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->''"If you're giving me eight straight hours of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', aren't you forcing every single non-''King of the Hill'' fan to abandon your channel for the rest of the day to go watch something else?"''
-->-- '''Website/{{Cracked}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18886_5-ways-television-went-crazy-since-i-quit-watching-in-2003_p2.html#ixzz26BuuMFyw 5 Ways Television Went Crazy Since I Quit Watching in 2003]]

So you're curling up on the armchair to watch your favorite show -- but the schedule has been changed and yet another airing of the network's most popular (or just favored by execs) show is airing in its place. Your blood boils, but there's nothing you can do -- it's the network's pet program.

This is Adored by the Network in a nutshell. An over-promoted, over-aired program that either dominates the entire schedule or gets promoted over every ''other'' show on the network or some combination of the two. Whenever networks stumble upon a massive hit show, this show usually gets the most attention and most promotion. [[MarathonRunning Marathons are run]], special programming events occur often surrounding the show, and the show is given multiple airings daily.

This usually comes at the expense of all the other shows on the channel, particularly the shows on the verge of being canceled. At the very least, they will just be ignored. At the very worst, they can be canceled or [[ReTool re-tooled]] to make it more in line with the adored show. And at very, ''very'', worst -- it could signal the first signs of NetworkDecay, as the network may add [[FollowTheLeader more shows similar to the network darling to the lineup.]]

Despite the network's fixation on this show, it doesn't fit the nature of being the CreatorsPet because, well, if it's a hit, then many people like it. It may be a critical darling that's loved by all. You ''yourself'' may like the show. But you also like ''other'' shows on the channel and the overbearing presence of the program just may be too much. Naturally, if a single series is on all the time, it may lead to HypeBacklash through overexposure, since even the people who genuinely enjoy the show may get sick of it. Enough of this can ironically result into the show being considered ScrewedByTheNetwork, as it can lead to the show's downfall and cancellation.

Before you add an example, keep in mind this isn't Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike. Also, the simple act of airing the show a lot of times doesn't alone qualify it for this trope. The network has to go above and beyond to prop this show up constantly.

See also MarathonRunning (where whole marathons can be dedicated to a single show), CashCowFranchise, HollywoodHypeMachine (when this happens to actors), CreatorsPet (when this happens to characters and the fans are annoyed), WolverinePublicity, and NetworkDecay. NetworkToTheRescue is a sure sign of this. Contrast ScrewedByTheNetwork; also sometimes the result of this trope. See also NetworkRedHeadedStepchild.

* [[AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Disney}} Disney-owned networks]]
* AdoredByTheNetwork/LiveActionTV
* AdoredByTheNetwork/WesternAnimation
** AdoredByTheNetwork/CartoonNetwork
*** ''AdoredByTheNetwork/TeenTitansGo''
*** AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Toonami}}
** AdoredByTheNetwork/FOXAnimatedShows
** AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Nickelodeon}}
*** AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Nicktoons}}


* Throughout its past life, Creator/{{Toonami}} had plenty of shows that it adored. The first of these was ''Anime/SailorMoon'', one of its first anime shows. Then came ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', with the latter getting both censored airings during the daytime and uncensored airings during the Midnight Run, and the former lasting until 2003, and then getting uncut reruns until 2005. Finally, there was Anime/{{Naruto}}, as pictured above, which stuck around until the block's cancellation.
** For the revived Toonami block on Creator/AdultSwim, ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' was one of the shows that was already airing when Toonami came back, and while it was briefly taken off to make room for ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' and ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', it has since returned and is still currently airing, to the point where people actually ''want'' the crew to give the show a break.
*** Ironically, ''Bebop'' finally took a break from the schedule, and was replaced in its timeslot by a rerun of ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'', but that's only because they're losing the rights to it. Yep, the only thing that will stop them from playing Bebop is not having it anymore. They '''will''' get the HD remasters from Creator/{{FUNimation}}, however, and you know it, because it's one of their most famous series (and favorite series), and the only anime (other than Anime/TheBigO, but that's largely because Season 2 was produced by them) that has a spot on the mural in their Atlanta offices.
** Toonami also has a soft spot for ''Anime/InuYasha''. Otherwise, it would not have [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed over]] ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' [[note]]To be fair, though, in the same schedule change that affected Bebop that also affected "O"'s Season 2, as it was taken off the air to avoid running it more than once, [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]] was moved up an hour, and [=GiTS=] was placed back in the rotation at 4:00 AM.[[/note]] and have an hour dedicated to it (though it's shoved down at the far back of the block, airing at both 5:00 AM and 5:30 AM).
** Adult Swim explicitly stated on multiple occasions that ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' was their favorite anime, and they sure showed it for a while. The high amount of airings was especially notable given the fact that the series had only [[ShortRunner 6 episodes]], which resulted in much replay of each episode. That being said, it is exactly this very short length that allows ''FLCL'' to easily fit into the schedule if there is a small gap to fill.
** While not as popular as other examples, [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version of]] ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' was pretty popular with the block until ''Brotherhood'' came along.
** Both seasons of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' are also relatively popular on the block, having been a near-perennial feature since it was introduced, and temporarily pushing out the above ''Cowboy Bebop'' on Toonami's schedule when they acquired ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' and ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has ''three'' timeslots on Adult Swim's Saturday night lineup as of the August 2017 schedule - a full hour kicking off the regular Adult Swim block, as well as a regular slot on Toonami. No other anime has gotten this kind of treatment (at least since Toonami returned).
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' was this for the ailing Fox Kids around the time of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''; the love sort of petered off by the end of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. It was picked up by the network in order to [[DuelingShows compete]] with ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' on Creator/KidsWB and capitalize on the {{anime}} boom. Some Saturday mornings, ''Digimon'' would air ''three'' times. It supplanted ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (circa ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'') as the most popular show on the block and booted the show from its long-time schedule spots (9am EST Saturdays and 4pm EST weekdays). This still rankles long time ''Power Rangers'' fans, as it would retroactively prove to be a {{foreshadowing}} for ''that'' series sinking even lower under {{Creator/Disney}}...
* Before it was replaced by [[EdutainmentShow E/I programming]], the [=CW4Kids=] themed block "Toonzai" aired between two to three hours of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' content within its six hour time slot on Saturday mornings, plus ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' advertisements for new cards and episodes intermittent between the other shows. They also aired ''Dinosaur King'', a series with a similar format to ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', and advertised Bakugan, which is a competitor complete with card game centric anime itself. Any impressionable mind watching the Saturday morning block on the CW at the time was convinced that people dramatically waving trading cards around was the coolest thing ever. This was all justified in that ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' had secured itself in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 as the most successful trading card game worldwide, and the fact that a theatrical film was released during this time period.
** ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' was this no matter ''what'' Creator/TheCW called its kids' block in the pre-One Magnificent Morning era. It was also true when Creator/TheCW was Creator/TheWB. Even as other shows got moved around, screwed around, and didn't get to complete their runs even when they were ''far'' from LongRunners, the original ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' and at least one of its sequels ''never failed'' to air multiple episodes every Saturday ever. Even a new or new-to-CW show that was treated half as well as YGO ''reruns'' would have been a sign of the apocalypse, unless that new show was a YGO sequel.
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]'' was this for Creator/{{Nicktoons}}, with anywhere from three to six hours worth being shown on any given day in total. It got to the point where Nicktoons began airing the original ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movies in an almost completely uncut format, with the only real edit being a Hitler scene in ''Anime/DragonBallZ: Fusion Reborn''. All blood, violence, and profanity was kept, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar at a]] [[PrecisionFStrike TV-Y7-FV]] [[AvertedTrope rating]] no less.
* [[Creator/{{Animax}} Animax Latin America]] was criticized towards its anime-only run because of this. Between 2005 to 2007, shows such as ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' and ''Manga/GetBackers'' (and to a lesser extent, ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' and ''Manga/PitaTen'', although the latter was removed from the schedule in 2007). To be fair though, both of the former two series did have 52 episodes. When ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' premiered, it cluttered most of the schedule in the past few years (It had 47 episodes).
* [[Creator/{{Animax}} Animax Asia]] averts this at first, with a lot of variety in the anime shown until somewhere around 2012 to 2014 the channel has aired ''nothing'' but ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' and all three seasons of the ''Franchise/PrettyRhythm'' franchise.
* Spanish network ''Antena 3'' 's sister channel ''Neox'' might as well be called ''The Manga/CrayonShinChan Network'', with around over 3 hours of it every day on morning, with weekends tacking in a ''Shinchan'' movie after all of that. There aren't that many movies, so after a month they just ''loop''. Eventually they just ditched the movies and had ''five'' hours of ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' on weekends. Sure, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Spaniards love Shin-chan]], but is that overkill ''really'' needed? Then again, ''Antena 3'' itself has been showing two Simpson episodes a day.... for '''well over a decade'''. The situation eventually calmed down; now they "only" show two hours.
** Spanish kids channel Boing loves ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' so much that broadcasts at least eight episodes every day, and it's very strange to put the channel and find that they are not broadcasting ''Doraemon'' (or, for a time, earlier seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''). Sadly, the logic effect of this has been the disband of all the grown-up fans who came to the channel attracted by its broadcasting ''Manga/OnePiece'' and ''Manga/NarutoShippuden'', which now belong to a past era of Boing.
** Ditto for the Italian version of Boing, to the point that is one of the very few things they air that is not a Cartoon Network show.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' for Creator/KidsWB. Sometimes they would show nothing but the show to promote a special or new movie, and they'd sometimes show it for three hours at a time. Cartoon Network and Disney XD don't do this nearly as often.
** Kids WB's adoration for all things ''Pokemon'' even spilled into their promotional attempts for other shows in their lineup. During a ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''-themed [[MillenniumBug [=Y2K=]]] event, viewers were encouraged to send in their predictions of the future to be read on the air. One of the more notable entries: "In the future, Pokemon will be on every channel all day long." The dreams of someone truly obsessed with the series, or an early example of epic trolling?
* Italian television channel Italia 1 is very, very fond of ''Franchise/DragonBall''. They aired the three series (''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'') continuously since 1998: after GT's ending, they start over again with the first episode of ''Dragon Ball'', then Z, then GT... As of July 2012, we're reaching the end of the sixth rerun of Z (if this number doesn't impress you, be wary that Italia 1 is a general-purpose channel, not an anime-only, and they air one episode per day... This means that for almost twelve years there wasn't a day without ''Dragon Ball''!).
* It's hard not to turn on the Japanese version of Animax and see a show that's not named ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan'' or ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro''. Whenever a show gets cancelled, they replace it with one of these shows.
* Animax Central Europe adored {{Shonen}} series over all other genres, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' in particular, of which at the time of their [[NetworkDecay decline]], they aired two episodes daily, and another two on Wednesdays (since the channel was only on the air from 8 PM to 2 AM, that's a lot). The lack of variety in their anime series is seen as one of the reasons why the channel was terminated.
* The Japanese children's channel Kids Station loves ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'' so much that it airs five and a half hours of the show every day. Justified, though, as it's one of the biggest [[CashCowFranchise Cash Cow Franchises]] in the demographic.
* ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' and ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' are adored by Hungama TV in India, airing both ''multiple times'' everyday.
* When ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was popular in Canada, Creator/{{YTV}} aired the show show sixteen times in one week. It also helped that the show fulfilled Canadian content requirements, since the show was dubbed there.
* ''Anime/SonicX'' was absolutely beloved by 4Kids; even as their block changed identities, moved to different channels, and cycled through shows, ''Sonic X'' always had a spot on the lineup, despite having gone through its entire run dozens of times on Saturday morning television. Furthermore, as of July 1, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group's "[=KidsClick=]" syndicated block has picked the show up and given it slots on both the weekday and weekend lineups, despite it being ''fourteen years old''.
* ''Anime/BlackClover'' became Website/{{Crunchyroll}}'s favorite when the anime was released, and the site is pushing hard for it to become the next ''Naruto'', in spite of the show itself becoming SnarkBait due to being a ClicheStorm and the main character's constant screaming.
* Creator/CentralParkMedia's president John O'Donnel loved the obscure late 80's OVA ''Anime/MDGeist'', making Geist the "company's spokemecha" and having him feature in the company indent, having Jason Beck (Geist's english dub VA) be the voice of the company's voicemail, funding not only a "director's cut" of the OVA but also a full-blown sequel, and comissioning a lavish DVD and multiple mangas and other mechandise, etc. O'Donnel's obessesion with ''MD Geist'' reportedly baffled and annoyed his subordinates, as detailled [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/buried-treasure/2008-10-02/buried-garbage-m.d-geist here]] by a former employee.
* Taiwanese kids' channel My Kids TV airs ''[[VideoGame/PriPara [=PriPara=]]]'' for three and a half hours each day.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* For a few years at the TurnOfTheMillennium, there were 24-hour marathons of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' on Creator/CartoonNetwork every Thanksgiving Day. Justified, [[NoHoperRepeat since viewership was way down]] (most everyone who's watching TV on Thanksgiving is watching football anyway) and they could write off advertising and let most of their employees take the holiday off. That said Cartoon Network has been known to flood their timeslots with ''The Iron Giant'' on other holidays too, such as Memorial Day, supposedly because it's Ted Turner's favorite movie.
* The ''Shrek'' films, specifically the first two are played ''to death'' on Turner networks, particularly on Cartoon Network and Atlanta station WPCH-TV (Peachtree TV). The latter in particular airs the first two movies on what seems like almost ''every weekend''.
** Ditto for fellow DreamWorks film ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', as it pops up on CN and Peachtree TV quite often.
