The Best Episodes of the Best Shows

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1. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Sometimes a Great Notion (2009)

TV-14 | 47 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Scouting the planet reveals that there is no life except plants. The destruction occurred about 2,000 years earlier. Among the ruins, skeletons and wrecks of a different kind of Centurions ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Nankin | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 1,330

2. 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: 102,668

3. Band of Brothers (2001)
Episode: Bastogne (2001)

TV-MA | 64 min | Action, Drama, History

In the dead of winter, the men of Easy Company fend off frostbite and hunger - in addition to the enemy - while holding the line in a forest outside of Bastogne. Meanwhile, exhausted medic Eugene Roe finds friendship with a Belgian nurse.

Director: David Leland | Stars: Kirk Acevedo, Doug Allen, Bill Armstrong, Philip Barantini

Votes: 5,008

4. Alias (2001–2006)
Episode: The Telling (2003)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Sydney must confront her mother, who tells a clue about "some Rambaldi artefacts" in Zurich, but it was a trap to capture Jack. As Sloane keeps the latter in hostage, Vaughn and Sydney go ... See full summary »

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Michael Vartan, Bradley Cooper

Votes: 416

5. Kings (2009)
Episode: The Sabbath Queen (2009)

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

David and Princess Michelle take advantage of a power outage for some time alone but foolishly record their transgressions. Michelle reveals the secret of her betrothal.

Director: Akiva Goldsman | Stars: Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson, Allison Miller

Votes: 113

6. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Through the Looking Glass (2007)

TV-14 | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Jack and the survivors wait for Charlie to turn off The Others' signal-jamming device, not knowing that he has been captured at the Looking Glass station. In addition, Sayid, Jin and Bernard are captured after The Others invade the camp.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Henry Ian Cusick, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Emerson

Votes: 8,889

7. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Rains of Castamere (2013)

TV-MA | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Robb and Catelyn arrive at the Twins for the wedding. Jon is put to the test to see where his loyalties truly lie. Bran's group decides to split up. Daenerys plans an invasion of Yunkai.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Iain Glen

Votes: 83,779

8. Miracles (2003– )
Episode: The Ferguson Syndrome (2003)

44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Paul investigates a young boy who appears to be miraculously healing people at cost to his own life each time.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Angus Macfadyen, Marisa Ramirez, Jacob Smith

Votes: 71

9. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: Peter (2010)

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

Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter's otherworldly origins to Olivia. Also, Peter's mother is introduced, and details of the neighboring world reaffirms that there is more than one of everything.

Director: David Straiton | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown

Votes: 2,612

10. 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: 778

11. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Other Woman (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Peter asks Joan to make an unspeakable sacrifice to help secure the Jaguar account, Peggy prepares to make a drastic move in response to Don's treatment, and Megan's acting career begins to create tension with her and Don.

Director: Phil Abraham | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,074

12. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Believe in the Stars (2008)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Liz sits next to Oprah on her flight from Chicago to New York, Tracy and Jenna conduct a "social experiment" to settle a dispute, and Kenneth is disillusioned when he learns that some Olympic events were actually staged.

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

Votes: 808

13. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: The Book of Abby (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

When a gunshot wound victim arrives, the new chief and Abby butt heads on how to treat the patient. Abby comes to Sam's defense when she goes before a nurses disciplinary board.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Parminder Nagra, John Stamos

Votes: 279

14. Once and Again (1999–2002)
Episode: Gardenia (2002)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A tragic accident shakes Karen from her deep depression and sets her up for the toughest battle of her life. This makes Eli and Jessie learn the hard way that their parents are more fragile than they'd thought.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Susanna Thompson, Shane West

Votes: 24

15. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: Swan Song (2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

With the Apocalypse looming, Sam and Dean realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver

Votes: 7,635

16. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: A Hole in the World (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When an ancient sarcophagus arrives in the laboratory at Wolfram & Hart, Fred opens a small compartment and is infected by an ancient disease that slowly begins to kill her. As Angel and ... See full summary »

Directors: Joss Whedon, John Blush | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,648

17. Veronica Mars (2004– )
Episode: A Trip to the Dentist (2005)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After obtaining a shocking new piece of information, Veronica is determined to get to the bottom of what happened the night she was drugged and raped, even if it means piecing together the ... See full summary »

Director: Marcos Siega | Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn, Jason Dohring

Votes: 830

18. Everwood (2002–2006)
Episode: Foreverwood: Part 2 (2006)

TV-PG | 48 min | Drama

After their house has been sold, Nina and Sam temporarily move in with the Browns. Wanting to take care of an unresolved issue in his life before he can propose to Nina, Andy takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Perry Lang | Stars: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Debra Mooney

Votes: 104

19. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: What I Know (2012)

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

Linden and Holder finally find out who murdered Rosie Larsen.

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

Votes: 1,375

20. Damages (2007–2012)
Episode: All That Crap About Your Family (2010)

TV-MA | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ellen visits the woman in her dreams to learn if she is her birth mother but actually learns something far different about her family. Just as Patty decides to move against Tessa, the DA ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Campbell Scott

Votes: 225

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

TV-PG | 90 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: 1,195

22. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: A Scandal in Belgravia (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock must confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman named Irene Adler.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 32,387

23. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: Unplugged (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Phil, Claire, and the kids try to improve their communication skills by giving up their electronic devices. Gloria is getting obsessed over a neighbor's barking dog, and Mitchell and Cameron try to find a preschool for Lily.

Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Libby Baker, Julie Bowen

Votes: 1,413

24. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: The Gift (2001)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

As Glory prepares Dawn for a bloodletting ritual that will open a portal to another dimension, Buffy and her friends prepare for battle.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield Ford

Votes: 3,406

25. Wonderfalls (2004)
Episode: Caged Bird (2004)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

As Eric prepares to leave Niagra forever, Jaye, Sharon, Alec, and Wade are held hostage in Wonderfalls by a bank robber on the run.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, Lee Pace

Votes: 195

26. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: Independence Day (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

After catching Winnie kissing another guy and losing all his money and his car in a poker game, Kevin decides to head back home to his parents.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo

Votes: 327

27. Jack & Bobby (2004–2005)
Episode: Lost Boys (2004)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

The brothers are understandably suspicious when culinarily hopeless ma announces she's going to cook a Thanksgiving turkey for their guests. Jack's longstanding friend Matt Kramer has ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Gordon | Stars: Christine Lahti, Matt Long, Logan Lerman, Edwin Hodge

Votes: 43

28. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Episode #2.7 (1990)

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

Maddy prepares to leave Twin Peaks, Leo wants shoes, Norma learns of Nadine's regression, Tojamura reveals his identity to Pete, and Cooper arrests Ben Horne for the murder of Laura Palmer only to receive a devastating message.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 3,516

29. The Black Donnellys (2007– )
Episode: The World Will Break Your Heart (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Tommy is plagued with guilt when Kate, widow of Irish-mob kingpin Huey, asks him to host her slain husband's wake. Meanwhile, Kevin and Joey go on a quest to find booze for the wake.

Director: Deran Sarafian | Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush

Votes: 145

30. Heroes (2006–2010)
Episode: Chapter Seventeen 'Company Man' (II) (2007)

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

H.R.G.'s past catches up to him as Matt and Ted Sprague, come to Texas looking for answers, and take him, his wife, son and Claire hostage -- leading to a tragic, explosive showdown.

Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere, Eric Roberts

Votes: 2,108

31. Friends (1994–2004)
Episode: The One Where Everybody Finds Out (1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

When Phoebe finds out about Monica and Chandler, she and Rachel attempt to get them to confess their relationship.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 7,073

32. Scrubs (2001–2010)
Episode: My Screwup (2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Drama

It's Jack's first birthday, so Jordan's siblings Dani and Ben are in town. Dr. Cox tells J.D. to leave a patient for half an hour and check up on Ben's leukemia, but when a patient dies, Dr... See full summary »

Director: Chris Koch | Stars: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn

Votes: 3,947

33. House (2004–2012)
Episode: Three Stories (2005)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

House's ex Stacy Warner asks him to treat her husband. House takes over a diagnostics class for a day and presents the class with three case studies of leg pain. As House tells his story and the class gradually fills up with listeners, the class learns a lot about how to be better doctors, and Chase, Foreman and Cameron learn some important details of House's past.

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Votes: 5,492

34. 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: 5,092

35. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: A New Attitude (2013)

TV-14 | 37 min | Comedy

Gob accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.

Directors: Mitchell Hurwitz, Troy Miller | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,191

36. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Episode: The Departed (2012)

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

In the third season finale, determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.

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

Votes: 2,862

37. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: Marine One (2011)

TV-MA | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Carrie is near catatonic, Saul investigates her unsettling timeline; Brody makes final preparations for the Vice President's policy summit at the State Department.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood

Votes: 3,312

38. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
Episode: Timeless (1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A miscalculation by Ensign Kim causes a fatal crash during Voyager's first test with slipstream travel. Fifteen years in the future, survivors Chakotay, Kim and The Doctor attempt to send a message back in time to prevent the tragedy.

Director: LeVar Burton | Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 1,399

39. Roswell (1999–2002)
Episode: Cry Your Name (2001)

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

When one of their closest friends die in suspicious circumstances, each character deals with it differently. Liz is in denial, refusing to believe that her friend would commit suicide; ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Kroeker | Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 219

40. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: The Best of Both Worlds (1990)

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

Responding to a distress call on one of the Federation's outer-most colonies, the Enterprise arrives...only to find a big hole in the ground where the town used to be, and discovers the Borg are behind the attack.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

Votes: 3,218

41. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: The Nightman Cometh (2008)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

Charlie stages a rock opera based on his song "Nightman," and recruits the rest of the gang to help him with it.

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

Votes: 4,256

42. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: The Dundies (2005)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

Very much unlike his staff, an overeager Michael can't wait for this year's annual Dundies awards.

Director: Greg Daniels | Stars: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Votes: 3,230

43. Nowhere Man (1995–1996)
Episode: Gemini (1996)

Action, Drama, Mystery

Veil avoids the operatives of the conspiracy to retrieve the FBI's case file on the mysterious organization that erased him. Veil learns from the file that an FBI operative named "Gemini" ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Stafford | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Hal Linden, Francis X. McCarthy, Edward Edwards

Votes: 37

44. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Savoureux (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Following his strange trip to Minnesota, Graham is taken into custody by Crawford for the probable murder of Abigail Hobbs. They find her severed ear in his kitchen sink and her blood under... See full summary »

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,323

45. Being Human (2011–2014)
Episode: Partial Eclipse of the Heart (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sally tries to convince Zoe not to turn her back on her gift, Josh decides whether to tell Julia the truth about himself, and Aidan tries to make a life for himself and Suren.

Director: Adam Kane | Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kyle Schmid

Votes: 162

46. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Cocktails & Dreams (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Grant keeps proving himself the perfect boyfriend for Max, whose search for a flaw to escape ends when he's ready to commit, over the surprise subject of child wishes. Dave is on a winning ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Greenberg | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 218

47. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Truth: Part 2 (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A heartbreaking death forces Emily to evaluate her quest for revenge.

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 931

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