While depressing TV shows are hard to watch, we often find ourselves so invested in the characters that we can't resist. We just keep watching to find out what happens next, even if we know it'll break our hearts. That's why some of the saddest TV shows are often the best, filled with characters so likable that we feel for them and want them to get through their horrible pain. Sometimes, the sadness is just so real that it's hard to stop crying no matter how hard you try. Whether it's a drama, comedy, or even a cartoon, there are sad elements in almost every show.
If one thing is for sure, though, no matter how sad these shows make us, we just can't stop watching. Often, the shows that make you cry are the best shows of all. Sure, being sad is no fun, but if a show can get that much emotion out of you, then they must be doing something right. So, here are some of the biggest tearjerker TV shows that likely exist just to make you cry.
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Despite being a cartoon, BoJack Horseman is one of the most brutally honest shows that is guaranteed to make you feel down in the dumps. While the show is funny and uses animals for the characters, it touches on darker subjects including depression, abuse, and substance use.
Some of the saddest moments on the show include Sarah Lynn's passing and the moment BoJack's mom recognizes him. However, there are countless dark and upsetting moments throughout the entire show that will make you question your own life.
- Actors: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins
- Premiered: August 22, 2014
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This Is Us goes from one sad episode to the next, but the most tragic moment for fans is the passing of Jack. Even though the fact that he perishes is revealed early on, it's still a shock when it's finally shown on screen. Not only does he perish in a fire, but he saves his family members and goes back into the fire for Kate's dog.
Watching how the family has to cope with this horrible loss is even worse. However, bad things continue to happen as the show goes on, only making viewers continously tear up more.
- Actors: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley
- Premiered: September 20, 2016
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Since this show is set in a hospital, it's expected that there will be some sad moments, but fans have endured more heartbreak than they could've imagined. Everything changes when Derek is hurt in a car accident, leaving him with a terrible brain injury.
After Derek's passing, fans were both outraged and in mourning. Sure, there are lots of goodbyes on the show, but watching one of your favorite characters perish that way is unforgivable.
- Actors: Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone
- Premiered: March 27, 2005
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The Leftovers is a heart-wrenching story from the start. The fact that so many people have disappeared without a trace is already enough to make you bawl, especially when the baby vanishes in the beginning.
There's so much grief throughout the show, which means there's no shortage of heartbreaking moments. Some of the saddest episodes are the one where Nora hires escorts to fire at her with a bulletproof vest and when Susan drives straight into an oncoming truck, ending herself and her family.
- Actors: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka, Carrie Coon
- Premiered: June 29, 2014