->''"The battle's done and we kind of won, so we sound our victory cheer... where do we go from here?"''
-->-- '''Giles''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Once More With Feeling"

Well, they all said your show was too good to last. You fended off ExecutiveMeddling, and [[ProtectionFromEditors stayed true to your original vision of the series]].

Of course, you got cancelled, but that's to be expected. Fortunately, you had plenty of warning and were able to do a GrandFinale. It was a huge spectacle, full of guest stars and special effects and you tied up all the loose ends so that everyone could go home happy with a sense of closure. Nothing left to do now but record the DVD commentary track and sell the props on Website/EBay.

Wait, what's that? The network just called. The fans, bless their hearts, launched the biggest letter-writing campaign ever, and the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} on the finale were through the roof. They've decided to [[UnCanceled renew you for another season]]!

Oh no. What are you going to do now? You killed off [[Literature/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager got Voyager back to the Alpha Quadrant]], sank the ''Bismarck'', resolved all the [[UnresolvedSexualTension sexual tension]] and/or [[Series/BabylonFive saved the galaxy]]. There's nowhere else for the story to ''go''.

But, hey, don't let that stop you. After all, you got yourself another season. Other producers would kill for a chance like this, so why not just go ahead? The problem is, unless you're ''very'' careful with how you go about the new season, you might end up JumpingTheShark.

The Post Script Season is what happens when a show is renewed after it has resolved its plot arc. You end up with a season, maybe two, where the show is forced to try out a whole new premise. This seldom goes well. In the first place, you've got to shoehorn these existing characters into a new premise that doesn't quite fit them. Expect CharacterDerailment. Secondly, you've already had a GrandFinale, and it's [[ToughActToFollow going to be hard to top that]]. You've already shot your dramatic wad. No wonder fans of other media get just a ''bit'' of dissonant feelings when they hear about how you threw away a perfectly good ending just because you wanted more.

However, [[TropesAreTools not all Post Script Seasons are unmitigated disasters]]. There have been a few creators who've handled their new seasons with care and presented material just as satisfying as (if not more than) the material that preceded. For the most part, however, Post Script Season successes only occur with shows that aren't dependent on large, overall story arcs spanning the entire series.

