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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Lost Through the Looking Glass Dominic Monaghan

We Have to Go Back to the ‘Lost’ Episode “Through the Looking Glass”


The emotional, surprising midpoint of the series is, by all definitions, a game-changer.

Breaking Bad Dead Freight Train Coming

How ‘Breaking Bad’ Delivered an Iconic Heist with “Dead Freight”


No episode of the acclaimed series made our pulses pound quite like this one.

Community Conspiracy Theories

We Just Really Love This Episode of ‘Community’


Community’s second season hot streak includes a fast-paced, complex thriller homage that’s also funny as hell.

Car Group Shot

Revisiting the Monsters of Maple Street


The ‘Twilight Zone’ episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” has a timeless take on fear, reason, and control.

Teddy Perkins Darius Hallway

“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

Deadwood Jewel Doc

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


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

The Gentlemen

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


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