While TV is often a method of getting away from real world struggles - never more necessary than in 2016 - great television generally cuts a bit deeper.
The best television is that which allows us to experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows, with both making a genuine impact. The most memorable moments, the ones that linger, are more often than not those that sting too.
When Buffy's mother dies, or Marshall's dad (in HIMYM). When pretty much everyone is killed at the Red Wedding, or when the Friends leave the apartment for the last time. Usually sad, or at least bittersweet; always with us.