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Shocking TV character deaths

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Gary on "thirtysomething"

by Anonymousreply 30204/28/2014

James Evans, Good Times

by Anonymousreply 110/17/2010

Rosalind Shays, of course.

by Anonymousreply 210/17/2010

Here it is:

by Anonymousreply 310/17/2010

Gary's death from "thirtysomething" was the most shocking to me.

by Anonymousreply 410/17/2010

I forgot about Rosalind. That was so shocking. Why did they kill her off?

by Anonymousreply 510/17/2010

Joyce Sommers - Buffy's mom


And Buffy,

Buffy, again



by Anonymousreply 610/17/2010

Claire Kincaid and Alexandra Borgia from "Law & Order." Even though I was glad they got rid of them. Borgia was shocking because they found her body in the trunk of the car and showed it.

Ryan O'Halloran on "SVU." Dear God, why'd you have to kill suck hot snatch?

Edith Bunker was more depressing than shocking.

by Anonymousreply 710/17/2010

Jackson on "The White Shadow".

by Anonymousreply 810/17/2010

James Evans' death on GOOD TIMES was shocking to me as a kid because that was not at all the kind of program where you expected a major character to get killed and for the news to be announced (cynically enough) in the midst of a joyous crowd scene as the End of Part One cliffhanger.

by Anonymousreply 910/17/2010

Susan Sullivan as Maggie on Falcon Crest. Not only was it shocking that they killed her, but the WAY the killed her was shocking. It was a huge mistake for the show. It couldn't recover, whereas it might have if they had written her out some other way (not killing her).

by Anonymousreply 1010/17/2010

Michele Lee's husband on Knot's Landing

by Anonymousreply 1110/17/2010

nowadays you can't do this. The plot lines always leak for some reason.

by Anonymousreply 1210/17/2010

Maybe the first sitcom death was when they killed off Jean Hagen on the Danny Thomas Show, and Marjorie Lord came on as the two older kids' stepmother. I wasn't around then, so I don't know if it was shocking for the audience or not, but killing a character off certainly wasn't something that was done often, even on dramas.

by Anonymousreply 1310/17/2010

Don't bring up James death, you know how it upset Florida.

by Anonymousreply 1410/17/2010

Uncle Vic in Queer as Folk.

by Anonymousreply 1510/17/2010

James' shocking death could have been avoided if they'd just given him that raise he was asking for.

by Anonymousreply 1610/17/2010

Hilarious comment at R14's link:%0D %0D "That doesn't seem like a good time at all!"

by Anonymousreply 1710/17/2010

I hated that they gave Mrs. Trumbull a painful brain tumor death when Lucy and Ricky moved to Connecticut on I Love Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 1810/17/2010

How about Mary Ingalls' baby burning up in the fire on Little House on the Prairie?

by Anonymousreply 1910/17/2010

Bart Bass on GOSSIP GIRL

by Anonymousreply 2010/17/2010

"Eight is Enough" killed off a fertile mother and installed a woman who always had cold sores.

by Anonymousreply 2110/17/2010

Well, yes, but they only did that because the actress who played the fertile mother actually died in real life.

by Anonymousreply 2210/17/2010

Kenny from SOUTH PARK

by Anonymousreply 2310/17/2010

Mrs. Landringham "18th and Potomac" leading to one of the best episodes of the show, "Two Cathedrals."

by Anonymousreply 2410/18/2010

Ana Lucia and Libby on Lost. They kept it very tightly under wraps and it came out of nowhere.

by Anonymousreply 2510/18/2010

Not TV but Gwen Stacy's death was a shocker.%0D %0D On TV, I can't believe they killed Maureen the way they did.%0D

by Anonymousreply 2610/18/2010

Alex on Third Watch.

by Anonymousreply 2710/18/2010

Lucy Knight from ER. I wouldn't give it a second thought with any tv show now, but at the time I was really into ER.

by Anonymousreply 2810/18/2010

Alex (Colin Hanks) on "Roswell"

by Anonymousreply 2910/18/2010

Kate on NCIS

by Anonymousreply 3010/18/2010

Adric, "Doctor Who" - 1981

by Anonymousreply 3110/18/2010

Mac Cory on Another World

by Anonymousreply 3210/18/2010

Derek Reese, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

by Anonymousreply 3310/18/2010

Chuckles the Clown "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."

by Anonymousreply 3410/18/2010

Battlestar Galatica--Dee, Gaeta, the Quorum...too many to count.

by Anonymousreply 3510/18/2010

Maude Flanders

by Anonymousreply 3610/18/2010

I didn't know Gary died on 30 something. How did they kill him off?

by Anonymousreply 3710/18/2010

I believe I win.

by Anonymousreply 3810/18/2010

Ianto in Torchwood!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3910/18/2010

Boner from Family Matters.%0D %0D Chico from Chico and the Man%0D %0D Arnold from Diff'rent Strokes%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 4010/18/2010

Lujack from the Guiding Light.

by Anonymousreply 4110/18/2010

Hannibal on Alias Smith and Jones%0D %0D Kimberly on Diff'rent Strokes

by Anonymousreply 4210/18/2010

Most of the deaths on LOST were shocking.

Sun and Jin, Faraday, Rousseau's daughter, Locke...

by Anonymousreply 4310/18/2010

Kutner on House.

by Anonymousreply 4410/18/2010

I was going to say Maude Flanders too, R36. Also Diane Simmons from Family Guy. I thought her death was just going to be a 'cartoon death' and she'd be back the next week, but alas, no. Tom Tucker now has another co-anchor.


by Anonymousreply 4510/18/2010

Ok, am I the only one who was shocked when Kimmy Gibbler blew her brains out on 'Full House?'

by Anonymousreply 4610/18/2010

Dan on Roseanne.

by Anonymousreply 4710/18/2010


He died in a car accident. They all learned of it when Michael got a phone call while they were all in the hospital with Nancy. If you were a devotee of the show it was incredible shocking, and very sad.

Yeah, MARY!, maybe.

by Anonymousreply 4810/18/2010

I remember Michael standing in the hall using the wall to hold himself up. He was about to hyperventilate...Beautifully acted scenes of each person finding out...

by Anonymousreply 4910/18/2010

In the penultimate season, Magnum P.I. was shot during the finale. I read that scene was supposed to be the SERIES finale and he was supposed to be dead. End of series. But the viewers were outraged. So they came back for another season and the final shot of the series was a more palatable conclusion of Magnum P.I. finding his daughter and walking on the beach with her. Boring. I think it would have been so much more unique if the writers had stuck to their plans and killed off this beloved TV icon.

by Anonymousreply 5010/18/2010

Puck on Glee.

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by Anonymousreply 5210/18/2010

Aisha Tyler on Season One of "The Ghost Whisperer". But because Jennifer Love Hewitt character could talk to ghosts like they were living, she didn't realize her best friend was actually dead. Done very well.

by Anonymousreply 5310/18/2010

Nurse Cherry on China Beach. She was one of the leads, the sweet young nurse. In the episode, she was trapped with some soldiers in a bunker during the Tet offensive. One of the soldiers was due to go home in two days, so I expected him to die. But he made it out alive and well. And then Cherry stepped out of the bunker into fresh air and boom. Never expected her to die.

by Anonymousreply 5410/18/2010

Ryan McNeill on Y&R. I didn't think Tricia Dennison was capable of murder...

by Anonymousreply 5510/18/2010

Agent Simon Donovan, played by Mark Harmon, on West Wing. He was the agent assigned to protect CJ, just when they started falling fo reach other.

by Anonymousreply 5610/18/2010

Ian Sommerhaulder and Maggie Grace, one after the other, in Lost.

by Anonymousreply 5710/18/2010

Romano -

by Anonymousreply 5810/18/2010

Great Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. What the Witch's Council did to him with that broomstick was heinous!

by Anonymousreply 5910/18/2010

Marlena by the Salem Stranger.%0D %0D Alice Horton and Maggie Horton by the Salem Stalker.

by Anonymousreply 6010/18/2010

John Randolph & Mary Matthews from Another World. Olive tried to kill Alice Frame, but John got burned in the fire!

by Anonymousreply 6110/18/2010

Maggie's (half - Maggie turned out to be adopted) sister Terry Ranson (Laura Johnson) in Falcon Crest. That was in the dark ages where spoilers weren't so easy to receive or come by as they are nowdays.

