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Straight from TV Blend's gang of series addicted television addicts.
Extras' Best Episode: Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet’s guest spot on Extras may have been the first or the third episode of the program you ever encountered, depending on whether you saw the show’s original release or caught it for the first time on a North American DVD. The relative shamelessness in which distributors have tinkered with the lineup says a lot about the flow of Extras, a show that only loosely relies on overarching plot.
Firefly's Best Episode: Out Of Gas
Firefly was one of television’s finest examples of an ensemble of characters driving a story one memorable moment at a time. Each second was packed with the love, loyalty, hilarity, and pain that one would assume is the life of a crew eking out a questionably honest living in space. This was all done in the show-don’t-tell style that is sorely missing from most stories littering the airwaves today.
Scrubs' Best Episode: My Fallen Idol
Scrubs, at its finest, had the ability to turn its audience on a dime. Yet creator Bill Lawrence and his fantastic cast of seasoned comedians earned every guffaw with a barrage of inspired sight gags, and registered every tug at their audience’s heartstrings because we cared about the characters braving the day at screwball Sacred Heart Hospital, and we wanted to see them pull through their assorted problems.
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.