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Sometimes, an episode is so long that it has to be split into multiple episodes via a Story Arc. Long Story Arcs are usually the perfect reason multiple parts would work. The episodes' titles are the same, except the phrases "Part 1" and "Part 2" will be added after them. For example:

  • "Episode Title: Part 1"
  • "Episode Title: Part 2"

Also, at the end (probably a Cliffhanger) of the first part, a message reading "To Be Continued" will appear on the screen. This means the rest of the story is saved for the second part. And the second part will almost always begin with a Previously on… montage that contains footage from the first part. On some occasions, however, the titles of each episode will be completely different.

A multi-part episode is used when a given plot development is, quite simply, too big for one time slot. It commonly shows up in the Pilot Episode because that has to establish the entire setting, and the Season Finale because producers like to make a given year go out with a bang to help secure financing for another year (or usually just in case it won't be renewed for another).

See also To Be Continued and Five-Episode Pilot. Compare to Sequel Episode, which is about the same overall story arc being split into multiple episodes, which can be distant from one another in either seasons or years, but all episodes stand out independently.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's had a two-parter explaining the season's Anti Villains' origin story. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS contained two two-parter episodes, one introducing the seasons' Living MacGuffin and one where she is kidnapped, setting up the Final Battle.
  • Speed Racer was mostly made up of two-parters during its run. One, "The Most Dangerous Race", was a three-parter.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has the 6-part "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", two-part "Remote Island Syndrome", 8-part "Endless Eight", and five-part "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya". This is mostly due to adapting stories of different lengths (with Melancholy and Sigh being entire books) into a series with 30-minute episodes.
  • Kodocha has several long arcs. The first 19 episodes of the show alone take up a single over-breaching arc, followed by episodes 40-50, and then almost the rest of the series afterwards is one long arc that takes up almost half the series (aside from episode 90, which is a filler gag episode).
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has several of these, though the most iconic would be the two-parter "I Can't Hear The Fireworks", which ended up causing a shift in the status quo regarding Shirogane and Kaguya's Battle of Wits.
  • One Piece had the first (and so far only) named two-parter episode called "A Heartbreaking Duel: Luffy vs. Sanji". As the title states, this "duel" was extremely heartbreaking.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has several:
    • "Ilulu and Part-Time Job", which focuses on Ilulu starting to work at Aida's candy store and meeting Taketo for the first time.
    • "Tohru and Legend", which deals with Tohru's past before she came to Earth.
    • "Shouta and the Magical School", where Kobayashi and Tohru accompany Shouta to a magic school promotion exam.
    • Kanna's Daily Life has "Time for Chloe", where the girl that Kanna met when she ran away to New York City comes to visit.
  • Stitch!:
    • Season one has the two-part finale "Stitch vs. Hämsterviel", where Hämsterviel learns about the Chitama Spiritual Stone, brainwashes Jumba, Angel, Sparky, and Felix, and steals the stone's magic to become strong and powerful, capturing (and somehow shrinking) Stitch and putting him into a container shaped like a football, while Yuna goes inside Hämsterviel's ship to free Stitch.
    • The season two premiere "BooGoo" is a two-parter for the international edit, which includes the English dub, but an Extra-Long Episode in the original Japanese version. It has the titular morphing alien insect messing up Stitch's good deed counter, causing him to get points for bad deeds and lose points for good deeds. Also, the yokai Kijimunaa gets sick, so Stitch decides to ditch the malfunctioning counter while he and Yuna head out to get a rare ingredient needed to cure Kijimunaa's illness.
    • Season three has "Stitch's Birthday", in which Yuna, Stitch, and Pleakley take Jumba's new convertible-based time machine and travel to the day Jumba created Stitch. They inadvertently mess up the timeline in the process, nearly preventing Stitch from being "born".
    • The Japanese version of Disney+ splits both of the post-series specials, Stitch and the Planet of Sand and Stitch! Perfect Memory, into two parts each.
  • Transformers: Armada has the two parter "Past", giving knowledge about Hot Shot's past and his nemesis.
  • There were a handful of multi-sectioned episodes in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (Keep in mind each singular episode is roughly 20-21 minutes long). To list, there's "The Kirby Derby", "Prediction Predicament", "Scare Tactics", "Snack Attack", "Fossil Fools", and "Born to Be Mild". Meanwhile, the Grand Finale (Which itself has its first two segments both labeled as "Air-Ride in Style") is a rather hefty five-part affair.
  • Both Sailor Moon Cosmos and Sailor Moon Eternal are split into two-part films.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: "Special Episode: Saving Planet Earth" from Season 3 is comprised of three parts.
  • Bread Barbershop: The Season 1 finale, "Bread and Baguette", is spread across three parts and focuses on Baguette, who antagonizes Bread for getting the job he wanted, running his place out of business with his haircutting skills.
  • The first episode of Happy Heroes comprises two parts and shows how the heroes came to be. There are other two-part episodes besides this one as well, such as the first episode of Season 2.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf has had numerous multi-part episodes throughout its run:
    • The first two episodes form a two-parter called "The Wolves Come".
    • Episodes 499 and 500 are a two-parter called "The Legend of the Really Hungry Wolf" where Wolffy and Wolnie go back in time and meet their ancestors.
    • The Season 1 finale, "The Mysterious Great Triangle", has six parts.
    • Episodes 37-40 of the third season, Joys of Seasons, form a four-part episode called "The Lucky Can" about a lucky doll and an unlucky doll contained in cans. Weirdly, the fourth part is called "The Happy Can" instead in the Disney English dub.
    • Literally every episode of the The Tailor's Closet is a two-parter, with the season consisting of 30 two-part episodes made from 60 normal-length episodes.

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    Comic Strips 
  • Nero: Some Nero albums are two-parters, while others are thematically connected trilogies.

