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2013-01-19 01:41:23 PM

Dawg47: You never meet the farking mother?


I bet the series finale it will be revealed that Ted kidnapped those kids and just as he is getting to that part, the police bust down the door and arrest him
 
2013-01-19 02:13:16 PM

NeoCortex42: /"'CAUSE I WAS LOADED!"

At least it will always be remembered for that great line and amazing delivery.


Can't forget the AWESOME spike on "okay?!?"

/BECAUSE I WAS LOADED, OKAY?!?
 
2013-01-19 02:31:41 PM

hbk72777: "Someone totally annoying becomes a "fan favorite" character"

Dan from Night Court


Chang from Community: Awesome in the first season, increasingly unbearable and pointless on each successive season.

Hyjamon: Another one is Kat Dennings on Two Broke Girls. Her character is just too crass,negative for me to like her (granted I like other things about her) but that character just ruins it for me.


I'm pretty sure Kat is the least of 2 Broke Girls' problems.
 
2013-01-19 02:37:27 PM

texdent: Dawg47: You never meet the farking mother?

I bet the series finale it will be revealed that Ted kidnapped those kids and just as he is getting to that part, the police bust down the door and arrest him


Actually, they just blew their wad on tuesday. Spoiler alert, she was the base player at Barney and Robin's wedding, and the "perfect" woman he missed out on the blind date with in the first season when he decided to go for Robin.

No need to watch the show any further, unless they do something like have the mom (narrated by Rosanne Barr) tell the kids that after her "perfect" guy not showing up to the blind date, she turned into a raging slut and did half of NY.
 
2013-01-19 02:46:19 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Chang from Community: Awesome in the first season, increasingly unbearable and pointless on each successive season.


Absolutely.
 
2013-01-19 02:58:36 PM

larkmaj: Also, I think All Good Things... was a great finale.


So was DS9. Even Voyager wasn't bad, until they just up and ended
 
2013-01-19 03:00:58 PM
If I remember correctly, Everybody Loves Raymond had a pretty good finale. It was like another episode with a concluding quality.
 
2013-01-19 03:04:22 PM

Frozboz: They're right about LOST. When Locke was killed... ugh. That show had potential, but that episode *felt* wrong.


I still have NO idea why Ben killed John. He mentions that woman's name... and somehow it suddenly makes sense to kill him. URG.
 
2013-01-19 03:26:52 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: It's on FOX?


Nice to see that one get out there in the boobies

/might as well type that, it's gonna get filtered anyhow
 
2013-01-19 03:47:16 PM

Msol: I still have NO idea why Ben killed John. He mentions that woman's name... and somehow it suddenly makes sense to kill him. URG.


Ben killed John after he mentioned Eloise's name because that was the piece of information Ben needed. Once he was confident he could get back to the island without any further help from John, he took the opportunity to kill him. Makes sense, since he was jealous of him and his connection of the island for so long.
 
2013-01-19 03:50:08 PM

NeoCortex42: FirstNationalBastard: WippitGuud: It's set in space?

I don't think any space TV show has had a decent ending. Closest was DS9, but I didn't like how Sisko just up and went Prophet.


Just another story about a black man abandoning his wife and children.

/Actually, Avery Brooks biatched about Sisko going Prophet because he felt it looked like what I just said. Of course, Avery Brooks is kind of nuts.

The original plan was for Sisko to sacrifice himself and die fighting. Turning prophet was a compromise since it indicated he might return.

No mention so far of TNG? That's how you wrap up a series. A surprisingly good finale for an almost completely episodic show.


It's kind if funny that Patrick Stewart is almost as old as Picard was supposed to be in the future scenes in that story, and he looks no where near as decrepit as the old age makeup made him look.
 
2013-01-19 03:53:39 PM

Mad_Radhu: NeoCortex42: FirstNationalBastard: WippitGuud: It's set in space?

I don't think any space TV show has had a decent ending. Closest was DS9, but I didn't like how Sisko just up and went Prophet.


Just another story about a black man abandoning his wife and children.

/Actually, Avery Brooks biatched about Sisko going Prophet because he felt it looked like what I just said. Of course, Avery Brooks is kind of nuts.

The original plan was for Sisko to sacrifice himself and die fighting. Turning prophet was a compromise since it indicated he might return.

No mention so far of TNG? That's how you wrap up a series. A surprisingly good finale for an almost completely episodic show.

