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 fifth and final batch of TVGuide.com's weeklong countdown of the year's best episodes.
5. "The Possum," Parks and Recreation
Tom was wearing golf gear, Ron refused to follow a government edict and April was falling in love with Andy. In many ways, it was just another outstanding episode of Parks and Recreation. But then you add in Leslie's mano-a-mano with Fairway Frank, Pawnee's most notorious possum — or... was it? "Mr. Campo-Piano, those are pictures of three different possums!" — and all hell breaks loose! How many more days until Season 3 again?
4. "Days Gone By," The Walking Dead
Every pilot has a lot to prove, but The Walking Dead had the added burden of demonstrating that zombies are interesting for more than two hours at the cineplex. Frank Darabont's wonderfully written and directed pilot did just that by focusing on the hearts of the living characters rather than the brainlust of the undead ones. The episode's emotional climax finds Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes returning to a park to euthanize a legless zombie. "I'm sorry this happened to you," he says, fighting back tears while pulling the trigger. We're only sorry this show had such a short first season.
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