“I do [think losing Cory Monteith made the Glee cast stronger]. It’s not just the cast; it’s the crew, too. We’re one giant community. When we have tough situations, whether it’s the press or dealing with losing other crew members and friends, you have each other to lean on.”
It’s hard to believe it was six years ago Glee first appeared on our screens, and if there’s one character who captured our hearts, it was the oh-so sweet, wheelchair-bound, Artie Abrams (AKA Kevin McHale).
When we caught up with the 26-year-old, he was about to film the final episode. “It’s always been a part of my life so it’s weird that it’s all coming to an end,” he told DOLLY. And in case you were wondering, yep, Kevin is just as lovable as Artie IRL.
Skip That, Watch This: Top 10 Grief-Positive TV Shows
Before “Splitting the Difference” was optioned by NBC Universal, I hadn’t noticed many relatable examples of grief on TV. I could, however, name dozens of shows depicting sped-up, clichéd mourning.
But when your experience as a 34-year-old widow is being fictionalized for the small screen, you take a crash course in small-screen grieving. For this Top 10 list on Modern Loss, I looked for inclusion of grief in more than one episode; characters whose responses were destructive, nuanced or uncomfortable to witness; and grief representations that were genre-defying. I also favored shows currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu or iTunes because instant watchability.
The result is an exhaustive, though admittedly, subjective list of episodes that got it right. Spoiler alert: Character deaths and plot points are mentioned, so proceed accordingly.