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(Salon)   The difficulty of the series finale, something especially important since two classic comedies are ending this year, 30 Rock and The Office. Will they follow cliched endings like Cheers and Wings, or will they do something perfect like Seinfeld?   (salon.com) divider line 188
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2013-01-05 10:45:02 AM
Michael will fly to his new job in a helicopter, only to see that Dwight has written out "GOODBYE" in reams of paper
 
2013-01-05 11:40:55 AM

ArkAngel: Michael will fly to his new job in a helicopter, only to see that Dwight has written out "GOODBYE" in reams of paper


Awesome.
 
2013-01-05 11:48:04 AM
I wouldn't put it past 30 Rock to do a Sopranos homage
 
2013-01-05 11:51:23 AM
Is Suzanne Plechette still alive?
 
2013-01-05 11:53:04 AM
Angel had the best series finale.
 
2013-01-05 11:56:30 AM
will they do something perfect like Seinfeld?

You wanna know how I know you're trolling, Trolly McTrollerton?
 
2013-01-05 12:09:20 PM
*Main cast member wakes up rubbing eyes*

It was only a dream!

*pause*

I've got to stop eating that rarebit!

*20 minutes of canned applause*
 
2013-01-05 12:09:29 PM

sno man: Is Suzanne Pleshette still alive?


No.

Oh, and Subby, there are two classic sitcoms ending this year? Which ones?
 
2013-01-05 12:12:31 PM
Anything short of Alec Baldwin waking up next to Kim Basinger and finding SNL on will be a Fail.
 
2013-01-05 12:14:07 PM
I'm hoping for clever, witty and ground-breaking, but neither show is on cable . . .
 
2013-01-05 12:14:55 PM
M*A*S*H is the perfect series finale.... And I don't think it could ever happen again.
 
2013-01-05 12:16:09 PM
Tracey Morgan accidentally kills LIZ LEMON by running her over with a scooter he stole from a lady in the audience. Camera cuts to a tight close up of his face then pans back to reveal he's in a straight jacket in a padded room and the entire show was a Haldol induce hallucination he had after shock treatment.
 
2013-01-05 12:17:15 PM

NuttierThanEver: Tracey Morgan accidentally kills LIZ LEMON by running her over with a scooter he stole from a lady in the audience. Camera cuts to a tight close up of his face then pans back to reveal he's in a straight jacket in a padded room and the entire show was a Haldol induce hallucination he had after shock treatment.


And from there, we pull back to a grown up autistic man staring at a snowglobe.
 
2013-01-05 12:17:44 PM

FirstNationalBastard: sno man: Is Suzanne Pleshette still alive?

No.

Oh, and Subby, there are two classic sitcoms ending this year? Which ones?


Yea looked it up after I posted that, 5 years(!)
That Newhart series finale was way better than that series diserved.
 
2013-01-05 12:19:21 PM

SilentStrider: M*A*S*H is the perfect series finale.... And I don't think it could ever happen again.


Agreed. It was an anomaly, and in a *good* way. You'll most likely never see the likes of such a finale again.

Although it's not a comedy, I think that one of the best series finales ever belonged to The Shield. Absolutely gutting, undeniably brilliant.

If Breaking Bad's upcoming series finale is anywhere near as good as The Shield's, I'll be happy.
 
2013-01-05 12:27:08 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: SilentStrider: M*A*S*H is the perfect series finale.... And I don't think it could ever happen again.

Agreed. It was an anomaly, and in a *good* way. You'll most likely never see the likes of such a finale again.

Although it's not a comedy, I think that one of the best series finales ever belonged to The Shield. Absolutely gutting, undeniably brilliant.

If Breaking Bad's upcoming series finale is anywhere near as good as The Shield's, I'll be happy.


Agreed on The Shield.
The finale of ST:TNG was good for me as well.

And it wasn't intended to be a finale, but I liked the final episode of Angel.
 
2013-01-05 12:38:19 PM
two classic comedies are ending this year, 30 Rock and The Office

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2013-01-05 12:47:02 PM
Seinfeld, a great series, had a terrible finale.  It was a goddamned souped up clip show.
 
2013-01-05 12:47:57 PM

texdent: Angel had the best series finale.


SilentStrider: And it wasn't intended to be a finale, but I liked the final episode of Angel.


Some people hated it.

Me, I dug it. It really drove home the point that the battle against evil would never stop.
 
2013-01-05 12:50:00 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Seinfeld, a great series, had a terrible finale.  It was a goddamned souped up clip show.


THANK. YOU. And right after another clip show, to boot.

If it was perfect, it would have been entertaining. It wasn't. It was just a massive, meandering buzzkill. No other TV episode pissed me off to such a degree, except for maybe the first season finale of The Killing.

