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"Now our credits can't have distracting words or visuals in them so they can be squeezed and babbled over. But we miss old end credits and here's why. Proper end credits provide a mental breathing space, bookending each show and giving you time to let your mental food go down. It's a bit like the moment you finish a novel. It's nice to gaze wistfully out of the window for a few moments and reflect. But how much shittier would that be if the minute you finished, someone tried to get you to read another book and another book!?"
Charlie Brooker, a quote from Screenwipe

When a TV station squeezes the credits of a show or movie into a tiny fraction of the screen and shows ads in the rest. If you are using a DVR and that has a "zoom" feature, you might be able to pick out things like who shot the thing (!), and who played "Pretty Older Woman".

Very popular in the late 1990s and most of the 2000s, it seems to have lessened recently with new programs, due to the fact that modern end-credits have been reduced to basically a Vanity Plate, perhaps in response to this trend. Channels which mostly show repeats of older shows, however, have this in spades. It's vaguely rude to the creators of the show whose names are obscured, though in the Internet age if anyone is interested in finding out who the Second Assistant Director was or who played "Pretty Older Women", the feeling is they can just look it up on IMDb.

The ad shown on the rest of the screen is always a promo for the station or a particular program on the station, often with innuendo and double-entendre humor (i.e., never "stay tuned for (name of show)," sometimes with a mundane-by-comparison-but-still-perhaps-humorous plot that was common in the old days), and never for something that would actually give the station money. An interesting thing, however, is that on networks that do this, this is generally the only advertisement shown between one show and the next; once the pushed credits are over, the next show immediately starts, greatly reducing the amount of time a viewer isn't "attached" to a show and likely to turn the station. On those that don't do this, the very same advertisement appears a few seconds later. On some networks, the credits are pushed back for the start of the next program, to prevent channel switching (this is particularly common if the next program happens to be another episode of the program just ending). A variation of this for a channel that airs movies (like FX, TNT or Freeform): the beginning of the next movie/TV show plays while the movie's end credits are pushed back.

In some cases, the channel doesn't play an ad, but instead runs a preview of the upcoming evening news, especially if the show just ending immediately precedes the news.

It should be noted that rarely is this controlled by the studio which made the show, and was far more often done by the network or, in the case of syndication, local affiliate which is showing the episode, often placing news teasers in the other "window". This variant was notably parodied in The Simpsons episode "Bart Gets Famous".

This is especially annoying if a show tends to do The Stinger during the Credits Roll, and is squished so you can't see it.

Also referred to as "Credit Squeeze" (Charlie Brooker often uses this term) or "Credit Crunch" (after the term for the 2008 Global Recession).

There are two common versions of this: the broadcaster will simply squish the credits to the side, or the bottom of the screen, run a promo alongside them, and maybe give them back the whole screen by the time the Vanity Plates (considered by broadcasters the most important part of the credits) appear. Some networks, however, show the plates first, then cut to a specially designed display with the credits on them. In the case of shows with long credit lists, such as movies, it's common for the closing credits to zip by at light speed.

Warning: As this trope concerns endings of shows, unmarked spoilers follow.

See also Commercial Pop-Up.

Real Life examples:

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  • Speeding up the credits towards the end of the promo to get them all in is a very common practice for television airings of movies:
    • When NBC aired Titanic (1997), the stars and bigwigs still got their time. Everyone else that worked on the massive epic got a nano-second as 250 screens of credits in 3 point Helvetica flashed by in 45 seconds on half the screen.
    • Another disconcerting version of this is used in the Cartoon Network airings of some of the later Pokémon movies, which show the credits during an epilogue scene. Not only is the screen squished and the audio muted, but the credits are sped up for time, making the entire epilogue scene go in fast-forward.
    • This was also done during U.K. and U.S. airings of the Ed, Edd n Eddy movie premiere. One must wonder what was going on with Jonny and Plank in The Stinger.
    • When AMC showed Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, the screen was minimized right before the final shot — which contains a major twist.
    • The Disney Channel has also been doing this with theatrical movies, plus The Suite Life Movie, Let It Shine, and recently, Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. Thankfully, most of the other Original Movies are spared this; at least, in you live in the States. In Southeast Asia, it varies per film featured.
      • Disney Channel US now does this trope randomly, usually after No Hoper Repeats. Example: to give way for the two-parter series finale of Austin & Ally, they did this trope on an airing of Descendants, where before it didn't happen, and kept doing it whenever they use the movie as a No-Hoper Repeat for anything else the channel would use against.
    • Disney Cinemagic raised this to an art form (although when the UK version changed to Sky Movies Disney it was thankfully dropped).
    • This has even been known to happen with Made For TV Movies, which usually have much shorter end titles anyway - for example, BBC2 once did it with a screening of O Pioneers!. The end credits and closing logos for this movie last at least 52 seconds, and they STILL sped them up!
  • In the days when the networks showed credits on the side instead of the bottom of the screen, local stations would cut them off sometimes to get to the news faster. Some stations even made unnecessary modifications to the display, such as KYW in Philadelphia (made odder by the fact that it is owned by the network; you'd think they wouldn't allow it).
  • Most anime aired on Western television have their credits pushed off to the side. In addition to this, and along with the earlier Pokémon: The Series movie examples:
    • When aired in the United States, .hack//SIGN had its credits cut to all of thirty seconds as well as its ending animation replaced with a simple montage. Granted the Japanese version does feature a naked Subaru (darkened). The credits were restored to their full glory on DVD.
      • .hack//Roots avoided this surprisingly and even had fully translated credits.
    • Surprisingly, Digimon Frontier had a full credit reel without being pushed or talked over.
    • A rare example from a DVD of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which had a tremendous amount of space to write translated credits without the need to wipe clean the Japanese credits. Bandai chose instead to write tiny lines of translated text running parallel to the Japanese credits in the opening part of the movie.
  • Most movie and TV-streaming services nowadays (like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+) sometimes go on this, both showing you what's the next episode or show/movie you can watch; in the case of Netflix, recommended movies/shows based on what you watched. Luckily, most services let you go back to full-screen mode by clicking on the minimized movie/TV show you were watching, thus subverting this trope.
    • On Prime Video, after a few seconds, the credits sometimes cut to the start of the next episode or volume of a series. This is especially noticeable with their PBS Kids shows.
  • On a syndicated broadcast of Pokémon 2000, the credits were sped up and synced up to a loop of Polkamon.
  • If a movie that ends with The Stinger airs on commercial television, televised broadcasts of the film will usually air said stinger before the credits, or, in some cases, remove it entirely. Here's an example from when The Rugrats Movie first aired on CBS. This also happened when Thor: The Dark World aired on ABC in May 2020.
  • Televisa Canal 5 in Mexico loves to cut the credits to get to the next show quickly. This can anger viewers that want to know who was involved in the production they aired.

