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    Default Best single episode of any television series.

    For instance, the series finale of Mash or the "Pine Barrens" episode of the Soprano's.

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    Frasier - The Daphne/Donny wedding episode where she runs off with Niles. That was a good one!
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    My favorite would be a M*A*S*H episode but not the final. It is the one titled "Dear Peggy".

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    The "All in The Family" episode when Archie deals with Edith's death was one of the most moving television shows I ever saw.

    On the lighter side, The "WKRP in Cinncinnati" episode when they dropped the turkeys from a news helicopter and Les Nessman was 'on the air' describing the scene. . ."Oh the Humanity !"
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    I am a HUGE M*A*S*H fan, of the movie and the series. I own seasons 1-9 on DVD and have watched each one through at least 3 times each. The series finale was awesome. One of my favorite lines from the show:
    Col. Potter: "I've come to drown my sorrows and cauterize my liver."

    But, I would have to say the best single episode of any television show ever is the one where they go to Ben's funeral in Scrubs. Gets me every single time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    On the lighter side, The "WKRP in Cinncinnati" episode when they dropped the frozen turkeys from a news helicopter and Les Nessman was 'on the air' describing the scene. . ."Oh the Humanity !"
    The Turkey Drop episode!
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=4o5L9jiIfbY
    That was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. But, they weren't frozen. They were live.
    And the aftermath: "As God as my witness..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzRmwNwKVw8&NR=1
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    Barney Miller's Hash Brownie episode

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeast View Post
    But, I would have to say the best single episode of any television show ever is the one where they go to Ben's funeral in Scrubs. Gets me every single time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeast View Post
    The Turkey Drop episode!
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=4o5L9jiIfbY
    That was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. But, they weren't frozen. They were live.
    And the aftermath: "As God as my witness..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzRmwNwKVw8&NR=1

    That episode still brings tears of laughter to my eyes.
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    Several Simpsons & Seinfeld episodes are most certainly in the running for this award.
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    The Marine Biologist is the first Seinfeld that comes to mind
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    The one about the Monorail & Homer at Bat come to mind for the Simpsons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lothar98zag View Post
    The Marine Biologist is the first Seinfeld that comes to mind
    The sea was angry that day my friends. Like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeast View Post
    The sea was angry that day my friends. Like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli.
    Before watching that episode Lothar didn't think it was possible to laugh one's ass off and have your jaw hit the floor at the same time.

    It is possible - it happened during the ending of that episdoe...
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    The first thing that popped into my mind was the famous episode of the Twilight Zone, "Time enough at Last," with Burgess Meredith. That episode is etched in my memory as if I had seen it yesterday. It's described in Wikipedia.


    "In a 1959 episode, "Time Enough at Last," Burgess Meredith plays Henry Bemis, a book-loving bank teller who becomes the last man on Earth after surviving a nuclear attack. But his glasses drop, smashing the lenses and leaving him unable to read."

    Sounds like a pitiful storyline, but, then, you really need Rod Serling intoning,
    The best laid plans of mice and men and Henry Bemis, the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Henry Bemis in the Twilight Zone.
    I loved Twilight Zone.

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    My favorite Twilight Zone was the one where that guy woke up and he was completely normal, but everyone else was different.
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    The episode where Jim identifies Latva's moms' cookies as containing Coca leaf....still makes me laugh.
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    one dude's opinion:

    There are many classic television episodes, but most to date have been from situations comedies, led by the "Chuckles Bites the Dust" and final series episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, occasional episodes of "Seinfeld, Cheers, Frasier, Dick Van Dyke Show, Lucy, Family Matters and every episode of The Honeymooners. There are classic Sopranos episodes, legendary episodes of The Dick Powell Theater, Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and possibly the two-hour season ending burial episode of CSI. But none compare, on any level, to HBO's 75-minute series finale of Six Feet Under.
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    And yes, the Bet is not far behind:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkklW...eature=related
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    There has to be better Cheers episodes, but the only one that comes to mind right now is...

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    edit to add: youtube wins again!

    here's the above mentioned Cheers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=botdmsQilnU
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    Quote Originally Posted by former1dog View Post
    For instance, the series finale of Mash or the "Pine Barrens" episode of the Soprano's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bocco View Post
    I'll get back to you if/when I review all 251 episodes of M*A*S*H. It may take a while.
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    Many good ones have been mentioned, but I can't believe you haven't come up with my all time favorite. The last episode of "Newhart" (the bed and breakfast show) where he wakes up alongside Susanne Pleshette (his wife in the earlier "Bob Newhart Show" where he played a psychologist). It was made out to be a bad dream and it was hilarious. It is equally funny hearing Susanne Pleshette tell how they pulled it off in front of a live TV audience, and kept all but a very few staffers in the dark.

    Some of my other favorites were: Twilight Zone with Burgess Meredith, Barney's Brownies (Wojo's girlfriend made them), The WKRP "Turkey Drop", "The Marine Biologist", The "Taxi" when Jim got motivated and bought all the TV's.
    "Fernwood Tonight" was terrific, but I can't single out a single episode. There were some very good "Northern Exposures" too, maybe the best was when Adam returned to cook the big feast.

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