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Short Run in Peru

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New episodes of television shows aren't aired on the same day or even week everywhere in the world. For example, new episodes of an anime are going to be out in Japan before they're shown in the United States due to the time it takes to translate and dub it. Likewise, shows made in the United States are, naturally, usually shown in the United States before they're shown in another country. Basically, it only makes sense that a show will be shown first in the country that made it.

However, there is an exception to that rule and that's where this trope comes in. Although a title was made in one country, people in another country may see new episodes first. This can seem extremely odd, at least to the viewers residing the country of origin. This is most common with English-language programming, particularly American shows being aired early in Canada, Australia or the UK; even regions where English isn't the official language, such as Latin America or the Philippines, will still have stations that still broadcast in the language, meaning such works fall pray to the trope easiest. That said, there can (and have) been situations where even the foreign language dub comes out before the original language hits screens.note 

The reason this trope happens is that, once they've paid for them, licensees/networks in those countries often have considerable control over when they want to air the episodes, and they just happen to air them earlier than the original country's station does. Oftentimes a contract will state that episodes cannot be aired before a certain date, anticipating that the home network will air the show before then, but then for whatever reason the airdate in the home country is pushed back, while the foreign station keeps its originally planned airdate.

No matter the case, upon the advent of file-sharing networks and sites like YouTube, this means that anxious viewers in the work's home country gained the ability to see these episodes weeks or even months before they're ever aired.

This may overlap with Germans Love David Hasselhoff, which can sometimes be either a cause or an effect of this phenomenon. After all, if your American show is more well-liked in India than it is back home, might as well just let broadcasters there air them early to take advantage of that fact.

This can also happen during a crisis such as the COVID-19 Pandemic, when establishments such as movie theaters close, delaying or preventing the release of the work in its home country, but allowing it to run in foreign markets.

Contrast Late Export for You, where certain regions get the work later than others, No Export for You, where foreign countries never see the work at all, and Early-Bird Release, when a work has an episode released earlier than its intended airdate in its origin country.

And "Short Run in Peru" does not refer to a work that's short-lived outside its home country. That would be Unfinished Dub. This trope's name refers to the fact the work may have a shorter run overseas due to them getting through all the content faster. Also, while many films premiere in festivals outside of their countries or have theatrical premieres in countries related to their story, remember this trope applies only for regular showings.

