3rd Rock from the Sun: 102 out of 132 episodes worked "Dick" into the title. (Among the exceptions: "Brains And Eggs," "Big Angry Virgin From Outer Space," "Sally And Don's First Kiss," "Feelin' Albright," "The Big Giant Head Returns" and "The Thing That Wouldn't Die.") That's what happens when you downsize standards and practices. For those who don't know, that's the name of the male lead. On a DVD Commentary, one of the writers explained that they created these titles to amuse themselves, thinking they would never be seen by the public due to the series having no Episode Title Card. They were wrong.
Season Five had only one-word episode titles for all 22 episodes except the first one; this was continued until halfway Season 6. There also was a streak of four episodes (ep. 4-7) titles that all started with a B: "Busted", "Blind", "Broke" and "Bye". These were the episodes that set up Jessica Biel leaving the show: they were about character Mary's problems which led to her being Put on a Bus (or rather, a plane to Buffalo, NY) in "Bye".
Also, all seasons except the 11th/last, had the names of the last two episodes of the season either be a pt. 1 and pt.2 (i.e. "Love Stinks, pt. 1" and "Love Stinks, pt. 2" for Season 4) or a compound title (e.g. "Boyfriends..." and "and Girlfriends" for Season 2).
Each episode's name in the first season is simply titled "Tape (number), Side A/B", with Side A going to the odd-numbered episodes in the season and Side B going to the even-numbered ones. This is to show which "reason" of Hannah Baker's thirteen reasons why she committed suicide is being discussed in each episode.
This is largely averted in the second season as, while there is a new plot device in the form of a series of polaroids and some episodes are named after them (eg. "The First Polaroid", "The Second Polaroid", etc), their are just as many episodes with standard names.
However, it comes back in the third season with the title of each episode being a line of dialogue spoken by new character Ani Achola in the episode.
Season four names each episode after the event taking place in it (eg. "Senior Camping Trip", "Prom"). The sixth episode, so as to not give away what really happens, is just titled "Thursday".
24: Fitting with the premise of the show, episodes are titled with the time period represented during the episode. For example "2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.". To disambiguate episodes in different seasons, subsequent seasons named episodes in the following manner: "Day 2: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.".
100 Questions: Every episode was named after one of the 100 questions in the dating test that served as the driving force for the action. (Therefore, the series was theoretically supposed to end after 100 episodes. It was cancelled after only 6 aired, though.)
100 Things to Do Before High School: Every episode is named X Thing! where X is a goal the characters are trying to accomplish. Episodes have names such as Get Your Heart Pre-Broken Thing! and Raise Your Hand Thing!.
1000 Ways to Die: This show consistently uses death-related puns on famous phrases, adages, etc. This applies both to the episode titles and to the individual scenes depicted within. In addition, many of the scenes contain alternate names that play the death pun in a different but still relevant direction.
A to Z: Each episode title was a letter of the alphabet in order, but as it ended after one series it only got up to "M".
About a Boy: The TV series adaptation begins its post-pilot episode titles with "About A...".
Accidentally On Purpose: This show titles its episodes after movies, in keeping with the main character's job as a film critic.
Adam-12: In the first three seasons each episode was "Log [number]: [real title]". There are 78 of these, starting with "Log 1: The Impossible Mission" and "Log 141: The Color TV Bandit"; the highest number is 175 and there is no apparent order.
The Amazing Race: Starting with season 2, this show refers to its episodes with quotes from the episodes. (For TAR, it has become quite a sport guessing who says the quote.)
The sixth season, American Horror Story: Roanoke, of American Horror Story, simply refers to each episode as a "Chapter" and then counts them off ("Chapter #1," "Chapter #2," etc.). All the other episodes in previous seasons have short (one- or two-word) descriptive titles.
This Reality TV example titles its episodes "The Girl Who/With ___". (Main drawback: The show has had 4 of its 14 cycles so far end with an episode titled "The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model": cycles 1, 7, 8, and 9.)
Not all episode titles begin with "The Girl"; sometimes they would begin with The Girls. The titles referred to an action that one or several of the contestants took during the course of the episode. Between Cycles 10 and 14 episodes did not begin with "The Girl"/"The Girls" (but they still described events in the episodes).
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: All of the episode titles begin with "The Tale of", e.g. "The Tale of the Lonely Ghost" or "The Tale of Laughing in the Dark".
Arrow: For unexplained reasons, the second-to-last episode of each season has taken its title from a Bruce Springsteen song.
Babylon 5: Though there was no idiosyncratic system for episode titles, every season of this show had one significant episode whose title also doubled as the overall name of the season, fitting in with the concept that the show was a series of novels for television. The titles were "Signs and Portents" (season 1); "The Coming of Shadows" (season 2); "Point of No Return" (season 3); "No Surrender, No Retreat" (season 4); and "The Wheel of Fire" (season 5).
Episodes of The Babysitters Club use one of the girls' names in each episode title, referring to whoever on the team is the central focus of the episode.
Spanish mystery series Bajo Sospecha titles every episode after the major piece of evidence in the season's crime found in the episode (El Vestido, The Dress, La Llave, The Key).
Most of the episodes of the 1960s series have names in roughly regular rhyming pairs. Episodes 21 and 22 of the first season, for instance, are called "The Penguin Goes Straight" and "Not Yet, He Ain't," while episodes 49 and 50 in season two are "Catwoman Goes To College" and "Batman Displays His Knowledge." (Exceptions: "Green Ice"/"Deep Freeze", "The Clock King's Crazy Crimes"/"The Clock King Gets Crowned", "The Greatest Mother Of Them All"/"Ma Parker" and "The Minstrel's Shakedown"/"Barbecued Batman.")
When the format changed in the final season (going from two weekly episodes to one, and fewer cliffhangers), this naming trope was dropped.
BBC: An example of idiosyncratic series naming — this network has broadcast a number of shows that have the aim of finding a new lead for various Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Although the format remains consistent from one series to the next, the title changes to reflect the particular musical being auditioned for. In each case, the title is taken from one of the songs in that musical. The four series so far are How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (The Sound of Music), Any Dream Will Do (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), I'd Do Anything (Oliver!) and Over the Rainbow (go on, take a wild guess).
The Beiderbecke Affair: In this Yorkshire Television series, all episode titles are in the form of a question or comment, which is then the first line of dialogue. (E.g., "What I don't understand is this ...")
Bernard's Watch: All episodes of this British children's show had the word "time" in the title (since they were about a watch that could stop time).
All of the Season 1 episodes of Better Call Saul are a single word (hyphenated in one case) ending with "O" ("Uno", "Mijo", "Nacho", "Hero", etc.) ... except for episode 5, which goes by the ungainly title "Alpine Shepherd Boy". Apparently the working title for the episode was "Jell-O", but since that's a registered trademark ...
Better with You: Curiously, Privileged star JoAnna Garcia's next series also went for this trope — in this case, the episode titles all began with "Better With..." (e.g. "Better With Firehouse").
The Big Bang Theory: Phrases its episode titles like scientific terminology. ("The Fuzzy Boots Corollary", "The Hamburger Postulate", "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization", etc.)
Big Time Rush: Almost every episode is named "Big Time _____", except for "Green Time Rush", "Backstage Rush", "Bel Air Rush" and "Welcome Back Big Time".
Every episode title in Blackadder Goes Forth, except the finale ("Goodbyeee"), is a plot-significant pun on a military rank ("Captain Cook", "Corporal Punishment", "General Hospital", etc.) They are also lettered as Plans A-F.
The Blacklist: The post-pilot episodes are named after the episode's target and his/her number on the list (e.g. "The Freelancer (No. 145)," "Gina Zanetakos (No. 152)"). In the rare cases of two-parters, the second episode will repeat the first's title plus the word "Conclusion".
To fit the pattern, some have retconned the "Pilot" as "Ranko Zamani (No. 52)".
Averted Trope during certain special episodes: the third season episode "Cape May", a city in New Jersey in which the episode is set, where Reddington is hiding out; the fourth season episode "Requiem", an Origins Episode about Mr. Kaplan; the fifth season episode "Ruin", which focuses solely on Liz as she deals with Tom's death; the sixth season episode "Rassvet", which shows how Katarina Rostova went on the run after her death and helped an ally steal the real Reddington's identity; the seventh season episodes "Kuwait", which expands on Cooper's backstory, and "Brothers", which is Ressler's Origins Episode; and the eight season episode "16 Ounces", in which Liz goes rogue after Reddington kills her mother.
