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The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments
TV Guide and TV Land ^ | December 6-10, 2004

Posted on 12/12/2004 7:06:49 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

TV Guide and TV Land have teamed up to present the 100 Most Memorable TV Moments.

(Excerpt) Read more at tvguide.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
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To: Radix

It has to be said right,Dat wooud be n da butt Bob


101 posted on 12/12/2004 8:35:55 PM PST by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The first things that came to my mind were the Berlin wall coming down, Bill Clinton getting elected,(I was so sick) Waco's fire and the Randy Weaver atrocity, (I live in Idaho and knew that those neighbors weren't white supremsists.), and Reagans funeral.


102 posted on 12/12/2004 8:40:00 PM PST by Delphinium
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The Speedy Alkaselzer ads, and Ipana toothpaste ads with Bucky Beever


103 posted on 12/12/2004 8:40:25 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
1. The second plane hitting the second tower, seen live, on 9-11-2001

2. Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, seen live, 11-24(?)-1963

3. The Challenger disaster, seen live, 1-28-86.

104 posted on 12/12/2004 8:40:32 PM PST by NewLand (I'm a Generation Jones'er and WE elected President Bush!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
The Popcicle Twins on the Gong Show.

LOL...is it hot in here or is it just me?

105 posted on 12/12/2004 8:45:09 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Moonmad27

That was always my favorite episode.


106 posted on 12/12/2004 8:47:47 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: GreenHornet

S-L-O-W D-O-W-N


107 posted on 12/12/2004 8:49:48 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
"...I thought Turkeys could fly"

"It a Festivus miracle!"

"Me and Dudley are going over to Mr. Hooper's bike shop"

108 posted on 12/12/2004 8:50:33 PM PST by Clemenza (Gabba Gabba Hey!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Okay, they've missed the greatest moment in television: The "Apache Bris" with Johnny Carson.


109 posted on 12/12/2004 8:59:30 PM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (Navy Air!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Two. When Bob Newhart woke up on the last show about the
Vermont Country Inn and turned on the light, and you
expected Mary Frann to come out from under the covers, but
it was Suzanne Pleshette from the old Bob Newhart show.

St. Elsewhere. . the last show when the little autistic
boy is shaking the snow globe and you realize that the whole
hospital drama was created in the mind of the little boy
because of the building in the snow globe. The doctors
weren't really doctors, they were his grandfather and his
father (who was a laborer of some sort in real life). It
made one think about the inner life of an autistic or
handicapped person.

Actually it's more than two. When a whole season of Dallas
was Pam's dream. (I wasn't watching it much then anyway, so
didn't get mad.)


110 posted on 12/12/2004 9:00:04 PM PST by Twinkie
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To: Vince Ferrer
Carol Burnett's interpretation of Gone with the Wind would have to qualify.

Didn't her 'dress in the window' comment get the longest laughter ever?

111 posted on 12/12/2004 9:11:22 PM PST by eccentric (aka baldwidow)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
In my opinion, TV's most defining moments are those that are covered by everybody in the media at the time.

I cite three examples:

1. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its aftermath. Once we got the breaking news of President Kennedy's shooting, the major TV networks (remember, we were still many years for the widespread development of cable TV) pretty much ditched their normal programming and in effect stayed on this story non-stop until after the funeral.

2. The Moon landing from the Apollo 11 flight. Again, because all the TV networks were covering the story, everyone remembers how enthralling it was to see astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin walk on the moon that evening of July 20, 1969.

3. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Once the WTC North Tower was attacked at the start, all the over-air broadcast networks and cable news outlets covered the story pretty much non-stop for two-three days straight--in some cases four-five days straight! The impact was particularly strong because of the fact it stopped all stock market activity for the week and also stopped all sporting event activity until the Monday after the attacks.

I think #3 of the list I mentioned is the most memorable moment because of the non-stop saturation coverage by everybody.

112 posted on 12/12/2004 9:49:55 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Kirkwood; potlatch

I'm with you. For those of us old enough to have viewed it at the time, Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon seemed like a miracle. I can't describe the feeling of suspense, awe and wonder. The rest of the world stopped, and was with us, for that one day.

