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(Entertainment Weekly)   The twenty-three most shocking TV deaths. So, yeah, SPOILERS if you haven't seen certain shows. I don't know how much clearer I can make it that this will SPOIL EVENTS ON VARIOUS SHOWS   (ew.com) divider line 240
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2011-06-14 11:48:30 PM  
#1 is correct.
 
2011-06-14 11:50:23 PM  
#4 was my favorite. I wish that show would come to DVD.
 
2011-06-14 11:53:05 PM  
I was just talking with my wife earlier tonight about how Sean Bean must be contractually obligated to die in most of his movies, so when I saw him on the list, my first thought was "GOD DAMMIT I HAVEN'T SEEN THE SERIES OR READ THE BOOKS" then "Oh wait, it's Sean Bean."
 
2011-06-14 11:55:02 PM  

The English Major: #4 was my favorite. I wish that show would come to DVD.


If only they had sent her down a Turbolift shaft in Star Trek: TNG first...
 
2011-06-15 12:31:53 AM  
List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

That said, the ER one just wrecked me.
 
2011-06-15 12:33:20 AM  
I think that even though it occurred in a movie, because it was based on a TV show Wash should be NUMBER ONE.
 
2011-06-15 12:36:27 AM  
The Buffy death scene is the one that still stick with me over the years.

Going from such a light hearted scene to Buffy finding her mother and her pathetic little cries of mommy breaks me down every time.
 
2011-06-15 12:38:46 AM  

The English Major: #4 was my favorite. I wish that show would come to DVD.


I laughed my ass off when that happened. Most WTF death ever.

Dee's suicide was one of the most farked up.
 
2011-06-15 12:44:04 AM  

Bunnyhat: The Buffy death scene is the one that still stick with me over the years.

Going from such a light hearted scene to Buffy finding her mother and her pathetic little cries of mommy breaks me down every time.


Broke her Mom's ribs doing CPR, too. That was a nice Joss Whedon touch.
 
2011-06-15 01:02:25 AM  
SPOILERS FOR DEADWOOD AND THE WIRE FOLLOW:

farking limber-dicked cocksucker of a list fails without Ellsworth.

also, Omar's death didn't fark with me nearly as bad as Bodie's.
 
2011-06-15 01:02:47 AM  

Hender: Bunnyhat: The Buffy death scene is the one that still stick with me over the years.

Going from such a light hearted scene to Buffy finding her mother and her pathetic little cries of mommy breaks me down every time.

Broke her Mom's ribs doing CPR, too. That was a nice Joss Whedon touch.


That entire episode is full of little things that just makes it brilliant.

From Willow freaking out over what to wear, Dawn having that sinking realization that something is really wrong with her Mom when Buffy is talking to her, Anya not understanding what death is and how to deal with it, the voice of the operator when Buffy tells her that her Mom is cold, to the look on Buffy's face when she tells Giles not to move the body. All of this without the music soundtrack that is usually used to good effect in Buffy, instead it you kind of have an in and out audio fog of what's happening around Buffy.

It ties with Normal Again (The Episode where Buffy imagines shes in a mental hospital) as my favorite episode.
 
2011-06-15 01:07:38 AM  

The English Major: #4 was my favorite. I wish that show would come to DVD.


You know, I flew through that list in an effort to forget any spoilers I saw and I don't know what #4 is. So the quick fingered sideshow worked. That's what she said.
 
2011-06-15 01:19:54 AM  
Waitwaitwait...Kenny from South Park dies?!?!?!
Why wasn't there a spoiler warning?!?!?!
/sarcasm
 
2011-06-15 02:05:32 AM  

playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

That said, the ER one just wrecked me.


Speaking of lawns, the death of Steve Keller (Michael Douglas) on The Streets Of San Francisco.
images.huffingtonpost.com
 
2011-06-15 02:25:46 AM  
Omar should be #1. I wasn't shocked that he died. I was shocked that he went out like THAT.
 
2011-06-15 02:33:45 AM  
I was pretty shocked about Chuck Cunningham from Happy Days. THEY ERASED HIM FROM EXISTENCE
 
2011-06-15 02:40:05 AM  

Confabulat: I was pretty shocked about Chuck Cunningham from Happy Days. THEY ERASED HIM FROM EXISTENCE


That's what happened in the '50s when you came out of the closet. And the fact that he was in love with Sticks, the black drummer from Richie's band, didn't help matters any.

It hurt Mr. C so much that later on, when he was in court under oath, he claimed he only had two children.
 
2011-06-15 03:34:04 AM  
Apparently I don't watch enough TV.
I'm OK with that.
 
2011-06-15 04:15:12 AM  
GODDAMNIT SUBBY! I HAVEN"T WATCHED THAT SEASON OF L.A. LAW!!1!!1!
 
