My favorite TV episodes

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1. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Signal 30 (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

While Lane needs some help closing with a potential new client, Peter begins to crack under the pressure of both his home life and work life.

Director: John Slattery | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,278

2. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Shut the Door. Have a Seat (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

With another sale on the horizon, Sterling, Cooper, and Draper convince Lane Pryce to fire them and then join them as they start up a new advertising firm. At home, Betty follows through with her plans to divorce Don.

Director: Matthew Weiner | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 3,755

3. The Walking Dead (2010–2022)
Episode: Beside the Dying Fire (2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

As the farm is overrun by walkers, the group fights to escape.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 13,704

4. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
Episode: The Staircase Implementation (2010)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Leonard tells Penny about how he and Sheldon became roommates and what happened to the elevator.

Director: Mark Cendrowski | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 4,159

5. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
Episode: The Herb Garden Germination (2011)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Sheldon and Amy secretly experiment on the gang by spreading rumors when they hear that Bernadette is thinking about breaking up with Howard.

Director: Mark Cendrowski | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 2,868

6. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Suitcase (2010)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Don deliberately delays returning an important call from California, because he knows it's bad news about Anna. Instead, he keeps himself occupied by forcing Peggy to miss her birthday dinner to pull an all-nighter with him for a client.

Director: Jennifer Getzinger | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 4,736

7. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Nixon vs. Kennedy (2007)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama

Election night arrives and the staff of Sterling Cooper has a party while watching the returns. The election is close and it's obviously going to be a long night. Now a senior partner in ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,674

8. 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: 17,496

9. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Grown-Ups (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

On the weekend of the John F. Kennedy assassination, Pete finds out that he lost the promotion to Cosgrove, Roger Sterling's daughter's wedding goes off as planned, and Betty musters up the courage to respond to Don's confessions.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,060

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Hush (1999)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When everyone in Sunnydale loses their voice, the Scooby Gang must silently solve the mystery of the monsters who stole their ability to speak.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Votes: 6,591

11. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Remedial Chaos Theory (2011)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

At Abed and Troy's housewarming party, Jeff decides to let the decision on who gets the pizza rest on the roll of the dice, leaving Abed to contemplate six alternate realities.

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 9,451

12. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Pilot: Part 1 (2004)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Forty-eight survivors of an airline flight originating from Australia, bound for the U.S., which crash-lands onto an unknown island 1000 miles off course, struggle to figure out a way to survive while trying to find a way to be rescued.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews

Votes: 9,682

13. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Pilot: Part 2 (2004)

TV-14 | 40 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Having retrieved the plane tranceiver, a group of survivors try to transmit a signal, only to receive a strange transmission from another inhabitant.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn, Evangeline Lilly, Naveen Andrews

Votes: 7,361

14. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Hobo Code (2007)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

Pete Campbell and Peggy Olson start an office romance. Peggy's copy for the lipstick account goes over well and the men in the firm congratulate her. A new telephone receptionist, Lois ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Abraham | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,525

15. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: There's No Place Like Home: Part 1 (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Ben, Locke, and Hurley go to The Orchid, but Keamy and his men beat them there. Jack and Kate go after the helicopter, and are later joined by Sawyer. Sayid comes back to the island with a rescue boat, and then goes after them too.

Director: Stephen Williams | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Davies, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 4,546

16. 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: 16,946

17. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: The Body (2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Buffy, Dawn, and their friends deal with the aftermath of Joyce's death.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield Ford

Votes: 5,778

18. Modern Family (2009–2020)
Episode: Airport 2010 (2010)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Gloria's birthday present to Jay of a trip to Hawaii becomes a vacation for the entire family.

Director: Jason Winer | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,979

19. NewsRadio (1995–1999)
Episode: Negotiation (1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

Matthew gets a title bump to "Coordinating Producer" and tries to boss the staff around. Mr. James announces his wife-candidate search and tries to negotiate a marriage. Lisa looks for a new job and tries her hand at MTV News.

Director: Leonard R. Garner Jr. | Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney

Votes: 130

20. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Live Together, Die Alone (2006)

TV-14 | 87 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After discovering a sailboat just offshore containing former hatch oversee Desmond, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox

Votes: 6,661

21. NewsRadio (1995–1999)
Episode: Catherine Moves On (1997)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

When Catherine decides to leave WNYX, each staff member recalls a different version of the event.

