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* The title character of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' died (again) at the end of her 5th season (in a potential series finale, before the show was picked up by UPN). WordOfGod is they originally decided to blow up Sunnydale, but then realized it would be too expensive to do at that point. They used that one later on for the final finale of the series.

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* The title character of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' died (again) at the end of her 5th season (in a potential series finale, before the show was picked up by UPN). WordOfGod is they They originally decided to blow up Sunnydale, but then realized it would be too expensive to do at that point. They used that one later on for the final real finale of the series.


* J. Michael Straczynski's followup ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' definitely had a five-year plan, with Gary Cole and friends searching the universe for the cure to a plague that was put in the atmosphere of the Earth that was intended to run several seasons, then have a conspiracy arc for the remainder of the series. ExecutiveMeddling, however, resulted in just half a season before the show was canceled.

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* J. Michael Straczynski's * Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's followup ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' definitely had a five-year plan, with Gary Cole and friends searching the universe for the cure to a plague that was put in the atmosphere of the Earth that was intended to run several seasons, then have a conspiracy arc for the remainder of the series. ExecutiveMeddling, however, resulted in just half a season before the show was canceled.



* ''[[{{Series/PersonOfInterest}} Person of Interest]]'' has been stated to be one by the creators.
* ''[[{{Series/Arrow}} Arrow]]'' had flashbacks from five years before the first episode, they advanced one year each year like the main story and these flashbacks also lasted for five years connecting the last flashback to the first scene of the series.

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* ''[[{{Series/PersonOfInterest}} Person of Interest]]'' ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has been stated to be one by the creators.
* ''[[{{Series/Arrow}} Arrow]]'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' had flashbacks from five years before the first episode, they advanced one year each year like the main story and these flashbacks also lasted for five years connecting the last flashback to the first scene of the series.


* The ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' writers have often stated that they have a five year plan, and stuck with it, though spinoffs or movies could still happen.

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* The ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' writers have often stated that they have a five year plan, and stuck with it, though spinoffs or movies could still happen.


After an American TV series has completed five seasons, usually about 100 episodes, it can be sold for UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}. This makes the five-year point an important milestone for TV series. Which means it often becomes a milestone for the characters too, with some crucial event scheduled for five years in the future. The TV business being what it is, the shows are often cancelled before the milestone is reached. Of course, five years is a nice round number so not all mentions of it may be related to syndication. Even the title comes from the Soviet Union's economic Five-Year Plans, [[IThoughtItMeant which presumably didn't have anything to do with TV.]]

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After an American TV series has completed five seasons, usually about 100 episodes, it can be sold for UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}. This makes the five-year point an important milestone for TV series. Which means it often becomes a milestone for the characters too, with some crucial event scheduled for five years in the future. The TV business being what it is, the shows are often cancelled before the milestone is reached. Of course, five years is a nice round number so not all mentions of it may be related to syndication. Even the title comes from the Soviet Union's economic Five-Year Plans, [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant which presumably didn't have anything to do with TV.]]


* The title character in ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'' was turned into a dog (who sounded first like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Oz]] and then like [[TheWonderYears Wayne Arnold]]) as punishment for his bullying ways, and he had to do 100 good deeds before he could turn back into a boy. [[OncePerEpisode Each episode consisted of one good deed]] - unfortunately, Eddie was only able to get to 40 good deeds before the show was cancelled.

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* The title character in ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'' was turned into a dog (who sounded first like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Oz]] and then like [[TheWonderYears [[Series/TheWonderYears Wayne Arnold]]) as punishment for his bullying ways, and he had to do 100 good deeds before he could turn back into a boy. [[OncePerEpisode Each episode consisted of one good deed]] - unfortunately, Eddie was only able to get to 40 good deeds before the show was cancelled.


* ''Series/Arrow'' had flashbacks from five years before the first episode, they advanced one year each year like the main story and these flashbacks also lasted for five years connecting the last flashback to the first scene of the series.

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* ''Series/Arrow'' ''[[{{Series/Arrow}} Arrow]]'' had flashbacks from five years before the first episode, they advanced one year each year like the main story and these flashbacks also lasted for five years connecting the last flashback to the first scene of the series.



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* ''Series/Arrow'' had flashbacks from five years before the first episode, they advanced one year each year like the main story and these flashbacks also lasted for five years connecting the last flashback to the first scene of the series.


* In a subtle example, ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' has Clark Kent saying it'll take him about five years to adjust to being an alien. It could be coincidence -- except the creators said that "100 episodes" would sound funny.
** It ended up taking ten.

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* In a subtle example, ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' has Clark Kent saying it'll take him about five years to adjust to being an alien. It could be coincidence -- except the creators said that "100 episodes" would sound funny.
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funny. It ended up taking ten.



* There's ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', which was planned as a five-season arc from the very beginning; watching those five seasons makes this pretty clear. Because of this, when it continued for a sixth season it started off weaker, adopting episode patterns a bit more like the first season had because there was no major story arc yet. Within a couple seasons, though, it picks up speed, and many fans believe the eight season to be one of the best in the series.
** In fact, series creator Eric Kripke has admitted that he didn't have a five year plan when the pilot was picked up. The five year plan was developed during season 2 and even then he admits that somethings (such as the Croatoan virus) fit so well it gave the illusion that they'd been planned all along when they had not.

