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Thursday, December 15th, 2011

What Is the Single Best Sitcom Episode of All Time?

Here's a fun thought experiment: of all the episodes of all the sitcoms that have aired over the years, what is the single best one? Obviously there is no objective "best" episode out there that everyone can agree on, but still, certain candidates come to mind immediately: Marge vs. the Monorail! The Contest! Lucy Does a TV Commercial!

Because there are few things more fun for comedy nerds than revisiting some of the best TV comedy ever produced and then talking about it, we're prepping a tournament pitting 32 of the greatest sitcom episodes ever against each other, March Madness style. We'll be creating a bracket and then opening up the competition to voting next month. It'll allow us to, if not determine a winner we can all agree on, at least have some fun arguing for our personal favorites.

But in order to do that, we need a list of entries. So, what should be on there? What sitcom episodes stand above their peers? We have a short list that we've put together, but wanted to make sure we didn't miss anything deserving. So argue for your favorites in the comments below!

A note: we're looking for sitcoms only, so sketch isn't eligible, despite how incredible certain episodes of SNL, Mr. Show, The State, and Kids in the Hall are.

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  • Logistics

    Friends – "The One Where No One's Ready"

  • Brian Mereness@facebook

    Newsradio- The Cane

    • Steve Austine@twitter

      @Brian Mereness@facebook i 100% agree.

  • jimmy cassidy@twitter

    seinfeld- the contest

  • Michael Idov@twitter

    Frasier – Dinner Party

  • Sean Buchanan@twitter

    The Newsroom – Meltdown pt 1,2,3.
    Larry Sanders Show – Flip

  • coopcooperberg

    Parks and Recreation- Ron and Tammy: Part II

  • Zach Ehrlich@facebook

    Arrested Development – Pier Pressure
    Party Down – Celebrate Ricky Sargulesh

  • Adam Bonin@facebook

    Larry Sanders Show, "Off Camera" (or "Flip")
    The Office, "The Injury"
    Cheers, "Pick A Con, Any Con"
    The Cosby Show, "The Shirt Story"
    Curb, "The Doll" or "The Survivor"

  • beermestrength

    "Italian for Beginners" IT Crowd
    "Modern Warfare" or "Paradigms of Human Memory" Community
    "Hunting Trip" Parks & Rec
    "The Job" The Office (US)
    "Downsize" The Office (UK)

    God this is hard…I'm probably only half way through the last 5-10 years or so.

  • Zack Stovall

    Seinfeld – The Soup Nazi
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – The Gang Dances Their Asses Off
    30 Rock – Live Episode

  • Luke Charles Pohjala@twitter

    Community- Remedial Chaos Theory
    The Office- Stress Relief
    Scrubs- My Way Home

  • iamjustryingtolive

    the office uk: "training day"
    the office us: "the convention"
    parks and rec: "the fight"
    Arrested Development: tobias directs the school play season 1
    curb: "the carpool lane"
    Summer Heights High: ep 4 Ja'mie fights w friends and auditions
    Seinfeld: festivus
    Party Down: Steve Guttenberg
    Scrubs: JD and Eliot hook up at end of ep for first time
    I Love Lucy: Vitameatavegimen

  • tabarnzo

    Scrubs "my no good reason"….. if only for the Boobie Horn

  • Evan Whom@twitter

    Party Down should have an entry, but not "Ricky Sargulesh" which is probably the worst episode of the entire show, objectively. I think most Party Down fans would settle for "Steve Guttenberg Birthday" or Not On Your Wife Opening Night."

    I would also like to suggest Always Sunny: "The Nightman Cometh" (for Charlie Day's amazing performance as an overzealous musical theater director) and The Office (US): "Dinner Party" as the apotheosis of the Michael/Jan storyline, which was the funniest character arc in that show's run

    • Just One Thing

      @Evan Whom@twitter Ricky Sargulesh is far from the worst episode of "Party Down". "Objeectively," that would be Constance's Wedding.

      Best show ever? Maybe "Homer Goes to College"? Who can really say?

  • http://twitter.com/bradfordevans Bradford Evans

    Everyone knows "Hank's Night in the Sun" is the best Larry Sanders episode, although "Flip" and "Off-Camera" are amazing as well.

    The best moment in that episode of Arrested Development where Tobias directs the school play is when he gets onto the stage by awkwardly rolling his whole body onto it. If there's ever a contest for best 2 seconds of a sitcom, that should be a contender.

  • Benny Scheckner@facebook

    Arrested Development- Pilot
    30 Rock- When It Rains, It Pours
    Seinfeld- The Contest
    Party Down- Not On Your Wife Opening Night

    • Bram Benderoff

      solid picks!

