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(Onion AV Club)   The most satisfying TV series finales ever. Not necessarily the best, but ones that gave a satisfying conclusion to characters and stories we all know and love. So that means that the ending for The Sopr   (avclub.com) divider line 132
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2013-10-02 08:00:47 PM  
Never any love for The Fugitive...

It invented story arc TV, so therefore, it was the first to have an "ending"
 
2013-10-02 08:04:32 PM  
I interpret the Sopranos ending as Tony suddenly getting it in the back of the head from the Members Only jacket guy. It's satisfying to me and the only way that sudden cut out makes any sort of sense.
 
2013-10-02 08:07:47 PM  
I'm glad Six Feet Under is on the list.
 
2013-10-02 08:23:26 PM  
Star Trek TNG (not exactly a finale since they immediately started in with the crappy movies but it book-ended the Q thing nicely)
DS9
Charmed (sure it was a lame show but it resolved everything and the girls were hot)
Cheers
 
2013-10-02 08:24:22 PM  

crypticsatellite: I'm glad Six Feet Under is on the list.


It may not have been my favorite series, but I've never seen a more innovative and satisfying final episode. It not only raped up story arcs, it wrapped up the life arcs of each character.
 
2013-10-02 08:26:59 PM  

Mugato: Star Trek TNG (not exactly a finale since they immediately started in with the crappy movies but it book-ended the Q thing nicely)
DS9
Charmed (sure it was a lame show but it resolved everything and the girls were hot)
Cheers


For a show with the bare minimum of serialization, TNG did an amazing job of feeling like a satisfying wrap up to the whole series.
 
2013-10-02 08:37:10 PM  
Watching Jessie strangle Meth Damon was sublime.
 
2013-10-02 08:50:15 PM  
Life On Mars.

UK, of course. US sucked corn-flecked shiat through a crazy straw.

Ashes To Ashes just expanded on it wonderfully.

And, as much as people biatch about it, a great, final resolution to a character's story was

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2013-10-02 08:51:15 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: crypticsatellite: I'm glad Six Feet Under is on the list.

It may not have been my favorite series, but I've never seen a more innovative and satisfying final episode. It not only raped up story arcs, it wrapped up the life arcs of each character.


and by raped, I think we all knew I meant wrapped.

stupid autcorrect
 
2013-10-02 09:26:20 PM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: crypticsatellite: I'm glad Six Feet Under is on the list.

It may not have been my favorite series, but I've never seen a more innovative and satisfying final episode. It not only raped up story arcs, it wrapped up the life arcs of each character.


I rape story arcs for breakfast and cockpunch denouements in the afternoon.
 
2013-10-02 09:29:22 PM  
This is the place where I'd talk about how much I love the Battlestar Galactica, Lost, and Sopranos finale

YOU GODDAMN SONOFAbiatch I WILL CUT YOU AND----

just to make people mad

Oh.
 
2013-10-02 09:29:55 PM  
M*A*S*H, plus the final Murphy Brown. I always enjoyed that, and compared with the crap that was the Seinfeld finale(same year), it looked pretty good at the time.
 
2013-10-02 09:30:46 PM  
It may not have been planned as a series finale, but I found the recent end of Bunheads to be a poignant conclusion

Still sad that show got cancelled.
 
2013-10-02 09:31:09 PM  
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2013-10-02 09:37:34 PM  

King Something: [fc08.deviantart.net image 850x474]


Best Doctor ever IMHO. His daughter needs to come back though.
 
2013-10-02 10:04:03 PM  
Nice to see  Blackadder Goes Forth on there. A perfect- and perfectly depressing- ending.
 
2013-10-02 10:22:52 PM  

King Something:


Ummmm, that show is still going on...so not a finale.
 
2013-10-02 10:25:02 PM  

Cagey B: I interpret the Sopranos ending as Tony suddenly getting it in the back of the head from the Members Only jacket guy. It's satisfying to me and the only way that sudden cut out makes any sort of sense.


Nope, that definitely was the ending intended. There was clues thrown throughout the series.
 
2013-10-02 10:52:39 PM  

t3knomanser: Nice to see  Blackadder Goes Forth on there. A perfect- and perfectly depressing- ending.


But the dolt survives to return to England and take his rightful Wooster name. That explains a lot, right?
 
2013-10-02 10:53:50 PM  
Excuse me? Scrubs wasn't a great show?

Fark you, Kevin McFarland.
 
2013-10-02 10:56:19 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: King Something:

Ummmm, that show is still going on...so not a finale.


And that was an out of character, whiny coont ending that sucked and made you glad the character was gone.
 
2013-10-02 10:57:20 PM  

johnnieconnie: compared with the crap that was the Seinfeld finale


I know I'm in the minority, but I've loved the Seinfeld finale since it aired. It was just so "meta" and perfect. Sentenced to jail for doing nothing, which is what critics complained about for years...brilliant.
 
