You know the drill: it’s the end of the year, another “best of” list. This list is dedicated to my fellow couch potatoes, here are my top ten favorite television episodes of the year…
10. Happy Endings, “No-Ho-Ho” (12.18.12) – The gang attempts to give Jane a proper birthday party, unfortunately, it is overshadowed by that festive of holidays, Christmas. Hilarity ensues. I don’t know what I found funnier: Brad’s Hip Hop Santa, Max’s backpack full of eggnog (“back-nog”) getting stabbed and shooting every where, or Jane spraying everybody with pepper spray as they try and surprise her. Difficult choice.
9. Parks and Recreation, “Sex Education” (10.18.12) – Leslie attempts to teach senior citizens about safe sex after an outbreak of STD’s only to be met with resistance by Pawnee’s abstinence only sex education law. That in itself is pretty damn funny, but throw in Tom having to spend a week without the use of technology (and Ron trying to help him “detox”) and Ben and April meeting a congressman who may or not be a robot and you can see why I’m quickly loving this show.
8. The Simpsons, “A Tree Grows in Springfield” (11.25.12) – With a few tweaks, I think this episode could fit pretty well as a pre-Season 10 episode. A simple episode by modern Simpsons standards, my favorite aspect about this episode was how Homer related to the “miracle tree” and how it took him out of his depression. The “twist” at the end was a nice little touch.
7. South Park, “Faith Hilling” (03.28.12) – A hilarious look at the “dangers” of memeing and the whole planking/Tebowing/Bradying “fads”, the educational video alone makes it one of the funniest things I’ve seen on the show.
6. Touch, “Music of the Spheres” (05.10.12) – Of all the Touch episodes I saw this season, this one resonated more than any other because of the music aspect. I especially liked the Brazilian musician story. Side note, this show is underrated, it’s really quite good.
5. Modern Family, “Arrested” (11.07.12) – After a few iffy episodes, this was quite a standout.If you saw this episode, then you obviously saw the video which shows which led to Haley getting arrested. The best part about this episode, however, is seeing Phil take on the role of an angry father (which is a rarity in this show) and telling Haley of everything she should be grateful for. Bonus points for the subplot involving Cameron watching over Alex and Luke which winds up with them having to take Luke to the hospital.
4. Justified, “Thick as Mud” (02.14.12) – One of the best shows on cable, Justified continues to intrigue me week after week with it’s storytelling. This episode is no exception, while Quarles attempts to partner up with Boyd, Dewey Crowe is racing against the clock trying to collect money for an organ harvester after having his kidney’s removed. Intense and entertaining in only the way that that this show knows how to do. There’s also a pretty bad ass shoot out between Raylan and the harvester at the harvester’s hideout where Raylan shoots through somebody.
3. Community, “Basic Lupine Urology” (04.26.12) – Damn this show for being so awesome. In an homage to Law and Order (which includes the same stylized opening credits), the study group tries to figure out who sabotaged their biology project (their yam was smashed). What follows is a by the numbers cop procedural drama parody complete with a courtroom scene, and *gasp*, somebody even dies at the end of the episode. Poor Starburns, that’ll teach him to keep his makeshift meth lab in the trunk of his car. You get rear ended and BAM!
2. Breaking Bad, “Gliding All Over” (09.02.12) – Here is another show that’s one of the best that cable has to offer, in fact, this show is so good, it took me a while to figure out which episode I wanted to included on this list. While I leaned quite heavily on the episode that preceded this on, I chose the mid season finale because of what it all encompassed. Without giving too much away (unless you’ve already familiarized yourself with the recaps), Walt White has to deal with the aftermath of what happened in the previous episode. In doing so, he manages to tie up loose ends and begin distributing meth shipments overseas, which nets him quite a nice profit. Things seem to be on the up and up, but that ending. Wow. Now to wait for the final eight episodes of the series.
1. The Walking Dead, “Killer Within” (11.04.12) – This show has some balls, let me tell you. In the span of an hour, they kill off two main characters (one a fan favorite, the other not so much but you end up doing a complete 180). The final scene is a stark reminder of the nature of what the survivors are having to deal with and trust me, it’s a real downer. Bravo to The Walking Dead for having the guts (no pun intended) to do what they did with this episode.