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Credits Pushback

"Now our credits can't have distracting words or visuals in them so they can be squeezed and babbled over. But we miss old end credits and here's why. Proper end credits provide a mental breathing space, bookending each show and giving you time to let your mental food go down. It's a bit like the moment you finish a novel. It's nice to gaze wistfully out of the window for a few moments and reflect. But how much shittier would that be if the minute you finished, someone tried to get you to read another book and another book!?"

You know ... where they squeeze the credits into a tiny fraction of the screen and show ads in the rest. If you are using a DVR and that has a "zoom" feature, you might be able to pick out things like who shot the thing (!), and who played "Pretty Older Woman".

Very popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it seems to have lessened recently with new programs, due to the fact that modern end-credits have been reduced to, basically, a Vanity Plate, perhaps in response to this trend. Channels which mostly show repeats of older shows, however, have this in spades. Also vaguely rude to the creators of the show whose names are obscured.

The ad shown in the rest of the screen is always a promo for the station or a particular program on the station, often with innuendo and double-entendre humor (i.e., never "stay tuned for (name of show)," sometimes with a mundane-by-comparison-but-still-perhaps-humorous plot that was common in the old days), and never for something that would actually give the station money. An interesting thing, however, is that on networks that do this, this is generally the only advertisement shown between one show and the next; once the pushed credits are over, the next show immediately starts, greatly reducing the amount of time a viewer isn't "attached" to a show and likely to turn the station. On those that don't do this, the very same advertisement appears a few seconds later. On some networks, the credits are pushed back for the start of the next episode.

It should be noted that rarely is this controlled by the studio which made the show, and was far more often done by the network or, in the case of syndication, local affiliate which is showing the episode, often placing news teasers in the other "window", such as the episode of The Simpsons where Bart becomes Krusty's assistant.

This is especially annoying if a show tends to do The Stinger during the Credits Roll, and is squished so you can't see it. What, you have the vision and resolution necessary to get a good view anyway? Oh, screw you, we'll just make the original audio inaudible. I bet you miss that credits music now!

Also referred to as "Credit Squeeze" (Charlie Brooker often uses this term) or "Credit Crunch" (After the term for the current Global Recession)

There are two common versions of this: the broadcaster will simply squish the credits to the side, or the bottom of the screen, run a promo alongside them, and maybe give them back the whole screen by the time the Vanity Plates (considered by broadcasters the most important part of the credits) appear. Some networks, however, show the plates first, then cut to a specially designed display with the credits on them.

See also Commercial Pop-Up.


Real Life examples:

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    Common Usage 
  • Speeding up the credits towards the end of the promo to get them all in is a very common practice for television airings of movies:
    • The most absurd example of Credits Pushback may have been when NBC aired Titanic for the first time and still had to squash it into four hours because of an insane amount of advertising. The stars and bigwigs still got their time...everyone else that worked on the massive epic got a nano-second as 250 screens of credits in 3 point Helvetica flashed by in 45 seconds on half the screen while the local news anchor teased the amazing things they found during their investigation of Uzbekistani Days down at the fairgrounds.
    • Another disconcerting version of this is used in the Cartoon Network airings of some of the later Pokémon movies, which show the credits during an epilogue scene. Not only is the screen squished and the audio muted, but the credits are sped up for time, making the entire epilogue scene go in fast-forward.
    • Surprisingly, this was also done during the U.K. premiere of the Ed, Edd n Eddy movie premiere. One must wonder what was going on with Jonny and Plank in The Stinger.
      • This also happened on American airings as well.
    • When AMC showed Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, the screen was minimized right before the final shot — which contains a major twist.
    • The Disney Channel has also been doing this with theatrical movies, plus The Suite Life Movie, Let It Shine, and recently, Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. Thankfully, most of the other Original Movies are spared this; at least, in you live in the States... Southeast Asia, for one, has it especially bad, since it's random; it varies per film featured.
    • Disney Cinemagic has raised this to an art form (although when the UK version changed to Sky Movies Disney it was thankfully dropped).
    • This has even been known to happen with Made For TV Movies, which usually have much shorter end titles anyway - for example, BBC2 once did it with a screening of O Pioneers!. The end credits for this movie last 52 seconds and they STILL sped them up (and cut off the Craig Anderson Productions and Lorimar Television logos to boot)!
  • Even worse than pushing back the credits: in the days when the networks showed credits on the side instead of the bottom of the screen, local stations would cut them off sometimes to get to the news faster. Some stations even made unnecessary modifications to the display, such as KYW in Philadelphia (made odder by the fact that it is owned by the network; you'd think they wouldn't allow it).
  • Most anime aired on Western television have their credits pushed off to the side. In addition to this, and along with the earlier Pokemon movie example:
    • When aired in the U.S. .hack//SIGN had its credits cut to all of thirty seconds as well as its ending animation replaced with a simple montage. Granted the Japanese version does feature a naked Subaru (darkened). The credits were restored to their full glory on DVD.
      • .hack//Roots avoided this surprisingly and even had fully translated credits.
    • Surprisingly Digimon Frontier had a full credit reel with out being pushed or talked over.
    • A rare example from a DVD on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which had a tremendous amount of space to write translated credits without the need to wipe clean the Japanese credits; Bandai chose instead to write tiny lines of translated text running parallel to the Japanese credits in the opening part of the movie.
  • Both Netflix's Console and Smart TV versions and the WATCH Disney Channel's PC version will sometime go on this, both showing you what's the next episode or show/movie you can watch, and in the case of Netflix, recommended movies/shows based on what you watched. Luckily, on computers, Netflix lets you go back to full-screen mode by clicking on the minimized movie/TV show you were watching.

