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The 10 Weepiest Situation Comedy Episodes Ever

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | January 4, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | January 4, 2011 |


How cruel was last night’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother”? “Scrubs” was always known for its whiplash poignancy — the way it would turn on you in the last 3 minutes of an episode. Not a lot of sitcoms do that. Not a lot even try. You watch a sitcom to laugh. Not to get a punch in the gut. It’s a brave thing for a sitcom to do, and it shouldn’t even be attempted until the characters are well established, and you’ve developed feelings for them. Otherwise, it feels cheap and manipulative.

I don’t think many people knew how deep their feelings for Marshall were until last night. For those of you who watched it, on a Scale from one to 10, how ugly was your cry-face? That episode may go down as the second saddest laugh-track episode of a sitcom ever. Brutal. Absolutely brutal.

But hey! After bawling your fool eyes out, what’s better than re-living some of the weepiest sitcom episodes in recent memory? Let’s do it.

10. “Scrubs” — “My Long Goodbye” (The Passing of Laverne)


9. “The Office” — Jim and Pam’s Wedding

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8. “M*A*S*H” — Colonel Blake’s Death

7. “Futurama” — “Jurassic Bark”

6. “The UK Office” — “Christmas Episode”

5. “Scrubs” — “My Lunch”


4. “How I Met Your Mother” — “Bad News”

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3. “Wonder Years” — “Independence Day”

2. “8 Simple Rules” — “Goodlbye” (the first post-John Ritter episode)

1. “Scrubs” — “My Screw Up” (Ben Sullivan’s Funeral Scene)




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