Every single year, hundreds of television moments generate conversation. They convince us to seek out others who watch the same show in order to commiserate, offer up wild theories or perhaps even angrily vow to never watch again. As the years pass, however, a funny thing happens. Many of these crazy, outlandish, have-to-talk-about-em moments sorta slowly begin slipping away until the memories belong more to the hardcore fans than the general public.
Let me give you an example. Despite happening thirty years ago, an overwhelming majority of the public could still tell you J.R. was shot in a dramatic episode of Dallas, whether they’ve actually seen the show or not. “Who Shot J.R.” is just one of those television moments that will never die---like “I take thee Rachel” from Friends or “the contest” from Seinfeld. Other moments like Boston Public's riot, Jill Taylor's emergency hysterectomy from Home Improvement and countless others just haven't remained with us, however.
Figuring out exactly which of those moments will last the test of time is extremely difficult, but luckily, that’s what we’re here for. We pulled all of the Cinema Blend writers and asked them for lists of the scenes that still have them buzzing, and we’ve compiled the results together.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 television moments from 2013 that we’ll still remember in 10 years...
Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers. If you are not caught up on the show the picture and title of each entry are referencing, do yourself a favor and skip to the next page.
The FBI Goes On A Manhunt In BostonThree days after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI gave us two photographs of the suspects, Chechen brothers Dzhokar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. What followed was a manhunt through the streets of Boston that captivated the entire world and convinced many of us to stay up the entire night as authorities slowly narrowed the search location to a small grouping of blocks in Boston. There were shots fired. There were press conferences we’ll never forget, and in the end, there was an impromptu celebration in the streets.
Most Americans obsessively clung to the television following 9/11, but after a day or so, there really wasn’t a sense that we would catch the culprits immediately. We knew it would take time. Following the Boston Marathon bombings, there was a sense it could climax at any moment, and most of us will likely never forget that feeling.