About two decades ago, drama series started a big shift from close-ended procedurals to serialized series, with HBO’s The Sopranos among those leading the way. Comedy series eventually caught up with the trend via a slew a series such as The Office, Community, Arrested Development and Veep. 

Then five years ago, American Horror Story sparked a resurgence of the anthology series genre, with Fargo, American Crime and American Crime Story among those that have followed. Now comedy is jumping on that bandwagon too.

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Over the span of a couple of days, TBS gave a series order to Greg Garcia’s half-hour comedy anthology series Guest Book, set at a small-town vacation home, with each episode featuring a different set of guests renting the house; and HBO picked up the Duplass brothers comedy anthology series Room 104,  set in a single room of an average American hotel, with different guests staying in it it in each episode.

Additionally, Netflix has Joe Swanberg’s upcoming Chicago single-camera anthology comedy series EasyYouTube Red has comedy anthology series Bad Internet, while Hulu has sci-fi drama-comedy anthology series Dimension 404. 

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There have been attempts at launching an anthology comedy — NBC tried with the hourlong comedy Love Bites, which had a short burn-off run in the summer of 2011. And anthology comedies almost always consist of standalone episodes whereas the current drama anthology trend often involves shows with standalone seasons, each featuring a serialized arc.

Still, as the viewing experience evolves and people learn to accept a wider variety of show structures, anthology comedy series could be the next big thing.