The 50 Greatest Episodes of 2004

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1. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Good Times with Weapons (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

The boys lie to get ninja weapons from the fair, but must decide whether or not to tell their parents when Butters is injured with a throwing star.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Adrien Beard, April Stewart

Votes: 3,107

10/10

2. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Cartman's Incredible Gift (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Cartman mistakenly believes he is a psychic, and is recruited by the police to help them with investigations.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Adrien Beard, April Stewart

Votes: 1,851

10/10

3. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Douche and Turd (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan refuses to vote in the school mascot election because his choices are a giant douche and a turd sandwich. Unfortunately, his views on voting are seen as un-American, and he is ultimately banished from the town.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jennifer Howell, April Stewart

Votes: 1,856

10/10

4. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Woodland Critter Christmas (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dante Alexander, Adrien Beard

Votes: 3,162

10/10

5. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Dance Class (2004)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy

In order to pull Sophie away from Jeff, Mark hacks into her email account in order to find out her thoughts on him. This leads him into going to her "Rainbow Rhythms" dance class. Here ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Rachel Blanchard, Olivia Colman

Votes: 448

10/10

6. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: The Man Show (2004)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy

When Sophie tells Mark that she and Jeff are moving in together, she tells him that Jeff wants her to spend less time with him. In a bid to get past this he tries to become friends with ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Neil Fitzmaurice

Votes: 381

10/10

7. South Park (1997– )
Episode: The Jeffersons (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Michael Jackson moves to South Park but tries to conceal his identity. and local cops try to frame him because he is a rich black man.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dante Alexander, April Stewart

Votes: 2,105

10/10

8. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Episode: The Apes of Wrath (2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Contaminated water turns the staff of Dark Place into intelligent apes.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 191

10/10

9. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Episode: Hell Hath Fury (2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Someone, something, or some things have attacked the chef. So why are objects flying about of their own accord, assaulting innocent civilians and disrupting hospital procedure? Is it ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 216

10/10

10. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Episode: Scotch Mist (2004)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A strange mist descends on Dark Place, within which the murderous spirits on Scottish highlanders prey upon the hospital's staff.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 200

10/10

11. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Episode: Once Upon a Beginning (2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Liz's first day on the job corresponds with Dagless' friend staying at the hospital as a patient, which results in a portal to Hell opening beneath Dark Place.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 263

10/10

12. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Episode: Skipper the Eyechild (2004)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

When a giant eyeball rapes and impregnates a male patient (don't ask how that's possible, because it won't be explained), Dagless comes to love the resulting offspring, a baby eyeball, as a... See full summary »

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 207

10/10

13. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: University Challenge (2004)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy

Mark meets a girl called April working in a shoe shop with the ideal combination of good looks and low self esteem, and when he returns to see her again he discover that she has gone back ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Rachel Blanchard, Matt King

Votes: 446

9.5/10

14. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004)
Episode: The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth (2004)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Sanchez falls in love with a beautiful female patient who is slowly turning into cosmic broccoli.

Director: Richard Ayoade | Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 181

9.5/10

15. South Park (1997– )
Episode: AWESOM-O (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Cartman dresses up as a robot from Japan, sent to Butters. He tricks him into believing it and can't give away his identity because he finds out Butters has a video of him dancing to ... See full summary »

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart, Mona Marshall

Votes: 3,095

9/10

16. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Justice Is Blind (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

While grappling with the dilemma of whether or not to open his father's case file, Michael discovers the truth about Maggie.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,772

9/10

17. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Pier Pressure (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

When Buster asks George-Michael to buy him marijuana to treat Lucille Austero's vertigo, Michael stages a phony bust to teach George-Michael a lesson.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 2,342

9/10

18. South Park (1997– )
Episode: You Got F'd in the A (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

A gang of kids from the O.C. challenge Stan do a dance-off. But before the big event, Butters must confront a painful event from his past.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Nico Agnone, April Stewart

Votes: 1,753

9/10

19. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Wedding (2004)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy

Jeremy agrees to marry Nancy in order to make her eligible for a visa, and whilst she insists it's purely an administrative procedure, Jeremy's sure it will be the happiest administrative ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Rachel Blanchard, Olivia Colman