2011-06-15 04:18:53 AM  
That was actually a helluva good list.
 
2011-06-15 04:19:25 AM  
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Your shirt...
 
2011-06-15 04:37:55 AM  
BREAKING BAD SEASON 3 SPOILERS AHEAD

I'd add the assistant from Breaking Bad to that list as well. It wasn't shocking that he was murdered, we didn't care about the boring chemist Chicken Man hired,but Pinkman finally crossing the final point of no return, wow.

No half measures.


Season 4 will be the greatest thing ever aired on Television.

Also, Rita was, by far, the most shocking death.
 
2011-06-15 05:01:02 AM  
Omar Little was the most shocking death of all time. I thought he was invincible. My jaw dropped when he was killed.
 
2011-06-15 05:01:35 AM  

playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".


THIS. Seriously, how could you make a list like this and not include this?

That said, I'd add Connor from Rescue Me. I was convinced they wouldn't kill the kid and they went right ahead and did it.
 
2011-06-15 05:07:49 AM  

playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

That said, the ER one just wrecked me.


THIS. It was so shocking that the cast messed up the first take when Radar comes in. It's one of the iconic scenes in TV history.

Also, #20 wasn't shocking, most people didn't care, and made me cheer with glee. Hated that character, if only they had killed her BEFORE the train-wreck that is season 3, maybe it wouldn't have happened.

/Season 3 of new BSG = Twilight with spaceships
 
2011-06-15 05:11:42 AM  
List fails without Warrick Brown.
 
2011-06-15 05:35:19 AM  

Snapper Carr: Your shirt...


How many innocent/nonthreatening lovable characters has Whedon killed?

Jenny, Joyce, Tara, Anya, Doyle, Darla, Cordy, Fred, Wesley, Book, Wash, Penny, Ballard, Topher...

Wtf is he going to do without Wasp in the Avengers movie?
 
2011-06-15 05:41:01 AM  

Cyno01: Wtf is he going to do without Wasp in the Avengers movie?


www.uncannyxmen.net

Based on what he tried to do to Kitty, it doesn't look good for her.
 
2011-06-15 05:41:31 AM  
Decent list! I wish the Game of Thrones death wasn't spoiled for me weeks ago by some jerk who read the book :( (name of character omitted for the reader)

I dunno about the Dexter death. I thought they set that up pretty well. Definitely heart wrenching, god, especially in the next season when he had to deal with the fallout.

A certain major death in the last season of Terminator really took me by surprise. Best episode of the series; begins and ends in the same graveyard. Also, they pulled the same stunt that Joss did in Serenity; they had a more predictable, heroic death at the very end of the previous episode, and open the next one with a BLAM out of nowhere death. Combine that with the series looking like it was heading for cancellation (it was) and you start to wonder; is ANYONE going to survive this?

Also, a major guest star on Dollhouse bit it in a really shocking way. I knew she was doomed, but damn, I thought she had more time left.
 
2011-06-15 05:42:04 AM  

Klivian: playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

That said, the ER one just wrecked me.

THIS. It was so shocking that the cast messed up the first take when Radar comes in. It's one of the iconic scenes in TV history.

Also, #20 wasn't shocking, most people didn't care, and made me cheer with glee. Hated that character, if only they had killed her BEFORE the train-wreck that is season 3, maybe it wouldn't have happened.

/Season 3 of new BSG = Twilight with spaceships


MASH was just awesome that way. Just watched the episode where they fake the time of death so the GI's kid won't think of Christmas as the day daddy died. Heavy stuff.

/it was a baby!

BSG wandered a bit but Gaeta's the pain's stopped line at his execution gets me everytime ...
 
2011-06-15 05:42:58 AM  

Cyno01: How many innocent/nonthreatening lovable characters has Whedon killed?

Jenny, Joyce, Tara, Anya, Doyle, Darla, Cordy, Fred, Wesley, Book, Wash, Penny, Ballard, Topher...


November :(
 
2011-06-15 05:49:22 AM  

Pancoaifo: BSG wandered a bit but Gaeta's the pain's stopped line at his execution gets me everytime ...


I hated most of that season, but the mutiny story was amazing.

i.imgur.com

Can't find a screenshot of my favorite scene (Adama walking down the corridor with his army after being freed) but I'll have to download it later and make one.
 
2011-06-15 05:59:02 AM  

Cromar: Cyno01: How many innocent/nonthreatening lovable characters has Whedon killed?

Jenny, Joyce, Tara, Anya, Doyle, Darla, Cordy, Fred, Wesley, Book, Wash, Penny, Ballard, Topher...

