From Fleabag to Veronica Mars: Here are the 7 most tear-inducing TV moments of 2019.

*Content warning: This post contains MANY spoilers for some of the biggest TV shows of 2019. Read on at your own peril.*

2019 gifted us with some of the greatest TV shows, characters and moments that have ever graced the small screen.

Unfortunately, it all came at a price because many of these scenes also left us ugly crying at home alone on our couches, broken by the very fictional characters we’d lost our hearts to.

So, in the spirit of opening up old wounds, here are the TV moments from 2019 that left us in tears.

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The closing scene of Fleabag’s second and final season is beautifully crafted while also packing a pretty hefty emotional punch.

Following her father’s somewhat disastrous wedding, Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Hot Priest (Andrew Scott) are sitting at the bus stop and finally admit their love for one another, but it’s not meant to be.

Hot Priest has found a renewed love for his faith and resigned himself to making a decision that is best for both of them, he walks away from Fleabag. The next moment is what makes this such a perfect (and tearful) ending, as Fleabag finally makes the choice to walk away from the camera and the audience for good, heading into a new life with real relationships.

Stranger Things

There’s nothing better than a good redemption story, so watching Billy (Dacre Montgomery) go from jerk to villain to hero was one of the best story threads from Stranger Things season three. It also made things a lot more heartbreaking when he died.

When Billy stands up to the horrifying Mind Flayer and jumps in front of its barbed tendrils to protect Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), it’s a pretty emotional death scene, made even more upsetting by the fact that he survives just long enough to tell his little sister Max (Sadie Sink) that he’s sorry for everything.

When They See Us

This award-winning Netflix drama series was a stand-out of 2019. The prestige limited series When They See Us follows the real-life 1989 case of a jogger who was assaulted and raped in New York’s Central Park, and the five young people who were then charged with the crime.

The accused were labeled the Central Park Five and always maintained their innocence. The series kicks off in 1989, and spans right through to their exoneration in 2002. There are many devastating moments in this series that will bring tears of injustice to your eyes, especially when you remember that it all took place in real life.

In saying that though, it’s hard to go past the moment when the innocent boys are read their guilty verdicts in court, it will break you every time.


I know a lot of Younger fans might think it was most upsetting to see Kelsey (Hilary Duff) or Charles (Peter Hermann) discover Liza’s true age and back story, but for me, the most devastating truth-telling blow was when Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) finally learned the truth.


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She had put so much faith and trust in Liza (Sutton Foster) and defended her in front of a whole room of people when Pauline (Jennifer Westfeldt) sensationally outed her. It was difficult to watch the colour drain from Diana’s face as she realised what Liza had been keeping from her all this time, and even more upsetting when she ran from the room and collapsed in the street.

Orange Is the New Black

The final season of Orange is the New Black was filled with gut-punching moments as we farewelled our favourite characters, but the scene that hit the hardest involved Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson (Danielle Brooks).

After being wrongfully tried and convicted for a murder during the riot that took place at Litchfield in the previous season, we see the formerly bubbly inmate completely broken down by her unjust fate. Knowing now that her future has been taken from her, and that she will never know a life outside of the prison, she develops severe depression which builds to the point where she attempts to strangle herself in her own bunk.

Thankfully, Taystee does come out the other side of this, and finds meaning for her life in prison by setting up a fund to support former inmates, but that scene will still forever be etched in fans’ minds as one of complete hopelessness.

Dead to Me

As one of the most bingeable TV shows of the year, Netflix’s drama Dead to Me packed quite the emotional punch. During the eight-episode drama, we were introduced to widow Jen (Christina Applegate) whose husband had recently been killed in a hit-and-run accident, and her new friend Judy (Linda Cardellini) who had suffered a tragic loss of her own, yet seemed to be strangely at peace with it.

The true shocker came towards the end of the series when Judy finally admitted that she was, in fact, the driver of the car responsible for Jen’s husband’s fatal hit-and-run.

After watching these women form such an intense bond over the season, it was heartbreaking to watch the pain on Jen’s face as she realised her friend had been lying to her.

Veronica Mars

And, finally, let’s talk about the most devastating TV moment of 2019… and of all time.

Veronica (Kristen Bell)  and Logan (Jason Dohring) from Veronica Mars are the ultimate TV love story and fans have been waiting for well over a decade to see them finally come together and be married.

LISTEN: Veronica Mars and the brutal ending no one was expecting. Post continues after podcast. 

And while the finale episode of season four did give us the briefest moment of happiness by seeing the couple happily married, it all came shattering down when Logan was killed in an explosion just moments before the credits rolled.

In that moment the earth shook with the tears of one hundred Veronica Mars fans, all of who will never know true happiness again.

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