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  • In the 6teen episode "Fish and Make Up", Caitlin bursts in the loathsome washrooms with a Potty Emergency...and then uses the bathroom and sighs in relief for twelve seconds some additional seconds when it seems like she's finished.
    Caitlin: Sorry. Kind of an emergency.
  • 12 oz. Mouse would sometimes have two Overly Long Gags running concurrently. In episode 5, Fitz and Skillet have an extended shoot-out with an offscreen assailant while Peanut tries to rob the Diner. In episode 11, Shark spends half the episode trying to get his car started, while Rectangular Businessman spends the other half trying to decide which one of many identical harmonicas to buy. By the end of the episode, neither has succeeded.

  • [adult swim] had a series of interstitial shorts about Captain Linger, a traditional Flying Brick superhero who would save the day at the start of every cartoon, then spend the rest of the cartoon awkwardly hanging around in the aftermath, trying to make small talk or something.
    Captain Linger, Captain Linger
    The day he saves may be his own!
  • One episode of The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police features two tiny space invaders attempting to off the duo. At one point the aliens get the jump on them, clinging to their faces, leaving them to run around their office screaming for 15 seconds straight. (Complete with a brief pause to catch their breaths.)
    "This seems like a good opportunity to scream and stumble about in an overt display of blind terror."
  • Adventure Time:
    • "Power Animal" has the scene where Jake laughs at his own joke for a ridiculously long time, so long it just cuts to the next scene. When it cuts back to Jake, it turns out he laughed for so long he passed out.
    • "A Glitch is a Glitch" has a "1 second later" time card that held on screen for a good minute (incredibly long especially on a show that is only 11 minutes long), boosting the absurdity.
  • MacFarlane frequently uses this trope in American Dad! as well. He even lampshades it in "Phantom of the Telethon", when Stan delivers a joke written by Steve and his friends.
    Stan: Some acts are too hot. Some acts are too cold. This act is just riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

    Barry (backstage): Joke-killer! He's a joke-killer!
    • "TUNGEE!!!" "Mistah and lady!"
    • Referenced again when Francine's mother tells her that a wife should always laugh at her husband's bad jokes, in a way that seems like a Take That! at this kind of humor.
      Màma: You know how many times Bàba tell the "Pull my finger" joke? Four times a week, every week, and we been married fifty years! And it never funny. Not once. It got a little funny about ten years ago because it hadn't been funny for so long, but that was only for like two days.
  • Animaniacs:
    • The Who's on Stage? skit, an homage to the infamous Who's on First? skit.
    • The Wakkorotti concerts also might count as this. Ha ha, two minutes of burping!
    • Yakko sang all the words in the English language. However, he was only seen singing words beginning with A, F (briefly), L, and Z.
    • An in-universe example would be the Warners' "early" solo cartoon, "Flies in the Ointment", which concerned the siblings getting flypaper stuck on their butts.
      Daffy Duck: "It was an okay cartoon for a short, but this thing went on for eight hours. Eight. hours.
    • The German Friendship song. This one actually hangs a lampshade when the German chef gets tired half way through the song and tries to bring it to an end to no avail.
    • One of the "Dot's Poetry Corner" skits: "The Poem That I Wrote"
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force does this in the episode "Super Birthday Snake," when Frylock is arguing back and forth with his zombified friends about whether or not he killed them. A good quarter of the episode's length is nothing but variations on "No I didn't!" "Yes you did!", starting out with Frylock's anguished declarations and the others' zombie-like droning and gradually shifting to both just speaking in an annoyed but regular tone. It's not funny until Carl bursts out with "You so frickin' did!" Then it's hilarious.

  • Back at the Barnyard has an episode where the animals think the farm is about to be sold because they've overheard that "Buyers are coming" that day. After turning away several "Buyers", one person shows up looking for "The Beyer family reunion." He then explains that his surname is Beyer, the family reunion is being held there because the farmer's wife's maiden name is Beyer, all the other people who showed up earlier were named Beyer, etc. His explanation goes on for nearly a full minute.
  • Bob's Burgers: "Bob Day Afternoon" has Bob's family members yelling at him, begging him not to go, as he prepares to deliver a satchel of burgers to the hostages at the bank across the street.

  • Chowder does this a lot. For example:
    • This exchange from "Schnitzel Makes a Deposit":
      Old Lady: Would you care for a free lollipop?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Old Lady: Would you?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Old Lady: Would you?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Old Lady: Would you?
      Chowder: Would I what?
      Old Lady: Care for a free lollipop?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Schniztel: Radda radda!
      Chowder: Yes I would, thank you.
    • Also, the title of the 'Big Ball' episode (which doubles as the name of the game featured in it), Mung always refers to the name of the sport in full: Field Tournament Style Up and Down On the Ground Manja Flanja Blanja Banja Ishka Bibble Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Rerun Free for All Big Ball. It is fast-forwarded once, but only once, and said fast forward is also ridiculously long.
    • Chowder's very, very long Spit Take upon hearing Panini declare herself Chowder's girlfriend. The spit-take lasts all day. And all night. It shows you Chowder going about his day (helping Mung in the kitchen, sitting down at the table to eat dinner, in the bathroom holding a toothbrush, and finally in bed), just spewing a seemingly-infinite amount of juice. Even the Sun gets into it the next morning!
  • The View Askewniverse cartoon Clerks:
    "Caitlyn has a kissing booth? Like, for charity?"
    "Yeah, only it don't cost nothin' and it's not for charity."
    * leaves and comes back*
    "And there's no booth."
    * leaves and comes back*
    "And it's more than just kissing."
    * leaves and comes back*
    "And you don't have to be a guy."
    * leaves*
    * beat*
    * comes back*
    "Dude, she's cheating on you."
  • Clone High called this a "wacky stack", and tried to avoid it.
  • On The Critic, Jay once showed a scene from the Director's cut of JFK. It was just Jim Garrison saying "Back, and to the left" over and over.
    • Franklin thinks an owl is Wilson: "Whooo." "My wife, Eleanor." "Whooo." "My wife, Eleanor." "Whooo." "My wife, Eleanor." And so on for 15 seconds.