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  • Teknoman, the English-language adaptation of Tekkaman Blade, had its entire run air in Australia before it premiered in the US (which only ended up screening about half the series). It was also a different dub that had the main character keep his original name, and is generally seen to be closer to the original, and did not tell the entire backstory in the opening credits either. This is the version used for the DVD release.
  • Afro Samurai was produced in English. As such, Spike TV premiered the series in the United States before its Japanese broadcast.
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters miniseries, which used the 4Kids cast, first aired on RTÉ Two in Ireland. US fans didn't even know about it until after the second episode had aired. Their run of Pokémon also overtook other countries (including the US) for a while back in 2000. RTÉ airs quite a few US shows very early, at least before the UK. This is due to licensing being much cheaper for such a small country like Ireland, and trying to beat competition from UK channels which are easily available on cable and satellite (or terrestrially if you're near the border or south east coast).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light was not screened in Japan until after it had already been released in the rest of the world for over a year. This is due to its production being headed by 4Kids, rather than TV Tokyo. Despite this, the Japanese version had an extra twelve minutes of animation.
  • The dub of Sailor Moon had this happen when the final 17 episodes of R were finally dubbed. Because of the show's success in Canada, there was no trouble getting YTV to air them, but it took the show getting popular on Toonami in the US for the them to be released in the states, a year later.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats is an interesting case. While a grand total of 52 episodes of the series were dubbed, Canada (which got the show first) had four dubbed episodes pulled from the package. When the show resurfaced many years later in America, these four episodes were included but twelve different episodes were missing instead. Nobody knows why any of these episodes were pulled – fans have often speculated on censorship (because America), but since they were already dubbed and censored anyway, this argument makes no logical sense unless you're a programming planner at a US TV syndicator.
  • This happened in Australia with Funimation's dub of One Piece; the dub first premiered in America on Cartoon Network in Fall 2007, taking off from where the 4Kids dub ended, but was cancelled after about six months due to insufficiently improving ratings. However the entire season, which had 28 more episodes, was already completely dubbed. So when Australia decided not to cancel the show, they ended up showing the rest of that season first. For the record, it took Funimation over three years for their DVD sets (which had started at the very beginning by fan request) to reach the Australia-only episodes.
  • Being Toonami's first original series, IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix was produced in English and was broadcast in the United States one day before before its Japanese broadcast. Japan did air entire 2nd season before the US though.
  • Transformers: Armada aired in America about five months before Japan; unfortunately, this was due to the translators having to work with unfinished episodes, resulting in distinctly sub-par animation and occasionally strange dialogue.
  • In Australia, REDLINE was part of Madman Entertainment's 2010 Reel Anime Festival, with a limited cinema run in early September, several weeks before its Japanese cinema debut.
  • The second season of the 2001 Cyborg 009 series was aired in Latin-America more than a year before the US did the same.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • The Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon anime special aired in the US first, despite being specifically made for the tenth anniversary of the games' Japanese release (back then, North America got the games years later). Since the other episodes of the anime were aired in their original order in the US, the special actually aired an entire year before it would normally air. The most likely reason is that Pokémon USA used the special to test out the new voice actors that would be replacing the 4Kids actors the following year.
    • And then there's Pokémon Chronicles. While it was a compilation of episodes that had previously aired in Japan (3 1/2 years previously in the case of the opening three-parter), the series debuted in the UK a whole year before US audiences saw it, with Canada picking it up not long after the UK. The US promos still called it a world premiere.
    • The UK has a regular history of jumping ahead of the US for a few episodes, then falling far behind. In the same year as Chronicles, Advanced Battle had the Spoiler Opening edited to cover up Pokémon that weren't supposed to be shown outside Japan yet an episode later than in the US airing due to scheduling. And in a massive case of timing, it came out that Kids WB would be skipping three episodes (later turned out to be delayed by two months) right as the third of those episodes was airing in the UK.
    • Many episodes of Black and White: Rival Destinies aired in Italy before every other western country.
    • The first two episodes of Sun and Moon aired on CITV in the UK first before their US premiere. In addition, the first two episodes of Sun and Moon premiered on Disney XD in the US before XY, the previous season, has finished its Cartoon Network US airing.
    • Starting with Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, the English dubs of the films would air in Australia and New Zealand before the United States.
    • A good chunk of episodes from Pokémon Ultimate Journeys aired in European countries before their US release.
  • The Gantz movie got a theatrical release in the US a few days before it opened in its native Japan.
  • Xam'd: Lost Memories was available to purchase or rent for download in the US by PlayStation 3 owners via the PlayStation Store months before the series had even aired in Japan.
  • The Trigun movie, "Badlands Rumble", first premiered at SakuraCon in Seattle, Washington, a few months before its Japanese theatrical release, presumably at least partially because of the show was significantly more popular in the US than Japan. Somewhat unusually for this trope, it was shown raw (aka in Japanese with no subtitles)
  • A well-known instance of this on the anime front was Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. According to The Other Wiki, Bloodlust had its world premiere in Australia over a year before it screened in Japan or the US. Unusually for an anime, the English dub was recorded first (in fact, the initial Japanese DVD release of the film was English-only).
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a minor case of this trope for the English dub. Granted, while the series is readily available to watch on DVD, and has been since the beginning, the dub has not aired at all on television in its country of origin, while in Australia it aired on ABC3. Which is primarily a children's station, though the series is (luckily) aired in a timeslot which appears to be meant for teenagers.
  • Stitch!, the anime based on Disney's Lilo & Stitch, was dubbed into English using American voice actors, and aired in various English-speaking countries outside of the US for almost two years before it showed up in the States. And it didn't even last a week before it was given the boot.
  • An odd example of this trope: An English dub of Doraemon called The Adventures of Sidney and Albert was produced for TBS in the 1980's, but was left unaired. The dub would show up on a local TV station in Barbados, of all places.
  • Space☆Dandy was one of Funimation's earliest simuldubs, with new episodes premiering on Toonami in the U.S. hours before they would in Japan. Oddly enough, the last episode of both seasons were aired in Osaka several days before it aired in America and the rest of Japan, making the show have a Short Run in Peru in its own country.
  • Lupin III: The Italian Adventure aired in Italy two months before its Japanese release, thanks to the show taking place in the country.
  • Episodes 13, 14 and 15 of the English dub of Yo Kai Watch aired in Canada weeks before they did in the United States, and episodes 20-26 aired in Australia before their US run.
  • Ever since HuGtto! Pretty Cure Futari wa Pretty Cure All Star Memories, the Pretty Cure movies have been released in China to streaming service iQiyi months before they are released on home video in Japan.
