A show which has no regular characters or actors, with the possible exception of a host or narrator who introduces/closes/comments on shows. Stories tend to limit themselves to a single genre but the earlier anthology shows were more likely to cover several genres than later ones.

Compare/contrast to ThematicSeries.

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!!Anime/Manga examples include:
* ''ShounenJump''
* ''Manga/ZekkyouGakkyuu'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Manga/FuanNoTane'' ({{Horror}})

!!Comic Book examples include:
* ''ActionComics''
* ''DetectiveComics'' was '''not''' quite the first genre anthology in comic books, but it was the first successful single-genre anthology comic, laying the groundwork for the format that would be most popular through TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.
* Historically, most British comics have tended to be anthologies. They would contain multiple strips per issue and replace one strip with another fairly often. Whilst comics like TheBeano, TheDandy, or 2000AD technically avert this trope by having some strips that have lasted decades, it's played straighter with titles like TVComic, which chopped and changed according to what was on TV at the time.
* All of the ECComics series were these covering a few genres, with each issue featuring four stories. The genres covered were primarily horror, science fiction, crime and war. When the ComicsCodeAuthority came clamping down and forced the cancellation of many titles the publisher got desperate and branched out into tamer fare. Bizarre new books started like ''Psychoanalysis'', which focused on patients visiting a psychiatrist, ''M.D.'', which showcase the day-to-day lives of doctors and ''EXTRA!'', which followed reporters in their investigations. Needless to say, the new books weren't successful and EC closed down soon after.

!!Television examples include:

* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' ([[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]])
* ''Series/AmazingStories'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' (Horror). Could be considered a genre anthology as each season is a self contained story with a start, middle, and end, with no characters/settings in common (though actors sometimes stick around).
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/BlackMirror'' (SpeculativeFiction Drama)
** ''Series/BlackMirrorSeriesOne''
** ''Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo''
** ''Series/BlackMirrorChristmasSpecial''
* ''ComedyPlayhouse'' (Comedy) (spin offs include SteptoeAndSon, TillDeathUsDoPart, AllGasAndGaiters, TheLiverBirds, AreYouBeingServed? and LastOfTheSummerWine).
* ''DoctorTerriblesHouseOfHorrible'' ({{Horror}} {{Comedy}}, hosted by SteveCoogan)
* ''The Dread Testaments'' ({{Horror}}), a webseries found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWp6fvR_zp0
* ''Series/FaerieTaleTheatre'' (Fantasy; followed by two spiritual successors)
** ''Tall Tales and Legends''
** ''Nightmare Classics'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/FearItself'' ({{Horror}}; a SpiritualSuccessor to the below-mentioned ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' series)
* ''{{the fifth estate}}'' ({{CBC}})
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares'', a horror anthology in "Crypt" style, hosted by Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''. The stories dealing with Freddy himself were actually rare, but canonical.
* ''GeneralElectricTheater'' (Drama) (Hosted by UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan)
* ''Series/GeorgeBurnsComedyWeek'' (Comedy)
* ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}''({{Horror}})
* ''Series/HallmarkHallOfFame'' (All Genres)
* ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/HoraMarcada'' ({{Horror}})
* ''The Hunger'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Inside No. 9'' ({{Horror}}/Dark Comedy)
* ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' ({{Drama}})
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' ([[CaptainObvious Horror]], with each entry made by an acclaimed horror director)
* ''Series/MetalHurlantChronicles'' (Sci-Fi)
* ''MurderMostHorrid'' ({{Parody}}ing CrimeAndPunishment) (Hosted by and starring DawnFrench)
* ''Series/NightGallery'' ({{Horror}}/SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/NightVisions'' ({{Horror}})
* ''TheNightmareRoom'' ({{Horror}})
* ''OneStepBeyond'' and its {{Revival}}, ''TheNextStepBeyond'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' (SpeculativeFiction)
** ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', its {{Revival}} (SciFi, SpeculativeFiction)
* ''PaulMertonInGaltonAndSimpson's...'' (Comedy staring Paul Merton, updated scripts from Comedy Playhouse and Hancock's Half Hour).
* ''Perversions of Science'' (SpeculativeFiction; A SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' which was also based off EC Comics)
* ''PhilcoTelevisionPlayhouse''/''Goodyear Television Playhouse''/''Alcoa Hour'' (Drama) The name changed to reflect the sponsoring company. From 1948 to 1951, Philco was the sole sponsor. From 1951 to the spring of 1955, Philco and Goodyear alternated weeks as sponsor and the show was titled accordingly. At the end of the 1954-55 season, Philco dropped out as sponsor and Alcoa stepped in. Alcoa and Goodyear continued alternating sponsorship until 1957. The productions were otherwise the same.
* ''{{Playhouse 90}}'' (Drama)
* ''PlayForToday''/''TheWednesdayPlay'' (Drama).
* ''Series/RayBradburyTheater'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''SevenOfOne'' (Comedy) (Starring RonnieBarker, ''{{Porridge}}'' and ''Series/OpenAllHours'' were spun off from this series).
* ''ScienceFictionTheater'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' ({{Horror}})
* ''TalesOfTomorrow'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'' (Various, usually BlackComedy with a TwistEnding. Introduced by their author, Creator/RoaldDahl)
* ''Series/{{Thriller}}'' aka Boris Karloff's Thriller ({{Horror}}/[[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]])
** ''Thriller'' is also the title of a British series of one-off feature-length dramas, created and either scripted or based on stories by Brian Clemens. Episodes were repackaged for US broadcast as separate TV movies.
* ''Series/TimAndEricsBedtimeStories'' ([[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror-comedy]])
* ''Series/TrueDetective'' (PoliceProcedural)
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'' (All Genres)
* ''Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse'' (All Genres)

