With the new Fall TV Season upon us, it's time to get excited for our favorite shows to come back. Most shows have good seasons and not-so-good seasons, but every now and again, I will watch a TV episode that is so good and so funny that it stays in my memory even years after seeing it. This is not only a list of shows that I love (and I've wirtten specs for 6 of them), but these are my absolute favorite episodes.
"Real life is for March." Only 30 Rock could take a day nobody really cares about and make it sound like the best holiday ever! Jim Carrey guest stars as we learn about the legend of Leap Day Williams. The mythical figure who turns children’s tears into candy
The pilot is so relatable to couples (at least at some point of their relationship.) The show stayed solid for most of the first season, but then derailed from the Bowman family. It became more L.A. centric and when characters start talking about "the valley," I just want to scream at the TV "Only 2% of your viewers know what you're talking about!" The show became less relatable and more L.A. That's my theory on why it only lasted 2 seasons. Fantastic Pilot nonetheless.
Kimmy leaves her cult for New York City and experiences the real world. The pilot was so good, but then the series became less grounded and got too silly, but another show that started off amaizng.
Lisa Kudrow marrying Paul Rudd is my favorite Friends episode. Deal with it. After Phoebe fires Monica as her wedding planner, all chaos ensues and a blizzard makes everything go wrong for Phoebe's wedding. In the end, everyone works together and Mike and Phoebe get married in the snow outside Central Perk in a romantic Friends fashion. With only six episodes left in the series, they still got it right.
Guest starring Bill Burr and directed by Jake Johnson, this episode showed that New Girl didn't need Jess (Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave) which is crazy unbelievable. This episode was that funny. This almost felt like a Friends episode (when Phoebe’s brother asks her to have his baby), but then it went in a totally new and hilarious direction. The entire cast killed it in terms of comedy.
For anyone who’s had a mother who cares too much, you can relate to Barry in this epiosde. The B-storyline with Adam and Pops is also pretty uplifting when Pops wants to go trick-or-treating with his grandson, but Adam is getting too old.
Everybody Loves Raymond is my Grandma's favorite show. My Grandma usually has good taste in TV except for the news. This episode just fills the heart and is a golden nugget in the amazing series. Raymond's daughter, Alley can't fall asleep in her own bed and everyone in the Barone family tries to fix this problem.
Before Chuck Lorre had The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and ruled the comedy cicrut of CBS, he had Dharma & Greg on ABC. A show about a hippe flower child and an uptight lawyer who meet one day and marry each other that same day. The series is about how they stick to it. In this episode, Dharma buys a bus without Greg’s guidance and gives people free bus rides around San Francisco.
Mimi pulls her biggest prank ever by having Drew kidnapped and he's keft abandoned on the Great Wall of China. He wakes up with nothing and must find his way back to America. It's all Drew and it's all comedy gold. Classic DCS. I wish Drew Carey became a late-night talk host when this show ended. Think he'd kill at that job like he did in this episode.
Ben makes a short film about a one-eyed alligator he flushed down the toilet who comes back for revenge. His movie was a school project, but also an excuse to film a bunch of girls in bikinis. The dialogue was a bit raunchy, ridiculous, but super funny for ABC.
1 name, "Dr. Johnny Fever!" This series was groundbreaking and the pilot set it up exceptionally. This episode follows the rule of comic opposites at it's best. The pilot is the day WKRP changed from "elevator music' to ROCK N' ROLL. The show only lasted 4 seasons and it took chances for a network comedy.
When I was in 4th grade, everybody watched Senifeld. NBC MUST SEE TV was MUST SEE TV back then. I specifically remember watching this on a Thursday night. The next day, Friday, all my teachers were saying yada yada yada this and yada yada yada that to everything they taught us.
Sometimes shows break their own rules too soon. For example, Riverdale hasn't been the same since that freaking musical episode in season 2. SMILF on the other hand, broke the show's rules in episode 5 and it surprisingly worked out. There's 4 chapters in this episode and it's not like any other episode in the series. It's "Father's Day For Mother's" according to Rosie O'Donel and it is one fun Father's Day to watch. Larry loses his Panda and Bridgette is on a mission in every chapter to find this panda.
Growing up, CBS had a killer Monday night of comedy. Before the days of DVR, hits like "King of Queens" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" ruled Monday nights. But my absolute favorite was the last show of their 2 hour block, "Becker." It was Ted Danson being super unlikable and you loved him. Becker agrees to give free medical care to his friends in exchange for free food, magazines, and home maintenance. And It backfires on Becker and all his friends.
Classic comedy and an essential Honeymooners episode that premired on New Year's Eve 1955. Ralph and Norton get into a fight after Ralph wants to win a costume contest. It feels joyous to watch the comedy back then. If you want to study how TV comedy all started, this is a wonderful example.
Rebecca Bunch finally gets what she wants from Josh Chan and it’s a moment that would change the course of the show forever. The fake boyfriend story-line was genius! Apparently nobody in West Covina has ever heard of the movie "Chinatown." Also, Rebecca faces her rival in the amazing Jewish American Princess Rap Battle.
