What’s The Best TV Episode Of The Century?
I spend a lot of time on Film and TV Twitter. It's like regular Twitter, but people tend to be a lot less angry about everything. Unless you put out a list that people can argue about. Suddenly, everyone gets really angry.
That's what happened a couple of days ago when The Ringer published their list of the 100 Best TV Episodes of the Century. To be fair, the list is kind of insane. How can you compare an episode of The Sopranos to an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show? Why does Survivor rank like 60 spots ahead of Arrested Development? And why does my favorite show, Community, only come in at number 73? This list is garbage of the highest order, I declare!
But it got me thinking: what are the best TV episodes I've seen over the last 18 years? A few of my favorites are on the list, like The Office's "Dinner Party" and Breaking Bad's "Ozymandias," but there are definitely some I love that didn't make the cut. And in some cases, certain shows made the list, but I would swap out the episode that got them there. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More, With Feeling" is great, but it's no "Hush."
So, what's your take? Is there a TV episode that you feel deserves a spot in the TV hall of fame? Below are the Top 10 from The Ringer's list - do you agree with it?
10. Breaking Bad - "Ozymandias"
9. The O.C. - "Pilot"
8. The Sopranos - "Pine Barrens"
7. Survivor - "The Final Four (Season 1)"
6. The Wire - "Middle Ground"
5. Chappelle's Show - "Episode #2.4"
4. True Detective - "Who Goes There"
3. Game of Thrones - "The Rains of Castamere"
2. Mad Men - "The Suitcase"
1. Lost - "The Constant"