To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Emmys this year, organizers are going all out to pay tribute to some great moments in TV history. We already heard about some of the classic television lines that will be worked into the ceremony, and now we're down to the last round of voting in a contest to choose 10 classic TV moments that will air during the show.
The original list of 40 moments chosen by TV professionals is now down to 20 — 10 for comedy, 10 for drama. The top five in each category will air as part of the Sept. 21 Emmy broadcast, and I'm pretty happy with the finalists. There are classics, of course — Lucy in the chocolate factory on I Love Lucy, scenes from the first episode of Roots, the Beatles appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. But there are some great modern moments in the running, too, including Ellen coming out on Ellen and Buffy sacrificing her life to save her sister on the 100th episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm also amused that American Idol had to be classified as comedy — well, it is, isn't it? — and that the "Trapped in the Closet" episode of South Park is still in the running even though I can't imagine ABC would ever, ever show that.
All in the Family — Sammy Davis Jr. kisses Archie Bunker on the cheek.
Ellen — Ellen comes out.
Friends — Ross and Rachel finally kiss.
I Love Lucy — Lucy in the candy factory.
M*A*S*H — Col. Blake's plane goes down.
Newhart — The "It was all a dream" ending.
Seinfeld — The masturbation bet.
South Park — "Trapped in the Closet"
The Carol Burnett Show —The Gone with the Wind parody.
The Cosby Show — Lip-synching to Ray Charles.
Brian's Song — Gale visits Brian in the hospital.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Buffy throws herself into the portal.
Dallas — JR gets shot.
ER — Doug Ross's farewell.
Grey's Anatomy — Dylan explodes.
Little House on the Prairie — Mary finds out she's going blind.
Lost — The hatch explodes.
Roots — Meeting Kunta Kinte.
Star Trek — McCoy accidentally changes history.
The X-Files — Scully gives birth.
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