My Top 20 favourite Episodes Of TV Drama

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1.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Ozymandias (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10.0/10 X  
Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Marie convinces Skyler to tell Flynn the truth. (49 mins.)
“ Despite airing reasonably recently, it is almost already a cliché to place this as my favourite episode of drama ever, but how could I choose anything else? In this horrific hour of television, everything from the previous 59 episodes of this exceedingly taut, intricately paced & plotted drama collapses in a grim spectacle, under the direction of the extremely talented Rian Johnson and the brutally effective script of Moira Walley-Beckett. Fittingly named after Shelley's famous sonnet, never before has the collapse of a kingdom been depicted as harrowingly as it is in "Ozymandias", and while it isn't something I enjoy watching, or will easily rewatch in the future, it is fully deserving of its spot on my list.

"We're a family..." - Walter White ” - luge-oc
 
2.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Long Term Parking (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Tony makes a request to Johnny Sack on behalf of his cousin, and Adriana makes a request to the FBI, followed by one to Chris. (55 mins.)
“ *SPOILERS* The execution of Adriana La Cerva was among the hardest-to-watch scenes I've come across in television, directed beautifully by Tim Van Patten (as the camera pulls away from the crawling Adriana, focusing on the pleasant image of swaying trees as Silvio pulls the trigger), and acted extraordinarily well by Drea De Matteo. It would be impossible for me to single out any scene in this near-flawless episode of television to call my favourite, but if I had to, the superlative imagery of Christopher parking Adriana's car in the eponymous Long Term Parking section of the airport would be my choice. The Sopranos, along with TV itself, at its finest.

"That's the guy, Adriana. My uncle Tony. The guy I'm going to Hell for." - Christopher Moltisanti ” - luge-oc
 
3.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
Episode: The Suitcase (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Don deliberately delays returning an important call from California, because he knows it's bad news about Anna. Instead, he keeps himself occupied by forcing Peggy to miss her birthday dinner to pull an all-nighter with him for a client. (47 mins.)
“ I have only seen this episode once (along with every other episode of Mad Men, a show which probably deserves a rewatch at this stage), during my binge-watching of the show in its entirety, which makes it even more remarkable that it stood out so starkly. A marvel in every regard, with stellar performances from both Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, a script which evoked the widest range of emotions of probably any episode of TV I've ever seen, and, (like the seventh episode of each season of Mad Men) an incredibly effective experimental format which focuses almost exclusively on two characters, "The Suitcase" reaches a height which Mad Men had never reached until then and hasn't reached since then; the pinnacle of one of TV's greatest shows.

"Peggy, I'm glad that this is an environment where you feel free to fail." - Don Draper ” - luge-oc
 
4.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Funhouse (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Tony gets sick from food poisoning and blames Artie's restaurant. Pussy, meanwhile, reaches the end of the line. (55 mins.)
“ *SPOILERS* A diehard skeptic of dream sequences in any form of media, I was fittingly chastened by "Funhouse", the second season finale of The Sopranos. With almost half the episode taking place within the dreams of Tony Soprano, "Funhouse" expertly weaves a storyline which the show had (somewhat clumsily) momentarily removed focus from, Pussy Bonpensiero's status as FBI informant, into the season's endgame. As visually striking as the episode's dream sequences are (cryptically realised by director John Patterson), the most affecting scene of "Funhouse", and the entire season preceding it, is the shooting of Pussy by Tony, Paulie and Silvio. Watching his haunting progression from sudden realisation, to frantic reasoning, to finally resignation is striking in a way only The Sopranos could achieve. The show's unwillingness to shy away from the moments before a character's death give the events a gravitas unmatched by any show since then.

"Not in the face, OK?" - Pussy Bonpensiero ” - luge-oc
 
5.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Crawl Space (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Hank asks Walt to drive him to the laundry where the meth lab is hidden. Ted still won't pay the IRS so Skyler asks Saul for help, and Saul sends in his A-Team. Gus and Jesse return from Mexico, and Walt fears he is in trouble with Gus. (49 mins.)
“ The ending of "Crawl Space", the 11th episode of the fourth season of Breaking Bad, remains the single-most dread-inducing scene of any TV show I have ever seen. Walt's descent from an expression of anguish to manic laughter once he realises his family's fate still resonates as a scene of pure unadulterated horror, with Bryan Cranston's preposterously good performance reaching new levels here. The rest of the episode is stellar, but that scene wins "Crawl Space"'s spot on this list.

