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Saddest sitcom moments

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by BYH, Sep 15, 2006.


What was the saddest moment in sitcom history?

  1. Dog dies after waiting forever for his owner: Futurama

    7 vote(s)
  2. Sandy dies after DUI accident: Growing Pains

    3 vote(s)
  3. Nick's dog dies: Family Ties

    1 vote(s)
  4. Alex Keaton's friend dies: Family Ties

    5 vote(s)
  5. Henry's plane crashes: MASH

    38 vote(s)
  6. Coach admits he knew his dying player was on roids: Coach

    2 vote(s)
  7. Will gets shot: Fresh Prince

    3 vote(s)
  8. Boner joins the Army: Growing Pains

    1 vote(s)
  9. None of the above (list your choice; will add options if necessary)

    7 vote(s)
  1. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I'm sure there's some I missed, but as a child of the '80s, these are the ones off the top of my head at 5:45 in the morning.

    My vote goes to Sandy dies, but there are a lot of tear-jerkers here.

    Edit: The Boner one was a joke. But it was touching.

    I wrote boner and touching. Nice way to lighten the mood, dumbass.
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Jesus Christ, that's one hell of a sitcom memory.
  3. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    "Good Times," James Evans dies. The family's all ready to move away to where James got a good job, they're at the going-away party with all their friends, Florida reads aloud what she thinks is a congratulatory telegram, and it's a wire informing them that James was killed in a car accident.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Well, most of them were mentioned on the Futurama thread.

    I'd say that Coach one is second. Player (think he was played by Bob Golic) comes to Coach and tells him he's dying of cancer he got from roid abuse. Coach is inconsolable and his wife/girlfriend says there was nothing he could have done about it, he didn't know.

    "I did," Coach says. Fade to black.

    Also forgot the Jeffersons where Martin Luther King Jr is assassinated. Powerful scene of George screaming in his apartment.
  5. boots

    boots New Member

    Without a doubt a very sad moment. All Florida could say is "Damn! Damn! Damn!"
  6. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Yeah, I'm going to have to go with that one, too. And the follow-up episode in which she holds up for several days before finally losing it and screaming, "Damn! Damn! DAMN!"
  7. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Chuckles the Clown dies on Mary Tyler Moore.

    While dressed as Peter Peanut, he was stampeded by a rogue elephant.
  8. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing the episode of MASH when Henry died. I was probaby eight or nine and it was shocking. TV characters didn't die in those days. Saw a great feature on the making of the classic scene when Radar gives everyone the news.

    I'll also cast a vote for Edith's death in All In The Family.
  9. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    The "menopause" episode of Maude.
  10. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    The MASH episode did it for me, because, when watching it in syndication, when you would see it two or three times a year, it would still make me cry everytime Radar walked into the operating room. And i KNEW what was coming...didn't matter.

    By the way, I interviewed Gary Burghoff once and was told that if I asked any MASH questions, he would get up and leave. I was only to ask him about his art. He had two paintings in a local art show. So after the questions about the art...there wasn't much left.

    Pretty short interview.
  11. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    The MASH episode where they showed a close-up of Gary Burghoff's fingers.

    Bree Walker said later that was the episode that inspired her to get into television broadcasting.
  12. Rosie

    Rosie Active Member

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who still comes to tears when watching the Henry dies episode of MASH. I also cried all the way through the last MASH episode. :'(

    One of my alltime favorite shows.
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