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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. Obviously, 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 it and time subtitles (dubbing only increases the wait). Shows made in the United States are, naturally, usually shown in the United States before they're shown in another country. It only makes sense that a show will be shown first in the country that made it.


However, an odd trend is that, although a title was made in one country, the people in another country see new episodes first, which seems extremely counter-intuitive, at least to the viewers of the country of origin. Usually it's a US-based show that's shown first in Canada, Australia, the UK, or even Latin America.

The reason this 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, but the foreign station keeps its originally planned airdate.


With the advent of file-sharing networks and sites like YouTube, this often results in anxious viewers in the original country seeing 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 trope.

Contrast No Export for You, where foreign countries never see the work at all.

And "Short Run in Peru" does not refer to a work that's short-lived outside its home country. That would be Unfinished Dub.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • The anime Afro Samurai was animated in English with American voice actors (but otherwise used entirely Japanese staff). As such, it was picked up by Spike TV and aired before its subtitled 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).
  • The movie to the second Yu-Gi-Oh! series (the one everyone is familiar with) was not screened in Japan until after it had already been released in the rest of the world for over a year.
    • This is partly to do with its production being headed by 4Kids, rather than TV Tokyo. It originally wasn't going to even get a Japanese release, and yet the American version still had nearly 20 minutes of footage cut compared to the original Japanese version.
  • 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.
  • IGPX Immortal Grand Prix was aired in English in the United States on Toonami one day before before being aired in Japan due to it being co-produced by Toonami. Japan had the entire 2nd season air before the US saw its release 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 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. Possibly a Justified Trope, as 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.
  • 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 for download in the US by PlayStation 3 owners 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 premier 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 then it didn't even last a week before it disappeared in favor of Rated "A" for Awesome. As of January 2017, it's never aired again and seems unlikely to do so.
  • The Doraemon episode "Big G: Master Chef" was released to the internet before it aired on TV, along with "Noby! Noby! He's Our Man; Gone With The Sneeze", though the latter was removed after its TV premiere.
  • The highly-anticipated Space Dandy had the gimmick of being a "simul-dub", meaning that new episodes of the series would air 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.
  • The 2015 version of Lupin III aired in Italy two months before its Japanese release, since the show takes 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.
  • The first episodes of Fresh Pretty Cure! and Heartcatch Pretty Cure were shown at their respective "Debut Carnival" events in Tokyo held a week before the shows began airing.
  • 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. It's full run was only screened in Australia and Japan.
  • FLCL Progressive premiered in the US on June 2, 2018, over three months before its Japanese release.
    • The first episode of FLCL Alternative takes this Up to Eleven with the subtitled version having a stealth premiere in the US on April 1, 2018, five months before its Japanese release.

    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. Justified, since Día de los Muertos, which the film centers around, is November 2 and being released long after the holiday would make little sense.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh was released in the UK 3 months before it was released in the US.
  • The UK got Minions and The Secret Life of Pets a few weeks before their US release. It was quite justified for the first example, since a majority of the film took place in London.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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 has had limited American success compared to the Sam Raimi films).
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Due to production delay of the anthology it was written for, Lois McMaster Bujold's 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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".
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Episodes of the US soap The Young and the Restless air one day before in Canada before they do in the US.
  • The 20th Anniversary TV Special of Doctor Who, "The Five Doctors", aired on a collection of PBS affiliates 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.
  • Seems to be a trend with Power Rangers.
  • 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 dependant 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.
    • In a better example of this trope, 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.
  • 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.
    • In one case, this was notably averted. KTEH 54 in California received the season 8 tapes weeks early. While their agreement allowed them to air them before the BBC did, they were asked to wait, and they did. Out of gratitude, the BBC had several of the actors (notably Craig Charles) come over to the states for their pledge drives – which led to dozens of viewers pledging money on the condition that Craig call them a smeghead on the air.
  • 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.
  • Babylon 5 aired in the US amid the then-usual reruns. In a variation, the UK did not show the reruns, and thus were always ahead. They finished every season several episodes before the US did, making this a partial example of Short Run in Peru.
  • 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.
  • Recent seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation have seen some episodes airing in the US before they air in Canada. So far, episodes 6-1 through 6-8, 7-1 through 7-12, and 8-2 through 8-7 have aired in the US first, as have three of the four specials (one of which has no set air date in Canada, oddly enough).
  • 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.
  • Brazil aired Kamen Rider Dragon Knight beyond episode 15 where it was held in the US on a hiatus.
