Top Ten Greatest TV Moments of All Time

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Superbowl XXXVIII - Janet Jackson Has a Wardrobe Malfunction
The superbowl is always the most watched teleision program of the year, and the halftime show was highly anticipated. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson were both very popular at the time, and it changed the halftime shows for years to come. Since then, the halftime shows have all been performed by older male singers.
definitely have to agree
too bad I was in the bathroom at the time
anyway she's not that hot though I wish it was somebody else
the foo fighters should play next time not e-street or prince


This was so embrassing and funny

2Top Gear - American Challenge

3DragonBall GT - Goku and Shenron leave
Albeit this wasn't canon, and though GT itself was a bit bad, this moment was the ending all fans of this franchise yearned for; it was simply the best ending to any series, period!

I mean, seriously, this is a series almost every kid during it's air-time grew up with, and it finally ended, simply great.

By the way, to this day, the quote the narrator said followed by Goku's still brings a tear ti my eye...

Narrator: And now we end the story of the Dragonballs with the hope that the Earth will never again see the kind of darkness that brought it close to extinction so many times. But if that day comes, there is one who will step out of the shadows and fight in the name of all that is good and true!
[Goku flies away on his cloud Nimbus]
Son Goku: Until we meet again, you guys!

4DragonBall Z - Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan
This moment defined my childhood for at least a year. Goku turning super saiyan was Huge...
The first time I saw goku transform into ssj1 I was mind blown.

5Top Gear - African Challenge
Richard had a car called Oliver

6Only Fools and Horses - Trotters Become Millionaires
So funny andwell acted. Total fantasy at its best
You know it makes sense.

7Top Gear - Reliant Robin Space Shuttle

This was one of the challenges that coined the phrase "ambitious but rubbish".

8Only Fools and Horses - Dolls Pop Up

9Top Gear - Cheap Police Car Challenge

10Friends - Rachel Gets Off the Plane
People who watched this show regularly were likely to cry while watching this. The show ended absolutely perfectly with this moment.
THIS WAS SAD! So was Ross and Rachel's first kiss and Friends's last episode
That was surely THE moment for sitcoms... People can't make a show that good..EVER.


The Contenders

11Bottom - Eddy Dresses As Grim Reaper

12Deadliest Warrior - Nazi Waffen SS vs Viet Cong

13American Idol - Kelly Clarkson Wins

Kelly Clarkson completely changed the face of music, as well as television. Her winning made the show extremely popular, which led to it becoming the highest rated show of all time. American Idol became so popular that it led to the creation of Idol shows in many other countries, as well as other television shows based on singing, and shows based on other talents outside of singing. Not only did she change television, but music as well. Kelly's win helped other highly popular singers, such as Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Chris Daughtry, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, and others to break records with their success. Without her winning the first season, television, as well as music, would not be the same today.

14Doctor Who - Amy Pond's Entrance

152008 Summer Olympics - Michael Phelps Wins 8 Gold Medals

who said that god doesn't exist? 'got your proof


yeah I think he is half fish


Nobody has ever won 8 Gold Medals in one Summer before. If you think about how long the Olympics have been around, and how many events there are, and how many people have played in them, having this record seems nearly impossible.

16Family Guy - Giant Chicken Fight
I laugh hysterically every time I watch the fights. The way which they destroy everything around them and the action is just amazing for it. No matter how many times I watch the fight I always seem to laugh and have a good time watching them. They are without a doubt my favorite parts of Family Guy, which is just an amazingly funny show to watch. This should be number 1 easily!
Hahaahahaahahaaha so funny k?

17Deadliest Warrior - Jesse James vs Al Capone Simulation

18SpongeBob Squarepants - Chocolate!
Did somebody say chocolate?
With or without nuts?


Fancy Living, here we come, lalalalala!

19Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - John Carpenter Wins

After a while, it seemed like nobody would win the million dollars, and after ourteen of the fiteen questions, John had not used a lifeline. When it got down to the million dollar question, John used his phone-a-friend to call his dad. When his dad got on the line, he told him that he only called him to tell him that he was about to win the money, and he did.

Carpenter was crazy man. he made it look so easy


20Bad Lad's Army - Sgt Rae's gungey individual rant

21Survivor - Jonny Fairplay Outwits the Producers

For any fan of reality television, this moment will not be forgotten. During a family visit, Jon's friend told him that his grandmother had passed away, and everyone believed him. The other players didn't find out until the show aired, and the producers found out when they called his house to give condolences, and the grandmother answered the phone.

22Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - Ant & Dec's American Idol prank on Simon Cowell

23I Love Lucy - Lucy Works At a Chocolate Factory

This was hysterical. This is still widely remembered today.

24Dallas - Kristin Shoots J.R.

It was such a big deal suring the summer between the first part of the episode, and the second. It was one of the biggest mysteries in television history, and many people were surprised by the outcome.

