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2012-05-21 11:34:48 AM
4 votes:
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 11:53:21 AM
3 votes:
Where Quantum Leap wher?
2012-05-21 11:53:10 AM
3 votes:
List fails without the final episode of Angel.

"I don't know about you, but I want to kill the dragon."
2012-05-21 09:50:15 AM
3 votes:
Deep Space Nine had a pretty good finale too. But I gues TNG's was better.
2012-05-21 02:21:17 PM
2 votes:
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2012-05-21 01:15:05 PM
2 votes:

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 12:43:58 PM
2 votes:

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 12:11:27 PM
2 votes:

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 10:43:54 AM
2 votes:

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 09:51:43 AM
2 votes:
I don't have a serious argument against Newhart at number one, but my personal choice would have been The Prisoner.
2012-05-21 04:44:13 PM
1 votes:

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 04:30:20 PM
1 votes:
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 03:36:18 PM
1 votes:
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 02:21:41 PM
1 votes:

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 01:16:18 PM
1 votes:

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 12:51:46 PM
1 votes:

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 12:48:05 PM
1 votes:

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 12:38:03 PM
1 votes:

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 12:33:51 PM
1 votes:
list sucks without Babylon 5's Sleeping in Light.
2012-05-21 12:29:16 PM
1 votes:

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 12:26:23 PM
1 votes:

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 12:23:19 PM
1 votes:
#15 Seinfeld.

Alright, listen. I love Seinfeld. Love it.

The series finale was absolute garbage.
2012-05-21 12:22:51 PM
1 votes:

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 12:22:28 PM
1 votes:
no quantum leap?
2012-05-21 12:22:09 PM
1 votes:

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 12:18:53 PM
1 votes:

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 12:16:10 PM
1 votes:
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 12:10:08 PM
1 votes:
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 12:09:52 PM
1 votes:
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 12:07:26 PM
1 votes:

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 12:03:55 PM
1 votes:
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 11:58:13 AM
1 votes:

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 11:33:55 AM
1 votes:

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 11:14:22 AM
1 votes:

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 09:49:58 AM
1 votes:
There is only Newhart.
2012-05-21 09:44:03 AM
1 votes:
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 09:39:30 AM
1 votes:
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 09:19:43 AM
1 votes:
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.
 
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