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Credits Montage
aka: Series Ending Montage
The credits are rolling! Wasn't that a great show? Let's all reflect on the great moments we just watched. ...Ah, here they come now! And they brought a stirring, victorious musical track, too!

In short: The credit sequences of TV shows, movies or video games include a montage of stills or clips from earlier in the show. In some works, this sequence is animated or drawn in a different style, making it an Animated Credits Opening at the end of the show. It's similar to a Title Montage, but the clips or stills tend to be longer and more representative of the complete plot, rather than (as in a Title Montage) brief clips showing off the characters and scenery.

May be related to the Photo Montage, which is frequently one of these. Shows that have gone into syndication have these added when the original broadcaster play the credits in a Credits Pushback.

Doesn't count if the events depicted happen after the ending — that is, as an epilogue. (For instance, the credits of WALL•E.)

Some shows have Hilarious Outtakes during their credits instead of a montage.

Compare the musical counterpart, the Credits Medley. Contrast Creative Closing Credits.


Examples:

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  • Many programs of T.A.T. Communications Co. (later Embassy Productions) — among them, but not limited to Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and One Day At A Time — used montages. Diff'rent Strokes froze its shots for most of its seasons, while The Facts of Life and One Day at a Time used clips that usually lasted 5-10 seconds each.
  • Each episode of the Cirque du Soleil variety series Solstrom featured a montage covering most of the acts in the episode. Each act got text offering interesting details on the performer(s)/acts who weren't imported from Cirque's live shows, and the name of the specific show for those who were.
  • All That
  • Ship To Shore
  • The compilation episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? UK.
  • Scrubs (At least up to season 7) had stills from the episode that just aired during the credits sequence. However, most of these stills were from events that that little to do with the episode's plot, such as JD's daydreams.
  • The A-Team would show a funny or action-filled clip from the episode, and then freeze it at the most hilarious or climactic moment and a section of the credits would appear. Lather, rinse, repeat.
    • See also: most other series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions in the 1980s. (It was not uncommon for them to last over a minute, unusual for TV at the time... and even today.)
  • The final episode of The Shield ends with a very moving nostalgic montage of both happy and sad events from earlier in the series.
  • With Billy's departure in Power Rangers Zeo, we got a montage of Billy scenes going back to day one over the credits instead of the then-usual Hilarious Outtakes.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series did this with a slight twist: Some of the stills shown during the closing credits were from entirely different episodes, usually ending with a particularly iconic image (the Green-Skinned Space Babe or the giant-headed alien puppet Balok).
  • The final episode of Babylon 5 end credits featured the first and last images of the regular cast in order of internal chronology.
  • The last episode of Choujuu Sentai Liveman had one of these take the place of the usual ending. Justified in thar the montage is a projection from Gash's head.

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