In my humble opinion, Halloween episodes are one of the best episodes of tv. Showrunners have permission to get bizarre, and lots of take benefit. I really like them a lot that I’ve typically thought Netflix and different streaming companies ought to have Halloween episode playlists, however most of them don’t provide that type of curation. (Disney Plus is the one streaming service I’ve seen do something like this.) So I figured I’d provide my very own curated playlist of one of the best Halloween episodes you’ll be able to stream proper now.
Sitcoms are usually the kings of this format, which is why this checklist skews closely in direction of sitcoms. They often have extra freedom to put aside storylines for enjoyable, gimmicky episodes. However there are a number of dramas to make the checklist, in addition to children reveals like Arthur. Some are spooky, some are simply foolish, and a few are a little bit of each.
30 Rock, “Stone Mountain”
30 Rock’s solely Halloween episode packs numerous spooky enjoyable into its B-plot. When Jack and Liz head to Stone Mountain, Georgia seeking a brand new forged member for TGS, Jenna tries to cozy as much as the writers in order that she doesn’t get overshadowed by the brand new addition. Frank, Lutz, and Toofer leverage Jenna’s newfound friendliness into an invitation to a homosexual halloween occasion, as a result of that’s the place all of the
homosexual guys sizzling women can be. In the meantime, Tracy is avoiding all festivities as a result of he doesn’t need to be the third superstar who dies in a “Rule of Threes” state of affairs.
Enjoyable truth: “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” is a throwaway joke in a non-Halloween episode, however that shouldn’t cease you from including it to your entire Halloween playlists.
Arthur, “The Fright Stuff”
The lesson of Arthur’s season four Halloween episode is about taking pranks too far, because the girls and boys of Mr. Ratburn’s third grade class divide into factions and attempt to scare one another at a Halloween occasion. However it additionally introduces a household of precise ghosts to the world of Arthur, and that’s fairly cool.
Bob’s Burgers, “Full Bars”
Most of Bob’s Burgers’ Halloween episodes are classics, however the season three episode “Full Bars” is one of the best of the lot. The youngsters head to the ritzy a part of city, King’s Head Island, in hopes of procuring full-sized sweet bars, however they keep out too late and should run from a gaggle of highschool boys armed with pee-filled balloons. Again at residence, Teddy throws a Halloween occasion that turns right into a whodunnit when his beloved guinea pig turns up lifeless.
Bob’s Burgers is streaming on Hulu.
Boy Meets World, “And Then There Was Shawn”
Although it technically aired in February, “And Then There Was Shawn” aired in re-runs round Halloween for years after. The slasher parody visitor stars ‘90s scream queen Jennifer Love Hewitt, and serves as a car for Shawn understanding his emotions about Cory and Topanga’s breakup. As I wrote last week, “It’s high-concept, it’s appropriately scary, and it tells us one thing fascinating in regards to the characters, which for my cash is one of the best a Halloween episode can do.”
Boy Meets World is streaming on Disney Plus.
Brooklyn 99, “HalloVeen”
The Halloween Heist is a Brooklyn 99 custom, however the fifth version is its greatest. As every member of the the 99th precinct makes an attempt to show that they’re the “final detective slash genius,” the heists get an increasing number of elaborate and foolish. This episode options some ceiling-based maneuvers, a Handmaid’s Story flashmob, and a educated corgi, that are all foolish enjoyable, however ends with a candy proposal when Amy wins the heist solely to seek out that Jake swapped out the championship belt with a duplicate engraved to say, “Amy Santiago, will you marry me?”
Brooklyn 99 is streaming on Hulu.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Halloween”
Apparently vampires and demons take the night time off on Halloween (who knew?) however that doesn’t cease Buffy the Vampire Slayer from going all out on Halloween. This time Buffy and buddies are cursed by their Halloween costumes: Willow turns right into a ghost, Xander is a soldier, and Buffy loses her slaying powers and turns into an 18th century noblewoman.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is streaming on Hulu.
Neighborhood is thought for its pop-culture homages, and its season 2 Halloween episode is considered one of its greatest. “Epidemiology” takes on the zombie outbreak style by infecting the scholars of Greendale Neighborhood Faculty with tainted authorities “taco meat.”
Neighborhood is streaming on Netflix.