Not so much shocking, but I was pissed when they killed off Luke Fuller (Billy Campell) in the Moldavian Massacre of Dynasty.

Not so much a shock, but truly sad was John Ritter's character dying one the comedy show "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter".

Doyle and Fred on Angel.

by Anonymousreply 6210/18/2010

Wait, there was a Salem Stalker AND a Salem Strangler? What the hell goes on in that town?

by Anonymousreply 6310/18/2010

[quote]Wait, there was a Salem Stalker AND a Salem Strangler? What the hell goes on in that town?

Obviously not enough. I blame the town's event activity commitee.

by Anonymousreply 6410/18/2010

Salem Strangler was first. (Jake Kositchek)%0D %0D Salem Slaser was next. (Andre DiMera)%0D %0D The Riverfront Knifer followed. (Harper Deveraux)%0D %0D Salem Stalker was the last one (Marlena controlled by Andre)%0D %0D %0D The fact that I know all that scares me.

by Anonymousreply 6510/18/2010

Meredith Lord

by Anonymousreply 6610/18/2010

Beverly Lasalle on All In The Family!

by Anonymousreply 6710/18/2010

Freddie's death on Skins was shocking and unecessary. However, I didn't find it as shocking as Tony getting hit by the bus in the Season 1 finale, even though Tony lived.

by Anonymousreply 6810/18/2010

The "Lord" family had unbelievably bad luck! Check out the family tree. I would have watched just to see who was knocked off next!

by Anonymousreply 6910/18/2010

What about all those men in red shirts who beamed down to the planet with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the original "Star Trek"? I was shocked every time.

by Anonymousreply 7010/18/2010

The colonel on MASH

by Anonymousreply 7110/18/2010

"He died in a car accident. They all learned of it when Michael got a phone call while they were all in the hospital with Nancy."%0D %0D Wasn't he riding his bike and was hit by a car? It was really shocking and totally out of the blue.

by Anonymousreply 7210/18/2010

Colonel Henry Blake on M*A*S*H

by Anonymousreply 7310/18/2010

I remember being floored when Dylan's wife died on the original 90210. I was an inconsolable 17 year old faggot. I was also shocked when his dad died.

I remember also being surprised that Rex died on Housewives.

by Anonymousreply 7410/18/2010

I thought part of the irony was that he was in a car, not on his bike, which they had all lectured him time and time again in re to safety. He had borrowed the car from his wife Susannah(?) and was then in a wreck.

by Anonymousreply 7510/18/2010

Sister George

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by Anonymousreply 7710/18/2010

Can't believe it took 71 responses to mention Henry Blake.%0D %0D I would watch M*A*S*H on late night tv as a 12-13 year old and my God I sobbed hysterically when they anounced he had died. That was shocking to me. %0D %0D Probably the first time I ever cried watching television. It was heartbreaking.

by Anonymousreply 7810/18/2010

You all forgot Sammi Brady, the Salem Binge Eater!

by Anonymousreply 7910/18/2010

It didn't, r78.

by Anonymousreply 8010/18/2010

R75 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 8110/18/2010

Someone was actually shocked that Bart Bass died on Gossip Girl?

First of all, he needed to leave the picture because the story arc has always built towards Lily and Rufus. It was a total rip off of The OC. On television, when a hot young thang marries an older man for money even though they're in love with another poor guy, he always dies.

Example: Julie Cooper marries Caleb on The OC

Example: Alexis marries Cecil Colby on Dynasty

by Anonymousreply 8210/18/2010

Lem on THE SHIELD. Tragic, unnecessary, and so violent. The way he was killed sealed the fates of all members of the Strike Team.%0D %0D And speaking of which, Shane Vendrell and family. Lem's murderer ends up killing his pregnant wife, toddler son, and himself.%0D %0D Nice going, Vic Mackey!

by Anonymousreply 8310/18/2010

Eva Longoria, later this season on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

(Oops, I guess that should have been marked as a spoiler, shouldn't it?)

by Anonymousreply 8410/18/2010

Radar O'Reilly, M*A*S*H series finale

by Anonymousreply 8510/18/2010

Dinah Manhof's character on Soap. I think her name was Elaine. She had been such bitch for several shows and then turned really sweet and nice and then got shockingly shot to death. Poor Danny (Ted Wass.) Poor hot, hunky, gorgeous, tight jeans wearing Ted Wass.

by Anonymousreply 8610/18/2010

I am surprised in 86 responses no one mentioned Rita on Dexter.%0D %0D That was shocking to any fan of the show. I know there were some spoilers, but I never read that. And to see a main character, a mother of three dead in a tub full of blood was very shocking.%0D %0D Oh, and Nate on Six Feet Under.

by Anonymousreply 8710/18/2010

Rosalind Shays on LA LAW owns this thread. Period. Story. End of.

by Anonymousreply 8810/18/2010

Where people genuinely shocked when Edith died on All In the Family or where people already over the show?

by Anonymousreply 8910/18/2010

Although Dr. Wendy Armstrong (played by Kim Miyori) was not a major character on St. Elsewhere, she did get her name in the opening credits and her role on the show seemed to be increasing with a subplot involving bulimia. On her last show, we see her alone in her apartment with the table covered with all kinds of food. Later an ambulance arrives at the ER and when the doctor wheel the patient in they recognize that it's Wendy. They try to revive her, but she died from complications of bulimia. It was really shocking at the time, as there had been no rumors that she was leaving the show and, as I said, it appeared that her bulimia story was going to be played out in the coming weeks.

by Anonymousreply 9010/18/2010

I was about to post Mrs. Dexter. Foreshadowed only by Arthur Mitchell's smirk when Dexter said he had the last laugh."

by Anonymousreply 9110/18/2010

I was shocked by Nate. And Keith's violent death in the Six Feet Under Death Montage.

by Anonymousreply 9210/18/2010

R90, I don't remember that much about her role on the show, but she was one of Dr. Peter White's near rape victims. According to the wiki on St. Elsewhere, he was acquitted of all charges (presumably both attempted rapes and actual rapes) after he was finally caught.

by Anonymousreply 9310/18/2010

I was also shocked by Nate's death on Six Feet Under. It did make sense, though.

by Anonymousreply 9410/18/2010

ER had a couple:

The doctor who had been missing all day, so they page him... and he's the patient.

The doctor who got killed by a helicopter that fell off the roof.

by Anonymousreply 9510/18/2010

[quote]The doctor who had been missing all day, so they page him... and he's the patient.

Oh yeah! That was incredibly well done. He was played by Omar Epps, who's now on House.

by Anonymousreply 9610/18/2010

Nate on Six Feet Under and Jimmy Olsen on Smallville. Jimmy Fucking Olsen.