  • The Danger Mouse episode, Quark Quark features a robot named Grovel...who does...every single time his name is mentioned!
  • Dexter's Laboratory used this quite a bit, usually centering around endlessly repeated shots of Dexter typing on a keyboard, tightening a screw, pulling the same lever, etc. One commercial lampshaded this by asking after about thirty seconds of the screw-tightening, "Isn't he going to overtighten that thing some day?"
    • In one episode starring Mandark, every sound made was similar to his signature laugh. For the entire episode.
      • Ha ha ha! Ha-ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Ha-ha ha ha ha!
      • Chew chew chew! Chew-chew chew chew chew! Chew chew chew! Chew-chew chew chew chew!
      • Waah-hah-hah! Waah-hah-hah-hah-hah! Waah-hah-hah! Waah-hah-hah-hah-hah!
    • Youtube video makers particularly enjoy making videos of particular scenes, like Dexter eating corn for ten minutes or drinking milk for ten minutes.
    • "The Continuum of Cartoon Fools" opens with about half a minute of Dexter making faces and funny noises while apparently timing a storyboard, and ends with Dexter spending about a minute lamenting the fact that he's locked himself out of his secret laboratory in his efforts to keep Dee-Dee out.
    • Season 3 Episode 9's A Third Dad Cartoon. It is just three whole minutes of Dexter and Dee Dee's dad preparing to hit a golf ball. Before he can even prepare to hit the ball, he has to test the air, put on his gloves, kiss his lucky golf ball, cut some of the grass around the tee, test out which golf club he should use, and get into position. Then he spends another whole minute just cracking his neck, scuffing his shoes against the grass, stretching his arms out, and shaking his hips. When he finally takes a swing at it, a storm suddenly hits them. Thunder, lightning and rain, out of nowhere. He and his kids pack up and he says "Oh well, guess we'll have to try again next week." Throughout this entire sequence, there are no changes in camera angle, and no dialogue between Dad and his kids, and no music. Just three minutes of Dad getting ready to hit a golf ball.
    • From "Sdrawkcab": "For-ward! Reverse! For-ward! Reverse! For-ward! Reverse! For-ward! Reverse!"
  • In the very first episode of Drawn Together, after Toot tells Xandir that his girlfriend won't be calling back, he says "Oh my God!" 21 times in a row.
  • Duckman: In "Haunted Society Plumbers", Duckman and Cornfed become plumbers, and give their company an Overly Long Name in order to be first in the phone book.
    Hans: I am Hans, may I help you gentlemen?
    Eric Duckman: You betcha Heintz, we're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing.
    Hans: You're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing?
    Cornfed Pig: Yes, we're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing.
    Lady Calowina Worthington-Ford: Ah, are these the men from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing?
    Hans: Yes, they say they're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAA …
    Eric Duckman: All right! C'mon, we don't even have a plot yet.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "A Whale of a Bad Time", Scrooge McDuck is informed that a shipment of ice cream (in which he'd concealed half his fortune) has been eaten by a sea monster, which causes him to go berserk and spend about a minute jumping around the room repeatedly yelling "A sea monster ATE MY ICE CREAM!!" before his nephews can subdue him.

  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In "One Plus One Equals Ed", Ed spends all night opening and closing Eddy's fridge door, trying to figure out how the little light works. This is accompanied by a shot of the exterior of Eddy's house while we see the light coming on and going out while Ed says "Hello, light... Hello, light... Hello, light..."
    • Edd waxing philosophical about the key Eddy found in "Key to My Ed".
    • Ed climbing up a heap of fake snow and sliding back down in "From Here to Ed". "Slide on the soap! Slide on the soap!"

