* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Nina's so depressed over having become a werewolf that she's fully prepared to let Jacob Crane and his clients eat her at a fancy dinner. After Angel saves her, she grows out of it.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica Reimagined}}'':
** Boomer begins having suicidal thoughts when she begins to suspect that she's a Cylon, and Baltar - who knows for a fact that she is - pushes her over the edge, causing her to shoot herself. She ends up jerking the gun away and letting the bullet pass through her cheek, leading her to wonder later whether her programming prevented her from killing herself until after her mission was accomplished, or if she was just a lousy shot.
** In later seasons, this also happens. [[spoiler:Dualla]] does this after returning from the nuked Earth.
** In the finale [[spoiler:Brother Cavil, upon seeing that his plans have been ruined, simply yells "FRAK!", [[AteHisGun shoves a gun into his mouth and pulls the trigger.]]]] That last one is subject to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[spoiler: Cavil had gotten so used to resurrection that he instinctively tried to suicide as a VillainExitStageLeft. In the heat of the moment, he completely forgot that he couldn't resurrect anymore. Oops.]]
** D'Anna Biers is DrivenToSuicide for a different reason: After her first death, she becomes obsessed with the "place between life and death" and begins to kill herself...[[ImmortalLifeIsCheap over and over]] in hopes of glimpsing into something she isn't supposed to know. She gets an actual an actual one [[spoiler: after the Fleet comes across the nuked remains of Earth]]. She chooses to stay behind and presumably dies. Since she was [[spoiler: the only living Number Three at the time, this action also [[StealthPun ends her line]]]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A favorite tactic of the First Evil is to use its shapeshifting powers to play mind games to trick heroes into destroying themselves. It actually talked potential Slayer Chloe into hanging herself in "Get It Done".
** Spike also tried to kill himself after he got chipped, though it seems to be played for laughs from the way he delivers his line in the scene.
** PlayedForLaughs again with Spike in Season 9 after Faith and Giles' spinster aunts knock Spike back, Faith wants a shag but DanielCraig, not him, and he's called boring. He contemplates a stake because it's quick and sunlight because 'going out in flames' seems like an apt metaphor.
** In the comic, Merrick kills himself before Lothos can turn him and force him into giving out Buffy's location.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** [[spoiler:A psychiatrist causes the deaths of his clients by withdrawing their medication and then encouraging them to kill themselves.]]
** [[spoiler: Dexter's adoptive father Harry killed himself after witnessing the results of training his son to be a vigilante murder machine]].
** There was a man who committed suicide by [[spoiler:jumping in front of a truck]] in season 7.
* An episode of the ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' remake featured a suicide by jumping in front of a truck.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A Dalek chose to blow itself up rather than become tainted with human DNA. The only time the word "[[IronicEcho EXTERMINATE]]" could ever be turned into a sad moment.
** In the Titanic episode, one woman makes a not-entirely-necessary HeroicSacrifice shortly after her husband dies in front of her, and even more shortly after the Doctor promised to save her and she responded "What for? What am I going to do without him?" It's not ''quite'' the same as jumping in front of a truck, but, well, there are ways of dealing with MechaMooks that don't involve [[spoiler: throwing a rope around one and jumping into a reactor with it.]]
** [[spoiler:Amy]] in "Amy's Choice" after [[spoiler:Rory dies in the dream world]]. Although Amy, the Doctor, and Rory [[spoiler: are given a choice between two worlds and must figure out which is real, Amy chose Leadworth as the false world while having no way of knowing because either way she’d be with Rory, saying if this was reality, she didn't want it (the only way to leave the false world is to ''die.'' Die in the false world, wake up in reality; ask what happens if you die in reality.[[note]]You ''die,'' stupid. That's why it's called "reality."[[/note]]) She basically smashes her car into a wall at maximum speed to be with Rory]].
