When I was a kid I watched too much TV, but now I think about it as research for my TV writing career. I love TV maybe too much. Hell, I've written specs for 4 of these shows just for fun. And i made this list for the same reason. There are many TV shows I admired, but these are favorite episodes.
Kimmy leaves her cult for New York City and experiences the real world which the cult did not prepare her for. The pilot was so good, but then the series became less grounded and got a little too silly for me. Still a dedicated fan of Tina Fey.
Before Chuck Lorre had The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and like every comedy on CBS today, he had Dharma & Greg. In this episode, Dharma buys a bus without Greg’s guidance and shenanigans ensue. I loved this show when I was a kid.
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 youl loved him for that. In this episode, Becker agrees to give free medical care to his friends in exchange for free food, magazines, and home maintenance. And It backfires on all parties involved.
Who doesn't love Friends? The entire series is wonderful and the last season did everything right. 6 episodes before the season finale, we see Lisa Kudrow marry Paul Rudd. 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.
Everybody Loves Raymondy is my grandma's favorite show of all time. My grandma had good taste in TV when I was growing up. This episode just fills the heart and is golden nugget in the amazing series. Raymond's daughter Alley can't fall asleep in her own bed and everyone in the Barone tries to fix it.
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, and super funny.
This episode proved that New Girl really doesn’t need Jess (as Zooey Deschanel was on fraternity leave) which is crazy unbelievable, but this episode was that funny. This almost felt like a rip-off of a Friends episode (when Phoebe’s brother asks her to have his baby), but then it went into a totally new and hilarious direction. The entire cast killed it in terms of comedy
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 and became legendary.
Mimi pulls her biggest prank ever by having people kidnap Drew and abandon him on the Great Wall of China. He wakes up with nothing and must find his way back to America. Classic DCS. It's all Drew and it's all comedy gold. I so wished Drew Carey became a late-night talk host. Think he'd kill at that.
When I was in 4th grade, everybody watched Senifeld. NBC MUST SEE TV was MUST SEE back then. I specifically remember watching this on a Thursday night. The next day, all my teachers were saying yada yada yada this and yada yada yada that.
Next to Roseanne, Darlene was the best character on Roseanne. She was such a smart-ass and like a Wednesday Adams of the late 80's. And in this episode, Roseanne forces her to write a poem. Then the plot thickens when her teacher picks it out and make Darlene read it at a special ceremony.
Classic comedy at it's best and an essential Honeymooners episode. Ralph and Norton get into a fight after Ralph wants to win a costume contest.
April and Andy invite all their friends and relatives to their fancy party which is really more like a potluck because they make their guests bring things. And then they tell everyone at the party that this is a surprise wedding. Leslie freaks out in Leslie fashion, but in the end, they get 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 as a character and the jokes hit hard. It's inappropriate and so feels like the first true Office episode.
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 and Rebecca faces her rival in the amazing Jewish American Princess Rap Battle.
Smilf - Run Bridgette Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum
Netflix is the current king of content! They just know how to make great shows! I loved this show from the first episode! But this episode is the best so far. Paige shows some major interest in Sam and he makes a list of pros and cons to see if she makes good girlfriend material. And she discovers it at a family dinner and confronts him in front of everyone.
Classic Fred Sanford. The running gags, timing, and writing of the jokes is impeccable. Fred's uncle dies and he don't care until he finds out his uncle left him some money. Only one problem, It's in St. Louis and Fred has never taken a plane before.
Dennis eats cereal when driving and gets into a car accident with Frank who’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 funny-ass trip to Crazytown! The gang begins fighting about eating cereal when driving to debating creationism vs. evolution.
Every storyline for every character in this episode is Shameless at it's best even seven season in! 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. Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana start a topless maid service. My favorite moment though is the end when Fiona sticks up for herself and 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 side of Fiona that changes the character forever.
Sanford and Son is 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, and Fred proves he’s a big dummy. It’s also the first time we meet Officer Swanny and Officer Smitty. The funniest police officers in TV history.
A classic episode, 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 is one of their best and it set this episode on a hilarious course.
The pilot of Broad City is good, but the second episode really 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!”
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 spouses day jobs for granted. Who doesn’t remember the chocolate factory scene? “Speed it up, Otto!”
The beginning of season 3 built to this episode, and it was so worth it. It has the introduction of Lil’ Sebastian before Tom loses him and blames it on Jerry. April tells Andy for the first time, “I love you.” Andy replies, “Awesome sauce.”
#1 The Simpsons - “Lisa on Ice” S. 6 Ep. 8 (1994) Written by Mike Scully
Since I was a kid, this is my favorite half hour I’ve ever seen on television. Lisa and Bart play on rival hockey teams. Homer makes them compete for his fatherly love. Not only do the jokes kill from start to finish, but the ending was heartfelt and hilarious. The final scene emphasizes that there’s nothing more important than family.