The 50 Greatest Episodes of 2009

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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: ABQ (2009)

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

Walt's lies have pushed Skyler to her limit. She leaves with the kids. Meanwhile, Jesse blames himself for Jane's death and goes into rehab.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 13,782

10/10

2. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Phoenix (2009)

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

Walt and Skyler have a baby girl. Now that Jesse is hooked on heroin, Walt refuses to give him his money until he gets clean. Meanwhile, as an excuse for his money, Walt decides to donate the money to himself through his son's new website.

Director: Colin Bucksey | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 13,771

9/10

3. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Stress Relief (2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

Dwight's too-realistic fire alarm gives Stanley a heart attack. When he returns, Michael learns that he is the cause of Stanley's stress. To remedy the situation, he forces the office to throw a roast for him.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 6,494

9/10

4. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Michael Scott Paper Company (2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Tension and disillusionment begin to emerge as Michael, Pam, and Ryan move the Michael Scott Paper Company into a cramped "workspace" at the business park.

Directors: Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,205

9/10

5. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Dream Team (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Michael and Pam begin their first day as the Michael Scott Paper Company putting together the rest of the staff and trying to raise money.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,016

9/10

6. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Two Weeks (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

As Michael prepares to leave Dunder Mifflin, he announces that he will form his own paper company. Will anybody join him?

Director: Paul Lieberstein | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,016

9/10

7. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Broke (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The Michael Scott Paper Company is gaining clients by offering lower prices than Dunder Mifflin, but is going broke in the process. However, Dunder Mifflin is losing clients to him, and is desperate to buy him out.

Director: Steve Carell | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,710

9/10

8. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009– )
Episode: Toilet Books (2009)

27 min | Comedy

Stewart Lee looks at the world of books, including the works of Dan Brown and the vast amount of celebrity hardbacks springing up in your local supermarkets, all the while asking how toilet books came to exist.

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Stewart Lee, Kevin Eldon, Tara Flynn, Miles Jupp

Votes: 52

9/10

9. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009– )
Episode: Political Correctness (2009)

28 min | Comedy

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return to television of arguably one of Britain's finest stand-up comedians, and shows him at his masterful and hilarious best. Each of the six ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Stewart Lee, Stephen K. Amos, Cathryn Bradshaw, Kevin Eldon

Votes: 41

9/10

10. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Heavy Competition (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Dwight chooses loyalty to Dunder Mifflin over loyalty to Michael, which leads to a bitter battle between Michael and Dwight over Dwight's accounts. Back at Dunder Mifflin, Jim pretends to confide in Andy.

Director: Ken Whittingham | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,074

9/10

11. The Thick of It (2005–2012)
Episode: Episode #3.7 (2009)

TV-MA | 31 min | Comedy

Nicola is keen to find a famous sports person to front her Healthy Choices campaign but Tucker is officially on holiday - or rather recovering from the result of his spat with Terri. Thus ... See full summary »

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Peter Capaldi, Rebecca Front, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 240

9/10

12. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: 4 Days Out (2009)

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

Walt and Jesse become stranded out in the middle of the desert after cooking more crystal.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 13,835

9/10

13. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009– )
Episode: Religion (2009)

29 min | Comedy

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return to television of arguably one of Britain's finest stand-up comedians, and shows him at his masterful and hilarious best. Each of the six ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Stewart Lee, Stephen K. Amos, Kevin Eldon, Paul Jerricho

Votes: 37

9/10

14. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: Rapture's Delight (2009)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan and Francine are left behind after the Rapture, and wind up playing critical roles in Jesus Christ's war against the Antichrist.

Directors: Joseph Daniello, Ron Hughart, Brent Woods | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 962

9/10

15. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Peekaboo (2009)

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

After Skinny Pete gets ripped off, Walt makes Jesse go get the money. Meanwhile, Walt's cover story on how Elliott and Gretchen are paying for his medical treatment is on the verge of collapsing.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 13,441

9/10

16. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Mandala (2009)

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

Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. Saul tries to set them up with a mysterious distributor.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 12,253

9/10

17. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Better Call Saul (2009)

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

Badger is caught by the DEA. Walt and Jesse hire the best criminal lawyer in town, Saul Goodman.