    American Networks 
  • The Disney Afternoon is arguably one of the earliest examples of this trope in American television. Instead of airing each show's credits right after the episodes ended, the first three shows would be followed by previews of the episodes still to air that day. Only after the last show ended did they finally show the credits-in the form of each's show credits on one side of the screen and a preview for the next day's episode on the other.note 
  • Cartoons on Disney Channel and Cartoon Network use The Stinger during the credits to get extra gags in, which get edited out due to this trope. While Disney XD used to keep credits intact on their shows, now they usually only keep the credits intact during the initial airings of new shows or reruns of very old shows. Luckily, sometimes the credits slip by the editing or the promo isn't long enough to run for the entire credits.
    • When Kim Possible returned for its Post-Script Season, the creators added over-the-credits gags that hadn't existed in seasons 1-3. On the night of the four-episode premiere, Disney Channel covered the first such Stinger with a voice over for another show. They caught on eventually.
    • The Emperor's New School once lampshaded the fact that the credits were too small to read with a sundial's singing during the credits (since a clock radio during the Incan time period would be ridiculous).
    • When Star vs. the Forces of Evil aired its sneak peek on Disney Channel, the credits sequence was shrunken down into a tiny box at the bottom, while a commercial for one of those kid sitcoms played in a large box at the top. This caused viewers to miss out on a large portion of the credits song until the series' official premiere on Disney XD. Thankfully, the later airing of the episodes on both channels do keep the end credits (Mostly after coming from the last break of the show), one of the reasons for it staying because the credits are amazing.
    • The airing of the compilation version of the Descendants: Wicked World shorts went into this after the last short, making it hard to see who voiced who. It's unknown if this carried over in later airings of the compilation.
    • Oh Yeah! Cartoons, Random! Cartoons, and What A Cartoon all emulated this by default within their show's credit sequence, wherein they'd quickly flash clips of the pilot you just watched alongside its credits.
    • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has end-credits gags (usually quiet, low-animation ones) that weren't always pushed back in the early days of the show, but of course that since became rarer and rarer. They can still be found on all digital releases.
    • "You don't know what you're missing..." "..If you aren't in the kitchen!" Or if you live in the States and don't have Hulu or HBO Max, apparently.
    • Cartoon Network is also doing this with The Looney Tunes Show. Since the show tends to pay homage to classic Looney Tunes, one of the characters takes their place behind the WB shield and waves to the audience as part of a closing Couch Gag. Is Porky just saying "That's All, Folks!" or making one last joke for the audience? You'll only find out if you get the DVDs, digital downloads, streaming, on demand.
    • Speaking of which, Adventure Time ironically itself has ending credits completely skipped over unless on DVD, digital download, streaming, or video on demand. And what really sucks is the credits are pretty awesome. Same thing with Regular Show.
    • Steven Universe has beautiful end credits music... that is completely skipped over whenever it is broadcast. Like the previous two examples, fans consider it a waste on the network's part. The outro theme frequently changes as time goes on, revealing itself to be a full-length song called "Love Like You" when all the sections are put together, and is story-related. Cartoon Network still doesn't air it. This became a problem when the season 3 finale aired, as the song underscores an especially moving scene that goes to credits as the song finishes for the first time with the last line. When pushed back, it's quite jarring as it cuts off. The lack of credits also ruins the scene for fans who don't know of the ending, as the song playing in full during the show doesn't invoke as emotional of an impact if you haven't been hearing tidbits for three seasons. The only time the full credits played on American television was when the series aired on Boomerang for a brief time in the summer of 2018.
      • At the end of the premiere of "Now We're Only Falling Apart", the credits appeared in tiny white lettering at the lower-left part of the screen before it ended. This is the first time this type of "credit crawl" has been used on Steven Universe, even though Cartoon Network has done it for other shows.
      • The tiny white lettering-style credits was also used for episodes aired during the "Every Steven Ever" marathon on August 31 and September 1, 2019.
      • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes used pushback credits until a rerun of Crossover Nexus in September 2019, which used the tiny white lettering-style credits.
    • Clarence, which is notable for using a real-life song (Saba Lou's "Good Habits") for its end credits.
    • Conversely, the credits for the new Clone Wars series are pushed to the bottom of the screen. When it aired on [adult swim], nothing showed up top except a black box as Adult Swim doesn't use credits pushback normally. So the credits for this show are designed like that?
    • When Adult Swim aired Adventure Time for a couple weeks in February 2019, it sadly suffered from credits pushback. You were excepting "Island Song" to play at the end, but nope, they have to show the credits as an episode is about to finish.
    • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Codename: Kids Next Door had a few stingers as well, but CN advertising of course ruined the last minute jokes.
    • After ThunderCats (2011) airs, learning the spelling of featured characters' names (much less who performed them) is often a matter of consulting the manual, since the Heroic Fantasy has typically eccentric naming conventions, but the text is smushed into illegibility.
    • One particularly egregious example is in Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, which does this pushback throughout the entirety of the ending credits all the way up to the end of The Stinger, meaning people needed to wait until the American broadcast to understand what was going on, since the movie was being played everywhere but America at the time.
    • [adult swim] and Boomerang avert this. Both show the end credits of every show in their entirety, complete with the vanity plates intact. Cartoon Network used to air credits in their entirety too, with only an audio ad playing during the first minute. Before they started using split screen credits on a daily basis, it was only used during blocks, such as Miguzi and Fridays. As of spring 2006 (to coincide with the YES! era), split screen credits started getting used regularly.
    • Boomerang started using split-screen credits in September 2015, but originally only used them for their original series (such as New Looney Tunes, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and Bunnicula) and repeats of certain modern Cartoon Network shows (such as DC Super Hero Girls and Uncle Grandpa). Sadly, though, in November 2020, they switched over to using split-screen credits for ALL of their shows 24/7, even on shows that used to air with their full end credits intact. As this video demonstrates, this has a damning effect on classic Cartoon Network shows that had stingers during their closing credits, such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, and Camp Lazlo. You can still see the extra scenes at their normal speed, but they've been muted!
    • As of October 18, 2021, Adult Swim has started using credits pushback. It's the split screen variant (which is identical to Cartoon Network) and is only used for FOX's shows. As of May 2023, it's now expanded to Adult Swim's originals (except for shows with post-credits scenes). As of November 202, Adult Swim stopped using credits pushback but will sometimes shorten down or speed up the credits.
    • A strange inversion for The Amazing World of Gumball. The full opening sequence is almost never seen in the United States. Instead, a short snippet of the theme is played, with the show's logo, and a creator credit for Ben Bocquelet. Occasionally, for certain episodes, or if there's a suitable gap in the timeslot, the full opening is shown, but rarely.
      • The episode "The Fan" ends with Sarah (whom the episode's title refers to) Breaking the Fourth Wall by singing the show's closing theme, and the credits start after Gumball asks her what she is doing. However, because of the pushback, American viewers who have never heard the ending theme of the show are left just as confused as Gumball and Darwin.
    • Toonami usually doesn't air endings for anime. In the 2000s, they had original credits that had a black screen and showed screenshots. With the 2010s revival, they instead opted to speed up the credits. Sometimes they do this with kanji sequences, meaning the broadcasts contain no English credits at all.
      • One notable example happened with episode 116 of Black Clover. The post-credits scene that revealed that Nero can talk was skipped entirely on the Toonami broadcast. After some fans mentioned it, the clip was uploaded to Toonami's Facebook and then later aired before the next episode.
    • The early English Pokémon: The Series episodes didn't have their own credits, but they at least featured the intro repeated alongside the end credits. Eventually, even the animation sequence was scrapped and there was just a black screen with credits. When the anime made the Channel Hop from Cartoon Network to Disney XD, TPCI began airing full endings similar to Yo-kai Watch, except the said ending credit sequence gets booted off to the bottom like in the Star vs. the Forces Of Evil (example above).
    • As of July 2017, the United States feed of Cartoon Network has abandoned end credits altogether and now runs them at the bottom of the screen during the last scene of the show. The only time regular credits pushback occurs is during new episodes, movies and [adult swim].
      • On September 25th, 2023, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, and Boomerang returned to show full-screen closing credits for all of their shows and movies. Adult Swim still uses split-screen credit pushback for most of their shows. As of November 2023, Adult Swim stopped using credits pushback but will sometimes shorten down or speed up the credits.
    • The same can be said for all new animated series airing on Disney Channel starting in 2018 - both Disney-made and non-Disney-made ones. Big City Greens is affected the most by this, due to having a great ending song that is only partially heard at the very end of the credits due to this trope.