** It's heavily implied in "Turn Left" that the Doctor simply let himself drown with the Racnoss when Donna wasn't there.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers]]'', Leela spots the first person they see on Pluto -- going to throw himself over the building side.
** And then there's Adelaide Brooke in "The Waters of Mars" who [[spoiler: committed suicide because her death was a fixed point in time necessary to ensure the spacefaring future of the human race]].
** [[spoiler:Rory]] in "The Angels Take Manhattan." [[spoiler: He'd rather kill himself rather then have to age to death in the Angel's farm without Amy. Plus it helps that it creates an Angel destroying paradox.]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Ted, the hospital's lawyer, who is eternally depressed and contemplating suicide. Typically he stays on the roof of the building, looking down, waiting to gain enough courage to take the final step, often while Dr. Kelso watches in sadistic amusement. Something always happens that prevents him from jumping, to Kelso's chagrin... except one time when he's about to turn back, but accidentally falls down (Dr. Kelso came up onto the roof blasting an air horn, the surprise causing him to fall). He survives as he lands on a large pile of garbage bags the AlmightyJanitor had put there (the whereabouts of which had been part of another plot). Who then gives Ted advice on a location to 'jump' from that will be successful.
** Elliot confesses that she once tried to drown herself, although this wasn't played for laughs. It was actually mostly ignored after that episode, as all the characters [[{{Flanderization}} became generic sitcom characters]].
** Played for laughs once. Elliot admitted that she didn't try to stick her head in an oven. When her head gets really hot, she pisses herself and she didn't want to be found in a puddle of her own urine.
** Dr. Cox unknowingly transplants rabies-infected organs into 3 patients, killing them and driving him to nearly drink himself to death.
* While ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s Dean selling his soul so his brother can live again in "All Hell Breaks Loose" might look like a HeroicSacrifice at first glance, it's really, really not. He still thinks he should have died at the beginning of the season, he has a massive guilty conscience about failing to protect his brother, you only have to watch the rest of the season to know that he hasn't been in the best of places for a good, long time and Azazel even says he has a pathetic, self-loathing desire to sacrifice himself for his family. In "Dream a Little Dream of Me", he finally seems to get over his suicidal nature and realises he doesn't want to go to hell. [[spoiler:Too bad he's doomed anyway.]] That's not the only time he's been driven to try (it just succeeded that time). There's "Faith" where he accepts his impending death and lets the reaper try and take him. There's "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" where he takes his rage out on what looks like himself and shoots the doppelganger dead. There's "Croatoan" where Sam might turn violent due to infection and instead of running away, he locks himself in there with him, and then there's "What Is And What Should Never Be" where his perfect girlfriend definitely looks like the Reaper in "My Time Of Dying", his greatest wish is to get some rest (it's unclear whether he just wants a bit of peace or, um, forever rest) and he needs to kill himself to get out of his dreamworld but is perfectly fine with the other option which is dying for real. Oh, ''Dean''!
** In the season 5 finale, Dean [[spoiler:would rather die with his brother than not be there for him when Lucifer has taken over Sam's body and all hope of stopping him seems gone.]] He was lost enough throughout the season that he [[spoiler:nearly said "yes" to let Michael possess him so Michael could kill Lucifer even though that would raze the world.]]
*** Sam was suicidal throughout season five as well, first [[spoiler:preferring death to possession,]] then playing out a SelfSacrificeScheme to [[spoiler:[[MustMakeAmends lock Lucifer back up]] by saying "yes" to let Lucifer possess him and walking into the Cage. If Sam ''[[HeroicSacrifice succeeded]]'', he'd be trapped with a vengeful Lucifer to be [[FateWorseThanDeath tortured for eternity by him]].]] The whole [[PsychoSerum demon blood]] thing the season before only came about because [[DespairEventHorizon Dean died]] and Sam thought he had to use enough blood-fueled power to [[HeroicRROD kill himself]] killing Lilith to prevent the Apocalypse. This is well after he tried to get Dean to kill him so he wouldn't become a monster.