Another special moment for those of us around at the time was the special Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast, "In the beginning, God..."
http://space.about.com/cs/spaceevents/a/apollo8xmasmsg.htm


113 posted on 12/12/2004 10:04:04 PM PST by ntnychik (Proud member of the Bush-wazee)
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To: ntnychik

Gosh, I'd forgotten about that live Christmas Eve broadcast from the Apollo!


114 posted on 12/12/2004 10:07:51 PM PST by potlatch (Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Some of the big ones that come to my mind ( in no particular order):

The Bush/Gore circus with W finally named winner

Watching Dan Rather as he can't bring himself to say "Bush beats Kerry" very late on Nov. 2nd

9-11 (all of it)

Oklahoma City bombing

Mount St. Helen's explosion

Evacuation of Saigon

JFK assassinations

Jack Ruby shoots Oswald

JFK's Funeral

Bay of Pigs Invasion

Cuban missile crises

MLK assassination

Bobby Kennedy assassination

Both space shuttle disasters

First American in space

First moon landing

Apollo 13's near disaster and finally seeing its shoot billow open safely

First shuttle launch and its safe landing

East Berlin airlift/crises

Russia invades Hungary

Nikita Kruschev pounds his shoe on podium at UN

The Chernobyl melt down

Berlin wall comes down

US Embassy in Iran taken over/hostage's held

Failed mission to save Iran hostages in desert

RR elected and reelected

USSR collapses

Russia downs our U-2 spy plane

Russia downs Korean 747 w/US Congressman on board

Jim Jones kool-aid suicide disaster

China fighter collides w/US spy-plane which makes forced landing in China. Plane and crew held.

116 posted on 12/12/2004 10:25:04 PM PST by theirjustdue
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To: Mase

The movie with Kurt Russell was super and it a must-see. The actual game against the Russians was on tape delay. The gold medal game against Finland was shown live.


117 posted on 12/12/2004 10:43:40 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: PISANO

After the list was shown, Walter Cronkite basically said those words in agreement to what you wrote.


118 posted on 12/12/2004 10:46:19 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: KateatRFM

That was 1996 but it was a 4 game sweep for the Avs over Florida. The last game (game 4) was 3 OTs.


119 posted on 12/12/2004 10:48:09 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: Kirkwood

Oh sure, I recall. You might enjoy this:

http://www.offthekuff.com/mt/archives/001135.html


120 posted on 12/12/2004 10:50:22 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: Moonmad27
I was glad that the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough At Last" was very high up in the list.

It's prominently featured on my Twilight Zone pinball machine, too. Great episode!

121 posted on 12/12/2004 10:51:40 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: TruthWillWin
The Newly Wed Game.

Q. What's your wife's favorite flower?
A. Wife's answer: Red Roses
A. Husband's answer: Pillsbury.

122 posted on 12/12/2004 10:51:51 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Jack Deth; EGPWS
Ann Sothern was the voice for "My Mother the Car", but she wasn't "My Little Margie". That was Gale Storm. Ann Sothern was on tada, "The Ann Sothern Show".

All three of the actresses made many movies.

123 posted on 12/12/2004 10:53:20 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Four more years)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Did Arthur Godfrey firing Julius LaRosa on the air make the list?


124 posted on 12/12/2004 10:55:11 PM PST by HitmanLV (HitmanNY has a brand new Blog!! Please Visit! - http://www.goldust.com/weblog -)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

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125 posted on 12/12/2004 11:01:55 PM PST by It's me
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To: HitmanNY

Here is the complete list:


