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Creator's Favorite Episode

Whenever you have a series that's really adored by the fans, it's natural that many different fans are going to have their own favorite episodes. At the same time, creators and other people involved with the shows can definitely feel a sense of pride with their work, and as such, will find a particular episode that they feel really stands out that they favor. Many creators particularly favor ground-breaking episodes.

In some instances, the creator's choice may be a case of Magnum Opus Dissonance.

Not to be confused with Creator's Favorite, which covers creators' favorite characters.

Examples

Anime and Manga

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • In December 1983, 60 Minutes aired a report titled "Lenell Getter's in Jail", which chronicled a Texas black man serving life in prison after a wrongful armed robbery charge; ten days later, the state released Getter in response to the scathing criticism in the report. The show won Peabody, George Polk, and a duPont-Columbia awards, and creator Don Hewitt called it the show's finest work.
  • The Andy Griffith Show
    • When asked to pick one episode has his favorite, Andy Griffith said "Barney's First Car" was it.
    • Don Knotts has said that "The Pickle Story" is his favorite episode, because he liked the overtone message of the story of people going to extreme lengths to avoid hurting someone's feelings - in this case, Andy and Barney quietly switching out Aunt Bee's nasty homemade pickles for delicious store-bought pickles to show they do enjoy her pickles.
  • Bewitched
    • Elizabeth Montgomery's two favorite episodes were:
      • "Driving is the Only Way to Fly," which was Paul Lynde's first appearance on the show, pre-Uncle Arthur - they both really enjoyed working together, which is why Uncle Arthur was later created to have Lynde on the show on a semi-regular basis.
      • "Sisters at Heart" was penned by a 10th-grade English class, whose favorite show was Bewitched; although one of the show's underlying messages was tackling prejudice, this episode was the gutsiest one (though tame by today's standards) in tackling racism head-on with Tabitha wishing she and her friend could be "real" sisters, despite the different colors of their skin.
    • Dick York's favorite episode was "I Confess," as it took a chance on seeing just what Darrin's and Samantha's lives would be like if the secret of Samantha being a witch was made public, along with the underlying Be Careful What You Wish For plot point.
  • Blake's 7:
    • Michael Keating's favourite was "The City on the Edge of the World".
    • Jacqueline Pearce's favourite was "Sand". Ironically, this was from her least favourite season.
    • Paul Darrow's favourite was either "Star One" or "Rumours of Death".
    • Jan Chappell's favourites were "Children of Auron" and "Children of Auron".
    • Stephen Greif's favourite was "Duel".
    • Stephen Pacey's favourite was "Death-Watch".
  • David Boreanaz's favourites episodes of Bones were "The Bones That Foam", "Mummy in the Maze", "The Woman in the Sand", "Yanks in the UK" and "The Santa in the Slush".
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • Cheers: Shelley Long's favourite episode was "Let Me Count the Ways".
  • Dad's Army: Creators David Croft and Jimmy Perry named "Mum's Army" and "Branded" as their favourite episodes, respectively.
  • Colin Baker's favorite Doctor Who story is "The Empty Child".
  • Kelsey Grammer's favourite episode of Frasier was "Ham Radio". He also cited "The Show Where Diane Came Back", as one of his favourites, as it allowed him to resolve conflict with Shelley Long.
  • Rue McClanahan listed the final season episode "Journey to the Center of Attention" as her favorite of The Golden Girls, largely for one of its musical numbers, which involves her character Blanche trying (and failing epically) to sing "I Wanna Be Loved by You" while Sitting Sexy on a Piano.
  • Hogan's Heroes. When asked whether he had a favorite episode, Richard Dawson brought up "The Great Brinksmeyer Robbery", where the heroes receive German money that they hide in the iron stove in their barrack, only for Klink to light up a fire in the stove, thus burning all the money. note 
  • H.R. Pufnstuf: Marty Krofft's favorite episode is "The Mechanical Boy" because Jack Wild's acting chops came into play with Jimmy being under a Witchiepoo spell that has turned him into a mechanical boy, programmed to steal Freddie the Flute and bring it to her within 24 hours.
  • Land of the Lost: The pilot episode, "Cha-Ka," is Sid Krofft's favorite, as he enjoyed both the excitement and the challenge of bringing a new concept to life for the first time, and making something special out of it (especially, considering this is actually one of Sid & Marty Krofft's longest-running series). In fact, for those reasons, Sid tends to often favor the pilot episodes of his and Marty's shows.
  • During the summer of 2015 MeTV ran a Laverne and Shirley weekly marathon showing the casts' (Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Eddie Mekka) favorite episodes of the series.
  • Dick Wolf said the notorious Law & Order episode "Life Choice" was his favorite.
  • Vicki Lawrence has listed "Family Feud", "The Wedding (part 2)", "Rashomama", "The Love Letter" and "Mama on Jeopardy!" as her favorite episodes of Mama's Family.
  • M*A*S*H:
