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2010-12-20 01:33:48 PM
Hard to argue with that list.
 
2010-12-20 01:42:53 PM
DamnYankees: Hard to argue with that list.

I would pick a different Breaking Bad episode. "One Minute," maybe, for the battle at the end.

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2010-12-20 01:44:29 PM
Hrm. Turns out, I saw none of those.
 
2010-12-20 01:57:45 PM
"The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

Sweetums, every episode of Party Down, and every episode of Community after New Year's were fantastic.

Rubicon and Man Men were really good too.


/Ron f*cking Swanson
 
2010-12-20 02:00:40 PM
Glad to see Party Down get some attention. The Gute was awesome.
 
2010-12-20 02:04:56 PM
mitchcumstein1: "The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

I think the only TV episode which ever made me cry is Scrubs, "My Mistake". I've never sobbed at a TV show.
 
2010-12-20 02:07:53 PM
I echo Terriers, but no Lost?

Wait, did Lost end in 2010 or 2009?
 
2010-12-20 02:08:13 PM
Sons of Anarchy, bittch. Watch it then get back to me.
 
2010-12-20 02:12:04 PM
coco ebert: I echo Terriers, but no Lost?

Wait, did Lost end in 2010 or 2009?


2010, but the latter half of season 6 was...divisive.
 
2010-12-20 02:13:43 PM
I've only seen a few of the episodes on the list but I'm a gigantic Mad Men fan, and The Suitcase is head and shoulders the best episode of Mad Men, imo. Going to be hard for them to top it.
 
2010-12-20 02:14:32 PM
DamnYankees: mitchcumstein1: "The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

I think the only TV episode which ever made me cry is Scrubs, "My Mistake". I've never sobbed at a TV show.


I didn't think it was possible to be that involved emotionally in a fictional story, but damn it, there I was, all by myself on the couch with tears running down my cheeks, wondering just what the hell had become of me.
 
2010-12-20 02:16:22 PM
mitchcumstein1: DamnYankees: mitchcumstein1: "The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

I think the only TV episode which ever made me cry is Scrubs, "My Mistake". I've never sobbed at a TV show.

I didn't think it was possible to be that involved emotionally in a fictional story, but damn it, there I was, all by myself on the couch with tears running down my cheeks, wondering just what the hell had become of me.


Don't get me wrong - hell of an episode. I'm sure I got choked up at it. I loved loved loved the scene where when Matt leaves the Taylor's house after freaking out, Eric just walks him home, never saying a word. He's just...there. Great stuff.
 
2010-12-20 02:22:04 PM
This thread may become too spoilery, but I'm going to nominate "Family Limitation" from Boardwalk Empire. It's the episode where Torrio has the sit down with Sheridan.
 
2010-12-20 02:24:52 PM
Ooh, greened. So here are some other nominations not listed there:

Fringe: White Tulip, Entrada, Marionette
Lost: The End
Chuck: Chuck v. The Honeymooners
Futurama: The Late Phillip J. Fry
 
2010-12-20 02:32:50 PM
DamnYankees: mitchcumstein1: DamnYankees: mitchcumstein1: "The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

I think the only TV episode which ever made me cry is Scrubs, "My Mistake". I've never sobbed at a TV show.

I didn't think it was possible to be that involved emotionally in a fictional story, but damn it, there I was, all by myself on the couch with tears running down my cheeks, wondering just what the hell had become of me.

Don't get me wrong - hell of an episode. I'm sure I got choked up at it. I loved loved loved the scene where when Matt leaves the Taylor's house after freaking out, Eric just walks him home, never saying a word. He's just...there. Great stuff.


It's what's not said that makes it so damn good. FNL does non-dialog communication better than anybody since The West Wing. Kyle Chandler's facial expressions alone should get an Emmy.

Same thing with John C. McGinley in the Scrubs episode, he's just broken by the whole thing, he doesn't need to say it, you can see it.
 
2010-12-20 02:55:15 PM
Maybe because I'm partial to Detroit, but Detroit 1-8-7 has turned out some quality episodes this year. However, word is, like Detroit, the series is toast after this year.
 
2010-12-20 02:55:22 PM
DamnYankees: Ooh, greened. So here are some other nominations not listed there:

Fringe: White Tulip, Entrada, Marionette
Lost: The End
Chuck: Chuck v. The Honeymooners
Futurama: The Late Phillip J. Fry


White Tulip definitely - that's probably Fringe's strongest episode so far, in my opinion.

I think I probably preferred Chuck vs. The American Hero to Chuck vs. The Honeymooners, but there are a lot of different episodes you could nominate.

