Created By: VictimOfFate on January 13, 2013 Last Edited By: VictimOfFate on January 17, 2013

Flashback Series

Every episode shows uses flashbacks

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This is a type of dramatic structure that has been used in a number of series, pioneered by Lost, and replicated many times since, this is a dramatic series in which every episode features a series of flashbacks based around a particular character, often the character changing from episode to episode.


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  • January 14, 2013
    Forever Knight, where the incident flashed back to (almost) always has a parellel or otherwise has something to do with the main plot.
  • January 16, 2013
    The Nine had flashbacks every episode to the hostage situation. Any others?
  • January 16, 2013
    PBS had a show in the early 2000s called American Family that I believe did this. They had a lot of flashbacks anyway.
  • January 16, 2013
    Naruto could be the Trope Codifier for this one.
  • January 16, 2013
    Highlander was just like Forever Knight.

    All the CSI series use flashbacks when re-creating or going over crime scenarios, but IDK if that counts.
  • January 16, 2013
    Not sure if this counts or not but...

    • Just about every single story arc in One Piece features a flashback either right before the climax or as part of an epilogue for the arc. These flashbacks detail for readers significant events that led to the situations the Straw Hats are encountering in the present day.
  • January 16, 2013
    Kung Fu and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues both had flashbacks every episode to Caine's time at the Shaolin monastary, often but not always having something to do with the plot in his present. The only ones which didn't have this were the ones which were explicitly set during the time Caine was in China; so entire episodes were basically flashbacks with or without a Framing Device.
  • January 16, 2013
    "All the CSI series use flashbacks when re-creating or going over crime scenarios, but IDK if that counts."

    Do the flashbacks have to be of the main characters? If not, Cold Case would count as well.
  • January 17, 2013
    Arrow has flashbacks to the island he was trapped on for 5 years. That story is told in chronological order, with the next episode's story picking up where the last one left off. (Or so it seems.)
  • January 17, 2013
    The current name implies that an absolute majority (if not all) of the series takes place via flashback (a la How I Met Your Mother). I suggest Flashback Heavy Series instead.
  • January 17, 2013
    Though most every episode of Titus was single-set, there were constant flashbacks to Titus' life growing up with his father.