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Faefyx Collington

The Roots and Rebirth of the Anthology Series

Whether it’s Marvel’s What If…? or American Crime Story: Impeachment, in 2021 it can feel as though anthology series have become a firmly entrenched staple of the United States’ television output. And yet, only a decade or so ago, you would have had trouble finding much that fit the description of an anthology series on US or British television. So, what has caused the sudden ubiquity of this format, one that sees little to no connection from season to season, or sometimes episode to episode? The short answer is that they provide benefits and flexibility to storytellers, actors, and audiences alike—but there’s a little more to it than that…

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