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10th Apr '17 6:13:58 PM nombretomado
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** "Brian and Stewie": A BottleEpisode based on the ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Archie in the Cellar" where Brian and Stewie (meaning that it's SethMacFarlane talking to himself for 22 minutes) are locked in a bank vault for an entire weekend and play off each other.

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** "Brian and Stewie": A BottleEpisode based on the ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Archie in the Cellar" where Brian and Stewie (meaning that it's SethMacFarlane Creator/SethMacFarlane talking to himself for 22 minutes) are locked in a bank vault for an entire weekend and play off each other.
10th Apr '17 11:06:08 AM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "7211" is basically free of humor, because the ''Sealab 2020'' episode on which is is based (in which the crew works fast to save another submarine from nuclear meltdown) is left mostly unchanged, merely trimmed for time and re-dubbed in the ''2021'' voices. In the context of a series filled with non-kid-appropriate jokes and a crew that never gets its act together, the effect is AntiHumor.

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* The ''{{Sealab ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "7211" is basically free of humor, because the ''Sealab 2020'' episode on which is is based (in which the crew works fast to save another submarine from nuclear meltdown) is left mostly unchanged, merely trimmed for time and re-dubbed in the ''2021'' voices. In the context of a series filled with non-kid-appropriate jokes and a crew that never gets its act together, the effect is AntiHumor.
18th Mar '17 2:17:01 PM nombretomado
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** ''Mayhem of the Music Meister'' was a MusicalEpisode that saw Batman, Aquaman and company fall under the spell of [[CanonForeigner The Music Meister]] (NeilPatrickHarris).

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** ''Mayhem of the Music Meister'' was a MusicalEpisode that saw Batman, Aquaman and company fall under the spell of [[CanonForeigner The Music Meister]] (NeilPatrickHarris).(Creator/NeilPatrickHarris).
16th Mar '17 10:24:39 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' did their final episode in the style of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1920s silent cartoon.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' did their final episode in the style of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1920s silent cartoon.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' did their final episode in the style of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1920s silent cartoon.]]
16th Mar '17 10:20:53 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]] is the first episode of the show where the focus of the plot is not on any member of the ''Ghost'' crew, and they're all in supporting roles. Who's this episode about, by the way? [[spoiler:The final showdown between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]] is the first episode of the show where the focus of the plot is not on any member of the ''Ghost'' crew, and they're all in supporting roles. Who's What's this episode about, by the way? [[spoiler:The final showdown between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi.]]
16th Mar '17 10:18:42 PM AthenaBlue
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* WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies were considered something completely different at the time. Walt had just struck gold with the succes of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and could have easily made nothing but shorts starring Mickey, but he decided to start another animated series which told stories where the music was dominant and fairy tales and nursery rhymes were adapted. These series had no recurring characters either.
* Franchise/LooneyTunes has a few of those too:
** ''WesternAnimation/OldGlory'' is a short in which WesternAnimation/PorkyPig has to learn the Pledge of Allegiance and is visited by UncleSam in an OpinionChangingDream to be informed why this pledge is important. The entire cartoon has no gags and is completely PlayedStraight: an unicum for Warners' animation.
** ''WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday'' is only one and a half minute long and therefore the shortest officially released Looney Tunes cartoon ever. It also features no plot, except Bugs, Porky and Elmer Fudd singing and dancing to a song to make the audience buy war bonds to support the war effort. In terms of propaganda cartoons it's the most blatant direct example.
** Creator/ChuckJones was known for experimenting with animation in many cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' (1942) features stylized and limited animation almost a decade before it became fashionable. ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' (1953) is unusual in the sense that it stars Daffy Duck throughout most of the entire cartoon, who is constantly changed, muted, erased,... to the point that he is actually seldom ''in'' this cartoon as his own self. "Now Hear This" is a rather unique and experimental cartoon as well.