* HBO Family seems to love playing ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', on most weekends and holidays. Before that, any of the latest Creator/DreamworksAnimation films.
** As of 2017, the cable rights to The Lego Movie belong to Time Warner's networks. Nowadays, you can expect one of the older Dreamworks films that aren't on the FX channels anymore, to be shown on here. Other popular choices right now include [[Film/AlvinandtheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip]], and ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie''
* Before Disney Channel, Disney XD and [=ABC=] Family aired the movie, Starz and Encore's kids channels seemed to be quite fond of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
** Starz Kids also adores ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy.''
** Starz also gave this treatment to ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' after its premiere on February 26, 2016. They aired it every single day for two weeks in a row, a feat which no new-to-the-channel Disney or Pixar movie was able to accomplish beforehand.[[note]]For example, the aforementioned ''Toy Story 3'' seemed to air twice every four or five days, and ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' played once a week during its' premiere.[[/note]] Like the Lion King example on the Disney page, they often aired the movie twice in a row, which happened the day it premiered. But after [[TooSoon it once aired literally the same time as a high-profile terror attack in Belgium]], ''Inside Out'' only aired once every four days, and only during the early morning or prime time. They reversed this in September of 2016, when the movie started to air on every weekend possible (with the first airing in a while playing the same day ''Theatre/DisneyOnIce Presents Follow Your Heart'' - which heavily features the main characters of ''Inside Out'' - made its world premiere). It took until December 23rd for Starz Kids to bring it back into daily rotation.
* [[Creator/DiscoveryFamily The Hub]] used to like airing ''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse'' nearly every month. They then moved on to ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}'' was another victim of this trope.
** Shortly before the name change to Discovery Family, they aired ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'' on every major holiday, which isn't surprising since it's a channel half-owned by Hasbro. The tradition still continues to this day, with the most recent airing of the film being two days before [[UsefulNotes/JewishHolidays Rosh Hashanah]].
** As of July 2015, Discovery Family loves airing ''WesternAnimation/RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown''. They will air it twice or more every week. During Christmas vacation of 2015, the movie aired once a day two weeks in a row!
* Encore loves airing ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'' every month.
* FX just loves showing off some Creator/DreamWorksAnimation movies every chance it gets. The first ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' movie, the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' movies, and the entire ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' trilogy are frequent favorites.
** Just like its predecessor's example(shown [[AdoredByTheNetwork/{{Disney}} here]]) ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'' seems to be another favorite on the FX networks.
* American Airlines has kept ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' in their in-flight entertainment library for a longer time than any other film they have offered on their service. Usually, new movies on it will get removed two to three months after they are added, but ''Sing'' has stayed on the service for almost half a year. They also treated ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' in the same way, since it has been on the service for two and a half years.
* Italian channel K2 airs cartoon movies every monday night, with reruns on saturday lunchtime and sunday morning. With a few exceptions, most of their movie airings are either ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetFrankenstein'', ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'', ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', any ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' movie starting from ''Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea'', any ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' movie, or a compilation of the various DVD-only shorts based on Dreamworks movies (plus the ''Film/TheSmurfs'' and ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' ones, for some reason).
* UK channel ITV and its sister channel ITV2 are known for frequently showing the WesternAnimation/DespicableMe films.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* {{Creator/HBO}} once stood for "Hey! ''[[Film/TheBeastmaster Beastmaster]]'''s On!". And it aired so often on Creator/{{TBS}} that [[FanNickname it earned itself the nickname]] "[[FunWithAcronyms The Beastmaster Station]]".
** HBO Zone really seems to like ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' since they can't go through an entire week without showing it at least ''three'' times.
* Back in the early to mid 90's, TBS also used to show ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' what seemed like every Saturday and Sunday.
* TBS and TNT were notorious up until the late-2000s for overplaying ''Film/{{Roadhouse}}''.
* It was almost impossible to turn on HBO in the early 1980's and not see ''[[Film/ScavengerHunt1979 Scavenger Hunt]]'' or ''Film/TheBlackHole''.
* A Canadian example is Family Channel (Canada's Creator/DisneyChannel, not to be confused with the original name for Creator/ABCFamily), who went through a period at one point where the only movie they seemed to ever play was the ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays2004'' remake with Creator/JackieChan.
* In 2013, ''Mrs. Doubtfire'' became Creator/{{CMT}}'s favorite movie. Apparently, four other networks that year couldn't get enough of Creator/RobinWilliams' cross-dressing shenanigans, which led it to become [[http://press.ihs.com/press-release/design-supply-chain/movie-consumption-grows-basic-cable-logging-more-hours-and-airtime the most frequently played film on basic cable in 2013, with 66 airings!]]
* Local Atlanta station Peachtree TV (WPCH, formerly [[Creator/{{TBS}} WTBS]]), appears to have a particular fetish for certain films which are played over and over and over on a regular basis, and this has been going on for years. Examples include ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', and the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies.
** For a few years, ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' was shown on the channel every weekend. There was even a joke about it on an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* From 2005 until 2013, Creator/{{Spike|TV}} frequently showed ''Franchise/StarWars'' marathons, showing all of the first six films, roughly every third weekend. In later years, it was during holidays (such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter etc.), or to promote some new ''Star Wars''-related products (such as ''The Old Republic''). Following Creator/{{Disney}}'s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, Spike chose not to renew their agreement for the movies, causing them to be left off the air for several years while Disney tried to shop the package around. As of September 2016, the films are now airing on TNT and TBS after Disney and Turner inked a deal for the package (a separate deal for ''Film/ANewHope'' had to be inked with 20th Century Fox due to the Copyright Act of 1976).
** There was one point where the channel had an fascination with ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow''.
*** As of October 2015, the network will show the entire ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' series every weekend, as well as on holidays and days when kids have school off.
* ABC and ABC Family (now Creator/{{Freeform}}) milked ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' marathons even more frequently than Spike did with ''Star Wars''. In almost every season of the year, there is a ''Harry Potter'' marathon on ABC Family. They would often take it to the max whenever another ''Harry Potter'' film was being released to theaters. In 2018, the title of ''The Harry Potter Network'' will shift to Creator/USANetwork as part of a new rights deal.
* Whichever network(s) currently holds rerun rights to Film/JamesBond films goes crazy running them as often as possible before the tide changes. In TheNineties, TBS and TNT cornered the market on marathon runs of Bond movies (to the point that there was a joke about it in ''Film/AmericanBeauty''), followed by AMC for a little while at the TurnOfTheMillennium. After that, the status of "James Bond Network" rotated between Creator/{{Spike|TV}}, the Encore movie networks (at least ''three times'', the main channel showed a different one every night in prime time for a month, while sister channels Action, Suspense, etc. got in on the fun by sprinkling the films throughout their schedules), and G4. As of 2016, they're being batted between MGM HD, BBC America and to a smaller extent, ION Television. Note that this package generally covers the first '''20''' films plus the unofficial entry ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', so even if networks have to split them up, they aren't just rerunning 3-4 films over and over.
