Favorite tv episodes.

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  1. Top 20

  2. "Out of gas" (2002) Firefly 1.08 [Tim Minear]
  3. "Our Mrs. Reynolds" (2002) Firefly 1.06 [Joss Whedon]
  4. "Pilot" (1994) Due south 1.00 [Paul Haggis]
  5. "War of the coprophages" (1996) The x files 3.12 [Darin Morgan]
  6. "Maternity" (2004) House M.D. 1.04 [Peter Blake]
  7. "Noël" (2000) The west wing 2.10 [Peter Parnell, Aaron Sorkin]
  8. "The girl with two breasts" (2000) Coupling 1.5 [Steven Moffat]
  9. "The body" (2001) Buffy the vampire slayer 5.16 [Joss Whedon]
  10. "Course: Oblivion" (1999) Star trek: Voyager 5.18 [Bryan Fuller, Nick Sagan]
  11. "I will remember you" (1999) Angel 1.08 [David Greenwalt, Jeannine Renshaw]
  12. "War stories" (2002) Firefly 1.10 [Cheryl Cain]
  13. "Sold under sin" (2004) Deadwood 1.12 [Ted Mann]
  14. "All in" (2006) House M.D. 2.17 [David Foster]
  15. "Occam's razor" (2004) House M.D. 1.03 [David Shore]
  16. "Lesser of two evils" (2002) Spooks 1.06 [Howard Brenton, David Wolstencroft]
  17. "Three stories" (2005) House M.D. 1.21 [David Shore]
  18. "Tabula rasa" (2001) Buffy the vampire slayer 6.08 [Rebecca Rand Kirshner]
  19. "Seeing red" (2006) Dexter 1.10 [Kevin Maynard]
  20. "Somehow, Satan got behind me" (1998) Millennium 2.21 [Darin Morgan]
  21. "TB or not TB" (2005) House M.D. 2.04 [David Foster]
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  23. Some of the screen captures contain spoilers, so don't click thru from the alphabetical list if you haven't seen up to the (episode in brackets).
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  25. Alphabetical list

  26. Angel (4.13) 9 = 8%
  27. Battlestar Galactica (4.04) 3 = 4%
  28. The big bang theory 1 = 12%
  29. Boston legal (2.19) 3 = 7%
  30. Breaking bad (1.02) 1 = 14%
  31. Buffy the vampire slayer (6.08) 10 = 7%
  32. Californication (2.04) 2 = 8%
  33. Cosmos 5 = 38%
  34. Coupling (UK) (1.5) 1
  35. CSI: Las Vegas (1.09) 1 = 4%
  36. Deadwood (3.12) 6 = 17%
  37. Defying gravity 1 = 8%
  38. Dexter (2.07) 11 = 30%
  39. Due south (1.17) 2 = 5%
  40. ER 1
  41. Felicity 1
  42. Firefly (1.14) 10 = 71%
  43. Frasier (1.02) 1
  44. Friends (3.05) 3 = 5%
  45. Grey's anatomy (2.17) 4 = 4%
  46. House M.D. (6.21) 34 = 26%
  47. Jericho (2.05) 9 = 31%
  48. Law & order (2.13) 3 = 9%
  49. Life on Mars (UK) (1.4) 1 = 7%
  50. Lost worlds: vanished lives 1 = 25%
  51. Magnum, p.i. (7.06) 1
  52. The mentalist (1.23) 2 = 3%
  53. Millennium (2.21) 1
  54. MythBusters 4
  55. Prison break (1.06) 1 = 3%
  56. Shogun 1 = 20%
  57. Six feet under (5.10) 4 = 6%
  58. Spooks (1.06) 1 = 6%
  59. Star trek: deep space nine (7.16) 2
  60. Star trek: the next generation (7.24) 4
  61. Star trek: Voyager (5.23) 9
  62. Stargate: Atlantis (4.06) 1
  63. Terminator: the Sarah Connor chronicles (1.01) 2 = 6%
  64. True blood (3.09) 2 = 6%
  65. The west wing (2.01) 5 = 15%
  66. The wire (3.05) 2 = 4%
  67. The wonder years 2 = 2%
  68. The x files (3.12) 2
  69.  
  70. Angel 1.03 "In the dark" (1999)