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* WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies were considered something ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' has "Dude of the living dead", which almost completely forgoes the show's typical teen-sitcom antics in favor of doing a {{parody}} of [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies classic zombie movies.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' gave us "Five Short Graybles" (five loosely-connected shorts with the unifying theme of [[spoiler:the five senses]]) and the ever-popular episode "Fionna and Cake", which [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] the entire cast.
** The episodes that focus on Marceline and Simon Petrikov (before he became the Ice King).
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** "Star Trek": a FilmNoir parody about Steve's rise to stardom after writing a book about Roger.
** "Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only": full-episode James Bond parodies
** "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven": a parody of the play "August: Osage County" with Creator/PatrickStewart shown in live-action
** The [[AnAssKickingChristmas ass-kicking Christmas episodes]] they've done, such as "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever," "Rapture's Delight," "For Whom the Sleigh Bells Toll," "Seasons Beatings," and the temporarily BannedEpisode "Minstrel Krampus".
** "Hot Water": A MusicalEpisode featuring a killer hot tub. Was meant to be the final episode of the series as the writers were afraid that ''American Dad'' would be canceled, but when news hit that it was renewed, they put this as a season seven premiere and wrote off the deaths as non-canon.
** "Lost in Space": ADayInTheLimelight for Jeff and a completely straightforward (except for a few jokes) science-fiction story.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has an episode that mixes all of the skits'
different at characters together, making for such hilariously awkward combinations as "Mindy and the time. Walt Brain," "Pesto and Runt", and "The Warner Bros and their sister Slappy."
** They also did some sketches featuring none of the typical cast (e.g. "The Flame", a candle flame watching UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson write the Declaration of Independence) and/or more serious tones than the rest of the show (e.g. "Puttin' on the Blitz", a Rita & Runt segment set in World War II Poland).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
had just struck gold "Tales of Ba Sing Se," in which the episode was divided into a series of four-minute short stories, highlighting different characters and their individual adventures in the city of Ba Sing Se.
** Not to mention the [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshade-happy]] "Ember Island Players", where the gang watches their adventures as performed by a (misinformed) theater troupe.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had "Artifacts", in which scientists a thousand years in the future discover the Batcave and [[FutureImperfect interpret their findings]] while searching for a solution to a threat arising from an incident about twenty years after the show's main timeframe.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** "Almost Got 'Im", where the [[VillainsOutShopping villains play poker]] and swap stories about times they [[TitleDrop almost got Batman]].
** "Legends of the Dark Knight", where kids tell each other what Batman is ''really'' like (one says he's like the Creator/AdamWest version, one argues for the style of ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', and all dismiss the kid who likes [[Film/BatmanAndRobin Joel Schumacher's version]].)
** "The Man Who Killed Batman", where a nobody mob underling, "Sid the Squid", acts as the lookout on a job in which Batman is apparently killed. From Sid's perspective, Bats fell into a gas explosion, but everyone else thought Sid pushed him. He has to deal
with mooks who want to prove their toughness by challenging him, a [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou jealous]] Joker, an obsessed Commissioner Gordon, and [[TheDon a mob boss]] who thinks he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity making up the succes whole story]] as part of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and some scheme. The producers admitted that this episode was an experiment to see if they could have easily made nothing but make a good episode with Batman appearing as little as possible (indeed, Batman only appears for about three minutes total in this episode). Arguably, they succeeded.
** "I've Got Batman in My Basement", about two kids who take in an unconscious Batman and outwit the Penguin ''Film/HomeAlone''-style. Unlike the others, this one was poorly received by fans.
** "Showdown", where Ra's al Ghul tells the story of how his son Arkady Duvall was thwarted by Jonah Hex in 1883.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' had even more of these than ''Batman: TAS'' did and most of them were among the series' most popular episodes:
** ''Mayhem of the Music Meister'' was a MusicalEpisode that saw Batman, Aquaman and company fall under the spell of [[CanonForeigner The Music Meister]] (NeilPatrickHarris).
** ''Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!'' relegates Bats to a supporting role and instead [[ADayInTheLimeLight focuses on]] ComicBook/AquaMan as he (begrudgingly) takes his family on vacation only to sneak away at any opportunity to help other heroes.
** ''Chill of the Night!'' features a much darker plotline with many [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries TAS]]'', a darker style of animation and an in depth look at Batman's origins (the show had previously stayed away from even showing Bruce without the mask, much less exploring his personal history).
** ''The Knights of Tomorrow!'' shows a possible future for Batman and features the animation debut of Damian Wayne, the current Robin.
** ''[[BizarroEpisode Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!]]'' was hosted by the 4th wall breaking Bat-Mite and showcased three bizarre interpretations of the Bat (all voiced by actors other than series star Diedrich Bader who voices a supporting part in one segment):
*** Bat Boy and Rubin, based off of the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody of the same name, trying to solve a series of strange murders.
*** A segment based off of the manga version of Batman, done in a style similar to the ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' cartoons. Features Batman and Robin facing off against "Lord Death Man" not long after he was introduced in the American comics by Creator/GrantMorrison.
*** Finally, the last segment features Batman and Robin teaming up with WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and friends to save Music/WeirdAlYankovic from the Joker and Penguin. Done in the [[StylisticSuck stilted and often flawed animation style]] of ''The New Scooby Doo Movies''.
** ''[[VillainEpisode Joker: The Vile and The Villainous!]]'' features SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as the main character teaming up with obscure villain The Weeper against Batman. He even gets his own opening credit sequence and a ColdOpen where he and Misfit defeat Kamandi only for him to pull a double cross and [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up a future version of Earth]].
** ''Bold Beginnings!'' is told almost entirely in flashback as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/PlasticMan exchange stories about the first time they teamed up with Batman while waiting to be rescued from Mr. Freeze. Almost a reverse of "Almost Got 'Im" from TAS.
** ''[[VignetteEpisode Four Star Spectacular!]]'' is four
shorts starring Mickey, but Adam Strange, The Flash, 'Mazing Man and The Creature Commandos with Batman only making cameo appearances.
** In the series finale ''Mite-Fall'' ComicBook/AmbushBug tries to stop Bat-Mite after
he decided decides that the show should be cancelled to start make way for another animated series which told stories where the music was dominant DarkerAndEdgier take and fairy tales and nursery rhymes were adapted. These series had no recurring characters either.
* Franchise/LooneyTunes has a few of those too:
** ''WesternAnimation/OldGlory'' is a short in which WesternAnimation/PorkyPig has
decides to learn the Pledge of Allegiance and is visited by UncleSam in an OpinionChangingDream to be informed why this pledge is important. The entire cartoon has no gags and is completely PlayedStraight: an unicum for Warners' animation.
** ''WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday'' is only one and a half minute long and therefore the shortest officially released Looney Tunes cartoon ever. It also features no plot, except Bugs, Porky and Elmer Fudd singing and dancing to a song
use his [[RealityWarper fifth dimensional powers]] to make the audience buy war bonds to support show [[JumpingTheShark jump the war effort. shark]] [[TheOtherDarrin in]] [[CousinOliver pretty]] [[MerchandiseDriven much]] [[CharacterDerailment every]] [[TheScrappy way]] [[DarkerAndEdgier possible]] (even Ted [=McGinley=]!).
*
In terms of propaganda cartoons it's "Meet Polka Dots" on ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', Blue opened the most blatant direct example.
** Creator/ChuckJones was known for experimenting with animation in many cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' (1942) features stylized and limited animation almost a decade before it became fashionable. ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' (1953) is unusual in the sense that it stars Daffy Duck throughout most of the entire cartoon, who is constantly changed, muted, erased,...
door to the point that he is actually seldom ''in'' this cartoon as his own self. "Now Hear This" is a ''Blue's Clues'' house and there were several segments in which time was spent with just Blue or Blue and her friends rather unique and experimental cartoon than Joe, while Joe attended to his stuffed duck Boris, who was having a nap. Perhaps most unusually, viewers got to watch as well.Blue placed her pawprint on each clue, something which had always been done firmly off-screen before.



