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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.

    Film — Animation 
  • The DVD of The Grinch, a Christmas-themed movie, was released on February 5th, 2019.
  • 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.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Batman Returns takes place during the Christmas season, but was released in June of 1992.
  • 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.
  • Hocus Pocus takes place on Halloween, but was released in July. Disney didn't release it in October because the slot was already taken by The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • 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.
  • SHAZAM! (2019) takes place in December and is Christmas-themed, but it was released in April.
  • 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. The film was a Box Office Bomb, so it actually was released on home video just before Christmas 2004.
    • 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 

By Network:

  • The Hallmark Channel starts airing their original Christmas movies nonstop (aside from the four hours reserved for their talk-show Home and Family starting in late October into New Year's Day. Due to the network's success with them, Hallmark started airing them throughout July, using "Christmas in July" festivities as an excuse to air them.

By Series:

  • The Bob Newhart Show bicentennial episode, "Caged Fury", aired two months after Independence Day on October 2, 1976.
  • The Carrie Diaries: "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.
  • Full House had an episode where Danny, Joey, and Jesse compete in a race, with the winner getting to pick their Halloween costumes. The episode aired a little after Halloween.
  • 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).
  • Freeform airs the How I Met Your Mother episode "How Lily Stole Christmas" as part of the regular rotation of the show.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Subverted in an episode of The Weird Al Show called "The Obligatory Holiday Episode", in which Weird Al has a party celebrating EVERY holiday, which allowed for the episode to be rerun as often as any episode without feeling out of place with the time of the year. Of course this episode premiered during the Christmas season.

    PBS Kids 
This is common among most PBS Kids shows, as usually holiday-themed episodes aren't taken out of rotation. In many cases, it was because the shows usually aired all their episodes for a specific season from September to November.
  • This is usually averted with the holiday-themed or season-focused episodes of Arthur. However, "The Blackout; Mei Lin Takes A Stand", which has the first segment of the episode focus on a heatwave hitting Elwood City during the summer, is placed in regular rotation. It also first aired in April 2009, two months before summer began.
  • Because of said topic being part of the show's curriculum, Barney & Friends has a few episodes based around seasons as part of its' regular rotation. For example, "Spring Into Fun!" was a spring-themed episode that first aired in October.
  • 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.
    • Caillou also has a few seasonal episodes like "Caillou's Winter Wonders", "Fall Is In The Air" and "Winter!" that air regularly regardless of if the seasons depicted are actually happening.
  • Two Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood episodes "It's Love Day; Daniel's Love Day Surprise" and "The Neighborhood Fall Festival; Fall Field Day" both air even when it's nowhere near Valentine's Day or the fall season. This is rather strange, as all other holiday episodes of the show only tend to be shown on the holiday that's being celebrated (for example, "Daniel And Margaret Visit The Farm; Fireflies and Fireworks" airs exclusively in July and August due to the theme of the second segment, and the two winter episodes usually only air in the winter).
    • This also happened to "Snowflake Day!" before another one hour special, "The Baby Is Here", was produced, with it airing to fill up time when PBS Kids did not feel like showing two episodes of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. With two more hour-long specials being produced since then ("Tiger Family Trip" and "Won't You Be Our Neighbor?"), PBS Kids now tends to only air "Snowflake Day!" around Christmas.
  • PBS Kids will often air the Let's Go Luna! movie "Luna's Christmas Around the World" for their Family Night block even when it's not Christmas because it's currently the only hour-long special made for the series.
  • Six episodes of The Noddy Shop take place on holidays. Of those six, five 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.
    • "Jack Frost Is Coming To Town" takes place on the first day of winter, but first aired on October 17, 1998, when it was still fall.
    • "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.
  • The Puzzle Place episode "Dancing Dragon", centering around the Lunar New Year, was part of the regular episode rotation for that show.
  • Sesame Street
    • From the late 80's up until the early 90's, the show had two Sesame Street News Flash segments involving Santa Claus, airing at different times of the year. The first of them, which also involves the Easter Bunny and a witch, first aired in January, while the second, which has Kermit watching for Santa to come down the chimney, first aired in April 1989 (and was actually taped on December 20, 1988, just five days before Christmas).
    • Their YouTube channel posted a skit called "Sharing Things" on Thanksgiving Day of 2017 note  despite it taking place on Halloween, which happened a month prior.

