It’s Our Version of the Emmy’s
2018 was a great year for TV, with streaming services like Netflix and networks like HBO creating content that not only competes with the esteemed film world, but even surpasses it in some ways. For this MsMojo list, we ranked the funniest, saddest, most dramatic, and most shocking scenes of the year from 2018’s scripted TV shows and we’re giving you a sneak peak at the Top 5 entries right here! Spoilers abound, so be warned.
#5: Black Hood Is Revealed
When we heard that Archie was being rebooted into a gloomy murder-mystery, we all kind of laughed in disbelief. But it’s scenes like this that make us feel silly for laughing, because damn did they ever nail the drama. Black Hood was one of the main villains of season two, the culprit behind numerous shootings and the murder of Geraldine Grundy. In the penultimate episode of season two, it was finally revealed that Black Hood was none other than Betty’s father, Hal! Sure, it was a little predictable, but it’s nice to finally know for sure, and it throws his character into a whole new, terrifying light.
#4: The Final Montage
“Adventure Time” (2010-18)
Saying goodbye to “Adventure Time” is like saying goodbye to a great friend. It’s been with us for years, it’s entertained us and made us happy, and it saddened us when it needed to leave. Which is why the final montage was so damn affecting. Seeming to acknowledge the fact that sometimes, music can convey mood better than words, the finale launches into a cute musical montage using the end credits theme song that wraps up everyone’s journey. It’s a touching goodbye to the show and the characters we’ve grown attached to over the better part of a decade, and we couldn’t think of a better finale for such a brilliant program.
#3: “All This Time.”
“The Americans” (2013-18)
“The Americans” is still the greatest show that no one watches. Maybe now that it’s over it will generate the audience it always deserved, like a brilliant artist only discovered after his demise. The show built an incredible amount of tension over the years before unleashing this climax in its final episode. When Stan confronts Philip and Elizabeth in the parking garage and finally learns their secret, it’s a painful, cataclysmic shock for everyone involved. The scene’s impact is in no small part thanks to Matthew Rhys’s Emmy-winning performance as Philip. “The Americans” has always been about family and friendship, and here we watch them all falling apart.
#2: Winston’s Ultimate Prank
“New Girl” (2011-18)
Winston’s reputation for awful pranks set audience expectation high for the series finale. Fortunately, “New Girl” delivered. In the final episode, newly married Nick and Jess discover that they’re being evicted. After packing and loading the moving truck, Winston finally reveals that the eviction was just an elaborate prank, because, well, Winston doesn’t know how to prank. Luckily for him, Nick and Jess don’t kill him, but decide to finish their move. It’s hilarious, but it also leads to a touching send-off for the characters and the apartment they’ve inhabited for nearly 150 episodes. Think of it as a new beginning.
#1: Jack’s Death
“This Is Us” (2016-)
Some people may criticize “This Is Us” for being little more than sorrow porn, but when the sadness is this unbelievably rendered, we can forgive it. We’ve all been waiting for Jack’s death, and it finally came on Super Bowl Sunday – literally, that’s what the episode is called. Mandy Moore is spectacular in this scene, fluidly transitioning from complete disbelief and annoyance to shock and finally grief. Few shows and movies have captured the pain and confusion of death so vividly, and it made for supremely uncomfortable yet tantalizing television.
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