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You did save the glasses from last time, right?

"Can we please agree on one form of 3-D? I'm just getting tired of having to get a new pair of glasses every time there's a new 3-D gimmick."
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Occasionally, a network will get the brilliant idea to film an episode in 3-D, thus forcing the public to go on a search for the special 3-D glasses that work for this episode alone which are either given out by a store or inserted in a magazine. It's more of a novelty act than anything else. Definitely known for having "cheap 3-D tricks" in which all kinds of weird items (explosions, snakes, guns, anything flying through the air) will shoot out at the viewer. Also a guarantee of Incredibly Bad Writing ensuing as entire plots have to screech to a halt to indulge in the network's gimmickry.

As seen below, the 3-D episodes only take place around either sweeps weeks or event programming like after the Super Bowl.

Disney theme parks do a lot of these, including Captain EO, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Muppet*Vision 3D and It's Tough to Be a Bug!. See also 3-D Movie, Paddleball Shot.

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     Music 
  • When Kiss toured behind their reunion album, Psycho Circus, several songs featured images shown on the overhead screen in 3-D. An on-screen graphic would tell the audience when to put on and take off their 3-D glasses.
  • During the height of the Compact Disc's popularity among consumers, a minor trend existed wherein artists would occasionally release albums with lenticular or holographic covers to provide a pseudo-3D effect; examples include Diamonds and Pearls (holographic cover) by Prince and Hours (lenticular cover) by David Bowie.
    • The Rolling Stones also had a much earlier example with Their Satanic Majesties Request, which featured a lenticular 3D image of the band against a sky backdrop; the image was meant to occupy the whole cover, but was shrunken down to save money. Most re-releases of the album omit the lenticular effect, including most CD reissues (save for a Japan-exclusive SHM-CD release).
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    Sports 
  • The halftime show for Super Bowl XXIII, titled "Bebop Bamboozled"note  was a show produced in 3-D. Here's a clip of the intro (a Diet Coke commercial produced in 3-D for this game was removed from this clip) with NBC pregame host Bob Costas.

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    Web Original 
  • Far Lands Or Bust did this for the 100th episode, and true to the trope it was generally regarded as a bad decision afterwards by everyone involved.
  • The whole 5th season of The Jace Hall Show, though the focus on the effect was lowered in the latter episodes of the season.
  • The Cinema Snob's review of Friday the 13th Part III. Full of gratuitous Paddleball Shots.

    Western Animation 
  • The Dust Bunnies episode of Rugrats. It used the ChromaDepth method and required special glasses.
  • The KaBlam! episode Won't Crack or Peel! was originally broadcast in 3-D (similar to the above Rugrats episode, it used Chroma Depth and needed the glasses, known as Noggle-Vision for the week in 1997, and after that, the episode would be slightly re-done without the 3-D). The episode focused on Henry and June introducing "KaBlam-o-Vision", which was supposed to have the audience interact with the show (cute little gags like having a Staring Contest with the duo (which included June plucking out her eyeballs and sticking them to the screen)
  • Nickelodeon did it again in 1999 with "Smell-O-Vision" episodes of Spongebob Squarepants and other shows (a combination of 3D effects and special scratch-and-sniff cards).
  • Similar to Noggle-Vision, Cartoon Network did a week of shows in 3-D in 2007.
  • Parodied in a sequence in the Futurama episode "Law and Oracle", complete with Shout Outs to Avatar and gratuitous Paddleball Shots. It ends with a caption saying "PUT ON 3-D GLASSES ONE MINUTE AGO".


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