    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!:
  • 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.
  • The Batman: The Animated Series Christmas Episode "Christmas with the Joker" originally aired on November 13, 1992—weeks before the Christmas season even started.
  • 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.
  • Unlike most holiday-themed episodes of Dora the Explorer which air on the respective holidays, "Dora Saves Three Kings Day" airs year-round, even when it's nowhere close to the actual holiday, which is celebrated in January.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: April Fools' Day episode "Fools Day Out" premiered on October 11, 2002 and it only had a Halloween moment for a few seconds.
  • The Family Guy episode "Boy (Dog) Meets Girl (Dog)", set on Valentine's Day, aired on January 7, 2018, due to pre-emption.
  • 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.
  • Inverted in Gravity Falls. The episode "Summerween" aired in October, when 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 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.
  • Nickelodeon airs The Loud House episode "April Fool's Rules" as part of the regular rotation because the episode it's paired with, "Cereal Offender", isn't holiday-themed. This also happens to "Snow Bored", note  "Fool's Paradise", note  and the "Snow Way Out/Snow Way Down" two-parter, note  with all of these episodes being in regular rotation.
    • The Valentine's Day Episodes "Singled Out; Brave The Last Dance" were supposed to premiere on February 8, 2020, but Nickelodeon moved the premiere to February 15, 2020 in order to compete with Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2, which premiered that same weekend, causing the episode to air the day after Valentine's Day.
  • The Magic Adventures of Mumfie episode "Pinkey's Garden", which was about Mother's Day, aired on September 15th, 1998.
  • 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.
  • Any episode of PAW Patrol that's holiday-themed will air on TV Ontario months before the holiday being celebrated occurs, since Canada 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. This also applies to re-runs on the channel, with one example being a Halloween Episode airing in May.
    • Not even Nickelodeon 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. It also premiered in Australia in late March, 3 months before winter.
    • Holiday episodes are also part of the regular rotation in the United Kingdom too, at least on Channel 5's Milkshake block.
    • In Japan, "Pups Save Christmas" aired on September 21, 2019, likely due to the channel airing the episodes in production order like TV Ontario does.
    • Nickelodeon held off an episode featuring an expy of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade until the day before Thanksgiving. In Canada, that episode aired on October 27, 2019, a month before the actual parade in question was held. Nickelodeon then put the episode into their regular rotation, airing it well after Thanksgiving was over.
  • Phineas and Ferb: The brothers intentionally had a Christmas episode in mid-summer, and televised it in-universe.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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. It's justified, as all Simpsons seasons follow a normal TV premiere schedule by starting in September and ending in May (with the exception of "Blood Feud", which aired in July of 1991).
  • 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.
  • Steven Universe: "Horror Club", clearly treated like a Halloween Episode, aired 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.)
  • In the United States, the Supernoobs episode "Noob-O-Ween", which centered around Halloween, aired on December 29, 2015.
  • An example involving re-runs: From the fall of 2015 until January 2017, the holiday themed episodes of Teen Titans Go! were played on the US feed of Cartoon Network even when it wasn't said holiday because of the show's Adored by the Network status. However, in December 2019, holiday episodes were brought back into rotation to expand the episode variety since the show had close to 300 episodes in the can. The United Kingdom also has holiday episodes are treated as part of the normal rotation.
    • 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.
    • "Titan Saving Time", about the spring Daylight Savings Time change, has been part of the regular rotation ever since it first aired and airs even when it's nowhere near that occasion.
    • Cartoon Network's US feed has a tradition of airing "Caramel Apples" on Valentine's Day when the episode itself takes place on Father's Day.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Night Ghoulery was originally intended to premiere in October of 1994, but ended up premiering on Fox on May 28, 1995.
  • While this is usually averted with Total DramaRama, the episode "Mother Of All Cards" is part of the regular rotation despite the episode being about Mother's Day.


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