A form of {{Retool}}. Sometimes results in PlotLeveling. Can suffer from FinalSeasonCasting. Compare AfterShow, {{Sequelitis}}, and TrilogyCreep. See also SeriesFauxnale.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': When the series was extended by several episodes in the middle of production, the writers added a Postscript StoryArc set AfterTheEnd.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' had an OVA which retconned the title mecha's original purpose of construction from "fighting the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Zonder]]" to "fighting the new AGodAmI villain we just came up with". It actually went a lot better than it sounds, largely owing to [[RuleOfCool sheer force of over-the-top-itude]]. Definitely goes under TropesAreNotBad.
** The TV series itself had a "postscript last couple of episodes." The BigBad ManBehindTheMan was finally, decisively and explosively defeated. Happily ever after, right? Unfortunately years before the series began [[spoiler:a spore for a "New Machine Species" implanted itself in Mikoto's nervous system and took her over, leading to a new, powerful and nigh indestructible foe to give GGG a hard time.]] While it reeked of an AssPull (there was some {{foreshadowing}}, but it was only apparent in hindsight), it somehow managed to wrap itself up nicely.
* ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} GUNNM: Last Order]]'' might be seen as that, because when road accident forced Yukito Kishiro to WrapItUp, he tacked a HappyEnding onto the series and left it for half a decade, until he returned to it in ''Last Order''. However, as the "PostScriptSeason" is ''even longer'' than the original series, and it completely disregarded said happy ending, it is more like a cross between the sequel, remake and the {{Revival}} now.
* ''Manga/YamiNoPurpleEyes'' almost ran into this, but Shinohara was given enough notice that more was expected to come out of the manga, so there is a rather decently smooth transition between the first and second half of the manga. Originally, she was planning on Purple Eyes to last six volumes and the sixth volume included the build-up and final battle between Rinko and Sonehara, with both falling over a cliff and [[NeverFoundTheBody presumed dead]], with Shinya raising Rinko's daughter Mai. The second half kicks off from the last part, [[TimeSkip skipping]] several years ahead and now focusing on an older Mai as the protagonist for the next six volumes. Though there is a bit of a lack of consistency between the first and second half, including the creation of a clan that wants to kill transforming humans, though they were absolutely absent in the first half.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': After Akira Toriyama decided to officially conclude the manga with the Majin Buu storyline, Creator/ToeiAnimation (the producers of the anime version) did their own SequelSeries titled ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.
** The Dark Dragon story arc of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' was itself a post-script season. Originally, the show was intended to last only through the Baby storyline, but Bandai asked Toei to kept the show going afterward in order to [[CashCowFranchise help promote]] their ''Dragon Ball Final Bout'' fighting game for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation.
** Eventually the series was continued again, [[CanonDiscontinuity ignoring GT entirely]], initially with [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods two]] [[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF original]] movies and then with a new SequelSeries ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' that adapted said movies first and then created original content.
* This was parodied with ''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd'', an official audio drama SelfParody released by the cast and crew of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The plot involves the show unexpectedly being renewed for a second season (despite the ending making that [[KillEmAll unlikely]]), and the cast subsequently struggling to come up with a decent way to continue the franchise. Among other things, they contemplate {{Retool}}ing it as a Franchise/SuperSentai program, a teen drama, and even a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]]... [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' was meant to end with the Chapter Black saga, but the [[ExecutiveMeddling editors]] had Yoshihiro Togashi make another arc, which was terribly contrived and rushed through in both the manga and its subsequent anime adaptation (especially the manga, where the final battle is barely even shown!)
* In many ways, ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' seemed to suffer from this in its final quarter, which featured a story that essentially had nothing but the most tangential connection to any of the plot that had come before it (the villains had obtained their main objective and were defeated three-quarters of the way through the show, leaving nothing for anyone to actually do). The frustrating thing, though, is that it's not strictly a postscript - the show was always intended to run to 52 episodes, and this final arc was simply filling out that requirement, even though the actual ''story'' of the series had been finished.
* The ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' (''Hokuto no Ken'') manga was renewed by ''Jump'' after completing its originally planned three-year run. Raoh, who was originally established to be Kenshiro's greatest adversary, was killed off as he literally [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended himself to the heavens]]. Because of this, Buronson and Tetsuo Hara had to come up with not only new adversaries for Kenshiro to face, but also explain why they weren't around during the earlier stories, whether it was due to a peace treaty they had with Raoh (as what happened with Falco) or because they lived overseas across the world's only remaining ocean in the case of the entire Kingdom of Shura. The latter is particularly egregious, as it introduced not only another Hokuto martial art style (when the earlier stories established that Hokuto Shinken had no branches), but also gave Kenshiro, Raoh and Toki [[SeparatedAtBirth secret siblings]] that were never mentioned before (with Kaioh being practically Raoh's BackupTwin, as he was essentially made to serve his role as the ultimate antagonist).
** The post-Shura arcs are a more conventional example of a postscript season, as there are no more major martial arts factions after Kaioh is defeated and the manga becomes more around Kenshiro acting as a force of nature for the characters and situations surrounding him. It's for this reason why the anime series never adapted these later chapters.
* It may not look like it, but the original plan for the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime was to cover only the first generation games, while giving sneak peaks to the Pokémon of Gold and Silver, which would launch shortly after the anime's end. This was due to the fact that video game adaptations to other media [[VideoGameMoviesSuck have not had good track records]]. Of course, [[LongRunners things turned out a bit differently than what they planned for]].
* When Creator/WorldEventsProductions was first editing/dubbing ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', the plan was to edit three short-lived, similar but unrelated CombiningMecha {{Anime}} shows (''Anime/GoLion'', ''Anime/DairuggerXV'', and ''Anime/{{Albegas}}'') into one series for a combined total of 125 episodes to put into syndication. But with the unexpected popularity of Lion Voltron (''[=GoLion=]'') followed by the equally unexpected backlash against Vehicle Voltron (''Dairugger''), plans to dub ''Albegas'' were scrapped, leaving WEP 20 episodes short. So WEP actually hired Creator/ToeiAnimation to animate 20 new Lion Voltron episodes that are not a part of ''[=GoLion=]'' at all.
* Season 3 of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' featured Genki returning and reuniting with his friends, followed by a TournamentArc to try and prevent the GoldfishPoopGang from getting their hands on a disc capable of reviving the BigBad Moo.
* Season 3 of ''Anime/SonicX''. Ratings had been mediocre in Japan, so the anime was unable to get past the initial 52 episode order and had to quickly wrap up its TrappedInAnotherWorld premise... and then [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff it became an absolute hit in the international market]], resulting in a somewhat DarkerAndEdgier season that had barely anything to do with the rest of the series before it. A bit of an odd case in that this season has never actually aired in Japan, possibly due to the low ratings during its initial run.
** Notably, this is one of the few cases in which the general consensus is that the post script season is actually better that the seasons before it.
* Season 2 of ''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers'', AKA ''Anime/RoninWarriors''. Originally everyone was supposed to die in the final sequence except Nasti and Jun ("Mia" and "Yuli"), but the producers were notified that the network wanted a second season... just when Episode 17 was about to air. They then stalled and rewrote the last two episodes to produce a happy ending -- and introduce a HandWave DeusExMachina SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome that became the central and driving force behind the next season. The second season, unlike many of these things, turned out to also be possibly better than the first.
* The final two (half-)seasons of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' leave this impression. They were drawn ten years after the main series was complete in an attempt to revive it, feature antagonists that are nowhere as awesome and world-shattering as Fibrizzo and Dark Star, and, to boot, are new versions of old enemies [[spoiler: Zanaffar and Rezo-Shabranigdo]].
* ''Shining Heresy'', ''Phantom Arc'' and ''Alone Again'', the sequel [=OVA=]s for ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms''.
* The original ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' ends with the crew successfully making it to Iscandar and back with the Cosmo Cleaner D in order to save the Earth from the Gamilas' radioactive pollution. About two years later, a new movie retelling the original story premiered followed by a sequel that many viewers were unhappy with. This lead to the creation of the second series, which was then followed by a TV movie, a third theatrical movie, and a third series.
** Then, two years after the third series ended, there was a fourth movie that seemed to retcon the events of the previous TV series.
* The original ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' originally ended with [[spoiler:Joe making a HeroicSacrifice]] in order to defeat Galactor once and for all, with there being no sequel apparently planned [[note]]Although, planning notes for a sequel existed as early as 1976, showing that there was some interest in reviving the show[[/note]]. Then four years later, a second series premiered in which [[spoiler:Joe is revealed to be alive and well, having been brought back as a cyborg.]] [[note]]Which was a modification of earlier plans for the series where the actual Joe had died and an android copy was made to replace him, as well as the first 1976 plan where Galactor had modified him into a cyborg.[[/note]]
* After the ''Manga/KOn'' manga and its anime adaptation ended with most of the main characters graduating from high school, the manga was relaunched on two separate magazines, one strip following the graduated characters in college, and the other following the remaining characters still in high school. Both of these spinoffs were cancelled after one volume each.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' ended up through this. It was originally 26 episodes, but the series proved ''so'' popular that they tacked on 20+ more. What makes this funny is that the episode following the supposed finale has both heroines and villains trying to figure out what to do since the series is still going before a few more MacGuffin are tossed about. ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' tried to invoke this, but all it did was piss off the viewers.
* The ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' TV series was meant to end on Episode 35, but it was extended by 12 episodes at the last minute. Since the Griffin arc was planned to be concluded in the ''New Files'' OVA, these final episodes did not follow on it and were instead a series of one-off stories sans the two-part finale. Unlike many other examples, this was not a bad thing, as ''Patlabor'' was already an episodic show to begin with, and the "new" finale is powerful in its own right.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' was originally planned on being a trilogy, ending with ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders''. However, said part, which introduced the iconic [[FightingSpirit stands]] to the franchise, ended up being more popular than the manga's author, Creator/HirohikoAraki, had intended and he decided to continue it from there. This led to the next part, ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'', feeling much more stand-alone in comparison to other parts, and ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' was even ''more'' standalone[[note]]the only returning cast members from part 4 are Jotaro and Koichi; unlike the other parts, the titular Jojo is related to [[BigBad Dio]] as opposed to Jonathan or Joseph[[/note]]. ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'' averted this, since it was a distant sequel to ''Stardust Crusaders'', and as for ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'' and ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureJojolion'', they take place in an AlternateContinuity.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' was arguably in one following issue #50 until at least the departure of writers Ken Penders and Karl Bollers. Depending on who you talk to, the multi-part "Endgame" was intended to end the book with the death of Dr. Robotnik, but was continued to go on due to it either being such a good money-maker or because it ''wasn't'' supposed to end there. Story and art quality following #50 is widely considered to be wildly mixed, as the series had to adapt new villains - including bringing another Robotnik as Dr. Eggman. Following the assignment of Ian Flynn as head writer, the property went on pretty strong, even after a continuity reboot brought on [[ScrewedByTheLawyers Penders' suit with Archie and SEGA]], until it was finally cancelled.
* The maxiseries ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'' was originally going to be just a twelve-issue series. At the end of the series, the protagonist and her allies triumph, the BigBad is killed off, and the heroine [[ButNowIMustGo returns to her normal life on Earth]] after peace is restored to the Gemworld. However, the series was so successful that DC Comics decided to do an ongoing series. The first twelve issues, done by the original creative team behind the maxi-series, weren't too bad. But when they left, the new creative team changed the direction of the series drastically, and did a series of [[RetCon Retcons]] designed to drag the series kicking and screaming into the mainstream DC universe and let's not get started when the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths First Crisis]] joins in. The series was cancelled soon afterward.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' was only supposed to be eighteen issues, and after [[spoiler:Alex was revealed as the mole and the Pride were all killed]], there wasn't really anywhere to go, but the series got a second volume with the original creative team that lasted another few years, and continued after they left, and was later relaunched again. Many fans liked the new characters and new directions, but the overall sense of suspense was lost, and, after the original creative team left, the quality dropped until the series was cancelled.
* Marvel's original ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' series concluded with a BittersweetEnding. The BigBad was finally KilledOffForReal, but the heroes' Homeworld had been reduced to a lifeless ruin. With Homeworld in ruins and the war over, the Micronauts decide to go off and explore the Microverse as the series ended. Then the series was relaunched as ''Micronauts: The New Voyages''. Under a new creative team, the series picked up where the original left off, but the series ended up being mostly dull and pointless as the Micronauts (and the story) wandered aimlessly. Eventually, they returned to Homeworld to restore it to life as the series ended.
* All of the character arcs and plot lines in ''[[ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark Cerebus]]'' had been pretty much resolved by issue 200, yet Sim kept the series going for another 100 issues (arguably for the sole reason that he'd publicly declared the series would run for 300 issues total). The new issues were... not well-received.
* According to Hergé, ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' concluded with ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin In Tibet]]'' and the works afterwards (''[[Recap/TintinTheCastafioreEmerald The Castafiore Emerald]]'', ''[[Recap/TintinFlight714 Flight 714]]'', ''[[Recap/TintinTintinAndThePicaros Tintin and the Picaros]]'' and the unfinished ''[[Recap/TintinTintinAndAlphArt Tintin and Alph Art]]'') were basically this. However, they actually were well received, and still continued the nature a little bit, showing that this trope is [[TropesAreTools not always a bad thing]].
* The main aim of ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'' was to find the Traitor General responsible for the massacre of his comrades. Then he did. Unfortunately, as the character was one of ''2000AD'''s most popular, cancellation was not an option. So he kept going as an intergalactic bounty hunter, then he was replaced with a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute who had a Suspiciously Similar Mission to the original character, then there was a massive ContinuitySnarl before they just decided to screw it and write a series of stories set ''before'' the original Rogue completed his original mission.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'' is probably queen of this trope. It was originally meant to run for five issues before it got shunted aside for another series, but it proved popular enough to keep going. Then, they tried to cancel it at 30, but the vocal fanbase stopped it. Then, they tried to cancel it at about 80 and were stopped ''again''. It was cancelled at 100, only to restart as ''The Amazing Spider-Girl'', which lasted for 30 issues, then restarted as a brief app-exclusive series before finally concluding in one of the many ''The End'' titles. The character was then brought back in controversial fashion for the ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' event in 2014/2015.
* ''Comicbook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' was slated to run for 12 issues, but the vocal fanbase got it extended to 17. By Nick Spencer's own account, this actually worked out for the best, as it allowed him to do DayInTheLimelight stories for Beetle and Overdrive.

* Any sequel to a pre-1966 [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney animated film]] (excluding ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'') is by definition this, as the original filmmakers always intended on completing their story in one installment due to Creator/WaltDisney's well-known dislike of sequels.
** ''Franchise/StarWars'' was designed as a six-part story ark revolving around Anakin Skywalker (which originally skipped the first 3). In George Lucas' words, "It was started when he was 9, it ends when he died. There’s no more story to tell." Disney is now making a post script trilogy. Of course, the movies were always a tiny part of the story to anyone who followed the absolutely massive [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Star Wars Expanded Universe]].

