Some episodes of a TV show are so good, they stand alone and may even raise the bar for a genre. Some of the best TV episodes of all time are even better than the series as a whole. Certain episodes may even transcend the life of a television series, shared again and again among fans.
We’ve taken a cross section of the best stand alone episodes in television history and they are here on this list of the greatest single episodes of any TV show, awaiting your votes! TV has exploded over the years, to become a serious medium of a quality on par with film. That said, old TV shows have some of their top single episodes listed here as well, and many of the best TV comedies have multiple entries. This list features a solid representation of all genres and time periods, so long as the episodes are truly exceptional in their own right, regardless of the quality of the rest of the series.
Remember Prison Mike from that episode The Office? Or basically any episode of Breaking Bad (though "Ozymandias and "Dead Freight" certainly stand out)? From Arrested Development's edgy comedy to Seinfeld's iconic episodes to All in the Family's landmark moments in television history, this list runs the gamut may even introduce you to some new shows whose best episodes will have you binge watching the entire series (Friday Night Lights and Adventure Time, anyone?).
You may have your own favorite TV episode that you think stands head and shoulders above the rest of the series and are encouraged to add it to this list. Good TV is good TV and everyone should know about it. With so much top TV programming these days, it can be hard to know where to start, but the best single episodes on television listed here are a great place to start. From the best episode of Friends and the best episode of Seinfeld or even Game of Thrones, they're all here, waiting to rise to the top based on your votes.After you've voted and reranked, let us know in the comments section how many of these famous, groundbreaking, memorable, and iconic TV episodes you've seen!
"Ozymandias" - Breaking Bad
"Battle of the Bastards" - Game of ThronesJune 19, 2016
Episode Number: 9
Season: Breaking Bad - Season 4
Episode Number: 13A showdown with Gus occurs. Walt finds an unexpected ally through Saul's help.
"The Rains of Castamere" - Game of ThronesJun 02 2013
Season: Game of Thrones Season 3
Episode Number: 9"The Rains of Castamere" is the ninth episode of the third season of HBO's fantasy television... more on Wikipedia
- 5"Stress Relief" is a two-part episode of the American comedy television series The Office.... more on Wikipedia1,363599
"Stress Relief" - The OfficeFeb 01 2009
Season: Futurama - Season 5"Jurassic Bark" is the seventh episode of the fourth season of the television series Futurama,... more on Wikipedia
Season: The Simpsons season 4
Episode Number: 9"Mr. Plow" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season, which originally aired on the... more on Wikipedia
Season: Breaking Bad - Season 5
Episode Number: 5Walt's team gets creative to obtain the methylamine they need to continue their operation.
Season: M*A*S*H - Season 11
Episode Number: 16Hawkeye is sent to a mental hospital; a freak accident causes Father Mulcahy to lose his... more on Wikipedia
Season: Lost - Season 1
Episode Number: 1Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their... more on Wikipedia
Season: The Walking Dead - Season 1
Episode Number: 1"Days Gone Bye" is the first episode of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The... more on Wikipedia
Season: South Park - Season 10
Episode Number: 8"Make Love, Not Warcraft" is the eighth episode of the tenth season of the animated television... more on Wikipedia
"Blackwater" - Game of ThronesMay 27 2012
Season: Game of Thrones - Season 2
Episode Number: 9Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis’ fleet assaults King’s Landing.
"The Watchers on the Wall" - Game of Thrones
"Blink" - Doctor Who
Season: Firefly Season 1
Episode Number: 5In a delirious state after Serenity's engine explodes, draining the ship of its oxygen supply,... more on Wikipedia
Season: WKRP in Cincinnati - Season 1
Episode Number: 7Feeling left out because he doesn't have anything to do, Mr. Carlson suddenly decides to take...
Season: Seinfeld - Season 7
Episode Number: 6"The Soup Nazi" is the 116th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which was the sixth episode... more on Wikipedia
Season: Band of Brothers - Season 1
Episode Number: 6Easy Company experiences the Battle of the Bulge and have to hold ground near Bastogne while...
Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3
Episode Number: 26"The Best of Both Worlds" is a two-part storyline from the syndicated American science fiction... more on Wikipedia
Season: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6
Episode Number: 7A mysterious force causes everyone in Sunnydale to reveal all of their innermost thoughts and... more on Wikipedia
Season: Star Trek: The Original Series Season 2
Episode Number: 15Kirk must defuse a Klingon scheme to destroy a grain shipment...and cope with a seemingly... more on Wikipedia
Season: Seinfeld Season 4
Episode Number: 11"The Contest" is the 51st episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. The 11th episode of the fourth... more on Wikipedia
"House's Head" - House M.D.May 12 2008
Season: House - Season 4
Episode Number: 15A bus accident leaves House with serious head trauma and partial amnesia. He comes to believe... more on Wikipedia
Season: South Park - Season 5
Episode Number: 4Cartman goes medieval on Scott Tenorman's ass when ginger-haired Scott tricks our supple hero... more on Wikipedia