The first season of Black Monday starts exactly one year to the day before the titular stock market crash of 1987. The pilot is titled "365"; each episode of the first season is titled with the number of days until the crash.
In the first season of Black Saddle, all the episodes were titled "Client: X" where X was the name of the person who hired Clay's services. This convention was dropped in the second, where only one title uses the "Client: X" formula.
In the fourth and final season of Blake's 7, all the episodes had one-word titles.
Blindspot has done some unusual tricks in their episode titles. In the first season, all the episode titles are strings of words that seem unclear, even meaningless. They are actually anagrams, and the letters in each title can be re-arranged to make phrases which, when strung together with the other episode titles, make a secret message. The titles from the first half of the season sent a warning regarding Jane Doe's identity, the second half was a series of emergency instructions.
The second season's titles start off the same way: the titles are anagrams that combine to send a warning about "Shepherd's Army". But when the second season resumed after a mid-season break, the titles have become palindromes (phrases where the letters come in the same order forwards and backwards). The central letter in each palindrome appears to be spelling out someone's name...
Bones: The template for episode titles is "The [victim] in the [place]" ("The Woman in the Sand", "The Superhero in the Alley"). However, there is a complex and ever-growing list of exceptions.
Early exceptions are "The Man on Death Row" and "The Graft in the Girl", which follow the linguistic pattern but do not refer directly to the victim, and "The Girl With The Curl", which is just out of left field as far as the pattern goes. ("The Truth in the Lye", while a horrible pun, still technically refers to the victim.)
The 4th season premiere had "The Yanks in the UK" which was talking about Booth and Brennan. Possibly, but the victim (and her family) in that episode were also Americans. Booth was asked to help specifically because the victim's father was a powerful American businessman.
The series also varied from the 'victim' format with the over-dramatic title The Pain in the Heart for the third season finale, where Zack is revealed as the Gormogon's apprentice.
Season 5 had "A Night at the Bones Museum", probably because the major murder heavily involved a mummy, and the show already had an episode with "mummy" in its title. There are several other exceptions in this season for varying reasons.
Season 6 contained an episode named The Finder, acknowledging that it was a Poorly Disguised Pilot rather than a real episode.
One first season episode that varied from the "The" format was "A Boy In A Bush". Still held to the pattern, but with A instead of The.
Season 4 also broke the pattern with the episode "The Double Death of the Dearly Departed".
The Season 6 finale "The Change in the Game" plays with the format, as it carries a double meaning; referring both to the case (a dead body found in a pin-setter at a bowling alley) and the Jeffersonian team facing life-changing events (Angela gives birth, Brennan announces that she is pregnant with Booth's baby).
In general, season finales describe abstract situations rather than the victim of the week: e.g. "The Beginning In The End".
Boston Public: Each episode was named "Chapter _____", with the titular number corresponding to the episode number.
Boy Meets World had many episodes that were puns of movies, music, books, popular phrases, etc.
Bottom: This show used episode titles that could be preceded by the word "Bottom", e.g. "Smells", "'s Up", "Hole", "'s Out" — or more obscurely, "Parade", "Culture", "Burglary" and "Apocalypse".
BrainDead (2016): The name of each episode sounds like it could be the title of a book written by a political pundit ("Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate," "The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics," etc.)
Breaking Bad: Put together, the titles of the episodes "737", "Down", "Over", "ABQ" give a Spoiler for the season 2 finale. The episodes in question are connected by a strange crime-scene Cold Open with a conspicuous Empathy Doll Shot. Other wordplay and double meanings abound; for instance, the name "I.F.T." is completely opaque until the very end of the episode, when Skylar declares her marriage effectively over by saying the unabbreviated words. Contrariwise, "I See You" looks like a sentence but actually references for the homophonous "ICU", foreshadowing the violence to come.
Brotherhood: This Showtime drama had all its Season 1 episode titles as references to religious texts, usually The Bible. The second season uses Bob Dylan lyrics for episode titles. The episode titles for the third season are William Shakespeare quotes.
Bucket And Skinner's Epic Adventures: This show names all of its episodes "Epic _____".
Burke's Law: Every episode of this show, an Aaron Spelling detective show starring Gene Barry, was called "Who Killed _____?" The 1994 Revival, also starring Barry, used the same naming convention.
The Cake Boss: Uses three-word titles with Added Alliterative Appeal that are typically about the cakes they're making plus some hijinks the bakers get up to. For instance "Robots, Rollerskates, and Relatives" had a robot cake, a rollerskate cake, and Buddy's sister and nephew driving him and the staff insane.
Carnivàle: The titles for season two referred to the town in which the Carnivale set up camp — i.e. "Ingram, TX", "Cheyenne, WY", and the finale, "New Caanan, CA" - or where Ben Hawkins was discovering more bits of the endgame - "Alamagordo, NM", "Old Cherry Blossom Road", etc. The first season did this somewhat — "Babylon", "The River" — but if it'd stuck to the trope, we wouldn't have such fun titles as "The Day That Was the Day".
Caroline in the City: The pilot episode used the same title as the series itself, but every subsequent episode title used some variant of "Caroline and the _____".
Castle: In-Universe example. Castle apparently loves this since for both the Derrick Storm novels and the Nikki Heat novels the titles all include the main character's last name. Two examples are Storm Warning and Naked Heat.
When the series begins digging into Beckett's mother's death, the first three episodes in that arc all used names from boxing: "Sucker Punch" "Knockdown" and "Knockout"
Charlie's Angels: Both the original and the revived series used the word "angel" in some form in the names of most of its episodes ("Angels in Paradise", "Angel on My Mind", "Angels Go Trucking", "Catch a Falling Angel", "Angels in the Deep" and others).
The name of almost every episode on this show worked on more than one level—each often included a terrible pun which was at least peripherally relevant to the plot point/Monster of the Week, unless the name of one of the sisters was somehow worked into the title. At the same time, most names were also puns which played off of a Shout-Out to another famous title or work. While just about anything was fair game, the most common contenders were works of literature, rival TV shows, classic films, and well-known songs, often oldies. Examples:
Literature: "Something Wicca This Way Comes", "The Demon Who Came in from the Cold", "The Importance of Being Phoebe", "Sense and Sense Ability", "Valhalley of the Dolls", "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell", "Malice in Wonderland."
TV shows: "That 70s Episode", "Sword and the City", "I Dream of Phoebe", "Spin City", "Styx Feet Under", "Extreme Makeover: World Edition", "Desperate Housewitches", "Rewitched", "The Jung and the Restless", "My Three Witches."
Films: "Dead Man Dating", "From Fear to Eternity", "Secrets and Guys", "How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans", "Apocalypse Not", "Sleuthing with the Enemy", "The Good the Bad and the Cursed", "Death Takes a Halliwell", "Look Who's Barking", "Enter the Demon", "The Three Faces of Phoebe", "Saving Private Leo", "We're Off to See the Wizard", "Y Tu Mummy Tambien", "Baby's First Demon", "Necromancing the Stone", "Little Monsters", "The Courtship of Wyatt's Father", "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors", "A Wrong Day's Journey into Right", "It's a Bad Bad Bad Bad World", "The Bare Witch Project", "Cheaper by the Coven", "There's Something about Leo", "Ordinary Witches", "Charmageddon", "The Seven Year Witch", "Scry Hard", "Freaky Phoebe", "Death Becomes Them", "Kill Billie", "The Lost Picture Show", "Hulkus Pocus", "Mr. and Mrs. Witch", "12 Angry Zen", "The Last Temptation of Christy", "Engaged and Confused", "Gone With the Witches", "Little Box of Horrors."
Songs: "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Dream Sorcerer", "Blinded by the Whitelighter", "Sympathy for the Demon", "The Day the Magic Died", "Nymphs Just Want to Have Fun".
Chasing The Saturdays: Every episode of The Saturdays' reality show about their American exploits has a title in the form of a Twitter hashtag, which also always contains "Sats" (e.g "#UnitedSatsOfAmerica").
Chicago Fire: Every episode title is from a piece of dialogue said in the episode.
Chicago Med: Every episode has the number of words in its title as its season number; for example, all Season 4 titles contain four words and so on. The exception is "Infection: Part 2" from Season 5, which was part of a three-part crossover between Chicago Fire ("Infection: Part 1") and Chicago P.D. ("Infection: Part 3").
