It's time once again for our annual list of the 50 best episodes of the past year. (For previous lists check the links to the right.)
As usual we'll be counting down 10 episodes a day until we get to the best episode of 2006 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.
Obviously our list will differ from the ones you sent in - but that's half the fun! So sit back, relax and enjoy the countdown!
20. "it's always sunny in philadelphia: dennis and dee go on welfare" (fx)
(originally aired: july 6, 2006)
Yup, they did an episode where Dennis and Dee become crack addicts. And it was awesome.
19. "friday night lights: crossing the line" (nbc)
(originally aired: november 28, 2006)
Coach Taylor's (the awesome Kyle Chandler) talk with his daughter about boys - not to mention his wife's (the equally as awesome Connie Britton) prodding him to do so - felt so real you didn't think you were watching a TV show.
18. "the office: gay witch hunt" (nbc)
(originally aired: september 21, 2006)
"Do you think Oscar's roommate knows he's gay?" was just one of several stellar lines in this episode, its most cringe inducing since the famed "Diversity Day" episode.
17/16. "everwood: foreverwood, parts 1 & 2" (the wb)
(originally aired: june 5, 2006)
A parting gift to the fans, the show's two-hour swan song tied all its various plots into neat little bows - Andy/Nina, Ephram/Amy, Bright/Hannah and Harold/Rose. Everything a finale should be.
15. "the unit: first responders" (cbs)
(originally aired: march 7, 2006)
60 minutes of David Mamet at this best.
14. "house: euphoria, part 2" (fox)
(originally aired: may 3, 2006)
Sure it will always be the "House" show - it's the title after all - but this episode was proof his supporting cast could very well carry a show on their own.
13. "battlestar galactica: lay down your burdens, part 2" (sci fi)
(originally aired: march 10, 2006)
Who didn't curl up into the fetal position after seeing "One Year Later" flash on the screen? Okay, so maybe it was just me.
11/12. "my name is earl: south of the border part uno & dos" (nbc)
(originally aired: december 7, 2006)
Just one giant buffet of everything I love about this show - anachronistic references (Red Dawn, Bugle Boy jeans and House of Pain's "Jump Around" to name a few), great guest stars (John Leguizamo), random throwbacks to previous episodes (Randy's fear of birds, Cyndi Lauper's "Time after Time" as Randy's heartbreak song) and "it's so ridiculous but it fits in this universe" plots (the trials Earl and Randy must go through to marry Catalina, Randy being mistaken for the spirit of a couple's dead son).
COMING TOMORROW: #10-1