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"That was a long, long teaser. Nine minutes, counting the "previously"s. Which, if you assume the episode is the standard forty-two minutes long, means the rest of the episode is... they're cute bastards, aren't they?"

What could be easier than naming your television series, radio broadcast, hit song, or other creative work after its running time? It doesn't have to be correct to the second, just make it close. On commercial television, ad breaks are generally included as part of the calculation.

Similarly-inspired approaches to titling include No Title and the Self-Titled Album.


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    Comic Books 
  • 52 was a weekly comic book series that ran for a year. Thus, it had 52 issues. Originally, 52 was just a working title, but they couldn't think of a better one, so it stayed.


  • The Book of One Thousand and One Nights
  • Irving Wallace's novel The Seven Minutes (published 1969) is about the prosecution for obscenity of another (fictional) book called The Seven Minutes by one J J Jadway (— we are told that the name is written without periods.) Jadway's book is said to describe the thoughts going through a woman's mind during sexual intercourse lasting for that time, and if it existed it would belong on this page. Wallace's book strictly speaking does not belong here, because it describes the prosecution of Jadway's book as pornography and explores the various arguments advanced on both sides in the public controversy over the trial. Wallace's novel was adapted for a (not very successful) film by Russ Meyer released in 1971, and was the inspiration for the novel Eleven Minutes (Portugese, Onze Minutos) (2003) by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, describing on the experiences of a young prostitute.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour. Stand-up comedy clip show on Comedy Central.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • The 1/2 Hour News Hour on Fox News.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • 24. An action/crime drama. 24 episodes in a season, one hour (including ads) each. Season running time: Twenty four hours!
  • 31 Minutos, the famous Chilean show, which was 30 minutes long, adverts included.
  • 40 Minutes. BBC2 TV in the 80s had a 40-minute spare slot which they filled with a catch-all documentary anthology.
  • 60 Minutes. News investigation.
  • 60 Seconds is a news bulletin on BBC3.
  • Al Murray's Happy Hour, a chat show (should be noted that due to its other meaning, not all shows named Happy Hour run for an hour).
    • Running time: One hour, including advertisements.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Hancock's Half Hour, a radio and subsequently TV show, starring Tony Hancock. Running time: 30 minutes. One TV special was titled Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes. Running time: 43 minutes. Toward the end of the run, the running time was cut to 25 minutes, but instead of keeping up the theme, they just renamed it Hancock. Spoilsports.
  • The Hour, BBC drama about a Prime Time News show (of the same name) in The '50s.
    • Running time: one hour.
  • The Hour (CBC). George Stroumboulopoulos' talk show on CBC.
    • Running time: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • Also, Jack Dee's Happy Hour. He would begin every episode with explaining that it was neither happy nor an hour, until the last episode when he gave up and said it was.
  • Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour, a short-lived 1970 American series featuring comedian (and perennial Presidential candidate) Paulsen.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • PBS NewsHour.
    • Running time: One hour.
  • The Ronnie Johns Half Hour which was about 40 minutes per episode, plus adverts.
  • Sixty Minute Makeover, ITV home improvement show.
    • Running time: 60 minutes, including adverts. It also takes place (allegedly) in an hour realtime.
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
    • Running time: One hour.
  • Stargate Atlantis: "38 Minutes". The title is a reference to one of the rules established in Stargate SG-1 — under normal circumstances, a Stargate's wormhole can be maintained for a maximum of thirty-eight minutes, a rule which factors into the plot when the Atlantis team is stuck in a Puddle Jumper halfway through the event horizon of an active Stargate. The time between the activation and de-activation of the Stargate onscreen is 38 minutes, most of the episode's runtime.
  • This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A satire/news show.
    • Running time: Half an hour minus commercials. Twenty-two minutes.