  • dwinn

    The Simpsons: Cape Feare/Marge Vs. The Monorail

    Arrested Development: Top Banana/Pier Pressure

    Seinfeld: The Opposite/Supe Nazi

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Nightman Cometh

    The Office: Diversity Day

    Undeclared: Truth or Dare

    Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Bare Midriff

    Louie: Duckling

  • Chris Morgan@twitter

    The Simpsons: The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show

  • semiserious

    Roseanne – "A Stash from the Past"
    Community – "Remedial Chaos Theory"
    Golden Girls – "Isn't it Romantic"
    Mary Tyler Moore Show – "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
    South Park – "Scott Tenorman Must Die"
    30 Rock – "Rosemary's Baby"

  • I'm Gary@twitter

    Last Man Standing – "Pilot"

  • http://www.twitter.com/pablogoldstein Pablo Goldstein

    "Celebrate Ricky Sargulesh" – Party Down.

  • Mike Schuster

    Louie – "Bully," "God," or "Eddie"
    Cosby Show – "The Shirt Story"
    NewsRadio – "Arcade"
    Night Court – "A Day in the Life" (AKA the first "finish by midnight" episode)

  • http://twitter.com/JesseDavidFox @JesseDavidFox

    Community "Cooperative Calligraphy"
    How I Met Your Mother "The Pilot" or "The Ducky Tie"
    30 Rock "Cleveland"
    I agree strongly with Parks & Recreation "The Fight" and Party Down "Gutenberg"

  • I'm Gary@twitter

    All In The Family – "Edith's 50th Birthday"
    Diff'rent Strokes – "The Bicycle Man"
    Too Close For Comfort – "For Every Man, There's Two Women"

  • Jerry Abejo@twitter

    Fawlty Towers "Basil the Rat"
    The IT Crowd "The Work Outing"
    Arrested Development "The Ocean Walker" / "Good Grief"
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Charlie Gets Crippled"
    Black Books "Party"

  • http://www.twitter.com/elisecz Elise Czajkowski

    Arrested Development – "Beef Consomme"
    Spaced – "Gone"
    M*A*S*H – "Tuttle"
    Sports Night – "What Kind Of Day Has It Been"
    NewsRadio – "Super Karate Monkey Death Car"

  • Annie G.S.

    Arrested Development – "Making a Stand" (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Friends – "The One Where No One's Ready" (Season 3 Episode 2) or "The One with the Video Tape" (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Newsradio – "The Cane" (Season 2 Episode 9)
    The Simpsons – "Homer the Heretic" (Season 4 Episode 3)
    (And I cannot remember any classic sitcoms I watched as a child, so I apologize for the nineties-aughts-centricity of my list!)

  • Morley Zhi@twitter

    Curb – "Grand Opening"
    30 Rock – "Tracy Does Conan"
    Simpsons – "Last Exit To Springfield"
    Archer – "Skytanic"
    Community – "Modern Warfare"
    Fawlty Towers – "Basil the Rat"
    Louie – "Bully"
    Flight of the Conchords – "Bowie"

  • http://twitter.com/savvy_veteran Savvy Veteran

    All good suggestions so far. I wish I had a better grasp of sitcom history to make some good suggestions from further back than SIX YEARS ago, but here's a few that immediately jumped to my mind aside from some of the ones already listed:

    Stella – "Pilot"
    Delocated – "David's Girlfriend"
    Better off Ted – "Racial Sensitivity"
    Eastbound & Down – "Chapter 6"

  • Evil Sean

    Arrested Development: Pier Pressure

    Seinfeld: The Contest

    It's Always Sunny: Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person (original Nightman/Dayman episode)

    30 Rock: Jack Meets Dennis

    Community: Modern Warfare

    The Cosby Show: Pilot/Happy Anniversary/The Shirt Story

    The Simpsons: Flaming Moe's

    Family Ties: Say Uncle

    Growing Pains: Jason and the Cruisers

    Friends: The One with the Prom Video

    Cheers: "I" On Sports

    Full House: Dr. Dare Rides Again

    Charles in Charge: All That Chaz

  • Annebert

    I normally don't have strong opinions on stuff like this, but I must have watched "The Fight" (Parks & Rec) at least six or seven times during the week after it aired. So funny, with contributions from a great variety of charcters.

  • B Westof@twitter

    To go with many that have already been nominated –

    Parks and Recreation: The Practice Date
    Simpsons: Lisa's Rival
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare
    Community: Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design

    I can't pick just one Arrested Development.

  • sixtimesmighty@twitter

    Might as well throw out some dark horses:

    King of the Hill – Bobby Goes Nuts
    Beavis and Butt-Head – Beavis and Butt-head vs. the Vending Machine
    Monk – Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike
    Daria – Boxing Daria
    Sealab 2021 – Lost in Time

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    Might be interesting if there were categories, or "conferences" though I'm not sure if are enough.

    But if so, for "clip show" I'd nominate Community – Paradigms of Human Memory and for "holiday show" I'd nominate The Office (US) Benihana Christmas.

