A show which has no regular characters or actors (but usually many recurring), 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.

A favored format for {{Horror}} and suspense, probably because the absence of continuity allows characters to be killed off unpredictably without violating StatusQuoIsGod.

Compare/contrast to ThematicSeries.

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!!Anime/Manga examples include:[[index]]
* ''Magazine/ShonenJump''
* ''Manga/FuanNoTane'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Manga/ZekkyouGakkyuu'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Anime/YamiShibai'' ({{Horror}})

!!Comic Book examples include:
* ''ComicBook/ActionComics''
* ''[[Creator/DCComics Detective Comics]]'' 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 UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.
* [[/index]]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 ComicBook/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.[[index]]
* All of the Creator/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 UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority 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.
* [[/index]]Showcase was a DC comics anthology from the 1950s notable for introducing the Silver Age incarnations of Franchise/TheFlash, Franchise/GreenLantern, and ComicBook/TheAtom and other noteworthy characters like Rip Hunter, the Creeper and the Challengers of the Unknown as well as featuring the very first comic adaptation of a ''Film/JamesBond'' film.[[index]]
* Most Creator/MarvelComics titles published in the 1950s were SpeculativeFiction, crime, or horror anthologies. Several books such as ''Uncanny Tales'', ''World of Mystery,'' ''World of Suspense,'' ''World of Fantasy'', ''Mystery'', and ''Menace'' didn't make it past the end of the decade. Other titles were better remembered due to later spinning off or being rebranded as superhero titles the following decade when the genre was successfully revived. These include:
** ''Amazing Adventures'', later ''Amazing (Adult) Fantasy'' (spun off ComicBook/SpiderMan). Revived briefly in the 70's as a super-hero and sci-fi adventure book, featuring characters like the ComicBook/BlackWidow, ComicBook/TheInhumans, [[Franchise/XMen The Beast]], and Killraven.
** ''Tales of Suspense'' (rebranded as Comicbook/CaptainAmerica while also spinning off Comicbook/IronMan)
** ''Tales to Astonish'' (rebranded as the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]])
** ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' (rebranded as [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]])
** ''Strange Tales'' (rebranded as ComicBook/DoctorStrange, while also mixing in {{Horror}} fiction with Brother Voodoo and Spy fiction with ComicBook/NickFury)
* [[/index]]Marvel Fanfare ({{Superhero}})[[index]]
* ''House Of Mystery'', which started out as a Horror comic, switched genres to SpeculativeFiction and mystery fiction in the mid-50's due to backlash against horror comics and the introduction of the Comics Code, added in Superhero fiction during the Silver Age, and returned to a horror setting in the 70's.

!!Television examples include:

* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' ([[CrimeAndPunishmentTropes Crime And Punishment]])
* ''Series/AmazingStories'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory'' -- a sister show to ''American Horror Story'', about {{true crime}} instead of horror.
* ''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).
* ''Series/DrTerriblesHouseOfHorrible'' ({{Horror}} {{Comedy}}, hosted by Creator/SteveCoogan)
* ''TheDreadTestaments'' ({{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''
** ''NightmareClassics'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/FearItself'' ({{Horror}}; a SpiritualSuccessor to the below-mentioned ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' series)
* ''{{the fifth estate}}'' (Creator/{{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/HammerHouseOfHorror'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/HoraMarcada'' ({{Horror}})
* ''TheHunger'' ({{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)
* ''Series/MurderMostHorrid'' ({{Parody}}ing CrimeAndPunishmentTropes) (Hosted by and starring Creator/DawnFrench)
* ''Series/NightGallery'' ({{Horror}}/SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/NightVisions'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Literature/TheNightmareRoom'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/OneStepBeyond'' and its {{Revival}}, ''Series/TheNextStepBeyond'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' (SpeculativeFiction)
** ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', its {{Revival}} (SciFi, SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/PaulMertonInGaltonAndSimpson's...'' (Comedy staring Paul Merton, updated scripts from Comedy Playhouse and Hancock's Half Hour).
* ''PerversionsOfScience'' (SpeculativeFiction; A SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' which was also based off EC Comics)
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/{{Playhouse 90}}'' (Drama)
* ''Series/PlayForToday''/''TheWednesdayPlay'' (Drama).
* ''Series/RayBradburyTheater'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/SevenOfOne'' (Comedy) (Starring RonnieBarker, ''{{Porridge}}'' and ''Series/OpenAllHours'' were spun off from this series).
* ''Series/ScienceFictionTheater'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' ({{Horror}})
* ''Series/TalesOfTomorrow'' (SpeculativeFiction)
* ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'' (Various, usually BlackComedy with a TwistEnding. Introduced by their author, Creator/RoaldDahl)
* ''Series/TheHitchhiker'' ({{Mystery}}, occasionally {{Horror}})
* ''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/TheTwilightZone1959'' (SpeculativeFiction)
** ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' (SpeculativeFiction)
** ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' (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:

* [[/index]]''2000 Plus'' (SpeculativeFiction)[[index]]
* ''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}})
* ''Radio/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)
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' (Horror)
** ''TheVaultOfHorror'' (Horror), the {{sequel}}.
* ''TalesOfManhattan'' (Drama)
* ''[[TheYellowRollsRoyce The Yellow Rolls-Royce]]'' (Drama)

!!WebOriginal examples include:

* ''Podcast/EarbudTheater''
* ''WebVideo/TheHire''
* ''Podcast/{{Pseudopod}}''
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