100. MIAMI VICE DEBUTS (9/16/84)
Add MTV to the Miami P.D. and you get something electrifying on the air at night.


99. BRENDA AND DYLAN DO IT (5/2/91)
I was a 90210 junkie. Granted, I was a member of the Fox serial's target audience: In 1993, when the West Beverly High gang was fictitiously graduating from high school, I was donning the cap and gown in real life. Partially because of this — and partially because I was mesmerized by Luke Perry's rasp of a voice — I stuck with the Aaron Spelling-produced soap through good times and bad. The Season 1-ending episode in which good-girl Brenda decided to lose her virginity to boyfriend Dylan after the Spring Dance represented 90210 at its best: momentarily heartfelt, even relatable, but ultimately soapy to the core. Brenda's decision led to a pregnancy scare, which prompted her to break up with Dylan. Naturally, they got back together — at least until he cheated with her best friend Kelly, leading a scorned Brenda to scream, "I hate you!" at the pair. The O.C. crew can only hope to be as deliciously over-the-top. — Shawna Malcom





98. MARCIA BRADY'S BROKEN NOSE (2/9/73)
One errant football breaks Marcia's nose and bruises her ego.

97. PUCK GETS THE BOOT (8/25/94)
The Real Worlders revolt against Puck's burping, yelling and smelling.

96. "SAM, YOU'RE FIRED!" (1/21/04)
On The Apprentice, the Donald needs just three words to speak volumes about business.

95. CLARABELL SPEAKS (9/24/60)
Say, kids, what time is it? It's time for Howdy Doody to say goodbye and leave everyone saddened.

94. PETER PAN FLIES (3/7/55)
Forget the wires — Mary Martin is pure wonder, no strings attached.

93. SINÉAD RIPS THE POPE (10/3/92)
The singer tears into the pontiff's picture on Saturday Night Live and lights a Roman candle of controversy.

92. LAETTNER'S BUZZER BEATER (3/28/92)
With everything on the line for Duke basketball, Christian Laettner's one shot at immortality hits nothing but net.

91. KRAMDEN'S $99,000 ANSWER (1/28/56)
Will TV history's favorite lovable loser strike it rich this time? Out of the question!

90. "THAT'S MY BOY??" (9/25/63)
Laughter is color-blind on The Dick Van Dyke Show when Greg Morris arrives to prove Rob brought home the right baby.

89. RATHER GETS ROUGHED UP (8/27/68)
Dan Rather is punched in the stomach — but democracy gets a black eye at the Democratic convention.

88. "THE SAVING HEART" (11/16/83)
St. Elsewhere proves it's all heart with this poignant transplant episode.

87. HUGH GRANT APOLOGIZES (7/10/95)
Tonight's Jay Leno learns that to err is human but great ratings are Divine.

86. JOHN DEAN TESTIFIES (6/25/73)
The ultimate insider blows the whistle on the White House during Watergate.

85. GARY'S DEATH (2/12/91)
The death of thirtysomething's free spirit shows that nothing lasts forever.

84. THE DAY AFTER (11/20/83)
The movie's nuclear reaction remains the most haunting drama the medium has produced.

83. ANDY KAUFMAN'S SMACKDOWN (7/28/82)
Is it fake? Who cares! When Kaufman challenges wrestler Jerry Lawler on Letterman, it is shocking.

82. FLORIDA'S HUSBAND DIES (9/29/76)
Evans family life on Good Times turns from dy-no-mite to emotionally explosive.

81. ROSALIND GETS THE SHAFT (3/21/91)
The ultimate L.A. Law shocker: Rosalind Shays falls down an elevator shaft and America is floored.

80. IDOL FINAL: CLAY VS. RUBEN (5/21/03)
Two candidates with passionate supporters and the results are celebrated by all? That's the American way.

79. KERRI STRUG'S GOLDEN VAULT (7/23/96)
When it's all over, the '96 Olympic hero has to be carried, but the rest of us are doing cartwheels.

78. NIXON ASKS, "SOCK IT TO ME?" (9/16/68)
Does Tricky Dick's comic cameo help him win the election? You bet your sweet bippy!

77. SCHWEDDY BALLS (12/12/98)
SNL's deadpan NPR satire served up a nutty holiday treat that pushed the boundaries of taste.

76. ALEXIS AND KRYSTLE: WET AND WILD (4/13/83)
Dry cleaning for soaked fine washables: $500. Watching two rich, catty ladies deliver soggy haymakers on Dynasty: priceless.

