Best TV Episodes

by stafford-seamus | created - 16 May 2014 | updated - 10 May 2015 | Public

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1. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Small Potatoes (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Five unrelated women in a small town give birth to babies with small tails. The prime suspect is a man who can shape shift into whomever he wants.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Darin Morgan

Votes: 3,473

2. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Humbug (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The agents search for a killer in a Florida town inhabited by sideshow performers.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jim Rose, Wayne Grace

Votes: 3,885

3. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: War of the Coprophages (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While looking for signs of alien ships in the sky above a small town, Mulder learns of a series of deaths supposedly caused by metallic cockroaches. He turns to sexy entomologist Bambi for help, which makes Scully angrily rush to his aid.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Bobbie Phillips, Raye Birk

Votes: 3,770

4. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Back to the Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Brian and Stewie travel back in time to January 31, 1999 to change history, only to alter the past with dire consequences.

Directors: Dominic Bianchi, Peter Shin | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,921

5. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Fly (2010)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

There is a fly loose in the lab. Walt and Jesse must do whatever they can to kill it before it contaminates the meth.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 21,000

6. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Ozymandias (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Marie convinces Skyler to tell Walter, Jr. the truth.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 112,160

7. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Felina (2013)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White makes one last attempt to secure his family's future, while also visiting some old enemies, during his final return to Albuquerque.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 80,637

8. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Post-Modern Prometheus (1997)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

in this surreal, comical take on Frankenstein, Mulder and Scully arrive in a small rural town to investigate claims of a monster obsessed with Cher that's sedating and impregnating the local women.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John O'Hurley, Pattie Tierce

Votes: 3,779

9. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Modern Warfare (2010)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

Greendale Community College is transformed into an apocalyptic war zone when the dean promises the winner of a paintball competition priority registration, and it could fan the flames of sexual tension between Jeff and Britta.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 7,392

10. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Anthropology 101 (2010)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Jeff and Britta engage in a dangerous game of relationship one-upsmanship in response to Britta's embarrassing moment at the end of the previous school year, which could cause the entire study group to fall apart.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,097

11. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: A Fistful of Paintballs (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

In a "spaghetti western" parody, Pierce tries to get revenge on the rest of the study group during this year's paintball tournament.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 4,175

12. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: For a Few Paintballs More (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

When the study group learns that there's a sinister plot behind the paintball tournament, they unite the remaining players to defeat the enemy.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 3,384

13. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Pillows and Blankets (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The United Forts of Pillowtown, headed by Abed, is at war with the Legit Republic of Blanketsburg, ruled by Troy. Annie sets up a hospital zone to treat casualties on both sides. Britta ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 3,013

14. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Geothermal Escapism (2014)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

As a going-away present to Troy before his around-the-world trip, Abed sets up a high-stakes game of "Hot Lava" at the college, but Britta suspects that the game is just masking his real feelings about Troy's departure.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,604

15. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Epidemiology (2010)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The study group is left to fend for themselves by Dean Pelton during a rabies outbreak due to tainted food at Greendale's Halloween party.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 3,080

16. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Road to Germany (2008)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Stewie and Brian use a time machine to go back to Nazi-era Poland and rescue Mort.

Directors: Greg Colton, James Purdum, Peter Shin | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,487

17. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Bad Blood (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully and Mulder each recount their version of events that led Mulder to drive a stake through the heart of a Texas teenager he claims was a vampire.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Luke Wilson

Votes: 4,558

18. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Drive (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man tormented by a piercing sound that could make his head explode unless he heads west as fast as possible takes Mulder hostage to drive for him, while Scully rushes to find the cause of this affliction that also killed the man's wife.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Bryan Cranston, Michael O'Neill

Votes: 2,844

19. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Triangle (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder boards the wreck of a legendary missing WWII ship that suddenly appeared in the Bermuda Triangle. The ship turns out to be a time portal. Now Scully must use all of her wits to try and get the unwilling FBI to help her save him.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Chris Owens

Votes: 3,333

20. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Dreamland (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An anonymous tip finally brings Mulder and Scully to the mecca of all UFO lore, Area 51. But when the agents witness the flight of a mysterious craft there, Mulder and one of the Men in Black, Fletcher, somehow switch bodies - and lives.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Michael McKean, John Mahon

Votes: 3,019

21. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Dreamland II (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully begins to suspect that her partner's strange behavior is more than it appears to be, while Mulder fights to return his life to normal before it's too late.

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Michael McKean, John Mahon

Votes: 2,850

22. Bob's Burgers (2011– )
Episode: Bob Day Afternoon (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Bob storms away from First Oceanside Savings Bank, his plea for loan restructure ignored; some guy is holding up the bank and taking hostages. Louise is assigned an essay for school on the ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Archer | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts

Votes: 773

23. Bob's Burgers (2011– )
Episode: Mother Daughter Laser Razor (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Linda struggles to connect with Louise when they attend a mother-daughter seminar, while Bob takes Tina to get her legs waxed.

Director: Jennifer Coyle | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts

Votes: 593

24. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Goldberg Variation (1999)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is tossed off the top of a 29 story building by gangsters. Amazingly, he gets up and walks away unscathed. Mulder and Scully investigate when Mulder suspects this man may have ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Willie Garson, Alyson Reed

Votes: 2,388

25. Bob's Burgers (2011– )
Episode: Fort Night (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Tricks and treats and lunatics abound.

