Some TV shows stick with you for years. You go back and watch them whenever you want something reliable and guaranteed to entertain. Furthermore, some episodes you go back to and watch over and over. In an online forum commenters shared their top TV episodes they return to on the regular. Here are 14 of their most favorite selections.
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Severance: The We We Are
Severance is a critically-acclaimed show from Apple TV+. No Ted Lasso – this show keeps you on the edge of your seat, particularly the last episode.
As one person puts it, “The season 1 finale of Severance. Unbelievably suspenseful the entire duration. So good.” If you want to see what it’s like to have drastic work-life balance, this is the show for you.
Seinfeld: Marine Biologist
Ask, “Is that a Titleist?” and any Seinfeld fan will instantly know what you’re referencing. They may also debate you as to whether a whale is a mammal or fish.
Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere
Better known as the Red Wedding, fans were in shock when they saw members of the Stark family get mowed down.
It was a classic HBO masterpiece, and one that was beyond mournful. But, the North remembers!
The Office: Stress Relief
The ensemble cast of The Office made us laugh for years. One episode stands out as comedic gold.
“The CPR episode of the Office is what got me in after trying to watch the show multiple times. The amount of chaos packed into 5 minutes is incredible,” says one person.
Everything in the episode worked so well. That’s not just what she said. You can watch that episode, and the entire series on Peacock to get more laughs.
WKRP in Cincinnati: Turkeys Away
What could go wrong with a radio station dropping live turkeys from a helicopter outside a busy shopping center? Quite a bit. However, comedic hijinks ensued.
“My dad used to go on and on explaining this scene to me and he could never get through the explanation because he’d break down laughing,” adds one commenter.
The episode was, and still is, comedic gold. Ending with the infamous line, “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” Memorable indeed.
Chernobyl: Vichnaya Pamyat
Ukranian for Memory Eternal, the episode is another classic in the short-run series that earned many awards. In it, Valery, Boris, and Ulana risk their reputations, not to mention their lives, to expose the truth about Chernobyl.
One commenter agrees, saying “A masterpiece of writing and acting. Instantly resonates with the audience and makes us wonder what modern lies we tell ourselves as a society that will eventually produce their own Chernobyls.”
The Newsroom: We Just Decided To
There’s just something about Aaron Sorkin shows. He weaves great storytelling into fantastic television. Such was the case with The Newsroom.
One commenter shares their favorite episode, saying “His rant is perfection in the pilot episode. I bought the DVD just to be able to rewatch it whenever I wish.”
Sadly, the series was canceled after just three seasons.
Lost: The Constant
Lost certainly had its critics, despite its popular appeal.
“A self contained love story on its own, with strange sci-fi weirdness that just worked. Only with the power of belief and friends did Desmond survive time jumps,” says one Redditor.
This episode is classic Lost, and worth watching again.
Westworld left many confused, but it started out so well. It offered a lot of promise that didn’t necessarily deliver in the long run. But, its pilot was epic.
One person notes, “The pilot for Westworld was masterclass in storytelling in every way possible. Should be the gold standard for how to introduce a TV show.”
If you like sci-fi and fantasy, it’s worth watching again.
The Americans: Start
The Americans combined espionage with edge-of-your-seat acting. The finale was quite well done. One Redditor adds, “Pretty jaw dropping.”
Another says, “I just watched it today. Amazing. I sat in silence for ten minutes thinking about it afterwards.”
Watching it myself live, I would heartily agree.
The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
The classic Twilight Zone showcased Rod Serling’s brilliance. One person says of the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode, “I recall watching that around 1am when I was a kid, still remember the near heart failure I had when Captain Kirk opens the shade and the thing has its face right on the window. Rod Serling was a genius.”
If you don’t mind some high suspense, it’s worth checking out on Paramount+ today.
Band of Brothers: Why We Fight
If you like war movies and shows, Band of Brothers doesn’t disappoint. Why We Fight stands out among the rest.
“One scene in Why We Fight is the most heartbreaking thing ever. I don’t even want to type about it because I might cry,” says one person. If you don’t mind shedding a tear while watching quality TV, it’s always worth a watch.
Taxi: Latka’s Cookies
Do you love the comedic genius of Christopher Lloyd? If so, you know full well about his work on Taxi.
“The cookies episode can not be beat. Lloyd being the straight foil was priceless,” says one Redditor.
The 1970s and 80s comedy is still gold.
MASH: Follies of the Living Concerns of the Dead
Mash was a well-loved series. Although originally airing in the 1970s, many people still watching it today. One person says, “The MASH episode Follies of the Living-Concerns of the Dead. The ghost of a recently deceased soldier wanders around the camp not wanting to leave, and only Klinger can see and talk to him. The final scene where he walks down a dirt road with another dead soldier gives me the chills.”
Watch it today for a masterclass on classic TV.
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