    American Networks 
  • Cartoons on Disney Channel and Cartoon Network like American Dragon Jake Long use The Stinger during the credits to get extra gags in. This practice screws the gags over big time.
    • When Kim Possible returned for its Post Script Season, the creators added over-the-credits gags that hadn't existed in seasons 1-3. On the night of the four-episode premiere, Disney Channel covered the first such Stinger with a voice over for another show. They caught on eventually.
    • The Emperor's New School once lampshaded the fact that the credits were too small to read with a sundial's singing during the credits (since a clock radio during the Incan time period would be ridiculous).
    • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has end-credits gags (usually quiet, low-animation ones) that weren't always pushed back in the early days of the show, but of course that since became rarer and rarer.
    • "You don't know what you're missing..." "..If you aren't in the kitchen." Or if you live in the States, apparently.
    • Cartoon Network is also doing this with The Looney Tunes Show. Since the show tends to pay homage to classic Looney Tunes, Porky Pig takes his familiar place and waves to the audience (Other characters as well have appeared in the logo and done silly things in it as well). Is he just saying "Th-Th-Th-Th-That's All Folks!" or making one last joke for the audience? You'll only find out if you get the DVDs or digital downloads, because the network has drowned him out and shoved him to the side so they can get in yet another plug for The Amazing World of Gumball or Adventure Time, as if, somehow, you are unaware of those shows' existence.
    • Ironically, most people wouldn't know that Adventure Time itself had ending credits unless they saw the show on DVD or video on demand. And what really sucks is the credits are pretty awesome.
    • Conversely, the credits for the new Clone Wars series are pushed to the bottom of the screen. When it aired on Adult Swim, nothing showed up top except a black box as Adult Swim doesn't use credits pushback normally. So the credits for this show are designed like that?
    • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and Kids Next Door had a few stingers as well but CN advertising of course ruined the last minute jokes.
    • After ThunderCats (2011) airs, learning the spelling of featured characters' names (much less who performed them) is often a matter of consulting the manual, since the Heroic Fantasy has typically eccentric naming conventions, but the text is smooshed into illegibility.
  • The Hub does this as well to show network bumpers, although they avert it the very rare occasions they rerun the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode The Return of Harmony, Part 2, due to the Awesome Music on the end credits of that episode. However, on that episode's original airing, this trope applied.
    • And now this trope is in full action on current airings of any episode with special songs in the end credits.
    • The Hub's airings of My Little Pony Equestria Girls not only use this trope excruciatingly, but they also butcher the end credits so they run in the same speed as it normally would in the show (sadly, they also remove Human Derpy as well), and they also replace the closing "A Friend for Life" song as well.
    • On The Hub's reruns of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures, the network bumpers mute The Stinger at the end of the episode. It's almost funny that the shows' audio kicks back in almost immediately after The Stinger ends.
    • Oddly, one late 2013 airing of an episode of Family Game Night showed the end credits in full.
  • ABC Family is a huge offender when they air shows which aren't made for the channel. If your name's not Secret Life, Pretty Little Liars, Make It Or Break It, or any other ABC Family original show, all you'll get is a Vanity Plate 1st, then this.
    • The Secret Life of the American Teenager recently does this, but instead of pushing the credits and air promos in the credits, they show the credits earlier while the last few minutes of the show is airing, in the bottom left side of the screen to avoid interrupting the scene showing. The Vanity Plate shows up after the credits (also in the bottom left side of the screen), and the promos air after the show is done. (I wonder if they still show the "Executive Producer: Brenda Hampton" part before they go to the promo/next show...)
  • Nickelodeon is an EXTREMELY horrible offender. They never even showed credits after 1999. Instead, they made their own credits which rolled by at high speeds on the leftmost-third of the screen, putting emphasis on the commercial they have filling up the other two-thirds.
    • Following its abandonment of its commercial-free standpoint and adding to its Network Decay, Nicktoons Network makes active use of it. Eliminating probably the only place one can be able to hear the ending theme tune to shows on Nick. In fact, if a show lasts too long, the credit squeeze will often start before the show is actually done. This happens a lot with Transformers Animated and Avatar: The Last Airbender /The Legend of Aang. The channel actually still does show its programming with its original credits, but it's gotten to the point where it can only be caught at late-night hours (2 a.m. - 7 a.m. Eastern).
    • Really horrible with some shows, like Hey Arnold!, who would occasionally have hilarious gag audio over the end credits. Thanks to the commercial, the credits are also muted, killing that joke.
    • For some reason, Nickelodeon mistreats the credits, but leaves the Vanity Plates intact (after the promo next to the credits ends, it cuts to the plate(s)). They also often seemed to mix up with the Frederator logo for The Fairly OddParents and My Life as a Teenage Robot. The very end of the closing theme can be heard over it, but apparently, Nick had trouble remembering which theme song went with the two shows.
      • This also happened with fellow Frederator series ChalkZone. All airings from 2003-onward with the split-screen credits played the ending theme to OddParents over the vanity plates instead of the ChalkZone ending.
      • Speaking of My Life as a Teenage Robot, until 2009 when Nickelodeon globally changed its logo, Nicktoons Network made a similar mistake with Teenage Robot's credits too. After the split-screen credits for a MLAATR episode, the Frederator logo would appear with the regular Teenage Robot theme in it, but when the Nickelodeon split-screen logo appeared, the end of the Rocko's Modern Life theme (season 1) would be heard instead.
