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The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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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  1. 1
    + 1961
    - 1011

    the people's #1 MASH

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 1988
    - 1107

    most listed Lost

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 1687
    - 1250

    Game of Thrones

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 1669
    - 824

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 1369
    - 796

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 1354
    - 1107
    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1040
    - 909

    Supernatural

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 1067
    - 793

    All in the Family

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 1462
    - 749

    ranked low on reranks Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 1027
    - 835

    added by carlybobarly Game of Thrones

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 1228
    - 431

    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest The Walking Dead

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 1090
    - 768

    Buffy the Vampire Slay

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 1072
    - 869

    Doctor Who

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 1081
    - 620

    The Walking Dead

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 909
    - 709

    8 Simple Rules

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 836
    - 1072

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 810
    - 538

    Roseanne

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 792
    - 949

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 856
    - 499

    The Walking Dead

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 915
    - 533

    Grey's Anatomy

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 840
    - 583

    Supernatural

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 757
    - 658
    ) open
  23. 23
    + 849
    - 661

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 703
    - 887

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 690
    - 540

    Sons of Anarchy

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 819
    - 549

    Dexter

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 645
    - 685
    ) open
  28. 28
    + 505
    - 295

    added by nachshon_roth Game of Thrones

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 639
    - 606

    Sesame Street

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 669
    - 890
    ) open
  31. 31
    + 707
    - 820
    ) open
  32. 32
    + 792
    - 596

    Grey's Anatomy

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 682
    - 639

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 806
    - 721

    Grey's Anatomy

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 405
    - 695

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Six Feet Under

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 536
    - 570

    added by carlybobarly Game of Thrones

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 594
    - 686

    Vincent Nigel-Murray Bones

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  38. 38
    + 517
    - 619

    Grey's Anatomy

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  39. 39
    + 694
    - 419

    ranked low on reranks The Walking Dead

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 488
    - 707

    often listed Supernatural

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 504
    - 656
    ) open
  42. 42
    + 440
    - 740
    ) open
  43. 43
    + 555
    - 475

    added by JenniferBierma-Wallworth Glee Glee

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 377
    - 279

    ranked low on reranks & added by LeanneDrake Game of Thrones

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 425
    - 624

    NYPD Blue

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 491
    - 784
    ) open
  47. 47
    + 454
    - 374

    added by michealf Family Guy

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 242
    - 273

    added by LeanneDrake Lady Sybil Crawley Downton Abbey

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 450
    - 692

    Lost

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 393
    - 520

    Supernatural

    ) open
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