29 TV Moments Where Characters Reunited That Were So Well-Performed, People Think They Are The Best Ever

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which onscreen TV character reunions were the best ever. Here are some of the great responses:

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1.First, on Shameless, when Mickey and Ian end up in the same jail cell after not seeing each other for years.

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Showtime

2.On The Good Place, when Chidi regained all of his memories, specifically his memories of the afterlife, and he remembered Eleanor.

<div><p>"This was after he literally sacrificed all his progress for the sake of saving the integrity of the experiment the group was working on to help save the afterlife. The entire episode was a brilliant look into his life, but what really got to me was when he finally got to reunite with Elenor, who was asking him what the answer to save humanity was. All he did was ask Janet to give him the note he wrote to himself before he was rebooted. The way that he was immediately so confident in his love for her gets me every time."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahmenage17" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sarahmenage17" class="link ">sarahmenage17</a></p></div><span> NBC</span>

"This was after he literally sacrificed all his progress for the sake of saving the integrity of the experiment the group was working on to help save the afterlife. The entire episode was a brilliant look into his life, but what really got to me was when he finally got to reunite with Elenor, who was asking him what the answer to save humanity was. All he did was ask Janet to give him the note he wrote to himself before he was rebooted. The way that he was immediately so confident in his love for her gets me every time."

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NBC

3.On Law & Order: SVU, when Benson and Stabler came face-to-face for the first time in 10 years after Stabler unexpectedly left.

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NBC

4.On Station Eleven, when Kirsten and Jeevan emotionally found each other after nearly 20 years of being apart.

<div><p>"I have to admit, I’ve rewatched the Kirsten and Jeevan reunion hug scene approximately a hundred times — and I cry like a baby every single damn time. Honestly, I cry just hearing 'Midnight Train to Georgia.' After knowing they got separated for so long and waiting an entire season for them to see each other again, this scene was the ultimate payoff. Plus, Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel communicated SO much with just a few looks. BRB, honestly going to watch it again."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/jenniferabidor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:jenniferabidor" class="link ">jenniferabidor</a></p></div><span> HBO Max</span>

"I have to admit, I’ve rewatched the Kirsten and Jeevan reunion hug scene approximately a hundred times — and I cry like a baby every single damn time. Honestly, I cry just hearing 'Midnight Train to Georgia.' After knowing they got separated for so long and waiting an entire season for them to see each other again, this scene was the ultimate payoff. Plus, Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel communicated SO much with just a few looks. BRB, honestly going to watch it again."

jenniferabidor

HBO Max

5.On The 100, when Clarke ran up and hugged Bellamy after he and Octavia returned to Camp Jaha.

<div><p>"The first reunion that had me just losing my mind was Bellamy and Clarke in Season 2. The development of their relationship took a big step when Clarke ran up and just wrapped Bellamy in her arms, his momentary surprise and then his arms flying to hold her tight, it was a whole thing, my friends and I were whooping and crying at the same time."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/whatsuplosechester" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:whatsuplosechester" class="link ">whatsuplosechester</a></p></div><span> The CW</span>

"The first reunion that had me just losing my mind was Bellamy and Clarke in Season 2. The development of their relationship took a big step when Clarke ran up and just wrapped Bellamy in her arms, his momentary surprise and then his arms flying to hold her tight, it was a whole thing, my friends and I were whooping and crying at the same time."

whatsuplosechester

The CW

6.On Outer Banks, when John B. and Sarah literally crashed into JJ, Kie, and Pope after everyone thought that John B. and Sarah were lost at sea.

<div><p>"It was so amazing!!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/peynor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:peynor" class="link ">peynor</a></p></div><span> Netflix</span>

"It was so amazing!!"

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Netflix

7.On Doctor Who, when The Doctor and Donna hilariously saw each other for the first time in a long time while spying on the same alien.

<div><p>"That scene was priceless with them both trying to mime what they’re doing there."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachell11" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rachell11" class="link ">rachell11</a></p></div><span> BBC / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fnoradominick%2Fbest-tv-character-reunions&url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F4A4XDZxo6F8&xcust=6270095%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:youtu.be" class="link ">youtu.be</a></span>

"That scene was priceless with them both trying to mime what they’re doing there."