  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends tended to use this trope pretty often, probably to make the episodes fill 25 minutes:
    • From the Pilot Movie "House of Bloo's", Bloo meets Coco: "Coco?" "Yes." "Coco?" "Yes." "Coco?" "Yes." "Coco?" "Yes..."
    • The extended version of the scene of Bloo being massaged by the sound-operated cactus in "Store Wars", which plays over the credits. There was also the shot of him making weird noises repeatedly to make them dance.
    • The scene from "Squeeze the Day" where a bored Bloo amuses himself by making fun of the way the TV news weatherman talks. "It's hooooot in Tooopeeeeeekaaaaaa..."
    • Wilt repeatedly shouting "NO!" for thirty seconds straight at the end of "Where There's a Wilt, There's a Way".
  • Lampshaded in an episode of Freakazoid! ("Virtual Freak"), where Freakazoid and the Lobe take an overly long time to fall from the top of a mall.
    • The Emergency Broadcast System.
    • The premise of the episode "Relax-o-Vision" was a running gag that quickly grew old. This was eventually subverted at the end, when Freakazoid beats up the suit who came up with the idea in the first place.
    • A perfect example is the Hand-man segment in the first episode, noted as such on the DVD commentary.
    • Another episode has Fanboy surprise Freakazoid, who has just downed a smoothie. Freakazoid proceeds to spit out more papaya juice than could possibly fit in his whole body in sync with fifteen different dramatic BGM chords. In what may be the most awesome Spit Take ever, this goes on for a solid twenty seconds.
  • Taken to its logical extreme by Futurama; "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad", a special episode included on the Bender's Big Score DVD, takes the gag and runs with it for twenty-two minutes, the entire length of the episode. There are some other gags included ("Guests of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad stay at the famous Cragmont Human Cage!"), and, indeed, the whole point is that, in order not to miss these shorter gags, the viewer has to sit through the entire episode. Some of them are so short that they can easily be missed by fast-forwarding through them.
    • Into The Wild Green Yonder gives us Leela's attempts to protect a leech, which keeps attacking her; she reflexively crushes it, then regrets it, then it comes back to life and attacks her again.
    • Actually subverted in "Bender Gets Made", the one where Bender joined the Robot Mafia. After seeing that the Robot Mafia are going to be attacking the Planet Express Ship, Bender does an extended Spit Take that, just as it looks like it is going to become an overly long gag, cuts to commercial.

  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In the episode "How To Be Funny", the titular cat explains the fine points of comedy and admits repetition of a stupid Visual Pun like being handed lightbulbs after yelling "Lights!" can get funnier with time.
    • In another episode, Jon puts leftovers in the refrigerator that turns into a monster which is referred to throughout the entire episode, many times, as "the monster that lives behind the mayonnaise next to the ketchup to the left of the cole slaw" (which is also the name of the episode). They play this for all its worth; a policeman goes into the house to get rid of the monster, but comes back without having seen it, and then says, "Oh, did you say 'to the left of the cole slaw?" This is even lampshaded at the end by Garfield (who is narrating) when he said, "and the monster grabbed the brave cat and dragged him to its lair behind the mayonnaise, next to... ah, you know all this already."
    • One recurring gag in U.S. Acres is that whenever Orson sorts his books, he always has to put one in particular - Deja Vu, the Sensation of Experiencing Something You Have Experienced Before - away about five times in a row. This gag was eventually lampshaded when after the third copy he stopped, looked down, and started going through the stack of books...all of which turned out to be Deja Vu.
    • In the U.S. Acres episode "Bad Time Story", Bo, Lanolin, Roy, and Wade take turns fighting over who reads a "Chicken Little" like story. At one point, Wade reads a Long List of all twenty seven people who are off to see the king, including Eggy Leggy (Sheldon), Wormy Squirmy, Catty Fatty (Garfield), Beaver Cleaver, and Puppy Wuppy (Odie)!
  • Gravity Falls:
    • A gnome pukes rainbows on a loop for the entirety of the first episode's closing credits.
    • "Fight Fighters" has Rumble McSkirmish unleash his "Super Power Ninja Turbo Neo Ultra Hyper Mega Multi Alpha Meta Extra Uber Prefix Combo" upon Dipper.
    • Stan ends up falling down the bottomless pit for all of the closing credits of "Bottomless Pit!".
    • "Carpet Diem" has Soos scalding himself in his "break room": "OW! Wait wait...OW! Wait wait...OW! Wait wait...OW! That actually felt good that time. OW! Wait wait..."
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • When Billy thinks clowns "want to become the dominant species" and then proceeds to spend nearly half a minute straight yelling that they'll "Destroy us all!". In the made for TV movie "Wrath of the Spider Queen", he is cut off half-way before starting another such joke. This also happens again in "Detention X" though he is cut off just before he begins.
    • In the episode where they visit a retirement home for elderly monsters, Billy is reluctant when he finds he has to go through a portal to Another Dimension to get there. Grim and Billy get into an argument loaded with rhymes on the word "dimension" that goes on for long enough that Mandy gets sick of it and pushes them both through the portal before leaping in after them.
    • In "Here There Be Dwarves" Billy announces he's going to have a picnic. Grim stops him, saying "You remember what happened last time?", and it shows Billy, Mandy, and Grim having a picnic when a Sasquatch jumps out of the bushes and runs off with Billy. Billy then runs into Mandy, his mom, and his dad in rapid succession, who all repeat what Grim said and it shows the same flashback each time, with the exception of Billy's dad's side of the story showing that he was disguised as the Sasquatch.
    • The episode "The Secret Snake Club" is loaded with these including 25 seconds of Billy dancing with chickens in an Imagine Spot.
    • At the end of "Five o'Clock Shadows", Grim is aghast to see Mandy and her shadow both grumpy (previously, Mandy's shadow was annoyingly cheerful) and Billy having not just one shadow, but many, many, MANY shadows (Billy and his dumber shadow having opened a portal to release all of the Billy shadows), and this exchange happens, in a spoof of The Shining:
      Mandy: Well, Grim, it looks like you'll have to take us all home.
      Mandy's shadow: And we'll play together...
      Mandy: ...forever...
      Mandy's shadow: ...and ever...
      Mandy: ...and ever...
      Mandy's shadow: ...and ever.
      Billy's many, many shadows: And ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever...
      Billy: (jumping in the air) AND EVER!!!
      Billy's shadows: YAY!
    • The ending of "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred"; when Grim is forced to spend a day with Fred Fredburger because he won a contest that only he entered, the two of them go on a saucer ride and it launches Fred to the arctic. When the board of directors hear what happened, they beat Grim with wooden clubs and tell him he's fired. They all leave, until one of them comes back with a flamethrower and sprays Grim with green fire for several seconds, then they all dump coffee on him.