* For those who took Latin in high school, one can't help but wonder if the writers of the ''Literature/CambridgeLatinCourse'' textbook thought they wouldn't get their contracts renewed after Book I. Vesuvius blows and [[KillEmAll everybody dies]], Caecilius dying onscreen and his son's fate left in question... until next semester. Also, Book IV had ''a lot'' of {{filler}} arcs, don't you think? Who cares about ThoseTwoGuys at Bath and random weddings? Get back to Salvius and his evil!
* ''Creator/DeanKoontz's Frankenstein'' ends the third book by [[spoiler:killing Victor]], resolving the UnresolvedSexualTension, and otherwise tying up its loose ends. There is a mention of [[spoiler:Victor's clone surviving]], but otherwise everything is settled. Book Four came out in 2010, and Book Five came out in 2011. And many, ''many'' people really wish they hadn't.
* ''Literature/PeterAndTheStarcatchers'' appeared to end with "Secret of Rundoon". However, in 2009, a fourth book called "Sword of Mercy" was written, taking place after a large timeskip (directly before the events of ''Literature/PeterPan'' for that matter.) One probably would have wondered if Barry and Pearson thought their contracts wouldn't get renewed so they wrapped up the arc in "Secret of Rundoon". However, the BigBad wasn't as easily defeated as they assumed in the original series...
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''' main storyline lasted four series, and ended with [[spoiler:all the past villains' spirits being made DeaderThanDead after ganging up to take on the Clans in a huge battle, and with Firestar, the main character since book one, dying.]] They had no plans to continue the series outside a few ExpandedUniverse books, but [=HarperCollins=] asked the authors to write a fifth series, so they chose to make it a {{Prequel}} about how the Clans first formed. Due to fan demand, they are now doing a sixth series, [[Literature/WarriorCatsAVisionOfShadows A Vision of Shadows]], that takes place after the fourth series.
* After 2 novellas and 2 short story collections, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intended for the Franchise/SherlockHolmes short story "The Final Problem" to [[KilledOffForReal kill off the main character for good]], as he felt that Holmes' popularity was overshadowing his "serious" historical novels. Public outcry (and sheer profitability) lead Doyle first to write the {{Interquel}} novella ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' and then to definitively resurrect the character in "The Empty House" for another 20 years of adventures. However, most of the iconic cases were written in the early era, and later stories often suffer from a lack of continuity.
* ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995'', the sequel to ''Literature/JurassicPark'', came as a result of Creator/StevenSpielberg pressuring author Creator/MichaelCrichton to write a sequel with his favorite secondary character, Ian Malcolm, as the main character. [[SparedByTheAdaptation Malcolm had died in the first novel]]. Nevertheless, Crichton complied, and included a scene early in the second book where Malcolm's death was {{retcon}}ned by the man himself saying "The ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated". The [[Film/TheLostWorld film adaptation]] [[AllForNothing disregarded most of the book]] anyway.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'', was designed to be a one season show, but the network ordered new episodes.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' wrapped up its eighth season with Mike, Gloria, and Joey moving to California. Actors Creator/RobReiner and Sally Struthers had announced they were leaving the show, and producer Creator/NormanLear couldn't imagine continuing it without them, so having the Stivics say goodbye to Archie and Edith was conceived as a perfect TearJerker ending to the show... until CBS executives offered Carroll O'Connor [[MoneyDearBoy $100,000 an episode]] to come back as Archie, and he agreed. Not only did the show continue for a ninth season (without Reiner, Struthers, or Lear), it got an AfterShow in ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace''.
* ''[[Series/{{Andromeda}} Andromeda's]]'' final season feels very much like this. [[BigBad The Abyss]] is confronted and the Route of Ages opened in the season 4 finale. Season 5 suddenly and inexplicably leaves the titular ship unpowered and mostly abandoned for the crew (with some new and replacement characters) to hop around on poorly explained backwater desert planets orbiting a weird dying artificial sun. Its only saving grace comes late when it's revealed [[spoiler: the system is Tarn Vedra, the long lost home of the System Commonwealth's founders, and the artificial sun is a crazy BatmanGambit designed to once and for all kill The Abyss. And that Trance is the Avatar of Tarn Vedra's real sun who kills The Abyss when she returns to her proper place.]]
* The final season of ''Series/TheATeam'', which resolved the main premise of the show - the team is pardoned by the government, and works ''for'' them instead of hiding out in the L.A. underground. In turn, it also had a post-script finale.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' was originally plotted to a five-season arc. When the Creator/{{PTEN}} syndication network crumbled around it and the show was not renewed for a fifth season, the fourth season storyline was reworked to complete the entire arc. The show was subsequently granted a fifth season, but with almost all of its major plot threads resolved. The fifth season that resulted was much weaker, and was composed of a lot of stories that had been cut from earlier seasons for various reasons.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven '' ended its third season with the destruction of the Liberator and the (apparent) death of the BigBad. When the fourth season opened, they had to take the show in a radically different direction to compensate for the changes.
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', the highschool graduation season finale had changes like Mr. Feeny retiring and moving away, and Shawn deciding to take a job as a photographer instead of going to college. But when the series was renewed, both of these changes were reversed so that Shawn and Mr. Feeny could be part of the college experience along with Cory, Topanga, and the rest.
* The fifth season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ended with Buffy dying heroically to save Dawn and, [[ApocalypseMaiden by extension]], all reality; the episode even ended with a shot of her gravestone ("She saved the world. A lot."). It was picked up for two more seasons on a different channel. Even after the series was cancelled for good, it received a comic book continuation starting with ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy: Season 8]]''.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' was this due to being on the bubble throughout its seventh season. Brad Kern has said that production was game for an eighth season, but they had no idea whether or not they'd be renewed. (They actually didn't get renewed until a week before the season finale aired--meaning, unlike prior seasons, production completed on an air of uncertainty.) So, the writers tried to provide an episode that would allow for closure (the title mirroring the first episode, references to Prue and other departed characters and concepts, Daryl's conflict of loyalties reaching a head, and the destruction of the Nexus), but also leave the door open for continuing (the Charmed Ones being thought dead by everyone and changing their faces). Of course, the eventual eighth season was heavily panned for recycled ideas, a hated new character, budget cuts (which led to Leo having a minimized role and Daryl being outright dropped), and a lack of direction, but its last episode ended up being widely praised.
* The fifth season of ''Series/{{Community}}'' has the cast end up failing their goals and back in Greendale.
* The ultimate example is probably ''Series/CoronationStreet'', which has essentially been on a series of postscript seasons since ''1960''. It was originally intended to be 13 episodes long, with Coronation Street bulldozed in a MadeForTVMovie. However, it proved so popular that a new series was commissioned, and it's been broadcasting more or less continuously to the present day.
* The seventh season of the Canadian coroner drama ''Series/DaVincisInquest'' ended with most of the major plot threads tied up (including the arrest of the series' BigBad, who was prevalent throughout the last three seasons) and most of the characters getting a decent send-off. Although the series ended with a vague SequelHook (in which the main character, Dominic Da Vinci, announces his intent to run for Mayor of Vancouver), it was pretty much the end...until the show was retooled a year later as ''Da Vinci's City Hall'', skipping the entire process of the mayoral election and going straight to Da Vinci in office. Although the postscript season still integrated a handful of characters from the previous seasons, the show bled viewers and was subsequently cancelled at the end of its season.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' went on hiatus twice: first, an 18-month break between Creator/ColinBaker's two seasons, and again after it was canceled in 1989. It's the first hiatus that fits this best - while Colin's second season didn't have any loose ends to tie up, the series was in a precarious situation with the BBC, and had been given a major cut in length, going from 13 45-minute episodes to 14 25-minute episodes. Since the show was effectively on trial, it's unsurprising they decided to incorporate it into the plot, having the framing story for the season be about the Doctor on trial, and giving it the overall name "The Trial of a Time Lord". As it turned out, ratings were lower than before the hiatus, but the BBC decided to renew the series for another year.
** The next season, Creator/SylvesterMcCoy's first, also had to deal with this. Producer Creator/JohnNathanTurner had been expecting to move onto another series, only to be told by his bosses that he would be staying on ''Who'', and found he basically had to plan the next season from scratch with limited time to prepare, including finding a new Doctor (the BBC refused to let Colin have another season, and Colin was unwilling to do only a regeneration story, as it would make it difficult to find work) and a new script editor, the previous one having left when his contract ended. On top of that, it was scheduled against popular British soap opera ''Series/CoronationStreet'', treated as a sacrificial lamb. The series managed to hang on by the skin of its teeth, and got another two seasons before the next, and much longer, hiatus.
** For the new series, a debatable variant is the 2009 Specials (also known as "series 4b" by fans). The Tenth Doctor's last season ended with "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", a massive CrisisCrossover involving all of the Tenth Doctor's companions and with the fate of ''reality itself'' at stake, with an ending that resolved most of the Tenth Doctor's major running plot arcs. The following year, rather than a full season, the Tenth Doctor had a miniseries of mostly self-contained specials that dealt with consequences of previous adventures, ending with the Tenth Doctor regenerating into the Eleventh. Though the show wasn't in danger of cancellation, apparently the miniseries was put in place to give the production team room to breathe during major behind-the-scenes shifts, notably Creator/RussellTDavies handing over to Creator/StevenMoffat as {{showrunner}}.
** A more straightforward example is Series 10 of the revived program - not for the show as a whole, but for Creator/StevenMoffat's era as showrunner. Series 9 was intended as his last, tying up loose plots from his era (e.g. what happened to the Zygons [[spoiler:and Gallifrey]] after "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]") and ending with an epic 3-part GrandFinale (featuring [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent his own most acclaimed script]]) that removed Clara Oswald from the series [[spoiler:and from the Doctor's memories]], leaving behind a clean slate. The [[DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong post-series Christmas Special]] then gave a happy ending to the Doctor, serving as another perfectly acceptable conclusion to his era. But, with Creator/ChrisChibnall having to finish up ''Series/{{Broadchurch}}'' before taking over, Moffat had to keep going for one more series. With a new companion and a premiere entitled "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot The Pilot]]", this was clearly something of a retool.
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime The two-part]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls Finale]] of Series 10 itself, bringing the Doctor and Missy's character arcs to their climax while writing out [[spoiler: Bill, Nardole, and both Masters]], ''and'' fatally injuring the Twelfth Doctor, was intended as his Finale, but there was need for a ChristmasEpisode to keep that yearly slot. Thus, the finale was slightly re-written and "[[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime Twice Upon A Time]]" was created, doing a bit of extra wrapping up, providing some BookEnds to the Capaldi and Moffat eras, and [[TheNthDoctor showing the Doctor's regeneration]], passing the torch at last over to Creator/ChrisChibnall as showrunner and Creator/JodieWhittaker [[GenderBender as the Doctor.]]
