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

The noun episode is derived from the Greek term epeisodion (Ancient Greek: ἐπεισόδιον).[1] It is abbreviated as ep (plural eps).

An episode is also a narrative unit within a continuous 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]

The noun episode can also refer to a part of a subject, such as an "episode of life" or an "episode of drama".

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  1. ^ "Episode (defined)". Online Etymology Dictionary. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Episode (definition and synonyms)". Macmillan Dictionary. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ Walch, Rob; Lafferty, Mur (22 May 2006). Tricks of the Podcasting Masters. Que Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 9780789735744. Retrieved 5 September 2019. episode length 20–40 minutes