R87, dear, Rita was on borrowed time since the first time she poked her little head into the frame. Deep inside you know that, don't you?

by Anonymousreply 9710/18/2010

Also from the first (?) season of ER, the pregnant woman who dies in childbirth; her husband was played by Bradley Whitford. Shouldn't have been shocking on a show about an ER, but the way it was done... just jaw-dropping.

by Anonymousreply 9810/18/2010

Henry Blake on M*A*S*H


by Anonymousreply 9910/18/2010

Speaking of St. Elsewhere, I was shocked when Dr. Jack Morrison's wife died suddenly, leaving him with their infant child. David Morse was fabulous in that story, and in the rape story.%0D %0D As far as soaps, I don't think you can top the shock of Maureen dying on GL.

by Anonymousreply 10010/18/2010

BTW, #98, I'm still recovering from that ER episode, and it struck me when I was watching Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip that they used that same story line (almost) for Bradley Whitford's character as well.

by Anonymousreply 10110/18/2010

To me it was always obvious Rita was going to die and one of those kids was going to be in the blood to repeat the pattern of Dexter's "birth" The whole show is about family dysfunction and repeating patterns and ritual. How in the world would someone who likes to write that way pass up that opportunity?

by Anonymousreply 10210/18/2010

Chuckles the Clown

by Anonymousreply 10310/18/2010

I miss spoiler-free TV. Nothing shocks us now.

by Anonymousreply 10410/18/2010

I wasn't shocked about Rita because it was leaked that she was going to be a victim of the Trinity killer.

by Anonymousreply 10510/18/2010

Mary Ryan Fenelli's death on Ryan's Hope in 1979. Kate Mulgrew was no longer playing the role and the subsequent actresses were all failures so the show cut its losses and killed her off. Still - she was the show's primary heroine and the knowledge that now Kate could never return hit more than the loss of the character.

by Anonymousreply 10610/18/2010

THE SOPRANOS had many deaths, however one of the most shocking was when Janice plugs Richie Aprile right in the forehead. Didn't see that coming at all; it was great.

by Anonymousreply 10710/18/2010

Hot to death Kyle Chandler exploding on Grey's Anatomy

by Anonymousreply 10810/18/2010

When they killed off Gary I remember thinking "One down, six to go".

by Anonymousreply 10910/18/2010

Shane's death on THE SHIELD shocked the living shit out of me. I should have expected it but I didn't.

THE SHIELD had the most riveting conclusion of any TV show in history. I was on the edge of my seat the whole season.

by Anonymousreply 11010/18/2010

I honestly didn't see Adriana's death coming on "The Sopranos."

by Anonymousreply 11110/18/2010

The last time I was shocked by a death was when Shane killed Lem on The Shield. It blew my friggin' mind.%0D %0D I hated Shane so much after that and all I wanted before the show ended was for Vic to kill Shane.

by Anonymousreply 11210/18/2010

That's ok, R84. I welcome that particular news.

by Anonymousreply 11310/18/2010

R111: technically, nobody saw Adriana's death :)

by Anonymousreply 11410/18/2010

As noted repeatedly, Rosalind Shays OWNS this thread, but here are a few others:

"Lost": Sun, Jin, Ana Lucia, Libby and Arzt were the most out-of-nowhere shockers. I'm still pissed to this day that Sun & Jin were both killed off when they had a young child to consider and one of them could have easily survived.

"Buffy": On a show with lots of deaths, Joyce and Tara stand out by a mile. (I am not counting Buffy, Angel and Spike, all of whom died but were later resurrected.)

"24": Also a show with lots of deaths, but Jack's wife Teri and President Palmer stand out.

"Mad Men": Miss Blankenship. Shocking but completely fucking hilarious.

"The X-Files": Even though the show was ending, did they really have to kill off The Lone Gunmen?

"Star Trek: TNG": Tasha Yar. Still one of the most pointless character offings I can think of.

Finally, delving into the risky waters of daytime TV, wherein even characters who died on camera (instead of the "disappearing with amnesia" route), the deaths of Jenny and Dixie on AMC stick out in my head the most.

by Anonymousreply 11510/18/2010

R114, I know that's a long-standing conspiracy theory, but there is no fucking way she wasn't killed.

by Anonymousreply 11610/18/2010

For the poster who mentioned David Morse's character's (Dr. Morrison) wife dying on St. Elsewhere, she was played by Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething, Brothers & Sisters).

by Anonymousreply 11710/18/2010

deaths aren't that much of a shock anymore, since the networks hype the hell out of it to get people to watch.

by Anonymousreply 11810/18/2010

I remember being very shocked when Tara died on Buffy. I remember there being some rumors, but I just figured that's all they were when the episode seemed to be wrapping up, then BAM! A bullet right through the chest. And ironically the very first time Amber Benson made the opening credits as a regular.

Also, when Willow killed Warren that was a shocker too. It was just so violent and the fact that it was done by a beloved character made it all the more surprising. Buffy was truly one of the great shows.

by Anonymousreply 11910/18/2010

[R98] & [R101}...I also remember that ER episode of the woman dying during childbirth and it had a profound effect on me, too, as I was merely days away from the birth of my first son. It was the spring of 95.

Not to be outdone, of course, by Rita's death.

Someone else mentioned the Six Feet Under Series Finale Montage-which was very well done. And, yes, Keith's violent death was shocking, too.

by Anonymousreply 12010/18/2010

Ok - this is OLD - but Jenny on the jetski on All My Children.

I cried soooo hard. Only soap I ever watched.

by Anonymousreply 12110/18/2010

Sydney on the original "Melrose Place." I had no idea that was coming and the show pretty much sucked after she was gone. (Let's just ignore the CW update from last year which killed her all over again.)

by Anonymousreply 12210/18/2010

Cordelia's off-screen death in ANGEL took me by surprise. I know Joss Whedon had a little hissy fit with her because she had the audacity to get pregnant but he really didn't have to kill her character off. Plus, the way it was done was so sad.

by Anonymousreply 12310/18/2010

Yeah, but R121, she died when her jetski sparked up a bit. That was PITIFUL. They should have given her a brain tumor and not told her about it.

by Anonymousreply 12410/18/2010

Amber on House. At least she came back to haunt House a season later.

by Anonymousreply 12510/18/2010

[quote]He died in a car accident. They all learned of it when Michael got a phone call while they were all in the hospital with Nancy.%0D %0D Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Ellyn the only one we didn't get to see being told of Gary's death? Each one found out the night it happened but for whatever reason they bypassed showing Ellyn finding out the bad news. IIRC, she was in the episode before it happened but after he died we didn't see her again until the next week. (That's my remembrance of it anyway.)%0D %0D [quote]If you were a devotee of the show it was incredible shocking, and very sad.%0D %0D I agree it was shocking, but unlike most everyone else here, I can't say I was 100% surprised by it only because I do recall some kind of mention being made prior to the episode's airing that SOMEbody in the show might die, though of course the emphasis was placed on Patricia Wettig's Nancy due to the fact she had cancer. But again, it was still a huge surprise only because after it was made clear that Nancy wasn't going to die, you kind of relaxed, took a deep breath and thought okay, she got through it, she's not going anywhere, and that that was pretty much the end of it, and then WHAMMO, Gary was gone.%0D %0D Very shocking, very unsettling, and extremely effective television.

by Anonymousreply 12610/18/2010

For me, the most shocking deaths on TV have been:

(previously mentioned):

Col. Henry Blake - "M*A*S*H"

Beverly Lasalle - "All in the Family"

Rosiland Shay "L.A. Law"

Caitlin Todd "NCIS"

(not mentioned)

Hector Ruiz on "Hill Street Blues" He was a teenage Latino gangbanger who was shot in the head by a police sniper during a hostage situation.

Doctors Gant, Gallant, Pratt on "E.R." They killed off three of the four African-American doctors on the show. What was up with that?

ADA Alexandra Borgia on "Law & Order"

Miles & Flora Anderson on "Deadwood" Brutally murdered by Cy Tolliver for trying to rip him off.

William Bullock on "Deadwood" got trampled by a runaway horse, lingered a bit and died.

Al Gough on "FlashForward"

by Anonymousreply 12710/18/2010

I thought Nicole's death on FAME was quite shocking only because there hadn't been any pre-publicity leading up to it stating that Nia Peeples was leaving the show. Of course, the story came out later that the only reason it happened was because she was such a huge bitch on-set and the producers and other cast members had just had enough of her. (She later stated in an interview how pissed she was that they made Nicole dumb enough to get in the car with a person who was driving drunk.)

by Anonymousreply 12810/18/2010

That persistant prosecutor on The Practice, gunned down in his car in a parking garage by a granny decoy smiling and driving by. Machine gun fire riddled him. I didn't see it coming.

by Anonymousreply 12910/18/2010

ANother vote for Buffy- but this one for Ms Calander, Giles girl friend and WIllows' teacher. She was a gypsy as well. Whenever anyone asks me about Buffy, I show them THAT episode. Then the one where Joyce dies. God, just thinking about it depressed me.

by Anonymousreply 13010/18/2010

r89, Edith Bunker didn't die on "All in the Family."

