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Series Hiatus

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When a work 'pauses' without being officially cancelled.

Very common with 'independent' works that rely on a single, or very small amount of people to complete. The lead becomes too busy with a 'real job', too tired, away on vacation or needing time to catch up, rather than allow an extended Schedule Slip, they may resort to announce an intentional break in the series, usually with a pre-set return date. Unfortunately, it is not rare for what is intended to be a short hiatus to become permanent.

It should be noted that since many Web Series are made for fun, instead of for profit and Fan Fiction cannot be legally used for profit, by default, their creators will often have to go on hiatus to take care of their own personal needs and may only be able to continue work on their series, when they find free time in between work, school, etc.

When it happens with a professional franchise, it is usually due to the monetary return for the most recent work being below expectations, causing the money managers to halt further development with a vague desire to return to it at a later date. More rarely, the people in charge like a showrunner, head writer or lead actors can cause a series to go on a hiatus without being cancelled.

Compare Un-Cancelled, as a work that manages that trope will undoubtedly come across as this, and serial examples of The Shelf of Movie Languishment, where production has finished but premiers were held off until much later.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Beet the Vandel Buster went on hiatus for nearly ten years (2006 to 2016) after artist Koji Inada became too ill to work on it. After the manga's return in Jump SQ.Crown in April 2016, it went on hiatus again in October of the same year. It finally returned in April 2018 in Jump SQ.Rise (since Crown had ceased publication during that period).
  • Rei Hiroe put out Volume 9 of Black Lagoon in 2009. Good thing he finally announced he was going to resume writing again in 2012. Except... the announcement was made back in March 2012. He finally got out a chapter in March 2013... only for him to announce the next chapter would be released around June. He managed to get chapters out until February 2014... and then stopped once more. It may not be a coincidence that in May 2014, Volume 10 came out... and it covered up to Chapter 87, which was the last chapter from February. One wonders if his publishing company was just nagging him to put out enough content to create another volume. The English release of that volume was in April 2015, but there's been no word on when (or IF) Rei will have more chapters ready.
    • Eventually it was revealed that the reason for the hiatus was because Rei was working on Re:CREATORS with Ei Aoki. Once that show started airing, new Black Lagoon chapters started releasing again in May 2017 (over 3 years after the previous release). Then the manga went on hiatus again in August 2018 after Chapter 101, though in this case it concluded the arc (and it was also just enough chapters to publish Volume 11). The next arc began publishing in September 2019... on a bi-monthly basis, and the chapters just keep getting shorter and shorter: Chapter 104 was only nine pages long. Chapters used to be 24 pages on average.
  • Katsura Hoshino took a hiatus from D.Gray-Man from November 2008 to March 2009 due to an injury, then while fans were enjoying the return, it started a whole new hiatus in April.
    • The series has actually been on hiatus since December 2012 and has not been continued.
    • She finally ended the hiatus in July 2015, though with a catch: the series is now on a quarterly release schedule instead of monthly. On the plus side, a new anime adaptation aired in summer 2016 that continued where the 2008 series left off.
  • Noteworthy for happening so soon within a series, after 5 Chapters of DEAD Tube Champion RED Magazine announced that the series would be held back for several issues (it's a monthly serial) in 2014, coming back only in December, back with a vengeance ever since it brought the Plot Twist with it.
  • Dal-Young Lim and Kwang-Hyun Kim put Freezing on hiatus in April 2019 after the release of Chapter 225 due to circumstances involving the authors.
  • Fruits Basket took an extended break after about 36 chapters because Natsuki Takaya injured her drawing hand. She came back after a few months and finished the series.
  • Kohta Hirano with his series Hellsing: The Dawn. He felt like stopping out of nowhere in 2007 but Young King Comics did not declare the series as finished or cancelled. If it ever comes back to serialization, the fans will probably have forgotten about the series altogether.
  • Yuu Watase had taken a decade to actually complete Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden due to having several series going on. When she finally seemed to begin work on Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun in 2015 and no more updates had occured since, she revealed her intent of leaving Byakko Ibun as a one-shot chapter for the time being, while she focused most of her time on Arata: The Legend.
  • Hunter × Hunter has gone through multiple hiatuses.
    • The longest one lasting nearly four years (from November 26th, 2018, to October 24th, 2022) , due to Yoshihiro Togashi's health problems. There's even a chart set up to count how long the periods of hiatus have lasted. As of November 21st, 2022, Hunter × Hunter has been on hiatus for 791 issues of Shonen Jump, compared to 396 issues that contained a chapter. Meaning that it's been on hiatus for nearly 67% of its existence.
    • It's gotten to the point that both the 1999 and the 2011 anime adaptations (mind you, that's a difference of 12 years between adaptations) were Cut Short (the 1999 adaptation ran for 62 televised episodes and 30 additional OVA episodes, while the 2011 anime ran for 148 televised episodes).
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure rarely has any hiatus during publication, Hirohiko Araki tends to take breaks after finishing a Part. The first occurred after Golden Wind was finished, which lasted for nine months until Stone Ocean began. After Stone Ocean ended, another break lasted for about ten months until coming back for Steel Ball Run. The third, and longest, hiatus after the completion of JoJolion, lasted for a year and six months until returning for the start of The JoJoLands.
  • Hayao Miyazaki started the manga version of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1982, regularly stopping the comic - sometimes for over a year at a time - to work on his films (beginning, naturally, with the Nausicaa movie). Because of this, it took Hayao over 12 years to complete the manga.
