The 50 Greatest Episodes of 2001

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1. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Roswell That Ends Well (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry causes trouble for himself and the rest of the crew when he accidentally causes them all to be transported back in time to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,714

10/10

2. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: The Luck of the Fryrish (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry goes on a quest to recover his lucky 7-leaf clover after being convinced that his brother took over his identity after he was frozen.

Director: Chris Loudon | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 2,754

10/10

3. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Parasites Lost (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Ingesting a bad egg-salad sandwich leads to Fry developing a colony of parasitic worms in his bowels, which set out to make him smarter and stronger.

Director: Peter Avanzino | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,543

10/10

4. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Insane in the Mainframe (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry and Bender are mistakenly convicted of robbing a bank and are both sent to a robot mental institution.

Director: Peter Avanzino | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,257

10/10

5. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: The Day the Earth Stood Stupid (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

When flying brains invade, Fry is the only one who can save the Earth from destruction.

Director: Mark Ervin | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,314

10/10

6. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Time Keeps on Slipping (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

After being challenged to a game of basketball by the planet of the Globetrotters, Prof. Farnsworth creates a team of mutant, atomic supermen, but the side effects of their rapid growth endangers the universe.

Director: Chris Loudon | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,340

10/10

7. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Kenny Dies (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The boys cope with loss when Kenny is hospitalized with a terminal disease. Cartman attempts to save him by legalizing stem cell research.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Eliza Schneider

Votes: 2,113

10/10

9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
Episode: Once More, with Feeling (2001)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In this musical extravaganza, Sunnydale residents find themselves bursting into song, and flame, when a demon attempts to make Dawn his bride.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 6,805

9/10

10. Spaced (1999–2001)
Episode: Gone (2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

Sophie calls off a date with Tim at the last minute, citing that she has to work late. Having experienced the same thing with his last girlfriend who left him for her boss and his best ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 516

9/10

11. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Cartman plans an elaborate revenge when an older boy cons him out of money.

Director: Eric Stough | Stars: Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead, Trey Parker, Matt Stone

Votes: 5,805

9/10

12. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Training (2001)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

To fend off the increasing staff disillusionment a Training Day has been scheduled. Dawn's engagement to Lee is on the rocks and Tim begins to think that he may at last have a chance with her.

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

Votes: 1,112

9/10

13. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The professor decides to ship hazardous cargo to the outer reaches of space, but the ship travels through some environmentally sensitive areas, including the penguin refuge on Pluto.

Director: James Purdum | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,166

9/10

14. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Butters' Very Own Episode (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Butters' mother snaps and tries to kill her son after the revelation that her husband frequents gay bath houses.

Director: Eric Stough | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, John 'Nancy' Hansen, Mona Marshall

Votes: 2,269

9/10

15. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Cartmanland (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Cartman inherits a large sum of money and uses it to purchase his own amusement park. His resulting success causes Kyle to lose faith in God.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Toby Morton

Votes: 2,184

9/10

16. Brass Eye (1997–2001)
Episode: Paedophilia (2001)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

When it was first shown in 2001, this episode galvanised press and public opinion. Chris Morris' satire challenged what he perceived as the hysterical way in which the media treated the issue of paedophilia.

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Amelia Bullmore, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Paul Mark Elliott

Votes: 644

9/10

17. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: The Quiz (2001)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

It is Tim's 30th birthday - he receives a card from Dawn and an unusual inflatable gift from Lee. More importantly, however, it's Quiz Night and there are reputations to be made or lost.

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

Votes: 966

9/10

18. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: New Girl (2001)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

Tim decides there's no future for him in selling paper and decides that he going to go to university and study psychology. After staying out all night, Donna shows up for work late and ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 884

9/10

19. 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: 847

9/10

20. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Amazon Women in the Mood (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

After a disastrous double date, Leela, Amy, Zapp Brannigan and Kif Kroker crash land on a planet. Trying to rescue them, Fry and Bender also crash and everyone discovers the planet is ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Sheesley | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,666

9/10

21. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: I Dated a Robot (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry ignores the warnings of the Planet Express staff and starts dating a robot with the downloaded personality and holographic image of Lucy Liu. Leela and Bender make a disturbing ... See full summary »

Director: James Purdum | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,194

9/10

22. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Downsize (2001)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

David Brent is the manager of the Slough branch of the Wernham Hogg paper company and he and some of his staff are having a bit of a rough morning after over-imbibing the night before. When... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,167

9/10

23. South Park (1997– )
Episode: It Hits the Fan (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Society is almost destroyed when a popular television show uses the word "shit" on the air.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Nico Agnone, Milan Agnone

Votes: 1,682

9/10

24. The Office (2001–2003)
Episode: Work Experience (2001)

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

David hires Donna, his lodger and the daughter of his best friend. While showing her round the office he discovers a doctored pornographic image of himself. Gareth, due to his covert operations skills, is told to catch the culprit.

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

Votes: 996

9/10

26. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Bendin' in the Wind (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

After being crippled, Bender gets a new career as a folk rock singer. Fry, Leela, Amy and Dr. Zoidberg follow him around the country.