Directors: Boo Hwan Lim, Kyoung Hee Lim, Bernard Derriman | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy

Votes: 571

26. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: X-Cops (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The investigation of a neighborhood monster isn't too weird for the crew of Cops (1989) to follow around Mulder and Scully.

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Judson Mills, Dee Freeman

Votes: 2,900

27. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Hollywood A.D. (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A screenwriter tags along with Mulder and Scully as they investigate a church bombing. The case becomes the plot of a Hollywood movie, but the agents find their case, and themselves, distorted on the big screen.

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Garry Shandling

Votes: 2,413

28. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Je Souhaite (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers have a less than helpful genie who grants their wishes with disastrous consequences. Mulder comes into possession of the same genie, and his wishes garner similar results.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Paula Sorge

Votes: 2,470

29. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Lord of the Flies (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Doggett and Reyes investigate a teenage boy who may have the ability to control insects and uses it to kill. Scully and a pushy, pompous, flirtatious entomologist assist them.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Hank Harris

Votes: 1,731

30. Bob's Burgers (2011– )
Episode: The Kids Rob a Train (2014)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Bob, Linda, and the kids board a train for a wine tasting while the kids are put in the caboose. The kids sneak out in an attempt to steal the chocolate from the kitchen car while Bob challenges another person on the train to a contest.

Directors: Boo Hwan Lim, Kyoung Hee Lim, Bernard Derriman | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy

Votes: 490

31. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Sunshine Days (2002)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Reyes and Doggett investigate two murders revolving around a house that is, at some points in time, identical to the Brady Bunch house.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 1,736

32. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: The Simpsons Guy (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy

After fleeing Quahog due to Peter's misogynistic comic strip, the Griffins get their car stolen and end up getting stuck in Springfield.

Directors: Peter Shin, Dominic Bianchi, James Purdum | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 3,965

33. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Meanwhile (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Professor Farnsworth invents a button that can take a person 10 seconds back in time, inadvertently causing major consequences.

Director: Peter Avanzino | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 2,471

34. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Lethal Inspection (2010)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Bender discovers that he has no backup capabilities--meaning that he is mortal, and he and Hermes travel to Mexico so that he can take out his frustrations on his inspector.

Director: Ray Claffey | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 1,607

35. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Basic Lupine Urology (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

Presented like an episode of Law & Order (1990), the study group attempts to find out who squashed their biology project: a yam. Troy and Abed become detectives, Shirley is their boss, ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Schrab | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 2,900

36. The Wire (2002–2008)
Episode: -30- (2008)

TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Dominic West, Reg E. Cathey, John Doman, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 3,652

37. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Ice (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate when a team of geophysicists stationed at a remote Alaskan outpost are killed by a parasitic alien life form.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xander Berkeley, Felicity Huffman

Votes: 5,329

38. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Road to the North Pole (2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Animation, Comedy

Disappointed with the Mall Santa, Stewie and Brian decide to go up to the North Pole to teach Santa a lesson, only to face a shocking revelation.

Directors: Greg Colton, James Purdum, Peter Shin, Steve Beers | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,629

39. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully recounts the investigation of an alleged UFO encounter for the famous quirky author Jose Chung's latest novel. The case gives a whole new meaning to the term Rashomon effect. Chung later returns in Millennium: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997).

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Nelson Reilly, William Lucking

Votes: 4,414

40. Archer (2009– )
Episode: Archer Vice: Arrival/Departure (2014)

TV-MA | 21 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

While Lana is trying to give birth to her baby, it turns out that the whole "cocaine-case" was a secret agreement between Malory and the CIA.

Director: Adam Reed | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Leigh Jackson, Amber Nash

Votes: 957

41. Not Going Out (2006– )
Episode: Plane (2014)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy

Flying off on a summer holiday, Lucy and Daisy endure the worst flight of their lives when Lee gets a bad case of the jitters on the plane.

Director: Nick Wood | Stars: Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Katy Wix, Hugh Dennis

Votes: 35

42. Not Going Out (2006– )
Episode: Wedding (2014)

TV-MA | 43 min | Comedy

Lee's dad, Frank, takes Lee on his stag night the night before Lee and Lucy's wedding, which causes some serious problems for the pair and Lucy's dad, Geoffrey, the following morning. Will the three men make it to the wedding on time?

Director: Nick Wood | Stars: Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Katy Wix, Deborah Grant

Votes: 61

43. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: After Hours (2012)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

In Tallahassee, Dwight and Todd Packer try to romance Nellie to get the VP position, while Jim wonders if a colleague is trying to hit on him. Back in Scranton, Val's boyfriend shows up with a message for Darryl.

Director: Brian Baumgartner | Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak

Votes: 1,862

44. Not Going Out (2006– )
Episode: Camping (2012)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

In an effort to show the others that he is not a wimp who needs his creature comforts, Lee agrees to accompany Tim, Lucy and Daisy on a camping weekend. Unfortunately Tim's car breaks down ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Wood | Stars: Lee Mack, Tim Vine, Sally Bretton, Katy Wix

Votes: 79

45. Modern Family (2009–2020)
Episode: Connection Lost (2015)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Claire is stuck at an airport and trying to digitally track down Haley after an argument.

Director: Steven Levitan | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 5,123

46. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (1995)

TV-PG | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery