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An episode is a coherent narrative unit within a larger dramatic work such as a film or television series. An episode is to a sequence as a chapter is to a book. Most are from 20 to 40 minutes in length.

The word derives from the Greek term (Ancient Greek: ἐπεισόδιον) (epeisodion), meaning the material contained between two songs or odes in a Greek tragedy.[1]

Episode is abbreviated as ep (plural eps).

In the USA, TV-series aiming for being sold to syndication are first excepted to air 100 episodes.[2]

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  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary, entry "Episode", accessed 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ Jeff Alexander (9 December 2011). "What the U.S. Can Learn from British TV". Time. Retrieved 24 January 2017.