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->''"''Aqua United Patrol Squad 1'' is not at all a stupid title for the new season of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' which everybody knows and loves and why you gonna mess with SOMETHING THAT AIN'T BROKE?!"''
-->-- '''Anonymous Carler''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o6EWSYuk3g promo]] for ''[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Whatever the Hell Title They're Calling It This Season]]''

A title change in an ongoing series, prompted by some plot event, a break in production or switching between publishers. Frequently, but not always, involves adding a new subtitle or suffix. Despite the name, does not have to occur at the start of a new season.

In some cases, producers will pass off an essentially new series as a renamed ReTool of an existing series just to preserve its distribution channel. This was once common in American comic books [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2005/11/24/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-26/ due to a quirk of postal regulations]]. Publishing a new title required a new postal code for second-class mail subscriptions and, thus, a new postal fee as well. To avoid paying the fees, instead of just canceling one book and starting up another with issue #1, they would give the old series a title change... but not ''too'' much of a title change, so as to avoid the wrath of the Postal Service.

Can be an attempt to avert an ArtifactTitle.

For odd sequel titles, see OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo. See also OfficiallyShortenedTitle.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Common in anime because of the way Japanese television works. Japanese series don't normally have "seasons" the way American television does; they produce either a [[BritishBrevity small, preplanned number of episodes]] in advance - usually [[TwelveEpisodeAnime some multiple of 13]]-- or they [[LongRunner just.]] [[ArcFatigue Keep.]] [[EndingFatigue Going]] without a break, because if they didn't, they'd lose their time slot. If the creators of a show that ''has'' taken a break want to bring it back, they need to find a time slot and pitch it as if it were a brand new show, so they generally retitle it to reflect this. Sometimes what would be considered a "second season" in America is treated as a NumberedSequel as though it were a film sequel, as in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}} 2'' and ''Anime/TheBigO 2''. These are sometimes marketed as "seasons" for American release.
* The seasons of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' were, in order, ''Sailor Moon'', ''Sailor Moon R'', ''Sailor Moon S'', ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]'', and ''Sailor Moon Sailor Stars''. It is important to note that these actually ''mean'' something, or at least the last three do (Super [the form that Sailor Moon achieves], Supers [the others upgrading to this form], Stars [a reference to either the Sailor Starlights or the fact there are hundreds of Sailor Senshi in the universe]). The R in the second season title is widely debated by fans; popular candidates are "Romance" or "Return" (the latter of which would be a logical pick as this was the season in which Usagi must return to being Sailor Moon because of a new evil that has come to Earth), but there is no concrete WordOfGod to answer this one.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' was renewed as ''Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage''. Then the OVA series that continued it was ''Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail.''
* The ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga was renamed "Trigun Maximum" when it continued into another magazine. This naming was kept in the American version.
* The manga ''Gensoumaden Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' became ''Saiyuki Reload'' when it switched magazines, and then the subtitle changed again to ''Gunlock''.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is a prime example of this. The series became ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai'' in the second season. Then the first OVA was renamed ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei'' and the second OVA ''Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira''. A bit of a mouthful, isn't it? Also, each arc has a different name, which surely doesn't help relieve the confusion of new audiences. The sequel, ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is sometimes accompanied by the subtitle of "Franchise/WhenTheyCry 3", but there's hardly any relationship between ''Higurashi Kai'' and this theoretical third season. This is because the original visual novels are numbered that way, ''Higurashi'' (ep 1-4) is ''When They Cry 1'', ''Higurashi Kai'' (5-8) is ''When They Cry 2'', ''Umineko'' (1-4) is ''3'', and ''Umineko Chiru'' (5-8) is ''4''. There are so far no outright statements that they are linked but there are hints (especially the [[spoiler: Bernkastel/Rika and Lambadelta/Takano thing]]) towards a connection and there are some theories that it will be a total of 4 series (''When They Cry'' 5&6 and 7&8) because ''Higurashi'' contained 8 episodes and ''Umineko'' is now confirmed to be finished with episode 8.
* ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' became ''Hetalia World Series'' in its third season. It was then retitled ''Hetalia The Beautiful World'' for season 5 and ''Hetalia: World Twinkle'' for season 6.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' became ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' just before Radditz' appearance to emphasize the shift from "freewheeling adventure peppered with the occasional fight scene" to the TropeCodifier of all Shonen Anime that came after, and the anime-only series that followed that was called ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', short for "Grand Tour". The 2015 revival/continuation is renamed ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
* After TheOriginalSeries of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the following seasons were titled ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', and the concurrent manga-first fourth seasons ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' and ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''. There's also the spin-offs ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' and ''Anime/VividStrike'', which are named such due to Nanoha herself being PutOnABus.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' has four seasons thus far and starts adding subtitles with the second; subtitles to date are "×365", "×Hoshimittsu" ("Three Stars"), and "×Honeycomb", with a pair of straight-to-DVD [=OVAs=] subtitled "×SP" ("Special").
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' at 26 episodes a season, with later seasons named ''NEXT'', ''TRY'', ''Revolution'' and ''Evolution-R'' (the latter two basically being a typical 26-episode season split in two).
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', unlike the preceding ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series, split itself into two seasons to reflect a change in the story arc; episode 31 marked the start of said second season, retitled ''"Digimon Xros Wars: The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms"''. In the original Japanese version, the six series of ''Digimon'' are all distinctly separate series, not individual seasons of one overarching show, so they don't fall under this trope; in the US, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure the]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 first]] [[Anime/DigimonTamers four]] [[Anime/DigimonFrontier series]] were all dubbed as individual seasons of one show, but it was all called "''Digimon: Digital Monsters''" with no individual season names.
* ''Anime/KOn'''s second season has a title with a little difference: one additional [[ExcitedShowTitle exclamation point]]. [[labelnote:note]]''K-On!!''[[/labelnote]]
** ''Manga/{{Working}}'' also did this in the third season, now with three exclamation points!!!
* [[YuriGenre Yuri]] manga ''Strawberry Shake'' became ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet'' when it changed magazines.
* The second season of ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' is ''Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful''.
* Season 2 of ''Anime/UFOUltramaidenValkyrie'' is titled ''UFO Princess Valkyrie: December's Nocturne''.
* ''Rozen Maiden: Träumend'', season 2 of ''Manga/RozenMaiden''. The {{prequel}} is named ''Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre''.
** Although ''Ouvertüre'' is explained, as it means opening, as in beginning. ''Träumend'', which means dreaming, isn't much, though.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime changes its name when it adapts the plot from the latest games released at the time. In the original Japanese, this practice actually began in Generation III, while the dub began this practice earlier with the ''Generation II'' games, with changes for every 52 episode broadcast season.
** In Japan there's the original ''Pocket Monsters'' for the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue first]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver two]] generations of games, then the subtitle ''Advanced Generation'' for [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation III]], ''Diamond & Pearl'' for [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]], ''Best Wishes!'' for [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Generation V]], and ''XY'' for [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Generation VI]].
** ''Pocket Monsters'' was dubbed as ''Pokémon'' for two seasons, then was subtitled with ''The Johto Journeys'', ''Johto League Champions'' and finally ''Master Quest'', one season each.
*** Later [=DVD=] releases of the Pokémon anime gave the first two seasons new subtitles: ''Pokémon: Indigo League'' and ''Pokémon: The Adventures In/On The Orange Islands'', respectively.
** ''Advanced Generation'' was subtitled ''Advanced'', ''Advanced Challenge'', ''Advanced Battle'', and ''Battle Frontier'' in the dub.
** ''Diamond & Pearl'', is subtitled as ''Diamond and Pearl'', ''Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension'', ''Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles'', and ''Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh League Victors'' in the dub.
** ''Best Wishes!'' is subtitled as ''Black and White'', ''Black & White: Rival Destinies'' and ''Black & White: Adventures in Unova''. ''XY'' on the other hand, became ''[[TitleTheAdaptation XY: The Series]]''.
*** Even Japan started falling into this trap for the BW series, with ''Season 2'', ''Season 2 Episode N'', and ''Decolora Adventure'' (which in the dub, became ''Adventures in Unova and Beyond'')
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' combined this with ColonCancer: the second season is titled ''Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Second Gig''.
