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When a series, especially a TV drama series, has episode titles, but those titles never appear on the screen. It's generally assumed that everyone has access to an interactive program guide, so this former courtesy has long been waylaid.

There's a good chance that during localization, dubbing studios take note of the missing information and choose to re-edit the translated episode title into the video footage, somewhere between the opening or intro credits. Especially noteworthy if the title is written in a different font than the credits.


Although the majority of modern scripted programs omit episode title cards, this isn't a new innovation, as sitcoms since the start of network TV have only rarely shown on-screen episode titles, and even in the 1950s and 1960s some drama TV series did not show titles, such as Mission: Impossible.


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  • Bleach. There is a title screen for each episode, but it only shows the number of the episode in a style unique to that episode.
  • Nana episodes show custom-styled screens with episode numbers, but no titles.
  • Some of the anime 4Kids localized, like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Ultimate Muscle, suffered from this.

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  • In The Order of the Stick, until a 2020 redesign of the website, no title was displayed on the comic pages. The only way to know a specific comic's title was to look its number up in the archives (also, the last comic's name is displayed in the side bar). The names of each Story Arc aren't included anywhere in the online comic, only the print editions. Which, fortunately, also display the title of the individual strips at the bottom of every page. The redesign added this to the online versions.

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  • All Hail King Julien takes this example.
  • Archer
  • American Dragon: Jake Long
  • Batman: The Animated Series has a variant: The episodes have title cards, but the show itself doesn't. The creators admit they forgot to put it in.
  • Big Hero 6: The Series
  • Blue's Clues for its first four seasons. Since Joe became the host, title cards were put in use.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Cleopatra in Space does this, but an interesting case in particular as the only way to find out what the episode titles were, before the show was released on Peacock, was to translate the official Korean titles used in TV guides.
  • Since Summer 2018, any show that airs on Disney Channel's Disney Junior block now does this for some reason, though one (or more) of the characters still announces the name of the episode as if the title still shows up on screen.
    • However, this only applies to shows made in-house. Imported shows such as PJ Masks and Bluey are exempt from this practice.
  • Futurama
  • None of the episodes of the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon have visible titles, presumably because of the show having never aired on television and only being made available by receiving a DVD release nearly two decades after the show was produced.
  • Gravity Falls
  • The Jetsons subverted this. The original 1962 season did not display the titles, at least when aired in syndication. But when seasons 2 and 3 were produced in the '80s with Episode Title Cards, the first season was retrofitted with title cards to match.
  • Kim Possible
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series plays with this. The episode titles never show up on screen, but because of the show's simplistic Idiosyncratic Episode Naming (each episode being named after the subject of the episode, almost all of which are the experiments featured in them) and a character (usually Lilo) giving them their names in the episode (making them a subtle Title Drop), it's not necessary. This was even exploited by the show's producers for the episode "Yapper" in order to throw off kids of the time the show was produced using TV Guide from figuring out the new experiment early.note  That said, there as been at least one instance where the experiment's new name is never mentioned by anyone ("Holio").
  • The Proud Family does the same thing.
  • Hanna-Barbera's version of Richie Rich (1980) had segments of four different lengths: "Gems", "Riches", "Treasure Chest" and "Zillion-Dollar Adventures". Beyond those generic titles, the segments were not identified on screen.
  • During their initial run on ABC, the 1976 episodes of Scooby-Doo did not display titles. They were added in 1977 when they were replayed with new episodes that did have titles.
  • Shimmer and Shine for its first season. Starting in Season 2, title cards were used.
  • Sid the Science Kid is actually a somewhat rare example of preschool/young children's animated series that does this. The only thing that's shown at the beginning of the episodes is a small amount of crew, such as executive producers. No episode titles are given.
  • The Simpsons had about four exceptions, one of which was a gag where "Bart Gets Hit by a Car" showed up, right before Bart got hit by a car. According to the episode commentary, the animators put this in so that viewers would wonder whether the show had always been giving the titles and they'd just missed it somehow.
    • Averted with the German dub, where the episode titles are shown during the Couch Gag.
    • Played straight by "Treehouse of Horror XXVI". While most Treehouses of Horror episodes display the episode's title, guest animator John Kricfalusi didn't include one in his opening sequence.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil shows the credits for the episode, but not the name of the episode itself.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, even though they could easily have slipped the titles in instead of the fortune cookie lines shown after the title sequence. The long-delayed seventh season, however, chose to emulate the two already-completed follow-up series and have its episodes Close on Title instead.
  • Tangled: The Series
  • The entire Total Drama series.
  • Transformers: Prime was the first western Transformers series to not feature the title of the episode on-screen. The creators said they could never agree on a way to display the titles so they just decided not to. This ended up creating some issues in late Season 1 when episodes 21-23 aired early in Canada, since nobody knew what to call the episodes. went with calling them “Transformers: Prime episode 21” and so forth until the episodes were listed on Zap2It a week later.
  • The Three Shorts episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures not only have titles for the shorts themselves, but the episode as a whole as well. However, only the shorts get the Episode Title Cards.
  • The 4Kids release of Winx Club did not have episode title cards unlike its other releases.


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