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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...

t.imgbox.com
 
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  
i46.photobucket.com
 
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!!
 
2012-05-21 12:17:09 PM  
I watched the first four episodes of "Girls" on HBO. It could be the greatest show of all time if and ONLY if all four main characters are horribly murdered in the last episode. That would be the best series finale ever. Also No KOTH?
 
2012-05-21 12:17:37 PM  
Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.
 
2012-05-21 12:17:41 PM  
 
2012-05-21 12:18:22 PM  
Game of Thrones Series Finale:
The godsdamned comet smashes into Westeros, and everyone dies.

/you heard it here first
//and #1 was the right #1.
 
2012-05-21 12:18:45 PM  

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

Voyager's was the best.


Even though I didn't really follow V'ger that much, the end was pretty suspenseful. And although some people thought it was anti-climatic, the last shot when they finally made it back, no one was looking at the monitors of Earth because they were busy looking at the baby that one of their "family" just gave birth to did sort of pull on the heart strings.
 
2012-05-21 12:18:53 PM  

KellyX: Shield - The ending was good, but holy shiat, you felt so bad for Vic... that was his version of hell.


Nobody I know that watched it felt bad for Vic.
His character was truly a monster.
 
2012-05-21 12:18:54 PM  

KellyX: Shield - The ending was good, but holy shiat, you felt so bad for Vic... that was his version of hell.


That was a great ending. A sort of poetic justice that Vic's "reward" was far worse than what the "punishment" could've been.
 
2012-05-21 12:19:26 PM  
The Shield finale was great. You really did get the feeling that being buried in paperwork was a fate worse than prison for Vic.
 
2012-05-21 12:20:04 PM  

Rwa2play: 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.


He would not wear the suit. I will forever hate him for that.
 
2012-05-21 12:21:12 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.



It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.
 
2012-05-21 12:22:09 PM  

Sybarite: 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.


Moonlighting had a good clip show.

Seinfeld's finale was one of the worst episodes of the series. It was just boring. If I wanted to see those characters, I'd just go watch the episodes they were in.
 
2012-05-21 12:22:28 PM  
no quantum leap?
 
2012-05-21 12:22:51 PM  

MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.


The cool thing with the season finale of BB was that it wasn't really a cliffhanger. It could be that I have ADD now but I'm tired of cliffhangers. Like sure there are things that should be tied up but if BB ended with that episode, I'd be satisfied.
 
2012-05-21 12:23:19 PM  
#15 Seinfeld.

Alright, listen. I love Seinfeld. Love it.

The series finale was absolute garbage.
 
2012-05-21 12:23:45 PM  

fawlty: 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.


They were on trial, that's why there was a lengthy courtroom act to the show (that's the joke). The point was to contextualization incidents people found funny.
 
2012-05-21 12:24:41 PM  

ontariolightning: Rwa2play: 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.

He would not wear the suit. I will forever hate him for that.


O-O...really? Wow, that sucks. He got out of jail because he would not suffer the fate that Reeves and Cain did by wearing the suit throughout the series. He'd only wear it one time as the payoff.

So, so lame of him.
 
kab
2012-05-21 12:25:08 PM  
Remove Seinfeld and Lost, and it's a decent list.
 
2012-05-21 12:26:23 PM  

Rwa2play: KellyX: Shield - The ending was good, but holy shiat, you felt so bad for Vic... that was his version of hell.

That was a great ending. A sort of poetic justice that Vic's "reward" was far worse than what the "punishment" could've been.


That's exactly it.

The last season of The Shield had everything spiraling out of control with everybody on that team receiving some form of comeuppance, but finally Vic is left knowing he's betrayed everybody who trusted him, lost his family permanently, and will never again regain trust from his coworkers. He lived for the chase and the excitement, and he's now not just an office drone, but a despised one- they know what he has done, and while he may have shed his crimes, everything he once enjoyed is GONE.

He's left marking time in a cubicle as he watches others do the work he once loved (even though he was a dirty cop, he still loved the streets).
 
2012-05-21 12:29:16 PM  

ontariolightning: He would not wear the suit. I will forever hate him for that.


I barely watched the show but why the hell wasn't there a smooth transition from the show to the new movie? Smallville obviously had a large fan base and no one knows the guy who is playing him in the movie any more than Welling so it's not a question of star power. I guess they want to completely reboot it YET AGAIN but who the fark is in the mood for that? Just like, I don't want to see Spider-Man bitten by a spider yet again, I don't need to see Kal shot out of a Christmas tree ornament and live in Smallville again.

People's attention spans are short but we're not at goldfish level yet. And really, are they going to do that shot of Superman flying away from Krypton without John Williams' music and the awesomeness that it was 35 years ago?
 
2012-05-21 12:30:36 PM  

MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.


But not the Newhart one. Unless Walter wakes up in bed with Lois.

/hope they'll do something like that for a gag reel...
 
2012-05-21 12:30:43 PM  
As a fan of Lost and Seinfeld, I'll readily admit the finales farking sucked. They just weren't done well
 
2012-05-21 12:31:46 PM  
Lol, Seinfeld and Galactica on there.

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2012-05-21 12:33:20 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.

But not the Newhart one. Unless Walter wakes up in bed with Lois.

/hope they'll do something like that for a gag reel...


That would be awesome.
 
2012-05-21 12:33:51 PM  
list sucks without Babylon 5's Sleeping in Light.
 
2012-05-21 12:36:28 PM  
Out of all of them (at least the one's I've seen), Sopranos was the one that was the most disappointing at the time.

I just remember thinking my cable box went out or something like that and cursing a blue streak.

Looking back several years later, I can step away from my initial disappointment and see the brilliance in it for what it was.
 
2012-05-21 12:37:11 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.


No, #1 was exactly right. MASH could have been higher, if only because of cultural significance.

And Cheers definitely had the best after party.
 
2012-05-21 12:38:03 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: As a fan of Lost and Seinfeld, I'll readily admit the finales farking sucked. They just weren't done well


The problem being that Lost sort of depended on its finale. It was one huge cock tease that promised a resolution that never really panned out. I can watch any episode of Seinfeld and still find it funny. But if they ever syndicate Lost, I'd be like, "this went nowhere, what's the point?". That can't be good for DVD sales.
 
2012-05-21 12:38:41 PM  
Battlestar Galactica and its bullshiat copout ending? You have to be farking kidding me.

I stopped reading the list at that one. The single worst series ending I can think of. So bad, I can't even stomach re-watching the series again. Now that I know that they're going to eventually completely shiat on anything interesting that they do the whole series is spoiled for me.

And the final five Cyclons were such bullshiat. They should have just been random shmoes that nobody would have seen coming, but instead they had some kind of lame fan-service circle jerk. Fark that show.
 
2012-05-21 12:38:55 PM  
List fails without the original series "scrubs" ending
 
2012-05-21 12:40:22 PM  

Mugato: ontariolightning: He would not wear the suit. I will forever hate him for that.

I barely watched the show but why the hell wasn't there a smooth transition from the show to the new movie? Smallville obviously had a large fan base and no one knows the guy who is playing him in the movie any more than Welling so it's not a question of star power. I guess they want to completely reboot it YET AGAIN but who the fark is in the mood for that? Just like, I don't want to see Spider-Man bitten by a spider yet again, I don't need to see Kal shot out of a Christmas tree ornament and live in Smallville again.


See the truckloads of money "The Avengers" is getting and the truckloads "TDKR" will get and there's your answer. Marvel's going to have sequels for all of their franchises (that they control) including "The Avengers." DC's way behind the 8-ball when it comes to their characters with the only one on the horizon is "The Man of Steel" and IIRC a Green Lantern sequel a couple of years from now.

People's attention spans are short but we're not at goldfish level yet. And really, are they going to do that shot of Superman flying away from Krypton without John Williams' music and the awesomeness that it was 35 years ago?

That's why "Superman Returns" was done; they couldn't recreate the magic of the original. "The Man of Steel" is being done in the same vein.
 
2012-05-21 12:42:12 PM  

Mugato: Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?


The Seinfeld finally actually turned me off the show.
 
2012-05-21 12:42:24 PM  

Mugato: 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.


I never felt emotionally invested in the characters on TNG either. DS9 was my favorite series as well. And something about that final shot, with Kira and Jake looking into the wormhole, hits every time. That whole montage as everyone gets ready to move on is just awesome. It felt like a proper series finale.

And I still say that the Seinfeld finale was perfect; the fact they went on trial and were found guilty because they did nothing was genius.
 
2012-05-21 12:42:28 PM  
I think you can argue about whether certain finales were good or sucked, but if you think the Lost finale was anything but the cheesiest piece of crap ever to air, you are incorrect. It only gets worse in my mind as time goes on.
 
2012-05-21 12:43:25 PM  

DeaH: Mugato: Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?

The Seinfeld finally actually turned me off the show.


So you ended up missing... nothing.

Seems appropriate somehow.
 
2012-05-21 12:43:58 PM  

Mugato: Peter von Nostrand: As a fan of Lost and Seinfeld, I'll readily admit the finales farking sucked. They just weren't done well

The problem being that Lost sort of depended on its finale. It was one huge cock tease that promised a resolution that never really panned out. I can watch any episode of Seinfeld and still find it funny. But if they ever syndicate Lost, I'd be like, "this went nowhere, what's the point?". That can't be good for DVD sales.


yes. exactly. I have no compunction to rewatch any of it just for that reason. Now I hated the Sopranos ending, but I could see myself rewatching the whole series.
 
2012-05-21 12:44:01 PM  

tboucher: list sucks without Babylon 5's Sleeping in Light.


If Tor.com's blog was making this list, yeah, maybe. EW? I'd be surprised if anyone on their staff (with the possible exception of Ken Tucker) even knew what B5 was.
 
2012-05-21 12:44:44 PM  
I still remember the finale of Soap. And I still have a crush on Diana Canova.

\off my lawn
 
2012-05-21 12:44:46 PM  
Eureka, Big bang theory, and 2 and one half men are on my list.
 
2012-05-21 12:44:47 PM  
Agreed that M*A*S*H's ending should be higher up the list. But Newhart as #1 is absolutely correct. That still remains the best ending to a show ever. It was hilarious, unexpected and supremely enjoyable.
 
2012-05-21 12:45:06 PM  

Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.


That was the point of the finale -- using fiction to put people on trial for being jerks.
 
2012-05-21 12:45:26 PM  
Wow, some really bad picks.

STTNG: They total fubared this ending. The whole premise was that the Enterprise "created" the event that was causing the time issues (I forget what they called it in-show). The "event" was going backwards in time from that point. And yet when the Enterprise goes to investigate that spot, it's not there. That's impossible based on the way they defined it - an event travelling backwards in time. And then, to make matters worse, they go back and the event is there after it's been created So we have something that travels backwards through time that isn't there when they go to see it at point X - 1, is created at point X, and then is visible at point X + 1. That completely messes up the basic premise they are using to construct the dramatic tension of the show.

Seinfeld: Yes, we get it, they were selfish, self-absorbed people. But it's still an idiotic premise - they watched a crime, recorded it, and had evidence they could give the police to help catch the criminal. The expectation they should go put themselves in harms way to try and stop the crime is ludicrous, making the entire rest of the show pointless.

BSG: Well, it's all been said before. Angel Starbuck. "Humans" in history. Sufficient population to sustain a colony. Inability to interbreed with local inhabitants. Pointless sermonizing. Just a really, really bad ending to what started off as a really good show.

Plus, yes, it need Babylon 5 (although I'm sure that wasn't mainstream enough to make the list).

/And this concludes my nerd rage for the day. Carry on.
 
2012-05-21 12:48:05 PM  

thornhill: fawlty: 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.

They were on trial, that's why there was a lengthy courtroom act to the show (that's the joke). The point was to contextualization incidents people found funny.


Or, as I like to call it, throwing anvils at the audience. Look, I have no tolerance for anyone who wanted Jerry and Elaine to end up together (frankly, I had no idea that such people existed before this thread), but that ending was an act of contempt to those of us that watched the show from the beginning. Frankly, I would have been happier with Kramer dead, George in jail, Elaine old and alone with her cats, and Jerry rich as Croesus from making fun of his closest friends. Sure, it's in the nose, but a heck of a lot more subtle than trying and jailing them.

Seriously, that ending still pisses me off.
 
2012-05-21 12:49:03 PM  

Eirik: DeaH: Mugato: Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?

The Seinfeld finally actually turned me off the show.

So you ended up missing... nothing.

Seems appropriate somehow.


Nothing would have been so much better.
 
2012-05-21 12:49:04 PM  

MorganFreeman: Invisible Pedestrian: MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.

But not the Newhart one. Unless Walter wakes up in bed with Lois.

/hope they'll do something like that for a gag reel...

That would be awesome.


Walt was shot by Jessie in the pilot and has been dying the whole time.
 
2012-05-21 12:49:44 PM  

Rwa2play: See the truckloads of money "The Avengers" is getting and the truckloads "TDKR" will get and there's your answer. Marvel's going to have sequels for all of their franchises (that they control) including "The Avengers." DC's way behind the 8-ball when it comes to their characters with the only one on the horizon is "The Man of Steel" and IIRC a Green Lantern sequel a couple of years from now.


Right, which is why I'd go with the built in audience that Smallville had and make sequels from that. Plus they set up other DC heroes in that show, sort of the equivalent of Marvel setting up the Avengers in the standalone movies. So less origin stories and more just getting down to business, which is what the Avengers had going for it. They had to set up the team but they didn't have to set up each individual character again.

The Green Lantern kind of bombed, BTW.
 
2012-05-21 12:50:33 PM  

thornhill: Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.

That was the point of the finale -- using fiction to put people on trial for being jerks.


Yeah, that's the problem. The finale had way too much of a point for a show that was pretty farking trivial and pointless when it came down to it.

I chalk that ending up to LD being self-deprecating about the whole show and its success, but even he admitted that the Seinfeld arc on Curb was sort of a makeup for the original finale.
 
2012-05-21 12:50:45 PM  

mongbiohazard: Battlestar Galactica and its bullshiat copout ending? You have to be farking kidding me.

I stopped reading the list at that one. The single worst series ending I can think of. So bad, I can't even stomach re-watching the series again. Now that I know that they're going to eventually completely shiat on anything interesting that they do the whole series is spoiled for me.

And the final five Cyclons were such bullshiat. They should have just been random shmoes that nobody would have seen coming, but instead they had some kind of lame fan-service circle jerk. Fark that show.


I thought that ending was almost right, but it went a couple steps too far. They made a couple mis-steps that ruined it. The whole Starbuck thing was a problem. She should either have never come back (or never been killed) or having come back should have turned out to be a Cylon or something. Making her mystical ruined it a bit.

I actually didn't have a problem with them settling a primitive Earth and starting over from scratch. That not only seemed right on some level, but completely made some kind of BSG: 2010 impossible.
 
2012-05-21 12:51:12 PM  

KellyX: Shield - The ending was good, but holy shiat, you felt so bad for Vic... that was his version of hell.


Yeah, but the way he got up from the desk, grabbed his gun and strutted out of the office with his head held high showed that he was beaten, not broken. That's part of what made me love that finale.
 
2012-05-21 12:51:46 PM  

Kanemano: MorganFreeman: Invisible Pedestrian: MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.

But not the Newhart one. Unless Walter wakes up in bed with Lois.

/hope they'll do something like that for a gag reel...

That would be awesome.

Walt was shot by Jessie in the pilot and has been dying the whole time.


Been done.
Ending of the movie Jacob's Ladder.
 
2012-05-21 12:52:40 PM  

tboucher: list sucks without Babylon 5's Sleeping in Light.


That would be my favorite, yes. Particularly the tearful goodbye scene with Sheridan and Delenn.

Not a lot on the list here that I did watch, save for M*A*S*H, of course. And Star Trek:TNG, but I thought it was all too typical of the show: by the end of the episode, everything that had happened, no longer had happened.
 
2012-05-21 12:54:08 PM  
Someone mentioned Blackadder's ending. It is something about the best British shows that when they are outrageously funny or charming, the tragic parts are absolutely devastating. The Vicar of Dibley's Africa/AIDS fundraiser sticks out in my mind, as does the death of Assumpta in Ballykissangel.
 
2012-05-21 12:54:09 PM  
July 11th is when the 5th & final season of Damages begins

Is anyone else sad? It is a great show. I've had a crush on Rose Byrne for years
Her character Ellen sounds American but Roses real accent is very heavy Australian.. can barely understand her when she talks

Only skilled actors/ actresses can pull that off

McNulty & Stringer are the same & House
can barely understand their real life accents
 
2012-05-21 12:54:39 PM  

Bhruic: STTNG: They total fubared this ending. The whole premise was that the Enterprise "created" the event that was causing the time issues (I forget what they called it in-show). The "event" was going backwards in time from that point. And yet when the Enterprise goes to investigate that spot, it's not there. That's impossible based on the way they defined it - an event travelling backwards in time. And then, to make matters worse, they go back and the event is there after it's been created So we have something that travels backwards through time that isn't there when they go to see it at point X - 1, is created at point X, and then is visible at point X + 1. That completely messes up the basic premise they are using to construct the dramatic tension of the show.



First of all, time travel stories almost never make sense. But the whole thing was a construct created by Q to test Picard again. So all the time travel rules that never made any sense anyway, don't really apply because it was all bullshiat made up by Q. And that sounds like a cop out but it made the characters learn more about each other and all that shiat.
 
2012-05-21 12:55:31 PM  

wippit: Kanemano: MorganFreeman: Invisible Pedestrian: MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.

But not the Newhart one. Unless Walter wakes up in bed with Lois.

/hope they'll do something like that for a gag reel...

That would be awesome.

Walt was shot by Jessie in the pilot and has been dying the whole time.

Been done.
Ending of the movie Jacob's Ladder.


Yeah, and Owl Creeking is an eye-roller of a finish unless done really artfully and with the exact right material, and I don't think Breaking Bad is the exact right material.
 
