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Old July 18 2014, 01:30 AM   #31
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Lennie Briscoe (L&O) did not die onscreen, but I remember that in Jerry Orbach's final appearance as Lennie - the second episode of Law & Order: Trial By Jury - he was so sick that he could only whisper.
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Old July 18 2014, 03:35 AM   #32
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Xena and Tara from Buffy. I'm still not over either of them
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Old July 18 2014, 03:41 AM   #33
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Detective Constable Viv Martella in UK cop show The Bill. It helps that it was basically the same kind of 'senseless death' as Tasha Yar, which gave it more impact really. She spots a van parked in an illegal place and does a routine traffic check, senses something suspicious about the occupants after talking with them for a few minutes, and after they realize that she's sussed them out they shoot her dead and leave. It was such a wham moment because it literally wasn't foreshadowed at all, the episode up to that point was just like any other, and at that time in the show's history (the tenth season) not many of the regular characters had met grisly ends (which would sadly change as it went on and it started happening all the time, the most famous being when they blew up the police station in Season 18 and killed off eight people at once).
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Old July 18 2014, 03:45 AM   #34
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Detective Frost on Rizzoli & Isles and Gibbs' dad on NCIS
There are others, but these two were recent AND the actors who portrayed them both died in real life. Made it that much worse.

To add Trek, Trip in TATV.
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Old July 18 2014, 03:58 AM   #35
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

If you were there (i.e., watching it first run and didn't see it coming), I don't think anything can top the death of Henry Blake. It was completely unexpected and unprecedented.
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Old July 18 2014, 04:29 AM   #36
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

I'm not often bummed out by fictional deaths, but...

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Old July 18 2014, 04:32 AM   #37
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Henry Blake for sure. Gary Burghoff really nailed that last scene.

When Jack Soo (Yemana) from Barney Miller passed away, they did an episode in the squad room and each actor just talked to the camera about Soo and how much they loved him, and their favorite stories about working with him. In story, the character died, but that one episode where each actor just spoke from the heart was great. I only saw it one time, and I suspect that's one that didn't hit the syndication market.
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Old July 18 2014, 04:43 AM   #38
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Limited to those that really hit me uncomfortably hard, not just made me feel sad for a bit (or, in some cases, just pissed off at the showrunner ):

The first I can remember is Gen. Frank Savage (Robert Lansing) in the TV series 12 O'Clock High. In retrospect, not really a particularly moving death, but I was a kid at the time and he was my hero.

Other than that, it's pretty much just Phillip J. Fry's dog.
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Old July 18 2014, 04:45 AM   #39
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Jonas Grumby wrote: View Post
Other than that, it's pretty much just Phillip J. Fry's dog.
Awww man, you just HAD to bring up Fry's dog.
Now it's getting dusty in here...
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Old July 18 2014, 05:45 AM   #40
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Detective Carter on Person of Interest recently got to me. Again a character that was from tv but died in a movie and that was Optimus Prime in Transformers the Movie. I was totally unaware that he was gonna buy it in that movie. One more tv character that died in a movie, The Enterprise in Trek III. My brother and I both teared up, we loved that ship!
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Old July 18 2014, 05:56 AM   #41
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Detective Carter on Person of Interest recently got to me.
Yeah, that one floored me. I was not expecting that at all, and wondered how they were even going to carry on the show in a satisfactory way without such a key character. But they did it, and used her death to fuel their mission.
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Old July 18 2014, 11:25 AM   #42
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Kirby wrote: View Post
Henry Blake for sure. Gary Burghoff really nailed that last scene.

When Jack Soo (Yemana) from Barney Miller passed away, they did an episode in the squad room and each actor just talked to the camera about Soo and how much they loved him, and their favorite stories about working with him. In story, the character died, but that one episode where each actor just spoke from the heart was great. I only saw it one time, and I suspect that's one that didn't hit the syndication market.
I'm pretty sure I saw that one in syndication at least once.




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Other than that, it's pretty much just Phillip J. Fry's dog.
Awww man, you just HAD to bring up Fry's dog.
Now it's getting dusty in here...
That episode "ruined" Futurama for me for years. Every time I tried to watch the series, all I could think of was that dying dog
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Old July 18 2014, 12:11 PM   #43
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Re: Which TV character's death moved you the most?

Wallace, season 1 of The Wire.

Lots of characters die on that show, many of whom I liked more than Wallace, but that one was hard.
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Old July 18 2014, 02:44 PM   #44
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Jenny and Tara on Buffy. The first utterly horriffic, the second utterly tragic.
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Old July 18 2014, 04:15 PM   #45
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Henry Blake's death affected me deeply because I was so young when I first saw it on tv and had never even thought of death or what it means before that episode.

The other one for me was Joyce Summers from Buffy. It was such a powerful episode. Very raw and real.
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