There’s nothing more frustrating for the TV watching pro than realizing that there’s only 1 minute left in the schedule TV block for the program and knowing they wont wrap everything up in that time frame. Then it happens, the dreaded To Be Continue pops up on screen An Hour(or half hour) wasted without any resolution in that episode.
Obviously these cliffhangers are used to hook the viewer in for another episode and are used only on special occasions. Sometimes these cliffhangers result in some of the better episodes on TV, which got me thinking, what are some top TV Episodes of all time.
Here’s the criteria,
- I must have watched the episode
- The Music- Especially in dramas, the music has to be just right
- Plot- Was the plot advance in a game changing moment
- Emotion- Wow factor, did it make it laugh, cry, whatever…
And with that I bring you my top 10 (Spoiler City)
10. Futurama– Jurassic Bark
Very few animated shows provide the emotion response Jurassic Bark did. In fact I spend years avoiding the episode when it re-aired on Comedy Central and Adult Swim. Maximum ratings on the music and emotion category land it here
9. Six Feet Under(tie) All Alone and Everyone’s Waiting-
I went with two episodes for this because I feel like Six Feet Under doesnt get the love it should. Both of these come from the fifth and final season, and both leave you emotionally drained at the end. Six Feet Under is show the follows the lives of a family owned Funeral Home. This show also introduces Michael C Hall to viewing attention.(Spoiler, you’ll see him again on this list later) The first one(All Alone) deals with the unexpected death of one of the main characters. The second one(The Series Finale) really wraps up the series. Then final 8-10 minutes is just terribly difficult to watch. If you watched that and tears aren’t rolling down your face, then fuck you.
Had a hard time finding a video for this, as always big time spoilers.
8. Friday Night Lights– Series Finale- Always
I had a hard time trying to decide which FNL episode I would put her, I wavered between the season 3 finale and the series finale. JD McCoy and Saracen or Vince Howard? A tough decision, so I just thought of Coach Taylor’s famous words, Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Cant Lose.
7. Dexter– British Invasion
The Bay Harbor butcher chase is probably my favorite plotlines from all the Dexter seasons. Mostly because us the viewer knew who the killer was from the start, so we spent 12 hours trying to see if he would get caught. The Doakes/Dexter interactions were tensed, and in so ways we wanted Doakes to finally beat Dexter.
Bah, Showtime has a lock down on videos for this show. Those fucking bastards
6. West Wing(Tie)- In the Shadow of Two Gunmen Part I and Two Cathedrals
Speaking of to be continued, the number 6 on my list is part 1 of a two part episode. The story is also mostly told in flashback form. It tells the story of how everyone came to meet to work on Bartlet’s campaign for President, while concurrently telling the viewers of a major tragedy that resulted in previous episode, the season 1 finale.
The second episode features the death of Mrs Landingham one of my favorite characters on the West Wing even though she rarely a role to play in the overall plot of the series.
Martin Sheen and Kirsten Nelson with their best moment on the West Wing
5 to 1? To be Continued for another day.
What To Watch For
- Vic Mackey goes Boom
- Dexter goes hunting
- The Game is the Game?