2012-05-21 12:56:01 PM  

DeaH: Or, as I like to call it, throwing anvils at the audience. Look, I have no tolerance for anyone who wanted Jerry and Elaine to end up together (frankly, I had no idea that such people existed before this thread), but that ending was an act of contempt to those of us that watched the show from the beginning. Frankly, I would have been happier with Kramer dead, George in jail, Elaine old and alone with her cats, and Jerry rich as Croesus from making fun of his closest friends. Sure, it's in the nose, but a heck of a lot more subtle than trying and jailing them.

Seriously, that ending still pisses me off.


They really should have just done an ordinary episode that was an homage to the true "show about nothing" era. Christ, they could have just done an hour long episode set entirely at Monk's where they just talk about boring day-to-day stuff and rolled credits when they asked for the check.
 
2012-05-21 12:56:02 PM  
I loved the ending of Cheers and MASH. I didn't see any of the other ones. Hope this helped you form an opinion about this subject.
 
2012-05-21 12:57:09 PM  
Friday Night Lights???

Felicity??? (original finale)
 
2012-05-21 12:57:36 PM  

Sybarite: 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.


The Clerks cartoon had a stellar clip show. It was the second episode and consisted almost entirely of flashbacks to the first two episodes (yes you read that right).

/It was also the first to actually air, not that anybody watched it when it was on TV.
 
2012-05-21 12:57:41 PM  

Mugato: Rwa2play: See the truckloads of money "The Avengers" is getting and the truckloads "TDKR" will get and there's your answer. Marvel's going to have sequels for all of their franchises (that they control) including "The Avengers." DC's way behind the 8-ball when it comes to their characters with the only one on the horizon is "The Man of Steel" and IIRC a Green Lantern sequel a couple of years from now.

Right, which is why I'd go with the built in audience that Smallville had and make sequels from that. Plus they set up other DC heroes in that show, sort of the equivalent of Marvel setting up the Avengers in the standalone movies. So less origin stories and more just getting down to business, which is what the Avengers had going for it. They had to set up the team but they didn't have to set up each individual character again.


Point taken. Considering what ontariolighting said about Welling, I'm guessing there was very little chance of the entire cast of the series going into the movie.

The Green Lantern kind of bombed, BTW.

Kind of? How about "Yeah that movie sucked elephant balls."

Nowhere *near* "Catwoman" mind you, but in it's own little crapfest.
 
2012-05-21 12:59:05 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: DeaH: Or, as I like to call it, throwing anvils at the audience. Look, I have no tolerance for anyone who wanted Jerry and Elaine to end up together (frankly, I had no idea that such people existed before this thread), but that ending was an act of contempt to those of us that watched the show from the beginning. Frankly, I would have been happier with Kramer dead, George in jail, Elaine old and alone with her cats, and Jerry rich as Croesus from making fun of his closest friends. Sure, it's in the nose, but a heck of a lot more subtle than trying and jailing them.

Seriously, that ending still pisses me off.

They really should have just done an ordinary episode that was an homage to the true "show about nothing" era. Christ, they could have just done an hour long episode set entirely at Monk's where they just talk about boring day-to-day stuff and rolled credits when they asked for the check.


I like to think of the "Seinfeld Reunion" story arc on Curb Your Enthusiasm as the actual end of the show.
 
2012-05-21 12:59:44 PM  

Weidbrewer: KellyX: Shield - The ending was good, but holy shiat, you felt so bad for Vic... that was his version of hell.

Yeah, but the way he got up from the desk, grabbed his gun and strutted out of the office with his head held high showed that he was beaten, not broken. That's part of what made me love that finale.



I had a feeling Vic would end up dead or in prison after seeing that
well going to AntwonMitchelVille was a death sentence anyways
 
2012-05-21 01:04:46 PM  
www.thelogbook.com

Well... would you look at that... the sun's coming up.
 
2012-05-21 01:07:02 PM  

Rwa2play: The Green Lantern kind of bombed, BTW.

Kind of? How about "Yeah that movie sucked elephant balls."

Nowhere *near* "Catwoman" mind you, but in it's own little crapfest.


Well I don't know, I was being generous. It was sort of a disaster but you suggested that they had more plans for it, which was surprising.

DC doesn't really have too much going for it. The Wonder Woman tv show was canceled before the first commercial break of the first episode. Aquaman is a running joke. Batman is presumably ending with this film so we'll have to see young Bruce's mother's pearls fall down yet again if he's to come back. I don't know, Hawkman?
 
2012-05-21 01:07:28 PM  
No love for the Dallas finale?
 
2012-05-21 01:07:34 PM  
I enjoyed Smallville the most during the high school years.
The freak of the weeks were usually enjoyable as well as Clark & Lex's
somewhat testy friendship. Johnathan & Martha also elevated the show then too.
And that is when Lionel was so evil.

After that it got so complicated and serious. The settings were turning darker and darker. I finished the series but it lost its joy sometime during season 4.
 
2012-05-21 01:09:47 PM  

Mugato:

DC doesn't really have too much going for it. The Wonder Woman tv show was canceled before the first commercial break of the first episode. Aquaman is a running joke. Batman is presumably ending with this film so we'll have to see young Bruce's mother's pearls fall down yet again if he's to come back. I don't know, Hawkman?


Booster Gold is having a tv show. I like that character.
 
2012-05-21 01:10:28 PM  

Mugato:
DC doesn't really have too much going for it. The Wonder Woman tv show was canceled before the first commercial break of the first episode. Aquaman is a running joke. Batman is presumably ending with this film so we'll have to see young Bruce's mother's pearls fall down yet again if he's to come back. I don't know, Hawkman?


Need a Wonder Twins movie.
Needs someone who knows how to abuse their powers to create it.
 
2012-05-21 01:11:11 PM  

tdyak: No love for the Dallas finale?


Now, how can there be a Dallas "finale" when it's just starting next month? I saw the commercials.
 
2012-05-21 01:11:12 PM  
What no love for SGU?
 
2012-05-21 01:12:56 PM  

salvador.hardin: Sybarite:
The Clerks cartoon had a stellar clip show. It was the second episode and consisted almost entirely of flashbacks to the first two episodes (yes you read that right).

/It was also the first to actually air, not that anybody watched it when it was on TV.


I watched it and it was awesome. Korean animators was best episode.
/also I can't believe how far this thread has gone on without one mention of Firefly's two hour series finale.
 
2012-05-21 01:15:05 PM  

thecpt: salvador.hardin: Sybarite:
/also I can't believe how far this thread has gone on without one mention of Firefly's two hour series finale.



I'll see your Serenity, and raise you The Peacekeeper Wars
 
2012-05-21 01:16:18 PM  

KellyX: 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? telephone sanitizers. Bullshiat!


FTFY
 
2012-05-21 01:18:28 PM  

Bhruic: BSG: Well, it's all been said before. Angel Starbuck. "Humans" in history. Sufficient population to sustain a colony. Inability to interbreed with local inhabitants. Pointless sermonizing. Just a really, really bad ending to what started off as a really good show.


A couple of your points aren't right. I distinctly remember the doctor saying he'd found the grave of one of the local natives and somehow determined that they could interbreed. That's pretty improbable, so it would have been nice for them to suspect that they were somehow the remnants of a lost tribe or something, but it was explained.

Also, it's speculated that the human race once came close to extinction with as few at 1000 women of childbearing age at one point, so the number of survivors left by the end of the show isn't too small, even splitting them up into three camps.
 
2012-05-21 01:21:21 PM  

Mugato: tdyak: No love for the Dallas finale?

Now, how can there be a Dallas "finale" when it's just starting next month? I saw the commercials.


That, and they apparently crapped on the ending of the original run. I recall that JR commits suicide (though off camera). Did he miss?
 
2012-05-21 01:21:38 PM  
There is also a Green Arrow show in the works.

I understand why they won't be using Smallville Green Arrow even though he is the best. They'd have to bring Allison Mack and other Smallville alumni. Too hard.

But if Booster Gold & Green Arrow both get their own shows maybe
they can both appear on each others shows a few times a season. That would be sweet.
 
2012-05-21 01:25:14 PM  

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.


This. The Scrubs finale was a nice way to conclude the series, and it's best to pretend the 9th season didn't exist, because it's really more of a spin-off (they originally wanted to call it "Scrubs Med") than continuity.

I'd also drop Battlestar Galactica, Sopranos and Lost from this list, because their finales (and final seasons, honestly) were terrible ways to send the series out. And The Wire just barely gets by, because the finale was a nice end to a season that was quite inferior to the rest of the show.

In their place, I'd add The X-Files finale, which had the balls to keep the show mysterious despite offering some resolution to the story. I'd also add the Arrested Development finale, which perfectly tied up the show.
 
2012-05-21 01:27:12 PM  

Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.


See you really didn't get it. Even being judged didn't change them, that was for the audiences benefit. It was a greatest hits retrospective while pointing out how shallow and awful they really were when looked at outside their little universe. While sitting in the cell after the trial Jerry and George were discussing the bad button placement on Georges shirt. The same discussion they had in episode one.
 