  • iamjustryingtolive

    sorry for posting twice but just thought of some of my other fave eps!
    Tim and Eric: "The Cinco Brothers"
    Freaks and Geeks: pilot
    How I Met Your Mother: ted and barney pose as tourists
    Undeclared: Eric Visits
    South Park: Scott Tenerman <– def #1 seed
    Fresh Prince: will says to uncle phil about his dad "why don't he want me man?"

  • Phil Davidson

    Freaks and Geeks – Kim Kelly is My Friend
    South Park – Scott Tenorman
    Get a Life – The Prettiest Week of My Life
    Delocated – Sick of It
    Cheers – Bar Wars V
    Simpsons – General Sherman
    Office (UK) – Training

    • ron swisherhead

      @Phil Davidson Freaks and Geeks isn't a sitcom. And even if it was, Kim Kelly is my friend was the worst episode of the series.

  • dmob

    The Simpsons: Mr. Sparkle
    Curb Your Enthusiasm: Porno Gil
    The Office (US): Gay Witch Hunt
    Andy Griffith Show: any episode with Ernest T. Bass

  • Riffed

    Personal favourites:
    The Simpsons: "Last Exit to Springfield"
    Arrested Development: "Meat the Veals"
    South Park: "200" and "201"
    The (US) Office: "Dinner Party"
    Frasier: "The Proposal"
    Community: "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"

  • Grant@twitter

    Mary Tyler Moore: "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
    Rhoda: "Rhoda's Wedding"
    Daria: "Malled" and "Boxing Daria"
    Roseanne: "A Stash from the Past"
    Taxi: "Reverend Jim, A Space Oddyssey"
    Absolutely Fabulous: "New Year"
    Mad About You: "The Finale" (Season 4)

    What's the episode of Murphy Brown where they respond to Dan Quayle? Yeah, that one.

    • fb687739737

      @Grant@twitter – Kudos for mentioning "Chuckles Bites the Dust."

  • RustyShackelfordSwanson

    I wish I could say I have studied all the great sitcoms and thought deeply about them all, but in reality the only sitcom from pre-1990 that I watch and enjoy is I Love Lucy, and even though I still find that show genuinely funny, I can't say I enjoy it enough to put it on this list. So, like everyone else, my list is dominated by the sitcom happenings of the last 10-15 years.

    The Office (US): The Injury
    Business School
    Take Your Daughter to Work Day
    Parks and Recreation: Sweetums
    Harvest Festival
    The Camel
    King of the Hill: Hank's Dirty Laundry
    As Old as the Hills
    My Own Private Rodeo
    Freaks and Geeks: Tricks and Treats
    Flight of the Conchords: Yoko
    What Goes on Tour
    Unnatural Love
    Arrested Development: Out on a Limb/Hand to God
    Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Doll
    Trick or Treat
    Mary, Joseph, and Larry
    Shamefully, As much as I love The Simpsons, I watched the vast majority of their episodes when I was much younger and can't really give a mature opinion on their best episodes, though I still love the show when I catch an episode. But the I still can pretty clearly remember the hilariousness of the episode where Mr. Burns' baseball team has a collective nervous breakdown – "Homer at the Bat"

  • Grant@twitter

    Oh, and of course, the job-switching episode of I Love Lucy. And Vitameatavegamin.

  • g-rant

    My name is earl "Our cops is on!" might be the funniest thing I've ever seen!

  • Ryan Deighan@twitter

    Arrested Development – Pier Pressure
    The Simpsons – You Only Move Twice
    Stella – Office Party
    Parks and Rec – Pawnee Rangers
    Seinfeld – The Merv Griffin Show
    Curb Your Enthusiasm – The Car Pool Lane
    Party Down: Steve Guttenberg
    Community – Modern Warfare
    Community – Remedial Chaos Theory
    It's Always Sunny – Sweet Dee is Dating a Retarded Person

  • Thom Archer@facebook

    Futurama – The Sting
    Cheers – Pick a Con…Any Con
    The Office (UK) – Training
    Curb Your Enthusiasm – Krazee Eye Killa
    It's Always Sunny – Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar In Philly
    The Simpsons – The Summer of 4ft2

  • Craig Drinnan@facebook

    WKRP – The Great Thanksgiving Turkey Give Away. 'To this day I thought Turkeys could fly'

    • Larry Handlin@facebook

      @Craig Drinnan@facebook Second on the Great Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway.

      And it's "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly. "

      Dr. Johnny Fever: Les? Les? Les, are you there? Les isn't there. Thanks for that on-the-spot report, Les. For those of you who've just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at eleven.

  • theBULL

    The Simpsons – Deep Space Homer

    Community – Remedial Chaos Theory

    Every episode of Arrested Development

  • The Mutt

    The Cheers pilot.

    The Barney Miller hash brownies episode.

    The WKRP turkey drop.

    The South Park Tourettes episode.

    Mary Tyler Moore's funeral for Chuckles.

    But if I can pick only one, it would be the Cheers pilot. It was just perfect, not only as a pilot, setting up a host of characters and plots, but also as an hysterically funny half hour of TV.

