Earlier this week, Comedy Central announced that they aren't planning on renewing Futurama, meaning unless the show goes exclusively online, its seventh season will be its last. Hearing the news, I wasn't sad or angry or impatient that it hadn't happen, yet, slightly tainting the show's near-perfect, pre-revival legacy — all I could think about was Seymour. Cancellation = no more = death = Seymour = TEARS.
Although Futurama has some of the most genuinely moving moments in TV history, no one would ever mistake the show for a drama — it's a sitcom first and foremost, and for every sad scene, there are hundreds of Zoidberg dances. So, in honor of Futurama, let's take a look at 10 of the most gut-wrenching (i.e. depressing) episodes of otherwise comically inclined shows. Series finales are exempt because that's too easy. Sorry, "Goodbye Michael." I'm pretending The Office ended then, because it did.
Show: The Simpsons
Episode: "Lisa's Substitute"
You are Lisa Simpson, I am WRECKED. (The end of "Mother Simpson" is up there, too.)
Show: How I Met Your Mother
Episode: "Bad News"
It's fairly understood that How I Met Your Mother should have ended, oh, four seasons ago, but every so often, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays whip up something that surprise even the most jaded of former fans. Less and less it's because of solid jokes, though; of late, it's been genuinely emotional moments, like in "Bad News," when Marshall calls his dad to tell him that he and Lilly can have kids after an infertility scare...and discovers that he died of a heart attack. Jason Segel's finest work.
Episode: "The Miracle"
In which Darlene gives birth to a premature baby, everyone thinks said baby is going to die, and I get sad/upset because at one point, Johnny Galecki was on a good show, not The Big Bang Theory. (Also, the baby lived. Phew.)
Show: Sesame Street
Episode: "Episode 1839"
THIS AIRED ON THANKSGIVING. Kids watching must have had so many questions, which was the point:
Sesame Street handled an important topic like death the right way: head on, without any sugar frosted BS.