I rage-quit that show *so* vehemently.
 
2013-01-05 01:20:52 PM
The Larry Sanders show had a great send off (anyone remember Larry was being put out to pasture in favor of the young upstart Jon Stewart?). The dark parody of Carson's final show was perfect.
 
2013-01-05 01:34:06 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: texdent: Angel had the best series finale.

SilentStrider: And it wasn't intended to be a finale, but I liked the final episode of Angel.

Some people hated it.


*raises hand*

As for great endings, it's The Shield and Six Feet Under.  If you're going to have a finale, make it final.  And don't do it all douchey like David Chase did with The Sopranos.
 
2013-01-05 01:38:04 PM

sno man: Is Suzanne Plechette still alive?


Sadly, no.

/Best series finale: "Sleeping in Light"
 
2013-01-05 01:43:38 PM

Lsherm: *raises hand*

As for great endings, it's The Shield and Six Feet Under. If you're going to have a finale, make it final. And don't do it all douchey like David Chase did with The Sopranos.


Yes and no.

I mean, sure, I like having a story resolved definitively. The 24 series finale, as good as it was, frustrated me a bit right at the very end for doing something that it did before, and leaving things open for a movie down the road.

At the same time, exceptions to the rule can be successful. Without getting too spoiler-y, the Monk series finale didn't bring EVERYTHING to a close, but it worked.

But yeah, The Sopranos ending strikes me as a massive copout rather than a stylistic "Tony's gonna have to watch out for the rest of his life" message.
 
2013-01-05 02:27:46 PM
The Seinfeld ending was perfect.
 
2013-01-05 02:41:08 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: SilentStrider: M*A*S*H is the perfect series finale.... And I don't think it could ever happen again.

Agreed. It was an anomaly, and in a *good* way. You'll most likely never see the likes of such a finale again.

Although it's not a comedy, I think that one of the best series finales ever belonged to The Shield. Absolutely gutting, undeniably brilliant.

If Breaking Bad's upcoming series finale is anywhere near as good as The Shield's, Six Feet Under I'll be happy.



must admit though, The Shield was pretty firkin good too
 
2013-01-05 02:43:31 PM
I thought they ended Deadwood pretty well
 
2013-01-05 02:45:08 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Six Feet Under


Another gold standard, aye.


IamKaiserSoze!!!: must admit though, The Shield was pretty firkin good too


What made it great is that you thought it was going to go in one of two directions.

SURPRISE, it went a third... and it was awesome.
 
2013-01-05 02:55:19 PM
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How's Annie?
 
2013-01-05 02:57:44 PM

OtherLittleGuy: sno man: Is Suzanne Plechette still alive?

Sadly, no.

/Best series finale: "Sleeping in Light"


Agreed.
 
2013-01-05 03:01:15 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: IamKaiserSoze!!!: Six Feet Under

Another gold standard, aye.


IamKaiserSoze!!!: must admit though, The Shield was pretty firkin good too

What made it great is that you thought it was going to go in one of two directions.

SURPRISE, it went a third... and it was awesome.



They really did come up with an ingenious form of Hell for Vic. That was such an underappreciated series. Vic Mackey was every bit as interesting and complex a character as McNulty or Soprano.

I haven't tried to watch Chikils' new Vegas series.

I
 
2013-01-05 03:09:21 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: They really did come up with an ingenious form of Hell for Vic.


Exactly that. I never could've predicted that... and it just hit it out of the park.


IamKaiserSoze!!!: That was such an underappreciated series. Vic Mackey was every bit as interesting and complex a character as McNulty or Soprano.


Amen.

A lot of that has to do with that ensemble cast. CCH Pounder's work as Claudette was criminally overlooked.


IamKaiserSoze!!!: I haven't tried to watch Chikils' new Vegas series.


Me neither. I'm gonna wait it out to see if it's worth it.
 
2013-01-05 03:10:40 PM

brap: *Main cast member wakes up rubbing eyes*

It was only a dream!

*pause*

I've got to stop eating that rarebit!

*20 minutes of canned applause*


I think it would be awesome if 30 rock crammed in a ton of references to other series finales.  MASH, Bob Newheart, St. Elsewhere, etc.
 
2013-01-05 03:15:30 PM
What else did you expect from David Chase but for the cop out ending in the Sopranos? As that show got more popular, the breaks in between seasons got longer and any seasons after the third weren't as strong. The whole coma segment was tupid as well as Tony having a short epiphany after killing Christofah. HBO really should have reigned in Chase and took control of the Sopranos.
 
2013-01-05 03:17:56 PM
there are people who dont think the seinfeld ending was pathetically terrible?
 
