Episode Name Game

Ever noticed how some shows have, erm… unique ways of naming episodes?

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Ever noticed how some shows have favourite ways of naming episodes? Some stick rigidly to a formula ( Chuck , No Ordinary Family , Smallville ), others have favoured formulas they return to time and again ( Supernatural using rock song titles, Eli Stone using George Michael song titles, classic Who with “The X Of The Y”) while others just use the same sort of titles again an again until they start feeling a bit familar (actually, The X-Files managed to have two types of “standard” episode title – the silly long one and the short one that got you Googling for Babelfish).

Here are some suggested episode title we came up with (based on good old TV SF&F tropes that come up again and again). Feel free to suggest your own.

The time loop episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Terror Of The Time Eaters
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Clock
  • Supernatural: The Times They Aren’t A-Changing
  • Smallville: Loop
  • The X-Files: Zeitschleife
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Groundhog
  • Charmed: Witch Watch
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Seven

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The body swap episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Horror Of The Identivores
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Man
  • Supernatural: A Sam Named Sue
  • Smallville: Swap
  • The X-Files: Körpertauschen
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Freaky Friday
  • Charmed: A Spell As Somebody Else
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Eight

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The race against time episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Countdown Of Death
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary School Run
  • Supernatural: Highway To Hell
  • Smallville: Gulp
  • The X-Files: Keine Zeit
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Melting Ice Sculpture
  • Charmed: A Witch In Time
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Nine

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The evil twin episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Double Of Doom
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Double
  • Supernatural: Flick Of The Switch
  • Smallville: Two
  • The X-Files: Doubleelboud
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus Chuck
  • Charmed: Witch Witch Is Witch
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Ten

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The flashback episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Memory Of Evil
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Slide Show
  • Supernatural: The Boys Are Back In Time
  • Smallville: Then
  • The X-Files: Dino Jalfrezi’s From 1942
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Ghost Of Christmas Past
  • Charmed: Wiccan You Fix It?
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Eleven

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The alternate universe episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Mirror Of Horror
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Diffrence
  • Supernatural: Sweet Home Alabama-ish
  • Smallville: There
  • The X-Files: Nicht hier
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Other Chuck
  • Charmed: Where When Witch And How?
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Twelve

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The musical episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Opera of Fear
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Talent Contest
  • Supernatural: The Song Remains The Same
  • Smallville: Sing
  • The X-Files: The X-Factor
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Sweet Transvestite From Transexual Transylvania
  • Charmed: Seven Witches For Seven Warlocks
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Thirteen

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The “It’s all a dream” episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Nightmare Of Death
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Night Nurse
  • Supernatural: Stairway To Heaven
  • Smallville: Snore
  • The X-Files: Sigmund Freud‘s Final Analysis
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Monster From The Id
  • Charmed: A Nightmare On Witch Hazel Street
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Fourteen

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The courtroom episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Wigs Of Doom
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Parking Ticket
  • Supernatural: Sharp Dressed Man
  • Smallville: Plead
  • The X-Files: The Testimony Of A Cigarette Smoking Man
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Twelve Angry Men
  • Charmed: Nothing But The Witch
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventure Fifteen

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The clips episode

  • Classic Doctor Who: The Horror Of BBC Cutbacks
  • No Ordinary Family: No Ordinary Cheapie
  • Supernatural: Medley
  • Smallville: Familiar
  • The X-Files: Presque Vu
  • Chuck: Chuck Versus The Very Long Flash
  • Charmed: A Broom With A View
  • Sapphire And Steel: Adventures One To Fifteen