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6 Iconic Oprah Moments

The Oprah Winfrey Show was on the air for 25 season.  It made Oprah Winfrey into a household name and an absolute icon.  While it’s hard to narrow down the best moments in the talk show’s history, these six moments are permanently etched into our minds forever.

The Fat Wagon

Oprah has been very public with her struggle with weight loss, but her most infamous stunt on happened in 1988 when she lost 67 pounds and dragged out a wagon that had a bag of 67 pounds of fat scraps.

#3 Exclusive: Where Did Oprah Get 67 Pounds of Fat? | TV Guide's Top 25 | Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah rolling 67 pounds of fat onstage during a 1988 show became the highest-rated episode in Oprah Show history. Where did she get all that fat for the wagon? Plus, Oprah reveals why she shared how she lost the weight at the time. For more on #tvguide's top25, visit


Mary Tyler Moore Surprises Oprah…

…and O loses it!  It’s really the sweetest moment of Oprah meeting one of her idols.  It’s difficult not to get a bit choked up.

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Mary Tyler Moore surprises Oprah Winfrey, who tells the TV icon how much 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' meant to her. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit Find OWN on TV at SUBSCRIBE: Download the Watch OWN App: Download the OWN Bold Moves App: About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader.


Tom Cruise’s Couch Jumping

This viral moment…honestly…we still have no words.

#2: Oprah Reflects on Tom Cruise's Couch Jumping | TV Guide's Top 25 | Oprah Winfrey Network

Many of the world's biggest stars opened up to Oprah about being in love over the years, but none as enthusiastically as Tom Cruise. His display of affection for his then-girlfriend, Katie Holmes, went viral around the world. Find out what Oprah really thought about Tom Cruise jumping on her couch and why she won't show the footage today.

The James Frey Incident

James Frey shot to fame after his memoir A Little Million Pieces was chosen to be part of “Oprah’s Book Club.”  The problem?  It turns out Frey had fabricated parts of the book.  Needless to say, Oprah was upset and had Frey on her show to explain himself.  It wasn’t pretty.

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In 2006, Oprah chose James Frey's memoir "A Little Million Pieces" as an Oprah's Book Club selection. Three months later, reports exposed parts of his book as being exaggerated. Oprah then had James back on the show in what would become one of "The Oprah Show's" most controversial interviews.


“You get a car!  You get a car!  EVERYBODY GETS A CAR!”

It’s the infamous giveaway that launched a catchphrase and countless memes.

#4: Oprah Relives the Famous Car Giveaway | TV Guide's Top 25 | Oprah Winfrey Network

In 2004, Oprah kicked off Season 19 with a surprise we're still talking about. Relive the famous car giveaway and watch as Oprah reveals why it's one of her all-time favorite moments. For more on #tvguide's top25, visit


Any episode involving her “Favorite Things” list

Honestly, it wasn’t so much what Oprah’s favorite things were, it was always about her studio and how they would react.

Oprah's 6 Most Outrageous Favorite Things Giveaways | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

In the history of the The Oprah Winfrey Show, nothing sparked a frenzy quite like Oprah's Favorite Things. In the unforgettable segments, Oprah rained extravagant gifts on her giddy audience, surprising them with everything from diamond watches to all-expenses-paid cruises. Look back on her most over the top giveaways and watch as the audience goes wild.


Erica Banas is a lover of classic television and wishes tap dancing would make a serious comeback.