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18 January 2008 @ 01:00 pm
First thing that comes to mind  
The best TV episode ever.
The best TV episode ever.
The best TV episode ever.




No, stop! Don't overthink it! Just the first think you thought of. You can include all of your overthinking and caveats in your response, but I want to know what came to mind first. ;>

Bonus points for telling me what about that particular episode you liked most, regardless of whether or not it's your favourite.
 
 
 
Darkmane: Cagekittendarkmane on January 18th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
First thing that comes to mind is the All in the Family episode where a rabbi is blown up in front of the Bunkers home at the end. The shot of Archie, Edith, Mike and Gloria looking through the door is iconic to me.
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I've never actually seen All in the Family, despite its fame. I get the impression sometimes that I should just because the entire series is semi-iconic to a specific era of pop culture.
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Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I liked NCIS too. I might even buy it on DVD though I can't see myself rewatching episodes after a first go. Some of their stressy to do twice, but I adore most of the characters in that excellent example of character-driven TV. I love Abby, agree that Gibbs is Vimes, and would date McGee in a heart beat (surprise, surprise, I know ;> ). I am amused by Ziva's character but interestingly, upon reflection, she doesn't hold a lasting interest for me.
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Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Do you still write?
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Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Eek! The main character sounds totally bone-chilling from the brief description on wikipedia.
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Twins of Chance: happyoponn on January 18th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Dr. Who

Blink
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oooo! Thank you. I needed a good place to start in on some Dr. Who and will totally check this out. I've only seen about half a dozen episodes from a very wide range of different Doctors. I really love the man with the scarf. And I really love the plot synopsis for this show - sounds like everything I love about the occasional truly worthy episode of Stargate SG1.
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Prince of Happinesspoh on January 18th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I don't believe it. No such thing. Ever isn't over.
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
OK, ok, how about "so far"?
(no subject) - poh on January 18th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Satan's Tilt-A-Whirlsavannarama on January 18th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
This is funny, 'cause ER is not one of my top 10 shows, but there was a fantastic live episode they did once, acted out twice in one night; once for each coast. What could've been just a stupid gimmick turned out instead to be amazing.

I've just looked it up and got a hit instantly--it was from 1997, and the episode was titled Ambush. The premise is that a documentary crew comes to film an ordinary day in the ER. Anthony Edwards was tremendous in this episode; I was just blown away.

"This episode received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic), and won the Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series."
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
I remember that episode! And you're right, it was amazing.

A great example of a TV show going out on a formatting-style limb and winning. It's interesting to see when that succeeds and when it fails. In my own personal notion of things that rock, I would say the Buffy Musical was a succeed, and the Farscape cartoon was a fail.
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hush

(which isn't even close to my favourite TV show)
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
the last Cheers episode also came to mind shortly thereafter as being extremely memorable...
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Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Jake and I were recently discussing really truly fucking brilliant individual TV episodes and this one came up very early on in the conversation.

I have a mad love for character-driven episodes that fit into a bigger context, and Out of Gas is a perfect example of that type.
(no subject) - savannarama on January 18th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
That just gave me the chills. And a reminder that I seriously needed to sit down and watch M*A*S*H. I was so young when I was watching it that I really have almost no recollection...
butterflake on January 18th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
The finale of Six Feet Under.

Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
I keep burning out towards the end of season 2, but I keep hearing that the finale was CRAZY good. What's your opinion - is it watchable without watching all of the interim episodes?
(no subject) - butterflake on January 18th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Khirilkhiril on January 18th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I immediately thought of Hush from Season 4 of Buffy.
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
You win. That was my first one, too. GRiN

I need to see that one again. I've only seen it once and it floored me enough that it still comes up as triple-fantastico-WIN!
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Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Millenium, I don't think...

Is the rest of the series up to snuff that I should watch the whole thing?
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Laurendj_stitch on January 18th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Buffy musical episode. For serious.
Satan's Tilt-A-Whirlsavannarama on January 18th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I would also like to add the "Two Cathedrals" episode (Season 2 | Episode 22 | Aired on 2001.05.16) of The West Wing, which is incredibly written and acted. Some of the finest dialogue, suspense, sadness, and hope in one episode ever.

Televisionwithoutpity.com has a recap of the episode in which they translate a small portion spoken in latin, although if you watch it, the translation is unnecessary, because Martin Sheen was so good in that scene.
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I consider The West Wing to be the perfect example of TV at its very finest. It has both a popular and cult following, which to me is proof that it wins on some kind of massive macro scale.

I just finished rewatching season 1. I need to go get season 2 and rewatch that, I got the chills just remembering what little I do remember of "Two Cathedrals".
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Ryan Forsytheflamingweasel on January 18th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
First thing I thought of: ST: The Next Generation, "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II". The bit where they fly through the remains of the whole fleet ... yeah. Good stuff.

Now that I've admitted what came to mind first, I'd say that what I should answer is the last episode of Twin Peaks. To entirely make up for the tremendously bad second season of that show deserves mad props, as the kids say.
Kburgunder on January 18th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
You know how there was one person who didn't see Twin Peaks?

It was me.
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Sarah: Torchwoodsarmonster on January 18th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
TORCHWOOOOD!!!!! Season 2 episode 1
Sarah: Nerdsarmonster on January 18th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's probably NOT, I was just so excited to see it.
joyquality: kittenhatjoyquality on January 19th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
After a lot of "um... well.." the first specific episode that popped into my head was "The Inner Light", the Star Trek episode where Picard lives a whole life in an alien world. I don't stand by that as the best tv episode ever, but you wanted the first thing that came to mind.
Tracy Lauricellatmib on January 19th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
What popped into my mind was:

B5: Sleeping in Light... no: Dr Who: Blink, no, wait that's two answers...
indie: BTVS B/A IRWYindiefic on January 19th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Finale of Buffy season 2.

Weirdness is that it really isn't one of the most enjoyable episodes to watch. Probably not even in my top 5 most enjoyable Buffy episodes. But for sheer impact, it's unbeatable. It is flawless in so many ways, dialog, visually, emotional turmoil, gravitas. All of it.
Varnvarn_ix on January 19th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
Since I'm playing B5 in the background, I can't rely on 'first thing that comes to mind'.

As for subjective impressions, it would be hard to beat the Dr Who I saw when I was about eight. It was the one with giant ants and larvae on a space station. I was scared shitless for a month.