Votes: 399

9/10

20. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: Return to Spider-Skull Island (2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

While Hank and Dean run away from home to seek their independence, an old enemy of Dr. Venture's, long thought destroyed, returns seeking vengeance.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Ki-Yong Bai | Stars: James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch

Votes: 210

8.5/10

21. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Jeremy Makes It (2004)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy

Jeremy runs into an old acquaintance from school who he used to pick on but has become successful now and hires Jeremy to make a soundtrack for a film he's making. Mark makes a new friend ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Rachel Blanchard, Olivia Colman

Votes: 425

9/10

22. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Altar Egos (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Michael has a one-night stand with a woman named Maggie Lizer. He has a guilt-trip after learning she is blind, but not so much after he discovers that she's the prosecuting attorney ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,726

9/10

23. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Mr. Slave fights against Paris Hilton when she becomes a bad influence on the girls in South Park. Meanwhile, Paris offers Butters' parents a huge amount of money if she can keep Butters as a pet.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, John 'Nancy' Hansen, Paula Holmberg

Votes: 1,954

9/10

24. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Goobacks (2004)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

When people from a poverty-stricken future travel back in time to find work, South Park residents accuse them of taking their jobs.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart, Mona Marshall

Votes: 1,914

9/10

25. Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)
Episode: Peace (2004)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Ali G pitches a few would-be bestsellers to some high-profile publishers and agents. Bruno chats with fashion guru Leon Hall; later, he and 'fashion police' James Campbell and Randy McLaughlin rate the attire of some Hollywood notables.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Leon Hall, Derrick Hussey, John Naber

Votes: 125

9/10

26. Home Movies (1999–2004)
Episode: Bye, Bye Greasy (2004)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Brendon directs the school play. Hilarity ensues. McGuirk gets to realize his lifelong dream of driving a car onstage.

Director: Loren Bouchard | Stars: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Janine Ditullio

Votes: 60

9/10

27. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Not Without My Daughter (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Police attempt to pin Kitty's disappearance on Michael. Meanwhile, Michael brings Maeby along with him for "Take Your Daughter To Work Day."

Director: Lee Shallat Chemel | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,653

9/10

28. Peep Show (2003–2015)
Episode: Local Zero (2004)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Jeremy wants to get closer to Nancy so he tries to impress her by joining in her volunteer work for the homeless. However, to Jeremy's dismay, Nancy suggests that in order to break the last... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Rachel Blanchard, Olivia Colman

Votes: 392

8.5/10

29. Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)
Episode: Realness (2004)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Ali G gets relationship advice from 'Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus' author John Gray and goes to a pro-choice march. Meanwhile, Borat goes job-hunting and Ali G talks money with ... See full summary »

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, John Gray, Andrew Rooney

Votes: 106

8.5/10

30. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
Episode: Hitcher (2004)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Bob Fossil has a big problem at Zoo-niverse. Ivan the bear has developed some very anti-social habits and attacks Fossil. After Naboo saves his life, Fossil arranges a place for Ivan at an ... See full summary »

Director: Paul King | Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Michael Fielding

Votes: 257

8.5/10

31. Home Movies (1999–2004)
Episode: Those Bitches Tried to Cheat Me (2004)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Cheating-- McGuirk's got to pass his driving exam. Fat chance. He coerces Melissa into helping him; and Brendon, in addition to being blackmailed by classmates to steal the answers to the ... See full summary »

Director: Loren Bouchard | Stars: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Janine Ditullio

Votes: 54

8.5/10

32. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
Episode: Tundra (2004)

TV-PG | 27 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Not wanting to live in the shadow of the charming adventurer Dixon Bainbridge, Howard convinces Vince to seek the Egg of Mantumbi in the dangerous tundra - the home of the demon Black Frost.

