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Year-end lists are all about celebration, and even though the deluge of television is pretty overwhelming, it’s actually been a joy to look back at some of the funniest, most heartbreaking, and all-around memorable moments of the TV year.
There will be a lot of crossover with the best TV shows of the year, of course (as well as the best performances), but when it comes to specific episodes, there are some series from those lists that are excellent, and yet their episodes are so tightly intertwined with the overall narrative that they aren’t represented here. For others that are highly episodic, like Atlanta or Legends of Tomorrow, I limited myself to just one episode per series. That was extremely hard, but worth it to not write blurbs for every single episode of Blue Planet II (every episode of Blue Planet II is the best episode). And why 26? Because I have 26 episodes I want to talk about.
And as must always be said when it comes to year-end lists — with almost 500 scripted series on air, no list is definitive — these are just a few great selections from a year that was stocked with great small-screens stories. Share some of yours in the comments!
Spoiler note: I’ve kept things as general as possible, but if you are in doubt just skip on to the next!