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.

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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.
* 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.

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* This happened in at least one episode of ''{{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 ''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 ''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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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has some episodes that might qualify— most obviously the "Treehouse of Horrors" Halloween episodes, but also "22 Short Films about Springfield", the "Run Lola Run" episode 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".
* 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" and "Stephen King" episodes.
* 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]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Bottomless Pit!", Mabel, Dipper, Soos, and Grunkle Stan are falling into [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a bottomless pit]], and tell stories to pass the time.
* 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.

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