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BBC / Via youtu.be

8.On One Tree Hill, when Nathan got to hug Haley again in the hospital after he was kidnapped.

<div><p>"When Nathan reunited with his family after being kidnapped, I was SO emotional."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/peynor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:peynor" class="link ">peynor</a></p></div><span> The CW</span>

"When Nathan reunited with his family after being kidnapped, I was SO emotional."

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The CW

9.On Stranger Things, when Hopper laid eyes on Joyce for the first time after she traveled to Russia to break him out of prison.

<div><p>"Three words: HOPPER AND JOYCE! I loved their reunion. The emotions and the acting were just so genuine. My all time favorite TV reunion."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/whatevenisthis12" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:whatevenisthis12" class="link ">whatevenisthis12</a></p></div><span> Netflix</span>

"Three words: HOPPER AND JOYCE! I loved their reunion. The emotions and the acting were just so genuine. My all time favorite TV reunion."

whatevenisthis12

Netflix

10.And on Stranger Things, when Hopper returned home after being trapped in a Russian prison and he reunited with Eleven at the cabin.

<div><p>"Hopper talked about Eleven to Dmitri in prison more than Joyce. It was such a sweet moment to see this father-daughter duo reunited by the end of the season."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/monnie_hendo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:monnie_hendo" class="link ">monnie_hendo</a></p></div><span> Netflix</span>

"Hopper talked about Eleven to Dmitri in prison more than Joyce. It was such a sweet moment to see this father-daughter duo reunited by the end of the season."

monnie_hendo

Netflix

11.On Game of Thrones, when Jon Snow and Sansa reunited after being separated way back in Season 1.

<div><p>"Considering that they were never close before their family was separated, it felt like karma for them to be reunited and so pleased to see each other after all they went through."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/emmanz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:emmanz" class="link ">emmanz</a></p></div><span> HBO</span>

"Considering that they were never close before their family was separated, it felt like karma for them to be reunited and so pleased to see each other after all they went through."

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HBO

12.On The Vampire Diaries, when Damon and Stefan reunited after Damon was trapped in the prison world.

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The CW

13.On Glee, when all of the former New Directions members came back to McKinley High to honor Finn after his death.

<div><p>"The <i>Glee</i> tribute episode for Cory Monteith where almost all of the alumni along with current members showed up for a memorial for Cory's character Finn and sang songs dedicated to him. I didn't watch <i>Glee</i> during its run. However, I did watch it in its entirety a couple of years ago on Netflix and that episode was definitely a beautiful tribute to Cory."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/aries97" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aries97" class="link ">aries97</a></p></div><span> Fox</span>

"The Glee tribute episode for Cory Monteith where almost all of the alumni along with current members showed up for a memorial for Cory's character Finn and sang songs dedicated to him. I didn't watch Glee during its run. However, I did watch it in its entirety a couple of years ago on Netflix and that episode was definitely a beautiful tribute to Cory."

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Fox

14.On Moon Knight, when Marc and Steven reunited after Marc returned from the Field of Reeds to save Steven and bring him home.

<div><p>"Oscar Isaac played this role so well and this reunion was one of the more emotional scenes during the season. Steven became such a beloved — and fun — character, so to see him get to reunite with Marc was so wholesome and perfect."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/spenceralthouse" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spenceralthouse" class="link ">spenceralthouse</a></p></div><span> Marvel / Disney+</span>

"Oscar Isaac played this role so well and this reunion was one of the more emotional scenes during the season. Steven became such a beloved — and fun — character, so to see him get to reunite with Marc was so wholesome and perfect."

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Marvel / Disney+

15.On Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Aang and Appa found each other again after Appa got separated from him.

<div><p>"I felt so sad when he was lost and they really needed him. I cried when he came back."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/viqui543" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:viqui543" class="link ">viqui543</a></p></div><span> Nickelodeon</span>

"I felt so sad when he was lost and they really needed him. I cried when he came back."

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Nickelodeon

16.On The Umbrella Academy, when the Hargreeves children all gathered in their childhood home for the first time in years, and they danced to "I Think We're Alone Now."

