In our annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards, we include the special category Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It, I Just Heard or Read About It. Two of the three years, the winner has involved a death. This week, after Sons of Anarchy killed off a fan favorite, the reaction reached that level. Our recap has more than 1,000 comments. More than one person has said they’ve never seen the show before, but they had to read it to find out what happened because their Twitter and Facebook timelines lit up with people talking about the episode. Last night’s emotional Grey’s Anatomy premiere set off another blaze. (Read our recap. Watch that episode on Hulu.)
We’ve talked about the TV moments that made us cry and left scars. But we’ve never discussed the moments of rubbernecking that turned us into new (or returning) fans of shows. Have you ever searched for a recap or clip of a sad moment on a show you weren’t currently watching and then decided to start? (I’ve had at least one person tell me she’s now given Sons of Anarchy a season pass.) Or do you always turn your head around and simply stay tuned to your regularly scheduled programs?