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Out of Holiday Episode

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Seasons happen at different times per year in different parts of the world. Add in the various different Time Zones, and chances are episodes of various different shows can come out at different times per year.

This occurs when the episode that airs at a time that is different than the time of year in Real Life.

A seasonal variant on (but not entirely related to) Out of Order, and occasionally is caused/causes Short Run in Peru.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Toradora!'s OVA released in 2011 (3 years after the anime was emitted) is about Ryuuji trying to challenge Kitamura's grandmother in cooking skills without success. This episode is placed between the episodes 12 and 13 (after the summer vacation), but apart of the misplaced season (anime episodes occur in summer and the OVA is in spring), the OVA itself was released on December, being winter in Japan.
  • The sixth episode of Suite Pretty Cure ♪, which dealt with the girls making desserts for White Day (a holiday held a month after Valentine's Day on March 14th), aired on March 20th, 2011 as a result of all Japanese programming being interrupted by non-stop coverage of the Tohoku earthquake on every major Japanese channel except TV Tokyo the day it was supposed to air.

    Films — Animation 
  • Rise of the Guardians was released in November 2012. While Santa Claus and Jack Frost are two of the main characters, and most of the movie features snow-covered locations, it's actually set in the Easter period.
  • The DVD of The Grinch, a Christmas-themed movie, was released on February 5th, 2019.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Die Hard & Die Hard 2 were released in July and June respectively. While neither seem to have been designed as Christmas movies, the plots of both take place in the build up to Christmas, and the first film in particular has a fair few festive reminders. Over the years, they have become Christmas movies in the eyes of many.
  • Gremlins features a Mogwai Christmas present as the Inciting Incident, the titular monsters wrecking havoc over a snowy town filled with Christmas iconography, opens with "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"... and was released in June. Critics at the time thought this was odd.
  • Iron Man 3 is set during Christmas, but it was released in April.
  • Despite starring a man who may or may not be Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th Street was originally released in May. This was because the summer was seen as a more profitable time of year, and resulted in the marketing focusing on the romance sub-plot rather than the main off-season festive story.
  • Surviving Christmas, starring Ben Affleck, a movie that takes place during Christmas, was released on October 22, 2004. It originally was slated for a Christmas 2003 release, but it was pushed back to avoid competing with another Ben Affleck film, Paycheck.
    • Another Affleck Christmas-themed movie, Reindeer Games, was originally slated for the 1999 holiday season but got pushed back to the last week of February 2000 for unknown reasons.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Bob Newhart Show bicentennial episode, "Caged Fury", aired two months after Independence Day on October 2, 1976.
  • The The Carrie Diaries episode "Endgame", set on Thanksgiving, aired in February.
  • When Community's fourth season was delayed, that year's Thanksgiving ("Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations") and Christmas ("Intro to Knots") episodes aired in March and April respectively.
  • Doctor Who:
  • The special Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh was Adored by the Network for a while by Nickelodeon, airing even when it was no longer Christmas. This was despite the fact that the show had another movie, Really Big Shrimp, that wasn't Christmas-themed.
  • Averted with Friends. They don't show any Christmas, Thanksgiving or Halloween episodes unless it's the actual month of those holidays. This actually cause a bit of a continuity problem because two Thanksgiving episodes were plot important; one dealing with Chandler being able to date Joey's ex girlfriend and another having Monica and Chandler being able to adopt.
  • A season 3 episode of Halt and Catch Fire takes place during the 4th of July weekend, however, the episode aired three months later in October.
  • Invoked in an episode of Haven. A Christmas episode, released around Christmas in Real Life but taking place in July in-universe. Someone's trouble was creating Christmas in Haven by trapping the town in a snowglobe, and only Audrey, who is immune to the Troubles, knew something was wrong. Everyone else just assumes she's a Grinch for not liking Christmas (and thinks she's crazy when she says Christmas is not in July).
  • A uniqueness of their mutual seasons means that while Kamen Rider and Super Sentai normally do feature a Christmas Episode, the tone of each episode is completely different. Kamen Rider season premiere in mid-October and Super Sentai premier in Mid-February. Given the serial nature of each show, Kamen Rider's Christmas episodes tend to fall right around the time of a much needed breather episode and typically feature some light-hearted plot (in fact, the dark twist at the end of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid's plot was exceptionally notable and had a more than a few complaints). Conversely, while Super Sentai tries to get a breather in if it can be worked, the Christmas Episode falls right around the final 10 episodes of the season, whit the results typically being darker as they are now in the build-up phase to the finale.
  • Legends of Tomorrow episode "Turncoats" was set on Christmas Eve, even though the episode aired in February.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Since the show moved to Netflix for season 11, all the episodes of that season went live on April 14, 2017 — including The Christmas That Almost Wasn't. Kinga Forrester even lampshades that Netflix programs are made for binge-watching, so hardly anyone is going to watch this episode near Christmas.
  • Five episodes of The Noddy Shop take place on holidays. Of those five, four of them aired before the holidays they were about:
    • "We All Say Boo!", a Halloween Episode, aired on September 23rd, 1998. It's not bad compared to most of these examples, as this aired a month before the holiday in question.
    • "Secret Valentines" aired on October 12th, 1998, four months before Valentine's Day.
    • "April Fool", which had an April Fools' Plot, aired on September 16th, 1999.
    • "Part Of The Family", a Very Special Episode that took place on Mother's Day, aired on November 8th, 1999.
    • The lone aversion for the show is "Anything Can Happen At Christmas", a Christmas special which aired on December 6th, 1998.
  • Same with the Orange Is the New Black episode "Fucksgiving" which also aired in Februarynote .
  • Both of the Christmas themed episodes of The Outer Limits (1995), "The Conversion" and "The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson", aired in June, in 1995 and 1997 respectively.
  • Pretty Little Liars has Halloween episodes during October, while its seasons air between January-March and June-August.
  • A Thanksgiving episode of Webster called "Thanksgiving With The Four Tops" aired in January 1989, two months after Thanksgiving.

