An episode in a normal series that is composed of two or more vignettes. Most times they are unrelated, or only held together by a FramingDevice or a common theme. Happens when a writer wants to try SomethingCompletelyDifferent.

Note that this only counts for shows that normally have a single, cohesive plot. For example, ''The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show'' doesn't count, because ''all'' the episodes are [[ThreeShorts a series of shorts]].

A literary approximation happens when a book series whose novels generally have only one story release an anthology of short stories about the series universe.

Contrast ThreeShorts, TwoShorts and AnimatedAnthology. Compare AnthologyFilm.
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* In the 80-Page Giant Special comic of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', the team fights an evil genie who sends them into different genres (FilmNoir, {{Western}}, {{Anime}}, SilentFilm {{Horror}}, etc.). It's half TrappedInTVLand, half Vignette episode, since every genre gets its own distinct story.

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* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has [[Recap/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeriesS4E10TalesOfATiger "Tales of a Tiger"]], which has a story for the six main protagonists and for two pairs of antagonists.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover has a chapter containing a series of news reports that summarize what's happened since StateSec began cracking down in order to defeat the BigBad.
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%%* The ''Literature/MythAdventures'' book ''M.Y.T.H. Inc. Link'' would qualify for that.
* There's a good lit example: ''Borders of Infinity'', from the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, was a collection of three short stories ("Mountains of Mourning", "Labyrinth" and "Borders of Infinity") with a framing device about the main character being in extended surgery, and solving a case thereof. The individual stories have been reprinted in other, later omnibuses of the series; the original whole book has not, and is blastedly hard to find...
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' EU had a book called "The Lives of Dax", focusing on the Dax symbiotes former hosts.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''The Sandman: Book of Dreams'' comprises several short stories by other authors inspired by ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', and ''Endless Nights'', seven short stories about each of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Endless]], written by Gaiman.
* "Mary Poppins in the Park", fourth in the series, is a collection of short stories about Mary's adventures with the Banks children, rather than a direct sequel.

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* This happened in at least one episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "Three Valentines", which shows a different story set on Valentines Day in each of the episode's three acts — [[SilenceIsGolden the first an almost completely silent skit]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny with Niles preparing for a date]], the second [[PoorCommunicationKills having Frasier trying figure out how to respond to a woman giving him mixed signals]], and the last with [[SeinfeldianConversation Martin and Daphne having an inane argument in a restaurant.]]
* In the pilot for ''Series/ModernFamily'', it seems as if three separate stories are being told, until the big reveal at the end.
%%* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' does this a lot.
* The ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode "Creative Writing". Randy, Joy, Darnell, and Catalina all write stories that are shown, respectively, as StylisticSuck, an animated morality tale (using FamilyUnfriendlyViolence), an R&B music video, and a telenovela.
* The ''{{Series/CSI}}'' episode "Toe Tags" is split into four different cases, each investigated by a different member(s) of the CSI team.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'': While most games in the Kirby series have one main plot, ''KirbySuperStar'' stands out as being the one that's comprised of multiple individual (albeit connected) adventures that each tell their own story and has a unique set of mechanics to it with 7 main games overall.The remake expands this with another 4 modes.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has some episodes that might qualify— most obviously the "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" Halloween episodes, but also "22 Short Films about Springfield", the "Run Lola Run" episode (season 12's "Trilogy of Error") and "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has its two Anthology of Interest episodes, which feature Fry, Bender and Leela suggesting plots to a machine that can create a simulation of anything asked of it.
** Season 6's "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" and "Reincarnation" also count. As well as Season 7's "Naturama" and season 10's "Saturday Morning Fun Pit".
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Tales of Ba Sing Se", a DayInTheLife BreatherEpisode showing the main characters wandering around the city.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Holiday Knights", which had three vignettes about the Bat-family dealing with holiday crime.
** Also "Almost Got 'Em," where each villain tells a story about how he or she almost defeated Batman. A bit more FramingDevice heavy than other examples, but it's still a series of vignettes.
** And again in "Legends of the Dark Knight," with the three kids telling stories about how they perceive Batman; as they tell their stories, the animation shifts to better suit the story they're telling.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had this in its "Viewer Mail" (Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 and #2) and "Stephen King" episodes (Three Kings).
%%* The "Halloween Special Vignette" idea was also done by ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
%%* ''Series/{{Teletubbies}} had vignette ''segments'' rather than a vignette episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has "The Cutie Mark Chronicles," which has a story for how each of the mane cast got their cutie marks.
* The 1967 PinkPanther cartoon ''Pink Outs'' is a series of 12 quick unrelated vignettes. Many of them were later re-used as bumpers for ''The Pink Panther Show''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Every episode has a vignette in the form of an unrelated teaser sequence before the main plot, but there are also at least two special vignette episodes: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" and "Four Star Spectacular!"
%%* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' featured two short stories in one episode.
* The {{Halloween Episode}}s of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', with the characters telling scary stories to each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': One episode showed Jack at four different times of a year, defeating seasonal-themed enemies.
** In Winter, a tribe used all of their resources to create an incredibly powerful weapon, and fought each other to find the most worthy to wield it against Jack. [[spoiler:[[CurbstompBattle Jack wins]]]].
** In Spring, what appears to be a nature spirit offers Jack a chance to rest. [[spoiler:He realizes in time that it's a trap, and continues on his way]].
** In Summer, Jack crosses a desert, and is attacked by strange shadowy creatures. His sword passes right through them. He almost overexerts himself in the heat trying to fight them off, but [[spoiler:realizes they can't actually hurt him, so he doesn't have to fight. He walks through them]].
** In Fall, a scientist gathers fallen leaves to make a deadly poison. He pours it into a well, which Jack later drinks from. Jack collapses, and the Scientist goes up to check his work, [[spoiler:only for Jack to spit the water into the scientist's mouth]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Bottomless Pit!" Mabel, Dipper, Soos, and Grunkle Stan are falling into [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a bottomless pit]], and tell stories to pass the time.
** "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" has Grunkle Stan regaling a lost tourist who's stranded at the Mystery Shack after-hours with a series of "Tales Designed to Sell My Merchandise".
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episodes "Five Short Graybles" and "Five More Short Graybles" are told through a series of scenarios, which all merge at some point, and are related by a common theme, [[spoiler:The Five Senses]] and [[spoiler:The Five Tastes]], respectively.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', much like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', has two episodes that focus on everyone else that isn't the main or supporting cast: "The World" (which focuses on the sentient objects in Elmore) and "The Extras" (which focuses on the background and one-shot characters that have appeared in minor roles in past episodes).

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