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  • Mike Ladue
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    Based off the series that the AV Club is running, picking the 10 most representative episodes of shows. I’m interested what people here have to say.

    I thought of it because I wanted to have a mini-marathon of the best 30 Rock episodes before the finale, so that’s as good as any a show to start with. You can rank most representative, as the other site does, or “best”, as I tried doing.

    My list:
    Tracy Does Conan
    The Rural Juror
    Black Tie
    Rosemary’s Baby
    MILF Island
    Reunion
    The Bubble
    Jackie Jormp-Jomp
    Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001
    Queen of Jordan
    for those who hated Queen of Jordan: My Whole Life Is Thunder

    Any I forgot or am remembering incorrectly? What are your Top 10 for 30 Rock?
     

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    Riley
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    I think that we have done enough “best” lists over the years at Gold Derby.  “Representative” sounds like a fun new topic and I will contribute some lists later.

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    Pieman1994
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    Agreed with thedemondog. I looked over at The AV Club, and I like what they’ve done. In many cases, they didn’t pick the best episodes, some of which aren’t even that great compared to other episodes depending on the series. 

    I will also come back to this later. 

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    WaltEagle
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    Instead of taking issue with/trying to top the A.V. Club’s Sopranos or Breaking Bad lists, (don’t get me wrong, I love AV Club), I’ll attempt to list 10 episodes representative of

    Mad Men:

    The Hobo Code (kind of the early definining episode, also three separate great storylines)
    Nixon vs Kennedy (Draper backstory, use of the ensemble)
    The Mountain King (really has everything, the essential episode for Don’s character)
    My Old Kentucky Home (lighthearted but poignant, experimental)
    The Color Blue (the show’s short story-esque format, disconnectedness, almost the entire episode away from the office)
    Shut the Door, Have a Seat (the height of the drama)
    The Good News (the show’s dark sense of humour in a nutshell
    The Suitcase (no explanation required)
    Far Away Places (storytelling, formal, visual, and character unconventional boldness)
    Commissions and Fees (the ultimate character arc episode)

    The Wire:

    The Buys (signature symbolic scenes, standard case building episode)
    Cleaning Up (ultimate climax/character episode)
    All Prologue (has both a key character-defining comedy moment and a major dramatic arc moment)
    Bad Dreams (just the ultimate character arc/acting episode)
    All Due Respect (the humour of the show is best throughout this, then it goes dramatic for Colvin’s paper bag speech)
    Middle Ground (Shakespearean/Greek tragedy influence in the writing, everything being connected)
    A New Day (simultaneously entertaining/fun and extremely dark)
    Final Grades (all around best episode, conclusion to the strongest theme season)
    Late Editions (best drama, acting, tension, plot in the series)
    -30- (the show’s cyclical mantra)

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    Terence Alfonso Ang
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    I’ll start with my favorite show: LOST

    The Constant
    Walkabout
    Pilot
    Through the Looking Glass
    Exodus
    The Man behind The Curtain
    The Last 48 Days
    Flashes Before Your Eyes
    The Candidate
    Ab Aeterno 

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    Macbeth
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    My favorite shows:

    Seinfeld

    1. The Contest
    2. The Soup Nazi
    3. The Puffy Shirt
    4. The Doll
    5. The Hamptons
    6. The Yada Yada
    7. The Chinese Restaurant
    8. The Muffin Tops
    9. The Fusilli Jerry
    10. The Chicken Roaster

    Louie

    1. The Late Show
    2. Duckling
    3. Dr. Ben/Nick
    4. Joan
    5. Heckler/Cop Movie
    6. Bully
    7. Miami
    8. God
    9. Barney/Never
    10. Eddie

    The Simpsons

    1. Burns Baby Burns
    2. Brother From Another Series
    3. 22 Short Films About Springfield
    4. HOMR
    5. A Streetcar Named Marge
    6. Holidays of Futures Passed
    7. Homie the Clown
    8. A Fish Called Selma
    9. Moaning Lisa
    10. Lisa the Iconoclast

     

     

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    Icky
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    Something that can help cut down on some of these redundant list threads

    Mad men
    1. Nixon VS Kennedy
    2. Meditations in an Emergency
    3. The Gypsy and the Hobo
    4. The Wheel
    5. 5G
    6. A Night to Remember
    7. Shut the Door. Have a Seat
    8. The Other Woman
    9. At the Codfish Ball
    10. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword/Indian Summer

    Friday Night Lights
    1. The Son
    2. Mudbowl
    3. Texas Whatever
    4. Always
    5. Laboring
    6. State
    7. Underdog
    8. Tomorrow Blues 
    9. I Think We Should have Sex
    10. Kingdom

