Top 20 Television Moments List Released

Results may have some wondering how old respondents were, as there seem to be some notable omissions. What would your top 20 list look like?

It's always a hazard to release any list titled "All-Time Top 20" because it's subject to interpretation; lists are as individual as the person who compiles it.

However, a survey released Wednesday by Sony Electronics and the Nielsen television research company shows the top 20 answers when people were asked, "What are your most memorable television moments?"

Some who are middle aged and older will scratch their heads at some of the answers, wondering why some historic events didn't end up higher on the list, like the Cuban missle crisis or the fall of the Berlin Wall.

And honestly, how didn't the death of Michael Jackson make the list? There's also no mention of the tsunami that swept over Southeast Asia a few years ago.

Well, without further ado, here's the list:

1. September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
2. Hurricane Katrina/levee breaks (2005)
3. O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict (1995)
4. Challenger space shuttle disaster (1986)
5. Death of Osama bin Laden (2011)
6. O.J. Simpson car chase (1994)
7. Earthquake and tsunami in Japan (2011)
8. Columbine school shooting (1999)
9. BP oil spill (2010)
10. Princess Diana's funeral (1997)
11. Death of Whitney Houston
12. Capture & execution of Saddam Hussein (2006)
13. Barack Obama acceptance speech (2008)
14. Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (2011)
15. Assasination of John F. Kennedy (1963)
16. Oklahoma City bombing (1995)
17. Bush/Gore election results (2000)
18. Rodney King verdict/riots (1992)
19. Casey Anthony murder trial verdict (2011)
20. Funeral of John F. Kennedy (1963)

Heather Asiyanbi July 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
We often share stories and then post them on our individual sites as we see fit. This was one of those situations.
Heather Asiyanbi July 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
It is amazing, isn't it? I remember watching the finale of Mash (at home with my parents, I was in 9th grade), when President Reagan was nearly assasinated (we had after school practice for a choir concert), when the space shuttle exploded in 1986 (my senior year of HS, some of us were eating lunch with our homeroom teacher to watch the take off and saw it live), watching the verdict of the OJ Simpson trial (at work at a newspaper); when the towers fell (my husband called me from work and told me to turn on the TV).
Chris Wright July 14, 2012 at 09:29 PM
How is Casey Anthony on this list and things like the moon landing and Nixon resigning not on there? Not to mention nothing before 1986 in the top 14? Did some 19 year old summer intern Sony put this together.
mau July 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
All but a very few involve death and/or destruction. Who could not have been impacted by the coverage of Somalia, Waco and Ruby Ridge.
Heather Asiyanbi July 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
According to the info, people were asked for their top 20 moments so I'm guessing what made the list depends on the age of most of the respondents. The death of Elvis also didn't make it ...


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