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    33 TV Actors Who Gave Award-Worthy Performances With Just A Single Monologue

    Anya's speech in "The Body" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer still makes me cry.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV monologues are the greatest of all time. Here are just a few of the best responses:

    🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead!🚨

    1. On The West Wing, when President Bartlet delivered this truly iconic speech in both English and Latin after Mrs. Landingham died.

    Bartlet yelling at God asking why he keeps coming after him
    NBC

    "President Bartlet's monologue in the church in 'Two Cathedrals' is literally the epitome of 'the best TV monologue.' Yelling at God? In a church? In Latin? The entirety of that scene lives in my mind rent free. It's flawless."

    carrotcakecait

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 22, or you can watch it here.

    2. On BoJack Horseman, when BoJack gave a eulogy at his mother's funeral.

    Netflix

    "The entire episode is just one long monologue, and it's perfect in every way."

    facebook_10104736673146075

    Where you can find the episode-long monologue: Season 5, Episode 6

    3. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Anya gave this heartbreaking speech while dealing with Joyce's death.

    Anya saying how she doesn't understand why Joyce is dead and why she can't just not be dead anymore
    Warner Bros.

    "She was immortal for so long that someone she cares about dying makes no sense to her. It's not long, but it breaks my heart every time."

    tmwdlm2011

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 5, Episode 16, or you can watch it here.

    4. On How to Get Away with Murder, when Annalise argued in front of the Supreme Court.

    Annalise saying that "Racism is built into the DNA of America" and we have to change it
    ABC

    "First thing that came to mind was the Supreme Court speech from Annalise on How to Get Away with Murder. It was so powerful and I get chills every time I watch it."

    carmenbarrios28

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 4, Episode 16, or you can watch it here.

    5. On Doctor Who, when the Doctor gave this iconic speech about war and how it only creates a cruel world.

    The Doctor explaining that when you start a war you never know who is going to get hurt and it's better to just talk it out
    BBC

    "Peter Capaldi's monologue from 'The Zygon Inversion' is a phenomenal scene where he talks about how war is people being cruel to cruel people, thus only creating more cruel people to replace the people they think are cruel. It's just a great scene that makes some insightful points about how the only way to truly make our world better is by being better people and not stooping to the level of the people we’re trying to replace."

    florida97

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 9, Episode 8, or you can watch it here.

    6. On Jane the Virgin, when Jane rambled about how she was doing after learning that Michael was actually alive.

    Jane saying how she doesn't know if she's considered single, married, or a widow now and she was supposed to be getting engaged to Rafael
    The CW

    "Jane's asked one simple question, 'How are you doing?' and it sends her on a seven-minute spiel where she goes through a range of emotions and basically sums up the entire series. It's hilarious, emotional, and I've watched it at least 20 times. This monologue basically solidified Gina Rodriguez as my favorite actor."

    jessieweickert

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 5, Episode 1

    7. On Grey's Anatomy, when Bailey opened up to Richard about how she was feeling after her miscarriage.

    Bailey telling Richard how she was able to help every single patient today and save them, but she couldn't save her baby
    ABC

    "Dr. Bailey’s monologue after her miscarriage is hands down one of the best monologues I’ve seen on television in years. When she talks about saving everyone, but being unable to save her child, I sob so damn hard."

    hayleyokay

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 16, Episode 10, or you can watch it here.

    8. Also on Grey's Anatomy, when Cristina gave this speech to Owen about how Burke took pieces of her.

    Cristina explaining to Owen that she lost herself while she was with Burke because she wanted to make him happy
    ABC

    "Cristina Yang just remains one of the best TV characters ever. Sandra Oh is so talented and this monologue proves it."

    aaronweeks101

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 6, Episode 13, or you can watch it here.

    9. On The Newsroom, when the series literally started with Will's speech about how America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

    Will explaining that America used to be a country that looked out for other people and helped, but now we are no longer the greatest country in the world
    HBO

    "Jeff Daniels' monologue in front of all those students is mesmerizing. This gave me chills when I first heard it and I think it is extremely relevant today."

    alexisg41dc2b075

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 1, or you can watch it here.

