Saddest Moments From Sitcoms And TV Shows
Fans of sitcoms/ TV shows know that it’s not always fun and games. Thats the beauty of comedy; its so close to drama and tragedy and your emotional pendulum can easily swing from one extreme to the other and if it’s done correctly it can feel so natural and beautiful. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best scenes that will have you saying “Who’s cutting onions”.
Goodbye Mr. Feeny
Boy Meets World was an ABC sitcom that ran for 7 seasons on the network from September 23rd, 1993, to May 5th, 2000. Viewers grew up with young Corey Matthews, following the adventures of his family, friends, and loved neighbor/teacher George Feeny through middle school and high school. In the series finale titled “Brave New World – Part 2” Corey and the gang found themselves in Mr. Feeny’s classroom bidding their teacher and mentor a tearful farewell.
The scene is powerful and emotionally charged. It’s the culmination of every lesson the youngsters have learned. They are essentially thanking Mr. Feeny for being the reason they are prepared to go out into the world. It’s a truly cathartic and draining scene, as posted above, you feel as though you’re along for the ride with the characters. Mr. Feeny feels like he’s your teacher. You feel like you’re learning the lessons Corey and his friends learn. When they say goodbye, you feel like you’re saying goodbye to Mr. Feeny and the gang as well.
The String Attached To My Heart
Family Matters was another family sitcom created by ABC that ran from 1989 to 1998. The first episode aired on September 22, 1989. In 1997, the show was transferred to CBS for its final season after the network bought the rights to Family Matters and Step By Step for 40 million dollars. The show is actually a spinoff of Perfect Strangers where Harriet was an elevator operator at a newspaper office during the third and fourth seasons of the show. In the second episode of Family Matters, Harriet was fired from her job. The show originally focused on the Winslow family which consisted of Carl, Harriet, Edward, Laura, Judith, Estelle, Richard, and Aunt Rachel. The show’s eventual flagship character, Steve Urkel, did not appear until the 12th episode!
Once onscreen, Steve and his signature catchphrases, “Got Any cheese?” and, “Did I do that?” became the stuff of legends. Steve found himself infatuated with Laura Winslow and was constantly begging for her love and attention. In an episode titled “Marriage 101” Steve and Laura are paired together for a class project and are tasked with pretending that they are married for a week. It’s a dream come true for Steve and essentially a nightmare for Laura. In this amazingly acted scene, young Steve professes his love for Laura, offering her an expensive piece of jewelry and delivering a line that’s sure to tug at your heartstrings.
Family Guy is an animated sitcom from Fox. It’s first episode aired on January 31, 1999, but after it’s 3rd season, Fox canceled the show leaving one episode unaired. In 2004, the show was greenlit to return and after writing and animation wrapped, the first episode of season 4 aired on May 1st, 2005. Family Guy was the first show to ever be canceled and brought back thanks to DVD sales and fans alone. The show is animated and nothing short of ridiculous 99% of the time. It pokes fun at social and political issues alike, maintaining a level of brutal honesty.
You would never expect having to reach for tissues while watching this show. However, on November 24th, in the 6th episode of its 12th season, Seth Macfarlane did the unthinkable by killing arguably the show’s favorite character, Brian, in a drastically violent and disturbing way. While setting up a net for a game of road hockey with Stewie, Brian is run over, mangled by a speeding vehicle. The truth of it is that Brian doesn’t die on the spot. Instead he clings to life at a veterinary clinic just long enough to tell the teary-eyed Griffin family, “You’ve given me a wonderful life. I Love you all.” Who’s cutting onions in here?
Friends – Final Scene
Friends was something special as it was more than just a TV show. It was more like a phenomenon, a cultural movement that saw the signature words from its theme song, ”I’ll be there for you,” become a phrase permanently imbedded in the hearts and minds of fans across the world. The show followed a group of young adults as they formed relationships and navigated adult life the best they could while living in New York. It became a relatable comfort piece for 20/30 somethings with it’s perfectly balanced group of characters. There was someone for anybody to connect with. Although it was a comedy, it dealt with some heavy emotional issues in regards to love and relationships – both romantic and platonic. The show was a sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman.
