1. Breaking Bad proved that taking risks with characters can lead to a mind-blowing finale.
2. Highest rated episode: Season 5, Episode 14, “Ozymandias”
IMDb episode synopsis: Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Skyler believes it’s time to tell Flynn the truth.
3. Lowest rated episode: Season 3, Episode 10, “Fly”
IMDb episode synopsis: There is a fly loose in the lab. Walt and Jesse must do whatever they can to kill it before it contaminates the meth.
4. While Dexter showed that jumping the shark at the end doesn’t sit well with a loyal fan base.
5. Highest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 12, “The Getaway”
IMDb episode description: Dexter is obsessed with getting the Trinity Killer himself, especially after Arthur has tracked him to Metro Homicide and learns his real identity…
6. Lowest rated episode: Season 8, Episode 12, “Remember the Monsters?”
IMDb episode description: Realizing that he has, directly or indirectly, been responsible for the death of everyone he’s ever loved, Dexter accepts there is only one option open to him.
7. The Office’s emotional finale made it the highest rated of the series.
8. Highest rated episode: Season 9, Episode 23, “Finale”
IMDb episode description: One year later, Dunder Mifflin employees past and present reunite for a panel discussion about the documentary and to attend Dwight and Angela’s wedding.
9. Lowest rated episode: Season 6, Episode 14, “The Banker”
IMDb episode description: A banker representing a potential buyer comes to the Scranton branch to interview the H.R. department before the sale goes through.
10. BSG was one of those shows that was consistently stellar.
11. Highest rated episode: Season 3, Episode 20, “Crossroads: Part 2”
IMDb episode description: Coincidences creates new alliances aboard Galactica.
12. Lowest rated episode: Season 2, Episode 14, “Black Market”
IMDb episode description: Apollo investigates the murder of one of the crew and falls for a young prostitute, whom he vows to save from the rogue ship dealing with the Black Market. As well as confronting the bad guys, Apollo has to confront some past mistakes.
13. Mad Men found its stride when Don was at a low point.
14. Highest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 7, “The Suitcase”
IMDb episode description: Don deliberately delays returning an important call from California, because he knows it’s bad news about Anna. Instead, he keeps himself occupied by forcing Peggy to miss her birthday dinner to pull an all-nighter with him for a client.
15. Lowest rated episode: Season 1, Episode 2, “Ladies Room”
IMDb episode description: Don Draper is reluctant to talk about his past, or his childhood, whether with his wife Betty or his boss Roger Sterling. Joan Holloway teaches Peggy Olsen how to wrangle a free lunch out of some of the ad men.
16. The Sex and the City Paris finale brought in the highest marks.
17. Highest rated episode: Season 6, Episode 20, “An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux”
IMDb episode description: Carrie has lunch with Petrovsky’s ex Juliette B. who tells her he always gives priority to his art above his partner- she finds that true and has a generally bad time.
18. Lowest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 3, “Defining Moments”
IMDb episode description: Miranda is dating Doug, a respected professional, but just can’t get comfortable with his loose sense of toilet intimacy. On a ‘non-date’ with Mr. Big Carrie meets and gets attracted to Jazz musician Ray King, who turns out to own two clubs and is interested in her too. Trey is finally hot enough for Charlotte, but now she finds him too demonstrative in word and deed. Samantha hits on with Maria, a Brazilian painter she meets in Charlotte’s gallery, who turns out to be lesbian.
19. While Seinfeld didn’t win much praise for that episode where Jerry is forced to take care of someone else’s dog.
20. Highest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 11, “The Contest”
IMDb episode description: After George’s mother catches him alone in a somewhat embarrassing situation, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer stage a contest to see who can last the longest without any sexual gratification.
21. Lowest rated episode: Season 3, Episode 4, “The Dog”
IMDb episode description: Jerry is forced to care for the disobedient dog of a man he met on a plane.
22. The Red Wedding was gut-wrenching in more ways than one.
23. Highest rated episode: Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere”
IMDb episode description: Robb and Catelyn arrive at the Twins for the wedding. Jon is put to the test to see where his loyalties truly lie. Bran’s group decides to split up. Daenerys plans an invasion of Yunkai.
24. Lowest rated episode: Season 2, Episode 2, “The Night Lands”
IMDb episode description: Arya makes friends with Gendry. Tyrion tries to take control of the small council. Theon arrives at his home, Pyke, in order to persuade his father into helping Robb with the war. Jon tries to investigate Craster’s secret.
25. And House of Cards’ shocking Season 2 opener pushed the series to new heights.
26. Highest rated episode: Season 2, Episode 1, “Chapter 14”
IMDb episode description: Frank prepares for his promotion to Vice President. Doug tries to erase all leads leading back to him and Frank. Claire fights back against Gillian. Zoe considers working with Frank again
27. Lowest rated episode: Season 1, Episode 8, “Chapter 8”
IMDb episode description: Frank has a library named after him at his old military school. Peter tries to win back the support of his hometown.
29. Highest rated episode: Season 10, Episode 20, “The Last One: Part 2”
IMDb episode description: Ross and Phoebe race to the other airport, afraid they are not going to make it in time to catch Rachel… Monica & Chandler, their twins, Joey, Phoebe , Rachel & Ross all go downstairs to have one more cup of coffee in Central Perk.
30. Lowest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 21, “The One with the Invitation”
IMDb episode description: Emily’s surprised remark she wouldn’t want her ex-lovers on the wedding unlike Ross who invites Rachel starts him reminiscing about him getting and losing Rachel. Everybody gets an invitation, but Phoebe may not fly during her pregnancy and Rachel feels it’s just too hard for her, after reminiscing as well about her with and without Ross.
31. And while Walking Dead fans were happy to say goodbye to the prison, they weren’t too thrilled to see an episode of just Daryl and Beth.
32. Highest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 8, “Too Far Gone”
IMDb episode description: Rick and the group face imminent danger as The Governor tries to take the prison.
33. Lowest rated episode: Season 4, Episode 12, “Still”
IMDb episode description: Daryl and Beth seek refuge in the woods, where conflict emerges between the pair.