  • 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 get to screen them in line with the season while US viewers needed to wait until the lawsuit is cleared before it can be screened in the US.
  • For some reason, Kingdom season 3 aired in Belgium six months before airing in the UK. Why? Why Belgium of all places? Nobody knows.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. As of right now, Smack Down, just like Wrestling/WWERAW, is live, so it airs either simultaneously with USA, or later. It's still possible during international tours, when show is recorded.
  • The final five episodes of the cancelled series Caprica were broadcast in Canada months ahead of anywhere else.
  • 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.
  • New episodes of Murdoch Mysteries air about a month earlier in the UK than in Canada.
  • This has happened to three different Gerry Anderson series. Several episodes of Space1999 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.
  • Happened to H2O: Just Add Water. The third season was aired in the U.K. before being aired in its native Australia, and wasn't aired at all in the U.S.
    • This has since changed though as 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).
  • The third season of Primeval aired one and sometimes even two episodes in advance in Spain compared to the UK.
  • Australia was getting Sliders ahead of the US at one point.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Downplayed Trope with the British show Peaky Blinders in season 3. In the U.S., the show is distributed by Netflix. 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.
  • 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 series four segments of Noddy's Toyland Adventures first aired on The Noddy Shop in the United States before they aired in the UK.
  • 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 brought the rights for domestic distribution of the TV series based on Heathers. The series did end airing in several European countries via HBO.
  • 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.

  • 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.


    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 games in the Japan-created Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, including all the main-line Genesis / Mega Drive games, were released in North America before Japan. Somewhat justified since 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.
    • In fact, the only "Classic" Sonic games to avert this (other than some Game Gear titles) are Sonic 2 (16-bit) and Sonic CD.
    • 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. Justified as the first game bombed in its native Japan but did slightly better in America.
  • Advance Wars was originally intended to be a minor example of this, it being released in the US shortly before the Japanese release in October 2001. It was pushed back after 9/11 and wasn't released until 2004 in a compilation pack with its sequel, long after most other territories got them.
    • The Japanese release of Days of Ruin was delayed several times before being cancelled: so this Japanese-developed game never got released in its own country - until late 2013, where it's being released as a digital download title for the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Angry Birds Blast was released in the UK in October 2016, two months before the USA, 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 twist is that the other country releases will get extra abilities (from fan poll) from the start while Europe version will only get it later.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Arthur tends to get this from time to time to Australia and Canada — the first half of every season will air in said countries first while the US has to wait until fall for the new episodes to premiere along with the second half of the season, withheld to air as part of the PBS Kids back to school event.
    • Several episodes of Season 14 aired in the United Kingdom first before their US premieres.
  • In Danny Phantom, after airing the "season premiere" (actually the sixth episode) for season 3 in the United States, Nickelodeon apparently forgot it existed, and didn't get around to actually airing the rest of the season until almost a year later. By the time they actually got around to doing it, the entire season had been played in Latin America and the UK months earlier.
  • The third season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Due to episodes airing in a foreign country several months before Nickelodeon actually aired them in the US, plot twists were all-too-often known ahead of schedule.
    • And half of Season 3 was prematurely released to DVD, making a large chunk of Nickelodeon's "Countdown to the Comet" event pointless even if you DIDN'T pirate the episodes off the Internet.
    • Episodes from Book 3 of The Legend of Korra were accidentally leaked onto the internet by Nickelodeon's Mexican affiliate. The leaked episodes - which were all in Spanish - may have contributed to the series being aired the detriment of ratings.
  • Nicktoons in general have had this problem since around 2000:
    • A Rugrats ep that was supposed to premiere in 2002 didn't air until 2004 (even stories that had been dependent on said episode aired before it).
    • Catdog's finale didn't air until 2005, after it had been shown in other countries.
    • The Wild Thornberrys 's finale was delayed several months, allowing the UK to show it first.
    • All Grown Up! began its regular runs in Canada and the UK before the US.
    • Rugrats: Pre-School Daze aired in the UK 4 months before it did in the US.
    • Several Hey Arnold! stories aired in the UK long before their US airings.
    • Several of The Fairly Oddparents episodes are aired in England long before they're shown in the US. Stupid Cupid was aired in Great Britain months before it was finally aired in the United States. A more notorious example is Timmy the Barbarian and No Substitute for Crazy. These particular episodes were aired in Great Britain first. In the U.S., they were not aired until AFTER the fifth season finale, Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3.