75. NYPD NUDE (9/21/93)
The "blue" rear view of David Caruso and Amy Brenneman in the premiere brings in viewers, but NYPD's grit gives it enough street cred to hold them.

74. AL CAPONE'S EMPTY VAULT (4/21/86)
The mob boss teaches headline chaser Geraldo Rivera a "valuable" lesson: Apparently, you can take it with you.

73. THE FIRST MILLIONAIRE (11/19/99)
John Carpenter phones home, becomes a millionaire and helps Regis Philbin revitalize a stale genre — what a winning combination!

72. HILL AND RENKO GUNNED DOWN (1/15/81)
A shocking denouement illustrates that Hill Street Blues' pioneering blend of humor and pathos would be high caliber.

71. AN AMERICAN FAMILY: THE LOUDS (3/8/73)
The first family of reality TV learns the hard lesson of transferring their lives from real to reel when Mrs. Loud asks for a divorce.

70. THE COSBY SHOW DEBUTS (9/20/84)
Theo — and viewers — quickly learn that great TV parenting is a question of Cos and effect.

69. BELUSHI'S SAMURAI DELI (1/17/76)
TV's great sword-and-sandwich sketch, courtesy of John Belushi, our favorite wry ham.

68. TIM RUSSERT TALLIES THE VOTE (11/7/00)
On a confusing night, NBC's Russert turns his low-tech election whiteboard into a board of education.

67. LETTERMAN'S VELCRO SUIT (2/28/84)
David Letterman shows why his true-believing fans cling to him.


66. ROSS AND RACHEL'S FIRST KISS (11/9/95)
I can't separate Ross and Rachel's first real kiss on Friends from the potent studio-audience reaction I heard on my TV that night. Even with shows filmed in front of a live audience, the requisite whoops and cheers are often, as they say in the biz, "sweetened" — that is, sound effects are amplified or added in the editing process. But all of us had waited for this moment through the entire first season, from the fans lucky enough to be watching it live to the millions like me at home. We weren't disappointed, seeing two people whose chemistry defined what we loved about this show, finally giving in to destiny. I pointedly recall not whooping, but listening to the audience do so felt right after Ross and Rachel, held apart at first by the locked door at Central Perk, had that stirring kiss and took their place among sitcom TV's most beloved couples. Theirs was the ideal Must-See romance to counterbalance Seinfeldian cynicism and the whoops were, most assuredly, live, and real, and heartfelt. — Robert Edelstein


65. KIRK KISSES UHURA (11/22/68)
Going where no series has gone before, Star Trek sends a powerful racial message in the turbulent '60s.

64. RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE: ALI VS. FOREMAN (10/30/74)
Everybody says, "Nope," Ali has no hope, so he hangs on the rope, 'cause he is no dope.

63. ELVIS' '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL (12/3/68)
Now this is Elvis: clad in black leather, cranking up the charm, creating revels without a pause. That's all right.

62. AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE (11/29/79)
In the midst of the Iranian hostage crisis, Ted Koppel first hosts the show that will become Nightline, and helps make sense of some of our longest hours.

61. JORDAN'S LAST CHAMPIONSHIP SHOT (6/14/98)
Michael Jordan's title-shot toss proves that Air has no heir.

60. DEATH OF CHUCKLES THE CLOWN (10/25/75)
We cry with laughter watching Mary Tyler Moore laugh and cry at Chuckles' nutty demise.

59. LUCY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL (1/19/53)
Lucy shows that when it comes to breaking comic ground and making brilliant slapstick, it's all in the delivery.

58. OLIVER NORTH IS SWORN IN (7/7/87)
To a nation bogged down by Iran-Contra, he becomes a steadying presence with his calm, cool and collected testimony.

57. BILL BUCKNER'S ERROR (10/25/86)
One misstep for the Sox, one giant leap for the Mets. And for Boston fans: Curses! Foiled again.

56. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (12/9/65)
A kids' cartoon proves that when it comes to finding the meaning of Christmas, a child shall lead them.

55. GOLD MEDALS: BLACK POWER (10/16/68)
Two U.S. Olympic stars take a stand and make a bold statement on postrace relations.

54. THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES (9/20/73)
Thanks to a regal performance, Billie Jean King shows Bobby Riggs for what he is — a court jester.

53. SUSAN HAWK: SNAKES AND RATS (8/23/00)
Sue feeds victory to Richard Hatch in the first Survivor — but not before pointing out that both he and Kelly are lower than vermin.

52. SULLIVAN CENSORS ELVIS (1/6/57)
Ed's attitude is "Waist not, want not," but not seeing the King of Rock's hips is what really gets kids all shook up.

51. THE OSCAR STREAKER (4/2/74)
It takes David Niven's classic quip to make a naked man showing his "shortcomings" blush.

50. BRODY KISSES BERRY (3/23/03)
Forget his Pianist performance — Adrien Brody's Oscar-night liplock with Halle Berry is a winner.


49. BRANDI'S WORLD CUP STRIP (7/10/99)
It was so unreal, so out of the realm of traditional human behavior, it could have been an episode of The Twilight Zone. More than 40 million Americans were glued to their sets on a July afternoon watching a soccer game? A women's soccer game? For three weeks in the summer of 1999 we were all on a first-name basis with Women's World Cup warriors Mia, Briana, Tiffeny and, of course, Brandi. In front of 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl, Ms. Chastain scored the penalty kick that clinched the championship for the United States. She immediately tore off her jersey in an exuberant — and spontaneous — celebration. Some denounced this as a marketing ploy to sell sports bras — but as any true soccer fan knows, shirts have been flying in celebration at men’s games for years. So it was truly appropriate that after decades of struggle, sometimes just for the right to play, female athletes were finally getting the chance to be appreciated — and judged — in the same way as their male counterparts. The phrase "to play like a girl" was no longer an insult. Forevermore, it could be considered a challenge. — Rich Sands


48. SAM AND DIANE'S FIRST KISS (3/31/83)
The truth? By now, we Cheers fans are just as turned on as they are.

47. CAROL BURNETT'S "WENT WITH THE WIND" (11/13/76)
For her Scarlett parody, Burnett's window dressing is the ultimate curtain call.

46. MARK McGWIRE HITS No. 62 (9/8/98)
A called strike drives baseball fans away — until the home run chase gives us back our game.

45. PICARD GOES BORG (6/18/90)
Riker tells Worf, "Fire!" and fans learn that resisting Star Trek: The Next Generation is futile.

44. KENNEDY-NIXON DEBATE (9/26/60)
Nixon looks good on paper, but JFK looks positively presidential on screen.

43. ELLEN COMES OUT (4/30/97)
Ellen DeGeneres gets the laughs and takes the heat for playing her most affecting role — herself.

42. THE FALL OF SAIGON (4/29/75)
The scramble for the copters sums up the chaos of Vietnam, our first TV war.

41. BETTE'S FAREWELL TO JOHNNY (5/21/92)
How does TV bid goodbye to Johnny Carson? With "One More for the Road" — a best Bette.


40. THE DEATH OF HENRY BLAKE (3/18/75)
Here is proof that nobody is safe, even in M*A*S*H's comic theater of war.

39. HAVE YOU NO SHAME? (6/9/54)
At the Army-McCarthy hearings, the lawyer's question for the senator finally shows who the real enemy is.


38. THE WARDROBE MALFUNCTION (2/1/04)
Probably just like you, I saw Janet Jackson's bejeweled boob for about a millisecond at the finale of her XXX performance at Super Bowl XXXIX. Looking back, it occurs to me that my wife and I instantly uttered a phrase that was repeated in homes throughout the republic: "Did you see what I think I just saw?" And then, for the rest of the day, we could talk of nothing else but Wacko Jacko's sister and her chest. As mammary glands go, it seemed to us quite ample. Of course, as publicity stunts go, this one turned out to be a flaming zeppelin over Lakehurst, New Jersey, one split second of spark followed by a long and gaseous eruption. As a journalist, Super Bowl-kitsch connoisseur and former breast-fed baby, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. — Michael Davis


37. CLINTON PLAYS THE SAX (6/3/92)
Celebrating the joy of sax on The Arsenio Hall Show makes the would-be president look cool under pressure.

