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Tropes that apply to a particular single episode of a TV show.
Significant date episode
Episodes that revolve around what the characters do (or not) to celebrate culturally significant dates.
- April Fool's Plot
It's April Fools Day and everyone is having fun.
- Christmas Episode
It's Christmas Eve and everyone is having fun.
- Crappy Holidays
It's holiday season but nobody is having fun.
- Festival Episode
It's festival season and everybody is having fun.
- Halloween Episode
It's Halloween and everybody is having fun.
- Valentine's Day Episodes
It's Valentine's Day and everybody is lovesick.
Genre shift episode
The show switches genres for one episode but keeps the main cast.
- Alternate Reality Episode
The actors play different characters in an alternate universe.
- Cowboy Episode
The characters go to the American Old West.
- Noir Episode
Episode shot in the style of film noir.
- Parody Episode
Comedic episode parodying something.
- Storybook Episode
The characters are cast as fairy tale archetypes.
- Superhero Episode
The characters gain superpowers and fight crime for an episode.
Unusual location episode
Episode where the main cast goes to places they don't usually hang out at.
- Beach Episode
The characters go to a beach.
- Boot Camp Episode
The characters receive military training.
- Courtroom Episode
The characters are involved in a court case.
- Episode on a Plane
The characters take a plane to somewhere and spend most of the episode on board.
- Hot Springs Episode
The characters go to the hot springs.
- Picnic Episode
The characters go on a picnic.
- Prison Episode
The characters go to prison.
- Real World Episode
The characters from fictional world come to the real one for an episode.
- Road Trip Episode
The characters go on a road trip.
- The Show Goes Hollywood
The characters go to Hollywood.
- Space Episode
The characters go to the outer space.
- Time Travel Episode
The characters go time traveling.
- Torture Chamber Episode
A character spends the episode being tortured.
Unusual situation episode
Episodes where the main cast is placed into unusual situation.
- Broke Episode
The characters are broke and must make ends meet somehow.
- Diet Episode
The characters start dieting for one episode.
- Documentary Episode
A journalist makes a documentary about the characters and their occupation.
- Feud Episode
The characters spend the episode feuding against each other.
- Gender Separated Ensemble Episode
The ensemble cast is split by gender for one episode, with their separate plots.
- New Job Episode
A character changes jobs for an episode.
- Second Episode Morning
A character has to deal with the strange events that happened in the first episode.
- Trainwreck Episode
The characters are involved in or have to deal with a major disaster.
- Vacation Episode
The characters go on a vacation.
Episodes where members of the main cast fall ill or are injured.
- Fever Dream Episode
A character is sick and has bad trips the entire episode.
- Sick Episode
One or more characters fall ill and the others tend to them.
- Single-Episode Handicap
A character is handicapped for an episode.
- The Tonsillitis Episode
A character has tonsillitis.
Unusual activity episode
Episodes where members of the main cast engage in unusual (for them) activities.
- Door to Door Episode
The characters go on a fund raising drive.
- Fundraiser Carnival
The characters organize a fundraiser carnival.
- Guinness Episode
The characters attempt to break a world record or several.
- School Play
The characters prepare and perform a play for class.
- Musical Episode
The characters prepare and perform a musical.
- Pro Wrestling Episode
The characters train for, participate in, or attend a wrestling match.
Episodes where the main cast participates in sports or other kinds of games and contests.
- Baseball Episode
The characters train for and participate in a baseball game.
- The Boxing Episode
The characters train for, participate in, or attend a boxing match.
- Evasive Fight Thread Episode
The characters compete in some discipline but the outcome is never revealed.
- Paintball Episode
The characters train for and participate in a paintball game.
- RPG Episode
The characters play a role-playing game for most of the episode.
- Town Contest Episode
The characters participate in a town-wide contest in some discipline.
Episodes focusing on secondary characters, personality traits of the main cast, exotic creatures, or even inanimate objects.
- The Bus Came Back
A long gone character comes back.
- Cryptid Episode
The characters look for some mythical creature.
- A Day in the Limelight
A secondary character shifts into the narrative focus for one episode.
- The Doll Episode
Creepy episode revolving around dolls and their owners and makers.
- Girls Night Out Episode
The female characters shift into exclusive spotlight for one episode.
- Lower Deck Episode
Minor supporting characters shift into spotlight for one episode.
- Origins Episode
The origin of a previously introduced character is explained.
- Villain Episode
The antagonists shift into the spotlight.
- Welcome Episode
The POV character is introduced to an established character group.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode
The characters try to discover each other's deepest fears.
Episodes important (or completely irrelevant) to the show's overall continuity.
- Bizarro Episode
Episode without any connection the prior or posterior continuity.
- Breather Episode
Light-hearted episode wedged in-between emotionally taxing ones.
- Denouement Episode
Final episode cleans up loose ends after the main story arc was concluded.
Standalone episode produced solely to postpone advancing the main story arc.
- Innocuously Important Episode
Episode that subtly sets up the future story arc.
- Non-Indicative First Episode
First episode whose contents don't reflect the rest of the show adequately.
- Stand Alone Episode
Episode that can be enjoyed without any prior knowledge of the series.
- Synchronous Episodes
Several consecutively broadcast episodes take place at the same time in-story.
- Recap Episode
Episode that sums up previous story developments.
- Sequel Episode
Episode that continues the storyline of a much earlier one.
- Series Fauxnale
Episode produced as a grand finale for the series that didn't end after it.
- Very Special Episode
Serious and thought-provoking episode in an otherwise lighthearted series.
- Wham! Episode
Episode produced to surprise or shock the viewers.
- Whole-Episode Flashback
Episode consisting mainly of one long flashback.
Production trivia episode
Episodes notable for unusual format or production details.
- Bonus Episode
Episode that never aired but was added to the retail version.
- Bottle Episode
Low-budget episode to preserve production expenses for later.
- In Memoriam
Episode dedicated to a person who passed away recently in real life.
- Live Episode
Episode that is shot and broadcast in real time.
- Missing Episode
Episode missing from most broadcasts and retail versions.
- Multi Part Episode
Episode split into several parts for broadcast.
- No Dialogue Episode
Episode without any spoken lines.
Episode made to launch a new series.
- Three Dimensional Episode
Episode produced to be watched with 3-D glasses on.
- Un Installment
The series skips a number in its episode/installment progression.
- Vignette Episode
Episode composed of several vignettes.
Episode only available on the internet.