  • Technically happened with Trigun, although it was sort of out of Yasuhiro Nightow's control: the original magazine the title was serialized in folded, and when he was hired by Young King Comics a year later they asked him to restart his old series instead of creating a new one.
  • Nana went on hiatus in 2009, as the author had some health problems. She has since recovered, but has not yet given word on when or if she will continue the manga.
  • Gamerz Heaven appears to be on hiatus, but some speculate that the non sequitur cliffhanger the last chapter finished with could just be a really, really lame ending.
  • At the end of March 2013, Gangan Online announced Shindere Shoujo to Kodoku na Shinigami had been put on indefinite hiatus due to the writer, Masaki Himura, having a sudden illness. Himura passed away in 2015, leaving the manga unfinished.
  • One Piece rarely takes longer hiatuses (among the few examples are one month's hiatus before the Time Skip and a couple of weeks when Oda was admitted to hospital), but it has become rather well-known for taking many more breaks than most of the other big shonen series. Currently, it is usually on break every fourth or fifth week (sometimes even more often). Sometimes it's because Oda is doing research, but other times no reason is given. Fans like to joke that the hiatuses are to spend more time with his rather attractive wife.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion entered hiatus upon reaching its 97th chapter due to the author needing surgery for an unspecified reason.
  • Hibiki's Magic was on hiatus from 2007 to 2013. There were a few chapters released in between, in 2008 and 2011 respectively, but it did not resume regular publication until early 2013, and has been coming out on a fairly consistent bimonthly schedule since then. It finally ended with volume 4.
  • CLAMP is very notorious of this. X1999 remain in a hiatus since 2003. There were talks of CLAMP planning to continue the series as long as there's a magazine willing to publish it. But since it's nearly a decade already, with several of their old series such as Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, XxxHolic and Cardcaptor Sakura returning, X/1999 remains incomplete. Drug & Drop and Gate7 are also in a hiatus since 2014 which doesn't help that CLAMP continued the former back in 2011. Then in 2016, xxxHolic: Rei went into a hiatus but it would return in Spring 2023 once CLAMP finishes Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.
  • Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force went on an indefinite hiatus quite literally in the middle of a chapter: the first half of chapter 31 was published in June 2013, and the fans have been waiting for the second one ever since. The hiatus had multiple possible reasons, ranging from the Broken Base caused by the manga among long-time fans, to the main writer having to juggle another on-going manga in the same continuity, its anime adaptation, and a whole bunch of assorted media for the Nanoha INNOCENT spin-offs. There now seems to be little chance it will continue.
  • Kingdom Hearts II: After Volume 5 came out, the manga was put on hold while Shiro Amano worked on the adaptation of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
  • Kentaro Miura was as infamous as Yoshihiro Togashi for his long breaks in the publishing of Berserk (so much so that the fact that Guts and his companions were on a boat for seven years in real time became a meme). There were all sorts of rumors as to why, but no one really knows the reason. His death in 2021 left the future of the series uncertain until just over a year later it was announced that his lifelong friend and fellow author Kouji Mori would work with his assistants to conclude the story.
  • Daisuki Bubu Chacha suffered a one year hiatus between season 1 (1999) and season 2 (2001)
  • The Pokémon anime went on a four-month hiatus after the infamous episode "Cyber Soldier Porygon" aired, so that the producers could investigate and revise the guidelines on what animation techniques were appropriate for television viewing.
  • In Ultimate Muscle The Tag Team Arc/Series ended in 2008 with the day saved once again, but it didn’t really end as a true climax for the whole Nisei series, leaving the series open for more adventures if needed; however, it seems the inclusion of the original Choujin from Kinnikuman, at their prime, reignited interested for OG cast, so in 2010 the original Kinnikuman manga, which by all means had a very conclusive end, resumed serialization and as of 2021 still is ongoing. This effectively put the Nisei series at an undefined hold, unidentified if or when it will ever resume serialization.
  • World Trigger went on an abrupt hiatus in late 2016 due to the author's health, eventually returning two years later, although moving from the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to the monthly Jump Square.
  • There was a long delay between the second and third volumes of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro due to the manga going on hiatus in 2009 in Japan, but the third volume was eventually released in November 2012.
  • From Eroica with Love is a very long-running manga, beginning serialization in 1976 and ending in 2012, though it went on hiatus from 1989 to 1995.
  • Magic Kaito began in 1987 but has technically been on hiatus since 1988; since then, creator Gosho Aoyama only occasionally draws new chapters for it while working more regularly on his other long-running manga, Case Closed. Only three new volumes have been released since the first two were published; the third volume was published in 1994, the fourth in 2007, and the fifth in 2017.
  • Lucky Star went on a lengthy hiatus from 2014 to 2022, due to creator Kagami Yoshimizu working on another project. When the manga resumed, it also switched magazines from Comptiq to Mitaina!.

    Comic Books 
  • Mega Man (Archie Comics) was put into indefinite hiatus and unofficially cancelled in December 2015, right as the comic was about to adapt the events of Mega Man 4. Issue 55, the last one released before the comic ended, revolves around Dr. Light getting into an accident involving a time machine and seeing visions of the future, specifically the classic games not yet adapted into the comic, along with the X, Zero, ZX, and Legends subseries — in other words, he gets to see the legacy of Mega Man. The series now has little chance of continuing because everyone who worked on it moved to IDW.
  • Geoff Johns' Shazam! was put into hiatus Mid-2013, at the conclusion of its initial story arc. The story resumed in late 2018, more than five years later. The main character of Shazam! remained active in The DCU's crossover storylines during the interim, however.
  • Pearl by Brian Michael Bendis was originally planned to be a six-issue miniseries, but due to the success of the comic, it was upgraded into an ongoing, skipping a month in order to prepare the seventh issue.

