Title Please

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When a series, especially a TV drama series, has episode titles, but those titles never appear on the screen. It's generally assumed that everyone has access to an interactive program guide, so this former courtesy has long been waylaid.

Examples of Title Please include:


Anime

  • Bleach. There is a title screen for each episode, but it only shows the number of the episode in a style unique to that episode.
  • Some of the anime 4Kids localized, like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Ultimate Muscle, suffered from this.

Live-Action Television

Western Animation

  • Futurama
  • Kim Possible
  • Hanna-Barbera's version of Richie Rich had segments of four different lengths: "Gems", "Riches", "Treasure Chest" and "Zillion-Dollar Adventures". Beyond those generic titles, the segments were not identified on screen
  • The Simpsons - there were about four exceptions (one of which was a gag where "Bart Gets Hit By A Car" showed up, right before Bart got hit by a car. According to the episode commentary, they put this in so that viewers would wonder if they had always been giving the titles and they'd just missed it somehow.)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, even though they could easily have slipped them in instead of the fortune cookie lines shown after the title sequence.
  • All three of Seth MacFarlane's cartoons: Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show