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What are the top moments in TV history?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 20th 2008 2:04PM
EmmyWe're used to reading all of the lists that rank the best and worst TV shows of all-time, now ABC is getting even more specific than that. What are the top moments in television history?

You can vote for them at the ABC site and your answers will be revealed on the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on Sunday, September 21. There are two categories, comedy and drama (sorry fans of game shows and reality shows). No, you can't write in your own vote, you have to pick from the finalists that they've already chosen for you, so right off the bat you know there's going to be a lot of "but what about..." and "why did they include..." talk.

I will say this, the lists certainly are varied. In the Drama category we have scenes from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Dallas, ER, The Fugitive, The X-Files, and Miami Vice, but also TV movies such as Duel and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. In Comedy, we have nominees from shows like M*A*S*H, All in the Family, Newhart (you can guess which scene it is), The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and South Park.

Oh wait, there is a nominee for a reality show. American Idol's first season finale is nominated in the Comedy category. I'm not sure why this is here, unless ABC really has a bizarre, snarky sense of humor. I'm sure a lot of Idol-haters will get a kick out of that.

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They probably included only one moment from each show on purpose, but I SNL got robbed by the nominations.

Where's John Belushi? Samurai Fubata or Killer Bee???

Or Chris Farley and the Motivational Speaker sketches or the Chippendale's Audition with Patrick Swayze.

Or Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell in More Cow Bell.

August 21 2008 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The SNL items you mention, though funny, took on lives of their own *after* they aired. How many people knew what "More Cowbell" meant at work the Monday morning after it aired? Not even a fraction of the people who watched the M*A*S*H finale!

For what it's worth, the truly defining moments on SNL the last 10 years (perhaps longer) have been pre-recorded videos: "Lazy Sunday" and "Dick in a Box."

August 21 2008 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it too late to jump on the Arrested Development bandwagon? I picked up the First Season DVD last month and OMFG - GENIUS.

So my Top Moment in TV History was about three episodes in and realising just how special this show was. Series 2 and 3 are now on order and I CAN'T BELIEVE this show got screwed so royally by it's marketing/scheduling department.

August 20 2008 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

1. I could not get the Comedy link to work; I ended up voting for Drama three times.

2. The Drama choices suck. Does anything really stand a chance against Roots?

3. In Comedy, I'm (going out on a limb and) predicting M*A*S*H, though Cheers would be nice.

August 20 2008 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If they had made the Buffy scene the last of the series, maaaybe, but either way Whedon's writing would have had to be carried by Geller and Trachtenberg, and Trachtenberg isn't that great an actress.

Really, if you're going to go for Whedon's most dramatic moment wouldnt' you go for the fantastic "I Will Remember You"?

As for Comedy, I would have to go for South Park. Saturday Night Live has done some brilliant stuff, from SNL Jeopardy, to Chris Farley living "In a van, down by the RIVER!"

August 20 2008 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember when we first landed men on the moon? Man, that was awesome!

August 20 2008 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hahaha Grey's Anatomy??? Really???

What about The Wire and Band Of Brothers? Imo, the 2 most excellent works put on TV ever (though of course I haven't seen everything)...those 2 had such amazing moments.

August 20 2008 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Terrible selections for drama...
Pine Barrens? thats a hilarious episode... The one when A.J. try to suicide is a good choice.
For ER there are better episodes, the one Carter and Lucy get stabbed, or the death of Dr. Green.
Or the last episode of Michael J. Fox on Spin City...

Here are a better list:

August 20 2008 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

Geek perspective....

The closing poker game, final ep of ST: Next Gen...

Galactica screaming bloody murder as it jumped into the atmosphere to liberate New Caprica....

August 20 2008 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I voted earlier today and am so dissapointed by the choices for drama... (if you read PopCandy forgive me for the same post)... There are better dramatic moments in several of those shows than what was picked

ER: reading the letter when Dr. Greene died
Buffy: any scene from the ep when Buffy's mom died
Twilight Zone: the glasses breaking at the end of that classic episode
Lost: when Des finally connects with Penny at the end of The Constant

I feel dirty having voted for Greys... Although I hope Brian's Song wins

As for Comedy - wow so many great choices! Newhart still to this day kills me, even though I never watched his first sitcom, when someone explained it to me, I thought it was hialrious. Murphy Brown, classic. Southpark might just take it. However, I had to vote for one of the moments I will never forget - the Cosby Show. Little Rudy lipsyching those songs is just STELLAR comedy.

August 20 2008 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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