** Creator/DanielCraig-era ''Bond'' movies seem to have been handed over to USA Network after it decided to retire its longstanding status as ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}'' Network!
*** In the UK, Creator/{{ITV}} had them from 1975 through 2012, when they were acquired by the premium channel Sky Movies. They then took Adored by the Network to its obvious conclusion in October 2012 by [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/07/james-bond-sky-movies-007 turning one of its channels into Sky Movies 007]], dedicated exclusively to airing the films (and other documentaries/behind the scenes features) in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ''Bond'' movie franchise and the release of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. The channel was temporarily taken down in November 2012 to make way for its annual [[ChristmasMoviesIndex all-Christmas movies]] channel, but came back off and on throughout 2013. ITV has since got the rights back.
* The summer of 2012 saw the Encore movie networks become addicted to the Christopher Reeve ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' films. It tapered off as the year saw itself out, but well into early 2013, one of them could still be guaranteed to run ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' several times each month. That film is extremely short, so it was probably easy to slot into schedules.
** The Encore networks (particularly Encore Family) were devoted to the original nine-film run of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series in 2013.
* There also existed a channel that played the film ''Film/{{Rudy}}'' for 24 hours straight in some areas.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'': The films ([[FirstInstallmentWins especially the original]]) get this nearly every year. Heck, even Creator/{{Spike|TV}} aired the original couple years back with a ''24-hour marathon!''
* Since the late 1990s, TBS has aired an annual 24-hour marathon of ''Film/AChristmasStory'', Christmas Eve night to Christmas Day night. Granted, it's a beloved holiday classic that was VindicatedByCable in the first place. It's also used to give most of their employees Christmas off. When that's all you're showing, all you need is a bare bones staff to make sure the building doesn't burn down.
** ''Film/MenInBlack'' and its first sequel are also adored by TBS.
** It seems as if TBS can't go a month without showing ''Film/DumbAndDumber''...
** ...and ''Film/TheHangover'', but nearly every channel has the rights to both.
** TBS will show ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes, they will show it TWICE during the same week.
* Speaking of ''Film/MenInBlack'', ''every'' channel adores to air the movie itself, including the sequel to a lesser extent.
* For years, Telemundo would often use any major holiday as an excuse to play back-to-back Cantinflas movies. Though this is akin to a Creator/RobertDeNiro marathon, in that it's not the repeat of the same movie, or the same series of movies, but a bunch of movies with similar flavors.
* For some reason, Creator/DisneyXD has an inordinate fondness for the ''Film/ArthurAndTheInvisibles'' trilogy.
* Creator/{{BET}} used to air ''Film/LoveAndBasketball'' frequently and with very little provocation, and seemed obliged to do so every Valentine's Day. However, after Monica Wright and Kevin Durant split, the novelty cooled off, and demand for the movie's broadcast followed suit.
* Encore (and now AMC) have aired 24 hours of ''Film/GroundhogDay'' on Groundhog Day. [[JustifiedTrope This actually makes some sense, considering what the film's about]]!
* Early Creator/ComedyCentral had a deep and abiding love affair with ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' in the mid-1990s.
** Until about 2002 it was shocking if a week went by without them airing the 1986 bomb ''Stewardess School''.
** Another movie that Comedy Central adored back then was the 1988 film ''Glitch''.
* Fox constantly shows ''Film/IndependenceDay'' whenever a big event is happening on another network: Super Bowl, Oscars, etc... In fact, ''Independence Day'' airs often on ''every'' station mostly every year that gets the rights to it, especially the Viacom channels (A&E, CMT, Spike, VH1) and E!, and AMC. There was one time, around 2009, Creator/{{TBS}}, Creator/{{TNT}} and Creator/WGNAmerica played it constantly, so did Creator/MyNetworkTV as a Sunday night movie and Saturday afternoon and The CW.
* Every time a Franchise/StarWars prequel was released, Australia's Fox-affiliated Channel 10 showed the original trilogy over three weekends and promoted the crap out of it, often book-ending commercial breaks with two promos for the same film. It's an older example, but it checks out.
* IFC really loves the ''Film/{{Hostel}}'' movies, ''Film/TheShining'', and the first ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* After Creator/{{AMC}} stopped emphasizing classic movies but before they had original series such as ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', and ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the network went through different phases where they played the same movie practically every day for months until they found a new movie to obsess over and the cycle began anew. Examples included (but were not limited to):
** ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''.
** ''Film/KingKong1976''
** ''Film/{{Earthquake}}''
** ''Film/{{Ghost}}''
** ''Film/{{Jaws}}''
** ''[[Film/RedDawn1984 Red Dawn]]''
** ''[[Film/HistoryoftheWorldPartI History of the World: Part I]]''
** ''Film/JeremiahJohnson''
** ''Hannie Caulder'' in 2003.
** ''Film/MadMax'' popped up almost daily in the spring/summer of 2005.
** ''[[Creator/SamPeckinpah Major Dundee]]'' (albeit the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio-imposed]] cut) turned up almost weekly from 2004-2006.
** And every Halloween, expect ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'' and ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' to appear many, many times.
** During the Christmas season in 2012, the network showed the original Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet more than any other holiday movie. In second place was the Creator/GeorgeCScott version of ''Film/{{A Christmas Carol|1984}}'' and third was ''Film/WhiteChristmas''.
** The Christmas programming for 2013 consisted entirely of the ''Home Alone'' movies, ''White Christmas'', and ''Film/{{Jack Frost 1998}}''. Culkin & Friends apparently took up the overexposure slack from last year's endless ''Miracle on 34th Street'' lovefest.
** As of June 2014, AMC replays ''Film/TheGreenMile'' almost as frequently as the movies they played on the network 10 years ago.
** In [[TheNewTens The New Tens]], AMC created a tradition similar to the 24-hour ''Christmas Story'' marathons by playing ''[[Film/GonewiththeWind Gone with the Wind]]'' on a loop starting the day before Thanksgiving leading up to the next morning.
* Britain's Creator/{{ITV}} channels have a few favorites.
** ITV 2 airs ''Film/TheMummy1999'' and/or most of its sequels every other month. Among its other favourites are ''Film/WildWildWest'', ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', and [[Film/{{Hulk}} both Incredible]] [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk films]].
** ITV 4 once had a thing for the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' series.
* TNT and USA are both very bad about going through phases where they'll show the same movie over and over and over again, whether it's ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' on TNT or ''Film/NationalTreasure'' on USA - if either of them shows the movie once, you know you'll be seeing it again within the week.
* Ted Turner adored ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''. He owned the rights at one point, so after its poor showing at the box office his networks aired it weekly, single-handedly making it VindicatedByCable.
* FX adores the original ''Film/{{The Day The Earth Stood Still|1951}}''.