Chuck: This NBC spy comedy titles its episodes "Chuck Vs. ___" (usually a geek reference). The second episode is "Chuck Vs. the Helicopter", which looks funny when you see it on an episode guide after "Pilot". Though "Pilot" has, according to some sources, been renamed "Chuck Vs. the Intersect" to fit the theme.
The Class (2006): This show starts every episode title with "The Class..." followed by a verb phrase describing at least one of the story arcs in the episode and sometimes several.
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Every episode is titled "(Guest) Wears A (Color or Pattern) Shirt & (Color or Pattern) Pants". There are some slight variations note On occasion the title will mention other items of clothing instead, or the guest described will wear something other than a shirt and pants, such as a dress, but the episode is always named after the guest and their outfit.
Community: This show is set on a community college campus, and nearly every episode features a subtle play on college course titles as it relates to the episode — such as "Football, Feminism and You", "Advanced Criminal Law" and "Social Psychology". Also the meaningful: "Course Listing Unavailable" and "Curriculum Unavailable" when the main cast is expelled.
Odd Names Out: "Pilot", "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", "A Fistful of Paintballs", "For a Few Paintballs More", "Repilot", "G.I. Jeff".
In seasons 1-4, the German dub does not keep the idiosyncratic titles. In season 5 and 6, however, the episode titles are, with a few exceptions, translated literally.
Conan: Having episode titles at all is something of a Running Gag for this show since no late-night Talk Show has ever had them.
Continuum: This show (involving time travel) uses the word "time" for its first season episode titles, like "Time's Up", "Playtime", and "Wasting Time". It uses the word "second" for its second season episode titles, like "Second Opinion", "Second Chances", and "Split Second". It uses the word "minute" for its third season titles, like "Minute Man", "Minute To Win It", and "A Minute Changes Everything". And it uses the word "hour" for its fourth season titles, like "Rush Hour" and "Zero Hour".
Coupling: One reason why this show has been considered a British version of Friends, is that several episodes have titles starting with "The Girl With" - this was a Running Gag that started when the boys were suggesting names for a hypothetical porn film in which a woman's breasts had independent brains, with suggestions like "The Girl With Two Brains" (Steve: "Three brains, Patrick!") and "The Girl With Two Breasts" (Steve: "That's the worst one yet!"), the latter being the title of the episode. For the record, the name Steve preferred for the movie was "Wobblewars", Patrick's first suggestion.
Besides "The Girl with Two Breasts", there's "The Girl with One Heart"; and let's throw in "The Man with Two Legs". I guess three can be considered several.
Each episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has Josh's name in it, including the pilot, "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!"
All the titles of series 1 end with exclamation marks, and in series 2 they all end with question marks.
Season 3 continues to play with this, changing the question marks into full stops... until halfway through the season, when Rebecca learns to let go of Josh. After this, episode titles still all include the name of a different male character, and eventually, the exclamation points come back to indicate that Rebecca is repeating old patterns of behavior with Nathaniel.
Damages uses the "bizarre episode name taken randomly from dialogue" trope ("Tastes Like a Ho-Ho", "They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney", "You Got Your Prom Date Pregnant", "Don't Throw That at the Chicken", etc).
Dawson's Creek: During the first season, each episode was named after a classic or popular movie.
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd: This Blair Brown US TV series had every episode title starting with "Here" or "Here's". Some examples: "Here's why you should always have a cake burning in the refrigerator", "Here's why you should never wear high heels to the bank", "Here's a side effect of serious moonlight", "Here are a few variations on a sexual theme", "Here's the groovy piano bar episode", "Here's a pregnant pause" and "Here comes that cold wind off the river." (And yes, the episode titles did appear onscreen with only the first word capitalized, thus displaying the kind of grammar English teachers approve of.)
Day Break (2006): Each episode has a question as the title: "What If He Runs Away?", "What If It's Her?", since the protagonist is trying new tactics each time the day restarts. (And yes, they all start with "What If...".)
Dark Matter: In the first season, each episode is rather imaginatively named Episode One, Episode Two, etc., in a deliberate parallel to the characters' lack of names. Seasons 2 and 3 had the titles selected through polls on showrunner Joseph Mallozzi's blog from three choices of "random dialogue as episode title".
Deadwood: Starting during its second season, this show uses the "random dialogue as episode title" convention.
Deception: This show uses the "random dialogue as episode title" convention (e.g. "Good Luck With Your Death").
The Defenders: The episodes are named after cases ("Las Vegas v. Reid", "Nevada v. Rodgers", etc.)
Degrassi: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras. Though the producers get even more specific. From seasons two through nine, it was exclusively 80s songs, before switching to 2000s (with occasional 90s) from season ten onwards.
Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras. Although this is even more specific than other shows.
This show's creator Marc Cherry is a Stephen Sondheim fan, which is why Sondheim songs are used as the titles of episodes (and eventually lyrics from Sondheim songs, since the show lasted for so long). And speaking of series devised by Marc Cherry...
Devious Maids: Each season one episode after the pilot has a title linked to housework ("Setting The Table," "Cleaning Out The Closet," and so on - appropriately enough, the season one finale is called "Totally Clean"). The season two episodes are named after plays ("An Ideal Husband," "The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs," "Dangerous Liaisons" etc). Season three used movie titles ("Whiplash," "Anatomy Of A Murder," "The Talk Of The Town," et al).
In Hannah Montana, every single episode title is a riff on a song, including the pilot ("Lilly, Do You Want To Know A Secret?") Other examples include "Oops! I Meddled Again", "Welcome To The Bungle", and "I Want You To Want Me... To Go To Florida".
Several Sonny with a Chance episodes are named "Sonny With A _____", "_____ With A Chance", or vice versa.
Every episode of A.N.T. Farm has the word "ANT" somewhere in it (for example, "TransplANTed" and "America Needs TalANT").
Austin & Ally episodes are an alliterative "_____ & _____" (examples being "Secrets & Songbooks", "Bloggers & Butterflies" and "Girlfriends & Girl Friends"; the only exceptions so far are "Zaliens & Cloud Watchers", "Everglades & Allygators" and the crossover with Jessie "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year" - though it also has the alternate episode title "Big Dreams & Big Apples"), but the alternative episode names for the episodes "Hunks & Homecoming" and "Fashion Shows & First Impressions" ("Ally's New Crush" and "Austin's New Crush" respectively) may also count as exceptions too.
Liv and Maddie has "(word)-A-Rooney", the word related to the A-plot of the episode (for instance, the pilot is called "Twin-A-Rooney").
Girl Meets World, The Sequel Series to Boy Meets World has its episodes named "Girl Meets _____" (including the pilot, which is officially called "Girl Meets World"). The sole exception is the one-hour "World Meets Girl".
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: In the most bizarre naming convention on this page, all the post-pilot episodes of this show have titles which, in order to match with "In Apartment 23", end in an ellipsis...
Doom Patrol (2019): Each episode title goes "______ Patrol''. The only exception is the show's pilot, however, that episode could have used the title of the show, Doom Patrol.
Dragnet: Almost every episode of the '50s series used a title of the form "The Big _____".
The Drew Carey Show: The first season had many episodes with titles related to chemistry. Also parodied itself with episode 10, titled "Science Names Suck" and episode 15, titled "There is No Scientific Name for a Show About God".
Dynasty (2017) uses a blend of the "random dialogue as episode title" convention and a Shout-Out, as every episode title is also a line of dialogue from the original series, from the pilot episode onwards (which is called "Spit It Out").
Eastwick: Had many episode titles that combined two rhyming thematic words.
Emily Owens, MD: Every post-pilot episode has a title that starts with "Emily And...". And unusually, the ellipsis is part of the title (e.g. "Emily And... The Alan Zolman Incident", "Emily And... The Tell-Tale Heart").
Emily's Reasons Why Not: As a special case, had every episode except the pilot have a title starting with "Why Not To", e.g., "Why Not to Date Your Gynecologist". However, only the pilot ever aired in the US.
Empire: Many of the episode titles refer or allude to quotations from a William Shakespeare play. Some are more obscure than others. For example "The Devil Quotes Scripture" comes from "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose", a line from The Merchant of Venice. "The Lyon's Roar" refers to "Now the hungry lion roars" from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Euphoria: Every episode except the last two of the first season is named after '90s and 2000s rap songs.
