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Death on Television
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"The end of life has a part in television stories, as it does in the real world. Here is a quiz on a number of shows which have dealt with the issue. Questions are from different genres of shows. (Warning: spoilers.) Thanks for playing."
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Which of the following "Law and Order" characters died after his or her car was hit by a drunk driver?
In "No Exit," a first-season episode of "Miami Vice," Tony Amato is an arms dealer smuggling Stinger missiles. He is also abusive to his wife. The last scene of the show is particularly memorable. What happens in it?
Amato shoots his wife
One of the police officers is killed by Amato's bodyguard
Amato is killed by crossfire in a gun battle with police
Amato's wife shoots him
In "The Avenging Angel," a 1985 episode of "Hunter," a surveillance expert pursues and kills criminals. When Detective Sergeant Hunter finds him, in a hotel, the man has tied a bomb to his chest. What does Hunter do next?
Clubs the man on the head and calls the bomb squad
Convinces the man to surrender
Dismantles the bomb
Throws the man out the window
In "Men Should Weep," a three-part group of episodes of the U.K. series "Cracker," Detective Sergeant Jimmy Beck is involved in the rape of fellow officer Detective Sergeant Jane Penhaligon. When investigators close in on Beck, what does he do?
Engages in a shootout, and is killed
Jumps in the ocean and is never seen again
Sets fire to his own house
"The First 48," which airs on A&E in the U.S., follows the homicide squads of the police departments in several cities. The footage they use is real and may include the discovery of the victim's body, as well as the autopsy.
In one of these shows, a popular character passed away after the third season. The opening episode of the fourth season picked up with his friends' reactions to his passing. What show was it?
Which of the following cartoons featured a scene in which a character fired a handgun several times into a television set, and 'killed' the news anchor on the screen?
The Brak Show
The "Law and Order" episode "Heaven" contained an unforgettable sight, as detectives walked up to a crime scene at a local nightclub. Dozens of bodies were laid out in the street. On what real-life crime was this episode based?
The Happy Land Social Club fire
The murder of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell
The Crown Heights riots
The fire at a Great White concert in a Rhode Island nightclub
Which of the following was a 1983 television movie about a (fictional) nuclear blast in South Carolina that killed thousands of people?
Medusa: Dare to be Truthful
Another frightening 1983 television movie concerned a possible nuclear war in the United States. "The Day After" aired on ABC, and without disclaimers, prompting panicked calls from thousands of viewers. In what state was it set?
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