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2012-05-21 08:35:00 AM  
Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?
 
2012-05-21 09:19:43 AM  
I like how subby doesn't know the difference between a series finale and a season finale.

Also, glad to see Battlestar on there. I liked the finale, no matter what other people say.
 
2012-05-21 09:26:04 AM  

Rincewind53: I like how subby doesn't know the difference between a series finale and a season finale.


To be fair, he's not the only one...

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2012-05-21 09:29:13 AM  
Ok, that list completely and utterly fails for not including this one:

Made a note in my diary on the way here. It simply says 'bugger'
 
2012-05-21 09:39:30 AM  
As long as they don't screw up #1 I don't care if .... ok, they got it right. Carry on

/about fell out of my chair when it aired
 
2012-05-21 09:39:33 AM  
This is one of those times where season/series actually have different meanings, subby.
 
2012-05-21 09:44:03 AM  
Fail for not having M*A*S*H at #1. And I still get chills just thinking about the St. Elsewhere finale. Cheers finale was better after the actual episode, when they were all hammered and went on Leno.
 
2012-05-21 09:48:17 AM  

SurfaceTension: Fail for not having M*A*S*H at #1.


Newhart was better. Had M*A*S*H ended a couple seasons earlier, then, yeah, it might have been at the top, but Newhart was just a brilliantly realized
 
2012-05-21 09:49:58 AM  
There is only Newhart.
 
2012-05-21 09:50:15 AM  
Deep Space Nine had a pretty good finale too. But I gues TNG's was better.
 
2012-05-21 09:51:43 AM  
I don't have a serious argument against Newhart at number one, but my personal choice would have been The Prisoner.
 
2012-05-21 10:01:35 AM  
Top 6 should have been Newhart (they got that right), MTM, Six Feet Under, Sopranos, The Shield and The Wire, not necessarily in that order.

List fails.

I think Six Feet Under had perhaps the best ending ever
 
2012-05-21 10:07:51 AM  

WhoIsWillo: Newhart was better. Had M*A*S*H ended a couple seasons earlier, then, yeah, it might have been at the top, but Newhart was just a brilliantly realized


I don't disagree Newhart's was briliant, but the original Bob Newhart show was just a little before my awareness of TV (think, my first favorite shows were CHiPs and Dukes of Hazard) so I didn't appreciate it as much as I might have if I had been a few years older.
 
2012-05-21 10:19:28 AM  
Unless subby is reverse-British, -1 on the headline.
 
2012-05-21 10:43:54 AM  

Mugato: Seinfeld? Really?


yes. it's brilliant. jerry and the gang were awful, self-absorbed people. their trial and subsequent imprisonment for being awful, self-absorbed people was absolutely gloriously hilarious.

but newhart's finale is absolutely unsurpassable.
 
2012-05-21 10:44:29 AM  

FlashHarry: yes. it's brilliant. jerry and the gang were awful, self-absorbed people. their trial and subsequent imprisonment for being awful, self-absorbed people was absolutely gloriously hilarious.


Agree to disagree, I guess. Very little humor in that episode for me, since it was so unlike the rest of the show.
 
2012-05-21 10:51:10 AM  
whar Smallville whar!!
 
2012-05-21 11:14:03 AM  
I really need to get around to finishing The Shield. The last season I saw was the one with Forrest Whitaker. I was a big fan but I was so busy with work, I missed the following seasons. I keep hearing I missed a hell of a finale.
 
2012-05-21 11:14:22 AM  

FlashHarry: Mugato: Seinfeld? Really?

yes. it's brilliant. jerry and the gang were awful, self-absorbed people. their trial and subsequent imprisonment for being awful, self-absorbed people was absolutely gloriously hilarious.


Yeah, except throughout the show they rarely really got away with anything. They were always losing jobs, girlfriends/boyfriends and self respect for their dickishness. So putting them on trial for it was redundant. I dunno, it was okay I guess. I thought the montage at the end with the Green Day song was well done.
 
2012-05-21 11:33:55 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: whar Smallville whar!!


I've said this before. The series finale could have been better. The wedding could have been shorter, they could have showed short clips of what the other heroes were doing, show Tom Welling in the full suit.
 
2012-05-21 11:34:48 AM  
Not sure why subby said "season finale" when the article is talking about a series finale.

