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The Biggest Watercooler Moments of All-Time

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2006 11:32AM

I Love LucySince TV is in everyone's home, it's one of the pop culture things we can all talk about. Entertainment Weekly lists their 10 Big Watercooler Moments, those moments on TV shows that we were all talking about the next day at work (or school).

While some of their choices are obvious and deserving to be on the list (Lucy going into labor on I Love Lucy, Ellen DeGeneres coming out on Ellen, Maddie and David finally doing it on Moonlighting, the "Who Shot J.R." ep of Dallas), are they really serious when they list the episode that Michael J. Fox left Spin City? Really? Hey, I like Fox, but was his character (or even the show) that important and talked about? I think that Fox announcing he was ill was certainly something we all talked about, but I don't think that it should be on this list. Especially considering what EW left off the list: the finales of M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Friends; several Seinfeld moments (that was the topic of discussion every morning after where I worked), and the final episode of Newhart with Suzanne Pleshette.

I mean, Felicity cutting her hair? Gah.

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Ellen coming out in real life may have been big news in the entertainment world, but was her show as iconic enough as some of the ones listed to make a top 10 water cooler moment?

November 18 2006 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Felicity cutting her hair wasn't huge like the death of a main character, but saying 'Love it' or 'Hate it' was watecooler talk. This isn't "10 Big Shocking Things That Totally Surprised You!"

November 18 2006 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

I don't know, maybe they figure that water cooler moments shouldn't be series finales. You expect something BIG for a series finale. On the other hand a true water cooler moment should just appear as a total surprise and blow yu away, like the death of Buffy's mom.

November 17 2006 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pffffft! A list of "10 Big Watercooler Moments" that *doesn't* include the death of M*A*S*H's Henry Blake ain't a list at all. I remember people talking about that episode for *days* afterwards!

November 17 2006 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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