    TV Tropes 
  • If you take a look at the date of some holiday-related tropes, it's likely that some of these tropes have been launched out of season. Christmas Tropes alone has 15 out of 71 tropes that had been launched in December.

  • Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff does this as part of its Stylistic Suck, deliberately releasing all holiday-specific comics on the wrong day. For example, the Christmas comic going up on May 1, the Halloween comic on December 26... and even a comic that had as a punchline "It's Tuesday, you fat nasty trash!" came out on Monday.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Night Ghoulery was originally intended to premiere in October of 1994, but ended up premiering on Fox on May 28, 1995.
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force season 1 episode "Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future", the titular character breaks into Carl's home claiming he's the Ghost of Christmas Past and comes to show Carl what Christmas was like for him in 1968. Carl reminds the Ghost that it's not Christmas at all, but in fact February. Hilariously enough, the episode actually aired four days after Christmas.
  • Inverted in Gravity Falls. The episode Summerween aired in October where Halloween is, but In-Universe it's in the middle of the summer. Justified since the people of Gravity Falls like Halloween so much that they celebrate it twice a year.
  • The Simpsons
    • Due to Fox's coverage of the World Series, for a while they would air the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes around the first week of November, which got Lampshaded in later years. (Now the network airs the episodes in mid-October.) Generally averted on syndication, where they are usually only shown on October, although FXX will often include one as part of their themed blocks if it somehow fits the theme.
    • Subverted with "Dude, Where's My Ranch?", an episode that first aired on April 27, 2003. It begins during Christmas, but after about three minutes, all the trappings that indicate that it's Christmas (up to and including the presence of snow) disappear.
    • Part of episode "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" took place during the Fourth of July. It first aired on May 19, 1996 which is more than six weeks before the holiday.
  • Sonic Boom had the episode "New Years Retribution", which aired in August, 2015, four months before New Years 2016.
  • While most holiday episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants avert this, one in particular, "Fools in April", airs with its sister episode "Neptune's Spatula" throughout the year, even when it's nowhere near April Fools Day.
    • Nickelodeon also does this to The Loud House episode "April Fool's Rules" because the episode it's paired with, "Cereal Offender", isn't holiday-themed. This also happens to "Snow Bored" (paired with the non-holiday episode "Funny Business") and the "Snow Way Out/Snow Way Down" Two Parter, with all three of them being winter-themed episodes that also air during other seasons.
  • Steven Universe aired the episode "Horror Club", clearly treated like a Halloween Episode, on February 12, 2015. (It has to be noted that, according to Word of God, some festivities don't exist within the show's Verse, Halloween included).
  • An example involving re-runs: From the fall of 2015 until January 2017, the holiday themed episodes of Teen Titans Go! were played even when it's not said holiday because of the show's Adored by the Network status:
    • During this time period, "Thanksgiving" was frequently played in early 2015 due to being paired with "Serious Business", one of the show's most popular episodes.note 
    • This also tended to happen when they would premiere a holiday episode and then re-run often it as was the practice with most new episodes of the show. For example, "How 'Bout Some Effort" played even after Valentine's Day passed.
    • One episode, "More Of The Same", premiered long before New Year's Eve, which was the episode's subject, even happened, as it aired on July 29th, 2015.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Averted with the fifth season, as many people believe the reason that there was a mid-season hiatus was to air an Halloween Episode close to Halloween.
