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The Saddest Television Deaths Ever 

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Updated January 17, 2020 1.7M votes 100.5k voters 1.1M views 222 items

List Rules 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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Lt. Colonel Henry Blake ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Lt. Colonel Henry Blake MASH
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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones
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Charlie Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
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Joyce Summers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural
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Mark Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slay
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Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
carlybobarly added Game of Thrones
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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
wassollmanmachen added The Walking Dead
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Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
8 Simple Rules
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Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Sons of Anarchy
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Tenth Doctor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Doctor Who
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Hershel Greene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
bojanthebest added The Walking Dead
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Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
nachshon_roth added Game of Thrones
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Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dan Conner Roseanne
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Winifred Burkle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
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Coach Ernie Pantusso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
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Dr Lance Sweets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
willyboymcoy added bones
Bones
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Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
All in the Family
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Spike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Supernatural
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Rita Morgan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Dexter
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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Game of Thrones
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George O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest Television Deaths Ever
Grey's Anatomy