  • In Home Movies, Jason keeps trying to add overly long jokes about barbarians acting barbaric to a movie script. Melissa refuses to transcribe them past a point, saying, "That's where I think the joke ends!"
    • "Can I axe you a question?"

  • This is Invader Zim's bread and butter. Take for example, this quote from "Tak: The Hideous New Girl", in which Tak has just started to explain her evil plan to Zim, starting with "Part 1" - crippling his base's functions.
    "Part 2 is —"
    "NOOO! My beautiful base!"
    "Part 2 is —"
    "NOOO! My beautiful base!"
    "Part 2 —"
    "NOOOO! My base!"
    "Part 2 —"
    "Part —"
    "Okay, I'm — "
    "Okay, I'm leaving now."
    "But you didn't tell me your plan."
    • Similarly:
      "I am-"
      "Who are you!"
      "I am-"
      Who are you!"
      "I am-"
      "Who are you!"
    • Also similarly, from "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy":
      "A hunter-destroyer — "
      "What is it?!"
      "A hunter-destroyer — "
      "What is it?!"
    • And yet again similarly:
    • A scene from "Megadoomer" showed Zim in the titular battle mech behind a smiling woman in her car at a stoplight shouting "Hey, move it! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! ..." and then finally "You invoke my wrath?!" and as the light turns green and she moves, "Victory for Ziiim!"
    • There was also the opening to "Backseat Drivers From Beyond the Stars", where Invader Zim was on screen with the Tallest, shouting "My tallest! Hey! My tallest! My taaaalleeest!" for three hours straight (actually a minute on-screen).
      Tallest Red: I was curious to see when you'd shut up on your own. But it's been three hours now, Zim. THREE HOURS!
    • Jhonen Vasquez himself said in the commentary that he would have made that entire gag last the entire episode if he could get away with it.
    • When GIR asked Zim if he was going to make biscuits for 45 seconds.
    • "I'm gonna sing the Doom Song now!" GIR probably deserves a special prize for that, seeing as it apparently lasted six months for Zim.
    • The Zim writers apparently love this trope. In fact, "Zim Eats Waffles" is essentially an episode-long Overly-Long Gag. And it's hilarious.
      • Every shot panning from the computer to Dib and back again constitutes as they were all painfully long.
    • There's also the guy on the hill in "Battle of the Planets" who freaks out when Mars ends up balanced on top of his soda can.
      Guy: Oh no! Oh no! Ooooohhh nooo! Oooooooh noooo! Oh no! Oh no! Oooohh no!! Oooh...

  • Looney Tunes:
    • Duck! Rabbit, Duck! Bugs puts up a new season sign whenever Daffy mentions he is another animal. This goes on for the entirety of the film. Eventually...
      Elmer: Oh, Mister Game Warden, I hope you can help me. I've been told I can shoot wabbits and goats and pigeons and mongooses and dirty skunks and ducks. Could you tell me what season it weawwy is?
      Bugs: (disguised as a game warden) Why soitenly, my boy... (whips out a baseball) It's baseball season!
      Elmer: (stares at the camera with a crazed expression on his face) Ha ha...
    • Which is nothing to compare with Daffy completely and utterly losing it after one too many shot-gun blasts to the face.
      Daffy: Shoot me again! I enjoy it! I love the smell of burnt feathers, and gunpowder, and cordite! I'm an elk! Shoot me, go on! It's elk season! I'm a fiddler crab! Why don't you shoot me?! It's fiddler crab season!
    • "Porky Pig's Feat" has a memorable moment when the Manager of the Broken Arms Hotel, driven into a state of fury by Daffy's antics, attempts to break down the door to his and Porky's room. The rug gets pulled out from under him, and he goes tumbling down the stairs. The next 30 seconds are spent watching him fall down step after step, going "Ee! Ah! Oh! Ah!" until he crashes at the bottom. The second time around, he fakes it.
    • At the end of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Falling Hare", Bugs is in a crashing airplane, which continues to fall out of the sky for over a minute (time enough for a half-dozen reaction gags from Bugs), before running out of gas and stopping two feet above the ground.
    • "To Beep or Not to Beep": The boulder on the catapult, before The Reveal that it wasn't an ACME Product.
    • "Lickety-Splat" The needle-nosed dart bombs.
    • Robin Hood Daffy has the scene where Daffy tries to swing on a rope to ambush a wealthy nobleman and repeatedly crashes into trees. "Yoiks! And away!" (THUD!)
    • Hopalong Casualty: A great Ken Harris animated scene where the Coyote swallows earthquake pills.