Other episodes I think deserve an honorable mention:

Modern Family - Unplugged
Community - Mixology Certification (Though Modern Warfare was better)
30 Rock - Brooklyn Without Limits
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Gang Buys a Boat
Archer - Training Day/Diversity Hire/Honeypot (I couldn't pick which one)
Childrens' Hospital - Hot Enough for You?
Nikita - All the Way
Sherlock - The Great Game

/Looking over that list, it occurs to me that most of those are comedies
//I suppose TFA did a pretty good job covering the year's best dramas
 
2010-12-20 02:57:49 PM
MtHammer: Sherlock - The Great Game

A Study in Pink was the best, IMO.
 
2010-12-20 03:24:22 PM
DamnYankees: MtHammer: Sherlock - The Great Game

A Study in Pink was the best, IMO.


It certainly didn't suck. I thought the A Study in Pink and The Great Game were pretty close to on par with each other. I chose the latter mostly due to Andrew Scott as Moriarty (which I know is a performance that I know a lot of people didn't like, but I loved). Both episodes were way better than The Blind Banker, though.

It also occurs to me that I forgot to list Ab Aeterno, which would be my nomination for 2010's best Lost episode.
 
2010-12-20 03:27:44 PM
MtHammer: DamnYankees: MtHammer: Sherlock - The Great Game

A Study in Pink was the best, IMO.

It certainly didn't suck. I thought the A Study in Pink and The Great Game were pretty close to on par with each other. I chose the latter mostly due to Andrew Scott as Moriarty (which I know is a performance that I know a lot of people didn't like, but I loved). Both episodes were way better than The Blind Banker, though.

It also occurs to me that I forgot to list Ab Aeterno, which would be my nomination for 2010's best Lost episode.


Don't know how I forgot about Ab Aeterno. Yeah, it was the best of season 6.
 
2010-12-20 03:33:31 PM
"The Son" from "Friday Night Lights" is my pick for #1, but a great list overall.

DamnYankees: Ooh, greened. So here are some other nominations not listed there:

Fringe: White Tulip, Entrada, Marionette, Peter
Lost: The End
Chuck: Chuck v. The Honeymooners
Futurama: The Late Phillip J. Fry


Don't forget that incredible Noble-centric episode.
 
2010-12-20 03:35:08 PM
robsul82: Don't forget that incredible Noble-centric episode.

I didn't love it - maybe my expectations were too high.

Maybe I'm a minority, but I genuinely find Olivia the most compelling character on that show, so when the episodes are about her I rank them higher.
 
2010-12-20 03:36:49 PM
DamnYankees: I didn't love it - maybe my expectations were too high.

Maybe I'm a minority, but I genuinely find Olivia the most compelling character on that show, so when the episodes are about her I rank them higher.


We definitely part on that one, but right on with your other three picks for "Fringe."
 
2010-12-20 03:49:45 PM
I'm biased, so I'm just glad to see some Treme love. Especially that very, very heavy episode.

The author is a bit of a moron though. Complaining about long musical interludes... in a show about... New Orleans??

The Twin Peaks themed show on Psych should have gotten more than an honorable mention. I don't watch Psych and I thought it was brilliant.
 
2010-12-20 03:51:12 PM
I hated that Breaking bad episode. I guess the dialog was good, but it was just f*cking annoying.
 
2010-12-20 03:54:48 PM
No Boardwalk Empire?
 
2010-12-20 04:42:51 PM
Sumatra: No Boardwalk Empire?

Great show... but no single episode stands out to me (which is what this list is about.)
 
2010-12-20 04:49:10 PM
downstairs: Sumatra: No Boardwalk Empire?

Great show... but no single episode stands out to me (which is what this list is about.)


Home stands out in my mind. (new window)
 
2010-12-20 04:55:59 PM
Sumatra: downstairs: Sumatra: No Boardwalk Empire?

Great show... but no single episode stands out to me (which is what this list is about.)

Home stands out in my mind. (new window)


Eh, I'd say "Nights in Ballygran" was the best episode yet, with "Home" close behind, but Top 10 worthy, I don't know.
 
2010-12-20 04:58:12 PM
DamnYankees: mitchcumstein1: "The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

I think the only TV episode which ever made me cry is Scrubs, "My Mistake". I've never sobbed at a TV show.


That's the one where Ben dies right ? MAN, I cried like a fool !
 
2010-12-20 04:59:37 PM
DamnYankees: I've never sobbed at a TV show.

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Never?
 
2010-12-20 05:01:07 PM
violentsalvation: I hated that Breaking bad episode. I guess the dialog was good, but it was just f*cking annoying.

I can only imagine you missed the point of the episode then. Before I clicked on the list, I knew what number 1 was going to be, and it did not disappoint.
 
2010-12-20 05:03:43 PM
2010 may have offered my two favorite episodes of television ever - The Son for drama and Modern Warfare for comedy. Glad to see them so high up on this list.
 