  • The Hamtaro episode "Happy Ham-Ham Halloween!" aired in the U.S. on October 21, 2003, ten days before its Japanese airdate on October 31. That means the English distributors of Hamtaro got the episode, dubbed it and made any other localization edits (there was Japanese text that got changed to English, for example), and got it to Cartoon Network before it ever aired in Japan. It should also be noted that in Japan it was episode 173, and the English dub didn't dub past episode 105 in order, so this episode was treated as a special in the U.S. instead.
  • The English dub of Zoids Fuzors was cut short in the US. Its full run was only screened in Australia, the Philippines and Japan.
  • Yet another Cartoon Network / Adult Swim co-production, FLCL Progressive premiered in the U.S on June 2, 2018, over three months before its Japanese release. But for their annual April Fools' prank, Adult Swim had a stealth premiere of FLCL Alternative, in Japanese, five months before premiering in Japan.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Adventures of Tintin was released in European countries in Fall 2011, and was one of the most popular movies of the year over there, but it didn't hit American theaters until December, and it bombed therenote . Probably due to the fact that while Tintin is one of the most successful and well-known franchises in Europe, it's hardly known in America aside from hardcore fans (and children who watched the animated version on Nickelodeon). Even in North America, the movie debuted earlier in Quebec, where Tintin (and Franco-Belgian Comics in general) are huge cultural icons.
  • Coco was released in Mexico a little under four weeks earlier (October 27) before its set release (November 22) in the United States, since Día de Muertos, which the film centers around, is November 2 and being released long after the holiday would make little sense.
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011) was released in the UK 3 months before it was released in the US, likely because it adapted a British work.
  • The UK got Minions and The Secret Life of Pets a few weeks before their US release. For the former, it's likely since a majority of the film takes place in London.
  • The Lion King (2019) was released one week early in China to avoid "the blackout," an annual month-long period in which only Chinese films are allowed to be released to promote local Chinese cinema.
  • Once the COVID-19 pandemic was closing enough theaters to make Trolls: World Tour go straight to streaming (aside from opening in whatever screens could still be used, mostly drive-ins), this meant only Russia, Singapore, and Malaysia got traditional releases.
  • PAW Patrol: The Movie was released on August 9, 2021 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, nearly a week and a half before releasing in its home country of North America.
  • Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken was released in parts of Europe, Latin America and select Asian countries on June 28 and 29 before hitting the United States, although American chain Regal Cinemas showed the film as part of their Monday Mystery Movie promotion on June 19, 2023, averting the trope at least for one US-based theater chain.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • An early instance of this was Superman II, which had an unusually staggered release for an American blockbuster; it launched in Australia, South Africa and much of Europe in December 1980, then in the UK and West Germany around Easter 1981. However, the US release was held off until the summer season, launching on June 19, 1981 - over six months after its initial premiere.
  • Taken was released in America several months after it was in the UK (and a full year after France).
  • The American indie horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was released in Britain in 2008... and was not released in America until 2013, due to the rights for the film being caught in a legal limbo when its distributor went out of business. The horror website Bloody-Disgusting ranked it #1 on its list of the best unreleased horror films for four years straight.
  • The 2011 film of Jane Eyre was a UK production, but its UK cinema release was 6 months after most countries, and it was already on DVD and Blu-ray by the time the UK saw it.
  • A few of Jean-Claude Van Damme's movies were released first in Brazil, where he's really popular.
  • A number of superhero films, such as Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Amazing Spider-Man (and its sequel) and Aquaman were released abroad in several countries several weeks before they received a U.S. release, presumably due to more advantageous schedules and, in the case of the Spider-Man films, a more lucrative foreign market (the rebooted series had limited American success compared to the Sam Raimi films).
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in China on the weekend preceding its U.S. release to avoid the threat of competition by the Chinese would-be blockbuster The Eight Hundred. Ironically, though, The Eight Hundred saw its release cancelled, apparently due to Chinese censors, shortly before the opening of Far From Home.note 
  • Warcraft began its worldwide run two weeks prior to its U.S. release, with some suggesting the move as an effort to save face for a pending lackluster debut in its home territory. Warcraft was one of many summer movies (Civil War, Apocalypse, Neighbors 2, The Angry Birds Movie) which are getting earlier in foreign markets — not only to take advantage of international money, but because the European Championship will make it hard to drive Association Football fans to theaters.
  • This was the case for the Amanda Bynes vehicle Love Wrecked; the American production was released in a few parts of the Eastern Hemisphere starting in June 2006, but didn't make its US debut until it was dumped straight-to-cable via ABC Family in January 2007.
  • Similar to the above example The Miley Cyrus vehicle So Undercover was originally supposed to come out in theaters in the U.S. in 2011 but The Weinstein Company declined to release it for unknown reasons, it wound up going to theaters in The U.K. along with 12 other countries in 2012 before the U.S. distribution rights were acquired by Millenium Films who finally dumped the film Direct to Video in 2013.
  • Being an American film adaptation of a popular Japanese property, Dragonball Evolution was released in Japan a month before America.
  • Shopkins: Wild, one of the Direct to Video movies based off Shopkins, played in Australian movie theaters a month and a half before its American DVD release.
  • Woody Allen's 2019 film A Rainy Day in New York was pulled off of distributor Amazon Studios' release slate after Allen's past allegations of sexual abuse were taken more seriously thanks to the #MeToo movement, and ultimately Amazon washed its hands of the film and gave the distribution rights back to Allen. The film began its European rollout in July 2019 and, by the time it found an American distributor (MPI Media Group) and opened in October 2020, it had opened in nearly every other major territory already.note 
    • Allen's next film, Rifkin's Festival, went through a similar ordeal, beginning its European launch in October 2020, and MPI Media Group finally releasing it in the American market in January 2022. Time will tell if they also distribute Allen's latest film, Coup De Chance, which is actually a French production. No surprise there.
  • Christopher Nolan's Tenet, which had its release plans frustrated by the COVID-19 Pandemic failing to come under control in the United States, was instead released internationally in August 2020 before opening in September in the U.S. (though early U.S. previews meant the delay ultimately amounted to less than one week).
  • The British film The Electrical Life of Louis Wain didn't see a UK theatrical release until 1st January 2022, after it has already had a limited US theatrical run on 22 October 2021 and then premièring on Prime Video in the US on 5 November 2021.
  • Archive, a British Sci-Fi flick didn't see release in the UK until January 18, 2021, six months after it received a simultaneous digital release and limited theatrical screening in the US on July 10, 2020.
  • Thor and Battleship both saw releases in Australia a couple of weeks before they premiered in the US.
  • The UK made thriller The Fourth Angel went to theaters in a few European countries with its planned theatrical releases in the UK and the US ultimately getting cancelled due to 9/11 and it getting dumped Direct to Video in those countries instead.

