Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm #541280
“College”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, Mediations in an Emergency”. What do these episodes have in common? They all Writing in a Drama Series. What do you guys think was the best episode to win in this category. Personally, it’s a tie between “College” and “Whitecaps”.December 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm #541282
My favorite in recent memory is “Always” from FNL.December 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm #541283
It’s pretty easily “College”. I have problems with that episode, but most of them lie on the performers (I find Jamie-Lynn Sigler to be at her worst in that episode), but the writing is perfect. “Whitecaps” is good, but is mostly magnified by the amazing performances of Falco and Gandolfini. I think the only one even close is “Members Only”.
The Mad Men ones are awkward, because they’re good episodes but never the best of their seasons (except for the s3 finale, but s3 wasn’t great). I still cannot even begin to comprehend how “The Suitcase” didn’t win.December 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm #541284
“Meditations In an Emergency” is actually my favorite of season two (or at least co-favorite, along with “Three Sundays”).
Out of the recent wins, I love “Always” as well. Powerful series finale.
That said, my favorite episode of any tv show of all time is “Long Term Parking”. There’s a sense of doom throughout the episode that is very much merit of the writing. Brilliant stuff.December 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm #541285
Either 24’s pilot (“Day 1 12:00am-1:00am”) or, you guessed it, FNL’s series finale (“Always”). Both were well deserved wins (for Joel Surnow/Robert Cochran and Jason Katims, respectively).December 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm #541286
2. Long Term Parking
3. Three Men and Adena
4. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
6. Meditation in an Emergency
7. Trial By Fury
8. Shut the Door. Have A Seat
9. Pilot (Homeland)
10. Three StoriesDecember 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm #541287
I wish “Moonlighting” had a writing Emmy. “Twas The Episode Before Christmas” and “Atomic Shakespeare” would’ve been great winners, but were only just nominated. Same thing with the “Twin Peaks” pilot, one of the most influential episodes ever. Looking at past winners, I can’t help but feel like most of the time, even though great scripts win here a lot, the best ones usually lose.
Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm #541288
I watched Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose last night. I loved the twist at the end when Bruckman killed himself.December 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm #541289
Going back to the mid-90s, I will include Love’s Labor Lost from ER’s first season. It was such a heartbreaking episode.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm #541290
For another Sopranos, I’ll say “Employee of the Month” from 2001, although “Pine Barrens” should have won that year for blending comedic elements in drama effortlessly. On the other hand, “Employee of the Month” was a hearbreaking episode. Especially, when Dr. Melfi said no, and we were left to decipher the ending ourselves.December 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm #541291
“Long Term Parking”, but that’s no slight to “Shut the Door, Have a Seat” which is a top 5 episode of Mad Men.December 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm #541292
“Always” Friday Night Lights. To be honest, it’s more a win for the series as a whole that I appreciate than for the single episode. That isn’t to say that it didn’t deserve it or that it wasn’t an incredible series finale, but it really doesn’t feel as singular as an episode like “The Suitcase.”
“College” and “Employee of the Month” were both very excellent wins, as was “Shut the Door, Have a Seat.”