  • ZUN's supplementary Music CD, entitled Retrospective 53 Minutes.
  • The album version of Madonna's song "Four Minutes" runs more or less four minutes.
    • Running time: 4 minutes, 4 seconds.
  • John Cage's 4'33", according to The Other Wiki, "was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece."
    • Running time: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Sort of - there's no indication to use any sort of time measurement, only to approximate four minutes and thirty-three seconds, and divide into three movements.
  • From the soundtrack of Cowboy Bebop The Movie is a song called "7 Minutes."
    • Running time : 6 minutes, 48 seconds.
  • The song "21 Seconds" by So Solid Crew
    • Running time: Several 21-second segments add up to 5 minutes.
    • The title of the song was chosen because twenty-one seconds is the maximum amount of time any one member of the group was allowed to have behind the mic, assuming a democratic distribution of time (needless to say, the group had a LOT of members).
  • The "Minute Waltz" by Chopin.
    • Running Time: Usually somewhere between 1:30-2:00. It's suggested that "minute" is supposed to refer to smallness.
  • Played for Laughs in Les Luthiers "Vals del Segundo" ("The Second Waltz"; which is actually the first one ("second" as in 1/60th of a minute, not as in "after a first one")).
  • The Bad Religion song "52 Seconds" from New Maps of Hell
    • Running time: The song starts with some silence making the length 58 seconds, however the song itself is around 52 or 53 seconds.
  • From the Bemani games: The least 100 sec. and 100sec. Kitchen Battle!!.
    • Running Time: 1 minute, 40 seconds. The former has a long version, titled The least 333 sec., which runs for 5 minutes, 33 seconds.
  • "4:12" by Switchfoot, off the album Oh! Gravity. (Interestingly, the title also refers to the clock time, as the first verse states: "You've been waking up at 4:12".)
    • Running Time: 4 minutes, 12 seconds.
  • "Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Uptempo Love Song" by Alan Jackson.
    • Running time: 3 minutes, 2 seconds.
  • "Pi" by Hard 'n Phirm
  • On the F-Zero GX soundtrack is a track called 2sec. Its running length is 6 seconds (of which 4 are silence).
  • The 2008 version of The World Ends with You's soundtrack has two versions of Three Minutes Clappin (one of which is live), with time length of 3 minutes, 12 seconds (studio) and 3 minutes, 19 seconds (live).
    • At least 15 seconds of the song do not include clapping.
  • Played with by Relient K: "Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care" is a song that runs exactly ten seconds. The lyrics: "I just wasted ten seconds of your life."
  • Averted by Coldplay in the B-Side "1.36", which is actually longer but some people hearing that it was originally 1:36 long.
    • Running time: 2:06.
  • "Song 2" by Blur. Two minutes of song (plus about a second and a half of echoes and leading into the next track, making it 2:02). And it's track 2 on the album as well. And it was the second single released from the album, ending up at #2 on the UK charts.
  • Shel Silverstein's "26 Second Song".
  • Somewhat subverted by LCD Soundsystem's 45:33. The actual running time is only slightly longer (45:58 according to The Other Wiki), but the name is taken from the traditional record speeds of 45 and 33 1/3 RPM.
  • In the early 1960s, Polish composer Krzystof Penderecki subverted this when he produced a composition for string orchestra consisting of about eight minutes and fifty-one seconds of various nonpitched sounds and clusters as an experiment, referring to it as 8'51 (similar to the 4'33 example above). Upon first hearing it, he was reportedly struck by its emotional effect (although there are other theories) and changed the title to dedicate it to the victims of nuclear war; hence, the Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima we all know and love.
  • "747" by Swedish band Kent is 7 minutes and 47 seconds long.
    • And "Sex noll två" ("Six Zero Two") by Swedish punk band KSMB is 6.33, but was named for the 6.02 running time of the original demo.
  • British Post-Punk band The Pop Group did a Shout-Out to John Cage's 4'33'' with their first B-Side, 3'38".
  • Ray Stevens' first album was titled 1,837 Seconds of Humor.
  • The final track of Rosanne Cash's album Black Cadillac is title "0:71." It's seventy-one seconds of silence, as a tribute to her parents (Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto), who had each died at the age of 71 in the few years before the album's release.
  • Roger Waters' "Four Minutes" lasts exactly that.
  • The Cardigans have an accidental example (or possibly a Double-Meaning Title) with "03.45: No Sleep". It is three minutes and forty-five seconds long, but the title is actually meant to be read as "A Quarter to Four: No Sleep".
  • Global Communication's ambient electronic album 76:14 is, in fact, 1 hour, 16 minutes, and 14 seconds long. In addition, all of the individual tracks are named after their length as well. The musicians explained in the liner notes that they wanted every listener to draw their own conclusions about what the songs meant, without a title influencing them.
  • Yo La Tengo's "86-Second Blowout" is 1:26.
  • Kasabian's album 48:13 has a total run time of 48:13. The songs on the album all have regular titles, but the album's cover toys with this trope further by just showing the running time of each of the songs on it.

  • BBC Radio for many years had Thirty Minute Theatre.
    • Running time: 30 minutes.
  • Somewhat bizarre aversion: Guy Garvey's Finest Hour.
    • Running time: two hours. (It's on BBC 6 Music, so there aren't even adverts.)
  • Aversion: Just a Minute.
    • Running time: 30 minutes. (The title refers to the time of each round, but since there are interruptions, most rounds take longer than a minute of airing time.)
  • Another aversion is Billy Graham's Hour of Decision.
    • It lasts for half of the suggested time.
  • Cult Polish comedy series: 60 minutes per hour.

  • 24 Hour Plays are plays conceived, written and produced in 24 hours.

    Video Games 
  • 10 Second Run and 10 Second Run Returns
    • Running Time (per stage): exactly 10 seconds. Completing all 50 trials in 10SR unlocks a 1 Second Run mode, with much shorter levels.
  • Half-Minute Hero
    • Running Time (per stage): roughly 30 seconds, though you can turn back the clock on some of the longer stages.
      • From the same game, there are the Hero 300 and Hero 3 modes after beating the first four, which give you exactly that much time to complete the stage. The latter is truly Harder Than Hard.
  • Lemmings has "Just a Minute..." and "Just a Minute (Part Two)".
    • "The Least 100sec"
      • Running Time: 1 minute 40 seconds
    • "The Least 333sec" (extended version of the above)
      • Running Time: 5 minutes 33 seconds

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    Western Animation 
  • The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show
  • The Looney Tunes anthology The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour that ran from 1968 to 1973, then from 1975 to 1978, when "Hour" was replaced by "Show" due to the addition of another half-hour.
  • Averted in a Three Shorts episode of ''The Simpsons': "The Simpson Family Smile Time Variety Hour" segment runs for a third of the episode, totaling roughly eight minutes. (of course, by the time those eight minutes are up, you're probably pretty glad that there aren't another fifty-two behind it).
    • Played straight with "24 Minutes", which doubled as a spoof of 24.
  • The Flintstone Comedy Hour, an Animated Anthology based on the Flintstone family in the 1972-1973 season.
  • And three years earlier we saw The Archie Comedy Hour, an expansion of the Archie show from the season before on CBS.

    Real Life 
  • The convenience store chain 7-Eleven got its name from its operating hours of 7am to 11pm, which at the time was a long time for a store to be open. Nowadays they're mostly 24hr stores.


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