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' neatly resolved its entire premise in the penultimate season, wiping out the entire species responsible for the action of the plot. As a result, an entirely new [[WackyWaysideTribe random alien race]] had to be introduced to keep the plot afloat.
* The third season of ''Series/EastboundAndDown'' ended with Kenny Powers faking his death in order to spend all his time with his family. When Creator/{{HBO}} insisted on a fourth season, Kenny ended up resurfacing in public, even having to go to jail for tax fraud.
* The episode order for the fourth and last season of ''Series/{{Felicity}}'' was increased after production had wrapped. The original finale resolved the existing storylines and gave a brief synopsis of the characters' lives for the next two years. The extra episodes, rather than simply being written to take place and be aired before the finale, instead created a new five-episode arc set after the two year fast-forward, in which Felicity magically travels back in time to the beginning of the season in order to make different choices. The show had never included fantasy elements before, and the whole arc, while interesting, felt undeniably tacked on to an otherwise finished product.
* Season 2 of ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords''. The band hadn't really expected the show to get a second season, and production took much longer than expected since they'd already blown through most of their material during Season 1. This is likely why Season 2 ends with the band being deported back to New Zealand, thus providing a definite conclusion this time.
* On ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', the third, fourth and fifth season finales were written as respectable farewells in case the show didn't get another season. There's even a joke in the one where Will decides to stay in Philadelphia, when NBC executives literally kidnap him and haul him back to Bel-Air in the back of a van.
* Every season of ''Series/FridayNightLights'' after the third season, although this is a rare case of a postscript season done right. The main narrative arc concludes with the Panthers [[spoiler:losing at State despite a big comeback when everyone expected them to be eliminated early]], as well as most of the main characters' arcs being wrapped up... that is, until the fourth and fifth seasons, where Coach Taylor (who was forced out of his job) is hired at a newly-reopened school and teaches a new team with lesser equipment, budget and facilities, training them from scratch. However, the narrative (coupled with cameos and updates on the characters who were previously [[TheBusCameBack put on a bus]]) made it just as well-written as the previous seasons.
* John Esmonde and Bob Larbey's (now little remembered) National Service sitcom ''Series/GetSomeIn'' was cancelled after its fourth season in 1977. Esmonde and Larbey decided to end on a high note, with [[DrillSergeantNasty Corporal Marsh]] demoted to Aircraftman for cheating on a nursing exam and posted to a remote RAF base in Labrador, while "erks" Jakey, Ken, Matthew, and Bruce received a cushy posting to an RAF hospital in Malta. However, the ''News of the World'' successfully campaigned ITV to renew the series (citing audience figures of over 14 million), and the fifth season premiere in 1978 saw the plot developments at the end of the fourth season reversed as the "erks" were immediately recalled to Britain and found themselves once again under the heel of Marsh (who had returned a supposed hero and restored to Corporal). The cast and audience alike were unhappy with the result, doubly so because Robert Lindsay, who played Jakey Smith, had accepted the title role in the [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses John Sullivan]]-penned sitcom ''Series/CitizenSmith'' during the hiatus and was replaced by future ''Brush Strokes'' star [[TheOtherDarrin Karl Howman]]. The fifth season proved to be the last, and ended on a much less final note than the fourth season.
* Combined with AfterShow, this happened with ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. Creator/BeaArthur decided to leave the show after the seventh season, and the series ends with Dorothy getting married and moving to Atlanta. However, her mother Sophia decides to stay in Miami with the roommates, setting up the premise for said AfterShow, ''The Series/GoldenPalace'', as the girls buy a struggling high-end hotel. It wasn't well received, but has gained something of a cult following in subsequent years.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' features a variant of this. The original plan was to make the show an anthology series, with the first season's group of heroes story ending with the battle at Kirby Plaza, and then being replaced with an entirely new cast each season. However, the ratings for S1 were so successful, and the show became such a hot property, that the finale was hastily changed to end with a cliffhanger where Hiro time-travels to feudal Japan. The following season wasn't planned, and began a precipitous slide in both quality and ratings that ended with the show's cancellation at the end of its fourth season.
* Starting with ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise started having Post-Script Episodes that usually serve as a symbolic [[PassingTheTorch torch-passing]] by having the current protagonist and his successor meet and deal with some small crisis.
** ''Wizard'' had a two-parter that served as an anniversary special (since it ended with the 15th anniversary of the Heisei-era shows); this included both an EarlyBirdCameo by Gaim and the return of Series/KamenRiderDecade star Masahiro Inoue as a plot where Haruto is pulled into a realm where the Riders' defeated enemies reside and plan on returning to Earth.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'''s last episode didn't have any crossovers, but gave some closure to several of the show's supporting cast, in particular focusing on the return of a past villain and [[spoiler:Micchy's redemption arc]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' played it straight, with a plot focusing on Series/KamenRiderGhost and an unknown party trying to steal an [[TransformationTrinket Eyecon]]; protagonist Shinnosuke does get some special focus, mostly on [[spoiler:returning to mundane police duty without the Drive powers]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' and ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' avert this, simply having {{Early Bird Cameo}}s from a character from the incoming show. ''Ghost'' does it a little oddly since rather than Ex-Aid himself, the villainous "Black Ex-Aid" shows up and gives Specter and Necrom a good thrashing.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''. Despite being the USA Network's top rated drama during its 4th season (even with no advertisement by the network), the cancellation was announced. After the large fan campaign to bring the series back, in September 2000 a truncated 5th season was announced. It did help out with some of the CannonFodder they had left behind, but gave one hell of a BittersweetEnding.
* ''Series/MagnumPI'' had such a definitive finale at the end of season seven, they aired commercials explaining that despite the main character [[spoiler: being killed, tying up loose ends up as a ghost, and then being sent off to the afterlife]], things weren't ''really'' over. It lasted another season.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' was to be the final season of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', as Disney had decided to shelf the entire series, partly because they didn't know what to do with it and partly because [[OldShame they were actually kind of embarrassed to have it.]] However, when Saban bought the series back, they decided to continue with a new Sentai adaptation, forcing a final decision on whether RPM's {{After the End}} plot would be canon. (It is, sort of...) The post-script seasons here don't have as much of an effect as other examples, as each season has been a standalone story since ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ended its seventh season by resolving its entire premise, so the eighth season (on a [[Creator/{{Syfy}} new network]]) had to begin with a ResetButton, the shifting of the setting five hundred years into the future, and the introduction of a new antagonist. It survived for three more seasons, mostly because the plot of the series was never much more than a FramingDevice for the slapstick and snark.
* ''Series/NightCourt'': Season 8 is over. Dan quits his job and loses the Phil Foundation fortune. More importantly, Harry and Christine have professed their love to one another. OK, that's the end. What's that? We've been renewed? Oh, crap! ''Series/ThirtyRock'' devoted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_One_with_the_Cast_of_Night_Court an episode]] to the idea that several of the characters on that show were unhappy with the Season 9 ending to ''Night Court'', so they staged a "fake" episode, reuniting several of the actual cast members (Harry Anderson, Markie Post, and Charles Robinson), and they had Harry and Christine get married.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' had a wonderful plot conclusion at the end of Season 6, with all the plot threads closed [[spoiler: Rumplestitskin/Mr Gold prefering his family over his Dark One powers, Regina finally being recognized and loved as Queen/Mayor, Mary Margaret and David finally living together in a farm, Emma and Hook happily married and raising Henry with Regina, everybody resuming their normal lives and dining at Granny's every night]] but opening a new story ''20 Minutes into the Future'' with [[spoiler: Henry's daughter looking for an adult Henry who doesn't remember anything about Storybrooke]].
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': The British sitcom about two poor wheeler-dealer street-market trader brothers ended after 15 years (7 seasons and four sets of Christmas specials) with the Trotter brothers finding an antique watch in their garage, [[RagsToRiches and becoming millionaires at last]]. The three episode finale, where the Trotters are finally shown in luxury penthouses and expensive sports cars, was shown over Christmas 1996 and attracted massive viewing figures for Creator/TheBBC. A few years later they convinced writer John Sullivan to reprise the ever-popular characters for three more {{Christmas Episode}}s. Having the Trotters [[SnapBack lose their investment money in a stock market crash (based on one in real life) and return to their original lifestyle]] [[DeusExMachina only to gain some of their lost fortune back]] and allow Rodney and Cassandra to finally have a child of their own, the specials were panned by critics and viewers alike, and no more have been produced since 2003. To add salt to the wound, "Time On Your Hands" was featured on Creator/Sky1's often repeated ''Top Fifty TV Endings'' feature... ''completely ignoring the three 2001-2003 specials''.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has had shaky ratings from the start. According to co-creator and producer Mike Schur, every season finale after season 2 (with possibly the exception of season 5) has been a potential series finale. As such, pretty much every season has been a postscript season. Season 7 might be the most obvious example, since season 6 ends with a [[spoiler: DistantFinale taking place 3 years later.]]
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', due to its huge budget, by British television standards, has spent most of its runtime on the verge of being cancelled. On top of that the actor playing the lead hero wanted out during season 3. This season, while containing some big fat {{Sequel Hook}}s, killed off not only him but also the main villain ([[spoiler:his wife]]). While the gimmick driving the series was still there the writers had to develop a completely new storyline when they were eventually greenlit for a season 4 and 5. (Season 5 ended on a similar note, if the series gets revived again there will be another post script season.)
