The one with the description of the "The One With" trope.
When somebody wishes to discuss an episode of a TV show and they can't remember what it's called, they will usually describe it as "The one with..." or "the one where..."
Sometimes, such a phrase will literally be used as a name for something (which may lead to slight confusion similar to Who's on First?).
Examples.... the one where they give out explanation of the tropes:
- Similar to the Real Life example below, Israeli dairy company Tnuva uses the Tagline The cheese with home/the housenote to advertise its cottage cheese, which features a drawing of a cottage house on the box. Their advertising campaign for this cheese (and some of their other products) often relies on happy and somewhat idyllic domestic scenes, often bordering on Dom Com commercials, with some extra patriotism (expanding the whole home theme to the national level) on special occasions.
- Numerous German products feature "die mit dem ..." (the German equivalent). For example Käpten Iglo's "die mit dem Blubb" (can't be translated faithfully, due to innuendo) almost has meme status.
- A Russian pasta and macaroni brand uses this in their advertising, showcasing how "the best wheat" and "the purest of water" are used to create "the best macaroni", wherein the Narrator turns to a group of people in a supermarket to ask them the brand's name and one of them carefully ponders "The ones with the bird?" referring to the company's logo. Some ads ended with the Narrator replacing the sign with the name of the town where the factory is located (which the brand is named after) with a sign that says "Theoneswiththebirdtown", another has him affectionately pat the horse he rode in on on the head (which seems to be an Old Spice reference in itself), telling it "don't worry, some day they will learn".
- An ad for Arnott's Spicy Fruit Rolls referred to them as, "The ones that look like little pillows."
- Parodied in Duel Masters. The episode in which Shobu duels Hakuo is entitled... "The One Where Shobu Duels Hakuo".
- Used in Fables. Many issues have an Arc name and a chapter name, followed by short description starting with "In which...."
- Spoofed in The Far Side compilation book Wiener Dog Art. At the end of the book, there's an index of every comic, but it's useless because they're all listed under T, for "The one about __".
- FF #15 is titled "The One Where Power Pack Shows Up".
- Spoofed in Scott Pilgrim.
Stephen Stills: The first band we're up against is Crash and the Boys.Scott: Oh, aren't they that one band, with Crash... and the boys?
- Comic writer Len Wein came up with a character for a House Of Secrets story set in a bayou: "I didn't have a title for it, so I kept referring to it as 'that swamp thing I'm working on.'"
- Seeking Sato starts all of its chapter titles in this manner.
- Star Trek:
- Star Trek IV is often simply called "the one with the whales." Even The Other Wiki will re-direct you there if you use it as a search term.
- Brazilian magazine SET decided to do something similar to every Star Trek film: "the one with the bald model", "the one [where] Spock dies", "the one [where] Spock comes back to life", "the one with the wales", "the one with God", "the one where the Klingons become nice", "the one with Kirk and Picard", "the one with the Borg", "the one with F. Murray Abraham in awful make-up", and "the one with the bald clone".
- And now there's "The one with two Spocks" a.k.a. "The one [where] Eric Bana alters time", "The one [where] Vulcan is destroyed", "The one with Lens Flares" or, simply, "The Reboot".
- Incidentally, the original series episode "Space Seed" has the Fan Nickname "The One With Khan".
- Clerks: "Do you have that one with that guy who was in that movie that was out last year?"
- All James Bond films are introduced as "the one with X" here on the wiki.
- Same with the Rocky movies.
- Superman III is known as "the one with Richard Pryor".
- In The Running Man the dictatorship has censored all shows except the Deadly Gameshows they're running as Bread and Circuses, so there's a few generation gap gags involving the older characters who grew up with shows that are no longer screening. When the protagonist goes Off the Rails and kills a Stalker instead of vice versa, the producer is called up to explain his actions.
Killian: (on telephone) Well it was bound to happen sooner or later. Well, it is a contact sport, right? [Beat] Look, if you want to people in front of the televisions instead of on the picket lines? Well, you ain't gonna get that with reruns of Gilligan's Island. [Beat] Gilligan's Island. [Killian hums a few bars of the theme from Gilligans Island] Yeah. Yeah, the one with the boat.