    "Is there an Ernie Pantuzo here?"
    "That's you, Coach."
    "Speaking."

  • John Hanley@twitter

    Kudos to the nomination of Newsradio "The Cane." Also: "Arcade."
    Cheers, "Home Is The Sailor."
    Scrubs, "My Screw-Up."
    The Simpsons, "Homer vs. Australia."
    Night Court, "Her Honor, part 3."

  • Anthony Coro

    The Cosby Show – Pilot / Happy Anniversary
    How I Met Your Mother – Slap Bet (the original Robin Sparkles episode)
    The Office (US) – Diversity Day
    The Office (UK) – Season 1, episode 4…the single best awkward humor episode ever
    Extras – Ben Stiller and Ian McKellan
    The Simpsons – Homer's Enemy
    Arrested Development – Too many to list, but I don't think "Not Without My Daughter," "The One Where Michael Leaves," or "The Immaculate Election" have been mentioned yet
    30 Rock – "Greenzo," "Tracy Does Conan"
    Happy Endings – this year's Halloween show and the one with Megan Mullally (best episode of any show in 2011)
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – 72 Hours and Knowledge is Power (I kid you not–these are two of the flat-out funniest 22 minutes I've ever seen)

  • brooklynguist

    Friends, "The One with the Embryos"
    Frasier, "Three Valentines"
    30 Rock, "Rosemary's Baby," "Secrets and Lies"
    And a lot more already mentioned.

  • John S

    Chuckles Bites the Dust

  • maribrand19

    Seinfeld "The Chinese Restaurant", "The Contest"
    Friends "The One with the Embryos"
    30 Rock "Tracy Does Conan", "Sandwich Day"
    Community "Modern Warfare"
    Simpsons "Lisa on Ice", "Lisa the Vegetarian"
    Parks and Recreation "Flu Season"
    I Love Lucy "Lucy is Enceinte"
    How I Met Your Mother "Slapsgiving"

    Arrested Development, fuck it, any episode.

  • R.L.@twitter

    always sunny – the dennis system

    ok, but really..

    seinfeld – the voice

  • Wilkins

    Two of the all-time great finales:

    M*A*S*H – "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen"
    Newhart – "The Last Newhart"

    Also, going really old-school, how about something from "The Dick Van Dyke Show"? I'd go with either "That's My Boy?" or "Coast to Coast Big Mouth".

  • akivaddict

    I Love Lucy- Vitameatavegamin Girl

    Taxi- Latka’s Cookies

    Laverne & Shirley- Separate Tables

    Wings- Ladies Who Lunch

    The Wonder Years- Our Miss White (maybe not a sitcom but I LOVE this episode so much)

    Saved by the Bell- Jessie’s Song

    Roseanne- Lover’s Lane, Here’s to Good Friends, Brain Dead Poet’s Society, & Home-Ec

    Friends- The One with the Video Tape, & The One with the Embryos

    Arrested Development- Pier Pressure, SOBS, & Prison Break-In- too many to decide

    Party Down- Steve Guttenberg’s Birthday, Precious Lights Preschool Auction, or Taylor Stiltskin’s Sweet Sixteen Party

    The Office (US)- Casino Night

    30 Rock- Tracy does Conan, Black Tie, The C Word, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, & The Live Show- too many to decide

    Parks and Rec- Freddy Spaghetti, Greg Pikitis, Hunting Trip, Eagleton, The Fight, & Pawnee Rangers- too many to decide

    Happy Endings- Dave of the Dead, & Blax, Snake, Home

  • Manfred Yon@facebook

    It doesn't look like these have been said before. Like the others, apologies for the recentness of the episodes, although to be fair sitcoms right up to the mid eighties seemed to be designed as a whole, not episode by episode.

    The Simpsons: Homer vs the 18th Amendment
    (I would say the best episode ever kinda needs to be a Simpsons. They're just so stand alone)
    The Office – Threat Level Midnight
    Scrubs – My First Day
    Black Books – Fever (although you knida need to have see any other episode to, for lack of a better turn, 'get it')
    The Vicar of Dibley – Summer (but you may pick any one of the seasonal specials)
    Father Ted – Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse (the reason is in the title)
    Always Sunny – The Gang solves the Gas Crisis
    Coupling – The End of the Line
    Parks and Recreation – Telethon
    Welcher and Welcher: White Man's Burden
    One Foot in the Grave – Monday Morning Will Be Fine
    The IT Crowd – The Speech
    Futurama – The Late Phillip J Fry, or possibly The Problem with Popplers

    Oooh, I enjoyed that. Nothing like reliving memories to make you appreciate the form.

