In my humble opinion, Halloween episodes are the most effective episodes of tv. Showrunners have permission to get bizarre, and lots of take benefit. I like them a lot that I’ve typically thought Netflix and different streaming providers ought to have Halloween episode playlists, however most of them don’t provide that form 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 the most effective Halloween episodes you possibly can stream proper now.
Sitcoms are typically the kings of this format, which is why this checklist skews closely in direction of sitcoms. They normally 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 exhibits 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 quite a lot of spooky enjoyable into its B-plot. When Jack and Liz head to Stone Mountain, Georgia in quest of 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 will probably be. In the meantime, Tracy is avoiding all festivities as a result of he doesn’t need to be the third movie star who dies in a “Rule of Threes” state of affairs.
Enjoyable reality: “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.
30 Rock is streaming on Peacock and Hulu.
Arthur, “The Fright Stuff”
The lesson of Arthur’s season 4 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.
Arthur is streaming on PBS Youngsters (out there as an Amazon add-on.)
Bob’s Burgers, “Full Bars”
Most of Bob’s Burgers’ Halloween episodes are classics, however the season 3 episode “Full Bars” is the most effective of the lot. The children 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 must run from a bunch of highschool boys armed with pee-filled balloons. Again at dwelling, Teddy throws a Halloween occasion that turns right into a whodunnit when his beloved guinea pig turns up useless.
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 vehicle for Shawn working out his feelings about Cory and Topanga’s breakup. As I wrote final week, “It’s high-concept, it’s appropriately scary, and it tells us something interesting about the characters, which for my money is 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 “ultimate detective slash genius,” the heists get increasingly more 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 associates 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 understood for its pop-culture homages, and its season 2 Halloween episode is one in every of its greatest. “Epidemiology” takes on the zombie outbreak style by infecting the scholars of Greendale Neighborhood School with tainted authorities “taco meat.”
Neighborhood is streaming on Netflix.
Goosebumps, “The Haunted Mask”
The primary episode of the beloved children horror anthology sequence primarily based on the much more beloved R.L. Stine books is a two-parter. It’s mainly The Masks for teenagers. An 11-year-old lady named Carly Beth buys a scary masks to intimidate her bullies, however it begins to connect to her face and take over her character. As a substitute of tango dancing with Cameron Diaz, although, she’s simply typically inflicting mischief like destroying Halloween decorations and scaring younger youngsters.
Goosebumps is streaming on Netflix.
Completely happy Endings, “Spooky Endings”
The criminally underrated sitcom Completely happy Endings additionally occurs to have an excellent 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.
Completely happy Endings is streaming on Hulu.
It’s At all times Sunny in Philadelphia, “Who Got Dee Pregnant?”
The It’s At all times Sunny gang took full benefit of Kaitlin Olson’s real-life being pregnant with the season 6 episode “Who Got 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 needed them to care about her being pregnant. After all, they don’t, and it’s not revealed till the finale that Dee was performing as a surrogate for Mac’s ex-girlfriend Carmen (Brittany Daniel) and her husband Nick (Windell Middlebrooks).
It’s At all times 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 on from Schmidt’s mother. Schmidt finds out and, slightly than confronting him, decides to jot down 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 choose, since later seasons of The Workplace with out Michael Scott (Steve Carell) are typically thought of 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 Surprise”
Parks and Rec is yet 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 additionally it is quite a lot of enjoyable, with Ron (Nick Offerman) getting overwhelmed on the prospect of becoming a member of Diane’s (Lucy Lawless) household, however finally coming round and taking her daughters trick-or-treating every week after Halloween.
Parks and Recreation is streaming on Peacock and Hulu with Reside TV.
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, a lot 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” section “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 Treat, Freak”
Any episode of the spooky Stranger Issues is sweet Halloween viewing, however the present’s precise Halloween episode comes within the second episode of season 2. Come to see the youngsters proceed to struggle the creatures from the Upside Down, keep for the very ’80s halloween references, right down to the Ghostbusters costumes and teenage basement events.
Stranger Issues is streaming on Netflix.