  • Due to production delay of the anthology which it was written for, the Vorkosigan Saga novella "Winterfair Gifts" was first published in Croatia, rather than in the US.
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer was written by the American author Dan Wells, but it debuted in the UK before being published in the United States. Ditto for Mr. Monster, his second book.
  • Despite living in America for much of his later life, most of Vladimir Nabokov's works (particularly Lolita) were published in France and Britain long before they saw the light of day in the US.
  • During Sylvia Plath's lifetime, The Bell Jar was pseudonymously published in the UK only.
  • The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor was published in Spain, in translation, before it was published in English. Books about the Spanish Civil War by foreign authors are popular in Spain: they are seen as being less likely to be biased than books by Spanish authors.
  • The Terry Pratchett novel Thud! was released a month earlier in the United States than it was in the UK, the only Discworld book to do so. The UK fanbase was not pleased.

    Live-Action TV 


  • This has happened to three different Gerry Anderson series. Several episodes of Space: 1999 made their debut in either the US or Australia before airing in the UK (though not in Italy, even though the series was partly financed by RAI) and a number of episodes of Terrahawks were shown in the US and/or Japan before their British screenings, but the champ in the Anderson canon is Space Precinct — the entire series was shown in America before Britain.


  • When Disney Channel launched in Canada in 2015, they got to air brand-new episodes of all of Disney Channel's shows at least one week ahead of its U.S. counterpart as part of the launch event. Regarding Disney Channel's two most popular show in particular, Girl Meets World and K.C. Undercover, this created a huge demand for Canadians to record the episodes and then upload them to file-sharing sites for their US brethren. This prompted Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard and creator Michael Jacobs to very vocally speak out against the issue of piracy of their show, even threatening that such piracy would adversely affect production of future episodes.