    Comic Strips 
  • The best known cases in print comics were the more-than-yearlong breaks taken by Garry Trudeau in 1983 and Gary Larson in 1989, and the shorter breaks taken by Bill Watterson in 1991 and 1994 and Charles Schulz in late 1997. In the business, these are known as "sabbaticals". Garry has gone on week-long vacations every now and then since the long break, with reruns being published in place. He also took a 3-month break in 2008. Doonsbury has been on "long-term hiatus" since Feb. 2014, due to Garry focusing his energies on Alpha House (Sunday strips are new).
  • Tom Pappalardo published the comic strip Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! from 2007-2008, took a year off, and returned in 2010 with a retooled layout, renaming it The Optimist.

    Fan Works 
  • Nobody Dies got hit with this hard in February of 2012, where after chapter 110, it simply stopped updating for months. When questioned, the author responded that he had written himself into a corner and was trying to work out how to get the story back on track. As of January 2013, he may have found his answer, as he has seemingly once again posted some story updates.
  • The last story update in the CATverse was posted in October 2012, and in 2016 the writers announced an official hiatus from the series due to time commitments in real life.
  • Godzilla: Replay, the sequel to the NES Godzilla Creepypasta, hasn't been updated since 2013, and the creator announced that the story is on an indefinite hiatus (although not cancelled).
  • As of January 14th, 2017, The PreDespair Kids sequel story, The Despair Kids, has been placed on hiatus for a few months. This is because Mod J is trying to avoid spoilers for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, which are annoyingly prevalent on Tumblr thanks to dataminers, until he plays the game for himself. Since the western release is confirmed for this year, he's calculated the hiatus should end sometime between March and July. Small updates, however, are also possible.
  • On July 19, 2017, Continuance went on a planned hiatus, partly so that the author could focus on his other fic, Change of Engagement.
  • The Skyhold Academy Yearbook series went on an unplanned hiatus for about six months between late 2018 and early 2019, due to the winter holidays and one of the authors moving house.
  • The fics of Loyal2Luna, including Doctor Whooves – The Series and Mass Effect The Equestrian Equation sequel Shades of Twilight were declared Dead Fics by their editor 2dextreem in 2017 after over a year of hearing nothing from Loyal, with 2dextreem writing a final chapter for Shades of Twilight to wrap up the cliffhanger and current story arc. Loyal returned to working on them in 2021.

  • Haruhi Suzumiya went on hiatus in 2007 after The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya ended on a cliffhanger. The conclusion was released in 2011, only for the series to go on hiatus again after the announcement of at least one more book. Nagaru Tanigawa had been completely silent until 2018, where he released a couple of short stories to coincide with the release of The Sneaker Legend, and the final volume of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan respectively, but had given no word on if the books would continue until August 2020, when the 12th volume was finally announced, nine years after the release of Surprise.

    Live-Action Film 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The first season of 3-2-1 Contact aired in 1980, but due to funding constraints, the series went into reruns until 1983.
  • All Creatures Great And Small went on one of these from 1982 to 1988, with two Christmas Episodes in between.
  • 'Allo 'Allo! went on a two-year hiatus from 1989 after lead actor Gordon Kaye suffered a horrific head injury, putting the entire future of the series in doubt. He went on to make a full recovery and the show successfully returned for 3 more seasons.
  • Atlanta: Had a 4 year hiatus between the end of it's second season in 2018, and the scheduled release of the 3rd in 2022. The main reasons were that Donald Glover's music career exploding after he released Awaken, My Love! and that the rest of the main cast (Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz) had performed well enough that the show had become a Star-Making Role for all three. The COVID pandemic did not help, pushing the release into 2022.
  • Doctor Who:
    • After the transmission of Season 22 in early 1985, the show was rested for 18 months on the orders of BBC One controller Michael Grade. The stated reasons were that the levels of violence in the programme had become to high, and the BBC wished to invest money in creating new dramas. The show returned in late 1986, but with a completely different set of stories to those that had been originally planned, under the umbrella title "Trial Of A Time Lord", reflecting the way that the show was effectively on trial in real life.
    • After the transmission of Season 26 in 1989, which received record-low ratings, it was announced that a 27th season would not be commissioned for the following year. The BBC would insist for the next 14 years that the show had not been cancelled, but they were simply waiting for the right time to bring it back. Aside from a one-off TV movie in 1996, Doctor Who would not return until 2005.
    • Having aired one season per year for the first four years of the revival from 2005-08, the show took a year off in 2009 with only a handful of specials airing. This was in part to allow for a smoother transition to the new production team, as Russell T. Davies departed and Steven Moffat succeeded him. Series 5 was broadcast in Spring 2010, a full two years after the previous regular season.
  • Gabby Duran & the Unsittables had a second season announcement before the series premiered, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting many television productions, it did not air until 15 months after the first season finale (from March 2020 to June 2021), with the show being cancelled shortly after the season two finale aired.
  • Game of Thrones: After having a yearly spring-to-summer airing schedule for the first six seasons, the series' seventh season had a delayed premiere in summer, while the eighth and final season, although airing in spring, was delayed by a full year (2019 instead of 2018). Winter is coming not only in-universe but also out; the first six seasons ended their filming in December, but the last two were shot over an entire winter each, so the editing team only started to work in spring.
  • Kamen Rider as a TV show went on hiatus during the The '90s, from Kamen Rider BLACK RX (1988-1989) to Kamen Rider Kuuga (2000). The franchise was otherwise kept alive via stage shows, music CDs and the occasional movie. During that time, Metal Heroes became the companion series to Super Sentai.
  • The Mandalorian didn't film any new episodes from March 2020-September 2021, due to production on other Star Wars TV shows. This resulted in a gap of over two years between the airings of the Season 2 finale, in December 2020, and the Season 3 premiere, in March 2023. In the meantime, Mandalorian cast members would at least reprise their roles on Star Wars: The Bad Batch and The Book of Boba Fett.
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood went on a three-year hiatus starting from 1976 and lasting through 1979, mainly so Fred Rogers could work some other projects. The show remained on the air during that period, but only repeats were shown (plus a one-off Christmas Special).
  • Perfect Strangers went on a 15-month hiatus after ratings dropped following a disastrous move from its prized TGiF slot to Saturday nights in 1992. The series returned for a 6-episode Finale Season, which aired on TGiF in the summer of 1993.
  • Son of Svengoolie joked about this in his 1986 finale during a song aptly titled "Cancelled!", proclaiming during a Hurricane of Euphemisms that the show was "On hiatus! That means gone!" Ironically, contrary to the point of the song, the cancellation would turn out to be only temporary, and the show returned (as simply Svengoolie) in 1995.
  • The 2015 reboot of Teletubbies went on a four-year hiatus before a continuation that utilized many of the same elements of that incarnation was announced for Netflix.
  • The producers of Thank God You're Here took a break for a year before bringing the show back for a fourth season.
  • Torchwood did this this between Children of Earth (2009) and Miracle Day (2011), because the producers needed to find an American network to take on the show in conjunction with the BBC.