    Fan Works 
  • Script Fic Calvin & Hobbes: The Series has at least two per season. In order:
    • Season 1 has "The Black Turning Funnel" and "The Yellowstone Monster".
    • Season 2 has "The Transmitter Conspiracy", "The Falling Sky", and "The Insane Road Trip".
    • Season 3 has "Dr. BrainChill", "Electronic Invasion", and "Attack of the Monsters".
    • Season 4 has "Camping Trip" and "Our Solemn Hour".
    • Season 5 has "Alien Nation" and "Dark Laughter".
  • New Look Series has the 7-parter "Naruto's New Look" while both "Sonic's New Look", and "Link's New Look" has two parts to their stories.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
    • Season 1 has the three-part "Showdown of Doom" which ties up the season's Story Arc as all three factions enter a final conflict over Project Domination.
    • Season 2 has the two-part "Tournament of Doom", about the Irken Empire holding a tournament for the Invaders, which is crashed by multiple parties in rebellion against the Empire.
  • Star Wars vs. Warhammer 40K: Season 3 has "Mortal Pinnacle", "Mortal Precipice", and "Mortal Fall", which are all four-parters with each part being released separately from each other.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Moongobble and Me: Books 1-3 are all one story arc, involving Moongobble's quest to perform three Mighty Tasks and earn membership in the Society of Magicians. Books 4-5 are a second story arc, introducing the Oggledy Nork and then the quest to cure his curse.

    Live-Action TV 

In General:

  • The earliest examples of this phenomenon in television history date back to the dramatic anthology series which were a staple of the medium in its infancy. Classical plays adopted by these various series would oftentimes have to be spread across two or three parts to accommodate the length of the production. One of the earliest, if not the earliest, examples of a two-part episode in a series featuring continuing characters and format came with the 1954 Dragnet episode "The Big Gangster".


