Best Television Episodes of 2011

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Atlantic writers and editors pick their favorite moments on Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, Homeland, and more

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There were plenty of big moments on television this year: The last episode of Oprah, after 25 years on the air. Steve Carrel's goodbye to the Office. The spectacularly public way Charlie Sheen got himself fired from Two and a Half Men.

But the year in TV is best captured not by listing newsworthy events, rather by taking stock of the best moments on screen, from a computer beating two humans on Jeopardy! to an unusually touching sitcom wedding on Parks and Recreation to the Muppet takeover of Saturday Night Live. Here, Atlantic writers and editors share their favorite TV episodes of the year—feel free to agree, disagree, and offer your own in the comments:

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