<div><p>"The 'I Think We’re Alone Now' dance sequence in <i>Umbrella Academy</i> happens immediately after all the siblings have reunited at the mansion and subsequently go into their own rooms. It's perfect."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/thatsquidsquad" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:thatsquidsquad" class="link ">thatsquidsquad</a></p></div><span> Netflix</span>

"The 'I Think We’re Alone Now' dance sequence in Umbrella Academy happens immediately after all the siblings have reunited at the mansion and subsequently go into their own rooms. It's perfect."

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Netflix

17.On Killing Eve, when Villanelle surprised Eve on the bus after Villanelle shot Eve and thought she was dead.

<div><p>"I know there's a lot of great emotional reunions on TV, but this one is equally as iconic. The way Villanelle saunters onto the bus and then Eve attacking her, and it all culminating in a kiss. It's the perfect depiction of their relationship."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurengarafano" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:laurengarafano" class="link ">laurengarafano</a></p></div><span> BBC America</span>

"I know there's a lot of great emotional reunions on TV, but this one is equally as iconic. The way Villanelle saunters onto the bus and then Eve attacking her, and it all culminating in a kiss. It's the perfect depiction of their relationship."

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BBC America

18.On Outlander, when Brianna and Roger first reunite in the past after Brianna traveled back in time to warn Jamie and Claire about their impending deaths.

<div><p>"I thought it was super sweet and I loved how they managed to find each other after they crossed times and an ocean. Yes they didn't stay together long the first time around but I still thought that reunion was great and showed how in love Roger was with Brianna."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/beckichino" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:beckichino" class="link ">beckichino</a></p></div><span> Starz</span>

"I thought it was super sweet and I loved how they managed to find each other after they crossed times and an ocean. Yes they didn't stay together long the first time around but I still thought that reunion was great and showed how in love Roger was with Brianna."

beckichino

Starz

19.And on Outlander, when Claire reunited with Brianna for the first time after traveling back through time.

<div><p>"Claire and Jamie were an awesome reunion, but we can't forget about Claire and Brianna! Claire was so happy and a little mad that she followed her, but so happy she got to meet her father."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/monnie_hendo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:monnie_hendo" class="link ">monnie_hendo</a></p></div><span> Starz</span>

"Claire and Jamie were an awesome reunion, but we can't forget about Claire and Brianna! Claire was so happy and a little mad that she followed her, but so happy she got to meet her father."

monnie_hendo

Starz

20.On The Handmaid's Tale, when Moira finally escaped to Canada and was able to reunite with Luke.

<div><p>"When Moira finally got to Canada, thinking she was all alone, but then Luke showed up at the refugee center because he listed her as family to be notified if she ever arrived. The look on her face, shock, relief, gratitude, it was priceless."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/dellarock" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dellarock" class="link ">dellarock</a></p></div><span> Hulu</span>

"When Moira finally got to Canada, thinking she was all alone, but then Luke showed up at the refugee center because he listed her as family to be notified if she ever arrived. The look on her face, shock, relief, gratitude, it was priceless."

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Hulu

21.On Wynonna Earp, when Waverly escaped The Garden and reunited with Nicole on the Homestead, only to find out months had passed since she left.

<div><p>"There was so much time between Season 3 and Season 4 that it made this reunion — a reunion that the fans fought for since the show was almost canceled — all the sweeter. Seeing Waverly and Nicole find each other again, against immeasurable odds, was so satisfying. I love this moment so much."</p><p>—<a href="https://buzzfeed.com/noradominick" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:noradominick" class="link ">noradominick</a></p></div><span> SYFY</span>

"There was so much time between Season 3 and Season 4 that it made this reunion — a reunion that the fans fought for since the show was almost canceled — all the sweeter. Seeing Waverly and Nicole find each other again, against immeasurable odds, was so satisfying. I love this moment so much."

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SYFY

22.On Parks and Rec, when Andy and April see each other for the first time in six months after April was working in DC with Ben.