2012-05-21 01:28:04 PM  

Mugato: DC doesn't really have too much going for it. The Wonder Woman tv show was canceled before the first commercial break of the first episode. Aquaman is a running joke. Batman is presumably ending with this film so we'll have to see young Bruce's mother's pearls fall down yet again if he's to come back. I don't know, Hawkman?


The great irony of "Wonder Woman" is that Josh Whedon was going to do the movie and Cobie Smulders was going to be Diana. DC nixed Cobie as Diana and Josh went to Marvel.

The execs at DC and WB must be kicking themselves with steel-toed books with spikes at the tips over that one.
 
2012-05-21 01:28:16 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Someone mentioned Blackadder's ending. It is something about the best British shows that when they are outrageously funny or charming, the tragic parts are absolutely devastating. The Vicar of Dibley's Africa/AIDS fundraiser sticks out in my mind, as does the death of Assumpta in Ballykissangel.


And a tip 'o the hat to Blake 7.
 
2012-05-21 01:31:41 PM  
Do canceled tv shows count?

Joan of Arcardia: Joan is faced with possibly fighting Satan
Reaper: Two of the crews' souls are now owned by Satan because Heaven wanted Son of Satan to lose.
 
2012-05-21 01:34:09 PM  

Digitalstrange: Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.

See you really didn't get it. Even being judged didn't change them, that was for the audiences benefit. It was a greatest hits retrospective while pointing out how shallow and awful they really were when looked at outside their little universe. While sitting in the cell after the trial Jerry and George were discussing the bad button placement on Georges shirt. The same discussion they had in episode one.


No, I absolutely got it. You don't get that the Anvilicious "these people are BAAAAD and being punished" ending was just out of place with the rest of the show.

Then you mention the button placement thing, which has nothing at all to do with the rest of your point. Stick to trying to "get it" yourself, champ.
 
2012-05-21 01:36:08 PM  

texdent: Do canceled tv shows count?


dead like me. What happens if reapers kill? And pets have souls?
 
2012-05-21 01:36:44 PM  

Eirik: mongbiohazard: Battlestar Galactica and its bullshiat copout ending? You have to be farking kidding me.

I stopped reading the list at that one. The single worst series ending I can think of. So bad, I can't even stomach re-watching the series again. Now that I know that they're going to eventually completely shiat on anything interesting that they do the whole series is spoiled for me.

And the final five Cyclons were such bullshiat. They should have just been random shmoes that nobody would have seen coming, but instead they had some kind of lame fan-service circle jerk. Fark that show.

I thought that ending was almost right, but it went a couple steps too far. They made a couple mis-steps that ruined it. The whole Starbuck thing was a problem. She should either have never come back (or never been killed) or having come back should have turned out to be a Cylon or something. Making her mystical ruined it a bit.

I actually didn't have a problem with them settling a primitive Earth and starting over from scratch. That not only seemed right on some level, but completely made some kind of BSG: 2010 impossible.



I don't really have a problem with finding a planet with some primitive life on it and settling down - even when setting aside the complete implausibility of interbreeding with an alien species.

I had a problem with the Gaius and Six hallucinations being farking ANGELS, Starbuck the White, and the explanation for everything being a blanket "god did it".

Of course, I also felt it ridiculously implausible that even if they all wanted to settle down together that they would jettison their ships in to the sun instead of utilizing them as the utterly invaluable resources they were, and using them to help start a new industrial base for their colony with their machine shops and etc. Their medical facilities... even space based communications and weather observation would have been invaluable.

The whole thing just reeked of them having written themselves into corners the last two seasons - and then taking the ultimate copout to wrap the whole thing up.
 
2012-05-21 01:37:43 PM  

texdent: Reaper: Two of the crews' souls are now owned by Satan because Heaven wanted Son of Satan to lose.


Ahhh I hated that it got cancelled! Right when it was starting to get really good.

Ray Wise is the best Satan ever portrayed on TV. He was just so awesomely evil.
 
2012-05-21 01:41:35 PM  
"You really should wear more sweaters"
That is all
 
2012-05-21 01:45:48 PM  

Rwa2play: The great irony of "Wonder Woman" is that Josh Whedon was going to do the movie and Cobie Smulders was going to be Diana. DC nixed Cobie as Diana and Josh went to Marvel.


wow. I would have CERTAINLY paid to see that.

/big Robin Sparkles fan.
 
2012-05-21 01:48:30 PM  

Madbassist1: Rwa2play: The great irony of "Wonder Woman" is that Josh Whedon was going to do the movie and Cobie Smulders was going to be Diana. DC nixed Cobie as Diana and Josh went to Marvel.

wow. I would have CERTAINLY paid to see that.

/big Robin Sparkles fan.


I can't really see Cobie Smulders as Diana. Only person I can really see playing her is Xena era Lucy Lawless.
 
2012-05-21 01:53:17 PM  
www.wikinoticia.com
It should count, even though the show came back in a few years.
 
2012-05-21 01:53:27 PM  

MorganFreeman: Breaking Bad. It hasn't aired yet, but I'm confident it will crush pretty much all of these.


It's like we share the same brain! I SO agree with this!

I would have expected the Dexter finale to kick ass. However, if the same people write it that are responsible for the debachle that was the last season, all bets are off.

Although I loved me some LOST, and was one of the 12 people who loved the finale, I gotta say that Six Feet Under's ending was sheer, unadalterated brilliance.

Actually think they could have swapped out the Sex and the City finale for LOST: (Charlotte gets a baby, Miranda does 'love', and Samantha actually opens her self up to something more than great sex. And we learned Big's name. A very satisfying and well done series ending. I try to forget that Sex and the City 2 existed so one of my favorite shows isn't forever tainted by that crap)
 
2012-05-21 01:55:24 PM  

Sybarite: 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.


^THIS^
 
2012-05-21 01:55:35 PM  
************************* SPOILEROO !*************************

www.sfgate.com
Starts with covering up murdering one of his team because he was a "rat" who was going to betray the Team.

mimg.ugo.com

featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com
Ends with everybody knowing he's a cop-killing "rat" hypocrite who sold out the Team.


Nice.

/Ronnie, I still love 'ya.
//Vic too ... sorry.
 
2012-05-21 01:56:24 PM  
Even at Dexters crappiest, the show is still better than 95 % of shows on tv
 
2012-05-21 02:00:50 PM  
If this were about actual season finales rather than series finales, none of those would be on there. "Who Shot Mr. Burns" pt. 1 would have to be on the list, and Lost's 1st season finale was way better than it's final one.
 
2012-05-21 02:00:55 PM  

DeaH: Frankly, I would have been happier with Kramer dead, George in jail, Elaine old and alone with her cats, and Jerry rich as Croesus from making fun of his closest friends. Sure, it's in the nose, but a heck of a lot more subtle than trying and jailing them.


Now that's an ending!
 
2012-05-21 02:02:56 PM  

Smelly McUgly: thornhill: Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.

That was the point of the finale -- using fiction to put people on trial for being jerks.

Yeah, that's the problem. The finale had way too much of a point for a show that was pretty farking trivial and pointless when it came down to it.

I chalk that ending up to LD being self-deprecating about the whole show and its success, but even he admitted that the Seinfeld arc on Curb was sort of a makeup for the original finale.


And in typically LD fashion, it's was also a hugely complex and brilliant meta joke which went over many people's heads.
 
2012-05-21 02:06:35 PM  
Sometime, in the far distant future, the finale of The Simpsons will be the #1 finale. The plot or quality won't matter, just the fact that someone finally drove a stake through the heart of that walking-dead corpse of a once great show will rocket it to #1 on the list.
 
2012-05-21 02:11:05 PM  
I suppose that this is an US shows only list... but I really loved Doctor Who's series 1 finale... Great character arc for the 9th Doctor, in my opinion...
 
2012-05-21 02:13:25 PM  
MASH is the epitome of "shows that went on too long", and that rotten series finale highlighted everything that went wrong with the show from the moment Frank Burns left, which should have been the end.
 
2012-05-21 02:17:26 PM  

jj325: MASH is the epitome of "shows that went on too long", and that rotten series finale highlighted everything that went wrong with the show from the moment Frank Burns left, which should have been the end.


notsureifserious.jpg
 
2012-05-21 02:21:17 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-21 02:21:41 PM  

jj325: MASH is the epitome of "shows that went on too long", and that rotten series finale highlighted everything that went wrong with the show from the moment Frank Burns left, which should have been the end.


Huh, whodathunkit: Larry Linville is a Farker
 
2012-05-21 02:23:48 PM  

salvador.hardin: Sybarite: 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.

The Clerks cartoon had a stellar clip show. It was the second episode and consisted almost entirely of flashbacks to the first two episodes (yes you read that right).

/It was also the first to actually air, not that anybody watched it when it was on TV.


