The Best Episodes of Television Ever

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1. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Middle Ground (2004)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.0
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The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization. Stringer and Avon reminisce on how far they have come. McNulty finds the way to a key piece of the puzzle in an ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison

Votes: 2,604

2. 24 (2001–2010)
Episode: Day 2: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (2003)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.3
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Jack must deal with the nuclear bomb at the airport. CTU discovers a recording implicating that Sayed Ali is supported by three presidents of Middle-Eastern countries.

Director: Ian Toynton | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Sarah Wynter, Elisha Cuthbert, Xander Berkeley

Votes: 1,096

3. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: The Knight in White Satin Armor (2000)

TV-MA | 61 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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Richie and Janice get engaged, but Richie's violent temper finally takes him too far. Tony, meanwhile, breaks up with Irina, much to her dismay.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,069

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Half Measures (2010)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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Against Walt's advice, Jesse lashes out. Fearing for Jesse's safety, Walt takes drastic action to intervene. Meanwhile a tragic event leads to a shocking confrontation.

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

Votes: 11,989

5. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Other Woman (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

9.4
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Peter asks Joan to make an unspeakable sacrifice to help secure the Jaguar account, Peggy prepares to make a drastic move in response to Don's treatment, and Megan's acting career begins to create tension with her and Don.

Director: Phil Abraham | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,725

6. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Episode: The Junior Mint (1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.9
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Elaine decides to visit her former boyfriend, who is in the hospital for a serious operation; Jeamer and Jerry have an accident with a Junior Mint; Jerry had a date with a woman whose name rhymes with a female body part.

Director: Tom Cherones | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 1,645

7. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Under God's Power She Flourishes (2011)

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

9.0
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Jimmy's experiences at Princeton are seen in flashback, Margaret tries to deal with her guilt, and Doyle tries unsuccessfully to wheel and deal.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon

Votes: 1,353

8. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: College (1999)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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While visiting colleges with Meadow, Tony spots a snitch. Carmela, meanwhile, discovers something about Dr. Melfi.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,682

9. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: All Prologue (2003)

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

8.4
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Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe. The detectives look into Sobotka and his money. For his union, Sobotka tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Dominic West, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, John Doman

Votes: 2,009

10. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Last Exit to Springfield (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

9.0
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Homer becomes union leader and leads a company strike when Mr. Burns takes away the company dental plan.

Director: Mark Kirkland | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,210

11. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Public Relations (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

8.3
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After having a tough time getting George-Michael admitted to a private school, Michael hires an attractive publicist to change the family's image.

Director: Lee Shallat Chemel | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,459

12. Family Guy (1998– )
Episode: Blue Harvest (2007)

TV-14 | 48 min | Animation, Comedy

8.3
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With the Griffins stuck at home during a blackout, Peter tells the story of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Directors: Dominic Polcino, James Purdum, Peter Shin | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 5,773

13. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Funhouse (2000)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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Tony gets sick from food poisoning and blames Artie's restaurant. Pussy, meanwhile, reaches the end of the line.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,373

14. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: To the Lost (2011)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, History

9.2
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Jimmy tries to make things right with Nucky, the KKK murderers get justice, and Nucky marries Margaret to avoid her testimony at his trial.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon

Votes: 1,757

15. Archer (2009– )
Episode: The Limited (2012)

TV-MA | 21 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

8.4
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The Isis crew is ordered to transport a dangerous terrorist across the border to Canada. A drunken Archer wants to fulfill his lifelong dream of fighting a bunch of random guys on the top ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Reed | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dave Fennoy, Judy Greer, Robb Wells

Votes: 856

16. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Episode: The Bubble Boy (1992)

PG | 23 min | Comedy

8.9
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On their way to the family cabin, George and Susan visit a boy who lives in a bubble; Kramer and Naomi start a fire that ends up burning down the cabin.

