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Old 02-24-09, 12:37 AM
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TV series episode naming themes

Several TV series have a theme they follow when naming episodes. For example, Scrubs episodes are all "My _____", Seinfeld episodes were all, "The ______", and Friends were, "The One _________". (Like, "The One With the Turkey Baster".

What other shows do this?
Old 02-24-09, 12:56 AM
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Remington Steele
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Smallville
The Big Bang Theory
Nip/Tuck
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I'm pretty certain we've had one of these threads here before. Anyway...

24
Chuck vs. ____________
The O.C. used "The ________" as a play on the title of the show
Grey's Anatomy uses song titles
Carnivale used locations as episode titles
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Isn't CHUCK always 'Chuck Versus ______'

RESCUE ME episodes all have one word titles.

Of course 24 is always titled after the season and hour that it takes place. 'Day 7: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM' for example.

The new show LEVERAGE is always titled 'The __________ Job'

The titles for WONDERFALLS were one of the muses that talked to Jaye in the episode.

I'm sure there are many more, but these just popped into my head.
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Monk is "Mr. Monk and the....." or "Mr. Monk goes to the......"
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The Tick Vs.
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Desperate Housewives with Sondheim songs/lyrics

Here's an old thread:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tv-talk/403...e-friends.html
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Privileged episodes all begin with "All About _________."
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Damages uses a short line of dialogue from the episode.

Sometimes it's an important phrase... and sometimes it's just a throwaway that works well as an interesting title.

I'm thinking some other show did this before them and they just borrowed the idea.

I like it though.
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Rawhide episodes are "The Incident at ......"
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The last four seasons of "That 70s Show" were all named after songs by (in order) Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rolling Stones and Queen.
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The Mentalist always has some variation of "red" in the title.
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3rd Rock from the Sun used Dick jokes for titles. And Gossip Girl plays off movie titles, i.e. "Bad News Blair", etc.

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The X-Files had a trend of often using episode titles I didn't know what meant, or how to pronounce.
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia uses a brief summary of the episode.. like "Charlie and Mac pretend to be crippled"
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Knight Rider uses knight in the name somewhere.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
Several TV series have a theme they follow when naming episodes. For example, Scrubs episodes are all "My _____"
Incorrect. TECHNICALLY not all of the episodes are named that way:

Season 2, Episode 15 His Story
Season 3, Episode 18 His Story II
Season 4, Episode 5 Her Story
Season 5, Episode 10 Her Story II
Season 5, Episode 19 His Story III
Season 6, Episode 7 His Story IV
And coming soon -
Season 7, Episode 17 Their Story
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Nip/Tuck always uses the name of the patient.

And about [scrubs], it's safe to say that their titles always reference a person via a pronoun.
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And about [scrubs], it's safe to say that their titles always reference a person via a pronoun.
Or more specifically, a POSSESSIVE pronoun... and obviously those episodes I mentioned are exceptions to the rules of the show anyway since J.D. tags out on narrating all episodes that don't follow the "My ..." convention.
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Oh yeah, Boston Public was named a chapter based on the episode # (e.g. the 68th episode was called "Chapter Sixty-Eight").

In the first season of Eli Stone when he was having George Michael visions, all the episodes were named after George Michael songs.
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Damages uses a short line of dialogue from the episode.

Sometimes it's an important phrase... and sometimes it's just a throwaway that works well as an interesting title.

I'm thinking some other show did this before them and they just borrowed the idea.

I like it though.
Two and a Half Men does the same.
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Everybody Hates Chris uses
"Everybody Hates _________" with the blank being the object of the plotline.

BTW, I love the character of Julius in this show, if for no other reason than I can relate completely to his work ethic and frugality!
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The 1954 American Sherlock Holmes series produced by Sheldon Reynolds were mostly titled "The Case of...." Of course, these titles were largely taken directly from the original Doyle stories, so you can debate whether or not this counts.
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I think One Tree Hill uses song titles as their episode titles.
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Brotherhood used religious references in the first season, bob dylan lyrics in the second and Shakespeare quotes for the third.

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