2014 in Review: The 30 Biggest TV Moments (for Better or for Worse)

Year in Review Biggest TV Moments

What. A. Year!

Your television box generated much conversation in 2014, be it through shocking twists, polarizing finales, waylaid weddings or award-winning flubs.

With 2015 peeking at us around a corner, TVLine is ready to take stock of the year gone by, kicking off with this countdown of the Biggest TV Moments, from The Good Wife, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, The Flash, Outlander and dozens of other shows.

Also coming this month, as our review of 2014 marches on: TVLine will single out the best and worst dramas and comedies, steamiest smooches, most groan-worthy storylines, craziest cliffhangers, the No. 1 acting revelation and lots more.

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51 Comments
  1. Hmm says:

    Never forgiving HIMYM execs for the travesty that was the finale.

  2. Jose says:

    great list but some moments are missing!!!!!!
    – Arrow`s midseason finale fight / Death Scene
    – Game of Thrones`s Oberyn Martel vs The Mountain
    – Revenge`s big come back at the end of season 3 or big death at the midseason finale
    – Teen Wolf killing off one of its core characters at the end of season 3

    just saying……

  3. Morgane says:

    Castle ? Have we seen the same episode ?

  4. CarmenTrance says:

    Shameless Mickey coming out! Should be on the list!!

  5. Lana says:

    TV Line does Bellamy Young pay you to kiss her ass like she and Mellie are the second coming of Jackie O? It’s getting ridiculous. Looks like you’ve fallen for the great White switch out. Poor Kerry. Shonda has not done right by her or black women as a whole. Well at least we know where TV Line stands. You should be horrified at what they have done to the first black female lead in nearly 40 years! You should be calling Shonda out on her horrible writing and the constant ‘whore calling’! But no…Mellie is just so delightful. Despite all the horrible things she has done (I’d feel sorry for her with Jerry if she hadn’t risked Teddy’s life to keep Fitz in line). It’s amazing to me that Fitz and Olivia are held accountable by fans and critics alike if they are even somewhat verbally mean but Mellie can risk her child’s life and Jake can choke Olivia and shoot James in the back and TV Line and company just turn a blind eye and continue to act like Mellie and Jake do no wrong. It’s really too bad in this day of Ray Rice and Bill Cosby that a site that covers TV can’t call showrunners to the carpet for not addressing physical and sexual abuse of women just to stay in the good graces of said showrunners. But as long as it’s a black woman being choked, no problem. I’d love to see what you would write if the circumstances were exactly the same and it was Mellie choked….actually I wouldn’t because I know what you would write. Poor Mellie! You should be ashamed!

    • Angela says:

      …yeah…or they could just, y’know, like the actress’ portrayal of a character.
      Hell of a lot of assumptions about the people who work on this site being made here. Settle down.

    • Coru says:

      To be fair..Liv is sleeping with her husband so Mellie can call Liv anything she wants, she is entitled to that. It does not matter whether Fitz and Mellie are not in love anymore, they are still legally married. Having said that Mellie has been a strong female character from season 1 till now (good or bad), whereas Liv’s character is really slipping and all this love triangle craze is just making her very weak and questionable in some instances. Liv has not done anything wow that is award worthy this season so far, even Rowan outshines her most of the time.
      Bellamy has portrayed the character of Mellie to perfection and she is very under appreciated. Its good that TV Line recognise Mellie.

      • frank says:

        That’s precisely the point, Kerry is the lead and the writers are destroying her character for the likes of the supporting actress Bellamy. They have given Bellamy gold and allowed her character to evolve but give Kerry is given this BS triangle and they have taken away the power house boss that she was in season 1 & 2.

        Mellie has NO right calling Olivia a whore when she encouraged Olivia and Fitz relationship she can’t have it both ways! She begged Olivia to help on the second term “he can’t breathe without you” and she called Olvia and invited her to the ball because Fitz wasn’t sleeping in season 1 “You needed to see her” . She gets no smypathy. The writing for season 3 and 4 overall are horrid

    • frank says:

      completely agree, nothing Jake or Mellie do wrong is challenged or even acknowledged and the writers have made Olivia mute when it comes to them. Olivia can bark and berate Fitz about nothing and go off on everyone else all day long but when Mellie or jake actually disrespects she says nothing and does nothing. Scandal writers definitely show bias and it’s what has mainly tanked the quality of the show. THe constant propping and degradation of the lead

    • RUCookie says:

      Whoa – WOW – Whoa! That was a lot of frustration spilling out there… And heck yes, Mellie is a hot mess and NO (or yes) she is not innocent. BUT it is the way that the actress portrays the innocent victim with evil tendencies that has me rooting for her. That said, Olivia shines in her moments where she gets her mojo back… I loved when she was willing to rip the world apart for Abby (dealing with the return of her abusive husband/senator-nominee) and when she ripped into Cyrus to motivate him again – those are her kind of moments!

