Earlier this month we asked our Fan Fest readers what TV moment always makes them cry and we received a ton of awesome answers!
This post contains possible spoilers for Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Office, Supernatural, LOST, How I Met Your Mother, M*A*S*H, Dr. Who, Agent Carter, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Star Trek, Grey’s Anatomy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, News Radio, Heartland and Arrow.
Some submissions were edited for length/clarity.
The series finale of Son’s of Anarchy. I full on Kim K. full face ugly cry every time.
When Jax finds Tara’s body after she was murdered in Sons of Anarchy
There’s a few… When Rick reunites with Lori & Carl in The Walking Dead Season 1, The Office when Michael proposes to Holly, on Parks and Recreation when Ben asks Leslie to marry him, Supernatural (too many moments to name)
Michael Scott’s proposal to Holly.
How I Met Your Mother, the “Numbers” episode when there’s a huge countdown and it’s a silly and fun episode and then WHAM…Lily tells Marshall his father died…
The final scene in M*A*S*H, So Long, Farewell, Amen. I still cry every time you see the Goodbye BJ wrote out for Hawkeye with the rocks. Greatest show of all time.
M*A*S*H when Radar enters the OR and reads that Col. Henry Blake’s plane was shot down, it’s a sad moment that gets me and then finding out the raw emotion shown is genuine because nobody knew about it and even Gary Burghoff (Radar) was only given that scene about 5 minutes before going in and all the actors had no idea…
M*A*S*H – when Radar tells everyone that Henry Blake was killed when his plane was shot down.
David Tennant as the Doctor every time he says I don’t want to go. I blub like a baby and we have watched it so many times. Just thinking about it I get teary.
The 10th Doctor regeneration has got to be up there as one of the most heart-wrenching moments ever. Makes me cry every time.
Doctor Who S1E13 “Doomsday”, when the Doctor and Rose say goodbye. It’s a sad moment that always gets me, no matter how many times I watch it.
Doctor Who S5E10 “The Vincent and the Doctor”, at the end when they bring Vincent to the museum. My mom is an artist and an art teacher, so I grew up learning about Vincent Van Gough. It was an amazing episode all around about mental illness.
Wilf knocking four times to be let out of the radiation proof room on “The End of Time” on DoctorWho because you know it means 10’s death.
The death of the Tenth Doctor made me teary-eyed.
‘I don’t want to go’ … the beginning of the Regeneration of Ten, it gets me every time.
Daryl walking out of the hospital holding Beth and Maggie sees her and starts crying. That scene is always heartbreaking, to see the group once again lose on of their family after just getting them back.
When Maggie and Carl emerge from the prison with the newborn Judith and Rick collapses to the ground as he realizes his wife died in childbirth.
A scene in a tv show that always makes me cry is the closing scene of Agent Carter season. Peggy is standing on a bridge in New York and throws the vial of Steve Rodgers blood into the river whilst saying “goodbye my darling” The 40s song playing also helped to make this such a touching and powerful scene. It was also such an important scene in representing her new found independence and growth, showing its ok to let go. It gets me every single time.
In Once Upon A Time when Regina and Henry are in the Underworld and they see Regina’s father, also named Henry, off to Heaven and the 2 Henrys meet for the first time. A VERY emotional scene because you see Regina finally at peace with what she did to her father, her son and father meet for the first time (which Regina regretted couldn’t happen earlier), you see, again, how much her father truly loves her despite her former evilness, and Henry promises to always be there for Regina as her father did.
Not Penny’s Boat… cry even thinking about it
Star Trek: The Next Generation, when Picard is drawn into a memory of a planet. He lives and entire life on that planet, up to the moment of its destruction. This living memory was the towns way of preserving their way of life.
-Amanda Voncille Gurkins
Supernatural. In this moment I remember Castiel sacrificing himself when he had absorbed all of the leviathans. I thought for sure he would never rise again, and that his sacrifice had been in vain.
-Amanda Voncille Gurkins
The scene in Teen Wolf where Stiles has to talk Scott down from ending his own life will always be a tear jerker for me. Scott McCall is a character notorious for his determination and unfaltering courage, so to see him defeated so easily as he stood in a pool of gasoline with a road flare was devastating enough. Stiles’ attempting to save Scott by admitting that he wasn’t just his best friend, but his brother was incredibly emotional, especially with the assistance of Dylan O’Brien’s brilliant depth as an actor. Stiles final line “If you’re gonna do this, then I think you’re just gonna have to take me with you,” was so sincere I was almost convinced he meant it right up until the moment he takes the road flare from Scott. I’m tearing up just thinking about it
When Derek Shepherd dies.
The entire plane crash episode of Grey’s Anatomy! I cried so hard I can’t watch it again!!
I cry every time I watch Mark Sloan tell Lexi Grey that he has always loved her….as she lies dying under the wreckage of the plane crash!
‘Hold the door’ = ugly cry and a headache from said ugly crying.
-Amanda Boyle Grazioso
Hold the door! For sure.
When Hodor holds the door!
I have a few. The first is when Rick Grimes reunites with his family. Honestly, it is the moment they see each other and Carl screams dad and runs into his father’s arms. I seriously snot cry every time, and I rewatch the series every year before the season premiere lol.
-Amanda Voncille Gurkins
The Walking Dead S1 E3. When Rick and Carl reunite at the camp.
Daryl putting down Walker Merle. Because when Daryl cries, the whole world cries.
-Angie Grant Trombley
When Michonne doesn’t want to hold Judith but does anyway, then breaks down.
Good cry when Rick and Carl find Judith with Carol and Tyreese.
-Michele S Hickey McGinnis
Rick finds that his daughter is still alive / Daryl hugging Carol after terminus. Happy, happy tears.
The only time I cried was watching S7E1 of The Walking Dead and seeing 2 favorite characters go out battered.
When Glenn and Abraham were killed the way they were.
-Tina Mccarty Blakely
That dinner table scene, every freaking time!!!
As someone that just rewatched Outlander Season 2… The final episode. So many tears. So many.
When Buffy’s mom died on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially that moment when Anya is asking questions, unsure of how to act.
13 Reasons Why with Clay & Hannah scene together at the dance.
Sex and the City Season 4 when Miranda stands in the locker buying a bra for her mums Funeral and telling the Saleswoman that her mum died
Easy. Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will’s father bails one last time and Will rants about not needing him. Ends with “Why don’t he want me, man?”
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air When Will Smith becomes emotional over his father!
When Tommy Merlin dies in Oliver’s arms after saving Laurel from his father’s destruction on Arrow.
Oliver telling Felicity he loves her before challenging Ra’s breaks me every time on Arrow.
Heartland. When Amy & Ty get married in season 9 and when they have their baby in Season 10.
-Beth Rose Herondale
The entire episode of News Radio when they had to write off Phil Hartman’s character because of his real life murder.
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.