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TV Best single episode in TV History

Babe_Ruth

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I know it's hard to choose just one, since there's a lot to choose from. But, if you had to go with one, which one would it be and why?

Thoughts?
 

Alta

Registered Member
This is hard. Especially for me because I'm pretty young and don't have as good of grasp on TV history as some others might. I can think of two famous episodes.

Seinfeld - The Contest

I Love Lucy - Lucy Does a TV Commercial

I'll admit I had to look up the I Love Lucy episode. I remembered the plot but needed the name of it.
 
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sunrise

aka ginger warlock
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Oh god Biz, can you not think of a tougher question? This is really hard because everytime I think of one I then think "but wait, there was that other episode...". I am going to break the rules here and think of one from a few shows so I am kinda answering the question but also breaking the rules.

My picks would be:

Dawson's Creek - Ch... Ch... Ch... Changes

Its difficult to talk about this episode without spoiling the entire episode but when Andie's character is so clearly in trouble and you see so much going on with her Meredith Monroe just plays the role so well, it was one of best moments as an actress but also her downfall because after season 2 she really had no-where to go.

Red Dwarf - Gunmen of the Apocalypse

This episode actually won an award for its writing which for a low budget show that at the time was only really known as a cult following is an amazing achievement. The story of it is that the four crew come across a vessel that puts a virus on the craft and the only way to battle and stop it is going into the ships AR machine and fighting the virus. The episode had a great script and even better characters, for anyone who is unfamiliar with Red Dwarf I would highly recommend this.

Family Guy - Brian & Stewie

The episode is a very simple episode with the two afore mentioned characters locked in a vault over night, during the course of the evening they discover things about themselves that the did not know including that Brian owns a gun in case he ever gets to the point where he cannot take life any more and chooses to kill himself. Seth McFarlane puts up with a lot of grief from people saying the show is all toilet humour and relies too much on cut away shots and to an extent this is true but I think this episode showed how well the creators can do if given the chance.
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This is hard. Especially for me because I'm pretty young and don't have as good of grasp on TV history as some others might. I can think of two famous episodes.

Seinfeld - The Contest

I Love Lucy - Lucy Does a TV Commercial

I'll admit I had to look up the I Love Lucy episode. I remembered the plot but needed the name of it.
I can't yet rep you but Kudos on the above pick, that is indeed a wonderful episode and one of the funniest.
 
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Babe_Ruth

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There were some tremendous episodes from All in the Family. The one where the Bunkers have Christmas dinner with a draft dodger was incredible. Just off the top of my head ... when Archie goes on TV to rebut gun control, then gets held up at Kelsey's bar ... Edith's 50th birthday, where you can hear the audience seething when the potential rapist tries to hold down Edith,when Archie gets arrested during the anti-war protest trying to find Mike. When Edith is going through menopause and Archie is going to give her 30 seconds "to change". I love that show.

Also, while most every episode of Seinfeld is a winner to me, the one that particularly stands out is "The Soup," because how many TV shows, especially a comedy, can make light of the Holocaust and get away with it? You have all these people in line for soup, run by a guy called the Soup Nazi, and if they don't order it a certain way, they go away hungry. Or if they look for more (George wanting bread), they lose everything. I think that showed the brilliance of Seinfeld and the writing staff.
 

Konshentz

Konshentz
Picking one single episode as the best ever is nearly impossible for me. Three episodes initially came to mind, as some of my favorites, so I'll go with those.


"Days Gone Bye" - The Walking Dead (2010)

Something I had been waiting impatiently for over a decade for had finally become a reality. A zombie TV show. The icing on the cake was that it was also a great episode of TV. Great directing, acting & special effects. A dream come true.


"How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" - The X-Files (1998)

One of my favorite episodes from one of my favorite seasons of one of my favorite TV series. A very simple episode. Only four characters & an entertaining story. I watch it every Christmas.


"Casino Night" - The Office (2006)

A really funny episode, with a great cliff hanger. After two seasons, we finally got some payoff to the best "will they/won't they" couple on TV.
 

shelgarr

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I'm thinking it's probably one of them from M*A*S*H. Like the episode when Colonel somebody was killed on a flight home.
 
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Jeanie

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I'm going to have to go with Seinfeld The Yadda Yadda.

runner up - The Walking Dead, Nebraska. The ending is brilliant.
 

dDave

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The single greatest episode has to come out of the greatest show in history.

Seinfeld Season 7: The Calzone.

Those of you that have seen this episode most likely understand why I have picked it. This episode still gets me laughing after viewing it a great many times. It's got both Newman and George Steinbrenner. Probably the best episode of the best show that ever aired on TV. Most people don't have The Calzone on their top 10 lists though.

Honorable mentions: The Soup Nazi, The Chinese Restaurant (for the skill of having the entire episode on one set), The Marine Biologist.

If we aren't talking comedy I may have another thought.

Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6 - The Bolivian Rainforest

Basically the 3 hosts of the show are given crap cars and crap equipment and must traverse the whole of the huge Bolivian Rainforest. This episode was incredibly fun to watch because of all of the many challenges that they faced and were forced to overcome. People who have seen it understand.

Honorable Mentions: Amphibious Cars, North Pole.
 

Crouton

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It's impossible to choose just one, plain and simple I do not have one favourite TV episode. Or one that I consider "the best". But for the sake of this thread there is one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer which I think is one of the best pieces of television production ever made.

Season 5, Episode 16 "The Body". I can't really talk about why this episode is so amazing without writing spoilers for people who haven't seen Buffy, but it really is outstanding. The director really breaks down each character and forces the audience involvement with a complete lack of music. No one can escape how intense this episode is. To this day it is one of the finest hours of television ever made and is once again proof of why Joss Whedon is God of the small screen.
 
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