"Reasonably." - Huell Babineaux ” - luge-oc
 
6.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Blackwater (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future. (56 mins.)
“ My biggest issues with HBO's Game of Thrones are the show's lumpy pacing and stuffed-to-the-gills episodes, which barely give the viewer a chance to breathe before whisking them off to another continent. So, going into "Blackwater", with these niggles (momentarily, at least) put to the side, I was expecting a solid, well-made, climactic episode of TV. However, "Blackwater" exceeded these expectations, producing a film-quality set-piece told uniquely and interestingly from the point-of-view of several characters - one of the few instances where I have found the show's multi-protagonistic approach to storytelling beneficial. At the helm of Neil Marshall, a director used to working under both time and budgetary pressure, "Blackwater" is a triumph of both production values and storytelling, portraying an epic battle while also featuring several otherwise unlikely character pairings and taking full advantage of these pairings, helped by a script as exciting as the action taking place on the screen. A wonderful episode of television all around.

"Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!" - Tyrion Lannister ” - luge-oc
 
7.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: To'hajiilee (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.8/10 X  
Jesse and Hank come up with an idea to take Walt down. Walt hires Todd's uncle to kill Jesse. (49 mins.)
 
8.
Justified (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Decoy (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
Drew Thompson is now in custody of the marshals, but can Raylan get him out of Harlan before Theo Tonin and Boyd's men can get their hands on them? (44 mins.)
 
9.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Half Measures (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
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. (49 mins.)
 
10.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Walkabout (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
When the survivors run out of food, Locke, Kate, and Michael go out hunting for boar. Michael gets injured, so he and Kate go back. But Locke stays out hunting, and ends up running into the creature living in the jungle. (44 mins.)
 
11.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
Episode: The Reichenbach Fall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock. (88 mins.)
 
12.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Marine One (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
In the Season 1 finale, a near-catatonic Carrie is confined to bed as Saul puzzles over the unnerving implications of her time line. (55 mins.)
 
13.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Walt is struggling to decide if it's best to kill Krazy 8 or let him go. (49 mins.)
 
14.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Baelor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.6/10 X  
Robb goes to war against the Lannisters. Jon finds himself struggling on deciding if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Drogo has fallen ill from a fresh battle wound. Daenerys is desperate to save him. (56 mins.)
 
15.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: The Rains of Castamere (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.9/10 X  
Robb and Catelyn arrive at the Twins for the wedding. Jon is put to the test to see where his loyalties truly lie. Bran's group decides to split up. Daenerys plans an invasion of Yunkai. (56 mins.)
 
16.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Made in America (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Tony must now stay in hiding until Phil Leotardo has been dealt with. Carmela and the kids do not like the lifestyle they have been forced to adopt. Tony confronts Junior one last time. (55 mins.)
 
17.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
Episode: The Crash (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The creative department has a wild, drug-influenced weekend as they work on the Chevy account, Don has trouble letting go of Sylvia, and Sally walks in on an unwelcome intruder. (47 mins.)
 
18.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
Episode: Cleaning Up (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Kima slowly recovers in hospital. Stringer changes operations in the pit and the towers, rendering the wiretaps and clones useless... (59 mins.)
 
19.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
Episode: Marriage of Figaro (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Pete returns home from his honeymoon excited about his new marriage but conflicted about his past encounter with Peggy. (47 mins.)
 
20.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Jack and the survivors wait for Charlie to turn off The Others' signal-jamming device, not knowing that he has been captured at the Looking Glass station. In addition, Sayid, Jin and Bernard are captured after The Others invade the camp. (44 mins.)
 
21.
True Detective (2014 TV Series)
Episode: Who Goes There (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  
Martin is faced with marital problems. The search for Reggie Ledoux leads the detectives to a motorcycle gang called The Iron Crusaders, which Rust worked undercover in the past. (55 mins.)