    10. On The Haunting of Hill House, when Nell was in the Red Room and talked to her siblings about time.

    Nell telling her siblings, "I love you completely. And you loved me the same. That's all. The rest is confetti"
    Netflix

    "Nell's monologue toward the end of the series gives me chills. It's incredible."

    emilyd41b36b9de

    Where you can find the monologue: Episode 10 or you can watch it here.

    11. Also on The Haunting of Hill House, when Theo explained to Shirley how she felt nothing after touching Nell's body.

    Theo saying that she was trying to fill herself back up but nothing was working, she couldn't feel anything
    Netflix

    "I felt every part of this speech because that's what depression feels like. I have felt nothing. I have felt everything. When you feel everything, you want to feel nothing. When you feel nothing, all you want to do is feel something. I have ruined so many relationships — friend, family, romantic — because of it. It's crippling. I felt Theo's pain. I've lived her pain. I understood her pain. It was beautifully done. Kate Siegel is extraordinary in this moment."

    caitlynnnt

    Where you can find the monologue: Episode 8

    12. On The Haunting of Bly Manor, when Jamie talked to Dani about her childhood and moonflowers.

    Jamie explaining how people are like plants and sometimes someone, like a moonflower, are worth the extra effort
    Netflix

    "I think about it at least twice a day. I want to go out and get a moonflower and try to grow it simply because of Jamie. Also, this monologue was a really good chance to peek into who Jamie is as a person. She was a little rough around the edges at first, so Dani and the audience needed the curtains pulled back a bit. Amelia Eve knocked it out of the park."

    jazzminrd9

    Where you can find the monologue: Episode 6

    13. On Shameless, when Fiona told Monica about how she has raised all of her siblings.

    Fiona telling Monica about all of her siblings' accomplishments and how Monica was her mother too, but she wasn't there
    Showtime

    "The monologue when she tells Monica why she can't take Liam away is so amazing. Emmy Rossum is incredible and you really feel her emotions while she's talking."

    ananyasx

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 9, or you can watch it here.

    14. On Fleabag, when Fleabag talked in the confessional to the priest.

    Fleabag explaining how she wants someone to decide things for her because she keeps messing up and she's scared
    Amazon Prime Video

    "This scene still gives me chills! I remember watching it for the first time and I cried so much at this scene because I was in a terrible place at the time and she basically said everything I was thinking. Sometimes we do want someone to tell us what to do when nothing seems to make sense in our life and to help pick up the pieces."

    andreaabordo16

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 4, or you can watch it here.

    15. On Euphoria, when Rue talked to Fez about having her first panic attack after her dad was diagnosed with cancer.

    Rue explaining how she had his first panic attack lying in bed with her parents and after she had valium for the first time, "the world went quiet"
    HBO

    "Rue's speech to Fez in the Euphoria pilot, aka the moment I knew Zendaya was destined for the Emmy."

    khugsy

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 1, or you can watch it here.

    16. On Game of Thrones, when Tyrion was on trial and gave this memorable speech.

    Tyrion saying he didn't kill Joffrey, but he wanted to and how he wishes he was the monster everyone thinks he is
    HBO

    "Peter Dinklage does such a good job at conveying the deep, raw layers and emotions that Tyrion has. You can hear it in every word! From the anger and sadness of neglect and being falsely accused to the frustration of being beaten down by his family for so many years. It’s too good to not mention!"

    hverre04

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 4, Episode 6, or you can watch it here.

    17. On Orange Is the New Black, when Taystee talked about Poussey's death to reporters outside the prison.

    Netflix

    "After Poussey is killed by a guard, the inmates started a riot for justice, fair treatment, and prisoners' rights. Taystee gives this heartbreaking speech to reporters after they show up because of Judy King. Danielle Brooks is so talented."

    sym510

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 5, Episode 5, or you can watch it here.

