->''"After seven seasons, we've pretty much said everything you can say in this spot."''
-->-- '''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}''', ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', "[[GrandFinale Arbuckle the Invincible/The Monster Who Couldn't Scare Anybody/The Ocean Blue]]"

A trope throughout a series by which a part of the opening or ending credits is interchangeably switched, and the content can be different every show. Some of the same shows also have couch gags at the end as a CreditsGag. Alternatively, this gag may occur at the end of TheTeaser, just before the credits start.

[[TropeNamer Named]] for one of its most well-known incarnations, the family scrambling to gather on the couch during the opening sequence of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

Note that it need not be a "gag"; TV dramas such as ''Film/MissionImpossible'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' will sometimes have clips from later in the episode.

Compare to DifferentInEveryEpisode. Not to be confused with the ''other'' type of [[BoundAndGagged couch and gag]].

!!Example subpages

* CouchGag/AnimeAndManga
* CouchGag/ComicBooks
* CouchGag/LiveActionTV
* CouchGag/VideoGames
* CouchGag/WebAnimation
* CouchGag/WebComics
* CouchGag/WebOriginal
* CouchGag/WesternAnimation
** ''CouchGag/TheSimpsons''



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In many newspaper comics, the title panel of Sunday strips are often different in some way. Some strips, such as ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'', simply have the logo a different color. Others, such as ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', have an entirely different piece of artwork for each strip. It is often mandatory to waste the first panel on a couch gag for syndication, so that newspapers can cut them for space.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Most fan fiction starts with a [[IDoNotOwn standard disclaimer about not owning the source material]]. Humorous fan fiction loves to play with this disclaimer.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''
** Yami Yugi saying something random that usually has nothing to do with the plot, a fly-by of fake cards, and a ColdOpening before the opening credits.
** TheStinger: after every episode it is usually a blank screen with a joke related to the episode or a SpoofAesop. Then there is a [[TheStinger stinger]] [[UpToEleven AFTER]] TheStinger.
* ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow'', also created by Creator/LittleKuriboh, has the starting disclaimer read out in a different way each episode. The highlight would be the one sung by Kakashi 'I'm Not Music/DavidBowie' Bowie
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'': From Episode 17 onward, the "please support official release" message is always done by the character who dies in that episode. (Or, in Episode 25's case, the character who ceases to exist as an individual being in that episode.)

* The logo sequence for Jim Henson Pictures since the late 1990's features Kermit the Frog on a camera jib. ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' actually plays with the sequence, creating a one-shot Couch Gag. In this case, the jib drops suddenly for a moment and scares Kermit. Turns out Animal had bumped into it and apologizes.

[[folder:Let's Play]]
* ''LetsPlay/{{gokuu9000}}'' begins most of his newer videos with an intro that shows a logo for his username in front of the classic "Starfield Simulation" screensaver from Windows 95. A lot of his videos have a brief 3-second song that plays during this part, but some of them use a random sound bite that's different every time.

* In a CouchGag that encompassed the entire work, the band Music/{{Yes}} shot 17 versions of their video for 1983's "Leave It". The first featured the five band members standing side by side, singing the song, in black suits. The other 16 each incorporated some variation on this setup, often quite subtle (e.g. one band member wearing a different-colored tie), as a visual RunningGag.
* The late Music/WesleyWillis, an extremely prolific (and diagnosed schizophrenic) singer-songwriter, ended virtually every song he ever recorded by first saying "Rock over London, rock on Chicago..." after which he would then spout a random commercial jingle or product slogan, which generally had nothing to do with the subject matter of the song.

[[folder:New Media]]
* The wiki signs: Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has signs that tell users a page needs information, lacks it, is not objective, etc. Other wikis take advantage and use their themes in their pages. For example: in the Harry Potter wiki, they have "'Homenum Revelio!' [S]poilers will be present within the article. Please take care when reading this article if you do not wish to be spoiled." for spoiler alert.
* In versions Microsoft Office from 97 to 2003, the Microsoft Assistant would give a "Tip of the Day" everytime one of the programs opened. Of course, the tip is for the program in question.
* There is a program by Microsoft called [[http://www.bing.com/explore/desktop Bing Desktop]]. Similar to Bing itself, one of the features changes the user's desktop wallpaper everyday (granted that the user has internet access).
* Website/{{Google}} Doodles: sometimes the Google logo changes to commemorate a certain day, like a holiday (e.g. Christmas or a country's independence day), the birthday of an influential figure (e.g. Creator/NormanRockwell or Music/FreddieMercury), or an anniversary (e.g. the premiere of ''Series/SesameStreet'' or the debut of ''VideoGame/PacMan'').
* The link back to the unabridged version on the Laconic pages of ThisVeryWiki.