* The second season of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' was ''Zero no Tsukaima: Futatsuki no Kishi''; the third was ''Zero no Tsukaima: Princess no Rondo''.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' had a new title for each subsequent season: ''Ojamajo Doremi #'', ''Mo~tto Ojamajo Doremi'' and ''Ojamajo Doremi Dokkan!'' An OVA titled ''Ojamajo Doremi Naisho'' came out, but it's set during the third season.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' became ''Anime/CodeGeass [=R2=]" in its second season.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' became ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Second Season]]''.
* A borderline example, but when ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' got a second season, it was named ''Strike Witches 2'', complete with a new logo.
* ''Super Robot Wars'': Divine Wars became Super Robot Wars: The Inspector because the first season focused on the war against Divine Crusaders while in the second season a group of aliens called the Inspectors attacked. Neither group are the final bosses of the season though.
* The last few issues of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' are titled ''21st Century Boys''.
* The second season of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is titled ''"Shinryaku!? Ika Musume"''. Notice the question mark?
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'', which was followed by the [[ExcitedShowTitle even more excited]] "''Shugo Chara!! Doki''" and "''Shugo Chara! Party!''".
* Although the original Japanese run of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' kept the same title throughout, the English dub began adding a new subtitle to it with each new season starting with the third. Season 3 was known as "Enter the Shadow Realm", Season 4 was "Waking the Dragons", the first half of season 5 was "Grand Championship" and the second half of season 5 was titled "Dawn of the Duel."
** The [[Manga/YuGiOh manga version]] went through something similar: while the Japanese release was all one series, Viz split up the North American release into three different series, with ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' covering the beginning through the Monster World arc, ''Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist'' covering Duelist Kingdom through Battle City, and ''Yu-Gi-Oh Millennium World'' covering the ending. This was mostly done to allow the series to be released more quickly by publishing the latter two parts simultaneously.
* The ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' anime is followed by ''Genshiken 2'', adapting the last few volumes of the manga, which is simple enough. Then, just to complicate things, the manga and anime continue with ''Genshiken Nidaime'' in Japan, which is released in America as ''Genshiken Second Season''. So for those keeping score, it goes ''Genshiken'' -> ''Genshiken 2'' -> ''Genshiken Second Season''.
* ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'' started adding subtitles for each season after the first. Season Two was Asia Circuit, Season Three was Link Joker, and Season Four was Legion Mate. All four are even listed separately on the official release on Cruncyroll.
* The second season of ''LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika'' has "Avenging Battle" added to the title.
* ''[[Anime/DarkerThanBlack Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor]]'' became ''Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor'' for its second season, and ''Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor Gaiden'' for the {{Interquel}} [[Main/OriginalVideoAnimation OVAs]].
* Every new installment of the ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' series is some form of the word ''monogatari'' ("Story") with some prefix attached to it (''Bakemono'' = monster, ergo, ''Bakemonogatari'' = "Monster Story"). "Bakemonogatari" was just the first instance of the thematic title used to mark the starting point of the series (well, ''[[AnachronicOrder one]]'' of them, at least), so arguably, the umbrella title for the whole shebang is "Monogatari".

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ComicBooks will sometimes continue the numbering of an old series with a new series. One example was ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'' taking over numbering from ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk'' when ''Hulk'' relaunched with a new #1.
* Creator/ECComics had one of the most infamous examples of this, as they tried to meet the changing tastes of comic book readers.
** ''Moon Girl'' started as a title about a superheroine. The title became ''Moon Girl Fights Crime'' in issues #7 and #8, because "crime" comics were hot. Romance books were also selling, so the book became ''A Moon, a Girl...Romance'' from #9, until finally abandoning Moons and Girls altogether and becoming ''Weird Fantasy'' with #13.
** "The Crypt of Terror" and [[HorrorHost the Crypt-Keeper]] were introduced as part of ''Crime Patrol'' #15. Issue #16 was entirely dedicated to horror, and with issue #17 ''The Crypt of Terror'' displaced ''Crime Patrol''. The title was further altered to ''Tales from the Crypt'' with issue #20, so as to be less scary to sellers.
** ''The Haunt of Fear'' took over the numbering of ''Gunfighter'' from #15, but since the Post Office objected in this case, the fourth ''Haunt of Fear'' had to be issued as #4 instead of #18.
* The final two issues of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's Golden Age series were titled ''Captain America's Weird Tales'', because horror was selling and superheroes weren't.