  • The Canadian series Anne with an E. All of season 2 was released on Netflix in July 2018 in several countries... except for Canada, where episodes were broadcast weekly on CBC Television beginning in late September 2018.
  • Babylon 5 aired in the US amid the then-usual reruns. What was not usual was that PTEN, Babylon 5's distribution network, typically held back the last four to five episodes of each season until the next season was ready to air. This meant season-ending story arcs intended to keep viewers intrigued over a hiatus between seasons never lined up with the hiatus. Channel Four in the UK ignored all this and showed each season in weekly order, meaning the UK saw the last four or five episodes of each season weeks or months before the US airing.
  • This happened with the first season of Battlestar Galactica, which was co-produced by the Sci-Fi Channel and BSkyB. By the time the series premiered in the US, all but the final episode had already aired in the UK. Series creators Ron Moore and David Eick went so far as to post a plea on the show's official message board asking American fans not to download the episodes before they aired in the US (what an oddly specific request).
  • The final eight episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House aired in a number of non-US markets for around three years before finally being seen in the US on Playhouse Disney in 2006.
  • This practice was pointed out in Henry Jenkins's Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, with fans on the US/Canada border recording French-dubbed episodes of Beauty and the Beast that aired a few days (or weeks) earlier than the US Stations, and the women at the viewing party "shouting out" lines they understood from old high-school French classes.
  • Beyond the Break suffered this hard with season 3, which didn't even start in the US until June 2009 (at which point the entire season was aired in the span of three weeks, with new episodes premiering Mondays through Thursdays), over a year after they'd aired in Canada.note 
  • This wound up happening to the Argentine Disney series BIA during its second season. In Hispanic America, the show took a mid-season break after the 40th episode in early May 2020. In Spain, which began to air the season around a month after in Latin America, there were no breaks in its run and unaired episodes began to premiere later in June. Because of how widespread spoilers and unauthorized copies of the episodes became, the network abruptly moved up the premiere date in Hispanic America to the following week and aired marathons of episodes that had yet to be rerun before then. The season would go on to finish in Hispanic America the day after it finished in Spain.
  • The final five episodes of the cancelled series Caprica were broadcast in Canada months ahead of anywhere else.
  • BBC4 aired all six episodes of Crimes Of Passion… which have not actually had a Swedish TV airing (the first aired in cinemas, the others went to DVD).
  • Later seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation have seen some episodes airing in the US before they air in Canada.
  • Doctor Who:
    • 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors" aired on a collection of PBS member stations in the US before it aired in the UK. This is because the BBC decided to delay the special to Children in Need Night 1983 — November 25th — whereas the PBS stations just went ahead and aired it on the actual anniversary, November 23rd.
    • Parts 2 and 3 of the Seventh Doctor story "Silver Nemesis" aired in New Zealand as part of a compilation broadcast prior to being shown in the UK.
    • The 1996 television movie aired in Canada and the US two weeks before it hit British airwaves, due in part to it being an international co-production between the BBC and Fox.
  • CTV is scheduled to air the remaining episodes of Do No Harm, an NBC series that was cancelled after two episodes, the series premiere having broke the record for the lowest-rated premiere on a Big-Four network.
  • A very odd example with Donkey Hodie: The "A Donkey Hodie Halloween" special, as well as four segments ("Snow Day", "Snow Surprise Challenge", "Yodel Bird Sitting" and "Superhero Squabble") showed up on TVO Kids' YouTube channel, rather than airing on TV, before they aired on TV in the United States. To make matters worse, "A Donkey Hodie Halloween" and "Snow Surprise Challenge" were accidentally made available worldwide for a few days.
  • In the United States, the final episode of Free Spirit (1989), "Love and Death", was pre-empted for a rerun of Full House. However, this episode did air in Canada and Australia.
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace is the Trope Namer for this, in story. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Marenghi, the fictitious "creator" of the Show Within a Show, mentions that although the show was never broadcast in its native land of Britain when first produced in The '80s, it did have "a brief run in Peru".
  • Happened to H₂O: Just Add Water. The third season was aired in the U.K. before being aired in its native Australia, and took even longer for its debut in the US (TeenNick added episodes of H2O from the third season to its broadcast rotation of the show in January 2012, when the network brought back the series from a short sabbatical from the network. Additional episodes of the second season that were also unseen in the U.S., due to Nickelodeon pulling the program halfway through airing the second season in 2008, were also added to TeenNick airings of the show).
  • Heads Up, a 2016 Ellen DeGeneres game show produced for HLN as a spin-off of a game from her daytime talk show, got caught up in the network's slippage away from being a social media-flavored channel to a Forensic Files-flavored channel. The show later aired on Family Channel in Canada.
  • Due to several factors (extremely bad critical reception of the pilot, two school shootings that took place around the time the series was supposed to premiere, and the general climate in the US not being the best for the themes this kind of show presented) nobody bought the rights for domestic distribution of the TV series based on Heathers. The series did end airing in several European countries via HBO, before Paramount Network eventually picked the series back up in the U.S. with edits.
  • Brazil aired Kamen Rider Dragon Knight beyond episode 15 where it was held in the US on a hiatus.
  • For some reason, Kingdom (2007) season 3 aired in Belgium six months before airing in the UK.
  • Series 2 of Law & Order: UK aired in Canada almost a half year before the UK. The same has also happened in regards to Series 4.