!!Literature examples include:
Too many to count. The genre anthology predated the horror and sci-fi genres. The first publication venues for either of them was genre magazines, and the first hardcovers those stories would grace were collected together as a series of unrelated short stories.
* ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail''
* ''Literature/DangerousVisions''
* ''Literature/SkeletonCrew'' ({{Horror}})

!!Radio examples include:

* ''2000 Plus'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''AcademyAwardTheater'' (Drama)
* ''ArchOboler'sPlays'' (All genres)
* ''TheCampbellPlayhouse'' (Drama)
* ''CavalcadeOfAmerica'' (Drama)
* ''Radio/CBSRadioMysteryTheater'' (Drama)
* ''CBS Radio Workshop'' (Drama)
* ''Radio/DimensionX'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''{{Escape}}'' (Adventure/SpeculativeFiction/{{Horror}}/[[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]])
* ''InnerSanctumMysteries'' ({{Horror}})
* ''LightsOut'' ({{Horror}})
* ''LuxRadioTheater'' (Drama)
* ''Radio/TheMercuryTheatreOnTheAir'' (Drama) - with OrsonWelles
* ''TheMysteriousTraveler'' ([[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]]/Mystery/Suspense)
* ''Radio/QuietPlease'' (SpeculativeFiction/{{Horror}})
* ''TheScreenGuildTheater'' (Drama)
* ''{{Suspense}}'' (SpeculativeFiction/{{Horror}}/[[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]]/Mystery/[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Suspense]])
* ''TheWhistler'' ([[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]]/Mystery/Suspense)
* ''Radio/XMinusOne'' (SpeculativeFiction)

!!Film examples include:

* ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'' (BlackComedy [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror Horror]])
** ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}''
* ''Film/DeadOfNight'' (Horror)
* ''FleshAndFantasy'' ([[SupernaturalSoapOpera Supernatural Drama]])
* ''Film/FourRooms'' (BlackComedy)[[/index]]
* ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'' was an attempt to turn the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies into an anthology horror film series. Didn't take, mainly because the movie was poorly received.[[index]]
* ''TheIllustratedMan'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''InvitationToTheDance'' ([[Creator/GeneKelly Dance Musical]])
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSevenDeadlySins'' ([[ComedyTropes Comedy]])
* ''Film/TheRedViolin'' (Drama)
* ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' (Horror)
** ''TheVaultOfHorror'' (Horror), the {{sequel}}.
* ''TalesOfManhattan'' (Drama)
* ''[[TheYellowRollsRoyce The Yellow Rolls-Royce]]'' (Drama)

!!WebOriginal examples include:

* ''Podcast/EarbudTheater''
* ''WebVideo/TheHire''

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