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#21 Posted on 28.9.05 2234.52
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Wow. There are more than a few episodes of TV that I could watch over and over.

The X-Files, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose"
Easily my favorite episode of the series. "Fat little white Nazi stormtrooper" gets a laugh every time. The Stupendous Yappi, the Big Bopper, the custard pie, everything. It's funny, touching, and has a few nice thriller moments.

The Simpsons, "Marge v. The Monorail"
I've seen it easily over 30 times. I don't care. It's just so goddamned good. Conan O'Brien joked that when he's old and in a nursing home, no one will remember his Late Night stint or even (eventually) hosting the Tonight Show. But young nurses will still throw him a sympathatic sexual favor just because he was "the guy that wrote the monorail episode."

Cracker, "To Be a Somebody"
There are probably three different Cracker episodes that I could mention, but this one always struck me as the best. If you don't know what I'm talking about, Netflix this series! The UK one, not the US. Unless you've got a real thing for the guy who played Eldin on Murphy Brown.

But, if giving multiple answers is a cop-out, I would say (if pressed) that the #1 spot would go to:

Homicide: Life on the Street, "Three Men and Adena"
Bayliss, Pembleton and the great guest starring Moses Gunn in the box. For an hour. I know it's not a real 60 minutes, but this is the best hour of television I've ever seen. It's emotionally draining and sometimes overpowering, but it's wonderfully rewatchable. There's really no plot. Nothing much happens. What's there to enjoy is the writing and the acting, and both are rich enough to carry through multiple viewings. Of course, I haven't seen this episode that much, because it's so good that I don't want to spoil it. So my perspective is sort of skewed.
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#22 Posted on 28.9.05 2318.31
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    Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson Lund
    I would say (if pressed) that the #1 spot would go to:

    Homicide: Life on the Street, "Three Men and Adena"
    Bayliss, Pembleton and the great guest starring Moses Gunn in the box. For an hour. I know it's not a real 60 minutes, but this is the best hour of television I've ever seen. It's emotionally draining and sometimes overpowering, but it's wonderfully rewatchable. There's really no plot. Nothing much happens. What's there to enjoy is the writing and the acting, and both are rich enough to carry through multiple viewings. Of course, I haven't seen this episode that much, because it's so good that I don't want to spoil it. So my perspective is sort of skewed.


I've never forgotten watching that episode, one of the peaks from a great series.

My choice would be the first episode of The Shield. The last segment with the Strike Team taking Terry out on his first, and last, raid; Vic standing over Terry having just shot him in the face; "Bawitdaba" is blaring the whole time. All of it culminates to the most tangible and intense feeling I've ever gotten from watching TV.
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#23 Posted on 28.9.05 2329.47
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Friends: "The One Where They All Find Out"

The scene with Chandler and Phoebe both trying to get the other to back out of "inducing sex" is one of the funniest moments I've ever seen on TV.
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#24 Posted on 29.9.05 0721.24
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Final episode of Six Feet Under.
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#25 Posted on 29.9.05 0842.33
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Many episodes of Seinfeld fall under this category, but the one episode I'd pick is actually from Frasier.

The Frasier episode titled "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz", when Frasier is dating Amy Brenneman & her mother does not know Frasier is not Jewish, is classic.

Niles: "Lechaim... Mazel Tov... Next Year in Jerusalem!"
Frasier (in undertone): "Take it down a notch Tevia"


There are so many moments in that half hour that make me laugh out loud, that it stands above any sitcom episode I've seen, & makes me completely lose it every time I see it.
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#26 Posted on 29.9.05 1049.12
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Episode 2.5 of The Office. Dancing David Brent. Need I say more...?
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#27 Posted on 29.9.05 1102.38
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    Originally posted by Blanket Jackson

    The West Wing, "Game On"



I completely forgot about "Celestial Navagation." Some of the best lines ever.

Toby: How do you know we're going east?
Sam: The sun rises in the east.
Toby: It's dark outside.
Sam: Also, that bright star in the northern sky is Polaris.
Toby: So what?
Sam: I'm using celestial navigation.
Toby: Hey, Galileo, get off at the next exit and turn the car around.

---


Katie: But he has no plan to address inflation specifically?
Josh: Twenty-four Ph.D.s on the Council of Economic Advisors, Katie. They have a plan to fight inflation.
Danny: Is the reason you won't tell us about it that it's a secret?
Josh: Yeah, Danny, we have a secret inflation plan.

---

Any of their 'Big Block of Cheese' episodes will do too.
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#28 Posted on 29.9.05 1220.06
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    Originally posted by Blanket Jackson
    Cheers, "A House Is Not A Home"
    The Simpsons, "Itchy And Scratchy Land"
    Scrubs, "My Life In Four Cameras"
    Sledge Hammer!, "The Spa Who Loved Me"
    Taxi, "On The Job" (pts 1 and 2)
    The West Wing, "Game On"




A David Rasche reference! Sledge Hammer was a funny show.
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#29 Posted on 29.9.05 1351.16
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The Simpsons "Monorail" episode stands out for me.
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#30 Posted on 29.9.05 1631.38
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I'd go with two...

