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33 Utterly Devastating Scenes From Sitcoms And Comedies

"Well, if you're gonna cry..."

A while back, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the saddest TV scenes — here are the best from sitcoms and comedies.


Also, some submissions contain mentions of suicide.

1. On Friends, when Phoebe said goodbye to the triplets she'd carried:

Phoebe telling the infant triplets this is the hardest thing she's ever had to do and saying she wishes she could take them home, then crying

2. On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, when Will asked why his father didn't want him:

Will says "how come he don't want me man?" and his uncle hugs him

3. On The Big Bang Theory, when Howard's mom died after the actor died in real life:

Howard saying his mom died in her sleep and Bernadette hugging him

4. On 8 Simple Rules, when Paul died after John Ritter died in real life:

Cate looking shocked on the phone then running for the doors asking where her keys are as the kids look confused

5. On Archie Bunker's Place, when Edith died and Archie came home and talked to her slipper:

Archie saying he was supposed to be the first to go and she had no right to leave that way before he could say I love you

6. On Futurama, when it's revealed Fry's dog waited for him on the corner until he died:

Fry's dog growing older as he waits by the pizza shop

7. On Golden Girls, when Blanche reunited with her husband but then woke up and remembered he was dead:

Blanche tells her husband she's never found anyone whose eyes have shown her what his has then hugs him, then she wakes up and sees he's not there

8. On Superstore, when Jonah decided not to go to California with Amy after she said she didn't want to marry him:

Jonah says he's not coming to California, and Amy says she doesn't want to lose him, and Jonah says that when they first met Amy said all her days blended together and he doesn't want to be the reason she feels that way again

9. On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Rosa responded to an active shooter call and the precinct found out:

Holt tells everyone that there's an active shooter situation with multiple casualties and Jake says that Rosa's there

10. On Scrubs, when it was revealed that Ben was dead after Dr. Cox had been talking to him for the whole episode, and they were at his funeral:

Ben walks away and JD asks Cox "where do you think we are"

11. On M*A*S*H, when Radar told everyone Henry Blake's plane was shot down when he was on his way home:

Radar says Henry's plane was shot down over Japan and spun out, and that there were no survivors

12. On Full House, when Jessie moved out and said goodbye to Michelle, and she gave him her pig:

Jessie and Michelle say bye to each other, then Jessie hugs Michelle's stuffed animal outside the door crying

13. On The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon and Amy broke up:

Sheldon pulling out a ring and saying "Well Gollum, you're an expert of rings. What do I do with this one?"

14. On M*A*S*H, when Hawkeye remembers that the woman he told to keep her chicken quiet actually was holding a baby, and that she killed her baby to protect them:

Hawkeye cries that he didn't mean for the woman to kill it, and that he just wanted it to be quiet, but it was a baby, and she smothered it

15. On Scrubs, when Dr. Cox lost three organ transplant patients in a row after pushing for them:

JD tells a devastated Dr. Cox to remember what he told JD, that you can't come back from blaming yourself for others' deaths, and Dr. Cox says he's right

16. On 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

17. On Superstore, when ICE took Mateo away:

18. On 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

19. On 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

20. On 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

21. On 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

22. On King Of Queens, when Carrie revealed she'd miscarried:

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

23. On 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"

24. 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

25. On 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

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

27. On 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

28. On 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

29. On 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..."

30. On 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

31. On 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

32. On 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

33. And finally, on 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.