Best TV Episodes of 2008

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1. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Book of Abby (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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When a gunshot wound victim arrives, the new chief and Abby butt heads on how to treat the patient. Abby comes to Sam's defense when she goes before a nurses disciplinary board.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Parminder Nagra, John Stamos

Votes: 232

2. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Revelations (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.2
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D'Anna demands that the four Cylons in the fleet be sent to the basestar. Only Tory goes, while the remaining three are suddenly drawn to Kara's Viper by the music. The route to Earth is finally found.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 1,347

3. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: There's No Place Like Home: Part 2 (2008)

TV-14 | 40 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

9.4
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Ben tries to escape Keamy's custody so that he and Locke can follow through with Jacob's request to move the island. Michael tries to neutralize the explosives on the boat, while the "Oceanic 6" move closer to rescue.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 4,230

4. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Believe in the Stars (2008)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.6
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Liz sits next to Oprah on her flight from Chicago to New York, Tracy and Jenna conduct a "social experiment" to settle a dispute, and Kenneth is disillusioned when he learns that some Olympic events were actually staged.

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 722

5. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Cancer Man (2008)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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Walt tells the rest of his family about his cancer. Jesse tries to make amends with his own parents.

Director: Jim McKay | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 10,499

6. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: The Constant (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

9.7
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During the helicopter ride to the ship, Desmond's consciousness begins jumping back and forth between present day 2004 and 1996. He is forced to find Daniel Faraday in 1996 in order to get answers and stop the jumps.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 7,949

7. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Guess What's Coming to Dinner (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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A shaky alliance between the Colonial Fleet and Cylon rebels is put to the test when the two groups combine efforts to take out a Cylon "Resurrection Hub". Meanwhile, Athena loses control when Hera becomes unnaturally drawn to Natalie.

Director: Wayne Rose | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 1,063

8. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Heal Thyself (2008)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Trying to rescue a three-year-old girl from drowning in a nearby lake, Banfield is reminded of her own experience at County with Dr. Greene (ANTHONY EDWARDS) caring for her son.

Director: David Zabel | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Parminder Nagra, John Stamos, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 260

9. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.9
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Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to cook and sell crystal meth.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 16,420

10. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: Lazarus Rising (2008)

TV-14 | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

9.5
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Sam tries to move on without his brother and becomes hardened and more reckless in the way he hunts. Bobby and his psychic friend Pamela try to contact the other side to find out more about Dean's ultimate fate.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Genevieve Padalecki

Votes: 4,492

11. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: The Shape of Things to Come (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

9.1
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The team from the ship attacks Locke's camp looking for Ben, with Alex as a hostage. Meanwhile, the doctor from the ship washes up on shore at Jack's camp, and Daniel Faraday provides some distressing news to Jack.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 3,613

12. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Meditations in an Emergency (2008)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

9.0
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Under the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Don returns to New York just as Betty finds out that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, everybody at Sterling Cooper contemplates their futures as news of the merger slowly leaks out.

Director: Matthew Weiner | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,378

13. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Hello, Goodbye (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Sport

8.7
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Coach Taylor asks himself whether he should shake things up when it comes to his quarterback controversy, while his wife asks whether she is able to shake things up because Buddy is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Waxman | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly

Votes: 272

14. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: Safe (2008)

TV-14 | 65 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.6
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After a series of mysterious bank robberies, a suspect is found embedded into a wall, causing Walter to realize that they have not only found a way to literally walk through walls, but are looking for something he's made in the past.

Director: Michael Zinberg | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Kirk Acevedo, Lance Reddick

Votes: 1,574

15. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Life After Death (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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The ER staff deals with the aftermath of the explosion including a severely injured doctor.

Director: Christopher Misiano | Stars: Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Parminder Nagra, John Stamos

Votes: 342

16. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: Who Pooped the Bed? (2008)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

8.2
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Frank and Charlie find someone has pooped in their bed, leading Mac and Dennis to join them as they attempt to find the culprit.

Director: Fred Savage | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 1,412

17. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)
Episode: Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.6
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Cromartie kidnaps Sarah and races to Mexico to find John. When Derek, Cameron and Ellison discover what has happened, they come to their defense--which leads to one final, deadly confrontation with Cromartie.

Director: Michael Nankin | Stars: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Brian Austin Green

Votes: 686

18. Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011)
Episode: Prior Commitments (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama

8.5
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Kevin and Scotty plan a quick and simple wedding, but Nora does her bit to make it special. Kevin visits Scotty's parents to convince them to attend. When the news spreads that Rebecca is not a Walker, Sarah starts digging into the past.

Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Dave Annable, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Kerris Dorsey, Sally Field

Votes: 88

19. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Leave No One Behind (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Sport

8.2
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The hardships in Saracen's life begin to get to him, and he and Riggins, who is still pining away for Lyla, commiserate; Julie feels left out when it seems like her mom is more focused on ... See full summary »

Director: Dean White | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford

Votes: 270

20. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: The Beginning of the End (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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Charlie's dying message casts doubt on the intentions of the people that Jack believes to be their rescuers. A power struggle ensues between Jack, who wants to leave the island, and Locke, who thinks that they're supposed to stay.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 4,286

21. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Age of Innocence (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A woman who broke her leg while trying to escape a house fire is brought in with her husband. The husband, Mr. Lotery did not let the paramedics to check him over. Then his brother-in-law ... See full summary »

Director: Paul McCrane | Stars: Parminder Nagra, John Stamos, Linda Cardellini, Scott Grimes

Votes: 108

22. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
Episode: Comfort Food (2008)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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Chuck doesn't tell Ned that she kept her father alive after Ned brought him back, and Dwight Dixon dies because of it. Meanwhile, Ned and Olive are left to solve the murder of one of the contestants at a bake-off.

