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"Nonlinear narrative is a "storytelling technique in which the events are depicted, for example, out of chronological order, or in other ways where the narrative does not follow the direct causality pattern of the events featured, such as parallel distinctive plot lines, dream immersions, "flashbacks, "flashforwards or narrating "another story inside the main plot-line.

In television, there are several examples of works that use this kind of narrative, although not all of them use it in the same way. In spite of it being more commonly used on "dramas, it can also be found on comedies.

This technique is used for different purposes, such as serving as a "narrative hook, to mimic human "memory or to explore the past of the story without leaving its present completely aside. In addition, not all "television series use this technique in the same extent; some of them use it only in certain episodes, e.g. "Fringe, others only in certain seasons, e.g. "Breaking Bad, while others do throughout their entire run, e.g. "Lost.

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1950s[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
1959―1963 "The Untouchables "Crime drama "ABC

1990s[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
1990―1991 "Twin Peaks "Drama "ABC [1]

2000s[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2000―2006 "Malcolm in the Middle Comedy "Fox Mainly through the use of flashbacks, especially episodes Flashback and "Bowling
2000―2004 "Coupling Comedy "BBC Two
2002 "Boomtown "Action-drama "NBC
2002 "Firefly Science fiction "Fox Only episode "Out of Gas
2003―2006
2013―present
"Arrested Development Comedy "Fox ("season 1-"3)
"Netflix ("season 4-present)
Especially "season 4 [2]
2004―2010 "Lost Drama "ABC [3][4]
2005―2014 "How I Met Your Mother Comedy "CBS [4]
2005―present "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Comedy "FX, "FXX Only in certain episodes, such as Who Pooped the Bed?, Frank's Brother and How Mac Got Fat
2006―2013 "30 Rock Comedy "NBC Mainly through the use of "flashbacks and "smash cuts.
2006―2010 "Heroes Drama "NBC
2007―2012 "Damages Drama "FX [4]
2008―2013 "Breaking Bad Drama "AMC Only "Pilot, "season 2 and "season 5 [5]
2008―2013 "Fringe Science fiction "Fox Only certain episodes, such as "Peter and "Subject 13
2009―2010 "FlashForward Drama "ABC
2009―present "The Vampire Diaries "Fantasy drama "The CW
2009―2015 "Parks and Recreation Comedy "NBC Only episodes "Leslie and Ron and "One Last Ride

2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2010―2014 "Boardwalk Empire "Period drama "HBO Only episode "Under God's Power She Flourishes and "season 5
2010 "The Event Science fiction "NBC [4]
2010―present "The Walking Dead "Horror drama "AMC [6]
2010―present "Pretty Little Liars "Teen drama "ABC Family

2011[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2011―present "American Horror Story "Horror drama "FX Flashbacks and dream immersions
2011―present "Homeland Drama "Showtime Only certain episodes, such as "Crossfire and "All About Allison.
2011―present "Shameless (U.S.) "Comedy-drama "Showtime Only episode "A Night to Remem... Wait, What?
2011―present "Person of Interest Science fiction "CBS
2011―2018 "Once Upon a Time "Fantasy drama "ABC [4]

2012[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2012 "Alcatraz Science fiction "Fox Only through the use of flashbacks and flash-forwards
2012―present "Arrow "Superhero "The CW Mainly through the use of flashbacks [4]
2012―2014 "Revolution Science fiction "NBC
2012 "The Returned Drama "Canal+

2013[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2013―2014 "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland "Fantasy drama "ABC
2013 "Deception Soap opera "NBC
2013―2015 "Hannibal Drama "NBC Especially "season 3 [7]
2013 "Golden Boy Drama "NBC
2013―present "Orphan Black Science fiction "BBC America Especially Season 4
2013―present "Orange Is the New Black "Comedy-drama "Netflix Mainly through the use of flashbacks
2013―present "The Originals "Fantasy drama "The CW
2013―present "Ray Donovan Drama "Showtime

2014[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2014―present "The 100 Science fiction "The CW Mainly through the use of flashbacks
2014―present "BoJack Horseman "Adult animation "Netflix Mainly through the use of flashbacks and dream immersions
2014―present "Black-ish Comedy "ABC Mainly though the use of "flashbacks
2014―present "Gotham "Crime-drama "Fox Only certain episodes, such as "Spirit of the Goat
2014―2016 "Penny Dreadful Drama "Showtime Only episodes "Closer Than Sisters, "The Nightcomers and "A Blade of Grass
2014―present "The Affair Drama "Showtime Using unreliable narrators, the same events are revisited twice, according to the perception of each character [8]
2014―present "True Detective Drama "HBO Especially "season 1
2014―present "How to Get Away with Murder Drama "ABC "In media res narrative
2014―present "The Flash "Superhero "The CW Time travel, parallel timelines and flashbacks
2014 "The Honourable Woman "Political-"spy thriller "BBC Two
2014 "Manhattan Love Story "Romantic comedy "ABC
2014―present "The Missing Drama "BBC One
2014―present "The Strain "Horror drama "FX Mainly through the use of flashbacks
2014―present "The Leftovers Drama "HBO Through the use of dream immersions and flashbacks
2014―present "Transparent "Comedy-drama "Amazon Only episode "Best New Girl
2014―2015 "A to Z Comedy "NBC
2014―2015 "Forever Drama "ABC Mainly through the use of flashbacks

