20 Heart-Stopping Moments That Happened On Live TV. Who Remembers #17?

SHOCKING Live TV Moments That Would Make Your Heart STOP

Part of the magic of TV is perfection. The cast and crew have the ability to rehearse and shoot over and over again until they have for the public a perfect, award-winning shot. Together with the editing team, they sustain the fantasy.

But sometimes, the value of TV comes from reality — the spontaneity and surprise, and sometimes the horror — of pop culture spectacles, controversial cases, and natural disasters.

Despite the rise of “reality” TV shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real L Word, and The Real Housewives, many of these clips feel plastic and staged. Instead of a glimpse into their real lives, we experience a cheapened version, one that is meant to entertain.