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' was an odd case of unplanned seasons. While the creators mentioned the show was only designed for two seasons, Fox squeezed a third season out of them in 2007-2008. This unfolded the same year when... you guessed it... the writer's strike happened. As a result, the third season was truncated to 13 episodes, and forced the writers to produce a fourth season to wrap up the show. Depending on who you ask, the fourth year was either a creative resurgence from the mediocre third season or a godawful train wreck of epic proportions. The controversial series ending was even more polarizing. And let's not even get into the cash grabbing DVD movie, The Final Break. Despite the series allegedly ending for good, a ''fifth'' season is set to premiere in 2017.
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' married off Laura and Steele, as the show's cancellation looked certain ''and'' Creator/PierceBrosnan had been offered the role of Film/JamesBond. However, ''because'' Brosnan got the Bond role, NBC decided to renew the show, bringing it back for a very lame half-season which lacked all of the charm of the preceding seasons ''and'' effectively scuttling Brosnan's big movie break. Brosnan didn't end up playing Bond for some years.
* As ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' neared the end of its eighth season, which had been expected to be its last, the ratings improved enough for the network to ask for one more season, in which the show completely lost its moorings as the Conners' lottery win allowed the writers to indulge in all the "what-if" plotlines they had never otherwise dared to touch.
* Sort of happened on ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. The show had finished taping its finale (which centered around the characters' high school graduation) when NBC ordered more episodes. Which shouldn't have been a problem, as the finale hadn't aired yet, and they could simply air the new episodes prior to the finale--except that the actors' contracts had expired, and everyone but Tiffani Amber-Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley decided to sign new ones. As a result, Kelly and Jessie were replaced with a new character named Tori Scott. No explanation was given for Kelly and Jessie's absence in the new episodes, and since the finale was already in the can, no explanation could be given for Tori's absence at graduation.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''' had a lot of stays of execution:
** The sixth season built up to wrapping up the various plot-lines: Elliott was getting married to Keith, who brought out the best in her; Turk and Carla had a lovely family set up with their baby daughter, Izzy, and the same was true of Dr Cox and Jordan with their kids, Jack and Jennifer Dylan; JD was as neurotic as ever, but mostly unchanged and dealing with the alienation that his dislikable habits led to; Laverne had been KilledOffForReal ... and at the last minute, they got renewed for season seven. Suddenly, JD finds out that Kim lied to him about her miscarriage, Elliott's dysfunctions with Keith got turned UpToEleven, and instead of the (admittedly kind of depressing) ending that things had been shaping up for, we got a cliffhanger season ending and a season premiere that really only served to once again point out that JD and Elliott were the endgame couple.
** Season 7 would have been the last season if it weren't for the 2007-2008 writers' strike.
** The show's GrandFinale which wrapped up pretty much every main characters' arc occurred at the end of its eighth season. It was then picked up for a ninth where it was {{retool}}ed to focus on [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent a completely different group of characters]] in a setting only tangentially related to Sacred Heart.
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' also had this happen twice. It was not known if the show would be renewed, so at the end of the first season, they destroyed the [=SeaQuest=]. The show was picked up, so there was a [=retool=] and a new [=SeaQuest=] was constructed. Then at the end of the second season, facing a similar situation, the [=SeaQuest=] was transported to another planet and ''then'' destroyed. The show was picked up, so it was renamed ''[=SeaQuest=] 2032'' and moved ten years into the future. Partway into season three, it was CutShort.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' had a grand series finale at the end of the 10th season. They got all the original cast back, had a big almost-wedding, and every married Camden child was expecting twins. Then, like the Jesus that the Christian characters never mentioned, the show was revived three days later because the executives mistook the finale's high ratings as a sign that people wanted the show to continue. For the 11th season, the writers were forced to find a way out of the corner they backed themselves into with the twins, as well as deal with a much smaller budget. Their way out of these problems was to make Lucy have a miscarriage over the summer, have the longest-running (and highest paid) actors not appear in every episode, bring in a bevy of cheaper teen actors, and have Reverend Camden homeschool the twins to save money on a classroom set and extras. The results were dismal.
* ''Series/SledgeHammer'' nuked its town in the first season finale, not expecting renewal. With the renewal, the second season was set "five years earlier", with all ongoing plotlines continuing uninterrupted. It worked because it was a comedy show.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had this happen multiple times, with seasons 6, 7, 8 and 9. The show was expected to be cancelled after five seasons, and so ended on a decent (but not Grand) finale ("Revelations") -- the expectation was that they would then move on to TheMovie (to be called "Stargate: The Lost City" or something similar) which would segue into the SpinOff (''Series/StargateAtlantis'', which was very different in concept at this stage). Then the show was renewed for a sixth season, and so was given a GrandFinale ("Full Circle") which introduced the planned concept of TheMovie. Then the show was renewed for a seventh season, so TheMovie was cancelled and its concept was rewritten as a season-long arc that would finish with a two-part GrandFinale ("Lost City") which would segue into the SpinOff instead. Then the series was renewed for an eighth season, so the GrandFinale's ending was changed to make more of a cliffhanger to be resolved in the Season 8 premiere, and ''Stargate Atlantis'' started running concurrently to ''Stargate SG-1''. It was expected that the eighth season would be the last, however, so the end of the season was once again devised to close the book on the series: both major galactic threats were taken away in a three-episode arc ("Reckoning" Parts 1 and 2 and "Threads" -- interestingly, these came just ''before'' the GrandFinale), and then the series ended with yet another two-part GrandFinale ("Moebius") involving time-traveling to ancient Egypt. The show was then picked up ''again'' for a ninth season, and was given a [=retool=] which replaced several cast members and introduced a new BigBad. Season 9 was made knowing that the show would be renewed for at least another year -- and then, finally, the show was cancelled after the end of Season 10. Whether the final episode ("Unending") was a GrandFinale is doubtful; the real resolution of the series happened in the DVD movie ''Film/TheArkOfTruth''. And then there was another DVD movie, and more planned... until ''Series/StargateUniverse'' underperformed. Ooops.
* After an unprecedented (at the time) letter-writing campaign saved ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' from cancellation, fans were "rewarded" with a third season containing many of the show's weakest and/or goofiest episodes (even by the standards of the series), including the infamous ''[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]'' as season premiere. Since the series was always purely episodic, the usual reasons for a lackluster Post Script Season don't apply; what really killed the show was that the network promised a solid Tuesday night slot and then was moved to a [[FridayNightDeathSlot Friday... er, Saturday Night Death Slot]], violating a verbal contract with creator/producer Creator/GeneRoddenberry. He left the show in protest and had little involvement in the third season. That said, some strong episodes did churn out.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' germinated as a post-script season for Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration. You could easily swap the roles around -- Troi for Kes, Worf for Tuvok, Riker for Chakotay -- and not lose anything in the transfer, especially during Seasons 1 and 2.
* Season 5 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' ended with [[spoiler: Sam making the ultimate sacrifice to put Lucifer back in his cage and Dean giving up his demon hunting ways and settling down]]. It was a very touching episode and would have made the perfect series finale, [[spoiler: cliffhanger aside]]. And then they got a sixth season. The show creator walked away but his co-producer kept it going. The season 8 showrunner claimed to have a three-season plan which would end the series at 10 seasons. It's been renewed for a ''thirteenth'' season in 2017, meaning the Post-Script Seasons now outnumber the originally planned ones.
* The seventh season finale of ''Series/That70sShow'' was clearly supposed to be the series finale: first, Red FINALLY caught the guys smoking pot in his basement. Then he finally said to his son he loved him without insulting him in the process. And, of course, at the end of this episode, the main character Eric '''left the series'''. Aside from an open ending of the Kelso-Jackie-Hyde love triangle storyline, there was nothing more to add to the story.
** The open ending was clearly tacked on after it was known the series was renewed. Jackie and Hyde's relationship had already had its ups and downs, and they were resolved... only to be thrown more obstacles at the tail end to provide material for new episodes.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' pulled this twice:
** The seventh season ended with a large number of plot threads being resolved (including [[spoiler:Tony Almeida confronting, and Renee Walker presumably killing, the mastermind behind the MythArc of the last four seasons]]) and bringing things full circle with [[spoiler:Kim Bauer]] returning to save Jack from a weaponized virus via a transplant. There was lots of uncertainty for a time, but the show was unexpectedly renewed and brought back for another year. In response, the producers moved the show all the way to the other side of the country (New York), introduced an entirely new cast of characters, reworked a previously-good supporting character into the season's BigBad and indicated that the previous mastermind, [[spoiler:Alan Wilson]], [[KarmaHoudini got off scot-free for his crimes]].
** Ratings for season 8 suffered and the show was not renewed as a result. However, the last stretch of episodes were highly praised for shaking up the series' status quo dramatically (and ended with Jack on the run and President Taylor disgraced and forced to resign from office over her role in the [[spoiler:Russian treaty]]). A year-and-a-half later, it was announced that the show would return in a limited series called ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay''. Three years later, another limited series called ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'' (which doesn't feature Jack Bauer or any other returning characters, except [[spoiler:Tony]]) began in February.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' sorta went downhill like this after Laura Palmer's killer was revealed, the main plot being resolved (due to ExecutiveMeddling, no less - the writers had other plans). It felt incredibly awkward to have Dale Cooper still hanging around in Twin Peaks, even though he didn't have a reason to stay after the killer had been found. Windom Earle was more of a stand-in for Laura Palmer's killer than a real villain.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' faced retool after retool as they tried to wring a few more seasons out after the feature film. The seventh season is particularly guilty of premature closure. It "explained" the conspiracy arc, killed off nearly all the Syndicate antagonists, and perhaps most significantly, resolved the long-running mystery of Mulder's missing sister.

