Best TV Episodes of 2011

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1. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Always (2011)

TV-14 | 61 min | Drama, Sport

With the decision to close the East Dillon Football program speculation runs wild on two fronts. Will the Lions be able to win State and go out in a blaze of glory; and will Coach Taylor ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Waxman | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 799

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Fire and Blood (2011)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Robb vows to get revenge on the Lannisters. Jon must officially decide if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Daenerys says her final goodbye to Drogo.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey

Votes: 31,360

3. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On what is supposed to be her last day at work, detective Sarah Linden is called to the scene of a violent crime after a blood-covered woman's sweater is found in a park. There is no body ... See full summary »

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Joel Kinnaman, Michelle Forbes

Votes: 1,551

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Crawl Space (2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hank asks Walt to drive him to the laundry where the meth lab is hidden. Ted still won't pay the IRS so Skyler asks Saul for help, and Saul sends in his A-Team. Gus and Jesse return from Mexico, and Walt fears he is in trouble with Gus.

Director: Scott Winant | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 20,060

5. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: Caught in the Act (2011)

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

Phil and Claire's kids walk in on them having sex while delivering their anniversary present, Gloria tries to keep Claire from seeing an angry e-mail, and Mitchell and Cameron contemplate how to cover up a juice stain on a rug.

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

Votes: 2,059

6. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Face Off (2011)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jesse is brought to the FBI for questioning on his knowledge of ricin. In a last effort to kill Gus, Walt must ask for help from an old enemy.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 37,450

7. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: You Win or You Die (2011)

TV-MA | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms.

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey

Votes: 27,196

8. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Episode: The Sun Also Rises (2011)

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

Damon sees the bite on his arm with the growing wound. Meanwhile Matt shoots Tyler and then he tells to Caroline that neither her mother nor he is compelled and they know that she is a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul M. Sommers | Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen

Votes: 1,510

9. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Flu Season (2011)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

Leslie gets the flu right before an important fund-raising pitch for the Harvest Festival, Chris tries frantically to avoid catching the bug, and Ron hires Andy to replace April while she is out.

Director: Wendey Stanzler | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman

Votes: 1,922

10. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Hermanos (2011)

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

When Hank produces evidence that Gus is Albuquerque's crystal meth kingpin, Walt worries that he and Jesse will be killed to protect their boss.

Director: Johan Renck | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 13,695

11. Glee (2009–2015)
Episode: Born This Way (2011)

TV-PG | 57 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Finn accidentally breaks Rachel's nose during dance rehearsals. The campaign to become prom queen heats up between the girls.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch

Votes: 1,260

12. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: Subject 13 (2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

This follow-up to last season's "Peter" flashback episode revisits a poignant period of time for both the Bishops and Olivia.

Director: Frederick E.O. Toye | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 1,559

13. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Don't Go (2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sport

Coach's offer from a Florida college becomes public knowledge. Tim Riggins parole hearing date approaches and Billy asks Coach Taylor to be a character witness. Luke considers what comes ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Waxman | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 250

14. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Baelor (2011)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Robb goes to war against the Lannisters. Jon finds himself struggling on deciding if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Drogo has fallen ill from a fresh battle wound. Daenerys is desperate to save him.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey

Votes: 35,728

15. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #1.4 (2010)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama, Romance

Mrs. Hughes is reunited with an old beau, now a widower proposing marriage, and the Countess hires Matthew Crawley to see if the will can be broken and disagrees with his mother on a diagnosis.

Director: Brian Kelly | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter

Votes: 1,454

16. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: What You Have Left (2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Having found ammonium hydroxide in Bennet Ahmed's apartment as well as on Rosie's clothes and body, Linden is now certain that she was at his apartment on the Friday night she disappeared. ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Joel Kinnaman, Michelle Forbes

Votes: 967

17. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: The Day We Died (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Peter successfully enters the machine with Olivia's help, and is transported to the future days where Walternate's universe is the one which has been destroyed. Walter learns about the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 1,980

18. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Mrs. Donaghy (2011)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Liz tries to blackmail Jack on behalf of TGS after they discover that they're married because of a license error, but Jack has a dirty trick of his own. Meanwhile Jenna and Danny fight after they are forced to share a dressing room.

Director: Tricia Brock | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 549

19. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Episode: As I Lay Dying (2011)

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

Damon asks Elena to forgive him for forcing her to drink his blood but she does not accept his apologies. Soon Damon is raving and he has daydreams with his life with Katherine in the past ... See full summary »

Director: John Behring | Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen

Votes: 1,616

20. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Salud (2011)

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

Jesse, Gus, and Mike fly down to Mexico, and Jesse cooks the blue meth for the cartel. Walt misses his son's 16th birthday after his fight with Jesse.

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

Votes: 17,341

21. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Michael's Last Dundies (2011)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

Michael hosts his final "Dundies" as the boss at the Scranton branch, but tension is in the air, and Deangelo Vickers, the new boss, is having trouble with his co-hosting duties.

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

Votes: 2,542

22. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Texas Whatever (2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sport

The school board considers eliminating a football program to meet budget cuts, making Dillon a one team town again. Meanwhile Tami considers a job offer that Coach Taylor is eager to ... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Chandler | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 286

23. Being Human (2011–2014)
Episode: There Goes the Neighborhood: Part 1 (2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In the city of Boston, a vampire and a werewolf try to lead normal lives while living in the same house with a ghost.