Director: Ron Hughart | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,172

9/10

27. Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005)
Episode: Shanghai Moon (2001)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Panku box reveals the location of the Moon Demon's portal. The quest leads to outer space.

Director: Chuck Drost | Stars: Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan, Sab Shimono

Votes: 51

9/10

28. Family Guy (1998– )
Episode: Emission Impossible (2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After Peter helps deliver Lois's sister's baby, he and Lois decide to try to have another kid, but Stevie will attempt to foil their new plan.

Directors: Peter Shin, Pete Michels | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,176

9/10

29. Spaced (1999–2001)
Episode: Dissolution (2001)

TV-14 | 26 min | Action, Comedy

Marsha still thinks that Tim and Daisy are a couple, and when she sees Tim kissing and flirting with Sophie, she gets suspicious. Later that night at Daisy's birthday dinner, Marsha tell ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Katy Carmichael, Julia Deakin

Votes: 450

9/10

30. Spaced (1999–2001)
Episode: Leaves (2001)

TV-14 | 26 min | Action, Comedy

Tim, Daisy, Mike and Brian go into panic mode and try to find Marsha to get her to come back after they find out that she's selling the flat. Sophie is offered a job at Marvel Comics in ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Katy Carmichael, Julia Deakin

Votes: 475

8.5/10

31. Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005)
Episode: The J-Team (2001)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Shendu is back and he's inside Valmont's body. They break into Uncle's shop and steal a book, then leave the country. While Jackie and Uncle make preparations to follow them, Jade calls some old friends to form the J Team.

Director: Alan Caldwell | Stars: Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan, Sab Shimono

Votes: 49

8.5/10

33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
Episode: Tabula Rasa (2001)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

While trying to find a way to make Buffy forget about her afterlife experience, Willow inadvertently casts a spell that erases everyone's memories.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 2,196

8/10

34. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
Episode: Life Serial (2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Buffy's powers are tested by Andrew, Jonathan and Warren, who seek to expose and exploit her weaknesses in an effort to destroy her.

Director: Nick Marck | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 1,361

8/10

35. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Towelie (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The boys try to rescue their new video game system from the hands of a government agency with the help of a talking towel named Towelie.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Vernon Chatman, Mona Marshall

Votes: 1,798

8/10

36. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Trilogy of Error (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer loses his thumb and must rush to the hospital for immediate surgery; Lisa tries to make it to the school with her project; Bart obtains illegal fireworks.

Director: Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,520

8/10

37. Spaced (1999–2001)
Episode: Change (2001)

TV-14 | 24 min | Action, Comedy

Still struggling with his feelings of disappointment in the wake of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Tim loses his job at Fantasy Bazaar after being rude to a customer. ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Katy Carmichael, Julia Deakin

Votes: 476

8/10

38. Spaced (1999–2001)
Episode: Back (2001)

TV-14 | 24 min | Action, Comedy

Daisy returns from her holiday in Asia, unaware that there are two suited men on her trail. When the gang heads to the pub, a showdown takes place.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, Katy Carmichael, Julia Deakin

Votes: 501

8/10

39. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: A Tale of Two Santas (2001)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

When Fry, Leela and Bender make a delivery to Neptune, they run afoul of the robot Santa Claus. Bender takes his place, but the previous Santa's fearsome reputation makes his job difficult.

Director: Ron Hughart | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,188

8/10

40. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Super Best Friends (2001)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan enlists the help of an elite team of religious leaders including Jesus and Mohammed to help him rescue Kyle from a cult.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, Toby Morton

Votes: 1,532

8/10

41. King of the Hill (1997–2010)
Episode: Ho, Yeah! (2001)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

After a violent pimp shows up looking for her, Hank and Peggy unknowingly board a prostitute. Then they soon discover that Hank has been unwittingly "pimping" her all around town.

Directors: Tricia Garcia, Klay Hall | Stars: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 220

8/10

43. The Lone Gunmen (2001– )
Episode: Planet of the Frohikes (2001)

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The Gunmen receive an email for help from a 'slave' subjected to secret government tests. The slave turns out to be a superintelligent chimp called Peanuts, who escapes supposedly to stop a soviet chimp spy turned assassin for hire, Bobo.

Director: John T. Kretchmer | Stars: Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Stephen Snedden

Votes: 217

8/10

47. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Evacuation (2001)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Family

When the family gets a new couch, Hal loses the old one on the way to the dump, causing a train accident with dire consequences for the whole neighborhood. While Hal tries to make it up to ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield

Votes: 360

8/10

48. Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005)
Episode: Rumble in the Big House (2001)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Dark Hand allows themselves to be captured and sentenced to prison so they can open the Wind Demon's portal in Hollowlands Prison. Jackie must go undercover.

Director: Alan Caldwell | Stars: Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan, Sab Shimono

Votes: 53

8/10

49. Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005)
Episode: Armor of the Gods (2001)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Jackie finds the Armor of the Eight Immortals which proves useful when the portal for the Earth Demon opens. Meanwhile Uncle has trouble sleeping.

Director: Sean Song | Stars: Jackie Chan, James Sie, Stacie Chan, Sab Shimono

Votes: 51

8/10

50. Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
Episode: Bowling (2001)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Family