Stars Reminisce About All-Time Best TV Moments [Video]

TV Guide Magazine celebrates 60-year anniversary with a look back at important TV moments and stars.

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How time does fly -- especially when there's so much good TV to watch! It's been 60 years since the first issue of TV Guide Magazine (April 3, 1953) hit newsstands, featuring a chubby-cheeked baby named Desi Arnaz Jr., clad in an adorable yellow outfit, on the cover with a headline that read, "Lucy's $50,000,000 Baby." That Lucy is, of course, "I Love Lucy's" redheaded icon Lucille Ball, and that first TV Guide Magazine issue was a hit, setting the stage for 60 years and counting of TV news, reviews, interviews, schedules, and covers. (Check out our gallery of TV Guide Magzine covers now!)

To celebrate its diamond anniversary, TV Guide teamed up with "Entertainment Tonight" to ask some of TV's biggest stars, new and old, to reminisce about their all-time favorite TV moment. And trust us, that's not an easy question; it almost makes Tina Fey faint. "Oh my" is right, Erica Tazel ("Justified"). So what are the top TV moments for TV's top stars? Lily Tomlin gave her vote to the Feb. 5, 1967, Muppets appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- which featured Kermit singing "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." Emma Stone's pick is all about a more recent TV reveal that "Sex and the City" fans waited six seasons for -- that Mr. Big's real name was John.

Once Tina Fey gained her composure, it came down to "Saturday Night Live." Her all-time favorite TV moment: when Alec Baldwin hosted. But which time, Tina? Oh, well. Alyssa Milano and W. Kamau Bell agreed that Michael Jackson's moonwalk on the 1983 TV special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" was No. 1. "That was my moon landing," Bell added.

Some people chose romantic moments from "The Office": "New Girl's" Zooey Deschanel had cried over "The Office's" Christmas special, when Ricky Gervais's character finally stood up for the girl he was dating; Austin Butler ("The Carrie Diaries") picked the long-awaited heartfelt moment of "The Office's" American version, when Jim told Pam he was in love with her.

Tazel and Michael Ealy ("Common Law") both picked a classic '80s sitcom moment -- when the Huxtables performed Ray Charles's "Night Time Is the Right Time" on "The Cosby Show."

Other notable moments: Ellen's coming out on "The Ellen Show" (picked by Gabourey Sidibe and Tate Donovan), Sammy Davis Jr. kissing Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" (picked by Don Cheadle), and when Buffy kills Angel on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (picked by Shannon Woodward).

For more on six decades of TV Guide, check out the April 8 issue, which takes a look back at the most important TV moments and stars of the last 60 years.

 

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