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12th Jun '16 7:04:14 AM DonaldthePotholer
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A television program with a TitleOnlyOpening has no TitleSequence. Instead, it has a title card bearing the program's name, and perhaps a creator credit. The remaining credits are superimposed over the first few minutes of program, just as is done with many theatrical films. (And many, if not most theatrical films produced in recent years also eschew title sequences, with actor and production credits usually only shown at the end.)

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A television program with a TitleOnlyOpening Title Only Opening has no TitleSequence. Instead, it has a title card bearing the program's name, and perhaps a creator credit. The remaining credits are superimposed over the first few minutes of program, just as is done with many theatrical films. (And many, if not most theatrical films produced in recent years also eschew title sequences, with actor and production credits usually only shown at the end.)



It is also common for a show with a Title Sequence to go Title Only Opening for specific episodes, namely those of a very serious nature that would have their tone thrown by a jaunty little title sequence.

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It is also common for a show with a Title Sequence to go Title Only Opening for specific episodes, namely those two types of episodes:
* The first episode, in order to avert SpoilerOpening. Though in this case, the following episode's title sequence gets tacked on in reruns and/or video collections anyway, leading to LateArrivalSpoiler, especially in cases with a FirstEpisodeSpoiler.
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of a very serious nature that would have their tone [[MoodDissonance thrown by a jaunty little title sequence.
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11th May '16 10:52:05 AM erforce
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* After a while, season 2 of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' fell into this, abandoning its expository background info for the title and repeated 5-note theme.

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* After a while, season 2 of ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' fell into this, abandoning its expository background info for the title and repeated 5-note theme.
13th Apr '16 8:38:00 PM roothorick
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The rule, rather than the exception, for videogames. After publisher/developer logos, logos for middleware used, and/or copyright disclaimers, the player is taken directly to a simple title screen if not the main menu. On frequent occasion there will be a several minutes long (and skippable) sequence before the title screen which would be more accurately described as an attract video or trailer, due to its length and lacking credits. On selecting a new game (or loading a game), the game gets straight to the point with an opening cutscene delivering a bit of exposition, particularly who the player will be controlling.

* A notable exception: the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series. Each game has an extended opening sequence, complete with theme song, prominently displaying the game's logo and introducing the player characters.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and its sequel are particularly blatant about it. The game boots up directly to about six seconds of its title screen before transitioning to attract demos.
8th Apr '16 10:47:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ThirdWatch'''s third season incorporated the 9/11 attacks into its storylines. The episodes dealing with the attacks omitted the title sequence and used a Title Only Opening.

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* ''ThirdWatch'''s ''Series/ThirdWatch'''s third season incorporated the 9/11 attacks into its storylines. The episodes dealing with the attacks omitted the title sequence and used a Title Only Opening.
29th Mar '16 12:40:08 PM Yeah,Imsweet.
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* While ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' averted this trope for most of its run, some episodes skipped the intro in favor of presenting the title of the show austerely over a black background. This often occurred when reruns of the show were ran on ''Creator/CartoonCartoonFridays''.
23rd Mar '16 2:57:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* GerryAnderson's ''{{UFO}}'' had a variation on this. Each episode began with an opening sequence that only incorporated brief flashes of the title. This was ''followed'' by a teaser, which would end with an animated version of the title being superimposed.

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* GerryAnderson's ''{{UFO}}'' ''Series/{{UFO}}'' had a variation on this. Each episode began with an opening sequence that only incorporated brief flashes of the title. This was ''followed'' by a teaser, which would end with an animated version of the title being superimposed.



* ''HomeAndAway'' has been doing this since 2006, showing only the last few seconds of the opening title where the words "Home and Away" show up, skipping the full opening titles (the reason given for this was that more time was required for the episodes). Has now become a permanent feature since 2010.

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* ''HomeAndAway'' ''Series/HomeAndAway'' has been doing this since 2006, showing only the last few seconds of the opening title where the words "Home and Away" show up, skipping the full opening titles (the reason given for this was that more time was required for the episodes). Has now become a permanent feature since 2010.
20th Jan '16 10:19:22 AM Willbyr
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* As well as ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' and ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' in their final episodes, instead merely superimposing the title on the footage for a few seconds. Though this didn't happen in the original runs, resulting in SoundtrackDissonance.

