Most Memorable TV Episodes of All Time

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1. Party Down (2009–2010)
Episode: Celebrate Ricky Sargulesh (2009)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The Party Down team's actors are recognized at a party and treated as stars. But when Roman and Ron discover the host is a mobster, they suspect his screenplay might be a confession.

Director: Bryan Gordon | Stars: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen

Votes: 298

2. 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: 3,791

3. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Love's Labor Lost (1995)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Benton has to deal with the aftermath of his mother's fall and crosses the line with the surgical attending when he insists on scrubbing in for her operation. Dr. Greene deals with Jodi... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle

Votes: 859

4. Seven Days (1998–2001)
Episode: Come Again? (1998)

43 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

Parker finds himself stuck in a time loop involving Olga and a mission to save a cold fusion expert from being killed.

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: Jonathan LaPaglia, Don Franklin, Norman Lloyd, Justina Vail

Votes: 53

5. 12 Monkeys (2015–2018)
Episode: Lullaby (2016)

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

Cassandra Railey goes back to 2020 on a mission to kill Dr. Katarina Jones. Followed by James Cole to stop her from this mission, they find themselves stuck in a time loop.

Director: Steven A. Adelson | Stars: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Todd Stashwick

Votes: 996

6. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
Episode: A Blade of Grass (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

With the help of Dr. Seward, Vanessa undergoes hypnosis to relive her time in the Banning Clinic.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 2,671

7. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)
Episode: Hotel Dick (1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Dick feels he has to tell Mary he's an alien. They all go to a sci-fi convention.

Director: Robert Berlinger | Stars: John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 248

8. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)
Episode: Indecent Dick (1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Sally tries out for a nude photo shoot for an adult magazine at Pendelton State University over the objections of boyfriend Don. Harry tries out home nudism and believes clothing might be a... See full summary »

Director: Terry Hughes | Stars: John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 192

9. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Winds of Winter (2016)

TV-MA | 68 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Cersei and Loras Tyrell stand trial by the gods. Daenerys prepares to set sail for Westeros. Davos confronts Melisandre. Sam and Gilly arrive in the Citadel. Bran discovers a long-kept secret. Lord Frey has an uninvited guest.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington

Votes: 126,945

10. Better Call Saul (2015– )
Episode: Winner (2018)

TV-MA | 61 min | Crime, Drama

Jimmy turns the page on his reputation; Lalo tracks a loose end in Gus's operation; Mike is forced to make a difficult decision.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 5,347

11. Atlanta (2016– )
Episode: Teddy Perkins (2018)

TV-MA | 35 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

When Darius goes to pick up a piano, he meets Teddy Perkins, a strange, eccentric man who makes him feel uneasy.

Director: Hiro Murai | Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Khris Davis

Votes: 4,263

12. Better Off Ted (2009–2010)
Episode: Racial Sensitivity (2009)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Veridian comes up with an extremely insensitive solution to a problem with its motion sensors that do not detect black people, and Ted finds out that Linda now has a boyfriend who is extremely likable.

Director: Paul Lazarus | Stars: Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin

Votes: 299

13. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)
Episode: The Love Contract & True Hollywood Stories: Rick James (2004)

TV-MA | 19 min | Comedy, Music

Dave introduces The Love Contract and the first of Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories featuring Rick James. Musical guest Ludacris.

Directors: Neal Brennan, Andre Allen, Scott Vincent | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Rashida Jones, Charlie Murphy, Rick James

Votes: 502

14. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Ozymandias (2013)

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

Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Marie convinces Skyler to tell Walter, Jr. the truth.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 108,620

15. The Fugitive (1963–1967)
Episode: The Judgment: Part I (1967)

50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

The one-armed man is arrested in Los Angeles for fighting and police want the story highlighted in the newspaper to try and lure Kimble into capture.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: David Janssen, Richard Anderson, Joseph Campanella, Michael Constantine

Votes: 125

16. Chicago Hope (1994–2000)
Episode: Brain Salad Surgery (1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Aaron announces he's leaving Chicago Hope for a teaching position at Harvard. Shortly thereafter he begins to suffer from a brain aneurysm. The aneurysm sends him into a trance state where ... See full summary »

Director: Bill D'Elia | Stars: Christine Lahti, Adam Arkin, Peter Berg, Vondie Curtis-Hall

Votes: 30

17. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: USS Callister (2017)

TV-MA | 76 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what it seems.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Michaela Coel

Votes: 42,091

18. Black-ish (2014– )
Episode: Purple Rain (2018)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince; each member of the family works to explain Prince's tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown

Votes: 149

19. Barry (2018– )
Episode: Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, and Keep Going (2018)

TV-MA | 37 min | Short, Action, Comedy

After a shootout at the airstrip, Barry must make a tough decision to avoid capture. Sally worries her performance in MacBeth will be compromised and ruin her chance at impressing a top talent agent.

Director: Alec Berg | Stars: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler

Votes: 2,057

20. BoJack Horseman (2014– )
Episode: Free Churro (2018)

TV-MA | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

BoJack delivers a eulogy at a funeral.

Director: Amy Winfrey | Stars: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins

Votes: 7,219

21. Castle Rock (2018– )
Episode: The Queen (2018)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Memories haunt Ruth Deaver.

