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A webisode is a short episode which airs initially as Internet television, either download or stream as opposed to first airing on broadcast or cable television. The format can be used as a preview, a promotion, as part of a collection of shorts, or a commercial.[1][2] A webisode can be part of an already established drama or series or it may consist of entirely original material. Depending on its purpose, the webisode may or may not be considered a part of an established program's continuity.

The word itself is a portmanteau formed by the words 'web' and 'episode'.

A webisode is simply a web episode – collectively it is part of a web series, a form of new medium called web television that characteristically features a dramatic, serial storyline, where the primary method of viewership is streaming online over the Internet.[3] While there is no set standard for length, most webisodes are relatively short, ranging from 4–15 minutes in length.[4]



  • 2009: Webisode is inducted as a word into the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
  • 1998-99: First public use of the word Webisode, attributed to Stan Lee Media in the marketing and promotion of the 7th Portal online superhero series created by Jesse Stagg and Steven Salim.
  • 1996: Earlier usage by the textually-based seaQuest 2047 to describe their periodic publications, beginning circa 1996.
  • 1995: Created by the first Internet serialized fiction called The Spot created by Scott Zakarin It was used to describe the series. Derivational words also created at the time: Webisodic.

See also


  1. ^ Stelter, Brian (2008-08-31). For Web TV, a Handful of Hits but No Formula for Success. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-01-23.
  2. ^ Graham, Jefferson (2005-10-23). Webisodes return, now as advertising. USA Today. Retrieved on 2009-01-28.
  3. ^ Carlson, Meghan (2008-12-29). Webisodes Cure Mid-Season Blues for 'Heroes', 'Office' Fans. Buddytv. Retrieved on 2009-01-22.
  4. ^ Hale, Mike (2008-12-28). NBC Bridges Series Gaps With Online Minidramas. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-01-22.

Simple English

A Webisode is an episode of a show that can be watched over the Internet instead of on the TV.

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