2013-10-02 10:59:59 PM  

The English Major: johnnieconnie: compared with the crap that was the Seinfeld finale

I know I'm in the minority, but I've loved the Seinfeld finale since it aired. It was just so "meta" and perfect. Sentenced to jail for doing nothing, which is what critics complained about for years...brilliant.


I hated it at first but it had grown on me considerably. It was a much better ending than most give credit for
 
2013-10-02 11:02:14 PM  
The only series finale that really blew me away was the one for Newhart.  The problem with AV Club's articles like this is that there is no attempt to be comprehensive.
 
2013-10-02 11:02:32 PM  
No love for LOST?
 
2013-10-02 11:04:09 PM  
I liked the Lost series finale. Fark you if you disagree,
 
2013-10-02 11:04:31 PM  
What, no Little House on the Prairie?
 
2013-10-02 11:05:33 PM  
Seinfeld because they all died in a plane crash. No reunion show for you.
 
2013-10-02 11:07:07 PM  

The English Major: johnnieconnie: compared with the crap that was the Seinfeld finale

I know I'm in the minority, but I've loved the Seinfeld finale since it aired. It was just so "meta" and perfect. Sentenced to jail for doing nothing, which is what critics complained about for years...brilliant.


I always likes the Seinfeld finale, too.

The Scrubs finale was good but by that point the show had turned into such a shadow of its former self that it didn't really have as much emotional impact. At least not for me.

I think The Shield had the best finale of those listed. The look on Vic's face when he realizes he's going to be another schlub from now on is perfect (reminds me of the end of Goodfellas) and completely makes the point that it was a fate worse than death or jail for him.
 
2013-10-02 11:07:35 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: The English Major: johnnieconnie: compared with the crap that was the Seinfeld finale

I know I'm in the minority, but I've loved the Seinfeld finale since it aired. It was just so "meta" and perfect. Sentenced to jail for doing nothing, which is what critics complained about for years...brilliant.

I hated it at first but it had grown on me considerably. It was a much better ending than most give credit for


Yeah, the Seinfeld finale was perfect for that show- just so in keeping with the rest of it.

I am disappointed TFA ignored the end of The Shield. That was also just a great ending, and one that fit the characters, the show, and the viewers' need to see some kind of suffering out of Vic.
 
2013-10-02 11:07:56 PM  
Meh. Six Feet Under had the best finale ever.

/still cry every time I watch it
 
2013-10-02 11:09:58 PM  
I still like the ending to Firefly where they go back in time and kill the studio execs that thought they cancelled the show.  That was the best
 
2013-10-02 11:10:16 PM  
Family Meeting from The Shield is the standard in finishing a show. Breaking Bad is barely behind it.
 
2013-10-02 11:12:12 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: And that was an out of character, whiny coont ending that sucked and made you glad the character was gone.


Oh, come now. It's not that bad. You have to remember after Journey's End, the Doctor had lost everything and everyone. He'd sent Rose off with his clone to another universe, he'd had to seal Donna's memories of him for her own safety, he knows he'd already been farking with Martha by stringing her along, and it would be bad form to start it up again now that she was independent. He lost his way, farking around with time where he shouldn't (Waters of Mars), actively shunning eager would-be companions (Planet of the Dead), and potentially meeting his next incarnation, reminding him that his time is finite (The Next Doctor). And all this with that stupid Four Knocks prophecy hanging over his head. He never does find his way, not in that incarnation, and I can see his reluctance to move on specifically because he didn't find it. He had no closure. Sure, he had won a tremendous victory, and died for friend he knew was worth it, but he was still flailing in the dark after being isolated from everything he knew before.
Viewed in that light, it makes Matt Smith's breakdown after losing Amy and Rory all the more poignant. He's been alone before, and terrible things happened.
 
2013-10-02 11:14:49 PM  

t3knomanser: Nice to see  Blackadder Goes Forth on there. A perfect- and perfectly depressing- ending.


Yep.  Glad to see it got some love in the article.  The fade to the cheerful, empty feild was the perfect touch.
 
2013-10-02 11:15:31 PM  

akula: Yeah, the Seinfeld finale was perfect for that show- just so in keeping with the rest of it.


Their jail sentence was also the perfect setup for a reunion special or renewed series. I was disappointed when nothing ever came of it, and it's not like any of the characters could point to some big project they were working on that got in the way.
 
2013-10-02 11:18:59 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: The only series finale that really blew me away was the one for Newhart.  The problem with AV Club's articles like this is that there is no attempt to be comprehensive.


Agreed, Newhart's last episode was so appropriate.

Of course M.A.S.H. was mentioned, and it was great. Cheers was also really good.
 
