33 Utterly Devastating Scenes From Sitcoms And Comedies

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A while back, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the saddest TV scenes — here are the best from sitcoms and comedies.


Also, some submissions contain mentions of suicide.

1.On Friends, when Phoebe said goodbye to the triplets she'd carried:

Phoebe telling the infant triplets this is the hardest thing she's ever had to do and saying she wishes she could take them home, then crying

"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


2.On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when Will asked why his father didn't want him:

Will says "how come he don't want me man?" and his uncle hugs him

3.On The Big Bang Theory, when Howard's mom died after the actor died in real life:

Howard saying his mom died in her sleep and Bernadette hugging him

4.On 8 Simple Rules, when Paul died after John Ritter died in real life:

Cate looking shocked on the phone then running for the doors asking where her keys are as the kids look confused

5.On Archie Bunker's Place, when Edith died and Archie came home and talked to her slipper:

Archie saying he was supposed to be the first to go and she had no right to leave that way before he could say I love you

6.On Futurama, when it's revealed Fry's dog waited for him on the corner until he died:

Fry's dog growing older as he waits by the pizza shop

"I ugly-sob every damn time."

Addie LaRue


7.On Golden Girls, when Blanche reunited with her husband but then woke up and remembered he was dead:

Blanche tells her husband she's never found anyone whose eyes have shown her what his has then hugs him, then she wakes up and sees he's not there

8.On Superstore, when Jonah decided not to go to California with Amy after she said she didn't want to marry him:

Jonah says he's not coming to California, and Amy says she doesn't want to lose him, and Jonah says that when they first met Amy said all her days blended together and he doesn't want to be the reason she feels that way again

"That was the saddest episode of a sitcom ever."



9.On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Rosa responded to an active shooter call and the precinct found out:

Holt tells everyone that there's an active shooter situation with multiple casualties and Jake says that Rosa's there

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:

Ben walks away and JD asks Cox "where do you think we are"

"When it opens up to Ben's funeral and you see Dr. Cox crying, I lose it every time."



11.On M*A*S*H, when Radar told everyone Henry Blake's plane was shot down when he was on his way home:

Radar says Henry's plane was shot down over Japan and spun out, and that there were no survivors

"He didn't deserve that ending. They didn't tell the actors about the announcement, so you see all of their genuine reactions."



12.On Full House, when Jessie moved out and said goodbye to Michelle, and she gave him her pig:

Jessie and Michelle say bye to each other, then Jessie hugs Michelle's stuffed animal outside the door crying


"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."



13.On The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon and Amy broke up:

Sheldon pulling out a ring and saying "Well Gollum, you're an expert of rings. What do I do with this one?"

"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


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:

Hawkeye cries that he didn't mean for the woman to kill it, and that he just wanted it to be quiet, but it was a baby, and she smothered it

"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."



15.On Scrubs, when Dr. Cox lost three organ transplant patients in a row after pushing for them:

JD tells a devastated Dr. Cox to remember what he told JD, that you can't come back from blaming yourself for others' deaths, and Dr. Cox says he's right

"Breaks my heart every single time."



16.On Modern Family, when Phil spent one last day with his dad before he died:

Phil's dad tells him he took over the family business by keeping life fun. In a confessional, Phil says it was the best day with his dad, but he didn't know it was the last. At his funeral, Phil says to tell people you appreciate them

"On 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."



17.On Superstore, when ICE took Mateo away:

<div><p>"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."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/l47925083b" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:l47925083b" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">l47925083b</a></p><p>"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."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/notaglassoflemonade" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:notaglassoflemonade" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">notaglassoflemonade</a></p></div><span> NBC</span>

"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."



18.On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, when Rebecca attempted suicide on the plane:

Rebecca downs pills with her wine, then looks up at the help button &#x002014;&#xa0;but it changes to &quot;hope.&quot; She presses it and asks for help

"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."


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19.On Scrubs, when Turk and JD skipped their fancy dinner to stay with a patient who was dying:

George says he&#39;s tired, and Turk tells him to sleep. George asks if they&#39;ll be there when he wakes up, and JD says they will &#x002014;&#xa0;but then he dies

"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."



20.On Parks and Recreation, when Leslie stood up Ron for lunch:

Leslie realizes she stood Ron up as we flash back to him waiting, then he tells her he was going to ask for a job

"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."



21.On Freaks and Geeks, when Nick and Lindsay both pretended to have completely moved on:

Nick tells Lindsay that she told him to move on, so he did. She tells him he seems like he&#39;s having more fun with his new girlfriend than he did with her, and he agrees

"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."



22.On King Of Queens, when Carrie revealed she'd miscarried:

Carrie tells Doug that she lost the baby, and he hugs her

"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."



23.On It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when Mac came out to his dad through a dance:

Mac tells his dad he&#39;s gay then dances, but his dad leaves. He cries, then continues dancing, and Frank watches crying and says &quot;I get it&quot;

"In 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."



24.On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, when Zoey and her father shared one last dance:

Zoey asks what to do when she can&#39;t hear her dad sing anymore, and he says she&#39;ll always hear him if she listens

"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."



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:

the show flashes back to Fry&#39;s brother naming his son Philip J. Fry after Fry, who he misses, and then we see Fry at his nephew&#39;s grave, crying

26.On Kim's Convenience, when Jung visited his dad in the hospital:

<div><p>"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."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/moonrabbit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:moonrabbit" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">moonrabbit</a></p></div><span> Netflix</span>

"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."



27.On How I Met Your Mother, when Lily told Marshall his dad was dead:

Lily tells Marshall his dad had a heart attack and didn&#39;t make it, and Marshall hugs her and says he isn&#39;t ready for this

"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."



28.On Scrubs, when Carla said goodbye to Laverne:

Lisa says she&#39;s not ready, and that Laverne has been her friend and role model for 15 years, and she&#39;s really going to miss her

29.On Golden Girls, when Sophia finally broke down over the death of her son:

Angela tells Sophia that her son was a good man, and Sophia says, &quot;My baby is gone.&quot; Sophia hugs her and says, &quot;Oh, Sophia...&quot;

"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."



30.On Black-ish, when Dre and Bow decided to separate and take space:

the two agree to take space, then Dre asks how they got there as he&#39;s leaving, and Bow cries and says she doesn&#39;t know

31.On Trailer Park Boys, when Julian left and Bubbles found his letter and started crying:

Julian hitchhikes and Bubbles finds the letter, holding it up and 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."



32.On Please Like Me, when Rose killed herself:

Claire tells Josh things will be bad for a while and slowly get better, and Josh says that his last few conversations with his mom felt like her trying to say goodbye, then breaks down sobbing on the bed

"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."



33.And finally, on One Day at a Time, when Penelope sang to Lydia:

Penelope tells Lydia that if she has to go, it&#39;s okay, then cuddles up next to her in bed, singing in Spanish&quot; &#x002014; then in the next shot, Lydia is gone

"On 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."



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