Everybody Hates Chris: Every episode title has the form "Everybody Hates _____". Including the pilot ("Everybody Hates The Pilot").
Famous In Love: Uses riffs on movie titles, like "Not So Easy A," "Prelude to a Diss" "Some Like It Not," "Crazy Scripted Love" and "Leaving Los Angeles."
Farscape: Featured a lot of idiosyncratic names of episodes. Most were puns that played off of a Shout Out to another famous title or work and managed to tell the audience what the episode was about at the same time. Examples: "A Clockwork Nebari", "Rhapsody in Blue", "Home on the Remains", the entire "Look at the Princess" trilogy specifically "The Maltese Crichton", "I-Yensch, You-Yensch" etc.
Father Brown: Albeit with some exceptions, many of the episode titles follow a "The X of Y" structure (The Rod of Asclepius, The Smallest of Things, The Hand of Lucia, The Owl of Minerva...), reminiscent of the original Father Brown literary stories which were released at the start of the 20th century (The Sins of Prince Saradine, The Three Tools of Death, The Mirror of The Magistrate...)
Father Ted: Originally, the show was planning to model its episode titles after the 'Mr Moto' episode titles (e.g. "Think Fast, Father Ted", "Are You Right There Father Ted?") but the writers could only think of a few examples and dropped the idea.
The Firm: Each episode was named "Chapter _____", with the titular number corresponding to the episode number. Appropriate, given that it's inspired by a novel (or a movie based on a novel).
The Forgotten: Uses "<something> John/Jane" for its titles. This is taken from the practice of identifying unknown victims as John or Jane Doe. Three episode titles, however, have Doe instead of John/Jane (namely "Double Doe", "Donovan Doe" and "Living Doe").
For the People names each episode except the Pilot after quotes said in the episode.
Freaks and Geeks: Had many episode titles that combined two rhyming thematic words: "Beers and Weirs", "Carded and Discarded", "Tests and Breasts". Some non-rhyming examples: "Tricks and Treats", "Girlfriends and Boyfriends", "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers", "Discos and Dragons".
Most likely because the fans will probably refer to the episodes this way anyway, most episodes follow the pattern "The One with... _____" or "The One Where _____". The only exceptions are "The One Hundredth", the what-if episode ("The One That Could Have Been") and the finale ("The Last One"). In addition, when it was first aired, the pilot episode was called "The Pilot". But when it got released on DVD, so that it would fit in with the rest of the episodes, it was retitled "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate".
There was actually an interview somewhere in which the writing staff explained that they "wanted to name them what people were going to be calling them anyway", which works pretty well aside from a few episodes that aren't named after the thing most viewers remembered - e.g. The One With the Embryos is mostly remembered for the contest that resulted in Joey/Chandler swapping apartments with Monica/Rachel.
This was a joke referencing how viewers rarely knew the titles of individual episodes of a television series. Arguably now a case of Aluminum Christmas Trees, as the rise of DVRs (which give the episode title when recording) and internet discussion forums with individual episodes makes The One with... trope less true.
The French translators of the show decided for some reason to give up the original kind of Idiosyncratic Episode Naming and replaced it with another one: each episode is named "The One Who [insert description of the actions of one character in this episode]". For instance, "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding" is translated as "The One Who Married Monica" ("Celui qui a épousé Monica"). It is unknown whether they thought it was a more clever way to do things or missed the point with the first couple of episodes and then thought it was too late to change, but in either case the titles generally end up being very clumsy, nonsensical and non-informative, making this an example of "Blind Idiot" Translation.
Get a Life: Starting with the pilot, "Terror on the Hell Loop 2000," 10 of the show's 35 episode titles end in "2000." While this makes sense in the pilot, as the Hell Loop 2000 is the name of the rollercoaster Chris and Larry get stuck on, it makes less and less sense as the series progresses, reaching peak absurdity in the second-to-last episode, where Chris travels 15 years back in time: "1977 2000."
A Gifted Man: This show titles all its post-pilot episodes "In Case Of _____".
Glee: The titles for the fifth episodes of each season all start with "The": "The Rhodes Not Taken", "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", "The First Time", "The Break-Up", "The End of Twerk", and "The Hurt Locker, Part Two".
Glue: Much like on '"Skins, the episodes are titled after the characters that they focus on. The first and last episodes are both titled "Everyone".
Goodnight Sweetheart: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras.
The Good Fight: The show gets a new episode naming convention every season:
The first five episodes of season 1 have episode titles with as many words as the episode number. Starting with episode 6, episode title length counts down to the end of the season (Ep 6 has 5 words, ep 7 has 4 and so on).
Season 2 episodes are all "Day" and a number (408, 415) corresponding to the number of days Donald Trump has been President of the United States. Made even more meaningless and hard to remember by events in the episodes occurring over more than one day.
Season 3 adopted the Friends episode nomenclature, e.g the season opener is called "The One About the Recent Troubles".
The Good Wife: First-season episode titles were one word long, second-season episode titles were two words, and so forth through Season Four. Beginning in the fifth season, the pattern is reversed, going back to three-word titles. The show has been confirmed to be ending its run after seven seasons, leaving the pattern as 1-2-3-4-3-2-1.
Almost every episode title of Gossip Girl is a play on a movie title, more than a few of which fall squarely into Incredibly Lame Pun territory. Examples (mostly kept here to titles including main characters or families):
They're also not above riffing on movies with Gossip Girl cast members; witness "The Townie" from The Town (with Blake Lively), "Panic Roommate" from Panic Room and The Roommate (the latter with Leighton Meester in the title role), "Easy J" from Easy A (with Penn Badgley), and the Grand Finale "New York, I Love You XOXO" from New York, I Love You (with Miss Lively again).
Exceptions (besides the pilot): titles which actually are movie titles - "Poison Ivy", "Dare Devil" and "Roman Holiday" (although each one has a double meaning - in the case of the latter it's all in how you pronounce the first name, which rhymes with "Go man").
Grey's Anatomy: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras.
Hannah Montana: As the title character is a pop star alter ego adopted by an ordinary American teenager, most to all of the series' episodes are titled after a popular song (or Hannah song), or puns on the same. ("Debt It Be", "Cheat It", "Joannie B. Goode", etc.)
This comes completely to a halt after episode 7 of Season 3 ("Digestivo"). The rest of the season adapts Red Dragon and thus the episodes are instead named after quotes from the book of Revelations and the titles of William Blake's paintings of the titular dragon. The reasoning behind this is that Hannibal is no longer the Big Bad of the series, but Dolarhyde is.
Harper's Island: Each episode title is onomatopoeia associated with a death that occurs in that episode. They are also all one word, except for one episode, which is three ("Thrack, Splat, Sizzle").
Harrow: Episodes are named with a Latin phrase with a translation in brackets after it.
Season one had many episode titles that combined two rhyming thematic words ("In Havoc & In Heat", "Homecoming & Coming Home", "Mistress & Misunderstandings") with the exception of "Hell's Belles" and even that rhymes.
From season two onwards every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras.
Every episode, except for the pilot, uses a Hawaiian word or phrase for its title. (The CBS website also displays the English translation in parentheses.)
Averted Trope in Season 3 with an episode directed by and starring Peter Weller, named "Hookman" after Weller's character, the main antagonist (although as this was a remake of an episode of the original series, changing the name to fit in with the style was out of the question).
Hellcats: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: This TV show titled their episodes as a statement starting with "Honey..." The only exception is "From Honey with Love".
House of Anubis: Has every episode in the form of "House of _____" such as "House of Lies," "House of Cameras," and "House of Rainbows."
How To Be A Gentleman, How to Be Indie and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life): All three shows plumped for episodes with titles beginning "How To..." ("How To Be..." in the case of the first two).
I Am Frankie: All episodes follow the pattern "I Am ... [noun]".
iCarly: The episodes are of the form "i<Insert Phrase Here>", many of which can be read as complete sentences (e.g. "iGive Away a Car", "iSpeed Date") but not all ("iSam's Mom"). This is one of the few series where it also applies to the pilot (called "iPilot").
I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Every post-pilot episode was called "Teenage _____."
In Plain Sight: Episodes are given punny titles often by combining the central element of the episode with a cliche or film or music reference. "A Fine Meth", "Coma Chameleon", "Second Crime Around"...