36. TONY'S COLLEGE KILLING (2/7/99)
Tony Soprano takes Meadow to visit colleges — and teaches a snitch a lesson we'll never forget.

35. LUKE AND LAURA'S WEDDING (11/17/81)
It's the picture-perfect soap-opera wedding — until Laura's ex-husband shows up and catches the bouquet.

34. HANK AARON BREAKS RUTH'S RECORD (4/8/74)
The baseball great triumphs over bigotry and threats in a feat — and victory lap — that levels the game's playing field forever.

33. NADIA'S PERFECT 10 (7/18/76)
A tiny Romanian gymnast's unparalleled performance at the Olympics turns her into the whole world's golden girl.

32. SAVING BABY JESSICA (10/16/87)
The country holds its breath until a little girl is rescued from a parent's worst nightmare.

31. 60 MINUTES WITH AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI (11/18/79)
Mike Wallace helps America put a face to the powerful leader behind the Iranian hostage crisis.

30. EDDIE MURPHY DOES JAMES BROWN (11/5/83)
The Saturday Night Live star turns the Godfather of Soul into the Hottest Tubbing Man in Show Business.

29. NIXON WAVES FAREWELL (8/9/74)
With one last ironically triumphant salute, a disgraced president bids farewell to his job.

28. OLYMPIC TRAGEDY IN MUNICH (9/5/72)
Eleven Israeli athletes are killed following a terrorist attack, rendering the Games' good will meaningless.

27. MICHAEL JACKSON'S MOONWALK (5/16/83)
One memorable move on Motown 25 turns a young sensation into the King of Pop.

26. EDITH TALKS BACK (1/8/72)
Everybody loves Edith Bunker. But when she refuses to stifle herself, she gains everyone's respect.

25. BOOKWORM IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE (11/20/59)
A man who wants only to be left alone to read gets his wish — in a world that's sadly out of focus.

24. NEWHART'S FINAL SURPRISE (5/21/90)
Someone suggested a great way to end this hit series, and everyone agrees it's a dream.

23. PRINCESS DIANA'S FUNERAL (9/6/97)
She was gentle, vulnerable, vibrant — you didn't have to know England's rose to grieve her passing.

22. THE FUGITIVE FINALE (8/29/67)
Richard Kimble finally gets his hands on his one-armed adversary, and 70 percent of the country tunes in to see the final shot.

21. THE MIRACLE ON ICE (2/22/80)
Do you believe in miracles? Against all odds, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team rises to become cold warriors.

20. SEINFELD'S MASTER OF YOUR DOMAIN (11/18/92)
It was gripping comedy at its finest. But who actually won the contest that turned Seinfeld into a bona fide comedy institution? The show's fans did — hands down.

19. CLINTON DENIES AFFAIR (1/26/98)
Clinton's 11-word proclamation led to the ultimate presidential backroom drama — and allowed the GOP to dream the impeachable dream.

18. SAMMY KISSES ARCHIE (2/19/72)
Sammy Davis Jr. kissing Archie Bunker's cheek the moment a photo of them is taken proved to be the ultimate race laugh-riot — and was Sammy's way of telling Archie, "I gotta be me."

17. THE DEATH OF DALE EARNHARDT (2/18/01)
The terrible moment of impact on that black Sunday forever shifted the way drivers — and fans — view life behind the wheel, and robbed the sport of its defining hero.

16. THE ROYAL WEDDING (7/29/81)
The bride's train went on longer than the marriage, but at that very moment in time, the warmth and pageantry of the day was princely.

15. THE BOMBING OF BAGHDAD (1/16/91)
CNN scoops the world by sending home vivid views of the bombs bursting in air.

14: RUBY KILLS OSWALD (11/24/63)
"Lee Oswald has been shot!" The news fix that hooked a nation unfolded live from the basement of Dallas City Jail and fueled a lingering cloud of conspiracy theories.

