where they actually surprised you
Gary on "thirtysomething"
where they actually surprised you
Gary on "thirtysomething"
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James Evans, Good Times
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Here it is:
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/18/2010|
Gary's death from "thirtysomething" was the most shocking to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/18/2010|
I forgot about Rosalind. That was so shocking. Why did they kill her off?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/18/2010|
Joyce Sommers - Buffy's mom
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 7||10/18/2010|
Jackson on "The White Shadow".
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 9||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 10||10/18/2010|
Michele Lee's husband on Knot's Landing
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/18/2010|
nowadays you can't do this. The plot lines always leak for some reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 13||10/18/2010|
Don't bring up James death, you know how it upset Florida.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/18/2010|
Uncle Vic in Queer as Folk.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/18/2010|
James' shocking death could have been avoided if they'd just given him that raise he was asking for.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/18/2010|
Hilarious comment at R14's link:%0D %0D "That doesn't seem like a good time at all!"
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/18/2010|
I hated that they gave Mrs. Trumbull a painful brain tumor death when Lucy and Ricky moved to Connecticut on I Love Lucy.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/18/2010|
How about Mary Ingalls' baby burning up in the fire on Little House on the Prairie?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/18/2010|
Bart Bass on GOSSIP GIRL
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/18/2010|
"Eight is Enough" killed off a fertile mother and installed a woman who always had cold sores.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/18/2010|
Well, yes, but they only did that because the actress who played the fertile mother actually died in real life.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/18/2010|
Kenny from SOUTH PARK
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/18/2010|
Mrs. Landringham "18th and Potomac" leading to one of the best episodes of the show, "Two Cathedrals."
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/18/2010|
Ana Lucia and Libby on Lost. They kept it very tightly under wraps and it came out of nowhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 26||10/18/2010|
Alex on Third Watch.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||10/18/2010|
Alex (Colin Hanks) on "Roswell"
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Kate on NCIS
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/18/2010|
Adric, "Doctor Who" - 1981
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/18/2010|
Mac Cory on Another World
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/18/2010|
Derek Reese, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/18/2010|
Chuckles the Clown "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."
|by Anonymous||reply 34||10/18/2010|
Battlestar Galatica--Dee, Gaeta, the Quorum...too many to count.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||10/18/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 36||10/18/2010|
I didn't know Gary died on 30 something. How did they kill him off?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||10/18/2010|
I believe I win.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||10/18/2010|
Ianto in Torchwood!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||10/18/2010|
Boner from Family Matters.%0D %0D Chico from Chico and the Man%0D %0D Arnold from Diff'rent Strokes%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 40||10/18/2010|
Lujack from the Guiding Light.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||10/18/2010|
Hannibal on Alias Smith and Jones%0D %0D Kimberly on Diff'rent Strokes
|by Anonymous||reply 42||10/18/2010|
Most of the deaths on LOST were shocking.
Sun and Jin, Faraday, Rousseau's daughter, Locke...
|by Anonymous||reply 43||10/18/2010|
Kutner on House.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 45||10/18/2010|
Ok, am I the only one who was shocked when Kimmy Gibbler blew her brains out on 'Full House?'
|by Anonymous||reply 46||10/18/2010|
Dan on Roseanne.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 49||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 50||10/18/2010|
Puck on Glee.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||10/18/2010|
FOR GOD'S SAKE STOP WITH ALL THESE SPOILERS!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 52||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 53||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 54||10/18/2010|
Ryan McNeill on Y&R. I didn't think Tricia Dennison was capable of murder...
|by Anonymous||reply 55||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 56||10/18/2010|
Ian Sommerhaulder and Maggie Grace, one after the other, in Lost.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||10/18/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 58||10/18/2010|
Great Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. What the Witch's Council did to him with that broomstick was heinous!
