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Shouldn't Wolf's Rain be added to the list, as it had 3 clips shows right in a Row. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:47, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

can someone name the first television program to make a clip show?--11:27 PM August 7th, 2006

There are a least 3 Simpsons clip show episodes to be mentioned! --Cammoore 11:09, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Isn't there an episode of the Powerpuff Girls that could go under the parody section. I forget what the episode was named and why they were in a situation to do flashbacks but the joke behind the episode was that everything they were flashing back to was actually new footage and never happened in any episode. But it was sort of portrayed in way as if the audience were supposed to recognize the clips being showed. If anyone knows the episode I refer to, please give input so someone could decide if it should be mentioned in the parody section.

That's not a clip show...[edit]

That's a Flashback show. A clip show requires *no* original shooting at all -- viz 2 eps of Grey's Anatomy and a Lost (and probably a DH). Am I the only one who thinks this? --Baylink 17:23, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

The term as used in the article, and as exemplified, is as it used in the television business.
The kind of clip show you describe would be impossible. How would you have any semblance of a plot or expect the audience to know what was going on? It is common to call a show which depends in significant part on previously filmed segments a clip show. I have never heard the term "flashback show", and Google bears me out here, showing 321,000 hits starting with this article for "clip show" vs. only [766 hits for "flashback show". And none of the uses of the latter seem to fit the way you describe it being used.
So, yes, I'd say you're the only one who thinks this.Daniel Case 00:23, 7 May 2006 (UTC)
I do make a distinction - as an example, Golden Girls frequently had "sitting around the table" episodes where the girls reminisced about things - but it was original material for that episode. What missing from these Golden Girls "clip" shows are clips. They're not recycling old material, there creating new material which happened in the past. Listing Golden Girls under this category kind of slanders it. (talk) 05:17, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Types of clip shows[edit]

I've attempted to describe various formats of clip shows that have been used on US television shows. The descriptions could probably used some improvements but I think it's a good start. --Cab88 16:37, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

What about a show like NYPD Blue, where each episode started with a series of clips from the previous episode (previously on NYPD Blue)? Does that count as partially a clip show? PolarisSLBM 23:50, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

No, not at all. --Mugsywwiii (talk) 04:57, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

In NBC's community (season 2) they made an ingenious clip show in which all of the clips were actually brand new and had never been aired before. Probably worth mentioning as a clever variation/meta-clip show —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:03, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Clip shows where the 'clips' are all new material are a subversion of the trope. The final episode of "Warehouse 13" is another one that did that. Bizzybody (talk) 11:53, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

Tansformers: Victory[edit]

Should this be added in the animation section? I think it's notable for having a notoriously high ratio of clip shows to the number of actual episodes, with six clip shows against 32 actual episodes; they added no new footage whatsoever, merely cobbling clips from previous episodes together with added explanatory narration. There apparently were six additional clip episodes made and released on video and laserdisc, but my knowledge of those is shoddy so they probably shouldn't be mentioned in the article; apparently, rather than following the traditional clipshow style, they apparently actually edit the 32 episodes into six and add new footage and dialogue, thus showing the entire series at breakneck speed. Takeshi357 10:42, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

Stargate: Atlantis - Letters from Pegasus[edit]

I'm curious - how can Letters from Pegasus be "... a clip show airing right before the finale" (Ye Olde Luke), if according to the episodes list it was episode 17 of 20 total in Season 1, and they are still producing Season 5 (the season finale slated for January 2009)? It may be a clip show, but it doesn't particularly seem to be used for the reasons stated ("The episode was the final episode before the series finale" / "Sometimes clip shows air before a series finale as a way for audiences to reminisce about their favorite moments") ZeBoxx (talk) 02:26, 6 November 2008 (UTC)


Do you think a parodies section should be added? Clip shows have been parodied several times, such as the second episode of Clerks: The Animated Series. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:54, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

SATC Clip Show?[edit]

Was there really a clip show on Sex and the City? I only know the show from DVD but I can't remember a clip show. Somehow I would find it difficult to believe that they broadcast a show with actual clips of former episodes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:21, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Are clip shows going extinct?[edit]

This is a very interesting gem (from the article's Rationale section): in the past, people often missed the first airing of an episode, and there wasn't enough air time for reruns. Clip shows often contained content that was new to the audience, although previously aired.

So, in this modern day, when there are enough channels (thus enough air time) for reruns of everything, this excuse no longer holds. Is there evidence that clip shows are disappearing? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:40, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

That sort of clip show was used, in the form of special "recaps", by Lost to bring new viewers up to speed with the show's dense plot elements. IIRC those recaps are not considered part of the produced series. Daniel Case (talk) 05:20, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Not only that, the respective recaps do not even match the article's definition of a "clip show". Having a recap of previous story arcs in the first two minutes of an episode is not "an episode of a television series that consists primarily of excerpts from previous episodes". I think that example should be deleted. (talk) 18:48, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Alternatively, is there evidence that clip shows keep appearing, but that they are becoming increasingly hated by the audience (at least in certain types of series)? Would be interesting to have some numbers on this. (talk) 18:51, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

clips + plot[edit]

When there is a plot around the clips, is it a clip show or not ? For example I remember at least an episode of Stargate SG-1, and also I believe one of X-Files, where the plot is the same, basically the higher ups want to shut down operations because of all the events showed in the clips, and the main characters must defend their jobs. As an aside I hate such episodes and it has always seemed to me like they were done to cut costs, not to add anything to the series. Aesma (talk) 00:17, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

I think we have included them on this list if it appears the nominal plot is really just a justification for showing the clips, such as, for instance, the "The Banker" episode of The Office. Your complaint about them being done to save money (or for other limitations, see "Shades of Gray" (which should reflect that not only was money short, the writers had gone on strike, as someone mentions on the talk page) is as the article suggests a common one. Daniel Case (talk) 01:24, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Grey's Anatomy[edit]

I've only seen it in reruns but it seems like Grey's Anatomy regular ran clip shows in its early years, mainly to bring in new viewers. Unlike other clip shows, they were narrated and used not to air clips of fan favorites but to introduce the characters and their storylines to those who were unfamiliar with the show. I think Desperate Housewives did this as well but I know I've come 3 or 4 of these episodes of Grey's.

The problem is that I'm not a fan of the show and I didn't watch more than ten minutes. I just came across the episodes when I was flipping through channels. So, I don't know the program well enough to assess whether my opinion is accurate or not. I'm hoping someone who is a regular viewer can judge whether to include this. I have no doubt that these episodes were mentioned in sources like TV Guide. Liz Read! Talk! 23:26, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

What you're describing sounds like a recap (see above). Perhaps we should have a separate article on them. Daniel Case (talk) 15:32, 3 October 2013 (UTC)