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Top 5 TV Moments That Always Make Me Cry

I've said before that I'm a bit of a sap, and it's never more evident than when I break into tears while watching TV. There are a bunch of moments that always make me lose it — no matter how predictable or silly they are, no matter how many times I've seen them — and so, just in case you're feeling mopey today, I'm counting down a few of the scenes most consistently guaranteed to leave me drowning in a pile of soggy tissues.

No. 5: The final moments of "A Wedding Story"
There was a period in my life when I worked nights and had days free, and so my morning routine went a little like this: Wake up late, make lunch, turn on TLC, cry. The whole "A [Something] Story" block of programming could make me weepy — yes, even "A Makeover Story," in my weaker moments — but "A Wedding Story" was by far the worst. No matter what squabbles the couples had on their way to the ceremony, no matter how many disasters with the caterers or the parents, the couples always made it down the aisle just fine, looking beautiful and ready to say "I do."

No. 4: The crowning of the "American Idol"
It's one of the most predictable events in television, at this point. Most of the time, it's not even surprising to learn which of the final two "Idol" contestants is going home with the crown, and we've already heard the cheesy coronation song at least twice. But there's still something about an overwhelmed teen or 20-something getting showered with confetti and balloons, singing in front of an audience of millions and somehow holding it together despite the overwhelming emotions, that gives me chills — regardless of whether I even like the winner.

Three more, including my No. 1 scene guaranteed to bring the tears, so

No. 3: The big reveal on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
My gym used to show ABC's programming block on Sunday nights, and I'd go early to make sure I snagged a treadmill in time for "Desperate Housewives." But I had to stop, because getting there early meant catching the part of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" where the family in need gets their first view of their new house. I don't even like the show, but as soon as the kids of the family began screaming at the sight of their new racecar- or dolphin-themed bedrooms, I became mayor of Waterworks City — while simultaneously stumbling through a jog.

No. 2: The end of the "Grey's Anatomy" pilot
I was hooked on "Grey's" the moment the very first episode revealed that Meredith's narration had actually been a speech to her mother, who is so ravaged by Alzheimer's Disease that she no longer knows who Meredith is. There's this one perfect shot when Ellis looks up at Meredith blankly and asks "Are you a doctor?" that just makes me feel like I've been socked in the stomach — no matter how many times I watch it, even now that I know it's coming.

No. 1: The final moments of "Six Feet Under"
I always say that the ending of "Six Feet Under" is my favorite series finale ever, but to be honest, I didn't really even see it until the day after it aired — simply because I was too busy sobbing the first time through to see much more than a blur of shapes and colors. I don't want to say too much about it so as not to spoil it for anyone who might still be catching up on DVD, but it's the perfect mixture of satisfying moments and heartbreaking revelations. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I dug up the YouTube video, but I seriously advise against watching it in public.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Grey's Anatomy" photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.
"Six Feet Under" photo Source
"A Wedding Story" photo Source
"American Idol" photo courtesy of Fox

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Allytta Allytta 9 years
24 is the ultimate cry-fest for me... almost every effing episode.
millarci millarci 9 years
Definetly Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It always makes me cry. Never fails!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
OH NOOOOOOO!!!! Greys Season 3 isn't finished here yet so I've just had most of the series spoiled for me by kazagirl :(
bonbonagogo bonbonagogo 9 years
Just reading your list made me tear up! May I also add A Baby Story to that list? Also Perfect Proposal and anything else like that. I'm just a girly girl at heart.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
The commercials of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition often bring a tear to my eye. And oh yes, the Six Feet Under finale was BRILLIANT! Sadly, I don't remember the pilot to Grey's Anatomy! Oops...
wickedk8 wickedk8 10 years
that would be sweet
wickedk8 wickedk8 10 years
Yup for Grey's...So You Think You Can Dance makes me cry too. I hate when these sewwt dancers get voted off. Way more so then on AI.
sugarbox sugarbox 10 years
oh my god! the greys anatomy episode! i know! exactly when her mother said, 'are you a doctor?', i felt like i'd been punched in the stomach. i could've exploded, it was so...intense and emotional. thats why i love the show, every word hits me hard...*sigh*
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
OMG - I ALWAYS cry when I watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition too!!! I'm so glad others do as I don't feel like such a loser now. :P The presenter's voice bothers me though - he's sooo cheesy.
MissySue MissySue 10 years
Just watched the Six Feet Under conclusion again. Yep, it made me cry again. Great show, awesome ending!
nomerz nomerz 10 years
Grey's Anatomy makes me cry ... all the time! Actually TV and movies in general makes me cry. I remember being like 10-11 and crying when Mufasa died in The Lion King, haha!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
Grey's Anatomy makes me cry all the time...I swear I cried during the whole month of sweeps with Meredith drowning, her mother dying, and the moment in the hospital with Cristina telling Meredith that she was getting married. Also when I use to watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition I believe I only ever cried during one episode where this father had a bunch of kids that he was raising alone after the mother had passed away.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Whenever I watch the first episode of Lost, I always cry immediately. The first few minutes of the pilot episode are SO intense. I also cry whenever Angela cries on My So-Called Life. Her crying is contagious.
thehabra thehabra 10 years
The only moment on tv that ever got me crying was when denny died on Grey's.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
No kidding, Livience! I was just thinking the other day about the little shot of Tami standing on Coach's feet from the finale, and it made me a little teary.
Livience Livience 10 years
I have to insist on adding every single episode of "Friday Night Lights" to this list!!! MAN, I cannot get through that show without crying!!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
Ktown, i would have to go home!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
i just re-watched the finale of six feet under (while at work) and now i look like a crazy person with sniffling into a tissue. that was truly an AMAZING ending to an amazing show.
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
OMG Extreme Home Makeover...yeah...My BF doesn't even like for me to watch it because I get so emotional every time.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
When I watched the last episode of SFU, I was literally sobbing with my hand over my mouth, my vision blurred, nose running, throat tightened. I cannot hear Sia’s “breathe me” without basically turning into a puddle of grief. Even writing about it on here is making me upset. I miss that show so much, but I cannot bring myself to watch it all again so soon. Sometimes I take out the box set, and look at it, than remember and put it back. Its kind of like losing someone you love, which I have, but watching it happen. Does that make sense? Anyway, I also went Nutjob over Denny Ducet dying on Greys anatomy and of course the song “chasing cars” by Snow Patrol is forever linked to that, and it gets airplay on my radio sometimes, and I immediately will start crying. “if I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world” Oh, and i also cannot watch the MASH season 3 episode " Abyssinia, Henry" and you old schoolers will know exactly what i am talkinga bout
jor2590 jor2590 10 years
I will always, always cry at The O.C. season 1 finale when Ryan leaves and Seth is sailing away. I have watched that episode probably 20 times and every time, I cry.
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I thought I had seen the finale of 6FU enough times to watch it without crying. I was wrong. I started tearing up when Claire sees Nate Running in her side mirror. I shouldn't be doing this to myself. :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks for the memories, Buzz! The Six Feet under finale is just so perfect. As soon as the music starts, I'm a puddle. (And the Grey's Anatomy scene gets me every time, too.)
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I agree with all of those!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and TLC's A ___ Story always make me cry too! For EM, I rarely watch the whole show because Ty irritates me, and I only watch the end because Im very into interior decorating and home furnishings. I always cry though! The families are always so grateful--its so wonderful to watch. And I thought I was the only one who obsessively watched those shows on TLC. At a point in my life I watched those non-stop M-F and loved them all!
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