I end up saying it about once a month on Fark, that show is really clever in it's own way. Lots of off-the-wall concepts like that and the intro-bump to the first episode:
"Previously, on Clerks:"
:: test pattern w/ beeeeeep ::
/I'm not Kevin Smith.
//weight-wise, I'm about one-half of a Kevin Smith
///Really not Kevin Smith
 
2012-05-21 02:25:21 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: It is something about the best British shows that when they are outrageously funny or charming, the tragic parts are absolutely devastating. The Vicar of Dibley's Africa/AIDS fundraiser sticks out in my mind, as does the death of Assumpta in Ballykissangel.


Why did you have to remind me of Ballyk? Watching that... triggered some serious seasonal allergies.

/watching Stephen Tompkinson cry is like watching someone kill a confused puppy
 
2012-05-21 02:27:40 PM  
sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com
Good Night and Goodbye
 
2012-05-21 02:27:59 PM  
Nailed it with #1. Still remember watching it with my parents and my Dad laughing his ass off-almost as much as when Louie DePalma came out of his "cage" for the first time on Taxi.
 
2012-05-21 02:28:46 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Ray Wise is the best Satan ever portrayed on TV. He was just so awesomely evil.


I dunno; John Glover was pretty farking good as The Devil on "Brimstone." He just had that demeanor where you go, "yeah, he COULD be Satan." Just my opinion, though. YMMV.
 
2012-05-21 02:35:22 PM  
I'm okay with the 24 finale, but honestly, they sold out the show for a movie that may or may not ever happen (not up on the last rumor). If they wanted to do it right, there were two endings to do:
A) Happy ending where he leaves with Rack Bauer to get his retirement sex
B) Sad ending where Jack saves the day and walks off towards the sunset with a small wound only to collapse at the end like Shane
 
2012-05-21 02:40:34 PM  

NobleHam: If this were about actual season finales rather than series finales, none of those would be on there. "Who Shot Mr. Burns" pt. 1 would have to be on the list, and Lost's 1st season finale was way better than it's final one.


That's the list I clicked expecting to see. Anyone care to half ass something?
 
2012-05-21 02:48:48 PM  

TheManofPA: I'm okay with the 24 finale, but honestly, they sold out the show for a movie that may or may not ever happen (not up on the last rumor). If they wanted to do it right, there were two endings to do:
A) Happy ending where he leaves with Rack Bauer to get his retirement sex
B) Sad ending where Jack saves the day and walks off towards the sunset with a small wound only to collapse at the end like Shane


24 should have ended with Jack and his daughter finishing the chess game they started in the first episode. In peace, for once. And he and Chloe end up together. I'm not necessarily a fan of the happy ending but everything about Jack Bauer was tragedy, so change it up with the finale.
 
2012-05-21 02:51:31 PM  

Broktun: Good Night and Goodbye


Damn you. I remember watching Changing Nature and was just glued to the screen waiting for the funny to happen. That was one of the more deep, dark finales i've ever seen.

/Checked out who did voices on wiki
//Never made the Baby/Elmo connection
 
2012-05-21 02:57:17 PM  
Glad to see we've all forgotten the Buffy finale. The plot was a great send-off idea (actualize every potential slayer) but the writing was terrible. And I say this being a card-carrying* Whedonite.

It's like he'd moved on too far by then, but a finale by anyone else would've seemed wrong.

*there's not really a card

/but if you reach a certain level I think you get a brown coat
 
2012-05-21 03:06:31 PM  
theloveumake.com


Missed one

/This is what she felt
 
2012-05-21 03:09:23 PM  

ontariolightning: He would not wear the suit. I will forever hate him for that.


What?!
 
2012-05-21 03:09:39 PM  

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.


I'm glad you liked it. I liked the 1st half. The 2nd half (after finding Earth), however was just total shiat.

/not going to apologize for saying that
//wasn't my cup of tea
/a Frakkin' "angel"... seriously? Frak you!
 
2012-05-21 03:09:52 PM  

SharkaPult: salvador.hardin: Sybarite: 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.

The Clerks cartoon had a stellar clip show. It was the second episode and consisted almost entirely of flashbacks to the first two episodes (yes you read that right).

/It was also the first to actually air, not that anybody watched it when it was on TV.

I end up saying it about once a month on Fark, that show is really clever in it's own way. Lots of off-the-wall concepts like that and the intro-bump to the first episode:
"Previously, on Clerks:"
:: test pattern w/ beeeeeep ::
/I'm not Kevin Smith.
//weight-wise, I'm about one-half of a Kevin Smith
///Really not Kevin Smith



Hell yes, the Clerks cartoon was pretty awesome, actually. It should have gotten a lot more attention than it did.
 
2012-05-21 03:10:11 PM  
Fail list, Newhart series ender was great but MASH is far better. Id have dropped newhart to #2 and put mash #1.
 
2012-05-21 03:12:07 PM  

Wow, Perfect Strangers' finale didn't make the list?

upload.wikimedia.org



One of the most poignant, touching moment on television, while being one of the most culturally groundbreaking... when Balki admits he isn't really Larry's cousin, and while it all started as a con, he secretly had fallen in love with Larry, then Larry admits he knew for a long time, but he, too, had fallen madly in love with Balki. The touching wedding scene capped off with the two embraced in a deep tongue kiss, fading to black.

/Might have been a hallucination.
 
2012-05-21 03:14:38 PM  

Mugato: TheManofPA: I'm okay with the 24 finale, but honestly, they sold out the show for a movie that may or may not ever happen (not up on the last rumor). If they wanted to do it right, there were two endings to do:
A) Happy ending where he leaves with Rack Bauer to get his retirement sex
B) Sad ending where Jack saves the day and walks off towards the sunset with a small wound only to collapse at the end like Shane

24 should have ended with Jack and his daughter finishing the chess game they started in the first episode. In peace, for once. And he and Chloe end up together. I'm not necessarily a fan of the happy ending but everything about Jack Bauer was tragedy, so change it up with the finale.


You know, I'd be okay with the chess game setup; I think someone mentioned that as what they wanted back in the threads. Jack and Chloe never seemed to have that romantic element, they just seemed to work as two people who trusted each other completely, no sexy feelings needed.

As for the happy ending, it could have worked simply because those last ten minutes, everyone would be on the edge WAITING for the rug to get swept out by anything (i.e. snipers to kill him last second) that seeing the final clicks would just be a relief that he gets to live.
 
2012-05-21 03:18:24 PM  

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.


I didn't like the final season too much (got a bit cartoonish, even for the Shield), but the finale was glorious. Perfect ending for the show. Really tied the room together.
 
2012-05-21 03:22:27 PM  

TheManofPA: You know, I'd be okay with the chess game setup; I think someone mentioned that as what they wanted back in the threads


It could have been me because I expressed it years ago and I don't know any other fan who liked that idea.

And yeah, Jack hooking up with Chloe would have been trite. Chloe probably was in love with Jack in a way but her logical mind had to realize that he was too farked up for her.
 
2012-05-21 03:25:56 PM  
Newhart, check; MTM, check; Fugitive, Check.
Should have included KOTH.
 
2012-05-21 03:33:42 PM  

Broktun: [sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com image 550x325]dinosaurs.jpg
Good Night and Goodbye


I'd forgotten that one. Certainly one of the strangest series finales. Light hearted family comedy ends with one of the main characters setting off a chain of events that brought on a nuclear winter that kills everyone. It was so depressing that the network had to put a viewer advisory before it.
 
2012-05-21 03:36:18 PM  
List has too many 90s shows in it.

Fails for not having Barney Miller. That, the Wire and the Shield should have been a sandwich of cop shows in the middle of the list.
 
2012-05-21 03:40:10 PM  

Persnickety: Broktun: [sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com image 550x325]dinosaurs.jpg
Good Night and Goodbye

I'd forgotten that one. Certainly one of the strangest series finales. Light hearted family comedy ends with one of the main characters setting off a chain of events that brought on a nuclear winter that kills everyone. It was so depressing that the network had to put a viewer advisory before it.


For a second there, I thought you were talking about this show:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-21 03:43:04 PM  

Sybarite: 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.


The Seinfeld finale was good. They all got ice cream. Now that's what I call a sticky situation.
 
2012-05-21 03:45:40 PM  

RedZoneTuba: Sometime, in the far distant future, the finale of The Simpsons will be the #1 finale. The plot or quality won't matter, just the fact that someone finally drove a stake through the heart of that walking-dead corpse of a once great show will rocket it to #1 on the list.


until the show is no longer profitable
 
2012-05-21 03:47:21 PM  
Another depressing one....

David the Gnome, he turns into a tree.
 
2012-05-21 03:49:05 PM  
I thought the ending to Terriers was perfect (if it had to end).
 
2012-05-21 03:49:47 PM  

Mugato: Peter von Nostrand: As a fan of Lost and Seinfeld, I'll readily admit the finales farking sucked. They just weren't done well

The problem being that Lost sort of depended on its finale. It was one huge cock tease that promised a resolution that never really panned out. I can watch any episode of Seinfeld and still find it funny. But if they ever syndicate Lost, I'd be like, "this went nowhere, what's the point?". That can't be good for DVD sales.