  • A number of second season episodes of LazyTown have never aired in the US, most of them airing first in the UK or Canada, though two aired first in Australia. This is presumably due to attempts on Nickelodeon's part to screw the show over, but forgetting that Lazy Town is neither under their control nor dependent on the American market (the next season was commissioned by The BBC), and it continues to be a success in the rest of the world. Even outside the US, Lazy Town is consistently released in a number of English-speaking markets before it is dubbed for showing in Iceland, its actual country of production.
  • The third-season Married... with Children episode "I'll See You in Court" never aired during its original run on Fox as a right-wing boycott of the show happening at that time lead network executives to become nervous over its premise (the Bundys and Rhoadeses sue a seedy motel that tapes the couples having sex without them knowing). The episode still aired overseas during the show's run but didn't air at all in the U.S. until 2002, five years after the show ended.
  • The final eight episodes of Mind Games never aired in the US, as the show was cancelled after the fifth episode. They did air in Japan, however, as the full series was shown over the summer. Also, the show made it to the UK, supposedly.
  • New episodes of Murdoch Mysteries air about a month earlier in the UK than in Canada.
  • The final season of BBC series The Musketeers aired in several Eastern European countries and Canada, as well as being made available via Hulu in the US, over a month before it finally premiered in the UK.
  • Several episodes of MythBusters - namely, "Plane Boarding/Bite the Bullet" and "Traffic Tricks" — for some reason aired in the UK first before being aired in the US. Apparently the root cause of this is that several US bodies and companies were suing Discovery Communications over various aspects of the episodes. But since the lawsuit only named Discovery US, the international counterparts were unaffected and thus got to screen them in line with the season while US viewers needed to wait until the lawsuit was cleared before it could be screened in the US.
  • Most PBS affiliates in the USA aired the first episode of The Noddy Shop a week before TV Ontario did in the show's home country. As a result, the affiliates that ran the show from Monday-Friday at the time ran a majority of the episodes before Canada got them.
  • The British show Peaky Blinders is distributed by Netflix in the US. As is standard for Netflix, all 6 season 3 episodes premiered at once on May 31, 2016. However, the UK didn't finish airing the episodes until June 9.
  • Seems to be a trend with Power Rangers.
    • A noted example is the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode "Wormhole", the second crossover episode with Power Rangers: Dino Thunder, which accidentally aired in Canada before the first crossover episode even aired in the US.
    • Most seasons from the Neo-Saban and Hasbro eras have finished their runs outside the US first, thanks to Nickelodeon putting the show on hiatus over the Mid-Spring and Summer months. Starting with the second season of Dino Fury, the hiatus problem has been eliminated, due to doing a Channel Hop to Netflix.
    • "Mystic Fate", the two part finale of Power Rangers Mystic Force, first aired in the UK on Jetix prior to its US premiere.
  • The third season of Primeval aired one and sometimes even two episodes in advance in Spain compared to the UK.
  • The final three episodes of Pushing Daisies aired in the UK before they did in the US, although apparently they aired (with English audio available) in Italy before either.
  • It's crossed the pond the other way too. Red Dwarf's eighth season took eight weeks to air all eight episodes in the UK, but when it was shipped to the US for broadcast, most of the PBS affiliates who picked it up aired the whole thing in two nights.
  • The final series of Scrapheap Challenge aired in Australia before the UK. When it did reach the UK, it got split into two blocks, aired a year apart, and dropped part-way through the second block, leaving several episodes still unaired.
  • Season 6 of The Shield started airing in France (with no changes other than the opening credits being in French) right before it starting airing in the US, and the French run saw two new episodes shown each week, so France quickly jumped way ahead of the US. As you might expect, the French broadcasts proved to be very popular on torrent sites.
  • Australia was getting Sliders ahead of the US at one point.
  • In the US, South of Nowhere had its Season 3B premiere pushed back from May to October 2008. However, it appears that France did not have the mid-season break that the US uses, meaning that the series (which was filmed between seasons) aired in its entirety there.
  • Stargate:
    • The initial broadcasts of Stargate SG-1 aired in America ahead of the UK, but when the North American showing had a mid-season hiatus the UK showings catch up, as they continuously aired the episodes in one go.
    • Something similar happened with season 3 of Stargate Atlantis and Season 10 of Stargate SG-1. The first half and the second half were separated in the US by a few months. The UK had them in one go. This resulted in the latter's show finale, "Unending" being shown in the UK about two months before the US.
  • Due to time zone differences, WWE SmackDown aired in Australia, the Philippines, India, the UK, and Ireland before it reaches the US. It had also previously aired a day earlier in Canada (due to the channel airing National Hockey League games on Thursdays).
    • Beginning in 2016, SmackDown is now broacast live every week. If the show isn't broadcast simultaneously with the US, its usually broadcast on delay. Certain episodes are still taped during international tours.
  • By 1985, both the CTV network and the Ottawa local affiliate that made the show had cancelled You Can't Do That on Television; Nickelodeon paid the station to keep making new episodes as it was their breakout hit at the time. The middle seasons remained unseen in Canada until YTV was created in the late '80s.
  • Episodes of the US soap The Young and the Restless air in Canada one day before they do in the US.
  • Team Toon premiered on Cartoon Network UK in 2013 but wound up never airing on TV in the U.S. despite being a fully American production (featuring a pre-fame Meg Donnelly in the main cast no less) and it wouldn't be seen in the US until it was released on Netflix in 2014, where it remained until it was removed in 2018. Now it's currently only officially available on Amazon UK.
  • The last 7 episodes of season 3 of See Dad Run were never aired in the US(and as of 2022 have not been digitally released there either) for unknown reasons, though they did air in several countries overseas including the UK and South Africa, and the episodes were released digitally on iTunes in Australia and the UK version of Paramount+.
  • Living With Fran was unusual in that it got 2 seasons but six episodes of the first season never aired in the US for unknown reasons, though they did air in other places like Germany, the UK and France and they finally were officially made available in the US when the show arrived on Hulu.