2015[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2015―present "Aquarius "Period drama "NBC Through the use of flashbacks and dream immersions
2015―present "Wayward Pines Drama "Fox Mainly through the use of flashbacks [9]
2015 "Connected Documentary "AOL On
2015―present "12 Monkeys Science fiction "Syfy Time travel
2015―present "American Crime Drama "ABC
2015―present "Bloodline Drama "Netflix Flashforwards used as a narrative hook
2015―present "Better Call Saul Drama "AMC Only episode "Marco
2015―present "Daredevil "Superhero "Netflix Mainly through the use of flashbacks [10]
2015―present "Marvel's Jessica Jones "Superhero "Netflix Through the use of flashbacks and dream immersions
2015―present "Master of None Comedy "Netflix Through the use of flashbacks
2015―present "Grace and Frankie Comedy "Netflix Only episodes "The Fall and "The Elevator
2015―present "Fresh Off the Boat Comedy "ABC Only through the use of "flashbacks
2015―present "Fear the Walking Dead "horror-drama "AMC Only episode Blood in the Streets
2015―present "Humans Science fiction "Channel 4 and "AMC Only through the use of "flashbacks
2015―present "Mr. Robot Drama "USA Network Through the use of dream immersions [11]
2015―present "Narcos "Drama "Netflix
2015―present "Sense8 Science fiction "Netflix Only certain episodes, such as "I Can't Leave Her [12]
2015 "The Whispers Science fiction "ABC
2015―present "Quantico "Drama "ABC "In media res [13]
2015 "You, Me and the Apocalypse "Comedy-drama "Sky 1 and "NBC

2016[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2016 "11.22.63 Science fiction "Hulu Time travel
2016 "The Night Manager Espionage drama "BBC One, "AMC
2016―present "American Crime Story "Crime drama "FX
2016 "Vinyl Drama "HBO Mainly through the use of flashbacks and dream immersions
2016 "Damien Drama "A&E
2016 "The Family Drama "ABC
2016―present "Billions Drama "Showtime Only episode Quality of Life
2016―present "The Path Drama "Hulu Mainly through the use of flashbacks and dream immersions
2016 "Containment Drama "The CW
2016―present "Lady Dynamite "Dark comedy "Netflix This series features three narrative times, two different storylines in the past and one in the present [14]
2016―present "Outcast Drama "Cinemax Mainly through the use of flashbacks [15]
2016―present "Preacher Drama "AMC Mainly through the use of flashbacks [16]
2016―present "Stranger Things Drama "Netflix Mainly through the use of flashbacks
2016―present "Westworld Drama "HBO This series features three narrative times, two different storylines in the past and one in the present

2017[edit]

Year Title Genre Distributor Notes Ref
2017―present "Twin Peaks: The Return Drama "Showtime Mainly through the use of flashbacks. Some occurrences in 'Part 2' happens before some events depicted in 'Part 1', and most events in '"Part 8' happens in the 1940s and 1950s. Time travel and alternative timeline also occurs. [17][18][19][20]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Stanhope, Kate. "Arrested Development Creator on New Episodes, Surprises: "We Want to Reward the Fans"" "TV Guide. Retrieved on October 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Out of Order: A discussion of nonlinear narrative structure". Retrieved on August 20, 2015
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Anachronic Order on TV". "TV Tropes. Retrieved of August 20, 2015.
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  6. ^ Prudom, Laura (October 12, 2015). "'The Walking Dead' Season Premiere Recap: The Long and Winding Road". Variety. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
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  8. ^ Goodman, Tim. "'The Affair' Season 2: TV Review". "The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on October 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Dowling, Amber. "Wayward Pines: “The Truth” Review. IGN. Retrieved on October 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Steinbeiser, Andrew. "Review: Daredevil Will Heighten Your Senses (Spoiler Free)" Comicbook.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "'Mr. Robot' Recap: Success Through Playing Audiences Against Their Own Expectation". "Forbes. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ Farley, Michael. "What's going on?: The Wachowskis' globe-trotting, empathetic 'Sense8'". City Paper. Retrieved on October 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Review: ‘Quantico’ Flips Between Jousting F.B.I. Recruits and a Terrorist Attack". "The New York Times. Retrieved on September 30, 2015
  14. ^ "Review: 'Lady Dynamite' Finds Surreal Humor in Mental Illness". "The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ "'Outcast' Review: Robert Kirkman's Cinemax Possession Series Is a Frustrating Tease". "The Wrap. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "'Preacher': What That That Massive Comic Book Cameo Means Moving Forward". "The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  17. ^ "How Twin Peaks Tells the Story of TV's Last 30 Years". "Paste Magazine. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ "The Eighth Episode of Twin Peaks: The Return Is Horrifyingly Beautiful". "Vulture. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Mark Frost AMA: 'Twin Peaks' Co-Creator Reveals What Became of Bobby and Shelly — and How the Time Travel Really Went Down". "Indiewire. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  20. ^ "'Twin Peaks' finally explains that weird alternate reality ending". Screencrush. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
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