    18. On Friday Night Lights, when Coach Taylor gave this speech to the Panthers during the state championship game.

    Coach Taylor saying that everyone is going to lose a battle, but they can't quit now
    NBC

    "To this day, Coach Taylor remains one of the kings of iconic monologues. It's hard to choose the absolute best one, but one that sticks out in my mind is always when he gives the speech in the locker room during the Season 1 finale. The Panthers had been through so much and this was just a perfect moment."

    noradominick

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 22, or you can watch it here.

    19. On This Is Us, when Kevin returned to his high school's football field and gave play-by-play commentary on his life.

    Kevin saying that he kept getting rewarded and then knocked back down after his football injury in high school and how no one wants to see that he's in pain
    NBC

    "Kevin's football field monologue, where he gives a play-by-play commentary of his screwed-up life and we get a front row seat to him hitting rock bottom. This scene showcases what a complex character Kevin is. It is easily one of the best scenes of the series and Justin Hartley's acting is on point."

    tsara90

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 8, or you can watch it here.

    20. On Killing Eve, when Villanelle was pretending to be Billie and attended an AA meeting.

    Villanelle as Billie saying how she doesn't feel anything and how she's so bored and doesn't understand why more people don't feel like this
    BBC America

    "Villanelle as Billie in the AA meeting where she describes how she feels nothing and how bored she is. I know she’s acting as Billie to get close to Amber Peel, but it’s a real and vulnerable moment. I think it comes from a place of truth in Villanelle’s life, plus I think that everybody watching can relate to her in some way or another. This is the moment that won Jodie Comer her Emmy Award."

    ebonyjaynek

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 6, or you can watch it here.

    21. On Parenthood, when Zeek took Amber to see her wrecked car and told her she can't mess up his dream.

    Zeek explaining to Amber that when he was in Vietnam he dreamt of this family he has helped build, he says, "You do not have permission to mess with my dreams"
    NBC

    "When Amber gets in a car accident and Zeek takes her to the car and talks about how he dreamt of her and their family, it makes me cry every single time."

    shaunabraun

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 22

    22. On Scandal, when Eli met Olivia in the airplane hanger and talked about her relationship with Fitz and how she has to work twice as hard as everyone else.

    Eli telling Olivia she has to work twice as hard as everyone else and she now has to leave
    ABC

    "Papa Pope and Olivia in the airplane hangar is amazing, especially when he says, 'You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have.' Whew, can we just take a minute and just analyze how poignant it was back then and so much more now? This sentiment has been instilled for generations and I always go back to this scene when I want to hear a pep talk. Some would say it’s a dad talking to his daughter about sleeping with a married man, but it’s not that. For any POC, you constantly have to prove your worth, while mediocrity can advance due to privilege. I know every Black home was probably like, 'Oh, they let that fly on prime time?!?' It was nothing but the truth. Although Papa Pope has his quirks, he always spoke the truth."

    simonesaysthis

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 3, Episode 1, or you can watch it here.

    23. On Sex Education, when Maeve explained that she's really smart, but she has made some wrong decisions.

    Maeve explaining to her teachers that is very smart she just "got unlucky in the family department"
    Netflix

    "The monologue from Maeve on Sex Education is so good. Maybe it's because it hit super close to home for me, but this is a monologue that you can just feel and relate to so closely if high school was not such an easy time for you."

    gnunnari

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 8

    24. On Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, when Lorelai called Emily and talked about her favorite memory with Richard.

    Lorelai saying how Richard found her at the mall and took her to see a movie and then lied to Emily about it and how it was her best birthday ever
    Netflix / Warner Bros.

    "Here me out: Gilmore Girls is my absolute favorite show, however A Year in the Life was a mess. But Lorelai’s phone call to Emily during the 'Fall' episode is one of my favorite scenes. It’s such a bittersweet moment for both mother and daughter, and a great way to remember Richard. I cry absolutely every damn time."

    meganr404eba5a1

    Where you can find the monologue: "Fall," or you can watch it here.

    25. On Glee, when Santana completely roasted Kurt after he suggested that she and Brittany were too young to get married.

    Santana saying maybe Kurt left him because he was tired of all of his quirks
    Fox

    "On the last season of Glee, when Santana goes on an epic rant to Kurt about himself. It's definitely a true testament to Naya Rivera's sheer talent and brilliance in this role and as an actor."

    saraw19

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 6, Episode 3, or you can watch it here.

