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Creator's Favorite Episode

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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.

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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.


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  • 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.
  • The Beatles:
    • Ringo Starr has said that "Rain" contained the best drumming he ever did.
    • 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.
    • Harrison's favourite album was Rubber Soul.
  • 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.
  • The official ABBA Spotify account features playlists of all four members' top five favorite ABBA songs. "The Winner Takes It All" and "Dancing Queen" appear on three lists each.
  • 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. Bassist Alex James also named that his favourite, while guitarist Graham Coxon named 1997's Blur as his favourite.
    • 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.
    • Mastodon drummer named 2009's Crack the Skye as his favorite.
    • Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace picked 2014's Transgender Dysphotia Blues.
    • Belle and Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson chose their 1996 debut Tigermilk as his favorite.
    • Franz Ferdinand lead singer Alex Kapranos picked 2009's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
    • Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchinson named 2013's Pedestrian Verse as his favorite of the band's albums. His article was notable because it was one of his last interviews before his death in May 2018.
  • Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creegan said his favorite song of theirs was "If I Had $1000000", which former frontman Steven Page later agreed with.
  • R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe said his favorite album is New Adventures In Hi-Fi.
  • In a 2016 web video for Wired magazine, Ice Cube stated that his favorite song overall and to perform live is "It Was a Good Day".

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  • Adventure Time:
    • Pendleton Ward's five favorite episodes are "Power Animal", "Too Young", "Gotcha!", "Shhh!" and "I Remember You".
    • Writer/storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar's favorite episode is "Freak City".
    • Storyboard revisionist Ian Jones-Quartey's favorite episode is "Dad's Dungeon".
    • Writer/storyboard artist Patrick McHale's favorite episode is "Walnuts and Rain".
    • Art director Nick Jennings' favorite episode is "Evicted!"
  • 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:
  • 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 polarizing with fans (due to their Downer Ending and Misplaced Retribution). Especially "If It Smells Like An Ed", which some fans even consider as being one of the show's worst episodes.
  • 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 as a screaming maniac running around off a 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.
  • Gargoyles: Greg Weisman has stated that he has many favorite episodes, but "The Mirror" stands out as his most favorite.
  • 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".
  • Pepper Ann: Sue Rose said that her favorite episode is "Dances with Ignorance" because of how Pepper Ann was allowed to make terrible mistakes and be allowed to make up for them.
  • 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 .
  • To celebrate The Simpsons' tenth anniversary, Entertainment Weekly asked Matt Groening to select his ten favorite episodes of the show. His choices were: 10) "There's No Disgrace Like Home", 09) "Krusty Gets Busted", 08) "Natural Born Kissers", 07) "Treehouse of Horror VII", 06) "Homer's Enemy", 05) "In Marge We Trust", 04) "A Streetcar Named Marge", 03) "Much Apu About Nothing", 02) "Life on the Fast Lane", 01) and "Bart the Daredevil".
  • Sonic Boom:
  • Ben Hurst's favourite episode of Sonic Sat AM was the Season Finale "Doomsday", closely followed by the Two-Part Episode "Blast to the Past".
  • 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 three 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 Ceiling" and "King Yakko".
  • Steven Universe:
    • Rebecca Sugar's favorite episodes are "Jail Break" and "Mr. Greg".
    • Charlyne Yi's (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 Paz's (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.
  • Disney animator Ward Kimball stated his favorite film he animated on was The Three Caballeros because he wasn't given any real direction for the title song so he just did whatever he wanted, he thought for sure he'd get fired but to his surprise Walt approved of it and it got to stay.

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