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Top 10 Best TV Moments of 2018

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp

2018 was a great year for TV, and these were its best moments. For this list, we’ll be ranking the funniest, saddest, most dramatic, and most shocking scenes of the year from 2018’s scripted TV shows. Spoilers abound, so be warned. Our list includes The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Adventure Time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sharp Objects and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Best TV Moments of 2018.

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Top 10 Best TV Moments of 2018


2018 was a great year for TV, and these were its best moments. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten best TV moments of 2018. For this list, we’ll be ranking the funniest, saddest, most dramatic, and most shocking scenes of the year from 2018’s scripted TV shows. Spoilers abound, so be warned.

#10: Cunanan Kills Versace

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (2018)
On July 15, 1997, prominent fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered outside his Miami Beach mansion by Andrew Cunanan. This was one of the most shocking news stories of the 90s, and has resonated throughout subsequent decades. We finally saw the event dramatized in 2018’s “American Crime Story,” and it was every bit as disturbing as we imagined it would be. The scene begins with flourishing camera sweeps and picturesque images of Miami Beach before the portentous music swells and Andrew approaches Gianni with the gun. It’s a beautifully filmed, scored, and edited scene capped by a horrifying piece of real-life violence that instantly snaps us out of the daydream.

#9: “Don’t Tell Mama.”

“Sharp Objects” (2018)
“Sharp Objects” was another haunting story from “Gone Girl’s” author Gillian Flynn, and its dramatic twists and turns were equally as shocking. But no moment was as instantly memorable and jaw-dropping as the very last scene, when Amma enters the room and pleads Camille not to tell their mother. The utter look of devastation on Camille’s face serves as a perfect summation of the entire ending. She’s not only shocked, but devastatingly heartbroken, and the rapid cut to black only heightens our feelings of disbelief - but in a good way, not a “Sopranos” way. A twist, shock, instant cut to black, boom. Now that’s how you end a show.

#8: Jake & Amy’s Wedding

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013-)
It’s been five years in the making, but Jake and Amy’s wedding has finally arrived. And it is every bit as beautiful and wacky as we’d hoped. The scene is peppered with the typical “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” goofiness, like Doyle telling Amy to make little Jakes and a robot ring-bearer, but it is also played surprisingly straight, complete with beautiful music and vows from the two characters. It’s a perfect blend of “Brooklyn’s” humor and heart, and it would have served as a fitting conclusion should the show have remained cancelled. Luckily of course, thanks to its revival, we have even more “Brooklyn” goodness to look forward to.

#7: June & Hannah

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017-)
And so we jump from a show full of warmth and happiness to a show full of…well, the complete opposite of those things. Throughout the first twenty hours of the show, June has only enjoyed memories of her daughter Hannah as she’s forced to live as a Handmaid. However, in the show’s twentieth episode, June is finally reunited with her daughter, and it is absolutely soul-crushing. The scene is shot like a documentary, full of close-ups and shaky cam, and Elisabeth Moss, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in this episode, proves once again why she’s the best in the biz.

#6: Teddy & Darius Talk

“Atlanta” (2016-)
“Atlanta” is so full of outrageous wackiness and surreal moments that it’s hard for any one scene to stand out, but that all changed with Teddy Perkins. The Teddy Perkins episode is a masterpiece of television, and it was one of the most talked-about episodes of 2018. It ends in truly spectacular fashion, as the otherwise-reserved and idiosyncratic Darius opens up to the reclusive, troubled, and unbelievably creepy Teddy. It’s equal parts scary and sad, and then Benny shows up and turns everything into a tragic nightmare. The wide range of emotions, incredible acting, and the scene’s unflinching nature make it one of the best scenes of the year.

#5: Black Hood Is Revealed

“Riverdale” (2017-)
When we heard that Archie was being rebooted into a gloomy murder-mystery, we all kind of laughed in disbelief. But it’s scenes like this that make us feel silly for laughing, because damn did they ever nail the drama. Black Hood was one of the main villains of season two, the culprit behind numerous shootings and the murder of Geraldine Grundy. In the penultimate episode of season two, it was finally revealed that Black Hood was none other than Betty’s father, Hal! Sure, it was a little predictable, but it’s nice to finally know for sure, and it throws his character into a whole new, terrifying light.

#4: The Final Montage

“Adventure Time” (2010-18)
Saying goodbye to “Adventure Time” is like saying goodbye to a great friend. It’s been with us for years, it’s entertained us and made us happy, and it saddened us when it needed to leave. Which is why the final montage was so damn affecting. Seeming to acknowledge the fact that sometimes, music can convey mood better than words, the finale launches into a cute musical montage using the end credits theme song that wraps up everyone’s journey. It’s a touching goodbye to the show and the characters we’ve grown attached to over the better part of a decade, and we couldn’t think of a better finale for such a brilliant program.

#3: “All This Time.”

“The Americans” (2013-18)
“The Americans” is still the greatest show that no one watches. Maybe now that it’s over it will generate the audience it always deserved, like a brilliant artist only discovered after his demise. The show built an incredible amount of tension over the years before unleashing this climax in its final episode. When Stan confronts Philip and Elizabeth in the parking garage and finally learns their secret, it’s a painful, cataclysmic shock for everyone involved. The scene’s impact is in no small part thanks to Matthew Rhys’s Emmy-winning performance as Philip. “The Americans” has always been about family and friendship, and here we watch them all falling apart.

#2: Winston’s Ultimate Prank

“New Girl” (2011-18)
Winston’s reputation for awful pranks set audience expectation high for the series finale. Fortunately, “New Girl” delivered. In the final episode, newly married Nick and Jess discover that they’re being evicted. After packing and loading the moving truck, Winston finally reveals that the eviction was just an elaborate prank, because, well, Winston doesn’t know how to prank. Luckily for him, Nick and Jess don’t kill him, but decide to finish their move. It’s hilarious, but it also leads to a touching send-off for the characters and the apartment they’ve inhabited for nearly 150 episodes. Think of it as a new beginning.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Single Take Scene
“Maniac” (2018)

The Ending
“The End of the F***ing World” (2017-)

Klaus & Elijah Kill Each Other
“The Originals” (2013-18)

#1: Jack’s Death

“This Is Us” (2016-)
Some people may criticize “This Is Us” for being little more than sorrow porn, but when the sadness is this unbelievably rendered, we can forgive it. We’ve all been waiting for Jack’s death, and it finally came on Super Bowl Sunday - literally, that’s what the episode is called. Mandy Moore is spectacular in this scene, fluidly transitioning from complete disbelief and annoyance to shock and finally grief. Few shows and movies have captured the pain and confusion of death so vividly, and it made for supremely uncomfortable yet tantalizing television.

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