    • Creator/producer Larry Gelbart has said that one episode that really sticks out in his mind is the Wham Episode from the first season, Sometimes You Hear the Bullet, because it was the first episode they did that truly mixed comedy and drama, with the subplot of Hawkeye being powerless to save the life of his wounded childhood friend; from that moment on, Gelbart and the other producers really felt the show had found the tone they were looking for.
    • "Dear Sigmund" is among Alan Alda's favorite episodes; he had always felt that Allan Arbus was convincing as psychiatrist Sidney Freedman, and felt he [Arbus] needed A Day in the Limelight, so he wrote this episode, not only to give Sidney his own episode, but to also play with the idea that sometimes psychiatrists may need a psychiatrist.
    • "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?" is Gary Burghoff's favorite episode, not merely because Radar's real name is finally revealed, but being a Christian in Real Life, Burghoff found the idea of a shell-shocked bomber pilot being so fed up with killing innocent people and the horrors of war that he convinces himself he's Jesus Christ to be intriguing.
    • "Period of Adjustment" is a favorite of Mike Farrell, as the episode really required himself to stretch his acting abilities far beyond B.J.'s usually calm and serene demeanor by being violently upset over his daughter, Erin, calling Radar "Daddy."
    • "Mulcahy's War" is a favorite of William Christopher, because Father Mulcahy was given a chance to not only get a little taste of action by taking a trip to the front lines (against Potter's wishes), but also gets the chance to be a hero by saving a casualty's life, while under fire.
    • Hot Lips and Empty Arms is one of Loretta Swit's favorite episodes, because even though this was still fairly early in the show's run, it was already clear that Margaret had a lot of internal conflict, regarding her military career, her affair with Frank, and even her overall life in general.
    • Harry Morgan often considered, despite the fact he wasn't playing Colonel Potter in it, The General Flipped At Dawn to be one of his top favourites.
  • Monty Python's Personal Best is a six-episode PBS miniseries in which the five remaining Pythons discuss and show their favorite bits from Monty Python's Flying Circus. The five collaborated on the sixth episode, showcasing deceased member Graham Chapman. A few sketches appear in more than one episode; "Fish Slapping Dance" holds the record with four, marking it by extension the group's collective favorite.
  • The Muppet Show. Jim Henson's favorite episode is when Harry Belafonte guest starred, specifically the show's closing number, "Turn the World Around," which featured a number of puppets designed to look like traditional African masks, which Henson felt was among the best work his Muppet team ever did.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel's favorite episode was Pod People, because "the entire production seems to be one big misunderstanding". Mike cited the post-finale episode, Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, as his own favorite: "Ernest Borgnine traumatizing his poor grandson with a bizarre story of demons, evil monkeys and roasted cats — can't beat that."
  • Porridge: Creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais named "The Harder They Fall" as their favourite episode.
  • Seinfeld: Averted. During the tour to retire his original material, Jerry Seinfeld decided to field some questions for the audience. One person asked him what his favorite Seinfeld episode was. He replied that he didn't have one saying "They're all my babies. I love each one. Comedy is really a survival art. It's like asking 'What's your favorite breath of air?' 'Whatever keeps me going to the next one.'"
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Norman Lovett named "Queeg" as his favourite episode. Notably, it's one of the few episodes to focus on Holly.
    • Robert Llewellyn's favourite was "Krytie TV".
    • Chris Barrie's favourite was "Dimension Jump", followed by "Marooned".
    • Craig Charles also named "Marooned" as one of his favourites, noting that it would work as a stage play.
  • Sesame Street. Caroll Spinney has often said that the episode dealing with Mr. Hooper's death was the best Sesame Street ever did; explaining Mr. Hooper's absence was a debate behind the scenes, but the decision to truthfully explain his death to children in the manner of which they did, and the genuine emotion on the set the day of taping, made this Sesame's finest moment in Spinney's memory.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series. In a TV Guide interview two months before his death, Gene Roddenberry listed his ten favourite episodes - "Amok Time", "Balance of Terror", "The City on the Edge of Forever", "The Devil in the Dark", "The Enemy Within", "The Managerie" (Two parter), "The Naked Time", "The Return of the Archons", "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "The Trouble with Tribbles"
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Patrick Stewart's favourite episode was "The Inner Light".
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avery Brooks' favourite episode was "Far Beyond the Stars". Armin Shimmerman also named it as his favourite.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Kate Mulgrew's favourite episode was "Counterpoint".
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: Scott Bakula's favourite episode was "Judgment".
  • Torchwood. Countrycide is the cast's favorite episode because they're "sick people" in the words of Eve Myles and the gruesome, horror film like content appealed to them.

