Other than the first two seasons of The Twilight Zone (1985-1989), have there been any speculative fiction television anthologies which had different numbers of stories within a single episode (time slot)?
Allowing such variability would seem to help avoid some excessive padding and trimming of stories (the original Twilight Zone story "The Eye of the Beholder" was arguably excessively padded), but I imagine that such would be less popular at least for U.S. commercial television because it likely would:
- require an "hour" long program which is probably higher risk (and might be less popular for syndication for schedule filling reasons)
- require establishing a buffer of stories so that lengths and moods could be fit together well which might increase up-front and other costs
- involve more complex artistic tradeoffs, requiring more effort and more skill
- have issues related to fixed-schedule commercial breaks (television station and audience expectations?)
Given that neither anthologies nor speculative fiction are common/popular on television (at least in the U.S. it seems), I do not have much hope that other examples (potentially better than The Twilight Zone) exist; but I am willing to be pleasantly surprised.