It's time for our annual list of the 50 best episodes of the past year. (For previous lists check the bottom of this column.) We'll be counting down 10 episodes a day until we get to the best episode of 2005 on Friday. The episodes on this list are based on nominations by myself and regular visitors to the site as to what we think the standout moments of the year were. In some cases while we were fans of certain series we couldn't pin down a particular episode we thought was of special merit so don't be stunned to see a few of our regular favorites missing from the list. Anyway, on with the show...
30. "gilmore girls: a house is not a home" (the wb)
(originally aired: may 17, 2005)
Reason #1 why it's crazy the Emmys continue to snub Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham and the show in general.
29. "gilmore girls: let me hear your balalaikas ringing out" (the wb)
(originally aired: november 8, 2005)
Reason #2 why it's crazy the Emmys continue to snub Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham and the show in general.
28. "how i met your mother: the pineapple incident" (cbs)
(originally aired: november 28, 2005)
For me, this was the episode where the show really found its voice as Ted struggles to recall the events of the previous night, not to mention how a pineapple inexplicably found its way into his room.
27. "it's always sunny in philadelphia: gun fever" (fx)
(originally aired: august 30, 2005)
The image of Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) gleefully firing a handgun into a tree stump in the basement of their bar still makes me giggle to this day.
26. "monk: mr. monk goes to the office" (usa)
(originally aired: july 29, 2005)
Monk working undercover in an office - only to find he actually fits in - has to be one of the funniest and most clever episodes of the show to date.
25. "prison break: odd man out" (fox)
(originally aired: november 21, 2005)
Holy crap moment from "Prison Break" thus far #1: T-Bag cutting Abruzzi's throat.
24. "prison break: pilot" (fox)
(originally aired: august 29, 2005)
Holy crap moment from "Prison Break" thus far #2: The big tattoo reveal.
23. "scrubs: my life in four cameras" (nbc)
(originally aired: february 15, 2005)
A real testament to how clever "Scrubs" can be, this episode saw J.D. (Zach Braff) imagine what his life would be like if he was in a sitcom - and went so far as to film a portion of it as a sitcom.
22. "the shield: ain't that a shame" (fx)
(originally aired: june 14, 2005)
"The Shield" finales are always pitch perfect as various storylines close - both Capt. Rawling and Antwon Mitchell (Glenn Close, Anthony Anderson) are sent packing - while new ones open - the investigation into Vic's team.
21. "eyes: shots" (abc)
(originally aired: april 27, 2005)
Here's why I desperately miss this show - when Harlan (an awesome Tim Daly) loses Leslie (Laura Leighton) to her on-again/off-again boyfriend, he literally tells her how pissy and angry he is about it.