** Once ComicBook/IronMan graduated to his own title, ''Tales of Suspense'' subsequently changed its title to ''Captain America'' at issue #100.
* The ComicBook/XMen have had this happen twice, and multiple times in the case of one title! The original ''X-Men'' book was officially changed to ''The Uncanny X-Men'' when the famous ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast arc rolled around. Meanwhile, the 90's book changed it's title to ''New X-Men'' when Creator/GrantMorrison took over as writer to emphasize the new tone of the book. Not long after Morrison left it went back to just being called ''X-Men''. Then in 2008 it was renamed ''X-Men: Legacy'' to emphasize more on the fact that it was less of an ensemble book and moreso focused on a central character and their history in the X-Men universe.
* ''ComicBook/{{Azrael}}'' was retitled ''Azrael: Agent of The Bat'' starting with issue #47.
* ''She's Josie'' changed its name to ''Josie'' starting with issue #17, only to change its name to (the obviously most famous title) ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats starting with issue #45.
* In 1989 Creator/DCComics launched a PresentDay version of ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' called ''L.E.G.I.O.N. '89''. When the year changed, it became ''L.E.G.I.O.N. '90''. This continued, with the annuals sometimes playing with it (like ''L.E.G.I.O.N. '01'' for the ''Comicbook/{{Armageddon 2001}}'' crossover, or a TuxedoAndMartini {{Elseworld}} called ''L.E.G.I.O.N '007'') until the book was relaunched post-''Comicbook/ZeroHour'' as ''R.E.B.E.L.S. '94'', which was ''R.E.B.E.L.S. '96'' when it was cancelled.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had an interesting one: the original namesake title, ''Superman'', was changed to ''The Adventures of Superman'' in 1986 following ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' while a second volume of ''Superman'' started up the same month. This lasted twenty years until ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' when the second ''Superman'' volume was cancelled and ''Adventures'' became ''Superman'' once more.
** During the late 80s, ''Action Comics'' had ended up taking up a weekly release schedule and, to reflect that, issues 601 through 642 were branded ''Action Comics Weekly''.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' had a few:
** Spidey's second title, ''Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man'', got shortened to ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'' with issue #134.
** The fourth title, the adjectiveless ''Spider-Man'', was changed to ''Peter Parker: Spider-Man'' with issue #75, coinciding with the ending to ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''.
* The name of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI serial ''ComicBook/GoldenEyesAndHerHeroBill'' changed to ''"Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill" Over There'' after a handful of installments to reflect that Golden Eyes had enlisted as an ambulance driver and that the action had moved to France - the serial would retain the new title for the remainder of publication.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' was renamed ''Yu-Gi-Oh! [[spoiler:The Cancelled Series]]'' for the first half of season 3, to fit with Creator/LittleKuriboh's altered plot line. The second half of the season subsequently called itself [[spoiler:The Renewed Series]] as well. It went back to its original title in Season 4.

* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series. Each subseries has a different name: ''Warriors'', ''Warriors: The New Prophecy'', ''Warriors: The Power of Three'', ''Warriors: Omen of the Stars'', and ''Warriors: Dawn of the Clans''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Part of season 3 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was titled ''Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers'', which goes under dispute as to whether it's its own identity or not. Following the third season of ''Mighty Morphin''' we had ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. After ''In Space'' tied up all the loose ends and ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' serving as an epilogue/transition, the seasons continuing from there (beginning with ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'') became SequelSeries.
** In the current era, a storyline and cast sticks around for two shorter seasons instead of one longer one; and the second season gets "Super" stuck in the title somewhere to represent a MidSeasonUpgrade: ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' was renamed ''Power Rangers Super Samurai'', ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' turned into ''Super Megaforce'', and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'' became ''Dino Supercharge''.
* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' was going to take a page out of the ''Power Rangers'' book by renaming itself ''Mystic Knights Battle Thunder'' for the next season. It was cancelled after its single season instead, however.
* ''Big Bad Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' became ''Beetleborgs Metallix'' once they ran out of ''Series/JuukouBFighter'' footage and switched over to ''Series/BFighterKabuto'' (which instead of using crayon box colors used precious metals... and purple).
* The later seasons of ''Series/YesMinister'' were renamed ''Yes, Prime Minister'', to reflect Jim Hacker's promotion to PM.
* The Canadian sci-fi show ''Series/{{Zixx}}'' appended ''Level One'', ''Level Two'' and ''Level Three'' to its title to represent the current season.
* From "The Day of the Eternal Song" onwards, ''Series/KateModern'' changed its name to ''in the name of ...[=KateModern=]''.
* While it's not technically a sequel, the short-lived TV series ''James at 15'' was renamed ''James at 16'' as of the episode wherein he celebrated his 16th birthday.
* After being just known as ''Series/RedDwarf'' for its first two series, the third series had an OpeningScroll that dubbed the series "Red Dwarf III", although the main title sequence and new logo did not incorporate the number (a few fans also list the third season as having a subtitle "The Saga Continuums", also taken from the crawl). For some reason the listings magazines picked up on this and from then on the show was renamed each series ("Red Dwarf IV", "V" etc). even though the opening titles did not reflect this. However, the covers of the video releases did. In fact, the later video releases of the first two seasons retitled them 'Red Dwarf I' and 'II', respectively.
** This numbering was finally acknowledged in the opening titles when they slapped the Roman numerals onto the title screens of Series VII and a tally on Series VIII.
* Each series of ''Series/BabylonFive'' has its own subtitle: 'Signs and Portents', 'The Coming of Shadows', 'Point of No Return', 'No Surrender, No Retreat' and 'The Wheel of Fire'. However, this subtitle does not appear in the credits and was strictly informal until the DVD releases, when the subtitle was included on the front cover packaging. The SequelSeries ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' would have been named 'To The Ends Of The Earth', after the WhamEpisode that never happened due to cancellation.
** The season titles were also the titles of the most significant episodes in that season, which did appear on screen. Thus, Season I was named ''Signs and Portents'' after the episode that introduced Morden and really kicked off the MythArc, and so on.
* A lot of location-based RealityTV shows do this to reflect the change in location for the new season: ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Africa'', ''Survivor: Thailand'', etc.
* ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' became ''Two Guys and a Girl'' with the third season, which abandoned the pizza place setting.
** This prompted the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, ''And a Pizza Place''.
* ''Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter'' became ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' after the death of John Ritter.
* ''Valerie'', originally named for its star, Valerie Harper, became ''Valerie's Family: The Hogans'' in the third season after Harper left the show. Thereafter it was called ''The Hogan Family.''
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' became ''Hannah Montana Forever'' for its fourth and final season.
* Due to Disney's three seasons/65 episodes rule, after ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' hit that mark, Creator/DisneyChannel retooled the show, renaming it ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' due to the new setting (a boat rather than a hotel).
* When ''Series/TheTorkelsons'' got a ReTool in its second season, it was also renamed ''Almost Home''.
* By the end of the first season of ''Series/{{Cougartown}}'', the producers felt that the name [[ArtifactTitle no longer fit the show's premise]], but couldn't come up with a new name. So in the first episode of the second season, the title card reads ''(Still) Cougartown''. The subtitle became a CouchGag in subsequent episodes - ''(Badly Titled) Cougartown'', ''(Titles Are Hard) Cougartown'', etc. It finally changed to ''Sunshine State''... for the last episode of the series.
* Season two of ''Series/ZoeDuncanJackAndJane'' got renamed to ''Zoe...'', pronounced "Zoe dot dot dot."
* Originally, the name of the [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise fifth]] live-action ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series was just ''Enterprise''. They added "Star Trek" back into the title in the [[ReTool third]] [[GrowingTheBeard season]].
** Indeed, the original broadcasts of the first two episodes of season 3 retained the ''Enterprise'' title, with ''Star Trek'' added for the third episode. This was changed on later screenings.
* An easily missed example: ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]'' was renamed ''Blake's Seven'' in the new opening titles for its fourth and final season.
* The TV adaptation of ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' was renamed ''Ultimate Goosebumps'' for seasons 3 and 4. The show was named ''Goosebumps'' when it aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork during Halloween (including the "Ultimate Goosebumps" episodes)
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Yes, the show that has saw many changes in cast, crew, directors, and writing teams has had its title changed a few times.