All episodes of Inhumans have overblown Silver Age-y titles ... because they're almost all taken directly from the Inhumans' early appearances in the comics. (The exception is the first episode "Behold ... the Inhumans", which sounds like a Silver Age comic book story, but isn't.)
Insecure Every episode has a Precision F-Strike in the title - "_____ as Fuck" - the first episode is "Insecure as Fuck."
Into the Badlands patterns most, though not all, of the episode titles thus far to sound like English translations of names for martial-arts moves.
Marvel's Iron Fist takes all its first season episode titles from the names of various Shaolin kung-fu styles or maneuvers (e.g. "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm" and "Felling with Tree Roots")
Kamen Rider Hibiki: The titles are all two-word noun phrases. This is also the first season to use specific nomenclature for its episodes like many Super Sentai seasons do, with episodes being called Volumes in this case.
Kamen Rider Kiva: The actual title is preceded with a musical term or reference.
Kamen Rider Decade: Since the show is about visiting other Kamen Rider worlds, it borrows other shows' theme naming where appropriate.
Kamen Rider Double divides its titles into two parts: the serial name and the episode name, divided by a slash. In addition, each story arc title includes a single Latin letter that stands for two words: a concept central to the arc and a character central to the arc. For instance, the first episode is titled W's Search/Two Detectives in One.
Kamen Rider OOO and its use of the Rule of Three means each title has an "X, Y, and Z" format (eg. A Fist, an Experiment, and a Super Bike; Pride, Surgery, and a Secret; or Chocolate, Faith, and the Power of Justice.)
Kamen Rider Fourze ups the ante by having four kanji, when put together, make a sentence pertaining to the plot of the episode.
Kamen Rider Drive phrases each title as a question answered by the episode. For example, "Who is that Shadow Chasing Her?".
Kamen Rider Ghost includes two statements emphasized with exclamation points ("Eyes Open! It's Me!" for example)
Kamen Rider Amazons episode titles are all in English or Latin and written in alphabetical order, with the first letter highlighted in the title card (Amazonz, Beast Inside, Colony of Ants, Die or Kill, Eyes in the Dark, and so on). The exception is the final episode, amazonZ, which Book-Ends the series by focusing on the final letter but sharing its spelling with the first episode.
Kamen Rider Build uses a similar structure to Ex-Aid, except that its English words are written in Katakana. More prominently, each episode starts off with a mathematical formula whose answer is the episode number; for example, "Episode 1010^0", which resolves itself into "Episode 1"
Kamen Rider Zi-O has each episode title include a year that's relevant to the episode, usually the year that the time-traveling protagonists visit. Episodes focused on the present day have the year 2018 (switching to 2019 once the year changes in real-life), tribute episodes focused on other Kamen Riders use the first year of their original series' broadcast (for example, Kamen Rider Build gets the year 2017), episodes focused on the Bad Future get the year 2068, the year that the characters from that future hail from. From the second half of the Kamen Rider Blade tribute arc onwards, the year number prefaces the rest of the episode title rather than being placed at the end.
Kamen Rider Saber is the next season since Hibiki to have specific nomenclature for its episodes, calling them Chapters as part of the seasons book motif. Episode titles themselves are written as descriptive sentences, broken by commas (、) and ended by periods (。) as well.
Kappatoo: As was the case with another British children's show, "time" was put in plenty of titles (only here it was about time-travelling doubles).
Killing Eve uses the 'every episode title is a line spoken in the episode' convention.
The King of Queens: All episodes of The King Of Queens, except for the pilot episode, have a two-word title, usually involving a pun like "Queasy Rider" or an intentional misuse of an existing phrase like "Major Disturbance" ("Major" is the name of Doug's best friend's son). Episodes of this show that cross over with Everybody Loves Raymond include a pun on Ray in the title. ("Road Rayge", "Rayny Day", "Dire Strayts").
Knight Rider: Did the same with the word "Knight". Most particularly, the season openers (except for the second season) used titles of the form "Knight of the _____": "Knight of the Phoenix", "Knight of the Drones", "Knight of the Juggernaut". The 2008 revival has returned to this convention, though there aren't too many variations you can make from that pattern.
Knight Squad: Every episode has "Knight" in its title, usually as a pun such as "A Knight at the Roxbury", "Tonight, Two Knight", "Parent Teacher Knight".
The shows in this franchise usually use one-word titles, often using words with a double-meaning. For example, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Taken" appears to be about a kidnapping, but it turns out to be a con job. A particularly egregious example would be the episode "Head", about a woman who rapes a boy in a bathroom because she has a brain tumor.
In at least two instances, SVU had two-part crossovers with other Law & Order series using IEN for the titles. A crossover with Law & Order: Trial by Jury was named "Night" (SVU) & "Day" (TBJ). A crossover with Law & Order was named "Design" (SVU) & "Flaw" (L&O prime).
Law & Order: L.A.: Every episode of this short-lived show was named after a neighborhood or area of Los Angeles.
L.A.'s Finest: Almost every episode of this Bad Boys spinoff is named after a movie that the movie's(and series') executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer produced. Since "Bad Boys" was obviously off-limits, one episode is called "Bad Girls."
Leverage: Episode titles are all instances of The Crime Job. This is parodied by the creators themselves in the online special The Hand Job: Getting What You Want the Leverage way
Life in Pieces: Each episode title is a combination of the names of the vignettes within. For example, "Interruptus Date Breast Movin'" has the stories "Interruptus", "Second Date", "Breast Feeding", and "Movin' Out".
Life Unexpected: The episodes are titled as to rhyme with the series title, apart from the pilot, which could also be called Life Unexpected. Examples: "Home Inspected", "Rent Uncollected", and "Bong Intercepted". Unfortunately, they eventually bent this rule. A lot (hence episodes like "Truth Unrevealed", "Music Faced" and "Stand Taken").
Life with Boys ends all of its episode titles with "...With Boys" (example: "In The Principal's Office With Boys").
Looking starts all its episode titles with the word "looking". For example: "Looking for a Plus-One", "Looking in the Mirror", "Looking at Your Browser History", "Looking Down the Road".
Lost Girl: Most of the episode titles in this show either include the word fae (often in a pun) or use the name/species of a fae that appears in the episode.
Lou Grant: Always uses one-word titles. (With the technical exception of the two-part episode "Andrew", both parts of which had a subtitle - "Premonition" and "Trial")
Love, American Style: Every episode used a title of the form "Love and the _____" or "Love in the _____".
Love & War: The second season of this '90s sitcom had all its episodes named after classic pop standards.
Love Thy Neighbor titles its episodes as "Love Thy _____".
The L Word: Every episode title is a word or phrase that starts with the letter "L". Examples are "Longing", "L'Ennui", "Labia Majora", "Life, Loss, Leaving," "L'Chaim," "Lobsters" and "Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way."
Lucifer (2016) uses a phrase, or occasionally a single word, that is said in that episode as the title. This can range from standard titles ("Favorite Son" or "Once Upon A Time") to things that are completely bizarre out of context ("Trip to Stabby Town" or "It Never Ends Well For The Chicken").
Luke Cage (2016): Each episode of the first season takes a title from a Gang Starr track. In the second season, Pete Rock & CL Smooth songs are used for the episode titles.
The Magician: All of the episode following the Retool are have titles beginning "The Illusion of..."
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Used titles of the form "The _____ Affair". (Odd Name Out: "Alexander The Greater Affair" - a two-parter, yet.) And each individual act of every episode (until the final season, when they didn't do that for the first act) was subtitled, usually with a quote from the dialogue in that act. (Exception: "The Monks Of St. Thomas Affair" used the lines from "Frere Jacques.")
Manifest: As befits a show about a mysterious incident involving an airplane, pretty much all the episode titles (so far) follow an air travel theme, with titles like 'Reentry', 'Unclaimed Baggage' and 'Cleared For Approach'.
Marry Me: Each episode title ends with "Me" ("Scary Me," "Move Me," etc).
M*A*S*H: A considerable number of episodes took their titles from classic movies or songs. These could be either taken straight ("It Happened One Night", "Hey, Look Me Over"), slightly adjusted ("Hawkeye Get Your Gun", "A War for All Seasons"), or turned into horrible puns ("U.N. the Night and the Music", "The Novocaine Mutiny"). The title of the series' final episode ("Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen") was paraphrased from a line in Cole Porter's song "Just One of Those Things".