** Have a day off from school or work? Chances are ''Film/VantagePoint'' is playing this morning on FX.
** ''Film/IronMan'' has started to become a staple movie on FX.
*** Practically ''every'' movie based on Marvel Comics are FX staples.
* ION Television ''loves'' Creator/ClintEastwood movies, playing them practically every other weekend.
** The weekends they ''don't'' play Clint Eastwood movies, they've instead been playing Batman and Superman movies, with an inexplicable preference for ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace''.
* Surprisingly, for a Canadian niche channel, [[Creator/SpaceChannel Space]] subverted this in its early years. Someone must have dug through the dusty trash archives of Hollywood to come up with the weird, obscure, "new" movies they played every weekend. The height of this was a month-long event where every weekend they would play three rat-themed horror movies.
* From late-2011 until early-2013, the programming director at Creator/TurnerClassicMovies was obsessed with Creator/{{Nicholas Ray}} movies, and played his near-forgotten 1963 epic ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'' at least once every other month. This was odd, since it's rare that TCM plays a movie more than a few times a year (owing to its enormous library).
** There are also phases when TCM can't get enough of ''Theatre/MyFairLady''. It played almost monthly in 2010, and again since October 2012 (with as many as two airings per month).
** ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' and ''Film/CitizenKane'' have been getting this treatment for years. This is understandable given their popularity and acclaim. Why the comparatively-obscure ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' gets nearly as much air time is anyone's guess.
** It seems as though they're doing the same with ''[[Film/LawrenceofArabia Lawrence of Arabia]]''. And ''[[Film/NowVoyager Now Voyager]]''.
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leave_Her_to_Heaven Leave Her to Heaven]]'' has also been getting a lot of airtime on the channel. Considering that it's one of TCM host Robert Osborne's favorite movies, that alone may be the reason for its overexposure.
** TCM has so much fondness for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Stanwyck Barbara Stanwyck]] that her movies play hundreds of times per year.
* It was impossible to watch Fox Movie Channel in 2011 without running into some combination of ''The Return of Frank James'', ''Film/TheDesertFox'' and/or ''Royal Flash''.
* There was a period in 2012 where Starz seemed to run ''Film/FriendsWithBenefits'' every day. In 2013, it became ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''; in 2014, [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 its sequel.]]
** In Starz' defense, they don't seem to have as much licensing deals with movie studios as HBO does.
* For a while, it seemed as if Creator/{{E}}'s only defense against a day of dead air is rerunning ''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'' sandwiched between multiple rerun blocks of Kardashian shows and ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* Creator/VH1 showed ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/GhostbustersII'' on a frequent basis for years after they started broadcasting more programs not dedicated to music. They usually showed the movies in cropped formats, meaning their pictures were not shown in their entirety (the second movie was usually shown in the 16:9 aspect ratio unlike the first movie, which was usually shown in the 4:3 aspect ratio, even after VH-1 started showing the second movie on a frequent basis).
* Spanish cable channel Canal Hollywood based its two or three first broadcasting years on ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' reruns.
* ''Literature/TheBlueLagoon'' has gained infamy in Brazil, due to constantly being broadcast on the country's biggest network for several years, to the point of MemeticMutation.
* The Canadian Bravo channel has a fixation with the [[Film/TheBourneseries Bourne movies]].
* Ever since The Hub got its hands on ''Film/GoodBoy'', they would show it once a week like clockwork.
* Australian TV network "ten" developed a great fondness for ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]''. Before that, it was ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', and it used to play ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' once a month at least.
* Is today the day before a major holiday? Then chances are that TV Guide Network has an airing of ''Film/TheMirrorHasTwoFaces'' planned.
* Since at least the fall of 2014, Viacom cable channel programmers have been suffering from an ''Film/{{Elf}}'' obsession, telecasting the film frequently across CMT, MTV, and Creator/VH1, even when the holiday season is over. (CMT even played it in ''September''!)
* As of June 2015, the LAFF network has been devoted to airing ''[[Film/{{TheLoveBug}} The Love Bug]]'' and its sequels on a frequent basis.
** As of October 2016, Laff's go-to movies include the forgotten Creator/ChrisElliott comedy ''Cabin Boy'' and the equally-forgotten ''Holy Man'' starring Creator/EddieMurphy.
* Encore Family seems to really love the 1969 movie ''Film/MySideOfTheMountain''.
* Ever since they got the rights to the ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' trilogy in December of 2015, Starz Kids will air at least one film from the series a day, with the second one being the most frequently shown. It got to the point where they aired nothing but the entire series of films for 48 hours during New Year's.
* Creator/NickAtNite: Their “Thursday Night Movie” block as of March 2016 seems to adore as many "not quite hit, not quite BoxOfficeBomb" movies as possible, from ''[[Film/{{Garfield}} Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties]]'' to ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' and [[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed its sequel]]. It’s gotten to the point where DirectToVideo productions such as ''Film/OpenSeason 3'' have aired.
* Tyler Perry's films, specifically ones featuring his signature Madea character seem to air at least ''once a week'' across various cable channels. Often it seems that if one airs, others will start to air as well. Turner networks, namely TBS, TNT and Peachtree TV are particularly fond of them, and much like the ''Shrek'' and ''Shark Tale'' examples above, Peachtree airs them practically ''every weekend''. One that particularly airs the most is ''Madea Goes to Jail''.
** As of the first quarter of 2018, three that have aired the most include ''Madea's Witness Protection'', ''Madea's Big Happy Family'', and ''Diary of a Mad Black Woman''.
* Ovation often shows various movies from TheEighties and TheNineties such as ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', ''Gross Pointe Blank'', and most bafflingly, ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall'' [[note]]the latter of which has a "rotten" rating on Website/RottenTomatoes[[/note]].
* Going along with the aforementioned examples of premium channels above, said channels in general will constantly air the same films over and over to the point that they can be seen every week, if not ''every day''. If a movie premieres on one of the channels (typically on Friday), you can expect it to air several more times throughout the weekend into the next week.
* Sky parodied this on the 2nd of February 2016 by showing ''Film/GroundhogDay'' on one of its movie channels on a constant loop for the day.
* Every other week on FXX, the channel seems to love showing the depressing ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'', particularly before marathons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' reruns.
* Ever since it made a ChannelHop from the premium channels to TBS and TNT, the latter have shown Film/AntMan almost ''every single week'', usually on Fridays and the subsequent weekend. Ditto for Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron.
* If there is absolutely nothing for them to air at all in terms of actual events, Golf Channel will often fall back on ''Film/TinCup'' or ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' like clockwork.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} itself was adored not so much by the network, but by Ted Turner himself. It was his baby/vanity project, as he credited WCW's predecessor, Georgia Championship Wrestling, with helping get [=SuperStation=] [[Creator/{{TBS}} WTBS]] noticed in its early days (along with Atlanta Braves baseball). The fact that it lost money for most of its existence was of no concern to him since, for someone like Ted, the amount of money that WCW lost was never more than pocket change. However, WCW was most definitely not adored by an AOL Time Warner exec named Jamie Kellner, who within a few weeks on the job cancelled all professional wrestling related programming.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} on Challenge in the UK certainly seemed to be this at one point- they couldn't stop talking about it over the end credits of every programme (usually re-runs of game shows, some of which might not necessarily share the same audience as that TNA wrestling would appeal to).

