31 TV Scenes That Are Absolutely Heartbreaking, But Don't Involve A Character Dying

Over the years, we've asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about some of the most heartbreaking TV moments of all time, and they've delivered time and time again. Now, while a lot of those scenes often include a tragic death, there's something even more emotional when a scene makes you cry and there's no death involved. So, here are some of the saddest TV moments that don't involve a character's tragic end:

Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead, as well as mentions of assault and depression.

1.First on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when Will broke down to Uncle Phil over his dad leaving again.

Will asking Uncle Phil, "How come he don't want me, man?"

"I only just saw this Fresh Prince episode, and it just dropped me."



2.On Fleabag, when the Priest told Fleabag to move on after she said, "I love you."

The Priest saying, "It'll pass" to Fleabag

3.On Euphoria, when Rue started screaming at her mom after she realized her stash of drugs was gone.

Rue crying to her mom and telling her she wants to get clean but she can't do it

"Zendaya's performance was heartbreaking. It literally won her an Emmy. Rue's addiction almost killed her, and she hurt everyone she loved."



4.On The Good Place, when Chidi was about to have his memory wiped and he said goodbye to Eleanor.

Eleanor saying she wishes they had more time together and Chidi saying they'll get through it and be able to be together forever

“The montage with Chidi and Eleanor where we see all the times they fell in love throughout the reboots. That shit HURTS."



5.On Stranger Things, when Max escaped Vecna while "Running Up That Hill" played.

Max escaping from Vecna

"The 'Running Up That Hill' scene. It made me cry every time I saw it."



6.On The Summer I Turned Pretty, when Belly, Jeremiah, and Steven learned that Susannah's cancer returned, and that Conrad had known all summer.

Characters crying that Susannah won't get better

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7.On Grey's Anatomy, when all of the women at Grey Sloan lined the hall to usher a sexual assault survivor into surgery.

the staff lining the halls as a woman gets ushered in on a stretcher

8.On Parenthood, when Alex broke up with Haddie, and then he had to say this heartbreaking goodbye to Kristina.

Alex telling Kristina he'll miss her and her saying the family loves him

9.And on Parenthood, when Max was upset that all of the kids on his field trip made fun of him and one of them peed in his canteen.

Max telling Kristina and Adam, "Why do all the other kids hate me? Is it because I'm weird. If I'm smart and hilarious, then why do they hate me?"

"That scene is heartbreaking. Just remembering it makes me wanna cry."



10.On Maid, when Regina dropped off Alex and Maddy at the domestic violence shelter.

Alex sobbing while carrying Maddy

11.On The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when Bucky told Sam that he was worried Steve was wrong about him.

Bucky telling Sam, "And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me"

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12.On Black-ish, when Bow and Dre decided to take some time apart.

Dre asking how they got there and Bow saying she doesn't know

"The whole episode of Black-ish where Bow and Dre decided to split up was absolutely heartbreaking."



13.On Never Have I Ever, when Devi told her mom she didn't want to go away to a boarding school for senior year because it meant they wouldn't be together.

Devi saying she needs more time with her mom

14.On Boy Meets World, when Mr. Feeny said goodbye to his class one last time.

Mr. Feeny saying, "I love you all. Class dismissed"

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15.On One Tree Hill, when Brooke begged Julian to save Jamie before he saved her as their car filled up with water following a car crash.

Brooke telling Julian to save Jamie first

16.On This Is Us, when Kevin sat on his high school football field, and relived his childhood and what led to him hitting rock bottom and feeling completely alone.

Kevin Pearson on an empty football field thinking about what happened as a high schooler

17.On One Day at a Time, when Elena told Alex what she really wanted to say at their dad's wedding, and how much it still hurt that their dad didn't accept her right away after she came out.

Elena explaining, "The bigger person shouldn't have to be the kid"

18.On Wynonna Earp, when Jolene was torturing Waverly by convincing her that nobody loved her.

Jolene saying that her and Waverly are equals because no one loves either of them

19.On Only Murders in the Building, when we watched Bunny's final day before she was murdered, and it included the sad moment when she just wanted to hang out with Charles, Oliver, and Mabel, but they didn't get the hint.

Bunny talking to the three of them and then them closing the door on her and saying have a good day

20.On The Flight Attendant, when Cassie revealed that she had broken her sobriety a few times, and she went to the beach and sobbed.

Cassie crying on the beach

21.On Angel, when Angel got to spend a day as a human with Buffy, but then they had to reset the day like it never happened.

Buffy asking how she's supposed to go on knowing what they shared and

22.On Outer Banks, when JJ broke down to Kie and Pope after he said he couldn't take his father's abuse anymore.

JJ crying saying he can't take the abuse anymore and was going to kill his dad but he just wants to do the right thing

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23.On Our Flag Means Death, when Ed waited for Stede to show up on the dock so they could run away together, but Stede never arrived.

Ed waiting on the dock alone

24.On Criminal Minds, when Emily listened to a message from Garcia saying everyone was coming to help her.

Emily listening to Garcia's message

"God, this ripped my heart out."



25.On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Bobbi and Hunter said goodbye to the team.

Bobbi and Hunter saying goodbye with a last drink

26.On Pachinko, when Sunja's mom begged the rice merchant for some Korean-grown rice so that Sunja could have it before leaving for Japan.

Yangjin talking to the rice merchant

27.On Superstore, when ICE arrived at Cloud 9 and took Mateo.

the staff watching as Mateo is taken away

28.On Kevin Can F**k Himself, when Allison revealed to Patty how much Kevin had taken away from her over the years.

Allison saying that the world revolves around Kevin and he took everything that was just hers away

29.On Dickinson, when Sue begged Emily to want her back and the scene took place at the orchard from the very first episode.

Sue telling Emily that she's tired of waiting around for her and she wants her to want her back

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30.On Supernatural, when Dean told Sam about his time in hell and how he was forced to torture people.

Dean crying and saying he lost count of the souls he had to torture

31.And finally, on Gilmore Girls, when Emily told Richard he wasn't allowed to die first.

Emily telling Richard that he's not allowed to die before her

We can't fit everything into one post, so tell us which other TV moments are so heartbreaking, but don't involve a character dying, in the comments below!

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