*** For various reasons, Dean's behavior in most of Season 7 was borderline suicidal.
** Castiel, filled with regret over his decisions regarding Crowley and the souls in Purgatory, [[spoiler: actually ''does'' succeed in sort of committing suicide in Season 7 by walking into a lake. His "death" [[DeathIsCheap doesn't stick]], but in Season 8 he admits to Dean that he can't go back to Heaven, because if he sees what his actions have done to it, he may "kill himself".]]
** Another episode featured a monster that drove people to suicide by [[spoiler:mimicking their dead loved ones and telling them to kill themselves so they can be together again.]]
** The episode "Wishing Well" played this for laughs with a [[spoiler:teddy brought to life by a little girl's wish]] that attempts to blow his own head off with a shotgun. He fails.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' it happens a bit too often with the Salvatore brothers, but always averted. First both of them wanted to die instead of drinking human blood and becoming vampires. Stefan changed his mind and conned Damon into following suit. Then when Stefan "fell off the wagon" and started drinking human blood again... well, that didn't work either.
** And in the first season finale Jeremy. Sort of.
** According to the Season 4 premiere, Elena's actions in the S3 finale were a result of this.
* In Upstairs, Downstairs there's James Bellamy, Emily the Maid, and, in the reboot, Lady Persephone.
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Murphy's Luck", a darklighter tries to drive a future whitelighter to suicide, since the only way to keep a person from becoming a whitelighter is to have them take their own life. Then he turns his powers on one of the main characters...
** Later on, Cole wanted to kill himself and had tried many times but can't because he's too powerful.
** Leading to a great line, Cole (conjuring a guillotine): I can't wait to see how I survive this.
* On ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Stephen illustrated the 'mixed messages' within a Presidential speech by playing a series of clips, then cutting back to the desk in between. Good news - "Yaaay!" Bad news - "Boooo." Good news - sucks on cigar. Bad news - sucks on gun barrel. (Luckily, the next clip was good enough to dissuade him from going through with it.) This upset a few fans...
* There have been occasions in ''Series/ColdCase'' where the cause of death has been this instead of murder. "Daniela" and "Two Weddings" are among the more prominent examples.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is a fairly suicide-heavy show. In addition to Sawyer's father's murder-suicide (in flashbacks), we've seen Locke, Jack, and Michael on the verge of suicide. In Jack and Locke's cases, they were [[InterruptedSuicide interrupted]] before actually making the attempt. Michael tried at least three times unsuccessfully. Richard has also tried, but his immortality also extends to a inability to kill himself.
* Happens to more or less half the cast of ''Series/{{Rome}}'', in some cases because a character is based on a historical figure who took their own life. Some of the more notable ones include: The death of [[spoiler:Niobe, who throws herself off a balcony so that Vorenus won't have to take her life]] in season one, the fate of both [[spoiler:Antony and Cleopatra]] in the series finale, [[spoiler:Brutus walking in among the enemy soldiers in a suicide-by-making-them-kill-me fashion]] in mid-season two, followed by [[spoiler:Servilia and her slave]] in the next episode.
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** While Dr. House is a self-destructive bastard with a death wish, the only time he's ever properly tried this is in "Merry Little Christmas", when the Tritter deal got too much for him to handle and he ended up overdosing on a dead patient's meds. He also once electrocuted himself specifically in order to undergo a near-death experience.
** In "Simple Explanation" ,[[spoiler:Dr. Kutner kills himself]]. And nobody has any idea why. In RealLife, however, ''everybody'' [[RealLifeWritesThePlot knows why]]. [[spoiler:Kal Penn got a job with the Obama Administration, and you can't be a TV regular and work for the White House at the same time]].
** It's been strongly hinted throughout the series that Taub tried to kill himself in medical school because of the pressure.
