I am shamelessly swiping this idea from Donna. This is a list of my picks for the greatest TV moments. I am trying to stick to things that I saw when they happened and not re-runs
This is really a hard list to do because while I can think of lots of TV shows that I loved to watch, it is hard to come up with one memorable scene that stands out above all the rest as one that I found especially funny, inspiring or entertaining. But here it goes:
Mork and Mindy: Mork (Robin Williams) goes into the kitchen and finds some eggs. Spaceships on his planet are shaped like eggs. He takes an egg, tosses it into the air and says “Fly and be free!” The look of shock on his face when the egg splats on the table is priceless.
Carol Burnet Show: Tim Conway playing the old man who does everything slooooooowly. At the end of the sketch he accidently falls out of a high-rise window. You hear him fall and crash at the bottom. There is a momentary pause and then he screams “Aaaaahhhhhhhh!”
SNL: Steve Martin performing “King Tut” live for the first time.
1988 VP Debate: Lloyd Bentsen knew than Dan Quayle was going to try and compare himself to John F. Kennedy at some point and he was prepared with the knockout punch. There has never been a more devestating takedown in the history of political debates.
1988 Democratic National Convention: Michael Dukakis makes his grand entrance with lights flashing, crowd cheering to the thumping, invigorating music of Neil Diamond singing “Coming To America.” I knew at that moment that he was going to be out next president.
Speed Racer: The mysterious Racer X lets the audience know for the umpteenth time that he is Speed’s long-lost older brother and pulls him out of yet another scrape before slinking away without revealing his secret.
Sesame Street: Depending on the number of the day, a pastry chef would stand at the top of a long flight of stairs and announce “Six coconut creme pies!” before inevitably tripping and falling down the stairs and covering himself with icing and/or pie filling. It delighted me everytime he did it.
Wide World of Sports: Evel Knievel attempts to jump the Snake River Canyon. (Also, anytime the Harlem Globetrotters were on).
Happy Days: Richie Cunningham strutting off singing Fats Domino’s “I Found My Thrill...” everytime a girl would agree to go out on a date with him.
Laverne & Shirley: “Hallow!!” Lenny and Squiggy would always make their entrance at the most inappropriate or inopportune time.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When Spike first realizes that he has fallen in love with Buffy and gets really upset about it but can’t do anything to change it.