    • Since November 2019, the credits of animated shows' more recent seasons have been squeezed to the bottom third during the last thirty seconds of the show, and there's an ad break right after the theme song to make more time for commercials. This is averted on Disney XD airings and on all digital releases.
  • The Hub (now Discovery Family) does this as well to show network bumpers.
    • Although they avert it on the very rare occasions that they rerun the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Return of Harmony, Part 2", due to the awesome music on that episode's end credits. However, on that episode's original airing, this trope applied. And now it's in full action on current airings of any episode with special songs in the end credits.note 
    • The Hub's airings of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (and its sequel, listed below) not only use this trope, but also alter the end credits so they run for the same amount of time as it normally would in the show note , and also replace the closing song "A Friend for Life" as well.
    • On The Hub's reruns of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures, the network bumpers mute The Stinger at the end of the episode. It's almost funny that the shows' audio kicks back in almost immediately after the stinger ends.
    • Oddly, a late 2013 airing of Family Game Night showed the end credits and Zoo Productions/Hasbro Studios vanity plates in full.
    • After The Hub became Discovery Family in October 2014, the credits pushback was partially eliminated. Daytime kids programming now has the end credits play in full, which means The Stinger in Tiny Toon Adventures is now audible. The only time that Credits Pushback occurs is during showings of movies on Saturday nights, where the already shortened credits scroll is pushed aside for promos. As for Discovery Family's primetime programming, the credits begin displaying over the final minute or so of whatever documentary or reality show is currently playing. This is fairly standard for most Discovery Channel reruns to begin with.
    • Once again, the airings of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks not only suffers from this credits pushback with a completely different credits sequence than the one shown in cinemas and DVD, but it also cuts The Stinger at the end. It's especially jarring as the final scene before the credits transitions into the end credits song performed by the Rainbooms, but in the TV version, it just cuts from Pinkie Pie counting to the start of their song, right to the generic end credits theme.
    • This is probably why My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games moved its Stinger to before the credits, so that it would still be seen in airings on Discovery Family.
    • Oddly enough, as of July 2023, AFN Family uses The Hub's credits pushback, complete with promos, during their airings of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, meaning their airings were sourced from airings on The Hub itself.
  • Freeform (formerly ABC Family) does this when they air shows that aren't made for the channel. If your name's not Secret Life, Pretty Little Liars, Make It or Break It, or any other ABC Family original show, all you'd get is a Vanity Plate first, then this. It didn't take long for the trope to also apply to original programming as well.
    • Back in The '90s when the channel was Fox Family, they had an odd variant of this during their Captain's Treasure House preschool block. They made their own custom credits sequence in this format, but the left side of the screen showed a different thing depending on what show had just finished instead of ads for other shows on the channel. The All-New Captain Kangaroo had the Captain discussing the episode's lesson with the audience, Mr. Moose's Fun Time had a slideshow of pictures from the show set an instrumental of the show's theme song, and Shining Time Station and Magic Adventures of Mumfie showed clips from the episode that just aired as their original credits music played.
    • Movie showings often have their credits sequences sped up such as a sequence from a showing of Finding Nemo in The New '10s and/or have only one song play during the credits if it had more than one song play in the original sequence (like How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which omits "You Don't Have To Be Alone (On Christmas Day)" to play "Where Are You, Christmas?" because of the length of the credits).
    • If there's another movie showing after the previous movie, this trope happens, but it shows the ABC Family/Freeform logo along with the text "You're watching: (insert next movie's title)", the sped up credits on the left and the opening scene of the next movie on the right. This is particularly noticeable during 13 Nights of Halloween and 25 Days of Christmas.
    • An exception to this is The 700 Club, which still shows the standard full credits because the contract with Pat Robertson (who founded the network as CBN Cable) requires the program to be shown with absolutely no editing whatsoever.
    • During some 25 Days Of Christmas programming in 2019 like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the commercials would be squeezed into a frame to play shortened versions of videos seen on their YouTube channel. For instance, the break would start by showing a snowman spoofing The Joy of Painting and then cut to a skit with Santa dancing.
  • On that subject, Fox Kids got into the habit in the late 90s- after having done normal credits with voiceovers by characters from their shows for the majority of the decade, this started kicking in around 1997-98. The format- credits in a black rectangle along one side of the screen (sometimes with the show's logo atop it, sometimes not) with a blank space on the other- originated for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers during its' third season as a way to show Hilarious Outtakes, which continued into Power Rangers in Space. When it spread to other FK shows, they'd show the production company Vanity Plates first (often in a shortened/edited form with a truncated jingle, etc.), then the credits would begin. When FK wasn't overlaying ads over the half without the credits, there would be footage or still pictures from the show instead (ie. footage of the Galaxy Megazord forming). As a result, when these series were rerun after FK's demise (Power Rangers and Digimon on ABC Family and Toon Disney/Jetix, DIC Entertainment shows like Alienators: Evolution Continues on This TV), the default credits play, although some shows (like The New Woody Woodpecker Show) sometimes used alternate, full-screen credits for overseas distribution.
  • Just like the Disney Channel examples above, they don't do this to their original shows, but boy did they do this trope when they started airing newer imports like Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure and Backstage in the US. Even the Disney-made UK show The Lodge was not spared from it when aired there, despite being a Disney production. For some reason, My Babysitter's a Vampire got spared though when it aired in the past, but it might change if reaired again today.
  • MTV not only engages in this practice, but it also replaces the logos with copyright notices instead of the actual logos. Sometimes, they'll place the logos before the show's final act.
  • TV Land resisted the practice until about 2002. For the next several years, they did your basic pushback (squeezing the credits to the right, running a promo or a "up next" bumper on the right, then letting the credits have the whole screen again). Nowadays, they run the end credits over the final scene of the show in a little blue box, with the logos shown in full, in little boxes. They only do this with shows run during the day; those that run late at night, like M*A*S*H and Three's Company, are spared or only have their credits pushed to the bottom of the screen momentarily.
  • Chuck Lorre's post-1997 Vanity Plate is very unique, as they feature a long and funny ramble on it, differing per show episode. Credits pushback makes the small text illegible, even if a TiVo or similar is used to pause the footage long enough to read the plates. Thankfully, he and fans of his shows have archived his many essays online. Lorre has even released part of his essays in a special coffee-table book entitled What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Bitter.
    • CBS spares the Lorre plates at the end of Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Mom (though replacing the music—a short choir note, so no big loss—with a network jingle that exists so a voiceover can be done over it), then they go to a credits display.
  • The American Syfy did this to the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, covering up the ending theme in the process. As they did to all their anime, and probably all their live-action programs as well.
    • A particularly egregious example was Mobile Suit Gundam 00, which had many episodes with stingers that were cut, including the final episode of the first season, which led directly into the second season.
  • Game Show Network began squeezing the credits in 2000, squishing them to the point of illegibility. At first, they showed a brief promo before returning to the credits. Upon the switch to GSN in 2004, they began cutting off the rest of the credits and the Vanity Plates on most shows, which continues to this day. Most of the time, this also nullifies the fee plugs read by The Announcer (though those, strangely, are still closed-captioned). They were at least smart enough not to do this on Let's Make a Deal, because Monty Hall kept the show running during the credits. To GSN's credit, they didn't squeeze or in any way interrupt the credits of shows shown in the Black And White Overnite or Lovers Lounge programming blocks. At least at first. They did eventually start doing it, much to the chagrin of those maintaining the guide for the show at the site
  • Fox examples:
    • In recent times, The Simpsons has been able to run full-length, full-screen end credits. This is probably indicative of how much clout the show really has. (A FOX policy in the mid-noughties was that if there was something going on during the credits apart from the usual end theme, they would be left alone. This resulted in a large number of episodes from circa Seasons 16 & 17 having deleted scenes or other miscellany such as animator David Silverman showing how to draw Bart, just so FOX would have to leave the credits alone.)
    • One of the funniest examples of the producers getting their way in this matter was in the episode "Sunday Cruddy Sunday." According to the DVD commentary of the episode, the credits of the episode were allowed to be shown full-screen because the producers told Fox there was animation over the credits. Which is technically true...the scene over the credits is Homer sitting in a chair as "Spanish Flea" plays, the only animation being his eyes moving a few times.