13. TIANANMEN SQUARE: MAN VS. TANK (6/5/89)
One man stands in the path of oppression and, for a moment, hatred is stuck in neutral.

12. THE O.J. SIMPSON CHASE (6/17/94)
It was just a white Bronco in a low-speed highway chase — but the inside story had us all riveted.

11. THE O.J. VERDICT (10/3/95)
Nobody realized how polarizing this event was until the foreman read the verdict and half the country cheered while the other half sat in stunned silence.

10. WHO SHOT J.R.? (3/21/80)
A shot rang out in the dark and made for one of the longest summers in television. The rest is ratings history, darlin'.

9. I LOVE LUCY: "JOB SWITCHING" LANDS LUCY IN CANDY FACTORY (9/15/52)
Lucy was like a conveyer belt filled with chocolates: sweet, irresistible, delicious and very fast.

8. The M*A*S*H FINAL EPISODE (2/28/83)
The series lasted longer than the Korean War and as much as we wished it to go on forever, this fine episode proved that in a show about war, there's no place like home.

7. ALEX HALEY'S ROOTS (1/24/77)
Each horrific lash of the whip on Kunta Kinte's back in Roots made him hang onto his past that much harder. But he changed his name to protect his innocence.


6. JFK's STATE FUNERAL: JOHN-JOHN'S SALUTE (11/25/63)
To amuse family and annoy friends, I used to do a mean John Fitzgerald Kennedy imitation. OK, so it was a sixth-grade knockoff of a knockoff, lifted straight from the vinyl grooves of The First Family, comic Vaughan Meader's send-up of JFK and Jackie. Was there a single person in my hometown who didn't spin that LP on the hi-fi? Just old Mrs. Ball, who smelled like camphor, had no sense of humor and was half-deaf anyway. Looking back at the flannel-gray November days following Kennedy's assassination, what I recall most clearly is that no one wanted that damn record around anymore. Especially after the day we watched the funeral cortege pass through the streets of Washington on TV, with the dampened brrrump, bruump, bruump drum cadence that repeats in my ears to this day. And whenever I see that now-historic photograph of the little boy who would become John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting the flag-draped coffin, I am transported back to a day in 1963 when all three available TV stations in my hometown carried the same grim images. — Michael Davis





5. THE BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN (2/9/64)
You could hardly hear the music over the screams, but two months after the death of a president, the innocent message of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was not lost on anyone.

4. "I HAVE A DREAM...": MARTIN LUTHER KING SPEECH AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL (8/28/63)
At Dr. King's sermon on the mount, he preached a message of tolerance — the truth of which is still marching on.

3. THE CHALLENGER EXPLODES (1/28/86)
The images are as sad and frightening today as they were then, perhaps because with teacher Christa McAuliffe aboard, Challenger brought home the point that in the name of exploration, we lost one of our own.

2. MOON LANDING (7/20/69)
A dream as big as the stars comes true in fuzzy black-and-white on TV sets everywhere, as two men take us on a trip to a whole new world.

1. SOUTH TOWER COLLAPSES (9/11/01)
The moment of our generation, when a pall hung over the nation as thick as the dust clouds over lower Manhattan, and we came to learn the true meaning of resolve.


126 posted on 12/12/2004 11:09:03 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: Mike Bates
I thought it was Edie Adams.

I think you're right. My bad.

127 posted on 12/13/2004 2:32:24 AM PST by Phsstpok (Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform - Mark Twain)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Elvis Costello on SNL - starting "Less Than Zero", waving it off, then ripping into a snarling version of "Radio, Radio".


128 posted on 12/13/2004 2:35:11 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Just thought of one more - Andy Kaufman on "Fridays" - the big melee at the end of the show.


129 posted on 12/13/2004 2:37:07 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: solitas

"How 'bout April 4th, 1968 ?"