  • In July 2016, Sick Sad World announced a hiatus due to the hosts' busy personal and professional lives. They intended to return in the fall, but that ended up not happening.

    Theme Parks 
  • Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights has gone through this a total of four times. It first started in 1986, but after an incident that resulted in the death of a scareactor, it was cancelled until 1992. After 1992, it again went dark until 1997 and continued to run for 1998, 1999, and 2000 before once more going on hiatus. In 2006, the event was at last revived and has been run every year until 2020. As a result of COVID-19 affecting theme parks on a global scale, Universal had to cancel the Horror Nights once again.

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    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: The show took an extended break after Volume 8 due to COVID-19 causing production issues, and as a result of needing to work on both Volume 9 and a Justice League crossover film for Warner Bros.. Thus, there was no season premiere in either 2021 or 2022, but the anime spin-off RWBY: Ice Queendom began airing in June 2022.
  • Super Mario Bros. Z was put on an indefinite hiatus due to an unspecified real-life problem up until its cancellation in 2012.
  • Homestar Runner has been known to have long gaps in between updates, especially when The Brothers Chaps were working on the video game. Notably, the series was on a complete hiatus from December 22, 2010 to April 1st, 2014, after which scarce updates have taken place.
  • Happy Tree Friends has had a history of hiatuses. The first complete hiatus started in late 2005, ended when the TV series premiered in September 2006 on G4TV, and resumed in December 2006 after the TV series ended, finally ending in October 2007. Then it underwent another major hiatus from October 2010 to December 2011, and yet another one from March 2014 to December 2016. After 2016's episodes were released for free by 2019, no new updates have occurred since, leading some to believe that the show was cancelled.
  • Camp Camp is hung up as Rooster Teeth went through a restructuring that prevents the show from being made without an outside studio's help. (there's also another 2D show, Nomad of Nowhere, though most consider it Quietly Cancelled instead of this trope)
  • Minilife TV: The Minilife Chronicles series was originally planned to go on a brief hiatus from September 2019 to January 2020, but the COVID-19 Pandemic delayed the next episode to November 2021.
  • After the second season of Meta Runner concluded in December 2020, the series went on an extended break in 2021. While work was being done on the third and final season, Glitch Productions also worked on two other projects, namely the SMG4 spin-off Sunset Paradise and the pilot for Murder Drones, which premiered in 2021 instead. After those, Meta Runner would return for its last episodes in July 2022, after a 19-month gap.

