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29 TV Episodes That Made Us Cry In 2016

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    Watching TV can be a way to escape — and after everything we've seen in 2016, we could all use a mental getaway. But a great show will make you feel things, because you're invested in the characters and the story.

    With that in mind, we've rounded up the TV episodes that brought us all the feels this year. Whether it was happy tears or sad ones — ok, mostly sad ones — we openly wept while watching these scenes. (Be forewarned, though: This slideshow isn't for the faint of heart. We're talking major tearjerkers — deaths, PTSD, and even shootings all come into play.)

    These episodes might have made us uncomfortable, but that's what makes them so memorable. Many of the shows on this list are comedies, too. But their emotional episodes transcended anything you'd typically expect from a half-hour show.

    Click through to see the 29 TV episodes that made us cry in 2016. Even if you don't watch all of these shows, you'll probably shed a tear or two.

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    "Twenty-Two," You're The Worst
    This heartbreaking episode was one of the show's best to date. It looks back at the previous episode, but from Edgar's (Desmin Borges) perspective.

    We knew before this that Edgar, a veteran, had PTSD, but "Twenty-Two" took us inside how that actually affects his day-to-day life. We see Edgar fight with a V.A. officer about his medications, which he says aren't working. He eventually meets a fellow veteran, who tells him about coping mechanisms for PTSD. (He also tells him that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, something Edgar himself considers this episode.)

    "Twenty-Two" differs sharply from the typical You're The Worst episodes, and that's not a bad thing. It adds some much-needed reality about the consequences the main characters' actions have on other people.

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    "There's My Baby," How To Get Away With Murder
    Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is an antihero for sure — she's literally framed people for murder and consistently alienates everyone who cares about her. But in the flashbacks to Annalise and Sam's (Tom Verica) devastating loss, we're hurting along with her.

    After a car crash — which we later learn Frank (Charlie Weber) was linked to — Annalise has an emergency C-section, but the baby doesn't survive. She holds the baby's body in her arms at the hospital, a scene that's impossible to watch without shedding tears.

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    "DJ Twins," Baskets
    You might not think something that starts out with Zach Galifianakis dancing to "Conga" would be a tear-jerker, but Baskets isn't your average TV show.

    "DJ Twins" was a turning point for Baskets. Throughout the first season, we saw Chip (Galifianakis) be exceptionally mean to Martha (Martha Kelly), despite the fact that she's nothing but kind to the entire Baskets family. Chip seems pretty heartless a lot of the time, which made "DJ Twins" all the more moving.

    The episode is, ostensibly, about Christine Baskets' (Louie Anderson) other twins coming home for a visit. But throughout the preparations for the family dinner, she reveals more details about her late husband. It sets the stage for the rest of the season and helps explain why the Baskets family is the way they are.

    Before this episode, we saw her explain to Penelope (Sabina Sciubba) that Chip and Dale's father died after falling from a bridge examining the view. It seems suspicious — the "bridge" in question isn't anywhere close to being fully constructed, and the "view" is a patch of dirt. But in "DJ Twins," Christine looks at a family photo, saying of her husband, "Sometimes, you just don't know how unhappy someone is."

    The statement is a gut punch. We officially know that her husband committed suicide, which explains why she's so devoted to her children's every need, even in their adulthood. Later in the episode, after the comment about the photo and after being ditched by the DJ twins, Christine eats whipped cream straight from the mixing bowl while crying in her room.

    That leads us back to Chip. He observes his mother's sorry state, and determines that he has to do something about it. He and Martha visit the DJ twins, where he tells them to be nicer to their mom. But the trip comes at the expense of Chip's entry into the Mr. Rodeo contest — he misses his show and a chance to meet the talent scouts. He's still unkind to Martha, but Chip put so much work into the contest — more than we've ever seen him put into anything on this show — that it's a small act of redemption for his character.

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    "Chapter Forty-Four," Jane The Virgin
    Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Michael (Brett Dier) are finally married! The wedding is perfect, complete with Charo as a bridesmaid and a choreographed father-daughter dance between her and Rogelio (Jaime Camil).

    But this is a telenovela, so things can't go off without a hitch. Jane and Michael are preparing to (finally!) have sex, but he gets shot by his partner, Susanna — who turns out to be Rose in disguise.

    How much heartbreak does one woman deserve? This episode made us cry happy tears during the wedding festivities — and then sad ones over Michael's fate. (Luckily, Michael recovers in season three, and the two do get to have sex.)

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    "Landing Gear," New Girl
    Not all the tears we shed while watching TV this year were out of sadness. On New Girl, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) finally tied the knot, and we shed all the tears.

    Was it ridiculous that the gang held the original ceremony without Schmidt there? Yes, of course it was. But the intimate wedding — held, where else, in the loft — was perfect. The smashing of the Douchebag Jar was an on-point callback, and it was just heart-warming to see these characters, whose relationship we've followed for five seasons, finally profess their love to each other.