|by Anonymous||reply 59||10/18/2010|
Marlena by the Salem Stranger.%0D %0D Alice Horton and Maggie Horton by the Salem Stalker.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||10/18/2010|
John Randolph & Mary Matthews from Another World. Olive tried to kill Alice Frame, but John got burned in the fire!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 62||10/18/2010|
Wait, there was a Salem Stalker AND a Salem Strangler? What the hell goes on in that town?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||10/18/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 64||10/18/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 66||10/18/2010|
Beverly Lasalle on All In The Family!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 68||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 69||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 70||10/18/2010|
The colonel on MASH
|by Anonymous||reply 71||10/18/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 72||10/18/2010|
Colonel Henry Blake on M*A*S*H
|by Anonymous||reply 73||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 74||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 75||10/18/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 76||10/18/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 77||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 78||10/18/2010|
You all forgot Sammi Brady, the Salem Binge Eater!
|by Anonymous||reply 79||10/18/2010|
It didn't, r78.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||10/18/2010|
R75 is correct.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 83||10/18/2010|
Eva Longoria, later this season on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.
(Oops, I guess that should have been marked as a spoiler, shouldn't it?)
|by Anonymous||reply 84||10/18/2010|
Radar O'Reilly, M*A*S*H series finale
|by Anonymous||reply 85||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 86||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 87||10/18/2010|
Rosalind Shays on LA LAW owns this thread. Period. Story. End of.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||10/18/2010|
Where people genuinely shocked when Edith died on All In the Family or where people already over the show?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 90||10/18/2010|
I was about to post Mrs. Dexter. Foreshadowed only by Arthur Mitchell's smirk when Dexter said he had the last laugh."
|by Anonymous||reply 91||10/18/2010|
I was shocked by Nate. And Keith's violent death in the Six Feet Under Death Montage.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 95||10/18/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 96||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 97||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 98||10/18/2010|
Henry Blake on M*A*S*H
Nate on SIX FEET UNDER
|by Anonymous||reply 99||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 100||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 101||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 102||10/18/2010|
Chuckles the Clown
|by Anonymous||reply 103||10/18/2010|
I miss spoiler-free TV. Nothing shocks us now.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||10/18/2010|
I wasn't shocked about Rita because it was leaked that she was going to be a victim of the Trinity killer.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 106||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 107||10/18/2010|
Hot to death Kyle Chandler exploding on Grey's Anatomy
|by Anonymous||reply 108||10/18/2010|
When they killed off Gary I remember thinking "One down, six to go".
|by Anonymous||reply 109||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 110||10/18/2010|
I honestly didn't see Adriana's death coming on "The Sopranos."
|by Anonymous||reply 111||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 112||10/18/2010|
That's ok, R84. I welcome that particular news.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||10/18/2010|
R111: technically, nobody saw Adriana's death :)
|by Anonymous||reply 114||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 115||10/18/2010|
R114, I know that's a long-standing conspiracy theory, but there is no fucking way she wasn't killed.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 117||10/18/2010|
deaths aren't that much of a shock anymore, since the networks hype the hell out of it to get people to watch.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 119||10/18/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 120||10/18/2010|
Ok - this is OLD - but Jenny on the jetski on All My Children.
I cried soooo hard. Only soap I ever watched.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 122||10/18/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 123||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 124||10/19/2010|
Amber on House. At least she came back to haunt House a season later.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||10/19/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 126||10/19/2010|
For me, the most shocking deaths on TV have been:
Col. Henry Blake - "M*A*S*H"
Beverly Lasalle - "All in the Family"
Rosiland Shay "L.A. Law"
Caitlin Todd "NCIS"
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 Anonymous||reply 127||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 128||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 129||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 130||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 131||10/19/2010|
Melissa Cumson's death on "Falcon Crest." It helped begin the show's downfall.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 133||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 134||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 135||10/19/2010|
"Don't take the bike, Gary!"
|by Anonymous||reply 136||10/19/2010|
[quote]Radar O'Reilly, M*A*S*H series finale
|by Anonymous||reply 137||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 138||10/19/2010|
Watching Beverly Leslie get sucked out of his loafers, and not in the good way, shocked me to the core.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 140||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 141||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 142||10/19/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 143||10/19/2010|
[quote]Nicole was the show's heroine!
