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.

As for video games, this happens when a game has multiple modes with each individual mode having its own story. While they tend be connected in the grand scheme of things, the player will often have freedom in choosing how they tackle all the modes. Alternatively, the game could play just like a TV episode where the storyline is composed of multiple, individual storyline that the player will be transferred between as they progress through the game.

Contrast ThreeShorts, TwoShorts and AnimatedAnthology. Compare AnthologyFilm.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* 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.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ''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.

[[folder: Literature ]]

%%* 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.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* 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.


[[folder: Video Games]]
* While most games in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series have one main plot, ''VideoGame/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 DS remake expands this with another 4 modes.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has some episodes that might qualify— most obviously the "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" Halloween episodes, but also "22 Short Films about Springfield", 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.
** "Three Hundred Big Boys" is a multi-plotted episode showing how everyone spends government-issued $300 bills.
** Season 6's "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" (focusing on [[YouMeanXmas Xmas, Robanukah]], and Kwanzaa) and "Reincarnation" (featuring Medium Shifts into a 30s' cartoon, a video game, and a 80s anime) also count. As well as Season 7's "Naturama" (a parody of nature documentaries) and "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" (making fun of Saturday morning cartons).
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Tales of Ba Sing Se" is broken down into different chapters, each showing a DayInTheLife of one of the main characters.
** Done again in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' with the episode "Remembrances", where Mako, Korra, and Verrick tell stories [[ClipShow about the previous events of the show]].
* 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), the "Stephen King" episode (Three Kings), and the {{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s episode ("Grimm Job").
%%* 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 [[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]] cartoon ''Pink Outs'' is a series of 12 quick unrelated vignettes. Many of them were reused 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!"
* 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]].
** There's also "Jack Tales", three unrelated stories of some of Jack's adventures, featuring a two-headed worm, a family of metal-eating people, and a pixie trapped by a gargoyle.
* ''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".
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the roughly once-per-season "Graybles" episodes, which all feature five short stories that merge at some point, and are related by a common hidden theme.
* Every season of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' but the first has several episodes that are collection of sketches. Generally, there is a single theme, a narrative stringing the sketches loosely together, or some sort of FramingDevice.
** "The Tape" is a video full of sketches and videotaped pieces made by Darwin, Gumball, and other students of Elmore Junior High.
** "The World" shows the lives of on the sentient objects in Elmore.
** "The Extras" focuses on the background and one-shot characters that have appeared in minor roles in past episodes. It's prompted by a HostileShowTakeover by said extras in response to Darwin and Gumball having an uneventful day.
** Most of "The Procrastinators" is Gumball and Darwin finding different ways to waste time so that they don't have to take out the trash.
** "The Butterfly" is about the [[DisasterDominoes very loosely connected series of events]] set off by Gumball letting a butterfly out of its cage.
** "The Uploads" shows many online videos (the majority of which [[ItsASmallNetAfterAll feature established characters]]) with Darwin and Gumball watching them as a FramingDevice.
** "The Love" is a series of shorts about love, all of which are being told to Bobert to try to teach him about it.
** In "The Night", the Moon examines the dreams of the main and minor characters of Elmore.
** "The Compilation" is another a series of internet clips, presented as a "best of Elmore Stream" compilation.
** "The Boredom" is a series of interesting events [[MissedHimByThatMuch that Darwin and Gumball just barely miss]].
** "The Singing" is a MusicalEpisode with a RandomEventsPlot where a series of adjacent but otherwise unconnected people suddenly burst into song.
** "The Spinoffs" is a sketch show about how the show would be if the main character was someone other than Gumball.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** "Everyone's Tube" has the FramingDevice of someone watching a bunch of Internet videos made by the Bears.
** "Charlie's Halloween Thing" is a HalloweenEpisode featuring a pair of short stories told by Charlie to some passers-by on Halloween night.
* The [[HalloweenSpecial Halloween special]] ''[[Franchise/{{Shrek}} Scared Shrekless]]'' revolves around Shrek and company telling each other scary stories.
* Used ''four'' times in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''.
** Season One had "Interdimensional Cable", where Rick hooks up an "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin interdimensional cable box]]" to their TV, and they start watching TV from many different universes. Most of them are bizarre TV shows or ads for products or movies, and all done in an improvisational style (which Morty lampshades). Beth and Jerry get a somewhat heartwarming subplot where they discover that even in alternate dimensions where they didn't get married and became incredibly wealthy and famous, they still end up together in the end. Summer, instead, gets one where she has to deal with the fact that she was almost aborted, ''and'' that her birth prevented the aforementioned wealth and fame.
** Season Two had "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate", where the framing narrative is that they watch TV in the waiting room of a hospital. Jerry gets a subplot where he must choose to give his penis to an alien [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext for whom it is a valuable, life-saving organ]], and Rick lampshades the fact that they're doing Interdimensional Cable again.
** Season Three has had two so far: "The Ricklantis Mixup", a DayInTheLife of the Ricks and Morties on the newly rebuilt Citadel following [[spoiler:it's destruction by Rick in the season opener]], and "Morty's Mind Blowers", where Rick and Morty relive the memories so horrible Morty had them removed, and then accidentally erase each other's memories. As Rick points out:
--->'''Rick''':"Yeah, we're doing this instead of Interdimensional Cable."