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The 28 Greatest Television Moments Of All Time


With the spread of the coronavirus keeping us indoors, we’ll all be spending quite some time in front of the television for the foreseeable future. So what better time to look back on some of the most iconic television moments to give you some inspiration for your Netflix queue.

Of course, our TV hospital-centric favorites are included for their dramatic (and often tear-jerking) moments — think: Grey’s Anatomy and ER — but we haven’t forgotten about those lighter, yet equally iconic moments from our most-loved sitcoms. Because let’s be honest, is any great television list ever complete without the one and only Lucille Ball? Answer: no.

Other highlights include Johnny Carson’s final Tonight Show appearance — you might remember Bette Midler’s hauntingly beautiful farewell song to her friend —and the Beatles’ first American TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as the first-ever season of Survivor, which, we would argue, paved the way for all reality shows that would follow. 

More recently, programs like Game of Thrones, The Wire and The Crown have added some incredibly memorable and transformative programs into the cultural zeitgeist. Proving, as you might imagine, that no genre is exempt from contributing well-acted, well-written and (most importantly) very well-received moments to TV history. And lucky for you, we’ve done the hard work of compiling them all.

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