      • One of the most famous (and frightening) Vanity Plate error was during the original airings of the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode, "Wet Painters/Krusty Krab Training Video", Nick screwed up during the split-screen credits and accidentally put in the Klasky-Csupo "Robot" logo in place of the United Plankton Pictures logo (which was in the original credits and was meant to be put in to begin with). The reason being? Nick had a lot of Nicktoons at the time and each one was encoded with its own split-screen credits, and since the two most frequent companies that made Nicktoons were Klasky-Csupo and Frederator, Nick f-fu-fff-fu-messed up for that particular episode and used the Klasky-Csupo credits for it instead. Nick fixed this mistake by 2006 so United Plankton Pictures would be were it was supposed to.
    • And unfortunately, it happens with their live action ones, but the almost averted examples are Victorious and Big Time Rush. So yeah you don't get to see their original credits of the shows, but in the mentioned shows, you get fast and squished credits, but instead of a promo, you get at least a shortened music video from the singer of the show, making it look like actual ending credits. One of these being Victoria Justice's (insert her recent song here) playing in the squished credits of Victorious.
      • They did show an episode of Big Time Rush with the normal credits once, on Valentine's Day 2011, but it was in order to make enough time to show Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging afterwards.
      • However, in the two examples, they don't show the vanity plates for the production credits, since the vanity places are shown before the main credits in small stills of it in the place where the squished credits would play afterward. The only Vanity Plate they show in these "Music Video ending credits" is just "Nick".
      • Victorious and iCarly often have credits which include a video intended to draw viewers to the tie-in site. It's a crapshoot if it actually manages to get shown without being squashed or overdubbed, especially outside the US. Fortunately airings of the two shows on TeenNick retain the original ending credits, averting the trope.
    • Now the credits are running on the bottom third of the screen during the last minute of a show (similar to the ABC Family example above). In this way, it looks horribly tacky and distracting.
      • Not only that, they now just show tiny audio-less clips of the Vanity Plates over the last couple of seconds on whatever show it is, instead of preserving them like they used to.
    • Strangely, The Mighty B!, Back at the Barnyard, Rugrats and All Grown Up! are the only shows left to use split-screen credits.
      • And now Nickelodeon in the UK has started to run shows with no end credits at all!
    • The first time The Rugrats Movie aired on Nickelodeon, rather than using the movie's credits (which included a considerable number of Korean animators' names), they took the credits straight from IMDB, complete with credits marked "(Uncredited)" (and, in fact, "(Uncredited)" appeared in the aired credits).
  • MTV's getting into this "fad" as well. Not only that, the logos are replaced with copyright notices instead of the actual logos! Sometimes, they'll place the logos before the show's final act.
  • You know this trope is a part of culture when Nick Jr. is in the habit of using it.
  • TV Land is awful about this. For the past several years, they had done your basic pushback (squeezing the credits to the right, running a promo or a "up next" bumper on the right, then letting the credits have the whole screen again), but they've stopped doing that. They now run the end credits over the final scene of the show in a little blue box, with the logos shown in full, in little boxes. They only do this with shows run during the day; those that run late at night, like Mash and Three's Company are spared, or only have their credits pushed to the bottom of the screen momentarily.
    • To be fair it should be noted that TV Land did resist the practice until about 2002, but gave up on it around the time they switched from "Oddball short lived shows you haven't seen before" to "Shows that have been rerun to death".
  • Particularly annoying with any show by Chuck Lorre, whose Vanity Plates have long and funny rambles on them. Credits pushback makes the small text illegible, even if a TiVo or similar is used to pause the footage long enough to read the plates.
    • CBS spares the Lorre plates at the end of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory (though replacing the music with a network jingle that exists so a voiceover can be done over it), then they go to a credits display.
  • The American Sci Fi Channel does this to the anime Gurren Lagann, covering up the ending theme in the process. As they do to all their anime, and probably all their live action programs as well.
    • A particularly egregious example was Gundam00, which had many episodes with stingers that were cut, including the final episode of the first season, which led directly into the second season.
  • GSN (Game Show Network) does this very annoyingly, squishing them to the point of illegibility and even cutting off the Vanity Plates on most shows. Most of the time, this also nullifies the fee plugs read by The Announcer (though those, strangely, these are still closed-captioned). They were at least smart enough not to do this on Let's Make a Deal, because Monty Hall kept the show running during the credits.
    • To GSN's credit, they didn't squeeze or in any way interrupt the credits of shows shown in the Black And White Overnite or Lovers Lounge programming blocks. At least at first. They did eventually start doing it, much to the chagrin of those maintaining the guide for the show at the site TV.com, who began maintaining a "credits crunch watch," one example of which can be found here.
  • Fox is terrible for this.
    • In recent times, The Simpsons has been able to run full-length, full-screen end credits. This is probably indicative of how much clout the show really has.
    • One of the funniest examples of the producers getting their way in this matter was in the episode "Sunday Cruddy Sunday." According to the DVD commentary of the episode, the credits of the episode were allowed to be shown full-screen because the producers told Fox there was animation over the credits. Which is technically true...the scene over the credits is Homer sitting in a chair as "Spanish Flea" plays, the only animation being his eyes moving a few times.
