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When a show's title incorporates the year it was released — more or less. Forward-dating shows by using next year is somewhat common, especially if the release is late in the year. Back-dating is less heard of, since it implies the show is falling behind the times; usually annual titles get incremented in case production slips behind schedule.

Affixing a contemporary year to the title of a familiar story often implies a Setting Update, though not necessarily.

Fans will often do this with Similarly Named Works and Recycled Titles. Since those are Retronyms rather than official, they may or may not have their place here. This wiki uses this practice a lot, so be careful of annual wikiwords: Make sure to check on the actual page, where the title will usually be customized to add parentheses around the year.

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Subtrope to Title by Number and can overlap with Advanced Tech 2000 when a work is made/released just before a new millennium.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics' L.E.G.I.O.N. '89-'94.
  • DC also brought back its Silver Age Anthology Comic Showcase back in The '90s as a series of 12-issue miniseries titled "Showcase '94", "Showcase '95", etc.
  • 2000 AD. A good name for a sci-fi comic when it first appeared in the 1970's. Not so hot as the 1990's got older. As with most British Comics, nobody expected it to last so long...

    Film 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 1960's revival of Dragnet: Dragnet 1967, Dragnet 1968, Dragnet 1969 and Dragnet 1970. However, the Made-for-TV Movie Dragnet 1966 was not broadcast until 1969.
  • The infamous Galactica 1980
  • When CBS revived Goodson-Todman's Match Game in 1973, it was suffixed with "'73," as opposed to calling it "The New Match Game" (which some TV listings actually had). The year in the title changed accordingly each December 31st until the end of the CBS run in 1979. Averted with the concurrent nighttime syndicated run, which was called "Match Game PM" without any year suffix.
  • Wheel 2000, which debuted on CBS in 1997, was a children's version of Wheel of Fortune.
  • Password Plus was originally to be named Password '79.
  • Motor Week did this for a while in the late '80s/early '90s.
  • The BBC's Film [Year] programme, which has changed its name every year since 1972.
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    Music 
  • The song "Freedom '90" by George Michael, named this way to differentiate it from the (otherwise completely unrelated) song "Freedom" which he made in 1984.
  • Similarly to the George Michael example, the 1990 remix of David Bowie's 1975 song "Fame" was titled "Fame '90" to differentiate it from the original.
  • Beatles '65 was Capitol Records' U.S. release culled mainly from the Parlorphone album Beatles for Sale.
  • Rob Thomas has Real World 09 to seperate it from his MB20 song with the same name.
  • Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions (1969) has a track called "Cambridge 1969", which was indeed recorded at Cambridge University in 1969.
  • The song 1969 from The Stooges' Self-Titled Album The Stooges (1969) and 1970 from the same band's follow-up album Fun House (1970).
  • The Daniel Johnston album 1990 was released in that very year.
  • Talking Heads' debut album, released in 1977, was appropriately titled Talking Heads: 77.
  • The Ventures' 1964 update of their 1960 breakthrough hit "Walk, Don't Run" was titled "Walk, Don't Run '64". One of their live albums titled their cover of "Apache" as "Apache '65" like the Davie Allan cover (see below) despite the fact that it was more-or-less the same arrangement they recorded in 1963.
  • Davie Allan and the Arrows released two instrumental covers in 1965: "Apache '65" and "Moon Dawg '65". The former had a later update in 1973 as "Apache '73".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • When The Legion of Doom made their WWE comeback in 1998, they were renamed "Legion Of Doom 2000". In reality, the only things that had been updated for the new millennium were their trademark shoulder pads, which now had new and improved Spikes of Villainy, and their manager, having swapped Precious Paul Ellering for Sunny.
  • In WCW in 1999, Raven and Vampiro teamed up with The Insane Clown Posse to form Deadpool. Later, Raven got back with the clowns and joined Balls Mahoney to form Deadpool 2000 in ICP's Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling.
  • WrestleMania 2000 actually did take place in 2000, but it was a significant departure from the usual naming scheme; if it had been named like previous and future events, it would have been WrestleMania XVI.
  • Ring of Honor's Jay and Mark at one time teamed as The Briscoes 2000 in reference to the year they debuted in, in order to distinguish themselves from the unrelated Briscos, a more established brother Tag Team.
  • The Spoiler 2000 was probably not the 2000th wrestler to wear the mask, but he did take it up in the year 2000.
  • The last iteration of the nWo in WCW was referred to as nWo 2000.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering core sets are all named after their year (forward-dated), a trend that began with 2009's Magic: The Gathering 2010 Core Set, or Magic 2010 for short.