Goosebumps, “The Haunted Masks”
The primary episode of the beloved children horror anthology sequence based mostly on the much more beloved R.L. Stine books is a two-parter. It’s principally The Masks for youths. An 11-year-old lady named Carly Beth buys a scary masks to intimidate her bullies, nevertheless it begins to connect to her face and take over her persona. As an alternative of tango dancing with Cameron Diaz, although, she’s simply usually inflicting mischief like destroying Halloween decorations and scaring younger youngsters.
Goosebumps is streaming on Netflix.
Joyful Endings, “Spooky Endings”
The criminally underrated sitcom Joyful Endings additionally occurs to have a fantastic Halloween episode in its second season. Married couple Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Jane (Eliza Coupe) housesit within the suburbs and are terrorized by trick-or-treaters after they run out of sweet. Penny (Casey Wilson) and Max (Adam Pally) discover that their mother and child costume actually dampens their flirting skills. Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) is mistaken for a drag queen. Dave (Zachary Knighton) is aggravated when everybody thinks his Austin Powers costume is an Elton John costume. It’s extra candy than spooky, and really, very humorous.
Joyful Endings is streaming on Hulu.
It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia, “Who Acquired Dee Pregnant?”
The It’s All the time Sunny gang took full benefit of Kaitlin Olson’s real-life being pregnant with the season 6 episode “Who Acquired Dee Pregnant?” Dee reveals her being pregnant and claims that one of many group acquired her pregnant at their final drunken Halloween occasion. They attempt to piece collectively the nights occasions in flashbacks, however they have been all so drunk that nobody remembers. Because it seems, Dee was mendacity and simply wished them to care about her being pregnant. In fact, they don’t, and it’s not revealed till the finale that Dee was appearing as a surrogate for Mac’s ex-girlfriend Carmen (Brittany Daniel) and her husband Nick (Windell Middlebrooks).
It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia is streaming on Hulu.
New Lady, “Keaton”
In “Keaton,” Schmidt (Max Greenfield) reveals that he’s been sustaining a years-long e-mail friendship with Michael Keaton. However Nick (Jake Johnson) has a secret — he’s the one who’s been masquerading because the Beetlejuice actor since they have been in school, taking up from Schmidt’s mother. Schmidt finds out and, slightly than confronting him, decides to put in writing again to mess with him, leading to Jess (Zooey Deschanel) dressing up as Batman and pretending to be Keaton.
New Lady is streaming on Netflix.
The Workplace, “Spooked”
This can be a controversial decide, since later seasons of The Workplace with out Michael Scott (Steve Carell) are usually thought-about to be fairly weak. However “Spooked” is among the strongest episodes within the Robert California period, since James Spader appears to have been born to psychologically torment the staff of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton.
The Workplace is streaming on Netflix.
Parks and Recreation, “Halloween Shock”
Parks and Rec is one more Michael Schur-produced sitcom to finish a Halloween episode with a candy proposal. This time it’s Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) proposing to Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) after getting a brand new job provide. The Halloween-themed plot that proceeds it is usually numerous enjoyable, with Ron (Nick Offerman) getting overwhelmed on the prospect of becoming a member of Diane’s (Lucy Lawless) household, however ultimately coming round and taking her daughters trick-or-treating per week after Halloween.
The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror V”
The Simpsons’ annual Treehouse of Horror is a chance for the present’s writers to get tremendous bizarre with it. Every episode consists of three horror-themed segments, lots of them parodies, that aren’t a part of the present’s canon. It appears to be universally agreed upon, although, that the “Treehouse of Horror V” phase “The Shinning” is the sequence’ greatest. A parody of The Shining, Homer is employed to be a groundskeeper for Mr. Burns and slowly goes insane after being disadvantaged of his two favourite issues: TV and beer.
The Simpsons is streaming on Disney Plus.
Stranger Issues, “Trick or Deal with, Freak”
Any episode of the spooky Stranger Issues is nice Halloween viewing, however the present’s precise Halloween episode comes within the second episode of season 2. Come to see the youngsters proceed to combat the creatures from the Upside Down, keep for the very ’80s halloween references, all the way down to the Ghostbusters costumes and teenage basement events.
Stranger Issues is streaming on Netflix.