** Operation A.R.C.H.I.V.E. - an [[AffectionateParody homage]] to "The Second Renaissance" from ''Anime/TheAnimatrix''
** Operation L.O.V.E. - a [[SchoolPlay Westside Story-esque musical]]
** Operation F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E. - a HeavyMetal RockOpera [[ShoutOut shouting out]] to ''TheWall''
** Operation S.C.I.E.N.C.E. - a string of {{Parody Commercial}}s for 2x4 tech
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The "Terrence and Philip" movie and ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' episodes.
** "A Million Little Fibers" features none of the main cast. It does, however, feature a talking towel, Oprah Winfrey, a talking anus and a talking vagina.
** "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" was entirely focused on the Goth kids, with none of the main cast again. Since the show missed the deadline for the first time ever, a rerun of another episode was aired, and when "Goth Kids" aired many fans felt rather underwhelmed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The clip show episodes "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show," "Another Simpsons Clip Show," "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectactular," "All Singing, All Dancing," and "Gump Roast."
** The non-Halloween ThreeShorts episodes ("The Fight Before Christmas," "Four Great Women and a Manicure," "The Wettest Stories Ever Told," and "Simpsons Christmas Stories")
** "Twenty-Two Short Films About Springfield": An aborted BackDoorPilot showing what life is life for everyone else in Springfield besides The Simpson family.
** "Behind the Laughter": A parody of ''Behind The Music'' and ''E! True Hollywood Story'' showing The Simpsons as AnimatedActors and the ups and downs of their fame.
** "Springfield Up": A documentary visiting the adult population of Springfield who were interviewed as kids.
** "The Springfield Files": Creator/LeonardNimoy tells the story of how Homer encountered an alien.
** "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase" and "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular": Troy [=McClure=] hosting, and a lot of fourth-wall-breaking jokes about the show. "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" is also the only ClipShow episode where it doesn't involve the family sitting around and remembering past episodes.
** The flashback episodes ("The Way We Was"[[note]]how Homer and Marge met in high school[[/note]], "I Married Marge"[[note]]how Homer got Marge pregnant, married her, and applied as a nuclear plant worker[[/note]], "Lisa's First Word"[[note]]how Marge and Homer moved into their current house, how Marge got pregnant with Lisa, how Homer met Flanders and began borrowing stuff from him, and how Bart was jealous over Lisa[[/note]], "And Maggie Makes Three"[[note]]how Homer quit his job at the nuclear plant, only to re-apply after Marge becomes pregnant with Maggie[[/note]], "The Way We Wasn't"[[note]]how Homer and Marge unknowingly met as kids at a summer camp[[/note]], "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"[[note]]a Beatles parody episode centered on Homer and his friends becoming music stars in the mid-1980s[[/note]], and "That 90s Show"[[note]]how Marge and Homer broke up in the 90s before they had Bart[[/note]].
** The "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episodes
** "Saddlesore Galactica": A BizarroEpisode that took potshots at its own SeasonalRot and complaints from fans about the SeasonalRot.
** "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches": An episode where a dishrag that existed since the medieval era tell its life story via the medium.
** "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" and "Like Father, Like Clown" are some of the few ''Simpsons'' episodes that were more dramatic than comedic and have the feel of a less preachy VerySpecialEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** The two "Treehouse of Horror"-style WhatIf episodes ("Anthology of Interest"), meant to be a yearly thing.
** "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is made of three unrelated vignettes centered on the three 31st century holidays - Xmas, Robanukah, and Kwanzaa - with a GreenAesop thrown in.
** "Naturama", which is done in the style of a wildlife documentary with the cast portrayed as talking animals.
** "Reincarnation"'s asks "What if ''Futurama'' was an early 1930s black-and-white cartoon, or a 1980s video game, or a Japanese cartoon from the 1970s?"
** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" had a framing device with Richard Nixon's head and the headless body of Spiro Agnew trying to watch Saturday morning cartoons and having to deal with angry MoralGuardian protesters. The cartoon parodies shown were based on American cartoons (''Scooby Doo'', ''Strawberry Shortcake'', and ''G.I. Joe''), and the episode made fun of just how irritating the Saturday morning TV experience is once you take off the [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia goggles]]: corny jokes, crummy writing, mediocre animation, media watchdog groups complaining about children's cartoons being too violent, and a lot of shows being little more than 30-minute commercials for toys and cereal.

