Television’s Best Bottle Episodes

What are bottle episodes? What makes them special? What shows have done them the best?

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(Illustration by Howard Chai)

“Cooperative Calligraphy”, Community (Season 2, Episode 8)

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Starring: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Chevy Chase

“Twenty-Two”, You’re The Worst, (Season 3, Episode 5)

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Featuring: Desmin Borges

“The Panic in Central Park”, Girls (Season 5, Episode 6)

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Featuring Allison Williams and Christopher Abbott

“Cape May”, The Blacklist (Season 3, Episode 19)

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Starring: James Spader

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