      • In fact, several episodes from seasons 2-5 were aired in Australia several months, or perhaps, a year before the US. An example from this is from the episode "Information Stupor Highway", which didn't air until a year and three months later in the US.
      • Then we have Season 7. The final third of the season aired in several countries months before the US. Most of these episodes aired in the US in mid-2011. However, one episode, "Farm Pit", didn't air in the U.S. until mid-2012, despite airing in several other countries almost a year prior.
      • Season 9 fell under this too. A lot of the episodes after "Scary GodCouple" (which was only the SIXTH full episode of the season out of 26 episodes) aired in several countries before the U.S. aired them.
      • And Season 10 has now fallen victim to this too. Almost every episode after "The Fair Bears" (only the first half of the fourth episode of the 20 episodes of Season 10) have aired in at least one non-US country before the USA.
    • SpongeBob SquarePants:
      • The episode "Goo Goo Gas" first aired in Germany & Latin America almost two years before it aired in the US (Germany aired the episode in November 2007, but the US didn't air it until July 2009). It would later air in 2008 in several other countries as well, including Canada, South Africa, & the UK. Heck, it was even released on DVD nine months before it premiered.
      • Most episodes in the last thirds of Seasons 3 & 4 would air in Germany before the US.
      • 6 episodes from Season 9note  aired in Greece in late June-early July 2013. It took several months (in most episodes' cases) to over a year and a half (in Yeti Krabs' case) for these episodes to air in the US.
      • "Bulletin Board", an episode from the last quarter of Season 9, premiered in Canada nearly two months before its US premiere. This episode premiered in the US on October 1, 2016. By contrast, the episode premiered in Canada on August 12 of the same year. "Snail Mail", another episode from Season 9's last quarter, also premiered in Canada ahead of its US airdate, although this wasn't as extreme ("Snail Mail" premiered in Canada on October 7, 2016. It premiered in the USA on October 22 of the same year).
      • Season 10 also suffered from this. The episodes "Unreal Estate/Code Yellow", "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge/Sportz?" and "Feral Friends/Don't Wake Patrick" (the finale) all have aired in Nickelodeon Israel in March, July and August of 2017. To make matters worse for US, the channels having an English track (Nickelodeon Russia and Nickelodeon Spain) also aired the last two pairs, meaning people have heard the English audio before the US. In the case of Russia, "The Incredible Shrinking Sponge/Sportz?" reruns have been removed from the schedule after 2 weeks since the original airing, and they resumed only a year later.
      • This trope has continued into Season 11, with "There's a Sponge in My Soup", "Man Ray Returns", and "Larry the Floor Manager" airing in Spain and Portugal in September 2017, before their US airdates.note 
      • Later, two other Season 11 episodes, "Sanitation Insanity" and "Bunny Hunt", aired in Spain, Portugal, and Turkey before their US airdates, on March 21, 2018. The latter segment aired in the USA on March 30 of the same year, but the former didn't air until May 7, all in the meanwhile airing in other countries before the US, including in Germanynote , most Central & Eastern Europe countriesnote , Francenote , and Israelnote  (in that order) as well, before the United States. IN the United States, the episode got released on Amazon Video and Google Play early on April 21, alongside its sister segment.
      • Yet another episode of this season, "Shopping List", has been aired in Nickelodeon Israel on July 4, 2018 and was released in the US in September. Same goes to four episodes which aired in Russia along with the English track on July 26 and 27: "Whale Watching", "Krusty Kleaners", "Patnocchio" and "Chef Bob"; they weren't even scheduled to air in the US at the time!
    • The second season of Invader Zim was aired in Latin America thanks to the efforts of Mundo Nick, Nick's South American subsidiary. The season was eventually aired in North America by Nicktoons TV, several years after the cancellation of the show (and several years after the show proved to be a hit on DVD).
    • Like above, the 3rd season of My Life as a Teenage Robot premiered in Latin America (and Germany) a couple years before coming on Nicktoons Network. Thankfully, a fan had put up the episodes up in both Spanish and English after their premieres.
    • Several episodes from the final season of As Told by Ginger aired in other countries long before they aired in the US, one airing for the first time in 2006, at least two years after the show finished production. Others would not air in the US until 2016, and one more episode still has yet to air, along with the series finale, which was released straight to DVD in the US but aired everywhere else like the other special episodes. All of these episodes could easily be watched on YouTube and were even available on iTunes at one time.
    • Several of the later episodes of Monsuno season 1 were shown in Canada first, and Japan was a few episodes ahead when season 2 debuted in America.
