be a quadruple-length episode (forty-four minutes long).²* ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'': The episode "Queen for a Day" runs at 56 minutes, for more than twice as long as the normal 22-minutes-episodes.²* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' had five episodes longer than ten minutes: ''Island Adventures'', "[=BBRae=]", "The Day the Night Stopped Beginning to Shine and Became Dark Even Though it Was the Day", "Titans Got Talent" and "The Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!". While most of these were 30 minutes long, the first and third episodes were an hour in length.²* From 1984 to 2003, episodes of the animated ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' were four and a half minutes long. After the series ReplacedTheThemeTune in 2004, the episodes were extended to being seven minutes long. Since 2009, after the series' transition to using CGI, as opposed to the live-action scale models of the previous seasons, the episodes are now eight and three-quarter minutes long.²* Starting around 2002, later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{VeggieTales}}'' began to run for either 40 minutes or even 50 minutes, as opposed to earlier episodes, which ran only 30 minutes.²[[/folder]]²----

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