  • Arrowverse:
    • The annual Crisis Crossovers are staggered across their participating series and are meant to be watched in the order they were aired. For example, Elseworlds is basically a two-hour movie, spread across the 9th episode of The Flash season 5 (Part 1), the 9th episode of Arrow season 7 (Part 2), and the 9th episode of Supergirl season 4 (Part 3).
    • Legends of Tomorrow has a two-part pilot, because of the large Ensemble Cast that it has to build on, compared to the more focused casts of Arrow and The Flash.
    • The Flash season 6 has the two-part "The Last Temptation of Barry Allen''.
  • Austin & Ally had "Chapters & Choices" and "Partners & Parachutes" in its second season, and "Proms & Promises" and "Last Dances & Last Chances" in the third.
  • Despite being a very heavily serialised show, Babylon 5 only had three outright two-parters: "A Voice in the Wilderness" in season 1, "War Without End" in season 3, and "Movements of Fire and Shadow" / "The Fall of Centauri Prime" in season 5. These were the only episodes in the entire show to begin with "Previously on…" segments.
  • Batman (1966) was made up of nothing but two-parters for the first two seasons, with season two even getting a couple three-parters.
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978). Of its 24 episodes, 8 were two-parters: "Lost Planet of the Gods", "Gun on Ice Planet Zero", "The Living Legend" and "War of the Gods".
    • Battlestar Galactica (2003) also had a number of two-parters: "Kobol's Last Gleaming", "Home", "Resurrection Ship", "Lay Down Your Burdens", "Exodus", "Crossroads" and "Daybreak".
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel had frequent arcs that were essentially one very long episode, each one picking up where the previous one left off.
  • Charmed first did this with the season 4 premiere, "Charmed Again" part 1 and 2, to better accommodate the major shift of killing off elder sister Prue and introducing long-lost younger half-sister Paige. This format was maintained for the next two season premieres (with "A Witch's Tail" part 1 and 2, and "Valhalley of Dolls" part 1 and 2), as well as the finales ("Oh my Goddess!" part 1 and 2, and "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World" part 1 and 2). The last two seasons had all one-hour episodes, although in both cases the final episodes ("Death Becomes Them" and "Something Wicca This Way Goes?" for season 7, "Gone With The Witches", "Kill Billie vol, 2", and "Forever Charmed" for season 8) were so closely intertwined they might as well have been a two- and three-part finale respectively.
  • The second season finale of Community was split into two parts.
  • CSI-verse: The franchise LIVES on this trope for its season finales. Many seasons ended on a dramatic note that madeaudiences wait until the next season to see resolved.
    • CSI: Probably the most notable examples are season 7 and 8's "Living Doll"/"Dead Doll," and season 9 and 10's "For Gedda"/"For Warrick" pairing. The original series has also had at least two notable season finale two parters, season 5's "Grave Danger 1 and 2", as well as the season 6 finale "A Bullet Runs Through It". Season 7 then opened with the two part "Built To Kill". Season 10 had Grissom's departure in "19 Down"/"One to Go". Catherine's departure in season 12 had "Ms. Willows Regrets"/"Willows In The Wind".
    • CSI: NY: The story from the 5th episode of season 4 picked back up and concluded in the 15th episode. There were cliffhangers at the end of seasons 4, 5, & 6, a three-part arc with John Larroquette as a Deputy Chief in the middle of season 7, and a two-parter at the end of season 7 with Peter Fonda as Mac's first partner.
    • CSI: Miami had one season that ended with Horatio appearing to have been shot to death and Ryan Wolfe being in on it. The original audience had to wait 4 months to find out what really happened in the following season's premiere.
  • Season 2 of Dark Side of the Ring opens with a two-part episode on Chris Benoit.
  • Death in Paradise has had two so far, both of which wrote out major characters (and the first of which also introduced the show's new lead): Series 6's "Man Overboard" featured filming in England, and ends on a cliffhanger when the team's prime suspect is murdered. Series 8's "Across the Shining Sea" features two distinct, but strongly linked cases, and is also noticeably Darker and Edgier than usual.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation used loads of these across its run, with two-parters being used for any major storyline and most season premiers and finales (some of which were four-parters broadcast as TV movies). It really stood out in seasons 10-12 where every episode was a two parter due to the telenovela format.
  • Episode 5 of the Indian series Dekh Bhai Dekh comprises two parts and involves Sunita, Chachi's mom, visiting the Diwan house.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The classic series didn't have episodes, it had serials; mostly four- and six-parters, but they did occasionally go up to 7, with one each of 8, 10 and 12, plus a debatable 14-parter note . Of the 155 stories which made up the classic series, only two weren't multi-parters, but one of them was a de facto "episode 0" to a later story, and the other one was feature-length (though a 4-parter version is available on the DVD release).
    • The new series regularly has two-parters, and even a few three-parters, with series 7 and 11 being the only seasons to lack at least one two-part story to date. "The End of Time" and "Spyfall" are the only such stories to use Part 1/2 titles, with the others using different titles for every episode.
  • An interesting example is the two Epitaphs from Dollhouse. They were conceived and produced separately, but together form a continuous two-part story.
  • The Fugitive had a few of those, including “Never Wave Goodbye” and “The Judgment”, the latter being the most iconic.
  • All of Ghostwriter's stories were at least three parts.
  • The Golden Girls had a few, including "We're Outta Here", the Very Special Episode "Sick and Tired", and the series finale, "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest".
  • The original Hawaii Five-O had a few multi-part episodes. The most notable was the three-parter "V For Vashon" episode, (which later gained a follow-up in the form of Season 8's "The Case Against McGarrett".
  • Highlander: "Counterfeit 1 and 2", "Unholy Alliance 1 and 2" and "Finale 1 and 2". Two other sets also qualify, though they were not a 1 and 2 case. The eps were "Comes a Horseman" and "Revelation 6:8" and the series finale, "To Be" and "Not To Be".
    • For more than two parts, there's the season 5 ending and season 6 opener, the Archangel-Armageddon-Avatar arc.
  • The most critically-acclaimed season finale of House was a two-parter which ended Season 4: "House's Head" and "Wilson's Heart".
  • Athough both parts had different names (as opposed to 'part 1' and 'part 2'), the I Love Lucy episodes about Cousin Ernie coming to New York and the Hollywood episodes about Lucy stealing John Wayne's footprints could be considered two parters. Additionally one of the first hour long episodes is written in this format - the first half hour deals with Lucy meeting and trying to make a good impression on New neighbor Talula Bankhead, the second half hour Lucy tries to get her to appear for a school function.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a couple of official two-parters ("Mac and Charlie Die Parts 1 and 2", "The Gang Gets Whacked Parts 1 and 2") as well as unofficial ones ("Mac Fights Gay Marriage / Dennis Gets Divorced", "The Gang Gets a New Member / Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth").
  • Law & Order had a two-part episode titled "The Torrents of Greed" in its first season and a three-part episode in season 7 ("D-Girl", "Turnaround", and "Showtime"), but otherwise avoided this trope.
  • This was frequent in The Lone Ranger, usually ending with "Will the Lone Ranger triumph as he fights on for justice, law and order? Tune in next week when General Mills brings you another exciting episode of The Lone Ranger."
