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- Since 2015 Marvel Comics developed an inversion of this trope. As in their comics end one way or another (some even with End-of-Series Awareness), but the company will not admit it at all (up to still having titles marked ongoing on their website that didn't survive Secret Wars (2015)). So the readers' only way to foresee cancellations is advanced divination from solicit (if it's missing for one month, it might be just delayed. Missing for two? Welp, that comic is probably over). This is exactly as annoying as it sounds.
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
- Mister 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
- An overwhelming majority of animated series suffer from this trope, with those that aired in syndication or on children's networks more often than not quietly airing their final episodes, especially if the show wasn't one of their more popular series.
- 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, with the only clue being Miss Frizzle deciding it was time to retire at the episode's conclusion. When the sequel series The Magic School Bus Rides Again premiered 20 years later, this is even acknowledged: Miss Frizzle has changed careers, with her sister now teaching her old class.
- PBS Kids pretty much embodies this trope, for they never announce their series finales in-universe.