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch is usually described as "The one without Michael Myers"
- Friday the 13th Part III is often described as "The one where Jason gets his hockey mask."
- The Goosebumps book My Hairiest Adventure. AKA: "The one where it turns out they're all dogs or something."
- Brazilian literature classic Dom Casmurro is "the one where Bentinho wonders if his wife Capitu cheated on him or not."
- In Animorphs, all of the "main sequence" books have Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, being called "The [Something]." Often, this title is very vague (what the heck was "The Absolute" about again?), leading to this among fans.
- Frasier usually used typical punny episode titles, but it employed this trope on a handful of occasions when former Cheers cast members would guest star. The Show Where Sam Shows Up, The Show Where Lilith Comes Back, and The Show Where Woody Shows Up are a few examples.
- Friends referenced this by starting all but a handful of episode titles with the words "The One (With/Where)...", the exceptions being the pilot and the series finale, along with a few shows called "The One After...". Additionally, the pilot has an alternate title; it is now listed on IMDb as "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate". Netflix and the Season 1 DVD set also use that title. The Other Wiki still calls it "The Pilot". The final episode is titled, logically enough, "The Last One". The reason for this is exactly the one seen above in the trope description: so the episode can be discussed in informal conversation without the need to remember the title.
Frankie: My last last was just like Friends. Have you seen The One Where Joey Kills Everybody?
- This can result in odd situations where the title won't always correspond to the logical "The One With" name. For example, "The One With The Embryos" is more well-known as the one with the trivia contest that leads to the guys and girls switching apartments.
- 30 Rock referenced this in an episode guest-starring Jennifer Aniston, as well as cast members of Night Court in an unrelated sub-plot. The episode's title? "The One With The Cast of Night Court."
- Mock the Week's Funniest Book Ever references it a couple of times, with the fictional Friends episodes "The One You Haven't Seen Before" and "The One Where You Realize That It's Not As Funny As It Used To Be". It also showed up on the show proper once:
- Older Than They Think: The Harvey Korman Show titled its episodes like this in 1977, long before Friends made it famous. The gimmick only lasted six episodes, though.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 is often called "that show with the guy and those robots".
- Doctor Who:
Cabby: What episode did you do? The One with the Angels?Neil: No, the One Where The TARDIS Becomes Human.
- One story is famous as "the one with the giant maggots". Its actual title is "The Green Death". In fact, like the James Bond and Rocky examples above, almost all episodes of Doctor Who are introduced with "the one with X" on this very wiki.
- Neil Gaiman, writer of the episode "The Doctor's Wife" said that he hopes to get the approval of a cab-driver, like this;
- Spoofed on Arrested Development, which has two episodes titled "The One Where Michael Leaves," where Michael doesn't actually leave and "The One Where They Build a House," where they don't actually build a house.
- That '70s Show was originally going to be called Teenage Wasteland, but after focus groups were repeatedly overheard referring to it as "that '70s show," the producers decided to just go with it.
- The title of the German children's show Die Sendung mit der Maus ("The Programme with the Mouse"). This is basically a Iconic Character, Forgotten Title that was made official.
- Peter Kay titled his sketch show That Peter Kay Thing, because he knew that's what people would call it no matter what the actual title was.
- Horrible Histories: Their first song (of many) featured Kings George I thorough IV of England as a boy band. The bridge into the second chorus takes this form:
George I: I was the sad one.George II: And I was the bad one.George III: I was the mad one!George VI: And I was the fat one.
- The "Man Cave Edition" of Cutthroat Kitchen is titled "The One With William Shatner" in summary listings.
- Legends of Tomorrow titles its Trapped in TV Land episode "The One Where We're Trapped On TV". Appropriately enough, one of the shows the Legends end up in is a Friends parody.
- Done on two separate occasions by Grandma Rose in One Big Happy while discussing movies with her son. The first was when she wanted him to pick up a movie about a boy keeping a dancing caterpillar in a shoebox. The second was when she was describing movies she and Grandpa Nick watched. One was about Indiana Jones being chased by Loretta Lynn's husband.