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** Operation A.R.C.H.I.V.E. - an [[AffectionateParody homage]] to "The Second Renaissance" from ''Anime/TheAnimatrix''
''Anime/TheAnimatrix''.
** Operation L.O.V.E. - a [[SchoolPlay Westside Story-esque musical]]
musical]].
** Operation F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E. - a HeavyMetal RockOpera [[ShoutOut shouting out]] to ''TheWall''
''TheWall''.
** Operation S.C.I.E.N.C.E. - a string of {{Parody Commercial}}s for 2x4 tech
tech.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The "Terrence
''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' has "Cowboy Courage", which takes a break fro the supernatural horror and Philip" movie and ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' episodes.
** "A Million Little Fibers" features none of
instead has Courage dreaming about being a sheriff in the main cast. It does, however, feature a talking towel, Oprah Winfrey, a talking anus and a talking vagina.
old west.
** "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of There is also the Posers" was episode "Aqua Farmer", which is almost entirely focused on about Eustace, in lieu of Courage as the Goth kids, with none of the main cast again. Since the show missed the deadline for the first time ever, a rerun of another protagonist. (In contrast, he is completely absent from "Cajun Granny Stew", although this could be chalked up to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''
episode was aired, and when "Goth Kids" aired many fans felt rather underwhelmed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The clip show episodes "So It's Come
"Once Upon A Timeslip" takes the cast to This: A Simpsons Clip Show," "Another Simpsons Clip Show," "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectactular," "All Singing, All Dancing," and "Gump Roast."
** The non-Halloween ThreeShorts episodes ("The Fight Before Christmas," "Four Great Women
Medieval days to enact a Robin Hood story at the behest of the announcer and a Manicure," "The Wettest Stories Ever Told," and "Simpsons Christmas Stories")
** "Twenty-Two Short Films About Springfield": An aborted BackDoorPilot showing
quirky microphone. DM lampshades it early on:
-->'''DM:''' The announcer's voice is controlling the picture, dictating
what life is life for everyone else in Springfield besides The Simpson family.
we do!
-->'''Penfold:''' Crumbs, chief. What are we gonna do?
-->'''DM:''' Dunno...have a dafter adventure than usual, I suppose.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had a couple:
** "Behind [[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E38DarkwingDoubloon "Darkwing Doubloon"]] portrays Darkwing and his supporting cast as daring swashbucklers out to stop a dreaded band of pirates as played by the Laughter": A parody of ''Behind The Music'' and ''E! True Hollywood Story'' showing The Simpsons as AnimatedActors and the ups and downs of their fame.
** "Springfield Up": A documentary visiting the adult population of Springfield who were interviewed as kids.
Fearsome Five.
** "The Springfield Files": Creator/LeonardNimoy tells the story Secret Origin of how Homer encountered an alien.
** "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase" and "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular": Troy [=McClure=] hosting, and a lot of fourth-wall-breaking jokes about the show. "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" is also the only ClipShow episode where it doesn't involve the family sitting around and remembering past episodes.
** The flashback episodes ("The Way We Was"[[note]]how Homer and Marge met in high school[[/note]], "I Married Marge"[[note]]how Homer got Marge pregnant, married her, and applied as a nuclear plant worker[[/note]], "Lisa's First Word"[[note]]how Marge and Homer moved into their current house, how Marge got pregnant with Lisa, how Homer met Flanders and began borrowing stuff from him, and how Bart was jealous over Lisa[[/note]], "And Maggie Makes Three"[[note]]how Homer quit his job at the nuclear plant, only to re-apply after Marge becomes pregnant with Maggie[[/note]], "The Way We Wasn't"[[note]]how Homer and Marge unknowingly met as kids at a summer camp[[/note]], "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"[[note]]a Beatles parody episode centered on Homer and his friends becoming music stars in the mid-1980s[[/note]], and "That 90s Show"[[note]]how Marge and Homer broke up in the 90s before they had Bart[[/note]].
** The "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episodes
** "Saddlesore Galactica": A BizarroEpisode that took potshots at its own SeasonalRot and complaints from fans about the SeasonalRot.
** "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches": An episode where a dishrag that existed since the medieval era tell its life story via the medium.
** "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" and "Like Father, Like Clown" are some of the few ''Simpsons'' episodes that were more dramatic than comedic and have the feel of a less preachy VerySpecialEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** The two "Treehouse of Horror"-style WhatIf episodes ("Anthology of Interest"), meant to be a yearly thing.
** "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is made of three unrelated vignettes centered on the three 31st century holidays - Xmas, Robanukah, and Kwanzaa - with a GreenAesop thrown in.
** "Naturama", which is done in the style of a wildlife documentary with the cast portrayed as talking animals.
** "Reincarnation"'s asks "What if ''Futurama'' was an early 1930s black-and-white cartoon, or a 1980s video game, or a Japanese cartoon from the 1970s?"
** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" had
Darkwing Duck" features a framing device set in the far off future where an old janitor who may or may not be Darkwing's ghost telling two kids resembling Gosalyn and Honker his true origin, in which he was [[{{Superman}} sent to Earth as a baby after his planet exploded]].
** "A Star is Scorned" takes place in the real world
with Richard Nixon's head Darkwing and the headless body rest of Spiro Agnew the cast as actors and themselves at the same time with Darkwing trying to watch Saturday morning cartoons and having to deal keep his role as star of the show.
** "Twitching Channels" has Darkwing accidentally landing himself in [[RealWorldEpisode a human-populated universe where he is a fictional character]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" dispenses
with angry MoralGuardian protesters. the show's usual format in favour of a [[VerySpecialEpisode storyline in which Rick, LJ and Jedda confront the issue of teenaged alcoholism]]. The cartoon parodies shown were based on American cartoons (''Scooby Doo'', ''Strawberry Shortcake'', only science fiction and ''G.I. Joe''), and fantasy elements in the episode made fun of just how irritating are the Saturday morning TV experience is once you take off flying police car which appears near the [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia goggles]]: corny jokes, crummy writing, mediocre animation, media watchdog groups complaining beginning and the scene where Mandrake conjures up a vision of Kshin's death in a drink driving accident to [[AnAesop teach the boy a lesson about children's cartoons being too violent, and a lot of shows being little more than 30-minute commercials for toys and cereal.underaged drinking]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** "Star Trek": a FilmNoir parody about Steve's rise to stardom after writing a book about Roger.
** "Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only": full-episode James Bond parodies
** "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven": a parody of the play "August: Osage County" with Creator/PatrickStewart shown in live-action
** The [[AnAssKickingChristmas ass-kicking Christmas episodes]] they've done, such as "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever," "Rapture's Delight," "For Whom the Sleigh Bells Toll," "Seasons Beatings," and the temporarily BannedEpisode "Minstrel Krampus."
** "Hot Water": A MusicalEpisode featuring a killer hot tub. Was meant to be the final episode of the series as the writers were afraid that ''American Dad'' would be canceled, but when news hit that it was renewed, they put this as a season seven premiere and wrote off the deaths as non-canon.
** "Lost in Space": ADayInTheLimelight for Jeff and a completely straightforward (except for a few jokes) science-fiction story.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had "Tales of Ba Sing Se," in which the episode was divided into a series of four-minute short stories, highlighting different characters and their individual adventures in the city of Ba Sing Se.
** Not to mention the [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshade-happy]] "Ember Island Players", where the gang watches their adventures as performed by a (misinformed) theater troupe.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' has "Dude of the living dead", which almost completely forgoes the show's typical teen-sitcom antics in favor of doing a {{parody}} of [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies classic zombie movies.]]
* ''{{Transformers}} Armada'' had an episode that focused entirely on the Decepticons. Rad, the usual narrator, was replaced by Sideways, and the Autobots got barely any screen time, with the kids entirely absent.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** "Star Trek":