    • Two episodes of The Loud House ("Toads and Tiaras" and "Two Boys and a Baby") aired first in Italy, while four ("Racing Hearts", "Missed Connection", "Driving Ambition" and "Predict Ability") aired in Australia first. Additionally, Amazon released the special "Tripped!" on the day it was supposed to air even after Nick pulled it from that day's lineup, which also happened to "The Loudest Thanksgiving" 2 days before airing.
    • The final 9 episodes of Harvey Beaks which included the series finale aired on Nicktoons in the US in late December 2017 however the episodes first aired in Africa in July.
    • Welcome to the Wayne aired, as of this writing, almost all of the first season in a block over several weeks in the United Kingdom while America had not even reached the halfway mark.
  • Like Nicktoons above, Cartoon Network also has problems with this. To name examples...
    • Several episodes of Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack premiered in Europe and South America weeks and sometimes months before its US premiere.
    • Most episodes from the second half of the final season of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends premiered in Europe three months before they aired in the US, although the series finale did have its premiere in the States first.
    • The series finale of Codename: Kids Next Door was aired in the Philippines about a month before it was aired in the United States. The same occurred with some of the episodes.
    • Ed, Edd n Eddy finally aired out The Movie finale in the United States in November 2009, a year after it was completed and months after it was shown in Scandinavia, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The show also has the distinction of being a Canadian production that never aired past its first season in its home country for well over a decade, until Cartoon Network created a channel in the region.
    • Several episodes from the fourth season of The Powerpuff Girls premiered in Canada months before they saw the light of day in the US.
    • Two Season 3 episodes of Steven Universe aired in France several weeks before the United States.
    • The last few Season 3 episodesnote  of The Amazing World of Gumball aired in Continental Europe and Australia months before America and Britain. Most episodes of Season 4 aired in the Netherlands and Belgium before the rest of the world.
      • "The Egg" has got to be the most pre-empted episode of those four Season 3 episodes. It didn't get to air in America until after Season 4 had already started.
      • Much earlier, "The Helmet" from Season 1 aired in Latin America/Brazil in early January 2012. In the US and UK, it only aired 2 months later.
  • Justice League Unlimited had a similar problem, with episodes airing in Canada and Europe a month or more before their premiere in the US. The series finale was actually available on Bittorrent sites a full six months before it (finally) aired in America, due to this.
  • Transformers Animated suffered from various iterations of this during its second season. The US and Canadian broadcasts used to be on the same day, but when the US airing of the second episode of the second season was delayed a week (for the Ben 10: Alien Force premiere), Canada consistently remained one episode ahead for the remainder of the season.
    • Although the second season did not reach UK screens until some months after its North American debut, when it did, a new episode was aired every weekday, instead of just once a week. Consequently, the ninth, tenth, and eleventh episodes of the season premiered on UK television, nearly one, two, and three weeks before their Canadian airing respectively. However, the two-part season finale, "A Bridge Too Close", did not air in the UK until a month or two later, allowing Canada and America to air it first.
    • Much more infuriatingly, the entire second half of the season, from episode seven onwards, premiered in Dubai – dubbed into Arabic, no less – successfully ruining a lot of the surprises that were in store.
  • Season 2 of The Boondocks had two episodes criticizing BET pulled by [adult swim] in the US, but aired on Canada's Teletoon without incident. Those two episodes ended up on DVD.
  • The first 7 episodes of Winx Club 's 3rd season premiered in the US before they aired in Italy. And that same season, the 4Kids dub of the last 7 eps aired on YTV in Canada a few months before America (thus alerting viewers, for example, to this filler scene being cut).
    • And while we're on the subject of Winx, its "other" English dub is produced in Canada with Canadian voices, and YTV still ended up airing the 4K dub. Not Canadian enough for them eh?
    • Most English-speaking countries have yet to see the post-S3 movie (though Nickelodeon's acquisition of the property may change this), even though one of its soundtrack songs was performed by Australian Natalie Imbruglia.
    • And for the most bizarre example, the first country to get the 2nd movie in a regular run (after a premiere at the Rome film festival) is Russia… a country where the 1st film was apparently released direct to DVD.
  • The second season of The Spectacular Spider-Man has been aired in Australia on March 1st, and was finished before the US even premiered it.
    • Canada and Bulgaria (of all places) also got it before the US.