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* There's ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', which was planned as a five-season arc from the very beginning; watching those five seasons makes this pretty clear. Because of this, when it continued for a sixth season it started off weaker, adopting episode patterns a bit more like the first season had because there was no major story arc yet. Within a couple seasons, though, it picks up speed, and many fans believe the eight season to be one of the best in the series.
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series. In fact, series creator Eric Kripke has admitted that he didn't have a five year plan when the pilot was picked up. The five year plan was developed during season 2 and even then he admits that somethings (such as the Croatoan virus) fit so well it gave the illusion that they'd been planned all along when they had not.



* The title character of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' died (again) at the end of her 5th season (in a potential series finale, before the show was picked up by UPN).
** WordOfGod is they originally decided to blow up Sunnydale, but then realized it would be too expensive to do at that point. They used that one later on for the final finale of the series.

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* The title character of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' died (again) at the end of her 5th season (in a potential series finale, before the show was picked up by UPN). \n** WordOfGod is they originally decided to blow up Sunnydale, but then realized it would be too expensive to do at that point. They used that one later on for the final finale of the series.


* Averted in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'': Judgement Day is only four years in the future when it could easily have been five.

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* Averted in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'': ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Judgement Day is only four years in the future when it could easily have been five.

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* ''[[VideoGame/AnnoDomini Anno 2070]]'' quotes this as a mission title [[spoiler:and references this trope as the actual, workable plan quickly falls apart at the hands of a corrupt executive]].


After an American TV series has completed five seasons, usually about 100 episodes, it can be sold for [[{{Syndication}} syndication]]. This makes the five-year point an important milestone for TV series. Which means it often becomes a milestone for the characters too, with some crucial event scheduled for five years in the future. The TV business being what it is, the shows are often cancelled before the milestone is reached. Of course, five years is a nice round number so not all mentions of it may be related to syndication. Even the title comes from the Soviet Union's economic Five-Year Plans, [[IThoughtItMeant which presumably didn't have anything to do with TV.]]

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After an American TV series has completed five seasons, usually about 100 episodes, it can be sold for [[{{Syndication}} syndication]].UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}. This makes the five-year point an important milestone for TV series. Which means it often becomes a milestone for the characters too, with some crucial event scheduled for five years in the future. The TV business being what it is, the shows are often cancelled before the milestone is reached. Of course, five years is a nice round number so not all mentions of it may be related to syndication. Even the title comes from the Soviet Union's economic Five-Year Plans, [[IThoughtItMeant which presumably didn't have anything to do with TV.]]


* In ''{{Disney}} Presents The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage'' Black Jack (a ghost) and his live partner have to save 100 souls in order to compensate for the evils they have done. Since only 7 episodes got aired, I guess they're both roasting in {{Hell}} right about now. Unusually for an episodic show, every episode ended with a tally showing the viewer how many lives the duo had left to save. Some episodes had them saving multiple lives, in others they didn't get any. It probably would have taken them about 5 years worth of episodes to get to 100... if the show hadn't been canned.

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* In ''{{Disney}} ''Creator/{{Disney}} Presents The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage'' Black Jack (a ghost) and his live partner have to save 100 souls in order to compensate for the evils they have done. Since only 7 episodes got aired, I guess they're both roasting in {{Hell}} right about now. Unusually for an episodic show, every episode ended with a tally showing the viewer how many lives the duo had left to save. Some episodes had them saving multiple lives, in others they didn't get any. It probably would have taken them about 5 years worth of episodes to get to 100... if the show hadn't been canned.


* In ''{{Dollhouse}}'', the Actives are meant to be released with their original personalities after five years.
* In a subtle example, ''{{Smallville}}'' has Clark Kent saying it'll take him about five years to adjust to being an alien. It could be coincidence -- except the creators said that "100 episodes" would sound funny.

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* In ''{{Dollhouse}}'', ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'', the Actives are meant to be released with their original personalities after five years.
* In a subtle example, ''{{Smallville}}'' ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' has Clark Kent saying it'll take him about five years to adjust to being an alien. It could be coincidence -- except the creators said that "100 episodes" would sound funny.


* The title character in ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'' was turned into a dog who sounded first like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Oz]] and then like [[TheWonderYears Wayne Arnold]], and he had to do 100 good deeds before turning back into a boy. Unlike many such series, he did make some progress -- by the time it was cancelled he only had [[spoiler: around 40 left]].

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* The title character in ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'' was turned into a dog who (who sounded first like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Oz]] and then like [[TheWonderYears Wayne Arnold]], Arnold]]) as punishment for his bullying ways, and he had to do 100 good deeds before turning he could turn back into a boy. Unlike many such series, he did make some progress -- by the time it [[OncePerEpisode Each episode consisted of one good deed]] - unfortunately, Eddie was cancelled he only had [[spoiler: around able to get to 40 left]].good deeds before the show was cancelled.


* ''100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd'' got only up to 40 episodes, meaning either Eddie was left a dog or the rest of his deeds were done off-screen.



* ''Odyssey 5'' started with the crew of a space shuttle seeing the Earth getting destroyed, and then getting swept back in time five years to try and stop it.

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* ''Odyssey 5'' ''Series/{{Odyssey 5}}'' started with the crew of a space shuttle seeing the Earth getting destroyed, and then getting swept back in time five years to try and stop it.

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