If you’re anything like us, you spent a good part of the year on your couch, watching your favorite scenes from this year’s movies and television shows over. And over. And over. Here are the top 10 scenes of the year that made the various streaming services reach out to us to ask, “Hey…are you okay?”
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
#1: Max Sings “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
(Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)
“When I come home, yeah I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who’s comin’ home to you. And when I’m dreamin’, well I know I’m gonna dream, I’m gonna dream about the time that I’m with you. But I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walked 1,000 miles to fall down at your door.”
There were so many wonderful moments in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist that were worthy of a rewatch, it was hard to choose which one should land the top spot. Zoey singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Pressure” still causes us to crack up. Her last dance with her father shatters our heart, and the amazing spectacle of “American Pie” sets those shards on fire. “Fight Song” and “Mad World” are beautiful and profound, while Max‘s heart song “All of Me/You Know You Want Me” is the perfect combination of sweet, sexy, and hilarious. And it almost ended in wall sex! But in the end, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” has to take the top spot. This is the Clarkeman song that caused so many to declare we will go down with this ship!
#2 David and Patrick’s Wedding
“Patrick Brewer you are my happy ending.”
David and Patrick’s wedding on Schitt’s Creek is a scene that has us rewinding to watch over and over again. This wedding scene is what shipper dreams are made of. We were already all up in our feels because our favorite show was ending, but they had to go and cap the series with our favorite OTP tying the knot. The comedy elements were there, between Moira’s speech and outfit along with Alexis dressing like a bride. But it was the other emotional notes that had us in buckets of tears. The Jazzagals singing them in with their song “Simply the Best” was amazing, and the Patrick sent us over the edge by singing “You will always be my baby.” Their vows were had everyone crying, from the characters on screen to the people at home watching. And yes we rewatched it to write this and it had us sobbing all over again.
#3 Luke Sings “Unsaid Emily”
(Julie and the Phantoms)
“No time for goodbyes. Didn’t get to apologize. Pieces of a clock that lies broken.”
Once again, it’s hard to choose our favorite music number from Julie and the Phantoms. We’ve had the entire soundtrack on endless loop since the series first dropped. “Wake Up” is beautiful and powerful, as Madison Reyes, who plays titular heroine Julie, blows us away with her voice. As shippers who cannot resist the chemistry between Julie and Luke, we’ll never get enough of “Perfect Harmony.” However, no song is as moving as “Unsaid Emily” and it wrecks us every time. While Luke sings the words that will forever remain unspoken in death, we see a montage of his greatest regret in life: his final argument with his mom, his decision to run away, and his parents’ devastation when they learn of their only child’s death. We’re bracing ourselves to be emotionally devastated again when his parents find a way to come face-to-face with his ghost in Season 2…which we desperately need!
#4 Lucifer and Chloe Take Their Relationship to the Next Level
The moment Lucifer (and Deckerstar) fans have been waiting for finally came to pass: after five long years of misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and “will they/won’t they,” they finally did. Realizing that Lucifer chooses to make himself vulnerable to her, Chloe chose to make herself vulnerable to him. Finally – finally – the two consummated their relationship. “Incredible,” indeed.
#5 Stargirl Finds Her Family
“Something I’ve been waiting to give to you for a long time…”
We didn’t know when we started watching Stargirl that this would be the ultimate payoff for the season, but by the time we got to this scene, we couldn’t imagine it any other way. Pat and Courtney’s relationship was the biggest journey of the first season of the show, how they went from strangers, to a reluctant team, learned to work together, to rely in each other, and most importantly, to love each other. This was especially important for Courtney, a girl who’d been abandoned by her father and who didn’t even know she needed someone she could always count on to be there till Pat had already filled that spot. And, yes, we absolutely cried. In fact, we might just be tearing up right now thinking about the found family feels.
#6: Every Scene With Baby Yoda
*adorable Baby Yoda noises*
#7: Margaret and Kevin Being Freaking Adorable
(The Princess Switch: Switched Again)
“What could possibly come between two people who look at each other like that?
Not to be dramatic or anything, but The Princess Switch: Switched Again may be the only thing that helps us survive the end of 2020. It has the perfect combination of sweetness, romance, and comic absurdity, and we make no apologies for the fact we have watched it (and its prequel) in its entirety more than once. With that in mind, it’s hard to pick a single moment that we’ve watched on endless loop. Vanessa Hudgens doing the absolute most playing three coincidental doppelgängers in one film? Sure. Prince Edward being the human equivalent of the pleading emoji for the entire movie and particularly as he confesses his fears to Stacy-as-Margaret? Absolutely. But we have to give this one to Kevin and Margaret. If you can watch the two of them act freaking adorable together for 98 solid minutes and not fall in love, your heart may be three sizes too small. We can’t wait for the third movie in this series, which Netflix has already announced. Let the speculation begin!
#8: The Family Dinner
“I realize it may be unfashionable, but …we like each other. Most of the time.”
We could – and maybe, if Bridgerton were out, we’d pick other scenes. But since we can’t spoil you, we’re just going to go with a scene you’ve seen a little of …but one that’s even better than you can imagine: that family dinner! It’s the perfect way to introduce you to the world of Bridgerton, a world of romance, and drama and some emotions, yes, but most importantly, a world that revolves around a family that doesn’t always see eye to eye, and doesn’t always agree on everything (or anything!), but that always always loves each other despite that. Or maybe because of it?
#9: “History Has Its Eyes on You”
“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known when I was young and dreamed of glory. You have no control, who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”
The musical Hamilton is – unsurprisingly – one of the biggest hits of 2020. It’s a fantastic spectacle from start to finish, with an unrelenting soundtrack that you can’t get out of your head. It’s at times inspiring (“My Shot”), powerful (“Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”, hilarious (“You’ll Be Back”), romantic (“Helpless”) and heartbreaking (“It’s Quiet Uptown”). However, George Washington’s “History Has Its Eyes on You” particularly resonates as a reminder that history doesn’t just exist in the past; it’s something we’re writing today.
#10 Picard and Data’s Final Conversation
“Captain, do you regret sacrificing your life for Soji and her people?”
“Not for an instant.”
“Then why would you imagine I regret sacrificing mine for yours?”
For many fans of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation series, Data’s death in Star Trek: Nemesis was a disappointing end for a fan favorite character. The relationship between Sir Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard and Brent Spiner’s Data was always one of the best – and most profound – parts of the original series. Star Trek: Picard tried to right at least one wrong of the past in the final scene between these two characters as Data demonstrated once again that, while his character who was never human, he understood the virtues and flaws of humanity better than most. Their final conversation, as Picard lays dying and the two discuss the concept of death, regret, and the need to let go would make even the most hardened heart break.