  • Charles Bramesco@facebook

    Larry Sanders Show – "Everybody Loves Larry"
    Community – "Critical Film Studies"
    Arrested Development – "The One Where They Build A House"
    The Office – "Diversity Day"
    30 Rock – "Rosemary's Baby"
    Extras – "Daniel Radcliffe"
    Curb Your Enthusiasm – "Porno Gil" or "The Table Read"
    Archer – "Stage Two"
    Louie – seriously, like, any of them

  • Thomas M. Shea@facebook

    Dick Van Dyke Show- "Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra"
    The Monkees- "Monkees Get Out More Dirt"
    M*A*S*H- "Margaret's Wedding"
    Parks and Rec- "The Fight"
    Fawlty Towers- "Gourmet Night"
    Bob Newhart- "Over the River and Through the Woods"
    Archer- "Jeu Monegasque"

  • Alo Karomo

    It`s always sunny: The Gang gets extreme: Home Makeover Edition
    Louie: Duckling
    Arrested Development: Staff Infection
    HIMYM: The naked man
    Community: Paradigms of human memory
    Parks and Rec: The Fight

  • Josh Valentine@facebook

    Arrested Development – "Motherboy XXX"
    Strangers With Candy – "Who Wants Cake?"
    The Simpsons – "Bart Sells His Soul"
    The Office (UK) – "Training"
    The Office (US) – "Take Your Daughter To Work Day"
    Party Down – "Steve Guttenberg"
    Friends – "The One With The Nap Partners"
    Spaced – "Art"
    South Park – "AWESOME-O"
    South Park – "Butters' Very Own Episode"
    Parks and Recreation – "Greg Pikitis"

  • Brian Danger Flynn@facebook

    It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia – "Dennis and Dee go on Welfare"
    South Park – "Make Love, Not Warcraft"

  • Chady

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom" and "Charlie Gets Molested."

    The Simpsons: "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo"

    Friends: "The One with the Embryos"

    The Venture Brothers: "Victor. Echo. November." "Twenty Years to Midnight" and "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II."

  • http://anthonycomedy.wordpress.com Anthony Scibelli

    63 comments and no mention of "The Honeymooners?"

    "Head of the House" was always one of my favorites, where Ralph and Norton get drunk off of grape juice that they think is wine, but pretty much any of those "classic 39" episodes are great.

  • semiserious

    ah, and a few more suggestions
    Futurama – "Jurassic Bark"
    All in the Family – "Edith's Accident" or "Sammy's Visit"
    Will & Grace – "Bathroom Humor"
    Dick Van Dyke Show – "Never Bathe on Saturday"

  • Rob Brayer@facebook

    Sledge Hammer – "Under the Gun" (the Pilot)
    The Dick Van Dyke Show – "Never Name a Duck" "Where Did I Come From?" and "My Husband is Not a Drunk"
    Arrested Development "Motherboy XXX" and "Ready, Aim, Marry Me!"
    Seinfeld – "The Contest" and "The Outing"
    Curb your Enthusiasm – "Mister Softee"
    Community – "Cooperative Calligraphy" "Contemporary American Poultry" and "Regional Holiday Music"
    Parks & Rec – "Flu Season" & "Ron and Tammy"
    South Park – "ChinPoko Mon"

    And more I'm sure I'll think of…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Worcester/818292220 Ben Worcester

    Seinfeld – "The Finale" (it was a brilliant way to end the show).

  • buickgnx88

    Surprised there's no love for Home Improvement!

    I'd say the best episode is by far "Don't Tell Momma", where Tim accidentally drops the beam on Jill's Nomad. Not only is the beam drop hilarious, but also how Tim tries to cover up the accident as well as the fact that they actually had to add a clip at the end showing the Nomad was actually fine, and it was a double that was crushed!

  • Evil Sean

    I have to 2nd the inclusion of Get a Life – the Prettiest Week of My Life. The one where Chris attends the Handsome Boy Modeling School and calls himself "Sparkles." Classic.

    Also, 2 more eps of Curb Your enthusiasm: The one where Larry trips Shaq at a Lakers game, becomes a pariah and finds it liberating and the one where he rejects the teen trick-or-treaters and they spray paint "bald asshole" on his house.

    • Rob Brayer@facebook

      @Evil Sean – YES – I forgot about "Get a Life" – I'd go with the Handsome Boy Modeling School episode as well

  • Wilkins

    Everybody Loves Raymond – "Snow Day" and/or "Lucky Suit"

  • Larry Handlin@facebook

    WKRP "An Explosive Affair"

    MASH The General Flipped at Dawn

    Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele: Just tell us what happened at the chopper pad. But First a number.
    Warrent Officer Martin 'Marty' Williams: [pause, and looks at Hawkeye and Henry] Sir?
    Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele: A musical number. Why it's in your blood boy!
    [singing and dancing]
    Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele: When the sun goes down, and the darkies go to town, Hey hey what do you say.
    [Continues singing and dancing on out of the tent - The JAG officer looks back at Henry, and places the papers back into his file]

    MASH Deal Me Out (first Flagg appearance and Sydney is in it)

    • Haligator

      @Larry Handlin@facebook
      That was the episode I was thinking of also. One of the funniest ever. And it through every one for a loop when the VERY straight laced Harry Morgan did the dance at the end. So I second this.

