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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 (until 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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