    • For a period around season 16, the producers started putting deleted scenes (or other miscellany such as animator David Silverman showing how to draw Bart) over the credits to avoid them getting cut.
    • Bob's Burgers also gets full-length and full-screen end credits as well. This may be due to the animation sequence at the end of every episode, however the sequence doesn't take up that much of the screen so that the credits themselves still could be theoretically squashed.
  • Comedy Central has become a really bad offender in general, but they treat Futurama particularly badly: Not only do they credit push each episode for the episode after, but the credits cover up the the next episode's opening screen Couch Gag.
    • They have two other forms of this: on some shows, like Comedy Central Presents, the credits are shown in a box, on a display, next to a few promos (and maybe a network ID, just to give them an excuse to screw over the credits some more), and shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have a more conventional design, which echoes the network's circa-2004 "graffiti" look.
    • Comedy Central has long been an envelope-pusher on abusing end credits. Back in the heyday of MST3K, they had Penn Jillette (whose annoying bellow was then unavoidable on the channel if watching for more than 15 minutes of any show) talking all over the stately Love Theme of the show's end credits (admittedly, even by then a widespread practice, but still loathsome). Fans revolted, and the network relented ? by spending a week or two (every day) superimposing an extra-long, extra-belligerent rant by Penn Jillette about how doing this will harm the network, and, by extension, said fans' favorite show.
  • E! Entertainment Television and it's former sister network Style doesn't even bother with credits at the end. Within the first minute of the show they're put on the bottom of the screen on every show in see-through mice type that blurs by at a ridiculous rate, and when the show ends, the E! logo just appears and swipes into the next show without a care in the world.
    • Of course, if it involves what Giulliana Rancic wears during E! News and what shoes Ryan Seacrest wears to be visible on-camera, the company plug is shown quite clearly. Because they paid the money to get their credits visible; the caterer didn't.
    • Also, on E!'s reality shows, if they have Vanity Plates, they are shown coming out of the last commercial break. The lone exception to this is The Girls Next Door, which (jarringly) cuts right to the plates at the end of the show, without credits.
  • TBS is a horrible offender, during their late-afternoon block of syndicated programming. They won't even play a commercial. The show will end, you'll see exactly one frame of the credits (ie: Executive Producers - Alice and Bob), then the credits will be pushed back and the next show will begin immediately, alongside the credits. And half the time, it's the same freakin' show!
    • TBS's sibling, TNT, does the same thing with its off-network reruns.
  • The LOGO (formerly gay & lesbian, with a smattering of bi and trans programming) has started re-runs of Buffy. Unfortunately the squish the credits (both acting and crew) and run them underneath last minute and half of the episodes. To top it off they completely cut out the ending theme tune, and the Mutant Productions logo.
    • They built this into LOGO original programming, where the credits run on the right side of the screen at a lightning pace (though with surprisingly large font) with the upper left running promo ads and a LOGOTV Vanity Plate below that. Apparently having not prepared well for the transition to DVD, the credit screen and credits remain, but with a black box and no audio.
  • Almost every show on HGTV (and a growing number on co-owned Food Network) run their credits on the bottom of the screen (as the major networks have been doing since 2005), under the closing scene where someone talks about how great their house's redesign was. Almost nothing from before 2005 is reran on HGTV, so full-screen credits are uncommon.
  • The Discovery Channel and its entire family cuts the credits entirely, superimposing credits typed by the network over the final 30 seconds of the program, including logos. (For instance, How It's Made normally shows the logo of the National Film Board of Canada, but the one as shown on Discovery has its name simply written in the same white Arial as everything else)
  • When the Hallmark Channel airs episodes of Frasier, the end credit gags are often shrunk, squashed, and/or sped up to the point that you can't tell what's happening.
  • The MeTV Network openly defies and eschews this practice, showing full-screen closing credits at the end of every show. "End credits at the end of the show... that's the way it's supposed to be!"
  • Big round of applause to Antenna TV which (since its inception on 1/1/11) still shows end credits for its lineup of classic shows such as The Burns And Allen Show, The Jack Benny Program, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • This TV averts this trope to a degree, airing all of the end credits to the shows they air, especially in their now-defunct This is for Kids block. Cue the applause.
  • The National Geographic Channel has stopped showing credits at all for some repeats for a few programs, directing you to a website instead to read them. Way to pay respect to the creators...
  • INSP, a Christian-run network which has moved in a direction similar to early TV Land, has apparently adopted a credits policy similar to TV Land (sticking the end credits to, say, The Waltons, on the bottom of the screen during the last scene).
  • Dissapointingly, even PBS embraces this practice. With shows such as NOVA, they will squash the end credits so that they can also hawk products such as "an official video transcript of the show you just watched". In shows such as Masterpiece, the hosting segments with the likes of Alastair Cook are long gone. Now you just have squashed credits with bumpers with the same blurb (which amounts to no more than four words: "Next time on Masterpiece") by spokespersons such as Alan Cumming and more recently, David Tennant. Given that they are still commercial free, however, we are subjected to those overly cinematic excessively glitzy "Be More PBS" idents that look like they cost more than the shows they broadcast. And they seem to be getting longer.