My favorite season finale would have to be Spartacus' "Kill Them All"

They weren't kidding when they gave it that name.
 
2012-05-21 11:41:08 AM  
Best season finale for me would be Star Trek: The Best of Both Worlds.

Locutus: "Your life as you know it is over. You will be made to service us."

Riker: "Mr. Worf....fire."

Although DS9 had some awesome ones too.
 
2012-05-21 11:48:11 AM  
Aniston's outfit alone made the Friends finale worthwhile.

Also...

7. i292.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-21 11:49:14 AM  
Scrubs deserves to at least be on that list. Yeah I know nobody watched it and they did that stupid extra season, but that was perfect payoff for fans. And a cover by peter gabriel isn't bad send-off music.
 
2012-05-21 11:49:18 AM  
The Good: TNG. A unique unsentimental finale where the message is that everyone will not remain friends in the future, but at least they're close friends at the moment.

The Bad: Lost. How the heck did that make it on the list? So painfully sentimental and hokey.

What I always say in these threads:

Seinfeld: The finale was designed to be a pie in the face for all of the people who watched the show but couldn't figure out that as much as we love the characters, they're all self-absorbed shallow New Yorkers. For those of us who did get it, Larry David has provided us years of comedy laughing at the people who thought the show should have ended with sentimental happy stuff like Elaine and Jerry getting married.

The Sopranos: Another instance of people who watched the show but didn't really understand what it was about. Whether Tony was killed or he wasn't, whether he's going to keep on being a mob boss, etc., the final moments illustrate the he lives on borrowed time. As Tony says, people in his profession either eventually get killed or go to prison. It's only a matter of time until it happens, and it leaves him always looking over his shoulder. It's a life of uncertainty, perfectly captured by an uncertain ending.
 
2012-05-21 11:52:36 AM  

Mugato: Deep Space Nine had a pretty good finale too. But I gues TNG's was better.


No, it wasn't.
 
2012-05-21 11:53:10 AM  
List fails without the final episode of Angel.

"I don't know about you, but I want to kill the dragon."
 
2012-05-21 11:53:21 AM  
Where Quantum Leap wher?
 
2012-05-21 11:54:35 AM  

Rincewind53: I like how subby doesn't know the difference between a series finale and a season finale.

Also, glad to see Battlestar on there. I liked the finale, no matter what other people say.


Yeah, I was expecting actual SEASON finales as well... Amazingly enough, EW got it right...


And I liked Battlestar as well. My only problem was the way SciFI drug everything out, splitting season 4 into halves, and sin some cases making us wait almost a year before the new season.
 
2012-05-21 11:54:54 AM  

alwaysjaded: I really need to get around to finishing The Shield. The last season I saw was the one with Forrest Whitaker. I was a big fan but I was so busy with work, I missed the following seasons. I keep hearing I missed a hell of a finale.


Be like Vic, keep getting yourself deeper.
 
2012-05-21 11:55:38 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Ok, that list completely and utterly fails for not including this one:

Made a note in my diary on the way here. It simply says 'bugger'


Don't even have to click on it to know which one you're talking about.

Mentat: There is only Newhart.


I remember watching that one. Blew me away.
 
2012-05-21 11:55:38 AM  
Newhart was the first show that poped into my mind. It was really good.
 
2012-05-21 11:56:43 AM  

Secret Agent X23: I don't have a serious argument against Newhart at number one, but my personal choice would have been The Prisoner.


YOU SHUTUP. My brain still hurts from watching that haha
 
2012-05-21 11:58:13 AM  

Recoil Therapy: As long as they don't screw up #1 I don't care if .... ok, they got it right. Carry on

/about fell out of my chair when it aired


That's awesome, never saw that one. A whole new twist on the 'It was just a dream' thing. Interesting.
 
2012-05-21 12:00:11 PM  

The English Major: Mugato: Deep Space Nine had a pretty good finale too. But I gues TNG's was better.

No, it wasn't.


Well I'm not going to argue. DS9 had the more climatic ending and of course had more of a resolution to it than TNG's, "Let's start making shiatty movies now". But I thought the three separate timelines were well done and it served as a bookend to the first episode. So they were both good in different ways. As a series as a whole I liked DS9 better.
 
