Episodes is a column in which senior contributor Valerie Ettenhofer digs into the singular chapters of television that make the medium great.
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For our Episodes column, we re-examine “1:23:45”, the bleak, fantastic first installment of HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ miniseries.
Before it was a worldwide phenomenon, it was just a new HBO show with a hell of a good hook.
“Natural Selection” introduces viewers to the series’ fast-paced, thrilling world, as well as to the gift that keeps on giving: Tatiana Maslany’s powerhouse performances.
Justified’s second season finale, “Bloody Harlan,” is a master class in acting, directing, writing, and American myth-making.
One of the series’ most unnerving and enlightening episodes, “LCD Soundsystem” sees Gretchen stalk a seemingly picture-perfect married couple.
Scully falling for a buck-toothed sheriff played by Luke Wilson? Mulder singing the Shaft theme song? That’s right, we’re revisiting “Bad Blood.”
Season 5’s “The Other Woman” offers a pivotal moment of character development for Joan, one that’s deeply rooted in the gender dynamics of the era.
The profound, emotionally devastating series closed out its second season with an all-time-great hour of television.
With “Two Storms,” the series high point pushes the Crains to their emotional breaking point with the help of an unrelenting camera.