''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' had "American Dicks", presented as a FilmNoir parody about Steve's rise to stardom after writing a book about Roger.
** "Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only": full-episode James Bond parodies
** "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven": a parody of the play "August: Osage County"
detective show program on its [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] with Creator/PatrickStewart shown in live-action
** The [[AnAssKickingChristmas ass-kicking Christmas episodes]] they've done, such as "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever," "Rapture's Delight," "For Whom the Sleigh Bells Toll," "Seasons Beatings," and the temporarily BannedEpisode "Minstrel Krampus."
** "Hot Water": A MusicalEpisode featuring a killer hot tub. Was meant to be the final episode of the series
Duckman as the writers were afraid that ''American Dad'' would be canceled, but when news hit that guest detective, complete with ShakyCam. [[spoiler: Ultimately, it was renewed, they put this as a season seven premiere and wrote off [[TheAce Cornfed]] who solved the deaths as non-canon.
** "Lost in Space": ADayInTheLimelight for Jeff and a completely straightforward (except for a few jokes) science-fiction story.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had "Tales of Ba Sing Se," in which the episode was divided into a series of four-minute short stories, highlighting different characters and their individual adventures in the city of Ba Sing Se.
** Not to mention the [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshade-happy]] "Ember Island Players", where the gang watches their adventures as performed by a (misinformed) theater troupe.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' has "Dude of the living dead", which almost completely forgoes the show's typical teen-sitcom antics in favor of doing a {{parody}} of [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies classic zombie movies.]]
* ''{{Transformers}} Armada'' had an episode that focused entirely on the Decepticons. Rad, the usual narrator, was replaced by Sideways, and the Autobots got barely any screen time, with the kids entirely absent.
case.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' had "American Dicks", presented as a detective show program on its [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] with Duckman as the guest detective, complete with ShakyCam. [[spoiler: Ultimately, it was [[TheAce Cornfed]] who solved the case.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** "Almost Got 'Im", where the [[VillainsOutShopping villains play poker]] and swap stories about times they [[TitleDrop almost got Batman]].
** "Legends of the Dark Knight", where kids tell each other what Batman is ''really'' like (one says he's like the Creator/AdamWest version, one argues for the style of ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', and all dismiss the kid who likes [[Film/BatmanAndRobin Joel Schumacher's version]].)
** "The Man Who Killed Batman", where a nobody mob underling, "Sid the Squid", acts as the lookout on a job in which Batman is apparently killed. From Sid's perspective, Bats fell into a gas explosion, but everyone else thought Sid pushed him. He has to deal with mooks who want to prove their toughness by challenging him, a [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou jealous]] Joker, an obsessed Commissioner Gordon, and [[TheDon a mob boss]] who thinks he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity making up the whole story]] as part of some scheme. The producers admitted that this episode was an experiment to see if they could make a good episode with Batman appearing as little as possible (indeed, Batman only appears for about three minutes total in this episode). Arguably, they succeeded.
** "I've Got Batman in My Basement", about two kids who take in an unconscious Batman and outwit the Penguin ''Film/HomeAlone''-style. Unlike the others, this one was poorly received by fans.
** "Showdown", where Ra's al Ghul tells the story of how his son Arkady Duvall was thwarted by Jonah Hex in 1883.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' had even more of these than ''Batman: TAS'' did and most of them were among the series' most popular episodes:
** ''Mayhem of the Music Meister'' was a MusicalEpisode that saw Batman, Aquaman and company fall under the spell of [[CanonForeigner The Music Meister]] (NeilPatrickHarris).
** ''Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!'' relegates Bats to a supporting role and instead [[ADayInTheLimeLight focuses on]] ComicBook/AquaMan as he (begrudgingly) takes his family on vacation only to sneak away at any opportunity to help other heroes.
** ''Chill of the Night!'' features a much darker plotline with many [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries TAS]]'', a darker style of animation and an in depth look at Batman's origins (the show had previously stayed away from even showing Bruce without the mask, much less exploring his personal history).
** ''The Knights of Tomorrow!'' shows a possible future for Batman and features the animation debut of Damian Wayne, the current Robin.
** ''[[BizarroEpisode Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!]]'' was hosted by the 4th wall breaking Bat-Mite and showcased three bizarre interpretations of the Bat (all voiced by actors other than series star Diedrich Bader who voices a supporting part in one segment):
*** Bat Boy and Rubin, based off of the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody of the same name, trying to solve a series of strange murders.
*** A segment based off of the manga version of Batman, done in a style similar to the ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' cartoons. Features Batman and Robin facing off against "Lord Death Man" not long after he was introduced in the American comics by Creator/GrantMorrison.
*** Finally, the last segment features Batman and Robin teaming up with WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and friends to save Music/WeirdAlYankovic from the Joker and Penguin. Done in the [[StylisticSuck stilted and often flawed animation style]] of ''The New Scooby Doo Movies''.
** ''[[VillainEpisode Joker: The Vile and The Villainous!]]'' features SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as the main character teaming up with obscure villain The Weeper against Batman. He even gets his own opening credit sequence and a ColdOpen where he and Misfit defeat Kamandi only for him to pull a double cross and [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up a future version of Earth]].
** ''Bold Beginnings!'' is told almost entirely in flashback as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/PlasticMan exchange stories about the first time they teamed up with Batman while waiting to be rescued for Mr. Freeze. Almost a reverse of "Almost Got 'Im" from TAS.
** ''[[VignetteEpisode Four Star Spectacular!]]'' is four shorts starring Adam Strange, The Flash, 'Mazing Man and The Creature Commandos with Batman only making cameo appearances.
** In the series finale ''Mite-Fall'' ComicBook/AmbushBug tries to stop Bat-Mite after he decides that the show should be cancelled to make way for another DarkerAndEdgier take and decides to use his [[RealityWarper fifth dimensional powers]] to make the show [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] [[TheOtherDarrin in]] [[CousinOliver pretty]] [[MerchandiseDriven much]] [[CharacterDerailment every]] [[TheScrappy way]] [[DarkerAndEdgier possible]] (even Ted [=McGinley=]!).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had "Artifacts", in which scientists a thousand years in the future discover the Batcave and [[FutureImperfect interpret their findings]] while searching for a solution to a threat arising from an incident about twenty years after the show's main timeframe.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the series finale, "Things Change", kept the fight with the MonsterOfTheWeek to a small B-plot (and never did get around to resolving it), while most of the episode focused on Beast Boy trying to reconnect with a girl who may or may not be Terra. While the series always dealt with emotional issues, usually a layer of superhero metaphor was applied. Here it was simply, bittersweetly SliceOfLife.
** The final season had a couple of these. Another episode dealt entirely with Raven babysitting a trio of superpowered toddlers, and another was about the HIVE Five trying to capture Kid Flash, and Jinx's HighHeelFaceTurn.
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' did their final episode in the style of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1920s silent cartoon.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' had "American Dicks", presented as a detective show program on its [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]] with Duckman as the guest detective, complete with ShakyCam. [[spoiler: Ultimately, it was [[TheAce Cornfed]] who solved the case.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** "Almost Got 'Im", where the [[VillainsOutShopping villains play poker]] and swap stories about times they [[TitleDrop almost got Batman]].
