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Honestly pretty difficult to pick one episode of anything but I'm going for Porridge's A Night In. Two great comedy actors with a word perfect script and a completely simple set-up. It established their relationship for episodes to come and also didn't shy away from a bit of drama.

 

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Either Marooned or Polymorph from Red Dwarf 3. The dialogue between Rimmer & Lister is fantastic in Marooned, but Polymorph has some pretty special moments as well. Timeslides is decent as well. 

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57 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Honestly pretty difficult to pick one episode of anything but I'm going for Porridge's A Night In. Two great comedy actors with a word perfect script and a completely simple set-up. It established their relationship for episodes to come and also didn't shy away from a bit of drama.

 

It's crazy for me to think just how huge a star Richard Beckinsale would have become if he hadn't died so young.

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1 hour ago, Shy Dad said:

I actually wanted to nominate Scrubs

Fuck off!

 

Anyway, Mrs Peterson's Dog Gets Fucked Up (Trailer Park Boys S1E4) is the correct answer.

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25 minutes ago, PowerButchi said:

Anyway, Mrs Peterson's Dog Gets Fucked Up (Trailer Park Boys S1E4) is the correct answer.

For pure laughs, I've never seen a better TV episode.

"I shot my daddy in the bum...."

 

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Fawlty Towers - Gourmet Night

 

I'm a wanky Fawlty Towers fanboy and would happily accept any other episode in place of this one, but this is faultless. 

Famously Fawlty scripts are tight, Swiss watch tight, with more lines per episode than anything else in the 70s and 80s. And Gourmet Night is dense with setup and pay-off (I believe we have to refer to this as Chekov's Gun now). Basil complaining about riff-raff. The chef obsessed with Manuel, hinting at a problem with drink. Putting off getting the car fixed. 

Yes it has the overexposed bashing-the-car scene but this is designed with perfection. It just doesn't work if the car isn't in a static frame, if he'd have twatted it with his hand, if Basil hadn't paused to go and find a weapon. It's underrated in how well assembled it is. 

And the scene only exists because it is a culmination of Basil's tension. The frustration with not being the class he wants to, the inability to get Sybil to understand, the growing insanity of the night falling apart. It's a volcano of suppressed rage erupting with the car the victim. 

The supporting are perfect too: Colonel Hall with his pronounced twitch being introduced to a man called Twitchen. The diminutive Mrs Hall overreacting to cold fish. Polly and Manuel put on a dreadful cabaret to kill time while the food arrives. 

It's simply perfect. 

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19 minutes ago, IANdrewDiceClay said:

Hank's Sex Tape from the Larry Sanders Show. Especially the part where Hank describes how his image is a "meat and potatos kind of guy."

I think Hank's Night in the Sun might be even better. Although truth be told any Hank centric episode is pure gold.

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2 hours ago, Zebra Kid Mark said:

I'm going with It's Always Sunny for the DENNIS System episode.

It's the episode I put on when trying to convert people into being Sunny fans. 

 

 

Hi, I'm Frack. 

 

SHIT! 

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48 minutes ago, IANdrewDiceClay said:

Hank's Sex Tape from the Larry Sanders Show. Especially the part where Hank describes how his image is a "meat and potatos kind of guy."

“You wash your mouth out…with Hank!”

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The revelation in another episode that Hank chipped his back tooth on a urinal is possibly one of the funniest things I have ever heard.

 

 

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I've probably said it before on here, but I don't know if there is a comedy series with a better trio of characters that Larry, Hank and Artie. They're all so rich and perfectly played. 

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