** The patients of the week in "Unwritten" and "Painless" attempted to take their own lives in their respective episodes' opening scenes.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (and probably the others too) dealt with suicide in every way you could possibly imagine:
** Klingons were known to engage in ritual suicide if disability forced them to be a burden on their families. When Worf was badly injured in an accident, he asked Commander Riker to serve the role. Riker heatedly refuses, [[WhatTheHellHero castigates Worf for choosing not to fight to survive like so many of their comrades did]], and points out that Worf's son Alexander is old enough to perform the ritual instead. Specifically, Klingons can't kill themselves as it's dishonorable, so asking a family member to do it is a way round this. In a ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode Worf's brother Kurn asked him to perform this duty after his family had been stripped of their titles and honor by Chancellor Gowron. When Worf doesn't go through it, and various efforts by Kurn to [[SuicideByCop die in the line of duty]] fail, Worf comes across his brother drunk with a disrupter in his hand, trying to work up the courage to shoot himself in the head, which would mean eternity in Klingon hell, "but at least I would be with other Klingons."
** One planet had every member of its society committing suicide when they reached the age of sixty.
** Suicide as a result of Psychological Interferrence was the subject of "Eye Of The Beholder", where empathic impressions from a past suicide caused several empathic individuals in the ''Enterprise'' crew to experience hallucinations forcing them to attempt the same thing (some of them succeeded, others didn't).
** One episode ("Tin Man") had a lonely spacefaring creature trying to kill itself by sticking around a star about to go nova. Only to be subverted by finding companionship from a telepath, so that [[LastOfHisKind Tin Man]] would no longer be alone and the telepath [[PowerIncontinence only heard Tin Man's singular voice]].
** In one episode, even Data mentioned that during his early formative phases, he found the process of becoming sentient so difficult that he considered deactivating himself, an act other crew members equated to suicide.
** In the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Hard Time", O'Brien gets implanted memories of spending a 20 year prison sentence as part of punishment for a crime. In these fake memories he killed his cell mate over some food (that the cell mate was going to share with O'Brien anyway). O'Brien has such a hard time dealing with his actions, even though they weren't real, that he nearly commits suicide and Bashir has to talk him out of it.
--->'''Dr. Julian Bashir''': The Argrathi did everything they could to strip you of your humanity. And in the end, for one brief moment, they succeeded. But you can't let that brief moment define your entire life. If you do, if you pull that trigger, then the Argrathi will have won - they will have destroyed a good man. You cannot let that happen, my friend.
** Also on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Weyoun (his 6th clone, anyway) is DrivenToSuicide.
** As early as ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has this happened. In "The Doomsday Machine", Commodore Decker is driven mad with guilt after watching as the titular weapon obliterates a planet he evacuated his crew to, killing them all. After his attempt to use the ''Enterprise'' to destroy the machine is stopped by Kirk, Decker takes control of a shuttlecraft and rams it down the machine's throat, though it doesn't kill it.
* ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'': the protagonist's depressed mother tries to commit suicide in the first episode [[spoiler:and repeats her attempt - yet again unsuccessfully - in the first series finale]].
* ''GossipGirl'':
** Serena van der Woodsen returns home from a year at boarding school because of her brother's attempt at suicide.
** [[spoiler:Chuck Bass had to be talked down from the edge by Blair, following the sudden death of his father.]]
* Barney Stinson of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' provides a rare version of this trope played for laughs, attempting to jump off Robin's balcony when he hears that Brover (his new dog/wingman) has to be returned to its true owner.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse has a few examples:
** The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The Light" deals with a Goa'uld discovery that's described as being similar to an opium den. Upon discovering it, the people who witnessed the titular light go into "withdrawal" when they return home, and attempt suicide. (A one-off character kills himself with the kawoosh and Daniel unsuccessfully tries to jump off his balcony.) The situation was resolved, though.