She died (offscreen) on "Archie Bunker's Place." Jean Stapleton didn't want to do anymore guest shots, but she was so offended when they decided to kill her that she refused to come back to shoot a death episode.

by Anonymousreply 13110/18/2010

Melissa Cumson's death on "Falcon Crest." It helped begin the show's downfall.

by Anonymousreply 13210/18/2010

Gary's death was so shocking because they audience had been led to believe there would be a death (it was announced), and everyone assumed it would be Patricia Wettig's character, who had been battling ovarian cancer. Instead it was Gary.

by Anonymousreply 13310/18/2010

Frankie Frame on Another World.%0D %0D She was a beloved character and she was brutalized on screen for the entire hour before she was finally murdered.%0D %0D It shell shocked the viewers%0D

by Anonymousreply 13410/19/2010

Adam Drake's death on Edge of Night. Show opened one day with a shot of him slumped over at his desk with a knife in his back. No build up or foreshadowing of this. He was just suddenly murdered. So shocking since he was the hero of the show. Only villains were supposed to be killed on Edge. And it personally hurt since Donald May, who played Adam, was a heartthrob of mine, long before I understood what that meant.

About five years later, his wife Nicole was killed via poisoned makeup. Again, no build up or foreshadowing. Just tuned in and suddenly she was gasping for breath and dead by the end of the episode. Nicole's death wasn't as great as loss to me as Adam's since I didn't especially like the actress playing Nicole at the time. My favorite actress in the part (Maeve Maguire) had left the show several years earlier. But still, Nicole was the show's heroine! She didn't deserve to die.

by Anonymousreply 13510/19/2010

"Don't take the bike, Gary!"


by Anonymousreply 13610/19/2010

[quote]Radar O'Reilly, M*A*S*H series finale


by Anonymousreply 13710/19/2010

I think one of the reasons for the demise of soaps is everything is spoiled. If a character is going to die, people know about it beforehand, or at least know the actor is leaving the show, and it is a possibility. There is very little surprise in the soaps anymore.

by Anonymousreply 13810/19/2010

Watching Beverly Leslie get sucked out of his loafers, and not in the good way, shocked me to the core.

by Anonymousreply 13910/19/2010

Tasha Yar was a surprise. She'd been a focal character, she was in the credits, and they'd even made an action figure of her, and then all of a sudden she was dead in the middle of the first season.%0D %0D She came back a few times in some really good episodes, but the original death was a shock.

by Anonymousreply 14010/19/2010

Most Americans haven't seen this, but Helen Flynn during the first season of Spooks. Never has being shot in the face been seen as merciful.

by Anonymousreply 14110/19/2010


I've tried searching the web for the details because I wanted to be sure I wasn't making it up in my mind...

But, yes, that was the irony in Gary's death. I think it was Michael that told him NOT to take his bike because it was too icy. So he gets in a car instead and dies in a car accident. I think that was also part of Michael's grief; that he was the one that told him to use the car.

That scene with Michael getting the news on the phone in the hospital hallway was quite a little Tour de Force of acting; Ken Olin's face and body language told the story.

Now that it's finally out on DVD - legally - guess it's time to fork over some bucks, because my VHS tapes of the show are wearing down.

by Anonymousreply 14210/19/2010

[quote]Most Americans haven't seen this, but Helen Flynn during the first season of Spooks.

I remember looking away from someone's horrific death on MI-5 (as it was known here). Was she the one whose head was dunked into boiling oil?

by Anonymousreply 14310/19/2010

[quote]Nicole was the show's heroine!

I beg to differ, bitch.

by Anonymousreply 14410/19/2010

Another vote for Ianto from "Torchwood"

by Anonymousreply 14510/19/2010

Mrs. Landingham

by Anonymousreply 14610/19/2010

130, good one about Ms. Calendar. I must say that Buffy was the first real 1-hour drama I ever got into, and Ms. Calendar's death shocked the hell out of me. That was before the mass infusion of the internet and spoilers and all that.

Speaking of which, I hate that we know everything so far in advance now. I hate reading spoilers because it takes the fun out of the show.

by Anonymousreply 14710/19/2010

I think it's Henry Blake that "owns" this thread. In a lot of these cases, it was leaked beforehand that a character was probably going to die. But in the case of Henry Blake NOBODY knew what was going to happen; it wasn't even hinted at in the press and even the actors weren't told; their reactions after Radar tells them Henry's plane has been shot down is entirely unplanned and unrehearsed. It really was a major shock; I remember feeling like a friend of mine had died.%0D %0D It was also atartling to see the murder of one of the students on "The White Shadow." He was in a convenience story and he was killed by a thug who was robbing the store. It was a painful, affecting episode. That show dealt with a lot of serious issues and usually did it pretty well. %0D %0D I was never a fan of "Little House on the Prarie" but somehow I just happened to tune during the episode where the school for the blind burns down, incinerating Alice Garvey and Mary's baby. I was appalled; my God, a woman and a baby burning to death. It was truly shocking, not only because it was so ghastly, but because it happened on what was supposed to be a FAMILY show. If I was a child and had watched that I would have had nightmares for weeks!%0D %0D Radar O'Reilly didn't "die" on MASH, but his persona did. On the the last show where Radar appeared he said to Hawkeye "I've grown up." And his personality had indeed abruptly changed; the sweet, innocent Radar had been replaced by a bitter, humorless, sardonic, new Radar. Later in the series, the 4077 gets a letter from Radar and he sounds like the nice, sweet Radar of old. But that seems rather peculiar, since the Radar who left Korea appeared to be completely changed into a new, rather unpleasant character.

by Anonymousreply 14810/19/2010

[quote] If I was a child and had watched that I would have had nightmares for weeks!

My sister and I were kids when that episode aired, maybe aged 10 and 8. We laughed our asses off at the campiness and would even reenact the scene with Barbie dolls.

by Anonymousreply 14910/19/2010

I'm up to season 4 on Spooks and *all* the (main) characters' deaths have been shocking.

Upstairs Downstairs: James' suicide in the penultimate episode. That floored me.

The ER pre-eclampsia episode is one of my top two all-time favorite shows* but I've never dared to re-watch it, it was so upsetting.

*the other one is Homicide: Life on the Streets, the subway car derailment when an obnoxious passenger was trapped between the car and the side of the track.

by Anonymousreply 15010/19/2010

"We laughed our asses off at the campiness and would even reenact the scene with Barbie dolls."%0D %0D You and your sister found a woman and a baby trapped in a burning house "campy" and "laughed our asses off?" You and your sister sound like a couple of sick freaks. Were your parents first cousins, or something?%0D

by Anonymousreply 15110/19/2010

Laughing at things that scare you is a natural coping mechanism, R151. Michael Landon was the sick freak. He was the one who was always coming up with lurid and disturbing scenarios for his "family show" when he knew that millions of impressionable children were watching. %0D %0D The Tom Bosley thread reminds me that the unexplained disappearance of Richie Cunningham's older brother, Chuck, is one of TV's great unsolved mysteries.

by Anonymousreply 15210/19/2010

You're right, R126. I only watched that episode because we were told someone would die, and I know a lot of people speculated Gary because the actor was rumored to have quit.

As far as the car goes, I thought he was riding in a car because he had been scolded by Michael about riding his bike in heavy traffic, but I didn't think he borrowed the car from his wife.

I thought we saw Nancy at the end of the episode when they held the wedding. My memory is fuzzy (it's been almost 20 years) but I think she's the one who figured out how to cover Melissa's lipstick stain on her dress after Melissa freaks out when she gets the news.

by Anonymousreply 15310/19/2010

[quote]Doctors Gant, Gallant, Pratt on "E.R." They killed off three of the four African-American doctors on the show. What was up with that?

The same reason Keith was shot to death in the finale of "Six Feet Under", probably. People of color on TV shows are modern day redshirts.

by Anonymousreply 15410/19/2010

A couple of soap opera deaths I forgot:

Neal Alcott on "As the World Turns"

Mary Duvall on "Santa Barbara"

Jenny's death on "All My Children" wasn't so shocking because IIRC it was known that Kim Delaney was leaving the show.