* This happened to ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' in its original radio incarnation, which had to get Arthur and Ford off of prehistoric Earth and rescue Marvin and Zaphod from a carbon copy of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal so they could go on further adventures. (While poor old Trillian got a one-line PutOnABus.)
** The bus came back later, when they started making radio versions of [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the book series]].

* ''Theatre/HenryV'' - After the roguish Prince Hal won a loyal fanbase in ''Theatre/HenryIV'' parts one and two, the author eventually decided to extend the story, even after bringing Hal's relationship with the EnsembleDarkHorse Falstaff to a satisfactory conclusion in the finale. The reboot ended up being much DarkerAndEdgier, and contrary to the author's promises didn't include Falstaff at all.
** Then Falstaff did get his own play, eventually, in the lighthearted comedy ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor,'' which is way LighterAndSofter than the history plays, and isn't even classified with them.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' ended mid-2010, and the entire toyline, comics, movies and novels have become discontinued. Just about all of the main story threads got neatly, if abruptly, wrapped up and the final speech delivered, but many side-stories were still unfinished and a lot of mysteries unsolved, thus (and also because the "ending" had set up a ''ton'' of new possibilities) Franchise/{{LEGO}} agreed to keep the story going for at least another year and a half, but only the main writer, Greg Farshtey remained as the sole storyteller, as the other members of the former Story Team had moved on to other projects.

