Danny Phantom, after airing the "season premiere" (actually the sixth episode) for season 3 in the United States dissapeared from the airwaves altogether, 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.
A very strange example of this trope happened to "The Magic Baby; Dil We Meet Again" and "All's Well That Pretends Well; Big Babies", where both episodes first aired in the United States in Spanish on Telemundo two years before Nickelodeon aired them in English.
The entirety of Season 6 first aired on YTV in Canada.
Catdog's finale didn't air until 2005, after it had been shown in other countries. It didn't even air on Nickelodeon; it was instead dropped off to Nicktoons Network.
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.
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.
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 It Came from Goo Lagoon, Don't Look Now, Séance Shméance, Kenny the Cat, Yeti Krabs, & SpongeBob You're Fired! 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 This is a very minor case of this trope for the latter two segments as they aired in the US two days after airing in Spain, but the former segment's airdate in the US is November 7, making it a more prominent example of this trope.
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 April 13, most Central & Eastern Europe countriesnote including Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Czechoslovakia — also April 13, Francenote April 21, and Israelnote April 22 (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!
Not even a quarter into the season and season 12 has caught this trope bad. Of the 12 episodes that have been released in some shape or form, eight have aired in other countries before the USA. The episode "Gary & Spot" first premiered (likely by accident) in the UK and Ireland on March 16, 2019, followed by most of Central & Eastern Europe on March 28 (again, likely by accident). "Pineapple RV" aired in Poland (again, likely by accident) on May 28. But in what is likely the crowning moment of this trope in SpongeBob, the UK and Ireland aired five episodes from June 3-7, one per day.note "King Plankton", "Stormy Weather", "The Krusty Bucket", "Sandy's Nutty Nieces", and "Insecurity Guards", in that order. Finally, "Plankton's Old Chum" was released in Italy on June 15. All of this likely happened due to the long hiatus Nickelodeon USA took, likely in preparation for the 20th anniversary special.
A snippet of "The Kwarantined Krab" accidentally played on Nicktoons' UK feed instead of the next show in December 2019. It also aired in several countries like France and Canada before it even debuted in the United States.
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).
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, four ("Racing Hearts", "Missed Connection", "Driving Ambition" and "Predict Ability") aired in Australia first and "Write and Wrong" aired in the United Kingdom first as part of the Loud HorridSponge block.
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.
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.
"Coach Steven" aired in several countries prior to the end of the first large U.S. hiatus.
Season 3 episodes "Barn Mates", "Hit the Diamond" and "Steven Floats" aired in France (French subtitle and bilingual audio) before the U.S.A. This was only a week or two early for the first two episodes, but about two months later for "Steven Floats", because the US broadcast started a hiatus after "Hit the Diamond".
"Beta" aired in Canada three days before the American airdate.
There are also some subversions:
"Dewey Wins" was originally supposed to air in Asia months before the America release, but it was pulled from the schedule.
The last few Season 3 episodesnote "The Downer", "The Egg", "The Triangle", and "The Money", specifically 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.
"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.
The Darwin's Journal miniseries premiered in the UK two weeks before the US got it.
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.
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, and finally aired in the States in May 2020, after a whopping 12 years.
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.
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.
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 three specials were leaked.
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.
Sunset's Backstage Pass was released on July 27, 2019, but it guest aired in Mexico on June 26.
The 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 wayOut of Order in the U.S. probably had something to do with it.
The finalthreeepisodes 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).
This was then followed by the 20th episode ("A Health of Information") airing in Russia on September 18, ahead of the US airdate of September 23, and episodes 24, 25 and 26 ("Uncommon Bond", "Shadow Play Part 1" and "Part 2"), being scheduled to air in US on October 21st and 28th respectively, were accidentally uploaded to Youtube when Hasbro used the wrong file.
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.
Season 9 followed suit again. All the episodes from "Frenemies" to "Between Dark And Dawn " aired in Italy on weekdays from May 15-22, 2019, while the US airdates were May 18-June 22. China also released episodes from June 28-July 26, while the US didn't get them until August 3.
The last three episodes of the series aired in the Netherlands two months before their US premiere.
All six episodes of the clip show "Friendship is Forever" were first released in Australia via the "9Go" app starting April 20, 2020. To this day, it hasn't been aired in the US yet (or anywhere else) despite the franchise entering a whole new generation.