    Breaking Bad
    1. Phoenix
    2. Crawl Space
    3. End Times
    4. One Minutes
    5. Grilled
    6. Peekaboo
    7. Pilot
    8. 4 Days Out
    9. Full Measures
    10. Madrigal

    The Sopranos
    1. College
    2. Long Term Parking
    3. Funhouse
    4. Irregular Around the Margins
    5. Join the Club
    6. From Where to Eternity
    7. The Knight in White Satin Armor
    8. Second Opinion
    9. Pax Soprano
    10. Soprano Home Movies

    The Wire
    1. That’s Got His Own
    2. Final Grades
    3. Soft Eyes
    4. Bad Dreams
    5. Mission Accomplished
    6. Cleaning Up
    7. Hamsterdam
    8. -30-
    9. Sentencing
    10. Boys of Summer

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    1. Becoming
    2. The Body
    3. Conversations with Dead People
    4. Hush
    5. Once More With Feeling
    6. Passion
    7. Doppelgangland
    8. Helpless
    9. I Only Have Eyes For You
    10. Prophecy Girl

    The X-Files
    1. The Post-Modern Prometheus
    2. Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
    3. Paper Hearts
    4. Home
    5. Two Fathers/One Son
    6. Pusher
    7. Jose Chung’s From Outer Space 
    8. Field Trips
    9. Bad Blood
    10. Milagro

    Arrested Development
    1. Pier Pressure
    2. Good Grief
    3. Righteous Brothers
    4. Let Em Eat Caket
    5. Beef Consomme
    6. Motherboy XXX
    7. Top Banana
    8. Meet the Veals
    9. The Cabin Show
    10. Forget Me Now

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    The Sopranos
    1. College
    2. Whoever Did This
    3. Whitecaps
    4. Long Term Parking
    5. University
    6. Funhouse
    7. The Knight in White Satin Armor
    8. Nobody Knows Anything
    9. Irregular Around the Margins
    10. Employee of the Month

     

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    Tom_Scavo
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    Desperate Housewives (not the best, but defining episodes)

    Pilot (101) (set up, combination of Drama/Comedy/Mystery/Soap)
    Pretty Little Picture (103) (defining moment for Susan, great dialogues, ensemble)
    Remember (223/224) (shows how all of them moved to Wisteria Lane, great combination of flashbacks and great new stories)
    Bang (307) (the ultimate DH episode, incredible performances, great character developments)
    The Game (403) (ensemble-episode)
    You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (501) (sets tone for the coming seasons, after the time-jump)
    The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (513) (shows how the best episode of season 5 isn’t that great compared to other seasons, but still, it shows some important background for some of the characters) 
    Being Alive (602) (after 5 seasons, they’re still capable of doing great, innovative episodes)
    Come On Over for Dinner (723) (set up for the final season, shows how great the ensemble works, beginning of the defining mystery of season 8)
    Finishing the Hat (823) (beautiful end to an incredible run)

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    Boidiva02
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    LOVE this idea. I’ll start first with my favorite show of all-time, Designing Women.

    Designing Women:

    1.    Killing All The Right People
    2.    The Beauty Contest
    3.    The Rowdy Girls
    4.    Reservations for Eight
    5.    The First Day of the Last Decade Of The Entire 20th Century
    6.    They Shoot Fat Women, Don’t they?
    7.    Big Haas and Little Falsie
    8.    Julia Drives over the First Amendment
    9.    The Candidate
    10.    Bernice’s Sanity Hearing

    30 Rock:
    1.    Tracey Does Conan
    2.    The Rural Juror
    3.    Sandwich Day
    4.    Rosemary’s Baby
    5.    Subway Hero
    6.    Murphy Brown Lied To Us
    7.    Jackie Jormp-Jomp
    8.    Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001
    9.    Emmanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land
    10.    The C-Word

    The Golden Girls:

    1. The Break In
    2. A Little Romance
    3. In A Bed Of Rose’s
    4. Isn’t It Romantic?
    5. End of The Curse
    6. Ladies of The Evening
    7. It’s A Miserable Life
    8. Henny Penny—Straight, No Chaser
    9. Journey To The Center Of Attention
    10. One Flew Out of The Cuckoo’s Nest


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    Boidiva02
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    GLEE:

    1. Pilot
    2. The Power of Madonna
    3. Audition
    4. The Substitute
    5. Prom Queen
    6. Acafellas
    7. Dynamic Duets
    8. Rumours
     9. Acafellas
    10. Extraordinary Merry Christmas

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