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' ended the story and left Zero KilledOffForReal. [[ExecutiveMeddling Capcom produced a sequel anyway, without Keiji Inafune's involvement]]. ''X6''[='s=] mostly pointless story tried to combine all 3 of ''X5''[='s=] endings, used one of the worst {{Ass Pull}}s ever to bring Zero back ([[SpoiledByTheManual a fact that wasn't even kept hidden]]), and demoted BigBad Sigma to AntiClimaxBoss status. It even included a [[JumpingTheShark robot shark for easy jumping purposes]].
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' was originally meant to end at a trilogy, with ''3'' culminating in ending with the Dark Elf free, [[spoiler:X finally retiring to Cyberspace]], and the original MythArc culminating in [[spoiler:a final battle with Omega Zero [[BookEnds in the very ruins Zero originally woke up in]] during ''1'']]. [[ExecutiveMeddling Capcom]] had a final game produced anyways, [[TropesAreNotBad though the team was able to work with it]] since ''3'' left one giant loose end unanswered: [[HateSink The evil Dr Weil]] still in control of [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Neo Arcadia]]. They were able to turn ''4'' into a true GrandFinale that simultaneously set up the next SequelSeries, ''VideoGame/MegaManZX''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' suffered from a variation on this. The developers at Creator/{{Bungie}} have been very frank in saying that a need to meet a publisher-enforced deadline for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' not only deprived them of much-needed game polishing time and various chunks of gameplay, but forced them to ''cut off the game's actual ending''. They had to come up with a way to pad out a game's ''third act'' into an entire new, console-selling, killer-app extravaganza. They didn't do a bad job gameplay-wise, but the storyline suffered from the resolution of most of the plot points in the previous title.
** Additionally, the games made by current franchise developers Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries[[note]]made up of remnants of Bungie that wanted to stay with the series after Bungie split after making ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', plus some other designers from other game companies[[/note]] mainly feature the post-''3'' adventures of Master Chief.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** [[ZigZaggedTrope In a sense]], the entire Final Fantasy series could qualify. Creator Creator/HironobuSakaguchi didn't expect to remain in the game industry for long after a floundering a bit with his earlier works, so he decided that his "final game" would be a "fantasy RPG", hence ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}''. However, the game was so successful that it saved the company and spawned an [[Franchise/FinalFantasy entire franchise]]. Sakaguchi would direct all the subsequent mainline installments until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]'' and then act as series' producer until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]''. Interesting, though, in that each installment generally stands alone with its own characters, plot, and setting, due to Sakaguchi's own distaste for sequels (hence why none of the games had direct sequels prior to his departure from Square).[[note]]While a fun excuse for the "Final" in the name this story is pretty much an apocryphal urban legend.[[/note]]
** After years of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games existing as standalone games, the success of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and the intrigue created by a promotional video expanding on the game's BittersweetEnding led to production of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' scant months after the game's Japanese release. Since the world had already been saved in the previous game, this sequel had a LighterAndSofter tone, especially compared to the heavy drama of the first. It also added FanService by the truck load and starred three women. Finally, it also addressed the BittersweetEnding, leading to many outcries from people that had assumed [[spoiler: Tidus died, despite the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' showing him returning to Spira and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' using that ''exact'' scene to show his return.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' ended quite conclusively -- the heroes saved Cocoon, their loved ones they were trying to save were restored, the villains were dead, and humanity was facing an uncertain but hopeful future on Pulse. But WordOfGod is that fan demand for a sequel was high, so they made one. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 Said sequel]] follows the main heroine's little sister and a new character with the original party members having gone missing or playing supporting roles, features a new antagonist never even hinted at in the first game, and features a storyline almost entirely detached from the original, focusing on time travel and undoing paradoxes in the timeline. After THAT game came [[Videogame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII another game]], this time focusing entirely on Lightning and wrapping up the series for good.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter: Logan's Shadow''. The eponymous virus and the Consortium, which were dealt with in the previous installment, are no longer part of the plot, which instead involves a classic Middle Eastern terrorist plotting to blow up a dam with devices invented by Lian's ex-husband.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' does this all the time, often including a series after its plot has been resolved simply to pad out the cast list (or because they want to pair it up with another show).
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' in particular have a rather large number of Postscript Series, since they're multi-game epics and just having characters disappear into the ether when there are still enemies to fight wouldn't make sense. Though ''Alpha'' does lose a few series along the way, like ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'' and ''Anime/BrainPowerd'', and ''Z'' replaces some older series with new incarnations, like ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -> ''Anime/ShinMazinger''.
*** Strangely enough, in the first part ''Super Robot War Z3'', ''Anime/GunBuster'' is first introduced in the ''Z'' continuity after the final battle of it's home series, specifically [[spoiler: after Noriko detonated one of Gunbuster's engines near the end of the series, sending her 12,000 years into the future and unable to find her sister and co-pilot, Kazumi]].
** ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'' takes place after the events of the ''Anime/{{Dancougar}}'' TV series, as in one scenario, Sara commiserates with Usso Evin about his first love being a traitor as Shin reenacts the moment where Katejina Loos defects to the Zanscare Empire ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam V Gundam]]'', but tells him that better lovers can be quite close at hand (referring to Shinobu in ''Dancougar'').
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'':
*** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' characters are pretty much integrated into the ''Fafner'' cast, with Shinn Asuka and Lunamaria Hawke helping them battle the Festum after their war ended (Cagalli Yula Athla is their sponsor; this implies Shinn has made some peace with ORB).
*** Team D, from ''Anime/DancougarNova'', has retired, yet received LaserGuidedAmnesia and went back to their ordinary lives, leaving only Eida and the R-Daigun for a good chunk of the game.
*** ''BB Senshi Sangokuden'' is another "just there to support the other plots" series, since they had already shown Souken Gundam, Ryuubi Gundam and Sousou Gundam's final battle (or the middle of it) in the ''UX'' prologue. Yet Ryofu was conveniently BackFromTheDead despite he was killed way before the finale.
*** ''UX'' explicitly happens post-''Dunbine'', to which the original series was a KillEmAll ending.
** The prologue of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsBX'' focuses on the endings of [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Wings of Goodbye]] and the ''Anime/MazinkaiserSKL'' OVA, meaning they're post-plot after the prologue finishes. Also, ''VideoGame/{{Macross 30}}'' takes place half a year after the events of the game.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV''
*** Most ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' entries have already been finished before the start of the game: ''Zeta'', ''ZZ'', and ''Char's Counterattack'' have all occurred in the Universal Century world within the past 2 years, ''Crossbone's'' plot has happened in the New Correct Century world to "make way" for ''Skull Heart'', and ''Gundam Seed Destiny'' finished up in the Anno Domini world about a year ago, taking place at the same time as ''Gundam 00's'' second season (with the original ''Seed'' taking place alongside the first season).
*** The "Invicible" duo are also this. Almost all of the [[Anime/Daitarn3 Meganoids]] have been eliminated, and the plot of Anime/Zambot3 ''Anime/Zambot3'' is stopped early at the apex of the plot of Gundam 00's of ''Gundam 00's'' second season when Celestial Being is reported to have driven the Gaizok out by themselves. [[spoiler:That being said, Kappei's family still averts SparedByTheAdaptation.]]
*** The plots for the ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' anime at the time of ''V'' have already been dealt with, so ''V'' focuses pretty much exclusively on novel-only content. Still doesn't stop Gauron, Gates, Yu Fan and Yu Lan from serving as bosses, though.
** Daitarn 3, Dunbine, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, Code Geass R2, and all of the UC Gundam series have finished by the start of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'''s plot.
* The ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'' franchise also did this in ''3: The Final'' (with ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' and ''Anime/MetalArmorDragonar'', both of whom had their plots finished in ''2'') and ''R'' (''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', the only series in the ''ACE'' franchise to debut with its plot resolved).
* The original ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' ending was meant to be LeftHanging, but Interplay went ahead and made a sequel without Chahi's involvement, where you play as Buddy, and Lester, the original protagonist, dies near the end.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' after ''3''. Al Lowe had written himself into a corner with ''3'''s ending and couldn't figure out how to logically continue the series, so he skipped part 4 and made [[UnInstallment its absence]] the main plot point of ''5''.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' rendered series BigBad Wesker DeaderThanDead, yet the series continued with ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. Looks like it may be becoming a FranchiseZombie ([[MetaTwist how very meta.]]).
--> '''"Yahtzee" Croshaw, [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Extra Punctuation]]:''' So the series became this endless struggle between the unstoppable force of Umbrella versus the immovable object of the Redfields or Leon or whoever was carrying the torch that day, and [[StatusQuoIsGod neither entity changed or moved from that position]]. Then Umbrella was shut down and the series had nowhere to go, so the role of villain [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 is now being filled]] by something completely nebulous - the entire concept of heartless business or the entire concept of terrorism, and it's hard to get a grasp on what, exactly, the protagonists need to do to put a stop to it all.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider: The Last Revelation'', ''Chronicles'', and ''Angel of Darkness'', all of which became CanonDiscontinuity after the reboot.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' pretty much wrapped all the main loose threads of the previous games and left little room for further sequels ([[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance or at least sequels starring Solid Snake]]). So when Creator/HideoKojima continued the series with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'', they ended up being additional prequels filling up the timeline gaps between ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' and the very first ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', despite the fact that ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' (a prior sequel to ''[=MGS3=]'' which Kojima did not write nor direct) already provided enough set-ups and connections to the other games (e.g. the formation of FOXHOUND, Big Boss acquiring the funds for Outer Heaven, the founding of the Patriots) that left little material for further games to explore. ''PW'' for the most part ignores ''MPO'' and instead introduces a precursor to the Patriots more congruent with the backstory of ''[=MGS4=]'' in the form of Zero's secret intelligence agency known as Cipher. ''MGSV'' follows up on this and goes even further by introducing [[spoiler:a second Big Boss in attempt to explain how he was able to run FOXHOUND and Outer Heaven at the same time, as well as how he survived his first battle with Solid Snake.]]
* The second half of the ''VideoGame/MegamanBattleNetwork'' games suffer from this. ''3'' is a big, conclusive ending with lots of drama and the main villain getting killed off. But the series was doing well, so ''4'' introduces a new villain completely out of nowhere. Which ''5'' proceeds to write out so that ''6'' can have you deal with the villain that was apparently killed in ''3'' in a different way.
* The original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' story ended with the ''Eye of the North'' expansion as an obvious setup for the [[VideoGame/GuildWars2 sequel]]. Three years later the developers began releasing new stories for the original game in order to renew interest in the series. The new stories continued existing plots from the original games and were of considerably higher difficulty.
** ''Eye of the North'' can also be considered as such. While ''Beyond'' tied up loose ends from the campaigns, ''Eye of the North'' introduced new enemies, races, and massive paradigm shifts for two other races.
* ''Ultimate VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' features a fourth episode, Thy Flesh Consumed, taking place after Doomguy kills the Cyber Mastermind and returns to Earth, but before ''Doom II'' takes place. ''Doom 64'' takes place after ''Doom II'', which ended with Doomguy pretty much annihilating the forces of Hell, and had to bring in a special demon to resurrect the hellspawn so there'd be something left to fight. The non-canon, but still officially released ''Final Doom'' [=WADs=] are treated as this as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}'' ends with Corvus killing D'Sparil. The extra episodes introduced in the ''Shadows Of The Serpent Riders'' expansion has Corvus getting trapped in D'Sparil's domain after the final battle and having to fight his way out.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'', similarly, ends with the player killing the second Serpent Rider, Korax, and getting trapped in the Land of the Dead in ''Deathkings Of The Dark Citadel'', having to fight their way out.
* ''VideoGame/QuakeI'' continues after the death of Shub-Niggurath with ''Scourge of Armagon'' and ''Dissolution of Eternity'', with the player having to take out [[TheRemnant remnants of Shub-Niggurath's forces]] when they attempt another invasion of Earth.
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' avoids this by having the 3 episodes after the death of Hitler and the proper sequel, ''Spear of Destiny'' be prequels to the original trilogy.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'' has its fifth episode start a whole new plot arc involving alternate worlds and special portals after [[spoiler: the death of the Wither Storm and CoolPet Rueben.]]
* In the end of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the Enclave is decisively defeated, and depending on player choices, clean, safe drinking water is returned to the Capitol Wasteland (or not) and [[spoiler: the player character may even have died]]. But fan dissatisfaction with certain {{Plot Hole}}s in the ending and the fact that ending the game meant you couldn't continue exploring the wasteland (plus desire for more of [[MoneyDearBoy that sweet sweet skrilla]]) lead Bethesda to release the "Broken Steel" DLC as a sort of coda chapter. Turns out that reports of the death of the Enclave [[spoiler: and, potentially, the player]] are highly exaggerated, and they have a KillSat that needs taking down before it takes down the protagonists. The missions themselves are fairly middle-of-the-road-- not as good as the best of the game's DLC packs, not as bad as the worst-- but the ability to continue exploring the wasteland post-ending is a worthwhile addition.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' ends with the defeat [[spoiler: and death]] of the Joker and a cure for his Titan poisoning found and distributed to his victims, and also with the defeat of Hugo Strange and the strong implication that Arkham City will be shut down, its legitimately criminal prisoners relocated, and its political prisoners freed. But just in case you don't feel quite done, you can download the "Harley's Revenge" DLC and smack around some goons for a few more hours.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' tried to avoid being this to the franchise when 3 had [[BrokenBase cleaned up the Reaper story nicely]] by having it take place in another galaxy. The fact that it takes place 600-some years after the trilogy and the characters don't know the full extent of what happened in the milkyway or its outcome[[note]]The Andromeda Initiative left the Milky Way between 1 and 2 and it's revealed to have had a mystery backer who's knew of the coming invasion and had the true purpose to FlingALightIntoTheFuture and let the dominant species survive in new home beyond the Reaper's reach.[[/note]] does little to alleviate the feeling that it was an attempt to keep the CashCowFranchise paying out.[[note]]It was poorly received and for the time being any continuation of the Andromeda spinoff looks to be dead.[[/note]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}'' GameMod ''Strange Aeons'' had concluded its story with ''The Plateau of Leng'', but when the mod's creator, Impie realized that they had accumulated quite a few maps unrelated to the project, Impie decided to repurpose them into one final episode, ''Out of the Aeons'', that was loosely connected to the previous four.

