Saddest TV Deaths (IMO)

[SPOILERS for the following shows:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Parenthood]

Don’t ask me why I was in the mood to get morbid for this PSA. Maybe because it’s the day before Halloween. Or maybe because a lot of the shows I’m watching are showing a lot of death this season—The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: Hotel, How To Get Away With Murder, heck, even Nashville has been killing people off. Whatever the reason, I started thinking back on all the beloved characters I’ve had to say goodbye to in the past. There have been more than you’d ever hope to endure, but here are five that left me devastated. (Yes, I know TV is fiction, but sometimes it feels real!) And again, spoilers, spoilers, spoilers! If you’ve never watched the listed shows and maybe someday plan to (all five are currently streaming on Netflix), you’ve been warned.

Please excuse the oh-so-crappy video clips.
People are obsessed with making terrible music videos, but never actually just posting a scene, as is, to YouTube.

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Best Bad Boys of TV | Vol. 3

Just in case you missed my last two PSAs, let’s refresh:

You gotta love a good bad boy. That quintessential television character always seems two-dimensional on the page until they get fleshed out into living, breathing, brooding boys who don’t want your heart but you’re still compelled to yank it from your chest and give it to them anyway. It’s up to the actors who play them to let their softer side show through just enough to make you love/hate them and look forward to the next time they grace your screen.

I shuffled through my long list of favorite shows in my head and realized that almost every single one had one of those leather jacket-wearing, motorcycle-riding, look-me-in-the-eyes-and-swoon kind of guys. So this topic is going to be broken into segments and we’re going to explore it over the next couple PSAs. (Because I said so.)

Last time, I covered characters from AMC’s other smash hit “Breaking Bad,” as well as Joss Whedon’s cult classic “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the now-defunct WB’s darling drama “Gilmore Girls.”

Next up:

Jimmy Collins | Smash
Played by Jeremy Jordan

Jimmy

NBC’s “Smash” was a short-lived success, but there’s no denying that Jimmy’s appearance pulled the show from its slump in the sophomore season. The kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it in the big city was the breath of fresh air our girl Karen so desperately needed to push her to reach her superstar potential by following her own path, not the one she felt obligated to take. The actors, an American Idol runner-up and a Broadway vet, helped the characters make truly beautiful music when they finally accepted each other for who they were at their core: two people just trying to find a connection. Continue reading