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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 name is a Snowclone of The Resolution Will Not Be Televised, whose name is itself a pun on The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron.


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     Comic Books 
  • 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 

     Western Animation 
  • 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.