It's kind if funny that Patrick Stewart is almost as old as Picard was supposed to be in the future scenes in that story, and he looks no where near as decrepit as the old age makeup made him look.


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2013-01-19 04:25:04 PM

LonMead: Like every season of Blackadder.


orange storm: One of the best finales ever
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Add another vote for Blackadder - each season has a fine finale, and the series finale is utterly fantastic. One of the greatest TV series ever, IMO.

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2013-01-19 04:32:06 PM
That article sucked the sweat of Gandhi's thong.

All the writer did was find failing or faltering shows and nitpicked things from them.
That's not a study or researched article.
That's whining and biatching about shows they already didn't like.
 
2013-01-19 05:21:31 PM

LDM90: I think they're trying to cover pretty much every show ever.

Also, I'm not sure when it happened (probably around the time OMGSPOILERS became a big thing) but it's all about the ending now and I'm sick of it. People won't bother to watch a show at all if they've heard it has a bad final episode. Lost, BSG, Sopranos... Despite the show being 99% awesome, people won't watch it because they didn't have everything planned out from the beginning or something.

It's a really stupid way to watch tv and it almost always leads to disappointment.


In BSG's case, they didn't plan ANYTHING. Hello? Plot? What a farking disappointment. So much promise squandered on stupid shiat.
 
2013-01-19 05:35:11 PM

Sybarite: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x704]

/that is all


Good job, Britta. You broke Abed.
 
2013-01-19 05:37:46 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: TheLopper: It wasn't the greatest show ever, but The Shield had one of the most perfect endings ever.

/The Wire had a great wrap up as well.

yes to both of these.

Six feet Under, imo, had the finest finale of all.


Gonna have to catch it. Either we stopped watching (the show started slipping a few seasons in) or it was one of those times when we stopped paying for the extra cable channels.
 
2013-01-19 05:39:10 PM
Supernatural series finale: Everybody is going to die. For real this time.
 
2013-01-19 06:02:26 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: They forgot 'Hey, let's drop one of the finest series ever made and start a show called Jon from Cincinnati'


HBO was worried that Deadwood was turning into The Sopranos, in terms of the actors constantly demanding more money, so they canceled the show. They canceled Rome for similar reasons: the first season cost $150 million.

Of course, now they've turned around and are making Game of Thrones, which is costing them something like $250 million a season.
 
2013-01-19 06:02:49 PM

TheLopper: It wasn't the greatest show ever, but The Shield had one of the most perfect endings ever.


You had a typo.
 
2013-01-19 06:09:51 PM

PostApocalypticTribe: Supernatural series finale: Everybody is going to die. For real this time.


Is the end of that show planned yet? I may have seen most of the show as gifs on tumblr, but never actually watched it. If they're leading up to a big series finale, I will have to try and catch up. People keep telling me it's really good.

/All female people
//But that doesn't mean they're wrong
 
2013-01-19 06:15:58 PM
I'm still angry about Lost. fark YOU DAMON LINDELOF AND CARLTON CUSE!!
 
2013-01-19 06:29:21 PM
I just wish any writer who talks about the Moonlighting curse actually watched Moonlighting.
 
2013-01-19 08:21:20 PM

nikku88: I just wish any writer who talks about the Moonlighting curse actually watched Moonlighting.


True. Having Dave and Maddy consummate their relationship did hurt the series but there were other factors like the triangle of hostility that existed between Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron; production delays that resulted in a lot of reruns and only occasional new episodes; the fact that once he hit it big in Die Hard, Willis clearly no longer cared about the show and craziness surrounding it; and--the mortal blow--the 1988 Writers Guild strike which led to a ten-month gap between new episodes. When the show came back in December 1988, most the show's audience had moved on and it was cancelled a few months later.
 
2013-01-19 09:04:55 PM
I've always thought the American model of never-ending series precluded the possibility of a coherent or meaningful ending. But there have been some shiatty-ass British shows, for whatever reason, that were pretty nonsensical.

I thought the first series of "Sherlock" was pretty stupid. Maybe it was a mistake to portray Moriarty as a retarded gay man, I dunno.

//"Newsradio" had a great ending. "Just you and me......FOREVER!".
 
2013-01-19 09:42:47 PM

Teknowaffle: texdent: Dawg47: You never meet the farking mother?