    26. On Misfits, when Nathan gave this impassioned speech about being young and how they should all make mistakes.

    Nathan saying how he plans to be a screw up for a while and how they were once so beautiful and look what has happened to them
    E4

    "Nathan's speech on the rooftop in Season 1 is so amazing. It's so good and I get chills every time I hear it."

    december29

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 6, or you can watch it here.

    27. On Sorry for Your Loss, when Leigh left this voicemail about her new eyeliner and how she's still grieving her husband's death.

    Leigh crying in the bathroom saying how her mascara isn't coming off even though she's crying over her husband's death
    Facebook Watch

    "The Elizabeth Olsen monologue on Sorry for Your Loss, when she is leaving a voicemail is so amazing. I love it so much and I even use it for every audition I have. I know it’s a small show, but this monologue just hits every range of emotion."

    gnunnari

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 4

    28. On Black Mirror, when Kelly opened up to Yorkie about loving her husband.

    Kelly telling Yorkie about how she'll never understand the bond her and Richard had and how they felt the heartbreak together when their daughter died
    Netflix

    "When Kelly tells Yorkie about her husband and daughter, and why her husband made the choice that he did when he was dying. It's so well delivered and just so heartbreaking. You realize what different places they are coming from because Kelly has lived a long life while Yorkie is finally just getting to live hers. It's a wonderful episode that has made me cry multiple times, and this speech is beautiful."

    ohpineapples

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 3, Episode 4

    29. On Barry, when Sally said her upcoming piece for class was extremely personal.

    Sally explaining how she's afraid to be vulnerable in front of everyone and tell the truth
    HBO

    "Sarah Goldberg's funny but also just so, so real. She's just spewing words on how she felt about everything going on around her in the show and it's so genuine, funny, and a little heartbreaking. It’s hard to describe, but I absolutely love her monologue."

    genevievelai20

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 7, or you can watch it here.

    30. On Teen Wolf, when Stiles talked about drowning and how it's kind of peaceful.

    Stiles saying that when you're drowning your instinct to not let any water in is so strong that you won't open your mother until you're near the end
    MTV

    "Dylan O'Brien is so good and doesn't get nearly enough credit."

    toomuchtosay3

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 2, Episode 11

    31. On Julie and the Phantoms, when Julie talked to her mom before her big performance at the Orpheum.

    Julie talking to her mom and saying she wishes she could give her a sign that the band is with her right now
    Netflix

    "In the last episode of Julie and the Phantoms, minutes before her performance at the Orpheum, Julie runs out because she thinks that Luke, Reggie, and Alex are gone for good and she mourns them and tells her late mother that she hopes they’re up there with her. Then, a stranger gives her a dahlia, her mother’s favorite flower, for support. It’s raw and emotional, and this is Madison Reyes’ first professional acting gig and she knocks it out of the park."

    angelazach1308

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 9

    32. On The Good Place, when Chidi explained to Eleanor how Buddhists describe death right before he left the Good Place.

    Chidi telling Eleanor how "the wave returns to the ocean, where it came from, and where it's supposed to be"
    NBC

    "Chidi explaining how Buddhists describe death, and that it's like a wave. It made me cry and as someone who often had panic attacks about dying (because it’s a scary concept), it calmed me and I think of it often when I have those panic moments."

    taylors42375c9d6

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 4, Episode 13, or you can watch it here.

    33. And finally, on Mad Men, when Don pitched the Kodak Carousel at the end of Season 1.

    Don explaining that the product shouldn't be called "the wheel" it should be "the carousel" because it "takes us to a place where we ache to go again"
    AMC

    "Mad Men is filled with incredible monologues, but the Kodak Carousel pitch at the end of Season 1 is one of my favorites. It hits you right in the nostalgic feels."

    katies4866f3362

    Where you can find the monologue: Season 1, Episode 13, or you can watch it here.

    We can't fit everyone on one list, so do you have other TV monologues that are absolutely amazing? Tell us in the comments below!

    Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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