Max & Shred: Most of the episodes are references to skating/biking/boarding/skiing tricks or to snow and the cold.
Maybe It's Me, Committed and Opposite Sex: They all called their episodes "The _____ Episode"; Half & Half went a step further, going for "The Big _____ Episode." Fate rewarded this addition by not having this show cancelled after one season, unlike the other three; the TV series of Are We There Yet? has gone for "The _____ Episode", and as the curse has been broken it's also gone beyond one season.
May to December: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras.
Mech-X4: Every episode title of season 1 is in the format "Let's [action]!" (For example, "Let's Call it MECH-X4!", "Let's Open the Monster Heart!", "Let's Be Idiots!") Every episode title of season 2 is in the format "Versus [entity]" (For example, "Versus the New Evil", "Versus the Deep", "Versus the Outbreak").
Except for the Pilot, uses the word "Red" in its titles, sometimes fitting the episode (i.e. "Red Hair and Silver Tape" which refers to the trait of the victims and the item used to bind them.) In later episodes, this was expanded to shades/variations of red ("Scarlet" and "Pink" being the most common) and things associated with the color red ("Blood" and "Fire" came up a few times each, and see the third season finale, "Strawberries and Cream", which most would agree was an eerily perfect title). Occasionally, bits of the episode were even written specifically to give the episode a tie-in for a red title (a Season 1 episode has a victim named Scarlett, and a Season 4 episode takes place in Redmund, both of which are referenced in the respective episode titles). All are a reference to the series' unseen villain and object of Patrick Jane's obsession, Red John.
Seemingly an Averted Trope in the second season episode "18-5-4", until you realize that R is the 18th letter of the alphabet, E is the fifth, and D is the fourth. The episode deals with cryptography.
Before that, there was another apparent aversion with "Aingavite Baa"- except the title is Shoshone for "red water". The episode is about water pollution on a Shoshone reservation.
Following the episode "Red John", where Patrick kills Red John, the following episodes drop the red theme but continue to use color-themed naming, i.e., "My Blue Heaven", "Green Thumb", etc.
Merli: Every episode is named after the philosopher that Merlí is teaching about and also the events of the episode exemplify the philosopher's theory, the only two exceptions are the last two episodes named "Peripatetics of the 21st Century" and "Merlí Bergeron" as if they were real life philosophers
The Middleman: Every episode is "The _____ _____ _____", such as "The Accidental Occidental Conception". This formula was even used to name the pilot episode "The Pilot Episode Sanction".
Monk: Every episode begins with the words "Mr. Monk", e.g. "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus", "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine", etc. (Odd Name Out: "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk.") Gets a Lampshade Hanging in the episode "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan", where Marci tells Monk she has named all of his cases, with the names being the real-world episode titles. Monk is baffled why anyone would bother.
Mr. Robot has each episode look like a computer file name, often with Leet Speak, like "eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf". The episode numbers in the filenames start counting at 0 instead of 1 at the start of each season, consistent with programming language conventions.
Mr. Show: This show uses the "random dialogue as episode title" convention.
The Mysteries Of Laura has every post-pilot episode titled "The Mystery Of..." and each mystery has an alliterative name (e.g. "The Mystery Of The Sex Scandal," "The Mystery Of The Red Runway," "The Mystery Of The Dysfunctional Dynasty").
In Germany, where the series airs as Detective Laura Diamond, the episodes are called "Laura und..." ("Laura and...") - for example, the pilot (which has no official name in English) is "Laura und die bösen Jungs" ("Laura and the Bad Guys"), and the episodes above are respectively called "Laura und der Sexskandal," "Laura und der Laufsteg" ("Laura and the Catwalk") and "Laura und das neue Kindermädchen" ("Laura and the New Nanny").
Murdoch Mysteries: The writers are quite fond of using anachronistically modern expressions for episode names, at times with dropping the name of the eponymous hero:
The episode about a serial killer who seduced women on line — telegraph lines, that is — is titled "Murdoch.com".
The episode where Murdoch wakes up to find himself in the wrong country, with no memory of how he got there and everyone trying to kill him is of course, named "The Murdoch Identity" (the episode even included a character called Treadstone).
Added Alliterative Appeal is employed from time to time: "Victor, Victorian", "Me, Myself and Murdoch", "Monsieur Murdoch", and "Evil Eye of Egypt".
The template for a title troped as The Joy of X is also used quite often: "I, Murdoch" (I, Noun), "Me, Myself and Murdoch" (Me, Myself and X), "Dial M for Murdoch" (Dial X for Y), and "Murdoch in Wonderland" (X in Wonderland).
Sometimes, though, they're just puns on the crime du jour, like "Marked Twain" (wherein someone tries to kill Samuel Clemens) or "Murdoch in Ladies' Wear" (murder in a department store).
My Place: This is a historical children's series that stretches from 2008 to past 1788. Each episode is in a different decade, and its name is the year it takes place in.
Nashville: Like several other series here, this show's episodes (apart from the pilot) are named after songs — in the case of season one, Hank Williams songs. (That's Hank Williams Sr for the most part, although "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" is from Williams the Younger.)
Season two uses songs by female country artists (Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces" and "Never No More," Emmylou Harris's "I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now," and so on), with the exceptions of "Tomorrow Never Comes," an Elvis Presley song (tellingly, this is also the first episode to have a recurring character (Peggy) get killed off) and the season finale "On The Other Hand" (recorded by Keith Whitley and later Randy Travis).
Seasons three and four use a mixture of songs - some from women (like Loretta Lynn's "You're Lookin' At Country"), some from men (like Lefty Frizzell's "I Can't Get Over You To Save My Life") and in the case of "Two Sides To Every Story" (Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon) from both.
Neighbours: Had episode titles that form utterly terriblepuns, often based on a song or literary allusion that has something to do with the plot of the episode, such as (this troper's favorite) 'Assault and Pepper'. Thankfully, they have now stopped releasing the names of episodes.
Never Have I Ever: Each episode name is an ellipsis before a phrase that would complete the sentence "Never have I ever...", just like the party game.
Nile City 105,6: Taken to the extreme in this Swedish comedy series, where all episodes have the same name: "Adult men do stuff together."
Nikita's six-episode fourth season thematically linked its episode titles into pairs. Episode 4.01 was "Wanted" while episode 4.02 was "Dead or Alive", Episode 4.03 was "Set Up" to episode 4.04's "Pay Off", while the last two episodes were given the very meta titles of "Bubble" and "Cancelled".
Nip/Tuck: The episodes are named after the main patient undergoing surgery at McNamara/Troy that episode. This has interesting potential for drama; when you see an episode named after a major character, you know something is happening. Of course, it also gave us the episode "Quentin Costa", in which we learn the identity of the Carver, which we had been waiting for for about two seasons. Three guesses what's funny about that title.
No Ordinary Family: Every episode begins with the words "No Ordinary." For example, "No Ordinary Marriage", "No Ordinary Earthquake". Except the first, which is simply called "Pilot". This is probably so, on the chance the pilot from the first episode comes back, they can have an episode titled "No Ordinary Pilot."
Os Normais: This Brazilian sitcom, for its first two seasons, had titles with "Normal" in the title, most usually in the form "_____ is Normal" (exceptions: "Normas do Clube", the club's norms, but one word is just one letter away from "normal"; and "Faça seu Pedido", make your wish). The third season only had it on the season finale, "Finishing is normal".
Pandora: Each episode of the first season is named after a Bob Dylan Song. Creator Mark A. Altman has joked that second season episode titles will be Taylor Swift songs.
Perfect Couples: This NBC short-lived sitcom titled all its episodes (save the pilot) "Perfect _____".
Each segment of The People's Court (at least during the original 1981-1993 runnote The Judge Wapner era.) is called "The Case of (punny name related to what each segment is about)".
Pink Panther And Pals: This show is pretty obvious, as each episode in which the Pink Panther is the protagonist features the word "Pink" somewhere in the title (Subverted Trope with "Pinxillated"). Probably a shout-out to the classic animated Pink Panther shorts (1963-1980) with this naming convention. The 1993 animated series saw several episodes contain the word "Panther" and others that didn't contain either word.
Players: This show, a meeting of minds between Ice-T, Dick Wolf and Shaun Cassidy about con artists, gave all its episodes titles including the word "con" (examples: "Mint Condition" and "In Concert").
