However earlier than “This Is Us” was offering a weekly outlet for our tears, there have been a number of different TV dramas leaving these of us on the leisure beat at CNN puffy-eyed.

Gray’s Anatomy

“Gray’s Anatomy” in all probability causes extra tears throughout any given season than Seattle will get in complete rainfall throughout a calendar yr. I’m not being dramatic. Whether or not it is a catastrophe episode (see: the taking pictures, the aircraft crash, the practice crash, the bomb episode, and so forth), a devastating case-of-the-week (bear in mind when the docs had two golden-hearted sufferers impaled by a tree and will solely save one in all them?), or a significant loss of life (R.I.P Derek, George, Lexi, Mark, Denny, Henry…you get the purpose), this present is aware of how you can produce high-quality, emotionally draining drama. It additionally owes me some huge cash in remedy payments,” writes CNN leisure reporter Sandra Gonzalez.

Six Ft Underneath

“When Nate instructed Brenda he wished a divorce I felt like he was breaking apart with me,” says CNN senior leisure author Lisa Respers France. “However his loss of life scene was excruciating and doubtless one of the emotional issues I’ve ever seen on TV.”


“I beloved ABC’s hit present “Misplaced” due to its distinctive premise and since it touched on all my favourite storytelling components and themes: the supernatural, science fiction, philosophy. It was additionally not afraid to sacrifice in style characters or protagonists to advance a storyline. The present was unpredictable and thrilling in that means. You by no means know which of the characters you’ve got grown connected to was going to get killed off. I used to be devastated when Charlie died by drowning so he can save the others. His loss of life was filled with symbolism and significance. The deluge of water and the urgency performed out like a closing baptism, a redemption,” writes CNN deputy media editor An Phung.

Stranger Issues

“You would not suppose present that entails Demogorgons and the wrong way up parallel universes would not tug on the ‘ole coronary heart strings, however Netflix’s “Stranger Issues” does simply that,” writes CNN media author Frank Pallotta. “From the connection between Joyce and her misplaced son, Will, in Season 1 to the connection between Sheriff Hopper and his adopted daughter, Eleven, in Season 2 the present is the right mixture of make you cry unhappiness and make you scream horror. I dare you to observe the youngsters dance at their winter recital within the closing scene of Season 2 and never tear up. Oh, and do not even get me began on Barb!”

Friday Evening Lights

“‘Friday Evening Lights’ was crammed with hope, longing and melancholy, chronicling the dedication of a Texas high-school soccer coach, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), to his household and his gamers, a lot of whom noticed soccer because the ticket out of their small city,” writes CNN media critic Brian Lowry. “The present was crammed with emotional moments, maybe none extra so than an arc wherein Taylor went out of his approach to rehabilitate his star operating again, “Smash” Williams (Gaius Charles), whose faculty profession had been threatened by an harm.