    Commonwealth Telly 
  • The guidelines for BBC end credits have angered arch TV cynic Charlie Brooker, as they forbid any speech during the credits (basically the precious last 60 seconds of his show's slot) so continuity announcements or trailers may be run. In response, he ran the end credits at the start of his show, replete with a mock pushback, scuppering any opportunity for actual credits pushback note , and just dumped his viewers directly back onto the channel when he finished talking at the real end. To promote this show, he often appears ranting in the background of the general [BBC4] channel ident. How odd.
    • The new BBC rules on credits actually came into effect during the production of the episode before the one in which Brooker presented his extended piece on the phenomenon, but given the time constraints he had to wait until the week after to do it. He did, however, have to change the credits originally planned for that episode, and decided to express his disapproval as prominently as possible. He did this by standing in front of a green screen, with a piece of electrical tape over his mouth as a gag, saluting the new world order for thirty seconds as the Nazi national anthem played in the background...
    • In a more recent episode, his footage for the end credits was someone's arse shaking with googly eyes stuck on it, so when the BBC put in a continuity announcement (which they did) it looked like the arse was talking.
      • In the BBC4 broadcast the continuity announcer sounded incredibly embarrassed and offended by this (the poor sod had had this sprung on her with no warning) but did her best to laugh it off. On the BBC2 repeat later they let the credits run without commentary from continuity staff. The message to creators is clear, talking arses prevent Credit Cropping.
    • And who could forget the special offensive end credits aired at the time of the Ross/Brand scandal?
    • James May of Top Gear once put together a version of the show's end credits composed entirely of the notes of different cars' exhausts. They played this composition over the end credits... at which point the continuity announcer started his spiel with "Sorry to talk over that, but right now on BBC1..." Oh, there were complaints.
  • In fact there are very few channels in the UK that don't do this now, and those that don't are probably too low-budget to be able to afford to.
    • Channel Four and its sister channels' in-house shows now leave enough blank space around the credits that they can be compressed without losing anything; Skins is a great example of this, where the credits naturally run down the middle of the screen but can still be read when the continuity announcements boot them to the left-hand side.
    • Some BBC regional variations avert this. Episodes of Doctor Who can go without any interruption from pop-ups or voiceover if you watch the Northern Ireland version of BBC1, depending on which announcer is on duty.
    • Doctor Who is basically EXEMPT from this nowadays because of one big happening with a Graham Norton cartoon trailer over the end of "The Time of Angels". It was so bad that even Graham Norton Lampshaded it on his own show. See here.
  • Children's BBC (at least when it airs on BBC1) almost always gets its credits squashed - often into an area as small as 1/4 by 1/4 of the screen (seriously) - just so that the broadcasters could give an extra 20 seconds for the linking announcer to ramble on uselessly during. This got so bad at one point that even the children who watched these programs began to write in to complain about not being able to see the credits (which was rude to both the actors and the film crews, who never got their due credit). Children's BBC's response to this? They squeezed the credits of even more programs, so that the continuity announcer could read out the letters from the children who were complaining about the practice of credit squeezing. And then the announcer actually started mocking the kids for wanting to see the credits.
    • Why would BBC One squish credits? They don't air advertising, and the only reason this trope exists is so broadcasters will have more time for commercials! That, and their announcers would probably have plenty of time in between programs to talk.
      • The time in between programmes is devoted to promos.
      • BBC programmes in peak (prime) time are usually squashed so that titles and stills from three upcoming shows on BBC networks can be shown. Just occasionally averted by wildlife programmes.
    • As of 2010, this doesn't happen anymore (how long will that last, I wonder?) This is largely because there's no longer a live linkperson for the children's block.
  • One of YTV's first credits commercials for Malcolm in the Middle was oddly meta, and displayed the credits for Malcolm in the Middle, with the narration "Don't look at those credits, look at these credits!" And then asks what a Key Grip is. A more proper commercial that actually describes the show was later made.
  • YTV also did this to the second season finale of Transformers Animated, in which Megatron and Starscream 's severed head bicker entertainingly during the credits while floating about abandoned in an unidentified area of space. Many Transformers fans were irate at having a random Canadian lad talking over the snark fest, and were forced to wait until a transcription of the banter from Closed Captioning came out.