  • Married... with Children has several two-parters (some memorable ones include "Poppy's By the Tree"note , "Route 666"note , "You Better Shop Around"note  and "The Desperate Half Hour"note ), as well as 2 three-parters ("The England Show"note  and "Breaking Up is Easy to Do," a final season episode where Al and Peg break up after going to marriage counseling).
  • Merlin had seven: "Beauty and the Beast" 1 and 2, "The Tears of Uther Pendragon" 1 and 2, "The Coming of Arthur" 1 and 2, "The Darkest Hour" 1 and 2, "The Sword in the Stone" 1 and 2, "Arthur's Bane" 1 and 2, and "The Diamond of the Day" 1 and 2. While "Beauty and the Beast" happened in the middle of Season Two, the others served as the premieres and finales for the last three seasons.
  • "Calderone's Return Part 1/2", "Golden Triangle Part 1/2" and "Down For The Count Part 1/2" from Miami Vice. 2 of the 3 two-parters ("Calderone's Return" and "Down For The Count") feature the death of the series' Big Bad (up to that point in the story) and a major supporting character, respectively.
  • The Middle's third- and fourth-season premieres: "Forced Family Fun (Parts 1 and 2)" and "Last Whiff of Summer (Parts 1 and 2)", respectively.
  • Monk had three:
    • The series premiere, "Mr. Monk and the Candidate". However, the DVD release combines two parts and presents it as a single 78 minute episode.
    • Season 6's finale, "Mr. Monk Is on the Run".
    • The series finale,"Mr. Monk and the End".
  • MythQuest's 9th and 10th episode were called "Isis and Osiris Part 1" and "Isis and Osiris Part 2", respectively.
  • NCIS has quite a few of these for season finales, i.e. "Hiatus", "Kill Ari", etc.
  • Power Rangers made use of both types whenever a major game changer came about. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers alone had many with "Green With Evil", the first appearance of Tommy, coming in with a whopping five parts. It should also be noted that six crossover episodes were two-parters, though one could consider the crossover between Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and Power Rangers in Space to be a three parter due to the episode afterwards picking up on a plot point.
  • Press Your Luck ended up having a two part episode during Michael Larson’s time on the show, as, due to Larson’s abuse of the system, the length of his run on the Big Board meant the episode needed to be divided for air-time.
  • Probe: The first episode is titled "Computer Logic", while the second episode (initially airing immediately after the first) is titled "Computer Logic Part 2". In order to have a murder solved in each episode, the first part has a subplot about a woman who supposedly died of exposure solved by Austin before the end of the first hour.
  • Punky Brewster had some of these, most notably the premiere "Punky Finds a Home" (3 parts), "The Perils of Punky" (2 parts), "Changes" (5 parts) and "Open Door, Broken Heart" (2 parts).
  • Red Dwarf had "Back In The Red" (a three-parter), "Pete" (a two-parter), and "Back to Earth" (a three-part miniseries).
  • Scrubs also has a few, including the (fake) series finale. The 2-part episodes are usually reserved for the more serious/tearjerker episodes, with both parts having different episode titles. "My Soul On Fire"]] parts 1 and 2 is an exception to both.
  • Each of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books was adapted into a two-part episode for the Netflix series (except for "The End", which was adapted into a one-part episode).
  • The Six Million Dollar Man and its related shows loved this trope and wanted to have its children.
    • The Six Million Dollar Man. Of its 96 episodes, 20 were two-parters: "The Bionic Woman", "The Return of the Bionic Woman", "The Secret of Bigfoot", "The Return of Bigfoot", "Death Probe", "Sharks", "Deadly Countdown", "Dark Side of the Moon", "Return of the Death Probe" and "Date With Danger".
    • The Bionic Woman (1976-78). Of its 58 episodes, 14 were two parters: "Kill Oscar" parts 1 and 3 (part 2 was an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man), "Jaime's Shield", "Doomsday is Tomorrow", "Deadly Ringer", "The Bionic Dog", "Fembots in Las Vegas", "Welcome Home, Jaime"
  • All episodes of Smallville has One Word Titles, except for Absolute Justice and Finale, both of which are two-parted.
  • Stargate SG-1, especially on season transitions: The first two parts of a three-parter at the end of one season and the last part at the start of the next.
  • Star Trek
    • Star Trek: The Original Series had a single two-parter: "The Menagerie", which was created by filming another episode's worth of material as a Framing Device for the original pilot "The Cage". The director of the new material was credited for Part 1, while the director of "The Cage" was credited for Part 2.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered with the two-parter "Encounter at Farpoint" and ended with the two-part "All Good Things..." The show also liked to do two-parters as season-ending Cliffhangers: "The Best of Both Worlds" (seasons 3/4), "Redemption" (seasons 4/5), "Time's Arrow" {seasons 5/6) and "Descent" (seasons 6/7). Other two-parters included "Unification" in Season 5, "Chain of Command" and "Birthright" in season 6 and "Gambit" in season 7.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had many examples, some sharing a title while others had separate titles but were nevertheless connected by a "To Be Continued" card. The show premiered with the two-part "Emissary". Season 2 began with a three-part story "The Homecoming" / "The Circle" / "The Siege", and later included the two-parter "The Maquis". Season 3 began with the two-parter "The Search" and also included the two parters "Past Tense" and "Improbable Cause" / "The Die Is Cast". Season 4 began with "The Way of the Warrior" and had the mid-season two-parter "Homefront" / "Paradise Lost". Season 5 had the two-part story "In Purgatory's Shadow" / "By Inferno's Light". Season 6 began with a six-part string of episodes.note  The show really takes the cake to end things, however, with a ten-parter ending the Dominion War,note  including the two-part finale.
    • Star Trek: Voyager premiered with the two-parter "The Caretaker" and ended with the two-part "Endgame". Season-ending cliffhanger two-parters included "Basics" (seasons 2/3), "Scorpion" (seasons 3/4), "Equinox" (seasons 5/6) and "Unimatrix Zero" (seasons 6/7). Other two-parters included "Future's End" in season 3, "Year of Hell" and "The Killing Game" in season 4, "Dark Frontier" in season 5, and "Flesh and Blood" and "Workforce" in season 7.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise premiered with the two-parter "Broken Bow", and had "Shockwave" as its season 1/2 cliffhanger. The final season was mostly made up of multi-part episodes, with no less than three three-parters, four two-parters and four stand-alone episodes.
    • Star Trek: Picard: The Season 1 finale "Et in Arcadia Ego" was divided into two episodes.
  • The Streets of San Francisco had its season five premiere "The Thrill Killers" (also marking Michael Douglas' departure) intended to be an Extra-Long Episode, but then-head of ABC Fred Silverman demanded it air as a two-parter so that Part 2 would run opposite the season premiere of fellow Quinn Martin production Barnaby Jones on CBS. This turned out to not be one of Silverman's best ideas.note 
  • Supernatural had the finale to the second season, "All Hell Breaks Loose" parts 1 and 2.
  • Today's Special: The third season had a pair of two-parters, "Christmas", and "Our Story".
  • Tracker: "Fever of the Hunt" 1 and 2.
  • The Ultraman franchise does this a lot, so it would be impossible to list every instance, but many of them tend to be Grand Finales, Wham Episodes, or simply featuring a very powerful monster. The most important is probably the first of these, which was the 26th and 27th episodes of the original series "The Monster Prince", which introduced Gomora, the Ensemble Dark Horse of Ultra Monsters and the first monster to defeat Ultraman in battle.
  • Case in point, although rarely dubbed "Part 1 & 2", the only multi-parters in The X-Files were the ones that dealt with the Myth Arc. In fact, after season 1, standalone mythology episodes became very rare.