2013-01-05 03:19:51 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I thought they ended Deadwood pretty well


...he wants me to tell him something pretty...

That whole show was a kick to crotch and ended with the hardest strike.
 
2013-01-05 03:19:59 PM

ArkAngel: Michael will fly to his new job in a helicopter, only to see that Dwight has written out "GOODBYE" in reams of paper


I think you're a few seasons behind.
 
2013-01-05 03:20:46 PM
As long as nothing as crappy as the Quantum Leap finale is done ever again, I'll be happy.
 
2013-01-05 03:23:48 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: SilentStrider: M*A*S*H is the perfect series finale.... And I don't think it could ever happen again.

Agreed. It was an anomaly, and in a *good* way. You'll most likely never see the likes of such a finale again.

Although it's not a comedy, I think that one of the best series finales ever belonged to The Shield. Absolutely gutting, undeniably brilliant.

If Breaking Bad's upcoming series finale is anywhere near as good as The Shield's, I'll be happy.


Thanks TMLO, now I have to go watch Family Meeting again. Such a soul crushing finale.
 
2013-01-05 03:24:07 PM
I liked the Seinfeld ending. Did you want Jerry and Elaine to get together in the end or something? The whole series would've been ruined with a happy ending.

It would've been more true to character if Kramer got off though, bad things seemed to slide right off him when they would normally stick to others. And there had to be an actual ending for the show, otherwise you'd be upset that you couldn't watch them again the next week getting into hijinks.
 
2013-01-05 03:25:23 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Anything short of Alec Baldwin waking up next to Kim Basinger and finding SNL on will be a Fail.


I still think Breaking Bad should end with Bryan Cranston waking up next to Jane Kazmarek.

"Lois, I just had the strangest dream. I was a chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with cancer, so I..."
"Hal, unless your dream is going to make breakfast for the boys, cram it!"
 
2013-01-05 03:28:10 PM

texdent: Angel had the best series finale.


You misspelled Futurama
 
2013-01-05 03:31:45 PM
The ending to MASH was near perfect, but this is the perfect ending that probably will be impossible to top. It answered all the questions and wrapped everything up perfectly.

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2013-01-05 03:32:42 PM

Champion of the Sun: I liked the Seinfeld ending. Did you want Jerry and Elaine to get together in the end or something? The whole series would've been ruined with a happy ending.


I think the biggest mistake was airing a clip show before airing the finale, which ended up having a lot of clips. I thought the idea, though, was very fitting for a Seinfeld finale. To have everybody that they've pissed off over the course of the series getting the chance to confront them in a court of law.
 
2013-01-05 03:33:29 PM

wiredtolain: Thanks TMLO, now I have to go watch Family Meeting again. Such a soul crushing finale.


Hot damn, did Walton Goggins earn his pay for that episode.

And Claudette's big scene was a highlight for me: "This is what the hero left on his way out the door." Just... man.


thisiszombocom: there are people who dont think the seinfeld ending was pathetically terrible?


Horrifically, yes.


gunga galunga: I still think Breaking Bad should end with Bryan Cranston waking up next to Jane Kazmarek.

"Lois, I just had the strangest dream. I was a chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with cancer, so I..."
"Hal, unless your dream is going to make breakfast for the boys, cram it!"


I would be equal parts pissed off and amused if they were to go this route.

I'm almost daring them to do so at this point.
 
2013-01-05 03:37:26 PM

gunga galunga: I still think Breaking Bad should end with Bryan Cranston waking up next to Jane Kazmarek.


It'll never happen of course, but it would be a killer ad campaign for the final season to have that in a commercial. Wonder if the same company holds the IP?

gunga galunga: Champion of the Sun: I liked the Seinfeld ending. Did you want Jerry and Elaine to get together in the end or something? The whole series would've been ruined with a happy ending.

I think the biggest mistake was airing a clip show before airing the finale, which ended up having a lot of clips. I thought the idea, though, was very fitting for a Seinfeld finale. To have everybody that they've pissed off over the course of the series getting the chance to confront them in a court of law.


Totally agree, it was a great idea even if it was a misfire in execution.
 
2013-01-05 03:37:48 PM
Best finale- Sopranos. If you didn't like it/understand it, wtf were you watching that show for in the first place?
 
2013-01-05 03:38:53 PM

had98c: As long as nothing as crappy as the Quantum Leap finale is done ever again, I'll be happy.


www.quantumleap-alsplace.com
 
2013-01-05 03:39:19 PM
I will never understand the popularity of Seinfeld. Stop liking what I don't like!
 
2013-01-05 03:40:40 PM
One of the best show endings I've seen: The Office U.K., Christmas episodes. Really go and check those two episodes out even if you never saw the previous episodes. That is how you wrap up a comedy show.
 
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