Wow, you guys. When I decided I was going to rate the best EPISODES of TV that I watched this year instead of the best SHOWS, I thought it was going to be an easy task. Sure, if by easy you actually mean near-impossible. It was really hard to remember, and, well, certain episodes stick out in my mind more than others, and for different reasons. Like, say, I LOVED the Truth Be Told episode of Modern Family. Some of you may argue that it wasn’t Modern Family at its best, but oh my god, you guys. I cannot remember laughing as hard as I did during that one. Also, you will see that some shows that I love – Weeds, Big Love, Life Unexpected. I only had TEN, you guys. Try it yourself, it’s not easy.
1. The Suitcase – Mad Men
Oh, I have spoken of this one before. This masterpiece. Don puts $100 on Sonny Liston and spends an evening with Peggy Olsen. And the Samsonite metaphor is waving its freak flag all high and mighty. It’s a good metaphor, though.
2. Modern Warfare – Community
To me, truthfully, almost every episode of Community is a solid 10, with the exception of the first few that almost made me not want to keep going. But I am so glad I did…because it’s a little piece of perfection every Thursday night. And Modern Warfare is Community at its best. Also, there’s paintball.
3. Happily Ever After – LOST
Throughout the series, the Desmond episodes were always my favorites, and this one was no exception. This is the one where the timelines blur, Brutha. This is the one where we find out just how special Desmond really is…because dude can see ISLAND THINGS in LA.
4. Furt – Glee
I won’t lie to you. I have been slightly underwhelmed with Glee’s sophomore season. But this episode right here, the one with the weddings, is Glee at its finest, and not just because of Carol Burnett. Oh no. There was so much good here. Also, FINN DANCES.
5. Truth Be Told – Modern Family
This one had me at Manny’s “What does he know from suffering?” when he loses the role of Tevye in the school Fiddler on the Roof production and just about killed me at Mitchell’s pets’ names: Flyza Minnelli and Zsa Zsa Gaboa. And yet his father didn’t know he was gay…hahah.
6. Iwo Jima – The Pacific
I didn’t enjoy The Pacific as much as its older cousin, Band of Brothers, but that’s really only because Band of Brother was a complete work of perfection. The Pacific was a great series, and Iwo Jima was my favorite episode, focusing on John Basilone’s return to The Pacific after finding true love and tiring of selling war bonds and being a celebrity.
7. The Master Plan – Parks and Recreation
I was slow to warm to Parks and Rec, but you guys, my love of this show is almost as strong as Leslie Nope’s love of Pawnee, Indiana. And now we have the introduction of Rob Lowe the auditor, and drunk Ann, and will-they-or-won’t-they April and Andy, and OMG Ron Swanson. Also, this episode birthed the line…What do we do when we get this angry? We count backwards from 1,000 by sevens and we think of warm brownies. Awesome.
8. In the Beginning – Dexter
Deb needs to really not be so smart, because, seriously, her instincts have put me at the edge of my seat far too many times to count. But, naturally, Dexter is always one step ahead of her and makes Lumen’s first kill room somewhere where Deb and Quinn can’t find them…so Lumen can feed her dark passenger, thanks to all of her training. This was a good one.
9. Andy’s Play – The Office
Oh Andy. Of course he didn’t know better than to invite the whole office to see the opening of Sweeney Todd. It’s fun to hear Andy sing…in the appropriate setting. Heh. Michael Scott brought his awkward A-game, and Andy having to explain his ringing phone was priceless. solid Office.
10. College – 30 Rock
Is there anything better than finding out that Jack Francis Donaghy recorded the entire dictionary? Lemon, lesbian Frankenstein wants her shoes back. No? What about Liz Lemon winning $1000 and becoming temporarily popular around the office…like Hitler in Germany!