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The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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List Criteria: Vote up which on-screen death made you reach for the tissues the most.

Spoilers everywhere, of course! List of the saddest TV deaths as voted and ranked by fans. TV shows have long been able to penetrate the core of the human spirit, and audiences grow attached to characters they watch week after week and season after season. These TV character deaths are among the saddest, most memorable, and most gut wrenching to ever grace the silver screen - whether they were surprises or a long time coming. The list includes violent deaths, freak accidents, murders, deaths from illness, and a wide range of other sad TV death scenes.

Vote for those saddest TV deaths that impacted you most and watch them move to the top of the list, or click Re-Rank to make your own version of this list.
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    - 3,049


    Lost

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  2. 2
    + 4,908
    - 2,973

    the people's #1 & most listed
    MASH

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  3. 3
    + 5,739
    - 3,305


    Game of Thrones

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  4. 4
    + 4,823
    - 3,001


    Supernatural

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  5. 5
    + 4,184
    - 2,625

    added by carlybobarly
    Game of Thrones

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  6. 6
    + 4,221
    - 2,891


    ER

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  7. 7
    + 4,103
    - 2,719


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  8. 8
    + 4,256
    - 2,542


    Doctor Who

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  9. 9
    + 4,033
    - 2,851


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  10. 10
    + 5,737
    - 1,807

    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    The Walking Dead

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  11. 11
    + 4,564
    - 2,436


    Sons of Anarchy

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  12. 12
    + 3,057
    - 2,014


    8 Simple Rules

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  13. 13
    + 2,593
    - 2,370


    All in the Family

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  14. 14
    + 3,419
    - 1,489

    added by nachshon_roth
    Game of Thrones

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  15. 15
    + 2,857
    - 2,424


    Buffy the Vampire Slay

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  16. 16
    + 3,455
    - 2,308


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  17. 17
    + 3,493
    - 1,765

    ranked low on reranks
    Roseanne

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  18. 18
    + 2,088
    - 2,648

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Lost

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  19. 19
    + 3,015
    - 1,916


    Supernatural

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  20. 20
    + 3,120
    - 2,194


    The Walking Dead

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  21. 21
    + 3,657
    - 2,116


    Grey's Anatomy

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  22. 22
    + 2,006
    - 2,479
    Jin-Soo Kwon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever


    Lost

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  23. 23
    + 3,608
    - 1,884


    Grey's Anatomy

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  24. 24
    + 1,976
    - 2,396

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Angel

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  25. 25
    + 2,041
    - 2,060


    Supernatural

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  26. 26
    + 2,015
    - 2,002


    Cheers

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  27. 27
    + 2,682
    - 1,955


    Grey's Anatomy

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  28. 28
    + 2,652
    - 1,939


    Dexter

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  29. 29
    + 2,011
    - 1,753


    Sesame Street

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  30. 30
    + 2,256
    - 1,220

    added by willyboymcoy
    bones Bones

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  31. 31
    + 1,817
    - 2,373


    Lost

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  32. 32
    + 1,920
    - 1,853


    Firefly

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  33. 33
    + 2,663
    - 1,508

    ranked low on reranks & added by LeanneDrake
    Game of Thrones

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  34. 34
    + 2,108
    - 2,133

    often listed
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  35. 35
    + 1,676
    - 2,061

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Angel

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  36. 36
    + 1,969
    - 1,112


    Game of Thrones

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  37. 37
    + 2,185
    - 1,871

    added by carlybobarly
    Game of Thrones

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  38. 38
    + 3,017
    - 1,863


    Grey's Anatomy

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  39. 39
    + 2,512
    - 1,684

    added by JenniferBierma-Wallworth
    Glee Glee

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  40. 40
    + 2,537
    - 1,838


    The Walking Dead

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  41. 41
    + 1,363
    - 1,590

    added by LeanneDrake
    Downton Abbey

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  42. 42
    + 1,934
    - 1,853
    Vincent Nigel-Murray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever


    Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

  43. 43
    + 1,787
    - 2,258


    Lost

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  44. 44
    + 1,710
    - 1,269

    added by IrinaGinger79
    Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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  45. 45
    + 1,784
    - 1,446


    NCIS

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  46. 46
    + 1,740
    - 1,623


    Supernatural

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  47. 47
    + 1,338
    - 217

    ranked low on reranks & added by wassollmanmachen
    The Walking Dead

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  48. 48
    + 1,864
    - 1,496

    added by BufordLogan
    Sons of Anarchy

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  49. 49
    + 1,794
    - 2,030


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  50. 50
    + 1,052
    - 1,963

    often listed
    Six Feet Under

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