Favourite TV episodes

Exceptional episodes from favourite television programs. An ongoing list as I search my memory.
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1.
My Three Sons (1960 TV Series)
Episode: Unite or Sink (1961)
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To earn extra money, Mike and Robbie get a job painting a fence for a neighbor who's fence and yard are in a state of disrepair. The better the fence looks, the more that other neighbors help to restore the yard. (30 mins.)
“ Mike and Robby learn to work together and the whole neighbourhood gets in on the act in a unique and memorable episode. ” - misspaddylee
 
2.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
Episode: Coast to Coast Big Mouth (1965)
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Laura accidentally spills the beans on a nationally televised talk show that Alan Brady is bald. (30 mins.)
“ Laura loses her composure on a game show and Alan loses a secret. ” - misspaddylee
 
3.
Barney Miller (1974 TV Series)
Episode: Fog (1980)
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Barney is discouraged at being passed over yet again for promotion to the rank of deputy inspector. (30 mins.)
“ A moody night at the 12th as, once again, Barney looses out on a promotion. ” - misspaddylee
 
4.
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
Episode: An Affair to Forget (1995)
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One of Frasier's callers, a German woman named Gretchen, suspects that her husband is having an affair with his client. Frasier suspects that the woman is Maris. When Niles finds out, he challenges the (very large) man to a duel. (22 mins.)
“ Fahrvergnugen! ” - misspaddylee
 
5.
Car 54, Where Are You? (1961 TV Series)
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The 53rd is embarrassed by the domestic dispute calls that come every Thursday night - from the Schnausers. Toody convinces Leo (along w/the rest of the boys) that Thursday's actually Friday leading to expected hilarious confusion. (30 mins.)
“ The Schnauzer's weekly set-to causes problems for the 53rd. ” - misspaddylee
 
6.
Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
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Goldblume does his best to maintain order after angry old man Mr. Popovich shoots a local boy dead and barricades himself in his home... (60 mins.)
“ Goldblume does his best to maintain order after angry old man shoots a local boy dead and barricades himself in his home. ” - misspaddylee
 
7.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
Episode: The State Dinner (1999)
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While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff... (44 mins.)
“ While preparing for (and enduring) a state dinner for the newly-elected president of Indonesia, staff deal with a multitude of other problems: Josh and Mandy argue over the best way to handle an FBI standoff with militants in Idaho; Leo (and eventually Bartlet) intervenes in a negotiations between the Teamsters Union and national reps for the trucking industry; Toby tries to convince an Indonesian cabinet member to release a friend of his, an activist or incites anti-government protests, from prison; Sam witnesses Laurie at work as a call girl, serving as the state dinner date for a big fund raiser; and a pre-season hurricane initially threatens the Atlantic Coast, and then moves out to sea, where it puts an entire naval fleet in peril. ” - misspaddylee
 
8.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Blink (2007)
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Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS. (45 mins.)
“ "Don't Blink. Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck." These cryptic messages left on 17 DVD's leave Sally Sparrow on a journey to assist the Doctor and Martha Jones, who are trapped in 1969. But Sally is in 2007, and they won't meet until 2008. Strange? Unusual? Not if you are the Doctor. ” - misspaddylee
 
9.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Turn Left (2008)
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What would happen if Donna never met the Doctor? How would Earth handle the Racnoss, the falling Titanic or the Sontarans? Aided by a familiar blonde time traveler, Donna corrects the alternate time line from happening. (45 mins.)
“ What would happen if Donna never met the Doctor? How would Earth handle the Racnoss, the falling Titanic or the Sontarans? Aided by a familiar blonde time traveler, Donna corrects the alternate time line from happening. ” - misspaddylee
 