  • This trope appears quite frequently in popular music, where a single piece is divided into multiple movements spread out across a release. In many cases, this consisted of a "Part 1" that comprised the main song and a "Part 2" that acted as an instrumental version; typically Part 1 would be released as a single, with Part 2 as the B-side. In most cases, the different parts appear as distinct tracks that share enough melodic leitmotifs to be tied directly onto one another.
  • Bastille: "The Weight of Living", Parts 1 and 2.
  • David Bowie: "It's No Game" appears in two parts, bookending Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) with Part 1 as the first track and Part 2 as the second. Unlike most examples of this trope in a musical context, both parts of "It's No Game" are essentially the same song, with mostly identical lyrics, melody, and instrumentation, but the overall tone and mood of the song is drastically different between the Large Ham Part 1 and the Tranquil Fury Part 2.
  • Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear features the recurring track "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You"; the song appears first in its main form on side one, as an instrumental at the end of side three, and as a reprise at the end of side four.
  • Gary Glitter: The first and second parts of "Rock 'n' Roll" bookend his debut album Glitter, and were released as two sides of the album's lead single. Part 2 in particular became a popular song to play at sporting events before it eventually got blacklisted on account of Glitter's arrests for possession of child pornography and child prostitution.
  • Rick James: "Superfreak" off of Street Songs featured a "Part 1" and "Part 2" on its single release, as the A and B side, respectively.
  • King Crimson: "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" appears across the band's discography as a five-movement piece, with each movement spread out across multiple albums released years, even decades apart. Parts I and II appeared as the title tracks to Larks' Tongues in Aspic in 1973, Part III appeared as the closing track to Three of a Perfect Pair in 1984, Part IV appeared on The Construkction of Light in 2000, and Part V appeared as "Level Five" on The Power to Believe in 2003. Compiled together, the whole suite could fill an entire album all on its own.
  • George Michael: "I Want Your Sex" off of Faith appears in two parts, dubbed "Rhythm One: Lust" and "Rhythm Two: Brass in Love", sequenced together as one song. The original CD release included the third part of the song, "At Last Request", as a bonus track.
  • Mike Oldfield indulged in this trope quite a bit early in his career, combining it with Epic Rocking to have his first four albums consist solely of a single song divided across multiple side-length parts; he eventually revived the practice with 2017's Return to Ommadawn. Before then though, his fifth album, Platinum, divided its side-length Title Track into four parts, each sequenced as its own track: "Airborne", "Platinum", "Charleston", and "North Star/Platinum Finale". Then there's "Taurus", a track that, like King Crimson's "Larks' Tongues in Aspic", is divided into multiple parts spread across multiple albums: "Taurus I" appears on QE2, "Taurus II" on Five Miles Out, and "Taurus 3" on Crises.
  • Pendulum: "The Island Part 1: Dawn" and "The Island Part 2: Dusk". Part 2 is mostly instrumental, while Part 1 is lyrics-heavy.
  • Pink Floyd: "Another Brick in the Wall" is divided into three parts that appear throughout the first disc of The Wall; each part represents a different part of Pink's life that motivates him to further cut himself off from the rest of the world, represented by the building of the metaphorical wall that gives the album its title.
  • The Police: Synchronicity contains two title tracks, differentiated as "Synchronicity I" and "Synchronicity II", which book end the first side of the album; while the two songs sound distinct from one another, they both share lyrical themes of examining the Jungian concept of synchronicity that gives the album and both songs their names.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the early years, EMLL Aniversario would be celebrated too long for one show to contain and last several nights, though as time went on this was done away with in favor of simply running one show in place of Super Viernes. The Puerto Rican counterpart CSP\WWC didn't follow suit and kept the multiple aniversarios.
  • Most of the JWA's tournaments would last over the course of several back to back shows until a definitive winner was crowned, a tradition carried on by Zenjo's Tag League The Best, All Japan's Champion Carnival and New Japan's G1 Climax, among others.
  • Starting in 2003, Ring of Honor began doing "double shots" where it ran several shows as part of one event over the course of a weekend.

