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Mini-episode of a broadcast or cable series, available online or by other new media.


Examples:

Anime

  • Azumanga Daioh has a short web chapter that looks like Chiyo recording her class with a camcorder. In actuality, this webisode came out two years before the anime, and had a completely different cast (almost; Minamo's webisode voice actress went on to voice Yukari in the anime).
  • Haruhi-chan, a super-deformed Self-Parody of Haruhi Suzumiya.
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Live-Action TV

  • Between seasons 3 and 4, Lost created a series of 13 mobisodes, dubbed "Missing Pieces," which were delivered to cell phones, then posted online.
  • Heroes issued a webseries, "Going Postal" between seasons 2 and 3.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) has done this twice, with a series before S3 called "Resistance" and a set of webisodes on the Razor DVD which correspond to the First Cylon War.
  • Doctor Who had them for its second new series. They were called TARDISODES.
  • The Office (US) has them. (Compensation to the writers of these became an issue in the 2007-08 WGA strike.)
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  • Season 8 of Scrubs had a video-blog by Sunny Day, one of the new interns.
  • The Chloe Chronicles, which tied into seasons 2 and 5 of Smallville.
  • Breaking Bad has done them ever since season 2 began. Most of them are far Lighter and Softer than the show.
  • Have I Got News for You tried it with Have I Got News for You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off, which mostly featured unused footage from that week's show, outtakes and an audience competition, but seemed hamstrung by the fact that most of the airtime was taken up all the contestants laughing at how ridiculous the word "webisode" was (and that several of the guest hosts didn't really understand the concept).
  • Community
  • Parks and Recreation
  • The Walking Dead
  • Kung Fu 3D
  • The Engine Sentai Go-onger and Kamen Rider Kiva net movies, used as tie-ins for The Movie. While Super Sentai hasn't really used them since (except for Super Hero Taisen), they've become a staple for Kamen Rider — and are frequent sources for the funniest moments in the franchise.
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  • Episode 4 of NBC's Hannibal was "cannibalized" into a series of webisodes, as it was considered too similar to current events to be broadcast in the US. Outside of the US, it was shown as scheduled.
  • Murdoch Mysteries has had three webseries tying in with different seasons.
  • Red Dwarf had "Red Christmas", a Christmas Episode for the series that was released in 2007 as part of the Red Dwarf Mobile Service.

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