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24 Sitcom And Comedy Scenes That Are So Sad That No One Ever Talks About

Bust out the tissues.

Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the saddest scenes from TV that not enough people talk about. Here are the best from sitcoms and comedies.


Also, some submissions contain mentions of suicide.

1. In Modern Family, when Phil spent one last day with his dad before he died:

Phil's dad tells him he took over the family business by keeping life fun. In a confessional, Phil says it was the best day with his dad, but he didn't know it was the last. At his funeral, Phil says to tell people you appreciate them

2. In Superstore, when ICE took Mateo away:

3. In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, when Rebecca attempted suicide on the plane:

Rebecca downs pills with her wine, then looks up at the help button — but it changes to "hope." She presses it and asks for help

4. In Scrubs, when Turk and JD skipped their fancy dinner to stay with a patient who was dying:

George says he's tired, and Turk tells him to sleep. George asks if they'll be there when he wakes up, and JD says they will — but then he dies

5. In Parks and Recreation, when Leslie stood up Ron for lunch:

Leslie realizes she stood Ron up as we flash back to him waiting, then he tells her he was going to ask for a job

6. In Freaks and Geeks, when Nick and Lindsay both pretended to have completely moved on:

Nick tells Lindsay that she told him to move on, so he did. She tells him he seems like he's having more fun with his new girlfriend than he did with her, and he agrees

7. In Community, when Jeff said goodbye to Annie:

Jeff tells Annie he let her go, and she says he should kiss her or he'll regret it for the rest of his life

8. Also in Community, when Troy said goodbye to Abed:

Abed says he put homing pigeon DNA in Troy's clone, saying it might cause a compulsion for him to come back, and Troy hugs him

9. In King Of Queens, when Carrie revealed she'd miscarried:

Carrie tells Doug that she lost the baby, and he hugs her

10. In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when Mac came out to his dad through a dance:

Mac tells his dad he's gay then dances, but his dad leaves. He cries, then continues dancing, and Frank watches crying and says "I get it"

11. On Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, when Zoey and her father shared one last dance:

Zoey asks what to do when she can't hear her dad sing anymore, and he says she'll always hear him if she listens

12. In Gravity Falls, when Dipper and Mabel went back home at the end of the summer:

Stan tells Dipper and Mabel he's glad to be rid of them while crying, and they hug him, saying they'll miss him, too

13. In Futurama, when Fry found out it was his nephew, not his brother, who went to space, and that his brother named his son after Fry:

the show flashes back to Fry's brother naming his son Philip J. Fry after Fry, who he misses, and then we see Fry at his nephew's grave, crying

14. On Kim's Convenience, when Jung visited his dad in the hospital:

15. On Parenthood, when Kristina told everyone she had cancer:

Kristina says she wants to say that she loves everyone so much, then says there's something she needs to tell them

16. In How I Met Your Mother, when Lily told Marshall his dad was dead:

Lily tells Marshall his dad had a heart attack and didn't make it, and Marshall hugs her and says he isn't ready for this

17. In Scrubs, when Carla said goodbye to Laverne:

Lisa says she's not ready, and that Laverne has been her friend and role model for 15 years, and she's really going to miss her

18. In Friends, when Chandler convinced Erica to let him and Monica adopt her baby:

"I love my wife more than anything in this world. And it kills me that I can't give her a baby. I really want a kid. And when that day finally comes, I'll learn how to be a good dad. But my wife, she's already there. She's a mother without a baby"

19. In Golden Girls, when Sophia finally broke down over the death of her son:

Angela tells Sophia that her son was a good man, and Sophia says, "My baby is gone." Sophia hugs her and says, "Oh, Sophia..."

20. In Black-Ish, when Dre and Bow decided to separate and take space:

the two agree to take space, then Dre asks how they got there as he's leaving, and Bow cries and says she doesn't know

21. In Trailer Park Boys, when Julian left and Bubbles found his letter and started crying:

Julian hitchhikes and Bubbles finds the letter, holding it up and crying

22. On Schitt's Creek, when Ted and Alexis broke up:

Alexis says she can't move to the Galapagos, and Ted says he wouldn't let her if she tried, and tells her how proud of her he is. Alexis replies that she's proud of Ted, too

23. In Please Like Me, when Rose killed herself:

Claire tells Josh things will be bad for a while and slowly get better, and Josh says that his last few conversations with his mom felt like her trying to say goodbye, then breaks down sobbing on the bed

24. And finally, in One Day at a Time, when Penelope sang to Lydia:

Penelope tells Lydia that if she has to go, it's okay, then cuddles up next to her in bed, singing in Spanish" — then in the next shot, Lydia is gone

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!

Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.

Correction: An earlier version of this article referred to Carla from Scrubs as Lisa. Our bad!