    • Played straight with the season 2 episode "Hearts and Hooves Day", as despite being a Valentine's Day Episode, it is frequently aired outside Valentine's Day.
    • The episode "Hearthbreakers" aired one week before Halloween, despite being a Christmas Episode.
    • The third Christmas Episode (which is also Yet Another Christmas Carol), "A Hearth's Warming Tail", aired in May.
    • The Season 8 episode, "The Break Up Break Down", which is another Valentine's Day Episodes, aired on May 19, 2018. Likewise, "The Hearth's Warming Club", another Christmas episode, aired on August 4.
    • The 2018 Christmas special "Best Gift Ever" premiered on October 27th, 2018.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The brothers intentionally had a Christmas episode in mid-summer, and televised it in-universe.
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, the April Fools' Day episode, "Fools Day Out", premiered on October 11, 2002 and it only had a Halloween moment for a few seconds.
  • The Batman: The Animated Series Christmas Episode "Christmas with the Joker" originally aired on November 13, 1992—weeks before the Christmas season even started.
  • The Recess episode "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" aired the day after Christmas. It was supposed to air the previous week, but ABC's entire Saturday morning lineup was preempted for Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.
  • Downplayed in Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 "Trials of the Demon!", the episode starts with a Batman Cold Open that takes place during Halloween, but the episode first aired during March. The main plot doesn't actually take place during Halloween, but it might as well have been considering the dark atmosphere of the episode.
  • The The Powerpuff Girls (2016) episode "Snow Month" was held back several months in America because it was themed around winter. In the UK, it aired in July.
  • The Family Guy episode "Boy (Dog) Meets Girl (Dog)", set on Valentine's Day, aired on January 7, 2018, due to pre-emption.
  • The Magic Adventures of Mumfie episode "Pinkey's Garden", which was about Mother's Day, aired on September 15th, 1998.
  • Sprout had a tendency to air Caillou's Holiday Movie even when it wasn't Christmas, simply because it was the only movie that was ever made for Caillou.
  • In the United States, the Supernoobs episode "Noob-O-Ween", which centered around Halloween, aired on December 29, 2015.
  • The short lived 80s cartoon Rubik, the Amazing Cube had both a Halloween and a Christmas episode, both of which each aired a month before the respective holidays.
  • The Justice League Action episode "Trick Or Threat", which takes place on Halloween, aired in the US on March 18, 2017. It's first air date was in the UK on December 24, 2016.
  • The Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episodes "Secret Cupet " and "Littlest Pet Shop Of Horrors" , which respectively take place on Valentine's Day and Halloween, aired on June 21, 2014 and November 28, 2015.
  • The first segment of the third Fancy Nancy episode, "Nancy's Ooh La La Spa", is a Mother's Day episode that aired on July 20, 2018, and is the only case of this. All other holiday episodes air in the appropriate season.
  • Any episode of PAW Patrol that's holiday-themed will air on TV Ontario months before the holiday being celebrated occurs, since that country usually airs the episodes in production order rather than holding off the holiday-themed episodes until it's close to the actual holiday like Nickelodeon does. Perhaps the most notable example was the first episode, whose second segment takes place during a festival celebrating the end of fall, aired in August as the premiere of the show. The only time TV Ontario averted this was for the Christmas Episode, which aired on Christmas Eve.
    • Not even Nick is prone to this trope. "The Pups' Winter Wonder Show" occasionally airs when it's not winter, usually whenever Nickelodeon airs one of the show's 30-minute episodes on a Friday.