The Remote: TV shows for V-Day weekend

Ryan Pait

While Valentine’s Day may officially be over, some of you may plan on celebrating the holiday over the weekend. If you’re in the mood to watch some TV with your loved one, here are some stellar TV comedy episodes that’ll have you feeling all mushy inside.

“30 Rock”: “Anna Howard Shaw Day” and “Mazel Tov, Dummies!”

“Anna Howard Shaw Day” sees Liz (Tina Fey) willingly spending her Valentine’s Day at the dentist’s office getting a root canal, where she hallucinates meetings with her past boyfriends (Jon Hamm, Jason Sudeikis, Dean Winters). Be sure to stay for the tag at the end for a special surprise. “Mazel Tov, Dummies!” is the big wedding episode of “30 Rock.” If you and your loved one want to see Liz Lemon get married in a Princess Leia costume, this is the episode for you.

“Friends”: “The One With The Prom Video” and “The One Where Everyone Finds Out”

Both of these episodes are milestones for the series because they bring together two of the show’s biggest couples: Ross and Rachel (David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston) and Monica and Chandler (Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry). Old as they may be, both are exceptionally sweet episodes and “The One Where Everyone Finds Out” may even make you tear up a little.

“Girls”: “It’s A Shame About Ray”

While “Girls” is a show that isn’t concerned with being saccharine or polite, “It’s A Shame About Ray” showcases what makes “Girls” so special. Hannah (Lena Dunham) throws an adult dinner party with some unexpected consequences, which is hilarious enough in itself, but the end of the episode is what’ll hit you right in the heart. Watch this one with your girlfriend or boyfriend and with your best friends.

“Modern Family”: “My Funky Valentine” and “Bixby’s Back”

This recurring Valentine’s Day saga is one of the stronger jokes on “Modern Family.” In both episodes, Phil and Claire Dunphy (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) decide to take on alternate identities for Valentine’s Day in order to keep their marriage spicy. Phil becomes the dashing Clive Bixby and Claire becomes the mysterious Juliana, and some rather embarrassing shenanigans ensue. If you like your sweetness with more than a dash of ridiculous, watch these two.

“The Office”: “Money”

“Money” isn’t technically a Valentine’s Day episode, but it’s an episode of “The Office” that truly showcases the wonderful relationships of the show. Jim and Pam (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) visit Dwight’s beet farm for their first evening away together, while Michael deals with bankruptcy. It sounds weird, but I promise: it’s really nice. There’s even a genuinely sweet (and rare) Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim moment at the end.

“Parks and Recreation”: “Galentine’s Day”

Galentine’s Day, a day for celebrating with your best gals, is technically on Feb. 13, but the “Galentine’s Day” episode of “Parks and Recreation” is still great for a belated Valentine’s Day viewing. The episode sees Leslie (Amy Poehler) trying to reunite her mother with a long-lost flame while trying to juggle her own relationship. Keep an eye out for some really nice growth in April and Andy’s (Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt) relationship too.