Director: Tom Cherones | Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney

Votes: 100

22. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Exodus: Part 1 (2005)

TV-14 | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The French woman arrives at the camp with a dire warning about a group of survivors known as the Others.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 5,318

23. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Exodus: Part 2 (Part I) (2005)

TV-14 | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

(Part I of II) The castaways on the raft are surprised at sea by something unexpected. Meanwhile, remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch, and a visitor to the encampment might be a threat to Claire's infant son.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Votes: 5,937

24. The Walking Dead (2010–2022)
Episode: Days Gone Bye (2010)

TV-14 | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens from a coma, and searches for his family in a world ravaged by the undead.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 21,501

25. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: Everything in Its Right Place (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Lincoln travels to the other side to join forces with Bolivia and his own alternate, as they search for a vigilante with a surprising connection to the shapeshifters.

Director: David Moxness | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 1,442

26. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Brother's Keeper (2011)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

As the coal mine makes one final attempt to negotiate with the Bennett clan, Loretta begins to piece together what the Bennetts did with her father.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 1,187

27. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Mr. Burns is laying in the hospital while the investigation into his shooterbegins, every citizen has motivation, but it's Simpson DNA that has been found.

Director: Wesley Archer | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,915

28. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Disaster Averted (2011)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

The gang explains to Kevin the origins of the "No Boogie-Boarding" sign in front of MacLaren's, which has to do with Hurricane Irene. Meanwhile, Barney negotiates with Marshall about how to get out of wearing the ducky tie.

Director: Michael J. Shea | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 2,884

29. Modern Family (2009–2020)
Episode: My Funky Valentine (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jay takes Gloria to see David Brenner. Mitchell and Cameron try to set Manny up on a date. Phil and Claire try to spice things up by going on a romantic getaway.

Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 2,257

30. Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)
Episode: One Wonderful Day (2005)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Tensions and conflicts endure between the different characters as the season comes to an end but leaves you hanging for what is to come.

Director: Larry Shaw | Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria

Votes: 605

31. Fringe (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An F.B.I. agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Votes: 222,931

Pilot Episode

32. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Tabula Rasa (2001)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

While trying to find a way to make Buffy forget about her afterlife experience, Willow inadvertently casts a spell that erases everyone's memories.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 3,238

33. Knots Landing (1979–1993)
Episode: Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Laura and Greg name their baby Meg. Greg tells Paige that he isn't her father. Abby fires Paige but Karen rehires her. Ben phones Val and tells her that he'll keep in touch with her as he's... See full summary »

Director: Joseph L. Scanlan | Stars: William Devane, Kevin Dobson, Julie Harris, Michele Lee

Votes: 8

34. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: The Dundies (2005)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

Very much unlike his staff, an overeager Michael can't wait for this year's annual Dundies awards.

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

Votes: 5,512

35. The Walking Dead (2010–2022)
Episode: Pretty Much Dead Already (2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Glenn tells the rest of the group about the walkers in the barn, dividing them on what to do. Meanwhile, Hershel sets a deadline for the group to leave, unless Rick does a difficult task.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 14,522

36. That '70s Show (1998–2006)
Episode: Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die (2000)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

Scream... with laughter. It's a Hitchcock happening on THAT '70s SHOW

Director: David Trainer | Stars: Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson

Votes: 973

37. The O.C. (2003–2007)
Episode: The Gamble (2003)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ryan's mother arrives in Newport.

Director: Ian Toynton | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton

Votes: 560

38. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Darla (2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Lindsey finds himself drawn to Darla as her mental state deteriorates.

Director: Tim Minear | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,764

39. Cheers (1982–1993)
Episode: The Bar Manager, the Shrink, His Wife and Her Lover (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Frasier is suddenly in the position of choosing between two desirable women.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Votes: 264

40. Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Episode: Graduation Day (1988)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

Mike's graduation stirs memories from his proud parents, who recall his birth and first day of school. Carol loses her long-standing bet that her brother will never graduate.

Director: John Tracy | Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold

Votes: 35

41. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 178,843

42. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Scandal (2012)

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

The Graysons unite to protect Daniel in the face of the murder scandal at the Fire & Ice party.

Director: Kenneth Fink | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 792

43. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Chaos (2012)

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

Emily and Daniel's engagement party turns to terror when her vendetta takes a dark, unexpected turn, putting those she loves and hates in mortal danger.

Director: Sanford Bookstaver | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 943



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