Director: Terry McDonough | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 14,130

8.5/10

18. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009– )
Episode: Television (2009)

28 min | Comedy

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return to television of arguably one of Britain's finest stand-up comedians, and shows him at his masterful and hilarious best. Each of the six ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Stewart Lee, Cathryn Bradshaw, Justin Edwards, Kevin Eldon

Votes: 46

8.5/10

19. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009– )
Episode: Comedy (2009)

28 min | Comedy

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return to television of arguably one of Britain's finest stand-up comedians, and shows him at his masterful and hilarious best. Each of the six ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Stewart Lee, Stephen K. Amos, Kevin Eldon, Tony Law

Votes: 37

8.5/10

20. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Fishsticks (2009)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Jimmy comes up with the perfect joke, but Cartman wants to take half the credit for it. However, Kanye West doesn't get the joke, and vows revenge on the person who came up with it.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, April Stewart

Votes: 2,562

8.5/10

21. Family Guy (1999– )
Episode: Road to the Multiverse (2009)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Brian and Stewie explore a series of alternate universes.

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

Votes: 2,636

8.5/10

22. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: The Party (2009)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Mark invites Dobby to a party at his flat, then has to work out how he'll actually organise it. Meanwhile things have gotten a bit frosty between Jez and Elena but he reckons he knows to handle it so she'll come running back to him.

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Eliza L. Bennett, Emily Bruni

Votes: 327

8.5/10

23. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Das Boot (2009)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

After Gail's surprise proposal to Elena, they are soon to have a civil partnership, but Jez won't give up that easily. Sophie is also due to give birth and wants Mark to pass his driving ... See full summary »

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Emily Bruni, Olivia Colman

Votes: 301

8/10

24. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Jeremy at JLB (2009)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

Jeremy starts working at JLB Credit, however the entire UK division of the company gets shut down by the German head office the same day. Mark forms a group to protest against the firings but really wants to impress Dobby.

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Vera Graziadei

Votes: 327

8/10

25. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: The Funcooker (2009)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Jack gets the writers to come up with a name for GE's new pocket microwave, Liz unsuccessfully tries to get out of jury duty, Dr. Spaceman gives Jenna pills to help her stay awake, and Tracy deliberately tries to get fined by the FCC.

Director: Ken Whittingham | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 673

8/10

26. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Grilled (2009)

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

Walt's disappearance is met with investigation by both his wife and Hank, as Tuco Salamanca intends to leave town with his kidnapped cooks.

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 14,932

8/10

27. The Thick of It (2005–2012)
Episode: Episode #3.5 (2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Nicola and Peter Mannion go head to head on Richard Bacon's Radio 5 phone-in show. Nicola does not do well with her idea of "being inspired out of poverty" and Mannion, despite Phil's ... See full summary »

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Peter Capaldi, Rebecca Front, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 272

8/10

28. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: Return to Malice (2009)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Henchman 21, determined to find out who murdered his friend, Henchman 24, kidnaps Hank and Dean and subjects them to the dreaded Chinese water torture. Meanwhile, the Monarch eats a fancy salad and has a reaction to one of the ingredients.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Jon Schnepp | Stars: James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer

Votes: 123

8/10

29. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: Perchance to Dean (2009)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Hank, along with is friend, Dermott, start breaking all of the Venture Compound Rules in a bid to get his father's attention.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Jon Schnepp | Stars: James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer

Votes: 133

8/10

30. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: The Revenge Society (2009)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Guild of Calamitous Intent comes under attack from an old foe with a new name, Revenge.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Jon Schnepp | Stars: James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Doc Hammer, Christopher McCulloch

Votes: 125

8/10

31. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: The Better Man (2009)

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Orpheus Family is caught between the problems of their past and future as Dr. Orpheus must rescue the man he hates the most from Hell and Triana stands at the crossroads of her destiny.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Jon Schnepp | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Doc Hammer, Lisa Hammer, Christopher McCulloch

Votes: 119

8/10

32. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Margaritaville (2009)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

In a parody of the final weeks of Christ's life, South Park goes into hysterics over the failing economy, but Kyle begins preaching that there is no reason for fear. Meanwhile, Stan ... See full summary »