** Back when the show first started, it was called ''NBC's Saturday Night''. Creator/LorneMichaels wanted his show to be called ''Saturday Night Live'' right off the bat, but ABC already had a variety show with that name hosted by Howard Cosell -- who later hosted the last episode of ''SNL'''s tenth season.
** In its second season, the "NBC" part was dropped and the show was just called ''Saturday Night'', at which time, the ABC version of ''Saturday Night Live'' was flopping and Bill Murray (a cast member from ''that'' ''SNL'') was hired as a replacement for Chevy Chase (who left the NBC ''SNL'' for a girl and a movie career). By season three of the NBC ''SNL'', the ABC ''SNL'' was canceled and Creator/LorneMichaels could finally call the show ''Saturday Night Live''.
** During the 1980-1981 season, the show was retitled ''Series/SaturdayNightLive '80'' to separate this season from the first five. This, much like Jean Doumanian's tenure during that season, didn't last and wasn't looked at favorably among fans. When Dick Ebersol was hired as Doumanian's replacement, the show was changed back to being called ''Saturday Night Live,'' though its Weekend Update segment went through many title changes under Ebersol's reign as executive producer (it was called ''SNL Newsbreak'' in season seven, then ''Saturday Night News'' in seasons 8, 9, and 10).
*** From season seven on, ''Saturday Night Live'' has kept its name, though most fans today (and in a lot of commercial bumpers from season 22 to now) refer to the show as ''SNL'' due to ease of reference.
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in its 15th, 20th, 25th, and 35th seasons have been referred to as ''Saturday Night Live'' or ''SNL'' plus the respective number (''SNL 15'', ''SNL 20'', ''SNL 25'', and ''SNL 35'') to commemorate the show staying on the air for 15, 20, 25, and 35 years.
* The Canadian sketch show ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' became ''SCTV Network 90'' in 1981 when it expands to 90 minutes and broadens its audience to Americans.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' was changed to ''So Random!'' in its most recent season, focusing on the ShowWithinAShow that is titled as such. This was done due to the lead actress Music/DemiLovato going to rehab.
* Almost-example: Had ''Series/{{Threshold}}'' not been cancelled, series two would have been called "Foothold" and series three "Stranglehold". Both names would have represented the progress of the aliens in taking over the world.
* Another almost-example: ''Series/StargateSG1'' was nearly renamed ''Stargate Command'' for its [[ReTool ninth season]], in recognition of its major cast changes (including a new lead actor) and new main villain (the Ori). Ultimately they kept the original title.
* And another. Bill Lawrence urged for ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' to be renamed ''Scrubs Med'' for its ninth and final season, given the cast changes and altered status quo.
* ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'' started out as ''17 Kids and Counting'' in 2008, but the Duggars had two more kids since then (and have another on the way).
* Among the many changes that came with the second season of ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' was to relabel it ''War of the Worlds: The Second Invasion''.
** The rub is that while this made a kinda sense at first, poor writing led to a continuity collapse that ultimately showed that there was never a "first" invasion.
* ''All Quiet On The Preston Front'' became simply ''Preston Front'' after its first season, since everybody called it that anyway.
* ''Homefront: Inside Out'' dropped the "Inside Out" part of its title after the original ''Homefront'' show it spun off from was axed.
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'''s run starting in 1967 was called ''Dragnet 1967'', ''Dragnet 1968'', thru 1971.
** And the 2003-2004 series starring Ed O'Neil as Joe Friday (yes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdW7COxlSKA really]]) changed its name from ''Dragnet'' to ''L.A. Dragnet''.
* After it was expanded from 30 minutes to a full hour, ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' was renamed into ''The Alfred Hitchcock Hour'' for its final three seasons.
* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' has a different subtitle for each of its seasons. Many people assume that the title of series as a whole is ''Spartacus: Blood and Sand'', but that's only the title of the first season. In fact, it's still listed under that title in this very wiki.
* Though some might consider it to be a sequel series, "Archie Bunker's Place" was a mere title change of ''All In The Family'', carrying on without pause from AITF's ninth season.
* When the famous Australian variety show ''Hey Hey It's Saturday'' moved from Saturday mornings to nights in 1984, the show was renamed ''Hey Hey It's Saturday Night''. In 1985, the title went back to ''Hey Hey It's Saturday'' and stayed that way until the show ended in 1999.
* ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' was shortened down to just ''Parker Lewis'' for the third and final season.
