Friday 15 December 2017

TV Moments that Brought Us Together

Ed Power

Ed Power

Mob spot: The restaurant where they filmed the Sopranos finale

1. The end of The Sopranos

The sudden fade to black, the Journey song – what did it all mean? Having set a new standard for depth and intelligence in television, mob drama The Sopranos mesmerised the world with its profoundly mysterious finale in 2007.

2. The last episode of Friends

By May 2004, even the cast of Friends (right) seemed fed up with the decade-long sitcom. The last episode nonetheless constituted a 'can't miss' moment, and was watched by 52.5 million people in the US.

3. States of Fear

In 1999 this coruscating exposé of the physical and sexual abuse of children by clergy convulsed the country and forever altered our relationship with the Catholic Church.

4. Riverdance at Eurovision

You can roll your eyes at the tweeness – and the dizzying heights to which Michael Flatley's trousers were hitched.

Who could argue, though, that the Riverdance interlude at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest represented a break-out moment in which Irish people stood (okay, danced) before a global audience with absolute confidence?

5. Who Shot JR?

Thousands of wrinkly Generation X-ers will remember being allowed stay up late to find out who had tried to dispatch the Stetson-hatted anti-hero to an early grave in 1980. It turned out it was Kristin – whoever she was.

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