Greatest Moments in TV History-What's Your favorite?

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     Johnny Carson’s goodbye That moment of heartbreak is lost to the catty machinations that have followed it — for years — in pursuit of his coveted chair.

     
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     The Sopranos finale Hold on to that feeling. Because it was one of the most talked-about and audacious endings ever.

     
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      The first episode of The Wire It felt like the first pages of an epic novel and went on to be arguably TV’s best series ever.

     
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     The back of Don Draper’s head. A brilliant directing decision and logo device. And one iconic head.

     
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    I Love Lucy. More than 80 to choose from, certainly. So let’s just say it’s fun when the chocolates move too fast.

     
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    Who Shot J.R.? The love affair with the cliffhanger got really out of hand.

     
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    Two from The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Chuckles the Clown funeral scene and the final episode. Everybody seems to remember both – and they’re happier for it.

     
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    Charles and Diana’s royal wedding It was a Disney moment for romantics and turned people in this country into Anglophiles.

     
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    The Shield finale Top 20, no doubt. It all went to hell, and Vic Mackey gets a desk job. Then he walks away — to where?

     
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    “Do you believe in miracles?” Nobody needs to tell you what Al Michaels meant by that. And maybe the definition of a great TV moment resides right there as the upstart kids from the USA beat the pros from Russia.

     
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    Seinfeld finale Before you scoff: It was the first time many viewers considered that their beloved characters were,in fact, unlikable and mean. Later, Curb Your Enthusiasm would make this more obvious, but the Seinfeld finale was like the reveal of a ruse on the country: You’ve been loving cruel people. And this is what happens to them.    

     
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    M*A*S*H finale If 106 million people watch you say goodbye, a record not topped until the 2010 Super Bowl, then they really loved you.

     
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    The walking and talking on Hill Street Blues Bodies in random motion, conversations lost or interrupted. It helped usher in a realness to television.

     
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    The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show Insanity. And people remember it instantly. Probably because their ears are still ringing from the screaming.

     
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    Elvis presley on Ed Sullivan

     
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    The “I Want to Believe” poster on The X-Files It not only defined Mulder but everyone who watched.

     
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    Newhart finale You might not remember many other episodes of the series, but the “dream” and waking up with Suzanne Pleshette was inspired — a twist and a spoof.

     
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    Survivor, Season 1 A summer surprise and the birth of a hit.

     
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    Drew Barrymore/Farrah Fawcett/Crispin Glover/Joaquin Phoenix Riveting appearances on Letterman.

     
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    The 24 clock New. Different. Stressful.

     
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    Twin Peaks For a moment, take the dwarf dancing and talking backward. The freakiness of what David Lynch brought to staid broadcast TV made it exponentially more unsettling. People hadn’t seen anything quite like it.

     
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    The Nixon-Kennedy debate Politicians learned what everybody in this town already knew: Makeup and wardrobe choices shouldn’t be left to chance.

     
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    The Macintosh 1984 computer ad It wasn’t just a great ad, it was a statement. When the woman ran into the room to smash Big Brother, it was Apple upsetting the corporate cart.

     
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    Moon landing One giant step for  “I can’t believe this is happening.” Suddenly, anything seemed possible.

     
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    Michael Johnson running in gold shoes and Michael Phelps swimming for record gold. Two Olympic moments in a history of thousands. The Olympics are tailor-made for TV memories, and Johnson’s astonishing speed and Phelps flying in water symbolize why it’s hard to forget physical achievements.

     

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