Xena paved the way for everything we see today when it comes to strong capable women kicking ass on the tube. Unfortunately the show almost completely lost its sense of humor somewhere around season 4 and began focusing on its notorious "subtext". Still two of my favorite episodes were produced during this time; "In Sickness and in Hell" and "Old Ares Had a Farm", the latter episode is the one that I like to think of as the series' true finale.
Lance Henriksen as an F.B.I profiler with a special gift for getting into the heads of the nastiest of the nasty--a real departure for him since he was usually the nasty one. This makes my list on the strength of 2 episodes in particular; "Somehow Satan Got Behind Me' and "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense". Both were uncharacteristically comedies, with the Jose Chung episode being an hilarious attack on Scientology.