What are some great episodes of TV to watch for the writing?

These episodes of TV are worth watching with a script in hand.

Gilmore Girls , “Partings” (Season 6, Episode 22)

In “Partings,” the season 6 finale of “Gilmore Girls,” Rory graduates from Yale University and must decide what to do next with her life. She is offered a job as a journalist covering Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, but her boyfriend Logan has asked her to move with him to London, England. Rory struggles to make a decision about her future and seeks advice from her mother Lorelai, who tells her to do what makes her happy.

Meanwhile, Lorelai is dealing with her own relationship issues. Her fiancé Luke has been distant and she discovers that he has secretly met with his ex-girlfriend, causing Lorelai to question their future together. She ultimately breaks up with Luke, leaving him devastated.

As the episode comes to a close, Rory decides to decline the job offer and move to London with Logan. Lorelai goes to Luke’s diner to tell him she still loves him, but she finds that he has set up a surprise wedding ceremony for her instead. The season ends with Lorelai and Luke getting married, while Rory departs for London and her new life with Logan.

“Partings” is a bittersweet episode that marks a major turning point in the series, as Rory and Lorelai both make significant decisions about their futures. The episode is notable for its emotional highs and lows, and for the cliffhanger endings that set up the storylines for the show’s seventh and final season.

“Pilot” from “The West Wing” (2000)

“The West Wing” pilot episode introduces viewers to the world of the White House and its staff. The episode begins with the newly-elected President, Josiah “Jed” Bartlet, going for a bike ride and injuring himself. He is taken to the hospital where his staff meets him, including his Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, Communications Director Toby Ziegler, Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, and Press Secretary C.J. Cregg.

As the President recovers, the staff is dealing with a crisis in the Middle East, where a U.S. spy plane has been shot down. The staff is also preparing for Bartlet’s first State of the Union address. Throughout the episode, we see the staff working together to handle these issues while also dealing with their personal relationships and dynamics.

The episode ends with the President addressing the nation in his State of the Union speech, while the staff watches from the sidelines. The speech is well-received and the staff is left with a sense of accomplishment, despite the challenges they faced.

Overall, the “West Wing” pilot sets the stage for the show’s complex characters and themes, showcasing the intelligence, humor, and drama that would become the series’ signature. It introduces viewers to a world of politics, power, and personal relationships, leaving them eager to see what comes next.

“Pine Barrens” from “The Sopranos” (2001)

In “Pine Barrens,” the 11th episode of the third season of “The Sopranos,” Tony Soprano sends two of his associates, Christopher Moltisanti and Paulie Gualtieri, on a routine collection job for a Russian mobster named Valery. However, the job goes awry and Valery is injured, prompting Christopher and Paulie to try and finish the job by killing him. They end up losing Valery in the snowy woods of the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, and spend the rest of the episode trying to find him.

As they stumble through the woods, they face a series of bizarre and humorous encounters, including a run-in with a group of hunters and a confrontation with an angry homeowner. Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, Tony and his crew struggle to deal with the fallout from the failed job.

The episode is notable for its dark humor, tense action, and the development of the relationship between Christopher and Paulie. It also features strong performances from Michael Imperioli and Tony Sirico as Christopher and Paulie, respectively.

“Pine Barrens” is widely regarded as one of the best episodes of “The Sopranos” and is often cited as a standout example of the show’s innovative storytelling and character development. It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series in 2001, recognizing the episode’s intricate plot and witty dialogue. The episode is also notable for its open-ended conclusion, leaving viewers wondering about the fate of Valery and the repercussions of the failed job for the remainder of the season.

Here’s a list of some other amazing episodes. Find the script, fire up the TV, and enjoy.

Emmy-winning TV episodes for writing:

  1. “The West Wing” – “In Excelsis Deo” (Season 1, Episode 10)
  2. “The Sopranos” – “College” (Season 1, Episode 5)
  3. “Mad Men” – “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  4. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – “Offred” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  5. “Breaking Bad” – “Ozymandias” (Season 5, Episode 14)
  6. “Game of Thrones” – “Battle of the Bastards” (Season 6, Episode 9)
  7. “Fleabag” – “Episode 1” (Season 1, Episode 1)
  8. “The Crown” – “Assassins” (Season 4, Episode 9)
  9. “Atlanta” – “Alligator Man” (Season 2, Episode 1)
  10. “Watchmen” – “This Extraordinary Being” (Season 1, Episode 6)

These episodes were recognized for their exceptional writing, including their innovative storytelling, character development, and use of dialogue. They are widely regarded as some of the best examples of television writing in recent years.

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