    • Bob's Burgers also gets full-length and full-screen end credits as well. This may be due to the animation sequence at the end of every episode, however the sequence doesn't take up that much of the screen so that the credits themselves still could be theoretically squashed.
    • The Family Guy episode "The Simpsons Guy" also aired with its credits intact. As did "Carny Knowledge", due to featuring images behind the credits. However, the premiere of the latter episode still had a voiceover over the closing logos, which is what usually happens before the split-screen credits.
  • When NBC started this practice in 1994, they used a gimmick called "Promotainment". Rather than playing promos, they presented trivia facts about the shows, interviews with the stars, and clips from classic NBC shows. This was dropped in favor of standard promos by 1996.
  • Not only does Comedy Central credit push Futurama for the episode after, but the credits cover up the next episode's opening screen Couch Gag.
    • They have two other forms of this: on some shows, like Comedy Central Presents, the credits are shown in a box, on a display, next to a few promos (and maybe a network ID, just to give them an excuse to screw over the credits some more), and shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have a more conventional design, which echoes the network's circa-2004 "graffiti" look.
    • Back in the heyday of Mystery Science Theater 3000, they had Penn Jillette do a voiceover announcement during the show's end credits. Fans revolted, and the network retaliated by spending a week or two (every day) superimposing an extra-long, extra-belligerent rant by Penn Jillette about how doing this will harm the network, and, by extension, said fans' favorite show.
  • E! and its former sister network Style don't even bother with credits at the end. Within the first minute of the show they're put on the bottom of the screen on every show in see-through mice type that blurs by at a rapid rate, and when the show ends, the E! logo just appears and the next show begins. The company plugs for fashion labels are shown quite clearly because they paid the money to get their credits visible. On their reality shows (as well as their reruns of Supernanny), if they have Vanity Plates, they are shown coming out of the last commercial break. The lone exception to this is The Girls Next Door, which (jarringly) cuts right to the plates at the end of the show, without credits.
  • On TBS and TNT, the start of the next show gets played alongside the credits of the previous show. They tend to avert this whenever they show holiday specials.
  • Logo TV (the LGBT-oriented cable network that has zapped back and forth from Network Decay) has started re-runs of Buffy. Unfortunately they squish the credits (both acting and crew) and run them underneath last minute and half of the episodes. To top it off they completely cut out the ending theme tune, and Mutant Enemy's famous "Grr, argh!" logo.
    • They built this into LOGO original programming, where the credits run on the right side of the screen at a lightning pace (though with surprisingly large font) with the upper left running promo ads and a LOGOTV Vanity Plate below that. Apparently having not prepared well for the transition to DVD, the credit screen and credits remain, but with a black box and no audio.
  • Almost every show on HGTV (and a growing number on co-owned Food Network) run their credits on the bottom of the screen (as the major networks have been doing since 2005), under the closing scene where someone talks about how great their house's redesign was. These days, nothing from before 2005 is reran on HGTV, so full-screen credits are uncommon.
  • The Discovery Channel and its entire family (Discovery Family excepted) cuts the credits entirely, superimposing credits typed by the network over the final 30 seconds of the program, including logos. For instance, How It's Made normally shows the logo of the National Film Board of Canada, but the one as shown on Discovery and Science Channel has its name simply written in the same white Arial as everything else.
    • Discovery Communications attempted to kill credits entirely after a show's first airing, replacing it with a quick 'check the website for the credits' note. The unions and the Television Academy behind the Emmys quickly put a stop to Discovery's plans to do this.
  • When the Hallmark Channel airs episodes of Frasier, the end credit gags are often shrunk, squashed, and/or sped up to the point that you can't tell what's happening. They've also taken it a step further by also cutting up the opening credits of shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, I Love Lucy, and Perry Mason, showing only quick freeze frames of the opening credits with a snatch of the theme underneath.
  • Antenna TV gradually began to use split screen credits in 2015, shoving the credits and closing logos to the left of the screen and muting them. On the right they show the first few seconds of the next program coming up and after the credits finish, they zoom into the program starting. Especially daunting since they used to be known for not doing this practice.
  • On the other hand, a good majority of other American digital broadcast networks (like MeTV and This TV) have openly defied and eschewing this practice, showing full-screen closing credits at the end of every show. "End credits at the end of the show... that's the way it's supposed to be!"
  • INSP, a Christian-run network which has moved in a direction similar to early TV Land, has apparently adopted a credits policy similar to TV Land (sticking the end credits to, say, The Waltons, on the bottom of the screen during the last scene).
  • Even PBS embraces this practice. With shows such as NOVA, they will squash the end credits so that they can also hawk products such as "an official video transcript of the show you just watched". In shows such as Masterpiece, the hosting segments with the likes of Alastair Cook are long gone. Now you just have squashed credits with bumpers with the same blurb (which amounts to no more than four words: "Next time on Masterpiece") by spokespersons such as Alan Cumming and more recently, David Tennant.
    • This was also done with PBS Kids as well, during the PBS Kids Preschool Block. This was dropped in 2013 after PBS Kids merged the aforementioned block with PBS Kids Go! and did away with this practice. It then returned in 2016, where the credits were squeezed as a small animation discussing the educational theme of the show that was just broadcast featuring Dot and Dash plays. For example, a small animation that plays during the credits of Ready Jet Go! might talk about space or science. Like the Nick Jr example, this only happens on the block on PBS, since the PBS Kids 24/7 channel keeps the credits for every single show intact. note 
    • Starting in 2018, newer shows and new episodes of older shows will have their credits intact, but older episodes of old shows will still have the animations. Occasionally on particularly old prints, you can also get outdated funding credits and promos. For example, when Rootle (UNC North Carolina's 24-hour PBS Kids station) reran Maya & Miguel in October 2020, promos from the aforementioned, long-defunct PBS Kids Go! block played during the show. The funding credits include, among other things, the No Child Left Behind program and Chuck E. Cheese.
  • The Captain Kangaroo variant from the Fox/ABC Family/Freeform section also occurs on airings of the Litton series The Inspectors, where a message from one of the actors pertaining to the theme of the episode is shown instead of a commercial for another CBS Dream Team show.
  • Even Starz—a premium movie network, mind you—has gotten into this trope, minimizing the end credits to shove in some promos before coming back to them as if nothing ever happened.
  • An odd variation happened whenever ABC ran the Peanuts specials in an hour-long block (that is, before they lost the rights to Apple TV+ and PBS in 2020). While the first special would have its credits shown in its entirety (since they typically have a scene playing out), the second one had split screen credits with a promo at the top and the credits and title on the bottom. Most holiday specials also run split-screen credits, but this trope is surprisingly averted whenever Olaf's Frozen Adventure airs on the network.
  • PBS Kids Sprout played this trope straight by squeezing the credits for half their length to inform viewers of the next program and what program would be on afterwards. Sesame Street was the only show that didn't have this happen, and even that's because most of the episodes prior to 2003 didn't even have a credits sequence.
  • Kids' WB! used this as well to show promos in the late 90's. Here's an example from an airing of Histeria!.
  • A strange example of the "talking over the credits" variant of this trope occurs on a 1992 VHS of 101 Dalmatians, where a narrator talks over the Buena Vista logo and tells the viewers to stay tuned for previews of upcoming VHS releases.
    • On VHS releases of Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too, the narrator tells the viewers to stay tuned for a Spot short. On some copies of this tape, this trope is in full effect, with a banner reading "Keep Watching For Spot's Winter Sports!" covering the bottom of the screen.
  • Some programming like presidential debates, morning news shows and holiday parades broadcast in the United States will squeeze their commercials into a small box to advertise what will come on once the break ends.
  • FXX remains one of the few channels to play full credits, but only with the FOX reruns. Otherwise, they still use split screen credits during movies.
  • At the end of Disney XD's official YouTube upload of the first episode of Recess, the credits sequence gets minimized onto a background that features the channel's logo. This is where links to other videos would appear, but couldn't thanks to the FTC's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
  • A non-television airing version occurs in the 3 VHS releases of Little Dogs on the Prairie, where clips from the episode play with the credits pushed to the side. Another non-television airing version is on the 1998 VHS of The Little Mermaid (1989) which has a music video of Jodi Benson performing "Part Of Your World" while the movie's credits play on the side.
  • TBN and Smile airings of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie put the sped up and muted credits in a small box in the left corner during the final musical number. Oddly enough, the bit of the credits music heard towards the end is left in.

