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TV Show finales
18-May-19 4:44pm
#1
theJaw
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With GOT's finale airing tomorrow, I was wondering what were some folks' favorite or least favorite TV show finales? Share what you think.

Favorites:
LOST - Favorite show of all-time despite all the shortcuts they were forced to make in the latter half, but love the finale regardless. Mentioning this first because I'm sure it'll pop up on a few peoples' least-favorite list.
Carnivale - Even though the episode wasn't meant to be the series finale, it ended up being that when the show was untimely cancelled after Season 2. This is still a great episode, though, wrapping up a lot of building threads while introducing a bunch of other ones. Fortunately, a lot of the "cliffhangers" sort of work as just an "ending", even if they tease at a lot more down the line.
Cheers - "Sorry, we're closed." Iconic ending to one of the best sitcoms ever.

Least favorite:
Dexter - Possibly the worst finale in the history of television. Dude leaves his kid in the care of a known serial killer after spending the entire season talking about being a "family man", then drives a boat into a hurricane with his dead sister before becoming a lumberjack. Real dumb. Not to mention that he and his sister's relationship had one of the worst pay-offs ever, and the Dexter vs. Miami PD feud that had been building for the entire series was handled by having Dexter sneak past them in one scene.

In Limbo:
Six Feet Under - I heard this is one of the best finales ever put out on TV, but even though I started the series so long ago (and have since re-started with the lady), I still haven't finished it. Gotta get on that.
Breaking Bad - I saw this finale, but even all these years later, I can't decide if I like it or if it's sort of too heavy-handed - Heisenberg taking out a group of Nazis with an automated machine gun, saving his buddy and "dying" in the process. I dunno. I suppose with the movie coming out, it won't even necessarily be the finale anymore.
Deadwood - Similar to Breaking Bad, there's a movie coming out at the end of this month that will actually wrap this show up. Which is nice because, while I love the last episode of season 3 (and the whole show), it definitely left more to be desired. Still one of my all-time favorite shows despite no real finale, which is saying something. May 31st needs to hurry up.

What are you guys' favorites and least favorites?
18-May-19 4:51pm
#2
MrBean
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Clearly Game of Thrones is about to make the list!

Dexter is by far the worst though.
18-May-19 5:07pm
#3
Tony
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Probably the best sitcom finale ever was the end to Newhart. In case you haven't seen it: Bob Newhart wakes up in bed beside Suzanne Pleshette, his TV wife from his previous sitcom. He starts describing the current show as this weird dream he had. He mentions he was married to a beautiful blonde (Pleshette's hair is black) and he describes all of the wacky characters of the show: the inept heiress who worked as his maid, the incompetent handyman, Larry, his brother Darryl, and his other brother Darryl, etc. Finally Pleshette interrupts and asks something about the "beautiful blonde".

M*A*S*H had a great final episode, as did Frasier.

The Big Bang Theory finale Thursday was pretty good.

I was disappointed in the finale to Lost. Like GoT, in trying to keep the series going, they wrote themselves into a place where the couldn't wrap it up neatly. Way too many plot lines just didn't make sense. One sequence I did like in it was when the character who was a villain through most of the series (I don't recall his name) pointed to a scene of the disciple Thomas. He said that almost everyone remembers Thomas as "the Doubter", but reminds the person he is talking to that Thomas is mentioned one other place in the Bible as the one who insists on accompanying Jesus after he is informed of the death of Lazarus because he knows they could face death by going there.
18-May-19 5:37pm
#4
Dustin
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If the GoT finale is along the lines of that leak, it'll probably be my least favorite!
18-May-19 6:10pm
#5
theJaw
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Dustin wrote:
If the GoT finale is along the lines of that leak, it'll probably be my least favorite!
Crossing my fingers honestly. That's what'll happen when you read a couple paragraphs that are supposed to represent a visual medium like an episode of TV. You ruined it for yourself bud!

Although I will acknowledge that this was likely just a "dig" post because you showed up just to get pissy in the random pic thread a few minutes prior to this post. Classic Dusty.
18-May-19 6:23pm
#6
theJaw
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Tony wrote:
Probably the best sitcom finale ever was the end to Newhart.
Fudge yah that was the epitome of a "play it for laughs" finale. The one time "it was all a dream" was a master stroke.
M*A*S*H had a great final episode, as did Frasier.
Agreed with both here. M*A*S*H is heartbreaking.


I was disappointed in the finale to Lost. Like GoT, in trying to keep the series going, they wrote themselves into a place where the couldn't wrap it up neatly. Way too many plot lines just didn't make sense. One sequence I did like in it was when the character who was a villain through most of the series (I don't recall his name) pointed to a scene of the disciple Thomas. He said that almost everyone remembers Thomas as "the Doubter", but reminds the person he is talking to that Thomas is mentioned one other place in the Bible as the one who insists on accompanying Jesus after he is informed of the death of Lazarus because he knows they could face death by going there.
Yeah that was Ben, and I also love that scene. Lots of folks were disappointed, but personally feel they did wrap it up as neatly as they could have given the hand they were dealt halfway through production.