* Professional sports. Immensely popular, sure, but try to imagine what it's like for people who don't like sports to have a program you have no interest in that can preempt the shows you DO want to watch seemingly at any time, rarely ends at the scheduled time (sometimes causing the next show to begin "in progress" or be skipped entirely), and when it does end and you think your show is about to start... here comes the ''post game show.'' And then the other networks [[NoHoperRepeat only run reruns against it]] because they don't want to have to compete with the show "everyone" is watching. For that, you can blame [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_Game Heidi]].
** This was actually lampshaded by on the Series 16 premiere of ''Series/TopGearUK'' in January 2011:
-->'''Jeremy Clarkson:''' Can I just say how nice it is to be back where we belong? Creator/{{BBC}}2, 8:00, Sunday night. Unless of course somebody's organized a snooker tournament, in which case, happy Easter!
* Football in the United States. If it's autumn and your network carries the NFL, expect a pop-up ad or commercial every five minutes reminding you when the next game is and who's playing. Even when it's a sports station like ESPN, the NFL will be promoted far more than anything else it carries. Those above problems with preemption? Baseball fans have the same problem when they're waiting for the World Series and Fox won't cut away from James Brown and Terry Bradshaw yukking it up...
** When it comes to college football, ESPN practically ''[[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/sports/ncaafootball/college-footballs-most-dominant-player-its-espn.html?ref=media&_r=1& runs the show]]''; they have lucrative broadcast deals with all the major conferences (particularly the SEC, Big Ten, and ACC, among the most powerful conferences in Division I FBS) which is a practically a license to print and give their schools money by default, ESPN chooses start times for its games, and they even coded software used by the majority of the teams to help build their game schedules, meaning nearly all of the college schedules at the start of the season have the time ''TBA'' everywhere. In 2011, ESPN started an entire cable network devoted to the Texas Longhorns, then created the SEC Network in 2014, and will be launching ACC Network in 2019. During the post-season, they have broadcast rights to all but five bowl games (including the all-important College Football Playoff that also stole Fox's sole bowl game, the Cotton Bowl Classic, away from them, as if losing the BCS to them was bad enough) and even run ''fourteen of their own.'' (Of the non-ESPN bowls, CBS has been long-time broadcaster of the Sun Bowl, CBS Sports Network has the recently-established Cure Bowl and Arizona Bowl games, and Fox has recently swiped up the Foster Farms Bowl and Holiday Bowl. NFL Network airs some of the all-star games with potential NFL prospects, such as the Senior Bowl).
*** The same can also be said for ESPN's coverage of men's college basketball games with Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and to a lesser extent, Indiana and Ohio State who are being featured more often than other teams. For example, just about every ESPN Super Tuesday game features Kentucky versus whichever team Kentucky is facing that day.
* Due to the MLB post-season, there was a stretch of time starting around the turn of the century when Fox delayed the season premiere of many of its shows until after the World Series to accommodate its coverage. This meant fans of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/TheXFiles'' had to wait until ''November'' to see new episodes. Starting in 2005, Fox returned to launching major shows in September -- but the Series still kept the ''Simpsons''' annual [[WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror Halloween Episode]] from airing until after the holiday came and went. Since 2006, almost the entire post-season is now cable-only: as of the most recent contract in 2014, Creator/{{TBS}} and Fox Sports 1 split the Division Series and Championship Series, alternating between American League and National League games yearly. Game 1 in the Championship Series alloted to FS1, and the World Series, are the only games that air on Fox.
* Tennis on Eurosport. Go to any forum of a particular sport that isn't Association Football (or Tennis obviously) and you are guaranteed to find that most European fans there absolutely despise Tennis for the sole reason that they've spent large chunks of the last 20 years wanting to watch their favorite sport but not able to, as Eurosport was preempting it with an overtimed Tennis match, usually from the lower rounds of some unimportant tournament. Cycling and Basketball fans are especially prone to fly into a rage from this.
** Spanish public channel Teledeporte is even worse than Eurosport. Not only they broadcast lots and lots of tennis matches but, when tournament day is over, they rerun the same matches you have previously seen. In occcasions, they even have show delayed official matches of spanish national teams (Handball, Hockey, Waterpolo...) to broadcast a live first-round tennis match between two unknown non-spaniard players. So, it's not strange that many people give the channel the nickname ''Tele Tenis''.
* [[CanadaEh For Canadian sport networks]], [[UsefulNotes/IceHockey hockey]] is the most aired sport on Sportsnet, TSN (The {{Expy}} of Creator/{{ESPN}}) and Creator/{{CBC}}. [[SeriousBusiness This really shouldn't be much surprise in Canada]]. There are network favourites. Before Series/HockeyNightInCanada switched to a early and late game broadcast in 1995, if you wanted to see any Canadian team aside from the Maple Leafs or the Canadiens, you either had to hope it they were playing in Toronto or Montreal, or that they made the playoffs and Toronto or Montreal weren't playing that night. The absurdity of this is indicated that in the mid-1980s, when WayneGretzky and the Edmonton Oilers were the best team in the league, it was almost impossible for someone in Eastern Canada to ever seen them on TV.
** In a more specific example, TSN has ''always'' hyped the IIHF World Junior Championships (the top international under-20 competition, which traditionally begins on the day after Christmas), as being Canada's holiday sports tradition (much like ESPN's endless array of meaningless college bowl games). The tournament is treated with ''much'' more importance in Canada than in any other country, owing to the aforementioned hype, the fact that they've won it 16 times, and that one year where the Canadian team got into a ''twenty minute, bench-clearing brawl'' with the Soviets that ejected them both from the tournament. It's gotten to the point that any game involving Team Canada, especially if they are [[TheRival playing Russia or the United States]], reach the final, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs reach the final, playing Russia or the United States]], is guaranteed to have a good television audience. When the tournament is hosted by Canada (which happens quite a bit), these scenarios frequently result in sell-out crowds, especially in the three aforementioned scenarios. However, the international prominence of the tournament has grown too; Canada's six-year drought has given other countries time in the spotlight, including the Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden, and the U.S. When Finland won the tournament at home in 2016 in overtime, the atmosphere could have easily been mistaken for a game involving Canada.
