Best ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Episodes: ‘The Lars Affair’

“The Lars Affair” marks a transition point for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The first episode of the fourth season introduces the legendary Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker (who is also a happy homewrecker and a proto-Martha Stewart boss...

Best ‘Seinfeld’ Episodes: ‘The Contest’

“The Contest” is Peak Seinfeld. It’s flawless. It’s the rare time when all four characters share one overarching storyline (though each is on his or her own unique journey through it, as ever). This has everything a classic Seinfeld has:...

Best ‘Seinfeld’ Episodes: ‘The Junior Mint’

The writers and producers of Seinfeld knew they’d reached a turning point in the show when they made “The Junior Mint,” the 20th episode of season 4. They’d gone from a show no one watched to a show everyone watched in earlier seasons; with...

Best ‘Seinfeld’ Episodes: ‘The Chinese Restaurant’

I’m blogging the best episodes of the shows I’ve written books about—The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Seinfeld—since they’re both available in their entirety for streaming on Hulu. Seinfeld is a surprisingly slow starter that doesn’t hit its...