We're back for the second part of our Twenty Saddest Moments in TV. Will these have you blubbing your eyes out?
We’ve had a lot of time to get over this, but it still hurts. Marissa has been going off the rails, and is run off the road by her drug dealer. Ryan rescues her from the burning wreckage. The iconic moment where he is carrying her body through the streets is burned in to my memory.
Lily has been accusing Marshall of being too close to his dad after he immediately tells him when they start trying to have a baby. Marshall is feeling on top of the world, until he reaches McLaren’s and his wife tells him that his dad has died.
Willow and Tara have only just repaired their relationship after Tara left Willow because of her ‘magic abuse’. It’s been a tough season for the blatantly perfect couple, but they’ve finally managed to sort things out. But sadly their happiness is short lived, as one of Warren’s stray bullets hits Tara through the window mid-conversation.
At least this is a happy sad, unlike the rest of this list.
The entire last season of Friends is devastating, including Monica and Chandler finding they can’t have kids and Rachel deciding to move to Paris. Her saying goodbye and the whole “did she get off the plane?!” debacle were both horrendous.
But probably the worst moment was the final shot. The camera pans to the six keys on the counter, and then the iconic frame on the apartment door. That’s the moment that we have to say goodbye to our friends. A decade of sharing our lives with these six people has ended, and we’re so not over it that it still plays on Comedy Central every single day. And we still watch it.
Pretty much every single episode of Grey’s Anatomy had a devastating sad moment in it. I had to pick just one, so here it is.
Denny is a patient of Izzie’s. He desperately needs a heart transplant. She has cut his L-vat wire in order to get him to the top of the transplant list. She’s dressed in a ball gown for a prom that’s taking place downstairs, and earlier that day Denny had proposed.
We should have seen it coming; nothing can be that good in Grey’s Anatomy. Denny dies from a blood clot, and Izzie refuses to leave his body. And everyone watching falls apart.
This is one of the worst on the list, because not only did the character die, but so did the actor playing him. John Ritter’s death was globally devastating, and so was this entire episode. I re-watched it before writing this in the hope that I could pinpoint one specific moment that was worse than the rest, but nope. The whole thing made me cry my face clean off.
Will’s dad has returned to his life after 14 years, and has promised to take him away. However, being the deadbeat he is, he bails. He asks Uncle Phil to tell him, but he refuses. The moment Will finds out is bad, but the speech that follows is truly awful.
“Why doesn’t he want me?” he asks Uncle Phil, who has no answer.
This is, like number five, another real life death. After Cory Monteith passed away last year, Glee made a tribute episode.
The very worst part is when you realise that, after an episode of Kurt searching for it, Mr Scheuster has actually taken Finn’s football jersey. For the whole episode he’s kept his cool for the rest of the kids. When he reaches home, he takes out the jersey, and falls apart. It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen, because the grief in the scene is real, and it’s too much.
I managed to escape any spoilers for season four of House, so when this happened I was utterly unprepared. Wilson has finally found someone he loves that understands his relationship with House, and challenges him in ways no-one ever has. Then, after going to pick up a drunken House, the two are in a bus crash which ultimately kills her. But not before Wilson has a chance to wake her up and say goodbye. This scene is so ridiculously devastating that I’ve actually hidden the disc it’s on so I don’t accidentally watch it.
In my opinion, this is the saddest TV moment of all time. We have total love for both characters, and have seen them travelling the universe together. The Doctor is sending both Daleks and Cybermen to a hell dimension (with the help of ‘void stuff’), and Rose simply cannot hold on. Luckily, her dad is there in time to take her to parallel universe, but one that can no longer be travelled to after that moment. They have lost each other.
It’s worse than a TV death, because both characters are still alive, and still love each other, and just simply cannot be together. The worst moment, of course, is when The Doctor burns up a sun just to say goodbye – and doesn’t have time to say what he really wants to.
“I suppose, if it’s my last chance to say it…Rose Tyler…”
NO. Just SO MUCH NO.
And those of you who say they get to be together in the end are just kidding yourselves. She may get a pirate copy of The Doctor, but he never gets to be with her.
Are your eyes a little misty, or have you cleaned the house out of tissues?
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