Director: Tom Cherones | Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 1,830

17. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)
Episode: The Roast (1997)

TV-MA | 23 min | Comedy

6.8
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Larry is roasted by his friends and a couple strangers.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham, Penny Johnson Jerald

Votes: 46

18. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: Exodus (2005)

TV-MA | 31 min | Comedy, Drama

9.2
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Johnny and Turtle get a gold watch, paid by Vince from his Aquaman bundle, to welcome Saigon to Turtle's company; however they see Mandy with her ex-steady date Chris, so they make ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 757

19. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Episode: One Wedding and a Funeral (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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On the eve of Dylan and Toni's wedding, Marchette sends his thugs to kill Dylan to prevent it from happening. But gets thwarted by the gang's plans for the happy couple. Kelly and Donna ... See full summary »

Director: James Whitmore Jr. | Stars: Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Luke Perry

Votes: 111

20. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: 'Round Springfield (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

8.3
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When Bart is hospitalized, Lisa runs into her hero, Bleeding Gums Murphy, who is also a patient. However, when he dies soon after, she is devastated.

Director: Steven Dean Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,329

21. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: The Wonder Years (1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.5
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A highlight montage of the past seasons. Examines Kevin Arnold's relationship with Winnie Cooper in particular and touches on all the main characters and story lines that have been present so far in the season.

Director: Nick Marck | Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo

Votes: 118

22. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )
Episode: The Ski Lift (2005)

TV-MA | 34 min | Comedy

9.2
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Larry's quest to get Richard Lewis a kidney takes a turn when Larry learns about the head of the kidney consortium. After befriending the guy, Larry invites him and his daughter on a ski ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis

Votes: 806

23. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: The Gang Reignites the Rivalry (2009)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

8.2
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Mac, Dennis, and Charlie seek revenge on another bar after their 10 year ban in a local flip cup tournament is lifted, but find they are in need of some serious practice. Dee discovers new skills and Frank wears tight pants.

Director: Randall Einhorn | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 1,121

24. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Double-Edged Sword (2011)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

8.6
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Liz and Carol's relationship takes a turn for the worse during an extended flight delay, Jack and Avery try to get home when Avery goes into labor in Canada, and Tracy begins feeling the pressure of being an "EGOT" winner.

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

Votes: 505

25. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Port in a Storm (2003)

TV-MA | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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The detail has a setback. Russell and Bunk revisit Philly, looking for evidence. Brother Mouzone talks with Stringer Bell regarding their agreement, leaving Bell to contend with Avon ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Colesberry | Stars: Dominic West, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, John Doman

Votes: 2,131

26. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1999)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

9.1
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Tony starts cleaning house, while Artie feels torn between keeping the peace in his household, and getting even with Tony for destroying his restaurant.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,263

27. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Shut the Door. Have a Seat (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

9.6
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With another sale on the horizon, Sterling, Cooper, and Draper convince Lane Pryce to fire them and then join them as they start up a new advertising firm. At home, Betty follows through with her plans to divorce Don.

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

Votes: 2,357

28. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Hermanos (2011)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.1
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When Hank produces evidence that Gus is Albuquerque's crystal meth kingpin, Walt worries that he and Jesse will be killed to protect their boss.

Director: Johan Renck | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 10,028

29. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Spring Breakout (2005)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.7
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Gob is hoping to get even with the producers of "Girls With Low Self Esteem" after they botched his attempt to make the yacht disappear. Michael decides that it's finally time to get ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Russo | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,179

30. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Lisa on Ice (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

8.5
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Homer gives all his attention to Bart because he is the star of his hockey team, which makes Lisa jealous. But when a rival team discovers that she is an excellent goalie, Bart suddenly has a rival for Homer's attention.

Director: Bob Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,516

31. South Park (1997– )
Episode: The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers (2002)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

9.3
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The boys set off on a mythical quest to return a copy of the "The Lord of the Rings" movie to their local video store, while defending it from sixth graders.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Nico Agnone, Adrien Beard

Votes: 3,040