Community Episodes skipped: 16 out of 97.

Don’t skip any of season one.

Don’t skip any of season five. It’s all great, which makes the cancellation that much more irritating.

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Angel Episodes skipped: 40 out of 110.

Also like Buffy, Angel spends an awful lot of time as a not-very-good Monster of The Week show. There’s some really good stuff hiding in seasons 1-3 (and a little bit in 4), but the series truly hits its stride in season five.

Which is, of course, when the show got canceled. Still, I honestly think season five of Angel is the best thing Joss Whedon has ever done, so it’s worth getting through the series just to reach the show’s controversial ending.

Hopefully, the following skippable list will make things easier for you.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes skipped: 52 out of 144

Much of Buffy consists of Monster Of the Week-style episodes with itty bitty bits of important world-building and foreshadowing sprinkled throughout.

Because every episode opens with a “previously on” that tells you all of those important bits of foreshadowing, however, I’m going to be a little more brutal when it comes to skipping particular episodes. Season five in particular has a really neat overarching villain plot that’s sprinkled amongst a lot of so-so MOTW episodes, so you’ll see a lot of skipped stuff there.

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Twin Peaks Episodes skipped: 12 of 30.

You can skip:

Episode 18 (“Dispute Between Brothers”) to Episode 29 (“Miss Twin Peaks”).

(Note that, for numbering purposes, I’m counting the pilot as episode one.)

Basically, once the “who killed Laura Palmer” plot is completely resolved, you can skip straight to the series finale.

The finale is fun, dark and weird. It won’t make 100% sense if you haven’t seen episodes 18-29, but that’s a good thing. After the Laura plot is completed, things get pretty literal and un-terrifying.

Like, at one point a guy starts believing he’s a Civil War general and they have to put on a play to bring back his memory.

It’s dorky.

Parks & Rec Episodes skipped: 16 out of 112.

Here is a list of episodes to skip.

All of Season One.

&

Season 6, episodes 3-12

Most of the show’s core writing staff moved to Brooklyn Nine-Nine at the start of season six, and you can tell. The show remains pretty charming, but it’s nowhere near as laugh-out-loud funny as it once was.

It’s worth jumping back in around episode 13, “Ann and Chris,” because it’s a narratively significant (if surprisingly unfunny) episode. I haven’t personally seen any of the episodes following episode 13, but Ash tells me they’re pretty decent and that the season ends with a pretty big surprise.

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Dr. Who Episodes skipped: 38 out of 44.
Firefly Episodes skipped: 3 out of 14

Firefly is only 14 episodes and a movie, so you don’t really need to skip any of it. If you’re horribly pressed for time, though, here’s what I would personally skip:

Ep 3, Bushwacked

Ep 5, Safe

Ep 12, The Message

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Bingeing? Skippable Tumblr Tells You Which Episodes Of Those Shows You Can Skip

Binge-watching an older series can sometimes feel like a slog, but this Tumblr helps you avoid the slowest parts.

Great shows often have dull episodes, and that's true even of some of the most beloved series of the past 10 to 15 years—and as television is geared increasingly to serialized binge-watching, the satisfaction that comes with getting to enjoy multiple seasons of a longstanding series is tempered with the fact that there are probably at least a few episodes of any given show that do little to advance the long-term plot.

That's something the new Tumblr Skippable aims to help viewers resolve, by listing all of the episodes of shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dr. Who, Twin Peaks, Castle, and more that fit into more of a procedural/monster-of-the-week template and tell less of an ongoing story. The barrier to entry on shows that ran upwards of five seasons can feel high, and this makes things a bit more manageable.

Twin Peaks episodes you can skip: Episode 18 “Dispute Between Brothers” to Episode 29 “Miss Twin Peaks”

Right now, the blog keeps its focus primarily on nerd-loved shows like the Joss Whedon oeuvre and Dr. Who, but as it only launched a few days ago, there's reason to suspect that viewers will soon be keyed in to, say, exactly which episodes of Friday Night Lights they can avoid to remain blissfully unaware that Landry ever killed a guy, or how to ensure that they'll never know who Paulo and Nikki are or what Jack's tattoos mean on Lost. It's a resource that will probably only grow more valuable as time goes on.

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  • Yeah I super disagree with a lot of the "skippable" episodes. TV shows, particularly Whedon shows, are made of the fluff and human moments in the middle of a season. If all you want is to know what happens, go read the wikipedia article.

  • I'm really surprised at how many episodes are recommended to skip for 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Joss Whedon tucks too many gems into each episode to miss so many. Season 5 of 'Angel' is that good? I could only take so much of Cordy and Connor by then. However, Wesley and Fred, can't get enough of them.