    Commonwealth Telly 
  • The guidelines for BBC end credits have angered arch TV cynic Charlie Brooker, as they forbid any speech during the credits (basically the precious last 60 seconds of his show's slot) so continuity announcements or trailers may be run. In response, he ran the end credits at the start of his show, replete with mock pushback scuppering any opportunity for actual credits pushback. He even went as far as to show the Zeppotron/Endemol logo, run a station ID, and link into a fake show where Victoria Coren discusses the history of wall corners, before invading said piece about a minute later to rant about this trope. When the episode was over, he just dumped his viewers directly back onto the channel when he finished talking at the real end. To promote the show, he often appears ranting in the background of the general BBC4 channel ident. How odd.
    • The new BBC rules on credits actually came into effect during the production of the episode before the one in which Brooker presented his extended piece on the phenomenon, but given the time constraints he had to wait until the week after to do it. He did, however, have to change the credits originally planned for that episode, and decided to express his disapproval as prominently as possible. He did this by standing in front of a green screen, with a piece of electrical tape over his mouth as a gag, saluting the new world order for 30 seconds as the Nazi national anthem played in the background...
    • On the sixth episode of season 5, his footage for the end credits was someone's arse shaking with googly eyes stuck on it, so when the BBC put in a continuity announcement (which they did) it looked like the butt was talking. In the original airing, the continuity announcer villainously stated they could squeeze the footage and so they did, but it still made the ass below look like it was pitching an episode of Crooked House above, so either way it was a win-win situation. After another broadcast where another continuity announcer sounded incredibly embarrassed and offended by this (the poor sod had had this sprung on her with no warning) yet did her best to laugh it off, BBC2 repeats later let the credits run without commentary. The aesop to creators is clear: talking arses prevent Credit Cropping.
    • And who could forget the special offensive end credits aired at the time of the Ross/Brand scandal?
    • James May of Top Gear once put together a version of the show's end credits composed entirely of the notes of different cars' exhausts. They played this composition over the end credits... at which point the continuity announcer started his spiel with "Sorry to talk over that, but right now on BBC1..." Oh, there were complaints.
  • In fact there are very few channels in the UK that don't do this now, and those that don't are probably too low-budget to be able to afford to.
    • Channel 4 and its sister channels' in-house shows now leave enough blank space around the credits that they can be compressed without losing anything; Skins is a great example of this, where the credits naturally run down the middle of the screen but can still be read when the continuity announcements boot them to the left-hand side.
    • Some BBC regional variations avert this. Episodes of Doctor Who can go without any interruption from pop-ups or voiceover if you watch the Northern Ireland version of BBC1, depending on which announcer is on duty.
    • Doctor Who is basically EXEMPT from this nowadays because of the huge controversy over a Commercial Pop-Up featuring a cartoon Graham Norton over the dramatic climax (not even the credits) of "The Time of Angels". It was so bad that even Graham Norton Lampshaded it on his own show. See here.
  • CBBC (at least when it aired on BBC One) almost always got its credits squashed - often into an area as small as 1/4 by 1/4 of the screen (seriously) - just so that the broadcasters could give an extra 20 seconds for the in-vision linking announcer to ramble on uselessly during. (When this first started, they used said time to air competitions for the audience. It continued on after the competitions were stopped during 2006) This got so bad at one point that even the children who watched these programs began to write in to complain about not being able to see the credits (which was rude to both the actors and the film crews, who never got their due credit). CBBC's response to this? They squeezed the credits of even more programs, so that the continuity announcer could read out the letters from the children who were complaining about the practice of credit squeezing. And then the announcer actually started mocking the kids for wanting to see the credits.
  • The ITV network required that all their shows have generic credits, so they could be shoved into a corner of the screen about a 1/3 wide, which if done right, was surprisingly readable. They also required a[show] website address to be visible at the bottom at all times too. This wasn't a problem for the ITV plc owned franchises of England and Wales, and the UTV franchise in Northern Ireland also didn't mind, simply covering it up with their own[show] address. But STV Group owned franchises in Scotland? They took offence to that address and decided to squeeze the credits into a corner of the screen about 1/8 wide, just so they could display their own[show] address in the rest of the screen. Which made them impossible to read
  • One of YTV's first credits commercials for Malcolm in the Middle was oddly meta, and displayed the credits for the show, with the narration "Don't look at those credits, look at these credits!" And then asks what a Key Grip is. Made worse that these were usually aired during the Bionix block, where anime aired, meaning that the first parts of many ending themes were cut off for the Overused Running Gag. A more proper commercial that actually describes the show was later made.
    • YTV also did this to the second season finale of Transformers: Animated, in which Megatron and Starscream bicker entertainingly during the credits while floating about abandoned in an unidentified area of space. Many Transformers fans were irate at having a random Canadian lad talking over the snark fest, and were forced to wait until a transcription of the banter from Closed Captioning came out.
      • YTV seems to do this to a lot of shows. Sometimes they'll not do it to a show until an episode with a new credits sequence or an over-credits plot element occurs and then push the credits back.
      • Speaking of YTV, they (usually) start their shows 3-5 minutes before usual (so you miss the first 3-5 minutes of whatever you were watching before).
  • When Teletoon airs movies, they usually show a few promos during the credits. Usually, the credits are unaltered. However, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is an exception, since the scene that plays during the credits ends up with the sped-up visuals playing before the normal audio. It's also worth noting that, in early 2012, they aired "Cartoon Network sneak peeks" during movie credits to promote the then-upcoming Canadian launch of the channel.
  • In the past, Much showed split-screen credits with partial music videos instead of promos. For example, when the network first started airing The Simpsons, first-time viewers of "You Only Move Twice" only got to hear the first word of the credits song. One example of a partial music video aired during Simpsons credits was "Work Bitch". Eventually, Much stopped pushing back credits (except when they completely skipped the credits of the first episode of Fairview, presumably due to this episode being longer than usual).
  • When Global aired the Animation Domination shows, not even The Simpsons and Bob's Burgers were safe from split-screen credits. At the end of the premiere of The Simpsons episode "Whiskey Business", when the credits maximized when the promo was over, the audio from the previous episode, "Pulpit Friction", played by accident.
  • Although Network Ten in Australia no longer do split-screen credits, when they did a lot of bad stuff occurred.
    • One example might be when Channel Ten was showing a broadcast of one Grammy awards ceremony, and squished the end credits to an unreadable size along with a loud voiceover. The problem? The credits were rolled over the 'big finale' of the awards, with Bruce Springsteen and an all-star band performing some song... not that anyone could hear it.
    • Channel Ten is now doing it in the middle of shows - during an episode of Futurama the entire screen was shrunk to show an ad for the following episode of Friends... three or four minutes before the closing credits.
    • They've even been known to shrink the screen and lower the volume without even having an ad running. Apparently they've set it up so it happens automatically?
    • A particularly amusing instance of this happened when Channel Ten cut out the audio on a broadcast of Casino Royale (2006). Viewers who were getting ready for the big Theme Music Power-Up at the end of the movie instead saw they were cut off for an ad for the show on directly after the movie.
    • Media Watch called them on this once, when the long Credits Gag of the Mick Molloy flick Crackerjack was pushed back in favor of very loud Australian Idol promos. They interviewed Molloy, who was understandably annoyed with the situation. He then pushed back the credits of Media Watch, cheerfully pointing out that what he was doing was annoying, useless and disrespectful to the people working on the show.
  • Channel Seven in Australia are really terrible; not only do they squish the credits into the bottom fifth of the screen, they speed up the credits so that they don't have to show them in full screen or something. It's terrible when you want to know who that guy was.
    • One of the worst was when they screened Monsters, Inc. and actually cut off the left side of the screen to avoid showing the Blooper Reel and "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me." This was a few weeks after they'd done something similar to A Bug's Life (speeding up the credits as usual, blooper reel included) and had attracted complaints over it.
    • For some TV shows, the credits sequence is a complete replacement instead of squashing the original picture. The credits text is at least readable this way. (We missed out on the nice tune at the end of every Lost episode.)
    • A couple of years ago, PRIME used to cut off the last 20 minutes of the actual movie that they showed on Friday nights - and thats not even counting the credits. It would just randomly stop the film mid-sentence and then go onto the next show.
    • Recently, Channel Seven mainly stopped doing split screen credits in favor of something EVEN WORSE! They cut off the credits entirely sometimes and go straight to the closing logos.
      • This also almost always happens whenever they show a movie. When the credits are suppose to appear, they just cut them off and go straight the next program. When they don't, they do split screen credits instead!
      • Even more recently, Channel Seven have started to cut off the opening film logos on almost every move they show! They just go straight to the opening tittles or scene!
      • On occasion they have even been known to use the wrong logo!
  • In New Zealand, TV2 manages to do this in a respectable way: while the top two-thirds of the screen is devoted to a promo, the bottom third has all the credits transcripted in columns, and displayed in a nice, legible font.
  • Comedian Toby Hadoke does a bit about this in his show "Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf"
    • We're so sophisticated now that we can't be expected not to turn over if 'writing' comes up on the screen. So the credits are squashed to one side so ITV1 can advertise whatever edifying box of delights it's got on next be it "Alan Titchmarsh's Favorite Sandwitches" or "Celebrity Gynecology: Live".
  • Chris Morris's very disturbing sketch comedy show Jam didn't feature any credits; instead it briefly displayed a URL which you could visit to find out the cast and crew...which of course viewers couldn't do, because by the end of each episode they were curled up in the fetal position crying.
    • Talkin' 'bout Your Generation also does this. After Shaun's closing monologue, a plug for the site appears, sometimes mentioning the page where you can read the credits.
  • In the 1990s, when cartoons were shown as part of Saturday morning programmes on both The BBC and ITV, the credits would either be squashed or cut (or in the case of Road Rovers accelerated - usually; they were left intact at least once). The worst example was Animaniacs, when ITV would lop off most of the end credits except for Steven Spielberg's and then have The Stinger... fortunately, most of them were eventually shown in their own slots.
  • Hilariously parodied in The Chaser's War On Everything when Andrew begins singing a song to take the show out
    I've been writing songs since God knows when,
    And every gig I score I give a promise to them
    I say I'll write it catchy and not too long,
    But they always run credits over my songs.
    Oh, all I want is my face on TV
    But they're always rolling text over me.
    And now I'll probably be squished into a corner, no doubt,
    So the bloody voiceover can drown me out.

