Best TV Episodes Ever

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1. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Pilot (2006)

TV-PG | 43 min | Drama, Sport

New head coach Eric Taylor finds his every move scrutinized as he takes over leadership of Texas's No. 1 high school football team.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford

Votes: 830

2. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: The Son (2009)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sport

Just as the East Dillon Lions start to perform as a team, the town of Dillon is rocked with the news of the death of Matt's dad. Coach & Mrs Taylor and Julie all do their part to help Matt ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 580

3. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: The Wire (2002)

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

Avon takes care of Omar's man Brandon but Wallace, who saw Brandon in the arcade, isn't too comfortable when he sees what they've done to him. Avon gives D'Angelo and Wallace a bonus for ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Bianchi | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison

Votes: 2,445

4. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Cleaning Up (2002)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Kima slowly recovers in hospital. Stringer changes operations in the pit and the towers, rendering the wiretaps and clones useless, and prompting Burrell to begin dismantling the detail. ... See full summary »

Director: Clement Virgo | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison

Votes: 2,523

5. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: All Due Respect (2004)

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

Omar continues his bold strikes on the heavily guarded Barksdale stash houses. McNulty launches his own investigation into last year's prison suicide of D'Angelo Barksdale. On the streets ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison

Votes: 1,806

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

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

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: 2,702

7. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: Margin of Error (2006)

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

With Election Day approaching, the three mayoral candidates make last-minute appeals. Carcetti wrangles for votes as he responds to a potentially devastating smear. Norris and Greggs get a ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 1,708

8. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: That's Got His Own (2006)

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

On the trail of missing bodies, Freamon turns to a higher authority after being rebuked by Landsman. Carcetti finds his promises of prosperity undermined by the school debt, forcing him to ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Dominic West, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 2,007

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

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

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: 8,196

10. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Through the Looking Glass (2007)

TV-14 | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Emerson

Votes: 8,080

11. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Flashes Before Your Eyes (2007)

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

After Desmond saves Claire from drowning, Charlie and Hurley suspect that he can see the future. So they try to get him drunk to get some answers out of him.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Emerson

Votes: 4,133

12. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Live Together, Die Alone (2006)

TV-14 | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After discovering a sailboat just offshore containing former hatch oversee Desmond, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox

Votes: 5,053

13. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Man of Science, Man of Faith (2005)

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

One of the castaways is chosen to descend into the mysterious hatch, and Shannon stumbles upon a shockingly familiar face in the jungle.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 4,221

14. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Pilot: Part 1 (2004)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Forty-eight survivors of an airline flight originating from Australia, bound for the U.S., which crash-lands onto an unknown island 1000 miles off course, struggle to figure out a way to survive while trying to find a way to be rescued.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 7,328

15. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Walkabout (2004)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 4,769

16. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Exodus: Part 2 (Part I) (2005)

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

(Part II of II) The castaways on the raft are surprised at sea by something unexpected. Meanwhile, remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch, and a visitor to the encampment might be a threat to Claire's infant son.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 4,466

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

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

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: 2,489

18. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pine Barrens (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

While Silvio has the flu, Chris and Paulie run his collections for him, which results in the pair getting lost in the woods and nearly freezing to death while Tony's affair with Gloria goes sour as does Meadow's relationship with Jackie Jr.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 4,320

19. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Whoever Did This (2002)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Ralph's callous behavior finally steps over the line, while Chris gets deeper into his heroin addiction and Uncle Junior's mental capacity begins to become in question.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,104

20. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Long Term Parking (2004)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

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.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,494

21. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (2007)

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

Tony travels to Las Vegas, after a tragedy occurs.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,203

22. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: The Blue Comet (2007)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama

The Beginning of the End. Phil finally puts the hits on the Soprano clan and Tony puts a hit on Phil which results in mistaken identity making everyone think its safe when its not and it ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,603

23. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: I'm Sorry, I'm Lost (2003)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

A piece of "blue ice" broken off an airplane strikes Anahid Havanessian, whose husband goes to Fisher & Diaz for a funeral...but changes his mind when, frustrated with the government for ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 980

24. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Ecotone (2005)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

Lawrence Hall Matheson chooses the wrong moment to check his pulse while jogging in a California "ecotone" - a cougar mauls him. Hospitalized following his seizure, an unconscious Nate ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 1,253

25. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: All Alone (2005)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