I can still watch just about any Seinfeld episode and there are certainly some episodes of Lost that I could rewatch because there were some really well done episodes. Just not sure if I'd bother watching season 6
 
2012-05-21 03:50:19 PM  

Rincewind53: Also, glad to see Battlestar on there. I liked the finale, no matter what other people say.


Agreed. I also liked the Lost finale.

I don't want every question answered and every loose end tied up. I mean, it's definitely something movies should do, but a TV series lasts long enough that, like real life, not everything comes to a logical and pleasing resolution. In the end, the most important things get resolved, and the rest is left to sink into the past.

The Colonials survived and found a home. The Losties reunited despite mind-blowing hardship. The. Farking. End.

/not sure how to deal with house
//haven't enjoyed the last 2 seasons much
///should've ended along with cuttroat biatch
 
2012-05-21 03:57:25 PM  

Lernaeus: /not sure how to deal with house
//haven't enjoyed the last 2 seasons much
///should've ended along with cuttroat biatch


Well, since he's supposed to be the modern Sherlock Holmes, he should meet his end while battling Lupus over a waterfall...
 
2012-05-21 03:58:51 PM  

Mugato: Peter von Nostrand: As a fan of Lost and Seinfeld, I'll readily admit the finales farking sucked. They just weren't done well

The problem being that Lost sort of depended on its finale. It was one huge cock tease that promised a resolution that never really panned out. I can watch any episode of Seinfeld and still find it funny. But if they ever syndicate Lost, I'd be like, "this went nowhere, what's the point?". That can't be good for DVD sales.


Well, no ending can satisfy everyone, so it's expected that there will be some disappointed Lost fans. The real problem with the ending of Lost is that the folks who didn't like it tend to really, really really farking hate it. Once you get past the feel-good reunion style of everyone finding their twue wuv and waltzing off to Heaven, it really didn't resolve anything at all.

I'm not gonna go into the whole moronic "8 million mysteries that Lost never explained" type list, but the fact is that there were a number of things that were just tossed out there as a form of "here's three sentences of expository dialog explaining the puzzle you've been thinking about for the past 5 years, now shut the fark up so we can continue to develop this super interesting sooper awesome "sideways flash" idea that we cam up with that was so goddamned revolutionary that we sacrificed the entire five season story to force fit it into the show"

And the worst part is that these "answers" don't do a goddamned thing to advance your understanding of the story. For example, the Whispers. For years the Whispers were presented as a mysterious something, appearing at unpredictable times. They came up in DOZENS of episodes, seemingly at crucial, times. Why did they appear at those times? What did they signify? What did they do? Apparently they were so damned powerful that, according to Ben, "if you hear whispers, RUN!" What the hell did they MEAN?

So yeah, we got an "answer" - they're the spirits of people who died on the Island and for one reason or another couldn't "move on". Lovely. And farking useless. It explains exactly nothing. It adds literally no import or significance to any of the scenes where they appear. Go back and rewatch the series with this "answer" in hand, and see how it changes your understanding of what is going on. It doesn't. It makes them a complete non-thing - no impact, no meaning, no relevance, no importance. It was just a little something they added to pump up the mystery and drama in any given scene. Eliminate them from the scene and it changes exactly NOTHING about the story or the viewers understanding of it.

Rewatch the series you'll notice a lot of things like that. Things which seemed (at the time) important and mysterious; things which seemed (at the time) like they must be explained for it all to make sense; things that just didn't seem to fit and clearly we needed to know more in order to understand them. in retrospect it becomes painfully obvious that they were virtually all just shoved in there by Cuse and Lindeloff because it seemed cool and mysterious at the time, and had literally no bearing whatsoever on the "real" story. Things which could be eliminated entirely and their loss would have ZERO impact on the ultimate storyline.

Honestly, season six was little more than a 16 episode slow motion reveal of "It was all a dream"

Rewatching the show just reinforces this. Every goddamned thing in it is pretty much irrelevant and pointless
 
2012-05-21 04:01:30 PM  

One Bad Apple: [theloveumake.com image 600x337]


Missed one

/This is what she felt


How they follow up one of the best season finales of all time w/ one of the worst season finales of all time is truly remarkable.
 
2012-05-21 04:04:45 PM  

moothemagiccow: RedZoneTuba: Sometime, in the far distant future, the finale of The Simpsons will be the #1 finale. The plot or quality won't matter, just the fact that someone finally drove a stake through the heart of that walking-dead corpse of a once great show will rocket it to #1 on the list.

until the show is no longer profitable


I have no clue how they'll end the Simpsons. Hell, that show could end with Hank Azeria waking up beside Bob Newhart and I wouldn't be stunned.
 
2012-05-21 04:09:57 PM  

LesserEvil: Wow, Perfect Strangers' finale didn't make the list?


Well of course not, don't be ridiculous.
 
2012-05-21 04:30:20 PM  
I don't know how the ending to House will be tonight, but it should have ended several years ago when he went into the asylum.
 
2012-05-21 04:34:16 PM  

texdent:
I can't really see Cobie Smulders as Diana. Only person I can really see playing her is Xena era Lucy Lawless.


If Gwendoline Christie had tits, she'd be a shoe-in.
 
2012-05-21 04:44:13 PM  

scottydoesntknow: texdent: Reaper: Two of the crews' souls are now owned by Satan because Heaven wanted Son of Satan to lose.

Ahhh I hated that it got cancelled! Right when it was starting to get really good.

Ray Wise is the best Satan ever portrayed on TV. He was just so awesomely evil.


i.imgur.com

/*cough*
 
2012-05-21 04:44:44 PM  

browneye: I don't know how the ending to House will be tonight, but it should have ended several years ago when he went into the asylum.


I truly doubt it but for all we know, it could end in the asylum
 
2012-05-21 04:50:24 PM  

jbtilley: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x298]


this.
 
2012-05-21 04:52:03 PM  

TheAnvil: I thought the ending to Terriers was perfect (if it had to end).


So... you were the other person that watched it?

/Should have thought up a better show title
//Promos making it look like a reality show about Michael Vick didn't help
 
2012-05-21 04:58:00 PM  

moothemagiccow: RedZoneTuba: Sometime, in the far distant future, the finale of The Simpsons will be the #1 finale. The plot or quality won't matter, just the fact that someone finally drove a stake through the heart of that walking-dead corpse of a once great show will rocket it to #1 on the list.

until the show is no longer profitable


I think on Futurama "The Simpsons" is in season 1010.
 
2012-05-21 04:59:56 PM  
My "Not on the List" Picks

Home Movies: Still one of the most depressing series finales (spoiler) Brendon realizes all his movies are awful and then his camera is destroyed as he tries to start over. (spoiler).

Moral Orel: After an entire season of depressing episodes, we finally see Orel understand fully how awful his father is. There is also the closure of seeing that he grew up to be relatively normal.


The Other Finales that Sticks With Me:

Spider-man TAS: We get a really odd story about multiple Spider-Men from multiple universes with some strange nods to the awful 90's era of the comic with Scarlet Spider. Then he goes and meets Stan Lee?

Mighty Max: Mulligan!

I know all these are cartoons, but we have the live action stuff pretty well established.
 
2012-05-21 05:10:54 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Rewatch the series you'll notice a lot of things like that. Things which seemed (at the time) important and mysterious; things which seemed (at the time) like they must be explained for it all to make sense; things that just didn't seem to fit and clearly we needed to know more in order to understand them. in retrospect it becomes painfully obvious that they were virtually all just shoved in there by Cuse and Lindeloff because it seemed cool and mysterious at the time, and had literally no bearing whatsoever on the "real" story. Things which could be eliminated entirely and their loss would have ZERO impact on the ultimate storyline.


Yup, which is why I never bothered. I was still butthurt over the X-Files when Lost came out. I knew better than to waste my time.
 
2012-05-21 05:21:56 PM  

Badgers: TheAnvil: I thought the ending to Terriers was perfect (if it had to end).

So... you were the other person that watched it?

/Should have thought up a better show title
//Promos making it look like a reality show about Michael Vick didn't help


Nah, I watched it as well. It was a decent show, but you knew the premise already. The name of the show wasn't 'Terriers', it was 'Rescue Me's replacement'... and it didn't do it nearly as well.

Trocadero: One Bad Apple: [theloveumake.com image 600x337]


Missed one

/This is what she felt

How they follow up one of the best season finales of all time w/ one of the worst season finales of all time is truly remarkable.


The show is motorcycle club Hamlet... the fact that ANY season finale of SoA ended on a relatively good note was surprising and awesome. But you will NEVER see that again. It worked once, but now they have to get back to the slow setup where everyone dies horribly in the series finale... this is one show where I hope the ending is as brutal and awesome as it should be.

/Same goes for Justified
 
2012-05-21 05:25:12 PM  

Eirik: Mugato: tdyak: No love for the Dallas finale?

Now, how can there be a Dallas "finale" when it's just starting next month? I saw the commercials.

That, and they apparently crapped on the ending of the original run. I recall that JR commits suicide (though off camera). Did he miss?


