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Most Dramatic Moments in Sitcom History

Updated on April 13, 2017

Good Times

Good Times was mostly comical but, occasionally it had some very serious moments. The show is popular for J.J. and his catch phrase, " Dyno-Mite".
Good Times was mostly comical but, occasionally it had some very serious moments. The show is popular for J.J. and his catch phrase, " Dyno-Mite". | Source

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Good Times: James Dies!

In a two part shocker, towards the end of season four, James Walker dies. The father of the family was working and was killed in a car crash on the way home. The episode is entitled, "The Big Move". J.J.'s daddy James, played by John Amos, was an integral part of the series and it was very surprising and unexpected when he died. The show was usually funny even silly at times but, it had some serious parts on the episode as well. The Evans family are a poor family just trying to make it. Also, Janet Jackson played in this show for a while when she was younger. This sitcom has actually had many heart wrenching and dramatic moments but, this one takes the cake. It was hard with James gone because, he was such a major part of the series.

Good Times: 1974-1979 (133 episodes) This truly were Good Times. This show will truly be missed.

All in The Family (Archie Bunker)

Archie Bunker (Carol O' Conner) played a bigot on All in the Family. Many of the shows dealt with issues like racism, sexism and politics.
Archie Bunker (Carol O' Conner) played a bigot on All in the Family. Many of the shows dealt with issues like racism, sexism and politics. | Source

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All in The Family: Edith is Assaulted!

Edith's 50th Birthday as the episode was called was exactly that. It was Edith Bunker's Birthday and she was at home cooking when a man acting like a cop finagled his way in to the house. He was actually a criminal who tries to attack Edith. Edith was in a bad predicament she, ended up in the living room with the man who was trying to rape her. She frees herself and runs into the kitchen. Edith ends up throwing boiling hot water from the stove onto the perpetrator's face. As his face burns from the hot water, Edith flees from her home crying in a very intense to say the least. This was episode three on season number eight. This series had several serious issues that it dealt with but, this one was actually gut wrenching to see. The Bunkers are a middle class family consisting of Archie, wife Edith, daughter Gloria and her husband Michael or as Archie calls him The Meathead.

All in the Family: 1971-1979 (208 episodes)

Family Guy (Brian The Dog)

Brian, the dog from Family Guy was thought to be dead which outraged many viewers. Brian is one of the main characters of Seth McFarland's cartoon.
Brian, the dog from Family Guy was thought to be dead which outraged many viewers. Brian is one of the main characters of Seth McFarland's cartoon. | Source

Family Guy: Brian Dies!

Season 12 of Family Guy presented an episode called, The Life of Brian and it was the sixth episode. In the show, Brian the dog is hit and killed by a car while playing with Stewie outside. Stewie is an actual witness to the car wreck. The show is only about laughter, with very rare sad moments but, for a cartoon the final minutes of this show were moving. They replaced Brian with another dog who was supposed to be Brian's replacement. This was an English accented dog that did not really fit the family like Brian did. After much public outcry, Seth McFarlane brought Brian back a couple shows later. The Griffin family consists of Peter, Lois, daughter Meg, sons Chris and Stewie and of course the dog, Brian. This was a huge move for this show. I remember going to work the next day, and that was the topic of everyone's conversation the next day. We were all in discussion of whether or not Brian would be brought back to the show, if his death was real or fake, did we miss something? Surely Set McFarlane would not let a star character be taken off the show. His death was a shock but, we were relieved when he was brought back.

Family Guy: 1999- Present

Family Guy (Scene Where Brian Dies)

The Jeffersons: Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated

George Jefferson (Sherman Helmsley) plays as a laundry mat owner who has a maid. He and his wife live in a high class apartment complex.
George Jefferson (Sherman Helmsley) plays as a laundry mat owner who has a maid. He and his wife live in a high class apartment complex. | Source

More Traumatic Sitcoms

Different Strokes
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Friends
Episode: Bicycle Man
Episode: Papa's Got Brand New Excuse
Episode: The Last One
 
 
 
 
 
 
Different Strokes, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends have had several intense shows but the episodes listed above truly stands out.

The Jeffersons: MLK Dies!

The final episode of season six is entitled, "The First Store". In the show George Jefferson is seen standing inside his dry cleaners after having just bought the store. All of a sudden looting and rioting starts. One of the looters run up to George inside his store and informs him that Dr. King has just been shot and killed. The sadness and the anger of the news overcomes George who goes ballistic. George lives with his wife and he has a maid who is constantly at odds with him.

The Jeffersons: 1975-1985 (253 episodes)

The Office: Michael Scott Leaves

Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leaving The Office was definitely a memorable moment. The often sarcastic series left a lasting impression when Carell's character exited.
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leaving The Office was definitely a memorable moment. The often sarcastic series left a lasting impression when Carell's character exited. | Source

Michael Scott Leaves!

Michael (Steve Carell) was the main star of The Office and he is always in everyone's business. So it came as a major shock when Michael decides to quit his job and leave. It's also emotional in many ways without saying much. At one point the gang tells Michael that they will give him a proper send off party on his last day. Michael knowing he isn't coming back just looks at them as he leaves....For good! This show featured few and far between serious shows but of the couple of intense shows this one is definitely the best.

The Office: 2005-2013 (201 Episodes)

Good Times Closing Theme Song

Share a Sitcom Moment

Please take time to recall any serious moments that you can think of involving sitcoms. Share them by leaving comments in the box located at the bottom of this article. Also, If you have any thoughts on the episodes listed above feel free to voice your opinions.

There are so many other comedy shows that could be listed here that have had dramatic themes. It seems that the shows from yesteryear have more dramatic moments than the ones from the 2000s.

Location of Good Times (Chicago, Illinois)

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