Top 100 TV Episodes of All Time

I give you the TV episode/air date...you give the name of the TV show!
*According to TV Guide circa 2009
*Excludes game shows and variety show (i.e. American Idol)
*Loosely based on critic reviews and ratings
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Last updated: August 19, 2012
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Rank
Year
Episode
TV Show
1.
1992
"The Contest
Seinfeld
2.
1999
"College"
The Sopranos
3.
1975
"Chuckles Bites the Dust"
Mary Tyler Moore
4.
1952
"Lucy Does a TV Commercial"
I Love Lucy
5.
2004
"Pilot: Part 1"
Lost
6.
2004
"Pilot: Part 2"
Lost
7.
1995
"Love's Labor Lost"
ER
8.
1955
"Better Living Through TV"
The Honeymooners
9.
2007
"Nixon vs. Kennedy"
Mad Men
10.
1971
"Cousin Maude's Visit"
All in the Family
11.
2002
"11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m."
24
12.
1959
"Time Enough at Last"
Twilight Zone
13.
1978
"Steve Martin/The Blues Brothers"
Saturday Night Live
14.
1963
"It May Look Like a Walnut"
The Dick Van Dyke Show
15.
2001
"Once More, with Feeling"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
16.
1984
"Goodbye, Mr. Fish"
The Cosby Show
17.
1967
"The Judgement: Part I"
The Fugitive
18.
1967
"The Judgement: Part II"
The Fugitive
19.
2005
"Trapped in the Closet"
South Park
20.
1963
"Opie the Birdman"
The Andy Griffith Show
21.
2005
"Diversity Day"
The Office
22.
1975
"Abyssinia, Henry"
MASH
23.
1998
"The One with the Embryos"
Friends
24.
2005
"Everyone's Waiting"
Six Feet Under
25.
1986
"Time Heals: Part 1"
St. Elsewhere
26.
1986
"Time Heals: Part 2"
St. Elsewhere
27.
1993
"Krusty Gets Kancelled"
The Simpsons
28.
1997
"The Subway"
Homicide: Life on the Street
29.
2006
"Final Grades"
The Wire
30.
2002
"The Special Section"
Curb Your Enthusiasm
31.
2007
"Black Tie"
30 Rock
32.
1983
"Show Down: Part 1"
Cheers
33.
1983
"Show Down: Part 2"
Cheers
34.
1998
"Hearts and Souls"
NYPD Blue
35.
1998
"The Ski Lodge"
Frasier
36.
2006
"Development Arrested"
Arrested Development
37.
1993
"A Stash From the Past"
Roseanne
38.
1991
"Second Look"
thirtysomething
39.
1995
"Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose"
The X-Files
40.
1990
"The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1"
Star Trek: The Next Generation
41.
1975
"Over the River and Through the Woods"
The Bob Newhart Show
42.
2008
"Possible Kill Screen"
The Shield
43.
1988
"Pilot"
The Wonder Years
44.
2001
"Two Cathedrals"
The West Wing
45.
2000
"Carded and Discarded"
Freaks and Geeks
46.
2001
"Marie's Sculpture"
Everybody Loves Raymond
47.
2009
"Blood on the Scales"
Battlestar Galactica
48.
1994
"Self-Esteem"
My So-Called Life
49.
1981
"17 November 1981"
General Hospital
50.
1997
"The Puppy Episode: Part 1"
Ellen
Rank
Year
Episode
TV Show
51.
1997
"The Puppy Show: Part 2"
Ellen
52.
2005
"Grave Danger: Volume 1"
CSI:Crime Scene Investigation
53.
2005
"Grave Danger: Volume 2"
CSI:Crime Scene Investigation
54.
1986
"Atomic Shakespeare"
Moonlighting
55.
2007
"The British Invasion"
Dexter
56.
1998
"Flip"
The Larry Sanders Show
57.
1979
"Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey"
Taxi
58.
2007
"Because I Know Patty"
Damages
59.
1976
"Episode #10.8"
The Carol Burnett Show
60.
1990
"Pilot"
Twin Peaks
61.
2005
"One Wonderful Day"
Desperate Housewives
62.
2006
"Slap Bet"
How I Met Your Mother
63.
1982
"Freedom's Last Stand"
Hill Street Blues
64.
1972
"Password"
The Odd Couple
65.
1958
"Lamb to the Slaughter"
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
66.
2008
"The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis"
The Big Bang Theory
67.
1991
"Good to the Last Drop"
L.A. Law
68.
1991
"Life Choice"
Law & Order
69.
2006
"Losing My Religion"
Grey's Anatomy
70.
1992
"You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato: Part 1"
Murphy Brown
71.
1992
"You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato: Part 2"
Murphy Brown
72.
1978
"Turkeys Away"
WKRP in Cincinnati
73.
2005
"Three Stories"
House M.D.
74.
1983
"The Threat"
Dynasty
75.
2007
"Company Man"
Heroes
76.
1980
"A House Divided"
Dallas
77.
2003
"Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little"
Sex and the City
78.
1978
"I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away: Part 1"
Little House on the Prairie
79.
1978
"I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away: Part 2"
Little House on the Prairie
80.
1966
"Better Luck Next Time"
Batman
81.
1964
"Demon with a Glass Hand"
The Outer Limits
82.
1999
"Homo for the Holidays"
Will & Grace
83.
2004
"Raincoats and Recipes"
Gilmore Girls
84.
1985
"The Real Thing: Part 2"
Family Ties
85.
1973
"The Easter Story"
The Waltons
86.
1999
"I Will Remember You"
Angel
87.
1976
"Angels in Chains"
Charlie's Angels
88.
1967
"The City on the Edge of Forever"
Star Trek
89.
2003
"Rosetta"
Smallville
90.
2001
"Revenging Angel"
Farscape
91.
1974
"Black Jesus"
Good Times
92.
2003
"The Telling"
Alias
93.
1994
"The B*tch Is Back"
Melrose Place
94.
2007
"My Musical"
Scrubs
95.
1976
"Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 1"
Happy Days
96.
1976
"Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 2"
Happy Days
97.
1976
"Fonzie Loves Pinky: Part 3"
Happy Days
98.
1982
"Did You See the Sun Rise?"
Magnum, P.I.
99.
1989
"Orphans"
Beauty and the Beast
100.
2001
"Bowling"
Malcolm in the Middle
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Level 44
Aug 19, 2012
I request more time for this great quiz. What's it based on? They should have put some Veronica Mars in there
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Level 74
Aug 19, 2012
I've added on 2 minutes to the time of this quiz--I agree that 6 minutes was too little! This list is from TV Guide and was made in 2009 (which is why some more popular shows are not on the list). It is supposed to be based on critic reviews and ratings, though some episodes with seemingly greater quality have been omitted.

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Level 75
Aug 21, 2012
Great quiz. Somehow missed the "Fonz" question...must of skipped over it accidently. Still ok w/ 35 or whatever I got.
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Level 60
Sep 28, 2012
Excellent quiz!!! A little surprised more people haven't gotten General Hospital.