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An episode is a part of a dramatic work such as a serial television or radio program. An episode is a part of a sequence of a body of work, akin to a chapter of a book. The term sometimes applies to works based on other forms of mass media as well, as in Star Wars. Episodes of news programs are also known as editions.

Episodes which end in the middle of a climatic moment are often called cliffhangers, after the name used for early movie serials. Such episodes can be nearly daily occurrences in soap operas and are frequently used in season finales of many prime time shows.

Episodes can be part of a larger story arc stretched out over a time period covering one or more seasons, or even an entire series run. This is especially prevalent in dramatic television series, including soap operas or science fiction series. Other genres to feature story arcs include comedies and animated programming, especially mecha anime.


The idea of stories being told in episodes has origins in serialized literature. The earliest known example of this is the One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights), which consisted of a series of serialized stories, or "serialized novels" or novellas.[1] Its frame story is about Sheherazade telling stories to King Shahriyar, and she needs to keep him interested in each of the stories, in order to prevent him from executing her the next morning. She often tells the stories episodically, beginning each story with a narrative hook, leaving off with a cliffhanger, and continuing the story the next night. This leaves the King in suspense, waiting until the next night to hear what will happen next. Many of her tales often stretch over many nights or 'episodes'. For example, "The Three Apples" is narrated in 5 nights, "Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman" is narrated in 6 nights, "The Hunchback's Tale" is narrated in 10 nights, "The Adventures of Mercury Ali" is narrated in 11 nights, "The City of Brass" is narrated in 12 nights, "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" is narrated in 13 nights, "The Ebony Horse" is narrated in 14 nights, "Sinbad the Sailor" is narrated in 30 nights, "The Adventures of Bulukiya" is narrated in 47 nights, and "Aladdin" is narrated in 78 nights. Television adaptations such as Arabian Nights (2000) have also been episodic.

Shows usually have numbers or codes (aka, Production codes/numbers) for each episode. The X-Files, for example, assigned a code in the format "sXnn", with 's' identifying the season number and 'nn' being a two-digit number for each show, starting with '01'. Some programs, such as The Simpsons, use numbering systems that are hard for anyone outside the production company to understand.

Many talk shows do not give episodes titles. However, some talk shows have given episodes titles, such as The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show.

Some series often give episodes their own titles which usually refer to the content of the episode, giving both producers and fans a simple identification, these will usually have a pattern such as being a pun on a known item (such as a phrase or title of a of some other media) or follow some naming convention of the series:

  • Most episodes of The Simpsons, and all of the nineteenth season parodies popular culture (ex. "Papa Don't Preach" is changed to "Papa Don't Leech").
  • Most episodes of Desperate Housewives are named after songs related to Stephen Sondheim.
  • Each episode of the teen drama One Tree Hill is named after an emo, rock, punk, or indie song or album.
  • Each episode of Grey's Anatomy and Instant Star is named after a popular song.
  • All episodes of Private Practice (Season 1) begin with "In Which".
  • All episodes of Bones are titled The ____ in the ______
  • Most episodes of Charmed parody other films and TV shows, such as "Desperate Housewitches" parodies Desperate Housewives, and "Malice in Wonderland" parodies Alice in Wonderland.
  • Each episode of Eastwick (excluding the Pilot), has something and something in the title, such as Bonfire and Betrayal, and Red Ants and Black Widows.
  • All episodes of Seinfeld, with the exception of "Male Unbonding", start with "The".
  • All episodes of The O.C. start with "The".
  • Episode titles of Monk always begin with "Mr. Monk "
  • Episode titles of Friends almost always begin with "The One With" or "The One Where," rarely with "The One Without"
  • Episode titles of Scrubs usually begin with "My" as they are narrated by J.D., the main character. They are sometimes called "His Story" or "Her Story", followed by a roman numeral when narrated by another character.
  • All episodes of Harper's Island are onomatopoeic words, usually sounds that symbolize death, such as Splash and Snap.
  • Later seasons of Diagnosis: Murder usually included "Murder" in their titles.
  • Most episodes of Ed, Edd n' Eddy are popular sayings with one of the words replaced with the word "Ed" ("Stop, Look, and Ed" as opposed to Stop, Look, and Listen).
  • All episodes of The L Word start with the letter "L" (except the Pilot).
  • Starting with season 2, each episode of Degrassi:The Next Generation is named after an 80's song.
  • All episodes of the CW show Everybody Hates Chris start with the phrase "Everybody Hates...".
  • All episodes of the Nickelodeon show iCarly begin with "i".
  • All episodes of the sitcom Still Standing begin with the word "Still".
  • All episodes of Chuck are named "Chuck versus the ...."
  • In the sitcom That '70s Show, for Seasons 5–8, episodes were titled after song names from various 1970s-era rock bands. All fifth season episodes are named after songs by Led Zeppelin, all sixth season titles are The Who songs, all seventh season titles are The Rolling Stones songs and, except for the finale, all eighth season titles are Queen songs.
  • All episodes of the short-lived sitcom Love, Inc. were named after a popular sitcom.
  • All episodes of the teen drama The Best Years were named after movies.
  • All episodes of The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd begin with "Here's" or "Here".
  • All episodes of Hannah Montana parody famous song titles, like "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" is changed to "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak".
  • All episodes of Gossip Girl are named after movies like The Goodbye Gossip Girl named after The Goodbye Girl.
  • All episodes of Special Agent Oso are named similar to the James Bond movies.

In addition, the word episode can also refer to a portion of a tragic play; this usually being associated with those of the ancient Greeks.


  1. ^ Waisman, Sergio (2003), "The Thousand and One Nights in Argentina: Translation, Narrative, and Politics in Borges, Puig, and Piglia", Comparative Literature Studies 40 (4): 351–71 

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EPISODE, an incident occurring in the history of a nation, an institution or an individual, especially with the significance of being an interruption of an ordered course of events, an irrelevance. The word is derived from a word (E7r€evoSos) with a technical meaning in the ancient Greek tragedy. It is defined by Aristotle (Poetics, 12) as µEpos SXov TpaycpSias TO µera v SXcov XopcxwP j€Xcov, all the scenes, that is, which fall between the choric songs. €ZooSos, or entrance, is generally applied to the entrance of the chorus, but the reference may be to that of the actors at the close of the choric songs. In the early Greek tragedy the parts which were spoken by the actors were considered of subsidiary importance to those sung by the chorus, and it is from this aspect that the meaning of the word, as something which breaks off the course of events, is derived (see A. E. Haigh, The Tragic Drama of the Greeks, 1896, at p. 353).

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Episode f. (genitive Episode, plural Episoden)

  1. episode (something that took place)

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An episode is a part of a dramatic work such as a television or radio program.

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