Episode Gush / Live-Action TV

NOTE: Due to the sizable nature of the page, and the fact that it will keep growing, please try to keep them in alphabetical order by series on this page so it doesn't delve into chaos and confusion.

  • Alright, I guess I'll kick this off, and only fitting that it, like most things 'round these parts, starts with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I know this is gonna come across as a weird choice, but "Restless" is probably one of the funniest episodes of anything I've ever seen, does an amazing job unearthing the character's fears, neuroses and desires, and above all is one of the few Dream Sequences I've seen on TV that actually feels like a dream, with its random scene transitions and stilted dialogue but otherwise normal feel. Moreover, it's probably as experimental as any show's going to be getting in the foreseeable future. —Wack'd
  • Forgive me for taking a double-shot here, but I also feel the need to mention The Adventures of Pete & Pete's "Apocalypse Pete", the first episode of the show I ever saw. Not only does it perfectly encapsulates not only the show's devotion to taking its silliness seriously (it features a car race where one of the competitors is a remote control toy), but as a kid who didn't have the strongest relationship with his dad growing up due to being kinda off, it—like so many episodes of the show—speaks perfectly to the sort of feelings that can evoke. —Wack'd
  • Every single 25th of December I take time out to watch both Christmas episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 back to back. The riffing on both Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Santa Claus (1959) is constantly on the ball and razor ship and ensures plenty of laughs, but the host segments themselves have moments that are surprisingly very touching. From the opening of the former where Joel and the bots go over their Christmas lists to the end of the latter where Mike is pleasantly surprised to see it snowing in outer space, they're the perfect way to end the holiday.
  • If I ever had to choose my favourite Halloween Episode, I would immediately say "Halloween" from The Office (US). Yeah, it doesn't have that much to do with Halloween, but it's still one of the funniest, most heartwarming and most emotional episodes of anything ever. And plus, it gave Creed his Cloudcuckoolander personality that all Office fans know and love.
  • If there was a great Very Special Episode, it has to be the Full House episode "The Last Dance". The show's dealing with death is well-handled, Jesse and Michelle's reasons for hiding their feelings well-motivated yet tragic and the setup of the sad scenes are just great. The jokes are funny too, and the whole episode has such a heartwarming sendoff.
  • No entry on great television would be complete without mentioning Firefly's "Out of Gas". The episode is perfectly paced, amazingly acted, and of course, superbly scripted. The whole thing nails everything great about Firefly in one awesome episode, and showcases one of Nathan Fillion's finest performances. It is an exquisite episode, and one of the finest pieces of television ever put to film.
  • The Sesame Street episode where Linda breaks Ruthie's pitcher. It's an episode where an object gets broken but not a cliched "broken-object-episode". Instead of someone breaking something and not wanting to tell the adults, this is what happens (warning, spoilers): Linda runs past, knocking over the pitcher and it breaks. However, Linda is deaf and didn't hear the crash, so when she comes back and sees it broken, she doesn't know what happened to it. Elmo believes Linda must know what happened to it but only said (or rather, signed) that she didn't know because she didn't want to tell Ruthie for fear of Ruthie getting mad. When Elmo hesitates and seems sad when she asks if he knows how the pitcher got broken, she reckons he's the one who broke it and doesn't want to tell her. In actual fact, Elmo is not sad at all, he's just confused and at a loss for words as he doesn't know whether to tell Ruthie or wait for Linda to. Elmo asks "what if somebody who is a good friend of Ruthie's broke something of hers by accident and they are afraid to tell her for fear of her getting angry, what should that someone do?". This continues to make Ruthie think Elmo broke the pitcher and is scared to tell and she tells him a story which she think will answer his question. The story tells about Ruthie's childhood when she broke her uncle's favourite lamp and she was afraid to tell the uncle for fear he would get mad, but eventually, she did tell him, and, despite being sad, he didn't get mad, in fact, he was proud of Ruthie for telling the truth. Elmo then says he needs to find Linda, which confuses Ruthie, as Elmo goes off to find Linda to tell her not to be afraid as Ruthie won't be angry. Back at Finders Keepers, he finds Linda and Ruthie says that Elmo wants to tell her and Linda what happened to the pitcher. Elmo replies, "not exactly", but instead he wants to tell Linda not to be afraid to tell Ruthie what happened. Linda signs that she wasn't there when it broke, so how would she know what happened. Elmo says she was, so Ruthie asks him to tell them what happened. Elmo recaps on what happened. Ruthie and Linda then clarify that Linda didn't tell about the pitcher because she didn't hear the crash and therefore didn't know it broke.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. "Trials and Tribble-ations". That is all.