  • In New Dynamic English, the Review episodes take up a week.
    • The Story Interludes have their own examples. Some are two-part, notably Larry's grandson falling ill, the election, and Max's son's birthday party. But one has five parts: Max's mysterious "brother".
  • A large amount of Alien Worlds consists of multi-part episodes, with "The Sunstealers", "The Starsmith Project", "Night Riders of Kalimar", "Resurrectionists of Lethe", "Keeper of Eight", "Adventure of the Egyptian Necklace", "Infinity Factor", "Earthlight", and "Madonnas of Zanzibar Alpha" being two-part episodes and "ISA Conspiracy" being a three-part episode.

    Video Games 
  • In Ensemble Stars!, event stories are typically available from the moment the event starts, being unlockable through accumulating event points or spending keys. For particularly long event stories, only the first half will be visible at first, with the second half appearing mid-way through the event. Knights Repayment Festival topped even this, being so long that it was split into three parts, with the final third only showing up shortly before it ended.
  • Paper Dolls is released in two parts, the first game ending on a cliffhanger where the second game is an Immediate Sequel that picks up minutes later.

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    Web Animation 
  • Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse:
    • The two-part "Gone Glitter Gone" follows Barbie, Ken, and Barbie's sisters struggling to survive a city-wide glitter shortage.
    • The two-part "Style Super Squad" shows Barbie and her friends forming an international team of fashion advisers.
    • The two-part "Ice Ice Barbie" details the fun and the disaster brought by Malibu's first snowfall.
    • The three-part "Send in the Clones" explores the chaos that ensues when Ken creates a robot duplicate of Barbie.
  • Episode 5 of Battle for Dream Island Again is split up into five parts, labeled A through E. Episode 5b is a Formula-Breaking Episode.
  • Cartoon Monsoon was an animated anthology series that gave every "show" two three-minute shorts to work with. While some used them for separate stories, the majority of the nineteen shows (Go Go Moba Boy, Zatanna, That's My Boys, and Gorilla Girl from Season 1; all eight shows in Season 2) used them in this format.
  • Happy Tree Friends has a few of these, usually in the finale/premiere episodes.
    • "Happy Trails" and "Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark", the respective Season 1 finale and Season 2 premiere, comprise a single storyline revolved around a school bus. The former episode involves Lumpy trying to keep the bus on track as he constantly gets requests from other characters, while the latter has the surviving characters from the previous episode seeking to find a way to escape from a stranded island after the bus crashes into it.
    • "From A To Zoo" is a two-part episode where Lumpy takes a few characters to a zoo. Of course, being Happy Tree Friends, things go wrong pretty fast, starting with Sniffles being mauled by a baboon.
    • The last two episodes of the TV season, "Double Whammy" and "Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II", revolve around Flippy being made aware of his PTSD and eventually fighting back against Fliqpy.
  • Homestar Runner had two. There was the two-parter Cheat Commandos cartoon simply called 2 Part Episode. There were also two Strong Bad Email episodes back-to-back: cliffhangers and retirement. They dealt with the loss (and then return) of Strong Bad's laptop.
    • Note that "retirement" was originally released as two-parts, only to be combined into one about a week later. So technically it was a three-part arc.