P.S. R151 is a frau.

by Anonymousreply 15510/19/2010

It was still shocking r155. Even though we knew she was leaving the show, we didn't think they would actually kill off our sweet Jenny. She was a beloved character and we figured they would kill off her ex-fianc%C3%A9e (whose name escapes me) who rigged up the Jet Ski.

Jenny and Greg is my all time favorite soap romance and Jenny's death was devastating.

by Anonymousreply 15610/19/2010

Hey, everyone seems to be forgetting about ME!%0D %0D I was even surprised they killed me off!

by Anonymousreply 15710/19/2010

Way back in the 70's on All My Children, Marymack, Jeff's wife, was killed in a home invasion.%0D %0D I screamed, Mother clutched her heart, and Grandmother actually fainted.

by Anonymousreply 15810/19/2010

No one cares about a junkie, Albert. You should have come with me to San Francisco when I asked you.

by Anonymousreply 15910/19/2010

Laverne's brutal rape and strangling at the hands of Squiggy shortly after the move to Hollywood really took me by surprise.

by Anonymousreply 16010/19/2010

Back on the soap Another World, they had a character named Frankie Frame. She was sweet, well loved, part psychic IIRC (although apparently not quite a good enough one). I even remember one scene where her husband was dressed up in drag to get in to an all female party. When she saw him, she pulled him out on the balcony of the restaurant and thought it was hilarious. When they kissed, the women in the party were watching them, scandalized, and she just grinned and said something about broadening their horizons. It was hilarious.

Then they had this horrific story where a serial killer basically hunted her down, I think it took place over a few episodes, and she would nearly escape but he would track her down again until he finally killed her. I was a teenager and it still sticks in my head as one of the more disturbing things I have ever seen on television.

The show was nearing a death spiral and I'm sure it was a ratings stunt, but it was seriously awful.

by Anonymousreply 16110/19/2010

This is from ages ago, when I was a kid...but Jesse's death (Jesse and Angie). I think the soap was All My Children, or was it Days of Our Lives. (I haven't watched soaps in years.)

by Anonymousreply 16210/19/2010

Whatevah Albert Ingalls. You was the punk bitch that killed your sister Mary's baby, YOUR OWN NIECE by setting fire to the School for the Blind. THE SCHOOL OF THE BLIND. MY GOD! May you rot in Hell and Damnation.

by Anonymousreply 16310/19/2010

It has to be Ethel's French aunt who died and left Ethel a million francs.%0D %0D Oh, never mind. It was Lucy's money, won when she sneaked into a casino.

by Anonymousreply 16410/19/2010

It was All My Children. But didn't they revive him at some point?

by Anonymousreply 16510/19/2010

r100, we should meet up, because those were the two I came to post.

Maureen's death on GL was a lot like Frankie's on AW in that it was just such a wrong-headed, bone-headed decision that neither show recovered from. You do NOT kill your earth-mothers on soaps.

Neal's death on ATWT was shocking, but mostly because we had no idea she and Royce were siblings, or Lucinda's half-siblings (or am I remembering wrong?). It was also shocking how incredibly moving Terry Lester was. After playing the cad on Y&R so effectively, to become such a sensitive romantic leading man was a revelation.

by Anonymousreply 16610/19/2010

[quote]It has to be Ethel's French aunt who died and left Ethel a million francs.

I cried at that episode. So shocking and unexpected back then!

by Anonymousreply 16710/19/2010

Funny how Jill Farren Phelps was the Executive Producer at Another World and Guiding Light when Frankie Frame and Maureen Bauer died. She also killed off Alan Quartermaine too on General Hospital...%0D %0D This was a shocker in 1986-Mary's death on Santa Barbara, brought to you by the letter "C" on top of the Capwell Hotel.

by Anonymousreply 16810/19/2010

Deaths on soaps are never shocking. When the character STAYS dead? That's shocking.

by Anonymousreply 16910/19/2010

You"re sooooo right r169.%0D %0D Someone please refresh my memory....on All My Children,did they revive Brooke's little daughter who was hit by a car way back when? I stopped watching the soaps when my job hours changed, but I seem to remember something about the kid somehow returning to Pine Valley as a teenager after all those years?%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 17010/19/2010

DPA Richard Bay

by Anonymousreply 17110/19/2010

I don't think so, R170, I'm pretty sure they gave her heart to another kid (can't remember who) and it's hard to survive that.

Of course on DOOL, Jack Devereaux died several times and once donated all his organs and yet was somehow still alive so I suppose it is possible.

by Anonymousreply 17210/19/2010

Regarding Laura on AMC. The child did not come back from the dead, but Brooke ended up befriending, and eventually adopting, a childless teen Laura. The new Laura was not the old Laura come back from the dead - the same name was just a coincidence.

by Anonymousreply 17310/19/2010

Adam Drake, on the Edge of Night! Yes R135, total shock. I remember it as being at the very end of the show, though.

by Anonymousreply 17410/19/2010

Tim Segal on "One Life to Live." He finally married Jenny, the ex-nun. Died on his wedding night falling down a flight of stairs. %0D %0D The actor playing him was Tom Berenger. %0D

by Anonymousreply 17510/19/2010

Georgie Jones on General Hospital%0D %0D Andy Sipowitz's wife, Sylvia was killed on NYPD Blue%0D %0D Dana, the L word, although I read spoilers, it was still a shock that it happened.%0D %0D Dr. Bobby Caldwell, St. Elsewhere, it happened off screen, afte his character left the show but it was still whoa, because he died of Aids.%0D %0D Lots of shockers from St. Elsewhere, that was the time when we didn't have so many spoilers.

by Anonymousreply 17610/19/2010

r990, Dr. Armstrong on St. Elsewhere, committed suicide. Yes it was a shock.

by Anonymousreply 17710/19/2010

Debbie Bates on EASTENDERS. She went up west for a bit of retail therapy, got run over and returned to Walford by teatime in a coffin.

by Anonymousreply 17810/19/2010

R177 posts from the future!

by Anonymousreply 17910/19/2010

[quote] Battlestar Galatica--Dee, Gaeta, the Quorum...too many to count.%0D %0D A lot of deaths were shocking on that show but Dee was the biggest one. She had a nice evening with Apolo then just goes back to her room and calmly blows her brains out. That one freaked me out.%0D %0D Someone mentioned Ianto on Torchwood, but I think the more shocking one was Tosh AND Owen in one episode. After that you knew Russel T. Davies was crazy, and halfway through Children of Earth I got the feeling Ianto was a gonner.

by Anonymousreply 18010/19/2010

Ianto AND Tosh on Torchwood. And Owen.

by Anonymousreply 18110/19/2010

Paul McCrane on ER. I mean he got his arm chopped off by that helicopter but then to have it later crash on top of him and kill him was insane!

Anne Baxter on Hotel. It just sort of popped up at the end of one episode in a,"oh, by the way...." sort of fashion.

by Anonymousreply 18210/19/2010

When Venus and Johnny were killed by the phone cops who blew up the transmission tower, I cried for days.

by Anonymousreply 18310/19/2010

Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) NYPD Blue

by Anonymousreply 18410/19/2010

Jenny on the L word

by Anonymousreply 18510/19/2010

OMG, R184, Bobby's death on NYPD BLUE was just too fucking much for both me and my mother. We couldn't stop talking about it for days. Those final scenes with Franz and Smits were quite simply some of the finest acting I've ever seen in a television series. No shit.

by Anonymousreply 18610/19/2010

[quote]Lots of shockers from St. Elsewhere

I was shocked of the death of the MTM kitten at the end of the final episode.

by Anonymousreply 18710/19/2010

[quote]Not so much a shock, but truly sad was John Ritter's character dying one the comedy show "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter".%0D %0D [quote]Anne Baxter on Hotel. It just sort of popped up at the end of one episode in a,"oh, by the way...." sort of fashion.%0D %0D I'm never really surprised when characters are killed off after the actors who played them die in real life. Not that that's the only option obviously (they could always hire another actor to play the part) but I always figured they'd just rather knock 'em off and keep going.

