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An episode is a narrative unit within a larger dramatic work or documentary production, such as a series intended for radio, television or on-line consumption.


An episode is a coherent narrative unit within a larger dramatic work. It is frequently used to describe units of television or radio series that are broadcast separately in order to form one longer series.[1] An episode is to a sequence as a chapter is to a book. Modern series episodes typically last 20 to 50 minutes in length.[2]


The word derives from the Greek term (Ancient Greek: ἐπεισόδιον) (epeisodion), meaning the material contained between two songs or odes in a Greek tragedy.[3]

Episode is abbreviated as ep (plural eps).

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  1. ^ "EPISODE (noun) definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary". www.macmillandictionary.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  2. ^ Walch, Rob; Lafferty, Mur (22 May 2006). Tricks of the Podcasting Masters. Internet Archive. Que Publishing. p. 78. Retrieved 5 September 2019. episode length 20 40 minutes.
  3. ^ "episode (n.)". Online Etymoloy Dictionary. Retrieved 17 August 2018.