  • Shep Proudfoot

    So many possibilities, but I'm going to go with a short list that probably overlooks a few:

    The Simpsons: Last Exit to Springfield (and if I had to choose ONLY ONE episode of any show for this contest, that'd be it)

    Seinfeld: The Contest

    Curb: The Survivor

    Community: Remedial Chaos Theory or Critical Film Studies

    Parks and Rec: Ron and Tammy

    Always Sunny: Mac bangs Dennis' Mom, Sweet Dee Dates a Retarded Person

    The Office (US): Gay Witch Hunt, Dinner Party

    Frasier: The Matchmaker (Clearly not the quality of many of the shows above, but between the in-jokes and the pacing this is just perfect)

    Scrubs: My Life is Four Cameras (Maybe the best take on the formulaic nature of the sitcom…ever)

    Extras: David Bowie

    Oddly, with shows like Arrested Development, MASH or Cheers…I can't seem to find one that stands out as a contender, despite the fact that these are all up there quality wise. In other cases, the best episodes of a show aren't comedic ex – Scrubs, where nothing can hold top the show's more serious efforts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      I like your choices a lot. Agree with what you said about scrubs. Some of its best moments were not played for comedy.

  • Aidan

    community – remedial chaos theory

  • Matt Nedostup@facebook

    Fawlty Towers – The Germans

  • Daren Dahl@facebook

    ** The Big Bang Theory – "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis"

    Jim Parsons (Sheldon) earns his Emmy in this episode. His explanation of how Penny's Christmas Gift to him is an obligation not a gift is hilarious. But Sheldon's reaction to that gift at the end of the episode is one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

    ** Family Guy – "Family Gay"

    Peter adopts a mentally-challenged horse. This episode has the classic clips "Milky Surprise" and "Raped By A Clown". Google them.

    ** South Park – "With Apologies To Jesse Jackson"

    The shows starts with Randy as a contest on the Wheel of Fortune. He is in the bonus round. His clue is "People That Annoy You". His letters are N_GGERS. He was certain he knew the answer but didn't want to say it. With the clock counting down and money on the line he says it. The crowd goes silent, the host is speechless, the whole town watching on TV is aghast. He got it wrong. The word was Naggers. Hilarious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      Ditto about what you said about the end of the BBT episode. His reaction DESERVED that emmy :)

  • annamcox

    Seinfeld "The Pen" & "The Parking Garage"
    The Office (U.S.) "The Injury"
    Party Down "Stennheisser-Pong Wedding Reception"
    30 Rock "Verna" & "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter"
    Parks and Recreation "The Fight" & "Flu Season"
    Friends "The One Where No One's Ready"
    Arrested Development "For British Eyes Only"

  • Ryan Helbren@facebook

    That 70's show – special brownies

  • CurbyourSenifeld

    Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Palestinian Chicken

  • Obi-Wan

    The Office (U.S.), Seas. 3, Ep. 7, "Branch Closing"
    M*A*S*H, Seas. 5, Ep. 7., "Dear Sigmund"

  • Will Dwyer

    Curb your enthusiasm- 'The End'

  • Multiphasic

    Another vote for Community – "Modern Warfare"

    Coupling – "Unconditional Sex"

    Newsradio – "Smoking," "Presence," and "President" are all perfect episodes… and "Rap" would be as well if it weren't for the awkward preachy Chuck D cameo.

    Scrubs – "His Story," "My TCW," or "My White Whale"

    Friends – "The One With the Ball"

  • Liza Medina@facebook

    The Simpsons- "Lemon of Troy" and "Homer's Enemy"

    Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off"

    The Office UK: "Training Day"

    The Office US: "Murder"

    South Park: "The Coon", "Scott Tenorman Must Die", and "Awesome-O"

    Father Ted: "Kicking Bishop Brennen Up the Arse"

  • Bill in MN@twitter

    WKRP: "As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly"
    Mary Tyler Moore: Chuckles The Clown's Funeral

  • Dingus

    IT crowd, Calamity Jen:
    0118 999! 88199, 9119 725…..3!

    • Rob Brayer@facebook

      @Dingus WINNER. This episode made me cry both times I watched it. Just couldn't even stand up.

    • maven2k

      Hah! Excellent!

  • korda

    South Park – The Red Badge of Gayness
    Archer – El Secuestro
    ATHF – Broodwich
    The Simpsons – Homer to the Max, Homer's Enemy, Marge vs. the Monorail, Bart the Daredevil
    Eastbound and Down – Chapter 6
    The Cosby Show – Mr. Sandman
    Cheers – One for the Road
    Blue Mountain State – Pocket Pussy
    Seinfeld – The Parking Garage
    Roseanne – A Stash from the Past
    Home Improvement- Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?
    It's Always Sunny… – The Nightman Cometh & The Gang Buys a Boat
    Saved by the Bell – Dancing to the Max
    Curb… – Mary, Joseph, and Larry
    The League – Bro-Lo El Cuñado

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      I forgot about homer to the max!