by Anonymousreply 18810/19/2010

For me as well Gary's death was a big shock. I hadn't heard that a character was going to die so I wasn't expecting it. Also the music was so sad and haunting. I even bought the thirtysomething CD to have that piece of music.

by Anonymousreply 18910/19/2010

Thanks r172 and r173. Now I can forget about that chapter of AMC.

by Anonymousreply 19010/20/2010

FBI agent Graham Kelton on Fox's short lived show Vanished.

by Anonymousreply 19110/20/2010

Santos. I cried and cried.

by Anonymousreply 19210/20/2010

Bobby Simone dying wasn't a shock, it was spread out over several episodes. But I agree, it was fine acting and he should have won an Emmy that year (nominated every year he was on NYPD Blue but never won).

by Anonymousreply 19310/20/2010

Peter MacNicol's character on Chicago Hope shocked me. Everyone knew it was Mandy Patinkin's last episode so it came as a suprise that MacNicol would also be leaving.

by Anonymousreply 19410/20/2010

I remember as a kid seeing Lar Park Lincoln's character brutally murdered on Knot's Landing and it deeply shocked me. %0D %0D It was sickeningly violent - her throat was slit by a secondary character and there was a close-up of blood dripping onto her shoes. That show had never done that kind of violence before.%0D %0D The actor who played her murderer pops up on commercials all the time and he still scares me.

by Anonymousreply 19510/20/2010

I avoid online spoilers, so Julie Benz's character on the last season of "Dexter" was a complete shock to me.

by Anonymousreply 19610/20/2010

Mary on Santa Barbara. To this day I have a severe fear of giant neon C signs

by Anonymousreply 19710/20/2010

Darrin was pretty shocing on Bewitched

by Anonymousreply 19810/20/2010

Gary's death on thirtysomething was a shock. Funny, but week after week I wished that Hope would died violently. What an ungrateful, demeaning, nagging bitch! Never happy. Michael was hot and charismatic and could have done so much better than her. He deserved better.

by Anonymousreply 19910/20/2010

I remember being shocked the first time they killed Sarah Gordon on "One Life to Live".%0D %0D The pitiful and embarrassing death of Gabrielle Medina still sticks in my craw.

by Anonymousreply 20010/20/2010

Oh r195, I beg to differ. Remember when Diane Fairgate%E2%80%99s boyfriend and C.J.%E2%80%99s murderer Chip was on the run and hiding out in a barn. When someone walked in and surprised him, he tripped and fell back on a pitchfork. They actually show the spikes sticking out of his chest. I agree that Lar%E2%80%99s character death was nasty but KNOTS LANDING didn%E2%80%99t play when it came to other deaths.

by Anonymousreply 20110/20/2010

r201 - you are so right. That was horrific.%0D %0D I guess Lar Park's death was shocking in that she hadn't been such a horrendously evil character like Chip. Chip sort of had a couple seasons of come uppance on his way. She had just been merely annoying.

by Anonymousreply 20210/20/2010

I hear you r202. Lar's death was nasty. I definitely remember it being top water cooler discussion the next day at work. The image of the blood spattering on her pretty pumps was pretty horrific for that time in television.

by Anonymousreply 20310/20/2010

Bobby Ewing%0D %0D %0D Everyone was shocked when he "died" and equally shocked when he was seen in the shower.

by Anonymousreply 20410/20/2010

r155, I LOVED Neal Alcott on ATWT. It was very surprising when she was killed off.

AMC's Jenny's death was very surprising to me. I was five at the time, so I didn't know that Kim Delaney was leaving the show -- I just knew that I loved Jenny!

by Anonymousreply 20510/20/2010

When they brutally murdered Rachel Berry on "Glee."

by Anonymousreply 20610/20/2010

When they brutally murdered Zoe on NURSE JACKIE.

Yes, I AM from the future.

by Anonymousreply 20710/20/2010

Miss Ida Blackenship

by Anonymousreply 20810/20/2010

I think it was Melissa who gave Gary the car that he was killed in. It was an old wreck. I think that's one of the reasons she took it so hard.

by Anonymousreply 20910/20/2010

Rachel on "Friends."

by Anonymousreply 21010/20/2010

Maria Roberts being killed by the EXTREMELY dangerous drug Marginotoxicol was QUITE unexpected and dramatic! And damn if I wasn't pissed when I realized my button was missing off of my favorite blouse!

by Anonymousreply 21110/20/2010

OK - I know this is one of the stupider sounding ones, but I was VERY UPSET when Jamie Sommers died in front of our eyes! It was actually pretty well done for a schlocky kids show, as well as kind of graphic. I guess I wasn't alone though, because there was a significant viewer outcry and she was resurrected with amnesia and her own show...

by Anonymousreply 21210/20/2010

I want to know who shot JR!

by Anonymousreply 21310/20/2010

BJ's death on General Hospital. More than shocking her father Tony's reaction still makes me tear up all these years later. Little BJ's heart was given to another little girl, I think it was Maxie and I still remember Tony putting his ear to Maxie's chest to hear his own little girl's heart beat one last time. I also remember Maxie's mom and other characters very heart tugging emotional response when they realized the heart given to one little girl they loved came from another little girl they loved. I haven't watched GH in many, many years but back in those days the writing was so good. The writers then were the Labines who gave us Ryan's Hope and some of the best writing on OLTL including the very realistic Aplastic Anemia story with Starr when she was baby. They also did Mary Ryan's death on Ryan's Hope. I can still hear Mauve, in her Irish brogue crying, "Mary, Mary." I'd still be a soap fan if they still had the writing they had back then, and still had that kind of acting.

by Anonymousreply 21410/20/2010

Sesame Street - Mr. Hooper!

by Anonymousreply 21510/20/2010

This is for you, R214, in case you've never seen it before.

by Anonymousreply 21610/20/2010

Thank you so much R16. What a wonderful article. I love that Labine didn't cast for looks but for reality as a family and obviously talent. Imagine any soap doing that today when all they're looking for are models that look good and if they can talk it's a plus. If they can act it's a miracle. %0D %0D It's hard to remember a world where creators/writers of soaps were allowed to do what they wanted and do it right without the interference of assholes like Frons or advertisers dictating hiring and story.%0D %0D Until its last few years Ryan's Hope was brilliant as was GH and OLTL under Labine.%0D %0D Personally I loved the Labine signature of having characters have pets that were an important part of the story. Ryan's Hope had the dog; I think his name was Fin, that became a murder victim of mobster (back when a soap mob family were done brilliantly) Joe Novak's family, Uncle Tito from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn NY if I remember. On GH there was Lucky Spencer's dog Foster who shared a Romeo & Juliet kind of romance with Quatermain dog Annabelle and my all time favorite Moose the parrot, Todd Manning's pet on OLTL. %0D %0D Ah the memories. Somewhere I still have some of those old soap episodes on video tape. My dad was a huge fan and watched the entire ABC lineup on tape when he came home from work. We would watch together. I miss my dad and I miss the days of soaps being worth watching. %0D %0D Thanks again for the link R216.%0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 21710/20/2010

Didn't Dixie get killed off from a poisoned bagel?

by Anonymousreply 21810/20/2010

R217 = R14, sorry, I forgot.

by Anonymousreply 21910/20/2010

I would say the Death of Frank on "Footballers Wives". Tonya Turner plied him with booze, coke, and Viagra, and then fucked him to death. Then, after he had a heart attack, she moved his medicine out of his reach.

Loved Tonya Turner.

by Anonymousreply 22010/20/2010

Dixie on AMC? I no longer watched by then but I thought I read somewhere it was poison pancakes. Either way I it sounds like AMC had already been dumbed way down by then. I think since then AMC's Dixie has popped in as ghost Dixie several times.%0D %0D From what I read it seems half the characters on soaps today are back from the dead.

by Anonymousreply 22110/20/2010

It wasn't a death but when Allion MacKenzie (Mia Farrow) left Peyton Place, it might as well have been. Really, in it's day, it was devastating. And every once in a while, I pull out a VHS with the scene, watch it and weep.

by Anonymousreply 22210/20/2010

Yes it does R222, but we still love you.

by Anonymousreply 22310/20/2010

r212, you are totally right. Jaime's body rejecting her bionic parts, her running in the rain, calling Steve from a phone booth...all of these things are sered in my brain.