Director: Peter Lauer | Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

Votes: 382

23. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: In the Beginning (2008)

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

9.4
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Castiel sends Dean back in time to 1973 where he encounters younger versions of his parents and for the first time meets his grandfather Samuel Campbell who holds a secret that sheds a light on the Winchester Family's connection to the hunter community.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mitch Pileggi, Misha Collins

Votes: 3,444

24. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Christmas Special (2008)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

7.8
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Liz has to spend Christmas without her family for the first time in her life. As compensation she participates in a 'Letters to Santa' charity program and buys presents for poor children. ... See full summary »

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 568

25. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Cat's in the Bag... (2008)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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After their first drug deal goes terribly wrong, Walt and Jesse are forced to deal with a corpse and a prisoner. Meanwhile, Skyler grows suspicious of Walt's activities.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 11,245

26. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Six of One (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) and Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) face off with a gun between them, Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) says goodbye to the Galactica, violent conflict breaks out between the seven models aboard Cylon Basestar, and Gaius Baltar (James Callis) is directly pulled into the "Final Five" situation.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 1,012

27. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: The Economist (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.7
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Sayid negotiates a deal with Locke to hand over Charlotte from the "rescue team," so that he can get on their helicopter and reach their ship. Kate joins Sayid for the mission, but she decides to stay behind with Sawyer.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 3,134

28. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: New York, New York (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Sport

8.6
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Tami considers new living surroundings, while Eric considers a temporary replacement for Mac, who collapses on the field during practice. Tyra considers her options between following her ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Reiner | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly

Votes: 247

29. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Subway Hero (2008)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

7.8
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Jack asks Liz to get her ex-boyfriend Dennis for the show after he becomes a hero for saving someone at a subway station, and tries to get Tracy to become an African-American spokesman for the Republican party.

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 590

30. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

TV-14 | 82 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.2
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After a plane from Hamburg returns with no survivors, FBI agent Olivia Dunham goes after the only person that might shed some light on the incident - a scientist that has been in a mental hospital for the last 17 years.

Director: Alex Graves | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 3,034

31. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Intervention (2008)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.8
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Ted, Robin, Marshall, and Lily all begin getting cold feet because of their imminent life changes, and Barney tries to prove that he can pick up a woman while posing as an 80-year-old man.

Director: Michael J. Shea | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,228

32. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal (2008)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.8
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Walt and Jesse try to up their game by making more of the crystal every week for Tuco. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients they need are not easy to find. Meanwhile, Skyler realizes that her sister is a shoplifter.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 10,551

33. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Flight 1 (2008)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

8.0
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A plane crash causes the firm to go after the account for the airline involved and drop the smaller airline they have an account with. Peggy pays a visit to her mother and sister, who are now guardians of a child.

Director: Andrew Bernstein | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,255

34. True Blood (2008–2014)
Episode: Strange Love (2008)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

8.1
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In a society where humans and vampires co-exist, set in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse is a young woman who may have found a perfect boyfriend. Sookie is ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 2,551

35. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: Yellow Fever (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

9.3
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Sam and Dean discover a Colorado small town's darkest secret as a wave of people fall prey to a "ghost sickness" that induces fear, paranoia, and ultimately a fatal heart attack. Sam and ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Sgriccia | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Sierra McCormick

Votes: 3,838

36. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: The Nightman Cometh (2008)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

9.4
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Charlie stages a rock opera based on his song "Nightman," and recruits the rest of the gang to help him with it.

Director: Matt Shakman | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 3,501

37. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: The Surplus (2008)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.7
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Michael has to spend the office surplus by they end of the day, but he can't decide between a copier or new chairs. Dwight plays a dirty trick on Angela as they prepare for Andy and Angela's wedding on the beet farm.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 1,426

38. Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011)
Episode: The Feast of Epiphany (2008)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama

8.1
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Revelations about Robert's actions in combat hit his campaign hard, but Isaac comes up with a plan. Nora invites her children to dinner along with Isaac, who she has feelings for. Rebecca meets David, Holly's lover returned from the past.

Director: Laura Innes | Stars: Dave Annable, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Kerris Dorsey, Sally Field

Votes: 69

39. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
Episode: Bad Habits (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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Ned, Chuck, and Emerson go to Olive's nunnery to solve a murder. However, Olive is nervous that she will reveal to Chuck the secret identity of her real mother.

Director: Peter O'Fallon | Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

Votes: 412

40. Miss Guided (2008)
Episode: The List (2008)

Comedy

6.8
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Becky is troubled by a blog focusing on gossip about the school, particularly when she finds herself ranked far behind Lisa Germain on the blog's list of "most doable teachers."

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Kristoffer Polaha, Earl Billings

Votes: 28