A while back, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the saddest TV scenes — here are the best from sitcoms and comedies. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Also, some submissions contain mentions of suicide. 1. On Friends, when Phoebe said goodbye to the triplets she'd carried: "For me, it has to Phoebe talking to the triplets after she gives birth about how they should be good and she’s their aunt. She was so attached to them for so long and she now has to give them away. Lisa Kudrow’s acting is honestly so good."
Nirupam Dhakal NBC 2. On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when Will asked why his father didn't want him: 3. On The Big Bang Theory, when Howard's mom died after the actor died in real life: 4. On 8 Simple Rules, when Paul died after John Ritter died in real life: 5. On Archie Bunker's Place, when Edith died and Archie came home and talked to her slipper: 6. On Futurama, when it's revealed Fry's dog waited for him on the corner until he died: 7. On Golden Girls, when Blanche reunited with her husband but then woke up and remembered he was dead: 8. On Superstore, when Jonah decided not to go to California with Amy after she said she didn't want to marry him: 9. On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Rosa responded to an active shooter call and the precinct found out: 10. On Scrubs, when it was revealed that Ben was dead after Dr. Cox had been talking to him for the whole episode, and they were at his funeral: 11. On M*A*S*H, when Radar told everyone Henry Blake's plane was shot down when he was on his way home:
"He didn't deserve that ending. They didn't tell the actors about the announcement, so you see all of their genuine reactions."
katushkamarushka CBS 12. On Full House, when Jessie moved out and said goodbye to Michelle, and she gave him her pig:
"I specifically remember watching that as a small child, and it was the first time a TV show ever made me cry, and I was so embarrassed."
Angela ABC 13. On The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon and Amy broke up:
"The ... dialogue broke my heart. 'Well Gollum, you're an expert on rings. What do I do with this one?' As soon as Sheldon took out the ring, the live audience gasped and it was really heartbreaking. Still can't watch the episodes when they were broken up."
Saanvi Nalavde CBS 14. On M*A*S*H, when Hawkeye remembers that the woman he told to keep her chicken quiet actually was holding a baby, and that she killed her baby to protect them:
"I don't think I will ever get over the last episode of
M*A*S*H, when Hawkeye is in the psychiatric hospital and talking about being on the bus and telling the old woman to keep the chicken quiet so she rings its neck...only it turns out to be a baby that she smothers instead. Seeing Hawkeye in tears after all he has seen over there is heartbreaking."
bagpussaa CBS 15. On Scrubs, when Dr. Cox lost three organ transplant patients in a row after pushing for them: 16. On Modern Family, when Phil spent one last day with his dad before he died:
Modern Family, when we learn that Phil's dad passed away. It came from out of nowhere and was such a gut punch. I am fortunate enough to still have my dad, but I can only imagine that I will handle his passing in the same way that Phil handled it. ... Maybe it was that realization that just crushed me with this scene and made my eyes erupt with tears."
bear_fan_39 ABC 17. On Superstore, when ICE took Mateo away:
"The whole scene is so charged, and Dina's energy and defeat when she can't find a way for him to get out feels so soul crushing, as we so badly want him to be okay. Then the ICE van just slowly drives past all the employees with Mateo behind bars. I've never sobbed over an episode of TV like that."
"It’s such a dark moment for such a wonderful comedy, and it was beautifully done. The music, the color choices, the dialogue...I always tear up during that scene."
notaglassoflemonade NBC 18. On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, when Rebecca attempted suicide on the plane:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend never gets the amount of attention it deserves. The part that always kills me is when Rebecca is on the airplane after she has had a nervous breakdown and she realizes that she has no one left in her corner, so she attempts suicide. I always bawl when the airplane signal turns into 'hope.' But the kicker is in the episode directly after that, [when] she tells Paula that she didn't want to die, she just wanted the pain to stop. ... For anyone who has had suicidal tendencies, depression, anxiety, and dangerous negative self-talk, that line cuts so deep."
