The ice storm that opened 9-1-1: Lone Star‘s third season really gave us a chill — as well as got us thinking about the many other times that Mother Nature has rained (…or sleeted) drama down on our favorite TV shows.
Decades of TV history has shown us that a well- (or is it ill-?) timed blizzard, rainstorm, hurricane or tornado can veritably (and sometimes literally) drown characters in intense situations, forcing them to brave extreme elements and/or hunker down in close (…and sometimes cozy) proximity, to wait out said storm.
Such atmospheric adversities can create heroes (as with Dr. Doug Ross and Luke “I can’t stop the weather machine!” Spencer), put LEOs to the test (as on Hawaii Five-0 and The X-Files), nudge would-be couples to rethink priorities, and even lead sitcom characters to weather a very different brand of zany antics.
There have been myriad weather-related episodes of TV over the years, and we are not here to recount them all. No, we simply present this curated sampling of 25 memorable times that rain, sleet, snow, twisters, windstorms and one supernatural creature turned the forecast for a TV show into “100-percent chance of escalated drama.”
Review our list, then chime in with the weather-ravaged TV episodes you remember best!