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2nd Feb '16 11:12:03 AM PuritanPhysicist
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "X-Cops" (which was shot as an episode of the show ''Series/{{COPS}}''), "Post-Modern Prometheus" (black and white), "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (told through [[TheRashomon conflicting flashbacks]]), "Bad Blood" (also told in conflicting flashbacks), "Triangle" (split-screen), and "Humbug" (first comedy episode).
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "X-Cops" (which was shot as an episode of the show ''Series/{{COPS}}''), "Post-Modern Prometheus" (black and white), "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (told through [[TheRashomon conflicting flashbacks]]), "Bad Blood" (also told in conflicting flashbacks), "Triangle" (split-screen), and "Humbug" (first comedy episode).episode), and "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" (a {{deconstruction}} of the OurWerebeastsAreDifferent genre).
15th Jan '16 12:06:00 PM Anddrix
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*** Welles introducing the episode was a network mandate, as [[ViewersAreMorons they were horrified that the audience would change channels if they saw the show in Black and White, let alone with with Willis and Sheppard playing different characters]]. The writers response was to have Welles do an introduction praising the show for pushing the envelope for doing an episode that was 80% black and white footage.
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*** Welles introducing the episode was a network mandate, as [[ViewersAreMorons they were horrified that the audience would change channels if they saw the show in Black and White, let alone with with Willis and Sheppard playing different characters]].characters. The writers response was to have Welles do an introduction praising the show for pushing the envelope for doing an episode that was 80% black and white footage.
1st Jan '16 6:43:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Coupling}}'' did this enough so that it practically became the norm. Episode quirks include the following: One told first from the point of view of Jeff talking to an Israeli woman who speaks no English, which then switched to an Israeli perspective where the Hebrew dialogue is in English, the English dialogue is in gibberish, and we find out what she's really saying; One that takes place entirely in a split-screen perspective after a break-up, where one-half of the screen is devoted to each member of the break-up; And the one that narrates the same nine and a half minutes from three different perspectives. * Jimmy Olsen's DayInTheLimeLight episodes on ''{{Smallville}}'' have been taking on a style like this. "Noir" was a FilmNoir parody, and the most recent was done in the style of a spy thriller. Fans have noted they are some of the weakest episodes in the series.
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* ''{{Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' did this enough so that it practically became the norm. Episode quirks include the following: One told first from the point of view of Jeff talking to an Israeli woman who speaks no English, which then switched to an Israeli perspective where the Hebrew dialogue is in English, the English dialogue is in gibberish, and we find out what she's really saying; One that takes place entirely in a split-screen perspective after a break-up, where one-half of the screen is devoted to each member of the break-up; And the one that narrates the same nine and a half minutes from three different perspectives. * Jimmy Olsen's DayInTheLimeLight episodes on ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' have been taking on a style like this. "Noir" was a FilmNoir parody, and the most recent was done in the style of a spy thriller. Fans have noted they are some of the weakest episodes in the series.

* ''TheWestWing'' had the seventh season episode "The Debate", which was a real time presidential debate between Santos and Vinick shot in one take. It was pretty freaking amazing.
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* ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' had the seventh season episode "The Debate", which was a real time presidential debate between Santos and Vinick shot in one take. It was pretty freaking amazing.
10th Nov '15 5:58:36 PM randomsurfer
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': The season four finale is a DreamSequence in which Booth and Bones are married and running a bar, with most of the cast working for them.
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': ''Series/{{Bones}}'': ** The season four finale is a DreamSequence in which Booth and Bones are married and running a bar, with most of the cast working for them.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': ** The season four finale 200th episode is presented as a DreamSequence in which Booth film that 1940s actors David Boreanaz and Bones are married and running a bar, with most of Emily Deschanel star in, where all the cast working for them.characters have the same names as their usual ones but differ wildly in characterization.
25th Oct '15 4:42:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThePrisoner'' had a couple of episodes that were way out of their Village context, only resolved at the end - "The Girl Who Was Death" shows Number Six as a secret agent out in the outside world in a loopy story that turns out to be [[spoiler: a bedtime story he's telling children in a Village nursery]]. "Living in Harmony" is a straight Western (casual viewers could easily assume they tuned in to the wrong show) until the ending where it was all [[spoiler: a mind control experiment]]. * ''SaturdayNightLive'' had a few:
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* ''ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner'' had a couple of episodes that were way out of their Village context, only resolved at the end - "The Girl Who Was Death" shows Number Six as a secret agent out in the outside world in a loopy story that turns out to be [[spoiler: a bedtime story he's telling children in a Village nursery]]. "Living in Harmony" is a straight Western (casual viewers could easily assume they tuned in to the wrong show) until the ending where it was all [[spoiler: a mind control experiment]]. * ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a few:
19th Sep '15 12:00:11 PM backpack
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* ZNation: "White Light" consists of almost nothing but continuous action scenes, in two locations, involving multiple factions.
6th Jul '15 9:52:59 AM nombretomado
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* The wonderfully irreverent ''LoisAndClark'' did this quite frequently. The episode "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape" is a collection of TV pastiches revolving around Supes and Lois' relationship troubles, with a [[LargeHam hamtacular]] Jonathan Frakes providing the B-story/frame story of the episode. * ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' did one of these practically every year, with some stand-outs being ''Night of the Dead Living'', ''Three Men and Adena'', ''Colors'' and ''The Subway''.
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* The wonderfully irreverent ''LoisAndClark'' ''Series/LoisAndClark'' did this quite frequently. The episode "Don't Tug On Superman's Cape" is a collection of TV pastiches revolving around Supes and Lois' relationship troubles, with a [[LargeHam hamtacular]] Jonathan Frakes providing the B-story/frame story of the episode. * ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' did one of these practically every year, with some stand-outs being ''Night of the Dead Living'', ''Three Men and Adena'', ''Colors'' and ''The Subway''.
30th Jun '15 10:03:05 AM nombretomado
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** "A Space Oddity". An episode involving a death at a sci-fi convention, where one of the techs kept daydreaming he was Captain Ki- er, [[CaptainErsatz the lead in a cheesy old sci-fi show]]. The episode contains homages to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', as well as both the original and re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.
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** "A Space Oddity". An episode involving a death at a sci-fi convention, where one of the techs kept daydreaming he was Captain Ki- er, [[CaptainErsatz the lead in a cheesy old sci-fi show]]. The episode contains homages to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', as well as both the original [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 original]] and re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''.Galactica|2003}}''.
7th Feb '15 7:28:43 PM Twentington
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* Three episodes of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 2011 were dedicated to testing a supercomputer named Watson against champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. (Only two matches were played, one off which was split between two episodes and interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage.) They were also taped at an IBM laboratory in New York instead of at the show's usual home base at Sony Pictures Studios in California.
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* Three episodes of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 2011 were dedicated to testing a supercomputer named Watson against champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. (Only two matches were played, one off of which was split between two episodes and interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage.) They were also taped at an IBM laboratory in New York instead of at the show's usual home base at Sony Pictures Studios in California.
7th Feb '15 7:27:39 PM Twentington
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* Three episodes of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' were dedicated to testing a supercomputer named Watson against champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. They were also taped at a laboratory instead of at the show's usual home base at Sony Pictures Studios in California.
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* Three episodes of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 2011 were dedicated to testing a supercomputer named Watson against champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. (Only two matches were played, one off which was split between two episodes and interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage.) They were also taped at a an IBM laboratory in New York instead of at the show's usual home base at Sony Pictures Studios in California.
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