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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series creator Shu Takumi intended to end the story with the third game, so he set out to tie all the loose ends and give a proper send off to his characters. The problem? The game became a smash hit in Japan and surprisingly, it got a huge reception overseas as well. This soon prompted Capcom to make [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney a new game for the series]] but Takumi, whose story with the original characters was closed in the third game, wanted to create a whole new story with brand new characters. Capcom thought the game would become a failure if it didn't have the original protagonist so they forced his inclusion in the game. The result? A game that can very well be its own story, but at the same time, suffers from the lack of connectivity to the older games. Takumi also intended to end the series with that game but, once again, Capcom pushed for [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies a new game]]. This time though, Takumi stepped out and left the series' future to another team, although he would continue to work on more AA games such as ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' and ''VideoGame/DaiGyakutenSaiban''.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' finished its plot arc in its third season, ending with an epilogue to the entire Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, set after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. The series went on for one more season, however, with an entirely different storyline involving Luthor and Grodd forming the Legion of Doom; however, unlike many other examples on this list, it managed to maintain its high quality until the end. The series' creators have stated that after ''Batman Beyond'' ended without any significant fanfare, they made every season finale a possible GrandFinale, since they never knew whether or not they would get another season.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' also got renewed for one additional season (season five) that year. The surprise of this development could be seen in that the three-part finale for season four was titled simply "The End."
** It's also evident in that previous seasons stuck pretty strongly to the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, while Season Five's BigBad the Brain was, while still very dangerous, much less so than Season Four's Trigon (because really, there's really no way to go ''up'' from the resident GodOfEvil). To compensate, the writers brought back nearly every villain the show had ever had (aside from the previous seasonal Big Bads) plus several new ones, to serve in Brain's LegionOfDoom. This might also explain why Season Five shifted to episodes focused on minor characters or on characters who only appeared in the comics.
** Rather ironically, it was also this PostScriptSeason where the show ''finally'' got a long-awaited OriginsEpisode explaining how the team got together.
** The RecursiveAdaptation comic ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' remained in publication for two more years, during which it acted as an unofficial "sixth season" of the series, following from the events of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'' movie and cementing the relationships of [[OfficialCouple Flash and Jinx]] as well as [[ShipSinking Beast Boy and Raven.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' was originally set to end with TheMovie ''So the Drama'', but was renewed for another season. However, the following season retained high quality and the true series finale finished up the remaining story arcs the original left hanging, such as [[spoiler:Ron finally managing to master his Mystical Monkey powers.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' was supposed to end after Season 11, due to low ratings and network disinterest. The season finale is designed as a series finale; Luanne and Lucky are married, virtually every character from the regulars to one-shot guest stars appear as wedding guests, and the episode even ends with Hank and the gang drinking in the alley. Then Fox decided (largely due to fan outcry) to renew it at the last moment, and ''King of the Hill'' lasted two more seasons before its final cancellation. Debatable whether this helped or harmed the show, as many of the later episodes [[spoiler:Cotton's death, most notably]] are divisive.
* [[spoiler: The 20th season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' appears to be this. The nineteenth season ended with Arthur and his classmates being promoted to fourth grade, while D.W. and her class moved up to kindergarten. The beginning of the 20th season found them back where they were before. Also, Mr. Haney had to be written out, because his voice actor had died]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' was supposed to end with the ContinuityPorn episode "Lawson and his Crew", and then wrap everything up with TheMovie, ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', where the characters leave fourth grade. Because the movie was such a huge sucess, Disney renewed the show for another season, putting the main kids back in the fourth grade, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome getting rid of]] ''both'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse Butch and Miss Grotke]] after the season premiere, adding {{Anvilicious}} morals, and the season only lasted 5 episodes before it hit Disney's notorious 65 episode limit. Many fans believe that this was when the show [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had its 12-episode first season produced as a MiniSeries, which resulted in a self-contained story with no obvious {{sequel hook}}. It was later renewed for three more seasons, which had more continuous plot-lines.
* After Season 5's GrandFinale with the spies leaving WOOHP, ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' was unexpectedly renewed in 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' introduced a potential story arc involving a super virus named Daemon mid season three, but was largely ignored in favor of the immediate plot and the third season concludes with a satisfying GrandFinale. After good reruns on Creator/CartoonNetwork got a new season in development (after about 4 years), the decision was made to structure the fourth season into four part episode arcs that could be strung together as a movie. This left the Daemon arc, hugely hyped by the fanbase, as being resolved in just four episodes and not an entire season. It hurt too that the third set of episodes was never produced, leaving on a big cliffhanger for the second set of episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' danced with this for the better part of its run.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' was released after season 2 and could have easily beeen the series finale, as it kills off most of the main cast (including Optimus Prime), introduces then dispatches a new BigBad, and ends with the Autobots reclaiming Cybertron from Decepticon hold and declaring that a new age of peace has begun. When season 3 came along, it did a fair job of setting up a new status quo: the Decepticons regroup on the planet Char and still pose a threat, but the primary villains were now the Quintessons, a diabolical race of slavers who were introduced as a OneSceneWonder in ''The Movie''.
** Season 3 ended with Optimus Prime coming BackFromTheDead, saving the galaxy, and finally managing to establish peace between the Autobots and Decepticons. Story over, right? Naturally, there was a ''very'' brief (three whole episodes!) season 4, which immediately undid season 3's finale for the sake of having the Autobots and Decepticons fight again.
** Then there were the anime Transformers series, The Headmasters, Masterforce and Victory, which ignored Season 4, and undid the finale again.
** Incredibly, there was then a ''season 5'' made up of live-action segments in which a horrifying animatronic Optimus tells a young boy stories about the war, which consist entirely of footage from previous seasons and ''The Movie''. Yes, that's right, an ''entire season of [[ClipShow clip shows]]''.
** Then the show got rebranded as ''Transformers: Generation 2'' and broadcast for two more seasons...which, much like season 5, were just episodes from the first four seasons edited together with new CGI sequences.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' third season was 13 episodes, which brought it up to the standard [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon 65 episodes for a syndicated cartoon]]. The season finale was written as the SeriesFinale, with Twilight's long plot arc as Princess Celestia's student coming to an end with Twilight Sparkle ascending to being an alicorn princess. Then the show was re-upped for season 4, though the order was done early enough that said episode was able to be rewritten to act as the first part of a three-part story. In a curious reversal of the normal trend, by the time the show ends, there have will been ''far more'' episodes that aired after the SeriesFauxnale than before.
* The fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', which even has its own unique title: "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". It's Subverted in that WordOfGod is that the series was always planned for five seasons, but this doesn't really play out with what we see. The main arc of the series is the Hamato Clan's war with the Foot Clan, which is resolved in the season four finale [[spoiler: when Splinter, Shredder, and apparently most of the Foot Clan all perish in a final battle]]. The fifth season is an anthology series depicting several one-off or multi-part adventures, most of which just serve to tie up some loose ends unrelated to the main arc. The only arc that has any real relation to the main story arc is the ''opening'' arc about Kavaxas. Some of the arcs (particularly the final AfterTheEnd themed arc) have even been categorized by most of the show's writing staff and the network itself as "non-canon"

%%* Fanfic/TheLittlePonyLegend: Due to the way Korra and MLP work, a lot of the fics count as this. However, the one fic that's definitely this is Shadow of Ronin. Many of the characters even admit that their lives are almost boring now that they saved the world.
* ''Roleplay/DuelAcademyR2'' is now currently one or two years past the end of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' - and Juudai/Jaden's graduation.