The Best TV Episodes of the Season…So Far

This list only includes show that I watch (and not even all of those shows–I love Modern Family and The Event, but neither have singular episodes that apart from the rest). Feel free to add your favorites to other shows (or these shows) in the comments section.

Mad Men: Mad Men has moments of humor, but usually it’s a pretty serious show. And yet the episode in which Don Draper’s secretary passes away is one of the funniest episodes on TV this season.

Community: Community’s best episode ever–and one of the best 22 minutes I’ve ever seen on TV–is the apocalypse/paint ball episode from last season. The KFC space shuttle simulator episode came close to that one. It’s that good.

30 Rock: The episode in which Jack tries to pitch a perfect game, a day in which every decision he makes is the best possible decision.

Fringe: It’s been an awesome season all around for Fringe, but the episode in which Olivia shoots a gun two inches from each of Peter’s ears to temporarily shield him from an auditory killer is simply awesome.

The Office: The premiere, in which Dwight wears a waterbottle backpack the entire episode and later urinates in the corner when he gets stuck in the elevator, is pure hilarity. It’s funny from the very beginning, a song-and-dance routine that’s almost as good as the one my interns filmed last year.

How I Met Your Mother: The episode in which the gang races across the city to see Woody Allen is fantastic. Barney steals the show, of course.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: It’s funny when the gang buys a boat, but it’s even funnier when Dee learns to dance from a giant inflatable tube man. I laughed so hard I cried. Fortunately, so can you. Click here and watch the second video (it’s about a minute).

Survivor: Yes, I still watch Survivor. Yes, it’s still awesome. The best episode so far is the one with the two tribal councils.

South Park: If you haven’t seen Inception, you should watch it just so you can watch–and laugh at–the South Park episode entitled, “Insheeption.”

The League: There’s a great episode with Taco getting addicted to his toilet seat and a woman trying to understand why a sex addict isn’t interested in her.

Saturday Night Live: Emma Stone’s episode was the most consistently funny episode so far. I loved the French dance skit, the “I Love It” segment of Weekend Update, and a weird but funny sex instructor skit later on in the episode. Plus, Kings of Leon were the musical guests (Kanye took the prize for most elaborate and entrancing musical numbers earlier in the season).

Rubicon: There’s a speech in an episode midway through the season where a manager tries to explain to the U.S. government why they need third-party security analysts. That may sound dry, but it was absolutely riveting.

What do you think?