      "you don't snuggle with max power, you strap yourself in and FEEL THE G's!!!"

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      Looking at your choices I think I need to finally check out Blue Mt State…I see it on Netflix but have never checked it out.

      Oh god that rosanne epi. was too funny…Jackie lying in the bathtub lol. I had forgotten about that :)

  • Robert Dixon@facebook

    I think this needs fleshed out. If you want the best episode of a comedy series, then would it mean to be the best episode or funniest episode? Really, Look at mash, the final episode is probably one of the best shows on TV, and was the most watched for the longest time. Simpsons, really I can't name a single episode because there are too many to name. If you want a best go with anything Homer/Lisa. Futurama needs luck of the Fryish or Fry's dog. Scrubs would have to be the one with Brendan Frasier dies or maybe the one where Dr. Cox loses 4 people at once or the final episode (not the new scrubs, the real final episode at season 8 I think). And I know it will not happen but the Family Guy episode where Stewie and Brian are trapped in the bank vault.
    Any Arrested Development episode is a continder for funny. Almost the same with Raising Hope. I can't name any My Name is Earl episodes off hand, but that needs added.

  • Robert Dixon@facebook

    Also if you want to add the most depressing half hour on TV go for the recent HIMYM episode where Robin is talking to her kids.

  • angelawendyg

    Sanford and Son, "the copper caper"
    Sanford and Son, "RATED X"
    Seinfeld, "The Package"

  • robots

    Parks and Rec – "Flu Season"
    Party Down – "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday"

  • http://www.twitter.com/bbautista Brandon

    Can't believe no one's mentioned this one yet:
    The episode of 227 when they go on Family Feud.

  • Cole Poland@facebook

    How I Met Your Mother – Bad News
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Who Pooped the Bed?
    Community – Modern Warfare
    Archer – Placebo Effect
    Friends – The One with the Embryos

  • http://www.willhines.net/ Will Hines

    Fat Family: "The Fat Family Murders A Child"
    Jimmy Loves Titties: "Jimmy Remembers Vietnam"
    Henry, Thora, Brittles and Sam: "Whose Hands Are These?"
    The Salads: "Retard Picnic"

  • Rob Magnesen@facebook

    Arrested Development: Pier Pressure
    Simpsons: The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
    South Park: Casa Bonita

    Pier Pressure is looking like an early favorite, it seems…

  • HEARTLYSS1

    I Love Lucy – Any episode when they were in Hollywood
    Rosanne – Stash from the Past
    Bob Newhart – Moo Goo Gui Pan
    Ab Fab – all episodes

  • John Pratt@facebook

    OK obviously the Cheers Pilot, or "Rescue Me" from, Season 3.
    Home Improvement Series 3, Episode 10 — "Let's Did Lunch," with the Real Man's Bathroom
    Seinfeld "The Contest" or "The Merv Griffin Show" from Series 9
    Fawlty Towers — ANY but particularly "Gourmet Night."

  • Jason Kazuta@facebook

    Three's Company – that episode where they all had that big misunderstanding. ;-)
    Fawlty Towers – The Germans
    Will & Grace – Kevin Bacon episode

  • neilpye

    The Young Ones — "Bambi"

  • PD

    Barney Miller "Hash" – pot brownies episode
    WKRP – "Turkeys Away"
    Bob Newhart Show "Over the River and through the Woods" (Thanksgiving episode)
    Seinfeld "The Bubble Boy"

  • Berkeley Young@facebook

    Fawlty Towers – The Germans
    Yes Prime Minister – Bishop's Gambit
    The Simpsons – Life on the Fast Lane
    Friends – The One with the Holiday Armadillo
    Friends – The One with the Kips
    Friends – The One Where Everybody Finds Out

  • Lady Linda

    It may be old but it was great! The final episode of Newhart…
    after years in vermont Bob wakes up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette
    his wife from The Bob Newhart Show. It was a surprise ending that nonone saw coming!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      Greatest sitcom finale ever.

  • danrydell

    Seinfeld – The Boyfriend Pt 1, mostly for the "JFK" reenactment.
    The Dick Van Dyke Show – It May Look Like a Walnut
    Simpsons – Cape Feare
    Curb Your Enthusiasm – The Grand Opening
    NewsRadio – Public Domain or Smoking
    Community – Paradigms of Human Memory
    Friends – The One Where Everyone Finds Out (although Chandler in the blackout episode was hilarious)
    Cheers – Pick a Con, Any Con

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      The JFK reenactment kills me every time I see it. I love when the audience figures it out…

  • Vincent Joseph@twitter

    The Simpsons – Cape Feare or Last Exit to Springfield (very very touch choice…)

    Arrested Development – Good Grief

    30 Rock – Rosemary's Baby

    Parks & Recreation – Flu Season

    Community – Remedial Chaos Theory

    South Park – Christian Rock Hard

    I Love Lucy – Vitameatavegamin

  • J.R.