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, April Stewart

Votes: 2,035

8/10

33. South Park (1997– )
Episode: The Coon (2009)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Cartman tries to become a superhero, only to have another fourth grader steal his thunder by becoming one too and becoming more popular.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, April Stewart

Votes: 2,050

8/10

34. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Niagara: Part 1 (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The Office travels to Niagara Falls to celebrate Jim and Pam's wedding under strict orders not to mention Pam's pregnancy. Michael, Dwight, and Andy all want to hook up with guests at the wedding and Michael and Dwight meet twins.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 3,813

8/10

35. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: The Test (2009)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Jeremy starts getting to know gorgeous new neighbour Elena and Mark invites Dobby round to the flat one evening. But they are about to find out who the father of Sophie's baby really is.

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Vera Graziadei

Votes: 352

8/10

36. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Jeremy in Love (2009)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

Jeremy thinks he has fallen in love with Elena and tries to win her heart. Mark tries to get a job as a guide for London history walks.

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Vera Graziadei

Votes: 306

8/10

37. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: The Affair (2009)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Jeremy finds out that Elena is already in a relationship, but with a woman. This turns him on and he continues seeing her. Johnson invites Mark to join his new management consultancy firm, but Mark starts to question his faith in Johnson.

Director: Becky Martin | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Emily Bruni, Vera Graziadei

Votes: 301

8/10

38. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: The Duel (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Moments before he leaves for New York for a meeting with David Wallace, Michael tells Andy that Angela and Dwight are seeing each other. Andy and Dwight then decide to have it out in the parking lot.

Director: Dean Holland | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,191

8/10

39. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: The Lover (2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Jim and Pam return from their honeymoon and learn, to their horror, that Michael is dating Pam's mom. Meanwhile, Dwight gives Jim a "gift"--which actually has a listening device attached to it.

Directors: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,097

8/10

40. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: The Tough Brets (2009)

TV-14 | 27 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Bret organizes a gang to protect himself from rappers he dissed in a song; Murray and Jemaine get their feelings hurt by Aussie counterparts; Mel paints a portrait Jemaine can't get rid of.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 411

8/10

41. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: Murray Takes It to the Next Level (2009)

TV-14 | 28 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Murray tries to elevate Bret and Jemaine on his friendship graph, bringing his questioning pal Jim in on the plan; Mel demands an apology from Bret for inappropriate dream behavior.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 375

8/10

42. King of the Hill (1997–2010)
Episode: To Sirloin with Love (2009)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Bobby becomes a steak critic.

Director: Kyoung Hee Lim | Stars: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 217

8/10

43. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: Unnatural Love (2009)

TV-14 | 27 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Jemaine starts dating an Australian, to Bret's dismay and inconvenience.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 512

8/10

44. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: New Cup (2009)

TV-14 | 27 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Bret and Jemaine's fortunes unravel after Bret buys a new tea cup. With emergency band funds unavailable, Jemaine takes desperate measures in hopes of supplementing their income.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 442

8/10

45. Flight of the Conchords (2007–2009)
Episode: Prime Minister (2009)

TV-14 | 28 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Foiled by the White House, Murray arranges a presidential meeting for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand; a tribute gig ends with Jemaine getting mixed up with an Art Garfunkel fanatic.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal

Votes: 368

8/10

46. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Lecture Circuit: Part 2 (2009)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Michael and Pam go to Nashua and discover that Holly has a new boyfriend. At the office, Jim and Dwight try to come up with a theme for Kelly's birthday party, and Angela gets a new cat.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 1,964

8/10

47. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Lecture Circuit: Part 1 (2009)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

While on lecture tour to other Dunder Mifflin branches, Michael and Pam discover that Jim's ex-girlfriend Karen is pregnant. At the office, Andy falls for a prospective client, and Jim and Dwight try to set up Kelly's birthday party.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 2,003

8/10

48. The Thick of It (2005–2012)
Episode: Episode #3.1 (2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Following the PM's resignation there is a cabinet reshuffle and Hugh is to be replaced as secretary of state for Social Affairs and Citizenship. Unfortunately only one person is interested ... See full summary »

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Peter Capaldi, Rebecca Front, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 239

8/10

49. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Negro Y Azul (2009)

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