Film

Music
  • GaMetal's creator, Jonny Atma, stated in an interview that his favourite GaMetal songs are Hyrule Temple, Punch-Out!, Dark Star Core, Deoxys, The Legend of Mario and Fierce Battle, among others.
  • Ringo Starr has said that his best drumming was in The Beatles song "Rain".
    • John Lennon's favourites of the Beatles songs he wrote were "In My Life", "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I am the Walrus" and "Across the Universe". His favorite of Paul McCartney's Beatles songs was "For No One", which he called "a nice piece of work."
    • Paul McCartney's favourite Beatles song is "Here, There and Everywhere", followed by "Yesterday".
    • Both Lennon and McCartney praised George Harrison's "Something" as one of the best Beatles songs of all. Lennon called it the best song on Abbey Road and McCartney said it was the best song Harrison ever wrote.
  • All four members of The Smiths name Strangeways, Here We Come as their personal favorite of their four albums.
  • Tupac Shakur named Me Against The World as his favourite album of his own.
  • The Sisters of Mercy frontman Andrew Eldritch claims Vision Thing is his favorite of his albums.
  • Noisey's Rank Your Records feature asks musicians to rank their entire discography, with their personal favorite of their albums coming up on top. A few of the results:
    • Jonathan Davis' favorite Korn album is their 1994 self-titled debut.
    • Likewise, Corey Taylor's favorite Slipknot album is their 1999 debut album.
    • Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield's favorite of their albums is 1996's Everything Must Go.
    • mewithoutYou lead singer Aaron Weiss' favorite of their albums is 2006's Brother, Sister. His brother Michael, the band's guitarist, listed 2004's Catch Us for the Foxes as his favorite; It wound up at number four, out of five albums, on Aaron's list.
    • New Order drummer Stephen Morris named their 1985 album Low-Life as his favorite.
    • Ride lead guitarist Mark Gardener's favorite of his band's albums is 1992's Going Blank Again.
    • Including both his solo career and the albums he made with Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds named the Five's self-titled 1995 debut as his favorite of his albums.
    • Motion City Soundtrack lead singer Justin Pierre named 2005's Commit This to Memory as his favorite
    • Blur drummer Dave Rowntree's list was topped by 1993's Modern Life is Rubbish.
    • Spoon bassist Rob Pope named 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga as his favorite, and his list also included high showings for albums released before he joined the band — he had been a fan before he became their bassist.
    • John Rzeznik, lead singer of The Goo Goo Dolls, named 2013's Magnetic as his favorite. In the article, he also made positive remarks about their first two albums, which he had not been very kind about in the past.
    • Lush lead guitarist Emma Anderson named their 1992 debut full length Spooky as her favorite, and listed two compilations ahead of their final album Lovelife, which came in last.
    • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante's list was topped by 1987's Among the Living.
    • Suede frontman Brett Anderson named his favorite album as 1994's Dog Man Star despite its Troubled Production.
    • Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie declined to rate his band's entire discography and only rated seven: the list included a B-sides compilation and was topped by 2000's XTRMNTR.
    • Moby selected his 1996 New Sound Album Animal Rights as his favorite of his albums. He said that even though the album was trashed by critics and fans and nearly destroyed his career, that he took "deep pride" in it, and that it was the album he is the proudest of.
    • Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson named their late-period, Band Minus The Face album Grinning Streak from 2013 as his favorite.
    • Dinosaur Jr.. frontman J. Mascis named their classic 1988 album You're Living All Over Me as his favorite
    • Teenage Fanclub leader Norman Blake selected 1995's Grand Prix as his favorite.
    • Rapper Master P named 1996's Ice Cream Man as his personal favorite.
    • Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley chose 2011's Screaming Bloody Murder as his favortie
    • Placebo singer Brian Molko chose none of the band's studio albums for his top spot, instead selecting their 2015 MTV Unplugged recording as his favorite.
    • Los Campesinos! frontman/lyricist Gareth Campesinos! and guitarist/songwriter Tom Campesinos! chose 2010's Romance is Boring as their favorite.
    • Superchunk bassist Laura Ballance named 1993's On the Mouth as her favorite.
    • Pavement co-founder and guitarist Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannenberg named the band's classic 1992 debut Slanted and Enchanted as his favorite of their albums
    • The Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson named the band's 1990 final album All Shook Down as his favorite, despite its less-than-stellar reception with the band's fans.