Friends aired it’s first episode on September 22nd, 1994, and spanned an astonishing 10 years and 236 episodes. The finale aired on May 6th, 2004. 52.5 million friends tuned in to watch the show’s farewell. The final scene saw the gang standing in the iconic, now vacated, apartment where we all shared so many memories. The group takes a moment to place their keys to the apartment on the counter. Then, one by one, they leave. It’s a solemn moment, there’s a brief shot of them in the hallway outside the apartment where we see them heading for the stairs, and it’s our last glimpse of our favorite characters. We’re supposed to take comfort in the fact that they are all happy and accepting of each other’s decisions and that they will forever be what we know them as, Friends. The final shot of the series is a slow pan starting from the large window in the living room, to the counter where the keys sit, and then up towards the door, as if looking to the future, the camera holds on the picture frame around the peephole.
MASH Finale – The Final Moments
MASH is a reimagining of the film by the same name from 1970 which was actually based on a novel by Richard Hooker titled MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The television show aired for 11 years from September 17, 1972, to February 28th, 1983. The show followed the 4077th mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed in Korea during the war as Hawkeye and his team used humor and their vast medical knowledge to save and enrich the lives of soldiers and locals alike. The show was perfectly balanced in comedy and drama and had viewers happy to be along for the ride. Off the bat, the stark contrast of a medical show presenting itself as a comedy taking place during wartime, can be a bit much for viewers to digest. However, you should be able to tell that this is more than just a comedy from the show’s theme music alone. It’s just a melody, played with a flute, but anyone who’s seen the show knows the words, “Through early morning fog I see. Visions of the things to be. The pains that are withheld for me. I realize and I can see. That Suicide is painless. It brings on many changes. And I can take or leave it if i please.”
The show’s finale still holds the number one spot for most watched finale of any television show in history with a total audience of 121.6 million. This, however, was not the cheerful and comforting ending fans had hoped for and its final moments will be forever etched in its viewers’ hearts and minds. Hawkeye finds himself in a hospital where he’s visited by friends from the unit. An army psychologist begins to question him about the events that led him to the hospital after the ceasefire was announced. Hawkeye begins to recount being trapped on a bus with a group of villagers trying not be discovered by the enemy. A woman at the back of the bus had a chicken with her. As chickens do, it clucked away causing too much noise. Hawkeye demanded that the woman quiet the animal. She did, killing it. Fans watched as Hawkeye came to the horrible realization of what really happened. There was no chicken – it was a baby.
The Office – Michael Leaves
The Office started out as a British mockumentary sitcom on the BBC Two starring one of its creators, Ricky Gervais. The show was picked up by NBC and a US version started airing March 24th of 2005 and ran until May 16th of 2013. Whether you found yourself watching the original or the US version of the show, the premise remained the same. A documentary crew follows the employees of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company, as they clash with one another and take part in inappropriate workplace behavior. The captain at the helm of the ship is the inept, bumbling buffoon, Michael Scott. In the 22nd episode of the show’s 7th season, we watched as Michael made the decision to leave the company and move to Colorado to live with his fiancee Holly. Michael tells his employees that the following day will be his last at the office. No one knows that this is actually Michael’s last day.
He goes about spending time with everyone individually, saying goodbye and creating good memories. He’s doing this in an attempt to try and avoid emotional goodbyes. That all goes out the window when it comes time for him to address a series favorite, Jim. Michael calls Jim into his office, and this is where Michael’s ruse goes up in smoke. The two share a moment agreeing to save their sappy goodbyes for lunch the following day, even though both know it will never happen. It’s a touching display of camaraderie and friendship between two characters you’d never expect it from.