** An episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' had a society where people were required to commit suicide at the age of twenty-four; this turned out to be a form of population control designed by the Ancients to keep the population contained within the field of the protective shield that hid them from the Wraith.
** A later episode actually had Sheppard drive another man to suicide, specifically "suicide by being fed on by starving Wraith", since he was responsible for [=McKay's=] sister being infected with deadly nanites. The Wraith was the only one competent enough to deactivate them in time, but was too malnourished to do the job.
** In ''Series/StargateUniverse'', Spencer is driven to suicide through the combination of withdrawal from sleeping pills and the stress of being stranded on ''Destiny''.
* On ''{{Fringe}}'', a man that Walter describes as a "reverse-empath" can project his self-loathing and suicidal thoughts onto other people, making them commit suicide. It may be a TakeThat to ''TheHappening''.
* In a Christmas episode of ''TheJackBennyShow,'' Jack drives a department store clerk (MelBlanc!) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miAlz1lCgZ4 shoot himself offscreen]] through endless pestering demands to repackage a gift. Jack's reaction to this is quite the CrossesTheLineTwice moment for '50s television.
* Many people throughout the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise (especially ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''), but notably in the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode that introduces Det. Lupo: His brother is one of a number of people who were helped to commit suicide, and he's looking for their "helper". [[spoiler:That person's father, a Dr. Kavorkian expy, takes responsibility before dying of his own poison.]]
* In ''VeronicaMars'', "Clash of the Tritons", [[spoiler:Logan's mother]] having taken all she can from her cheating husband, abandons her car on a bridge and jumps to her death - apparently. [[spoiler:Logan]] [[HesJustHiding refuses to believe it]], and they NeverFoundTheBody.
** A season and a half later, the BigBad [[spoiler:Cassidy Casablancas]] leaps to his death after having his crimes and FreudianExcuse (sexual abuse which he was trying desperately to keep secret) made public.
** Also Logan in the season 1 finale, but unlike the previous 2 examples, [[InterruptedSuicide he wasn't able to go through with it.]]
* Frank tries to hang himself more than once in the ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode "The Great Recession."
* In TheTudors, the series version of Cardinal Wolsey perfectly illustrates that trope. Historically, he's said to have died of illness and exhaustion while being detained (and that is already quite ugly), but since he was a) stripped of all titles, offices and incomes, b) kicked out of the royal council, c) sent to jail, d) separated from his beloved Joan and their two children (Yeah, children. So what ? Priests must not ''marry''. That's all), and e) waiting to be trialed for treason, the issue of said trial quite painfully obvious, the suicide option seems sadly logical. Maybe this is a case of TruthInTelevision, we'll never know.
* On ''DeadLikeMe'', the main characters take and guide the souls of people dying from "external influences", including suicides. One notable subversion, however, comes when Daisy's target seems to be on the verge of suicide: [[TheWoobie Unfunny, unattractive and leaving a speed-dating session with]] ''[[TheWoobie no]]'' [[TheWoobie names]], he is standing on a roofs' ledge and looking down. As Daisy approaches him for the Reap, the camera pans down to reveal that he is ''already'' dead, with his body lying on the distant pavement. His soul comments that he slipped.
* On ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode 819, ''Invasion of the Neptune Men'', a giant nude statue of Bobo is more than Pearl and Observer can take, so much so that they tussle over who gets the noose--until they realize that they have to fix the time-stream to save Chicken in a Biskit.
* In ''{{Caprica}}'' this was the apparent fate of [[spoiler: Amanda Greystone]] at the first mid-season CliffHanger. That same episode, [[spoiler: Zoey Greystone/U-87 also embraced this trope]], given that it involved a [[EveryCarIsAPinto fiery car crash]]. ''Also'' that same episode, [[spoiler: Tamara Adama shot herself, though she knew she wouldn't die from it.]]