* Podcast/TheScathingAtheist opens their podcast on slightly different variations each week.
** Every show begins with Lucinda giving a different content warning that the following hour will be absolutely fucking obscene.
** Heath will then give a different fake sponsorship for the episode, usually in the form of a play on words of a religious phrase or product.
** There will then be a member of the atheist/secular community to quote [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Dr. Farnsworth's]] "we did in fact evolve from filthy monkey men." or some variation.

* Podcast/IWasThereToo employs this trope by replacing the final bars of the theme song with music from the scores of famous movies.

* Podcast/DoctorWhoTargetBookClubPodcast uses a different adjective in each opening narration to describe just how BIG their project of reading the Target novelizations in story order actually is: "massive" and "YUGE!" have already made appearances. As of March 2017, the YouTube videos of the podcast also feature a Morphoton brain from Keys of Marinus with a different caption directed to the readers.
* WelcomeToNightVale: Cecil says a creepy non-sequiter before the pre-intro music TitleDrop,

[[folder:Print Media]]
* For a while, the Australian printing of ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' (Creator/GamesWorkshop's magazine) would finish the list of contributors on the first page with something odd, like "Sean Bean" or "that guy on [[VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune SOF 2]] who did not believe me". Sadly, this appears to have fallen by the wayside.
* ''Series/DoctorWhoMagazine'' always inculdes a joke or odd statement buried in the print indicia. This is a tradition that has come and gone over the years depending on editorial whim. (On one occasion, after it had lain fallow for some time, it suddenly said "I don't know why you're looking down here, we haven't had a joke here for ages".)
* Starting around 2001, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels began to include a planet (often one involved in the story) in the list of Simon & Schuster offices on the title page.
* The print edition of Creator/DavidLangford's fanzine ''Ansible'' is "Available for SAE, whim, or [obscure sf concept]."

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* When pro wrestler Wrestling/BryanDanielson was [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/roh-h.html Ring Of Honor World Heavyweight Champion,]] he had a CouchGag of coercing the ring announcer to give him a different flattering title before every match, usually some sort of CheapHeat relating to his opponent or where he was wrestling. Said titles included "the best wrestler in the entire world, with an emphasis on entire world," "the best wrestler to ever step foot in the ECW Arena," "even better than Music/TheBeatles," "the best champion in ROH history," and "really too good to wrestle in front of all these pricks."
* This was done to an even greater extent earlier on in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, during Steve Corino's run in 2003. Prior to every match he would have personal ring announcer Bobby Cruise announce a ridiculously, painfully long list of something that usually served as a means of mocking his opponents. For example, when facing the notoriously straight-edge CM Punk, Corino's list consisted of famous wrestlers with histories with drugs and alcohol that Corino aspired to be like.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has three of these:
** What Statler and Waldorf say during the opening sequence. The third season had this intersped with a joke taking place backstage.
** Gonzo blowing a bugle at the end of the opening, with something funny happening, like smoke blowing from it or weird music resulting. The first season had Gonzo striking the "O" in the show's logo like a gong with humorous results.
** What Statler and Waldorf say after the end credits.
** The first season had a fourth one. During the opening, Fozzie would tell a different joke each time, and usually get cut off.
* Sometimes, before leaving, a child on ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' will double back and thank the big purple guy for his help, or just share their love with him. They may find that he has reverted already.
* ''Series/TheTeletubbies'' actually begins and ends with the Teletubbies emerging and reentering their dome in a random order, respectively.

* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' has the line "I smell the _____, I look around for you" in its theme song; the blank is filled by an object related to the city they're currently in, such as "cheesesteaks" for UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}.
* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' ends every episode with Ira Glass stating that "Management oversight is provided by our boss, Mr. Torey Malatia, who..." with the elipses filled in by a statement introducing a sound bite from that week's episode taken out of context.
* ''Radio/CarTalk'' has the credits that make fun of the various people that work on the show, occasionally changing when a new in-joke or gag presents itself, such as Doug the "Subway Fugitive". He jumped a turnstile.
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' has Carl Kasell giving a line from the "Who's Carl This Time" game, which sounds completely odd out of context.
* Each episode of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has a different short, humorous quip stuck onto the end of the credits, occasionally tangentially related to the episode that had just played.