    European Television 
  • When the Spanish TV company Mediaset broadcasted in any of its channel multiple installments (be it movies or episodes) of a foreign series in a row, they often showed only the intro sequence of the first one and two or three seconds of the ending credits of the last one. All other credits were edited, so the viewers wouldn't know when one installment finishes and the other begins. They have been abandoning this practice since the 2010s, though.
    • A special case occurred with TV airings of the Tad, the Lost Explorer movies, in which although the same amount of time for the ending credits was shown, The Stinger scenes were completely cut out.
    • In the Spanish version of the Turner-owned children's channel Boing!, which also belongs to Mediaset, all ending credits are edited out of the shows. If you're lucky enough, you may see one or two seconds of them, but this is very rare.
      • This was especially bad when One Piece aired in Spain on that channel. The ending songs were all dubbed, but Jetix used to cut them after a few seconds, so a few of them have never been heard in its entirety. What does Boing have to do with this? When they aired brand-new episodes of the anime, the dubbing studio, knowing that the ending credits would never be aired, didn't bother to dub them.
    • Its main competitor Atresmedia is a lesser culprit of this. While they always show all the credits in any of its original media, they'll only show the ending credits of foreign works if they have The Stinger, but never refuse to broadcast the opening ones.
  • Most German commercial TV stations don't broadcast any credits. They mostly put a little banner in the last seconds of the movie or episode with its title, the production company, the year of production and, sometimes, the director.
  • In Sweden, all the TV stations push back the credits for TV series. In the case of movies, only SvT1 and SvT2, the public broadcasters, allow the end credits to play all the way through. The private broadcasters will abruptly cut to commercial once the casting credits are over with.

