Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Best TV Clips 2000-2009: Part Two

Continuing with our series, tonight we enter the spectrum of "scripted" TV clips, a subjective term considering how improvisation likely played a part in the majority of these. One point worth noting: Taste My Kids vastly prefers Comedy TV to Drama TV for many reasons, so the "spectrum" in this case is actually not all that inclusive. Most of the best clips from drama shows are best enjoyed while watching an entire episode anyway, whereas comedy clips can easily be explained or taken out of context and still enjoyed.

If drama were included, Edgar's death scene in Season 5 of 24 would have made the cut, since it's one of the saddest things ever shown on TV. But there's no Youtube clip. So it's not very useful here.

Law And Order: SVU deserves special inclusion as well since every episode seems so dense with story and has consistently remained one of the darkest shows on network TV. (It's a show centered around the theme of sexual assault, so I don't see how this point is debatable.) However, choosing a best moment from SVU is kind of impossible and pointless, and there are hardly any good Youtube clips anyway.

Also not on Youtube: Freaks And Geeks. A personal favorite episode of mine is the first one I ever saw from January 2000, where Sam, Neil and Bill befriend the "new girl" and bring her along to shoot off model rockets, while Lindsay and her freak friends visit Jason Schwartzman at his retail store to inquire about purchasing horribly made fake ID's. Brilliant lolz, melancholy, nerdier than Weezer, awkward teenage storytelling at its finest.. Freaks And Geeks is possibly the best TV show of the decade. But unfortunately, there's no clips available on the internet.

Dexter headbutting Doakes is on Youtube, however, and it fucking rules, so we'll just post this now before shit gets official..

Dexter: Kicking some ass (November 11, 2007)
So here's the thing.. I'm unable to bring myself to embed this video or other "drama" clips, since most of them technically count as spoilers for those who haven't seen the show. But here's the link for anyone who wants to know what some good non-comedy TV looks like:

Moving on, here's some of "scripted" TV's most amazing moments...

The Office (UK): Dancing for Charity (October 28, 2002)

Sealab 2021: Bizarro (November 17, 2002)
Full episode available at
Youtube has the full episode in Spanish, which I guess is better than nothing...

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Tourette's Chef (November 17, 2002)

Arrested Development: A Magician Named Gob (January 4, 2004)

Chappelle’s Show: Rick James (February 11, 2004)
"Making The Band" is still the best Chappelle's Show sketch, which would have been posted instead except the only Youtube clip has highly distorted sound. Anyway, here's some Rick James...

Wonder Showzen: Patience (April 25, 2005)
If this were a countdown list, this would have probably made it to #1. It's a great world afterall when something like this can make it onto primetime MTV. And if your patience is actually strong enough to sit through 60 seconds of ads, here's the full episode at

Wonder Showzen: Horse Apples (May 12, 2006)
Wonder Showzen clips are hard to find on Youtube, but luckily the full episode titled Mathematics is currently available at It's definitely worth 20 minutes of your life.

Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job!: Lazy Horse Mattress And Bedding Supply (March 25, 2007)
Better than anything Will Forte's done on SNL...

South Park: Imaginationland (October 17, 24, & 31, 2007)
Probably the best thing Trey and Matt have ever done... and the DVD set with all 3 episodes strung together as a 70 minute movie is even better. There's no South Park on Youtube, so here's the official Season 11 link:

Human Giant: Will Arnett sex tape (March 18, 2008)

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