Monday, July 14, 2014
Best Episode of?
MTM, of course, "CHUCKLES BITES THE DUST,"
BREAKING BAD "FLY"
SEINFELD, "THE CONTEST"
MAD MEN, "THE SUITCASE or "THE WHEEL.
TAXI " REVEREND JIM: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
HOMICIDE, "THE SUBWAY"
But for many shows that I truly love I could not single out a single episode. THE WIRE stands out. Its strengths do not lie in single episodes.
Now some of the shows above have arcs but FLY for instance, in BREAKING BAD steps outside that arc enough to write a memorable story with just the two men in their confined space. Another problem is that a show like BIG BANG THEORY, which I like a lot, is basically interchangeable from episode to episode. It is only the superb cast and writing that keeps it so good. I could also not name a single episode on JUSTIFIED that has stuck with me. MODERN FAMILY is the worst offender for offering the same antics week after week. Name me a episode of THE AMERICANS you particularly remember except for its shock value. It is episodes with shock value that are also memorable on HOUSE OF CARDS, HOMELAND, GAME OF THRONES.
So if there is too much arc or too little arc, a show fails in some way for me. A way to get arond this a bit is the way ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, MAD MEN and SHAMELESS have. They offer a large cast that gets some individual story lines but also has an arc in terms of what the show is about. These are my three favorite shows at the moment.
I have talked about a lot of stuff here and I am not sure what my question is. What makes a great episode or a great TV show for you?