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Best Episode of Intervention for Newbies – Nominations

Hey y’all, a friend who hasn’t ever seen Intervention asked me to tell her what the ‘best’ episode was so she could watch it and decide if the show would be something she could get into or not. That’s a really hard question to answer, isn’t it? It made me think a lot about what being the ‘best’ episode would entail. Would it be the most disturbing or important or moving? The most tragic, or the most uplifting? The most memorable for me personally, or the most sensational and talked about? What would I want someone to get from this one episode, as in what would I want them to feel and understand after watching it? Is my goal to get them to watch more episodes, and if so, why do I want that? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Anyway I did narrow it down to a short list of episodes but I wanted to know what you think. If you had to pick one single episode that you think is a great representation of the show and the one a newbie should watch first, which one would it be and why?

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21 Responses to “Best Episode of Intervention for Newbies – Nominations”

  1. Mine would be Tiffany, episode 181. That has always been my favorite for so many reasons. I’m not religious, but I loved how religion was played a part in so many aspects of her story. She’s aslo such a success story, as she has completely turned her life around. I have a ton of respect for her.

    Posted by Ami | August 19, 2020, 8:43 am
  2. It never ceases to amaze me how many people still have not heard of this show after all these years, which probably explains why so many of its subjects still fall for the documentary angel.

    Posted by Stefan | August 19, 2020, 12:27 pm
  3. The first two that come to mind are Sylvia and Hubert.

    Posted by Julie PV | August 19, 2020, 12:55 pm
  4. Episode 93: Bret. Such a heartwrenching account of how alcoholism/addiction crushes an entire family and the weight that denial carries. And his SON. Ugh. And of course the ending ❤️

    Posted by Lee R | August 19, 2020, 1:33 pm
  5. Agree on Sylvia and Hubert. Elena’s episode is amazing.

    Posted by Marie | August 19, 2020, 2:36 pm
  6. Especially in light of her recent passing, Episode 161: Courtney is the first that came to mind. It’s very shocking and clearly had an unhappy ending, but it shows the desperate depths some addicts (young & old) can go to, due to their addictions. But there are so many memorable stories that could make an uninitiated viewer a “believer.” And, as always, thanks, Diz, for all you do to keep this compendium going. It’s a highly-valued resource.

    Posted by Gregory Moore | August 19, 2020, 3:22 pm
  7. In terms of memorable/famous episodes, I’d say that belong to Allison, due to the “Walking on Sunshine” video and parody on South Park, followed by Christy, and then probably Rocky, due to the cry and related Youtube video.

    Posted by Stefan | August 19, 2020, 6:41 pm
  8. Aw I agree with Julie i would say Sylvia’s episode! Or like an episode that is really intense like theyre really messed up but then they have a great intervention and look great at the end. One of my personal favorite episodes is Dallas, just cuz shes so relatable. Hmm if I was going to show someone an episode for the first time ever, I would definitely go for one that is shocking but with a great ending.

    Posted by Elizabeth | August 19, 2020, 7:22 pm
  9. I usually start friends with episode 100: “I Was There”. It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of some of their most famous episodes.

    But I also agree with everyone who says Sylvia – that one was gut wrenching and really hits home the message that addiction can hit anyone, at any stage in their lives. And the outcome is so beautiful.

    Posted by Rob | August 19, 2020, 11:37 pm
  10. Alison (pills), Tina (gambling) and Kelly F (alcohol)- all from Season One.

    Posted by beelove | August 22, 2020, 6:49 pm
  11. Without a doubt, mine would be Megan, season 12, episode 12. The thing is, I think she has relapsed, so I am not sure how uplifting a story it is.

    She had the worst parents ever, and revealed in the clearest terms ever, how important it is to believe you deserve a better life than the one addiction gives you.

    Posted by Alice Schmid | August 23, 2020, 10:19 am
  12. Robbie from season 16 without a doubt. He had a tragic life but the love of his sisters is incredible and makes you cry tears of joy! Plus he still appears sober (Facebook) so it’s very uplifting

    Posted by MadiR | August 23, 2020, 8:08 pm
  13. I think Sturgill – to show how uplifted the show can make you feel. Then maybe Cristy to show the other extreme.

    Posted by Jenny | August 25, 2020, 8:28 am
  14. I would go with Sylvia since she turned around so much she is now an interventionist herself. Then for the flip side, I would say Cristy.

    Posted by Sudie | August 25, 2020, 12:15 pm
  15. Lana. Sylvia. And Hubert. Those all spoke to me. I know. All alcoholism. But, it’s because I see someone in them that I lost tragically to alcoholism. And all 3 beat it. It took Lana a long time. But, she’s on FB and she’s happy.

    Posted by April | August 25, 2020, 4:14 pm
  16. The first episode I ever saw is always the most memorable to me. Chad, the cyclist that is voluntarily homeless and totally convinced his life is awesome. I was really shocked by the level of normalcy he felt living on the street. Kind of a dick tho….

    Posted by Jordy R | August 31, 2020, 6:16 pm
  17. Sierra from season 15 I think has always really stuck with me. Her meth psychosis is scary. Or Kacy the alcoholic from this season as well. Both episodes hit me hard

    Posted by Kermy | September 14, 2020, 4:52 am
  18. Katherine c. (S17 e1)
    Sierra (s15 ep2)

    Posted by Babypunk | September 25, 2020, 8:47 pm

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