Decade's Best Live TV Moments

From Barack Obama's victory speech to the tumbling of Saddam's statue
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 1:02 PM CST

(Newser) Paste looks back on the decade’s 25 best—not necessarily most important—moments on live TV. The top 10:

  1. Barack Obama: His victory speech captured the moment when one part of Martin Luther King’s dream came true.
  2. Miracle on the Hudson: Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became America’s hero when he landed flight 1549 safely.
  3. Stephen Colbert: The comedian speech at the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner proved he has cojones.

  1. The Red Sox: Curt Schilling helped to end an 86-year-old “curse” with a victory over the Yankees in game six of the 2004 ALCS—even with blood oozing through his sock.
  2. Anderson Cooper: The journalist confronted Senator Mary Landrieu after getting fed up with politicians patting each other on the back in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  3. Jon Stewart: The Daily Show host took an unexpectedly serious tone on Crossfire, where he told the hosts, “Stop. Stop hurting America.”
  4. Saddam Hussein’s statue: When it was toppled, the end of his reign was signaled.
  5. Beijing Olympics: The opening ceremonies was one of the most awe-inspiring of all time.
  6. Halle Berry: Her Best Leading Actress Oscar—the first for a black woman—was especially symbolic, since she once played the first actress to be nominated to the award.
  7. U2: The band’s performance at the 2002 Super Bowl served as a tribute to September 11 victims.
For the complete list, including Susan Boyle and Tina Fey’s turn as Sarah Palin, click the link at right, or watch videos at left.
(Read more live television stories.)

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