* On ''Wiseguy'', crime boss [[spoiler: Sonny Steelgrave]] chooses this over the imminent humiliation of arrest, prosecution, and lethal injection. His nervy exit-scene actually rates as an Expiring Moment of Awesome.
* In ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' Isabelle tries to kill herself by jumping off the 4400 Center (a very, very tall building) because her rapid aging is killing her mother. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she discovers that she's practically immortal, so this doesn't work. Lily then talks her out of trying again.]]
** In a subversion, a few episodes later, a man discovers Isabelle floating face-down in a lake. After he saves her, she tells Shawn that she wasn't trying to kill herself. She just wanted to learn to swim!
* In ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' [[spoiler: Claude Tanner]] commits suicide because [[spoiler: Caitlin]] doesn't love him. This lead to either episodes 25 and 26 (Showtime part 1 and 2) or just episode 26 being cut.
** In ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' episode "Bitter Sweet Symphony", [[spoiler:Campbell Saunders]] commits suicide [[spoiler:following Zig calling him a psycho and telling him to get out of Maya's life forever. In fact, Cam's character was planned to commit suicide since he was conceived by the writers. Nearly all episodes and stories revolving around Cam were ultimately to lead to and foreshadow his death.]]
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Back to Reality" featured the Despair Squid, a genetically-engineered predator which used hallucinogenic ink to induce suicidal depression in its victims, including ''fish''. Even the entirely electronic Rimmer and Kryten were affected.
* In the ''{{Terriers}}'' episode "Change Partners" a masochistic banker who forces his wife to [[spoiler: indulge his cuckolding fantasies]] by having affairs is DrivenToSuicide when he [[spoiler: realizes that his actions are hurting her]]. His suicide note reads [[spoiler: "I only meant to hurt myself."]]
* In ''Terminator:TheSarahConnorChronicles'' John, Derrek, Riley, and ''[[RobotGirl Cameron]]'' all appear to contemplate or attempt suicide.
* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', Gant's death is seen as this, though it's never established for certain whether he accidentally fell or deliberately jumped onto the tracks, but Carter seems to feel that the latter is the case, as Gant was depressed and being subjected to relentless criticism from his superior.
* [[spoiler:[[GreenArrow Oliver Queen]]]] of ''{{Smallville}}''. He [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better]], sort of....
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** Horatio himself feels suicidal after he joined the Navy and is pursued by a particularly nasty bully. As a DeathSeeker, he decides to challenge him to a DuelToTheDeath. Either outcomes are good -- he either kills the bully or be killed. Both will free him.
** After a couple of years in a Spanish prison, five failed escape attempts, and a month in an oubliette, Archie Kennedy is pushed over the brink by Horatio's arrival (likely because it brought back memories of his old tormentor Simpson, who he didn't know was dead -- after all, immediately after Horatio's arrival Archie started having seizures again, which had only happened around Simpson before). He tries to starve himself to death and Horatio notices just in time to save him.
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Unleashed," a pregnant teenage high school student named Maria Diorio (played by Brooke Anne Smith) committed suicide by hanging herself with her lover's belt after various traumatic factors, such as her father's death, her pregnancy, her lover's refusal to help her at her time of need, and especially the fact that an AlphaBitch and her friends, out of resentment that her lover, the homecoming king, dumped her for Maria, decided to get back at her by making obscene posts enmasse, create a website where they planted Maria's face onto a Donkey with a caption stating "I'm a stupid bitch!", as well as a viral video that allegedly had her saying in cheerleading cheers that she was a whore, getting over 1,000,000 hits.
* PlayedForLaughs during the Pirate episode of ''MarriedWithChildren'', where several ship crew members do this for having to endure the (supposedly long) singing from the dreadful pirate, Ruvio the Cruel. Apparently ship wayfarers consider musical-version performances to be torture...
* Even ''SesameStreet'' had this in an animated short called "King Minus". If he touches anything at all, it is immediately annihilated. [[spoiler:This includes the DamselInDistress he meant to save. He can't live with himself after that.]]