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Western Animation
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Dante Basco stated that "The Storm" is his favorite episode since during the scene where Zuko faces his father in the Agni Kai, Basco worked with Mark Hamill and relates the scene in Star Wars where Luke Skywalker faces off with Darth Vader.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! head writer Christopher Yost called "Ultron Unlimited", "The Fall of Asgard", and "Who Do You Trust?" his favorite episodes.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Kevin Conroy named "Perchance to Dream" as his favourite episode.
  • Blucik and Driba go to Mr Smoothie has been mentioned by Ben 10: Omniverse writers to be their favourite episode. Perhaps not uncoincidentally, this episode is loathed by the majority of the fans due to it being essentially a useless filler episode focusing on Blucik and Driba.
  • Mike Jupp stated his favorite episodes of The Dreamstone to be "Robobird" and "Urpgor's Auntie", having provided gags and storyboards for them.
  • The Ed, Edd n Eddy special "Boo Haw Haw" is creator Danny Antonucci's favorite. He also likes the episode "If It Smells Like An Ed,". Ironically both episodes are very controversial with fans (due to their Downer Ending and Misplaced Retribution), especially "If It Smells Like An Ed" which is often mentioned by fans as one of the worst episodes (though it still has its fans).
  • The Fairly OddParents!: The VHS/DVD release Timmy's Top Wishes featured five favorite episodes of creator Butch Hartman; they are "Knighty Knight", "Where's Wanda?", "Power Pals!", "Who's Your Daddy?" and "Boys in the Band".
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Sean Marquette cites "Partying is Such Sweet Soiree" as his favorite episode, specifying that he really enjoyed getting to perform the role of Mac while his character was running around screaming like a maniac from his sugar high.
  • There was a series of videocassettes called Hanna-Barbera Personal Favorites, where Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera introduced their favorite episodes of several of their shows.
    • Their favorite episodes of The Flintstones were "The Split Personality", "The Dress Rehearsal", "Ann-Margrock Presents", and "The Stonefinger Caper".
    • Their favorite episodes of Jonny Quest were "Skull and Double Crossbones", "Calcutta Adventure", "The Robot Spy", and "The Devil's Tower".
    • Their favorite episodes of Scooby-Doo include "What a Night for a Knight", "Scooby Gumbo", "Wizards and Warlocks", and "The Secret of Shark Island"
    • The release Huckleberry Hound and Friends contains their favorite shorts with Huckleberry Hound ("Huckleberry Hound Meets Wee Willie", "Spud Dud", Science Friction", "Knight School", and "Legion-Bound Hound"), Pixie and Dixie ("Cousin Tex", "Pied Piper Pipe", and "Plutocrat Cat"), Quick Draw McGraw ("El Kabong" and "Dynamite Fright"), and Breezly and Sneezly ("Freezing Fleas" and "Stars and Gripes").
  • Family Guy: As detailed here.
  • Jhonen Vasquez has stated that his favorite episodes of Invader Zim are "Bolognius Maximus", "Game Slave 2" and "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars".
  • Looney Tunes: Mel Blanc cited Birds Anonymous as the favorite short for which he did voices, especially when it came to Sylvester.
  • The Loud House: Chris Savino said his favorite episode is "For Bros About to Rock".
  • Craig McCracken has stated that his Top 10 favorite episodes of The Powerpuff Girls are: "Mime for a Change", "Monkey See, Doggie Do", "Meet the Beat-Alls", "Twisted Sister", "Uh-Oh Dynamo", "Boogie Frights", "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever", "The Rowdyruff Boys", "Beat Your Greens", and "Bubblevicious".
  • Rocko's Modern Life. Joe Murray has listed a few episodes as his favourites:
    • "I Have No Son" (the episode where Rocko and Filburt try to reunite Ed and Bev Bighead with their estranged son) and "Wacky Delly" (the episode where Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt create an animated series that Ralph Bighead hopes will get him out of his contract), and not because he did the voice of Ralph Bighead, but rather how true to life they are in regards to the animation industry; particularly how "Wacky Delly" satirizes contractual obligations with studios and networks.
    • "Zanzibar" was an idea proposed for a musical episode that Joe was willing to participate in, but the only condition he had was that Rocko could not sing at all - hence the plot detail that Rocko somehow missed all of the rehearsals for the impromptu musical numbers.
    • "Fatal Contraption" because it was a throw-back to Joe's earlier work in animation before Rocko, in which many of his cartoons lacked any dialogue.
    • "Who's for Dinner?", because of the mature way they handled Heffer learning of, and dealing with, the fact that he's adopted.
    • "Jet Scream", because of how it reminded him of the times he traveled by plane to Korea and back to check on the animation during the show's first season.
  • Rugrats:
    • According to the series' 10th anniversary special, Elizabeth Daily has stated that her favorite episode of the series is "Naked Tommy".
    • Within the same special, Gabor Csupo, one of the series' creators, has stated "Chuckie Vs. The Potty" as one of his favorite episodes.
    • Kath Soucie has stated in the same special that her favorite episode is "I Remember Melville", due to how touching the episode's subject is note .
  • Matt Groening said that his favorite episode of The Simpsons is "Bart the Daredevil". No wonder they added a reference to it in The Simpsons Movie, as well as numerous Clip Show episodes.
  • Bill Freiberger, the co-executive producer of Sonic Boom, has stated on Twitter that his favorite episode of the series is "Tails' Crush".
  • The VHS releases of South Park feature segments before each episode in which Trey Parker and Matt Stone discuss it, always prefacing it by saying it's their favorite episode, no matter which one they're discussing.
    • There's an actual DVD collection of their top ten favorite episodes (at least, made up until that point); notably, there are no episodes from the first four seasons, which they consider inferior. If they extend it to fifteen, "Not Without My Anus" makes the cut, though. (Matt Stone admits that fans hating it only makes him like it more.)
  • Superman: The Animated Series. "Mxyzpixelated" was one of the creators' favorites.
  • Tom Ruegger creator of Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs stated his favorite episode of Tiny Toons was "The Anvil Chorus" and for Animaniacs he stated some of his favourites included "Hooked on a Celing" and "King Yakko".
  • Steven Universe:
    • Rebecca Sugar's favorite episodes are "Jail Break" and "Mr. Greg" (a Musical Episode).
    • Charlyne Yiís (Ruby) favorite episode is "The Answer."
    • Zack Callison's (Steven) is "Steven and the Stevens," unsurprising as it involves multiple Stevens shouting and playing off of each other.
    • Grace Rolek's (Connie) is "Open Book."
    • AJ Michalka's (Stevonnie) is "Alone Together."
    • Jennifer Pazís (Lapis) is "Ocean Gem."
    • Shelby Rabara's (Peridot) is "Too Short To Ride."
  • Genndy Tartakovsky said that Chapter 13 of Star Wars: Clone Wars was his favorite because it showed Mace Windu fight against Super Battle Droids.
  • Ralph Bakshi's favorite of his movies is Heavy Traffic.

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