Greatest TV Scenes of All Timeby merrimacga | created - 02 Dec 2018 | updated - 02 Jan 2019 | Public
An ongoing list of some of the best scenes from TV episodes ever aired. Some hysterically funny, some incredibly moving, some hopelessly romantic, some tragic, some inspiring and influential, and some just plain crazy, bizarre or ridiculous. But all great and all memorable. This will eventually be a huge list and will take me a really long time to assemble. I welcome all comments with recommended additions to this list...it will really help.
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The X-Files (1993–2018)
TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Scully and Mulder each recount their version of events that led Mulder to drive a stake through the heart of a Texas teenager he claims was a vampire.
The opening scene is hysterically funny, especially if you're a fan of the series. But also it does a great job not only introducing the episode but also of summing up nicely both the whole dynamic between the two lead characters and what the series is all about, at least the monster-of-the-week side of the series, albeit from a humorous perspective.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NHo-mNaE3pc
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
The City on the Edge of Forever
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.
I'll do my best to not add too many Star Trek episodes, across all the series, to this list but arguably this was one of the finest of TOS. The scene I've chosen to mention is Edith's prophecy of the future speech to the men in her shelter. In one scene her character is not only inspirational and forward thinking with a hopeful and positive attitude but also demonstrates why the choice at the end of the episode is rightfully such a difficult one.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fH_Ze5fYwxI
Vikings (2013– )
TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Ragnar and King Horik clash over differences; King Aelle arrives in Wessex; Ecbert has an eye on a new alliance.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ug6Gez_kPHo
It's very difficult to choose a single episode from the Vikings series, let alone a single scene. You might think I would choose the episode and scene when Ragnar is executed in the snake pit. If I add another Vikings scene to this list, that would be the one. But I include the blood eagle execution of Jarl Borg instead because in one scene, however gruesome, it sums up nicely not only everything the series is trying to convey about Viking culture but also what we know of the Vikings. They were a very spiritual people, believing in death as a way of life and that redemption was possible, even if only through a final honorable act. Truly I think the whole episode does a great job of portraying spirituality, not only of Viking culture but also comparing and contrasting it with English culture. But the final scene is especially powerful. Forget the gore. Forget how you feel about this form of execution or the television portrayal of it. This was about redemption, the afterlife, beliefs, honor and respect. This was about saving a man's soul, regardless of his transgressions. It was about an execution that had to be done and though it seemed excessive to us, it was portrayed with honor and compassion and understanding, not out of a need for vengeance or violent retribution.
Doctor Who (2005– )
Vincent and the Doctor
TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The Doctor and Amy travel back in time to meet Vincent Van Gogh and face an invisible monster that only the painter can see.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ubTJI_UphPk
Doctor Who (2005– )
The Day of the Doctor
TV-PG | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1cbQVfVfSrI
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
The last Tonight Show
46 min | Comedy, Talk-Show
May 22, 1992 was the last "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson as host. Carson presents a retrospective of clips covering the past 30 years. Carson says goodnight for the last time.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vaw9QCJHqJg
Doctor Who (1963–1989)
The Tenth Planet: Episode 4
TV-PG | 24 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The Cybermen take over the base again, apparently to stop the humans using the Z-Bomb, but then the Doctor realises they intend to use it themselves to destroy Earth.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/y39RnQjQQlg
TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Henry finds out he's been discharged from the army, and everyone at the 4077th prepares to say goodbye to him as he heads for home.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/E_RWAc1uvUQ
Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen
TV-PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In the closing days of the Korean War, the staff of the 4077 M*A*S*H Unit find themselves facing irrevocable changes in their lives.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XvqyY3muiW8
A House Divided
TV-PG | 49 min | Drama, Romance
J.R.'s friends, family, and business associates vow revenge on him; Bobby and Pam leave Southfork.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zJKOK7A_Cag
Who Done It?
TV-PG | 46 min | Drama, Romance
Sue Ellen is charged with attempted murder, but the charges are dropped when the real assailant reveals herself and her shocking secret.
Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/A_iwxkaKhnE
The Orville (2017– )
About a Girl
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Bortus and Klyden debate whether their newborn child should have a controversial surgery.
Sesame Street (1969– )
TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Big Bird draws pictures of his friends and wants to give them to him. When he gets to Mr. Hooper's picture, they remind him that Mr. Hooper died, and they must explain what death is.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)
TV-Y | 29 min | Family, Fantasy, Music
Jeff Erlanger, a young boy who uses an electric wheelchair, visits Mister Rogers and talks openly and honestly about his disability. Together they sing "It's You I Like."
Telecrime (1938– )
The Back-Stage Murder
Telecrime was the first ever TV series and this was the first episode aired. Unfortunately, it was aired live and not recorded so all episodes are lost. Only photos remain to prove it existed. Still, I include it here because it earned its place in TV history.