Tropes that apply to a particular single episode of a TV show. Not to be confused with the British sitcom of the same name.
Significant date episodeEpisodes that revolve around what the characters do (or not) to celebrate culturally significant dates, especially holidays.
- April Fools' Plot
It's April Fools Day and everyone is having fun.
- Christmas Episode
It's Christmas Eve and everyone is having fun.
- Crappy Holidays
It's holiday season but nobody is having fun.
- Dress Up Episode
The modern protagonists of the work in question suddenly and inexplicably need to dress as if it's the Victorian Era.
- Election Day Episode
It's Election day and someone is involved in a campaign for office.
- Festival Episode
It's festival season and the Japanese are having fun.
- Halloween Episode
It's Halloween and everybody is terrified.
- Thanksgiving Episode
It's Thanksgiving and the relatives are arguing.
- Valentine's Day Episodes
It's Valentine's Day and everybody is lovesick.
Genre shift episodeThe show switches genres for one episode, but keeps the main cast.
- Alternate Reality Episode
The actors play different characters in an alternate universe.
- Cowboy Episode
The characters go to the American Old West.
- Noir Episode
Episode shot in the style of Film Noir.
- Parody Episode
Comedic episode parodying something.
- Rhyming Episode
The characters are cast in a story where they rhyme all the time.
- Storybook Episode
The characters are cast as fairy tale archetypes.
- Superhero Episode
The characters gain superpowers and fight crime for an episode.
Unusual location episodeEpisode where the main cast goes to places they don't usually hang out at.
- Beach Episode
The characters go to a beach.
- Boot Camp Episode
The characters receive military training.
- Camping Episode
The characters go camping.
- Circus Episode
The characters get involved with a circus for an episode.
- Courtroom Episode
The characters are involved in a court case.
- Episode on a Plane
The characters take a plane to somewhere and spend most of the episode on board.
- Hot Springs Episode
The characters go to the hot springs.
- Picnic Episode
The characters go on a picnic.
- Prison Episode
The characters go to prison.
- Real World Episode
The characters come from their fictional world to the 'real' one for an episode.
- Road Trip Plot
The characters go on a road trip. AKA "Road Trip Episode".
- The Show Goes Hollywood
The characters go to Hollywood.
- Space Episode
The characters go to outer space.
- Vacation Episode
The characters go on a vacation.
Unusual situation episodeEpisodes where the main cast is placed into unusual situations.
- Boys Vs Girls
the Boys and the Girls have a war on which gender's better
- Baby Morph Episode
One or more characters is transformed into a baby and the others must take care of them.
- Babysitting Episode
The characters have to babysit someone.
- Big Storm Episode
There's a big storm. The characters have to work around it.
- Broke Episode
The characters are broke and must make ends meet somehow.
- Diet Episode
The characters start dieting for one episode.
- Documentary Episode
A journalist makes a documentary about the characters and their occupation.
- Fairy Tale Episode
The characters reenact a famous fairy tale.
- Feud Episode
The characters spend the episode feuding against each other.
- Gender Separated Ensemble Episode
The ensemble cast is split by gender for one episode, with their separate plots.
- Insomnia Episode
A character is unable to sleep for unknown reasons for one episode.
- New Job Episode
A character changes jobs for an episode.
- Paranormal Episode
The characters find themselves in a situation dealing with the paranormal.
- Parents for a Day
A baby or something like it is raised, who leaves by the end of the episode.
- "Rear Window" Homage
A character forced to sit around in their bedroom ends up recreating the plot of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
- Second Episode Morning
A character has to deal with the strange events that happened in the first episode.
- Society-on-Edge Episode
The characters have to deal with how volatile and unstable the setting has recently become.
- Superstition Episode
A character does something considered unlucky and has bad luck for the rest of the episode.
- Stuck At The Airport Plot
The airport is Snowed-In and the flight's been cancelled. Or was it some kind of terrorist attack?
- Time Travel Episode
The characters go time traveling.
- Torture Chamber Episode
A character spends the episode being tortured.
- Trainwreck Episode
The characters are involved in or have to deal with a major disaster.
- Treasure Hunt Episode
The characters look for treasure.
Illness episodeEpisodes where members of the main cast fall ill or are injured.
- Fever Dream Episode
A character is sick and has bad trips the entire episode.
- Sick Episode
One or more characters fall ill and the others tend to them.
- Single-Episode Handicap
A character is handicapped for an episode.