  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Lolly Poopdeck's painfully drawn out delivery of the punchline of a joke in "Day Without Laughter".
  • Dr. Rockso's constant repetition of "I do cocaine!" in Metalocalypse. It was mildly funny at first, then it became annoying. But by season two, the fact that he simply would not stop saying it made it inexplicably hilarious.
    • This was actually lampshaded as a OLG. "...Yes. You've told us. Repeatedly. Please stop."
    • There's also the DVD Easter Egg scene of Nathan Explosion reading from Hamlet. Very, very badly. For twenty minutes. And then there's a second Overly Long Gag in the credits...
      • Many of the DVD extras consist of Overly Long Gags, though not usually as long as the Hamlet one. There is an 8 minute feature of Pickles sitting in his underwear on a bed babbling incoherently while on drugs, and another that's about five minutes of the Bishop guy tuning his guitar and trying to play simple chords while grunting to himself. Some of these are more successful than others.
      • Another 12-minute "deleted episode" sketch features all 5 members of the band sitting drunk in a darkened room trying to name all the "great metal bands" ("metal" being a catch-all term for "brutal") they can think of. It begins with your standards (Black Sabbath, Metallica), then grows increasingly esoteric (Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Redbone), to just plain absurd (Hanson, ABBA).
    • Stops copies me. Stops copies me.
    • Knubbler's 30 second long scream.
  • In the My Life as a Teenage Robot episode "Victim of Fashion", the characters Brit and Tiff laugh over their next evil scheme... for 30 seconds straight. With the camera focused on the two characters for the entire duration.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie's dialogue occasionally delves into this trope.
      Pinkie Pie: Are you excited? Because I'm excited! I've never been so excited! Well, except for the time I saw you walking into town, and I went Gasp!!, but I mean really, who could top that?
    • In "Over a Barrel", we have Chief Thunderhooves' rant about his tribe's sacred stampeding trail: "My father stampeded upon these grounds. And his father before him...and his father before him...and his father before him...and his father before him..." Meanwhile, the other tribe members are shown trying to stay awake, and Little Strong Heart eventually has to shut the chief up.
    • Near the end of "A Friend in Deed", Pinkie tries to chase Cranky Doodle Donkey down and tell him that she's "really really really really really really really really [etc.]" sorry for ruining his scrapbook.
    • In Equestria Games, Spike attempts to make up words for the Cloudsdale anthem since he's never heard it before. A number of them involve super-fast flying, trees, and wishing the song would just end already. Naturally, the song is comically long.
    • In "The Parent Map," Sunburst's mother Stellar Flare enchanted the gate at the entrance of the town to announce "Welcome to Sire's Hollow!" whenever it's opened. Starlight repeatedly closes and opens the gate to demonstrate to her how annoying it is.
      Gate recording: Welcome to Sire's Hollow! Welcome to Sire's Hollow! Welcome to Sire's Hollow! Welcome to Sire's Hollow!
      Stellar Flare: Okay, it's annoying, I get it.

  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The credits sequence of the episode "It's About Time!" consists of Mr. Fletcher saying/humming "Fossils! Dun dun dun!", in an imitation of the end of a museum tour tape he listened to earlier in the episode, repeatedly for about half a minute.
    • "I, Brobot" has a several-seconds-long clip of Candace running screaming to the basement and hiding in the panic room.
    • "Mom's Birthday": "It's I good thing I play the (random instrument that starts with B)!" (Instrument shrinks and disappears thanks to Doof's Shrinkspheria.) This goes on for 5 minutes, even though there aren't enough instruments that start with B for it to take that long, but Rule of Funny is in place here.
    • In "Ready for the Bettys" when the boys stumble upon Perry's secret lair and end up on a mission with him, Phineas thinks Ferb put the whole thing together; Ferb tries to tell him he didn't, but gets interrupted every time he tries to explain. A similar treatment is used in "Hail Doofania" when the boys build a Rainbow-inator so Isabella can see her first rainbow, and she tries to tell them she's never actually seen a unicorn, but keeps getting interrupted.
    • "Don't Even Blink": IT'S BACK! IT'S GONE! BACK! GONE!
    • "Picture This" has two. First, after Candace takes a photo of Linda so she can teleport her to the backyard with the photo transporter the boys built, she repeatedly looks at the picture and shows it to her while saying "Aha!" over and over (which Linda misinterprets as giving up her busting obsession to get into the spirit of things). Then when the transporter is destroyed in the end, Candace is stuck on saying "Bu-bu-bu-bu-but..." ad infinitum, and the boys create a rap out of it.
  • One episode of Planet Sheen does this twice in a row: First, when Sheen, Mr. Nesmith, and Doppy are trying to rescue Aseefa, Doppy loses his grip on the tower, and they fall. And fall. And continue to fall. Eventually they hit the ground, with Sheen and Nesmith on top of Doppy. When they try to talk to Doppy to check if he's okay, Doppy keeps interupting them by making a grinding, whirring noise.
  • In one Baseball Episode of a Popeye cartoon, Bluto decides to pitch his slow ball to Popeye. However, it's a very slow ball. At first, Wimpy (the umpire) asks Popeye if he would like to go home and come back later (he declines); while waiting for the ball, Popeye calls his mother, Bluto flirts with a female spectator, and Wimpy, naturally, goes to the hamburger stand. After about two minutes of this, the ball is about to reach the plate, and Popeye finally hits it.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Child Fearing" parodies this when the girls watch some children's programming. A cartoon dinosaur named Blarney sings a song about animals and how he'd behave if were one of them... then he just starts mentioning pretty much anything that seemingly comes to his mind.
    Blarney: If I were a bunny, I'd...HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! If I we're a rhino, I'd... STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! If I were a fish, I would SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! Okay, lads and lassies. Now, let's all join in! If I were a log, I'd ROLL!!! ROLL!!! ROLL!!! If I were a ball, I'd BOUNCE!!! BOUNCE!!! BOUNCE!!! If I were a rake, I'd RAKE!!! RAKE!!! RAKE!!! If I were a hammer, I'd BANG!!! BANG!!! BANG!!! If I were a candle I'd-
    Mojo Jojo: ENOUGH!!!!!

