What Are the Most Impactful TV Moments?
But within this mess of irrelevance, TV has still managed to have its share of impactful moments. To find out which of these instances was most memorable, Sony and Nielsen got together to poll viewers on what television events had been most important to their lives.
While they expected to see much-watched programming like the ‘M*A*S*H’ finale or some of the more competitive Super Bowls on the list, the poll’s respondents pretty much stuck to news events.
Taking the top spot was the September 11th terrorist attacks, followed by Hurricane Katrina and the O.J. Simpson verdict. The Challenger explosion and the death of Bin Laden rounded out the top five.
Overall, the list has a pretty clear bias toward more recent events. For example, the death of Whitney Houston this year and the Casey Anthony verdict of last year rank 11 and 19, respectively. We’d doubt either of these events would end up cracking the top twenty in any future polling on the subject. Check out the complete list below and click on the links to see the videos. (Due to the graphic nature of some of the events, some of the videos are NSFW.)
20. JFK’s Funeral in 1963
19. Casey Anthony Verdict in 2011
18. LA Riots in 1992
17. Bush vs. Gore Election Confusion in 2000
16. Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995
15. JFK Assasination in 1963
13. Barack Obama Election Night Speech in 2008
12. Capture Of Deposed Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003
11. Death of Whitney Houston in 2012
10. Funeral of Princess Diana in 1997
9. BP Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico in 2010
8. Columbine School Shooting in 1999
7. Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011
6. OJ Simpson Chase in 1994
5. Death Of Osama Bin Laden in 2011
4. Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion in 1986
3. OJ Simpson Verdict in 1995
2. Hurricane Katrina in 2005
1.September 11 Terrorist Attacks in 2001