It’s rare to feel bad for evil men like Cal, but Euphoria hit hard with his backstory in Season 2. Trapped by his poor life choices, he buried himself in the closet, trying to do the right thing, only to become the twisted man viewers see today.
Although the show sometimes played the protagonist’s Dissociative Identity Disorder for laughs, it got serious in the finale. Viewers cried as Marc processed his grief for his mother, comforted by his own gentle side in Steven.
Fans suspected Meredith Grey would be exiting the show in Season 19, but burning her house down was still a dramatic way to do it. All those memories from bygone seasons, gone in a puff of smoke not even Station 19 could douse.
Bridgerton showed the backstory of Anthony becoming viscount at 18, but fans were unprepared for Edmund’s death by bee sting to hit so hard. A tiny insect shattered the family’s heart.
Charlie and Nick’s romance was joyful, but it didn’t magically solve Charlie’s issues. The finale found him sobbing on his sister’s shoulder, realizing he could and would do better. It was a cleansing cry, leaving viewers ready for more.
Derry Girls Season 3 was full of highs and lows, but the biggest was when Clare’s father, Sean, died from an aneurysm hours after Clare experienced her first kiss at the Fatboy Slim concert. The “Praise You” funeral track ensured no eye was dry.
Can THT stop hurting Esther? Her husband let guardians abuse her; Gilead turned her into a handmaid. Worst yet, Commander Putnam assaulted and impregnated her before she was assigned to his household. Heartbreaking and horrifying.
This Is Us had so many tearjerker moments, its Twitter emoji was a tissue box. But none hit harder than Rebecca dying from Alzheimer’s. Her journey through the train of memories she’d lost ended where she belonged: with Jack.
Fan-favorite Eddie's "Master of Puppets" performance was so metal, it saved the others from the Upside Down, even as it killed him in the process. Justice for Eddie, forever.