That's what I'm wondering. Bobby hears a gunshot, walks in, "OH MY GOD!", and that's it. Maybe it turns out J.R. shot an iguana or something.
 
2012-05-21 05:27:39 PM  

Broktun: [sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com image 550x325]
Good Night and Goodbye


Damned if that wasn't a shockingly depressing ending for what was otherwise a rather lighthearted show.

But then again, how else are you going to end a sitcom about Dinosaurs?
 
2012-05-21 05:29:09 PM  
The ending to Twin Peaks should have been on the list. Some of the most terrifying TV of all time.
 
2012-05-21 05:35:19 PM  

Smelly McUgly: thornhill: Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.

That was the point of the finale -- using fiction to put people on trial for being jerks.

Yeah, that's the problem. The finale had way too much of a point for a show that was pretty farking trivial and pointless when it came down to it.

I chalk that ending up to LD being self-deprecating about the whole show and its success, but even he admitted that the Seinfeld arc on Curb was sort of a makeup for the original finale.


The end of the show is not the trial or the sentencing. The end is Jerry and George in the cell, having a the pointless conversation about the appropriate placing of a man's shirt second button (which was the very first pointless conversation they ever had on the show)

I liked the finale.
 
2012-05-21 05:36:01 PM  

BlackArt: The ending to Twin Peaks should have been on the list. Some of the most terrifying TV of all time.


I guess maybe it wasn't included because it wasn't an intended finale? Either way, it is the series' best episode.
 
2012-05-21 05:39:19 PM  

quiotu: Badgers: TheAnvil: I thought the ending to Terriers was perfect (if it had to end).

So... you were the other person that watched it?

/Should have thought up a better show title
//Promos making it look like a reality show about Michael Vick didn't help

Nah, I watched it as well. It was a decent show, but you knew the premise already. The name of the show wasn't 'Terriers', it was 'Rescue Me's replacement'... and it didn't do it nearly as well.

Trocadero: One Bad Apple: [theloveumake.com image 600x337]


Missed one

/This is what she felt

How they follow up one of the best season finales of all time w/ one of the worst season finales of all time is truly remarkable.

The show is motorcycle club Hamlet... the fact that ANY season finale of SoA ended on a relatively good note was surprising and awesome. But you will NEVER see that again. It worked once, but now they have to get back to the slow setup where everyone dies horribly in the series finale... this is one show where I hope the ending is as brutal and awesome as it should be.

/Same goes for Justified


Last season didn't suck b/c "too many people died," etc. It was the most ridiculous Deus Ex Machina (the cartel is being run, straight up, by CIA plants???) ever that completely undoes all drama/conflict/tough choices in the first five minutes? For the Club, Jax, and the cops/feds? Seriously? It's not that it wasn't a "happy ending" or anything, but the CIA plant twist was so beyond ridiculous, that anything from there on out is completely silly. They royally screwed it up.
 
2012-05-21 05:40:41 PM  

kbronsito: Smelly McUgly: thornhill: Smelly McUgly: 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.


It's not an either/or. The idiots who thought the show should have ended with Elaine and Jerry getting married only showed up in like season five after the show had become a hit. However, the "let's judge these characters" thing was just so heavy-handed and shiatty. In real life, people like these never get judged or change. They go on blissfully through life being hung up on their first-world problems. They'd just show up at the diner and keep being inane until they were old. Thus why the Seinfeld reunion arc from Curb Your Enthusiasm feels like the REAL ending to that show.

That was the point of the finale -- using fiction to put people on trial for being jerks.

Yeah, that's the problem. The finale had way too much of a point for a show that was pretty farking trivial and pointless when it came down to it.

I chalk that ending up to LD being self-deprecating about the whole show and its success, but even he admitted that the Seinfeld arc on Curb was sort of a makeup for the original finale.

The end of the show is not the trial or the sentencing. The end is Jerry and George in the cell, having a the pointless conversation about the appropriate placing of a man's shirt second button (which was the very first pointless conversation they ever had on the show)

I liked the finale.


I think one thing that really hurt people's impression of the Seinfeld finally that watched it live is that it was proceeded by an hour-long clip show. So you had a one hour clip show followed by a finale that was basically a framing device for a clip show.
 
2012-05-21 05:41:40 PM  
sleeping in light - babylon 5, oh hell yea.. sadly its been off air so long people forget about it
 
2012-05-21 05:47:05 PM  
List is epic fail without Quantum Leap, possibly at #1.
 
2012-05-21 05:53:44 PM  
Newhart, yes. St. Elsewhere? WTF are you thinking??
 
2012-05-21 06:00:51 PM  

Jack Butler: List is epic fail without Quantum Leap, possibly at #1.


I thought the ending for QL was just wrong. It was the wrong tone for a show that had, for the most part, been a light-hearted sci-fi show. The final episode was dark and brooding as I recall. And worse, we find out via a crawl that he never makes it home.

It was nice that we did see him fix Al's life, though.
 
2012-05-21 06:10:59 PM  

Dr Quest DFA: Broktun: [sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com image 550x325]
Good Night and Goodbye

Damned if that wasn't a shockingly depressing ending for what was otherwise a rather lighthearted show.

But then again, how else are you going to end a sitcom about Dinosaurs?


I want my kids (15&11) to watch it, but it is not on netflix, and I don't want to shell out $40.00 to buy it.

I don't know what to(rrent) do !
 
2012-05-21 06:20:37 PM  
No Twin Peaks, Last ep of MST3K, Carnivale, Or Deadwood
Fail!
 
kab
2012-05-21 06:32:42 PM  

ItchyMcDoogle: No Twin Peaks, Last ep of MST3K, Carnivale, Or Deadwood
Fail!


HBO being supreme douchebags and yanking the shows with plenty of story left means they don't belong anywhere on this list, no matter how good the shows were.

/can't wait to see the shock and outrage when they do the same thing to Game of Thrones...... "whaaaa, it's too expensive"
//absolutely no one should be surprised when it happens.
 
2012-05-21 06:40:03 PM  
What about long-ago or older season finales?

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Mary ends up in jail for murdering a cashier at the local supermarket over an argument about an expired coupon and Dick is now free to finally take unicycling lessons without her harping on about the dangers of single-wheeled vehicles.

Masterpiece Theater: A lingerie-clad Alistair Cooke stares into the camera for 20 minutes, mooing softly.

Flipper: Flipper encounters Japanese whalers. 'nuff said. /wipes away tear

Joanie Loves Chachi: Turns out it was only temporary infatuation.

The Munsters: Find oil on thier land and move to Beverly - Hills, that is.

The Beverly Hillbillies: Jethro's gambling problem, Ellie May's alcoholism and Grannie's "incidents" with several young neighborhood boys get them all run out of the Hills. They end up living in a creepier part of town, at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Lassie: Lassie encounters Japanese whalers. 'nuff said. /wipes away tear

Sesame Street: Bert becomes The Christ and ascends into Heaven as a cleansing fire turns the "Street" to ashes, partly because of Big Bird's betrayal of Bert and partly because of Ernie's constant heretical mocking.

Hill Street Blues: The camera zooms back to show the main characters sitting in a circle in the briefing room, laughing and throwing garbage at an autistic boy.

Gilligan's Island: Never went off the air (in my world).
 
2012-05-21 06:48:49 PM  

Porous Horace: What about long-ago or older season finales?

Sesame Street: Bert becomes The Christ and ascends into Heaven as a cleansing fire turns the "Street" to ashes, partly because of Big Bird's betrayal of Bert and partly because of Ernie's constant heretical mocking.


And Elmo is sent to the deepest pits of Hell.
 
2012-05-21 07:56:00 PM  

quiotu: ... this is one show where I hope the ending is as brutal and awesome as it should be.

/Same goes for Justified


Justified isn't allowed to have a series finale until it can come up with a season and a finale to equal Season 2/Mags.
 
2012-05-21 07:59:00 PM  
Ctrl-Alt-Del.

that is the best summation ever. and correct.
 
2012-05-21 08:01:54 PM  
How did Lexx not make the list?
 
2012-05-21 08:16:41 PM  

wjllope: jbtilley: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x298]

this.


I'm drawing a blank, what is this from?
 
2012-05-21 08:27:25 PM  

madgonad: [www.wikinoticia.com image 640x480]
It should count, even though the show came back in a few years.


Bah Gawd I count that as a great season/series finale. And just because cartoons haven't been included, every season of the Justice League, particularly "Starcrossed," since after not being permitted series finales for Batman:TAS or Superman:TAS, they made every season finale a series finale.
 
2012-05-21 09:01:07 PM  
Sorry, but the final MASH, Cheers and Seinfeld sucked.
 
2012-05-21 09:05:24 PM  

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.

but newhart's finale is absolutely unsurpassable.


Well, it would have been more brilliant if Bob woke up in bed with Howard, and Emily walked in the room, and said, "Howard!"
 
2012-05-21 09:39:18 PM  

Saiga410: What no love for SGU?


Yeah, good call.

I've been re-watching the show on Netflix and starting to watch Stargate Atlantis. The finale of SGU was supposed to be a cliffhanger season ending, but it works as a pretty effective end to the show, too.
Would really like a movie or something to wrap stuff up.
 