- The Tonsillitis Episode
A character has tonsillitis.
Unusual activity episodeEpisodes where members of the main cast engage in unusual (for them) activities.
- Ballet Episode
One or more characters either try their hand at ballet or go to the ballet.
- Door To Door Episode
The characters go on a fund raising drive.
- Fundraiser Carnival
The characters organize a fundraiser carnival.
- Guinness Episode
The characters attempt to break a world record (or several); usually, Hilarity Ensues.
- Musical Episode
The characters prepare and perform a musical.
- Pro Wrestling Episode
The characters train for, participate in, or attend a wrestling match.
- School Play
The characters prepare for and/or perform a play for class.
Contest/sports/game episodeEpisodes where the main cast participates in sports or other kinds of games and contests.
- Baseball Episode
The characters train for and participate in a baseball game.
- The Boxing Episode
The characters train for, participate in, or attend a boxing match.
- Evasive Fight Thread Episode
The characters compete in some discipline but the outcome is never revealed.
- The Olympics
The characters partake in the Olympics, whether a local version or the real deal.
- Paintball Episode
The characters train for and participate in a paintball game.
- RPG Episode
The characters play a role-playing game for most of the episode.
- Town Contest Episode
The characters participate in a town-wide contest in some discipline.
Character-centered episodeEpisodes focusing on secondary characters, personality traits of the main cast, exotic creatures, or even inanimate objects.
- Birthday Episode
Where a character's birthday is celebrated.
- The Bus Came Back
A long gone character comes back.
- Cryptid Episode
The characters look for some mythical creature.
- A Day in the Limelight
A secondary character shifts into the narrative focus for one episode.
- The Doll Episode
Creepy episode revolving around dolls and their owners and makers.
- Girls' Night Out Episode
The female characters shift into exclusive spotlight for one episode.
- Lower Deck Episode
Minor supporting characters shift into spotlight for one episode.
- Origins Episode
The origin of a previously introduced character is explained.
- Villain Episode
The antagonists shift into the spotlight.
- Walk On The Wild Side Episode
The responsible character becomes wild and spontaneous.
- Welcome Episode
The POV character is introduced to an established character group.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode
The characters try to discover each other's deepest fears.
(Non-)Continuity episodeEpisodes important (or completely irrelevant) to the show's overall continuity.
- Bizarro Episode
Episode without any connection the prior or following continuity.
- Breather Episode
Light-hearted episode wedged in-between emotionally taxing ones.
- Dénouement Episode
Final episode cleans up loose ends after the main story arc is concluded.
Standalone episode produced solely to postpone advancing the main story arc or; adaptations may use it to avoid running out of source material.
- Innocuously Important Episode
Episode that subtly sets up the future story arc.
- Mid-Season Twist
A Wham Episode that happens midway through the season.
- Non-Indicative First Episode
First episode whose contents don't reflect the rest of the show adequately.
- Standalone Episode
Episode that can be enjoyed without any prior knowledge of the series.
- Synchronous Episodes
Several consecutively broadcast episodes take place at the same time in-story.
- Recap Episode
Episode that sums up previous story developments.
- Sequel Episode
Episode that continues the storyline of a much earlier one.
- Series Fauxnale
Episode produced as a grand finale for the series that didn't end after it.
- Very Special Episode
Serious and thought-provoking episode in an otherwise lighthearted series.
- Wham Episode
Episode produced to surprise or shock the viewers.
- Whole Episode Flashback
Episode consisting mainly of one long flashback.
Production trivia episodeEpisodes notable for unusual format or production details.
- Banned Episode
Episode that, well, was banned.
- Bonus Episode
Episode that never aired but was added to the retail version.
- Bottle Episode
Low-budget episode to preserve production expenses for later.
- Clip Show
Episode (usually a form of Recap Episode) that is largely made up of actual clips from earlier episodes.
- In Memoriam
Episode dedicated to a person who passed away recently in real life.
- Live Episode
Episode that is shot and broadcast in real time.
- Missing Episode
Episode missing from most broadcasts and retail versions.
- Multi-Part Episode
Episode split into several parts for broadcast.
- No Dialogue Episode
Episode without any spoken lines.
Episode made to launch a new series.
- Three-Dimensional Episode
Episode produced to be watched with 3-D glasses on.
- Unfinished Episode
An episode that never gets finished or made.
- Un Installment
The series skips a number in its episode/installment progression.
- Vignette Episode
Episode composed of several vignettes.
Episode only available on the internet.