Bottle episodes

On a recent episode of Community (written by Megan Ganz), Abed announced it was a “bottle episode.” So what's that? Bottle episodes are shows produced on the cheap using zero (or very few) non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible.

Example: The Seinfeld episode that takes place entirely in a Chinese restaurant. (The AV Club has a list of 19 TV episodes largely confined to one location.) Not sure if it technically qualifies, but I always like the restraint of how each Party Down episode takes place in just one location: the party they're catering.

Anyway, good inspiration for making web videos (or other stuff) on the cheap. Proves you can still make compelling fare without using tons of locations, sets, actors, etc.

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