I was watching an episode or two of Wolf Lake today and saw an episode I'd missed somehow. Anyway, the framing of the narrative really grabbed me and got me thinking about some of my favorite TV episodes and the different ways the creators told to tell the story.
Some of my faves include (in no particular order):
American Gothic (the final episode, and the one when the ghost sister gets a real body again temporarily)
Buffy Hush and the singing episode
Wolf Lake (the one where they choose a new chairman for the town)
X-Files (the sin eater episode, the one with the fake aliens, the Frankenstein episode, and the one about the limbless mom and her mutant sons)
Supernatural (the debut episode)
The Night Stalker (new one called What's the Frequency Kolchak?, I think, with the "creature" at the end of the hallway)
Dr. Who (the crying angels episode)
Torchwood (the ghost story blending the past and present at the military ball)
Life on Mars (BBC version, almost every freakin' episode, but the best is probably the one where Gene is framed for murder)
Coupling (BBC version, the one with the girl who only speaks Hebrew, the "Spiderman" episode, and the one that split screens the whole episode between Steve and Susan)
Firefly (the bounty hunter episode with the philosophizing killer)
I'm sure there are lots more, but that's all I can think of at the moment.
How 'bout you? What are you favorite examples of contemporary TV storytelling? Any genre. And not just favorite story/plot, but the way the story is presented.
The suspense is killing me. So spill already.
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