All of the first season had aired early in tons of other countries before Discovery Family, due to its premiere being delayed in the US. This includes Treehouse TV in Canada, Boomerang in Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand (also 9Go! for the former and TVNZ 2 for the latter), Tiny Pop in the UK (though incredibly Out of Order), and despite premiering after even Okto in Singapore finished before Discovery Family. And those are just the countries that aired it in English.
For season two, things improved slightly thanks to Discovery Family premiering the season around the time it aired in the UK and Canada.... except the whole season was finished quickly thanks to the POP app leaking all of them. Even excluding that, the season premiered first in those two countries and therefore many episodes have aired first before the US.
In Russia, the episodes "The Purr-fect Storm" and "Spooky Tails" were (possibly) planned to air on the same day as the U.S., but due to a scheduling error on Discovery Family's part, only the former successfully did so, while the latter aired first on Karusel.
From there the show got a bit of a breather before episodes 23 through 26 aired a few days early on MiniMini+ in Poland.
The biggest example of this thus far is Treehouse TV in Canada and PlusPlus in Ukraine. Since episode 26, new episodes continued to premiere in Canada, while PlusPlus has aired episodes dubbed in Ukrainian every day. PlusPlus would stop at episode 40 and go into reruns, while Treehouse has aired all but the last four episodes before going into reruns as well.
Turkey joined in on the "fun" by airing episode 35 early, due to MinikaGO continiously airing new episodes every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They caught up because some episodes have been banned (or skipped over), as briefly mentioned above. But they eventually held back the next day, like Ukraine, and started rerunning the start of the season...
...And then it resumed airing new episodes on November 21, and by episode 43 the channel started airing episodes early again. Making the madness even worse is that by this time iTunes and Google Play were already releasing episodes way ahead of Discovery Family. However, just like Canada, they also stopped before the last four episodes.
Transformers: Prime, as aired on The Hub, usually has long breaks between every 5 episodes or so, supposedly due to time-consuming animation.
After episode 20, "Partners," aired in the US, the break proceeded as planned until Canada's Teletoon 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.
Singapore aired episodes 24, 25 and 26 a few days before either network. 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, so Internet Streaming sites started leaking Predacons Rising a full three weeks before it was supposed to air on TV.
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.
The second half of the second and final season of Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy finished airing in the United Kingdom about nine months before the episodes started airing in the United States.
The series 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.
The first 7 episodes of the 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).
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 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.
The Season 2 premiere which crossed over with Phineas and Ferb 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.
The first episode premiered in its native Canada as a sneak peak, but the US kept premiering new episodes weekly. 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 season 19 episode, "Cutawayland" first aired in Canada on October 18, 2020. While originally, this wouldn't be that major, since the episode was scheduled to air the same day on Fox, it was later delayed to November 1st, due to Fox's coverage of Game 7 of the 2020 NLCS.
From the same season, "Boy's Best Friend" aired in Canada a week before its US premiere. While it was originally a simulcast for both countries, Fox opted to air coverage from the Daytona 500, which was on rain delay for a few hours, thus preempting the entire Sunday night block 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, hence the 'wntv' watermarks on bootleg uploads.
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.
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 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.
"Flaming Moe" aired on Global in Canada several hours before it did in the US.
"Treehouse of Horror XXXI" aired in Canada's Citytv on October 18th 2020. While originally, this wouldn't be that major, since the episode was scheduled to air the same day on Fox, it was later delayed to November 1st, due to Fox's coverage of Game 7 of the 2020 NLCS and the World Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben 10 (2016) had its premiere in almost every country before the U.S. in October 2016note Some regions, like Canada and Latin America, actually waited until the U.S. premiered it, while the U.S. didnt 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! It was 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, it 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" a few weeks 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). However, starting with Season 6, Canada began showing episodes before Nickelodeon did, most notably the one introducing Rex, which would then re-air on their subchannel Knowledge Network several hours later. Nick responded by bumping up the airdate of this episode to June 26th instead of its intended July airdate.
The special "Mighty Pups" was released in Australian cinemas a month before it aired on North American television, and the Wal-Mart exclusive DVD release of the special, which was only released in the United States, showed up two months before its TV premiere.
"Pups Save Old Trusty" and "Pups Save A Pony" aired in Finland a month before it aired in the United States and seven months before Canada did.
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 ShowWhat'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.
"Boom Night" the second segment in the series, first aired on December 14, 2018 in the Middle East - the UK would not get it until March 18 later that year.
