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    25 ’90s TV Shows And Their Very Best Episode According To IMDb Ratings

    Out of 236 episodes of Friends, which has the highest rating?

    1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 4, Episode 24 — "Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse"

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    With a 9.7 rating, the top-rated episode of the series has the famous "How come he don't want me, man?" scene. The next closest is the series finale, "I, Done: Part 2," which has a 9.0.

    2. Full House: Season 4, Episode 11 — "Secret Admirer"

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    With an 8.6, the highest-rated episode of Full House involves a love letter finding its way into multiple people's hands. The second-highest-rated episode is Season 3's "Honey, I Broke the House," the one where Stephanie drives Joey's car into the house.

    3. Family Matters: Season 5, Episode 7 — "Grandmama"

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    The highest-rated episode of the series has an 8.5, and features former NBA All-Star Larry Johnson. The next closest is Season 4's "Walk on the Wild Side," which has an 8.2.

    4. Friends: Season 10, Episode 18 — "The Last One: Part 2"

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    The top episode of Friends is the series finale, which has a 9.7. The only other episode with that high of a rating is Season 5's "The One Where Everybody Finds Out," but it has fewer votes.

    5. Doug: Season 4, Episode 5 — "Doug En Vogue/Doug's Mail Order Mania"

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    This is Doug's highest-rated episode with a 9.2. The only other episode to get that high of a rating is "Doug Runs/Doug Clobbers Patti," which features Doug running for class treasurer, and Doug beating Patti in a game of bowling.

    6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 7 — "Once More, with Feeling"

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    With a 9.8, Buffy's highest-rated episode is a Season 6 musical special. The next closest are Season 4's "Hush," and Season 5's, "The Body," which have a 9.7.

    7. Boy Meets World: Season 5, Episode 17 — "And Then There Was Shawn"

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    The horror-filled episode of Boy Meets World is the highest rated with a 9.4. Next closest is the series finale, "Brave New World: Part 2," which has a 9.3.

    8. ER: Season 8, Episode 21 — "On the Beach"

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    With a 9.6, this episode of ER that featured the death of one of the show's main characters is its highest rated. The next closest is Season 6's "All in the Family," where the hospital staff try to save two of their own.

    9. Saved by the Bell: Season 3, Episode 24 — "Home for Christmas: Part 1"

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    With an 8.7, this festive episode is the highest rated of the series. The next closest is Season 3's "Wicked Stepbrother: Part 1," during which Jessie's stepbrother from New York moves in.

    10. Hey Arnold: Season 1, Episode 11 — "Arnold's Christmas"

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    The show's Christmas special tops all others, with a 9.0 rating. The next closest is another Season 1 episode, titled "Spelling Bee/Pigeon Man."

    11. Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 17 — "Two-Face Part I"

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    "Two-Face Part I" is the highest rated of the series with an 8.2. The second-highest rating belongs to "Two-Face Part II," at 8.0.

    12. Kenan & Kel: Season 4, Episode 5 — "Three Girls, a Guy, and a Cineplex"

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    This Season 4 episode is Kenan & Kel's highest rated with an 8.7. The next closest episode is Season 2's "Bye-Bye Kenan," during which Kenan's father gets a new job, and the Rockmores plan to move to Montana.

    13. Rugrats: Season 2, Episode 13 — "A Visit From Lipschitz/What the Big People Do"

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    With an 8.1, the Season 2 episode has the series' highest rating. The next closest is the following episode, a Christmas special named "The Santa Experience."

    14. Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 6, Episode 10 — "One Wedding and a Funeral"

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    The Season 6 episode's 7.9 is higher than any other episode, with the next best being Season 1's "Slumber Party," at 7.6.

    15. The Wonder Years: Season 3, Episode 20 — "Goodbye"

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    With a 9.5, "Goodbye" is the highest rated episode of the series. The next closest is "Independence Day," the series finale, which has a 9.2.

    16. Home Improvement: Season 5, Episode 22 — "The Longest Day"

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    This emotional Season 5 episode has the highest rating of the series with an 8.2. The Home Improvement series finale, "The Long and Winding Road, Part 3" also has an 8.2, but fewer votes than "The Longest Day."

    17. Sliders: Season 2, Episode 8 — "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome"

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    The Season 2 episode is the series' highest rated at 8.4. The next closest is the Season 1 finale, "Luck of the Draw," at 8.2.

    18. Dawson's Creek: Season 6, Episode 24 — "...Must Come to an End"

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    The show's very last episode is its highest rated with a 9.1. The next closest is Season 3's "The Longest Day."

    19. Will & Grace: Season 3, Episode 25 — "Sons and Lovers: Part 2"

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    Season 3's finale is the series' highest-rated episode with a 9.0. Season 6's "Last Ex to Brooklyn," is right behind it, with an 8.9.

    20. The Nanny: Season 2, Episode 21 — "Close Shave"

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    The Season 2 episode tops all others, with a 9.0 rating. The next closest episodes are both from Season 2, and both have an 8.9 — "Strange Bedfellows," and "What the Butler Sang."

    21. The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 12 — "Bad Blood"

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    The Season 5 episode sits atop all others, with a 9.4 rating. Right below it are two episodes that have 9.3 ratings — Season 3's "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," and Season 2's "Anasazi."

    22. Roseanne: Season 6, Episode 4 — "A Stash from the Past"

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    "A Stash from the Past" outshines all other episodes, with an 8.7 rating. The only other episode to reach that score is Season 5's "War and Peace," but it has fewer votes.

    23. The Ren & Stimpy Show: Season 1, Episode 6 —"Black Hole/Stimpy's Invention"

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    With a 9.0, the series' sixth episode tops all the others. The next closest is "Space Madness/The Boy Who Cried Rat!" at 8.9.

    24. The Powerpuff Girls: Season 1, Episode 12 — "The Rowdyruff Boys"

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    "The Rowdyruff Boys" is the series' highest rated episode at 8.8, with the next closest being "Bubblevicious/The Bare Facts," at 8.6.

    25. Seinfeld: Season 4, Episode 11 — "The Contest"

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    "The Contest" has a 9.6 rating and the most votes of any other episode, but there are two other 9.6s — Season 7's "The Soup Nazi," and Season 5's "The Opposite."

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