ere is your spoiler warning: There are 20 shows on this list. I will spoil at least one character death from 20 different television shows in this list. I'm not going to tell you which shows beforehand.
Proceed at your own risk.
Jack Pearson – This Is Us
The freshest TV character death is the tragic loss of Jack Pearson, the patriarch of the family that’s captured the hearts of millions of Americans in This Is Us. People were freaking out prior to the episode — we already knew that a slow cooker sparked and set the Pearson house on fire.
But it turns out it wasn’t the slow cooker that ultimately did Jack in. It was his devotion to his family and their love for the dog. Jack dies of smoke inhalation hours after rescuing the animal from the house. If you’re still wiping away tears from the post-Super Bowl episode, we’re here to say stop wiping and let it out, baby. We got 19 more of these to go.
Omar Little – The Wire
The death of Omar Little in The Wire constantly tops lists of the most shocking TV deaths in history. Shot in the side of the head by a young kid in a convenience store, Omar’s death rattled fans of The Wire who’d come to love the character. To this day, Omar’s demise is one of the sorest spots for TV watchers everywhere.
Derek Shepherd – Grey's Anatomy
You never thought they’d actually kill off McDreamy! But then again, that sort of unpredictability is what makes Grey’s Anatomy so great. And gut-wrenching. Derek went through a whole lot of drama before a semi-truck smashed into his car immediately after he’d just saved four other people from a car crash. His death was tragic for everyone involved, but it was especially heartbreaking for fans of the show.
Zoe Barnes – House of Cards
We already knew that Frank Underwood was capable of murder when the second season of House of Cards premiered, and unfortunately, so did Zoe Barnes. She got too deep into investigating Underwood’s involvement in the death of Peter Russo, so Frank decided that she had to go.
We all audibly gasped when he pushed her in front of that train — it was shocking and delicious and it showed us there was no limit to how far this show would go.
Matthew Crawley – Downton Abbey
Matthew Crawley’s death on Downton Abbey was personally devastating for me not only because I liked the show so much and was invested in the characters but also because Dan Stevens is fine and I did not want to stop watching him. But it was also actually sad when he perished in a car crash immediately after the birth of his son.
And now, for the most iconic sitcom deaths of all time…