Please Like Me has all the episodes named after a type of food, which then shows up or is mentioned in the episode proper.
While episode names on Pretty Little Liars do not really have much significance, they all usually have at least one of the "a" in the episode title be capitalized ("The JennA Thing," "A dAngerous gAme," "EscApe from New York," etc) as a shout out to the show's mysterious Big Bad, who calls him/herself A.
Police Squad!: Every episode had two titles. At the end of the intro, the name of the episode would be given on-screen, and at the same time, a voiceover would read out a completely different title. Which one was actually relevant to the episode varied. Or just give away who perpetrated the crime in one Whodunnit? episode; screen title: The Butler did it.
Power Rangers: Occasionally an indivudal season uses a set formula for it's episodes.
During Bruce Kalish's run on the series, episode titles had a set number of words: Power Rangers S.P.D. episodes used single-word titles, Power Rangers Mystic Force's titles were always two words long (though they fudged it with "The Snow Prince"), and Power Rangers Operation Overdrive's were always three words long. As expected, Power Rangers Jungle Fury went with four-word titles, but in addition, they're all pre-90's music (mainly rock) references. After Kalish's departure, the titles returned to the pattern-less standard from the previous twelve seasons.
Preston Front: This 1990's UK TV series named all its episodes using the format [Character]'s [Object]. This produced titles ranging from the prosaic ("Hodge's Driving Test") to the punning ("Spock's Dilated Pupil" - that's 'pupil' as in 'student') to the vaguely surreal ("Polson's Lilo").
Prisoners of Gravity: Though never seen by the viewing audience, every episode of this Canadian show about science fiction hosted by RickGreen had a topic-appropriate title with the initials P. O. G.
Privileged: Has all of the episode titles start with "All About...", e.g. "All About the Power Position", "All About Love, Actually" etc.
Public Eye: The British private eye series did the "random dialogue as episode title" thing before The Sopranos (the show's creators were big fans of Naked City, which took a similar approach to its episode titles).
QI: Has series with letters rather than numbers; each episode in the series is given a title that begins with this letter, which serves as the theme for that episode. This does lead to the oddly named episodes "Hanatomy" and "Hanimals" and the slightly more shoehorned "G-Animals" and "K-Folk". The only exception so far was the twelfth series' Christmas episode, which was No-L.
Quantico has one-word titles, which correspond to the last word said in the episode in its first season. The second, in theme with Alex and Ryan going undercover at the CIA Factory, has all the episodes titled after CIA operation codewords.
The Rat Patrol: Almost every episode was called "The _____ Raid," although a couple lacked the definite title (like "Two For One Raid" and "Mask-A-Raid"). The only exception, which still kept the key word, was "The Wildest Raid Of All."
Rawhide: The first three seasons called every episode "Incident _____ " (e.g. "Incident Below The Brazos"). This was dropped after the first episode of season four ("Incident At Rio Salado"), but returned for seasons five and six; when Bruce Geller and Bernard Kowalski became the new showrunners in season seven the "Incident..." episode naming was dropped for good (as were Geller and Kowalski themselves after a season, but that's another story).
Every episode of The Real O'Neals after the pilot has a title that starts with 'The Real'.
Remington Steele: Incorporated the word "Steele" into its titles, usually as a pun for "steel", "steal" or "still" (e.g. "A Steele At Any Price", "Steele Belted", "Steele Knuckles And Glass Jaws") but not always ("A Good Night's Steele").
Rescue Me never had an episode title that wasn't a single word.
Ringer: This show uses the "random dialogue as episode title" convention (such as "The Poor Kids Do It Every Day" and "If You're Just An Evil Bitch, Then Get Over It").
Riverdale: Every episode is named after a classic genre film, though some are slightly edited, like Faster Pussycats! Kill! Kill!
Perhaps the most on the nose was that one episode was called "To Riverdale and Back Again", which was the 1980s Archie TV movie.
The Royals: In keeping with E!'s first scripted series being inspired by Hamlet, every episode title comes from a line of dialogue in said play (e.g. "Stand And Unfold Yourself," "We Are Pictures, Or Mere Beasts," "The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune").
Runaways (2017): Season 1 episodes have one word titles, Season 2 episodes have two-word titles, and Season 3 (the show's last season) keeps up the theme with three-word titles.
Ryans Mystery Playdate: Every episode title follows the formula Ryan's (noun) Playdate, with the middle word relating to the theme of the mystery playdate in the episode.
Sam & Cat: The joint spinoff of iCarly (which also used this trope) and Victorious (which didn't) has all its episode titles in the form of Twitter hashtags (e.g. "#FavoriteShow", "#GoomerSitting," and, of course, "#Pilot").
School of Rock: Every episode title spoofs or shares its name with a song (Ex. "Come Together", "Freddie Fights For His Right To Party", "We Are The Champions...Maybe").
Every episode follows the naming convention "My _____", as it is told from the perspective of J.D., the main character. The only exceptions are the Once a Season episodes told from the perspective of other characters in the show, which are called either "His Story", "Her Story", or "Their Story", with a number.
At one point the writers persuade themselves that they're terribly clever and name an episode "My Ocardial Infarction" (a myocardial infarction is a heart attack).
Season 9, which is from the perspective of the medical students at the new Sacred Heart, uses "Our _____". This was previously used on the Season 8 Webisodes from the perspective of the new interns (mostly Sunny).
Uses a subtler convention, in which each episode follows the pattern "The _____". What followed was a term or important aspect of the episode's story like "The Chinese Restaurant" and "The Serenity Now." The only exception in the entire show's run is the second episode "Male-Unbonding".
Apparently the reason they did it was so they wouldn't spend a whole lot of time thinking of an episode name that people would never see anyway.
Some episode guides list the title as "The Male Unbonding" to bring this one in line with the others.
Sir Terry Pratchett's documentaries for The BBC all have the format Terry Pratchett: Verbing X where X or the verb is to do with life and death: Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's (about his own condition); Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die (about assisted dying) and Terry Pratchett: Facing Extinction (about orangutans.)
Sense8 uses the 'every episode title is a line spoken in the episode' convention.
Skins: The episode titles are the first name of the main character that they focus on. Except the Series 1 and 3 finales, which focus, respectively, the entire cast and most of the cast, and are both titled "Finale". The Series 2 finale also focuses on the whole cast, but is titled "Everyone". Of course, this pattern causes some confusion, for instance, there are 4 different episodes titled "Effy".
Slings & Arrows: Every episode after the first two was titled with a line from the play by William Shakespeare that was being rehearsed that season (Hamlet in S1, Macbeth in S2, and King Lear in S3).
Smallville: Always uses One Word Titles. Except Absolute Justice, which was a double-length episode, so still one word per hour. The two parts are also alternatively titled Society and Legends. The names tend to have obvious ties to the episode and is prone to being dropped. Its pilot episode is simply titled Pilot, in which Kal-El's ship "piloted" to Earth.
Season two of SMILF started having Fun with Acronyms - episode titles include "Shit Man, I Literally Failed" and "Single Mothers Inspire Loving Families" note the title really means "Single Mom I'd Like To Fuck", a play on the pre-existing acronym MILF
Solstrom: This Cirque du SoleilWidget Series, which involved magical solar wind, used the word "wind" or "winds" in every on-screen episode title. For some reason, when it was broadcast in the U.S. the episodes were given plainer titles that dropped this convention ("Howling Wind" became "Gothic", "Once Upon a Wind" became "Adventure", etc.), but the original titles were reinstated for the DVD release.
The Sopranos: After a few episodes, started to have a somewhat idiosyncratic naming convention where each episode had a title that would be spoken aloud by a character somewhere in the episode (one of the best of the early episodes titled in this manner was "Nobody Knows Anything"). AS the series went on, the titles themselves became more idiosyncratic, and some viewers (e.g. Television Without Pity) started actively checking to see how long it took before the writers managed to work the title into the dialogue ("Fleshy Part Of The Thigh", anyone?).
Space Cases: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras. A good deal of the time.
Spaced: Has one-word episode titles, no exceptions.
Special Unit 2: All the episodes for this short-lived UPN show had simple two-word titles that began with "The" - as in "The Brothers", "The Web", "The Walls", etc.
Speechless has its episode titles take the form of somebody interpreting J.J.'s messages that he spells out on his word board. For example, "P-i-Pilot", "N-e-New A-i-Aide", etc.