  • Code Lyoko did this in a very tortoise-and-hare way. In France, the entirety of season 2 was played at a rate of one episode per week. In the US, it started playing shortly after it did in France, but then power-housed through half the season in three weeks, then stopped and let France catch up, and then started just showing random episodes whenever the hell it felt like it until finishing off with a mini-marathon and a season finale. It did manage to beat France to the punch, though. Later seasons weren't shown nearly as randomly though.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men was first aired on Brazil than any other country. The first (and eventually, only) season ended there even before it debuted in the US.
  • Season 3 of Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! got aired in several Scandinavian countries before it came to the states. By the time it did, most of the fandom knew about the spoilers and was keeping quiet for the sake of everybody else.
  • A bizarre and possibly literal example: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure was theatrically released in Latin America in September 2009, ahead of its direct-to-DVD release in the states in late October.
    • And it had a short run at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in LA, for the sole purpose of making it eligible for Oscar submission.
    • The Great Fairy Rescue was released in New Zealand and Australia cinemas in August 2010. Disney also ran it at the El Capitan for two weeks in September.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold's various markets have such vastly different schedules and airing orders for the second half of the first season that a given episode's first showing may be in the US, UK, Canada, or somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, without any sort of pattern.
  • Phineas and Ferb's episode "Wizard of Odd", aired in Australia first, long before it aired in the US.
    • Also, the episode "The Secret to Success" was first aired in Latin America, The UK, and Russia.
    • "We Call It Maze", "Ladies and Gentlemen, He is Max Modem", "Split Personality", and "Brain Drain" all aired in Latin America before the US. The former also aired in Taiwan and Brazil.
    • A handful of episodes like "Minor Monogram" and "Perry the Actorpus" aired on a Chilean television station before they aired in America.
    • For some reason, a few episodes of the 3rd season aired 1st in Philippine terrestrial TV- dubbed in Filipino.
    • Several later Season 4 episodes surfaced in Ukraine first. "Act Your Age" premiered in New Zealand first, against the wishes of the show's creators.
  • Milo Murphy's Law's Season 2 premier which crossed over with the Phineas and Ferb above aired on August 10, 2018, in Japan, in English, within hours of the American release date being finally confirmed as January 2019.
    • In addition, the same episode, "The Phineas and Ferb Effect" aired in September 2018 in Germany, Poland, Spain, The UK, and Ireland.
    • India aired the first half of Season 2 throughout November 2018.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars had an up and down time with the last half of its second season, sometimes having a month long gap between episodes. It was hinted that this came about from Lucas changing some aspects of some episodes at the last second. The UK and Canada began airing some episodes several weeks before the US. During the end-run it became only a week's difference between UK and US. The US only managed to get the season finale aired a day before the UK by airing it as the second half of a two-part evening event.
  • Total Drama World Tour. A Canadian show that premiered the first episode in Canada, then decided to wait until September to air the next ones. In the mean time, the USA aired a new episode once a week. Then came Australia, who aired five new episodes a week.
    • For comparison, Australia started 18 days later than Canada, and finished 8 days before Canada aired episode 2.
    • USA gets even further ahead of Canada (although not as bad as Australia) by having the Aftermath episodes online exclusive.
    • Revenge of the Island had its world premiere in France, while Pahkitew Island was first shown in Italy. The USA was the first country to broadcast The Ridonculous Race.
  • The Family Guy episode "Partial Terms of Endearment" was dropped from the US run (because of its abortion-related storyline) and first aired in the UK. It eventually became a DVD exclusive episode in the US.
  • The final 5 episodes of Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat aired in Asia on their Disney Channel a whopping 6 months before it aired in the US. The cause of this is unknown, PBS was for some reason holding the episode backs to premiere in the fall, and CBC was doing the same.
  • Season 4 of the 2003/2007 Strawberry Shortcake series aired in Europe a whole two months before it was aired in Asia. It has never aired in the US, and while it received direct-to-video releases in the region, the episodes where released at an extremely slow pace – the last of the episodes of Season 4 was only finally released in 2012, over 5 years after the episodes initially aired in Europe.
  • At least one season of X-Men: Evolution managed to air in New Zealand on WNTV long before it was screened in the States, resulting in many fanvids with 'wntv' watermarks in the corner.
  • Transformers Prime, as aired on The Hub, usually has long breaks between every 5 episodes or so, supposedly due to time-consuming animation. However, after episode 20, "Partners," aired in the US, the break proceeded as planned for a couple of weeks until suddenly, with no prior warning, Canada's Teletoon network started airing the remaining episodes of season 1. According to online schedules, the US was not supposed to begin showing this batch of episodes until nearly 2 months after the premier of "Partners". However, as of episode 23, it seems as though someone at either the Hub or Teletoon caught wind of the situation, and what was supposed to be the premiere of episode 24 in Canada a week later was abruptly replaced at the last minute by a rerun.