And then later when they ran into each other and she had no memory of heart-breaking.

Did you know Sandra Bullock played their daughter in the reunion movie?

by Anonymousreply 22410/21/2010

R224, she was their daughter? I thought she was just some other young girl who ended up needing bionic parts and Jamie S. was called in to help her learn how to deal with it all.%0D %0D I remember, too, Lindsay Wagner saying in an interview that the ONLY way she'd agree to appear in a reunion film would be if Jamie was there primarily to render psychological and emotional assistance to a younger character, not to do all the corny jumping and running around stuff.)

by Anonymousreply 22510/21/2010

Yes, Dixie from "All My Children" died after eating poisoned pancakes. Poisoned peanut-butter pancakes. Even for a soap, that was spectacularly stupid.%0D %0D Remember the episode of "Laverne and Shirley" where Laverne's fireman boyfriend (played by Ted Danson) gets killed when the roof of a burning building collapses on him? It really was shocking; a death on a silly, slapstick comedy.%0D %0D She's told of his death by Lenny and Squiggy; they enter her apartment silently and Laverne tells Squiggy that's the first time he's come in the door without saying "hello." They tell her what happened; Lenny dissolves into tears. She refuses to believe them and tells them to get out, thinking it was a sick joke. She waits up all night for her dead boyfriend to come over for their date. Finally her father gets through to her and she accepts that he is dead. It was probably one of the best "Laverne and Shirley" episodes.

by Anonymousreply 22610/21/2010

R226, was that the episode in which Laverne slaps Lenny across the face? I do remember her doing that once in some rare serious moment on this show but can't recall if this was the one or not.%0D %0D Or maybe it was the one where Lenny was dating Betty Garrett's niece? Shit, I don't know.

by Anonymousreply 22710/21/2010

"was that the episode in which Laverne slaps Lenny across the face? I do remember her doing that once in some rare serious moment on this show but can't recall if this was the one or not."%0D %0D No, Laverne didn't slap Lenny's face on the episode where he and Squiggy told her of Randy's death. That probably happened on the episode where Betty Garrett's mentally retarded daughter (I think it was her daughter) takes a liking to Lenny. As I recall she wrongly thought Lenny was trying to take advantage of the poor girl. %0D

by Anonymousreply 22810/23/2010

Sydney Andrews on Melrose. A nation mourned.

by Anonymousreply 22910/23/2010

Aeryn Sun's demise on "Farscape"

by Anonymousreply 23010/23/2010

Jesus Christ, R226/R227/R228 - I thought you were making that up. But I googled it and it actually happened. I have no recollection of those L&S episodes.

I wonder if that was in 1980, when ABC moved it to Thursday nights, when I was watching Buck Rogers at 8:00 instead?

by Anonymousreply 23110/23/2010

this is my most popular thread evah!!!

by Anonymousreply 23210/23/2010

Bless your heart, OP!

by Anonymousreply 23310/23/2010

The Indian doctor on House.

by Anonymousreply 23410/23/2010

TR Knight's character, George, on "Grey's Anatomy." Finding out that the patient was him was shocking, at least to me.%0D %0D Sounds like this plot was used on ER as well?%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 23510/28/2010

Yes, and on the ER episode, I actually didn't see it coming, unlike on Grey's, where I saw it coming from a mile away.

Interestingly enough, both Carter and Meredith respond in the same fashion, just repeating "Oh God!" over and over.

I'm sure that all of this says something about Shonda's abilities, but whatever.

Claire's death on L&O shocked the shit out of me, and I saw it in reruns on A&E. I'd only just gotten into watching it, and I knew she left, but I didn't know how.

by Anonymousreply 23610/28/2010

Elliot Stabler SVU%0D %0D I never thought they would have the guts to kill him.

by Anonymousreply 23711/01/2010

JT's death on Degrassi. He was so cute & innocent.

by Anonymousreply 23811/01/2010

The Findlay fetus.

by Anonymousreply 23911/01/2010

I'm still reeling over the real-life death of Phoebe on AMC.

by Anonymousreply 24011/02/2010

Lara Flynn's character on Las Vegas They hosted a Comic-Con and the whole thing was edited so the episode looked like pages out of a comic book. Then Monica takes Danny up to the roof to chew him out about some new casino feature that's costing them money and out of no where she flies off the roof.

Also, Dell on Private Practice was a shock to me because I don't read press for that show and didn't know Chris wanted out. The way they did it was just so depressing because his daughter had just lost her mother in the previous season in very dramatic fashion.

by Anonymousreply 24111/02/2010

I still hate Torchwood for killing Ianto. And Tosh. Owen not such much... he wasn't cute and he was a wanker.%0D %0D Seriously... what kind of writer kills off 3/5 of the cast!?!

by Anonymousreply 24211/02/2010

Even though we knew why, Suddenly Susan and David Strickland's character.

by Anonymousreply 24309/15/2012

Wait, none of your bitches mentioned my shocking death by donut?

by Anonymousreply 24409/15/2012

Valerie Harper on "Valerie"

by Anonymousreply 24509/15/2012

Roz from L.A. Law.

by Anonymousreply 24609/15/2012

Another vote for Maggie drowning on Falcon Crest. Brutal (but well done).

Also when Jill was "murdered" on Knots Landing and it turns out she committed suicide to frame Gary.

by Anonymousreply 24709/15/2012

Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show." It shocked me they would kill off that character so graphically--it was the first time they showed someone being accidentally decapitated on television. But that was one way to show the rest of the cast what was what when Frances Bavier asked for a raise.

by Anonymousreply 24809/15/2012

R244, your death was mentioned on the first page.

by Anonymousreply 24909/15/2012

Rosalind Shay's death elevated surprise deths to a level that has yet to be matched.

The death of Tony and Carmella Soprano and their son AJ was so shocking that many people didn't realize they actually died.

by Anonymousreply 25009/15/2012

The diner was purgatory, right?

by Anonymousreply 25109/15/2012

Kutner on House.

by Anonymousreply 25209/15/2012

Lem on The Shield. Nothing will ever shock me that much again.

Shane and his family's deaths were pretty shocking to me, too. Against all reason, I thought Vic would swoop in and save him.

And Omar on The Wire. I knew he wasn't going to live to a ripe old age and happily retire with his boyfriend, but the way he died was so pointless and heartbreaking. Which was the point, but still. Omar. :(

by Anonymousreply 25309/15/2012

I'm old enough to still mourn the death of Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) on Hill Street Blues. That was really traumatic for me. It wasn't sudden either as I recall. We were all at his bedside in despair!

by Anonymousreply 25409/15/2012

Randy the fireman's death on Laverne and Shirley.

by Anonymousreply 25509/15/2012

R184,R186,R193 you all nailed it! I hadn't seen your posts, but Bobby Simone was just tragic and sad! I walked around for days feeling like someone I knew and really liked had died.

by Anonymousreply 25609/15/2012

The death of Little Ricky on I LOVE LUCY was a real shocker. No child character had been killed off on TV at that point. Betty Ramsey accidentally running over him while backing out of the mutual Ricardo-Ramsey driveway was clever, and the added touch of Betty driving all over town, dragging the body along unknowingly, had us laughing through our tears.

The "breakdown" episodes, where a grieving Lucy loses it and believes she really is a woman from Mars, then a wicked city woman, then Tallulah Bankhead, are what won Lucy her well-deserved second Emmy.

by Anonymousreply 25709/15/2012

The woman on Weeds that got killed by the young son with a croquet mallet

by Anonymousreply 25809/15/2012

Well, Dale's death on Private Practice did shock the shit out of me as well. It was so sad because I had been equally shocked in the previous season when they killed his wife by having her accidentally blow up the house in a meth explosion.

Then the next season Dale and Maya get in a car accident and Dale seems fine but Maya is a mess so all the doctors focus on her. Of course Dale dies in the waiting room looking as if he fell asleep in his chair. Internal bleeding. That was one of only two times Shonda Rhimes has shocked me.

