7 Times TV Made Me Cry In 2013

From a Downton Abbey death to a prime episode of Parenthood, see which moments landed on my second annual report! Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!

2. “The Ghost Is Seen” episode of Enlightened

If you watched the above snippet of Enlightened, I assume you are weeping like I just did (again). Mike White and Laura Dern’s HBO show was beautiful and touching always, but this fifth episode from Season 2 — in which Tyler (White) opens himself up to Eileen (Molly Shannon) — was particularly heartbreaking. Tyler’s conception of himself (as a “ghost”) is an example of one of the things that made this show original: You just don’t see these sorts of characters humanized in pop culture.



4. Catelyn’s death at the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones. (Also, the entire Red Wedding.)

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7. The “Election Day” episode of Parenthood

Last season, and in all the previous seasons, Parenthood would reduce me to a sobbing wreck on a weekly basis. Like, when NBC announced that the show’s fifth season would expand to 22 episodes, I was both happy and sad about it — happy because I love Parenthood, and sad because watching it is exhausting. But during Season 5, I have found myself beginning and ending each episode with relatively dry eyes. Has the show changed? I wondered. Have I changed? I wondered even harder.
Then came Nov. 21. The “Election Day” episode. IT DESTROYED ME MANY TIMES. I cried, of course, during all of the Kristina (Monica Potter) election stuff. And I didn’t even care for that storyline! But beyond that, I cried when Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) fought; I cried when Gwen (Rose Abdoo), who is clearly dying, showed up to vote for Kristina; and most of all, I cried when Amber (Mae Whitman) collapsed into the arms of Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) after Ryan (Matt Lauria) beat up that band guy.
Life is inconsistent. So it’s good to know that some things do not change. Onto more howling in 2014!

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