What is it about?

The anthology format is different from series and serials. Its seasons consist of packages of episodes that are not connected by a narrative throughline. Instead, each episode features a different plot, cast, and story world. This lack of narrative accumulation allows audiences to explore alternative continuities. With undefined boundaries and elastic rules, viewers may wonder what the TV anthology is and what glues its episodes together. This article explores the aesthetic, narrative, and dramatic characteristics of anthologies such as 'Black Mirror,' 'Love, Death & Robots,' or "The Twilight Zone."

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Why is it important?

If you enjoy TV fiction—one of the most popular forms of entertainment today—you've likely encountered programs such as the immensely popular 'Black Mirror,' the reboot of 'The Twilight Zone,' the futuristic 'Electric Dreams,' the risky 'Love, Death & Robots,' the scary 'Into the Dark,' or the insightful 'Room 101', to name a few. This article will help you understand what makes the TV anthology a distinctive format.


We hope whis article will provide a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the anthology format, shedding light on its recent surge in popularity during the streaming era.

Alberto N. García
Universidad de Navarra

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This page is a summary of: E pluribus Unum : toward a poetics of the TV anthology, New Review of Film and Television Studies, May 2024, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/17400309.2024.2347168.
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