After the film's [2001] premiere in April of 1968, Kubrick cut 19 minutes from the film, including parts of the Dawn of Man prologue, the Orion spaceship, Pool exercising in the centrifuge, and Pool returning with the AE-35 unit. Kubrick also inserted the title cards "Jupiter Mission 18 Months Later" and "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite."

http://pages.prodigy.com/kubrick/kub2001.htm


130 posted on 12/13/2004 2:49:29 AM PST by js1138 (D*mn, I Missed!)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"

"SPCA on line two, boss"

131 posted on 12/13/2004 2:52:03 AM PST by muir_redwoods
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

In a similar SNL vein, John Sebastian so messed up he had to restart the theme to "Welcome Back Kotter". It was in the first or second season.


132 posted on 12/13/2004 3:28:20 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant)
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To: dubyaismypresident

I know which episode!!!

LOL


133 posted on 12/13/2004 3:30:31 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: TitansAFC
The CNN crew shooting their way out of Tikrit deserves honorable mention.
134 posted on 12/13/2004 3:32:21 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (This space for rant)
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To: FreedomCalls

LOL!!!


135 posted on 12/13/2004 3:37:42 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Where the heck is the Monday Night Football announcement of the John Lennon shooting? Quite a list (sarcasm off).
136 posted on 12/13/2004 3:40:33 AM PST by beyond the sea (I know beyond a doubt ...... my heart will lead me there)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

That's the one I was thinking of -- I had a bet on that particular game at 350 to 1.


137 posted on 12/13/2004 4:31:01 AM PST by KateatRFM
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Thank you SO MUCH for the full posting! :-)


138 posted on 12/13/2004 4:48:58 PM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: Kirkwood
When Mrs. Emma Peel's husband came back from the dead and she drove off with him, I about was in tears.

Yeah, me too. He even looked like John Steed.

There was, too, the final episode of The Prisoner, that product of Patrick McGoohan's breakdown and one of the weirdest TV shows I've ever seen. They about lynched him in England when it first aired.

139 posted on 12/13/2004 5:25:01 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

That magic moment, when, hormones raging, Greg and Marcia realize that they aren't in fact related....


The scary thing is, that same thing happened between Gilligan and the Skipper....ewww!


140 posted on 12/13/2004 5:27:11 PM PST by Central Scrutiniser (Laugh While You Can, Monkey-Boy!!!!)
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To: Central Scrutiniser

Same thing happened with Hogan and....OK, I won't go there.


141 posted on 12/13/2004 6:22:11 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

I watched that live. The Doors and Stones had somewhat similar moments on Ed Sullivan.


142 posted on 12/13/2004 6:23:15 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: beyond the sea

Did you ever hear the off-air comments of Howard?


143 posted on 12/13/2004 6:24:42 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

You're welcome. It was a verrrrrry lengthy post but much easier to navigate than my original post.


144 posted on 12/13/2004 6:26:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: TheBigB

in post 72, 2 girls are using hamburger helper (or maybe stove-top stuffing) while 1 girl is not. can you tell which ones?


145 posted on 12/13/2004 6:34:00 PM PST by isom35
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To: Between the Lines
There ya go, I still remember sitting in school watching the TV for this amazing moment. I still look up at the moon and every time think about that. I which we had a station set up on the moon.
146 posted on 12/13/2004 6:34:53 PM PST by CMOTB (Ofical Member of the spling polece)
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To: isom35

Pam and Nicole both got their boobs done. That's old news to BW fans!


147 posted on 12/13/2004 6:36:30 PM PST by TheBigB (I sure could go for a charbroiled hamburger sammich and some french fried potatoes!)
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To: Corvair
"As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." Mr. Carlson on WKRP. One of the funniest episodes of any sitcom EVER!

If that isnt the number one t v moment then the show is rigged beyond belief :-)

148 posted on 12/13/2004 6:37:28 PM PST by freepatriot32 (http://chonlalonde.blogspot.com)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I watched it last week and some hollywierd actress said something to the effect that "The slickmiester was an approachable person and W was an arrongant elitest that hates the common man"


so I changed the channel "old school " was on so I didn't miss much.

RB


149 posted on 12/13/2004 6:39:17 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (don't be lazy look it up))
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To: TheBigB

Mt Carmal

Saw it live.


150 posted on 12/13/2004 6:41:29 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (don't be lazy look it up))
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