Asked to chose among his children, Joss Whedon picked three.

As you know: Whedon created The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fox’s Firefly and Dollhouse; is a director of films such as last year’s blockbuster The Avengers, indie breakout Much Ado About Nothing and online sensation Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. We asked Whedon during an extensive interview for this week’s issue which title among his body of work that he was the most proud of and he offered a trio that he said “felt transcendent.” Interestingly, all his picks were TV episodes, and all were from two shows — Buffy and Firefly.

Whedon cited:

Buffy‘s popular and trend-setting musical episode “Once More, with Feeling.”

— Perhaps Buffy‘s most acclaimed hour, “The Body,” where the vampire slayer faced the non-supernatural death of her mother. Among other things, “The Body” is distinctive for omitting the show’s usual background score (clip from the episode below).

Firefly‘s premature series finale “Objects in Space,” where the Serenity was infiltrated by a bounty hunter; an episode that managed to be both suspenseful and existentially meditative.

For the full 10-page interview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands TODAY, or click the link to the left. There’s also EW’s exclusive “Meet the Cast” gallery. For two more teases from Whedon’s interview, go here or here.