2012-05-21 09:52:16 PM  

CptnSpldng: quiotu: ... this is one show where I hope the ending is as brutal and awesome as it should be.

/Same goes for Justified

Justified isn't allowed to have a series finale until it can come up with a season and a finale to equal Season 2/Mags.


Season 2 is as perfect as a season can get for any show

that is not possible
 
2012-05-21 10:07:07 PM  
I've been ripping through "The Shield"; in two weeks, I'm already in the middle of Season 5. I've heard good things about the finale, but I can't read this thread (or click through that stupid EW slideshow) for fear of spoilers, so I'll be back to this thread in about a week.
 
2012-05-21 10:24:25 PM  
#1? Bingo.

Farking amazing. Both the episode and that EW got it right.
 
2012-05-21 10:26:12 PM  
The season finale of Community was wonderful, and since the show is not going to be the same in season 4, I'll take it as a near-perfect end
 
2012-05-21 10:34:00 PM  

Funbags: [i46.photobucket.com image 180x131]


Beating a dead car hood?
 
2012-05-21 10:40:37 PM  

DeaH: Mugato: Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?

The Seinfeld finally actually turned me off the show.


Two adverbs, back-to-back.

Coooool.
 
2012-05-21 10:50:10 PM  

NTRDR: "You really should wear more sweaters"
That is all


Mary Frann? She turned my knees to Jello every time I watched that show.

www.sitcomsonline.com

RIP, sitcom lady.
 
2012-05-21 11:10:18 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: whizbangthedirtfarmer: It is something about the best British shows that when they are outrageously funny or charming, the tragic parts are absolutely devastating. The Vicar of Dibley's Africa/AIDS fundraiser sticks out in my mind, as does the death of Assumpta in Ballykissangel.

Why did you have to remind me of Ballyk? Watching that... triggered some serious seasonal allergies.

/watching Stephen Tompkinson cry is like watching someone kill a confused puppy


This bit from Father Ted might help with that.


Now for my choice.

www.wired.com
 
2012-05-21 11:21:05 PM  
Newhart is definitly #1

I thought the ending Farscape movie was pretty cool.

I know it didn't end the series but the final of the 1st season of Sledgehammer! was epic.
 
2012-05-22 12:09:32 AM  

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

Voyager's was the best.


I hope you're trolling. Voyager's series finale was the worst I'd ever seen.

I guess I shouldn't have expected much from a series that was pretty bad to begin with. I watched it sometimes because I like Trek in general and I thought the premise was interesting, but it was a complete clusterfark.
 
2012-05-22 12:28:55 AM  
On series finales that end in a bit of sad note...

Chuck: Will Sarah ever get her full memory back? Sure, she seemed to be on the way to getting them back, but still.
 
2012-05-22 12:32:09 AM  
Sopranos, Mash & Newhart...Epic endings, I kinda remember Newhart, Mash made a brotha tear up and I actually screamed " That was the best Farking ending EVAR" after the Sopranos. I miss Deadwood, what a sweet series that ended too early, me n Swearingen woulda been boyz.
 
2012-05-22 01:30:23 AM  
I don't get the hate for the BSG finale. I was ok that they left parts of it unexplained or that there was some force behind it all. A lot of fans can not seem to get past that the colonists would just give up their fleet and technology. I would say that is totally believable. They had been stuck in those ships for 5+ years. Their tech was slowly breaking down and also they had the pinnacle of their technology (the cylons) hunting them down for those 5+ years. After all that time, I would want to get as far from those ships as I could and just enjoy the fact that I am alive and on a safe planet.

Think of the practical limitations too. There was no way that they would be able to replicate any of their technology. The structures needed to replace computer chips, large scale metal manufacturing, plastics, etc. would require a large industrial base which takes time and resources. Also, very doubtful they had experts in all the fields necessary to create what they needed. The colonist could have lived off their ships and tech for a little while but not too much longer.

They could have kept a couple ships around as emergency shelters and gathering places.
 
2012-05-22 01:59:50 AM  
Ctrl-Alt-Del: The problem being that Lost sort of depended on its finale. It was one huge cock tease that promised a resolution that never really panned out.

Great post. It was pretty clear to me from early that the show was going to end with Jack dying and closing his eyes > LOST. It's still mind boggling to me that after the writer's strike during season 3, they were given 48 episodes to tie things up and they *still* screwed the pooch. I mean, Lindelof said "I'm a nerdy Jewish dude, Jack is who I wish I could be" and so the least interesting main character on the show --a character they were going to kill off in the first five episodes coontil John saved him from plummeting to his death)-- becomes the focus. *sigh*

The warm-and-fuzzy ending was just the final smack in the face: John and Jack couldn't stand each other, thought the other was a total fool and they're hugging before going over to Eternity together? Please. Killing off one of the two best characters (John) and reducing the other to just being a pathological liar (Ben)? Insane. Adding Jacob and Esau/MiB for season six? Awful. Jacob was a dick! I kept rooting for his brother, who it seems was evil because....he wanted to leave the Island and explore the world. And....

No, I'm still pissed off, though I know it's silly and irrational.
 
2012-05-22 07:22:36 AM  

John Buck 41: DeaH: Mugato: Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?

The Seinfeld finally actually turned me off the show.

Two adverbs, back-to-back.

Coooool.


I suck as a typist.
 
2012-05-22 08:40:42 AM  

CapnPlaty: I'm drawing a blank, what is this from?


Twin Peaks.
 
2012-05-22 09:19:47 AM  

texdent: On series finales that end in a bit of sad note...

Chuck: Will Sarah ever get her full memory back? Sure, she seemed to be on the way to getting them back, but still.


I hated this ending. The last season as a whole felt very half-assed or like a spin-off where the lone holdout is a major character (in this case, the Intersect), but the ending felt like it ended there because the show was hoping for a full season pick-up even though it was announced well before production that it would be the final season.
 
2012-05-22 09:33:48 AM  

maudibjr: Newhart is definitly #1

I thought the ending Farscape movie was pretty cool.

I know it didn't end the series but the final of the 1st season of Sledgehammer! was epic.


You know, to be fair..... can anyone describe more than another minute or two of the Newhart finale, other than the final 4-5 minutes? I know he gets hit in the head with a golf ball before waking up, and I know the whole episode basically got very strange (kind of like when you are just about to wake up from a dream), but, other than that, it isn't like the entire episode is something people remember vividly (at least I don't)... it is just those final 5 minutes everyone recalls fondly.

Really, Newhart was the best final five minutes of a TV series. There probably are more worthy in totality "final episodes".
 
2012-05-22 09:43:00 AM  
Loving the love for the Scrubs finally. It was one of the best. But I hate to see Star Trek TNG get beat by several others that do not hold their weight against such a well written and complete series finally like All Good Things were. That one episode made the entire series complete with Q giving his final verdict that he never gave in the premier.

Seinfeld just sucked... And so did Friends. Never liked them at all. And I did give them a chance. Just did not like the characters.
 
2012-05-22 10:14:12 AM  

John Buck 41: DeaH: Mugato: Glad 24 and Star trek were there.

Seinfeld? Really?

The Seinfeld finally actually turned me off the show.

Two adverbs, back-to-back.

Coooool.


I dunno. I think it's really quite OK to put two adverbs back-to-back. Three, otoh, is absolutely, positively, completely ridiculous.
 
2012-05-22 10:45:11 AM  

Gordon Bennett: K.B.O. Winston: whizbangthedirtfarmer: It is something about the best British shows that when they are outrageously funny or charming, the tragic parts are absolutely devastating. The Vicar of Dibley's Africa/AIDS fundraiser sticks out in my mind, as does the death of Assumpta in Ballykissangel.

Why did you have to remind me of Ballyk? Watching that... triggered some serious seasonal allergies.

/watching Stephen Tompkinson cry is like watching someone kill a confused puppy

This bit from Father Ted might help with that.


Now for my choice.

[www.wired.com image 250x228]


You would have to know Father Ted and whatever the other show is, and America didn't really know either. When I caught up on FT, I still needed my sister to explain that whole scene to me.

I kind of like how British shows only do 3 or 4 seasons and quit before they start to suck, i.e. FT, Black Books, How Do You Want Me? and the like
 
2012-05-22 03:15:55 PM  
Considering they didn't know when the axe was going to fall, Dead Like Me managed to wrap everything up pretty good. And while they mention Buffy, I kinda liked the Angel finale more.

List fails without a mention of Black Adder Goes Forth. As a statement on war it blows M*A*S*H* out of the water IMO.
 
2012-05-22 03:51:01 PM  

Brother_Mouzone: I think you can argue about whether certain finales were good or sucked, but if you think the Lost finale was anything but the cheesiest piece of crap ever to air, you are incorrect. It only gets worse in my mind as time goes on.


agreed.

the most amazing thing that the writers did with the Lost ending was immediately make me stop caring about the intrigue of the previous 5 seasons. None of it mattered anymore in light of the ending they chose. This is, to my mind, the best indicator of horrible writing.
 
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