    • And then Singapore aired episode 24 a few days before either network.
      • Not just episode 24, but episodes 25 and 26. Needless to say, everyone knew the twist at the end long before the episodes aired in the US.
      • It happened again with the first three episodes of Season 3 being leaked early, and now Internet Streaming sites are leaking Predacons Rising a full three weeks before it's supposed to air on TV. How the latter was accomplished is unknown at time of writing.
  • Young Justice episodes in Turkish and Portuguese were at one point about three episodes ahead of the U.S. airings. Dubbed. Considering Cartoon Network had had the show for over a year and still hadn't finished airing the first season, that was insult on top of injury for the fanbase. It was all after a six-month hiatus after nine episodes, and a three-month hiatus after nine more. To repeat: the international dubs actually surpassed the country of origin's airing schedule.
  • Beware the Batman had 26 episodes produced in all for its first (and only) season. Only 11 episodes actually aired in the US on Cartoon Network before it quietly vanished while epsisodes 12-13 premiered on DVD and Blu-ray. New Zealand aired up to episode 17, and episode 18 premiered on DVD in the UK. Episodes 19-26 will make their premieres in the US, but on [adult swim]'s Toonami block instead of Cartoon Network. At least the whole season—er... series will finally be run at last.
  • In Canada, Teen Titans first season was shown in reruns for a whole year. After that, all later seasons were shown one after the other, even showing the Season 4 finale before the U.S. did.
    • The spin-off Teen Titans Go! has had quite a few examples:
      • "Animals: It's Just A Word" was leaked online two weeks before it was supposed to air.
      • "The Fourth Wall" aired in the UK first on CITV three days before it aired in the United States.
      • In an odd case of a holiday episode being shown before a holiday, "More of the Same", a New Year's episode, was aired six months before said holiday.
      • The episodes "Mo' Money Mo' Problems" and "TV Knight 3" aired in France a month before the US.
      • "The Fight" aired on the Latin American feed a day before it aired in the USA.
      • "Little Elvis" aired in the UK a month before it aired in the US.
  • The Simpsons episode "In the Name of the Grandfather" premiered in Ireland and the United Kingdom a few days before it aired in the U.S. Justified, however, as the episode is set in Ireland, it premiered on St. Patrick's Day, and this was a special occurrence as part of its 20th season.
  • God, the Devil and Bob was cancelled in the US after four episodes after network executives received numerous complaints from Moral Guardians on religious grounds. The entire series was shown in Ireland, the UK and parts of Latin America.
  • All 5 season two episodes of Nina Needs to Go! were first shown in Korea in December of 2014, nearly 2 and a half months before their American premiere and 4 months before they aired in their native land of the UK.
  • The second and third seasons of Magic Adventures of Mumfie were specifically made for an American audience due to its huge popularity in the country, so they aired first there. They showed up a year later in the home country of the show, two weeks before Mumfie was thrown into Storytime with Thomas, which only aired one segment of the show in its time slot as opposed to two, and one month before it premiered in the country where some of the episodes were made, Canada.
  • The Equestria Girls series is interesting in that the severity of the trope increases with time.
    • Very briefly, one ("Shake Your Tail!") of the first eight Rainbow Rocks shorts was accidentally uploaded — in English — in the German Equestria Girls channel. It was quickly taken down, and officially released roughly a month after the fact.
    • The next film in the series got hit twice with this:
      • Its five shorts were released one new each week on the official Equestria Girls Youtube Channels. Except that the European Spanish Equestria Girls channel screwed up and, on the second week, released not only the second short, but all the remaining ones at once (dubbed, but still). They were quickly taken down and restored at appropriate times, but obviously not before everyone had a copy and screenshots all over the web.
      • A downplayed case, but the Canadian Family Channel aired the film quite a few hours before Discovery Family on the same day — and they aired it uncut, too (the American broadcast was Edited for Syndication).
    • The fourth film gets an spectacular example: Discovery Kids Brasil aired the film an entire week before its American debut... With an English SAP track. And it wasn't Edited for Syndication, either. Cue spoilers, spoilers everywhere.
    • The next major installment, for a change, was a set of three 22-minute specials announced for Summer 2017, and each airing on Discovery Family on June 24th, July 1st and July 6th, respectively. Poland aired them an entire 40 days earlier (May 14th, May 21st, May 28th) and Discovery Kids Mexico aired the first one eight days before Discovery Family (June 17th).