    • YTV seems to do this to a lot of shows.. sometimes they'll not do it to a show until an episode with a new credits sequence or an over-credits plot element occurs and then push the credits back.
    • Speaking of griping about YTV, they (usually) start their shows 3-5 minutes before usual (so you miss the first 3-5 minutes of whatever you were watching before).
  • The major networks in Australia have lately been doing this a lot. The most egregious example might be when Channel Ten was showing a broadcast of one Grammy awards ceremony, and squished the end credits to an unreadable size along with a loud voiceover. The problem? The credits were rolled over the 'big finale' of the awards, with Bruce Springsteen and an all-star band performing some song... not that anyone could hear it.
    • Channel Ten is now doing it in the middle of shows - during an episode of Futurama the entire screen was shrunk to show an ad for the following episode of Friends... three or four minutes before the closing credits.
    • They've even been known to shrink the screen and lower the volume without even having an ad running. Apparently they've set it up so it happens automatically?
    • A particularly amusing instance of this happened when Channel Ten cut out the audio on a broadcast of Casino Royale. I had momentarily forgotten this practice was in effect with any movie they showed, so I was getting ready for the big Theme Music Power Up at the end of the movie, only to be cut off for an ad for the show on directly after the movie.
    • Mediawatch (not to be confused with the U.K. organisation) called them on this once, when the long Credits Gag of the Mick Molloy flick Crackerjack was pushed back. They interviewed Molloy, who was understandably pissed. He then pushed back the credits of Mediawatch, cheerfully pointing out that what he was doing was annoying, useless and disrespectful to the people working on the show.
    • Channel Seven are also terrible at this; not only do they squish the credits into the bottom fifth of the screen, they speed up the credits so that they don't have to show them in full screen or something. It's terrible when you want to know who that guy was.
      • One of the worst was when they screened Monsters, Inc. and actually cut off the left side of the screen to avoid showing the Blooper Reel and "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me." This was a few weeks after they'd done something similar to A Bug's Life (speeding up the credits as usual, blooper reel included) and had attracted complaints over it.
      • For some TV shows, the credits sequence is a complete replacement instead of squashing the original picture. The credits text is at least readable this way. (We missed out on the nice tune at the end of every Lost episode.)
    • A couple of years ago, PRIME used to cut off the last 20 minutes of the actual movie that they showed on Friday nights - and thats not even counting the credits. It would just randomly stop the film mid-sentence and then go onto the next show.
  • In New Zealand, TV2 manages to do this in a respectable way: while the top two-thirds of the screen is devoted to a promo, the bottom third has all the credits transcripted in columns, and displayed in a nice, legible font.
  • Comedian Toby Hadoke does a bit about this in his show "Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf"
    • We're so sophisticated now that we can't be expected not to turn over if 'writing' comes up on the screen. So the credits are squashed to one side so ITV1 can advertise whatever edifying box of delights it's got on next be it "Alan Titchmarsh's Favorite Sandwitches" or "Celebrity Gynecology: Live".
  • Chris Morris's very disturbing sketch comedy show Jam didn't feature any credits; instead it briefly displayed a URL which you could visit to find out the cast and crew.
    • Which of course viewers couldn't do, because by the end of each episode they were curled up in the foetal position crying...
    • Talkin' 'bout Your Generation also does this. After Shaun's closing monologue, a plug for the site appears, sometimes mentioning the page where you can read the credits.
  • In the 1990s, when cartoons were shown as part of Saturday morning programmes on both The BBC and ITV, the credits would either be squashed or cut (or in the case of Road Rovers accelerated - usually; they were left intact at least once). The worst example was Animaniacs, when ITV would lop off most of the end credits except for Steven Spielberg's and then have The Stinger... fortunately, most of them were eventually shown in their own slots.
  • Hilariously parodied in The Chaser's War On Everything when Andrew begins singing a song to take the show out
    I've been writing songs since God knows when,
    And every gig I score I give a promise to them
    I say I'll write it catchy and not too long,
    But they always run credits over my songs.
    Oh, all I want is my face on TV
    But they're always rolling text over me.
    And now I'll probably be squished into a corner, no doubt,
    So the bloody voiceover can drown me out.

