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amplifya7
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"Shows with great episodes where the main character(s) don't appear"


          

Or, barely appear

inspired by the recent episodes of Atlanta and Mr. Robot
I loved both of those...any other good ones from other shows?

  

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My So Called Life - "Life of Brian"
Oct 12th 2016
1
Orange is the New Black
Oct 12th 2016
2
The Leftovers - No Room at the Inn
Oct 12th 2016
3
I'm one of those that didn't finish season one and hasn't start 2
Oct 13th 2016
6
      Just looked it up, you're right, it was primarily about Matt.
Oct 13th 2016
8
      give season 2 a chance
Oct 13th 2016
12
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Zeppo
Oct 12th 2016
4
Someone that loved it could say Pine Barrens
Oct 12th 2016
5
Nah, Pine Barrens is the OG Sopranos episode
Oct 13th 2016
7
Tony's in it quite a bit
Jul 19th 2020
16
I came here knowing some asshole would say Pine Barrens
Jul 20th 2020
17
Agents of SHIELD - 4722 Hours
Oct 13th 2016
9
Quite possibly the best episode they ever did
Oct 13th 2016
10
      the one about Melinda May was great as well
Oct 13th 2016
11
           That was a good'n.
Oct 13th 2016
13
Larry Sander's Show - Hank's Night in The Sun and Arthur After Hours
Oct 13th 2016
14
bump for the greatness of episodes of Ramy without Ramy
Jul 19th 2020
15
Dr. Who - Blink is an obvious example
Jul 20th 2020
18

CaptNish
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1. "My So Called Life - "Life of Brian""
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One of my favorite episodes of Television ever.

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After_Words
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2. "Orange is the New Black"
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I know mostly everyone on there is a main character, but I'm applying this in a more literal term. I love the episodes where Piper is not in the episode.

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3. "The Leftovers - No Room at the Inn"
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I had always hated Matt Jamison's character up to that point: the accusatory, hate-filled reverend that was laying blame of the Departure on the victims themselves, driven by comically unwavering faith. The episode had no Kevin or Nora until the very end, yet Matt's story was an especially poignant journey in a series defined by them.

It was in this episode that you realized how deep his despair with his wife Mary really was, and opened my eyes to how well his character was written.

It's cliche, but for me the episode was the pinnacle of the "emotional rollercoaster" and I rarely get affected by the narrative tug at the heartstrings.

  

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6. "I'm one of those that didn't finish season one and hasn't start 2"
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but wasn't the episode "Two Boats and a Helicopter" in season 1 almost entirely the reverend as well? I know I loved that episode and didn't get sucked into nearly anything else.


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8. "Just looked it up, you're right, it was primarily about Matt."
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He was trying to restore his church but the bank was about to foreclose for lack of payment. He sought a loan from Nora but found cash from Kevin's dad, parlayed it at a casino but ended up losing it all anyways (including the church).

This is indeed a strong episode, but IIRC it didn't do much to endear Matt to the viewer. After his sister rejected him for the loan, Matt told her that her husband was cheating with their kid's school teacher. That's... fucked up, to say the least, hah.

It wasn't until the second season that I actually started to empathize with Matt though. Before that I felt like his misfortune was karmic justice.... after that S2 episode it felt like his pain was undeserved.


(Sidenote: That first season was very rough and draining to watch, but it ties together the loose ends in stunning fashion in the last few episodes. It's worth getting through on its own merits, but I understand why a ton of people bailed midseason.

However, from top to bottom that second season is, IMO, one of the best seasons of television ever, of any genre, of any show. It's a shame that S1 turned so many people off because S2 had abysmal ratings. I'm INCREDIBLY grateful that HBO granted another season because of the strong reviews and word of mouth. I fully plan to rewatch it all before the third season next year. If you're at all mildly intrigued I would highly recommend diving back in. If it's any consolation the second season is far less bleak than the first).

  

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12. "give season 2 a chance"
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much better

Rev get's another episode as well

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4. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Zeppo"
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All about Xander behind the scenes. It was an early classic.

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KingMonte
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5. "Someone that loved it could say Pine Barrens"
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7. "Nah, Pine Barrens is the OG Sopranos episode"
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Out of nowhere it turned into a mafia version of Fargo

  

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16. "Tony's in it quite a bit "
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less than normal, sure but he's all over it.

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17. "I came here knowing some asshole would say Pine Barrens"
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And look at me - the asshole.
I just rewatched it - yes, Tony is in it quite a bit.

I have a 400 year old chip on my shoulder.

  

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9. "Agents of SHIELD - 4722 Hours"
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when Jemma got stuck on the alien planet. most of the episode is just her alone. great episode.

  

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10. "Quite possibly the best episode they ever did"
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imho

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11. "the one about Melinda May was great as well"
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where she got her nickname Cavalry and that made her take a desk job where we found her in the pilot episode.

  

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13. "That was a good'n."
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14. "Larry Sander's Show - Hank's Night in The Sun and Arthur After Hours"
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Hank's Night in The Sun
Larry's in it - but Hank and Artie and Paula dominate.

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Arthur After Hours
Artie's the star - and it's great.

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15. "bump for the greatness of episodes of Ramy without Ramy"
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18. "Dr. Who - Blink is an obvious example"
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www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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