      • The morning after it was announced that the first special will be aired early in Mexico with an English audio track, ALL 3 SPECIALS WERE LEAKED IN ENGLISH.
    • Two shorts of the Summertime Shorts block, the music videos "Mad Twience" and "Get the Show on the Road", were leaked in Russia in March 2017 by the person who performed the songs. These eventually aired on Discovery Family on July 30 and August 27, respectively.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks" aired in Poland three days before its official release in the United States. The episode being repeatedly pushed back and airing way Out of Order in the U.S. probably had something to do with it.
    • Speaking of, the final three episodes of Season 6 aired on Tiny Pop in the United Kingdom prior to the US.
    • And now with the start of Season 7, after only airing the first episode a week after its U.S. premiere, Treehouse in Canada suddenly started airing two episodes per-weekend on Saturday and Sunday mornings (starting with "All Bottled Up", "A Flurry of Emotions"). The following week, after having "Rock Solid Friendship" on the same day as the U.S. airing, Canada overtook the U.S. the next day and ran all the way until the mid-season hiatus that came after the eleventh episode ("Not Asking for Trouble", which was aired in Canada on May 21 and the US on June 17). While this looked to be the end of it (going on the premise that there simply weren't any episodes produced after the 11th episode that could be aired early), it was not as the Tuesday (June 20) after the US airdate of the 11th episode, Boomerang Australia aired the 12th episode ("Discordant Harmony") and the 13th ("The Perfect Pear") on June 21st. At the time neither of these episodes had a US airdate (but then aired together on August 5th).
    • All the season 8 episodes from "The Hearth's Warming Club" to the season finale aired in places like Australia, Germany, and Sweden a good six weeks before the US.
  • Wander over Yonder: A few days before the U.S. airing, both "The Hero" and "The Birthday Boy" aired in France early, and had also went online. In mid-2014, Latin America had also gotten a handful of episodes early, and much more infamously in the fandom, "The Liar" and "The Stray" had aired in the Netherlands a couple weeks early and both went online.
  • Mixels: The show itself had premiered its first short in the Netherlands two weeks early. (Even a few days before it went online the U.S.)
    • Thanks to the show's air dates trying to sync a bit with the release of the LEGO sets, unlike other shows on Cartoon Network the premiere dates in the U.S. to international television often rival each other.
    • A half-hour special, in the format of "Mixed Up Special", with most of the first season's shorts packed in, which one could consider to be some kind of catch-up special, didn't even air anywhere except India. Because of that, nothing is known about it. No one even knew it existed until around a year after somebody posted a low-quality ripping of it on Dailymotion.
  • The revival of Biker Mice from Mars, which was chiefly an American cartoon series, initially aired from 2006 to 2007 on the British television channel CITV. The series did eventually air in America on 4Kids in 2008, but was pulled from the schedule before every episode had a chance to air. While the revival was said to resume airing on TheCW4Kids in fall 2009, it never came to pass.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! had this happen once a season: The last seven episodes of season one (20-26) and final 18 episodes of season two (35-52) aired in other countries (such as Australia) a number of months before they did in America.
  • The two-part finale of Xiaolin Showdown premiered in the United Kingdom in March 2006. Brazil aired it in April. The two-part finale eventually aired in the United States in May.
  • Similar to the Friday Night Lights example where episodes were available early on a certain cable provider, those who had access to the Watch Disney Junior app (now Disney NOW) could watch Goldie & Bear, Sheriff Callie's Wild West and The Lion Guard 2 months early.
    • This treatment also happened to episodes which get their release dates delayed. For example, the Doc McStuffins episode "First Responders To The Rescue" and the Fancy Nancy episode "Camp Fancy; Nancy's Vanity D'Art", both of which were delayed due to hurricanes, were available on Disney NOW before they actually premiered on TV.
    • Rival network PBS Kids also utilizes the "channel-related app premiere" method, with them using it to premiere Ready Jet Go!, Pinkalicious & Peterrific and Let's Go Luna!, as well as some new episodes of their other shows that have yet to air on TV.
  • Season 5 of Franklin was for some reason broadcasted in several countries worldwide (notably, Malaysia) 2 months before it was finally aired on Noggin in the US.
  • Due to its international popularity, episodes of Miraculous Ladybug sometimes air English dubs in North America before before the original versions even air in its home country of France.
  • The most ridiculous case of this trope is the first half of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, which was aired in the US only after every other country (except Japan and a few others) aired it.
