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Nicktoons often tend to have this problem with their scheduling:

  • All Grown Up!'s fourth season took two years to air. Not just that, but there was 13 months between the airing of that season's premiere and the next episode, and a year between the second and third episode of that season. As well as a 9 month gap between the seventh and eight episodes of the fifth (and final) season.
  • While true reasons for John Kricfalusi's firing from the production of The Ren & Stimpy Show remain vague, there are rumors going around that he would purposefully slow down the process of making episodes, so the censors would have less time to go over them. This is also supported by the fact that the Adult Party Cartoon spinoff was cancelled by Spike TV after a month of airtime because he only managed to produce 3 out of 9 episodes on time.
    • It probably also has a lot to do with the "Adult Party Cartoon" being a complete bomb.
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    • For what it's worth, Ren and Stimpy's first season ended with only 6 episodes, while the first seasons of Doug and Rugrats before it and Rocko's Modern Life after ended with the standard 13.
    • Parodied by The Simpsons (in one of several digs the show made at its then-rival) when one of the nominees for "Outstanding Writing in a Cartoon Series" is the season premiere of Ren and Stimpy. The clip is a title card that reads, "Clip Not Done Yet."
  • The Fairly OddParents was the victim of this. 2011 was supposed to be a year long celebration of its tenth anniversary, with "specials every month and new episodes". By April, nothing of the sort had happened. In addition, FOP was very rarely aired in 2010 and a number of episodes from the seventh season took two years to be aired despite the fact that the season premiere for the eighth season has been aired. It wasn't until 2013 that a new season finally began, and even then, it aired a few episodes until 2014, where new episodes aired that summer.
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  • Hey Arnold!'s last season took 3 years to finish (March 2001 to June 2004), and they were also aired Out of Order, creating some continuity confusion.
  • In America, the third season of Danny Phantom had a very slow schedule. An episode from the middle of the season was heavily promoted, and aired in late 2006. The episode, titled Urban Jungle, included references to and elements from things that happened earlier in the season, which left viewers largely confused. The rest of the season didn't air until Summer 2007, one year after it aired in Europe and other countries.
  • In a similar vein to Danny Phantom, the final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender aired a lot later in America than in Europe and other countries, so all of the plot twists, reveals, etc. were all spoiled on the internet long before the season aired in America.
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  • The 2012 incarnation of TMNT has run into this a few times. The most notable example would probably be Parasitica, which was said to air a week after "Pulverizer Returns!", but then jumped to June 1st, before changing into June 29th. It finally aired the next month on the 20th. The series also takes breaks around Season 4, generally right after major arcs are concluded; to date, it's the longest running season, starting in 2015 and going into 2017, whereas the other three had finished their runs before the year had ended.
  • Planet Sheen has been a victim of this. It began in 2010 and the first (last, and only) season didn't finish airing until 2013.
  • While most seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants take only a couple of years to finish, season 9 took almost five years to finish airing in America. One of the reasons of gaps between episodes was due to production of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
    • Season 3 also suffered this to a lesser extent, taking over three years to finish airing in America.
    • "Goo Goo Gas" aired on July 19, 2009, long after the rest of Season 5 had finished airing (in fact, this was the same day Season 7 premiered). It's sister episode already aired 2 years prior.
      • The same incident happened earlier with "Gary Takes A Bath" which aired on July 26, 2003, long after Season 2 finished airing and Season 3 started airing. It's longer than normal sister episode already aired in March 2001.
    • Starting with Season 5, it has become the norm for new seasons to premiere before the previous season has finished airing usually months or in the span of when Season 6 started airing and Season 5 finished airing, years.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar has also had years-long gaps between new episodes.
  • ChalkZone had a pretty slow schedule. The first episode premiered on December 31, 1999, with the rest of season one to air through 2000. However, Nickelodeon decided to hold the show off until March 22, 2002. Finally in May 2003, the second season finally premiered, even though it was produced a year earlier (though because of the first season being delayed for so long, THAT season ended up airing in Spring 2002 instead. No episodes were produced in 2001 due to the show's staff unsure whether or not the show was even going to air). While it was also a short season (eight episodes; the average Nicktoon season is roughly thirteen episodes), the episode airdates were spaced farther than season one to allow less time for the third season to air. By the time season four aired, Nick's interest for the show had waned and cancelled the show right in the middle of the season in June 2005 due to low viewership. Nick decided to air the remainder of the season three years later, in 2008.
  • As far as anthology series go, the second season of KaBlam! had Life With Loopy absent for half of the season (only seven of the thirteen episodes that season featured the short, making it the shortest season of the short series). This was due to production on the short moving buildings- season one was produced at Skellington Productions, which was owned by Disney, but they would allow other stop-motion studios to use the building. After season one wrapped, Disney closed it down after James and the Giant Peach underperformed in the box office. Production moved to Custer Avenue Stages, which was used from season two to the end of the series.
  • The Loud House has a case similar to Gravity Falls and Steven Universe (see Western Animation). It originally had a standard new episode once a week type of schedule. Following a brief hiatus, however, it now takes about two weeks for new episodes to air. But, similar to the Stevenbombs, they air each new episode all in one week. The most notable case happened with the special "Tripped!", which had its release date changed three times before Nickelodeon moved it to June 25th 2018. Even worse, Amazon accidentally released the episode on the original airdate before pulling it and Nick still ran promos for the special even after they removed it from their May lineup.

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