I would say it was the revelation of who shot J.R.--not the actual shooting of him.
I wish one of the options had been:
"Diff'rent Strokes--Nancy Reagan eats the little mouse"
The best scene of V is the birth, when the second child (who is more lizard) hisses its tongue.
Agree with r2: the revelation of who shot J.R. in November of 1980 was, for a few years, the most watched episode of a series in history. The identity of the shooter was the headline on the news and pilots even announced to passengers who dunnit.
For me, the best moment from '80s TV was a two-part episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. The Episode was called "An Explosive Affair" and was aired on October 7 and October 14 of 1981. Hilarious from start to finish. I was in high school back then and my dad, my brother and I loved the show. I recorded the episode on the VCR and watched it over and over.
The phone cops, man!
R4 People on Datalounge hiss a lot too these days.
US Olympic ice hockey team wins gold.
I was going to say it was Rosalind Shays falling down the elevator shaft on L.A. Law, but now that I remember where I was when I watched that, it must have been 1990 or 1991. So it doesn't count.
David and Maddie finally hooking up on Moonlighting.
R12 That scene is my all-time favorite TV moment. However, it was the Thanksgiving 1978 episode. Love it, love it, love it! My favorite TV show ever. I loved WKRP with a passion.
Alex & Ellen on Family Ties, when he realized he couldn't live without her.
R13 Mine too. I wish they would release WKRP (the original 1978-1982 series in its original form with all the original music) on DVD. I promise I would pay $500 for the entire series. I have some episode with the original music on 30+ year old VHS tapes, but I need DVD quality. It was such a well-written show. The '90s version was terrible, though.
My fave rave '80s TV moment was when Marie Osmond sang/butchered Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" on her short-lived variety show. It was so awful it drove me to tears of laughter. So bad.
Pink Lady and Jeff
On that note, R16, Ann Reinking singing "Against All Odds" at the Oscars was as unforgettable as the Snow White debacle a few years later.
Bitches, please! The premiere of "Golden Girls" on NBC and the moment Jo arrived at Eastland on "Facts of Life."
Fan of Moonlighting -- lots of good moments; fave episode - the black and white film noir homage.
Moldavian Massacre on Dynasty
The Bobby/Pam "It was a dream. A terrible, terrible dream" shower sequence in Dallas. Actually, that was one of the worst. LOL.
The Ghost of Larry Hagman's First Liver
Trivia: The final episode of MASH also featured the most-watched fictional wedding in television history. Most don't guess Max Klinger for that honor.
The Challenger explosion
Reagan being shot
The Pope being shot
Nightline premiers as "America Held Hostage"
Rhoda's wedding you idiot.
R24 That was the '70s.
Nancy Walker's Butt-Plug
Pa and Mr. Oleson blowing up Walnut Grove in the final episode of "Little House."
Season One of Solid Gold (the greatest show ever on TV). I say season 1 because the host Dionne Warwicke. The greatest singer of our time.
Solid Gold Queen
When Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas hit the airwaves on "Miami Vice." The two men were so FUCKING HOT! I taped that show every Friday night.
Elvis the Gator
R27 I always hated American Bandstand and Solid Gold. Those shows were so phony. All lip-synching. I preferred Midnight Special (in its last couple of years it suffered from lip-synching), Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, etc.
I agree... I don't know why Diana eating the mouse is in the poll.. that birth scene defines the V Series.
The scene on Soap when Elaine gets killed.
When Marcy lost her wedding ring down Zorro the Stripper's pants on Married With Children in 1987.
R6 / R13 - we only got to see it here in the UK in about 1981.
When Mork had his baby Jonathan Winters on 'Mork & Mindy'
What a shit decade. Crap galore!
The rescue of Jessica McClure!
I was going to say the ending of Newhart, but that was aired in May 1990. So I'll say the ending of St. Elsewhere.
R33 LOL. I didn't realize that you were across the pond. Greetings! and my apologies.
Valerie Harper's character on "Valerie" getting into the car accident, where we see her head go through the windshield, blood everywhere and her severed limbs on the roadside while Sandy Duncan stands on the side of the road and grins evill as she lights a cigarette.
Is that last one a joke about Nancy or did she really make a guest appearance on that show? I worked overseas during most of the 80s so I never saw any of the things in the poll - just some brief news about Charles-Di wedding.
Luke and Laura Wedding
R34 To each their own, but I always hated Mork & Mindy and all of those stupid Garry Marshall shows (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Blows Chachi, etc.). I thought they were all painfully unfunny and terrible. I did like Robin Williams and I did like Henry Winkler, but they were both too good for those awful shows.
When Tom Selleck first appeared on the screen in the first episode of Magnum, P.I. in December of 1980. I already had the hots for him, but that show drove me into overdrive. Back then he was the sexiest thing on earth. I loved the show too. My favorite of the decade (along with Newhart, WKRP, and Cheers).
Cher's President's Health Club commercials.
Madonna hosting Saturday Night Live in 1986.
Barbra Streisand's One Voice concert airing on HBO in 1986.
Oprah Winfrey's show debuting
The gay-oriented TV show "Brothers" on Showtime.
Madonna on American Bandstand in Jan. 1984
Michael Jackson on Motown's 25th Special (best live performance ever on television)
Murder She Wrote debuting on CBS
Golden Girls debuting on NBC
Kirstie Alley replacing Shelly Long on Cheers in 1986
R45 Sorry to break it to you. That Michael Jackson "live" performance that people have raved about for 30 years was canned. He appeared live on stage but lip-synched to the record ("Billie Jean"). It was not an actual live performance. The dancing was good, but the song was Memorex, not live!
