Title, Please!

When a series, especially a TV drama series, has episode titles, but those titles never appear on the screen. It's generally assumed that everyone has access to an interactive program guide, so this former courtesy has long been waylaid.

There's a good chance that during localization, dubbing studios take note of the missing information and choose to re-edit the translated episode title into the video footage, somewhere between the opening or intro credits. Especially noteworthy if the title is written in a different font than the credits.


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  • Bleach. There is a title screen for each episode, but it only shows the number of the episode in a style unique to that episode.
  • Nana episodes show custom-styled screens with episode numbers, but no titles.
  • Some of the anime 4Kids localized, like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Ultimate Muscle, suffered from this.

     Live-Action Television  

     Web Comics  

  • The Order of the Stick : no title is displayed on the comic pages. The only way to know a specific comic's title is to look it's number up in the archives (also, the last comic's name is displayed in the side bar). The names of each Story Arc aren't included anywhere in the online comic, only the print editions. Which, fortunately, also display the title of the individual strips at the bottom of every page.

     Web Video  

     Western Animation  

  • Archer
  • Futurama
  • Kim Possible
  • Hanna-Barbera's version of Richie Rich had segments of four different lengths: "Gems", "Riches", "Treasure Chest" and "Zillion-Dollar Adventures". Beyond those generic titles, the segments were not identified on screen.
  • The Simpsons had about four exceptions, one of which was a gag where "Bart Gets Hit by a Car" showed up, right before Bart got hit by a car. According to the episode commentary, the animators put this in so that viewers would wonder whether the show had always been giving the titles and they'd just missed it somehow.
    • Averted with the German dub where the episode titles are shown during the couch gag.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, even though they could easily have slipped the titles in instead of the fortune cookie lines shown after the title sequence.
  • All three of Seth MacFarlane's cartoons: Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show
  • The Three Shorts episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures not only have titles for the shorts themselves, but the episode as a whole as well. However, only the shorts get the Episode Title Cards.
  • Gravity Falls
  • Sid the Science Kid is actually a somewhat rare example of preschool / young children's animated series that does this. The only thing that's shown at the beginning of the episodes is a small amount of crew, such as executive producers. No episode titles are given.
  • The Jetsons subverted this. The original 1962 season did not display the titles, at least when aired in syndication. But when seasons 2 and 3 were produced in the '80s with title cards, the first season was retrofitted with title cards to match.
  • Batman: The Animated Series has a variant: The episodes have title cards, but the show itself doesn't. Word of God is that they forgot to actually put it in.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil shows the credits for the episode, but not the name of the episode itself.