    Web Comics 
  • The author of Casey and Andy announced that he was planning to leave the comic alone for an indefinite amount of time while he worked on his other project, Cheshire Crossing. He did later return and finish it.
  • The author of Collar 6 took a one-week hiatus after he completing the 100th strip.
  • Maritza Campos of College Roomies from Hell!!! takes off the first two and last two weeks of each year (though she had to start the hiatus in 2006 several weeks earlier due to health issues). She also took several weeks off after the birth of her first child.
  • Cucumber Quest went on an extended hiatus in 2019 due to circumstances in author Gigi DG's personal life making it infeasible to continue the series in is current form. In the hiatus's announcement, Gigi stated that the comic will switch formats to a less taxing illustrated script once they resume work on it.
  • Earthsong has gone on a number of hiatuses in the past. The author getting married and going on honeymoon caused one of them.
  • Josh Sortelli of Elf Only Inn has taken lengthy breaks from production of his webcomic, up to several years on one occasion.
  • Dan Shive of El Goonish Shive took two months off at the end of 2006 to catch up on his Strip Buffer and attend to personal issues. And takes several more on a regular basis due to deciding he doesn't like his buffer anymore and redoing it.
    • At one point, it took him four-and-a-half years to update EGS:NP (18 February 2010 to 1 August 2014).
      Dan's Commentary: Contrary to what's stated above and below, EGS:NP was on an indefinite hiatus.
  • The webcomic Eversummer Eve has a long and tortured history online. It had been running for several years before Denise Jones moved new updates and its archive to subscription-site WirePop, where it helped launch the site. The comic eventually hit Schedule Slip in 2007 without notice, quietly leaving the site in early 2008. The comic has not been updated since, and the author has since indicated on Deviant Art that it's on hiatus, but she intends to come back to it and remake/reboot it at some undetermined point in time.
  • Even though Freddy Fox hasn't officially been put to an end, there hasn't been a new strip since Singing in the Rain, which was released on April 9, 2016 (approximately 7 years from 2023.) According to Hukley, this series' author, this is due to lacking enough time to keep making strips for now.
  • When Chapter 14 of Gunnerkrigg Court finished in September 2007, the series went on a hiatus In Name Only. The regular comic didn't update for two weeks, but bonus material, including a few Guest Strips, were posted every weekday (whereas the regular comic only updates three times a week). Tom Siddell explained that the break was supposed to represent the protagonists' summer holiday, so the time skip between Chapters 14 and 15 wouldn't feel so abrupt.
  • Hello Cthulhu, thought to be an orphan, was updated a whopping year-and-a-half after the 85th strip.
  • Amahara from The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace hasn’t updated his webcomic version in years, to the point some people wonder if he will just focus on moving on with the storyline in the actual official manga version he writes with COOL drawing it.
  • Jayden and Crusader experienced a hiatus between January and May 2008 in an effort to improve artistic ability before continuing.
  • Mike Shapiro, author of Joe The Circle, mysteriously ceased his already-sporadic updates on his comic in July 2002. To the frank astonishment of both his readers and his characters, he unexpectedly resumed updates... in September 2006. Thus, at four years and two months, Mike has one of the longest non-permanent hiatuses of a webcomic. And, unfortunately, he stopped again shortly afterward.
  • Keychain of Creation was forced onto hiatus after 383 strips due to the artist getting tendonitis. Due to the chronic nature of the aliment the hiatus may become permament.
  • Mary Cagle, author of Kiwi Blitz, announced in mid-2020 that the comic would be taking an indefinite hiatus, in order to balance taking care of personal issues and working as lead writer and artist on Sleepless Domain. As the comic had been ongoing for over a decade at this point and is now in its penultimate chapter, the main story is effectively complete, save a few loose ends waiting to be tied up. Still, the author has repeatedly made it clear that she intends to wrap up the story properly once she has the time to resume regular updates.
  • The Life of Nob T. Mouse went on hiatus for eight years, but has since been running along nicely and now updates three times a week.
  • Christopher Livingston, author of Livin' in Oblivion, started a hiatus titled, startlingly, "Hiatus". Two months later, an update, then nothing. He still sporadically updates, but with no schedule.
  • Living With Insanity took one while David was on vacation with no internet access and Paul was doing some work for Oni Press. Other than that, no major problems.
  • Loserz went on hiatus several times, for durations of two to four months, mostly in winter. On the other hand, when it was alive, it often updated daily.
  • Mage & Demon Queen: At the end of Season 1, the author took a break from May 21st, 2019 until August 29th, 2019. After finishing Season 2 on January 13th, 2021, they took another hiatus that lasted until June 23rd of the same year.
  • Megatokyo actually does do this on occasion, but due to Fred Gallagher's notorious Schedule Slip, it's hard to tell the difference.
  • Melonpool ended up getting a couple large breaks, with many of them flat out abandoning the material that it went on hiatus with.
  • Dum Cat, a, independent wordless single-paneled anthology, has been put on hold for a confirmed several months. This is so that artist D can put into works a feature-length Dum Cat picture book, with the intention of publication under an established producer.
  • Mountain Time took a hiatus that was later "explained" in a special travelogue feature.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Due to his chronic illness, Rich Burlew took a few weeks' break from the comic, once he reached the end of the "War and XPs" story arc. A brief hiatus is typical at the end of a story arc, but this one was longer than usual.
