Favourite TV Episode Titles, from A to Z

Brittani from Rambling Film has had two killer ideas for A to Z lists: movie and tv episode titles. The first was a blogathon that I still would like to be a part of (can I, Brit?); the latter is not a web event but Brittani has kindly allowed me to make my own list – and I am thrilled because episode titles are one of the weird little things that I love noticing. This list really is about the names and not the episodes themselves, so quality of title doesn’t always reflect the quality of the episode itself. I find that the opposite is more frequent, though, as titles are usually pretty average sounding.

One last note to say that I tried to refrain from picking titles that are taken from music/books/etc. (except when they are puns), such as Meditations in an Emergency and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, which are two killer titles, but can’t be credited to Mad Men. I made an exception for True Blood because I get the impression the songs in question were often picked precisely for their titles. I also included runner-ups because I’m that interested (to say in love would sound dramatic right) in this stuff.

A
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Californication
All Roads Lead to Fitz, Scandal
Authority Always Wins, True Blood 

B
Baby, Talk is CheapSex and the City
By the Skin and the Teeth, Prison Break
C
Conversation Over a Corpse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents*
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, Supernatural 
D
Das Boob, Will & Grace
Don’t Come Back Alive, Alfred Hitchcock Presents*
E
Enough About Eve, Gossip Girl
Everybody’s A Fucking Critic, Californication
(The) End is Not Near, It’s Here, The O.C. 
Evil is Going On, True Blood

F
Form and VoidTrue Detective
Friday Night’s Alright For Fighting, Gilmore Girls
Forgiveness and Stuff, Gilmore Girls
For Those Who Think Young, Mad Men
French Me, You Idiot, The Mindy Project
G
Guy Walks Into an Advertising AgencyMad Men 
Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doing The Twist / aka Gilmore Girls Gone Wild, Gilmore Girls
Good God Y’All, Supernatural 
H
Heaven Can’t WaitSupernatural
Hold Me In Paradise, Boardwalk Empire 
House vs. God, House 
I
I’m a Kayak, Hear Me Roar, Gilmore Girls
(The) Ins and Outs of Inns, Gilmore Girls

J
Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’, The X-Files 

K

Karma, True Blood
Kissed by Fire, Game of Thrones
[ okay, it’s probably because I’m obsessed with the song, yes ]
L
Litt the Hell UpSuits
Love is to Die, True Blood
Let me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out, Gilmore Girls
Lesbian Request Denied, Orange is the New Black
Liver, I Hardly Knew Her, House
Little Green Men, The X-Files
[ this was the toughest letter ]

M
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, The X-Files
Memoirs of an Invisible Dan, Gossip Girl
Murder Me Twice, Alfred Hitchcock Presents*
My Deja Vu, My Deja Vu, Scrubs 

N
Nothing But the Blood, True Blood
None Are So Blind, Alfred Hitchcock Presents 
O
(The) Origins of MonstrosityAmerican Horror Story*
Oh, Oh, Oh… it’s Magic, Pushing Daisies
P
(The) Post-it Always Sticks TwiceSex and the City
Paris is Burning, Gilmore Girls
Q
Quiet Riot, Prison Break
R
(The) Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Masters of Sex
(The) Real Paul Anka, Gilmore Girls
Remember the Monsters?, Dexter

S
Shut the Door. Have a Seat, Mad Men
Super Cool Party People, Gilmore Girls
Shut Up, Dr. Phil, Supernatural 
T
To The Lost, Boardwalk Empire 
Those are Strings, Pinocchio, Gilmore Girls 
Thank You for Coming, Masters of Sex

U
Under God’s Power She Flourishes, Boardwalk Empire
V
Valar Morghulis, Game of Thrones

W
We Do Not Touch the First LadiesScandal 
What is Dead May Never Die, Game of Thrones
What Death Can Join Together, Penny Dreadful 
Waldorf Stories, Gossip Girl
Who Shaves the Barber?, Fargo
X – none
Y
You Can’t Trust a Man, The Sopranos 
You Smell Like Dinner, True Blood
Z – none

*episodes I haven’t seen

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14 Comments

  1. Brittani
    October 8, 2014 / 2:30 AM

    I love this! I love how you picked more than one for each letter..I should’ve thought of that. And of course you can participate in the blogathon. I’ll add you to the main post for sure.

    • October 8, 2014 / 6:32 PM

      It was too hard to leave the others out because a some letters really do have a lot of great titles. Ooh that’s so great, I’ll let you know when I publish it 😀

  2. October 8, 2014 / 9:18 AM

    I love these lists and it seems I have to do one as well.. god darn it.. list making takes so much time and I should be writing reviews. Oh well, when you love lists as good as this, you just have to find the time.

    I might result to listing more than one for a letter as well, makes it a bit easier.

    • October 8, 2014 / 6:35 PM

      hmm yes, I haven’t written a review in ages either, and I feel really guilty about it, haha. But lists are so fun, yes! Especially with a theme like this one – it’s like crack for us TV fanatics 😛

  3. October 8, 2014 / 10:13 PM

    What is it with vampire shows and them having great episode titles? True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer always had such fun, pun-tastic titles! They always made me smile.

    • October 9, 2014 / 11:30 AM

      Horror shows in general get to do a lot of silly things and get away with it, it’s great 😀 Like when Supernatural named an episode ‘Criss Angel is a Douche Bag’.

  4. October 9, 2014 / 5:10 PM

    Brittani’s idea is so amazing and I love your list. The attention to detail towards the titles are so creative when you can sit back and just read them; they’re highly underrated. Great post! 🙂

    • October 11, 2014 / 2:09 PM

      There really are some great titles out there, I love it!

  5. karamelkinema
    October 11, 2014 / 1:35 PM

    i love making this type of list but this seems a lot harder than just naming movie titles!! XD Gonna try to do it soon 😀

    • October 11, 2014 / 2:10 PM

      I tried to stick to shows I had already watched, so that narrows it down! And the episode guide at tv.com really helps when you’re stuck 😉

  6. Nikhat Zahra
    October 12, 2014 / 5:28 AM

    Ooo nice. I obviously love the Gilmore Girls ones the most but the one that made me laugh the most is Enough About Eve. That’s just genius 🙂

    • October 12, 2014 / 2:39 PM

      That was one of my top fav too, it’s quite brilliant. And the whole episode was a tribute to All About Eve!

  7. Josh
    December 2, 2014 / 4:58 PM

    Ooh, nice post! I’m not big on TV shows, but these titles are amazing.

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