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The aforementioned episode of The Outer Limits – “Demon with a Glass Hand”
The Twilight Zone – “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
Kraft Suspense Theater – “Once Upon a Savage Night” (later released theatrically as Nightmare in Chicago)
Dragnet 1967 – “The LSD Story”
Star Trek: TOS – “Elaan of Troyius”
Batman – “While Gotham City Burns”/”The Bookworm Turns”
The Prisoner - “Fallout”
Night Gallery – “The Caterpillar”
Star Trek: TNG – “Conspiracy”

Possibly episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, The Venture Brothers and Adventure Time
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Breaking Bad - Ozymandias
Bojack Horseman - Free Churro (or Time's arrow? hmm..)
Time's Arrow from Bojack Horseman is amazing, as is Free Churro.

Other favorites:

GLOW: Nothing Shattered
Stranger Things: The Body
Andy Griffith: The Haunted House
Dark Shadows: Episode 211, The Arrival of Barnabas Collins
Inspector Morse: The Way through the Woods
Twin Peaks the Return: pt 8
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Amos 'n' Andy, toss-up between "The Kingfish Adopts Andy" and "The Kingfish Gives Andy Flying Lessons." Throw in "The Kingfish Gets Drafted" for good measure.

How can anybody not like this show?
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"Elaan of Troyius"? Really?!?

Seemed like my favorite episodes of Columbo all came around the same time: "Now You See Him," "Candidate for a Crime," "Negative Reaction," "Troubled Waters," "An Exercise in Fatality," "Playback," "Forgotten Lady"....
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Night Gallery has been mentioned but my favorite episode of that is "A Question of Fear". (In which Leslie Nielson and Fritz Weaver star). And I also found the Columbo ep "A Friend in Deed" quite memorable if for no other reason than Columbo goes up against an utterly ruthless killer, who happens to be a high-ranking police official in a position to hamstring his investigation.
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Batman – “While Gotham City Burns”/”The Bookworm Turns”
I was going to mention this one, just because of Roddy McDowell's performance and the luscious Francine York as Miss Limpit, the quintessential slutty librarian.

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My personal favorites are "Many Happy Returns" and "The Chimes of Big Ben."
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"Elaan of Troyius"? Really?!?
Really.

Dude, according to you, one of the “Greatest Episodes of Television Ever” is from Gilligan’s Island. IMO, such a claim throws an unflattering light on your aesthetic judgments of the medium in question.

Do you have a favorite episode of Hogan’s Heroes you would also like to mention?


ETA: And then you post your comments about big Rod. How am I supposed to assess your aesthetic judgment now? Somewhere between wise and less than wise, I guess.

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Really.

Dude, according to you, one of the “Greatest Episodes of Television Ever” is from Gilligan’s Island. IMO, such a claim throws an unflattering light on your aesthetic judgments of the medium in question.

Do you have a favorite episode of Hogan’s Heroes you would also like to mention?
Probably the one where the Germans bring barrels of heavy water into Stalag 13. Or maybe the one with the stolen French art treasures.

Don't knock GI! It has great sociological value as a microcosm of 1960s white American society, along with some great one-liners. Not to mention Ginger and Mary Ann.
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ETA: And then you post your comments about big Rod. How am I supposed to assess your aesthetic judgment now? Somewhere between wise and less than wise, I guess.
Sorry, you lost me here. Gene Roddenberry?
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Sorry, you lost me here. Gene Roddenberry?
Big Rod = Roddy McDowell. No one who appreciates Bookworm can have all-bad taste.
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Big Rod = Roddy McDowell. No one who appreciates Bookworm can have all-bad taste.
Oh, okay. I get you now.

That actually might be my favorite episode of Batman ever. I'm pretty sure it was the first one I saw in color, over at a friend's house. I liked the way one minute was stretched into five outside Big Benjamin.
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The episode of Family Guy where Stewie shakes down Brian for a gambling debt. Unbelievably violent, but funny as hell!
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Twilight Zone - that cornfield episode, It’s A Good Life.

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Just thought of one that hasn't been mentioned yet: Dexter season 4 finale. (The season with John Lithgow.)

Probably not "greatest ever" quality, but it was a high water mark for Dexter.
Good call. Ironic and gut-wrenching at the same time.
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I was trying to think of the best episode of the Fargo series, and came to the conclusion that the entire second season (with Jesse Plemmons, Kirsten Dunst and a brilliant cast) is the answer.
Speaking of Noah Hawley, the second season of Legion was also brilliant but I'd flag the episode with the various alternate realities as a standout. The last episode was also awesome but mostly as the culmination of all the story arcs of the season (apart from the opening fight scene, which was excellent).
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Supernatural - "Mystery Spot" Possibly the most I've ever laughed at an hour drama/fantasy/horror/comedy TV show.
For Supernatural, I'd say more:

http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/6.15_The_French_Mistake

The episode where they are thrown into our reality, and treated like actors in the show.

God, I miss when Supernatural was funny (ok, not seen last two seasons).
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The Big Bang Theory: The Adhesive Duck Definiciency

Both of the storylines are superb. The interplay between Penny and Sheldon culminating in the funniest rendition of "soft kitty". The rest of the gang in the desert, back when Howard was single and horny and funny, and the line "I hate my name - it has nerd in it".

Fawlty Towers: Communication Problems

It had been four years since the first six episodes. Anticipation was very, very high. Could the second series possibly be as funny? Oh yes. And then some.
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Another one of my personal favorites that probably doesn't objectively belong in a "greatest ever" discussion, but still:

Angel S5E14: Smile Time

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My personal favorites are "Many Happy Returns" and "The Chimes of Big Ben."
My two top favorites are the initial episode, which showed you the premise, Arrival and the episode Hammer into Anvil, in which Number Six really shows what he can do. But Chimes of Big Ben is one of my favorites, too.
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Omigod. Too too many. Just three?

My number one remains "Edith's Birthday" from "All in the Family". The most intense sitcom episode about a serious subject ever made. And it managed to be funny too, without being offensive.

I have to include a Doctor Who episode, so I choose the fourth Doctor in "City of Death". The Paris one with John Cleese. Perfection.

Third? I dunno. Do miniseries count? If so, "Roots", the episode where Kizzy is sold away. Utterly wrenching to watch and unforgettable.
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Omigod. Too too many. Just three?
Nope, sorry for the confusion. I meant as many as you please. I only posted three in the OP because those were the three I had in mind when I created the thread.
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Note to Chefguy and The_Peyote_Coyote: the WKRP in Cincinnati episode title is Turkeys Away, not Turkey Drop.

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House: "Three Stories"

House takes over a diagnostics class for a day and presents the class with three case studies of leg pain. As House tells his story and the class gradually fills up with listeners, the class learns a lot about how to be better doctors, and Chase, Foreman and Cameron learn some important details of House's past.
That's the one I came in to mention.


(I'll add my own rolleyes to "Elaan of Troyius" This is literally the first time in fifty years of Trek fandom that I have ever heard that one held out as even one of the best TOS episodes, to say nothing of THE best.)
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(I'll add my own rolleyes to "Elaan of Troyius" This is literally the first time in fifty years of Trek fandom that I have ever heard that one held out as even one of the best TOS episodes, to say nothing of THE best.)
Maybe Dropo has a "thing" for France Nuyen. She was pretty hot!

I remember her from St Elsewhere, too. I think the episode of that series I remember best is the one where Shirley shoots Peter in the morgue.
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I first saw that probably during the first run of syndication in the early 00's and I always remembered the ep name. But it was on during a marathon a couple of months ago and I had to bail pretty early, couldn't take it.

I'd substitute "Kill Switch."
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Freaks and Geeks, being perfect in almost every way, has so many good moments and episodes. But the episode "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers" stands out.

It has this classic scene with Bill Haverchuck relaxing with some quality alone time after school.
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I remember her from St Elsewhere, too. I think the episode of that series I remember best is the one where Shirley shoots Peter in the morgue.
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The Big Bang Theory - The Staircase Implementation. The flashback scenes are done so perfectly, and the tale of how the elevator got broken is nerd-vana.

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The Big Bang Theory - The Staircase Implementation. The flashback scenes are done so perfectly, and the tale of how the elevator got broken is nerd-vana.

Penny: Of course he was crazy. He was living with Sheldon.
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I was thinking of this one too. The "time-travel" scene never fails to crack me up!
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This was my fave from first showing. Years later, I caught it in syndication run and 10 or 15 minutes had been cut for time. Made not a lick of sense.

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I'm going to mention. Red Dwarf's Back to Reality, which had me genuinely wondering if they were going to change the setup of the entire series.
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I see "Pine Barrens" got love previously, but I still feel that "Funhouse" is the best episode of The Sopranos. Every time I watch it I marvel at how amazing it is.
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The episode of Hill Street Blues where the two hoods rape and murder a nun.

In the real-life incident on which that episode was based, even the Mafia dropped everything to look for the killers. They were lucky the cops found them first.
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Dick van Dyke, "That's My Boy?" With guest star Greg Morris, got the series' loudest, longest laugh ever.

That was very daring in the year it was shown.

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Sesame Street episode #1839 - This is the episode where the cast helps Big Bird understand the death of Mr. Hooper (after the real life death of actor Will Lee). One of the most poinient epsiodes on a show that has dealt with a lot of real life situations and provides powerful tools for helping pre-school age kids understand death and its permanence. Not as funny or dramatic as some other entries on this list, but one that has stayed with many of the kids who watched it.
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(I'll add my own rolleyes to "Elaan of Troyius" This is literally the first time in fifty years of Trek fandom that I have ever heard that one held out as even one of the best TOS episodes, to say nothing of THE best.)
Apologies for the hijack.

There are many ways to assess TOS episodes. For me, one of the more important ones is visual effects; in particular, starships maneuvering through space and firing beams. “Elaan of Troyius” has more such action than (almost?) any other TOS episode. Along with miscellaneous other efx, it also has the greatest transporter effect of any episode, a close-up with (what looks like) 4 or 5 glitter passes on Ms. Nuyen as she beams down.

Another important TOS consideration is of course space babeage. Ms. Nuyen looks great, has some of the best hair of the series, is awesomely costumed (a series hallmark) and makes a superb “space bitch.” It’s easily the best performance of hers I’ve ever seen...and I’ve seen at least five of her 63 credits listed on IMDB.

While Mr. Shatner, et al are in their usual fine form, the stand-out performance in the supporting cast comes from creepy Jay Robinson. It was one of his first credits following a drug bust in the late ‘50s that effectively ended his movie career for several years. Admittedly, he complains a lot in the episode, yet somehow never comes off as too obnoxiously whiny (e.g., imagine Jonathan Harris in the role).

Plot-wise, the episode weaves action, romance, humor, mystery and political intrigue in the best TOS manner. There is a palpable sense of dramatic escalation and tension in the climactic space battle. I think one of the more subtle reasons these sequences work as well as they do is the music. I am sure the sample used was reused in other episodes, but it was not as overused as much as certain other music samples associated with the series. It is also unusually well edited/integrated into the episode.

The biggest criticism I can make of the episode is that when Kirk says “fire phasers,” the stock shot which follows has the Enterprise firing photon torpedoes (note that this mistake is recreated in the “remastered” version of the episode with CG torpedoes). It is annoying. I hope whoever was responsible for it got a lengthy session in the Agony Booth.

