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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:
- 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.
- The ninth season of Barney & Friends.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the sole exceptions being "Once More With Feeling", "Conversations With Dead People" and "Bargaining".
- Battlestar Galactica
- The Big Bang Theory
- CSI franchise
- Criminal Minds
- Friends doesn't show the names of its episodes, however, since the titles all start with 'the one where...' they usually aren't too hard to guess. The general rule of thumb is that the title refers to either the most important, interesting, or funny thing in the episode.
- A pretty clever idea, as even when the titles are shown, fans generally refer to episodes of a program in this fashion anyway.
- Kamen Rider did this between 2001 and 2005. Kamen Rider Agito, Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider Faiz, Kamen Rider Blade and Kamen Rider Kabuto all did not list episode titles on screen, but the titles were given on the official Web site.
- The 2008-09 Revival of Knight Rider, though the original series showed its episode titles.
- Law and Order originally had episode titles displayed, but stopped doing so shortly into the second season.
- Millennium averted the trope in season two, but played it straight in seasons one and three.
- The Red Green Show
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- Sesame Street's Elmo's World. Only segment title cards are displayed on the All Day with Elmo home media release. Other segments don't have an episode title card either.
- Saved by the Bell
- Torchwood: Miracle Day
- The X-Files - the writers considered showing the titles in a subtle way such as using them as the title of case files but decided that not mentioning them added to the mystery.
- Most shows on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel does this (except their animated shows).
- Every episode of The Buzz on Maggie doesn’t have a title card at all at the beginning whatsoever.
- As of Summer 2018, any show that airs on Disney Channel's Disney Junior block now does this for some reason, though one (or more) of the characters still announces the name of the episode as if the title still shows up onscreen.
- However, this only applies to shows made in-house. Imported shows such as PJ Masks and Bluey are exempt from this practice.
- 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
- All three of Seth MacFarlane's cartoons: Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show
- The first season of Shimmer and Shine.
- 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.)
- South Park, though many, if not most, episodes do have Title Drops.
- Additionally, there are a few exceptions (E.G. "Terrance and Philip in Not Without My Anus," "Asspen").
- 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.
- No episode of the PBS Kids animated series Super Why! has a title card.