    • Another hiatus ensued in mid to late 2012 due to an injury sustained to his drawing hand.
  • Sailor Sun: placed on hiatus due to the author moving to the middle east for job reasons, now at the vague statements of intent on the Dead Fic scale. However his other, shorter, comic I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle is randomly coughing up updates.
  • Skeletons! did this after a Schedule Slip, but at least there's a strip that points out why.
  • Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance is known to go on at least one major hiatus a year. The longest occurred shortly after the birth of his daughter and lasted over two months, during which time a number of other artists (including some mentioned in this very entry) drew filler strips for the site.
  • Sugar Bits has not received any updates since 2016. Members of Bleedman's production team say the decision has been made to cancel Sugar Bits as a comic in order to maintain a constant focus on PPGD.
  • Wayfarers Moon in an unusual subversion: The announcement for the hiatus included an announcement for an extra Spin-Off comic once they would start up again.
  • Anne Onymous of The Wotch took off the first six weeks of 2007 to recover from a serious personal problem. Another long hiatus began in August 2009. The series eventually resumed with a new artist taking over the drawing duties.
  • The Prime of Ambition stopped in the middle of the most interesting part of a flashback in the very beginning. After 11 Jun 2008 the authors occasionally dropping in bonus materials, sketchbook pages and teasers, until the #bpspill page on 4 Jul 2010 and Christmas Episode. A to-do list promising reanimation of the comic in the first days of October appeared only 16 Sep 2011 It wasn't, but at least to-do list got regular updates.
  • Xin, who draws Erfworld, took time off in November 2011 to deal with her dying mother. During this time, the text only "Inner Peace (Through Superior Firepower" was posted instead, which was set before the events of the main comic.
  • Brawl in the Family went on a brief hiatus shortly before the 400th comic due to Matthew Taranto's health problems. A second one was announced immediately after the Christmas comic, set to last a little over a month.
  • Unsounded. As the author puts it between chapter 5 and 6:
    Long time readers know I take a one month break between chapters to recharge my batteries and fluff the page buffer, allowing me to keep the awesome three updates a week schedule. It's for the best
  • Sidequest Story went into what was supposed to be a brief one-month hiatus, but which ended up lasting almost a year. Luckily, it got back to updating weekly again after that. Only to slip back into hiatus again a few months later. As of May 6th 2014, the comic has been in hiatus for 1½ year.
  • A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible stopped updating in May 2006 and returned in December 2012. That's six years and seven months!
  • The Fuzzy Five announced a hiatus in August 2012. As of June 2014, no indication of a return date.
  • Fluffy Bunny Domination has not been updated since 2013 at the latest.
  • Ava's Demon is on hiatus until early January so the author can work on its books.
  • MS Paint Adventures has undergone a few hiatuses in the past as creator Andrew Hussie has worked on sizable projects related to the comic. In the later years, they even got their own names. Those include:
    • A relatively unknown hiatus between Bard Quest and Problem Sleuth, lasting from July 2007 to March 2008. Back then, MSPA wasn't Andrew’s main thing (that title went to Team Special Olympics), and in addition, most of its details still weren't ironed out, causing the pause (and the discontinuing of Bard Quest).
    • A hiatus in September to October 2011 to work on Homestuck's 13 minute long animated update, Cascade.
    • An unnamed hiatus from August to September 2012; famous for starting the trend of Homestuck fans making weird sprite edits during the pauses. It concluded with the first of three large-scale walkarounds featuring the Beforus trolls.
    • The Megapause, the first "named" pause of Homestuck, lasting from April to June 2013. It concluded with Caliborn revealing "HOMOSUCK.", an Affectionate Parody of the webcomic it's in. In its time, it caused confusion; as the second-to-last page before it read "THE END.", some people assumed it to be the actual end of Homestuck.
    • The Gigapause, the longest pause by far, lasting an entire year from October 2013 to October 2014; Hussie originally intended to finish the entire comic in this time before posting the ending all at once, but he ended up not getting as much work done as he expected, so he ended the hiatus prematurely and just returned to regular updates.
    • The Masterpause, from January to April 2015; it is named for having concluded with "Caliborn's Masterpiece".
    • The Omegapause, the last pause before Homestuck's completion, from July 2015 to March 2016. This time, we were brought an 18-minute-long Collide.
    • If we consider each webcomic to be its own thing, though, the longest hiatus is that of Jailbreak. Abandoned in February 2007, it was unfinished until September 2011, when the ending was written.
    • Then there's the Paradox Space hiatus, starting April 2015, initiated because that comic was costing way too much and not generating any significant revenue.
  • Ow, my sanity has been on indefinite hiatus since 2011, so that the author can focus on projects, such as Ten-Ghost, that will actually allow him to buy food.
  • Eidolic Fringe was a Sci Fi webcomic by Laura Galiffe and Joe Lee that began in 2002. However in 2005, due to both author and artist suffering from burnout and their Real Life day jobs taking more of their time, they stop updating the comic before the story got more exciting.
  • Phuzzy Comics has been on hiatus since January 2016 as the author's responsibilities as storyboard artist/voice actor filled her time.
  • Irregular Webcomic! went on a puppy hiatus on June 11, 2018, due to David Morgan Mar getting a poodle puppy and wanting to devote his time to raising it. It is planned to return on New Year's Day, 2019.
  • Exterminatus Now has been on an indefinite hiatus since April 2015 although there were some random updates in 2016.