    Spike as Angel "I was once a badass vampire, but love and a pesky curse defanged me; and now, I'm just a big, fluffy puppy with bad teeth. No, not the hair - never the hair."
  71. Angel 1.06 "Sense and sensitivity" (1999)
  72. Angel 1.08 "I will remember you" (1999)
  73. Angel 1.19 "Sanctuary" (2000)
  74. Angel 2.07 "Darla" (2000)
  75. Angel 3.09 "Lullaby" (2001)
  76. Angel 4.11 "Soulless" (2003)
  77. Angel 4.12 "Calvary" (2003)
  78. Angel 4.13 "Salvage" (2003)
  79. Battlestar Galactica (2003) 3.01* "Occupation" (2006)
  80. Battlestar Galactica 3.02 "Precipice" (2006)
  81. Battlestar Galactica 4.04 "Escape velocity" (2008)

    Tyrol "How many of us ended up with the people we wanted to be with? Got stuck with the best of limited options. And why? Because the ones we really want, that we've really loved, are dead, dying, turned out to be Cylons and they didn't know it. [...] I didn't know. So I buried my head in the sand, and I took it, and I settled. I settled for that shriek. Those dull, vacant eyes. Boiled cabbage stench of her. And why? Because this is my life. This is the life I picked!"
  82. The big bang theory 1.01** "Pilot" (2007)

    Penny "I'm a Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know."
    Sheldon "Yes, it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun's apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality."
  83. Boston legal 1.15 "Tortured souls" (2005)
  84. Boston legal 2.10 "Legal deficits" (2005)
  85. Boston legal 2.19 "Stick it" (2006)