  • Regular Show had a scene in "Every Meat Burrito" where the whole climax is just one overly long gag: Barry (the episode's villain) keeps making long screams when Mordecai repeatedly punches him. It's a spoof of this scene from the Turkish film Karateci Kız, which gained notoriety as the "Worst Death Scene Ever".
  • Rick's rambling monologue at the end of the pilot episode of Rick and Morty. Watch it in its full glory here.
    The world is full of idiots who don't understand what's important, and they'll tear us apart, Morty. But if ya stick with me, I'm gonna accomplish great things, Morty, and you're gonna be part of 'em, and together we're gonna run around, Morty. We're gonna... do all kinds of wonderful things, Morty. Just you and me, Morty. The outside world is our enemy, Morty... we're the only.... friends we've got, Morty! It's just Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty and their adventures, Morty.. RICK AND MORTY FOREVER AND FOREVER A HUNDRED YEARS Rick and Morty.. some...things.. Me and Rick and Morty runnin' around and... Rick and Morty time... a- all day long forever.. all a - a hundred days Rick and Morty! forever a hundred times.... OVER and over Rick and Morty... adventures dot com.. w w w dot at Rick and Morty dot com w..w..w... Rick and Morty adventures.. ah- hundred years..... every minute Rick and Morty dot com.... w w w a hundred times... Rick and Morty dot com...
  • MacFarlane has a pretty big influence on Seth Green's Robot Chicken—the show could be described as "Family Guy if they took out the bits about plot"—so to no surprise, to say the least, some clips are longer and tedious than others. This really comes into play in the second season. Thing is, these clips are never seen again, and are thus funny.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • The climax of "Teed Off" has nearly every character in the cartoon (and Rocko, who wasn't in the episode until this point) screaming as Heffer crashes his flying lawnmower into the groundskeeper's secret base.
    • In "Road Rash" Rocko and Heffer stop and ask for directions to Phlegm Rock from a country bumpkin, who gets side-tracked telling a rambling story about his friend Ferb ("His real name was Frank, but everyone called him Ferb. Ain't that crazy?"). Rocko and Heffer eventually get bored and drive off, and it cuts to hours later when the guy finally finishes his story.
  • Rugrats: In "The Perfect Twin" Lil keeps telling Phil to do something that makes him keeps asking "Why?".

