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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The 100 Grooviest Halloween TV Episodes #1 - 34

To celebrate Halloween, I thought it would be fun to count down the 100 Grooviest Halloween TV Episodes. Hopefully I've selected a few of your favorites (click here for Episodes 35-100).

34) The Office - "Spooked"/October 27, 2011
Erin tries to make the annual Halloween party spooky and non-childish.

33) South Park - "A Nightmare on Face Time"/October 24, 2012
In this parody of The Shining, Randy buys a Blockbuster Video store in the hopes of reviving the video rental business, but the obsolete business drives him mad.

32) The New Normal - "Para-New Normal Activity"/March 5, 2013
It's Halloween and Bryan immediately takes charge and dictates what everyone's costumes are going to be. But David rebels and defiantly sports a Tom Brady costume.

31) Suburgatory - "The Witch of East Chatswin"/October 24, 2012
Tessa believes she is being haunted by a witch (Rachel Dratch).

30) The Real O'Neals - "The Real Halloween"/October 25, 2016
Eileen's tolerance is tested when she allows Kenny to throw his own Halloween party to stop him from going to Boystown to watch the costume parade.

29) Bewitched - "To Trick or Treat or Not to Trick or Treat"/October 30, 1969
Endora is furious that Samantha and Tabitha are celebrating Halloween with negative witch stereotypes, prompting a fight between Darrin and his mother-in-law. She then turns him into a stereotypical witch.

28) Roseanne - "Trick or Treat"/October 30, 1990
Roseanne dresses as a male trucker for Halloween and mingles with some guys at the Lobo Lounge. Meanwhile, Dan is upset about DJ wanting to be a witch for Halloween.

27) Married... with Children - "Take My Wife, Please"/October 24, 1993
In this Halloween episode, Al wishes he was dead and is visited by the Grim Reaper with a very familiar face. Meanwhile, Peg, Bud, Kelly and Jefferson impersonate the Village People at a party for menopausal women.

26) Everybody Hates Chris - "Everybody Hates Halloween"/October 27, 2005
Chris is excited to go to a Halloween party that an older girl invites him to.

25) Curb Your Enthusiasm - "Trick or Treat"/October 7, 2001
Larry refuses to give candy to un-costumed teenagers on Halloween, so they toilet-paper his house and spray-paint "Bald Asshole" across his front door.

24) Newhart - "Take Me to Your Loudon"/October 26, 1987
Michael seeks to create an Orson Welles-style panic when he programs The War of the Worlds on Halloween night. Dick then tries to control his panicked guests at the inn's costume party.

23) Everybody Loves Raymond - "Halloween Candy"/October 26, 1998
Ray and Debra leave Frank alone at the house to give out Halloween candy while they take the kids trick or treating. But when Frank runs out of candy, he gives out Ray's multicolor condoms by mistake.

22) 3rd Rock from the Sun - "Scaredy Dick"/October 29, 1997
Mary asks Sally and Tommy to house sit for her on Halloween in order to stop trick-or-treaters from egging her home while she is out.

21) Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Halloween"/October 27, 1997
Costume shop owner Ethan Rayne casts a spell that transforms kids into their costume personae.

20) McMillan & Wife - "The Devil You Say"/October 21, 1973
Mildred thinks she's witnessed a murder, and Sally receives a strange gift in the mail - film of a satanic ritual.

19) The Big Bang Theory - "The Middle-Earth Paradigm"/October 29, 2007
Penny invites the guys to her Halloween party, but they have problems socializing.

18) Family Matters - "Stevil"/October 25, 1996
A ventriloquist's dummy, which looks exactly like Urkel, comes to life and terrorizes the Winslows.

17) Will & Grace - "Boo! Humbug"/October 26, 1998
On Halloween, Will and Grace plan to ignore the holiday. Meanwhile, Jack and Karen dress up and spend a night on the town, and Karen becomes very popular with some drag queens.

16) Roseanne - "Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down"/October 29, 1991
When Dan and Roseanne play a gruesome Halloween prank on Kathy Bowman, Roseanne is worried that Kathy might get her revenge later that night.

15) Bewitched - "Trick or Treat"/October 28, 1965
When Darrin forbids Samantha from going away with Endora to celebrate a traditional Halloween ceremony, Endora turns herself into a little girl in a gypsy costume (played by Maureen McCormick) and uses a curse to slowly turn Darrin into a werewolf.

14) How I Met Your Mother - "Slutty Pumpkin"/October 24, 2005
Ted makes his annual visit to the rooftop Halloween party in search of a girl dressed as a pumpkin whom he met there years ago.

13) That '70s Show - "Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die"/October 31, 2000
The gang share a strange Halloween, complete with comic spoofs of several Alfred Hitchcock movies, including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo and North by Northwest.

12) The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XIX"/November 2, 2008
Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama but the machine is rigged to place votes for John McCain - and kill anyone who reveals it. The episode also includes "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse", a parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

11) Modern Family - "Halloween"/October 27, 2010
Claire loves Halloween and is gearing up to spookify the Dunphy house for the trick or treaters.

10) Roseanne - "Skeleton in the Closet"/October 26, 1994
When Leon hosts a Halloween party and all his gay friends seem to know Fred quite well, Roseanne becomes convinced that Fred is gay.

9) The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror V"/October 30, 1994
This Halloween special features "The Shinning", a parody of The Shining, in which Homer tries to kill his family after Mr. Burns cuts off the beer supply and cable TV in his winter home.

8) Freaks and Geeks - "Tricks and Treats"/October 30, 1999
Sam persuades his friends to go trick-or-treating with him.

7) Modern Family - "Open House of Horrors"/October 24, 2012
Claire must rein in her enthusiasm for Halloween and keep her celebration kid-friendly. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam have a costume party.

6) Bewitched - "The Safe and Sane Halloween"/October 26, 1967
In the show's fourth Halloween episode, Samantha takes Tabitha trick-or-treating after she conjures up three ghouls from a storybook.

5) Little House on the Prairie -"The Monster of Walnut Grove"/November 1, 1976
Laura's imagination runs wild on Halloween when she sees Nels apparently cutting off Mrs. Oleson's head.

4) The Jeffersons - "Now You See It, Now You Don't" (Parts 1 and 2)/October 21 and 28, 1979
On Halloween, Louise sees someone dressed as a rabbit murder someone - and then the killer rabbit plans to make her his second victim.

3) Friends - "The One with the Halloween Party"/November 1, 2001
Monica and Chandler throw a Halloween party, and Phoebe runs into her sister's fiance, Eric (Sean Penn).

2) Roseanne - "BOO!"/October 31, 1989
On Halloween, Roseanne and Dan compete to see who is the spookiest.

1) The Addams Family - "Halloween with the Addams Family"/October 30, 1964
Mistaking two robbers (Don Rickles and Skip Homeier) for trick-or-treaters, the family takes them in for a Halloween celebration.

1 comment:

Alan Scott said...

I remember the "Newhart" Halloween episode. I loved the way Bob's neighbors grew more and more panicked. It was hysterical! Larry, Darryl and Darryl's entrance was a riot!