    Alan Shore "In fact, if the people of this country have spoken the message is, we're okay with it all: torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial - or any trial, war on false pretenses. We, as a citizenry, are apparently not offended."
  86. Breaking bad 1.02 "Cat's in the bag..." (2008)
  87. Buffy the vampire slayer 1.12° "Prophecy girl" (1997)
  88. Buffy the vampire slayer 2.22° "Becoming: part 2" (1998)
  89. Buffy the vampire slayer 3.10 "Amends" (1998)
  90. Buffy the vampire slayer 3.12 "Helpless" (1999)
  91. Buffy the vampire slayer 3.13 "The Zeppo" (1999)
  92. Buffy the vampire slayer 5.16 "The body" (2001)
  93. Buffy the vampire slayer 5.18 "Intervention" (2001)
  94. Buffy the vampire slayer 5.22° "The gift" (2001)
  95. Buffy the vampire slayer 6.08 "Tabula rasa" (2001)
  96. Buffy the vampire slayer 6.17 "Normal again" (2002)
  97. Californication 1.03 "The whore of Babylon" (2007)
  98. Californication 2.04 "The raw and the cooked" (2008)
  99. Cosmos 1.04 "Heaven and hell" (1980, 1990)
  100. Cosmos 1.05 "Blues for a red planet" (1980, 1990)
  101. Cosmos 1.06 "Travellers' tales" (1980, 1990)
  102. Cosmos 1.08 "Journeys in space and time" (1980, 1990)
  103. Cosmos 1.12 "Encyclopedia galactica" (1980, 1990)
  104. Coupling (UK) 1.5 "The girl with two breasts" (2000)
  105. CSI: Las Vegas 1.09 "Unfriendly skies" (2000)
  106. Deadwood 1.12° "Sold under sin" (2004)
  107. Deadwood 2.10 "Advances, none miraculous" (2005)
  108. Deadwood 3.01* "Tell your God to ready for blood" (2006)
  109. Deadwood 3.04 "Full faith and credit" (2006)
  110. Deadwood 3.05 "A two-headed beast" (2006)
  111. Deadwood 3.12°° "Tell him something pretty" (2006)
  112. Defying gravity 1.06 "Bacon" (2009)
  113. Dexter 1.01** "Dexter" (2006)
  114. Dexter 1.04 "Let's give the boy a hand" (2006)
  115. Dexter 1.10 "Seeing red" (2006)
  116. Dexter 1.11 "Truth be told" (2006)
  117. Dexter 1.12° "Born free" (2006)
  118. Dexter 2.01* "It's alive!" (2007)
  119. Dexter 2.03 "An inconvenient lie" (2007)
  120. Dexter 2.07 "That night, a forest grew" (2007)
  121. Dexter 2.08 "Morning comes" (2007)
  122. Dexter 2.10 "There's something about Harry" (2007)
  123. Dexter 3.04 "All in the family" (2008)
  124. Due south 1.00** "Pilot" (1994)
  125. Due south 1.17 "The deal" (1995)
  126. ER 2.07 "Hell and high water" (1995)
  127. Felicity 1.10 "Finally" (1998)
  128. Firefly 1.01** "Serenity" (2002)
  129. Firefly 1.02 "The train job" (2002)
  130. Firefly 1.05 "Safe" (2002)
  131. Firefly 1.06 "Our Mrs. Reynolds" (2002)
  132. Firefly 1.08 "Out of gas" (2002)
  133. Firefly 1.09 "Ariel" (2002)
  134. Firefly 1.10 "War stories" (2002)
  135. Firefly 1.11 "Trash" (2003)
  136. Firefly 1.13 "Heart of gold" (2003)
  137. Firefly 1.14°° "Objects in space" (2002)
  138. Frasier 1.02 "Space quest" (1993)
  139. Friends 3.02 "The one where no one's ready" (1996)
  140. Friends 3.04 "The one with the metaphorical tunnel" (1996)

    Ross "It's a toy that protects US oil interests overseas. Go Joe!"
  141. Friends 3.05 "The one with Frank Jr." (1996)