* On ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'', [[spoiler:Hajime is forced to become his Joker self and begin TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. After trying several times to resist it, he ultimately finds that it's impossible, so he tries to kill himself with his own weapon to stop it. It fails, because as an Undead, he's immortal. Later, he attempts to force Kenzaki to seal him, an act which could be considered simular to suicide, but Kenzaki [[TakeAThirdOption finds another way]]. Both of these also count as attempting]] [[HeroicSacrifice Hero]][[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice ic Sacrifice]], as he was trying to save the world in the process.]]
* ''Series/BlackMirror'' has an odd one. After kidnapping a member of the royal family, getting the UK in an uproar and blackmailing the Prime Minister to have sex with a pig on live TV he decides to kill himself. Seems it was all just a big stunt and presumably he killed himself to avoid capture although he might have got away with it...his suicide and motive is never properly explained.
** The series 2 episode ''White Bear'' opens up on a failed attempt on this, presumably she attempted to take her own life after the mysterious broadcast made everybody turn nuts. [[spoiler: Well actually she didn't attempt to commit suicide, that was a set up. Her boyfriend did though and she really does wish for death by the end of the episode.]]
* On ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', this was Moriarty's plan for [[spoiler:Sherlock]].
* On ''{{Glee}}'', [[spoiler:Dave Karofsky]] tries to kill himself after [[spoiler:being outed at his new school, then viciously bullied there and on Facebook]].
* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'', [[spoiler: Mags Bennett poisons herself at the end of Season 2 because two of her three sons are dead, and she hates her only remaining son.]]
* On an episode of ''Emergency!'' Gage and DeSoto are are called by a woman whose roommate has taken a bottle of barbiturates. When they arrives, the woman is conscious, and refuses treatment. The roommates begs them to do something, but they tell her as long as the woman is conscious and refusing treatment, they can't intervene. Once she passes out, they can try to revive her, but by then, it may be too late. While the woman is still conscious, she explains to them why she's been driven to suicide by all the horrible things in her life, none of which are very bad, just to make the point to the audience that suicide is a bad choice. Gage and DeSoto had their equipment ready, in the woman's room, watching her become less and less alert until she passes out on her bed. Then they give her oxygen and drugs to counter-act the barbiturates, and rush her to the hospital, but she dies anyway. There's a not-so-subtle PSA regarding the right of a conscious person to refuse treatment. It was a concern a lot of people had with the new profession of paramedic. There was also a sub-textual PSA that went something like "Don't say 'No' to a paramedic!"
* In the Spanish series ''El Internado'', [[spoiler:Fernando]] tries to [[BathSuicide kill himself]], so that [[spoiler:Amelia doesn't have to work for Camilo and Noiret to keep him alive anymore]]. He succeeds on his second attempt, [[spoiler:driving a car off a cliff]].
** [[spoiler:[[JerkassWoobie Elsa]]]] tries to overdose on pills after [[spoiler:she miscarries and Hector divorces her]].
* [[spoiler: Tommy]] from ''TheShield'' shoots himself after having his ex-wife and son murdered and losing his job.
* [[spoiler:Lane Pryce]] of ''Series/MadMen'' gets in trouble with [[spoiler:[[IntimidatingRevenueService British Inland Revenue]] for not paying his British taxes]], and ends up embezzling from SCDP. He tries killing himself by asphyxiation in the Jaguar his wife had bought him, but [[spoiler:[[BlackComedy the electrical system doesn't work]]--[[BrickJoke a common Jaguar problem often discussed but heretofore never actually shown]], leading him to try and fix the thing. Unable to do so, he goes to his office and hangs himself instead--leaving a SuicideNote that [[StiffUpperLip consists of a boilerplate resignation letter]].]]
** In the first season, [[spoiler:Adam Whitman, Don Draper's half-brother, hangs himself in his hotel room after Don pays him to leave town and never contact him again.]] He had been hoping to find Don for years, and was horrified to be callously turned away.