I bet the series finale it will be revealed that Ted kidnapped those kids and just as he is getting to that part, the police bust down the door and arrest him

Actually, they just blew their wad on tuesday. Spoiler alert, she was the base player at Barney and Robin's wedding, and the "perfect" woman he missed out on the blind date with in the first season when he decided to go for Robin.

No need to watch the show any further, unless they do something like have the mom (narrated by Rosanne Barr) tell the kids that after her "perfect" guy not showing up to the blind date, she turned into a raging slut and did half of NY.


Maybe the whole story was written by Roseanne in her basement.
 
2013-01-19 10:30:04 PM

Jeteupthemiddle: If I remember correctly, Everybody Loves Raymond had a pretty good finale. It was like another episode with a concluding quality.


Yeah, they definitely got it right. I just saw that episode not too long ago.
 
2013-01-19 10:50:25 PM

Dwight_Yeast: IamKaiserSoze!!!: They forgot 'Hey, let's drop one of the finest series ever made and start a show called Jon from Cincinnati'

HBO was worried that Deadwood was turning into The Sopranos, in terms of the actors constantly demanding more money, so they canceled the show. They canceled Rome for similar reasons: the first season cost $150 million.

Of course, now they've turned around and are making Game of Thrones, which is costing them something like $250 million a season.


I have a friend who summarizes the finale of Deadwood as "Poochie Hearst died on the way back to his home planet".

Still, the buildup to that finale was pretty great. I especially loved Trixie taking matters into her own hands.

/Still my favorite TV show of all time.
//"I wish I was a farkin' tree."
 
2013-01-20 02:49:28 AM
Game of Thrones ticks enough of these boxes that people should be concerned. Then again with the cost of making it and the number of people that watch it in a remunerative way, it might be cancelled before the final book appears.
 
2013-01-20 05:18:40 AM

narkor: Game of Thrones ticks enough of these boxes that people should be concerned. Then again with the cost of making it and the number of people that watch it in a remunerative way, it might be cancelled before the final book appears.


Or you may just not like GOT? The only one I could possibly see being a problem from that list would be the child actors, mainly Sansa and Arya. I don't see how it had a cancellation scare, romantic subplot concluded, pulled punches with characters etc etc.

Heck, even in the latest books there are people you've read about all this time and they're not even "safe" characters.

That being said I liked the ending of real Scrubs even if it was sappy. After SCRUBS was an abomination that most viewers and actors wanted nothing to do with.
 
2013-01-20 10:56:03 AM

Sairobi: Dwight_Yeast: IamKaiserSoze!!!: They forgot 'Hey, let's drop one of the finest series ever made and start a show called Jon from Cincinnati'

HBO was worried that Deadwood was turning into The Sopranos, in terms of the actors constantly demanding more money, so they canceled the show. They canceled Rome for similar reasons: the first season cost $150 million.

Of course, now they've turned around and are making Game of Thrones, which is costing them something like $250 million a season.

I have a friend who summarizes the finale of Deadwood as "Poochie Hearst died on the way back to his home planet".

Still, the buildup to that finale was pretty great. I especially loved Trixie taking matters into her own hands.

/Still my favorite TV show of all time.
//"I wish I was a farkin' tree."


It was kinda unpreventable, as the writers were told to prep for a fourth season, and then new management came into HBO and cancelled the whole thing.
 
2013-01-20 12:37:23 PM

Gyrfalcon: I can't think of more than a handful of shows in the last 50 years that got to have a good solid series finale that ended the show for good and all, tied up all the loose ends, and finished it off in such a way that there could not be a spin-off. "NYPD Blue" is the only one I can think of off the top of my head that wrapped everything and ended it, after some weirdity and fumbling.


Blackadder goes Forth?
 
2013-01-21 12:28:09 AM

if_i_really_have_to: PostApocalypticTribe: Supernatural series finale: Everybody is going to die. For real this time.

Is the end of that show planned yet? I may have seen most of the show as gifs on tumblr, but never actually watched it. If they're leading up to a big series finale, I will have to try and catch up. People keep telling me it's really good.

/All female people
//But that doesn't mean they're wrong


Not that I know of. They had only planned 5 seasons and then got surprised by being picked up for another season... and another... and another.
I enjoy it. The first season isn't so great but it really hits it's stride around the 3rd and 4th seasons. My favorite thing is the humor though, you'll be going along and the show is grim and full of drama and then out of left field something makes you snort your beverage of choice all over your keyboard.

If nothing else you should go watch the gag reels on youtube. They're hilarious.
 
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