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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The beloved cult drama was never just about football, but episodes like this make us love the game — and the team playing it — more than ever.
“Employee of the Month” is a masterful hour of television, but it’s also a brutal, emotional viewing experience.
One of the best episodes of ‘Seinfeld’ shows off the classic sitcom series’ still-unparalleled sense of humor.
A decade after it first aired and a few months after its Netflix drop brought it a second life, we’re looking back at Avatar: The Last Airbender’s epic four-part finale.
The emotional, surprising midpoint of the series is, by all definitions, a game-changer.
No episode of the acclaimed series made our pulses pound quite like this one.
Community’s second season hot streak includes a fast-paced, complex thriller homage that’s also funny as hell.
The ‘Twilight Zone’ episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” has a timeless take on fear, reason, and control.
The most ambitious episode of ‘Atlanta’ to date is a harrowing thriller, a dark comedy, and a layered tragedy.