Director: Greg Yaitanes | Stars: André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy

Votes: 2,984

22. All in the Family (1971–1979)
Episode: Edith's 50th Birthday (1977)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

Archie, Mike and Gloria plan a surprise party for Edith to celebrate her 50th birthday. But an unwelcome visitor to the Bunker's home - while Edith is home alone - has a much different surprise in mind for the Bunker matriarch.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 146

23. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Reaganing (2010)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Jack's 24-hour "perfect game" of solving problems is put on the line when Liz needs relationship help and Tracy needs to learn his line for a commercial. Meanwhile, Jenna, Kenneth and Kelsey Grammer pull a con on Carvel.

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 550

24. How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
Episode: Slap Bet (2006)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

The gang discovers that Robin's been hiding a huge secret, but they have no idea what it is. Marshall thinks she is married, and Barney thinks she was a porn star.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 5,274

25. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
Episode: That's My Boy?? (1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

During a flashback about his early days as a parent, Rob recounts why he believed Laura and he brought home a baby belonging to someone else.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews

Votes: 193

26. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Blink (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell

Votes: 16,731

27. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Germans (1975)

TV-PG | 31 min | Comedy

A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests are all a bit much for Basil to handle while Sybil's in hospital.

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,788

28. High Incident (1996–1997)
Episode: Shootout (1997)

Crime, Drama

Rhodes and Willitz report to a silent alarm at El Camino Bank, they find themselves quickly overwhelmed by heavily armed suspects with body armor and automatic weapons. Soon the officers are fighting for their lives.

Director: Art Monterastelli | Stars: Matt Beck, Matt Craven, Wendy Davis, Aunjanue Ellis

Votes: 7

29. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)
Episode: Home from the Sea (1983)

TV-PG | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

It is July 4th and Magnum is off the coast on his surf ski when a speed boat shoots past him throwing TM into the water and the surf ski drifts away.

Director: Harvey S. Laidman | Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 260

30. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Home (1996)

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

The remains of a murdered deformed infant lead the agents to a family of murderous, inbred, animal-like brothers living on a secluded farm in a remote section of Pennsylvania.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Tucker Smallwood, Chris Nelson Norris

Votes: 4,397

31. One Day at a Time (2017– )
Episode: Not Yet (2018)

TV-PG | Comedy

Everyone tells Lydia what she means to them.

Director: Pamela Fryman | Stars: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz

Votes: 341

32. Family Ties (1982–1989)
Episode: A, My Name Is Alex (1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Alex's friend dies in an accident. As the family grieves, Alex tries to mask his pain, but he can't hide his sadness and other emotions forever.

Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman

Votes: 161

33. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Inner Light (1992)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Picard awakes to find himself living in a small village where he is a well-known member of the community who is suffering from a delusion of being a starship captain.

Director: Peter Lauritson | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 4,881

34. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
Episode: Turkeys Away (1978)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy

Feeling left out by all the recent changes, Mr. Carlson decides to launch his own Thanksgiving promotion. With the aid of Herb and Les, the Big Guy turns a routine turkey give-away into a comic catastrophe.

Director: Michael Zinberg | Stars: Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Richard Sanders

Votes: 621

35. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: Time Enough at Last (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Lela Bliss

Votes: 4,757

36. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Marge vs. the Monorail (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After receiving a considerable donation of money, Springfield builds a monorail system with Homer as the conductor, unaware they've just boarded a one-way train to Hell.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 3,056

37. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pine Barrens (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

While Silvio has the flu, Chris and Paulie run his collections for him, which results in the pair getting lost in the woods and nearly freezing to death while Tony's affair with Gloria goes sour as does Meadow's relationship with Jackie Jr.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 5,595

38. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
Episode: Everyone's Waiting (2005)

TV-MA | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

Nate and Brenda's daughter Willa is born, but 2 months early and at only 2 lb. 4 oz., requiring a prolonged hospital stay. Nate is convinced she won't make it and insists that he can't ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 6,793

39. The Odd Couple (1970–1975)
Episode: Password (1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Oscar and Felix appear together on Password (1961) and Felix is sure that they can win.

Director: Alex March | Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Allen Ludden

Votes: 84

40. Newhart (1982–1990)
Episode: The Last Newhart (1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Japanese investors buy everything in town except the Stratford Inn and convert the town into a giant golf course.

Director: Dick Martin | Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Peter Scolari, Julia Duffy

Votes: 337

41. NewsRadio (1995–1999)
Episode: Smoking (1995)

23 min | Comedy, Romance

To help Bill quit smoking, Dave gives up coffee. Lisa is worried Joe saw her and Dave together at the movies.

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney

Votes: 168

42. Moonlighting (1985–1989)
Episode: I Am Curious... Maddie (1987)

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

The battle between Sam and David continues and became serious when Sam proposed to Maddie. She is non-committal with her answer but it forces David to think about how he feels about Maddie. Sam and David end up having a fight.

Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 120

43. Mad About You (1992–1999)
Episode: The Conversation (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Paul & Jamie try to get Mabel to fall asleep on her own by letting Mabel cry for longer intervals before going in each time to comfort her. As they wait it out in the hall, they talk about the process and random pieces of conversation.

Director: Gordon Hunt | Stars: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Leila Kenzle, John Pankow

Votes: 67

44. Futurama (1999–2013)
Episode: Jurassic Bark (2002)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Fry discovers the intact fossilized remains of his pet dog from his old life. The Professor reveals he can clone the animal.

Director: Swinton O. Scott III | Stars: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 4,055

45. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: White Tulip (2010)

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

The Fringe team investigate a train full of people who died in a mysterious way. Olivia and the others then meet the astrophysicist who was responsible for the "experiment" and who can reset the time.

Director: Thomas Yatsko | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 2,517

46. Firefly (2002–2003)
Episode: Out of Gas (2002)

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