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At the end of an episode of a show, usually on a Cliffhanger ending, a narrator poses a few questions and promises alert viewers that the answers will be revealed in the next exciting episode.

May or may not be placed at the end of an On the Next trailer.

See also To Be Continued. Contrast To Be Continued ... Right Now.



  • The Funimation (in house) dub of Dragon Ball Z always ended its next episode previews with "Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!"
    • Naturally in the Abridged Series, this is parodied:
      Narrator: A new evil has revealed its face. Who are these mysterious enemies? And do Gohan and Krillin stand a chance? The answers to these questions will be be revealed... right now: Zarbon, Dodoria, Freeza and Oh. My. No!
      Krillin: Wait, wha- [end tune]

Comic Books

  • A handful of Tintin comics ended like this. One of them ended with Tintin himself telling the readers to buy his next comic and discover the resolution.

Fan Fiction

  • In the Star Trek parody radio play The Overlord by Jim and Melody Rondeau (1974), Captain Kirk muses "So... is this going to be the end of us? Our fate? To die — at the hands of evil mutants, on primitive Earth?"
    Chekov. Tune in next week —
    Kirk. Enough!!!


  • Older Than Print, as it's one of the tropes that makes the 14th century novel Water Margin feel like a 1930s action serial. Every chapter has a brief, teasing On the Next and ends with "Read our next chapter if you would know."

Live-Action TV

  • Soap had its narrator, Rod Roddy, do this at the end of every episode.
  • How will Batman survive? Find out tomorrow, same bat-time, same bat-channel!
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  • "Will The Lone Ranger triumph as he fights on for justice, law and order? Find out next week as General Mills brings you another episode of The Lone Ranger!" was in the early TV episodes.
  • The Electric Company (1971): "And what about Naomi?" That was the final question – after a series of questions relevant to the simple situation presented – posed in the "Love of Chair" segments, with (following a non sequitur question posed by one of the castmates) announcer Ken Roberts telling viewers to tune in next time. (Of course, this was a parody as none of the episodes straddled.)
  • Parodied in The Julekalender, where the list of questions often ends in Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking fashion and the narrator occasionally tells the viewers to make up more questions themselves.


  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy affected this.
    Will our heroes survive this terrible ordeal? Can they win through with their integrity unscathed? Can they escape without completely compromising their honour and artistic judgment? Tune in next week for the next exciting installment of The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Video Games

  • Starting in episode 4, Ambition teases the players with hints as to what the next episode contains. This is subverted in episode 9, as it says that the player will advise Rolf Klink as he negotiates with "pure evil". This is not at all what happens in episode 10.

Web Comics

  • Lampshaded in this Adventurers! strip:
    Karn: Will our heroes be able to save the world against these impossible odds?
    Ardam: Will you ever shut up?
    Karn: Will I ever shut up?

Western Animation

  • The Rocky and Bullwinkle narrator did this for every Cliffhanger, with joke next-episode titles. Sometimes played with:
    Narrator: Will Bullwinkle be able to extricate himself?
    Bullwinkle: I will as soon as I get loose!
  • Spoofed on the Looney Tunes short "Hare Trigger". The cartoon ends with Bugs Bunny tied and suspended over a bridge as Yosemite Sam cuts the rope.
    Narrator: Is this the end of Bugs Bunny? Will he be dashed to bits on the jagged rocks below?!?
    Bugs Bunny: [dragging a hogtied Sam behind him] Is he doomed to utter destruction? Will he be rendered non compos mentis? Eh, he don't know me very well, do he?
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "I See A Funny Cartoon In Your Future," being a spoof of Rocky and Bullwinkle, effects this halfway into the episode.
    Will the girls escape this literal cliffhanger? Will the Mayor get back into Townsville? Will Madame Argentina share her gumdrops?


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