    Web Original 
  • While often prone to Schedule Slip, the Goosebumps blog Blogger Beware has been announced by the blog owner to be on indefinite hiatus since 2013, with only one update in 2015 to poke fun at the upcoming movie and none since then.
  • Fortnite The Movie features an insane amount of hiatuses, some ranging from a few weeks to almost two whole years.
    • Fortnite the Movie, Fortnite the Movie 2 and Fortnite the Movie 3 Part 1 all were released in the span of a week. Fortnite the Movie 3 Part 2 would be released roughly two and a half weeks later.
    • Fortnite the Movie 4 would release mid December of 2019. In the next two and a half weeks, we would see the release of The Spyman, Fortnite the Movie 5: Vengeance, Fortnite the Movie 6 and Prequel.
    • Over two months later, Mime Time and Knives Out 2 were released back to back over two days. Almost three weeks after this, Fortnite the Movie 7: Rise of the Clown and Old Times would release in a similar way to the previous duo. One month after Old Times was released, Bigmouth, Jesus! and The Clown would all release on the same day
    • One year and eight months after the release of The Clown, The Fortnie the Movie Remake would be released. Fortnite the Movie 8: The Enemy of the Clown, The Roadtrip and Granny Business would all be released in the span of a week after this. This would be the longest hiatus to this date.
    • Eight months after Granny Business, we would see the release of The Cowboy Contract, Norm's Night of Horror, Cop Movie and Ab-Norm-al in the span of a few days.
    • Three months later, The Fortnite the Movie Holiday Special would be released, along with Hunted, The Wreckage and The Gustavo Show.
    • Goliath and Jesus vs Rampage: Yawn of Justice would be released two months after this in the span of a few days.
    • Another month after the previous two films were released, Last of the Clowns would be released.

