Created By: newtonthenewt on August 16, 2009
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What could be easier naming your television series, radio broadcast, hit song, or other creative work after its running time?

The running time doesn't have to be correct to the second, just make it close.

Note: "Exactly what it says on the tin" is reserved for programs with only the running time in the name

Live-Action TV

  • 24. An action/crime drama.
    • 24 episodes in a season, one hour each. Season running time: Twenty four hours!
  • 60 Minutes. News investigation.
  • The Hour. George Stroumboulopoulos' talk show on CBC.
  • This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A satire/news show.
    • Running time: Half an hour minus commercials. Twenty-two minutes.
  • The 1/2 Hour News Hour on Fox News.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour. Stand-up comedy clip show on Comedy Central.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
    • Running time: One hour.
  • Hancock's Half Hour, a radio show, and later a TV show starring Tony Hancock. There was also a TV special called Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes.
    • Running time: 30 minutes and 43 minutes, respectively.
  • 40 Minutes. BBC 2 TV in the 80s had a 40-minute spare slot which they filled with a catch-all documentary anthology.
  • 60 Seconds is a news bulletin on BBC 3.
  • "42", an episode of Doctor Who.
    • Running time: 44 minutes. Approximately 42 minutes, not including titles and credits.

Music

  • The album version of Madonna's song "Four Minutes" runs more or less four minutes.
    • Running time: 4 minutes, 4 seconds.

  • John Cage's 4'33", according to The Other Wiki, "was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece."
    • Running time: 4 minutes, 33 seconds.

  • From the soundtrack of Cowboy Bebop The Movie is a song called "7 Minutes."
    • Running time : 6 minutes, 48 seconds.

  • The song "21 Seconds" by So Solid Crew
    • Running time: Several 21-second segments add up to 5 minutes.

Radio

  • BBC Radio for many years had Thirty Minute Theatre.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.

Web Original

The Homestar Runner short "79 Seconds Left"
  • Running time: Officially 79 seconds. Actually closer to 85 seconds.
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • August 15, 2009
    halfmillennium
    • I read somewhere that the song Four Minutes actually runs for four minutes. Can anyone confirm that?
    • A single-episode example: 42, an episode of Doctor Who.
      • Running time: 44 minutes, approx. 42 not including titles and credits.
    • Al Murrays Happy Hour.
      • Running time: One hour, inc. adverts.
  • August 15, 2009
    Amarys
    There are many songs that call themselves by their time, dating back to the classical era. I'll be back once I dig out some examples
  • August 15, 2009
    the grene kni3t
    John Cage's 4'33", according to The Other Wiki, "was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece," which lasts four minutes and thirty-three seconds.
  • August 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • The album version of Four Minutes is more or less four minutes. Yes!
      • Turns out there's also a film called Four Minutes. Running time: 112 minutes! Exactly NOT what it says on the tin.
    • "Happy Hour" and things like that don't count, that more like a meme. Or something.
  • August 15, 2009
    Bisected8
  • August 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Not The Running Time In The Title.
  • August 15, 2009
    halfmillennium
    Re the Doctor Who example: it doesn't include adverts as the BBC doesn't do ads.

    And why exactly does Happy Hour not count? It's obviously a pun on the pub tradition of a 'happy hour', but why shouldn't it count? It's a programme which mentions its length in is title, isn't it?
  • August 15, 2009
    halfmillennium
    (Was not originally my post. It was Kinitawowi replying to me, I accidentally clicked the wrong button, I apologise).
  • August 15, 2009
    halfmillennium
    It's true that Jack Dee's show wasn't an hour long, and naming it Happy Hour was obviously a nod to his sardonic, deadpan act. Murray's was. If someone made a programme named 60 Minutes With (Host) and it ran for 30, that wouldn't invalidate 60 Minutes, would it?
  • August 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @halfmillennium: It seems like the intention was to name it after the popular saying rather than the running time.
  • August 15, 2009
    halfmillennium
    Both.
  • August 15, 2009
    Jhiday
    There's a song called "7 minutes" on the soundtrack of Cowboy Bebop The Movie. Running time : 6'48".
  • August 15, 2009
    BlackMageJ
    • Hancock's Half Hour, a 30 minute radio and later TV show starring Tony Hancock.
    • The song 21 Seconds by So Solid Crew- total running time is a few minutes, but it's made up of a number of sections each lasting 21 seconds.
  • August 15, 2009
    Lee M
    Hancock also did a 3/4 hour TV special called Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes (I guess the other two were for trailers and continuity). The final TV season was shortened to 25 minutes and retitled Hancock (No connection with...
  • August 15, 2009
    Lee M
    • BBC Radio for many years had Thirty Minute Theatre.
    • BBC 2 TV in the 80s had a spare 40-minute slot at 9:50 PM which they filled with a catch-all documentary anthology entitled (of course) 40 Minutes.
  • August 15, 2009
    random surfer
    • 1/2 Hour News Hour
    • 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour
    • Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
    • Variation, a show that tells you when it's on: Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
  • August 15, 2009
    Semi1337Troper
    Maybe we could call it, "Run Time told during Show Time" or something similar?
  • August 15, 2009
    Sceptre
    How about Ronseal Time? It should fit with the amount of "exactly what it says on the tin"s.
  • August 15, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    • There was a news show that has a portion called 'Around the World in 80 seconds', but that's all I remember...
  • August 15, 2009
    random surfer
    As I recall, CBS's Saturday Morning Kids Show linup used to have a PSA/Kids News segment called "60 Seconds" (a la 60 Minutes).
  • August 15, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    The Seattle radio station C89.5 features an "89.5 second news brief" in the mornings, which typically is about 90 seconds long.
  • August 16, 2009
    Ryusui
  • August 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    BBC 3 still has a 60 second news bulletin on the hour called "60 Seconds".
  • August 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I don't think segments of programmes will count, there's just too many.

    @above poster: Okay, the BBC 3 example will count as it is technically a standalone programme.

    @Dcoetzee: That doesn't sound like a title, more like a description.
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