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Classic Episodes of Classic TV

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Philosofy, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Now I know I'm getting senile. I probably watched just about every episode mentioned as a kid and I can't recall most of them (except the Senfeld episodes). I've watched so much TV over the past six decades that it's hard to recall single episodes of anything, unless it was extra special.

    FWIW, there is no such thing as a bad episode of Seinfeld, except perhaps for the first season. Had the show aired today it would have been canceled after the first couple of episodes.
  2. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    You mean, of course, except for the horrible series finale. That episode sucked.

    Therefore, NO SOUP FOR YOU!
  3. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    That's why I can't watch TV and analyze every detail for realism. That WTF moment was just awesome. Honestly it really didn't matter to me if it could happen or not. I think if I watched TV and picked out every bit of realism from each episode, I think I'd never watch TV.
  4. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    The first couple of episodes were not great and in fact, I stopped watching for awhile. It was a series I was looking forward to because before that Jerry had been doing very funny and clever commercials for a wine (I don't recall which) and I had really grown to like his humor. But I was disappointed. But a friend told me how much better it had gotten (around the time of the Keith Hernandez episode and I started watching again.

    Watching those first season episodes now, I find some parts of them very funny, since I can put them into the concept of the characters I know now. Same with the last season, once LD left. There were some classic moments in that last season even though I felt the episodes were generally not as good without LD. Festivus was from the last season for example.
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I watch that finale now, and I really don't think it was all that bad. Some of it was dumb, but, I always crack up when all the former foils are brought in and around the courtroom and do their little things.
  6. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Yeah, that part was creative and "good", but they could have found a better way to do it than being thrown in jail and tried for some fabricated WTF? charge.
  7. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    That's the one that sticks in my mind too, but there were so many good episodes. One of my favorites is when the kids buy Ward a hunting jacket.
  8. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
    Star Trek - The Trouble With Tribbles :up:
  9. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    City on the Edge of Forever is one of the best stories they did.
  10. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Twilight Zone - with Shatner and the Gremlins
  11. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    That whole finale gets widely criticized and I think primarily for the lousy final scene. I really enjoyed the parade of past guests as they prepared for their journeys to the court and in court.
  12. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    There are so many TZ eps:

    Kick the Can
    Time Enough to Last
    The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
    A World of His Own
    The Mighty Casey
    The Man in the Bottle
    Eye of the Beholder
    The Shelter
    The Dummy
    I sing the Body Electric
    Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (Shatner)
    It's a Good Life
  13. That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

    Mar 13, 2003
    Benicia, CA
    I think the one where Beaver falls into the giant coffee cup on a billboard is probably the best choice for a "classic" episode.

    There were two Night Court episodes where they had to rush through cases. In the first one, they had to do it because some higher judge decided that any cases not resolved by midnight would be dismissed for some reason; in the second, somebody is about to foreclose on an orphanage, but a rich man offers to pay it off if they can get the entire backload of cases done by midnight.

    As for Family Guy, Road to Berlin is a good choice, but the one with the Shapoopie number doesn't have much going for it besides that. (There is a deleted scene from the second one where Peter tries to fire up the London team to which he was traded by showing them the US version of The Office.) My choice is between Road to the Multiverse and PTV (because of the FCC song.)
    (Speaking of the FCC song, they did a variation of it (same music, different words) at the 2007 Emmys, where the voiceover introduced Stewie and Brian as being from "The Family Guy"; I was reminded of it by the scene in the 11/17 episode where they are in Italy, and the consular official asked Peter, "Is it 'Family Guy' or 'The Family Guy'?")

    If I had to pick one, it would be The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1, if only for its last three words.
    Mister Worf...FIRE
    I like the Christmas episode better - especially the finale (although they do it again in another episode).
  14. nyc13

    nyc13 New Member

    May 31, 2013
    I think blue is the best choice for a favorite color.
  15. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town
    A couple personal favorites:

    Friends - The One Where Nobody's Ready
    Firefly - Out of Gas

    I actually liked the final scene a whole lot more once I realized that their stupid conversation about the shirt buttons was taken right from the series' first episode, and was a perfect bookend to the "show about nothing."
  16. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

    Mar 19, 2001
    Fort Worth, TX
    The episode of DS9 that inserted some of their characters into that storyline.

    "Trials and Tribble-ations"
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I think the second half of the finale was a lot better than the first. Elaine's conversation about the cell phones was really dumb (and of course outdated by now....but in 1998 not everyone had one yet). Kramer jumping around on the plane was silly, and I guess the premise of what they got arrested for was silly, especially that it was national news and they went to prison for it. But there were some good lines and good scenes. Their lawyer in bed with Teri Hatcher saying that the jury wouldn't be back for hours, and naturally the phone rings was funny. The Soup Nazi testifying was funny.

    I think a lot of the disappointment was that Larry David had left and most critics thought the show suffered that last season without him. He came back to help write the finale and I think they expected SO much more and it just wasn't as spectacular (using Teri Hatcher's line) as they had hoped. So to me, it wasn't horrible, but not a classic Seinfeld episode. And consider it followed the clip show with all the best scenes....hard to top that.
  18. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    "Uhny Uftz" is also a personal favorite -- but for a classic, must-see episode, I have to go with 'Walnut' instead.
  19. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    The Drew Carey where his girlfriend put vibrator in his suitcase and security at airport found it.
  20. FrodoB

    FrodoB Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Middleton, WI
    I can still quote the entire ending to BoBW part 1, in perfect time with the actors, starting at Locutus' statement. The slow panning of the bridge crew of the Enterprise leading up to Riker's words is simply iconic. In my opinion, that last couple of minutes is pretty much TV perfection.

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