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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.

Compare Title by Number and Trope 2000.


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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...



     Live Action TV  

  • The 1960s 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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 MB 20 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.

     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.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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 and 2018.

     Western Animation  


  • Microsoft likes to do this with its software.
    • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000.
    • Microsoft Office 85, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.
    • Almost every version of Visual Studio.


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