* The first season of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' was known as ''The Black Adder''. The next series would be called ''Blackadder II'', ''Blackadder The Third'', and ''[[PunnyName Blackadder Goes Forth]]''.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' was originally known only as ''Superboy'' for the first two seasons. It became ''The Adventures of Superboy'' starting with season three, in which many changes took place, including a change of setting and a significant shift in tone.
* The third and fourth seasons of ''Series/{{Engrenages}}[=/=]Spiral'' got individual subtitles in English-language marketing, being titled ''The Butcher of La Villette'' and ''State of Chaos''.
* ''Series/LabRats'' gained the subtitle ''Bionic Island'' for its fourth season ReTool.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' had the subtitle "Rise of the Villains" added for its second season. And then "Wrath of the Villains" for the second half of the season. For season three, they used "Mad City" and "Heroes Rise".
* Creater/JamesEarlJones played a private detective in a critically-acclaimed series called ''Gabriel's Fire'' which premiered in 1990 and won four Emmys. For its [[SecondSeasonDownfall abbreviated second and last season]], the show was [[ReTool retooled]] and renamed ''Pros and Cons.''
* After being {{Reviv|al}}ed by Creator/SpikeTV, the ''Series/{{Cops}}'' SpinOff ''Jail'''s fourth season was titled ''Jail: Las Vegas'', and the fifth season was titled ''Jail: Big Texas''.
* ''Scrotal Recall'' was re-titled ''Series/{{Lovesick}}'' after being picked up by Creator/{{Netflix}}.
* The fourth and final season of ''Series/LivAndMaddie'' will be retitled ''Liv & Maddie: Cali Style'', referring the the family's relocation to California.
* ''[[Series/TheApprentice The Celebrity Apprentice]]'' became ''The '''New''' Celebrity Apprentice'' in 2017 for its new host, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* Downplayed example with ''Series/StrangerThings''; in Season 2 of the series, it was officially titled as ''[[NumberedSequels Stranger Things 2]]'', as if it was a sequel to a movie. Presumably, future seasons of the show will be named ''Stranger Things 3'' and so forth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Subverted by the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series, which had ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}'' instead of ''Myst II'', but returned to the series' title from ''VideoGame/MystIII'' onward.
* The ''Bokujo Monogatari'' series was translated by Natsume as ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon1'' to ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning''. Afterwards, Marvelous decided to translate the series in-house with Creator/XSeedGames as ''VideoGame/StoryOfSeasons''. Natsume was left with the ''Harvest Moon'' name but no games. They ended up making their own [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonTheLostValley original title]] using the ''Harvest Moon'' name and some of the characters (which [[NoExportForYou understandably wasn't released in Japan]]). Since then, the series has been split into the InNameOnly Natsume ''Harvest Moon'' games while the original series now goes under ''Story of Seasons''. Alas, this name change hasn't been understood by many casual fans. It's not uncommon to see people who haven't played since ''A Wonderful Life'' or ''Tree of Tranquility'' complain about the "series going downhill" when looking at the Natsume games, not knowing that the actual ''HM'' games have a new name.

* Kris Straub's sci-fi webcomic was initially named ''Starshift Crisis''. When he realized this could lead to a copyright problem (with the video game ''Starshift: The Zaran Legacy''), he renamed it ''Starslip Crisis''--and even changed every in-comic mention of "starshift" to "starslip", using alternate universes to justify this OrwellianRetcon. Later, the story arc "The End of the End" resulted in another huge CosmicRetcon and an ArtShift with it, so the title was changed again to just ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The second season of ''WebAnimation/BattleForDreamIsland'' carries the title ''Battle for Dream Island Again'', often shortened to BFDIA. Halfway through, partially because RealLifeWritesThePlot, the title was changed ''again'' to IDFB[[note]]that's BFDI spelled backwards[[/note]], although this new series continues the plot started in BFDIA.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* From season 3-5, ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' added the word "Undercover" underneath the title in the opening and its EyeCatch. The subtitle was dropped for its sixth season Main/{{Revival}}.