  • Samurai Jack brings us the Scotsman's epic 20-second string of Scottish insults: What do ya think o'that, Mr. pajama wearin', basket face, slipper wieldin', clype-dreep bachle, gether uppin' blate-maw bleatherin' gomeril, jessie oaf lookin' stoner, nyaff plookie shan milk drinkin', soy face shilpit lil-mooth, snivelin' worm-eyed hotten-blaugh, vile-stoochie cally-breek tattie?!
  • In the Sealab 2021 episode "Vacation", the suggestion that Quinn is in his room with a prostitute twice prompts a segue into a ridiculously long chain of characters going "Uh-oh!" The Rule of Three comes into play at the end of the episode, as Quinn interrupts the beginning of a third such chain.
  • A Tex Tinstar segment of The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show featured the Wrong Brothers sleeping, and Tex riding up to them...and the Wrong Brothers sleeping...and Tex riding up to them...and the Wrong Brothers sleeping...
  • In Silly Symphonies "Peculiar Penguins", the female penguin gets bloated and deflates three times after eating a fish.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The episode "Dancin' Homer" has this with Bleeding Gums Murphy singing the American National Anthem at the start of a baseball game. He starts singing at 7:30. He finishes singing at 7:56. And by the time he is finished, Lisa is the only one who is still genuinely paying attention.
    • From "Last Exit to Springfield": "DENTAL PLAN!" "Lisa needs braces!" "DENTAL PLAN!" "Lisa needs braces!" "DENTAL PLAN!" "Lisa needs braces!"
    • One of the more well-known examples in The Simpsons is the "rake scene" in "Cape Feare", in which Sideshow Bob spends the best part of a minute stepping on rakes; this was actually done because the writers needed to fill time. Given the origin of this scene, the probable circumstances that determine exactly how overly long an overly long gag could probably be described as "how much time needs filling?"
    • "A Star Is Burns": Rainier Wolfcastle's bratwurst commercial, a parody of Oscar Mayer's. "Mein Bratwurst has a first name, it's F - R - I - T - Z! Mein Bratwurst has a second name, it's S - C - H - N - A - C - K - E - N - P - F - E - F - F - E - R - H - A - U - S - E - N..."
    • The scene from "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", where Homer tries to eat chips which are repeatedly stolen from his hands by the greyhound puppies. This happens eight times, and the first four are recognisably the same footage as the second four, except for Homer saying "This time," before the last one.
    • In "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson", when Cletus introduces his 26 children to Marge and Homer.
    • In "Brother from Another Series", Sideshow Bob and Bart fall off a dam, screaming the entire way, and have to stop to take in a breath, before they continue to scream.
    • Homer's comically long long-distance phone dial in "In Marge We Trust".
    • "The Blunder Years": Once hypnotized, Homer starts screaming and doesn't stop, not even when snapped out of it. It carries on through the end of the first act (first commercial break) and into the start of act two.
    • "The Sweetest Apu": Homer's reaction is almost the longest gag in the whole show. Which is saying something.
    • "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge" has Homer listing all the jobs he's had to Marge whilst sitting in bed. Marge goes into their en suite and comes back in with him still talking.
    • "Sleeping with the Enemy" has Ralph Wiggum try to play "Duck Duck Goose" at a party, or rather "Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck..." (etc.)
    • In "Pranksta Rap", Milhouse tosses a frisbee six total times, picks it up each time, until he finally says, "This is no fun without Bart. He used to watch me while I did this."
    • "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" had Flanders singing the final line of "Joseph's Coat/The Coat of Many Colors" while watering his flower boxes. It actually manages to make what is already an Overly-Long Gag even longer by a) having Flanders momentarily stop singing while he moved from one window to the next and then carrying on where he left off, and b) instead of finishing with a final "-and BLUE!", he loops back to "-and red and yellow and..." and carries on.
    • In the episode "Crook and Ladder", Homer takes sleeping pills that may cause mood swings. The next gag is at least 30 seconds worth of Homer saying "Mood Swings!" in different tones.
    • In "Gone Maggie Gone", Lisa opens a secret passage behind an organ. We see several contraptions combining to unlock this passage. It is implied there were more. Even Lisa gets bored waiting.
    • "In the Name of the Grandfather" brings us Grampa smashing the Simpsons hot tub. The family flops about for about thirty seconds, pausing twice.
    • On several occasions, a character will fall over, then be trampled by several members of a marching band. And an elephant.
  • South Park:
    • In "Cancelled", this trope is spelled out. Kyle is asked to activate the satellite dish in Cartman's rectum, and each time he approaches, Cartman farts and laughs. Everyone agrees it is no longer funny, and Cartman does it again, prompting the others to laugh and Chef to proclaim it funny once more.
    • The Imagination Song
    • Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch also qualifies, combined with Refuge in Audacity:
      Cartman: "...She's a bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch! Bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch, she's a stupid bitch! Kyle's mom's a bitch and she's just a dirty bitch!"
    • The main plot of "Jared Has Aides" consists entirely of people confusing the word "aides" with "AIDS", to the point where the titular Jared starts flogging a literal dead horse.
    • Then there's Terrence and Phillip vs. Steven Abootman in "Canada on Strike".
      "I'm not your friend, buddy!"
      "I'm not your buddy, guy!"
      "I'm not your guy, friend!"
    • "Now that's what I call a sticky situation!"
    • The entire "B-Plot" of "Red Sleigh Down" consists of Jimmy taking forever to sing "The 12 Days of Christmas" to the town because of how bad his stutter is. Gets a slight Lampshade Hanging from Mr. Garrison when he quietly mutters "Oh no..." as Jimmy finally gets to the second verse.
  • Drawn Together is also no stranger to the overly long gag.
    • In the first episode, Captain Hero wishes for a hot black woman to appear, at which moment Foxxy Love walks through the door. He then wishes for a 12-year-old girl and a donkey to appear, and proceeds to wait...and wait, and wait, and wait...
    • In the first season finale, the housemates stage a sit-in in an attempt to deliberately make the show boring so that the producer will be forced to give them some perks. And true to their word, the sit-in consists of them doing nothing but sitting there and blinking for well over a minute.
    • In "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree", Spanky Ham draws a fart out for 60 seconds.
    • In "Alzheimer's That Ends Well", The senior citizens make a call to Boba Fett with a rotary dial phone. As long as it sounds.
      • The third season had this as a stinger during the credits, featuring a clip from the episode looped or altered somewhat. Though there's always a climax.
    • In "Breakfast Food Killer", while the characters onscreen are completely motionless, there is an offstage dialogue of Wooldoor talking to someone outside the audition room for a good 1 or 2 minutes about nonsense.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast: The "Fire Ant" episode, as originally aired, contained a ten-minute-long sequence consisting entirely of Space Ghost following an ant to its house to kill its family. No action, almost no dialogue, just Space Ghost following an ant.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has various examples of these:
    • Some of the lazier episodes use this trope excessively, often to the point that an episode will actually become this trope. Examples include: "Slide Whistle Stooges", "Blackjack", "Funny Pants", "A Day Without Tears", "Face Freeze!", and "Grandpappy the Pirate".
    • "Squid's Day Off" has scenes where SpongeBob repeats the line "Have you finished those errands yet?" in part or in whole over twenty times.
    • In "Graveyard Shift", Squidward scares SpongeBob, making him scream no less than 25 times in a row, while Squidward attempts to explain himself. He goes on to laugh repeatedly when Squidward says he was joking.
    • From "The Algae's Always Greener":
      SpongeBob: "A customer ordered a medium soda, and I gave him a large! I GAVE HIM A LARGE! I've soiled the good Krusty Krab name! Soiled it, soiled it, soiled it, soiled it! Soiled it, soiled it, soiled it, soiled it! Soiled it..."
      Plankton: (poking SpongeBob) "Where's the off button on this thing?"
      • "Someday the Krabby Patty formula will be mine! Even if I have to come back tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day...."
    • "Ugh" is just full of these:
      • Squog slipping on Gary's slime.
      • SpongeGar taking a good 30-45 seconds realizing that he can use Squog's stick to get two marshmallow-like plants out of their fire, cutting between SpongeGar's face, the stick and the fire (as well as a barbershop quartet) progressively faster until it near-reaches Epileptic Flashing Lights territory.
      • The sequence where SpongeGar, Patar and Squog are roasting various plants (and krabs.)
      • And this isn't even mentioning the second half of the SpongeBob part of the episode, the majority of it having them trying to steal the fire from eachother in various ways.
    • SpongeBob repeatedly interrupting the doctor trying to remove Squidward's bandages in "The Two Faces of Squidward."
    • The episode "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" has almost no gags- other than "Squidward ends up next to litter, and is sentenced to Community Service whether it's his or not." SpongeBob gets CS once, Squilliam gets it once, and Squidward gets it 8 times... (He almost got it 9, even!)
    • "All That Glitters", where SpongeBob cries to...everything in Bikini Bottom about his broken spatula. "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-HHAUUUUUUUUUH!"
      • There's also SpongeBob smashing piggy banks one by one to appease the salesman.
    • Similarly, "SpongeBob You're Fired" has SpongeBob crying for about a full minute after Mr. Krabs fires him. As this happens, the tears affect customers in the background.
      • This episode also has the scene where SpongeBob continually attempts to cling to Patrick's rock, to no avail.
    • Zooming in on the patty in "Krusty Krab Training Video" The narrator imitates a fanfare throughout, stopping to catch his breath partway.
      • And another lampshade on this: as the "How to make a Krabby Patty" part of the video it was intro-ing was about to begin it was cut off by the episode ending.
    • SpongeBob going over the activities he and Patrick have planned for the rainy day in "Pineapple Fever". Mostly, he repeats activities he's already stated.
    • SpongeBob ringing Mrs. Puff's doorbell for about 30 straight seconds in "Pet or Pests", without any dialogue. This continues even after Mrs. Puff opens it.
    • SpongeBob and Squidward clearing their throats in "Choir Boys", which happens multiple times.
    • "The Camping Episode" has this, and probably would have gone longer if Squidward hadn't stopped SpongeBob:
      SpongeBob: Patrick's right Squidward, sea bears are no laughing matter. Why one time I met this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy's cousin-
      Squidward: YOU'RE RIGHT!
      • Also, the "Campfire Song" Song. Squidward doesn't bother to stop them, he just sits there with an annoyed look on his face.
      • The sea bear attack also. "That was an oval! It has to be a circle!"
    • Another example in "Dear Vikings".
      Viking: This is Olaf. And this is Olaf. This is Olaf. Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, and um...
      Other Viking: Olaf.
      Squidward: So, lemme guess. Your name must be...
      Viking: That's right, Gordon!
    • Also happens in "SB-129" with Squidward opening the door revealing SpongeBob asking him if he's ready to go jellyfishing with him and Patrick.