    Theatre 
  • The Trope Maker in musical theatre was the Ziegfeld Follies, whose first edition was titled Follies of 1907. It set the standard for titling musical revues to the extent that many revues which never would become a series would carry the current year in title, and most series of revues were referred to with annual titles whether they actually used them or not. Ziegfeld produced a new edition of the Follies each year until 1924, but it and all of its imitators stopped coming out yearly by the late 1920s.
  • The George White's Scandals series of revues averted this for a long time, using headings along the lines of "Nth Annual Edition" even after it started skipping years, but its final stage outing used the subheading "1939-40 Edition." There was also a now-lost movie titled George White's 1935 Scandals.

    Video Games 
  • Time Pilot '84
  • Galaga '88, also known as Galaga '90 on its American TurboGrafx-16 release and as Galaga '91 on the Game Gear.
  • Bomberman '93 & '94
  • Hector '87
  • Wrecking Crew '98.
  • The Donkey Kong game on the Game Boy went by the Working Title Donkey Kong '94.
  • Final Fight was originally meant to be Street Fighter '89, but Capcom settled for the new title because it played nothing like Street Fighter.
  • Madden NFL. Every year, it comes out with the next year's year in the title.
    • And the FIFA Soccer/NHL Hockey games. The Madden bit was parodied by one webcomic by having the changes for a sequel consist of updating the number... and that's it.
  • The Useful Notes/NASCAR games are an interesting case. Pictured above is NASCAR Racing 2002 Season, developed by Papyrus. However, they developed non year-labeled titles for 8 years prior, and their next title, NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, would be their last, as after EA got the exclusive license to produce NASCAR games, Papyrus went on to make Video Game/iRacing.
    • EA themselves released 98, 99, 2000, 2001, Thunder 2002, Thunder 2003, Thunder 2004, 2005: Chase for the Cup, 06: Total Team Control, 07, 08, and 09.
    • Their license then expired and was picked up by Eutechnyx, who developed The Game: 2011, Inside Line, The Game: 2013 (as an update to Inside Line), 14, 15, and '15 Victory Edition.
  • Colin McRae Rally 04 was actually released in September 2003.
  • The King of Fighters did this every year from The King of Fighters '94 to The King of Fighters 2003. Since the next game was not released in 2004, the main series stopped using this, though it didn't stop King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 from being retitled The King of Fighters 2006 in the U.S.
  • Most 2K Sports games, with 2Kn as an abbreviation for (2000 + n). They are usually released in the preceding year, though. This was started by Sega Sports, the company's predecessor.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon is a variant; the year it was released (2000) was a Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
  • Super Volleyball was followed by Super Volley '91, retitled Power Spikes outside Japan. There was going to be a Super Volley '94 after that for the Neo Geo, but it became Power Spikes II by the time it was released in 1995.
  • Just Dance 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • The first Gran Turismo game to be released on the Playstation 2 was originally to be called Gran Turismo 2000 for its year of release. However, development went on longer than expected and the game was released in 2001 as Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec.

    Western Animation 

    Miscellaneous 
  • Microsoft likes to do this with its software.
    • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows Me; the latter is a bit less on-the-nose than the others, with "Me" being an acronym for "Millennium Edition".
    • Microsoft Office 95, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 for PC; 98, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2016 and 2019 for Mac. Some versions don't follow the annual pattern, such as 3.0 (sometimes known as Office 92), 4.0 (1993), 4.2 (1994) and XP (sometimes known as Office 2002) for PC and X (2001) for Mac.
    • Visual Studio 97, .NET 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The aversions are 6.0 (1998) and .NET (2002).


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