** "Legends
The two "Treehouse of the Dark Knight", where kids tell each other what Batman is ''really'' like (one says he's like the Creator/AdamWest version, one argues for the style Horror"-style WhatIf episodes ("Anthology of ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', and all dismiss the kid who likes [[Film/BatmanAndRobin Joel Schumacher's version]].)
Interest"), meant to be a yearly thing.
** "The Man Who Killed Batman", where a nobody mob underling, "Sid the Squid", acts as the lookout on a job in which Batman Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is apparently killed. From Sid's perspective, Bats fell into a gas explosion, but everyone else thought Sid pushed him. He has to deal with mooks who want to prove their toughness by challenging him, a [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou jealous]] Joker, an obsessed Commissioner Gordon, and [[TheDon a mob boss]] who thinks he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity making up the whole story]] as part made of some scheme. The producers admitted that this episode was an experiment to see if they could make a good episode with Batman appearing as little as possible (indeed, Batman only appears for about three minutes total in this episode). Arguably, they succeeded.
** "I've Got Batman in My Basement", about two kids who take in an unconscious Batman and outwit
unrelated vignettes centered on the Penguin ''Film/HomeAlone''-style. Unlike the others, this one was poorly received by fans.
** "Showdown", where Ra's al Ghul tells the story of how his son Arkady Duvall was thwarted by Jonah Hex in 1883.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' had even more of these than ''Batman: TAS'' did and most of them were among the series' most popular episodes:
** ''Mayhem of the Music Meister'' was a MusicalEpisode that saw Batman, Aquaman and company fall under the spell of [[CanonForeigner The Music Meister]] (NeilPatrickHarris).
** ''Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!'' relegates Bats to a supporting role and instead [[ADayInTheLimeLight focuses on]] ComicBook/AquaMan as he (begrudgingly) takes his family on vacation only to sneak away at any opportunity to help other heroes.
** ''Chill of the Night!'' features a much darker plotline with many [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries TAS]]'', a darker style of animation and an in depth look at Batman's origins (the show had previously stayed away from even showing Bruce without the mask, much less exploring his personal history).
** ''The Knights of Tomorrow!'' shows a possible future for Batman and features the animation debut of Damian Wayne, the current Robin.
** ''[[BizarroEpisode Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!]]'' was hosted by the 4th wall breaking Bat-Mite and showcased
three bizarre interpretations of the Bat (all voiced by actors other than series star Diedrich Bader who voices a supporting part in one segment):
*** Bat Boy
31st century holidays - Xmas, Robanukah, and Rubin, based off of the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody of the same name, trying to solve a series of strange murders.
*** A segment based off of the manga version of Batman, done in a style similar to the ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' cartoons. Features Batman and Robin facing off against "Lord Death Man" not long after he was introduced in the American comics by Creator/GrantMorrison.
*** Finally, the last segment features Batman and Robin teaming up with WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and friends to save Music/WeirdAlYankovic from the Joker and Penguin. Done in the [[StylisticSuck stilted and often flawed animation style]] of ''The New Scooby Doo Movies''.
** ''[[VillainEpisode Joker: The Vile and The Villainous!]]'' features SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker as the main character teaming up with obscure villain The Weeper against Batman. He even gets his own opening credit sequence and a ColdOpen where he and Misfit defeat Kamandi only for him to pull a double cross and [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up a future version of Earth]].
** ''Bold Beginnings!'' is told almost entirely in flashback as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/PlasticMan exchange stories about the first time they teamed up with Batman while waiting to be rescued for Mr. Freeze. Almost a reverse of "Almost Got 'Im" from TAS.
** ''[[VignetteEpisode Four Star Spectacular!]]'' is four shorts starring Adam Strange, The Flash, 'Mazing Man and The Creature Commandos with Batman only making cameo appearances.
** In the series finale ''Mite-Fall'' ComicBook/AmbushBug tries to stop Bat-Mite after he decides that the show should be cancelled to make way for another DarkerAndEdgier take and decides to use his [[RealityWarper fifth dimensional powers]] to make the show [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] [[TheOtherDarrin in]] [[CousinOliver pretty]] [[MerchandiseDriven much]] [[CharacterDerailment every]] [[TheScrappy way]] [[DarkerAndEdgier possible]] (even Ted [=McGinley=]!).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had "Artifacts", in which scientists a thousand years in the future discover the Batcave and [[FutureImperfect interpret their findings]] while searching for a solution to a threat arising from an incident about twenty years after the show's main timeframe.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the series finale, "Things Change", kept the fight with the MonsterOfTheWeek to a small B-plot (and never did get around to resolving it), while most of the episode focused on Beast Boy trying to reconnect
Kwanzaa - with a girl who may or may not be Terra. While the series always dealt with emotional issues, usually a layer of superhero metaphor was applied. Here it was simply, bittersweetly SliceOfLife.
GreenAesop thrown in.
** The final season had a couple of these. Another episode dealt entirely with Raven babysitting a trio of superpowered toddlers, and another was about the HIVE Five trying to capture Kid Flash, and Jinx's HighHeelFaceTurn.
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' did their final episode
"Naturama", which is done in the style of a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1920s silent cartoon.]]wildlife documentary with the cast portrayed as talking animals.
** "Reincarnation"'s asks "What if ''Futurama'' was an early 1930s black-and-white cartoon, or a 1980s video game, or a Japanese cartoon from the 1970s?"
** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" had a framing device with Richard Nixon's head and the headless body of Spiro Agnew trying to watch Saturday morning cartoons and having to deal with angry MoralGuardian protesters. The cartoon parodies shown were based on American cartoons (''Scooby Doo'', ''Strawberry Shortcake'', and ''G.I. Joe''), and the episode made fun of just how irritating the Saturday morning TV experience is once you take off the [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia goggles]]: corny jokes, crummy writing, mediocre animation, media watchdog groups complaining about children's cartoons being too violent, and a lot of shows being little more than 30-minute commercials for toys and cereal.
* Franchise/LooneyTunes has a few of those too:
** ''WesternAnimation/OldGlory'' is a short in which WesternAnimation/PorkyPig has to learn the Pledge of Allegiance and is visited by UncleSam in an OpinionChangingDream to be informed why this pledge is important. The entire cartoon has no gags and is completely PlayedStraight: an unicum for Warners' animation.
** ''WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday'' is only one and a half minute long and therefore the shortest officially released Looney Tunes cartoon ever. It also features no plot, except Bugs, Porky and Elmer Fudd singing and dancing to a song to make the audience buy war bonds to support the war effort. In terms of propaganda cartoons it's the most blatant direct example.
** Creator/ChuckJones was known for experimenting with animation in many cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' (1942) features stylized and limited animation almost a decade before it became fashionable. ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' (1953) is unusual in the sense that it stars Daffy Duck throughout most of the entire cartoon, who is constantly changed, muted, erased,... to the point that he is actually seldom ''in'' this cartoon as his own self. "Now Hear This" is a rather unique and experimental cartoon as well.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'' "Return of the Bookbots: the Case of the Missing Words" was an extended episode of the Bookbots, a potential TV series Martha had pitched back in "The Martha Show pt. 2". None of the regular characters appear outside of their Bookbot forms [[spoiler: well, at least not until the end, anyway]].
* Unlike most examples, in ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', this applies, not to an episode, but to an entire season. Taking a cue from TheMovie, the fifth season will showcase Oggy and the Cockroaches' conflict throughout history. It is currently unknown whether or not episodes set in modern times will happen.