  • The Amazing World of Gumball.
    • Richard screaming a Big "NO!" in The Painting.
    • Richard's never-ending screaming of 15 years during the flashback scene in The Wand.
  • Titan Maximum. In the pilot episode of all places, during the 50-second long falling death of Spud.
  • Shows up time to time in Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • "Come Out Henry!" has Henry worry the rain will spoil his "lovely green paint and red stripes", no less than seven times.
    • Oliver telling Toad the story of their escape from the scrap yards in "Toad's Adventure", which bores him to bits.
    • Toby constantly going back and forth at Knapford Junction in "Signals Crossed".
    • Toad's happy singing in "Toad and the Whale". He apparently sings so much it ticks Oliver off.
    • In Big World! Big Adventures!, Thomas is forced to stop for trucks to take to Dar es Salaam several times over.
  • In Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars, the Martian King falls down a ridiculously-long flight of stairs. After a few bounces it cuts to some of the guards playing cards. Then back to the king, still on his way down. Then to a couple of the guards flirting. Then back to the king. Then to the guards getting married. Then back to the king. Then to the guards holding several small children. Then he finally hits the ground.
    Martian King: I Meant to Do That.

  • In The Venture Bros. episode "Every Which Way But Zeus", Brock and Col. Gathers have a discussion of a stripper's breasts, which they describe as "mournful tits". They go on discussing how "sad" her breasts were in every way imaginable for about a minute.
    • Look into THE NOZZLE...THE NOZZLE is not look away from THE NOZZLE...

  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Hole... Lotta Nothin'", there's a long stretch where Wander stands around on a barren planet with his finger stuck in a black hole, with nothing to do but wait for Sylvia to come back with help.

  • "Bare Face Bear", a Yogi Bear short, did this. A dog is going after a criminal in a bear suit, who dives into the hole of a tree. He keeps barking at it until his owner (the sheriff) pops out and glares at him. He keeps barking for a good 2 minutes.


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