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The Resolution Will Not Be Identified

Some TV stations and programs (particularly those catering to children) will not hint at the finale of a series on the network at all. In some cases, they air the finale without referring to it as such. Other times, the last episode of a show will end with something like, "See you next time," despite the end of the show having been established in other media, such as newspapers.

This usually happens with TV shows that will be rerun by the channels that first aired them. Of course, if you're young and this happens, maybe the network thinks you're too young to notice. They may also believe that if no new episodes air of your favorite show, you might not want to watch their network anymore.

Alternatively, a show that's been Screwed by the Network may not have been planned to have been cancelled, thus giving no time to plan for a final episode.

The trope was named after The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron.


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     Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The season five finale was advertised as the series finale on The WB, before the final two seasons were shown on UPN.
  • Phil of the Future
  • That's So Raven
  • Mr Rogers Neighborhood, although in this case, homage is paid internally. The last episode features portraits of characters from both The Land of Make-Believe and the titular neighborhood itself. Also, Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely shake hands, something which actor David Newell saw as an opportunity to thank Rogers for having been a great colleague and friend throughout the show's run.
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple


     Western Animation 
  • This was formerly company policy of Nickelodeon. Finales were proposed before, including the never-completed finale of The Angry Beavers, but they were shot down due to this policy. This was officially broken with the airing of the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius finale.
  • Played With on Mighty Max—told that they could not make a real resolution because the show would rerun, the creators, feeling a bit snarky, created a scenario where Max gets sent back in time to relive the series over again.
  • Apart from An Aesop on teamwork, The Magic School Bus "Takes a Dive" plays out like any other episode of the series. That may be part of why the show has been in perpetual syndication since its first run ended in 1997.