    Japanese Television 
  • In Japan, programming will sometimes be squeezed into a smaller box so emergency news information can be broadcast in a similar manner to the squeezing that happens for credits promos. Here's an example from a rerun of Heidi, Girl of the Alps.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Spoofed in Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode ''Time Chasers": During the credits of the movie the main characters are watching, Observer (AKA Brain Guy) uses his omnipotent psychic powers to squeeze the whole screen over so he can parody this kind of advertising ads. You can even hear Mike and the 'Bots reacting to what he says.
    Observer: She's a wiccan, she's a nun! Tune in next week for the premiere of Which is Witch?
    • The gag gets interrupted when Pearl yells at Brain Guy, causing him to get down on himself and call it a stupid joke. The guys remark on how hard he's being on himself and say the gag was Actually Pretty Funny. Servo adds that he'd like to see Which is Witch?: "It sounds like must see TV! I MUST see it, dammit, I MUST!"
  • Ernie tried to do this at the end of the 1969 preview special This Way to Sesame Street when he didn't want the show to end.
    Bert: We have to have credits, Ernie. It's a rule!
  • That Mitchell and Webb Look: Discussed in the second-to-last episode by David Mitchell and Robert Webb, who are trying to come up with a Drama Bomb Finale, only to note the possibility of this happening. Mitchell's greatest venom is reserved not for the BBC doing this, but the bastard from Dave.
    Mitchell: He doesn't give a shit. As soon as he gets to the poppy bit of Blackadder Goes Forth, he's already split the screen and he's showing highlights of Frankie Boyle's nan-pussy set, "in memory of the fallen".
    • When the credits rolled on the subsequent finale, the continuity department got the hint.