** "The Wizard Of Odd" focused, not on Phineas and Ferb's project of the day, but on Candace as the center of [[OffToSeeTheWizard a Wizard of Oz-type plot]].

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** "The Wizard Of Odd" focused, focused not on Phineas and Ferb's project of the day, but on Candace as the center of [[OffToSeeTheWizard a Wizard of Oz-type plot]].plot]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' short "Pink-Outs" is different from the others, as it is just 12 short vignettes about the Panther engaging in various gags. These would eventually be used as bumpers on ''The Pink Panther Show''.



* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Once Upon A Timeslip" takes the cast to Medieval days to enact a Robin Hood story at the behest of the announcer and a quirky microphone. DM lampshades it early on:
-->'''DM:''' The announcer's voice is controlling the picture, dictating what we do!
-->'''Penfold:''' Crumbs, chief. What are we gonna do?
-->'''DM:''' Dunno...have a dafter adventure than usual, I suppose.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' gave us "Five Short Graybles" (five loosely-connected shorts with the unifying theme of [[spoiler:the five senses]]) and the ever-popular episode "Fionna and Cake", which [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] the entire cast.
** The episodes that focus on Marceline and Simon Petrikov (before he became the Ice King).
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'' "Return of the Bookbots: the Case of the Missing Words" was an extended episode of the Bookbots, a potential TV series Martha had pitched back in "the Martha Show pt. 2". None of the regular characters appear outside of their Bookbot forms [[spoiler: well, at least not until the end, anyway]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has an episode that mixes all of the skits' different characters together, making for such hilariously awkward combinations as "Mindy and the Brain," "Pesto and Runt", and "The Warner Bros and their sister Slappy."
** They also did some sketches featuring none of the typical cast (e.g. "The Flame", a candle flame watching UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson write the Declaration of Independence) and/or more serious tones than the rest of the show (e.g. "Puttin' on the Blitz", a Rita & Runt segment set in World War II Poland).



* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had a couple:
** [[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E38DarkwingDoubloon "Darkwing Doubloon"]] portrays Darkwing and his supporting cast as daring swashbucklers out to stop a dreaded band of pirates as played by the Fearsome Five.
** "The Secret Origin of Darkwing Duck" features a framing device set in the far off future where an old janitor who may or may not be Darkwing's ghost telling two kids resembling Gosalyn and Honker his true origin, in which he was [[{{Superman}} sent to Earth as a baby after his planet exploded]].
** "A Star is Scorned" takes place in the real world with Darkwing and the rest of the cast as actors and themselves at the same time with Darkwing trying to keep his role as star of the show.
** "Twitching Channels" has Darkwing accidentally landing himself in [[RealWorldEpisode a human-populated universe where he is a fictional character]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' has "Cowboy Courage", which takes a break fro the supernatural horror and instead has Courage dreaming about being a sheriff in the old west.
** There is also the episode "Aqua Farmer", which is almost entirely about Eustace, in lieu of Courage as the protagonist. (In contrast, he is completely absent from "Cajun Granny Stew", although this could be chalked up to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/PinkPanther'' short "Pink-Outs" is different from the others, as it is just 12 short vignettes about the Panther engaging in various gags. These would eventually be used as bumpers on ''The Pink Panther Show''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Krusty Krab Training Video" plays out the style of an introductory video being played for a newly-hired Krusty Krab employee.
* In "Meet Polka Dots" on ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', Blue opened the door to the ''Blue's Clues'' house and there were several segments in which time was spent with just Blue or Blue and her friends rather than Joe, while Joe attended to his stuffed duck Boris, who was having a nap. Perhaps most unusually, viewers got to watch as Blue placed her pawprint on each clue, something which had always been done firmly off-screen before.
* Unlike most examples, in ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', this applies, not to an episode, but to an entire season. Taking a cue from TheMovie, the fifth season will showcase Oggy and the Cockroaches' conflict throughout history. It is currently unknown whether or not episodes set in modern times will happen.



* WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies were considered something completely different at the time. Walt had just struck gold with the succes of WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and could have easily made nothing but shorts starring Mickey, but he decided to start another animated series which told stories where the music was dominant and fairy tales and nursery rhymes were adapted. These series had no recurring characters either.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The clip show episodes "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show," "Another Simpsons Clip Show," "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectactular," "All Singing, All Dancing," and "Gump Roast."
** The non-Halloween ThreeShorts episodes ("The Fight Before Christmas," "Four Great Women and a Manicure," "The Wettest Stories Ever Told," and "Simpsons Christmas Stories")
** "Twenty-Two Short Films About Springfield": An aborted BackDoorPilot showing what life is life for everyone else in Springfield besides The Simpson family.
** "Behind the Laughter": A parody of ''Behind The Music'' and ''E! True Hollywood Story'' showing The Simpsons as AnimatedActors and the ups and downs of their fame.
** "Springfield Up": A documentary visiting the adult population of Springfield who were interviewed as kids.
** "The Springfield Files": Creator/LeonardNimoy tells the story of how Homer encountered an alien.
** "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase" and "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular": Troy [=McClure=] hosting, and a lot of fourth-wall-breaking jokes about the show. "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" is also the only ClipShow episode where it doesn't involve the family sitting around and remembering past episodes.
** The flashback episodes ("The Way We Was"[[note]]how Homer and Marge met in high school[[/note]], "I Married Marge"[[note]]how Homer got Marge pregnant, married her, and applied as a nuclear plant worker[[/note]], "Lisa's First Word"[[note]]how Marge and Homer moved into their current house, how Marge got pregnant with Lisa, how Homer met Flanders and began borrowing stuff from him, and how Bart was jealous over Lisa[[/note]], "And Maggie Makes Three"[[note]]how Homer quit his job at the nuclear plant, only to re-apply after Marge becomes pregnant with Maggie[[/note]], "The Way We Wasn't"[[note]]how Homer and Marge unknowingly met as kids at a summer camp[[/note]], "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"[[note]]a Beatles parody episode centered on Homer and his friends becoming music stars in the mid-1980s[[/note]], and "That 90s Show"[[note]]how Marge and Homer broke up in the 90s before they had Bart[[/note]].
** The "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episodes
** "Saddlesore Galactica": A BizarroEpisode that took potshots at its own SeasonalRot and complaints from fans about the SeasonalRot.
** "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches": An episode where a dishrag that existed since the medieval era tell its life story via the medium.
** "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" and "Like Father, Like Clown" are some of the few ''Simpsons'' episodes that were more dramatic than comedic and have the feel of a less preachy VerySpecialEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The "Terrence and Philip" movie and ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' episodes.
** "A Million Little Fibers" features none of the main cast. It does, however, feature a talking towel, Oprah Winfrey, a talking anus and a talking vagina.
** "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" was entirely focused on the Goth kids, with none of the main cast again. Since the show missed the deadline for the first time ever, a rerun of another episode was aired, and when "Goth Kids" aired many fans felt rather underwhelmed.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Krusty Krab Training Video" plays out the style of an introductory video being played for a newly-hired Krusty Krab employee.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]] is the first episode of the show where the focus of the plot is not on any member of the ''Ghost'' crew, and they're all in supporting roles. Who's this episode about, by the way? [[spoiler:The final showdown between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" dispenses with the show's usual format in favour of a [[VerySpecialEpisode storyline in which Rick, LJ and Jedda confront the issue of teenaged alcoholism]]. The only science fiction and fantasy elements in the episode are the flying police car which appears near the beginning and the scene where Mandrake conjures up a vision of Kshin's death in a drink driving accident to [[AnAesop teach the boy a lesson about underaged drinking]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" dispenses In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the series finale, "Things Change", kept the fight with the show's usual format in favour MonsterOfTheWeek to a small B-plot (and never did get around to resolving it), while most of a [[VerySpecialEpisode storyline in which Rick, LJ and Jedda confront the issue of teenaged alcoholism]]. The only science fiction and fantasy elements in the episode are focused on Beast Boy trying to reconnect with a girl who may or may not be Terra. While the flying police car which appears near series always dealt with emotional issues, usually a layer of superhero metaphor was applied. Here it was simply, bittersweetly SliceOfLife.
** The final season had a couple of these. Another episode dealt entirely with Raven babysitting a trio of superpowered toddlers, and another was about
the beginning HIVE Five trying to capture Kid Flash, and Jinx's HighHeelFaceTurn.
* ''{{Transformers}} Armada'' had an episode that focused entirely on the Decepticons. Rad, the usual narrator, was replaced by Sideways,
and the scene where Mandrake conjures up a vision of Kshin's death in a drink driving accident to [[AnAesop teach Autobots got barely any screen time, with the boy kids entirely absent.
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' did their final episode in the style of
a lesson about underaged drinking]].[[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1920s silent cartoon.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" dispenses with the show's usual format in favour of a [[VerySpecialEpisode storyline in which Rick, LJ and Jedda confront the issue of teenaged alcoholism]]. The only science fiction and fantasy elements in the episode are a flying police car seen near the beginning and the scene where Mandrake conjures up a vision of Kshin's death in a drink driving accident to [[AnAesop teach the boy a lesson about underaged drinking]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" dispenses with the show's usual format in favour of a [[VerySpecialEpisode storyline in which Rick, LJ and Jedda confront the issue of teenaged alcoholism]]. The only science fiction and fantasy elements in the episode are a the flying police car seen which appears near the beginning and the scene where Mandrake conjures up a vision of Kshin's death in a drink driving accident to [[AnAesop teach the boy a lesson about underaged drinking]].
10th Jan '17 7:22:51 AM Clare
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** "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]]" - Garnet's story of [[OriginsEpisode how she came to be]], in the style of a fairy tale.

