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Help the Emmys Pick 10 Great TV Moments

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.

You can watch and vote for the drama moments here; the comedy viewing and voting is here. Which of these moments would make your personal top 10? To see which ones are represented in the finals, just


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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Briandiesel Briandiesel 9 years
I picked Friends of course. Edge of seat moment and wished Tivo existed then moment for sure! I picked Brian's Song for dramatic. That movie is so terribly sad and that was a great moment.
kea718 kea718 9 years
South Park- Trapped in the closet is one of the funniest episodes of ANY TV show Ive ever seen. However, it might just be my fascination with Scientology and how ass backwards it is.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I picked Scully's birth.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I think some of their picks are so ridiculous... like of all the great Sopranos and Sex & the City moments they pick those two???
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Lt Col Henry Blake dying is a comedic moment? wha? Little House- Sorry the most dramatic wasnt mary going blind, it was when they lost thier son and laura runs away to talk to god.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
For drama moments, I personally would have picked Gary's death on Thirtysomething. I'm also with CoralAmber on the Hush episode of Buffy; it was brilliant.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
Hmmm, I would have picked the episode of Buffy where her mom died, or the almost dialogue free 'Hush' episode.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 9 years
Definitely, going to pick Friends for the comedy & the hatch exploding on Lost for drama. Although, that moment is more very dramatic than really the greatest of all the great moments on Lost:) One of my faves is Locke banging on the hatch and then the light appears and he's reassured of his faith. Honestly, the only other shows I's watched in the selection were Seinfeld, Grey's, and some Cosby.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
ah, californiagirl, you're right. thank you!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Actually, the moment is when the hatch explodes, not when they open the hatch.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I only have 3 picks: Ross and Rachel finally kiss (Friends), Dylan explodes (Grey's Anatomy), and opening the hatch (Lost).
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