Your Total TV Guide
Arrested Development's Best Episode: Beef Consomme
"Beef Consomme," directed by Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekar, is the episode that finally resolves the love triangle between Gob, Marta and Michael. Actually, this episode makes that a love square because Buster soon throws his balloons and Mariachi Band in the ring to bid for Marta's affections, even if she isn't exactly sure who he is.
My So Called Life's Best Episode: The Zit
Having rewatched the series in it’s entirety, I’ve come to the conclusion that no episode of this short-lived series was wasted. Each installment contributes to the drama in its own way, delivering character development, humor, drama and enough flannel to loosely drape over a generation of angst-ridden teens. But having to choose one episode above the others, I have to go with “The Zit.” An unfortunately titled episode for an unfortunately titled series, “The Zit” captures the spirit of the show beautifully as it examines the subject of self-perception among teens and adults.
Seinfeld's Best Episode: The Race
It’s hard to find a better sitcom than Seinfeld. Running for nearly a decade starting in 1990, the show had some of the greatest writing ever seen on television, iconic characters and some legendary episodes. We all remember the encounters with the Soup Nazi, the amazing guest appearance by Keith Hernandez and the epic trials of the contest, but there’s one episode that has had its greatness ignored for far too long: “The Race.”
Survivor's Best Episode: The First Season Finale
To understand the greatness of the Survivor: Borneo finale, you have to appreciate the power of a shared moment. You have to know more than one hundred and twenty-five million people watched at least part of the last episode. You have to know ads were selling for six hundred thousand dollars a pop and that credible newspapers were running front page stories speculating about who might win
Star Trek Voyager's Best Episode: Equinox
“Equinox” parts 1 and 2 are brilliantly directed by David Livingston who treats it as though he’s in the middle of an epic feature film, instead of a franchise television show of often questionable merits. It isn’t just Voyager’s best episode, it’s one of the show’s most haunting adventures, a brief glimpse into what Voyager might have been, if they’d always been this willing to take it to the edge.
30 Rock's Best Episode: Tracy Does Conan
30 Rock grew a lot as the seasons went on, and the relationship between Jack and Liz especially got more fun once they started relying on each other. But it's hard to beat the overall wit and frenzy of "Tracy Does Conan," which honed in on the things the show was doing best in its first season and knocked every single element out of the park. It's the best episode 30 Rock ever made
The Simpsons' Best Episode: Stark Raving Dad
Rising above the stereotypes of the medium, The Simpsons was a cartoon not just for kids, but for adults as well. The episodes had something incredible that the current run just doesn’t have: heart. And never is that element more apparent than in the third season premiere “Stark Raving Dad,” the best episode that the show ever produced.
The Office's Best Episode: Initiation
In essentially studying the series from start to finish, I realized that a lot about what’s so great about The Office is in the little things. The series has continued to build on itself over the years, making it as much a show about office life as it is about the characters who spend a good chunk of their day with one another, working and sometimes playing together despite their differences. In that respect, I could find no better episode than “Initiation.”
Futurama's Best Episode: The Problem With Popplers
“The Problem with Popplers” does a great job of incorporating not only all of the Planet Express crew but also many of the best recurring characters - like Lrrr, Zap Brannigan and Kif - and all to hilarious effect. When selecting the best episode of the comedy, it only made sense to choose the funniest, but since “The Problem with Popplers” also includes so many of the series best characters as well as intelligently satirizes both sides of our consumer driven culture, well, it made the choice a little easier.
Freaks And Geeks' Best Episode: Pilot
The first episode of Freaks And Geeks essentially drops the audience into the middle of a story. It doesn’t begin with a grandiose or life-changing moment, and it doesn’t pause to fill in the details. It just lets viewers watch, and through careful screenwriting, makes them understand. It’s not about what choices the characters make, it’s about why they make them and what they hope to get out of them.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Best Episode: Once More With Feeling
Normally, this would be impossible. Singling out the best episode of a long-running television series? Sophie had an easier choice. Only two options! How does one narrow down the funniest Seinfeld episode, the most riveting episode of The Wire, or the most unforgettable Arrested Development episode?
Lost's Best Episode: Lockdown
Lost changed course so often throughout its six-season run that it's impossible to find an episode that perfectly represents the show as a whole. But if you love Lost, you love particular things about it, be they certain characters, the especially good flashbacks or even Sawyer's best nicknames. And for me "Lockdown," the 17th episode of season 2, has all the best parts of Lost in one place