    Web Videos 
  • Not Just Bikes did a collaboration satirically discussing infrastructure with Climate Town which takes place over two videos, with each channel hosting one.

  • Batman: Wayne Family Adventures features numerous multi-part episodes. These episodes tend to be much more serious in tone than the largely comedic singular episodes, usually focusing on more serious topics relating to the Batfamily (a notable example being the "Strong Enough" two-parter, which tackles the topic of Jason's PTSD from his death and resurrection). Most of these multi-part episodes are two-parters, with the exception of the "Crush" chapters (the first multi-part episode in the series), which is a three-parter.

    Western Animation 
  • The Grand Finale of 101 Dalmatians: The Series, "Dalmatian Vacation", was issued as a movie on Video CD in the U.S., VHS in the U.K., and on Laserdisc in Japan, but was split up into three episodes for TV- "Road Warriors", "Cross-Country Calamity", and "Dearly Beloved".
  • Adventure Time has an...odd variation of this, to say the least. While the show does have the occasional two-part episode from time-to-time, they only use the "Part 1/Part 2" naming scheme once, with season five's "Lemonhope". Otherwise, they take the form an Immediate Sequel, with the names of the episodes being completely different, though occasionally related. For example, a three-part episode that served as the season four finale and season five premiere ("The Lich" and "Finn the Human/Jake the Dog", respectively).
    • "Stakes" was an eight-part episode, promoted as a miniseries. Same with "Islands" and "Elements".
  • Similar to Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball also had a two-parter as the season 4 finale and season 5 premiere: "The Disaster" and "The Rerun".
    • Another two-parter that uses the traditional format is "The Origins" (Pt. 1 & 2).
  • American Dad!: "Stan of Arabia" (Pt. 1 & 2), plus "100 A.D." and "Son of Stan".
  • Animaniacs: "Hooray for North Hollywood"; though segments in the show were often divided into several parts, these were the only two episodes released as separate half-hours.
  • Atomic Puppet: "Worm Boy" and "The Big Shift" are two-parter episodes, with the former being a Spider-Man parody and the latter being the show's Grand Finale. However, because the show use a Two Shorts format, it's more like they divided a half-hour episode in two.
  • The Grand Finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sozin's Comet, is split up into four parts.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes has several. Two-part episodes include "Breakout Part 1/Breakout Part 2" (sixth and seventh episodes chronologically), "Gamma World Part 1/Gamma World Part 2" (episodes 12 and 13), "Ultron-5/The Ultron Imperative" (episodes 22 and 23), "Code Red/Winter Soldier" (episodes 46 and 47), and "Operation Galactic Storm/Live Kree and Die" (episodes 50 and 51).Episodes with more than two parts include "The Man Who Stole Tomorrow/Come the Conqueror/The Kang Dynasty" (episodes 16-18 chronologically) and "This Hostage Earth/The Fall of Asgard/A Day Unlike Any Other" (episodes 24-26).
    • "Prisoner of War/Infiltration/Secret Invasion" (episodes 36-38) provide an arguable example.
  • Starting with season 2, The Backyardigans had a two-part episode once every season, which were combined into one-hour episodes in North America.
  • Big City Greens did this in its second season, featuring a Society-on-Edge Episode where the Greens' home is threatened to be demolished by Chip Whistler and replaced with another Wholesome Foods. It started in the 11-minute "Chipwrecked" and continues into the double-length episode "Chipocalypse Now".
  • Netflix's Carmen Sandiego series opens with the two-part Origins Episode "Becoming Carmen Sandiego".
  • The Chocolix's Season 1 finale, "The Chocobeard Treasure", is two parts.
  • Code Lyoko has multi-part episodes, but only one follows the "Part 1/Part 2" titling format: "XANA Awakens". Season 2 ends with four episodes: "Franz Hopper", "Contact", "Revelation", and "The Key". Season 1 ends with two: "Code Earth" and "False Start". Season 3 ends with two: "Double Trouble" and "Final Round". Season 4 has three: "Down to Earth", "Fight to the Finish", and "Echoes".
  • The Christmas Special for The Crumpets is divided into two episodes: "Joyeux Noël..." and "... et bonne année !" (French for "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!").
  • All but two episodes of series 2 and all of series 3 of the original Danger Mouse were shown in Great Britain as five-part story arcs, each installment running five minutes a day weekdays. When the show came to America, they were re-edited as same-day two-parters.
  • Darkwing Duck had the 2-part "Just Us Justice Ducks" where Darkwing reluctantly joins up with a team of heroes to stop the Fearsome Five.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • Defenders of the Earth had two 2-parter episodes ("The Mind Raiders"note  and "The Golden Queen") as well as a five-part episode in the middle of the series featuring Ming's son rising to power.
  • Doc McStuffins has "Baby McStuffins", "Runaway Love" and "Hooty's Duty" where these episodes took place during the preparations of Maya's arrival. Also episodes "Bringing Home Baby", "Baby Names" and "Night Night, Lala" all took place on one day.
  • D.N. Ace has "Juan For All And All For Juan". In part 1, Ace enters the "Clash for the Crown" championship to win the belt, which has a meteorite splinter on it. Ace loses the belt to Juan. Part 2 deals with Juan's rampage across Del Juevo, and Ace and co. trying to beat him.
  • DuckTales (1987) had a five-part series premiere and two five-parters to open its second season. Season 1 also featured a four-part story entitled "Catch as Cash Can" and the series concluded with a two-part Grand Finale.
  • "Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" from Family Guy.
  • Fangbone! had several of these, each of which were quite significant to the series in some way. These were "Warbrute of Friendship" (which was the series' pilot), "The Duck of Always" (which introduced the Shadowsteppers), "The Field Trip of Mayhem" (which marked the first time Bill visited Skullbania and Fangbone's first direct confrontation with Venomous Drool), "The Breaker of Oaths" (which significantly fleshed out Venomous Drool's backstory), and "The End of the Beginning" (which was the Grand Finale). However, because the show follows a Two Shorts format, the episodes are basically just full half-hour episodes split in two.
  • Freakazoid! has a unique example with its 2-part Origin Story episode, "The Chip". The first part was a full, 22 minute episode, while the second was only a traditional 7-minute short, with another unrelated story filling up the rest of the episode's runtime.
  • The Future Is Wild has the two parter "Queen of the Squibbons".
  • Garfield and Friends had four: Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs, Grape Expectations, Egg Over Easy, and The Horror Hostess.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, in addition to having two Five-Episode Pilots, had five-episode miniseries to start each of three seasons, five two-parters in season 1, and five more two-parters in the DiC seasons.
  • Gravity Falls utilizes a three-part series finale entitled "Weirdmageddon", the final part being an hour-length episode that's occasionally broken up in reruns.
  • Grojband did this twice, these being for the early Journey to the Center of the Mind episode "Dreamreaver" and the Grand Finale "Hear Us Rock!". However, since the show follows a Two Shorts format, in practice, they were basically full half-hour episodes split in two parts, which actually makes Part 1 of "Dreamreaver" the only episode of the show without a musical sequence.
  • House of Mouse: The three "Mouse Tales" shorts, adaptations of Around the World in Eighty Days, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Nutcracker, were all split into two parts. The short "Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot" is also a two-parter.
  • I ♡ Arlo: The final three episodes of Season 1 make up an overarching plotline centering around Arlo's adoptive mother Edmée being in danger. At the end of "Goin' It Arlone", he gets her distress call but the follow-up package does not come. In the next episode "Alro", he solves the mystery of the lost package and it ends with he and his cavalcade setting off to the swamp to save her. It all concludes in the epic season finale "The Uncondemning", where Arlo must rescue Edmée from the wicked Bog Lady who wants him to stay in the swamp forever.
  • Jem had "Starbright", "The Music Awards" and "The Jem Jam" in the first season, "The Talent Search" and "Hollywood Jem" in the second season, and "The Stingers Hit Town" in the third season.
  • Episodes 75 and 76 of Kaeloo form a two-part episode where the gang travels back in time to take care of Quack Quack's addiction to yogurt. Kaeloo and her past self from the beginning of the episode both come up with the idea to travel back to the pilot episode of the show to prevent Quack Quack from ever becoming addicted to yogurt in the first place.
  • Kim Possible had the three-parter "A Stitch In Time" and the two-part series finale "Graduation".
  • King of the Hill: Had several: "Propane Boom" and "Death of a Propane Salesman", "As Old As The Hills..." and "...Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall", and "Returning Japanese" (Pt. 1 and 2).