* Subverted in ''SonsOfAnarchy'' when [[spoiler:the incarcerated Otto]] - who had nothing going for him - slashed his wrists. It was later revealed that not only did he not succeed, but he never meant to - it was a gambit to [[spoiler:get into the infirmary in order to kill the man who tried to kill Jackson]].
** [[spoiler:Juice tried to kill himself and it ''really'' looked as if he succeeded until the next episode revealed otherwise. He tries again later, this time with a handful of pills, but he gets saved by Gemma and Nero.]]
* An episode of ''ThePretender'' involved Jarod investigating the suicide of a military recruit who was given an experimental drug that brought about an intense feeling of despair. As usual, Jarod gave the man responsible a taste of his own medicine (literally in this case), but also as usual, stopped short of killing him - he gave him a reduced dose that was enough to make him cry like a bitch for a few hours, but not enough to make him take his own life.
* [[spoiler: Julian]] at first seems remarkable nonplussed about [[spoiler: killing Jessie]], but he does eventually become disgusted with himself (and with the others who helped him cover it up) and leaves a confession behind when he kills himself.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'':
** Subverted in the pilot episode when a patient was brought and everybody assumed it was an attempted suicide by crushing a car. However, she's soon diagnosed as having a stroke and that it was an accident.
** One patient is brought badly hurt, and everybody assumes he was a jumper because he was found under the window. The team are reluctant to treat him, but they do nevertheless. He might end up an organ donor but they actually [[BillyNeedsAnOrgan need organs]] for him. [[spoiler:The team's attitude change when they find that he in fact did ''not'' try to commit a suicide, but was pushed. Dr. Hooten calls them on it later and is extremely harsh on them, because suicidal people are considered ill, not losers unwilling to live. Well-played, Dr. Hooten.]] JerkassHasAPoint in this series for a reason, and he was not a jerkass at this matter at all.
* ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'': [[spoiler:Bengt]] after getting his AIDS diagnosis. [[CampGay Paul]] in a moment of GallowsHumor bitches about the unkindness of not letting the disease waste him away but leaving a heavy body for his equally sick and weak friends to carry when they served as pall-bearers at the funeral.
* ''Series/{{Everwood}}'': Reid, Ephram and Bright's room-mate from season 4 eats pills and is found unconscious when he flunks out of medical school. He couldn't deal with the amount of work and cheated on a test, got caught and was expelled. His friends all feel guilty for not realizing that Reid was depressed. Upon recovery, Reid pretends everything is fine which understandably upsets them and Amy calls him on it.
* ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' had one where a young beauty pageant contestant takes sleeping pills when her secret past of drug use and pornography comes back to haunt her. Another episode had one where a respected teacher was falsely accused of sexual abuse by a student [[spoiler: who was upset about being disciplined by said teacher over a classroom prank]]. He was cleared but was found dead in his car from carbon monoxide poisioning when Tibbs comes to tell him the news.
* In "Tundra", Howard of TheMightyBoosh thought his friend Vince was dead and he couldnt face the prospect of life without him, so he wandered out into the snow in hopes of freezing or starving to death. Despite being a comedy, it wasn't played for laughs, but MoodWhiplash was provided by showing scenes of Vince alive and happily playing with a polar bear to keep the scenario from getting too sad.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint", the disfigured prostitute claims first that this was what happened to Komomo, who hanged herself when Christopher failed to return. After Christopher says he doesn't believe her, she admits that [[spoiler: she actually killed Komomo (and was also the one that committed the robbery and falsely accused Komomo in the first place).]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Southland}}'', a teenage boy tries to commit suicide after his [[TeensAreMonsters classmates torment him for being gay.]] Cooper and Tang ''barely'' manage to save him. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, he talks a hospital orderly into undoing his restraints, then jumps off the roof.]]
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