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* As well as ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' ''Anime/MaiOtome'' in their final episodes, instead merely superimposing the title on the footage for a few seconds. Though this didn't happen in the original runs, resulting in SoundtrackDissonance.



* The first two episodes of ''Anime/RumblingHearts'' do this, as the opening would spoil the twist at the end of episode two if shown before that.

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* The first two episodes of ''Anime/RumblingHearts'' ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts'' do this, as the opening would spoil the twist at the end of episode two if shown before that.
23rd Sep '15 3:17:27 PM Sedirex
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* Used in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' in its final episodes.

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* Used The majority of recent ''Franchise/KamenRider'' seasons have eschewed their lengthy theme songs for the finale. Note that finale doesn't always mean last episode in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' and ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' in its final episodes.''Kamen Rider'' - it's not uncommon for the opening theme to be absent from the episode that represents the climax of the season, only to return for the last episode or two if they contain either an epilogue or crossover with the next rider.
6th Sep '15 9:17:36 AM toonman2
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A television program with a TitleOnlyOpening has no TitleSequence. Instead, it has a title card bearing the program's name, and perhaps a creator credit. The remaining credits are superimposed over the first few minutes of program, just as is done with many theatrical films.

In some cases, the title card is shown ''twice'', once before the Teaser, and again several minutes into the program, after the credits. Other programs omit the title card, and the program's name is superimposed over the program along with the credits.

A program's original Title Sequence may be replaced with a Title Only Opening when it goes into syndication. It is becoming increasingly common for first-run network programs to have Title Only Openings, as well. Their popularity probably comes from the fact that they free up a minute or more of runtime, which can be used for the rest of the episode, or for additional commercials. The downside, in most TV viewers' eyes at least, is that it kills some of the excitement of the show since openings are meant to get you pumped up for the episode. Though needless to say this is a personal preference.

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A television program with a TitleOnlyOpening has no TitleSequence. Instead, it has a title card bearing the program's name, and perhaps a creator credit. The remaining credits are superimposed over the first few minutes of program, just as is done with many theatrical films.

films. (And many, if not most theatrical films produced in recent years also eschew title sequences, with actor and production credits usually only shown at the end.)

In some cases, the title card is shown ''twice'', once before the Teaser, and again several minutes into the program, after the credits. Other programs omit the title card, card altogether, and the program's name is superimposed over the program along with the credits.

A program's original Title Sequence may be replaced with a Title Only Opening when it goes into syndication. It is becoming increasingly common for first-run network programs to have Title Only Openings, as well. Their popularity probably comes from the fact that they free up a minute or more of runtime, which can be used for the rest of the episode, or for additional commercials. The downside, in most TV viewers' eyes at least, is that it kills some of the excitement of the show since openings are meant to get you pumped up for the episode. Though needless to say this episode; also, title sequences and theme tunes are considered part of the cultural identity of a series. This is often seen as a personal preference.



* Oddly averted for about 90% of American Cable drama series, including ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', ''Series/{{Rome}}'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/TheTudors'', ''Series/TheBorgias'', ''Series/BigLove'', ''Series/TrueBlood'', ''Series/BlackSails'' and many others, all of which make heavy use of the ArtisticTitle.

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* Oddly averted for about 90% of American Cable drama series, including ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', ''Series/{{Rome}}'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/TheTudors'', ''Series/TheBorgias'', ''Series/BigLove'', ''Series/TrueBlood'', ''Series/BlackSails'' ''Series/BlackSails'', ''Series/MadMen'' and many others, all of which make heavy use of the ArtisticTitle.ArtisticTitle.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' had a very distinctive opening sequence and theme tune - except for two episodes: the finale, "Fall Out" shows only the title, whereas "Living in Harmony" never displays the title card at all.
29th Jun '15 3:05:41 PM rcmerod52
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** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] with ''{{Anime/Doraemon}}'': sometimes the ending credits are cut, sometimes they aren't.
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