2013-10-02 11:19:21 PM  

Sergeant Grumbles: akula: Yeah, the Seinfeld finale was perfect for that show- just so in keeping with the rest of it.

Their jail sentence was also the perfect setup for a reunion special or renewed series. I was disappointed when nothing ever came of it, and it's not like any of the characters could point to some big project they were working on that got in the way.


I think Jerry engineering that syndication deal that locked everyone else out of royalties may have had something to do with it.
 
2013-10-02 11:19:54 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: I hated it at first but it had grown on me considerably. It was a much better ending than most give credit for


With your username, I would expect nothing less.

Also, I hated Scrubs.

Sergeant Grumbles: akula: Yeah, the Seinfeld finale was perfect for that show- just so in keeping with the rest of it.

Their jail sentence was also the perfect setup for a reunion special or renewed series. I was disappointed when nothing ever came of it, and it's not like any of the characters could point to some big project they were working on that got in the way.


They did reunite on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
 
2013-10-02 11:20:40 PM  

js34603: The English Major: johnnieconnie: compared with the crap that was the Seinfeld finale

I know I'm in the minority, but I've loved the Seinfeld finale since it aired. It was just so "meta" and perfect. Sentenced to jail for doing nothing, which is what critics complained about for years...brilliant.

I always likes the Seinfeld finale, too.

The Scrubs finale was good but by that point the show had turned into such a shadow of its former self that it didn't really have as much emotional impact. At least not for me.

I think The Shield had the best finale of those listed. The look on Vic's face when he realizes he's going to be another schlub from now on is perfect (reminds me of the end of Goodfellas) and completely makes the point that it was a fate worse than death or jail for him.


The look on Gardocki's face was horrifyingly perfect too. Don't know if I've ever seen betrayal portrayed so perfectly.
 
2013-10-02 11:21:09 PM  
Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light.
 
2013-10-02 11:21:42 PM  
 
2013-10-02 11:24:11 PM  
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This to me was one of my all-time favorite shows, and the finale was perfect.  A lone man, hurt and injured, without any friends anymore, being chased by the government, out on his own to stay alive at whatever cost and find justice.
 
2013-10-02 11:24:57 PM  
"Should've been" finales:

Scrubs season 8 - My Finale
Buffy Season 5 - The Gift
Supernatural Seaon 5 - Swan Song.
 
2013-10-02 11:26:17 PM  
The Shield's ending was just about the most delicious in all of television. Wraps up loose ends and while you're rooting for Vic to be both punished and to get away with it all, what happens is so much better than either choice. No revenge, nobody kills him, nobody gets even, he doesn't even go to jail and gets to keep on being a cop, but he is finally and decisively out-smarted by the his own self-serving schemes. He's untouchable by prosecutors, but they farking OWN him now. He cut a deal to save his ass, sacrificed everyone, including his family (I did feel pretty bad for Ronnie), to do it, but the "solution" is ever so much worse than anything he could have expected in jail.

So perfect.
 
2013-10-02 11:31:43 PM  

Snapper Carr: "Should've been" finales:

Scrubs season 8 - My Finale
Buffy Season 5 - The Gift
Supernatural Seaon 5 - Swan Song.


House season 7.

The last season was meh, and the finale a steaming load of feelgood shiat.
 
2013-10-02 11:32:29 PM  
Like many others have said, The Shield and Six Feet Under are pretty much the got-damn gold standard for how to wrap shiat up.

I don't get why a lot of folks are so down on the BSG ending. Yeah, yeah, Deus Ex Machina. They set up the fact that "God did it" pretty early on in the first season. Lost was a much more frustrating example of DEM in my opinion.
 
2013-10-02 11:33:07 PM  

borg: Seinfeld because they all died in a plane crash. No reunion show for you.


That would have made more sense. And the whole trial was a delusion they all had while dying. It certainly would have made more sense than a trial with a bunch of characters that the prosecution wouldn't have any way of knowing about, like the Sponge pharmacist or the Pakistani guy or Teri Hatcher.
 
2013-10-02 11:34:55 PM  

Sergeant Grumbles: akula: Yeah, the Seinfeld finale was perfect for that show- just so in keeping with the rest of it.

Their jail sentence was also the perfect setup for a reunion special or renewed series. I was disappointed when nothing ever came of it, and it's not like any of the characters could point to some big project they were working on that got in the way.


They did a reunion on "Curb" which was brilliant.
 
2013-10-02 11:35:05 PM  

akula: Yeah, the Seinfeld finale was perfect for that show- just so in keeping with the rest of it.


See, I disagree -- and that's why I like the Seinfeld finale. The episode goes to great lengths to point out just what selfish, shallow pricks the characters were, something the audience had come to accept after eight seasons. Seemed like Larry David came back to pull the rug out from under the audience, which is exactly the kind of closure the show needed.
 
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