Episodes is a column in which senior contributor Valerie Ettenhofer digs into the singular chapters of television that make the medium great.
If you’re new to reading this column, we suggest starting with these:
The penultimate episode of House’s fourth season sees the death wish-chasing doctor unravel the shocking mystery of his own head injury.
In season three’s “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” Rory and Lorelai get in over their heads at a 24-hour dance marathon.
Jessica Jones’ first season is a brutal and powerful look at intimate partner violence that ends stronger than ever.
The tech comedy’s best episode is a decades-spanning story about selling out, breaking up, and making art.
Prestige mystery series don’t get much darker than ‘Sharp Objects,’ and ‘Sharp Objects’ doesn’t get much better than its sickening finale.
Dorothy’s traumatic and frustrating journey through the medical system hits close to home for people who live with chronic illnesses, like our TV critic Valerie Ettenhofer.
HBO’s short-lived musical series was at its best when the protagonists wandered naively into strange situations, like in this Season 1 episode.
The surreal HBO series’ first-season midpoint — “Who Goes There?” — careens into epically cinematic chaos.
The series about the early days of the tech industry was in love with reinvention, and its series finale, “Ten of Swords,” made us love it too.