Looking — “Looking For The Future”
An evocative portrait of two gay men, and their hopes, fears, and desires.
You’re The Worst — “LCD Soundsystem”
Pure emotional despair when you should by all accounts be happy has never been rendered so well.
Nathan For You — “Smokers Allowed”
Strangely moving, surreal, Nathan Fielder at his most ingeniously mundane.
Please Like Me — “Natural Spring Water”
The best episode of Girls that Girls never aired.
Atlanta — “Value”
Desperation and failure perfectly rendered. Whiteface is always funny.
Braindead — “The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Debate in US Politics”
The only television episode I’ve seen wrestle with the legacy of Jack Bauer, and does so with scathing black comedy.
Casual — “The Great Unknown”
The best episode of Six Feet Under that Six Feet Under never aired.
New Girl — “Cooler”
The sitcom kiss of my generation.
The Americans — “Stingers”
The beginning of the end for the Jennings, Holly Taylor’s shining moment.
Better Off Ted — “Racial Sensitivity”
Best non-Enlightened corporate satire, with a razor sharp focus on corporate race relations.
Happy Endings — “Party of Six”
The best episodic farce I’ve seen on television. The Mary Tyler Moore joke is my favorite sitcom joke of all time.
Enlightened — “The Ghost Is Seen”
A perfect portrait of loneliness.
Six Feet Under — “Perfect Circles”
Choosing to live even though life is relentlessness punishing (and the punishing is often self-inflicted), the thesis of the series.
Bob’s Burgers — “Hawk & Chick”
Like The Simpsons, the best Bob’s Burgers episodes are the father/daughter ones.