The other time was Reed dying in the first minute of the Grey's season 6 finale. I mean I'd read media reports that it was a bloody end and I'd read spoilers that multiple doctors would die. But I think it was something about the cold and callous way that Gary Clark just walked up to her asked if she was a doctor and then shot her in the head. I mean, I just did not expect that level of dark feeling-less abrupt action from Shonda.She usually has characters give long elaborate romantic speeches before dying. I think the lesson here would be less is more.

Lastly, Shonda has since used that tired trick of killing the healthy looking person over and over again so it is an expectation for me at this point. Oh that guy had a heart attack, okay Shonda when are you killing his wife?

by Anonymousreply 25909/15/2012

Also, the death of the reporter guy on Scandal. I really did not think that would happen. I mean I figured that campaign strategist would just find a way to threaten him into submission, I didn't realize he was so unhinged and obsessed with helping the VP become president.

by Anonymousreply 26009/15/2012

[quote]I'm old enough to still mourn the death of Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) on Hill Street Blues. That was really traumatic for me. It wasn't sudden either as I recall. We were all at his bedside in despair!

That was "NYPD Blue." See R184, R186, R193, R256.

by Anonymousreply 26109/15/2012

Dan, on "Big Brother". They aired his funeral and everything. What was really good was that he HOSTED his own funeral. I've never SEEN a dead person do THAT! I was shocked!

by Anonymousreply 26209/15/2012

R261 - Thank you.

The shocking death on Hill Street was of course Phil Esterhaus.

by Anonymousreply 26309/15/2012

BJ Jones on GH. My God they killed a kid! They usually age them at quadruple the rate.

Derek on The Sarah Connor Chronicles. My goodness in the last few episodes they killed off 5 or 6 characters one after the other, but his was shocking. Especially because the other characters couldn't linger over him. Bam. And he's gone.

Omar Epps on ER. The instant the beeper went off my heart was in my throat.

by Anonymousreply 26409/15/2012

♥ r70

by Anonymousreply 26509/15/2012

The death of the alternate Jennifer Sisko on DS9. It seemed so pointless... Which was probably the point.

by Anonymousreply 26609/15/2012

Shut up, R154. Your focus is on one thing so that's all you see. We don't need your inauthentic revelations.

by Anonymousreply 26709/15/2012

Myra on Prisoner Cell Block H

by Anonymousreply 26809/15/2012

I'm most shocked when it's a sitcom character who dies. Killing Valerie off of Valerie/The Hogan Family was a pretty bold move; I was surprised when Seinfeld killed off Susan. But personally and professionally the most shocking was Marcia being kidnapped and murdered on The Brady Bunch. It's too bad it took place off screen, because I know Maureen could have knocked those scenes out of the park, but there was little else the producers could do since Maureen fell victim to that flesh-eating bacteria while we were on hiatus.

by Anonymousreply 26909/16/2012


by Anonymousreply 27009/16/2012

Kirk dying on Gilmore Girls stunned me. Never saw it coming.

by Anonymousreply 27109/16/2012

Bambi's mother. I wept.

by Anonymousreply 27209/16/2012

Dexter's wife. I was so shocked at that. I read no spoilers and it completely took me off guard.

by Anonymousreply 27309/16/2012

I know we hate them now, but the "Splat" episode of Sex and the City when Kristen Johnson does the homage to Rosalind.

by Anonymousreply 27409/16/2012

That episode of Scrubs when you find out at the end that the Brendan Fraser character had died. Even thinking about it makes my eyes water.

by Anonymousreply 27509/16/2012

Miss Blankenship.

by Anonymousreply 27609/16/2012

The rape and dismemberment of Jennifer Keaton on FAMILY TIES was so shocking and graphic. I hear it was Meredith Baxter Birney's revenge for Tina Yothers being such a camera hog.

by Anonymousreply 27709/16/2012

The cop dying on Southland.. I think I will never forget this scene. One of the greatest scenes ever on a tv show.

by Anonymousreply 27809/16/2012

That one surprised me. The actor was moving on to another series which got cancelled quickly.

by Anonymousreply 27909/16/2012

The biker kid on Breaking Bad.

by Anonymousreply 28009/16/2012

I never knew you could actually die from explosive diarrhea until they killed off Mrs. Garrett from The Facts Of Life.

It was tough rollerskating around all that poo.

by Anonymousreply 28109/16/2012

The troll posting fake character deaths only thinks he is funny.

by Anonymousreply 28209/16/2012

Even though it was the series finale, killing off Bill in Big Love. That threw me for a loop, although it was the best ending.

by Anonymousreply 28309/16/2012

I was shocked by the death of R282. It was so unexpected, his choking on his own vomit after a night of drinking and donutting in his mother's basement.

by Anonymousreply 28409/16/2012

David Kimball and Derek Stuart.

Nah, I'm just kidding.

by Anonymousreply 28509/16/2012

Even though it was pretty much common knowledge she was going to die, Cherry White's death on "China Beach" was upsetting and sensitively handled. I guess the actress couldn't handle Hollywood, wanted off the show, and never acted again.

by Anonymousreply 28609/16/2012

On "The Secret Storm" (around 1973 or 74) Stace Redding [Gary Sandy] got in a fist fight in the barn with his brother, a priest. Their mother rushed in to break it up and got pushed in the scuffle. She fell on a pitchfork on a pile of hay and died instantly. It was very unusual to have a fist fight and instant death in just one episode because Secret Storm stories used to drag for months and months.

There was a wedding that must have lasted about six months. The bride arrived at the church while I was on vacation from school for the summer. In the Fall, I'd ask my mom about the wedding and every day she'd report that something else was holding up the "I do" moment. I think it was Jerry Ames' wedding to Hope. The wedding reception also took many months. After that, if we ever had a complaint about something that was taking too long, we would say "It's slower than a wedding on The Secret Storm."

by Anonymousreply 28709/16/2012

Does becoming a posthumous TV character count?

by Anonymousreply 28809/16/2012

I went through this whole thread and I don't think one person posted it yet...

For me the most shocking was from THE WEST WING with Mark Harmon's FBI/Secret Service character who was dating CJ getting shot in the convenience store robbery. I believe that was the first time a TV show/movie used Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" in a scene, or if not, it was the first time I ever heard it. My roommate had just got me hooked on that show and that was like the third episode I saw but I was still so devastated when that happened.

by Anonymousreply 28909/18/2012

Lou stepping on the landmine in Flashpoint. I lost it when the character called his parents. The scene was played so amazingly well by everyone. Worth checking out n Netflix.

by Anonymousreply 29009/18/2012

Nate on 6 Feet Under

Also, there's a BBC show version of the L word called Lip Service. Cat's character dies suddenly...

by Anonymousreply 29109/18/2012

Alex on third watch

by Anonymousreply 29209/18/2012

Susan Moore and Diana Taylor. Two General Hospital murder mysteries that stood the test of time. Back then you didn't know who was coming or going on soap operas, so they both surprised me. Plus I was probably 12-14 years old at the time, so it's not like I could predict when someone was going to get offed.

by Anonymousreply 29309/18/2012

Is Matt Zoller Seitz of "New York" magazine's a Datalounger?

by Anonymousreply 29402/20/2013

Ray Fiske on Damages.

by Anonymousreply 29502/20/2013

Oh the memories r211.

Maria Roberts was such a witch.

by Anonymousreply 29602/20/2013

gay sex on Will & Grace

by Anonymousreply 29702/20/2013

Entertainment Weekly had Gary from thirtysomething on this list

by Anonymousreply 29804/28/2014

Rosalind Shayes from LA Law, down the elevator shaft.

by Anonymousreply 29904/28/2014

[R6] you forgot TARA! Horrible...BUFFY was great in its' prime, but I could have done without losing Buffy's mom and Tara.

I agree that Beverly La Salle on All in the Family was horrible.

I did not like losing Lady Sybil on DOWNTON ABBEY.

Shut up haters.

by Anonymousreply 30004/28/2014

Lucy on ER. That episode was chilling to the bone.

by Anonymousreply 30104/28/2014

Finn on Glee

by Anonymousreply 30204/28/2014
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