When a series, especially a TV drama series, has episode titles, but those titles never appear [[EpisodeTitleCard on the screen]]. It's generally assumed that everyone has access to an [[OldMediaPlayingCatchUp interactive program guide]], so this former courtesy has long been waylaid.

There's a good chance that during localization, dubbing studios take note of the missing information and choose to re-edit the translated episode title into the video footage, somewhere between the opening or intro credits. Especially noteworthy if the title is written in a different font than the credits.

Although the majority of modern scripted programs omit episode title cards, this isn't a new innovation, as sitcoms since the start of network TV have only rarely shown on-screen episode titles, and even in the 1950s and 1960s some drama TV series did not show titles, such as ''Series/MissionImpossible''.



[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. There is a title screen for each episode, but it only shows the number of the episode in a style unique to that episode.
* ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' episodes show custom-styled screens with episode numbers, but no titles.
* Some of the anime ''[[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]'' localized, like ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'', suffered from this.


[[folder: Live-Action Television ]]

* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' derives its titles from contestants' quotes, so to those without a program guide, an episode's TitleDrop may not be recognized by viewers.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', with the sole exceptions being "Once More With Feeling", "Conversations With Dead People" and "Bargaining".
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''
* ''[=CSI=]'' franchise
** ''Series/{{CSI}}''
** ''Series/CSINewYork''
** ''Series/CSIMiami''
** ''Series/CSICyber''
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}''
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' doesn't show the names of its episodes, however, since the titles all start with 'the one where...' they usually aren't too hard to guess. General rule of thumb is that the title refers to either the most important, interesting or funny thing in the episode.
** A pretty clever idea, as even when the titles are shown, fans generally refer to episodes of a programme in this fashion anyway.
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' has episode title cards, but they don't actually show the title, just the episode ([[InsistentTerminology or as they put it, "Chapter"]]) ''number''.
* Taken to an extreme in ''Series/{{Hex}}'', where individual episode titles announced only in listings magazines were used for the TV broadcast, but the packaging of the home video releases of both seasons only used episode numbers.
* ''Series/{{House}}''
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' did this from 2001-2004 and 2006. ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' all did not list episode titles on screen, but the titles were given on the official Web site.
* The 2008-09 {{Revival}} of ''Series/KnightRider'', though the original series showed its episode titles.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' originally had episode titles displayed, but stopped doing so shortly into the second season.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}''
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
* ''Series/{{MASH}}''
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' averted the trope in season two, but played it straight in seasons one and three.
* ''Series/ThePinkertons''
* ''Series/{{Privileged}}''
* ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''
* ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', the first series in 50+ years of franchise history to employ this trope.
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' often does the same thing as the above example with ''The Amazing Race'', using quotes from contestants for the titles, but regardless of whether they do or not, these titles are never seen on-screen.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell''
* ''Series/That70sShow''
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' took advantage of this by making nearly every episode title [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a vulgar pun on the name of main character Dick]].
* ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** The writers considered showing the titles in a subtle way, such as using them as the titles of case files, but decided that not mentioning them added to the mystery.
** The German dub avoided this and spoilt the fun by replacing (almost) every instance of "THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE" from the opening with the actual episode title.
* Most live-action shows on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and Creator/DisneyChannel do this.
* Ditto most live-action shows produced by Creator/{{Filmation}}, the exception being ''Series/JasonOfStarCommand''.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' : no title is displayed on the comic pages. The only way to know a specific comic's title is to look it's number up in the archives (also, the last comic's name is displayed in the side bar). The names of each StoryArc aren't included anywhere in the online comic, only the print editions. Which, fortunately, also display the title of the individual strips at the bottom of every page.


[[folder: Web Video ]]

* In an odd inversion, [[WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses TGWTG]] reviewer WebVideo/{{Phelous}} doesn't have a title for his ''series''. Occasionally [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the videos, either by creating a WordSaladTitle or lifting one [[WordOfDante from IMDB]] (the most frequent being ''[[CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase Phelous and the Movies]]'').
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' has episode titles (usually involving a ShoutOut or CallBack) but are never shown in either the episode or the actual video title.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
* Creator/HannaBarbera's version of ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' had segments of four different lengths: "Gems", "Riches", "Treasure Chest" and "Zillion-Dollar Adventures". Beyond those generic titles, the segments were not identified on screen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had about four exceptions, one of which was a gag where [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E10BartGetsHitByACar "Bart Gets Hit by a Car"]] showed up, right before Bart got hit by a car. According to the episode commentary, the animators put this in so that viewers would wonder whether the show had always been giving the titles and they'd just missed it somehow.
** Averted with the German dub where the episode titles are shown during the couch gag.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', even though they could easily have slipped the titles in instead of the fortune cookie lines shown after the title sequence.
* All three of Creator/SethMacFarlane's cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
* The ThreeShorts episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' not only have titles for the shorts themselves, but the episode as a whole as well. However, only the shorts get the {{Episode Title Card}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
* ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid'' is actually a somewhat rare example of preschool / young children's animated series that does this. The only thing that's shown at the beginning of the episodes is a small amount of crew, such as executive producers. No episode titles are given.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' subverted this. The original 1962 season did not display the titles, at least when aired in syndication. But when seasons 2 and 3 were produced in the '80s with title cards, the first season was retrofitted with title cards to match.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has a variant: The episodes have title cards, but ''the show itself'' doesn't. WordOfGod is that they forgot to actually put it in.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' shows the credits for the episode, but not the name of the episode itself.