The family prepares for the worst funeral of their lives. Ruth makes things worse on David by taking out her pain on him until he stands up for himself, and Nate makes things worse for ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Davidson | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 1,470

26. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Everyone's Waiting (2005)

TV-MA | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

Nate and Brenda's daughter Willa is born, but 2 months early and at only 2 lb. 4 oz., requiring a prolonged hospital stay. Nate is convinced she won't make it and insists that he can't ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 6,036

27. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Nixon vs. Kennedy (2007)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama

Election night arrives and the staff of Sterling Cooper has a party while watching the returns. The election is close and it's obviously going to be a long night. Now a senior partner in ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,759

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

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

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: 1,436

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

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

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: 2,455

30. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Suitcase (2010)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

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.

Director: Jennifer Getzinger | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 3,115

31. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Motivation (2002)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

David's attempt at being cool includes sporting an earring. His session as a trainer arrives but his unique approach doesn't work very well. Tim and Rachel are carrying on at the office, ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 749

32. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Judgement (2001)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

It's the day to announce the redundancies. Tim tells David he's leaving and is happy to do so. Dawn is actually hoping that she'll be one of the redundancies. When Jennifer Taylor-Clark ... See full summary »

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Oliver Chris

Votes: 795

33. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: Fizbo (2009)

TV-14 | 27 min | Comedy, Romance

Cameron breaks out his favorite clown costume to make Luke's birthday party a hit. However, a series of accidents causes the party to break into chaos and leads to an unfortunate injury.

Director: Jason Winer | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,734

34. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: My Funky Valentine (2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Jay takes Gloria to see David Brenner. Mitchell and Cameron try to set Manny up on a date. Phil and Claire try to spice things up by going on a romantic getaway.

Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,521

35. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: Caught in the Act (2011)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Phil and Claire's kids walk in on them having sex while delivering their anniversary present, Gloria tries to keep Claire from seeing an angry e-mail, and Mitchell and Cameron contemplate how to cover up a juice stain on a rug.

Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,772

36. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Football (1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Old sibling rivalry between Monica and Ross resurfaces and postpones Thanksgiving dinner when the gang decide to play a game of "touch" football.

Director: Kevin Bright | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 3,242

37. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with Ross's Sandwich (1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Joey finds himself constantly covering for Chandler and Monica's affair. Ross becomes angry when someone at work eats his sandwich. Phoebe and Rachel enrolls in a literature class which Rachel doesn't take seriously and Phoebe does.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 2,749

38. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One Where Everybody Finds Out (1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

When Phoebe finds out about Monica and Chandler, she and Rachel start messing with them and attempt to get them to confess their relationship.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 5,749

39. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Proposal: Part 2 (2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Chandler continues to pretend to hate the idea of marriage, unaware Richard wants Monica back. Meanwhile, Rachel and Phoebe discuss their 'back-up' plans.

Director: Kevin Bright | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 2,889

40. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Rumor (2001)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Monica invites Will, an old school friend of her and Ross over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware he isn't too fond of Rachel.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 3,941

41. Louie (2010– )
Episode: Duckling (2011)

TV-MA | 41 min | Comedy, Drama

Louie leaves for Afghanistan to entertain the troops, but he doesn't know that one of his daughters left him a surprise in his suitcase.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Keni Thomas, Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

Votes: 1,082

42. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )
Episode: Beloved Aunt (2000)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

When Cheryl's aunt dies, the family asks Larry to write the obituary. But when it gets printed in the newspaper, an unfortunate typo lands Larry in the hot seat.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Craig Anton

Votes: 895

43. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )
Episode: Palestinian Chicken (2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Larry plays "social assassin" to the hilt at a dinner party, on the golf course, and at a Palestinian restaurant with chicken to die for.

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, Bob Einstein

Votes: 1,029

44. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Hunting Trip (2009)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

Leslie tries to prove she can hang with the guys so she invites herself on Ron's annual hunting trip, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, April and Andy bond in the office while everyone is away.

Director: Greg Daniels | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari

Votes: 1,387

45. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Ron & Tammys (2011)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

Ron becomes a wimp after he and Tammy 1 get back together and Leslie tries to save him, Ben discovers that Tom's business is hemorrhaging money, and Anne has a frustrating experience shooting a diabetes PSA with Chris.

Director: Randall Einhorn | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman

Votes: 1,145

46. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Beef Consomme (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Michael tells Gob about his flirtation with Marta. Meanwhile, George-Michael tries to determine whether he and Maeby are related by blood.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,473