  • Junior Senior's Hey Hey My My Yo Yo was released in Japan first, then later their native Denmark (it was briefly available in other parts of Scandinavia too). Two years later, it was released in the US and Australia. Oddly, it was never released in the UK, despite the band's previous album D-Don't Stop The Beat being very successful there.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 album Emotion was released in Japan two months before it was released in the U.S. and her native Canada.
  • Imagine Dragons released the Smoke + Mirrors Super Deluxe album overseas in February 2015, the same date as they did the normal version of the album. In the US, the Super Deluxe version didn't become available until October 2015. Although, the bonus tracks had already become available by then on either their own singles, or other soundtracks.
  • The Beatles, due to the amount of albums Capitol squeezed out of them, released several songs in the US before they were released in the UK. The Beatles' Second Album included "Long Tall Sally" and "I Call Your Name", Something New had "Matchbox" and "Slow Down" (all A Hard Day's Night outtakes, later compiled on a UK EP called "Long Tall Sally"). This was followed with "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" and "Bad Boy" being recorded to fill out "Beatles VI", with the former later appearing on "Help" and the latter on "A Collection Of Beatles Oldies". "Beatles VI" also gained two tracks from the upcoming UK version of Help, "You Like Me Too Much" and "Tell Me What You See". Finally, "Yesterday And Today" took three tracks from the upcoming "Revolver", these being "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Doctor Robert", after which the band insisted that all their albums were the same in the US - with the one caveat that the US release of "Revolver" could not include those songs since they were now officially released.
  • The Rolling Stones:
    • In July of 1965 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was topping the American charts but hadn't even been released in the UK. The US release had been in June, but it didn't come out in the UK until late August. Since it was recorded at the RCA studios in Hollywood, their American label had easier access to it.
    • "Sad Day" was released as the b-side of the US single of "19th Nervous Breakdown", whereas the UK got an album track instead. It wasn't until the 70s that "Sad Day" got a UK release.
    • "Cocksucker Blues" was recorded in 1970 as a Contractual Obligation Project for Decca/London Records, who declined to release it in the UK due to its deliberately offensive lyrics. It was widely bootlegged, but its first and only official vinyl release was as a bonus single on early pressings of The Rest of the Best, a compilation released in West Germany in the early 1980s which also features a number of other fairly rare tracks.
  • Thin Lizzy had "A Ride In The Lizzy Mobile" (later renamed "Cruisin' In The Lizzy Mobile") which suffered a huge amount of this. It was released as the b-side to "The Rocker" in Germany only, but the UK got "Here I Go Again". It wouldn't see release till the box set "Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels" over 30 years later.
  • Kelis' Wanderland took 17 years to get a proper North American release, after her label Virgin Records had initially scrapped plans for a release in her home country when the single "Young, Fresh, 'n New" failed to chart and doubted the album's commercial potential.
  • The American Alternative Rock band The Pixies' E.P. Come On Pilgrim, excerpted from a demo session, was only released in the U.K. by 4AD Records. After its rapturous reception by the British music press, it was finally released stateside concurrently with the band's first full-length album, Surfer Rosa, appended to the CD version as well as separately on vinyl and cassette by fellow indie label Rough Trade.
  • Alphaville frontman Marian Gold's solo album United was released in South Africa in December of 1996, over two years ahead of its American and European release in May of 1999.
  • Tears for Fears: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending released in Europe a full year after its US release.
  • David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World came out in the United States in 1970, but it would take another year for it to come out in Bowie's native UK, owed to a dispute with Mercury Records over Bowie's decision to depict himself in a dress in the artwork.
  • Duran Duran: Medazzaland took a solid 25 years to come out in the band's native UK following its 1997 US release, owed to the poor reception of Thank You directly before it.