From the second episode on until the fifth, Germany, plus France and Belgium would air episodes, usually the day before. The second segment of the fifth episode ended up releasing even earlier on Hungarian VOD, 12 days earlier than the UK.
The sixth and seven episodes would then air earlier in Germany only. Especially of note is "The Woof Factor", which aired a whole 20 days early!
The 10th episode was aired early in France and Belgium on May 16, 2019. Most countries would follow, and then the UK finally got the episodes...over 2 months after they had aired in France and Belgium!
Finally, France and Belgium aired A Summer to Remember 10 days earlier than the UK would.
The show would finally air in America on Disney+ on February 28, 2020.
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 was released in America on Disney Plus on November 12, 2019. Before that, its only other known air date was 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 episode "Science Unfair" first aired in the UK on February 10, 2018, which is 2 weeks before the US.
"Luna's Big Leap" aired in Spain on April 15, 2019 before airing in America on April 27 (Disney Now) and April 29 (TV).
The Tangled: The Series episodes aired 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.
In early 2011, Stōked premiered in Australia. They would air a new episode every weekday (Monday until Friday). As a result, they finished the entire series within a year. Well, a year and a half before Canada—the show's country of origin—aired the series finale, confirming that Stoked was over after two seasons.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Cartoon Network pulled the show from its schedule after "Endless Bummer", the 22nd episode of the first season, due to low ratings. The show had four more episodes left and none of the episodes from the second season ever aired in the United States.
Super Duper Sumos premiered in the UK in September 2001 on BBC One, seven months before its US debut on Nickelodeon.
The Thomas the Tank Engine episode "The Other Big Engine; Grudge Match" was posted online by the U.S. Nick Jr. the day before its North American premiere, and a week before its UK premiere.
Several episodes of the same season also aired in Mexico before they did in the United States or United Kingdom due to the popularity ofBig World! Big Adventures! in that country.
Zig-zagged with Villainous. The show is produced in Mexico and episodes are first released in Spanish for Cartoon Network's Latin American feed (and YouTube channel). However, the Spanish version of the show is actually the dub. The original English versions are generally not released for weeks or even months.
The final six episodes of Dora the Explorer, which aired in many countries outside the US in April 2015, while the US didn't get these episodes until four years later.
Beginning in the 2010s, this is quite common with Canadian animated series, as most Canadian cartoons are produced for international networks like Cartoon Network and Disney XD first and Teletoon, YTV, and Family Channel second. For example, Wishfart made its world premiere on CITV in the UK on September 5, 2017 and would not debut in Canada until almost a year later on June 2, 2018. Similarly, The Bagel and Becky Show aired in its entirety in Poland before it even debuted a single episode in Canada.
Because of PBS delaying its airing for unknown reasons, the Dragon Tales episode "Just The Two Of Us; Cowboy Max" premiered on CBC in Canada and on KGTF in Guam three years before it aired in the United States.
Both Horrid Henry and Pet Squad premiered as part of the inaugural lineup for Canadian animation channel Toon-A-Vision-in 2018, fully twelve and seven years respectively after premiering in the UK. This despite both shows having been co-produced by Canadian studios (Nelvana and March Entertainment, respectively).
Cleopatra in Space is a notable example of this. The show premiered on the Peacock streaming service in the US on April 15, 2020, but only the first 5 episodes. Dreamworks TV in Asia started airing the series on November 25, 2019, while Poland currently has all 26 episodes of season 1 available on a streaming service.
Fat Dog Mendoza was co-produced by the American Sunbow Entertainment, its future owner (the German TV-Loonland), and Cartoon Network Europe between 1998 and 2001, with voices recorded in Vancouver, Canada. While the show apparently never aired in Germany, it wasn't until the 2010's that Mendoza was officially released in North America, streaming.
Pigs Next Door was co-produced by the American Saban Entertainment (via Fox Kids), Germany's EM.TV (not to be confused with MTV), and Ireland's Magma Films. The show definitely aired in Ireland (TG4) and Germany (Junior), as well as France, Italy, Latin America and Spain, but never the USA, even though Fox Family held the rights. The show made its US premiere in the 2010's, streaming on Tubi and Prime Video.
The Garbage Pail Kids cartoon was cancelled in the US as soon as it was announced, with only a few states getting to see the first episode, and the whole series was made available only in 2006 as a DVD boxset. The entire show was still aired in Italy.
The Abby Hatcher episodes "The Princess Flug Bug" and "Abby's Farm Animal Friend" first aired on Knowledge Kids in Canada before they premiered in the United States.