Every episode of season 1 has a one-word title. Moreover, every episode of season 1 (so far) has been apparently named based on Elemental RockPaperScissors: in order, Air, Darkness, Light, Water, Earth, Time, Life and Justice. Where's Fire, you ask? Well, it seems that the Darkness/Light two-parter was originally going to be a single episode, titled, yes, Fire. Half-expecting a Heart episode now.
Season 2 dropped the theme and just named episodes as they'd normally do. Still, a lot of one-word titles...
Still Standing: Each episode begins with the word "Still": "Still Bad", "Still Losin' It", etc.
Strange Report: From ITC and Norman Felton's Arena Productions, this show took its lead from the series title: "Report #(four-digit serial number): (Subject of episode) - (Actual episode name)." (Example: "Report #0649: SKELETON - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.")
Stranger Things uses "The" at the beginning of the episode titles in the same vein as The Amazing World of Gumball and Wander over Yonder (e.g. "The Body", "The Pollywog" and "The Bite"), excluding "Holly, Jolly", "MADMAX", "Trick or Treat, Freak", "Will the Wise", "Dig Dug", "Suzie, Do You Copy?" and "E Pluribus Unum".
Often names its episodes after classic rock songs — for example, an episode where a town's local children are being possessed is called "The Kids Are Alright", and the episode where John Winchester dies is called "In My Time Of Dying". Many such songs are also played in various episodes, as creator Eric Kripke is a huge fan of classic rock bands likeLed Zeppelin.
Well the seasons 2-5, at least. After Kripke stepped down as the Showrunner, the episodes are named for other pop-cultural references like TV shows, movies, and the like, though a few of them are also named after songs.
J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai: All episodes contained two sentences, the first ending with an exclamation point (or two). For the first twelve episodes, the first sentence consisted of "[Number] [Noun]!!".
Chouriki Sentai Ohranger: A very large amount of episodes had titles prefixed by a one-word sentence ending in two exclamation points. Fifteen of the first seventeen episodes used this scheme, and it became less common after that.
Denji Sentai Megaranger: Every episode title is prefixed by a one-word sentence (sometimes with a particle or two at the end) ending in an exclamation point, except for one where they used a question mark instead.
Seijuu Sentai Gingaman: Every episode title is in the form "The X of Y" (Y no X in Japanese). This is also the first season to use specific nomenclature with its episodes. In this case, each episode is called a Chapter, much like Kamen Rider Saber would years later.
Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Every episode title is suffixed with the name of a spell from the episode and each episode is a "Stage".
GoGo Sentai Boukenger: Every episode is a "Task" and each titleis a noun phrase. (In Japanese, they're often written in the "Y no X" format again.)
Juken Sentai Gekiranger: Every episode title begins with a word from Jan's unique vocabulary, and are called "Lessons".
Engine Sentai Go-onger: Every episode title has its first two characters be kanji, with the remaining in katakana (even words or phrases ordinarily not written in katakana), and each episode is called a GP (Grand Prix).
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Every episode is an "Act", like in a play, and titles are written entirely in kanji. Particles (which have no kanji) spoken in the episode title are omitted from the written title, and not a single episode title contains a word of Gratuitous English (as those have no kanji, and aren't necessary for grammar like particles are).
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, like Kamen Rider Decade, names episodes that feature guest star past heroes in the style of their own series, as per the examples given above. This is only for the episode that features said guest star.
Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger: Every episode title in the first season contains "ita"note "pain", though episode 2 cheats a bit by using it to reference Itasha, which uses the same kanji in them, similar to Abaranger.
Season 2's titles all start with the word "delusion".
Survivor: Starting with Cook Islands, this show refers to its episodes with quotes from the episodes.
Titans (2018): Every episode of the series is either someone's or a group of peoples name(s) (ie "Hawk and Dove", "Doom Patrol", "Aqualad", "Deathstroke", "Conner", "Nightwing", etc.) or some other one-word noun or adjective (ie "Together", "The Asylum", "Atonement", etc.). The only real exception is season two episode eleven, "E.L._.O.". However, when you watch the episode, you learn that it actually is the name of a place, Elko, Nevada, where Donna Troy (aka Wonder Girl), Dawn Granger (aka Dove), Koriand'r (aka Starfire), and Rachel Roth (aka Raven) meet up withan illusion of Bruce Wayne.
The Tony Randall Show: This show, about a judge, phrased every title as a case file, e.g. "Case: His Honor vs. Her Honor."
Torchwood: The episodes of series 3 of this show were simply called 'Day One', 'Day Two', etc. (Unfortunately, the second episode of the first series - in which, as in the second series, there was no particular rule for naming episodes - is also called "Day One".)note The Season 3 naming comes from the fact that it is a 5 episode single arc miniseries that aired nightly over the course of one week. The season 1 episode is the fact that it's literally Gwen's First Day on the job.
True Blood: Every episode shares its title with a song, though the songs chosen run the gamut of genres and eras. Although the songs are often obscure and not well-known. And the song is always played at some point during the episode or over the credits.
Every episode of TV Funhouse has a title following the formula of "[subject of episode] Day". So, for example, titles like "Hawaiian Day" or "Western Day".
Two and a Half Men: This show uses the "random dialogue as episode title" convention (e.g. "Humiliation is a Visual Medium").
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place: The episode titles were modeled after the title of the show, following the pattern "Two Guys, a Girl and _____". When the show was renamed simply Two Guys and a Girl, the pattern was dropped.
The Up series of TV documentaries, produced by Granada Television,note the 1998 installment was commissioned by the BBC, but still produced by Granada began in 1964 with Seven Up!, made by Paul Almond. The film detailed the lives and aspirations of 14 seven-year-olds. It has since been followed by sequels every seven years, with all having been directed by Michael Apted, who helped research the original film and also helped select the featured children. The second installment was titled 7 Plus Seven, but all since then have been called <multiple of 7> Up, the most recent being 63 Up.note Of the original children, one stopped participating after 21 Up; three others have missed one or more installments but participated in 56 Up; and one other died a year after 56 Up first aired.
Episode titles always began with "The Night of the _____" or "The Night the _____". (Variants: "The Night of a Thousand Eyes", "The Night That Terror Stalked The Town," "The Night Dr. Loveless Died" - except he didn't, "The Night of Jack O'Diamonds"... and the Odd Name Out, "Night of the Casual Killer", although Susan Kesler's book on the series lists it as "The Night of the Casual Killer" to maintain uniformity.)
This style was kept for the French airings (although the series itself is called Les Mystères de l'Ouest), but the episodes themselves don't always have essentially the same titles when translated - for instance "The Night of Jack O'Diamonds" becomes "La Nuit du pur-sang" ("The Night of the Thoroughbred"), "The Night of the Skulls" is "La Nuit des assassins" ("The Night of the Assassins"), and "The Night of the Assassin" becomes "La Nuit de la conspiration" ("The Night of the Conspiracy").
Wonderfalls: Every episode is named after whichever new muse talks to Jaye first in that episode, regardless of that muses significance (in "Crime Dog," the cow creamer is much more present in the story, but the crime dog is the first animal we see talking to Jaye in the episode).
Every episode of The Wrong Mans is a two-word phrase where the second word should be "Man" or "Men" but has the same incorrect pluralisation as the series title ("Bad Mans", "Dead Mans", "X-Mans", "Running Mans" and so on). One episode of Season 2 was retitled in the US, so it didn't quite fit the pattern: "White Mans" became "A Few Good Mans".
Every episode of Wynonna Earp is the name of a country and western song.
The X-Files: Sometimes used complementary or opposing episode names for multi-part and Myth Arc episodes: "The End"/"The Beginning", "Two Fathers"/"One Son", "Biogenesis"/"The Sixth Extinction I & II" or "Within"/"Without". Most of the time, though, episode titles for The X-Files were extremely vague words or phrases (frequently in a foreign language) brought up by a single line of dialogue or some other subtle or insignificant aspect of the episode. In addition, the show famously played a game with its fans who tried to find meaning in anything, be it a name of the episode or character or a number combination.
Young & Hungry names all its post-pilot episodes as "Young & ____". Eg. "Young & Ringless".
You're the Worst: Every episode's title is taken from the (usually Buffy Speak) dialogue of that episode. Example: Fists and Feet and Stuff, Vernon shouts at Jimmy, "you're gonna feel my fists, and feet and stuff!"