The Best TV Episodes of All Time for Me

by zarif_mental | created - 27 Nov 2012 | updated - 04 Feb 2015 | Public

It is a list to note down my favourite and (according to me) best tv episodes of all time in an order of liking....there are no restrictions to the amount of episodes a show can have but I'll try to maintain a healthy balance! Feedback is appreciated and just to clarify these are the best episodes only according to me! I do not wish to convey that any one else is wrong in their choice of best episodes,this list is just to express my favourite ones! If any episode has Part I or II listed,I wish to state here that both Parts of the Episode are counted in that position. This list shall evolve constantly as I watch more episodes of shows that deserve to be here. - Zarif

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1. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Episode: The Contest (1992)

PG | 23 min | Comedy

George's mother throws her back out when she falls down after catching George performing a personal act; the gang partakes in a contest of self-denial.

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

Votes: 3,866

Quite Possibly the MOST Risky Network Episode of Its Time...but also One of the Best Episodes of All Time,Period. Seinfeld is a Television Phenomenon and the Show is at its 'Sponge-Worthy' Best in 'The Contest'. The Episode Dealt with the Taboo Subject Matter of Masturbation without Even Mentioning the Word Directly but Still kept the Proceedings Obvious for the Viewer and in that Lies the Truly CLASSIC Nature of this Episode! Also the 100th Entrance of Kramer Into Jerry's Apartment and Quite Possibly the Best One of All - "I'm Out!"

2. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Ozymandias (2013)

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

Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Marie convinces Skyler to tell Walter, Jr. the truth.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 96,062

3. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Prom Video (1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

The gang watches a home video from the night of Monica and Rachel's prom. Joey gives Chandler a hideous bracelet.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 4,418

4. 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: 3,325

5. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Embryos (1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Phoebe's uterus is examined for implantation of the embryos. Meanwhile, a seemingly harmless game between Chandler and Joey against Monica and Rachel escalates into a full blown contest where the stakes are raised higher and higher.

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

Votes: 4,679

6. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Development Arrested (2006)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

After returning home from Iraq, George Sr. is finally cleared of all charges, and Michael is relieved to be the head of a successful company for a change. The real brains behind the madness... See full summary »

Director: John Fortenberry | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,888

7. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Remedial Chaos Theory (2011)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

At Abed and Troy's housewarming party, Jeff decides to let the decision on who gets the pizza rest on the roll of the dice, leaving Abed to contemplate six alternate realities.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 5,176

8. 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: 4,652

9. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Bad Blood (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Scully and Mulder each recount their version of events that led Mulder to drive a stake through the heart of a Texas teenager he claims was a vampire.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Luke Wilson

Votes: 4,142

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

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

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: 3,052

11. 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: 7,711

12. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A grumpy old man with psychic powers that show him how someone will die assists the agents with the hunt for a crazed killer who targets psychics. He also cryptically reveals to Mulder and Scully their own ultimate fates.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Peter Boyle, Stuart Charno

Votes: 4,459

13. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Pilot (1989)

Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Undercurrents of passion, greed, jealousy and intrigue surface in a seemingly respectable town when a high school homecoming queen is found murdered.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 12,594

14. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Home (1996)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The agents encounter a family of inbred, animal-like brothers living on a farm in a remote section of Pennsylvania.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Tucker Smallwood, Chris Nelson Norris

Votes: 4,080

15. Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Episode: The Outing (1993)

PG | 22 min | Comedy

A prank by Elaine leads a newspaper journalist to think that Jerry and George are gay.

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

Votes: 2,556

16. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: One Minute (2010)

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

Jesse ends up in the hospital after getting beaten up by Hank. Now he is threatening to press charges against the DEA. To stop him, Walt decides to bring Jesse on as his partner, once again.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 13,838

17. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Mizumono (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Jack devises a plan to apprehend Hannibal, while Hannibal prepares for his departure. Will makes his decision, and it results in devastating consequences.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 13,111

18. Game of Thrones (2011– )
Episode: Blackwater (2012)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 29,369

19. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Blink (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell

Votes: 15,679

20. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: The Ski Lodge (1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Roz wins a weekend at a ski lodge, and trades it to Frasier. Daphne invites along her friend Annie, a swimsuit model. Frasier is taken with her, but she is interested in Niles. Added to the... See full summary »

Director: David Lee | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 957

21. Game of Thrones (2011– )
Episode: The Rains of Castamere (2013)

TV-MA | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Iain Glen

Votes: 66,922

22. 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: 2,646

23. 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: 618

24. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Casino Night (2006)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy

The Dunder Mifflin crew holds a casino party at the warehouse and Michael has two dates.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 3,156

25. 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: 1,896

26. 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: 869

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

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

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: 13,269

28. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: My Coffee with Niles (1994)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Frasier and Niles spend the entire episode in conversation at Cafe Nervosa.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 589

29. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Always (2011)

TV-14 | 61 min | Drama, Sport

With the decision to close the East Dillon Football program speculation runs wild on two fronts. Will the Lions be able to win State and go out in a blaze of glory; and will Coach Taylor ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Waxman | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 732

30. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Meat the Veals (2005)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Michael thinks George-Michael has set the bar too low with his dating standards, so he sets up a meeting between Ann's ultra-conservative parents and his family, hoping that would break ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,647

31. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Lonely Souls (1990)

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

Maddy prepares to leave Twin Peaks, Leo wants shoes, Norma learns of Nadine's regression, Tojamura reveals his identity to Pete, and Cooper arrests Ben Horne for the murder of Laura Palmer only to receive a devastating message.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 3,271

32. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Felina (2013)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White makes one last attempt to secure his family's future, while also visiting some old enemies, during his final return to Albuquerque.

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

Votes: 66,742

33. Heroes (2006–2010)
Episode: Chapter Twenty 'Five Years Gone' (II) (2007)

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

Hiro and Ando find themselves five years after the destruction of New York. People with extraordinary abilities are labeled as terrorists and Sylar, who has assumed the form of Nathan, is the President.

Director: Paul A. Edwards | Stars: Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter, Masi Oka

Votes: 2,359

34. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

The bosses come in from London to reorganize Sterling Cooper, but a key player's career is sidetracked by a freak accident. Meanwhile, as Joan prepares to leave her job, her husband gives her some bad news.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,708

35. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Crawl Space (2011)

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

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.

Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 16,443

36. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Arbitrary Law (1990)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After the discovery of Maddy's corpse, Cooper attempts to finally identify Laura's real killer using his visions as clues. The Bookhouse Boys and Major Briggs help out. Lucy tries to decide who the father of her baby is.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 2,776

37. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: Pilot (1988)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In 1968, friends Kevin Arnold, Paul Pfeiffer, and Winnie Cooper attend the newly renamed Robert F Kennedy Junior High for the first time.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo

Votes: 454

38. Heroes (2006–2010)
Episode: Chapter Seventeen 'Company Man' (II) (2007)

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

H.R.G.'s past catches up to him as Matt and Ted Sprague, come to Texas looking for answers, and take him, his wife, son and Claire hostage -- leading to a tragic, explosive showdown.

Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere, Eric Roberts

Votes: 2,053

39. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Pier Pressure (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

When Buster asks George-Michael to buy him marijuana to treat Lucille Austero's vertigo, Michael stages a phony bust to teach George-Michael a lesson.

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

Votes: 2,173

40. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One with the Morning After (1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Ross is guilt-ridden after sleeping with Chloe and desperately tries to stop Rachel from finding out and when she does, the rest of the gang listen to them argue and end up trapped in Monica's room for the rest of the night.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 3,209

41. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Pilot (2001)

M | 63 min | Comedy, Drama

When the funeral director is killed in an accident, the family comes together to mourn and decide the fate of the funeral home.

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

Votes: 2,004

42. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )
Episode: The Doll (2001)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

As part of a deal with ABC, Larry agrees to attend a screening of a new mini series. While at the after-party, Larry finds that the bathroom doors have no locks, so he goes to use the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Weide | Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 1,221

43. 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 attempt to get them to confess their relationship.

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

Votes: 6,281

44. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Good Grief! (2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

George is declared dead in Mexico and the Bluth family holds a wake for their dead family member. Meanwhile, George isn't dead and has returned to the USA, only to be found by a newly dumped George Michael.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,732

45. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Modern Warfare (2010)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

Greendale Community College is transformed into an apocalyptic war zone when the dean promises the winner of a paintball competition priority registration, and it could fan the flames of sexual tension between Jeff and Britta.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 6,490

46. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Face Off (2011)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jesse is brought to the FBI for questioning on his knowledge of ricin. In a last effort to kill Gus, Walt must ask for help from an old enemy.

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

Votes: 31,207

47. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Reichenbach Fall (2012)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 29,861

48. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Yakimono (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will is released from Chilton's Asylum, while the discovery of Miriam Lass gives Jack new hope in finding the Chesapeake Ripper.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,569

49. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: The Two Mrs. Cranes (1996)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy