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You did save the glasses from last time, right?


 "Can we please agree on one form of 3-D? I'm just getting tired of having to get a new pair of glasses every time there's a new 3-D gimmick." -Jorge Garcia



 Peg: Look Al, they're doing a 3D episode of Full House.

Al: Is the third dimension the funny one?

Married... with Children


Occasionally, a network will get the brilliant idea to film an episode in 3-D, thus forcing the public to go on a search for the special 3-D glasses that work for this episode alone which are either given out by a store or inserted in a magazine. It's more of a novelty act than anything else. Definitely known for having "cheap 3-D tricks" in which all kinds of weird items (explosions, snakes, guns, anything flying through the air) will shoot out at the viewer. Also a guarantee of Incredibly Bad Writing ensuing as entire plots have to screech to a halt to indulge in the network's gimmickry.

As seen below, the 3-D episodes only take place around either sweeps weeks or event programming like after the Super Bowl.

Disney theme parks do a lot of these, including Captain EO, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Muppet* Vision 3D and It's Tough to Be a Bug!. See also ~3-D Movie~.

Examples of Three Dimensional Episode include:

Live Action TV


Western Animation

  • Similar to Noggle-Vision, Cartoon Network did a week of shows in 3-D in 2007.
  • Parodied in a sequence in the Futurama episode "Law and Oracle", complete with Shout Outs to Avatar and typical "things in front of camera" gags. It ends with a caption saying "PUT ON 3-D GLASSES ONE MINUTE AGO".