2010-12-20 05:04:07 PM
Dimensio: DamnYankees: I've never sobbed at a TV show.



Never?


Such an overrated peice of crap episode that is so, so, so overhyped on this website it actually makes me hate that episode.
 
2010-12-20 05:08:14 PM
"of the 2010", who submitted this, Strong Bad?
 
2010-12-20 05:10:34 PM
I expected "The Suitcase" to be number one.

Interesting choice for Breaking Bad. I would have gone with the, "Run" episode.
 
2010-12-20 05:11:10 PM
bigpeeler: Sons of Anarchy, bittch. Watch it then get back to me.

This.
Best show on TV.
 
2010-12-20 05:12:06 PM
bigpeeler: Sons of Anarchy, bittch. Watch it then get back to me.

This season started off so slow and boring (whaaaa my baby). Luckily once they went to Ireland everything became awesome again and the ending blew my socks off.
 
2010-12-20 05:17:12 PM
Best monologue ever:

Link (new window)
 
2010-12-20 05:17:18 PM
List is huge fail without The Sons of Anarchy season ender and Fringe's episode with the guy that could use probabilities to commit murder. Or the episode that brought her back, but I feel stronger about the other one.
 
2010-12-20 05:18:28 PM
mitchcumstein1: DamnYankees: mitchcumstein1: "The Son" made me cry, a farking TV show made me cry. I never thought that could happen, but I'll be damned if it didn't.

I think the only TV episode which ever made me cry is Scrubs, "My Mistake". I've never sobbed at a TV show.

I didn't think it was possible to be that involved emotionally in a fictional story, but damn it, there I was, all by myself on the couch with tears running down my cheeks, wondering just what the hell had become of me.



Try "Shameless". 2010's episode eleven and even twelve are emotional but in a nice way.

Any episode of "The Thick of It", though I'll take 2010's last two episodes. "Choo-farking-choo"

I don't usually watch much North American TV but some of these sound good, I'll have to check 'em out.
 
2010-12-20 05:20:43 PM
The season finale of LOST got a nod from Time's top 10 TV episodes. They acknowledged the divisiveness of how they chose to wrap up the series, but you have to admit that it was compelling and held our attention.

Modern Warfare is one of my favorite episodes of TV ever. The Halloween episode was awesome too. "Make me proud. Be the first black guy to make it out alive."
 
2010-12-20 05:20:55 PM
No Family Guy episode where Brian and Stewie are stuck in a bank vault? Brian eating stewies poop has "Best episode ever" written all over it.
 
2010-12-20 05:21:30 PM
That's a very good list. Glad to see some Parks and Recreation love. My own list would have included some Leverage ("The San Lorenzo Job"), Archer (The zepplin episode), Justified ("Bulletville"), and Fringe ("White Tulip" or "Entrada") but I've never seen Breaking Bad or Terriers or Treme or Friday Night Lights, so those could be better.

All in all good list.
 
2010-12-20 05:22:36 PM
coco ebert: I echo Terriers, but no Lost?

Wait, did Lost end in 2010 or 2009?


Lost ended several years ago. What was on the last couple of years was not Lost, it was a pale imitation.
 
2010-12-20 05:23:28 PM
superoogie: violentsalvation: I hated that Breaking bad episode. I guess the dialog was good, but it was just f*cking annoying.

I can only imagine you missed the point of the episode then. Before I clicked on the list, I knew what number 1 was going to be, and it did not disappoint.


No, I got the point of it. I just found it to be annoying. I was probably in a bad mood that day also, so that may be it.
 
2010-12-20 05:32:22 PM
it's lists like this that sometimes make me wish that I would watch T.V.

but then again, nah....

/fark it
 
2010-12-20 05:42:42 PM
Fine, I'll say it.

That Fly episode of "Breaking Bad" was awful.

It was a purely filler episode, since they probably were short on money and the Producers said "Hey Writers! Give us an episode that takes place only in the Meth Lab! The fewer characters, the better!" And this is what they spit out.

Don't get me wrong -- I absolutely love the series. But that episode was bottom of the barrel.
 
2010-12-20 05:45:45 PM
MtHammer: Archer

For me, the Archer episode where he joins ODIN is the best if only for the line "she's like the Pele of anal".
 
2010-12-20 05:47:55 PM
FTFA:

It brought in every cliche and trope imaginable, referencing - among others - The Book of Eli, Scarface, Boondock Saints, Rambo, The Matrix, "Friends," "Cheers," "Lost," and even "Glee", ending in a beautiful paint-ball Mexican stand-off and monster green-paint explosion.


How could you miss the most obvious one? (Die Hard)
 
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