*** By contrast, the Ice Hockey World Championships (its counterpart for professional players) is not considered to be as important in North America as it is elsewhere because it [[DuelingShows falls during the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs]]. Top American and Canadian players typically remain committed to their NHL teams if they make the playoffs, and a chance to make the men's national team tends to be a consolation prize for losing in the first round or not making the playoffs at all. This worked to Canada's advantage in 2015, as star player Sidney Crosby was able to join the national team when Pittsburgh got eliminated in round 1. They [[CurbStompBattle promptly crushed every opponent they met]], including Russia in the final: critics were quick to point out that Canada's dream team would be impossible to form in the NHL because it was ''way'' over the salary cap. At the same time, Canadian viewership of the NHL playoffs are relative to how many Canadian teams remain...
* Cricket in Australia, especially Test cricket. For those who don't know, Test cricket matches can last for ''five days straight''. They'll always be there on Channel Nine and Fox Sports, every summer, and the breaks will usually be filled with highlights/recaps/analyses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Creator/ValveSoftware's obsession with continually updating ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' and expanding the ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' franchise has been viewed as taking precedence over making new games, ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 3'' in particular [[note]]Which has even less of a chance of being released as head writer, Marc Laidlaw, has retired[[/note]] even though separate groups work on each series of games.
** As of January 2015, it seems that Valve is very slowly getting no longer obsessed with ''Team Fortress 2'': The "End of the Line" update had twenty cosmetics, a taunt, and a reskin weapon; and Smissmas 2014 had a [[ObviousBeta beta mod named Mannpower]], some earlier maps (Foundry, Gorge) being remade as Capture with Flag, some Festive reskins, and a grappling hook tool. ''Left 4 Dead 2'' is now completely out of adoration and is looked at just for updates, and newer games like ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/CounterStrike: Global Offensive'' seem to be the main focus.
*** Due to Blizzard Entertainment's ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' being the new and popular kid on the block, Valve has decided to give ''[=TF2=]'' a little more attention. "A little" being the key phrase here, as the team released "Competitive Mode" in an [[ObviousBeta unfinished state]] and promised a class update to who ever won a popularity contest between The Heavy Weapons Guy and The Pyro (the latter being the winner by a slim margin), the first since "Pyromania".
* Blizzard Entertainment was seen to suffer from this as well, as they worked on various ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games and expansions for almost a decade straight before ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' and ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' were announced. (The one ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' product in the making, ''Ghost'', became VaporWare.) Lately, they've completely flipped this trope on the head, and seem to be just gushing new games - ''Reaper of Souls'', ''Hearthstone'', and ''Heroes of the Storm'' all within a year of each other.
** In the late 90s, this seemed to be the reverse case for Blizzard, with all their efforts directed towards Starcraft + Expansions, and Diablo 2 + Expansions. Other than an upgraded re-release of ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' that allowed you to play on Battle.net, ''Warcraft'' wasn't getting much love until ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' was finally released.
* Creator/SquareEnix is fond of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' in particular.
** As well as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', which have been ported or remade for UsefulNotes/{{MSX2}}, UsefulNotes/WonderSwan Color, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance, mobile phones, [=PlayStation=] Portable, Virtual Console, [=PlayStation=] Network and iOS. This is perhaps due to both games being are the most simple in the series. They include little to no plot, a few enemies (for a final fantasy game), a few classes (6 in FFI[[note]]Fighter, Thief, Black Belt, and the White, Red, and Black Magi[[/note]], none in FFII) and the game mechanics in general are simple. In contrast, the more complex games hardly ever see the light, most likely since they are not as easy to make as I or II but not as popular as IV or II.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is another example, it being ported or remade for UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/WonderSwan Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, FOMA 903i / 703i and [=PlayStation=] Portable.
** Understandably, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' is a CashCowFranchise for SE, and justly widely enjoyed. However, true to this effect, it has a habit of overshadowing other efforts that the company occasionally puts forth. The game ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' was hit particularly hard by this, when its budget and production schedule slashed in favor of the soon-to-be-released ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
** And starring in 2015, ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' has become this, and marked their admiration of episodic games.
* Creator/{{Ubisoft}}:
** ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'', originally released on PC and UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}, then ported to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation, UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, iOS and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS. And that's without counting the UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game as well as the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version of ''Rayman 3'' (which is [[DolledUpInstallment in fact]] a 2D ''Rayman 2'' game with Dark Lums and other ''Rayman 3'' elements hastily slapped in.)
** ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' seems to be heading the same route. It was initially released for UsefulNotes/{{Playstation 3}}, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, then was later ported to UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}, UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita, and UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS. Then there's the [=iPhone=]/Android game ''Rayman Jungle Run'', which is based on ''Origins''.
** Nowadays, it seems like the only things Ubisoft is willing to publish are games in the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series, and worse, they've come so frequently and so close together that several bugs rear their heads in later releases such as ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity Unity]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate Syndicate]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' for the Super Famicom has gotten four remakes: first for the [=PlayStation=], second for the Game Boy Advance, third for the [=PlayStation=] Portable, and fourth again for the [=PlayStation=] Portable with updated battle graphics as part of ''Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X''. Unfortunately, only the Game Boy Advance version, widely considered the weakest version, was the only one that had seen an official English version until the since-removed [=iOS=] version, which isn't thought of too fondly, either.
* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' has the Squeal of Fortune [[note]]a simple wheel spin that gives prizes[[/note]] and Solomon's General Store [[note]]a store where you can buy cosmetic items and emotes[[/note]]. Most players hate them, but Jagex is in love with them ([[MoneyDearBoy for obvious reasons]]) and updates them once or twice a week, giving each update huge amounts of fanfare.
* Most games from Creator/AeriaGames tend to get this treatment when they first get it...and then [[ScrewedByTheNetwork goes in the opposite direction]] once it leaves open, or even closed beta. There are a large number of games with [[GameBreakingBug game breaking bugs]] that don't seem to be fixed for months, driving people away from the game, eventually getting it tossed completely. Very few games escape this fate, and these tend to have a somewhat more permanent spot for this trope. So much, they advertise them and their new games in their dying games forums.
* Nintendo really loves all its big franchises, probably because it can make them under the company's family-friendly guidelines without complaints from the publishers -- but it really seems to love ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'', and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. ''Especially'' Mario, being that he's the mascot and all.
** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is especially notable. After performing below expectations in its original 1995 release (due in large part to a... misguided marketing campaign), Nintendo's international branches had treated it like the company's red-headed stepchild for many years. While the series has always had representation in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', neither ''Mother 1+2'' nor ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' got an English release, the second game's (the only one with an official English release for almost ''twenty years'') Virtual Console demo was removed from ''Brawl'' (though, to be fair, it never got a UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole release until the Wii U, even in Japan), and even its spot in a trailer for the Wii U Virtual Console was replaced by ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' outside of Japan. This lasted until it was announced to be officially rereleased in English, even in countries that never got it for its original system. From then on, it's been treated very respectably, all things considered.
** Back in the third generation of consoles Nintendo of America loved Creator/{{Acclaim}} and Creator/{{Konami}} so much that Nintendo of America allowed them to release 10 games a year on the NES instead of the usual 5 a year that all companies had to follow later in its lifespan. They only had to keep it secret for other companies. Thus Konami created the ''Ultra Games'' brand and Acclaim bought out Creator/LJNToys to release 5 other NES games under their label.
** Nintendo's "second party" developers aren't immune to this either - IntelligentSystems seems to absolutely adore ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', much to the chagrin of those waiting for an ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' or ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' sequel.
* A similar case to Nintendo can also be said for Creator/{{Sega}} towards its own mascot, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog, who happens to be Sega's biggest CashCowFranchise, and the only one [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff with more popularity in the West than it does back in Japan]]. This is actually enough to annoy some Sega fans of other franchises, especially since unlike Nintendo's Big 3, Sonic is the only franchise Sega has with this treatment, and this tends to come at the cost of sales for other Sega franchises due to the lack of marketing and exposure for them that was instead put into the latest Sonic game.
* Towards the end of the Atari 800 era, [[http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-english-software-company-uk_publisher_1207_8_G.html English Software]] milked popular games by including them on several "Atari Smash Hits" compilations -- "Jet Boot Jack" on volumes 1, 2 ''and'' 3, "Chop Suey" on 4 and 5 and "Elektra Glide" on 5, 6 and 7.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' is adored by Sony Santa Monica. Naturally, since it was their BreakthroughHit. However, this adoration comes at the expense of games entrusted to them from other Sony studios. VideoGame/FatPrincess, VideoGame/TwistedMetal, and VideoGame/{{Starhawk}} were all [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed]] because of this, and it took a fandom revolt to save VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale from suffering the same fate.
* Atlus and their ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, but especially ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''. ''Persona 4'' was a BreakthroughHit (so much that Atlus USA finally stopped [[DolledUpInstallment dolling it up]] with the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' brand after ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''). ''Persona 5'' was an even bigger BreakthroughHit, becoming Atlus' highest selling title ever. All three got [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime adaptations]], and more merchandise than the rest of the franchise combined.
** To put it into perspective, when the series celebrated its 20th anniversary, the first three ''Persona'' games (1, Innocent Sin, and Eternal Punishment) were essentially footnotes. When Atlus had a panel at the 2014 anime con, it was literally ''just'' Persona 3 and Persona 4 - their other [=IPs=] didn't even get so much of a nod. This has caused somewhat of a BrokenBase - people who like the first two games, people who wish Atlus would stop treating them as some kind of an OldShame at best or the way Nintendo treats the CD-I titles at worst, and people who like them but are getting fatigued at the constant [[CashCowFranchise milking]].
* Farsight Studios, the creators of ''VideoGame/ThePinballArcade'', seem to adore the games from Creator/WilliamsElectronics, and three designers in particular: Creator/PatLawlor, Creator/SteveRitchie, and Creator/BarryOursler. Somewhat justified in all three cases, as they are widely considered the top pinball designers of the modern era.
** For Lawlor, he's the co-leader with Ritchie for the most representation in ''The Pinball Arcade'' with nine games total. For starters, he has one game in the core pack download from his days at Creator/{{Stern}} (''Pinball/RipleysBelieveItOrNot''), then three games from his time at Williams in Season 1 (''Pinball/FunHouse'', ''Pinball/TheTwilightZone'', and ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers''). Season 2 adds another Williams game from him (''Pinball/{{Whirlwind}}'') and Season 3 is Lawlor free, but Season 4 more than makes up for it with ''four'' games from him (They are, in release order, ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'', ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'', ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'', and ''Pinball/SafeCracker''). As of July 2015, the only game Lawlor made at Williams that isn't in ''The Pinball Arcade'' is ''Pinball/BanzaiRun'', and WordOfGod indicates that we may see it in the future.
** For Ritchie, the first three DLC seasons had two games each from him. Season 1 has ''Pinball/BlackKnight'' and ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Season 2 had ''Pinball/{{Firepower}}'' and ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', and Season 3 had ''Pinball/BlackKnight 2000'' and ''Pinball/HighSpeed''. A game from Ritchie was nowhere to be found in Season 4 (likely due to Lawlor overload), but Season 5 makes up for it with three of the first four games coming from him, including ''The Getaway: Pinball/HighSpeed II'', ''Pinball/F14Tomcat'' and ''Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports''.
** For Oursler, there's at least one game from him in each DLC season. Season 1 had ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'', Season 2 had ''Pinball/PinBot'', Season 3 had ''Pinball/WhoDunnit'' and ''Pinball/JunkYard'', and Season 4 had ''Pinball/BramStokersDracula'',''Pinball/{{Cyclone}}'' and ''Pinball/JackBot''. A recent leak indicated that ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'' will be added during Season 5.
*** For those counting, yes, Season 4 had 7/10 games from Oursler and Lawlor combined. The other three games were ''Pinball/PhantomOfTheOpera'' (from Creator/JoeKaminkow), ''Pinball/StarshipTroopers'' (also from Kaminkow), and ''Pinball/{{Xenon}}'' (from Creator/GregKmiec).
** Creator/JohnTrudeau currently has three games (''Pinball/{{Victory}}'', ''Pinball/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' and ''Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinbot''), with one more (''Pinball/JudgeDredd'') hinted at for a December 2015 release and another (''Pinball/TXSector'') semi-confirmed through a leak.
** On a lesser note, ''The Pinball Arcade'' has four games from Creator/JonNorris (''Pinball/TeedOff'', ''Pinball/CueBallWizard'', ''Pinball/LightsCameraAction'', and ''Pinball/HighRollerCasino''), five games from Creator/DennisNordman (''Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters'', ''Pinball/DrDude'', ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'', ''Pinball/WhiteWater'', and ''Pinball/ScaredStiff'') and three each from Joe Kaminkow ( the aforementioned ''Phantom of the Opera'' and ''Starship Troopers'', plus ''Pinball/SpaceShuttle'' from Season 2), Creator/MarkRitchie (''Pinball/{{Taxi}}'', ''Pinball/{{Diner}}'' and ''Pinball/FishTales''), and Creator/JohnPopadiuk (''Pinball/TheaterOfMagic'', ''Pinball/TalesOfTheArabianNights''-both of which are in the core pack- and ''Pinball/CirqusVoltaire'').
* One of the most common criticisms aimed at Creator/{{Capcom}} is that they tend to hyperfocus on one or two franchises at a time while neglecting or ignoring all of their others. During the mid 2000s, it seemed there was no shortage of ''Franchise/MegaMan'' spinoff games or ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' titles, while 2D fighting games such as ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' stayed locked away with many fans wondering if those games would ever return. Eventually, [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV they]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 did,]] only for ''Mega Man'' and ''Devil May Cry'' to take their place and be demoted to primarily re-releases and collections of old games.
* VideoGame/SuperFighter: A somewhat unusual example. Even though this ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' [[TheMockbuster clone]] was created by the Taiwanese company C&E, but it was the American video game company Super Fighter Team who have given it this treatment, even adopting the name of this game for their company.