  6. Hannah says:

    I think Leslie Knope finding out she’s pregnant with triplets deserves an honorable mention. Or the 3 year time jump. Can’t get everything, though :)

  7. Christy says:

    What about Community? “It’s dead. Nope still dead. It’s really dead. Guys give it up, it’s dead. Community returns!!!”
    LOL. And I am overjoyed! #sixseasonsandamovie !

    • Angela says:

      Good call!
      As for the list itself…sigh. On the one hand, I’m happy for Stephen Colbert and look forward to him taking over Letterman’s spot, but on the other hand, as this last week of shows is reminding me, I’m going to miss “The Colbert Report” so much. Same with Craig Ferguson wrapping things up.
      (On the note of late night shows, though, now I’m wondering if John Oliver and his new show will get a mention at some point in these year-end recaps…been loving that one since it’s debuted.)

  8. Mara says:

    Sweets’ death on Bones needs to be on this list

  9. Sara says:

    One little pet peeve about the Orphan Black write-up: Cosima is not a lesbian. She (if she has to be defined) is bisexual. Tatiana Maslaney has stated in interviews that the writers told her Cosima is bisexual, but she thinks that Cosima simply loves people.

  10. Kim R says:

    Wow. Out of the 30 moments I only watch 4 of the shows! And the Oscar moment. What does that mean? :D

  11. Drew says:

    I still don’t get why that scene on How To Get Away With Murder is a big deal. She took her makeup off. Okay. It isn’t like she invented silent velcro or something.

  12. Ally Oop says:

    Three moments that should be on here are: Conrad Grayson escaping from jail only to be stabbed to death by the believed-to-be-dead David Clarke on Revenge and Vee getting run over during her escape from jail by a dying Miss Rosa from Orange is the New Black and Haley and Klaus and the delivery of their baby on The Originals.

    • Lerbert says:

      Yes! Thank you for remembering OITNB. That was my favorite moment of the year not for Vee being run over–but for the look of joy on Miss Rosa’s face as she speeds off in the van and the viewers see how free she feels as time morphs back into her younger self.

  13. Sara says:

    Glad Wills death was number 1. I would’ve added Olivers death on here too. Conrad getting killed and David Clark being alive was a big one too.

  14. Brigitte says:

    As much as I agree that the cannibal story line was a big deal on The Walking Dead, I feel that Carol killing Lizzie was absolutely shocking and heartbreaking.

  15. webly3 says:

    I cannot believe you guys didn’t include Orange Is the New Black’s fianle twist with Vee getting run over by Miss Rosa. That was my favorite moment of television in 2014. I’ve never been more satisfied with a season finale in my life.

  16. N says:

    Yay Hannibal!

  17. R says:

    No Mitch and Cam wedding on Modern Family? Really?

  18. A says:

    Unlike HIMYM, Psych had the greatest series finale in the history of the world this year and left all it’s fans extremely satisfied

  19. Laura E. says:

    Nothing about Parks and Recreation ending the season with a 3-year time jump?

  20. Eric says:

    This is probably too vague, but I thought the much-anticipated premiere of Girl Meets World was a pretty big thing. I’m a huge fan of the mothership series so I think I’m just a bit biased. There was a lot of hubbub leading to the show’s airing though.

  21. Nancy/barrowmanfan4ev says:

    Best moments in Arrow 2014:
    Episode 303 Corto Maltese, when Malcolm Merlyn brutally trains his daughter, Thea Queen.
    Episode 304 The Magician, the non-costumed confrontation between Malcolm and Oliver, and the fight scenes between Malcolm and Nyssa.
    Episode 309 The Climb, the final battle between R’as al Ghul and Oliver, and the earlier shocking reveal when Malcolm shows Oliver proof he got Thea to murder Sara.