Some TV stations and programs (particularly those catering to children) will not hint at the finale of a series on the network at all. In some cases, they air the finale without referring to it as such. Other times, the last episode of a show will end with something like, "See you next time," despite the end of the show having been established in other media, such as newspapers.

This usually happens with TV shows that will be rerun by the channels that first aired them. Of course, if you're young and this happens, maybe the network thinks you're too young to notice. They may also believe that if no new episodes air of your favorite show, you might not want to watch their network anymore.

Alternatively, a show that's been ScrewedByTheNetwork may not have been ''planned'' to have been cancelled, thus giving no time to plan for a final episode.

The trope was named after ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' by Music/GilScottHeron.



[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The season five finale was advertised as the series finale on Creator/TheWB, before the final two seasons were shown on Creator/{{UPN}}.
* ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture''
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''

* ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' by Music/GilScottHeron is the TropeNamer and also leaves it an open question when the revolution will arrive.

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* This was formerly [[EnforcedTrope company policy]] of {{Nickelodeon}}. Finales were proposed before, including the [[MissingEpisode still-unaired]] finale of WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers, but they were shot down due to this policy. This was officially [[AvertedTrope broken]] with the airing of the WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius finale.
* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''--told that they could not make a real resolution because the show would rerun, the creators, feeling a bit snarky, created a scenario where [[spoiler:Max gets sent back in time to relive the series over again]].