<div><p>"When they finally reunited and they started making out in public in front of everyone, it was hilarious. It might not be the most emotional, but it is very funny."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/graciem4b0187b39" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:graciem4b0187b39" class="link ">graciem4b0187b39</a></p></div><span> NBC</span>

"When they finally reunited and they started making out in public in front of everyone, it was hilarious. It might not be the most emotional, but it is very funny."

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NBC

23.On Black Sails, when Flint reunited with Thomas during the series finale and Flint finally embraced the love of his life.

<div><p>"Whether you believe it really happened or not, it was so powerful seeing James embrace the love of his life, whose presumed death was the catalyst for the version of the character you’ve been watching for four seasons. Watching the persona of Captain Flint just...break apart was so perfect. I can’t imagine anything ever topping that for me. If you're one of the few who’ve seen the show…you understand."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/thehmserebus" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:thehmserebus" class="link ">thehmserebus</a></p></div><span> Starz / Via <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74679X1524629&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fnoradominick%2Fbest-tv-character-reunions&url=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FblbnhvcmuJ8&xcust=6270095%7CBF-VERIZON&xs=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:youtu.be" class="link ">youtu.be</a></span>

"Whether you believe it really happened or not, it was so powerful seeing James embrace the love of his life, whose presumed death was the catalyst for the version of the character you’ve been watching for four seasons. Watching the persona of Captain Flint just...break apart was so perfect. I can’t imagine anything ever topping that for me. If you're one of the few who’ve seen the show…you understand."

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24.On Lost, when Rose and Bernard finally found each other on the island after the tail section of survivors reunited with everyone else.

<div><p>"While both never gave up hope the other would be alive, it was just beautiful to then have them be reunited. Easily two of the most underrated characters in <i>Lost</i>."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/kronus47" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kronus47" class="link ">kronus47</a></p></div><span> ABC</span>

"While both never gave up hope the other would be alive, it was just beautiful to then have them be reunited. Easily two of the most underrated characters in Lost."

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ABC

25.On ER, when Carol realized she wanted her family to be together, so she left Chicago and reunited with Doug in Seattle.

<div><p>"While many assumed she’d leave Chicago to be with him in Seattle, almost nobody expected George Clooney to actually make a guest appearance at the very end."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/gaelicmaiden" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gaelicmaiden" class="link ">gaelicmaiden</a></p></div><span> NBC</span>

"While many assumed she’d leave Chicago to be with him in Seattle, almost nobody expected George Clooney to actually make a guest appearance at the very end."

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NBC

26.On Supernatural, when Sam and Dean were able to reunite with their mom, Mary, after she'd been dead for years.

<div><p>"One of my favorites has to be when Sam and Dean got their mom back as a gift from helping the Darkness. It was very emotional, and seeing them reconnect with their mom was very heartwarming."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/graciea02" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:graciea02" class="link ">graciea02</a></p></div><span> The CW</span>

"One of my favorites has to be when Sam and Dean got their mom back as a gift from helping the Darkness. It was very emotional, and seeing them reconnect with their mom was very heartwarming."

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The CW

27.On Gilmore Girls, when Rory and Lorelai came back together after they spent almost an entire season fighting.

<div><p>"When Rory got called out on her bullshit by Jess, then slowly picked up the pieces of her life again and made up with her mom. It showed so much growth in just one or two episodes."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/s463b03bd4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:s463b03bd4" class="link ">s463b03bd4</a></p></div><span> Warner Bros</span>

"When Rory got called out on her bullshit by Jess, then slowly picked up the pieces of her life again and made up with her mom. It showed so much growth in just one or two episodes."

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Warner Bros

28.On The Office, when Michael surprised Dwight before his wedding to Angela in the series finale.

<div><p>"The look they exchanged was just pure happiness and love!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyp459897ecc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ashleyp459897ecc" class="link ">ashleyp459897ecc</a></p></div><span> NBC</span>

"The look they exchanged was just pure happiness and love!"

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NBC

29.And finally, on Grey's Anatomy, when Cristina Yang reunited with her lost shoe after the plane crash.

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ABC

We can't fit all the emotional and epic TV character reunions in one post, so which other moments do you love? Tell us in the comments below!

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