    Chandler "No you didn't get me! It's an electric drill - you get me, you kill me!"
  142. Grey's anatomy 1.01** "A hard day's night" (2005)
  143. Grey's anatomy 1.02 "The first cut is the deepest" (2005)
  144. Grey's anatomy 1.09° "Who's zoomin' who?" (2005)
  145. Grey's anatomy 2.17 "as we know it" (2006)
  146. House M.D. 1.02 "Paternity" (2004)
  147. House M.D. 1.03 "Occam's razor" (2004)
  148. House M.D. 1.04 "Maternity" (2004)
  149. House M.D. 1.05 "Damned if you do" (2004)
  150. House M.D. 1.09 "DNR" (2005)
  151. House M.D. 1.11 "Detox" (2005)
  152. House M.D. 1.12 "Sports medicine" (2005)
  153. House M.D. 1.13 "Cursed" (2005)
  154. House M.D. 1.16 "Heavy" (2005)
  155. House M.D. 1.21 "Three stories" (2005)
  156. House M.D. 2.01* "Acceptance" (2005)
  157. House M.D. 2.02 "Autopsy" (2005)
  158. House M.D. 2.03 "Humpty dumpty" (2005)
  159. House M.D. 2.04 "TB or not TB" (2005)
  160. House M.D. 2.07 "Hunting" (2005)
  161. House M.D. 2.08 "The mistake" (2005)
  162. House M.D. 2.17 "All in" (2006)
  163. House M.D. 2.19 "House vs. God" (2006)
  164. House M.D. 2.20 "Euphoria: Part 1" (2006)
  165. House M.D. 2.21 "Euphoria: Part 2" (2006)
  166. House M.D. 2.22 "Forever" (2006)
  167. House M.D. 2.24° "No reason" (2006)
  168. House M.D. 3.01* "Meaning" (2006)
  169. House M.D. 3.03 "Informed consent" (2006)
  170. House M.D. 3.04 "Lines in the sand" (2006)
  171. House M.D. 3.14 "Insensitive" (2007)
  172. House M.D. 3.17 "Fetal position" (2007)
  173. House M.D. 3.18 "Airborne" (2007)
  174. House M.D. 3.21 "Family" (2007)
  175. House M.D. 4.01* "Alone" (2007)
  176. House M.D. 4.11 "Frozen" (2008)
  177. House M.D. 5.22 "House divided" (2008)
  178. House M.D. 6.03 "The tyrant" (2009)
  179. House M.D. 6.21° "Help me" (2010)
  180. Jericho 1.06 "9:02" (2006)
  181. Jericho 1.10 "Red flag" (2006)
  182. Jericho 1.11 "Vox populi" (2006)
  183. Jericho 1.12 "The day before" (2007)
  184. Jericho 1.14 "Heart of winter" (2007)
  185. Jericho 1.22° "Why we fight" (2007)
  186. Jericho 2.01* "Reconstruction" (2008)
  187. Jericho 2.03 "Jennings & Rall" (2008)
  188. Jericho 2.05 "Termination for cause" (2008)
  189. Law & order 1.15 "The torrents of greed 1" (1991)
  190. Law & order 1.16 "The torrents of greed 2" (1991)
  191. Law & order 2.13 "Severance" (1992)
  192. Life on Mars (UK) 1.4 (2006)
  193. Lost worlds: vanished lives 4°° "The rare glimpses" (1989)
  194. Magnum, p.i. 7.06 "Death and taxes" (1986)
  195. The mentalist 1.23° "Red John's footsteps" (2009)
  196. The mentalist 3.24° "Strawberries and cream: part 2" (2011)
  197. Millennium 2.21 "Somehow, Satan got behind me" (1998)
  198. MythBusters 72 "Underwater car" (2007)
  199. MythBusters 85 "Red rag to a bull" (2007)
  200. MythBusters 94 "Airplane hour" (2007)
  201. MythBusters 128 "Dirty vs. clean car" (2009)
  202. Prison break 1.06 "Riots, drills and the Devil: part 1" (2005)
  203. Shogun 1.3 (1980)
  204. Six feet under 1.01** "Pilot" (2001)
  205. Six feet under 1.06 "The room" (2001)
  206. Six feet under 2.12 "I'll take you" (2002)
  207. Six feet under 5.10 "All alone" (2005)

    David "You could've dressed."
    Claire "I couldn't."
    David "The rest of us managed."
    Claire "The rest of you win."
  208. Spooks 1.06° "Lesser of two evils" (2002)
  209. Star trek: deep space nine 7.10 "It's only a paper moon" (1998)
  210. Star trek: deep space nine 7.16 "Inter arma enim silent leges" (1999)
  211. Star trek: the next generation 3.04 "Who watches the watchers" (1989)
  212. Star trek: the next generation 3.22 "The most toys" (1990)
  213. Star trek: the next generation 6.19 "Lessons" (1993)
  214. Star trek: the next generation 7.24 "Preemptive strike" (1994)
  215. Star trek: Voyager 1.10 "Prime factors" (1995)
  216. Star trek: Voyager 2.19 "Lifesigns" (1996)
  217. Star trek: Voyager 2.21 "Deadlock" (1996)
  218. Star trek: Voyager 3.26° "Scorpion: Part 1" (1997)
  219. Star trek: Voyager 4.23 "Living witness" (1998)
  220. Star trek: Voyager 5.18 "Course: Oblivion" (1999)
  221. Star trek: Voyager 5.22 "Someone to watch over me" (1999)
  222. Star trek: Voyager 5.23 "11:59" (1999)
  223. Star trek: Voyager 7.05 "Critical care" (2000)
  224. Stargate: Atlantis 4.06 "Tabula rasa" (2007)
  225. Terminator: the Sarah Connor chronicles 1.01** "Pilot" (2008)
  226. Terminator: the Sarah Connor chronicles 1.09° "What he beheld" (2008)
  227. True blood 3.08 "Night on the sun" (2010)
  228. True blood 3.09 "Everything is broken" (2010)