2012-05-21 12:01:47 PM  

thornhill: Seinfeld: The finale was designed to be a pie in the face for all of the people who watched the show but couldn't figure out that as much as we love the characters, they're all self-absorbed shallow New Yorkers. For those of us who did get it, Larry David has provided us years of comedy laughing at the people who thought the show should have ended with sentimental happy stuff like Elaine and Jerry getting married.


The problem with the ending was they had all those folks sit on the stand and tell their stories. We know their stories so it wasn't funny just to hear them tell it. It would have been funnier just to parade them, have them enter to courtroom and have Jerry say, "Soup Nazi!" "Virgin!" "Pool Guy!" "Mulva!" Just some phrase that he has in his head to identify these people that passed through his life. Just quick hit after quick hit. Which would make the same "he's shallow" point because he would never use the folks' names, just some descriptor because he doesn't even bother to learn or remember their names.
 
2012-05-21 12:03:55 PM  
Glad to see Cheers made it on the list, but they could have mentioned the last line in the series, "Sorry we're closed"
 
2012-05-21 12:04:21 PM  
I know it wasn't the most popular show to ever grace television, but I thought the series finale of Sports Night was pretty great.

thecpt: Scrubs deserves to at least be on that list. Yeah I know nobody watched it and they did that stupid extra season, but that was perfect payoff for fans. And a cover by peter gabriel isn't bad send-off music.


Also, this. Yeah, the last few seasons were goofy, and the final season was pretty much phoned in by much of the cast, but that last episode was fantastic.
 
2012-05-21 12:05:43 PM  
Sleeping in Light.
 
2012-05-21 12:07:26 PM  

SurfaceTension: Fail for not having M*A*S*H at #1. And I still get chills just thinking about the St. Elsewhere finale. Cheers finale was better after the actual episode, when they were all hammered and went on Leno.


Agree on M*A*S*H @ #1, but I'll give "The Sopranos" #2 on merit. The ending was genius and a real outside-the-box kick in the pants.
 
2012-05-21 12:08:38 PM  

fawlty: The problem with the ending was they had all those folks sit on the stand and tell their stories. We know their stories so it wasn't funny just to hear them tell it


And not to try to get logical in a farking Seinfeld episode discussion but there would be no way for the prosecutors to know most of those people. I guess they could have put out an ad, "Did these people fark you over? Call us".
 
2012-05-21 12:09:52 PM  
Shield - The ending was good, but holy shiat, you felt so bad for Vic... that was his version of hell.

Battlestar Galatica - Hated that ending, seemed so retarded. Somehow this advanced space faring race decides to put all technology aside and live like cavemen? Bullshiat!
 
2012-05-21 12:10:08 PM  
The finale of Seinfeld was mostly a lame clip show. Larry David could have done something groundbreaking, but opted instead for a boring and unfunny retrospective. The only two series that have ever had a good clip show are South Park and Community.
 
2012-05-21 12:10:53 PM  
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2012-05-21 12:11:27 PM  

Mugato: Deep Space Nine had a pretty good finale too. But I gues TNG's was better.


Voyager's was the best.
 
2012-05-21 12:11:43 PM  
The series finale of Punky Brewster changed my life.

When the golden retriever gets married? awww.. it was dusty in my house.
 
2012-05-21 12:13:51 PM  

Sybarite: The only two series that have ever had a good clip show are South Park and Community.


the first few Simpsons clip shows were generally pretty good.
 
2012-05-21 12:16:06 PM  

texdent: The Stealth Hippopotamus: whar Smallville whar!!

I've said this before. The series finale could have been better. The wedding could have been shorter, they could have showed short clips of what the other heroes were doing, show Tom Welling in the full suit.


I agree about showing Welling in the suit, the whole series had been primed for him becoming Superman. Just showing his head holding on to Air Force One while Lois looked on and not him in the suit was a let down.
 
2012-05-21 12:16:10 PM  
Rosanne had a good series finale. Yeah it was a rip-off of the Newhart ending, but it was unexpected

/Does the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson count? Sure it's still on, but it's nothing like it was with JC.
 
2012-05-21 12:16:41 PM  

Sybarite: The only two series that have ever had a good clip show are South Park and Community.


Simpsons April Fools episode was excellent. and the 138th Episode Spectacular was also great (mainly cause of Phil Hartman)

/And now the reason everybody watched the show
//Hardcore Nudity!!
 
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