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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.


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

Not to be confused with Creator's Favorite, which covers creators' favorite characters - but it may overlap.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Aka Akasaka stated that his favorite chapter of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War was chapter 43, "Chika Fujiwara Really Wants to Eat".
  • Hayao Miyazaki named Howl's Moving Castle as his favorite of his films.
  • Hirohiko Araki considers Diamond is Unbreakable his favorite part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Yoh Yoshinari considers episode 8, Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld, to be his favorite episode of Little Witch Academia (2017).
  • Time Stop Brave: In an interview, the author, Yasunori Mitsunaga, said his favorite chapter was Chapter 9 "Realm and Stop", for the epic scene where Kuzuno Sekai freezes time to evacuate everyone in the city and save them from a meteor shower. The editor said his favorite chapter would either be Chapter 3 "Disarm and Stop", for the hilarious scene where Sekai freezes time to strip Clau Belltree and her party naked in an instant, or Chapter 10 "Orison and Stop", for the scene where Sekai strips Zaraza and then goads her into making sexy poses with an audience watching.

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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." Lennon also picked The White Album as his favourite Beatles record.
    • 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.
  • David Bowie listed The Buddha of Suburbia as his personal favorite album of his in interviews, lamenting that it failed to make a dent in the album market when it first released in 1993.
  • 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 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 favorite.
    • 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 Brann Dailor 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.
    • Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell named Dirt as his favorite of their albums.
    • Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard picked 2003's Transatlanticism.
    • Murder by Death frontman Adam Turla chose 2009's Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.
    • Interpol singer Paul Banks chose their second album Antics.
    • Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner chose 1991's Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.
    • Low guitarist Alan Sparhawk chose 2007's Drums and Guns.
    • Tony Hawk, although not a musician, was asked to rank his favorite soundtracks from the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series. His list was topped by the one for the original 1999 game.
    • Deerhunter leader Bradford Cox picked 2013's Monomania.
    • The National bassist Scott Devendorf chose 2005's Alligator.
    • Titus Andronicus singer and guitarist Patrick Stickles picked 2015's The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  • 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".
  • In a rare example where the creator agrees with the fans, Dean Ween of Ween has stated multiple times that The Mollusk is his favorite Ween album and that it was the album he was most proud of when it was released.
  • Brian May named Queen II as Queen's finest work.
  • David Gilmour and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd named Wish You Were Here their favorite album, despite the Troubled Production of recording it.
  • Jonny Davy named Sun Eater as his favorite Job for a Cowboy release and emphasized just how much work they put into it to make sure that it was their Magnum Opus.
  • Steve Wariner, at least in 1980s interviews, claimed that "Some Fools Never Learn" was his favorite single.
  • In an October 2013 interview, Kanye West revealed that "Can't Tell Me Nothing" is his favorite song to have been released by him.
  • Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters has said that his favorite song the band made was "A320", which they recorded for the film Godzilla (1998). Given how despised the movie became, even by the band themselves, Dave was relieved to see it at the tail-end of the credits. Unfortunately, Sony BMG are the current holders to the rights of the song, preventing the band from rereleasing it as part of any albums or singles outside of the initial release on the film's soundtrack, despite the fact that the band have been signed to Sony record label RCA Records since 1999. Though, during their first five years at the label, RCA was owned by BMG before BMG merged with Sony Music to become Sony BMG in 2004.