10.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
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A lawyer passing through Dodge is reluctant to defend two renegade Indians suspected of murdering a powerful rancher's wife. (60 mins.)
“ A riot on an Indian reservation leads to some of the men breaking out and marauding over the plains, terrifying the local whites. In one case, their terror is well-justified: a band breaks into the home of a local rancher and destroys it, killing his wife in the process. Matt and other lawmen come upon a group carrying various stolen items and take them in. The rancher gathers his minions and rides into Dodge vowing to lynch the men. Matt won't back down and insists that the Indians be held for trial. The rancher doesn't dare challenge Matt head-to-head, but Matt soon finds that any trial would be a shambles because the Indians can't speak English. In desperation, Matt shanghais a traveling circuit rider into serving as the Indians' counsel. The rider, Cicero Wolfe finally agrees, but warns Matt that he himself is a half-blooded Cherokee and intends to make the trial a crusade against bigotry. The trial begins in a highly charged atmosphere.
Part 2: As the trial for a renegade group of Indians accused of murder during a rampage gets under way, half-breed defense counsel Cicero Wolfe turns it into an expose' on the plight of Native Americans and how they have been prejudged on the basis of their skin color. Matt has sneaked Wolfe a piece of evidence that will clear the defendants -- if Wolfe doesn't get gunned down first. The rancher who lost his wife in the attack, and his daughter, start to develop deep respect for the high-principled Wolfe and start to believe his theory that the wrong men were arrested for the murder. But will it be enough? ” - misspaddylee
 
11.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
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Festus is shot by the killer he is pursuing in the blazing desert, only to be helped by a crazed hermit and forced to tote water to try and get him to a town 80 miles away. (60 mins.)
“ Festus is shot by the killer he is pursuing in the blazing desert, only to be helped by a crazed hermit and forced to tote water to try and get him to a town 80 miles away.
Part 2: Festus and the hermit come upon killer Gard Dixon dying in the desert, and when Festus helps him recover, the hermit forces both of them to tote water and gold dust. Guest star, Strother Martin. ” - misspaddylee
 
12.
Columbo (1971 TV Series)
Episode: A Friend in Deed (1974)
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A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return. (100 mins.)
“ A police commissioner provides a false alibi for a wife killer, but then expects an alibi in return. Guest star, Richard Kiley. ” - misspaddylee
 
13.
Ironside (1967 TV Movie)
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Citizens of San Francisco are stunned by the news that Robert Ironside, the city's hard-nosed, tough-talking chief of detectives... (98 mins.)
Director: James Goldstone
“ Citizens of San Francisco are stunned by the news that Robert Ironside, the city's hard-nosed, tough-talking chief of detectives, has been shot and left for dead while vacationing at his friend the Police Commissioner's rural retreat. Ironside survives the murder attempt, but the bullet has damaged nerves in his spine, leaving him a paraplegic. Unable to gain reinstatement as chief of detectives, Ironside gets permission to continue investigating criminal cases as a citizen volunteer. With the assistance of two former protegees, Det. Sgt. Ed Brown and Officer Eve Whitfield, and a newly-hired aide/driver, Mark Sanger, Ironside sets out to solve his first case as a civilian by finding the people responsible for the attempt on his life. ” - misspaddylee
 
14.
Ironside (1967 TV Series)
Episode: One Hour to Kill (1970)
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With his assistants away, the chief receives a phone call telling him to expect a deadly visitor within sixty minutes. Ironside spends the remaining time improvising self defense without weapons - and trying to identify the caller. (60 mins.)
“ With his assistants away, the chief receives a phone call telling him to expect a deadly visitor within sixty minutes. Ironside spends the remaining time improvising self defense without weapons - and trying to identify the caller. Guest star, Robert Lipton. ” - misspaddylee
 
15.
Maverick (1957 TV Series)
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Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an... (60 mins.)
“ Bret is picked clean & stranded in Sunny Acres by the burg's arrogant banker, so he puts together an M Team of con artists to take down & embarrass the handle-barred buzzard in Denver, while Bret sits whittling & rocking in a chair on a shady Sunny Acres porch, poor-mouthing all by-passers that he's "just working on" a plan. The small-town banker is way out of his league in silver-rich Denver with seductive Sam Crawford, intimidating Big Mike, slicksters Gentleman Jack & Dandy Jim etc. as Maverick's operatives in this classic episode. Guest stars, John Dehner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Richard Long, Leo Gordon, J. Pat O'Malley, Irving Bacon, Diane Brewster, J. Pat O'Malley, Karl Swenson, Regis Toomey. ” - misspaddylee