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 ScrewedByTheNetwork may not have been ''planned'' to have been cancelled, thus giving no time to plan for a final episode.

The trope was named after ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' by Music/GilScottHeron.



[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The season five finale was advertised as the series finale on Creator/TheWB, before the final two seasons were shown on Creator/{{UPN}}.
* ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture''
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'', 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.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple''

* ''Music/TheRevolutionWillNotBeTelevised'' by Music/GilScottHeron is the TropeNamer and also leaves it an open question when the revolution will arrive.

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* This was formerly [[EnforcedTrope company policy]] of Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}. Finales were proposed before, including the [[UnfinishedEpisode never-completed]] finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', but they were shot down due to this policy. This was officially [[AvertedTrope broken]] with the airing of the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' finale.
* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''--told that they could not make a real resolution because the show would rerun, the creators, feeling a bit snarky, created a scenario where [[spoiler:Max gets sent back in time to relive the series over again]].
* Apart from AnAesop on teamwork, ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' "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. That may be part of why the show has been in perpetual syndication since its first run ended in 1997.
* ''Creator/PBSKids'' pretty much ''embodies'' this trope, for they never announce their series finales in-universe.