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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.

Episode derives from the Greek term (Ancient Greek: ἐπεισόδιον / epeisodion), meaning the material contained between two songs or odes in a Greek tragedy.[1] It is abbreviated as ep (plural eps).

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.[2] An episode is to a sequence as a chapter is to a book. Modern series episodes typically last 20 to 50 minutes in length.[3]

Episode even can be a part of specific subject such as, episode of life or episode of drama.

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  1. ^ "episode (n.)". Online Etymoloy Dictionary. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "EPISODE (noun) definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary". www.macmillandictionary.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  3. ^ 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.