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** "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]]" - Garnet's story of [[OriginsEpisode how she came to be]], in the style of a fairy tale.tale.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "100 Proof Highway" dispenses with the show's usual format in favour of a [[VerySpecialEpisode storyline in which Rick, LJ and Jedda confront the issue of teenaged alcoholism]]. The only science fiction and fantasy elements in the episode are a flying police car seen near the beginning and the scene where Mandrake conjures up a vision of Kshin's death in a drink driving accident to [[AnAesop teach the boy a lesson about underaged drinking]].
26th Dec '16 8:14:46 PM KagSwirby
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** Creator/ChuckJones was known for experimenting with animation in many cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' (1942) features stylized and limited animation almost a decade before it became fashionable. ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' (1953) is unusual in the sense that it stars Daffy Duck throughout most of the entire cartoon, who is constantly changed, muted, erased,... to the point that he is actually seldom ''in'' this cartoon as his own self.

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** Creator/ChuckJones was known for experimenting with animation in many cartoons: ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' (1942) features stylized and limited animation almost a decade before it became fashionable. ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' (1953) is unusual in the sense that it stars Daffy Duck throughout most of the entire cartoon, who is constantly changed, muted, erased,... to the point that he is actually seldom ''in'' this cartoon as his own self. "Now Hear This" is a rather unique and experimental cartoon as well.
27th Oct '16 9:59:39 PM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' occasionally showed flashback-based, almost art-house style episodes.
** They also did two "Treehouse of Horror"-style episodes ("Anthology of Interest"), meant to be a yearly thing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' occasionally showed flashback-based, almost art-house style episodes.
''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** They also did The two "Treehouse of Horror"-style WhatIf episodes ("Anthology of Interest"), meant to be a yearly thing.thing.
** "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is made of three unrelated vignettes centered on the three 31st century holidays - Xmas, Robanukah, and Kwanzaa - with a GreenAesop thrown in.



** "Reincarnation" and "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" depict the characters and their adventures in the styles of other types of animation, though there are differences. "Reincarnation"'s doesn't have a framing device and doesn't make fun of the animated genres it shows. It's more like "What if ''Futurama'' was an early 1930s black-and-white cartoon, or a 1980s video game, or a Japanese cartoon from the 1970s?" Meanwhile, "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" had a framing device with Richard Nixon's head and the headless body of Spiro Agnew trying to watch Saturday morning cartoons and having to deal with angry MoralGuardian protesters, the cartoon parodies shown were based on American cartoons (''Scooby Doo'', ''Strawberry Shortcake'', and ''G.I. Joe''), and the episode made fun of just how irritating the Saturday morning TV experience is once you take off the [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia goggles]]: corny jokes, crummy writing, mediocre animation, media watchdog groups complaining about children's cartoons being too violent, and a lot of shows being little more than 30-minute commercials for toys and cereal.

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** "Reincarnation" and "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" depict the characters and their adventures in the styles of other types of animation, though there are differences. "Reincarnation"'s doesn't have a framing device and doesn't make fun of the animated genres it shows. It's more like asks "What if ''Futurama'' was an early 1930s black-and-white cartoon, or a 1980s video game, or a Japanese cartoon from the 1970s?" Meanwhile, 1970s?"
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"Saturday Morning Fun Pit" had a framing device with Richard Nixon's head and the headless body of Spiro Agnew trying to watch Saturday morning cartoons and having to deal with angry MoralGuardian protesters, the protesters. The cartoon parodies shown were based on American cartoons (''Scooby Doo'', ''Strawberry Shortcake'', and ''G.I. Joe''), and the episode made fun of just how irritating the Saturday morning TV experience is once you take off the [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgia goggles]]: corny jokes, crummy writing, mediocre animation, media watchdog groups complaining about children's cartoons being too violent, and a lot of shows being little more than 30-minute commercials for toys and cereal.
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