After rewriting the landscape of cinema with their trend-setting shared universe of movies, Marvel managed to repeat that same success on the small screen by creating several shows that share a separate, if tangentially related, continuity. More importantly, they’re all darn good TV.
On ABC, there’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is off to a great start this year) and, until its untimely cancellation, Agent Carter. Over on Netflix, there’s the ever-growing Defenders subset – consisting of the likes of gritty superhero shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, which are leading up to a multi-hero team-up show. As different as each series is, every one of them has produced many terrific episodes of television. Some of which arguably surpass the movies as top-notch pieces of superhero storytelling.
Here, then, are the 8 best TV episodes of the MCU, not counting the incoming Luke Cage. If we’ve missed any of your favourites, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.