    Russell Edgington "Now time for the weather. Tiffany?"
  229. The west wing 1.05 "The crackpots and these women" (1999)
  230. The west wing 1.09 "The short list" (1999)
  231. The west wing 1.22° "What kind of day has it been?" (2000)
  232. The west wing 2.01* "In the shadow of two gunmen: part 1" (2000)
  233. The west wing 2.10 "Noël" (2000)
  234. The wire 1.11 "The hunt" (2002)
  235. The wire 3.05 "Straight and true" (2004)
  236. The wonder years 2.10 "Walk out" (1989)
  237. The wonder years 3.14 "The st. Valentines day massacre" (1990)
  238. The x files 2.20 "Humbug" (1995)
  239. The x files 3.12 "War of the coprophages" (1996)
Author Comments: 

This is heavily biased with series and mini-series episodes I've seen since IMDb's started to allow episode ratings.

Episodes rated 90%+ are in bold.

*15 season openers (**7 pilots)
°18 season closers (°°3 finales)

Most represented writers:
10 (2) Joss Whedon
7 (1) David Shore
6 (1) Peter Blake
6 (1) Tim Minear
5 Brannon Braga
5 Ann Druyan
5 Liz Friedman
5 Russel Friend
5 Lawrence Kaplow
5 Garrett Lerner
5 Carl Sagan
5 (1) Aaron Sorkin
5 Steven Soter
4 (1) David Foster
4 Sara Hess
4 (1) Ted Mann
4 Ronald D. Moore
3 Carol Barbee
3 Mark Barlin
3 Daniel Cerone
3 Michael S. Chernuchin
3 Regina Corrado
3 Michael Duggan
3 Drew Z. Greenberg
3 David E. Kelley
3 Matthew V. Lewis
3 Steve Matthews
3 Joe Menosky
3 (1) Darin Morgan
3 Shonda Rhimes

Definitely agree with a lot of your highly-rated episodes of House.

im currently watching House MD season 1 and just saw maternity, my fave episode so far of S1, brilliant

Currently my 8th favorite tv episode of all time.

If you're watching the DVDs rather than reruns on tv, I suggest you wait a few days between episodes if you can because the repeated structure gets a bit grating. That said, it's still my 2nd favorite show of all time.

Joss' favorite Angel episodes per the season 5 DVD 6 extra feature "To live and die in L.A.", possibly excluding season 5:
1: 2.02 "Are you know or have you ever been?"
=2: 1.17 "Eternity"
=2: 1.08 "I will remember you"
=2: 3.13 "Waiting in the wings"
=2: 3.16 "Sleep tight"
=2: 4.06 "Spin the bottle"
=2: 4.07 "Apocalypse, nowish"
=2: 4.19 "The magic bullet"
=2: 4.22 "Home"

Joss' favorite Buffy episodes per the season 7 DVD extra feature:
1: 2.14 "Innocence"
2: 6.07 "Once more with feeling"
3: 4.10 "Hush"
4: 5.16 "The body"
5: 3.16 "Doppelgangland"
6: 3.09 "The wish"
7: 2.22 "Becoming: part 2"
8: 4.22 "Restless"
9: 7.07 "Conversations with dead people"
10: 1.12 "Prophecy girl"

Of these, only Angel 1.08 "I will remember you"; and Buffy 1.12 "Prophecy girl", 2.22 "Becoming: part 2", and 5.16 "The body" are also in my top 10 favorites.