The Authority on All Things
With respect to Michael Jackson, the dancing is all anyone cares about. The singing was always assumed to be playback.
Diana eating the mouse was far more shocking than the birth, because up until that point we'd only had hints as to what they were up to and what they really were.
The wife (Sheena Easton) of Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) being killed on "Miami Vice" in 1988. Crockett then ended up with amnesia and became a really evil dude. Awesome TV.
When Mike Seever was arrested in Griffith Park on Growing Pains. It was a hoot. Turned out it was all a big misunderstanding. LOL.
Jesus H. Christ
When Madonna-kins sang Like A Virgin on the MTV Awards in 1984.
The 6 episodes of "Police Squad!" with Leslie Nielsen that aired in the Spring of 1982. The "Naked Gun" movies were a continuation of this series. Jesus Christ, I never laughed so hard at a TV show in my life. I was rolling on the floor in hysterics.
During the first episode, my dad heard my best friend, my brother and I howling with laughter in the den, and came in to see what we were watching. He sat and laughed with us until tears were rolling down his face.
"WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Barney Miller" were the only things that came close.
Frank Drebbin, Police Squad!
Thanks for remembering, (R49)
I did those health club commercials, too (R45). AND I did my leg presses in spiked heels!
The earthquake cliffhanger from Falcon Crest with Emma shouting 'We are all going to die' while trying to open the front door desperately.
The before mentioned Moldavian Massacre Dynasty cliffhanger.
R55 Aw, it weren't nothing, Sheena. I thought about it this morning when I was on the morning train.
Ciji dying on Knots Landing - I cried for weeks.
What a lousy poll, OP.
I loved the TV movie "An Early Frost" in 1985. I thought it was a highlight of '80s TV.
When Arnold and Dudley lost their cherries to Mr. Carlson on 'Diff'rent Strokes'.
When Edna's Edibles burned down on 'Fats of Life'
THE COSBY SHOW, PEOPLE!!!!!!!! ONLY THE BEST SHOW EVER IN HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always preferred the 1981 series "The Brady Brides" to the original "Brady Bunch" show. It was more fun and more realistic.
Hello, "which one of you bitches is my mother?" from 'Laces'.
Even though my personal choice is the birth of the lizard baby on 'V'.
Wait.. how has no one mentioned Natalie losing her virginity?
-Vanessa Williams being crowned Miss America.
-Vanessa Williams stepping down as Miss America.
When Chandler Bing got killed on Growing Pains.
R66 - I wonder if the Growing Pains people had an inkling about Perry.
R64 It was never actually proven that Natalie really did lose her cherry. According to Eastland rumor, Snake put it in her ass, not her vagina. So, technically, it could go either way (as could Snake, according to rumor).
It's funny that Snake took the virginities of both Natalie and Jennifer Jason Leigh...
R69 True. I forgot about Jennifer Jason Leigh in Fast Times. He banged her too.
I can't believe not one person mentioned Bo and Hope in New Orleans.
If I remember correctly, he also threatened to pop Jennifer Horton's cherry on Days of Our Lives.
The life story of Anderson Coopers mom in the TV mini-series "Little Gloria...Happy at Last"
Oh.. then let me add when Bo kidnapped/rescued Hope from her wedding to Larry Welch.
When Howier Hoffsteder posed as Hope? Hahahahaahaha,
Oh, shit. It's turned into a soap opera thread. I'm outta here.
[quote]When Edna's Edibles burned down on 'Fats of Life'
Yes, Mindy Cohn and Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields each struggled with her weight when the show was on, but now you're just being cruel.
R77 Oops. That was a total accident. I didn't notice my typo. I feel like shit. I meant to say "Facts of Life." My bad.
I knew that, r78! I was being facetious! :-)
Cheers - Thanksgiving Orphans.
When Gregory Harrison jumped out of the pool in his speedo in Battle of the Network Stars, at the exact same moment I blew a load on my tummy sitting in front of the TV.
I would think you would all vote for that, no?
The episode when Peter and Russell were shown shirtless in bed together, presumably post-coitus.
ABC never reran the episode because of the sponsors that pulled their advertising.
Was Bea Arthur on the Star Wars special in the 70s or 80s?
Princess Diana's wedding on 29 July 1981. A day for the history books.
I remember being in college, hanging out one night with my theatre gay friends and gal pals. We didn't watch much TV, so we had no idea what "V" was about, except that the hottie Marc Singer from 'Beastmaster was in it.
Somebody turned the TV on, and over bong hits and pizza, we watched the opening of the mini-series and were STUNNED by the spaceship!
Naturally, we were hooked.
The FX are quite dated, but at the time, it was pretty amazing, with the whole fascist subtext.
The effects are dated and yet not... They held up for a long time and you have to think back to how amazing it was that they were able to do that back then.
That show had so much subtext under it. It was fantastic.
So many moments. I used to be obsessed with the show "Night Flight" on the USA Network. It was on from 1981 (when I was 16) to around 1988, or so. It ran new wave/punk/heavy metal (all of which I was into) music videos and concert clips all night long. It was far better than MTV ever was. They also played a lot of old whacked out movies like "Reefer Madness" and stuff like that. Totally engrossing. I loved it.