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TV Shows with the Best Episode Names  

Lisa Waugh
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Are you one of those people who tracks and remembers the TV episode names of your favorite shows? Yeah, us too. And the Internet has made that much easier than just trying to store TV episode titles in your old nerd noggin. Thanks to early Star Trek conventions, Trekkies got to know the names of episodes from blooper reels.  

Unless you read Film Threat, EW or TV Guide religiously, you probably talked about episodes like this, “Did you see the one where Starsky shoots the bad guy and then Huggy Bear says that thing about keeping his pimp hand strong?” Okay, that never happened but that is the way it goes when one does not have a television episode title to reference. 

Creating titles for TV series episodes is part of the creative process, sometimes an after thought or a mere functionality to describe the storyline of that particular episode. Due to the fact that every detail of a TV show is now online, writers are fairly aware that audiences do remember and reference the episode names. Everyone knows about “The Contest” on Seinfeld. People still talk about Lost’s “The Constant.”

There are tons of TV episode titles out there that are clever and amazing and we tried out best to give you a solid collection of some of the standouts. Many times a TV episode name may be clever but the actual episode is kind of meh. Sometimes we favor a episode name because we have serious feelings about that particular one. Fans agree on one thing, though: Too damn many shows use “Tabula Rasa.”  

Sometimes there are clues in the episode titles, references to a large or subtle storyline or character arc. Sometimes there is snark or poetry. Whatever the case, the shows that put some umph into their episode names made this list. Who’s clever? Who’s cryptic? Who’s a tease? Upvote the television series with the best episode titles below!
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows with the Best Episode Names
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The smarty pants writers over at Supernatural are totally all about their episode titles. With TV episodes names derived from various forms of pop culture from books to songs, fans love to dissect and collect the episode names and meanings. The show could spawn dozens of trivia questions - and has.  

Standouts:   

“Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things” - The name of a low budget horror movie from the ‘70s.  
“Bad Day at Black Rock” - A wonderful little film starring Spencer Tracy from 1955. Tracy plays a man who faces off against a whole town fighting an injustice. Dude only had one good arm, too. A must see.   
“Malleus Maleficarum” - Latin for Hammer of the Witches and name of a guide that encouraged people to seek them out and murder them back in the good old fifteenth century. 
“Criss Angel Is a Douchebag” - No explanation needed, really.  
“Jump the Shark” - A playful reference to that Happy Days thing...

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows with the Best Episode Names
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Considering that George R.R. Martin titles each chapter in his A Song of Ice and Fire book series with a character’s name, creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss had the added task of naming each episode to reflect a little about the storyline, while also not giving anything away. And that’s a tricky task when we’re sure they were tempted to name each episode something along the lines of “The Character You Like Is About to Die, Possibly" and "My Brother Sure Is Hot."  

Standouts:  
“The Rains of Castamere”  
“Fire and Blood”  
“Breaker of Chains”  
“Blackwater” 
“The Mountain and the Viper”  
“Valar Morghulis”  
“The Lion and the Rose”  
“The Laws of Gods and Men”  
“Baelor”“Second Sons”  
“And Now His Watch Is Ended”  
“The Watchers on the Wall”  
“Winter Is Coming”  
“The Pointy End”  
“Kissed By Fire”  
“A Golden Crown”

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows with the Best Episode Names
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Basically, Matt Stone and Trey Parker label South Park episode titles in a way that you know exactly what you’re getting. So when they say “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo,” that is literally what you are going to see. And yet, we are always amazed. And when we are told that there is an upcoming episode called "HumancentiPad,” we still think it could be a fake out. But no. That’s exactly what you’re going to see: people who have to participate in a human centipede because they didn't read the Apple agreement. And that’s why this is one of the best shows ever. 

Standouts:  
“Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”  
“Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride”  
“An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig”  
“Death”  
“Mecha-Streisand” 
"Cartman’s Mom Is a Dirty Slut”  
“Cartman’s Mom Is Still a Dirty Slut”  
“Conjoined Fetus Lady”  
“Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus”  
“City on the Edge of Forever” - homage to original Star Trek!  
“Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls”  
“Sexual Harassment Panda”  
“Cat Orgy”  
“Cherokee Hair Tampons”  
“Scott Tenorman Must Die” 
“Towelie” 
“Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants”  
“Asspen”  
“Trapped in the Closet”  
“Smug Alert”  
“More Crap”  
“Eek, a Penis!”  
“A Song of Ass and Fire”  
“Gluten Free Ebola” 

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows with the Best Episode Names
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Futurama’s whole thing is punning its way through space and time. In fact, the episode titles were never allowed to just lie there and do nothing like Leela’s bifocals.  

Standouts:  
“I, Roommate”  
“A Fishful of Dollars”  
“Hell Is Other Robots”  
“Fry and the Slurm Factory”  
"Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" 
"A Clone of My Own"  
"How Hermes Requisitioned his Groove Back" 
"War Is the H-Word"  
"Amazon Women in the Mood" 
"Parasites Lost" 
"The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" 
"Loves Labor Lost in Space" 
"Where No Fan Has Gone Before"  
"The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings" 
"Roswell that Ends Well" 
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela"  
"Möbius Dick" 
"Luck of the Fryrish

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