  • Supernoobs aired in the United Kingdom and the United States, long before it could be released in Canada.
  • Atomic Puppet debuted on Disney XD several months before it did on Teletoon, despite being a creation of the latter network. It had an even earlier premiere in France on France 4 than either, although France does co-produce the show with Canada.
  • At San Diego Comic Con in the summer of 1993, three Animaniacs shorts were screened months before their premieres on TV: "Yakko's World", "No Pain, No Painting" and "Potty Emergency", the latter of which had some scenes that were edited from the initial television airing. The first short also aired as a promo a few weeks before the show's debut on Fox Kids, and the second short was also played at Worldcon. Two years later, the short "The Big Wrap Party Tonight" aired as a promo on New Year's Eve two months before it premiered but with the lyrics changed.
    • Like "Yakko's World", the "Brainstem" segment from Pinky and the Brain aired on several WB affiliates, but with Brain's line at the end being altered to "Now, let's get this show on the road. Yes!"
  • The 2nd half of season 2 of Littlest Pet Shop (2012) aired in the UK before it aired in the US. New episodes were aired daily which caused POP to air the remaining episodes in about a week.
    • Poland got the final five shorts long before any other country.
  • Ben 10 (2016) had its premiere in almost every country before the U.S. in October 2016note , while the U.S. didn’t get it until April the next year. In February 2018 for example, while the U.S. had only just started Season 2, the UK was already ~16 episodes ahead!
    • Actually averted with the episodes "All Koiled Up", "Double Hex", "Ye Olde Laser Duel" and "Ben Again and Again", which premiered in the US before anywhere else!
  • Despite being a Canadian show produced for TV Ontario's children's block, PAW Patrol first aired in the United States two weeks before its home country showed it. In fact, a majority of the episodes of the show aired in the U.S. first before Canada got them, with the exception of several holiday-themed episodes (which Nick decided to hold back. However, Nick did air "Pups Save Christmas" before Canada did), "Pups Save A Pool Day" and "Circus Pup Formers" (the latter two due to Nick taking a hiatus in between new episodes).
  • The Phantom Investigators episodes "Skating The Plank", "From Egypt, With Love", "Haunted Dreams", and all episodes from "The Fifth P.I." onward all debuted in Canada on Teletoon first- however they never ended up airing in America at all due to Kids' WB! cancelling the show after six episodes had aired (and Out of Order, to boot) due to not having enough male viewers.
  • On the first episode of ITV's 1992 Saturday Morning Kids Show What's Up, Doc? (which, as the title suggests, was very Warner Bros. based), they told the audience they'd be getting to see the new show Batman: The Animated Series before its American premiere. Which was true, but it was a matter of hours. (And since it was a weekly slot, they fell behind immediately.)
  • PJ Masks: The Season 2 episodes "Easter Wolfies" to "Romeo's Action Toys" aired in India in November of 2018 before airing in the United States.
  • The series 101 Dalmatian Street is set to premiere in the U.S in March 2019. However, to date, the show has premiered in almost the entirety of Europe and Africa in December 2018.
  • Even though Legend of the Three Caballeros is an American produced series, it first came out on the Disney Life app in the Philippines on June 9, 2018, and has yet to be released in America. Its only other known air date at the moment is on Disney Channel Asia on January 1, 2019.
  • The DuckTales (2017) episodes "The Missing Links Of Moorshire" and "McMystery At McDuck Manor" aired in Scandinavia on March 21 and 28, 2018 before their US air dates of May 18 and 25.
  • The Elena of Avalor episode "Science Unfair" first aired in the UK on February 10, 2018, which is 2 weeks before the US.
  • The Tangled: The Series episodes that will air in the US in March 2019 came out in Germany in February.
  • The Sofia the First episodes "The Birthday Wish" and "Royal School Fair" respectively premiered in Spain and the UK on December 22, 2017 and March 30, 2018, before their US release dates of January 5 and May 15, 2018 .
  • Justice League Action first premiered in the UK on November 26, 2016 while the US first aired it on December 16, 2016, where by that point, 13 episodes already aired. This spread throughout the rest of the first half of the season, and the last 7 episodes, all premiering in Poland and Australia before the US.
  • Stōked managed to air the entirety of the series in Australia in 2011, a year and a half before Canada finished the show, with the confirmation that the series was over after two season and 52 episodes overall.
  • Super Duper Sumos premiered in the UK in September 2001 on BBC One, seven months before its US debut on Nickelodeon.

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