    M*A*S*H "Hawkeye" When Hawkeye is injured in a jeep accident and, aware he has a concussion, babbles to a Korean family to keep himself awake.

    Arrested Development- "Pier Pressure" – first episode where I realized the show was something great.

    Cheers- "I'm Getting My Act Together and Sticking It in Your Face" because of how Frasier rewrites Charles Dickens- or really any of the episodes where they battle Gary's Old Town Tavern.

    Community- I refuse to pick one. It's like Sophie's Choice!

    30 Rock- Same as above

    Seinfeld- "The Contest" (obvious but true)

    Cosby Show- "Pilot" for the way the Coz faked out the audience by letting them clap for Theo's speech, and then tore it all down and showing everyone that the parents were in charge on this show.

  • Steve Austine@twitter

    News Radio- Smoking. Phil Hartmann at his finest. Or i would settle for any of the first 3 series episodes.
    Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia- Sweet Dee and Dennis go on Welfare.
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Nightman Cometh
    30 Rock – "Tracy Does Conan"
    It's Always Sunny: Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person (original Nightman/Dayman episode)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

      Tracy does Conan is one of the funniest 20min in tv history. Agree 100%

  • Gideon Wilde@twitter

    WKRP in Cincinnati: Turkeys Away. maybe not the winner but should certainly be considered and discussed. "as God as my witness, I thought Turkeys could fly."

    • Stealth junk

      Absolutely. First thing that came to my mind. IMHO the funniest line ever spoken on television!

  • calscomedyclassics

    Friends – The one with the jellyfish, absolute classic.

    Father Ted – Speed 3

    Everybody loves Raymond – Angry sex

    TBBT – The love car displacement

    But the funniest sitcom episode i have ever seen, judged by what i laughed the most at on first viewing is Only Fools and Horses – Heroes and Villains. Ive never laughed so much in my life the first time i saw the batman and robin scene!

    BTW, has there been any results for this yet?                                          

  • http://twitter.com/halhorn86 Hal Horn

    Sanford and Son "Lamont Goes African" and "The Card Sharks";
    F Troop "Our Brave in F Troop" and "The Day the Indians Won"
    Phil Silvers Show "Centennial", "Bivouac", "The Empty Store"
    Car 54 Where are You? "Toody Undercover", "Boom Boom Boom" and "J'Adore Muldoon"
    Sledge Hammer! "Under the Gun" and "Haven't Gun, Will Travel"
    Married…With Children "You Better Watch Out"
    The Job "Massage" and "Barbecue"
    Just a few nominees not yet mentioned

  • stc5074

    Friends – The one where everyone finds out
    The Office US) – Diversity day
    The Office (UK) – Training Day

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrothegreat Jeff Stiefer

    Any love for Trailer Park Boys episode "Conky" or "Mrs. Petersons dog gets f***ed up"?

    Been sitting here trying to decide my favorite Simpsons and I can't do it…I could do. Top 5 but the funniest? Jeez…if u had a gun to my head, it would either be Hurricane Neddy, Homers Phobia, or Marge vs the monorail.

    30 Rock – Tracy Does Conan (I've never laughed so hard at any single show)

    Parks and Rec – the one where they all have the flu, can't remember the title.

    Arrested dev – pier pressure tho as pilot episodes go, AD's was very strong.

    Friends – The one with the embryos (the apartment bet)

    South park – Montaquilla (sp?)

    I could do this all day :)

  • TheFlatMan

    Password episode of The Odd Couple.

  • blubby

    Maude- Vivian's First Funeral.

  • xmisterx9

    Some of my favorites. Just noticed that many were from the second season of the shows..

    Dear John – 1×02 – Ralph's Curse (1988)
    Fawlty Towers – 2×06 – Basil the Rat (1975)
    Fraiser – 2×03 – The Matchmaker (1994)
    Mary Tyler Moore – 5×23 – Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasting School (1975)
    Seinfeld – 4×07 – The Bubble Boy (1992)
    South Park – 2×02 – Cartman's Mom … (1998)
    The Middle – 2×05 – Foreign Exchange (2010)
    Taxi – 2×03 – Reverend Jim, A Space Odyssey (1979)
    Welcome Back Kotter – 2×03 – Sweatside Story (1976)
    WKRP in Cincinnati – 1×07 – Turkeys Away (1978)

    More hilarious episodes from short lived series.
    Committed – 1×01 – The Pilot Episode (2005)
    Hot Properties – 1×06 – Waiting For Oprah (2005)
    On The Air – 1×01 – The Lester Guy Show (1992)
    The Class – 1×09 – The Class Gives Thanks (2006)
    The Tick – 1×09 – The Big Leagues (2001)
    Worst Week – 1×01 – Pilot (US 2008)
    The Worst Week Of My Life – 1×02 – Tuesday (UK 2004)