    European Television 
  • When the Spanish TV channel Cuatro broadcasts two or three chapters of one series in a row, they broadcast only the intro sequence of the first chapter and two or three seconds of the ending credits of the last one. All other credits are edited so you don't know when a chapter finnishes and the other begins.
    • In the Spanish version of the Turner-owned children channel Boing, all ending credits are edited out of the shows. If you're lucky enough, you may see one or two seconds of them, but this is very rare.
      • This was specially bad when One Piece aired in Spain. The ending songs were all dubbed, but Jetix used to cut them after a few seconds, so a few of them have never been heard in its entirety. What does Boing have to do with this? When they aired brand-new episodes of the anime, the dubbing studio, knowing that the ending credits would never be aired, didn't bother to dub them.
  • Most German commercial TV stations don't broadcast any credits, they mostly put a little banner in the last seconds of the movie or episode with its title, the production company, the year of production and, sometimes, the director.
  • In Sweden, all the TV stations push back the credits for TV series. In the case of movies, only SvT1 and SvT2, the public broadcasters, allow the end credits to play all the way through. The commercial broadcasters will abruptly cut to commercial once the casting credits are over with.

Fictional examples:

Live-Action TV
  • Spoofed in Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode ''Time Chasers": During the credits of the movie the main characters are watching, Observer (AKA Brain Guy) uses his omnipotent psychic powers to squeeze the whole screen over so he can parody this kind of advertising ads. You can even hear Mike and the 'Bots reacting to what he says.
    Observer: She's a wiccan, she's a nun! Tune in next week for the premiere of Which is Witch?
    • The gag gets interrupted when Pearl yells at Brain Guy, causing him to get down on himself and call it a stupid joke. The guys remark on how hard he's being on himself and say the gag was Actually Pretty Funny. Servo adds that he'd like to see Which is Witch?: "It sounds like must see TV! I MUST see it, dammit, I MUST!"
  • Ernie tried to do this at the end of the 1969 preview special This Way to Sesame Street when he didn't want the show to end.
    Bert: We have to have credits, Ernie. It's a rule!