Seinfeld - The Merv Griffin Show
WKRP in Cincinnati - Fish Story (Fever and Venus do the on-air drunk driving promotion)
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#31 Posted on 29.9.05 1824.43
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The Simpsons "Cape Feare"
The scene where the agents are teaching Homer his new name just cracks me up. Plus Sideshow Bob and the rakes. The whole episode is solid.

Just Shoot Me "Slow Donny"
David Cross guests as a cousin who's whole life as a "Eugene" type is a work, just because he's too lazy to move out and get a job.

When Seinfeld was on, I loved it. Taped every episode, tried to get every one. Strange, but I just don't like watching them again. They just don't hold up well in reruns like other shows. I think once the surprise of phrases like "master of my domain" "spongeworthy" "shrinkage" wore off it wasn't the same. People watched for the concepts more than the performances.
If I had to pick one "Seinfeld" to rewatch, it would be "The Soup Nazi". Classic.

(notice how NOBODY can pick ONE of anything in these threads, myself included?)
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#32 Posted on 30.9.05 0232.56
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Magnum, P.I.
"Laura"
This was the one with Sinatra as an embittered homicide detective whose daughter was murdered. Sinatra's out for vengence and Magnum, Rick and TC better get on board or get out of the way. Great television.

Also the Columbo with John Cassevettes as the conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic. Everytime Falk and Cassevettes are on screen together, it's magic.


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#33 Posted on 30.9.05 0250.23
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    Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson Lund
    "Three Men and Adena"
    Bayliss, Pembleton and the great guest starring Moses Gunn in the box. For an hour. I know it's not a real 60 minutes, but this is the best hour of television I've ever seen. It's emotionally draining and sometimes overpowering, but it's wonderfully rewatchable. There's really no plot. Nothing much happens. What's there to enjoy is the writing and the acting, and both are rich enough to carry through multiple viewings. Of course, I haven't seen this episode that much, because it's so good that I don't want to spoil it. So my perspective is sort of skewed.


I was thinkig of a bunch of other shows, but this one takes the cake by far.
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#34 Posted on 30.9.05 0700.36
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    Originally posted by Bullitt
    I'd go with two...

    Seinfeld - The Merv Griffin Show
    WKRP in Cincinnati - Fish Story (Fever and Venus do the on-air drunk driving promotion)


The WKRP episode is gold but two others are the one with the promotion dropping live turkeys out of a helicopter and the one wher the WKRP carp and WPIG pig mascots get into a fight in the men's room.
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#35 Posted on 30.9.05 0813.54
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by Bullitt
      I'd go with two...

      Seinfeld - The Merv Griffin Show
      WKRP in Cincinnati - Fish Story (Fever and Venus do the on-air drunk driving promotion)


    The WKRP episode is gold but two others are the one with the promotion dropping live turkeys out of a helicopter and the one wher the WKRP carp and WPIG pig mascots get into a fight in the men's room.


My favorite moment from that show is when the tornado hits town. Andy is blasted onto a desk and knocked out. The gang move him away from the window onto another desk. Jennifer scolds them, saying that they aren't supposed to move an injured person. Carlson says "doggone it, she's right," and they pick him up and move him back to the first desk. Jennifer throws up her hands.
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#36 Posted on 30.9.05 0944.22
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by Bullitt
      I'd go with two...

      Seinfeld - The Merv Griffin Show
      WKRP in Cincinnati - Fish Story (Fever and Venus do the on-air drunk driving promotion)


    The WKRP episode is gold but two others are the one with the promotion dropping live turkeys out of a helicopter and the one wher the WKRP carp and WPIG pig mascots get into a fight in the men's room.


The carp and pig fight is from Fish Story...it's the other plot in that episode!
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#37 Posted on 30.9.05 1313.49
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The episode of Undeclared where the guys put together a scripted version of Truth or Dare.
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#38 Posted on 1.10.05 2347.54
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The pilot episode of "Twin Peaks".

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#39 Posted on 1.10.05 2351.03
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    Originally posted by Von Maestro
    The Frasier episode titled "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz", when Frasier is dating Amy Brenneman & her mother does not know Frasier is not Jewish, is classic.


Oh, I'd totally forgotten about that episode, but it's definitley one of the best of the series. The best part is when Niles runs in dressed as Jesus and Frasier, flabbergasted, shouts "JESUS CHRIST!" The whole concept of that scene was tremendous.
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#40 Posted on 2.10.05 0105.50
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Ditto on "Celestial Navigation", and I could probably think of a dozen more West Wing episodes that have earned this distinction if I put my mind to it. Everything CJ said while suffering the effects of her "woot canow" was just gold.

Oooh, another few episodes now that I think of it-- "17 People", "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail", "Proportional Response" and the two-part "Commencement"/"25" arc that ended the fourth season.

And being the DS9 fan that I am, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention "Duet", "The Wire", "The House of Quark", "Improbable Cause"/"The Die is Cast", and "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places".

When it comes to Kim Possible, put me down for both of the movies plus "Emotion Sickness" and "The Fearless Ferrett"-- but to be honest I don't think I've ever met a KP episode I didn't like.
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