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MJF Departure - Saddest In TV History


I can't remember feeling as sad for an actors departure from a show then when MJF left Spin City. It was such a sad moment. Obviously the reality of him having to leave beyond his control contributed to the saddness, but that episode is terrific.

Especially Mike and The Mayor saying goodbye to eachother.

The only time I was that sad to farewell a character was the sad farewell to John Ritter on 8 Simple Rules, which occured due to the sad passing of Ritter in reality. That also sticks with me.

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It wasn't actually a departure, but in Becker, some of the saddest moments in my viewing of TV came from that show. Patients from all walks of life come to Dr. Becker for help and he constantly had bad news for them or had to advise someone when someone else died etc... they were sad. Ironically it was a funny sitcom that had some sad moments. The last episode was a real tear-jerker too.

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That's like Scrubs, which was a sitcom but when it dealt with losing patients, man could it be sad.


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Agreed, Mike leaving the show was a sad moment in TV history, but for me the saddest moment in TV history would be the funeral for Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street; or the death of Jim Hensons tv special, when at the end he wasn't going to be there. Also Phil Hartman's character in NewsRadio, that first episode of season 5, is still tough to watch, cause all the actors are crying for real.
Any show where one of the actors dies or leaves due to illness is sad to watch.


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The episode of 8 Simple Rules where they had John Ritter's character die as well. That was one of the saddest episodes of a show. The show handled Ritter's death really well.

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Hardly. There are many, many, which were sadder. Shows where the actor who played the character died easily eclipse this.

Two immediately spring to mind.

Cover Up, when they revealed that Mac Harper, played by Jon Erik Hexum, had been killed while on a mission.

Cheers, when Woody Boyd, shows up at the bar to meet his pen pal, Ernie "Coach" Pantusso and finds out he has died.

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My saddest tv farewell was on M*A*S*H* when Henry Blake was sent home, then Radar announced at the end his plane was shot down and he was killed. None of the actors knew that was coming, all the tears were real

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It was even unnecessary too

MJF could have wrote in workplace accommodations for people with disabilities--which I am sure NYC had by then

He was much more likeable than Sheen to begin with. People wanted him to stay on Spin City. He panicked and assumed it was the end of his life.

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