thefightingsoprano The CW 19. On Scrubs, when Turk and JD skipped their fancy dinner to stay with a patient who was dying: Story continues
"Turk and JD from
Scrubs skipping their fancy dinner to spend the night off-duty with a dying man once they realize he doesn’t have any family. The whole scene felt so genuine and not overdramatized for TV purposes."
sarahhenderson358 NBC 20. On Parks and Recreation, when Leslie stood up Ron for lunch:
"If you’re a fan of the show and know the history that leads to that moment and the events that follow, as well as the characters' key traits, like Leslie’s loyalty and Ron’s hesitancy to ask for help, it’s absolutely gut-wrenching."
abbeyy47fce0c28 NBC 21. On Freaks and Geeks, when Nick and Lindsay both pretended to have completely moved on:
"They’re talking about how they don’t like each other anymore and have moved on, but their facial expressions show that they obviously do still have feelings for each other. It’s just a really well-acted and underrated scene and it hurts more that we never know what would have happened."
brennaboo NBC 22. On King Of Queens, when Carrie revealed she'd miscarried:
"Carrie’s miscarriage on
King of Queens, specifically her sitting among the boxes of baby items they had purchased for the nursery. This is such a powerfully sad scene. We don’t tend to talk about pregnancy loss in our society, and it’s rare to see it on TV...especially in a sitcom. But they took on this topic in a way that was heartfelt and relatable. Leah Remini did a great job in that scene and deserves more credit for it."
angels4d4906ef4 CBS 23. On It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when Mac came out to his dad through a dance:
Always Sunny, when Mac performs a beautiful dance to come out to his dad. His dad leaves but Frank watches with tears running down his face. Incredibly moving."
fnfryman FX 24. On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, when Zoey and her father shared one last dance:
"I've just finished watching
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and wasn't expecting it to be so emotional. All of the scenes between Zoey (Jane Levy) and her dying dad Mitch (Peter Gallagher) are heartbreaking."
"When Mitch, Zoey’s dad, died in
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. It was so understated and sad. I was in such a state, my husband thought someone we knew had died."
cherrieh2 NBC 25. On Futurama, when Fry found out it was his nephew, not his brother, who went to space, and that his brother named his son after Fry: 26. On Kim's Convenience, when Jung visited his dad in the hospital:
"When Jung visits his father in hospital after not speaking to him for 15 years after his father kicked him out. And Mr. Kim is high on painkillers and tells him about the time he held Jung’s hand in hospital when he was a little kid. And the next day, he doesn’t remember that it was Jung who visited him."
moonrabbit Netflix 27. On How I Met Your Mother, when Lily told Marshall his dad was dead:
"Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel did such a beautiful job with that scene. Marshall's last line, 'I'm not ready for this,' is so sad. I bawl every single time I watch that episode."
lindsayp4bfd03a64 CBS 28. On Scrubs, when Carla said goodbye to Laverne: 29. On Golden Girls, when Sophia finally broke down over the death of her son:
"When Sophia's son Phil dies and she was mad at his wife because she didn't stop him from wearing women's clothing, but really Sophia is mad at herself...In the end when Sophia breaks down in Angela's (Phil's wife) arms, it hurts so bad."
lilqueenb19 NBC 30. On Black-ish, when Dre and Bow decided to separate and take space: 31. On Trailer Park Boys, when Julian left and Bubbles found his letter and started crying:
"For me it was one I just didn't see coming.
Trailer Park Boys, after Trinity's wedding, when Julian leaves. Bubbles finding the letter just slayed me completely. For a show that always made me laugh constantly this moment felt 100 times more sad."
vanillalocky Netflix 32. On Please Like Me, when Rose killed herself:
"The first time it totally wrecked me. The second time it totally wrecked me. I love the show but even the third time...it totally wrecked me."
ewagendorp ABC2 33. And finally, on One Day at a Time, when Penelope sang to Lydia:
One Day at a Time when Lydia was in the hospital [and] she was in a medically induced coma. Her daughter, Penelope, crawled into bed and sang to her. When the room pans out and back in, Lydia is not there. At this point, we assume that Lydia has passed away, which made me bawl my eyes out. That part is so heartbreaking and every time I watch that episode, I find myself crying."
tbattle22 Netflix Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments! Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.