    Video Games 
  • The PlayStation 4 was released in the US and Europe on November 15th and 29th 2013, respectively, while its Japanese release date was pulled back to February 22nd a year later. This can be explained because of the early release date of the anticipated European game Killzone: Shadow Fall. The game was probably never meant to appeal to the Japanese audience, so Sony pulled back the date for the Japanese release to make sure it came out on the same day as Dynasty Warriors 8.
  • Several mobile games tend to release in a method called "soft launch", which often times release the game in specific regions, most commonly Australia & Canada. Examples include Angry Birds Go, Asphalt 9: Legends, Peggle Blast, and Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Several games in the Japan-created franchise, including most of the mainline Genesis/Mega Drive games, were released in North America before Japan, as the series was created specifically to appeal to Western fans, and also because Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic Spinball were made at Sega's American branch. But even the 100% Japanese Sonic 1 came out in the US first.
    • Sonic 3D Blast (a.k.a Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island), made by UK firm Travellers Tales, saw first release in Europe, then North America about a month later, then finally Japan over a year later.
    • This happens from time to time even in the "Modern" Era, though nearly all production has moved back to Japan, on the occasions where Sega has Americans write the scenarios (thus the English dub gets recorded first).
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was released in America in January 2010, and was released in Europe in April and in Japan in late October, possibly because the first game bombed in its native Japan but did slightly better in America.
  • Nintendo Wars:
    • Advance Wars was originally intended to be a minor example of this, planned to be released in the US shortly before the Japanese release in October 2001. It was then cancelled for unknown reasons and wasn't released in the region until November 2004, in a compilation pack with its sequel that itself only released a year after it came out in overseas territories. For a dose of irony, it was originally intended to be Japan-exclusive like all prior Wars entries as well.
    • The Japanese release of second Nintendo DS game, Days of Ruin, was delayed several times following the overseas release in early 2008, before they seemed to drop release plans all together. The title wouldn't see release in its home country until October 2013, where it became available exclusively for Club Nintendo members as a digital download title for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • MadWorld was developed by Japanese company PlatinumGames and released in America and Europe in March 2009. Due to its graphic violence, however, Sega refused to release it in Japan; it eventually reached Japan eleven months later, published by Spike.
  • Although it was developed in Japan, uses only Japanese voice acting and was even available with a Japanese language option, Obey Me made its debut in English speaking countries a year before it was officially launched in Japan.
  • The first Rock Band game was released in America in late 2007, but didn't see a European release until the following May. To make up for the difference, some extra songs were included in the European version of the game that were released as paid DLC in the US version.
  • Mach Rider was an NES launch title that Nintendo created for American audiences, publishing it one month earlier in the US than in Japan. Of course, the result was clear.
  • Mario Party 8 holds the distinction for being released in North America, Europe and Australia first, and then in its native Japan (the exception is the United Kingdom, where it was released later still due to production issues... and that was before having to be recalled for a later re-release due to a content controversy).
  • Werewolf: The Last Warrior was released by Data East USA seven months before it was released in Japan... by Takara, of all companies.
  • Dungeon Master II was developed in the US, but the series' greater popularity in Japan is reflected by the fact that the PC-98 was the first platform on which it was released.
  • Quest 64 was developed in Japan, but was released in the United States over a year before Japan.
  • Angry Birds Blast was released in the UK in October 2016, two months before the North American release, and even before the voices were added.
  • Ever Oasis was released in the West almost 3 weeks before its release in Japan, which is especially rare for niche JRPGs.
  • Kirby Battle Royale was released in Europe first (with Australia getting it one day later) rather than Japan. The American and Korean releases came out two and three months after the Japanese release, respectively.
  • Nightmare Circus for the Sega Genesis was intended for physical release in North America in late 1995, but ultimately canceled by Sega of America, only to surface on the Sega Channel in late 1996. Between cancellation and release, it was brought to store shelves in Brazil by Sega's local publisher Tectoy. This version is an Obvious Beta, suggesting that it was the last version of the game before its official cancellation.
  • Since Sega dropped support for the Sega Master System/Mark III in Japan rather abruptly after the launch of the Mega Drive, several Master System games developed in Japan and likely intended for Japanese release were released in Western countries exclusively or first. These include Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, which even had enhanced music for the Japan-exclusive FM Sound Unit, and did receive later Japanese releases through ports to other console systems.
  • Arcaea, which has an international development team with none of its core staff based in Japan (although they commission and get licenses for a lot of work from Japanese creators), had a song debut in Japan first. During the event Comiket 92 in Japan in 2017, visitors to the developers' booth could play the song "Auxesia" about a week before it would be available to all players, as well as purchase an unlock code to unlock it on their in-game account early.
  • Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES was released in 1994 in the Americas and early 1995 in Europe. Japan (the game's country of origin) didn't receive it until early 1998.
  • A number of video games developed by Rare, including practically all the games that they developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System, were released first in the Americas before the developers' native UK or even Europe. Such was the case for all Banjo-Kazooie games (the most extreme case was with Banjo-Tooie, which wasn't released in Europe until 2001, after having had a 2000 release in North America; the mildest case was Nuts and Bolts which was released in Europe only three days after its American release.)
  • Power Strike II for the Sega Master Systemnote , a spinoff of the Aleste series, was released exclusively in Europe and Australia in 1993. It would not see a release in the developers' native country of Japan until 2020 (27 years later!), when it was released as part of Aleste Collection.
  • A unique mention is the Korean MMORPG Grand Chase, where Rin, a character that was created by Brazilian players through a forum suggestion, got sent to the developers and then gave the Brazilian server Rin first, while Koreans got it some time afterward. Her second job arrived in Brazil three weeks before the Korean server got it. Normally the Korean server gets the latest updates, but this was the first time a new update was developed and released outside the Korean server first. Uno, the last character, would actually get a day zero release in Brazil, as Korea got it a day later.
  • The Master System version of Darius II, known as Sagaia outside of Japan, was originally released exclusively in Europe in 1992 to cash in on the console's enduring popularity in the region (meanwhile, Japan and North America would get the Genesis/MD port instead), and would not see a release in Japan until 2019 when it was included in the console port and special editions of Darius Cozmic Collection, 27 years later.
  • The NES version of Sky Shark / Flying Shark (itself a game originally made by Toaplan, a Japanese company) was originally released only in North America in 1989. Japanese players will have to wait until 2022 for its inclusion on the Compilation Rerelease Toaplan Arcade Garage: Hishou Same! Same! Same!.
  • Despite being developed by WayForward in America, River City Girls 2 was released in Japan and Asia on December 1, 2022 before being released elsewhere at a later date.

    Web Comics 
  • Sleepless Domain: Despite being an English-language comic, the first print edition to be released was actually a French translation of the first volume in 2018. An English edition was later produced thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign the following year, but it would not be published by Seven Seas Entertainment and sold on store shelves until 2021. This is mitigated, of course, by the fact that this volume was already available in English online before even the French edition was published.

Alternative Title(s): Foreign Premiere First