Comparison to other alleged “best TOS episode” candidates is revealing. “City on the Edge…” has Joan Collins in soft focus, and perhaps a greater dramatic impact, but it can’t compete in terms of visual efx, action or tension; “Amok Time” has even fewer efx and too much lame-ass Vulcan ritual (and Dr McCoy’s a cheater…I hate cheaters). “…Tribbles” is perhaps funnier, but comes up well short in terms of space action and babeage.

I have never understood why this episode is not more highly regarded. I know I have read some criticisms, but I don’t recall what they were. I obviously did not find them as compelling as the case for regarding “Elaan of Troyius” as the “best TOS episode.”
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I was on the edge of my seat watching the episode in which Adrienne got whacked. Holy crap, you could feel the terror she was experiencing as she was dragged from the car!
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Sesame Street episode #1839 - This is the episode where the cast helps Big Bird understand the death of Mr. Hooper (after the real life death of actor Will Lee). One of the most poinient epsiodes on a show that has dealt with a lot of real life situations and provides powerful tools for helping pre-school age kids understand death and its permanence. Not as funny or dramatic as some other entries on this list, but one that has stayed with many of the kids who watched it.
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson had me in tears. Best episode ever.

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Apologies for the hijack.

There are many ways to assess TOS episodes. For me, one of the more important ones is visual effects; in particular, starships maneuvering through space and firing beams. “Elaan of Troyius” has more such action than (almost?) any other TOS episode. Along with miscellaneous other efx, it also has the greatest transporter effect of any episode, a close-up with (what looks like) 4 or 5 glitter passes on Ms. Nuyen as she beams down.

Another important TOS consideration is of course space babeage. Ms. Nuyen looks great, has some of the best hair of the series, is awesomely costumed (a series hallmark) and makes a superb “space bitch.” It’s easily the best performance of hers I’ve ever seen...and I’ve seen at least five of her 63 credits listed on IMDB.

While Mr. Shatner, et al are in their usual fine form, the stand-out performance in the supporting cast comes from creepy Jay Robinson. It was one of his first credits following a drug bust in the late ‘50s that effectively ended his movie career for several years. Admittedly, he complains a lot in the episode, yet somehow never comes off as too obnoxiously whiny (e.g., imagine Jonathan Harris in the role).

Plot-wise, the episode weaves action, romance, humor, mystery and political intrigue in the best TOS manner. There is a palpable sense of dramatic escalation and tension in the climactic space battle. I think one of the more subtle reasons these sequences work as well as they do is the music. I am sure the sample used was reused in other episodes, but it was not as overused as much as certain other music samples associated with the series. It is also unusually well edited/integrated into the episode.

The biggest criticism I can make of the episode is that when Kirk says “fire phasers,” the stock shot which follows has the Enterprise firing photon torpedoes (note that this mistake is recreated in the “remastered” version of the episode with CG torpedoes). It is annoying. I hope whoever was responsible for it got a lengthy session in the Agony Booth.

Comparison to other alleged “best TOS episode” candidates is revealing. “City on the Edge…” has Joan Collins in soft focus, and perhaps a greater dramatic impact, but it can’t compete in terms of visual efx, action or tension; “Amok Time” has even fewer efx and too much lame-ass Vulcan ritual (and Dr McCoy’s a cheater…I hate cheaters). “…Tribbles” is perhaps funnier, but comes up well short in terms of space action and babeage.

I have never understood why this episode is not more highly regarded. I know I have read some criticisms, but I don’t recall what they were. I obviously did not find them as compelling as the case for regarding “Elaan of Troyius” as the “best TOS episode.”
A good analysis and defense of your position.

While "Elaan" is (IMHO) far from the best episode of the series, I'll grant you it's far and away better than the real stinkers of the third season (like "Plato's Stepchildren").

Just for the sake of argument, phasers can be fired in short bursts that resemble the launching of photon torpedoes, as in "Balance of Terror" (I think this also remained unchanged in the remastered version).
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