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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“Teddy Perkins” is Still Daring and Terrifying


The most ambitious episode of ‘Atlanta’ to date is a harrowing thriller, a dark comedy, and a layered tragedy.


Let’s Talk About The ‘Veronica Mars’ Episode “Spit & Eggs”


One of the neo-noir’s most shocking and suspenseful episodes also brought the series’ most important theme to the forefront.


‘That’s Too Much, Man!’ is the Tragic Centerpiece of ‘Bojack Horseman’


Bojack Horseman went to some dark places across its six-season run, but one episode stands out

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‘Deadwood’ and the Mortal Hope of “Sold Under Sin”


We’re all going to die, so let’s dance while we’re alive.

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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Hush’s’ Silent Call to Attention


“Can’t even shout, can’t even cry, The Gentlemen are coming by.”

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‘The Good Place’ and The Ecstatic Imagination of “Dance Dance Resolution”


The show’s most memorable episode blew up its premise with joy and creativity.