25Newhart - The Show Turns Out to Be Just a Dream

In the series finale, Bob Newhart wakes up in his bed from his previous sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show, with his wife from the sitcom, and he tells her about his dream, and describes the premise of Newhart.

26Survivor - Ozzy Gets Blindsided

This doesn't mean anything to anyone who does not watch the show, but Ozzy was considered an unstoppable player. It was almost impossible to win a challenge against him, and he had a hidden immunity idol to use if he ever thought he would be voted out, all which solidified his place in the final three of the game. When he lost a challenge, he was convinced he would not be voted out, and at the time nobody was planning to vote him out. It was the riskiest plan ever in the game because if he used his immunity idol, one of the people planning to blindside him would be voted out. He got too cocky, and chose not to use the idol, and was voted out with five out of the nine votes.

27Degrassi - JT Gets Stabbed

28Scrubs - Ben's Funeral
Where do you think we are?

29MASH - Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

30Grey's Anatomy - As We Know It

made the top five in the Emmy's Best TV Moments- Drama for the 60th anniversary

31Friends - The End

So sad, the very end of the last episode. Monica and Chandler and their kids moving to the Suburbs. Ross and Rachel together. Phoebe and Mike talking about having kids. Joey, well doing nothing important.

32The Vampire Diaries - Damon Kisses Elena

33Lost - Charlie Dies

34The Big Bang Theory - "Soft Kitty" as a round
When Sheldon & Penny sing this in a season 3 episode after Penny dislocates her shoulder, the chemistry between the actors is amazing! It is one of the worst television moments... BAZINGA!
Del and Rodney, Eric and morcambe wise, miranda and Steve, lily and Marshall, sheldon and penny. The greatest double acts ever

35Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo - The Kiss
10000%more romantic than anything! Maybe even PHINABELLA!

36The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Last Show

37The Bachelor - Jason Breaks Up With Melissa

38Survivor - Randy Gets Played

392009 MTV Awards - Bruno Lands On Eminem

40American Idol - Pants On the Ground
Laugh out loud that's all I have 2 say

41The Walking Dead - Rick Kills Shane

42Moon Landing
A thousand years from now, nobody will remember anything that is happening today at all, except for this; the first time humans left the planet.

43SpongeBob SquarePants - The Ugly Barnacle Story
Once there was an ugly barnacle, he was so ugly, that everyone died, The End.

44Survivor - Susan Hawk's Rats and Snake Speech

45Friends - Ross and Rachel's First Kiss

46Scrubs - The Ending of "My Lunch"

47Sherlock - Fall From Hospital Roof

48SpongeBob SquarePants - Even More Handsome Squidward

49The Beatles on Ed Sullivan
Over 77 million people watched back in 1964, even today, only the Super Bowl exceeds those numbers.
Even though it was over 50 years ago, it is still the consensus winner of every poll like this one.
Not just the music world changed after this, but the WORLD changed.
Before The Beatles, the world was about old people.
After The Beatles, the world was about young people.

50Mhysa - Game of Thrones

51Privileged - Sage Goes to Confession

52Avatar - Ba Sing Se falls/Avatar Aang is killed and revived

53I Dream of Jeannie - When Tony Opens Jeannie's Bottle

54I Love Lucy - Lucy Does a TV Commercial

55Miami Vice - In the Air Tonight

56American Idol - You Are My Brother
OH MY GOD. THE LOOK ON SIMON'S FACE... This was priceless, my whole family would watch american idol after this moment.

57VMA 2003 - Madonna Kisses Britney Spears

58The Big Bang Theory - Sheldon Talkin' It to Alex

59Doctor Who - Rose gets trapped in the parallel universe

60Fringe - The Discovery of Donald's Identity

61Dragon Ball Z: Gohan Goes SS2 First Time
So great, probably the best transformation in the Dragon Ball universe

62Smallville - Clark Becomes Superman

63CSI - Justin Bieber gets shot

64Spongebob Squarepants - No, this is Patrick!

65Red Dwarf - Lister and Rimmer hear the extent of the damage "that dinosaur" has done

66SpongeBob SquarePants - Doodlebob Erases Spongebob's Butt Crack

67Invader ZIM - The Doom Song

68Degrassi - Jimmy Survives Getting Shot

69WWE - Edge Spears Mick Foley Through a Flaming Table

70South Park - Fat Abbot

71Sherlock - Reichenbach Fall

72Lost - Desmond and Penny Speak In "The Constant"
I cry every time

73Supernatural - Dean Talks About Hell
Such a powerful and heartbreaking moment. This needs to be in the top ten!

74VMA 2009 - Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift Acceptance Speech

Yes this was like the funniest thing I've ever seen Because of
1. Taylor actually gives him the microphone
2. Kanye starts off by saving imma let chu have your moment but...
3. The look on her face when he was talking
4. The look on Beyonce's face
5. He was right

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