Video Games
  • Donkey Kong 64: The credits push into the ending cutscene from all sides.

Web Animation
  • Parodied on Homestar Runner, in the Strong Bad Email theme song, over the fake credits. As Strong Bad says, "And on the off-chance that you actually wanted to hear the theme song... we've taken care of that, too." It happened again "for real" at the end of the email.

Western Animation
  • From Season Four of Kim Possible.
  • From Stroker and Hoop, after finishing a guest star role as a reward for saving a rapper's career:
    Hoop: It's sure going to be a thrill to see my name speed by in the squeezed credits under the start of the local news.
  • An episode of The Simpsons where Bart works on Krusty's show has a scene with all of Bart's friends and a bunch of his classmates watching the credits intently for Bart's name. Unfortunately, the credits get squashed to illegibility by a promo for the news. Bart insists that it reads "Bart Simpson" but Milhouse reads it as "Brad Storch" and Martin as "Benny Symington". Nelson then punches Bart for supposedly "taking credit for other people's work".
  • From the MAD cartoon:
    Lemming Snicket: Nothing sad ever happens in credits. Though they get squished back, which is sad for the creators, but fine for everyone else
    • and then at the very end of the episode...
    'Lemming Snickets: Oh, here come the squishy credits! Looks like this will be a sad ending after all!
  • Family Guy: At least one episode lampooned this as well, with a promo for Channel 5 news that teased smutty topics (such as why are boys reluctant to socialize in camp showers, which bordered on pedophiliac humor).


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