I beg to differ, bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||10/19/2010|
Another vote for Ianto from "Torchwood"
|by Anonymous||reply 145||10/19/2010|
|by Anonymous||reply 146||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 147||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 148||10/19/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 149||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 150||10/19/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 151||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 152||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 153||10/19/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 154||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 155||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 156||10/19/2010|
Hey, everyone seems to be forgetting about ME!%0D %0D I was even surprised they killed me off!
|by Anonymous||reply 157||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 158||10/19/2010|
No one cares about a junkie, Albert. You should have come with me to San Francisco when I asked you.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||10/19/2010|
Laverne's brutal rape and strangling at the hands of Squiggy shortly after the move to Hollywood really took me by surprise.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 161||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 162||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 163||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 164||10/19/2010|
It was All My Children. But didn't they revive him at some point?
|by Anonymous||reply 165||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 166||10/19/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 167||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 168||10/19/2010|
Deaths on soaps are never shocking. When the character STAYS dead? That's shocking.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 170||10/19/2010|
DPA Richard Bay
|by Anonymous||reply 171||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 172||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 173||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 174||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 175||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 176||10/19/2010|
r990, Dr. Armstrong on St. Elsewhere, committed suicide. Yes it was a shock.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 178||10/19/2010|
R177 posts from the future!
|by Anonymous||reply 179||10/19/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 180||10/19/2010|
Ianto AND Tosh on Torchwood. And Owen.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||10/19/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 182||10/19/2010|
When Venus and Johnny were killed by the phone cops who blew up the transmission tower, I cried for days.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||10/19/2010|
Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) NYPD Blue
|by Anonymous||reply 184||10/19/2010|
Jenny on the L word
|by Anonymous||reply 185||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 186||10/20/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 187||10/20/2010|
[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 Anonymous||reply 188||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 189||10/20/2010|
Thanks r172 and r173. Now I can forget about that chapter of AMC.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||10/20/2010|
FBI agent Graham Kelton on Fox's short lived show Vanished.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||10/20/2010|
Santos. I cried and cried.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 193||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 194||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 195||10/20/2010|
I avoid online spoilers, so Julie Benz's character on the last season of "Dexter" was a complete shock to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||10/20/2010|
Mary on Santa Barbara. To this day I have a severe fear of giant neon C signs
|by Anonymous||reply 197||10/20/2010|
Darrin was pretty shocing on Bewitched
|by Anonymous||reply 198||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 199||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 200||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 201||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 202||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 203||10/20/2010|
Bobby Ewing%0D %0D %0D Everyone was shocked when he "died" and equally shocked when he was seen in the shower.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 205||10/20/2010|
When they brutally murdered Rachel Berry on "Glee."
|by Anonymous||reply 206||10/20/2010|
When they brutally murdered Zoe on NURSE JACKIE.
Yes, I AM from the future.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||10/20/2010|
Miss Ida Blackenship
|by Anonymous||reply 208||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 209||10/20/2010|
Rachel on "Friends."
|by Anonymous||reply 210||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 211||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 212||10/20/2010|
I want to know who shot JR!
|by Anonymous||reply 213||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 214||10/20/2010|
Sesame Street - Mr. Hooper!
|by Anonymous||reply 215||10/20/2010|
This is for you, R214, in case you've never seen it before.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||10/20/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 217||10/21/2010|
Didn't Dixie get killed off from a poisoned bagel?
|by Anonymous||reply 218||10/21/2010|
R217 = R14, sorry, I forgot.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||10/21/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 220||10/21/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 221||10/21/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 222||10/21/2010|
Yes it does R222, but we still love you.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||10/21/2010|
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 him...so heart-breaking.