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) began with the two-parter "Blythe's Big Adventure". It ended with the episode "Summertime Blues", which was tied together with the episode "Missing Blythe" which aired as the season two premiere. Season two ended with the two-parter "The Expo Factor". Season three ended with "It's the Pet Fest!", and the fourth ended with "Littlest Pet Street".
  • Miraculous Ladybug has been known to use these as it’s plot points every season.
    • Season 1 features Origins, which is about the origins between Marinette and Adrien.
    • Season 2 has two, in the form of the Queens Battle (consisting of Style Queen & Queen Wasp) and the Heroes Day (consisting of Catalyst and Mayura)
    • The Season 3 finale is split into two parts, called the Battle of the Miraculous (consisting of Heart Hunter and Miracle Queen)
    • The Season 4 finale is split into two parts, called The Last Attack of Shadow Moth (consisting of Risk and Strike Back)
    • Season 5 has two, in the form of The Kwami's Choice (consisting of Transmission & Deflagration) and The Last Day (consisting of Conformation & Re-creation)
  • Molly of Denali: "Puppy Palooza" is a two-part, half-hour episode. It involves Tooey's dog Cali giving birth to multiple puppies.
  • The original My Little Pony 'n Friends was primarily made up of these, with most episodes serving as either 2 or 4 part serials. The sole exception to this rule is the first serial… Which is 10 parts long.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic usually does this twice a season, with the premiere and finale being two-parters. Only three seasons break this rule, and even then, two of them (the first and the third) open with two-parters, while the other (the seventh season) closes with one. In addition, the show's ninth and final season technically ended with a three-parter, as "The Ending of The End" premiered with "The Last Problem", which served as a Dénouement Episode.
  • Peg + Cat has "Peg and Cat Save the World".
  • Phineas and Ferb had "Where's Perry?" parts one and two.
  • Pingu had a rather odd example of this. The two episodes that aired after the pilot episode, "Pingu Helps With Incubating" and "Pinga is Born", revolved around an egg (which, when it hatches, turns out to be Pingu's sister Pinga). But unlike the other examples in this trope, they both focused on different subjects, thus they were not advertised as a multi-part episode and instead given separate titles and production numbers, even though they were part of the same story.
  • The Pinky and the Brain episode "Brainwashed" is split into three parts, with each part titled "Brain, Brain, Go Away", "I Am Not a Hat" and "Wash Harder".
  • Ready Jet Go! has several:
    • "Sunday Drive", where the Propulsions download the new version of the saucer dashboard software. Hilarity Ensues.
    • "Jet's First Halloween", the first Halloween Episode, which focuses on Jet experiencing his first Halloween, and him making Mindy's wish come true by dressing up as a witch and flying across a red moon.
    • "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace", the Christmas Episode, where Jet directs a Christmas pageant, while desperately trying to seek and define The Spirit of Christmas.
    • "Mindy Turns Five", Mindy's second Birthday Episode and the biggest Wham Episode of the entire show. After this episode, Nothing Is the Same Anymore. Also known as 22 minutes of Pandering to the Base.
    • "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!", the second Halloween Episode. This time around, Jet enters a pumpkin contest and grows an enormous pumpkin, and Mindy, Mitchell, and Lillian go trick-or-treating together.
  • All of Rocky and Bullwinkle's story arcs consisted of at least four 10-minute shorts, two per episode. The pilot arc, "Jet Fuel Formula", was by far the longest, running for 40 shorts (20 episodes).
  • The Simpsons:
  • The Smurfs (1981) episodes "Smurf On The Wild Side", a two-parter which introduced Wild Smurf, "The Smurfs That Time Forgot", which originally was a three-part episode, and "Smurfquest", which was a four-part episode.
  • South Park has "Cartoon Wars", "Pandemic", "Imaginationland", "Go God Go" and, to a lesser extent, "200" and "201".
  • Space Goofs has "Once Upon a Time" and "Toon In, Drop Out".
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil had the original airings of its Season 3 premiere packaged as "Battle for Mewni": a TV Movie that was, for all intents and purposes, a seven-parter consisting of the first four half-hours of the season. All these episodes would air separately later once the rest of the season began airing.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The vast majority of episodes were part of multi-part stories, with four-parters becoming the most common over the show's run. Due to the Anachronic Order of the first two-and-a-half seasons, there were some cases where episodes that aired individually years apart became part of multi-part stories. The season six story "The Disappeared" was the only one of the multi-parters to use the Part X style of title.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
  • Star Wars Resistance has season 1 finale "No Escape".
  • Steven Universe rejects the "Part 1/Part 2" naming scheme as well: unsurprising considering that the creator was a prominent writer on Adventure Time. The third season ended with a four-part episode ("Beta"/"Earthlings" and "Back to the Moon"/"Bubbled").
  • TaleSpin had the episodes "A Bad Reflection On You" and "For Whom the Bell Klaangs".
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) had a few multi-part stories in addition to its Five-Episode Pilot. There was the 4-part "Eye of Sarnath" story early in season two, the 3-part "Return of the Technodrome" story that concluded season 3, and a 3-part "Return of Shredder and Krang" story in its final season. With the exception of this last one, none of these actually ended on a "to be continued", even with one episode of the "Technodrome returns" story ending on a clear cliffhanger (Part 2, "The Big Break-In", ends with the Technodrome ready to resurface and attack the Turtles and April again, but the very last shot of the episode is them driving off happily).
  • Teen Titans season finales tend to be two-parters. The exceptions are season 4, which had a three-parter, and season 5, which was only one part (though it was more of a coda following the conclusion of the season's Story Arc, which was a two-parter).
    • The spin-off Teen Titans Go! has quite a few, such as the straight-forwardly named "Two Parter", "Operation Dude Rescue", and "The Streak", as well as four-part episodes such as "Island Adventures", "The Day the Night Stopped Beginning to Shine and Became Dark Even Though it Was the Day" and "Space House" (Crossover With DC Super Hero Girls). Oddly enough, when the four-parters air, they show up on TV schedules as TV movies rather than normal episodes of the show.
  • The Transformers featured two three-parters in the first season (including Three-Episode Pilot "More Than Meets The Eye"), several two-parters in the second season, a five-parter to open the post-movie season 3, a two-parter to close that season, and a three-parter to serve as the series-ending season 4.
    • Most of Beast Wars' multi-part episodes were two-parters, except for season 2's "The Agenda", which was a three-parter.
    • Beast Machines featured a trio of three-part episodes, which all had individual subtitles in addition to their "Part" titles (e.g. "Revelations, Part I: Discovery", "Sparkwar Part III: The Siege").
    • Transformers: Animated keeps the tradition with the three-part pilot "Transform and Roll Out!". The first and second season end with the two parter "Megatron Rising" and "A Bridge Too Close" respectively, and then, it is the third season, starting with the TV movie/three parter "Transwarped", then followed by the mid season two parter "Human Error" and the series finale two parter "Endgame".
    • Transformers: Prime started with a five-parter ("Darkness Rising"), ended season 1 with a three-parter ("One Shall Rise"), started season 2 with a three-parter ("Orion Pax"), and followed that up right away with a two-parter ("Operation Bumblebee"). Of course, given that this series is very Story Arc-oriented, there are several other episodes that could be considered multi-part, even though they're separately titled ("Sick Mind"/"Out Of His Head"; "T.M.I."/"Stronger, Faster"; "One Shall Fall" leading right into "One Shall Rise", and that's just the first season).
    • The first season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) began with the two parter pilot called "pilot" and ended with the two parter "Battlegrounds". Like so did the second with "Overloaded" and "Decepticon Island", while the third season started with the two parter "King of the hill".
    • Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy got its debut with the two parter "Recruits".
  • All the episodes of Underdog are four-parter episodes, except for the first four. In an interesting take on this trope, two of the parts were shown in one episode- one at the beginning and one at the end- so it really felt more like a two parter.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series made frequent use of this, starting with Season 1's "The Alien Costume" parts 1 - 3 and "The Hobgolin" part 1 and 2. Seasons 2, 3 and 4 then gave the entire season 1 universal title, with every episode in that season being a chapter of this title; Season 2 was " Neogenic Nightmare", Season 3 "The Sins of the Fathers" and season 4 "Partners In Danger". Season 5 abandoned this, but still had some multi-part episodes: " Six Forgotten Warriors" chapters 1 - V, "The Return of Hydro Man" parts 1 + 2, "Secret Wars" parts 1 - 3, immediately followed by "Spider-Wars" part 1 + 2.

Alternative Title(s): Two Part Episode