Director: Adam Kane | Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Sarah Allen

Votes: 799

24. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Episode: The Descent (2011)

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

While Damon tries to get the truth out of Jules, he asks Elena to keep an eye on Rose, a situation that turns unexpectedly dangerous.

Director: Marcos Siega | Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen

Votes: 1,343

25. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: 6:02 AM EST (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The beginning of the end is triggered when Walternate finds a way to wreak havoc "over here" - putting both universes in jeopardy.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 1,338

26. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Kingsroad (2011)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

While Bran recovers from his fall, Ned takes only his daughters to King's Landing. Jon Snow goes with his uncle Benjen to the Wall. Tyrion joins them.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley

Votes: 28,899

27. Being Human (2011–2014)
Episode: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Me Killing You (2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Aidan and Bishop square off; Nora finds out the truth about Josh; Sally's able to touch.

Director: Adam Kane | Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Gianpaolo Venuta

Votes: 220

28. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: Orpheus Descending (2011)

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

The police learn that Rosie was a prostitute and was somehow connected to Jamie and Richmond. Richmond drops out of the race. Meanwhile, Stan and Mitch face another horrible death.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Mireille Enos, Billy Campbell, Joel Kinnaman, Michelle Forbes

Votes: 1,125

29. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: The Firefly (2011)

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

The Observer returns, taking an active role in righting an old wrong (which includes - mundane for him - thwarting a bank robbery).

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 1,420

30. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: The Right Hand of the Father (2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sport

Vince's dad gets out on parole. A video of Maura drunk at the party with several Lions team members gets posted on the Internet. Mrs Taylor tries to take corrective action during school ... See full summary »

Director: David Boyd | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 260

31. American Horror Story (2011– )
Episode: Afterbirth (2011)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

The aftermath of Vivien's difficult labour is revealed and Ben makes plans to get out of the house. Some of the spirits have other plans and the family has to pull together to make it through these very tough changes.

Director: Bradley Buecker | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga

Votes: 3,956

32. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: A Golden Crown (2011)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

While recovering from his battle with Jaime, Eddard is forced to run the kingdom while Robert goes hunting. Tyrion demands a trial by combat for his freedom. Viserys is losing his patience with Drogo.

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey

Votes: 26,708

33. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Box Cutter (2011)

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

Walt and Jesse are held captive for Gus, after Gale's death. Meanwhile, Skyler tries to find out what happened to Walt.

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

Votes: 14,757

34. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: 100: Part 1 (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy

When Hank Hooper threatens to cancel "TGS", Jack convinces him to allow Liz and company the chance to do their 100th episode. To produce the best show possible, however, Liz must deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 547

35. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #1.7 (2010)

TV-14 | 64 min | Drama, Romance

Mary finds it was Edith who let the ambassador know about Pamuk's death, Cora announces her pregnancy, and Thomas and O'Brien hatch new slanders against Bates as War clouds loom.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter

Votes: 1,480

36. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Gut Check (2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sport

Following a contentious loss, Coach Taylor decides to bench Vince for a game and start Luke at QB. Becky and Luke try to start their relationship over but the Seniors recognition night ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 240

37. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Spooky Endings (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

*Dave's break-up allow him and Alex to try out solo dream costumes, but his Austin Powers attracts little attention, her Marilyn Monroe only a queer in search of a transvestite. Max soon ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Savage | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 223

38. Glee (2009–2015)
Episode: Original Song (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

New Directions wants to get an edge at the Regionals and decides to use original songs. Blaine wants to try a new strategy during Regionals.

Director: Bradley Buecker | Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch

Votes: 1,410

39. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Bullet Points (2011)

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

As Skyler concocts an elaborate story to explain the Whites' finances, a worried Walt discovers that Hank has begun a new investigation.

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

Votes: 11,446

40. Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011)
Episode: Father Unknown (2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

Parenthood is questionable for more than one member of the Walker family, as Justin keeps a closely guarded secret about the true paternal identity of one of his siblings and Scotty makes a... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Rhys | Stars: Dave Annable, Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 69

41. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: Reciprocity (2011)

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

The Fringe Division visits the Massive Dynamic to see the Doomsday Machine and the presence of Peter assembles the device. He is submitted to tests by Dr. James Falcon against Walter's will... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 1,343

42. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: Sweet Dee Gets Audited (2011)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

Dee faces an IRS audit over her claim that the baby she carried as a surrogate is her dependent, while the guys decide to run the bar in an unemotional, democratic manner rather than their typical method of shouting and personal attacks.

Director: Matt Shakman | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 1,410

43. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
Episode: Kingdom (2010)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Sport

The East Dillon Lions face the South Kingdom Rangers, the team to whom they forfeited at the beginning of last season. Coach tries to steer the team away from talk of revenge but when the ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick R. Norris | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan

Votes: 264

44. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: Goodbye, Michael (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Comedy

As the office gets ready for Michael's final day at Dunder Mifflin, Michael doesn't tell anyone that he's leaving a day early. Meanwhile, Deangelo accompanies a nervous Andy on a visit to one of Michael's old clients.

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

Votes: 6,762

45. Glee (2009–2015)
Episode: Asian F (2011)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Emma's parents come for a visit, and Mike struggles with his grades while his parents work to get him back on track.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch

Votes: 1,148

46. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Harvest Festival (2011)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

8.8