- Adventures in Odyssey had a two-part episode titled "The One About Trust". It's actually one of the best episodes of the series, but there's no denying that the title is accurate.
- Painkiller: That one game with the gun that shoots shuriken and lightning.
- "The Man With The Machinegun" is Laguna's theme.
- The video game company "thatgamecompany".
- The ninth chapter of Portal 2 is titled "The Part Where He Kills You." This is also one of GLaDOS's lines, one of Wheatley's lines, an achievementnote , and the title of that particular track in the soundtrack.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising features this in the form of track titles- the ground themes from the first and third levels are "That First Town" and "That Burning Town."
- That Guy with the Glasses. He's that internet guy. Y'know, the one with the glasses?
- You Know, That Thing Where...
- The recap site The Agony Booth parodies this in their review of the Star Trek episode "Spock's Brain" by describing the episode "The Ultimate Computer" as "The One With The Ultimate Computer."
- Their Insurrection recap goes straight, by citing "The One with the Nazis" ("Patterns of Force") and "The One with the Romans" ("Bread and Circuses").
- Honest Trailers has this as the means of naming each of the Harry Potter films:
- The Sorcerer's Stone: "The one that started it all"
- The Chamber of Secrets: "The one everyone hates"
- The Prisoner of Azkaban: "The one everyone loves"
- The Goblet Of Fire: "The one with Shovelface"
- The Order Of The Phoenix: "The one with the raging hormones"
- The Half-Blood Prince: "The one where Dumbledore dies (Oh...spoilers!)"
- The Deathly Hallows Part 1: "The one you can skip"
- The Deathly Hallows Part 2: "The one that made adults cry like little babies"
- Both the video description and the parody title for Jurassic Park III is "The one where a raptor says 'Alan'"
- In the fanmade Honest Trailer for Screen Junkies's Movie Fights, some of the fighters are credited as such:
- Played for laughs with The Tuxedo Mask Episode Guide, where various episodes of Sailor Moon are supposedly described via various misadventures involving Tuxedo Mask.
- Brentalfloss once refered to Mega Man 7 as "the one with Slash Man".
- Dj CUTMAN once described Game Grumps as "the one where the guys do the thing with the games and everybody laughs."
- IGN's review of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror XXVI has a header that says, "The one where Bart dies."
- Duckman has a third season episode titled "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role". Kinda funny when you remember she played Phoebe on Friends.
- Futurama executive producer David X. Cohen refers to the episodes "Jurassic Bark" and "Luck of the Fryish" as "the one with Fry's dog" or "the Fry's brother episode", respectively, even though he seems to know the rest of the episode titles. Interestingly, he always seems to remember the production codes for those episodes...
- Drawn Together had the first season episode "The One Wherein There Is A Big Twist".
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Because of the team-up aspect of the show and the revolving door of supporting characters, this show's episodes are often referred to in discussion as "The One with Plastic Man" or "The first team up with the Blue Beetle", etc.
- In universe, Aquaman will name his adventures in this manner ("I shall call this adventures The One Where Larger Than Life Heroes Come In Small Packages!")
- The first few episodes of Family Guy were named after old radio murder mystery play titles that had nothing to do with the episode plots. It didn't take long for the writers to have to resort to "That story in which Peter..." in order to talk among themselves about certain episodes. Shortly afterwards the show started to use titles that refered to the plots.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a fifth season episode titled "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows", where Pinkie is the first one to find out about Cadance and Shining Armor's baby and struggles to keep it a secret.
- Pretty much any installment of The New Scooby-Doo Movies is more likely to be referenced by its guest celebrities ("The One With The Globetrotters") or crossover characters ("That One With The Addams Family") than anything else.
- There is a brand of German wine called "Der mit dem Wolf" ("The One with the Wolf"). True enough, there is a wolf depicted on their logo.
- A 2018 incident where a man who weirdly resembled David Schwimmer was caught on camera shoplifting has, naturally, been dubbed "The one where Ross Geller stole some cans of lager in Blackpool" and other variations.
Stinger.... the one that says something creative before ending the page.