2010's Best Episodes: Vampire Diaries' Killer Transformation and Betty White's Dusty Muffin

It was a great year for TV, which made it very difficult to choose the top 25 episodes of 2010. Recalling and, in some cases, rewatching the stand-out moments was a holiday treat. We got our first glimpse of a bespectacled Clark Kent and saw Snooki pummel Angelina. We wept as Jack Shephard took his final breath and cheered as Leslie took down a mischievous rodent wreaking havoc in Pawnee. Here's the third batch of TVGuide.com's weeklong countdown of the year's best episodes. (Catch up first with Episodes 25-21 and Episodes 20-16.)

15. "The Big Show," Work of Art: The Next Great Artist

On paper, it seemed like a joke. Could artists — painters, photographers and performance artists — compete in a reality TV art-off? Working under the pressure of a ticking clock? In different mediums? Teamed with other temperamental artistes? Somehow it worked: big characters, big talent, and challenges you've never seen. The finale pitted the bold, soulful work of Abdi against the uber-abstract imagery of Miles and Peregrine's whimsical carnival — and left us wondering whether a second season could recreate the magic.

14. "The Return," The Vampire Diaries

Nothing says season premiere like smothering someone with a pillow! Katherine returned to Mystic Falls with a message: "Game on." Katherine's first move: She transforms Caroline from whiny prom queen into a kick-ass vampire.

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