* When ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' entered its third season, it became part of Creator/{{ABC}}'s Saturday morning lineup as "Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles". [[CanonDiscontinuity Some would claim it didn't.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' became ''The Adventures of Batman and Robin'', then ''The New Batman Adventures''. Likewise, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' became ''Justice League Unlimited''.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk: The Animated Series]]'' was renamed ''The Incredible Hulk and ComicBook/SheHulk'' for its second season.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster'' was going to do this in season 4 with ''Dragon Booster: Academy'', even going as far as emblazoning the new title on the final scene of season 3. Then it got ScrewedByTheNetwork(s).
* Every ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' season has a different name in the form, ''Total Drama X''. Season 1 is ''Total Drama Island'', a ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' parody satirizing reality show and teen drama conventions; Season 2 is ''Total Drama Action'', satirizing movie conventions; Season 3 is ''Total Drama World Tour'' (called ''Total Drama Musical'' in development), featuring a HollywoodAtlas and the cast singing OncePerEpisode; Season 4 is ''Total Drama Revenge of the Island'', returning to the original island (now a toxic waste dump) with a new slate of contestants; Season 5 is ''Total Drama All-Stars'', an All-Stars season; Season 6 is ''Total Drama Pahkitew Island'', set on a new island with another all-new contestant roster.
* When ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' moved [[ChannelHop from Nickelodeon to ABC]], it was retitled ''Brand-Spanking New Doug'', then ''Disney/{{Disney}}'s Doug''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' and ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' are this to ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow,'' as the plot changes to reflect the then-new games.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'':
** Starting with season 8 (10), became "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1", as discussed in the page quote source video, two related videos, and the first episode of the season.
** The season after that, the show was again renamed to "Aqua Something You Know Whatever", complete with "call it whatever you want" commercials.
** The ''next season'' renamed it "Aqua TV Show Show".
** And the ''final season'' was renamed "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever"
* For its third season, ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' gained a subtitle and was called ''¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante'', with the theme song being updated to reflect the change as well.
* The Norwegian dub of ''WesternAnimation/AnimalsOfFarthingWood'' changed from Escape from Farthing Wood (translated title) to Animals of White Deer Park in season 2.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Super Friends, The World's Greatest Super Friends, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Super Powers: Galactic Guardians.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries Sabrina's Secret Life]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' became ''Young Justice: Invasion'' as it entered its second season.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' is this all over the place. It was ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' at the very onset, and subsequently ''The New Scooby-Doo Movies'' (the only other series for CBS before being relocated to ABC), ''The Scooby-Doo Dynomutt Hour,'' and many, many more. Later, it was ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' on Kids' WB!, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' on Cartoon Network and in 2015 will be ''WesternAnimation/BeCoolScoobyDoo''. (Some of these are [[AlternateContinuity Alternate Continuities]], though, especially ''Mystery Incorporated''.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', for its fifth season, went with the title ''Archer Vice'', shaking up the plot a bit by having ISIS disbanded and the principle cast forming a drug cartel, trying to sell a literal tonne of cocaine. After the season ended and the spy premise of the show was reinstated, ''Archer'' went back to its original title.
** Season 8 does the same by having the title ''Archer Dreamland'' and having the season consist of Archer's [[AdventuresInComaland coma dream.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' became ''Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters'' for its third season.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'' became ''Dragons: Defenders of Berk'' for its second season to reflect the more action-oriented direction. The third season is titled ''Dragons: Race to the Edge''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' turned into ''Ninjago Rebooted'' for its third season because of the CyberPunk setting.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''
** Season 3 is subtitled ''Web Warriors''.
** Season four has been retitled ''Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six''.
* Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' will see the title changed to ''Avengers: ComicBook/{{Ultron}} Revolution''.
* ''Mix Master: King of Cards'' become ''Mix Master: Final Force'' in its second season.
* The final two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' respectively added ''Fast Forward'' and ''Back to the Sewers'' to the title.
* The fifth and final season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' lengthened its title to ''Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles''.
* The final season of ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' was retooled to have its episodes focusing on movie parodies. To reflect this, the title was changed to ''The Chipmunks Go to the Movies'', complete with a new theme song.
* In an odd example, the final season of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' was called "Regular Show [[spoiler:[[RecycledInSpace in Space]]]]" due to [[spoiler:the Park Crew and Eileen being stuck in space]]...''but only in commericals''. The show itself remained being called "Regular Show" in its own title cards, television guides, digital releases, etc.