To be honest though, I think a lot of the plot-lines that you feel "didn't make sense" can be explained. Lots of the mysteries that weren't actually end-capped can be "explained away" via context in the show. Some on purpose and some, obviously, stretches.

If you feel like it, shoot me like the 3 top issues you had with LOST in a PM and let me see if I can give you satisfying answers. Will admit defeat if i don't haha
18-May-19 6:37pm
#7
sinnie
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Yeah Dexter is pretty bad. I am reading the books and they're so different, I hope the ending of that series is better. (no spoilers please.)

Most finales tend to not live up to their hype though.

18-May-19 7:07pm
#8
whitefire
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Breaking Bad was amazing. Entourage was ok. The Sopranos was terrible. Seinfeld was decent. Friends was good. Dexter was awful.

I think those may be the only shows I've watched all the way through that have ended. I can add Game of Thrones to that list tomorrow though.

18-May-19 7:16pm
#9
sinnie
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Xena warrior princess was pretty disappointing. I think it got a ton of backlash way back when. It was pretty god awful.

18-May-19 8:18pm
#10
dustin11
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I'm going to say it even though you already mentioned it in the OP, but Six Feet Under has the best finale I've ever seen and its not even close. Season 3 was a bit tough to make it through, same with parts of season 4, but the payoff you get at the end was well worth it.
18-May-19 8:24pm
#11
theJaw
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Uuugh I am dying to finish it (no pun intended that'd be rough). That show just takes such a toll... every episode opens with someone dying, ya just gotta me ready for that kinda stuff haha. But I got through the first 2 seasons in my initial watch, and we're just about through I think Season 2 now, but we need a refresher. Can't wait to finish it.
18-May-19 8:28pm
#12
dustin11
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If you think what you've seen so far takes a toll just wait until the last half of season 4 and just about all of season 5. My Wife and I watched the whole series together and I don't think she stopped crying once throughout almost all of the last ~10 episodes. Season 5 especially hits really hard.
18-May-19 8:30pm
#13
theJaw
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The father in Six Feet Under is one of my favorite characters ever. I imagine he weighs into those seasons a lot heavier than what I've seen?

That episode with his "room" was some of the best TV I've ever watched.
18-May-19 8:30pm
#14
Archer
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sinnie wrote:
Yeah Dexter is pretty bad. I am reading the books and they're so different, I hope the ending of that series is better. (no spoilers please.)
The Dexter books are so much better than the show. I started reading the books around season 4 of the show. And honestly I wish I never finished the show and just read the books.
18-May-19 8:35pm
#15
theJaw
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Does the show follow the books at all? I know the first season is a lot like the books, but did any of the other seasons follow the books closely? I ask because if I were to read the books, I don't know if I care to read what I already saw.

Is Trinity Killer in the books at all?
18-May-19 8:38pm
#16
dustin11
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Nah, the father never really plays too big of a part other than with Nate's character but it kind of drifts off towards the end with a spotty appearance here and there.
18-May-19 8:43pm
#17
Archer
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theJaw wrote:
Does the show follow the books at all? I know the first season is a lot like the books, but did any of the other seasons follow the books closely? I ask because if I were to read the books, I don't know if I care to read what I already saw. Is Trinity Killer in the books at all?
No, they are very different. The show does its own thing after the second book. And even that is very different in comparison when it uses the first two as source material. Like, they aren't even really the same stories. They just share common characters and a few details.
18-May-19 8:44pm
#18
theJaw
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Archer wrote:
No, they are very different. The show does its own thing after the second book. And even that is very different in comparison when it uses the first two as source material. Like, they aren't even really the same stories. They just share common characters and a few details.
Very nice. That has me pretty excited to read. Think I'm gonna throw a few of those in the ol' Amazon cart tonight actually.
18-May-19 8:45pm
#19
theJaw
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dustin11 wrote:
Nah, the father never really plays too big of a part other than with Nate's character but it kind of drifts off towards the end with a spotty appearance here and there.
Oof. Well I still have faith that it'll deliver, still l got a lot of show to go.
18-May-19 9:03pm
#20
dustin11
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Yeah....well...pretty much everything in that show revolves around the events of that first episode and the families struggles in holding themselves and the business together as everything falls apart around them. So even though he's not directly involved in much of the series, there is a bit of him in every episode.
18-May-19 10:16pm
#21
MrBean
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Falling Skies was another that had potential that was unfortunately rushed at the end.

TV Show finales