19 Dark TV Moments That Left Reddit Users Emotionally Scarred

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Vote up the most emotional moments of a television series.

Dark TV moments that we weren't ready for. Who knew American Dad! would hit us hard with themes of eating disorders? Who knew Thomas & Friends could be so unsettling?

All answers courtesy of this AskReddit.

SPOILERS AHEAD.


  • 1. Cats Die A Horrible Death In 'Tom And Jerry'

    From Redditor u/Some_funny_nickname:

    The episode of Tom & Jerry which takes place in heaven and suddenly we can see a three kittens in a wet bag jumping towards heaven's gate. It f***ed me up when I saw this as an adult and understood what it meant.

  • 2. Pixar Takes The Audience Through An Entire Tragic Love Story In 'Up'

    Pixar Takes The Audience Through An Entire Tragic Love Story In 'Up'
    Photo: Disney

    From Redditor u/knockknockLandshark:

    The beginning sequence of Up. I can’t. I just can’t. I can’t even hear that song and not cry.

    From Redditor u/ovrqualifiedovrpaid:

    The scene where she is sitting in the sun...As a woman married to a wonderful man and who struggled for years with infertility, it hit just so close to home.

    Just typing this I'm in tears.

  • 3. Mr. Hyunh Is Separated From His Daughter In 'Hey Arnold!'

    From Redditor u/SeenC77:

    How has no one mentioned the Christmas episode of Hey Arnold! where the Vietnamese guy is reunited with his daughter?

    From Redditor u/vcisjb1:

    Actually an amazing story about how that episode came to be.

    From Redditor u/milesofedgeworth:

    This and when Helga goes to therapy. You see multiple occasions how messed up her family is and how neglected she was, and how even though Arnold was one of her kindest interactions, she lashes out due to fear, and does the same to the therapist initially as a lot of abused people do. Seeing her walking to preschool in the rain with an empty lunchbox and utter defeat in her eyes hurt me.

    There’s also the stories of Stoop Kid, Pigeon Man, the substitute teacher, Harold’s weight, Chocolate Boy’s addiction, etc. What amazing show.

  • 4. Dumbo Says Goodbye To His Mother, Has A Scary Hallucination In 'Dumbo' 

    Dumbo Says Goodbye To His Mother, Has A Scary Hallucination In 'Dumbo' 
    Photo: Disney

    From Redditor u/LeaveTheClownAlone:

    The cartoon Dumbo film where the mother elephant scoops baby Dumbo into her truck from inside the cell and rocks him to sleep to the tune “Baby of Mine” and then they have to tearfully part. That last touch of their trunks as the mouse leads Dumbo away.

    From Redditor u/asportate:

    Between that scene and the nightmare acid trip scene, I f***in hated that movie as a kid

  • Will's Father Walks Out On Him Again In 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'
    Photo: NBC

    From Redditor u/HesTrafty:

    Fresh Prince - “Why don’t he want me man”

    That still hits hard every time I see it

    From Redditor u/Onitsue:

    As someone whose father walked out on me and my mother when I was one.

    When that scene comes on.... I just can't...

    From Redditor u/bigpapahugetim3:

    James Avery whispered “now that’s acting” when he grabbed and hugged Will. RIP

  • 6. Taking Care Of A Child Whose Parents Are Neglectful Meth Addicts In 'Breaking Bad'

    Taking Care Of A Child Whose Parents Are Neglectful Meth Addicts In 'Breaking Bad'
    Photo: AMC

    From Redditor u/Toasted_Cashews:

    That one episode of Breaking Bad where Jesse goes to collect the stolen money from the junkie family and finds a kid loving in the worst possible conditions. This episode was so incredibly disturbing, yet also eye opening to the effects that meth can have on a household

    From Redditor u/Redqueenhypo:

    I always liked that side of Jesse, you could see he was thinking about his little brother there

    From Redditor u/Toasted_Cashews:

    Yeah, I feel like the younger people in his life influenced his choices more than anything else. It gave him something to lose