An amazing mother-and-daughter story written by Joss Whedon. Yes, that Joss Whedon! The entire story revolves around a poem that Darlene doesn't want to write, but Roseanne makes her to write it anyway. Then Darlene gets picked to read the poem at a school recital, but she refuses. They spend so much time talking about the poem and when they finally have Darlene read it, it's so worth the wait.
April and Andy invite all their friends and relatives to their fancy party which is really a potluck. Then they tell everyone at the party that this is a surprise wedding. Leslie freaks out in Leslie fashion, but in the end, the couple gets married and it's one of the happiest marriages on television.
Let's face it, some TV shows just don't have good pilots. The American version of The Office is one of them. The 2nd episode is sooooo much funnier than the pilot. This episode has Michael fully developed and the jokes hit hard. Michael tries to teach racial tolerance and diversity. It's inappropriate, hilarious, and feels like the first true epiosde of the of The Office.
I loved this show from the first episode! But this episode is the best so far. Paige shows some major romantic interest in Sam and when he finds out, he makes a list of pros and cons to see if she makes good girlfriend material. Paige discovers the list at a family dinner and confronts him in front of everyone.
The best thing about Amazon Prime before this show was fast shipping. Now, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the best thing about Amazon Prime. Period. This pilot has everything. Drama, jokes, tragedy, humor, Lenny Bruce. I've watched it twice, went to the WGA library to read the script, and then watched it twice again. I can't stop loving this pilot. My favorite pilot ever.
The running gags, timing, and writing of Sanford and Son are impeccable. In Superflyer, Fred's uncle dies and Fred doesn't care or even remember his uncle until he finds out that his uncle left him $5,000. Only one problem, Fred and Lamont have to go to St. Louis to get the money and Fred has never taken a plane before. The Fear of Fred's Flying leads to comedy perfection. The "Are You Jackie?" running gag slays me every time.
Dennis eats cereal when driving and gets into a car accident. Frank is the other car and he’s pretty much blind. The gang holds a court case in Paddy’s Pub to see whose fault it is. This episode starts off simple and takes a trip to Always Sunny Crazytown! It builds up to the gang fighting creationism vs. evolution. And Mac proves that Science Is a Liar Sometimes.
Every storyline for every character in this episode is major and true to their character core. Carl gets an STD scare when his girlfriend's father barges in the house wanting to kill him for giving his daughter chlamydia. Frank tries to replace his family with homeless people even renaming them. Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana start a topless maid service. My favorite moment is the end when Fiona turns a new leaf. She calls Lip "a little shit" and gives her family ultimatums if they want to live in the house, A badass moment from Fiona that changes the character forever.
My favorite classic TV show and this episode is a laugh riot. Nobody delivered a joke like Redd Foxx. Lamont tries to prove he’s cool when they buy copper from a white dude. Fred proves he’s a "big dummy" when they find out the copper is stolen. It’s also the first time we meet Officer Swanny and Officer Smitty. The funniest police officers in TV history.
Written by Mindy Kaling from one of the best seasons of any TV show ever. Michael injures his foot on a George Foreman grill and Dwight gets a concussion trying to help him. The cold open and sets this episode on a hilarious course that never stops being funny.
The pilot of Broad City is good, but the second episode nailed the tone and direction of what Broad City would become. It’s also the first time we meet Lincoln (Hannibal Buress), and we get classic BC quotes like “Bed Bath & Beyond coupons never expire!” and “I am not a mom!” Need to know what this episode is about, look at the title.
It may be the golden age of TV again, but Lucy was the Queen of the Original Golden Age. In the season 2 premiere, Lucy and Ethel think it’s easy to work in the real world. Ricky and Fred think it’s easy doing housework. Both parties learn not take their each other for granted. Who doesn’t remember the chocolate factory scene? “Speed it up, Otto!”
Season 3 of Parks and Recreation is spectacualr and is when Parks and Rec became Parks and Rec. Seson 1 is okay. Season 2 is good, but this season was gold. The first six episodes of season 3 was aviyt building up to the Harvest Festival. And it was even better than expected. This episode has the introduction of everyone's favorite minuture hourse, Lil’ Sebastian before Tom loses him and blames it on Jerry. The curse and the curse being lifted.April tells Andy for the first time, “I love you.” Andy replies, “Awesome sauce.”
Since I was a kid, this is has been the best half-hour of coemdy I’ve seen on television. Lisa and Bart play on rival hockey teams after Lisa proves she's a way better goalie than Milhouse. Not sure who to root for, Homer makes them compete for his fatherly love. It's a Lisa episode with a flawless blend of story, family togetherness, killer comedy, and heartfelt bliss. As a child, the "Kill Bart" double entendre blew my mind as to how jokes could work on different levels. This episode is perfect. My favorite episode of anything ever.
Boy Meets Wolrd - "The Fugitives"
Broad City - "Florida"
GLOW - "Every Potato Has a Receipt"
The Office - "The Dundees"/"Casino Night"
Roseanne - "A Better Pill to Swallow"/"Inherit The Wind"
The Simpsons - "Lisa's First Word"
That 70's Show - "The Career Day"/"Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!"