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    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatian Street director Jez Hall named "Fear Window" as his favourite episode.
  • 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!"
  • Amphibia creator Matt Braly's favourite episode of the first season is "Toad Tax", while his favourite episode of the second season is "True Colors".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Dante Basco (Zuko's VA) stated that "The Storm" is his favorite episode, thanks to the scene where Zuko faces his father in the Agni Kai, which allowed him to work with Mark Hamill for the first time. He even parallels the moment to 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 favorite 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.
  • Matthew Géczy's favorite Code Lyoko episode is "Killer Music" because every character (sans XANA) is worried about Odd the whole time.
  • 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 some of the polarizing with fans due to their Downer Endings and being some of the few times the Eds' suffering didn't feel justified). "If It Smells Like An Ed" in particular is often singled out as being one of the show's worst episodes.
  • At 50:55 in this podcast, Elena of Avalor writer Tom Rogers mentions that the favorite episodes that he's written are "Spirit Monkey Business", "Royal Rivalry", "Finding Zuzo", and "Snow Place Like Home".
  • 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".
    • For his second series Danny Phantom, Butch said in a webcast that his five favorite episodes include "Fanning the Flames", "Maternal Instincts", "The Ultimate Enemy", and "Kindred Spirits". The fifth? "Phantom Planet", which is so disliked by parts of the fanbase (alongside the season it aired in), that it isn't uncommon to see Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Fancy Nancy showrunner Krista Tucker said that "Vive La Revolution" is her favorite episode.
  • Final Space creator Olan Rogers cites that "The Other Side" as his favorite episode in Season 2. His favorites from Season 1 are Chapters 6, 8, and 10.
  • 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.
  • Gravity Falls: Alex Hirsch cites "Sock Opera" as his favorite episode because it has the exact blend of horror, humor and heart he wanted the series to have.
    • While not a favourite episode, Season One's creative director Michael Rianda cites Stan’s hilariously dark monologue about life in "Bottomless Pit!" as his favourite scene from his time on the show.
  • There was a series of video cassettes 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, Dixie and Mr. Jinks ("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.
  • Billy West has stated on Twitter that his favorite episode of Futurama is "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings".
  • Gargoyles: Greg Weisman has stated that he has many favorite episodes, but "The Mirror" stands out as his most favorite.
  • For Glitch Techs, many of the cast and crew's favorite episodes are revealed here :
    • For the two leads, Ricardo Hurtado (Five) likes "Adventures In Pet Training" while Monica Ray (Miko) likes "Castle Crawl".
    • Series co-creator Eric Robles also likes "Castle Crawl".
    • Ian Graham (producer/director) likes "Going Going Gauntlet".
    • Scott Kikuta (lead designer) likes "Tutorial Mode".
    • Josh Sussman (Bergy) likes "Collection Quest".
    • Greg Nix (script coordinator and voice of Nix) is very fond of the pilot "Age Of Hinobi".
    • Rachel Russakoff (animatic editor, voice of Nica and the gauntlet) likes "Age Of Hinobi" and "Collection Quest" for their story and "Castle Crawl" for how fun it is.
    • Mike Mika (one of the consultants) and JJ Conway (one of the storyboard artists) both like "Castle Crawl".
    • Phil Allora (director) likes "Castle Crawl" and "Going Going Gauntlet".
    • Series co-creator Dan Milano likes "Adventures In Pet Training".
    • Phil Jacobson (storyboard artist) likes "Castle Crawl" and "Collection Quest".
  • Maxwell Atoms was asked on Reddit what his favorite episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy was, he replied "The one with the chickens." He is referring to the episode "Which Came First?"
  • Jhonen Vasquez has stated that his favorite episodes of Invader Zim are "Bolognius Maximus", "Game Slave 2" and "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars".
    • In regards to Zim's voice actor, Richard Steven Horvitz, his favorite line of dialogue he's recorded comes from "Rise of the Zitboy".
      Zim: Whyyy was there BACON IN THE SOAP?!
      GIR: III made it myself!
  • Looney Tunes:
  • 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 (1998) 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".
  • Ready Jet Go!: In one interview, science and consultant and interstitial host Amy Mainzer also mentioned her favorite episode is "the one that focused on black holes" ("Detective Mindy"). Meanwhile, Craig Bartlett likes "Tiny Blue Dot" because of its beautiful and personal message.
  • Regular Show creator JG Quintel named "The Power", "TGI Tuesday", "Terror Tales of the Park", "The Last Laserdisc Player", "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese", "The Thanksgiving Special", "Exit 9B", "The Christmas Special", "Eggscellent" and "Skips' Story" as his top 10 favourite episodes.
  • Rick and Morty: Dan Harmon listed Pickle Rick and The Ricklantis Mixup as his favorite episodes of Season 3 and is thrilled that those were the ones with the best reception among the public.
  • 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.
    • Carlos Alazraqui said "Rocko's Modern Christmas! (aka Can't Squeeze Cheer from a Cheese Log!)" is his favorite, while "Nothing to Sneeze At" is Charlie Adler's favorite episode.
  • 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 .
  • The Simpsons'
  • Sonic Boom:
  • Ben Hurst's favourite episode of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) 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.)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Tom Kenny's (SpongeBob) favorite is "Band Geeks" (a fan-favorite), while Bill Fagerbakke's (Patrick) is "Help Wanted".
    • In a Reddit AMA, Clancy Brown's (Mr. Krabs) named "Band Geeks", "My Pretty Seahorse", "Krab Borg", and "Hooky" as some of his favorites.
  • Creator Daron Nefcy's five favourite episodes of Star vs. the Forces of Evil are "Blood Moon Ball", "Mewberty", "Goblin Dogs", "Booth Buddies", and "Ludo in the Wild".
  • 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", "Mr. Greg", and "The Question". Her favorite song made for the show is "Love Like You".
    • 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."
    • Estelle's (Garnet) is "Cat Fingers."
  • Genndy Tartakovsky said that Chapter 13 of Star Wars: Clone Wars was his favorite because it showed Mace Windu fight against Super Battle Droids.
    • His favorite Samurai Jack episode is "Jack and the Three Blind Archers".
  • What If?: Showrunner A.C. Bradley and director Bryan Andrews consider "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?" to be their favorite episodes. Jeffrey Wright, the voice of Uatu the Watcher, even listed the episode as one of his favorites.
  • X-Men: The Animated Series: During an interview done by Doug Walker as The Nostalgia Critic, Julia Lewald (one of the writers) stated that, among the episodes she personally worked on, her favorites were "Days of Future Past, Part 1" and "Beauty and the Beast". Eric Lewald (showrunner) said that his favorite episode was "One Man’s Worth".

Alternative Title(s): Creators Favourite Episode