Did you know Sandra Bullock played their daughter in the reunion movie?
|by Anonymous||reply 224||10/21/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 225||10/21/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 226||10/21/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 227||10/21/2010|
"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 Anonymous||reply 228||10/23/2010|
Sydney Andrews on Melrose. A nation mourned.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||10/23/2010|
Aeryn Sun's demise on "Farscape"
|by Anonymous||reply 230||10/23/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 231||10/24/2010|
this is my most popular thread evah!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 232||10/24/2010|
Bless your heart, OP!
|by Anonymous||reply 233||10/24/2010|
The Indian doctor on House.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||10/24/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 235||10/28/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 236||10/28/2010|
Elliot Stabler SVU%0D %0D I never thought they would have the guts to kill him.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||11/01/2010|
JT's death on Degrassi. He was so cute & innocent.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||11/01/2010|
The Findlay fetus.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||11/01/2010|
I'm still reeling over the real-life death of Phoebe on AMC.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||11/02/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 241||11/02/2010|
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 Anonymous||reply 242||11/02/2010|
Even though we knew why, Suddenly Susan and David Strickland's character.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||09/15/2012|
Wait, none of your bitches mentioned my shocking death by donut?
|by Anonymous||reply 244||09/15/2012|
Valerie Harper on "Valerie"
|by Anonymous||reply 245||09/15/2012|
Roz from L.A. Law.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 247||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 248||09/15/2012|
R244, your death was mentioned on the first page.
|by Anonymous||reply 249||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 250||09/15/2012|
The diner was purgatory, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 251||09/15/2012|
Kutner on House.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 253||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 254||09/15/2012|
Randy the fireman's death on Laverne and Shirley.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 256||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 257||09/15/2012|
The woman on Weeds that got killed by the young son with a croquet mallet
|by Anonymous||reply 258||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 259||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 260||09/15/2012|
[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 Anonymous||reply 261||09/15/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 262||09/16/2012|
R261 - Thank you.
The shocking death on Hill Street was of course Phil Esterhaus.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 264||09/16/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 265||09/16/2012|
The death of the alternate Jennifer Sisko on DS9. It seemed so pointless... Which was probably the point.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||09/16/2012|
Shut up, R154. Your focus is on one thing so that's all you see. We don't need your inauthentic revelations.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||09/16/2012|
Myra on Prisoner Cell Block H
|by Anonymous||reply 268||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 269||09/16/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 270||09/16/2012|
Kirk dying on Gilmore Girls stunned me. Never saw it coming.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||09/16/2012|
Bambi's mother. I wept.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||09/16/2012|
Dexter's wife. I was so shocked at that. I read no spoilers and it completely took me off guard.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||09/16/2012|
I know we hate them now, but the "Splat" episode of Sex and the City when Kristen Johnson does the homage to Rosalind.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 275||09/16/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 276||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 277||09/16/2012|
The cop dying on Southland.. I think I will never forget this scene. One of the greatest scenes ever on a tv show.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||09/16/2012|
That one surprised me. The actor was moving on to another series which got cancelled quickly.
|by Anonymous||reply 279||09/16/2012|
The biker kid on Breaking Bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 281||09/16/2012|
The troll posting fake character deaths only thinks he is funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 283||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 284||09/16/2012|
David Kimball and Derek Stuart.
Nah, I'm just kidding.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 286||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 287||09/16/2012|
Does becoming a posthumous TV character count?
|by Anonymous||reply 288||09/16/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 289||09/18/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 290||09/18/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 291||09/18/2012|
Alex on third watch
|by Anonymous||reply 292||09/18/2012|
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 Anonymous||reply 293||09/18/2012|
Is Matt Zoller Seitz of "New York" magazine's Vulture.com a Datalounger?
|by Anonymous||reply 294||02/21/2013|
Ray Fiske on Damages.
|by Anonymous||reply 295||02/21/2013|
Oh the memories r211.
Maria Roberts was such a witch.
|by Anonymous||reply 296||02/21/2013|
gay sex on Will & Grace
|by Anonymous||reply 297||02/21/2013|
Entertainment Weekly had Gary from thirtysomething on this list
|by Anonymous||reply 298||04/28/2014|
Rosalind Shayes from LA Law, down the elevator shaft.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||04/28/2014|
[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 Anonymous||reply 300||04/28/2014|
Lucy on ER. That episode was chilling to the bone.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||04/28/2014|
Finn on Glee
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