    Video Games 
  • Donkey Kong 64: The credits push into the ending cutscene from all sides.

    Web Animation 
  • Parodied on Homestar Runner, in the Strong Bad Email theme song. As Strong Bad says, "And on the off-chance that you actually wanted to hear the theme song... we've taken care of that, too", this happens to the fake credits for "The Strong Bad Email Show". It happens again "for real" at the end of the email.
    Coming up next on Powered by the Cheat, Strong Mad gets his own talk show, and his next guest is Hilarity!

    Western Animation  
  • Family Guy: At least one episode lampooned this as well, with a promo for Channel 5 news that teased smutty topics (such as why are boys reluctant to socialize in camp showers, which bordered on pedophiliac humour).
  • From the MAD cartoon:
    Lemming Snicket: Nothing sad ever happens in credits. Actually, they get squished and pushed to the side, which is sad for the crew, but everyone else should be fine!
    • and then at the very end of the episode...
    Lemming Snicket: Oh wait! here come the squishy credits! Looks like it'll be sad for the crew after all!
  • Scaredy Squirrel: In "Goat Police", where Scaredy and Dave were watching the titular show on TV, the credits were pushed back for a commercial for the show being filmed in Balsa City. It was repeated again in the Safety Corner segment following the episode about the difference between make-believe and grand larceny, this time for a promo for "Late Night with Dan Duck". Although Scaredy pushes the credits and promo out to continue with the segment, the segment Irises Out despite not being done yet.
    Scaredy: I hated when they do that! My favorite part is finding out who did the production accounting.
  • The Simpsons: In "Bart Gets Famous", where Bart works on Krusty's show has a scene with all of Bart's friends and a bunch of his classmates watching the credits intently for Bart's name. Unfortunately, the credits get squashed to illegibility by a promo for the news. Bart insists that it reads "Bart Simpson" but Milhouse reads it as "Brad Storch" and Martin as "Benny Symington". Nelson then punches Bart for supposedly "taking credit for other people's work".
  • From Stroker and Hoop, after finishing a guest star role as a reward for saving a rapper's career:
    Hoop: It's sure going to be a thrill to see my name speed by in the squeezed credits under the start of the local news.


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Scaredy Squirrel

An in-universe example in "Goat Police", where Scaredy and Dave were watching the titular show on TV, the credits were pushed back for a commercial for the show being filmed in Balsa City. It was repeated again in the "Safety Corner" segment following the episode about the difference between make-believe and grand larceny, this time for a promo for "Late Night with Dan Duck". Although Scaredy pushes the credits and promo out to continue with the segment, the segment Irises Out despite not being done yet.

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