    Web Video 
  • That Dude in the Suede left That Guy with the Glasses for a two-year hiatus in January 2009 in order to do missionary work. His return was pushed back to May, and when he still failed to return to the site rumors sprang up that he was doubting coming back at all — and even confirmed them. In reality, his delayed return was tied to delays in TGWTG's third anniversary special. On June 30th, at the end of Suburban Knights part five, Suede revealed himself shocking everyone who believed the rumors thus pulling off a long-term prank. On July 8, Suede released a trailer announcing he would be making more video reviews for TGWTG.
  • A Couple of C*nts in the Countryside released no videos between September 2012 and May 2014, due to various Real Life incidents.
  • Economy Watch goes through these from time to time, especially during the spring.
  • Nintendo's bimonthly Nintendo Direct video presentations skipped over August and October 2015 due to the death of president and CEO Satoru Iwata. They resumed in November of that year.
    • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Nintendo did not have one between September 2019 and February 2021. While there was one Mini Direct and many third-party Partner Showcases, all new first party announcements were relegated to indivudual social media posts.
  • Dice, Camera, Action! was put on Hiatus in May 2019, after controversy arose due to an affair between castmembers and further controversial behavior of one of its stars. It was cancelled seven months later.
  • James and Mike Mondays, which managed to keep up a streak of uploading videos every Monday for roughly seven years, announced that the show would be going on hiatus in July of 2020. The hiatus announcement was tied to their playthrough of The Wizard of Oz, with the intent of resuming the series in February of 2021. However, due to a variety of factors including Mike Matei's departure from Cinemassacre, the decision was eventually made to just cancel the series.
  • Critical Role suspended all live broadcasting on March 17, 2020 due to quarantine restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The main series returned on July 2nd, which was coincidentally the 100th episode of Campaign 2, but episodes were now pre-recorded and the set was rearranged to allow the cast to maintain a safe distance from each other.
  • BirgirPall, a comedic, video game playing duo from Iceland went on a permanent hiatus in January 2018 when one half the duo left Iceland to work for a game development studio located in California in the United States while the other half joined the creators of EVE Online in Iceland. The time difference and their full time work obligations narrowed their available collaboration window to a too small amount of time solely on weekends, which wasn't enough time to continue their work together.
  • The Yogscast Minecraft Series has a case of this with Shadow of Israphel. When the series seemed to abruptly stop putting out new episodes in the middle of season three, there were/was/is lots of speculation that it had become an Orphaned Series. Lewis Brindley has said that it simply can't be continued at the moment because of real life constraints and some of the original crew not being around anymore (not that it stopped complaining about SOI's hiatus or speculation he was lying, contributing to Artist Disillusionment). Every once in awhile they throw in a Shout-Out in some of their other series alluding to/joking about SOI taking so long/being constantly delayed.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series had a gap of two years between episode 82 (end of season 4) and episode 83 (start of season 5), and then a year and a half until episode 84, due to the ongoing health issues for LittleKuriboh.
  • Sam & Mickey took several breaks in 2022, only posting new episodes in January, March, and July. The post-July break continued until the May 2023 release of "The Unexpected Hiatus", explained in-universe as Barbie joining a cult for nine months. They also haven't posted any miniseries since November 2021.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Especially mid season 2 onwards, this show has been known to release several episodes at a time, only to disappear for months, rarely informing when the next set of episodes will be.
    • Ironically, the airing of seasons 3-6’s finales and first episodes are very close to each other, even overlapping at times.
  • Arthur had a year-long hiatus between season 3 (1998) and season 4 (1999). The reason for the delay is often thought to be that Season 3 pushed the episode count to 65, and that Cinar was gauging the popularity of the series to see if it's worth following up with another season or if the show should be relegated to 65-Episode Cartoon status.
  • Amphibia:
    • The series went into a year-long hiatus following the season 1 finale, due to Disney Channel's new "binge-watching" strategy where the crew has to finish producing about ten episodes instead of one to three at a time, and release them all at once. It status was left further unknown with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. Finally, in late June, it was confirmed that the second season would premiere on July 11, a week away from exactly when the first season finale aired.
    • In addition to another hiatus after the first half of season 2, the first half ended on a huge cliffhanger, as did the other members of Disney Channel's "Big 3" (Big City Greens and The Owl House), aside from a Breather Episode that's Halloween-themed, until March 6, 2021, with the hiatus lasting five months this time (six if one doesn't count the Halloween episode).
  • Big City Greens fell into this territory following the Season 1 finale in 2019, with no episodes released from March to November when the second season premiered. It went on another hiatus in 2020 after the tenth episode from February to July, then a third hiatus as of "Chipwrecked" in September, with the continuation "Chipocalypse Now" premiering in January of 2021. To make matters worse, 2019 and 2020 currently tie for the fewest episode premieres with 15 each.
  • DuckTales (2017) really follows this trope. The only notable hiatus in season 1 was after the Christmas episode on December 2 and new episodes on May 4, totaling 5 months. This was due to moving from Disney XD to Disney Channel. Season 2 saw 3 hiatuses, one from the Christmas episode to Della's episode in March, meaning 3, another 2 month hiatus due to 9 episodes airing in May, and a 4 month hiatus, with new episodes returning in September.
  • The Ghost and Molly McGee went on hiatus after airing the first half of it's inaugural season following it's premiere from November 2021 to February 2022, before resuming to air the first half of it's second half and subsequently having another hiatus from March to June of the same year before concluding season one. The second season would not debut until April 2023 after the season one finale aired in July of the previous year.
  • Grojband went on a mid-season hiatus in both the US and Canada (For the former it happened after CN ran out of episodes after "Six Strings of Evil" aired) and it was possibly even longer thanks to Uncle Grandpa airing.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019) aired its first season in November 2019, and was subsequently renewed for a second season, which was released in April 2022. It's been said that this show is one of the most expensive western cartoons, so that might explain it.
  • In addition to the year-long hiatus between seasons 4 and 5, the second half of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's fifth season was pushed back to September 2015, after My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games aired on Discovery Family. This was also apparently to match the two holiday episodes (Scare Master and Hearthbreakers) with their real-world counterpart's dates, although Hearthbreakers still ended up airing about two months early. Season 6 has a similar summer hiatus, and the 9th episode, allegedly titled "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks", was delayed until afterwards, leaving only 12 pre-hiatus episodes rather than the symmetrical 13.
  • Hilda: With season 2 premiering December 14th, 2020, the hiatus between the first season and the second season took TWO. FREAKING. YEARS. Overall, very traumatic waiting for a new adventure, but such is the life of an adventurer. The upcoming third and final season is scheduled for a 2023 release, making the hiatus THREE years in the meantime.
  • The season 1 finale of Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart aired in July 2020 and the show was renewed for a second season that same month. As of July 2022, Season 2 hasn't yet released (if it wasn't Quietly Cancelled), making for a two year hiatus. It's possible that COVID-19 and the still-present effects of the AT&T-Time Warner merger affected it.
  • Max and Ruby to date has aired new episodes throughout a period from 2002-2019 but to date has only had seven official seasons. After the second season, there was a gap of nearly three years unti the third, then after the fifth season, there was a gap of over three years until the sixth, which brought about a major Retool to the series.
  • Nella the Princess Knight: After "Freezing Out the Fleagles" and "The Big Concert" aired on the Nick Jr. channel on December 8, 2019, the show was then put on hiatus and was eventually pulled out of the Nick Jr channel. The last three episodes arrived on Paramount+ on July 21, 2021 when the show was added to Paramount+. It was on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - which was at this point downplayed.
  • The Owl House:
    • The series entered a four month hiatus after the tenth episode in March 2020, with no new ones until July. This is because of Disney Channel's new "binge-watching" strategy where the crew has to finish producing about ten episodes instead of one or two at a time before airing them, which could take 3-5 months or longer.
    • The show would go into another major one following the season 1 finale on August 29th, 2020 lasting nearly ten months, with the reason for such a long hiatus being due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the crew to work from home, which made it take longer to churn out new episodes, as well as the fact that the cut of Season 3 forced the crew to rework the entire season, condensing what planned plot points they could into Season 2.
  • Steven Universe: The show's broadcast schedule became rather erratic following the first half of season one, when the series forwent the classic weekly format for the bomb format (aptly titled "Stevenbomb"). Then it got even moreso once the fifth season started, to compensate for a production hiatus after the season's completion leading into Steven Universe: The Movie and Steven Universe: Future — there was a five-month hiatus twice before it ended. Needless to say, this erratic schedule has become quite... notorious amongst the fandom.
  • Ready Jet Go!: The show constantly suffers from this. By far the longest hiatus was the one from December 30, 2016note  and June 4, 2017note . 5 months.
  • Stōked was hit with this in both the United States and Canada.
    • Canada: While the show did pretty decent on Teletoon when it first premiered, the series took a 4-month hiatus between "Mr. Wahine" (which aired November 5, 2009) and "Reef, Broseph and Emma's Totally Stupid Adventure" (which aired March 4, 2010). Season 2 was hit with it even worse. Despite airing new episodes every other week, the series saw an even longer hiatus between "Clinging in the Rain" (which premiered on January 6, 2011) to "My Fair Leslie" (which premiered on April 6, 2012). The series saw another hiatus, which lasted 5 months. Since "Browatch" (which aired on September 22, 2012) the series went back to airing new episodes every other week, even leading to the Grand Finale "Grom Fest" (which aired January 26, 2013). In short, it took Canada—the show's country of origin—almost 2 1/2 years to finish season 2.
    • United States: Aside from airing the first 17 episodes out of order, the show did pretty decent when it initially aired in July 2009. However, after "Mr. Wahine" (which premiered on November 10, 2009), the series took a 7-month hiatus until "Grand Theft Auto Bus" (which premiered June 28, 2010) aired. The United States run ended with "Endless Bummer", which was the 22nd episode of the first season. The 7-month hiatus was the only hiatus that the US version of "Stoked" ever saw, as the series disappeared from Cartoon Network after the removed the show after July 2010.
  • Tangled: The Series has some pretty long hiatuses at times. The first hiatus was between the season 1 finale ("Secret of the Sundrop"; January 13, 2018) and the season 2 premiere ("Beyond the Corona Walls"; June 24, 2018) - five months. After the episode "Happiness Is..." (August 26, 2018), the show went on hiatus again until March 3, 2019 ("Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas") - six months'. Another 5-6 month hiatus happened between the season 2 finale ("Destinies Collide" - April 14, 2019) and the season 3 premiere ("Rapunzel's Return" - October 7, 2019).