November :(


As much as it annoys me to not have a finished storyline, the finale of Angel has to be in my top five favorites ever. Always liked Wesley, even when he was being an arse.

Of course, I'm still disturbed by just how hot Fred was in a body glove and blue hair ...
 
2011-06-15 06:16:54 AM  
What?
No one remembers the big twist death in the Miami Vice pilot?
 
2011-06-15 06:20:41 AM  
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2011-06-15 06:21:33 AM  

Six_By_Nine: playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

THIS. Seriously, how could you make a list like this and not include this?


If you're a twenty-something web drone with no sense of cultural history.

Personally, I'd have put the death of Tasha Yar on there, if only because it came out
of the blue for no readily apparent reason unless you knew that Denise Crosby had
come down with a severe case of Carusoitis and thought she could have a career
outside the STAR TREK franchise.
 
2011-06-15 06:30:04 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: Six_By_Nine: playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

THIS. Seriously, how could you make a list like this and not include this?

If you're a twenty-something web drone with no sense of cultural history.

Personally, I'd have put the death of Tasha Yar on there, if only because it came out
of the blue for no readily apparent reason unless you knew that Denise Crosby had
come down with a severe case of Carusoitis and thought she could have a career
outside the STAR TREK franchise.


Heh, everytime I saw her pop up on ST after Yar's death, I figured her chequebook must be getting lighter than her pride again.

Of all the people on TNG to get big heads, her, really?
 
2011-06-15 06:36:08 AM  

Pancoaifo: Of all the people on TNG to get big heads, her, really?


She had that big "Pet Semetary" gig coming up, you know.
 
2011-06-15 06:45:03 AM  
I'm glad someone else mentioned Tasha Yar's death. It was so sudden and pointless if you didn't know the backstory in the real world.
 
2011-06-15 06:49:28 AM  
Lee Harvey Oswald.
 
2011-06-15 07:02:37 AM  
Six Feet Under's last season. You-know-who. It was sortof to be expected but that farked with me man.
 
2011-06-15 07:03:22 AM  

Pancoaifo: DjangoStonereaver: Six_By_Nine: playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

THIS. Seriously, how could you make a list like this and not include this?

If you're a twenty-something web drone with no sense of cultural history.

Personally, I'd have put the death of Tasha Yar on there, if only because it came out
of the blue for no readily apparent reason unless you knew that Denise Crosby had
come down with a severe case of Carusoitis and thought she could have a career
outside the STAR TREK franchise.

Heh, everytime I saw her pop up on ST after Yar's death, I figured her chequebook must be getting lighter than her pride again.

Of all the people on TNG to get big heads, her, really?


Give her props, though: her post-Tasha appearances proved her to be a much
better actress, and she made a pretty good villan.
 
2011-06-15 07:25:28 AM  

hetheeme: BREAKING BAD SEASON 3 SPOILERS AHEAD

(removed so we're not repeating potential spoilers)


Is that what happened? I don't think we know enough to fully believe it yet. To see why I think that, check the wikipedia plot description (new window) (pops, and spoilers, obviously).
 
2011-06-15 07:25:35 AM  
I agree with the inclusion of Terry from The Shield.
It comes out of nowhere, and it it's the cornerstone for *everything* else that happens the next seven seasons.
Damn, I got such a lady-boner for The Shield...

Also, while a well-placed unexpected death can be a good thing, killing Ianto was just plain mean.
 
2011-06-15 07:42:34 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: playblu: List FAILS without Henry Blake (lawn, off, etc.). The original lit-up-the-phone-lines "shocking TV death".

That said, the ER one just wrecked me.

Speaking of lawns, the death of Steve Keller (Michael Douglas) on The Streets Of San Francisco.


He didn't die, he was shot by the people who kidnapped a jury, but he survived and left the police force. Replaced by the first Captain Apollo, too.

They pretty much gave away that something big was going to happen when they list Richard Hatch in the opening credits and have Douglas as a "special guest star". Season premere, I think.
 
2011-06-15 07:51:01 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: If only they had sent her down a Turbolift shaft in Star Trek: TNG first...


Now THAT would have been funny.
 
2011-06-15 07:58:21 AM  
What about Seymour?

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2011-06-15 07:58:42 AM  
Frankly, me and my friends were happy about number 1.
 
2011-06-15 08:19:20 AM  
Derrick Reese in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Took a character who should never have worked as well as he did, had him walk nonchalantly around a corner and BAM, a Terminator puts a bullet between his eyes. Punctuated by Sarah emotionlessly only stopping by his body long enough to strip him of any identifying information before they leave.
 
2011-06-15 08:24:04 AM  
Jesus. If you didn't see Rita coming at the beginning of Season 4, you're freaking dense.
 
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