Directors: Steve Bendelack, Paul King | Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Michael Fielding

Votes: 308

8/10

33. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: Ice Station Impossible (2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Pete White, Master Billy Quizboy, and Dr. Venture are recruited by their old college professor, Dr. Richard Impossible, to work for him doing super-science at his remote arctic lab. But ... See full summary »

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Ki-Yong Bai | Stars: James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Patrick Warburton, Christopher McCulloch

Votes: 216

8/10

34. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
Episode: Electro (2004)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Vince is convinced that The Human League invented music. According to Vince, Howard's past career as a jazz trumpeter does not measure up. When Vince is offered a chance to join a new band,... See full summary »

Director: Paul King | Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Michael Fielding

Votes: 258

8/10

35. The Fairly OddParents (2001–2017)
Episode: Channel Chasers (2004)

TV-Y | 73 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

10 year old Timmy Turner gets punished for destroying Dimmsdale with a machine known as "The Kid Crusher" from his favorite T.V. show, "Maho Mushi". After being humiliated by his dim-witted... See full summary »

Directors: Butch Hartman, Ken Bruce, Gary Conrad, Sarah Frost | Stars: Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susanne Blakeslee, Grey Griffin

Votes: 979

8.5/10

36. Home Movies (1999–2004)
Episode: Definite Possible Murder (2004)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Laid up with a leg injury, Brendon spies on his new neighbor, Raymond Burley, who quite possibly may be involved in some potentially suspicious behavior. Coach McGuirk finds a life-changing pamphlet that leads him to bartending school.

Director: Loren Bouchard | Stars: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Janine Ditullio

Votes: 50

8.5/10

37. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)
Episode: Recycling (2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Documentary

We all like to recycle our garbage, but Penn and Teller demonstrate how we are fooling ourselves in believing we are doing good for the environment.

Directors: Star Price, Ted Saad, Chip Selby | Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Tishara Cousino, Bruce Kimmel

Votes: 148

8.5/10

38. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)
Episode: P.E.T.A. (2004)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Documentary

Penn and Teller look at animal liberation and expose PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as hypocrites.

Directors: Star Price, Kevin Barry, Christopher Poole, Scott Schaefer, Chip Selby, R.L. Shontell | Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Steven Best, Rod Coronado

Votes: 217

8.5/10

39. The Venture Bros. (2003– )
Episode: A Very Venture Christmas (2004)

TV-14 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

It's Christmas and the Ventures are having their annual party. But the festivities are interrupted by the Dean who accidentally summons a Christmas demon, and the Monarch who plans to blow up the Venture home.

Directors: Christopher McCulloch, Ki-Yong Bai | Stars: James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch

Votes: 164

8/10

40. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Smile Time (2004)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel and the gang set out to foil an evil puppet show that is sucking the brain power of all the children who watch. During their fight, Angel is turned into a puppet himself and must rely... See full summary »

Director: Ben Edlund | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,124

8/10

41. 15 Storeys High (2002– )
Episode: The Baby (2004)

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Director: Mark Nunneley | Stars: Sean Lock, Benedict Wong

Votes: 24

8/10

42. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Afternoon Delight (2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

While Buster looks for ways to get out of serving in Iraq, Lindsay's quest to score a date at the Bluth Company Christmas party backfires after Gob's sexual harassment speech. Michael and ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Bateman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,931

8/10

43. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Shock and Aww (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

George Bluth Sr. gets a visit from a rabid female fan who may be in love with him. George Michael is interested in his teacher, and so is his father. Gob tries to get revenge on Michael for trying to steal his girlfriend.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,809

8/10

44. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Whistler's Mother (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

As his entire family targets company funds that have recently become unfrozen, Michael purchases some ultimately worthless land from his Uncle Oscar.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,623

8/10

45. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Sad Sack (2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Some unfortunate pictures of Tobias wind up on the Internet, which the military mistakes for pictures of Iraq and proof that the Bluth Company was building houses over there. Wayne Jarvis, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Lauer | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,549

8/10

46. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: The One Where They Build a House (2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Michael's new business model backfires when GOB suggests that they build a fake house in two weeks. Meanwhile, George Sr. turns up in Mexico, only to be captured by prison guards who have ... See full summary »

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,651

8/10

47. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Marta Complex (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Michael delivers a speech about love that makes Marta realise she has feelings for him. George-Michael realises that Maeby might not be his cousin.

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,768

8/10

48. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Storming the Castle (2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Michael decides to expose Marta to Gob's womanizing by having her participate in a magic trick that involves one of Gob's many girlfriends.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,820

8/10

49. Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)
Episode: Realize (2004)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Talk-Show